Thursday, 16 November 2017

Red Velvet Crush: Holiday Outfits for Mommy and Me

Oh La La velvet.  I’ve been searching for a velvet piece to add to my close without much success  until I saw this on my Just Fab monthly boutique.  It took less than two minutes to click and purchase this lush, holiday perfect, bold red, slouchy sweater.  I have learned to size down in their clothing line so I went with an XS.  When it arrived and I rushed to put it on, even though it was freezing from being outside all day in the mailbox.  As I slipped it on , I felt instant relief wash over me because it was PERFECT!  It’s so soft on the outside and the inside is lined so it slips onto the body just right.  I wore it for our first family holiday outing ,to watch the production of Little Women the Musical.  I paired it up with my basic black skinny pants, black booties and my bold H & B necklace, also styled here.  Oh, and I let my hair go all natural with just a good blow drying and hairspray. 

The girls also got all dressed up in their newly purchased holiday dresses but weren’t too keen on taking pictures in the brisk, like -15 C, weather.  I took them shopping last week to the Bay, during their Bay Day’s sale, and Halie picked out a lacy velvet, midnight blue dress and Anya went with a bold red one (sold out but similar here and here).  Recently someone told me that I was going to be broke with two girls but I do love shopping with them.  Hahaha. 

We enjoyed a special lunch at a local crepe café that has GF crepes and then we went to the show.  What a truly magical way to kick off the holiday season.  If you missed my post on Wednesday and do the Elf on the Shelf gig with your little ones make sure you check it out for some ideas and a couple of pintables here.

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend and thanks for swinging by.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Elf on the Shelf Printables and Ideas


I don’t know about you but there are many evenings  that Logan and I look at each other and say, “what were we thinking bringing Elf of the Shelf into our home?!?”  LOL.  But we continue to do it year after year because our girls begin to anticipate his arrival on Nov. 1st, as soon as Halloween is behind them.  He brings them so much joy and seeing their little eyes light up like a Christmas tree  is totally worth it in the end.  Halie doesn’t really buy it anymore but also isn’t ready to let all her childish whims go, and I want to hold on to these magical moments in their lives forever and ever.  Call me crazy but it makes me sad, and almost teary,  to think that childish magic will be gone in such a short time.  So each year Buddy promptly arrives on December 1st, special delivery from the North Pole and is accompanied by a letter from Santa (which you can download and edit HERE).    From that day forth he creates fun and chaos around the house.  We choose not to follow the rule of no touching, instead the girls take him along and play with him.  Over the years he has become their little buddy,  his name is also Buddy.  They have both taken him for show and tell in their younger years, and he has flown to Mexico and Cuba with us over the past few years.  He reads and crafts with us.  He also makes many, many, messes and when Logan and I have had enough of him, we send him to the North Pole to " report to Santa” while we give our creative brains a little break.  Hahaha.


Here are some fun and super simple things for him to do:


1.      Have him eat a bunch of your Xmas baking or treats and leave crumbs all over the place.


2.       Build a wall using wooden blocks, or cardboard ones like these and have him drive a car into it.




3.       Have him write an invitation for your kids to cook, do a science experiment or a craft project by having him lay out all the supplies and a note out for your kids.


4.       Go fishing in your toilet.


5.       Decorate your Xmas tree with dirty laundry or with toilet paper. 


6.        Have your elf write down a Christmas countdown using your lipstick on a mirror, with chocolate chips or on a toilet paper roll.


     7.  Take a marshmallow bath.


     8.       Bring your kids treats or a little gift (smackers lipstick, Pokémon cards, a book, etc.).

     9.  Make a swing for your elf using an empty toilet paper roll, string and hang him off  of a

          light fixture.


10.   Make a toilet paper snowman. 


11.  Have him watch a favorite Christmas movie on your tablet while eating popcorn.


On Christmas Eve the girls spend the evening taking turns holding Buddy and saying their goodbyes.  Budd  always writes them a  letter them for taking such good care of him and wishing them a happy New Year.  Download and edit our version HERE. 

Please share your own ideas because we have 24 days of creativity to come up with this year and we can always use some help in that department. 








Thursday, 9 November 2017

From Day to Night: Olive Jeans and Three More Outfit Ideas


I'm back.  Last week I took a little break, basically I just couldn't get everything done and the blog had to take a backseat.  Honestly, it's getting easier to accept that and I don't stress about as much these days. Life is full of choices and priorities, so I make them and I have to live with them.   Maybe it's the fact that I am getting older or maybe I am less motivated, either way, I am here and happy to be here this week! 

I finally jumped on the olive jeans bandwagon this fall.  I have always liked them but everything I add into my closet pretty much has to have multiple purposes and ways to be worn.  When I discovered these Design Lab Lord and Taylor pants at the Bay, I quickly realized they can work as casual pants as well as work attire.  These pants aren't "jeans" and I find they can be dressed up so that they appear more like a casual pair of dress pants.   I literally went from office TO life as "mommy" in one day with these pants.  I quickly swapped out the blazer for a cozy cardigan, my new H&B Vega statement necklace for my owl  chain, and heels for riding boots.  Done!   







Below are three more ways that I would style these pants casually or for work.


#1 Chunky sweater ( cold shoulders ), olive pants, leopard print booties/flats, chunky statement necklace & a tote


#2 Olive pants, stripped shirt, denim jacket/navy blazer, black booties & bling, bling (stacked bracelets and statement necklace)


#3 Olive pants, chambray top, brown belt, brown riding boots & blanket scarf to keep you cozy


Share other ways you style your olive pants in the comments below.  Have a great long weekend and remember to wear your poppy.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Just In Time and Momster


Some days, weeks, or months are just busy.  It's not a bad busy but it's the kind that you keep chugging along feeling good and all of a sudden BAM you feel like you need to come up for air because you are drowning.  For me, October, and maybe September, have felt that way.  Most of the time I love running in the fast lane, with deadlines, commitments, events, but by the middle of last week the high was no longer there and I felt like quick sand was trying to take  me down.  Alas, we had a free weekend just in time and I declared that we needed to get away to the lake. 


Friday finally arrived and after a bad  Thursday night, with Anya waking up off and on in the night,  and an 6 am run, I was completely exhausted by the time evening rolled around .  The kids went to bed and so did I.  Halie wasn't feeling well and started hacking but I gave her some Tylenol and reassured her, and myself, that it would be fine.   Just as Logan and I laid down to watch a show, Anya started crying again and saying her tummy was hurting.  Off she wen to the bathroom and.....PINWORMS.  That was the breaking point.  I am not proud of it but I didn't handle it like a loving mother, it was more like a MOMSTER.  (not happy or proud of it but sometimes we have to admit we make mistakes and we are not perfect).  I said things like, "I keep telling you to wash your hands... keep your fingers out of your've had this happen before, when will you learn."  Yes, I said all the wrong things and it really isn't a big deal but when you are running on empty these little bumps can appear like boulders.  Anyway we dealt with it, got the pills, had a shower, washed the sheets, clothes and towels, etc.


We pondered whether to go to the lake with one sick and one wormy kid, but I was adamant that we needed to get away.  It was raining all day on Saturday and it was the perfect.  There was no TO DO list, no playdates, no cleaning, no laundry, no phone calls, no 'just one more thing' to get done.  We had  nothing but time and boredom to help us be creative. We played Clue, Monopoly and Trouble.  We cooked supper together.  We watched The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and two Gilmore Girls.  We read.  The girls played.  We hiked.  I ran.  Logan and I talked.  We drank wine. 




We connected.  We felt like a family.  24 hours away from the fast lane was exactly what we needed.  We drove away and I felt like the mom I wanted to be, was meant to be, but I also felt human.  I felt ready for another week ahead and so did my little family.  As we drove away my 10 year old said, "I love the cabin.  I am glad we bought it."  And what I interpret that to mean is, "I love the cabin because I love the family time we get there."


What do you do to getaway from life's daily demands?


Thursday, 26 October 2017

Duster Cardigan & a Little Sparkle


I had been dreaming of a duster cardigan since last spring but I just never seemed to come across one that caught my eye and then at the end of the summer there was a sale at a local  boutique and this Billabong duster cardigan caught my eye; I couldn't find the exact same one but linked some great fall and winter options below. I knew it was going to be mine and at 50% off it seemed like it was just meant to be.  Usually I like big, bulky, woolly sweaters when the temperatures begin to nosedive but I had still some warmer days ahead so it seemed like a good investment.  I love the crochet design and the waterfall front.  It went worked well to showcase a perfectly casual look here with some frayed hemmed jeans that I have worn over and over and over again, here and here.  I am also loving my new grey tee from H & M and the ruffle detailing that gives a little twist to a pretty basic classic tee. 


Now let's talk about this stunning new necklace.  I had a GC for Hillberg and Berk and I ended up adding a little bit to the total and ended up walking away with  two brand new pieces to add to my collection.  This Swarovski crystal  pendant at the end of the rose gold chain caught my eye instantly and is the first piece I choose.  The crystal can be tuned two ways, a lighter, crystal version that sparkles as the light hits it or a darker, iridescent side that shimmers and alters its color as the light hits it.  Both give just a subtle sparkle to any outfit.  I know this will get a ton attention from me.



Shop This Post:

Ruffled Top (H & M; $19.99)

Hillberg and Berk Ellis Pendant Long Necklace

Cardigan: Option 1;  Option 2; Option 3