It’s a ZOO in our house…. #StreamTeam

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I seriously can’t believe we survived gradual entry Kindergarten, it was getting a bit close at the end – between trying to juggle my work schedule for pickup/drop off, to making lunches, filling out what felt like 3000 forms, back to school shopping, grocery shopping and getting this kid on a good sleep schedule, it was seriously close!

Now that we’re finally in to what feels like a semi steady groove, we’ve been able to organize our weeks a little bit better and schedule in some much needed family time. With my crazy work schedule I just barely manage to make it home just before bedtime some days, so when we have family time we really take advantage of it and usually let A pick our activities. Continue reading →

El Santo, charity fundraising dinner for Canucks Autism Network {Events}

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When you fall in love with a restaurant, you follow their journey. You get to know their history, their story and support them. One restaurant I have absolutely fallen in love with is El Santo, a Mexican restaurant that opened it doors just under a year ago. I attended an event at this New West hot spot where they easily served 50 of us promptly, warmly and left us with full satisfied bellies. Since then, I have been hooked. I even went back for my birthday dinner, determined to relive the delicious food I had sampled a few months ago.

It’s hard to not fall in love with this location, the decor is warm and modern with just the right amount of “fresh” feeling, the booths are my favourite, they are big and roomy, roomy enough to squeeze the entire family in and enjoy a night out. Continue reading →

Helping my car breathe again with #FRAMFresh + Tutorial #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FRAMFresh #CollectiveBias

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If you’re a West Coaster, you’ve probably noticed how quickly the seasons changed. We went from a beautiful hot summer to a dreary Vancouver-esque rainfall in a matter of days. Usually, when the first signs of Fall start to rear their heads it’s when I start looking into winterizing my car and taking care of some much-needed maintenance I neglected during the summer. Between my hubby and I, we commute over 3 hours each day and that is just to work and home. When you factor in A’s after-school activities, errands, and weekend trips, we put a lot of miles on our cars and we want to make sure they last. Continue reading →

Tiny Teethers delivers big style + #Giveaway

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It’s hard to maintain a sense of style when you’re the mom of an infant. Everything needs to be wipeable, or, at the very least, machine washable. And forget jewelry or accessories. Tiny hands and curious minds make accessorizing difficult at best, and can be downright dangerous when you factor in small beads and tiny airways.

Tiny Teethers makes adding a little flair to your mom uniform easy and safe. They offer a variety of necklaces featuring different styles and shapes of beads, in an array of vibrant colours and calming neutrals. Not only are their necklaces beautiful for mom, they’re visually appealing to babies and completely safe to chew. Continue reading →

Creative Cake-A-Tiers wins us over with Custom Cakes! {Review}

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If you are planning a wedding, birthday, some sort of shower, or other large festivity, there’s one item that really has the power to make or break an event. Sure, gatherings are really about the people, I know this. But when it comes to party items, I’m talking about cake. Think about it.  An okay cake might be eaten, but not really noticed, or talked about.  A really great cake becomes a gorgeous centre piece, talked about around the room, ooohed and ahhhed over, photographed, and savoured when eaten. Really bad cakes will be talked about and photographed too, but we are talking about the difference between an Instagram shot and one sent to cake wrecks. Continue reading →

MEND; Free lifestyle program connecting families + #Giveaway

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Last year, we had the immense pleasure of sharing a free local program that aims to connect families with resources for not only fitness but also nutrition. Have you ever wondered what all the percentages and ingredients are on the back of your food? Not sure how much physical exercise members of your family should be getting daily? It’s okay, not very many of us DO know this information, and MEND wants to help connect British Columbia parents with the answers.

With back to school in full force and the weather on the West Coast changing drastically (hello, Raincover) parents are being challenged to find ways to keep kids active, and not sitting in front of screens. Continue reading →