Oh Canada!

Well it is slightly delayed but I wanted to put up some fun pictures from our mellow yet fun Canada Day celebration! It was such a great day. We had initially hoped to head out in the morning and check out some local festivities, however nothing was really getting going until noon. Instead we took a big stroll on the docks and looked for seals. We also had a very large breakfast, relaxing with coffee and dangerous amounts of bacon. Hallie must have sensed there was a busy afternoon ahead and conveniently went down for a nap at 11:30 and did not wake until 1:30. She timed it perfectly as our guests were due to arrive at 2pm. Just enough time to get her dolled up for the day! We all had our red on and I even threw on some plaid, to be real Canadian. We only had two other couples over so it was perfectly manageable to whip up some fun and festive snacks. We had red liquorice bunches, homemade iced tea, red velvet cupcakes, smokies, burgers, candied bacon (yes more bacon) AND the main event, individual servings of poutine. It was slightly overindulgent but on holidays, who gives a crap!? ‘Not I’ said the momma with her mouth stuffed full of fries, gravy and cheese curds… mmmmm classy lady! It was a delicious afternoon. We all survived the heat too – not sure how my girlfriends did both being well into their third trimesters of being preggo. Poor gals. I secretly vowed that day that my next pregnancy will take place throughout the Winter. Yes that means no Christmas cocktails (gasp!) but it also means I might not suffer as much and sweat like a giant cow… like I did last year! The best laid plans…
Aside from Canada Day, there has been a lot of pool time and simply trying to stay cool whenever possible. I am trying to convince the Hubs to purchase an air conditioning unit, at least for upstairs. If any of you are in British Columbia, you know we are dealing with 180+ forest fires which is making things extremely uncomfortable. The windows have to be shut due to an air quality warning and when you are relying only on fans and no A/C, that is a challenge! We are sticky hot messes over here. Chances are though by the time we go out and buy a unit, the heatwave will pass and all will be tolerable once again. Murphy’s Law!
We have been spending as much time as humanly possible outside (well up until today with the air quality warning) and catching tons of Daddy’s baseball games. Hallie loves being at the park and exploring. I spend most of my time pulling leaves and grass out of her hands before it makes it into her mouth but we still manage to have a blast. Nothing like an icy cold cider in the park as well. Summer truly is the best isn’t it? As I write that I have just glanced around me at the moving boxes I have been building all morning. I think it is finally time to start packing. This procrastination has to end. But first! (Hah see what I did there?) I need to get through a quick read: “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up” (Website). Let me tell you, if you have clutter or the need to purge items, read this first. I have heard amazing reviews and cannot wait to put some techniques into action. Perhaps packing should follow the Great Purge that is soon to take place. I hope you are all having a fantastic Monday, and keeping your littles one away from the smoke-filled air.
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The ladies in red!


Our Canada Day BBQ fun!

Just livin’ it up at the Baseball Game!

Summer snacks…. and sips!


Baby’s new favourite snack – a juicy summer peach!

Event he furry girl needs to stay cool in this heat! Check out this website for fun ideas!

Canada Day BBQ Planning

Canada Day is almost here! Every year I say we are going to have a big party (much like Cinco de Mayo) and every year time sort of gets away with me. Plus a lot of people take vacations this week every year too so I am not so sure we would even get a big turnout if we went to the effort of planning something big. Regardless, I like to get festive on the actual holiday and that means having some fun with food! It also means being outside and enjoying this ridiculous heat wave. Summer fun all the way! If only the baby pool was a bit bigger.

I have compiled some favourites that will be present at our BBQ this Wednesday. We have a few friends coming by, two of which are preggo. These two hot momma-to-be’s ensure that my mini poutine will be a big hit!
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This year I plan on doing a patterned bunting banner instead of your regular Canada flag one. I love the contrast of gingham, colds and stripes with this selection. Nothing says a party without some good ol’fashioned striped straws either. Pop them into a small mason jar and you are good to go. Luckily for this Red Velvet cake lover, the color ties in perfectly with this red themed holiday. Whether I do cupcakes or an actual cake, it will absolutely be red velvet! We must also keep our guests hydrated with these Canadian go-to bevies: Caesars and Kokanee Beer! It doesn’t get much more Canadian than that folks! Happy planning =)

Hot Summer Days On The Westcoast

If you are living anywhere in B.C. right now, you certainly know about the crazy hot temperatures that we are getting lately. It has been smoking’ hot for quite some time! We have been back and forth from the Coast to Kamloops as well and it does not feel all that different no matter where we go. Anyone who knows those areas also knows how crazy that sounds! But we are loving it – most of the time. Baby’s bedtime is proving to be an absolute disaster. I have had two fans in her room and stripped her right down to a diaper but she still can’t get comfortable. She is cutting a top tooth as well as embracing her new-found talent of standing in her crib so put it all together, we have one exasperated momma here! I feel like patience and a lot of white wine might be the two things to get me through this baby phase AND heat wave.

Like I mentioned, we have been back and forth to Kamloops lately, checking out houses. There is quite a variety of houses within our price range. Some are cute and renovated throughout, some are rather scary and need to be completely gutted. I am not ready to move into a total construction zone with a crawling babe either. When it came down to somewhat of a wishlist, we settled on something renovated, but that still had the room for us to do a couple DIY projects and make our mark in there. Air conditioning was an absolute MUST, and a nice big fenced yard. Hubby was not aware but on my list was also three bedrooms on the main level so that we could accommodate baby number two when the time comes. We found a bit of a gem with a finished suite and the whole house is basically move in ready. I should have led with the fact that we wanted a suite to rent out and intend for this to eventually turn into an income property. We will locate a new (forever) home and keep this one with tenants to make some cash off of it. So presently, we are in the offer stage and sitting on pins and needles. I cannot wait to get a definite answer from the seller and am crossing my fingers that it is in our favour. Then we will proceed to sit on pins and needles while an inspection takes place. Ahh, the joy of selling and buying homes. FML!

In the meantime, we are just trying to get through this heat, and contemplating the idea of packing. It will be our moving date before I know it and I swear, I will have done nothing. Better start building boxes and purging out items we no longer need. Something tells me the Salvation Army is really going to score when I get going here. Monday is housework day at the Haywards so I better get back to it before that peaceful sleeping baby is awake and standing in her crib, gnawing on it like the little beaver she is lately. Happy Monday!
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This is her go-to outfit in this hot weather. Don’t ask me what the lip-pouting duck face is all about though!
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Hydrating, out of her new Lollacup slippy cup which I HIGHLY recommend!
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Poor kid – got sunscreen in her eye so sorta looks like she was in a baby fight – and lost!
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Hubby and I house hunting in Kamloops – with beer fuelled smiles to hide our nerves!

Father’s Day Weekend Fun

I hope you all had a great Father’s Day weekend! We sure did over here. What a weekend it was actually! Friday started off with Hallie and I headed into the city to check out the new Westcoast Kids location that had opened recently on Main Street. That store is mighty dangerous for me! I could blow my entire maternity leave pay check there in the blink of an eye. Some of our new purchases included these adorable Minimocs (but in hot pink!), a new whale mat (similar one here) for the bath tub since a certain little lady has outgrown my laundry basket method (found on many life hack websites including this one), a secondary Boon Lawn Drying Rack since bottles still seem to take over my kitchen space, and a few other general baby hygiene favourites. All in all, a very successful shopping trip for us. We were then headed out for Hallie to have a sleepover at Gramma’s when I realized that I had left ALL formula and food by the front door at home. Heading home and back out again would have added a good two hours to all of this running around, plus Hallie was no doubt going to be starving any minute – she usually has impeccably timing like that. So we had to go out and buy more formula, food and bottles! Lets just say it was an expense I hadn’t budgeted for, baby shit is expensive on a regular day, not to mention when you are now doubling up! There was little choice in the matter though. At least it wouldn’t go to waste with my little hungry monkey! Once we were all settled in a Gramma’s, hubby and I were headed to a bbq/drunken sleepover with some of my long time friends. It was quite the evening. Very boozy and full of laughter. Saturday morning, we shook our hangovers off, picked up Hallie and headed out to White Pine Beach in Port Moody for some fun in the sun. It was a great afternoon. The water was a little too chilly for Hallie but a nice refreshing dip for us. Sunday was Father’s Day and we started the day off right; crispy bacon and strong coffee. The weather was gorgeous yet again so we headed out as quickly as possible. Hubby wanted some new golf shoes and then once again, we ended up at the beach, just by our house this time. There is something great about beers and baby time on the beach. It was so fun just to hang out as a family and watch Henry really enjoy some quality time with his daughter. After all, that is what Father’s Day is all about right?! It was such a wonderful day and weekend and I savoured every moment. Now it’s Monday and back to the grind we go. So far our day has been filled with four loads of laundry, two bathrooms cleaned, breaks for tickles and giggles, and two nap time attempts (one being successful!). Oh how we love Mondays haha!

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Shopping with my lady!
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My Little Family!
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Father’s Day Fun at the beach!
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Baby’s first trip to the lake!
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First Father’s Day!

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is just around the corner! Last year I tried to make it special because I was pregnant so we had a Father-To-Be fancy breakfast. This year I am so excited to actually celebrate our dinnertime-hero and let him know how grateful we are of him. I have coined that nickname because he really shines during the five and six o’clock hour; right when hell breaks loose in our home, the baby has her meltdowns, the kitchen is chaos trying to make dinner and tomorrow’s lunches, and the day just feels too long at that point. Dad swoops in to make everything fun and happy with Hallie, allowing me some time to get my shit together, cook dinner and even have a glass of wine. Aren’t they just so awesome like that?! So in honour of such a special day, I have put together some Father’s Day gift ideas. I have selected a couple off of this list for my husband, though I won’t reveal exactly what in case he is checking up on me here. Besides, it is not always the gift that matters. In our house, spending time together is what we relish and that is exactly what we intend to do next weekend. Breakfast is big in this house so we will probably start the day with a big pot of good coffee and some crispy bacon. If you are not into buying presents, some other fun ideas might be a round of golf, some concert tickets (always makes for a fun date night out!) or how about treating to a hot shave at the local barber? That one was on my list and I haven’t gotten around to it yet. No matter what you do for this special day, I hope you all enjoy it with your superhero partner and show him how loved he is. Oh and happy weekend friends – TGIF!!
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I discovered the Coffee Syrup and Mast Brothers Chocolate at this perfect Apothecary shop in Vancouver, The Old Faithful Shop. It’s a must see if you are in the area! My husband is a finishing carpenter and a big fan of all Carhartt products so the hat is an easy choice. He is also a motorcycle enthusiast which means I am always safe buying anything Harley Davidson. In the end I think I have a pretty easy guy to shop for!

Baby’s First Camping Trip

We did it! We survived Baby’s First Camping Trip. Or should I say, I did it! She handled it all like a champ and I managed to not pack everything we own for her in hopes of a smoother trip. Bit it went very smoothly! Last week Hubs and I loaded up the car, and with baby and gramma in the backseat, we headed North and East for the flat lands of Alberta! My husband’s family is spread out all over B.C. and every year or two, a huge family reunion type event is planned. This year it was his brother and his uncles birthday, and a massive camping shindig was planned up at our uncle’s property in Edson, Alberta. Heading up there also meant a ten-hour drive for us. A couple of hours into the trip I already wished we had chosen to fly but it was too late for regret. The drive was really beautiful too. We went through Kamloops (which was exciting to think we would soon be calling it home!) and then on through many small towns including Clearwater, Blue River, and Avola where we stopped for the best beef jerky I have ever had. Well done little gas station in Avola – population: one beef jerky maker. We eventually made it to Jasper and that is where it got very beautiful, driving through the Rockies. We saw so many wild animals! Caribou, deer, elk, rams, even a baby bear! Hubs had his heart set on seeing a moose but unfortunately they never showed up to the party. It was hilarious too how they just hang out on the side of the road, relaxed and chilling and eating grass. Hallie was inconveniently sleeping during all animal spotting (or conveniently as a baby sleeping on a road trip is a good thing!). So yes, definitely the prettiest part of the trip, and the longest. That was one big park! We eventually made it to our destination later that evening. Just in time for a quick couple beverages by the campfire before the sky went completely black. Hallie got to meet a few of her relatives but it being so late in the day, and after such a long day, it was more of a traumatic experience for her than anything. We quickly got her and gramma sorted out, staying up at one of the cousin’s houses, while Hubby and I set up a very sad-looking tent. I think our tenting days are numbered. We plan to buy an RV of sorts very soon!
The weekend was awesome! Campfires and huge BBQ’d dinners, lots of crawling around in the dirt with the other kids for Hallie, and a ton of relaxing. You almost feel guilty when you relax that much! We even got to go to one of the cousin’s farm and see the newborn baby lambs. It was so much fun. Throughout all of this fun, I did discover some things that made camping life with a baby so much easier. I would like to share them with you now:
Gramma – if you can take your mother, do it haha! It was like having a nanny onboard. Not to mention I always enjoy having a glass of wine with her.
Instant Ready-Feed Formula – no messing around with boiling and cooling water, and mixing in powder. Just crack the bottle and there you go!
My JJ Cole Waterproof Blanket – we spent the weekend sitting on this blanket in the dirt/grass. Hallie actually contained herself to it quite often and our bums never got damp and dirty.
Zip Locks – Whether it was to divide up indoor and outdoor toys for Hallie, or premeasured amounts of baby cereal for her meals, I use Zip Lock Bags for everything.
A new, fun and interactive toy for the car. This I did not have! I had a lot of toys, but nothing that would entertain for more than five minutes. Next time, I want something similar to an iPad but baby friendly. Just like a small electronic activity pad that she can play with in her lap. Would have been great in the car!
I was also hoping to share some tips I learned on things to avoid camping with a baby. unfortunately, it went that well that I do not have any! Thanking my lucky starts for that. Oh wait here is one. Try not to take too much. Now that we are home I am dealing with camping aftermath. I have like seven loads of laundry to do! Happy hump day friends! We are glad to be home for it. =)
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Our Weekend

Hello! Happy Hump Day! This post is brought to you by…. nap time! I was meaning to post on Monday. Then again on Tuesday. But for some reason, I needed nap time just as bad as Hallie did. Though slightly still zombified from shitty sleeps this week, I feel as though I am functioning better today. Must be a combination of stress from selling the house and Hallie’s new teeth coming in. At least I think they are. Joy! With all of that added stress came a very enjoyable and very needed fun weekend. Our Friday was very quiet with some relaxing, drinks with the hubby, and some final episodes of Sons of Anarchy. We are getting very close to the end of our marathon. Guess it will be back to reality. Saturday, Henry had a baseball game so us girls had the house to ourselves. A few girlfriends and their little ones joined us for brunch. There were two preggo and two of us with healthy appetites on any given day so there was A LOT of food! We had french toast, bacon, sausages, croissants, fruit, scrambled eggs… did I say bacon? It was heaven.We had ourselves a real girly time, relaxing and gossiping the morning away. I am going to miss these girls when we move! I guess that will make the visits that much sweeter though right? Saturday afternoon, Hallie and I headed out for Gramma’s house as she was going to have a sleepover there. I was in need of some adult time and caught up with some old friends at a pub. Beers and potato skins plus good company equals a very good time. We left the pub early enough, and one of my best friends and I went to her place – adult sleepovers with wine and cheese, yes please! Of course we got so drunk that all we did was talk about our kids and show each other pictures of them but hey, that is what you do when you are a tipsy momma! Sunday (with no trace of a hang over woohoo!) was a day for family. Hubs, Hallie and I tricked all the way out to Chilliwack to finally pick up her Boon (hot pink!) high chair. I bought it second hand, thus why we had to drive so far, but it was one heck of a deal. She loves it too. I was not impressed with the condition of the harness so I contacted Boon directly and they are sending me a new one free of charge. Amazing customer service! I had my eye on some other Boon products off of their website and now feel excellent about ordering from them. After we hightailed it out of ‘The Wack’, we headed for The Greater Vancouver Zoo. Now I must say, I am an animal lover. I can appreciate the zoo too. They may be in captivity but often its food good reason, to protect their species, and they are always very well taken care of. My standards for your typical zoo were set VERY high after our honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta. The zoo there was amazing and you could get right up close to the animals and feed them. One of my favourites was feeding the giraffe. Haley would lose her shit if she got that close to a giant Sophie! Our zoo however is not as interactive. The animals are either completely caged or quite far away. Many were sleeping too. There was a very moody bear who was not at all happy with Henry. Had that fence not been there, I may have lost my husband to the bear that day. Even though it wasn’t exactly how we imagined, it was still a fun afternoon, spent together. Quality family time is all that matter sometimes. Of course Monday rolled around way too quickly and Henry went back to work. The work has started for me too now as we closed the sale on our house Monday night. Time to pack! I took one look at a pile of moving boxes that my dad gave me and thought ‘moving is the worst!’. Let the fun begin I guess!
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Some kiddy pool fun going down in our backyard and enjoying some cold beverages!
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The Little Gremlin who is crawling EVERYWHERE and getting into EVERYTHING!
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Our new Boon Inc. High Chair!
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The Grouchy Bear AKA Husband Hater
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And this one is just for fun… look at that mug!