|this post was written in partnership with @kelloggscanada | getting our crazy train moving in the morning is a struggle most days, add in less sunlight now, we're full on sloth mode over here. any one else? so, simplifying the scramble is key, and having quick yet nutritious brekkie options all four kids enjoy like our fam's favourite @kelloggscanada cereals are a time (and stress) saver. even better, our gang can prep it themselves, and we can stick to our wellness goals with our faves now making the "sugar-wise™" cut with simply 1-4 grams of sugar per serving - major parenting wins are being had over here! there are 5 cereals that make the "sugar-wise™" grade - easy to spot in stores with the blue logo. our big guy says one of his faves rice krispies ® made our provincial hockey association’s list of “top shelf” meals to have before hockey…bonus! because breakfast for dinner is always a winner ;) other reasons we love that kellogg is making or fam "sugar-wise™" on the blog. did your favourite cereal make the cut? #sugarwise#kelloggpartner#ad
It was our circus and they were our monkeys and we packed it up with just 19 hrs to go and made some fabulous mexican memories @royaltonresorts riviera cancun. been noticing more traffic to the blog surrounding our travel content (i like your style ;), so this #traveltuesday i finally got our review up of our stay at this highly-recommended family-friendly spot (link in bio☝️) is fall/winter travel on your horizon? tell us your travel plans or share your favourite previously visited spots...i need the inspo...it may just be to dingy hotels for hockey tourneys for us til' spring😜 #royaltonmoments#hoktravels
Happy new week, lovelies♡ coming off a digital detox and feeling renewed for it. brain buzzing and flickering is a good indication when i need this in my life, so turned off all app notifications on my phone friday and "pause. breathe. appreciate" was my weekend mantra. our gang was divided with one boy in a hockey tourney out of town and me doing a shuffle with the other 3 back home, but if felt good to just be and live our life up close and personal without the beeps and flashes tugging my attention away non-stop, you know? getting addicted to feeling all my senses again, my own real life scroll, undoing & savouring the ordinary. even read a book start to finish with the wildlings doing their thing around me (slime. everywhere.) a la 80s parenting styles and got a few naps in...who am i?! did miss connecting with you guys, though, so tell me what you got up to! have a beautiful week, people♡ xo 📷: @kristenrecalisphotography
A girl should be two things: who and what she wants ~ coco chanel
your potential is limitless, my darling. follow your dreams and your dreams will get bigger. you have inner strengths to succeed, no matter what path you follow, and, like every girl, deserve every opportunity to shine #dayofthegirl 💖 #tbt 📷 still one of my fave snaps of our fierce lil' lady xx
I often hear "you really look like you have it together...it gets easier the more kids you have, huh?" nope...not my truth. full-fledged wingin it taming the crazy over here...but cutting out nonsense and time sucks from my life sure help...including lengthy b**w outs! and why when the motor recently blew in my older (less efficient) hairdryer i've loved switching to the infinitypro brushless dryer powerhouse with 3q tech (quick, quiet, quality) by @conaircanada . with brushless motor technology, it dries my thick hair in 5 mins + 3 seconds flat (yup i timed it!), with 40% less noise when i'm trying not to wake sleeping b***s in the morning. i don't wash my hair often (and have to get up before the kids if i even want to), but there's only so many days dry shampoo can life-save, and with cooler temps in the forecast, i need a quick dry or else my hair damages and it's frizz city. i've used a large roller brush for straightening for years, but the diamond brilliance straightening paddle brush is an even better way to achieve a smooth, shiny finish. add these to your list of ways to transform your hair game, add time back to your day and get back to the important things momlife throws your way - like i did this morn watching my dude run his heart out in cross country! tell me your hair care life hacks! #conairhair#conaircanadapartner#sponsored 📷: @kristenrecalisphotography
Steering into this "short" week like...a truck stuck in the mud...a little sluggish, about as slow in pace with a wardrobe wrench thrown in with this summer after summer weather (i ain't complaining ☀️), but sometimes you gotta put sergeant school mom away, embrace the muddy, and just go with their flow...how's the start of your week, guys? #slowingourrush
From our crazy crew to yours, a very happy thanksgiving to our canadian friends + family 🍂❤🦃 #sofullofthanks .
i think this holiday is my favourite - gather, eat, savour, love...the simple things are everything ❤ xo 📷: uncle d
This season for me stirs desire for real-life connection & appreciation for the people in our lives who need no impressing and whose presence make our lives richer, and if it involves delectable eats, even better. lunching with my mom & life long friend was a beautiful way to kick-start thanksgiving long weekend, and @localeaurora the perfect spot to do so. locale is one of our family's absolute favourite places to dine in york region (many date nights and family celebrations have been had at both their @localekingcity & aurora locations). while it's hard to change my typical affinity for their famous plt pizza, indulging in the savoury dishes from their new fall menu 🍂 offering was a delicious treat and new faves have been discovered! check out ig stories for our gastro journey from antipasti to dolci - quite the feast carefully prepared by culinary talent chef andrea censorio with locally sourced ingredients made better only by the friendly service of the lovely natasha 🙌 @localeaurora is now serving lunch 11:30 - 2:30 pm tues - fri. you will not regret selecting this fabulous place with chic ambiance but neighbourly feel to dine & connect with the special people in your life #localeaurora happy long weekend all!❤ [ad] 📷: @thedaddiaries.ca#yorkregioneats
It's been 3 years since i ditched full-time office work for part-time remote work. while i definitely do not miss the 3 hr commute, i do miss the comradarie with colleagues and having a reason to get dressed and presentable daily. yup...i loved dressing for work. no matter what was going on in our crazy fam, it was the one thing that i did for myself every day that put a pep in my step and helped me feel prepped for whatever the day threw at me. outside of a few weekly events/meetings now, i could spend all day in cozies, but i try to feel a little stylish at least a few days a week. except i don't have the time nor patience to spend hrs shopping in a mall and usually end up buying a blouse here, a pair of pants there on there fly (usually online) and pray i look a smidge current next to my styling brood. so, what a treat it was to get out and mingle with fellow mamas in the industry last month for a sip n' click styling session with the @smitherystyle ladies. i learned my shape, how to dress to flatter my figure and had an outfit waiting for me i didn't have to pick myself!🙌 this layered look get up had me at first sight! it was a totally unpretentious, uplifting way to update my fall wardrobe honoring the post-partum figure i embody today, and i think every woman + mama in the gta should experience it for themselves 💕(total #momtreat). for or all you ladies who love the convenience of online shopping like i do, they also offer an incredible virtual experience with styling tips and fashion inspo celebrating women of all shapes and sizes 🙌 (smitherystyle.com) thank you for the wonderful experience mavis, rena & susan. rather grateful i don't need to sweat my thanksgiving dinner outfit this year (and have flattering stretchy pants to get me through;)🍂#giftedproducts#shopyourshape#smitherystyle#shoppingsimplified#ootdfall 📷: @kristenrecalisphotography + @flash.adams
Not many things can lure me out on a chilly, rainy day but baking up some goodies with expert tips by @chefannaolson , meeting inspirational familes & volunteers at ronald mcdonald house, and learning how @mcdonaldscanada is making the lives of families sweeter by launching heart-shaped cookies 🍪❤🍪 in continued support of @rmhccanada was heart-warming and worth every soaked second to be there ♡ rmhc cookies available starting today at mcdonald's across canada 🍪❤🍪 check out ig stories to see who won the bake-off and how the act of baking is bringing warmth, comfort & hope to families facing difficult journeys, like our teammates kris & lil' brody💕
"sometimes people around you won't understand your journey...they don't need to, it's not for them"
it takes courage to be in this space. had i known the level of "putting myself out there" this realm requires when i started blogging 2 years ago, i honestly would have reconsidered. i am way too introverted for ongoing spotlight and way too conscientious for my own good, but little leaps of digital bravery has attracted some hella cool stuff into my usually mundane mama world and helped me tap into supressed talents, so i'm gonna keep pushing through, and showing up, even if it makes me shake a bit...and hope you do too, in whatever it is you're brave enough to keep trying. nonetheless, being mispercieved from the 1-d of the squares is inevitable...i mean unless we all have candid cameras in our homes how do we know who's really being forthright in a space that screams "authenticity" so thought i'd do a little #misconceptionmonday to give you a bit more of a peek of what's what:
1) bloggers are promoting consumerism - quite the opposite for me actually. more and more of less and less has been my guide. if it's not something that adds value to my family's life, simplifies the crazy or we genuinely use, it doesn't make an appearance. despite feeling ft this gig is still very pt & i'm proudly selective with who and what i align with.
2) bloggers are attention seeking/narcissistic - yep...talking about and posting photos about myself is slighlty weird but my close unit will confirm, i am way more comfortable behind the scenes than in the limelight and my previous nature cared way too much about what people think. i've done some major inner work behind the scenes to deal with massive insecurity that stirred up when i hopped into this space, and while still a work in progress, my backbone is alot stronger these days and approval-seeking much less. kinda like wearing this hat...some ppl love it, some ppl hate it (ahem...my hubs) ...but i'm still gonna wear it because i like it thanks very much ;) 3) she doesn't have a massive following but she's "got the look" so... cont'd in comments ⬇️
Ahhh...slow down sunday. spending all day in bed in cozies...not exactly over here. in true murphy's law of parenting fashion, the kids were up early and extra whirly this morn after our late night out and the only chilling to be had was in the frigid air of the hockey arena. but a mom can dream...and today it's about the time spent in slumber serenity a few weeks back with these gals.
can't wait to lay my head on my @casper pillow tonight that i've been trying the last few weeks that contours my head just right, helping me wake rested and kink-free in my neck. it's pillow inside a pillow design is great for all sleep positions in case little people take over your bed at night ;) slipping into the super soft romper by @knixwear and a wine down with some sweet cocktail treats by @squishcandy (the wine o'clock ones are👌) after putting our wildlings to bed can't come soon enough either!
i'm sure you could use a mom treat or two also, so use code fabfive20 for 20% off @knixwear to snag some comfies for yourself. the rompers are no longer available but their new padded evolution bra sounds dreamy!