Banff National Park, Canada Travel Diary

Banff is one of the best places to visit in the world. This place is magical and you can’t imagine how beautiful is every landscape, lake or mountain.

We visited Banff this year in June and came back with amazing impressions. We all already know that Canada is famous with it’s snow covered mountains and green nature,  but the most impressive views had turquoise, blue lakes surrounded by mountains and fairy tale like woods.

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These first pictures were taken at Two Jack lake, which was very calm and had beautiful milky blue color. This lake is my husband’s favorite, because it has very calm and relaxing atmosphere. There weren’t that much tourists and it looks like park, because it has green grass and chairs that you can sit on it and have picnic.

I was so excited about this trip, that I did some research before we went there, and saw the pictures, but my real impressions were better than I could imagine. During the research that I did, one fact bothered me- the possibility that the lakes will be still frozen in early June. I was tracking the lakes on webcam at Banff and I was amazed to see how they thawed in one day. Anyway, when we went there the lakes were thawed already and had all shades of beautiful blue color.

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Number 2 lake is Grassy lake. I don’t know how to describe this color of the lake. It is amazing and during the day it was changing the color of the water from light blue to deep greenish blue.

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Third lake is the Peyto lake. We were hiking about  half an hour to get there. When we first got there, we were so shocked, I never saw this kind of blue lake even in the pictures. The blue color of the lake and overall all lakes, get their color from the thawed glaciers of the Canadian Rockies. Peyto lake is also known as a glacier fed lake, because you actually can see thawing glacier water coming down from the mountains.

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This last two lakes are most famous lake Louise and Emerald lake. We had delicious breakfast at Fairmont Chateau hotel,right in front of the lake Louise.We also did canoeing on Lake Louise. Emerald lake was beautiful too and had that enchanted emerald color, even when it was raining. One thing that I liked most about the lake that even on cloudy and gloomy days, you still can enjoy their beautiful color. I also fell in love with the wild life of Banff. I had a chance to see reindeers very close to our hotel, bear with his babies, mountain goat and etc. We did lots of hiking and fun activities.

Last couple days our friends joined us in this trip and we were wondering how wonderful would be this place in winter. Miracle happened here and as you see in the pictures, we got lucky to see snow in June. It was winter wonderland. The forests were covered by snow and the lake still had their milky blue colors. I would like to share so many things with you about Banff (where we stayed, or eat …) but maybe I will write about other fun activities in different article. Stay tuned..

Acai Superfood Bowl

Hi everyone! Today we are going to make a delicious and healthy breakfast or dessert called Acai Superfood. For this delicious  smoothie bowl we need a couple ingredients.

You need

  1. 2 pack unsweetened Acai pure.
  2. 1 tbs chia seeds
  3.  1 cup organic almond milk
  4. 1 frozen banana
  5. 1 tbs peanut butter
  6. 1 cup frozen blueberries( you can use any other frozen berries instead of blueberries)

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For smoothie you need regular blender. Pour all ingredients in blender and blend it until smooth.

For topping add sliced strawberries, bananas, unsweetened coconut flakes, raspberries, granola oats. I also sprinkle chia seeds on sliced banana.

voilà Acai superfood bowl is ready! Enjoy it!

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Short trip to magical Lake Elsinore Flower field

Two month ago my husband and I decided to have a nice picnic at one of the beautiful fields close by. We found out that this year is the most blooming year of Californian fields because of rain. So on Instagram I found this beautiful blooming field on the mountains of Lake Elsinore.

I can’t describe how beautiful view it was on mountains full of yellow and purple wildflowers. I couldn’t resist my self and started pick flowers to make a flower crown and of course I failed:))Sitting on the fresh green grass and enjoying that epic scene of green mountains and blue sky was worth of 30 minute hike in skirt and sandals( I like wearing girly when I’m in the nature even though for other it looks like not that comfortable, but for me it is more than comfortable). The beautiful nature scene give me a feeling of being in nature wonderland. And all this beautiful  feelings again reminded me how beautiful is God and all his creation. Every detail is designed by him and it shows perfection in Him. When I started look around, I stated understand what does mean the thought of God is praised and glorified even by nature, by everything in or out of nature.

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There also were other tourists who came from other cities and even other states. People were coming with their families,  babies and dogs. Some people were doing professional photo shoots and had their own models. I was exciting when one of the photographers agreed to take a picture of me and my husband.IMG_8035IMG_8094

This was on March (apparently this month is the best time of blooming) and the weather was perfect for hiking without feeling hot or cold and of course we had our picnic over there. This beautiful memory of visiting blooming fields on mountain, which was on fire couple years ago because of drought, taught me a beautiful lesson that even though sometimes we are having droughts in our lives, but when rains, it also brings blooms with it.

Love never fails

Today I’m going to talk about the meaning of life-Love. For some people this would be a cheesy topic, for others very close to heart and for me the greatest thing that is not just a feeling, but it is a lifestyle. I thought  this could be a good opportunity to share some thoughts about love especially on Valentine’s Day.

I’m not going to use just a beautiful words to describe it, but I would love to share how I feel and how I experience the presence of Love. I’m sure most of you will imagine flowers, balloons, hearts when someone talks about Valentine’s Day or general about Love. Believe me people, it’s not just that, and Love is not presenting only between couples, friends and families, it is everywhere. We surrounded by touch of Love, we breath love, we are getting or receiving it every moment of our Life.

I recently went through difficult and painful situation- loosing on of the beautiful gifts of God. It was on Valentines Day and I lost my interest in everything. I was so focused on my pain, that I forgot what makes me happy and full of life. My husband was so strong and helped me a lot with his encouragement and support. He wasn’t the only one who was next to me, lot’s of people helped me through their prayers and encouragements, but especially I had that strength and comfort coming from God. Love is when you are going through something painful and difficult, and when you see you are not alone, people are ready to share it with you and when time past that pain gets smaller and smaller. Love is when you are not give up of hope, love is when you are ready to forget yourself and help others, love is when you are moving forward trusting God your whole life. Yes, Love has power in it, love has beauty and love can grow more and more. God is Love, everything that created by him is full of Love, everything we get from him made by love even things that we are not ready to receive.

So let’s conclude the idea of Love, which is much deeper that I tried to describe, it is the secret of our happiness and strength.

Paradise on The Earth. Maldives Islands.

Welcome to a land which  shows you 100% paradise image on the earth.Hi all, it has been a while I couldn’t have chance to write about my trips, but can’t missed this one. Our Maldives Islands vacation was in November, which is considered as a best time to visit Maldives. First, let me tell  you about these beautiful and dreamy islands.

Maldives known with its famous sandy white beaches, the serene turquoise lagoons, the richly colorful coral reefs and of course with tropical trees. The Maldivian coconut palms are most used fruit trees in Maldives. They use coconut shells for making dishes, for crafts and some beautiful handmade souvenirs. Almost every Maldivian dish content a bit of coconut, which makes their food more delicious and exotic.The water is so clear and clean that you don’t even need the snorkeling glasses to see the fishes and other water animals. You can swim with dolphins,  different underwater   fishes, that you never see in other places.The most famous fish is Manta Ray, the unique underwater creature, drawing tourist to snorkel and dive in the deep Indian ocean.

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Many people asked us if we get bored staying at Islands and doing nothing adventurous, but the answer is there are so many things you can do and never get bored. Maldives is not only a relaxing romantic place, but it is also very adventurous. We were snorkeling all  day, kayaking, visiting inhabited islands and there were still lots of things we didn’t have time to do.Lots of people do diving, fishing, and other fun activities. For me the best part was swimming all day long, eating lunch on the beach and watch sunset. I could live whole my life there.

If you want to enjoy the best beaches in the world, just book a vacation package in this beautiful Maldives Islands.

Our romantic vacation to Punta Cana, Domenician Republic

I have always wanted to visit Carribean islands. This time, our destination was one of the biggest islands, Dominican Republic. I loved this country with all its beautiful tropical places and beaches.The water was perfect turquoise color and some beaches were clear blue. I was worried about the weather, because the month that we went, July, was the rainstorms season. All days that we stayed, never rained and the perfect blue sky made me feel more welcomed in this tropical island.

The Dominican Republic famous for Caribbean rum and coffee.We enjoyed all the tropical fruits and special desserts.Also, we had a beautiful photo shoot with my husband at the Macao beach, one of the most romantic places in the world.

Another beautiful beach of Punta Cana, is Bavaro beach, stayed most of our time. Bavaro beach is one of the calmest and cleanest beaches of Punta Cana. We absolutely enjoyed it.Evening dancing fun and the massage at the beach were my favorite parts of the day. No words can explain how relaxing was this trip for us. Everything was fabulous. I think every new married couple should visit this place because it gives you an atmosphere of paradise.

Lavender Festival trip

A couple days ago I got tickets to Lavender festival in Cherry Valley.This festival and especially the place were amazing. We enjoyed the beautiful view of lavender farms, also we really liked the food. Everything was lavendered: organic lavender Ice-cream, lavender drink, dessert, coffees and the smell of lavender was everywhere. In the beautiful woods were cute coffee shops and restaurants, we had our lunch in one of them. Outdoor dining place was harmonized with  a music of the beautiful classic orchestra.This place made me feel like I was in fairyland or old fashion county.In the fields were  a different kind of animals: lama, ships, rabbits, squirrels and colorful birds.

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We also found an 1100-year-old oak tree, it was incredible.

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DIY Paper feathers.

Today I’m going to show you how  to make paper feathers. This is super easy, but very interesting decoration for your gift wrappings, baby/bridal shower backgrounds or just for your parties.You just need a few item for this cute feathers. For this DIY you need

For this DIY, you need a scissor, brown shopping bag, acrylic paint, golden spray paint, printed feather templates (I google searched it and then printed) and paintbrush.

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So basically I cut the brown bag  and made it flat and then I cut the templates, put it on the flat brown paper and cut it. Next step is painting. Choose the colors you want( I used pastel blue and peach colors) and paint  both sides of the feather. When it is dry, you can spray the edges with gold spray(again both sides). Let it dry for a couple minutes and tada it is ready!

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Now when you have these cuties in your hand, you can use it for gift wrapping decoration or whatever you want. This is so fun and creative!

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2016’s Spring-Summer Shoulder off Hot Trend

I have been waiting for a long time to see the  shoulder off  outfit as a trend. I have always liked this style and wanted to wear it as a daily, casual  outfit. This style was also a hot trend in the 90’s, but upon its return, it is more feminine and perfect accompaniment to spring-summer denim. It is important to know that shoulder off tops or dresses you have to wear with a strapless bra, it also goes with invisible stripes of the bra.

Casual shoulder off dresses can be a perfect outfit for beach, picnic days. Long shoulder off dresses is  also a perfect choice for the special occasions.

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Shoulder off tops you can wear with stressed denim pants or shorts.

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Our 2 years Anniversary!

January 31 is our Anniversary. The second year of our marriage we celebrated at the romantic Italian restaurant. We also had Vintage theme photo shoot. View More: http://memorylaynephoto.pass.us/boyajianView More: http://memorylaynephoto.pass.us/boyajianView More: http://memorylaynephoto.pass.us/boyajianView More: http://memorylaynephoto.pass.us/boyajianView More: http://memorylaynephoto.pass.us/boyajian

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For our photo shoot, I used my vintage bicycle, picnic basket, picnic blanket, heart shape chalk board,  vintage style picture frame, Flower vase and of course beautiful flowers.

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