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Roll On Spring . . . Please!

I am sure I am not the only one who is totally over winter. As I sit here on my sofa (Hallie has passed on her germy cold to me so we are snuggling and watching Toy Story while Jackson blesses us with a nap) I can’t help but appreciate how beautiful winter can be. The snow, the white, the trees that are dusted from the last snowfall still…. I get it. We love it. For a little while! For a season even! But come on folks, March is literally right round the corner and we all need a little warmth and vitamin D in our lives. I believe that Old Man Winter is sticking around everywhere too. Not just Kamloops. So I don’t feel too burdened knowing that many others are dealing with the chilly temperatures as well. Nothing can stop me from dreaming about spring which basically means perusing spring clothing online and losing hours of my life on Pinterest while I research summer recipes, outdoor activities for the kids and backyard remodelling ideas. Normally I turn to my essential oils diffuser and diffuse something fresh and tropical to lift our winterized spirits. Today (and for the last two weeks) it has been Thieves in the diffuser all day, erry’day. I do believe we have avoided most of the bugs this season because of our oil use and Thieves in particular. I have also made my own countertop cleaner, incorporated it into our laundry, and made the kids roller balls and chest rubs for when they aren’t feeling top notch. It is amazing stuff for building those immune systems. Though they did catch a bit of a cold the last couple weeks, I hundred percent believe their symptoms were mild because of these efforts. So when the germs depart and I can get back to sweeter scents, my favourite to share with you today will leave your home smelling exactly like Anthropologie. Everyone who loves that store KNOWS that smell. You can thank me later! Combine Grapefruit, Geranium, Orange and Bergamot. You will be seeing sunny skies in your mind before you know it. I have also decided to share some fashion favourites that have me personally hoping spring get’s it booty here STAT! Also, for those not suffering from the sniffles, a dreamy sangria recipe to get you in the mood for warmer temps:

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I know I will be making this up in the near future for sure!

Now, it’s time for more snuggling with my homegirl and perhaps a little catch up from The Bachelor last night. Team Becca all the way!

spring vibes

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Friday Favourites: Mama Style Winter Edition

The weekend has finally arrived! I couldn’t be happier because this week has SUCKED! It just felt that anything could go wrong this week was going wrong. I also felt super BLAH and the kids were not sleeping so each morning started with that feeling like you had been hit by a train. It was a bit of a struggle! But each day is a new one and all things do pass so here we are again at the beginning of a great weekend! So much fun going on too for us. Hallie has her first day of ballet; I can’t even contain my excitement about this. We have some adorable dance outfits to try and though we don’t have shoes yet, she can patter around bare foot and look just as cute. I don’t know who in their right mind thinks they can carole a herd of two year olds but power to ya! I intend to watch it to! I think it will be a combination of proud mom-tears and a good chuckle at the little kiddo’s expense. Will be quite the show! We are also heading out for some adult fun at the casino for a friends birthday. I have baked her a Bailey’s Chocolate Cake (yes, the boozy kind) and my entire house smells amazing right now. I am salivating just writing about the darn cake. If it’s a success tomorrow night I will be sure to share the recipe on here. If it tastes as good as it smells you can bet your boots I will be making it again soon. Bailey’s cake in the morning with coffee? Yes please! Okay so not the busiest, action-packed weekend I thought I was about to get into, that is pretty much it. Fun will be had nonetheless. Since it is so bitterly cold here, I decided to share some very appropriate Friday Favourites. Some of these items I own, and some I just wish I did. Either way, put them all together and you are feeling pretty darn cozy in this minus 25 degree weather we are having. No pone says you can’t look good, feel good and stay warm all at the same time.

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Victoria’s Secret Bralette / Tupperware Large Water Bottle / Sorel Coat / John Masters Organics Dry Shampoo / Sorel Booties / Pom Pom Toque / Piperwest Watch / Gap Sweater

I was browsing through Pinterest at some Winter fashion and LOVE the look of the bralette peaking out of soft winter layers. It’s at the top of my list next time I am shopping. I am in love with my large Tupperware water bottle, and love even more that it is black. I signed up to sell Tupperware just so I could get a great discount but I got this little baby for free. (Tupperware loves to give you free stuff!). And it’s not really little at all. You can fit an entire bottle of wine in there! Coincidence? I think not. One brand I have become deeply obsessed with since I moved to Kamloops is Sorel, mainly because everything is so warm. Your fashion choices definitely open up when you move to a colder climate. I particularly love this coat and the tan booties. They are not what you would typically guess to come from Sorel and I love that they are a little less rugged and a little more chic. Now that I have two kids and am a lot busier, I find the need for dry shampoo more than ever. This one by John Masters is light and feels incredible on your hair. It doesn’t leave behind a residue as well that some do. A winner in my books for sure. For those days where not even dry shampoo will cut it, I love hats such as this one. I have many pom pom hats but I am really liking this one in black. The hat and the this GORGEOUS watch are out of my friend’s online store, Wishlist. With a birthday coming up real soon, this watch may be on my wishlist too. I love the Rose Gold and the simplicity of the strap and face. Lastly, I picked up this sweater at our GAP Outlet and seem to live in it these days. It is so warm and cozy…. plus I have a thing for grey. All items are linked back to their sites above.

Happy Friday friends! It’s just about Happy Hour so I think we should get this weekend started. Have a great weekend!

Mother’s Day

It’s almost Mother’s Day! I still consider myself a very new mom, and this weekend will mark my second year celebrating this very special day. I always made a big deal out of the day for MY mom and have to say, it’s even more special that I can now share the day with her. I think there are so many ways to show mom gratitude and appreciation! Gifts are always such a wonderful sentiment but sometimes it’s all about the little things.

Sleeping in. Sleeping through the night. Sleeping like my husband sleeps. Those would all be wonderful things to be given this mother’s day. The ability to sleep on my stomach and drink a bottle of wine (not in that order) would be AMAZING. Those are not possible right now due to being a pregnant mommy. My time will come very soon though! Then sometimes I think, man a day at the spa would be a fantastic mother’s day gift. But that would require me spending hours AWAY from my baby when I would probably just miss her like crazy and suffer major FOMA. I think mother’s day should be about spending quality time with the family and celebrating the very opportunity that I am blessed to be someone’s mommy. I did however read about one awesome tradition have decided to start it this year. It is to go to our local nursery, and between myself, my daughter and my mom, we will each pick out a flower that reminds us of one another. Then we will go home and plant it in the garden. Obviously Hallie is too young to realize what this is all about, but it will be fun to start anyways. I will just have to steer her in the direction of the peonies for now!

With all of that being said, it is pretty awesome to get a sweet present, whether it’s mother’s day or not. I have rounded up some treasures that I am totally LOVING right now and would be overjoyed to receive. A little bit of something for all of the mommies out there!

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GEO Knit Throw / Kate Spade Jewel Dish / Books From Indigo / Clay Inspired Wine Cooler / Anthropologie Candles / Eleanor Jewel Case / Oversized Wicker Throw Basket / Dottie Glassware

I am a sucker for throws. This GEO print is super fun and I feel it would be easy to work into any room, no matter the existing decor. I love the navy as well. The jewel dish would be a lovely gift for anyone who wears rings. I have one in my bathroom, by my bed and even near the kitchen sink. Just in case I need to remove my wedding rings. I have misplaced them once and NEVER want to do that again! Books can be a difficult gift to give. After some thought out research, these two are bound to hit the spot with any mom. One a nice easy bath tub read, and the other one that has a different perspective and brings out all the ‘feels’. This wine cooler is so cute! I can totally see it on my patio table, with a blend of different blues in glassware and a crisp white linen tablecloth. Very Mediterranean. I also plan to do a lot of white wine drinking this summer so a chiller will come in handy. This one can be soaked in cold water prior to keep an icy chill on your bottle that much longer. Full disclosure on Anthropologie candles. I have many. I have a backstroke supply in our hall closet. If my husband new that I spent an average of thirty dollars on each of these candles, he may not be my husband any longer. Light one of these puppies up though and you will forget all about how much you paid to breathe in that heavenly scent. Worth. Every. Penny. The Capri Blue candle is an Anthro signature smell – the one you inhale dreamily whenever you enter the store. The Voluspa is one of my absolute favourites. Feeling the sudden urge to light one just writing these words. Since this Christmas just past, I have become quite obsessed with jewelry boxes. I can’t believe I went without one for so many years in my twenties. I love having a beautiful case to house all of my bits and bobs in. This one here is the Eleanor case from Indigo and I love the femininity of it. Mom will too! These oversized wicker baskets are so fun. I plan to put one beside the new baby’s crib and fill it with swaddle blankets. There is just something about them that makes me feel like I am in Aladdin, I love them! The color palette is great too. Lastly, this Dottie inspired glassware from Crate & Barrel is super cute. Fresh and summery, alcoholic or not a drink is going to refresh!

Friday Favourites

Fall and Winter happen to be my favourite seasons for fashion. I love to layer and style pieces together and it is super easy to do that in the cooler months, when you need a few layers to keep cozy. When I was working at Anthropologie it was mandatory within the dress-code to layer. It’s amazing what second top layer or a scarf and accessory can do for an outfit! Not to mention our store would go from hot as heck to freezing in a matter of minutes; having the ability to peel off or throw on an extra piece of clothing was key to comfort!

Fall has been about the transition into cozy sweaters, cute boots, and the occasional scarf if the weather required it. As we poke our cold,red noses into Winter, much warmer items are in order! At least for me they are. Kamloops is COLD! It is only going to get colder too.

In honor of cooler temps, I have rounded up some Friday Favourites that reflect my wardrobe options right now. Happy Friday friends and cheers to the weekend!

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Lined Denim Jacket / Leather Biker Trousers  / Anorak Puff Jacket / Cable Knit Sweater Dress / Jersey Tee  / Infinity Scarf  / Leather Gloves / Wool Hat

Fall Fashion For The Mamas

It seems that Fall has arrived! I know back in Vancouver, talking to friends, it showed up in all of it’s glory the first week of September. Here in Kamloops, it peaked in a little, then buggered off again to give us three days of sunshine and 32 degree heat! But now, it is here. There is a bit of a chill in the air and just enough to make you question your footwear. This annual transition between seasons can be somewhat confusing for the wardrobe; at least I always find that happens. Once you see a few Fall gems in store or online though, it’s easy to find your way with a nice scarf and a good pair of booties. Here is a round-up of my favourites for Fall fashion – some new and some tried and true.
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We will start with new purchases!
On a mini shopping spree, I picked up this William Rast Moto Jacket from Hudson’s bay. It’s a perfect layering piece for Fall. I even wore it with a pretty slip dress to a wedding at the end of Summer. It was the perfect touch on the floral dress to give it a bit of edge.
H&M happened to have just about every piece I was after. I love this leather bag as it easily doubles as my diaper bag. It’s large and deep enough to hold diapers, wipes, the odd toy or ten, my wallet, my giant BKR bottle and whatever else I may need for the day. The Heather Grey Tee and distressed skinnies are the perfect go-to mom outfit. Comfy, fashionable and easy to get around in when you are chasing a crawler. The hat is that gorgeous raspberry color that we have noticed pop up all over the place and the felted fabric makes it nice and cozy for those windy, blustery days ahead. I love the boho shawl as well. The stripes and colors make it easy to mix in with other outfits and it’s a great layering piece. Can you tell I like to layer?
Lastly,the tried and true pieces from last year. My Jessica Simpson Ballerina Flats are a nice solution when you don’t feel like boots. I’ve paired them up with skinnies and skirts and they are super comfy.The stretchy ankle strap adds a bit of youthfulness to them as well. My Sam Edelman booties are a godsend and lets just say I wouldn’t get through Fall without them. Or Winter. Or Spring…. okay I may be obsessed with booties. What is on your Fall Must-Have shopping list?

Spring Has Sprung!

Even though we have gotten our fair share of rain here on the West Coast lately, you really can feel Spring in the air. Every time I step into my closet I find myself ditching the wooly sweater and hunting for those fresh Spring florals and brighter colors. (more…)

Cyber Monday Wish List

Happy Cyber Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. It sure was a busy one for us. We celebrated the end of November by setting up our Christmas Tree and even getting up the outside lights!  We still have some more to put up but it is a great start. I have a bit of Clarke Griswold in me and would light up every square foot of the house if we could. My extremely reasonable husband though gets in the way of that though. Inside the house is definitely off to a very festive start and I will be posting a bit more about that later. Today is all about shopping!

I am sure many of you braved the shops on Black Friday and scored some fabulous deals. A lot of people now wait for Cyber Monday so that they do not have to leave their comfy couch. Or even get some shopping done at work! I had a lengthy browse online this morning and wow, there sure are some deals out there. So many things that I have had my eye on and they are now on sale. When I say on sale I Mean it too; like up to 50% off most items! Money is on the tight side at the moment as we are watching our pennies to ensure we can have a very festive Christmas. This means Cyber Monday shopping is not in the cards for me. I did however want to put together MY Wish List of Cyber Monday goodies. A girl can dream!
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  1. Eye Club Bare Basics Eyecolor Collection – Nordstroms Online Exclusive – LOVE these shimmery shades for all of my holidays parties!
  2. Faux Fur Vest in Striped Camel – ChicWish – I already have about 4 furry vests yet just cannot say no to one more!
  3. ‘501’ Nike Sneakers in Purple & Leopard – I just love this color scheme. Super cute, perfect for the darker colors of Fall & Winter
  4. Striped Heart Tee – Cake For Breakfast – This T-shirt is just adorable. Super casual with a hint of glitter.
  5. Silver & Black ‘Fleck Yea’ Dress – Lulus.com – This is the perfect website for locating affordable party dresses. Perfect for holiday parties!
  6. Gold Glitter Teaspoons and Cake Server – Shop By Monika – Wouldn’t these be darling with your morning cuppa coffee.
  7. Bamboo Bath Caddy – Amazon.com – This girl loves a good bath. What makes a great bath? Having a spot for your book and glass of vino!

I then moved on to look at baby items that were on for killer deals this Cyber Monday and got a little overwhelmed. There are so many ADORABLE baby items on sale on al of my favourite websites. Mommas, check out Baby Gap, their sale is awesome and there are some perfect holiday dresses on there for your little ones. That is enough online ‘shopping’ for me for though. What is on your Cyber Monday Wish List?!