Toddler Travels: Oregon Road Trip

I love sunny summer days filled with road trips, fun music and a lot of laughter! Being a mum of a toddler I wasn’t sure how my little on would fair on a long journey so we have been holding off on any road trips since the little guy was born. This year we thought we would do something small and see how he does. We decided to head down the coast into Washington and Oregon, our first stop was Great Wolfe Lodge – our little man absolutely loved it! If you have children who adore swimming this is a haven for them, with lots of slides for every age, activities and a big play structure it is fun for all ages. It is definitely catered to the kids so don’t expect any fancy meal options, but there is a Starbucks on site should you need your coffee fix.

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Lashes for Days

The celeb trend that is rubbing off on just about everyone is the obsession over long thick luxurious lashes. Whether your fortunate to be blessed with lashes for days, have been faking it til’ you make it or are just trying every thing out there I think I have found the holy grail! Or at least I like to think I have.

As an avid curl-a-holic, my lashes have thinned out over the years. I have been avidly curling them since I was probably 14 or 15, needless to say it caused them to be sparse and thin. Unfortunately, unlike my husband and tot I don’t have curly lashes mine go straight down. I used to use falsies for special occasions and nights out but all I wanted was my youthful lashes back and more. Then came along latisse! I bumped into the product a little while ago but I was a little skeptic, fast forward 2 years and my optometrist was carrying it! I was actually there for Kiyan’s eye appointment but couldn’t resist asking the doc how she felt about Latisse. She told me it was a great product and all I would need to do is book an appointment with her to ensure I could use it and I would be on my way. So, yessss, I did! 2 months later I friggin love it! My lashes are definitely longer. At the 2 month mark I went to visit my optometrist for a lash growth measurement. I started at 3.5mm and I am up to 5mm – amazing!  I try not to wear mascara daily so I am not continually curling my lashes. I guess you live and learn. Check out my before and after:

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Pretty cool right! Here are some of my prs and cons on the product: Continue reading

Sugarfina – Candy for days!

sugarA few sweets to celebrate! I am officially 30 everyone! After having a well deserved week off work I feel great! My hubby and I had the week off together and decided to have a staycation exploring the city and doing things we didn’t ordinarily do. We started off our week with some cross-border shopping. I scooped up these amazing Kate Spade sunnies for a cool $45 US, what a steal!

gaylaMy favourite day though was an afternoon to ourselves. First we went to high tea at The Urban Team Merchant in Vancouver, followed by some candy shopping at Sugarfina! Continue reading

April Obsessions

April Obsessions

April has been a hectic month for me to say the least. My hubby left for work for 6 weeks to Asia and I have been juggling a 2 year old, work and getting in some much needed exercise. I applaud all the single parents out there! I am really fortunate to have a workplace that allows me to have flexibility to do pick up and drop off to daycare as well as family close by to help out whenever needed. The entire month I was caught up in keeping Kiyan busy and making sure I had lots of fun activities planned out for him that I wasn’t really taking care of myself and ended up having a cold mid month which wasn’t so fun either.

On a happy note, I had a few successes this month! I have a 2.5 year old who is potty trained! Success! It was hard and I had to enlist the help of my mum on days I was at work but the deed is done, I am so proud of my little man. He was also using a soother up until April and with the help of a great friend that has gone now too.

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I did also find time to obsess over a few things! I was in desperate need of some casual shoes and after searching high and low I found these super comfy Keds for Kate Spade. These are my first pair of Keds and so far I really like them. They are slip-on’s which is handy and they are really comfy to wear all day long. There were a couple of others I was eyeing but of course no luck in my size! Continue reading

The Dirty Thirty

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I don’t mind but I kind of do? Well that doesn’t really make any sense now does it!? Well in 3 months I will be turning thirty! (GASP!) I am excited about heading into my thirties but still feel like I need to get my shit together? I am on a mission to drop 25lbs before my 30th birthday and become a little more mature whatever that means to me. I still feel like a silly sloppy teen some days. I mean I am a full time working mum who also goes to school part time, but I still don’t feel like a real adult. I am sure everyone goes through this weird phase of just what the hell have I done since I left high school and gosh I need to look good in my thirties and drop a few pounds, or maybe that’s what I like to think.

A couple weeks ago I was chatting with my husband about what we should do for my birthday, I feel like there is also this pressure to have an epic thirtieth bash and ring in the next decade with a glass of Champs. But really, all I want to do is get my hair done, it’s been a while, possibly a pedi and by a new girly dress. I haven’t bought or worn something girly since my son was born, I have been a lululemon superstar with a ponytail. As cozy and comfy as I feel I think the thirties for me will involve buttons, a bit of a heal, and a dash of lipstick. Continue reading

Recipe: Stupid Easy Chia Pudding

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So this past week I was rambling on to my husband about how we need to eat more Chia Seeds as part of our new lifestyle change. When I was pregnant I ate chia seeds daily, whether in a smoothie, in yogurt or chia pudding. It is high in Omegas which is excellent for a developing baby. It also is a great healthy option for pregnant women going through that ravenous phase towards the end of your pregnancy. As I was rambling he paused and said wait! I think I had that growing up! We frantically googled away and realized he had something very similar called basil seeds, they act the same way in liquid and also have great health benefits. One of the main differences however is that you cannot eat basil seeds raw you must soak them. Chia seeds can be sprinkled on to about anything you don’t have to soak them, although they taste better soaked. Continue reading

Recipe: Chickpea and Eggplant Coconut Curry

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This is a staple meal in our home, it is Vegan/Vegetarian friendly and my husband loves it, he requests it weekly and our toddler loves it too! I adapted this recipe from Half Baked Harvest’s Simple Almond Chicken, Chickpea and Eggplant Curry. They have so many amazing recipes on their site. It is definitely worth following their Pinterest board for inspiration. This recipe is so simple to make it is weeknight dinner friendly! It is also scrumptious enough to serve for friends.

Here is my adapted recipe, hope you love it as much as we do! Continue reading