I have had a major mama crush on Anne since I came across her Instagram feed just before we both announced we were having our second child. She makes me want to pack my winter woolies and escape to the mountains and the snow. Her two children; Eli and Isabelle (who’s middle name is ‘Snow’ by the way – is that not the prettiest thing ever?) are adorable and can often be found in the arms of their parents, while the family hike through the hills and spend quality time together outside. Anne’s photos always bring a sense of calm to me. Read on to learn a little more about this beautiful being, and her love and connection with nature (that is, after you’ve jumped over to Instagram (@annehilldesign) to check her out and fall in love with her, just like I did …)
Let’s start things easy, and simple …
1. What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Oatmeal with some fresh fruit. Gotta keep my milk supply up!
2. Most enjoyed Winter and Summer beverages?
Winter: hot chocolate | Summer: diet coke
3. What three things do you take to your desert island (unfortunately George Clooney isn’t available)?
My husband (he’s like Bear Grylls no lie), Speaking of diet coke … diet coke, computer with wifi.
4. Describe your style …
I have a very simple style with a bit of boho flair.
5. Holiday destination of choice?
Iceland! It’s been a dream of mine for almost 10 years now.
Ok, let’s step it up a little …
6. How do you chill out?
Netflix and chill.
7. Something you can’t live without?
8. You have a dinner party and can invite three people dead or alive, who’s attending? …and what signature dish do you cook for them? More importantly, does it involve dessert?
MARTHA STEWART. Do I have to invite the other two? Martha is my everything. I would make caprese salad, a fresh pasta dish, probably with an alfredo sauce, and there would of course be dessert! I would kill for some chocolate cake right now, so let’s say that’s what it would be.
9. What is your favourite thing about Motherhood?
My favorite thing about motherhood is watching my children learn and grow. It’s so exciting! And seeing their excitement for things, really seeing the world through a child’s eyes makes life so magical. My heart is always bursting with love.
10. When you jump on Instagram, which accounts do you look at no matter what?
@whitneyjohnson – She makes me want to have twins which is insane!
@gparrish – She has the prettiest photos and the sweetest soul.
@amandajanejones – She was my first college roommate and is the most talented person around.
11. Are you afraid of anything? (we promise we won’t use this against you. Maybe)
I’m basically deathly afraid of anything bad ever happening to my children. #momlife
12. Favourite childhood memory?
Playing outside in the woods with my brothers and sisters.
13. What are your non-negotiable health and beauty routines?
As far as beauty routines go I’m a really low maintenance girl overall. I do have adult acne though, and the struggle is real. I am religious about washing my face morning and night. I only put on makeup about twice a week. For health I have much more of a routine. I run five days a week. It keeps me healthy physically and mentally. It’s the one time of day I have just for me and I really cherish it. We are a super active family. I try to walk to the park with my kids as often as possible, even in the cold Canadian winters. On the weekends we like to fit in hikes and walks together as a family.
Oh, these are too easy? Ok … let’s get personal.
14. What does self care mean to you?
For me self care is about getting time to myself. As a mother we are usually always caring for someone else’s needs instead of our own. I’ve learned I go to dark places if I don’t get out of the house and do something for myself. Usually for my schedule it’s leaving the house and going for a run when my husband gets home.
15. Leap into the future – describe to us how it looks …
Looking into the future I hope to have more baby feet added to the pitter patter of our home. I hope to move back to Alaska and enjoy life in the mountains there again. I feel like it looks bright and happy and messy and wonderful!
16. Inspiration; what makes you go chick chick boom?
Great design! Great photography! Great writing! I get so inspired and want to just create. It’s the art major in me.
17.What makes you wet-your-pants happy?
Exploring outdoors with my little family!
18. Do you live by a life motto? If so, do share …
This quote is what I’ve been considering my motto of late:
“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” -Diane Ackerman.
19. Tell us something about yourself that we’d be surprised to hear …
I speak Spanish and some Italian.
and finally …
20. What’s next for you?
I actually have no clue what my future holds right now! My husband is about to graduate from grad school and we have no clue where he will get a job, where we will move, what we will do. Life is a big giant adventurous question mark right now.
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