Thursday, 11 October 2018

White Jeans For Fall: Outfit #1

 Lately I’ve been grabbing for my white jeans a whole lot.  All spring and summer they were hardly in rotation, maybe twice,  and all of a sudden they are having their moment in my day-to-day life, so I decided that I wanted to show you three ways to wear your white jeans through fall and winter over the next three Fridays.
Here in Saskatchewan we often just skip over the ‘fall’ season and jump right into winter.  We have already had a couple of visits from the white fluffy stuff but thankfully it melts away rather quickly .  That being said the rest of the world is easing into fall and this outfit would totally be acceptable to wear as a transitional outfit.  The lovely Larrisa of Lovely Roots Photography did these pictures in late summer/early fall for me on the riverbank.  Looking back on these photos makes me long for longer and warmer days.  We have so much natural beauty around our city and getting out to shoot some outfits before the cold settles in has been one of my goals.   My favorite picture is the carefree one below.  I wish I could go back to that moment.

Okay, outfit.  Let’s talk about this chambray shirt.  What isn’t there to absolutely love?  What’s the best feature?  Well the giant bow is an instant show stopper!  I love the delicate white trim, the balloon sleeves, the tassel on the sleeves, and  the wrap style which really accentuates a ladies natural curves.  IF I were brave, and not wearing it to work, I wouldn’t layer the white camisole underneath, but I would embrace my curves much like Melissa did last week on Mom With Style.  Another favorite piece of mine are these peep toe booties.  They have such a short season here in Saskatchewan that they don’t get worn out and thus they are on their 3rd or maybe even 4th season in my closet.  Confession, after summer I get lazy about keeping up with pedicures so that’s another reason I often don’t wear them because I just feel like I need pretty nails to wear open-toe shoes.  

Hope you all had a great weekend and come back on next Friday for a casual white jean outfit for fall and a family recap of the corn maze outing we had to celebrate fall.  

Shop This Post:

Zara Cross Over Blouse (sold out); Zara similar

ON Rockstar Jeans

Peep-toe booties (old)  Similar: Old Navy  JustFab

Monday, 8 October 2018

Giving Thanks: The Importance of Extended Family

My family, both immediate and extended, is a blessing in my life.  This past weekend we celebrated our Canadian Thanksgiving and we are reminded to take a moment to reflect on the blessings in our lives.  What can I say, I have an endless list of things to be  grateful for.  Two daughters that are healthy and bring me joy like I’ve never known before.  A husband that has loved and supported me for 17+ years.  Parents that taught me to be strong, confident, self-assured, kind, forgiving, loving and open-minded.  Three nephews to love, adore and watch grow.  A sister that always has my back.  Two grandmas continue to give me the gift of multi-generational learning, living and culture.  Aunts, uncles, cousins, that all wrap us with endless love and support.   Friends that I choose to be my family because they lift me and challenge me in the same breath. 

Thanksgiving 2018 with my in-laws. 

Today I am choosing to focus on a specific topic, extended family and their role in helping me raise generous, confident, nonjudgmental, loving children.  I was raised with plenty of family around, and family friends, around to keep me safe and protected.  I look back on the first 10 years of my life and feel that there was a village that was guiding who I would eventually become.  Obviously my parents were my primary caregivers and the ones that made decisions about our upbringing, but I had the opportunity to develop strong, healthy and life-lasting relationships with my grandparents, my aunts and uncles, cousins and community members.  This upbringing has impacted how I’ve taken on my role as mother, a daughter, a granddaughter, a sister, a friend, an aunt, a teacher and a community member.


This year my girls were fortunate to kick off their summer vacation by spending a week with my sister and her family on the coast without us.  I felt absolutely no hesitation to send them.  Why?  Well even though my sister lives two provinces away and we don’t get to see them often, she has been an integral part of the girls life thus far.  They know her as family, but more importantly they trust her, feel safe with her, feel her love as that of someone who has a great investment in them.  Even though they live far from us they've made choices that have allowed them to forge these relationships of equal part love and trust.  They have flown home to welcome the girls into the world, they have snuggled them, gone to the park with them, taken them to ice cream, swam in the pool with them, had family vacations, talked to them on the phone, Skyped, Facetimed, etc.  My sister has put the work into building a relationship with the girls and I feel like that relationship can never now be undone.  To end summer 2018 off the girls were invited to join my sisters family and my parents, who are a part of the girls day-to-day life, in Washington for a family wedding.  Logan and I had no way to attend the wedding but my girls were once again surrounded by family.  Not just the family they know intimately but family that helped raise and shape me.  They made new bonds, they forged new relationships, they know that their family circle extends beyond the people int heir day-to-day lives.  


These are the people we have chosen to leave in charge of our children if anything should happen.  Hmmm.
Dressing fancy with tetka Tiki.

The three marketeers.


My girls know there is a large circle of people in their corner.  They have family in Saskatoon, Regina, Big River, Victoria, Seattle, Bosnia, Serbia, etc.  Some of these people they have close daiily interactions  with and others they know from stories.  Either way they know that other people are rooting for them.  They also developing their own definitions of what it means to be a significant member of  a family, how to support each other, how to make time with family a priority, how to have responsibility to more than just yourself, how you can never run out of love.  Should anything happen to Logan and I, we know that they will be with people who love them and would care for them.  We know that our story would be shared with them.  We know without a shadow of a doubt that they would have every opportunity to be loved, cared for and develop into the best versions of themselves.

Aunty Jenna, uncle Jason and baby Anya.

Baka, deda, great-grandma and the girls.

Missing a few Dautbegovic/Fazlagic clan but we keep them close to our heart.

Goofing around with striko & strina.

Aunties can give us sugar anytime!

Nana, papa and the girls with their birthday gifts.

Cousins sharing with Cooper.

We are fortunate to have family both near and far.  We have family to support us in our day-to-day child rearing and ones that have to work harder to sustain their relationships.  But some people don’t have family near by, or close ties, but they create family with their friends.  That’s another post but friends are family you choose.  Rely on them.  Have your kids learn to relay on them.  Allow them to step into shoes of an aunt, uncle, grandmother, grandfather, cousins.  All of us need a tribe of some sort.  Life is better with a tribe.  So I give thanks to the fact that we are fortunate enough to have a large tribe to help us raise two wonderful kids. 


Further reading:

How Important is Extended Family to Kids?

The Importance of Extended Family to Your Child's Confidence & Growth

Monday, 1 October 2018

Continental Drift: A Day in My Life & a Link-Up

Welcome to another addition of the Continental Drift.  This month we are showing you what our day to day life looks like in each part of the world, and across age groups.  Below is a standard day in my life, it was sort of difficult to keep track of the hours, minutes and what's actually happening in my life to be honest.  Hahaha.  Hope you enjoy the glimpse.  

6:00  a.m.  Dragged myself out of bed finally, even though I had been awake for close to a half an hour.

6:30 am This is a weekly outing with my bestie Amber.  We clocked 7 km by the river and it was beautiful, crisp morning run and it was still light at that hour.  Now it's pretty much dark until 7:30 a.m. so we are running in the darkness of the morning.  

7:30- 8:00 a.m.  Busy morning ritual goes something like this coffee, shower, makeup, hair, and dress.

8:10 a.m. Breakfast & cuddles with Anya before heading out the door.  She even snapped an outfit photo of me before I head out to a PD session.

9:00-11:30 Attended a PD session on the developmentally progression of  phonological awareness. 

11:45 a.m. I picked Anya up for a lunch date at home.  This was in early September and she was just adjusting to the new school and still in the process of making friends.  I tried to hook up with her for lunch to give her a break but the good news is, she no longer wants me to do that because she has made friends and looks forward towards lunch hours and recesses.  

1:30 Epic three hour leadership meeting.  Absolutely exhausted.

5:15 Made it home to make coffee and restart my system for the evening.  I often need to refuel with coffee to make it through the evening.

5:45 p.m. I went to pick  Halie up from the mall.  I was super  annoyed with her for spending her money on Dollarama junk.  Anyone else?  This is something I am trying to work on.  I hate that she spends $ on stupid stuff but do I have a right since it's her money?  She seems to be a horder and also seems to struggle going anywhere without spending her money.  Advice, please!

6:00 Supper.   I am so thankful that I  make supper  the night before and often I make enough to last us tow nights.  This was night #1, so  we had supper already made for the next night too.  No cooking!!!!

6:45 p.m. My family cleaned up supper and I had a quick cat nap.  I do these to still my mind and I do them most days.  15 minutes does me a world of good but I never go more than 15 minutes, or allow myself to actually fall into a deep sleep. 

7-8:30 p.m. Tidy Tuesday. This means  everyone cleans.   The kids attack their rooms, Logan vacuums and I  switched Anya's closet over from summer to fall.  This requires go through her drawers and bring up the next box of her sisters hand-me downs.  We are ready to donate a large bin of clothes that she no longer fits.

8:30 p.m.  Finally it's bedtime for the kids, which means it takes until 9 p.m. before they were actually in their beds.  

9-9:30 p.m.  This is the time I sit down to do some work/catch up on the social media (blog, IG, FB).  I have gotten itno the habit of  setting a timer so I don't get distracted and don't overdo it.  I also enjoyed a glass of wine and got a blog post accomplished (not this one).  

9:30 Picked out my outfit for work and took out my workout clothes for another 6 a.m. workout.  Washed my face, etc.  

9:45 Joined my hubby for a show and to finish off my glass of wine.   Currently watching Suits, Champions & Nashville.  

And that's what my weekdays look like for the most part.    Next time on the Continental Link we are talking all about hosting and holiday planning.  Link-up your own advice or any family friendly topic of your choice with us every first of the month.  

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