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See What Sarah Sees: A Desert!

My husband and I were very lucky to take a mini-vacation this past weekend. Lucky because we had an awesome place to go to in Arizona and lucky because we had two sets of awesome grandparents to look after our kids!

I love Arizona. I love the dry air, the clear blue skies and the active lifestyle.

Here is the view we wake up to every morning ….

The desert is just starting to bloom and the colours stood bright against the muted backdrop of the mountains.

I was fascinated by the building structures. All the homes blend naturally into the landscape – low profile, muted colours that disappear into the desert sand and many are oriented in such a way that they protect the house from the blazing heat of the sun. Did you know Arizona has sun 360 out of 365 days a year?!

The hiking was fabulous. Didn’t see any wildlife but climbed some wicked hills, manged to avoid sliding into a cactus (which I have done before no joke) and got our butts in gear to shape up with Spring right around the corner!

Brad loves it when I make him do dorky things for the camera – this is his “cactus” pose

Me at the halfway point (aka red face) – focus on the view behind me!

Now we are back and refreshed! Well, mostly. When do we get to go back?

What did you see? Anyone see a desert last weekend?


See What Sarah Sees: Snow!

It’s been a mild winter with very little snow. Which, for the most part, I’m okay with.

However, my kids have been dying for snow. There has been a dusting here and there and they run outside like madmen and shovel the heck out of everything. When we actually had “some” snow this past weekend I couldn’t help but be excited.

This edition of “See What Sarah Sees” is dedicated to my boys and the smiles on their faces this past Family Day long weekend while tobogganing and playing in the snow. Sarah Sees Snow!!

It had clouded over when we went tobogganing but the sun was out most of the weekend – my backyard was bathed in sunshine and snow hanging off the trees … check it out!

And, finally … I saw a beautiful rose … on Valentine’s Day!

What did you see this week? Did you see snow too?

See What Sarah Sees

I am constantly taking pictures both on my iPhone and my big camera. So … I thought I’d share with you some of what I see in my daily travels.

Today I am launching a semi-regular series called “See What Sarah Sees”. It might be a series of photos from a store, or of buildings I’ve seen on a walk or just a collection of pretty things I saw in my daily travels.

I hope you will enjoy.


This week I was in Homesense purchasing some small accessories for a client. Homesense is starting to put out their Easter decorations – my favourite season to decorate with! Lots of hints of Spring with bright florals and wee eggs.

Homesense is showing fair amount of French inspired linen upholstered furnishings. I must admit, I was never a huge fan of this trend when it first appeared. But it’s still around and if it’s your thing there is lots at Homesense.

I’m loving these “vintage” planes and cars. These are the types of finds that turn up in in antique stores and while I’d prefer the original version these replicas are great looking and an excellent way to accessorize a space. My youngest has his heart set on the airplane.

Homesense is always a good destination for cheap and cheerful ceramics and glassware. This week I was loving the blues and whites with a dash of chinoissiere thrown in for good measure.

I think I must have itchy feet right now because I am obsessed with maps and globes. I keep dreaming of where I am going to travel next. My kids have maps of Canada and the world in each of their rooms and we look at their interactive globe almost every night. So it’s no surprise that I was immediately drawn to the globes. Check ’em out:

I might have ended up with a few globes on my way out (I am physically incapable of not spending any money at Homesense).

And finally, a good reminder that I saw in the stationery section:

Thanks for taking a walk with me and “Seeing What I See”. What have you seen lately?