My 40+1 before 41 – A list of things I would like to accomplish before 41

If you know me in real life, you would know I have a HUGE love for lists. Lists, cards and cats. But this post isn’t about my love for cats (that will come later!) this post is about my extensive love of lists and how I would like to accomplish this list before I turn 41. On this current day I am almost 23 years old so that gives me 13 years to complete all of my crazy exciting dreams! I encourage you to write a list of your own as it will give you that extra little push to start achieving what your heart desires!

My 40+1 before 41
Travel back to Europe
See Dj Mammy Rock live
Watch sea turtles hatch & travel to the sea
Adventure to Africa & go on a safari
Take surfing lessons
Gain scuba diving tickets
Do a shark cage dive
Have my second baby
Get married to the love of my life!
Go shopping in Dubai
Add a love lock to Pont de l’ArchevĂȘchĂ©
Learn spanish
Write a book
Have my photography published
Graduate from university with a degree
Go on a cruise
Spend a month by the ocean in Eleuthera
Go to Disney France
Go on a humanitarian trip
Run a marathon
Walk on the Great Wall of China
Have a date in Central Park
Have my surgery
Upgrade my car
Swim in the Great Barrier Reef
Walk in a rainforest
Learn to play guitar
Fully train my puppy
Pay off student loan debt
Swim with dolphins
Reconnect with my faith
Adopt a sweet little
Go cliff diving
Be a bridesmaid
Get a tattoo in a different country
Do a 365 photography project or similar
Visit the Australian pink lake
Watch the top 100 documentaries list
Go to and review 100 different restaurants (fast food doesn’t count!)
Buy and successfully use a film camera
Go to Thailand
Own 50 pairs of shoes


And here is a picture from our trip to Eleuthera. My heart is here.


Child Photography – Tips & Tricks


If you have a child at home or know one, you have probably already realized that they are ALWAYS on the go and ALWAYS moving. This can usually make picture taking hard and FRUSTRATING! There is hope though. You CAN have gorgeous pictures of your kids and little loved ones and have the satisfaction of taking these REAL images yourself without having fake cheesy smiles or awkward faces. Try out something below and let me know how it works for you!

#1: Include your child
Kids love to feel like they are able to make choices for themselves. In harmless situations (such as picture taking!) why not let them pick a few choice poses. Suggest taking turns, you pick a pose then they pick a pose. Everyone is kept happy and your child feels included!

#2: Plan a special activity
Most kids like hands on activities! Blowing bubbles, sidewalk chalk, jumping rope, toy trucks and cars, exploring and sand play can keep them entertained long enough for you to get a few snaps of them at play! Remember that they don’t always have to be looking at the camera and smiling for the picture to tell an amazing story.

#3: Be Patient
Relax and spend quality time with your child, talking and playing. The less time you spend chasing them around trying to snap a picture the more your child will stay calm and allow to to capture those real expressions. The next time that you pull out the camera they will remember that it is something that can be fun and not boring.

#4: Be fun
Being silly can help wonders! Tell funny jokes or make up silly songs. When a child sees an adult acting fun you will most likely gain their attention and be able to capture those real smiles and sparkling eyes! This will be sure to make picture time less of a chore for everyone involved.

#5: Know when to call it quits
When you find that picture time is starting not to exactly work out – put the camera away! There is no point in creating an upsetting experience because you aren’t going to get those precious images that you want.

Note: the best time for taking photographs is “the golden hour” This time is one hour after sunrise or one hour before sunset. The colours of the sky are lovely and the light is more warm and soft. At these times you will find that your pictures are better lit and not so harsh and shadow-y. Overcast days also work lovely for photography! If these times don’t work well for you, look for open shade. This will keep your subject from squinting and shadows from peeking out over their faces! Try back-lighting if you need to take pictures in open sunlight. Place your child with their back to the light (your face will be towards it) this will also help to keep them from squinting!

Have fun taking pictures everyone! I would love to see what you produce!

XO, Jess





Mother’s Day Shopping Guide

If your mother is anything like mine she is completely modest and not caring about gifts what-so-ever. But because she is obviously the best mother in the world she deserves the best on Mother’s Day! I usually plan much further ahead, but this year I am down to the last minute! Hopefully if you are like me, some of these ideas will be able to give you some inspiration this Mom’s Day! Most importantly though, let your mom know how much you appreciate her this year!

Here are a few little things that stood out to me while I was browsing around the internet. I’ve included the links to find the items below in case that you might want to check them out!


Pillow: by ParrisChicBoutique
Card: by JulieAnnArt
Handmade Soaps by: PurpleeNaturals
Scarf by: LeeCoren
RollingPin by: ValekRollingPins

Spring is finally here!

Spring is finally here and I feel like there is so much that I would like to accomplish in these upcoming months. Moving into a new home less than 6 months ago has definitely created quite a work load for us in the home. Although the house is three years old and is completely finished inside, there is a lot of yard work, decorating and painting to our tastes that we would like to take the time to complete. Currently we are working on an upstairs guest bedroom that is a (horrendous in my opinion) shade of purple as well as a scrapbook room for me *yay!* Once it warms up outside I would also like to plant a flower and a vegetable garden for Emily and I to look after. We have worked quite a bit outdoors already cleaning up so that everything is prepared once heat finally reaches us.

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The yellow is the new paint in my scrapbook room. (Which is still empty!) The purple room is going to be the guest room (not yet painted!) Both rooms were this awful pinkish-purple colour. I will be sure to post updates once both rooms are fully finished!


Welcome to Beautiful Simple Life

I’m not too sure where to start with this blog as I’ve never been one to write a lot about myself. Going through the internet though, I’ve found some interesting, funny, fancy, beautiful, yummy-looking and extremely creative blogs. I hope that this one is a little bit of each of these things with our personal life story in the mix. I am of the adventurous type and love to try everything at least once. Having a place to remember and share these things with others would be great!
Beautiful Simple Life! I hope that you enjoy my ramblings and journey beside my awesome family. Please stay awhile!

Xox, Jess