I've been scrolling more wisely lately, for after a while, this space can have you believing there are things more important than what matters most. and then this: when all the things you've been thinking come through in another mamapreneur's words: "your most profound contribution to society is not going to come from the business you built, the art you created, the book you wrote or the things you taught to the masses. it's not going to happen here on instagram, or in a blog or taught from a stage. your most profound contribution to society is going to happen through you showing up - i mean really and fully present - in the lives of the people in front of you. it's easy to love the online unseen masses. it's substantially harder to dive in deep and relentlessly love the messy imperfect humans who have been put directly in our path - the ones who know firsthand that we too come with our own messes and imperfections. show up this week[end] on the lives of the people around you - even at the expense of the impressive and valuable things you are trying to build elsewhere and i will try to do the same" - @shaycochrane 💖 📸: @littlemomentsto
"come with me where dreams are born and time is never planned..."– peter pan
hearts are full after a surprise day date with the kids their nana to slow down from the hustle & bustle of the season and escape to neverland @soulpeppertheatre 's adaptation of everyone's childhood fave - peter pan. one of 4 shows part of their family festival on now through february 2019. proud of our big guy and his courage to hop on stage and perform with the actors ❤ a visit to the #familyfestival is great way to experience the holidays with your people and also makes a great experience gift idea. bonus - your tix include admission to the @toxmasmkt this dec! looking forward to our return in jan to see rose: a new musical - an ny times critics' pick! have you been to @soulpepper? tell us your favourite show! #sponsored#giftedexperience#hokholidays
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. @boosterjuice wants to keep you energized this holiday season with a $25 gift card to use at any participating location! simply:
3) tag a friend who could use a healthy holiday kick! that's it! *contest open to residents of canada (excluding quebec) and closes 11:59 p.m. est december 14, 2018. (1) winner will be randomly selected to win a $25 cdn gift card to booster juice and notified via dm thereafter. no cash surrender* *disclosure: this contest is in no way endorsed, sponsored or administered by or associated with instagram. by entering this giveaway, you give complete release to instagram*
[#ad] the following is in partnership with @expedia : `santa can you hear me, i have been so good(ish) this year, and all i want is one thing, to tick more checks off our travel bucket list this year!` this #scrollbacksunday has me reminiscing about our travels to punta cana & super last minute getaway to mexico this year and all the hustle & bustle of the holidays has me dreaming of another escape. "why spend so much money travelling? the kids will never remember!"...sound familiar? maybe so, but we do it for the now - to feel rewired, enlightened, inspired by a change of scene, immersion in culture, new tastes, togetherness, stories only we know the quirky little details of...to #hitreset on our hectic lives. and sure it can be expensive but expanding spiritually & and in memories is worth the investment and cut out spending in other areas to make it happen. we also watch travel deals like hawks, including deals you can find on the @expedia app. i know we could all use a good recharge this time of year, so why wait til' the new year to #hitreset? if a last minute escape is on your holiday wishlist, download the app so you don't miss the app-exclusive coupons with 90% off on select hotel stays beginning december 13th! (*link in bio*) what would be your dream last minute escape? #expedia#expediapartner
Wheeling into the weekend like...tis' the season for jingling bells in and dashing to rinks! we're smack dab in the holi hockey-dayz...our dman has a tourney & and then it's all about communities uniting in support of @hometownhockey. have a beautiful weekend with your people ❤ but before you do, roll on over to the blog and a few snaps back to enter two giveaways closing tonight at midnight - one for a $350 ste. anne's spa package & the other for a 4-pack of tix to soulpepper's family festival (*links in bio*) xo
when you're speed wrapping the kids' gifts before school pick up (the older the snoopier!), and that sugar-craving time of day kicks-in. while there's so many amazing treats to enjoy this sweet filled season, i'm trying to indulge in moderation, and love that i can keep candy but #kicksugar with @eatsmartsweets new limited edition holiday gummies🎄 the whole bag only 90 calories & 3g of sugar, and since no doubt our little snoops will find my stash, it's a treat i don't mind they swipe & freely enjoy too! other things you'll love - they're gluten, dairy, soy, lactose, peanut & tree nut - free, non-gmo, and free from sugar alcohols + artificial colours!
our friends @eatsmartsweets want you to enjoy the sweetness of the season as well, giving you a chance to win (1) box filled with either their fruity holiday or sour holiday gummies (12 pks total). simply:
1) follow @eatsmartsweets on instagram;
2) follow @house_of_kerrs on instagram
3) tag a friend who'd love to try these
4) bonus: share this contest to your ig stories tagging @house_of_kerrs with hashtag #smartsweets ... that's it!
these limited edition ugly sweater gummies won't last long and make great stocking stuffers + treats to pack on-the-go this holiday season, so stock up by heading to the link in bio! #ad#hokpartner#smartsweets#hokfavouritethings ❤
*contest open to residents of canada (excl. quebec) & the usa and closes 11:59 p.m. sunday, december 9, 2018. (1) entrant will be randomly selected to win a 12-pack of limited edition holiday gummies in either the fruity or sour flavour and notified via dm. approx. prize value $40 cdn. no cash surrender* ❤
*disclosure: this contest is in no way endorsed, sponsored or administered by or associated with instagram. by entering this giveaway, you give complete release to instagram*
D i y-not! i have a deep appreciation for handmade thanks to my mama - a life-long crafter and supporter of local artisans. in fact, once upon a time i ran an etsy shop - a fun endeavor and creative outlet, providing a bit of reprieve from the mundane of parenthood. i no longer have the patience for the attention diy projects require (nor the mess!), but still love supporting local artisans, like those part of the @blossomandbloomshow showcasing their gorgeous product at @uppercanadamall 's #merrymarket 🎄. i learned all the vendors ethically source their materials from areas around the world in need to provide a livelihood to circles of hard working women, and many products are sustainably made. check out my ig stories for some of my faves (hello gorgeous y'orchids & get your festive fun on with @snaptique photo keepsakes!📸) you can mix & mingle & do some holiday shopping at the merry market until dec 24th! #mediapreview#giftedexperience and if you're a handmade seller, drop your shop in comments or dm me...i'd love to check you out!🛍❤
What they thought when mommy proclaimed "we're getting all the christmas cards done, finishing the shopping & decking the halls this weekend"...you win kid. i may be the only blogger who still has an unadorned tree, a half done shopping list &
cards still laying dormant, but we're on a bit of a holiday hustling rebellion ova here and i'm liking this go with our christmassy flow...hope you all had a beautiful weekend❤ #hokholidays
sharing my love of theatre & christmas markets with my b***s is one of my favourite ways to spend family time during the holiday season. this time last year, i enjoyed the @ toxmasmkt & holiday classic a christmas carol production with my big boys & their nana at @ soulpeppertheatre's family festival, and want to give our followers in the gta a chance to experience it with your own gang with our next #hokfavouritethings giveaway - a family experience!
thanks to our friends at soulpepper, share in the magic of theatre this season by winning one of (3) family 4-packs of tickets to either: 1) a christmas carol –thurs. dec. 13 @ 7:30pm;
2) peter pan – fri. dec. 14 @ 7:00pm or 3) rose: a new musical (ny times "critics' pick"!) – sat. jan. 19 @ 7:30pm
the 5th annual #familyfestival offers holiday programming for all ages beginning in december, and or the first time will expand all the way into february 2019, providing more opportunities for families to share the love of theatre together. 🎄a merry bonus🎄 - enjoy same-day free admission to the @ toxmasmkt with each soulpepper ticket! #hokholidays#hokpartner good luck to all! ❤ *contest open to residents of the greater toronto area, ontario, canada only and closes 11:59 p.m. friday, december 7, 2018. (3) families will win a 4-pack of tickets to soulpepper theatre's family festival to attend the production of either a christmas carol, peter pan or rose: a new musical. approx. prize value $250 cdn. winners will be randomly selected and notified via email/dm thereafter. must be able to attend show selected on date/time specified above. no cash surrender* *disclosure: this contest is in no way endorsed, sponsored or administered by or associated with instagram. by entering this giveaway, you give complete release to instagram*
"look at the stars, look how they shine for you..."🌠
while this year comes close to an end, i find myself reflecting on all it encompassed. there was some life-changing hard, but also so much to be grateful for - our vow renewal, the marriage of loved ones, and tomorrow the birth of our dear friend's @thedaddiaries.ca baby girls 💕👨👧👦whether it's pain or joy, crazy how we look up to the sky for comfort and/or gratitude, so wanted to share a meaningful gift idea to capture the beautiful moments that changed your or a loved one's life forever – from the birth of a child, the night two became one, with @modernmapart you can give the gift of a custom night sky to remember that unforgettable moment in either high quality paper print or canvas. use code "insta10" for 10% off here --> http://bit.ly/modernmapartgifts (free shipping on canada & us orders) #modernmapart#hokpartner#sponsored#hokholidays .
share your most special moments of 2018 with us below!
My lil' sidekick joined me tonight for the lauch of the 3rd annual love lock wall at @vaughan_mills in support of @sickkidstoronto . on #givingtuesday and beyond, our support for this remarkable, world renowned children's hospital is unwavering, as we know too many families who've required ongoing visits, but who are forever grateful for the quality of care available that helped make a highly stressful time a bit more bearable. and this time of year, every child deserves to experience the magic of christmas, and we know the hospital goes above and beyond to help bring that light to kids being treated/cared for over the holidays. to show your support, simply purchase a lock for $15, or two for $25 and leave a love note for someone special before locking it onto the wall. each lock comes with a "keypsake" you can gift to a someone special. the love lock initiative is on now through the month of december. to date, vaughan mills has raised more than $500k for @sickkidstoronto and has a 2018 goal of raising $165k - let's help them b**w past that with your love locks and santa's tiny big town purchases. heart-warming to learn that 100% of proceeds from the love lock wall & santa photos go directly to sick kids 💖 #vmgives#vmlovelockwall#mediaevent#sponsored