Category Archives: Lifestyle

Help Food Banks of Canada End Summer Hunger With The #SummerHungerChallenge

NS-169With close to one million Canadians in need of food banks during the summer months, while the winter holidays are the traditional season of giving, food banks also need support in the summer. Food insecurity doesn’t take a summer break. Food bank organizations across Canada are relying on the support of donors to help end summer hunger.

The Every Plate Full began on May 28 and aims to raise awareness and donations to fill this seasonal gap. Are you up for the challenge? Are you up for the challenge? Could you feed yourself on just $1.00 a day? This is something food banks can do thanks to their partnerships with sponsors across the country, and the strong purchasing power they hold.

At food banks across the country, a $1 donation provides three meals.We challenge Canadians to feed themselves on $1 a day. Need ideas? Check out www.everyplatefull.ca to get you started, and even if you can’t make it work share your story on social media. Word of mouth matters! Continue reading

#AD || Stylish Toy Storage with @TheBrick

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Let’s talk creative toy storage. If you’re a parent the daily battle with the toy clutter is very real! In our household I would say it’s easily one of my most challenging design aspects to kid friendly rooms. I’m a firm believer in stylish room storage. I haven’t felt the need to get toy chests or coloured plastic bins. I love that there are so many options out there for toy storage. My favourite, converting bookshelves with trendy bins or finding modern cabinets with adjustable shelves to help hide the clutter. Here are the 2 pieces that help us beat the toy clutter battle:

The Barrister Tall Bookcase: Finished in a salt grey oak colour, the bookcase blends easily with most décor while adding a touch of natural beauty. It’s unique cubbyholes, along with five shelves, provide ample and stylish storage solutions for books, Blu-ray discs, family photos, toys, stuffed animals and more. As an added benefit, the durable engineered wood construction is heat-, stain- and scratch-resistant perfect for a toddler room. There is a full furniture line with many stylish shapes and sizes, I’m loving the Barrister line. (We have the TV stand too)30D3E777-0DC2-47D6-BC92-C94A96648A1D

The Harbor View Storage Cabinet:I love to find a balance between open and closed storage. Unlike, the Barrister where collectible toys to stylish bins are on display. The Harbor completely hides the toy clutter with it’s horizontally-slatted doors and solid wood knobs radiate shaker-style simplicity with the perfect touch of splendour. This transitional cabinet complements both contemporary and traditional styles, making it easy to integrate into your decor. What’s more, engineered wood overlaid with paper laminate creates a durable piece that withstands the rigours of daily use. You can adjust the shelves to adapt to any of your toy clutter needs.6EB5420C-C36B-4E8E-94F6-DAA4640017C6IMG_9523 Continue reading

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#AD Style || My Picks From @Nordstrom’s Half Yearly Sale || #Nordstrom

It’s the most wonder time of the year… who just sang that first sentence with their head too? I’ve partnered with Nordstrom to score my picks from their legendary Half Yearly Sale. Until May 27th score your favourites at up to 40% off. I love to update my summer wardrobe with some designer favourites this time of year, not only for the discount but the in-store Nordstrom shopping experience also. Whenever I enter a Nordstrom I love the warm greetings and styling expertise of their staff. There have been many a time I come in with an idea of a look I’m wanting to achieve and they make it a reality with personalized product picks that fit my style and body type. They are a pleasure to work with… not looking for a shopping helper, don’t worry the sale is easily marked throughout the store for you to search on your own if that’s your kinda day. Who doesn’t love a great shopping day?

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By now I’m sure you’re curious about what I picked up in the sale. I needed a few basics to add to my day to day Mommy wardrobe. And I’ve been dying to add something romantic for date night. And jeans, I love getting a good pair of denim on major clearance. Here are my product picks from the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale:

Make + Model Take It Easy Lounge Hoodie in “GREY PEARL HEATHER.” I love the feminine ruffle detail on this lounge wear hoodie. It’s perfect for kicking it with the kids around the house but cute enough to wear out on a Starbucks coffee date.

Tory Burch Cecily Sequin Embellished Espadrille in “OCTAGON SQUARE/ NEW IVORY.” Espadrilles are a summer wardrobe staple in my humble opinion. Dress them up with a Maxi or feminine romper. Or pair them with casual shorts or distressed denim jeans. They are so comfy and so stylish.

Socialite Lace Overlay Romper. I’ve been searching for an elegant lace romper for date night for quite some time. I had my eye on this one for months, so I’m so pumped to have scored it on sale. These Palm Leaf Espadrilles are included in the sale too! Continue reading

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Home Decor || Alastair’s Room Update

I’m so excited to share Alastair’s room update with all of you this week. Some may have noticed we’ve been working on this room for several months now. When we moved into this house over a year ago, the previous owners used it as a home gym/ storage room. We pretty much adopted that idea in the moving process. It was far easier using it as a storage spot for many months and have Alastair sleep in a toddler bed in our room. Fast forward one year, I’m so ready to not only gain back our master bedroom but provide a toy heaven sleep situation for our little guy. We partner with The Brick to design a little boy’s bedroom dream. Let the room product sourcing begin!6EB5420C-C36B-4E8E-94F6-DAA4640017C6

His entire room design revolves around The Maroq Triangle Area Rug. Graphic geometric triangles in teal and mustard bring excitement to any space. The soil-resistant fibres in this rug will withstand daily use. I wanted a soft, plush feel of this carpet under his toes  and knees for play time.0098F379-2E38-40A5-B845-EEB28569585FB9FEB023-BADE-46C0-B765-D88DD3EED17C

Every kid’s room needs ample storage. We added both open and closed storage with the Harbor View Cabinet and Barrister Lane Tall Bookcase. Both in weather grey wood adding the perfect neutral palette to the room.

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Style || Overall Trend & Pretty Bell Sleeves || Spring Look

I’ll be the first to admit, I was pretty skepytical about the overall denim trend that has been emerging in the last year. I haven’t owned a pair since I was 7 years old! Either I found the styles too juvenille or the fit too difficult to get into. But I’m sold now that I found the perfect style, these have a side zipper to help get on and off for a more fitted look. I’ve partner with Style Culture to style 2 of my top product picks from their online boutique.

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Starting with… these Distressed Denim Overalls by BLANK NYC. They are the perfect mix of comfort and style. I love the ripped details and the minor stretch to the denim.

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