20130621-073902.jpg Have you checked out Westend Coop's Farmer's Market in Sorauren Park? It's a mini utopia with live music, wee ones frolicking in the grass and all kinds of people lounging about enjoying conscious, delicious treats from the vendors. The market is year round as they have access to the club house in the winter, but it's now in full swing under big blue skies, with produce and plant stands, bakeries, prepared raw food, local dairies and even some amazing beauty options. Check it out this afternoon from 3 to 7, maybe I'll see you there!

photo cred Cat Last weekend, we had a total last minute and random idea.  Let's take the kids to the Sugarbush Maple festival at Bruce's Mill Conservation area.  Yup, we did it and what a fabulous time it was.  Albeit sooo cold, with that pesky windchill but whatcha gonna do?  It totally took me back in time as really nothing has changed - except the technology for tapping the trees is more advanced now.  There were rides to be had on Shetland ponies, a petting zoo, a guided tour on foot, a fire pit (which my eldest stated "Muma, I could stay here all day" - bless her), wildlife and wagon rides (which regrettably we didn't do). Real maple syrup is so punk rock.  Remember if you need to sweeten something up a bit, don't use boring white, processed sugar - use maple syrup instead, the 100% pure kind. We're Canadian after all, 75% of all maple syrup production occurs here so let's support them.  Carve out some time next weekend, drive North and get your maple on.

I took a trip down to Sedona this weekend, what a place! By far one of the most beautiful locations I've been. Elaina Love, our wonderful tour guide, started at Chapel of the Holy Cross which is a surreal church built into the Sedona mountain side, she then lead us on a hike up Cathedral Rock, followed by a high vibrational lunch at The Chocolate Tree which included the most amazing raw chocolate made by Jeffery Botticelli with 100 year old tea leaves ... we were wired afterward as they were unlike any chocolate I've had before. We stopped at a gem shop then off for a quick walk to check out a vortex and finally made our way to Harding Spring to bottle our own water, it was clean, crystal clear and delicious. What was most amazing (other than all that awesome stuff mentioned above) was how the surroundings totally changed over a two hour ride from Scottsdale. From scorching heat and cactus to giant red rock buttes with lush green forest to white mountains, pine trees and chilly temperatures by the spring. It really was fantastic. By the time I got back to the house I was on sensory overload and needed a long walk under the full harvest moon to relax. I highly recommend spending time in Sedona if you have the chance, it's very special. I've included lots of links above, click on all the purple words for more pictures and info!