Friday, September 29, 2017

Friday Favourites- Transitioning Life into Fall

Even though it's a little after the official start of fall, we were having an unseasonably hot spell so it just didn't feel right to this island girl to be talking all things fall. As the temps cool though and my head space shifts, here are some of my favourite ways to transition our little lives in the 'ber' months ahead:

1-  Take stock of clothes: Look through kids' (and your clothes) and put away the summer stuff.... on a high shelf or in containers preferably so that your five y.o. won't wear her short shorts sometime in late November. Sigh while doing it as summer was awesome and kids' summer dresses are cute. This is when I take a look at the sizes and fit of their clothes and shoes to decide whether we need new stuff usually coinciding with back to school.

2- Summer toys/pool gear removal.  We put all the warm weather apparatus: bubbles, chalk, picnic gear and other outdoor gear in a huge container labelled... you guessed it.... summer stuff.

3- Hygge your home with some textures- I do more texture and sometimes darker pillows and some throws to add warmth and comfort.  
I bought a similar one sometime ago in Nordstrom Rack

4 - Switch out your decor- I switch my planter to some fall foliage. Nothing says fall like mums. And it seems like hot peppers and kale are the in thing for planters this year. I also put up a wreath.

(Our planter looks so weird at this angle ;-s)
throw a few pumpkins and darker accents into the mix.

5- Candle love- Here's the deal with candles. I love them. I really, really love the warm glow and the lovely scents but  some recent evidence indicates some not so great things about them. Cue the violin music. #sosad. So now I rarely burn candles and I've upped my purchase of healthier options like my very favourite voluspa or use a lot of tea lights in candle holders.

6- Canned pumpkin purchases. We buy quite a few cans of pumpkin and put them into many different muffins , breads, soups, stews and pancakes. The kids love it... and I love the Vitamin A they're consuming.

7- Changing your skin products. I switch out our lotions and moisturisers to way more emollient options as dry itchy skin is no fun. Body butters and face oils are our jam.

8- Outerwear- Make sure things fit  and can be found and the little ones (and the bigger ones) have the appropriate outerwear and accessories. Time to start busting out the neck warmers, scarves and thinner gloves.

What about you? What else do you do to get ready for fall?

Linking up with 
AndreaErika and Narci for Favourites on Friday

(and now also Erika (again) and Shay for Working it Wednesday)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

What's Up, Wednesday- September 2017

Happy Wednesday! Here's what's been going on with us...

What we're eating?
We are going meatless for a few days for  a religious time (we're Hindu). I get very creative with my meatless menu so my family loves it. 
Monday: soy tacos
Tuesday: coconut lentil soup with rice
Wednesday: butternut squash soup
Thursday: not sure yet 
Friday: finger food Friday or maybe date night :-)

What I'm reminiscing about?
A started Kindermusik so I'm reminiscing about when C just started. The years certainly are short!

What I'm loving?
After the almost temperate weather, I'm so pleased that Mother Nature has decided to gift us with a few extra days of summer. Yay for pool time.

We did some mini golf the other day with some friends too... so fun.

What I'm dreading? 
All the running around in colder weather.
 And cold and flu season. I got a cold with a post infectious dry cough after and it sucks! I will be washing my hands extra carefully this year. 
What we've been up to?
We have been getting used to life as a third grader and Casa Year 3. Extra curricular has started back for the girls as well. This year, C is in competitive swimming twice a week, jazz, violin and piano. As previously mentioned A has started my very favourite Kindermusik as well as jazz and skating. 3 out of the 5 weekdays, we are out and about. And enjoying the weather lol.

What I'm excited about?

My cousin and my aunt are coming at the end of October for 2 days to visit. I'm so excited!

What I'm watching/reading?
Well... this week is premiere week for Fall TV. #itsabouttime. So far, the PVR is on for DWTS, Grey's Scandal, This is Us, Will and Grace and Modern Family. Any other recommendations based on the aforementioned? Oh and I've been watching Fuller House because nostalgia.

I got into Kristan Higgins earlier this summer so I've just finished  some of her books (Second Chance was her best written one) before moving onto another author. Elin Hilderbrand's new Winter book comes out next week so I'm thinking that I might reread the other ones in that series. Though keeping it honest, since Elin started to write twice a year, I've found the quality of her books have sadly suffered. 

What I'm listening to?
Podcasts, music and my kids either telling me about their day or whining about how hungry they are.

What I'm wearing?
The summery stuff is still out and I'm not complaining one bit. It's going to be cold before we know it.

What I'm doing this weekend?
We have a family birthday party and skating starts again. We might try to squeeze a date night in there some time or the other.

What are you looking forward to next month?
Canadian Thanksgiving, Divali and Halloween. October will be a busy one!

What else is new?
Switching up that workout routine.

And I'm also beginning to decorate for Fall.

And finally, what show are you most looking forward to in the fall?
THIS IS US! You guys... the end of last night's episode! This will be a heart wrenching season!

Linking up with the lovely Mel, Shay and Shaeffer

Sunday, September 24, 2017

A Little Liberty- Lady Liberty that is...

This little day trip from the summer totally fell through the blogging cracks and as this weekend was a quiet one filled with family time and sunshine, I wanted to slide it in.

Back in July when we headed to NYC for #Bergalloo 2, we ventured to New Jersey to head to Ellis Island and to see the the Statue of Liberty. Side note, the parking to get to the ferry from NYC is more than $40 whereas if you just head to New Jersey, it's $7. 

First stop, the historic Ellis Island. Yeah, my little one had Cheetos for lunch #slimpickings.

Clearly, they are excited to be here.

The Peopling Centre and the Ellis Island Gallery was so interesting, exploring the immigrant experience and telling the story of how America became what it is.

 Lining up for the ferry again.

And there she is in the distance....

 On Liberty Island. We didn't know we had to pre-book tickets to go to the top of Lady Liberty- they were booking in July for September :-s

 After we took the ferry back, we headed to a park with the girls.

Then it was dinner at a restaurant we found in NJ. I thought the make at your table hummus was so unique.

Such a great day out for our little crew.

Linking up with the lovely Biana for weekending

Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Five

Hello Friday.... I've been waiting for you for a looong time. Here's what we've been up to...
1-So a death cold happened this week and I did what most people do when they're sick-- decide to take on some long overdue household projects like my bathroom drawers and cupboards. #thatshowiroll #butreallytho'
My room looked like a tornado for a couple days, I felt like I was going insane with the mess and my dry cough and I threw out a couple bags of stuff.
But I'm okay with the progress made :-)

I put all my makeup together in compartments in one drawer to take serious stock of all that I've amassed over time and to remind myself to reduce future consumerism.

2- We headed to a Day in the District in our old city. Lots of activities for the kiddos, live music and local eats and treats. Such a beautiful day out.

Aren't these mascots made of balloons genius?

The pizza in the shape of a cone.... also genius!

 Us waiting 1.5 hours to get the kids' faces painted-- not quite so genius. (the rose we embibed while waiting made it easier for the mamas though)

3- C and I also headed to Toronto with a friend and her daugther for the first ever Girl Expo Canada, an event celebrating all that girls are, can do  and can become. Lots of different shows, activities and workshops for the girls to attend with a focus on empowerment and esteem. 

Loving that the sports weren't total 'girl' sports.

 She met an author whose books she read previously.

Girlfriend tried her hand at skateboarding!

And then demolished some pasta that they were making in a parm wheel.

4- I made these pineapple glasses  and filled them with the fruit blended with yogurt for the girls on Monday as a little after school treat. Mom was the coolest--- for one hot minute.

5- And in case you missed it, this week's blog posts included:

Linking up with 
AndreaErika and Narci for Favourites on Friday

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