Woman in Real Life:The Art of the Everyday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Rock The Halls With Sears Fashions For Kids ($100 Sears Card Giveaway)

My Girl's Picks - Fall Fashions From Sears

I think a new outfit for the first day of school is a necessity. I got one (or two!) every year growing up, and I found it helped me to leave summer behind and get excited about the new school year. Now that I carry on the tradition with my own children I'm always interested to see how their style changes from year to year.

While my little girl once adored frilly dresses and a wild mix of colours and patterns, she now favours a more simple and sporty style. She is beginning competitive dance this year, so she is a fan of dance-related clothing such as track pants and hoodies. She also still likes fashion with a touch of whimsy, like the heart-themed tops and leggings from Sears, above.

Vic and Vie Dolls (Giveaway)

When I was pregnant with our first child, I was convinced that we would have a household with minimal toys. But somehow, between birthday presents, Christmas gifts and the occasional purchase of a toy the kids just had to have, our house filled up with an assortment of toys, stuffed animals and games.

Now I'm more cautious of adding to the collection. Any new toy has to be imaginative, useful and/or a certain classic.  Recently, my daughter received a doll that fits nicely into the latter category. As soon as she saw her new Vic and Vie "Laura" doll, she was smitten. She began carrying it around everywhere with her.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday

My little girl and I just returned from a four-day visit to my parents' house. My mom and I share a passion for food and eating out at restaurants. She is always happy to have companions for restaurant meals. We headed into the town of Dunnville not once, but twice to eat at The Minga, a vegetarian cafe. Here's my daughter enjoying a fresh-made lemonade.

Monday, August 18, 2014

30 Days of Beauty With Shoppers Drug Mart


When I was a teenager, I loved to sit on my bed with a little mirror and practice applying makeup. I would do a full smoky eye, soft pink cheeks and a red lipstick. My hair was quite blonde then and my style icon was Marilyn Monroe (the inspiration for my red lipstick!).

These days I don't have as much time to play around with makeup. In fact, I usually apply it quickly before heading out the door. That's sort of a shame, because when I put a bit more time and effort into my makeup I always feel good about it. And I still love the feeling of applying a new lipstick or eyeshadow in a fun, vibrant colour.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Strawberry Peach Green Tea Ice Pops (With the Zoku Quick Pop Maker)

Summer and frozen treats go hand in hand. I distinctly remember the feeling of standing outside the local convenience store as a child with a colourful icy treat dripping down my hands. Being more health conscious now, I'm not so fond of the artificial colours, but I still crave a lovely ice pop on warm days.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday, with a beach day

The end of summer is threatening. Not only is it mid-August, but we have also had a few cooler days and a few rainy days. This past week, I was determined to get in at least one beach day. The weather on Friday was promising, so we headed to Centennial Park in Barrie, Ontario with my visiting in-laws and my sister-in-law and her husband and kids. As you can see, we sure know how to make ourselves at home on the beach. It's all hands on deck when it comes to carrying coolers, chairs and umbrellas to and from the car!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Capturing Special Memories - Our 15th Wedding Anniversary in New York City

My husband and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary in July. Back when we were just youngsters, we loved to travel to big cities like London, Rome, Florence, Vancouver and New York. We simply weren't the lounge-at-the-beach types.

Two kids and a couple of decades later, I have to say long days at the beach sound pretty inviting. For our 15th anniversary, however, we thought it was only fitting that we once again hit the big city of New York for sightseeing, food and good fun. We briefly debated leaving the kids with grandparents, but those little beings are truly the best thing to come out of our marriage, so it's only fitting that they came along.