Thursday, 19 July 2018

High-Waisted Shorts Two Ways


Hello Cutie Shorts! 

Seriously how awesome are high-waisted shorts?!?  Currently I am into everything high-waisted, pants, bikini bottoms, skirts, you name it I love it.  Is it just the trend or is it the fact that I am getting older? Yep 36 as of a couple of weeks ago, and things just don’t stay hidden like they used to.  Either way, I am in love with these babies.  I snagged them up at Winners for 24.99 and I knew they would go from office, to drinks, to lunch, to shorts on the beach without a beat skipped.  Today I am showing you how I wore them while visiting in Victoria, BC a couple of weeks ago.  If you haven’t been to Fisherman’s  Wharf you are absolutely missing out.  It’s got the cutest little houses on the water, trinket shops, and the best fish and chips around (and this is coming from a girl who doesn’t even like fish & chips).  You can easily walk it from downtown Victoria, in 25-30 minutes, and along the way you get to explore the beautiful walk along the ocean, as well as take in some Victorian sight along the way. 

 

I also wanted to show you how I would dress this outfit up for a lunch date or even a summer evening dinner by adding a chunky necklace by H & B, some heels and a sleek/sexy bodysuit.  Confession Time!  My bodysuit gives me a wedgie.  It’s super annoying.  My solution has been to tuck it in but not button the bottom up.  It still gives me that sleek look I love, without being uncomfortable or picking my butt.  LOL!  

 

What's your favorite summer day to night look?

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Road Trip Travel Bucket for Kids!



Long road trips, anything over 10 hours, with the kids never crossed my mind until this year.  Let’s get real!  2.5 hours to the lake or my in-laws was enough for me and the kids to be cooped up in the car.  Once in awhile I would forget how painful it is to be stuck in the car for 6 or 7 hours and we’d drive up to Calgary only to realize that it’s just not really worth it, LOL.  BUT the girls are older and way easier to deal with in general; they understand how to entertain themselves more, can be logical for the most part, and understand a “LONG” trip is really a “long” trip.  So, when the idea popped into my head in early March to drive across three provinces, approximately 20 hours each way, to visit my sister I paused long enough to really consider it.  The kids flew their ahead of time and Logan and I did the first 20+ hours on our own, read about it HERE, and then we all made the trip back together.  I will mention that at this time I don’t want to tackle the distance in one shot but I loved that we were able to spread over several days with activities and visiting various places.

Regardless of the pits tops, we knew we were going to be stuck in the car for hours and hours and HOURS.  First thing I came to terms with in my own mind was:

a) Technology and screen time were going to be my friend.  I know, I know.  What did kids do before tablets?  Here is the thing, I DON”T CARE.  Sorry, but I don’t.  Generally I am very diligent about how much screen time is allowed, max one hour on a drive, but for this trip, I needed to get real.  So, though I was going to encourage them to look out the window, I was also prepared to just give in and enjoy the scenery myself without complaining.  The good news is, due to some of items I am about to show you the girls actually didn’t spend more then 2 or 2.5  hours of the 7 hour of driving  on their tablets.  WIN!  

b)   Eating was not always going to be super-dooper healthy but we would do our best by packing apples, snap peas, oranges, crackers and cheese in the cooler for snacks.  This is another hard thing for me because I love to eat balanced meals but sometimes you just must indulge and go with the flow. 


 I hit Pinterest for car ride ideas and of course it didn’t let me down.  I had a plastic bin that sat between the girls in the backseat and contained everything they needed including markers, pencil crayons, pencils, window markers, wipes, books, grade leveled workbooks, some cards, journals, a personalized binders and their tablets. 




Personalized binders and their journals were the most used items by far.  In the binders I printed off:
  • Roadtrip ScavengerHunt:  This was a HIT people.  I told them when they got half of them they would get a treat and if they got all of them they would get $5/each (which I haven’t paid them yet because they’ve already forgotten about the money).    This scavenger hunt kept them busy for at least one hour each day we traveled, three days in totally.  They loved it and found many of the items hilarious, especially looking for a driver that was picking their nose.  

  • A map from each of the legs of our trip.  I personally loved this and it kept them looking at the sings of all the places we passed from point A to B. 

  • Journal entries.  Anya used it but Halie just jotted things down in her own journal.


  • Blank paper for doodling.


The other item they used a lot for drawing and writing messages were the window/chalkboard markers.  There are many colors to choose from and they are super vibrant.  The only downfall to them was that you must shake them for a while before the ink makes it to the tip of the marker, but that kept them entertained too so maybe its not so bad.  The baby wipes were perfect for wiping the windows down and starting over.  




Since we traveled through the mountains, the kids were really entertained to see new terrain and ended up using their technology to take their own pictures along the way.  They were less impressed once we re-entered the parries😊 

Our favorite two games to play all together on road trips are, Would You Rather?,  and Categories.

What hacks do you have for traveling with kids?  I hope you enjoyed the post and you were able to get some new ideas. 

Thursday, 12 July 2018

What To Wear to a Winery: Rose Romper Style & Traveling Without Children


 

When this trip came together in March and when I saw this sweet little romper on sale I knew instantly that I wanted to wear it to my first winery outing.  Within minutes I had my outfit picked out in my mind for the event, straw bag (which I didn't have at the time), my Guess sandals (for steady feet), straw hat (which I skipped), chunky Vega H & B necklace, and a shawl or denim jacket if there was a breeze, but what I've discovered that this romper actually looks fabulous with my stark white blazer.  All items linked below.  



 

My sister wanted my girls to come out west for a visit and spend some quality time with them.  Be still my heart.  The girls ended flying alone out to BC, while  Logan and I made a mini-vacy out of the drive out to meet them.  We rarely go places without the girls, it just hasn't been our life thus far, so we took the opportunity to do a few adult-ish things.  Our first event was hiking in Lake Louise up to the Tea House.  A moderate hike that we were able to do in 50 minutes, but most people take 1-2 hours depending on fitness levels.  It's worth the climb to be able to the see  Lake Agnes, with snow still glistening in the midst of beautiful, lush greenery.  The climb is busy, a tourist attraction, but yet you feel completely alone and at peace. A fun fact, the staff who work at the Tea House have to do the climb up and down each day and also have to carry the garbage down from the Tea House.  All the food supplies is brought in on a helicopter or brought up by the staff.  



 

In Kelowna we stayed with  my high school friend, Carling, and her darling little family, which is a whole different post.  My one big wish was to visit some of the wineries because  I've never had that opportunity and I really wanted to enjoy and experience it without kids.  We picked two to check out, Quails Gate and Mission Hill.  Our first strop was Quails Gate and it's beautifully manicured estate, full of bright flowers and lush gardens for you to stroll through.  It makes you feel homey and at easy.  You go around the back to walk between the vines to a stunning view overlooking  the river.  We also had lunch in their restaurant, which is rated #1 in Kelowna.  We each ordered steak and paired it up with their Merlot that was recommend (we also bought several bottles).  After lunch we indulged in some wine sampling and walked away with several bottles of Merlot, Gewurztraimer, Pinot Grio, and Rose.  I would highly recommend this winery.




Next we went over to Mission Hill.  I love their wine and I was so excited to go to the winery.  Upon driving up to their grounds, I was super impressive, with their tall clock tower overlooking most of the Okanagan.  The paved path is lined with sculptures and  modern art.  The wooden doors are impressive and catch your eye immediately.  The store is decked out with accessories, pictures of Will and Kate's  royal visit in gold plated frames everywhere, cookbooks, wine, etc.  Impressive but pretentious in my opinion.  You aren't allowed to walk beyond the paved area, which really takes you less then 5 minutes to walk through and then you can do the wine tasting.  We did have a tour booked which was just okay, we went into the cellar but didn't really learn about the wine making business.  Overall I don't think I'd return as I felt there was little to do or see but it is very impressive.   Next time I'd like to check out Cedar Creek and Summerhill wineries.  



 

Our days in the car, driving through the mountains were incredible.  For the first few days we talked off and on but also enjoyed the silence.  We listened to one audio-book and began another one.  We made new memories for us to talk and reminisce about for years to come.    On our way home, we had our sweet girls and experienced lots of fun family things in BC and Alberta, stayed tuned for details!   


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