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Best of Instagram – November 2014

Good morning November! (Only 55 days until Christmas…) #november #fog #winter #sunrays #cowichan #trees #explorebc

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Oh Roxidoo! ūüôā #HappyMaker #BestFriend #Dog #PuppyLove #autumn #worldoflabs #chocolate

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Give Wall Art This Holiday Season

A couple of weeks ago I received a request from one of my Instagram followers for prints of a couple of my mushroom images I had posted a few weeks earlier. She said she had the perfect wall art frames and would love to see my mushroom photos in them!

These are the images she chose:

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And this is how the final wall art turned out:


Thank you so much @LifeOfShauna for posting a pic of the final framed¬†wall art¬†and for your kind words! I’m so happy and excited that¬†you like the photos and I love that they inspire memories of your favourite childhood stories!

Give Wall Art This Holiday Season!

Are you looking for a unique gift for someone close to you this holiday season? Do you know someone who loves to travel, appreciates nature and explores the outdoors?

Check out my Instagram feed and if you see something that inspires you, please contact me¬†for pricing and I’ll get them printed and sent off you you in a flash! And don’t forget to click follow while you’re there!

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Visit the Etsy Shop

OctoberGrams 2014

Fall on Vancouver Island is one of the most beautiful times of year. These OctoberGrams are a collection of some of my most popular Instagram posts from October 2014. All photos were shot and edited with an iPhone 5s.

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Lighthouse in Staley Park, #Vancouver #Canada #StanleyPark #lighthouse #redandwhite

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An amazing walk in the woods along the Cowichan River near Skutz Falls. #cowichan #explorebc #leaves #fall #ILiveHere A photo posted by Mariska Richters (@mariskar) on

A Victoria sunset with a tiny sliver of the moon at the blue hour. #sunset #moon #bluehour #victoria #explorebc A photo posted by Mariska Richters (@mariskar) on

SeptemberGrams 2014

SeptemberGrams –¬†My favourite Instagram posts from September 2014. Follow¬†my Instagram account for these and more fun pics.

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Take a deep breath and BLOW! ūüôā #dandelion #fluff #fall #flower #b&w

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Another beautiful view in my neighborhood. #farm #vancouverisland #Cowichan #westholme #explorebc #LovingIslandLiving View on Instagram

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I was treated to this foggy view from my kitchen window this morning. #LovingIslandLiving #explorebc #Cowichan #fog #forest #beauty

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A foggy morning to start off another beautiful day. #Cowichan #explorebc #fog #beautiful #ILiveHere View on Instagram

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The vines at Cherry Point Vineyard. Be sure to visit on your Vancouver Island wine tour. #wine #Winery #wineroute #vancouverisland #Vineyard #grapes #vines

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A scene right out of a farmland story book. #farm #tractor #barn #SimpleLife #cheesepointefarm View on Instagram

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The Cowichan River. Beautiful as always. #cowichan #river #explorebc #beauty

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#Sunset and #moonrise from my back door. #vancouverisland #explorebc #beautiful #lovingislandliving View on Instagram

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Just another day at the beach. ūüôā #maplebay #cowichan #ilivehere #lovingislandliving #explorebc #vancouverisland #endlesssummer

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#Sunset #reflection in #Shawnigan Lake. #explorebc #cowichan View on Instagram

AugustGrams

AugustGrams – My favourite Instagram posts from August 2014. Follow my Instagram account for more fun pics.

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My favourite colour is sunset. This one was last night on Cpwichan Lake. #sunset #cowichan #lakecowichan #youbou #littleshaw #camping

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Loving island living! The view from the pub in Maple Bay. Gorgeous! #maplebay #cowichan #vancouverisland #view #oceanview #lovingislandliving

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Be careful where you park in Coombs! “No parking! Trespassers will be baptized.” #signs #church #baptism #church

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One of the giant trees at Cathedral Grove near Port Alberni on Vancouver Island. Such a beautiful forest! #trees #forest #cathedralgrove #vancouverisland #portalberni #nature

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Do you know where in Vancouver this abandoned building is? #broken #vancouver #abandoned #yvr

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Arriving at the sunny Nanaimo with @bcferries. #vancouverisland #explorebc #ferry #travel

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Loved this cute bike with flower basket. #bike #flowers #garden #vancouver

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The forest on the Varley Trail at Lynn Valley in North Vancouver. #forest #lynnvalley #northvancouver #vancouver #varleytrail #nature #explorebc

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I caught this bee mid-flight shooting this sunflower. Not bad for an iPhone pic! #bee #sunflower #nature #insect #bug #explorebc

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A perfect end to the long weekend last night, sunset on Shawnigan Lake. #sunset #shawnigan #explorebc #favouritecolour

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Dragonfly on a knot. So beautiful. #dragonfly #rope #knot #insect #beautiful

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My favourite colour is sunset. This one from last night while floating on Shawnigan Lake. #sunset #shawnigan #canada #explorebc #favouritecolour

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JulyGrams 2014

JulyGrams РMy favourite Instagram posts from July 2014. Follow my Instagram account for more fun pics.

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#SundayFunday! #Mojito #SummerFun #Shawnigan

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Happening now. ūüôā Saturday afternoon at Shawnigan Lake. Life is good. #shawnigan #vancouverisland #lake #summer #explorebc #lovingislandliving

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It’s finally blueberry season! Mmm!! #Yay! #blueberries #bcfarms #explorebc #farmfresh #organic

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That’s a lot of gum! #gumhead #vancouver #douglascoupland #publicart #art #gum #gross

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I’m not a fan of the rain, but I do love the life a greenery it brings back to our forests. Lynn Valley is one of my favourite places. #LynnValley #Vancouver #I have a lunch tomorrow and then a coffee meeting after. #forest #nature #rain #rainforest

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It was a gorgeous morning at Shawnigan Lake this morning. #shawniganlake #vancouverisland #lovinislandlivin #lake #lakeview

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I found a bunch of these caterpillars on my hike today. I love nature! #caterpillar #bugs #nature #hiking #ilovenature #yellow #black

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Do you know what kind of egg sacs these are? I don’t, but I’d like to. #sealife #ocean #eggpod #maplebay #vancouverisland #explorebc

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Sunset is my favourite colour. This one was tonight at Quamichan Lake. #sunset #cowichan #quamichan #lake #kayak

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Today was Cowichan Valley winery your day! Cherry Point Vineyards was our first stop. #wine #cowichan #winery #cherrypoint

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10 Must-Have Travel Apps For iPhone

I like to be organized when I travel to ensure I have a stress-free experience. Thankfully, there are some great travel apps for iPhone to help with this from planning a trip, to being on the ground at the destination, to connectivity with friends and family back home.

So without further ado, here are my 10 Must-Have Travel Apps for iPhone:

      • Must-Have Travel Apps for iPhoneSkyScanner¬†SkyScanner aggregates fares from airlines and the big travel sites to find¬†you the best deal. For the budget traveler, there‚Äôs also an¬†option to pin your search to your start screen and keep an eye on price fluctuations.
      • XE Currency Use this free app for¬†all your currency exchange needs while you’re on the road. XE Currency¬†allows you to track multiple currencies at once and uses live currency rates so it’s always accurate.
      • Dropbox¬†I use Dropbox to save all my flight, hotel and insurance information as well as any other travel related documents that I may need to access while on the road. I find this much more convenient and secure than carrying all that paper around with me. I also have my iPhone set up to back up¬†my photos to Dropbox as soon as I¬†connect to wi-fi. This allows for easy organizing, filtering and sharing photos from my laptop later.
      • Google Maps This is one of the most used apps on my iPhone both at home and when I travel¬†to¬†know where I am¬†and where I’m going. If I know I won’t have wi-fi or mobile reception where I’m going, I simply take a screen shot of the map before I head out, just in case.
      • Trip Advisor Use Trip Advisor to check out brutally honest reviews from real people for accommodations, restaurants, activities and attractions. I’ve found this to be extremely useful in finding places that suit my wants and needs, and for avoiding places that are less than adequate. I also leave my own reviews on TripAdvisor from time to time, view my profile here.
        A secondary Trip Advisor app is the Offline City Guide, which pairs suggestions for where to visit, shop, and eat at your destination. Avoid the stress of finding a wi-fi connection by downloading offline maps for your destination. 
      • Google Translate This app was my saviour when traveling in Russia where I didn’t speak the language, nor could I read the alphabet. Simply type in what you want to say and the app will translate it to your language of choice both in text and sound¬†through your iPhone’s speaker.
      • Kindle Don’t weigh down your luggage with books! Download¬†your reading list for Kindle¬†and read them on the iPhone or iPad.
      • YouTube Capture If you like instant upload gratification, use the YouTube Capture to get your travel videos uploaded to YouTube right away. You can record your¬†video directly through the app, or upload videos from your library, edit, add music, a title and video description and then hit upload. Quick and easy! –> Subscribe to my¬†YouTube channel!
      • Instagram If you’re like me, you take a ton of photos when you travel. Use Instagram to share your favourite photos with family, friends and followers. Customize your¬†images using custom filter effects to create beautiful shareable photos.¬†Instagram allows you to share your photos publicly, privately or send your pics directly to a specific user. –> Follow me on Instagram!
      • WhatsApp Messenger This cross-platform messaging app allows you to send messages, photos and video to your friends and family across the globe using wi-fi or your phones data package without any additional international texting charges.

What are some of your favourite travel apps? Please share below.

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