Monday, September 24, 2018

Weekending- G'bye Summer and Hello Fall!!

Happy Fall, friends! The weekend was yet another great mix of spending time with friends and family but another failure to take out too many pics. 

Here's what we were up to:

- The kids had a PD day on Friday so we did a girls' lunch out and then headed to a playdate to visit one of A's friends and her new baby brother.

- The final neighbourhood happy hour was also on Friday and it was a good one!

- Headed for a 10 k walk on Saturday with a neighbour through the trails.

- The girls had a playdate at home and then we headed to a music party with friends and neighbours. 

- Watched Trainwreck with D

- Spent Sunday morning exploring my 23andme results and doing a little online window shopping

- Did bucket loads of laundry, ironing, sorting, meal prepping and went to the fishmonger and the grocery

- We then walked to dinner at a local restaurant since it was so lovely out!

And now it's Monday again!!!

A little treat for the baby

All the neighbourhood things are pot lucks and someone bought this amazing banana cake!

Everyone came to dinner!

And devoured their meals!

Have a great week, lovelies!!

Linking up with Biana for weekending!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Fri-yay Five

Hip Hip Hooray for Friday! Here's what has been fun around here....

1- My kids love the samples at Costco so, so much. Here they are with their second cup of green peas-- I counted it as their veggie for dinner. #winning

Not pictured, their sampling of the bread and hazelnut spread.

2- Met this sweet friend for an unexpected ladies lunch. We were able to sit outside in this last beautiful week of summer.

3- Also met another sweet friend when we went to St Jacob's market.... these flowers and their brilliant hues caught my eye. 

4- If you like crossword puzzles and word sleuths then the app Wordscapes is the one for you. Great brain exercise. My kids play it with me too! An easier one for the kids is Word Cookies.

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5- Sooo I totally cheated on No Spend September buying a couple KS items when they were on sale in Nordstrom. They don't last long so I didn't want to wait until October and then have them removed from my cart. I'm ashamed... womp womp :-(

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Make yourselves a terrific weekend, friends!

Linking up with
and Andrea, Erika and Narci for Favourites on Friday

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Taking A Scent Snapshot of Life

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Gretchen Rueben's Happier Podcast recently discussed thinking about the scents in your life and how it can be a happiness booster. Being a very olfactory person myself, I figured a scent snapshot was in order for 2018... Here are the scents that permeate our life currently...

- Bread toasting in the morning. Granted, these days I'm not having any of the said bread but I adore the smell

- Morning coffee that D drinks... tea has no smell :-)

- Laundry detergent during the weekend when I do at least 4-7 loads of laundry most weekends.

- Freshly cut grass when I'm walking to pick up the kids from school

- Chlorine from towels, hair and swim meets.

- The smell of my Philosophy Fresh Cream shower gel.

- Grilling- we've done a lot of grilling for the past five months.

- Voluspa coconut wax candles are my jam these days because of the 'cleaner burn', unique smells, lack of parabens and the more natural wicks. I still don't burn them often though. 

- The gymnastics studio smells like a combination of rubber and shoes.... not the best smell but distinct nonetheless

- Fresh baking either at home or in the market...

- My friend Jenn's house is a very light, warm scent that is very inviting. 

- The smell of my kids' freshly washed hair.

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What scents permeate your life these days?

Monday, September 17, 2018

Weekending- a nice hot one

It was HOT this weekend.... and I'm totally not complaining.... we didn't take enough pics but here's what we were up to:

- It was our turn to host our summer neighbourhood happy hour  at 6:30on Friday (BYOB and  everyone brings an app to share) and it was the largest one ever as D invited some other neighbours and friends... think 30 people and 6 kids. The previous owner who designed the house also came (eeeep) so we were nervous as we've changed a few things but he was very complimentary. Our last guests left about midnight so it was more than just 'happy hour' but it was a wonderful time. We cleaned up before bed to wake up to a fresh shiny house....

- Saturday morning was spent doing some laundry and having breakfast outside.

- D's aunt and uncle came to meet us for lunch. It was wonderful catching up with them! We all had meal envy for D's mushroom salad and I'm going to make one this week!

- We tried taking a walk along the river but the extra hot temps did not permit. 

- Very last minute, D invited a friend and his family for a swim and simple dinner. We put some shrimp and chicken burgers on the grill and leftover apps and dessert from the night before. #winning #wastenotwantnot

- Sunday was spent doing some cooking, cleaning, pool time, pizza (cauli crust for me and D) and board games before watching Little House and the Prairie as a family before bed.

Now it's Monday morning and I need to wake up my kids to get ready for school!!!

More sass than size

We saw this heron from the window of the river


So many weddings-- I think we saw three... those brides must have been sweating!

Family is everything!

Happy Monday, friends!! Make yourselves a wonderful week!

Linking up with Biana for weekending~

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