With so many snow and wind storms this month we have had a fair amount of down time around the house. Relaxing has been our middle name as of lately. In all honesty I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love a good movie snuggle with my little guys.
This month Netflix challenged the Stream Team to explore and evaluate the shows we watch with our children. Studies have shown that gender stereotypes have an impact on girls at a young age, and that role models from the entertainment they choose can have a lasting effect. Although Alastair is obviously a boy, I still want him to see shows that represent women and girls in strong roles. I think it’s important for both little boys and girls to see women in confident parts impacting those around them in a positive way. Smart, capable and driven.
Here are my March Netflix picks for breaking gender stereotypes by showing casing women in a strong lead:
1) Inside Out:This movie is a MUST see for both kids and their parents. I love that it addresses how different aspects of our life help to shape our identity even at a young age. And how we, as parents can positively impact our child’s development for the better.
2) Beat Bugs: A sing-along show with nostalgic hits from The Beatles. It’s packed with lessons to be learned and an up beat happy undertone throughout. Continue reading →
I love a good seasonal place setting, it’s probably one of my favourite home decorating activities. I have a “go with what you’ve got” mentality. The base, an amazing and versatile dining table with chairs. I like an easy to clean surface and ample seating. The Caroline dining bench from The Brick is a comfortable option for seating, while the Monarch metal cafe chairs are easy to wipe down for your mini children guests.
Next, mix in china sets that you own and love, for me these floral vintage pieces from my late Grandma are perfectly paired with the new Anthropologie gold spot plates. Get creative with your napkins, it’s an easy and cost effective way to mix in a seasonal theme. Layered into the china, bunny shaped or with fresh flowers or herbs tucked inside… napkins can turn a place setting from everyday to special event in seconds.
Finally nothing says fancy like fresh flowers, I found these at my local grocery store. I bought the most affordable grower’s bundles in my table setting colour palette and made my own bouquets. Making your own arrangements makes it far more affordable to go with fresh centre pieces.
Think about adding a mini mimosa bar to the end of the dining table. Mini bar cart like set ups add fun little details that would otherwise be left out of the dining decor. Plus, your guests have amazing beverages right at their finger tips literally. It’s all about the little luxuries.
Play to your guest list! I LOVE champagne flutes but it’s always nice to incorporate both the masculine and feminine versions of the popular cocktail glass. I like to set the short champagne flutes out for all the men dining to give them a less feminine tall glass for their dining enjoyment. And always offer water… it’s a table staple not to miss.
It’s a mom’s reality, joy and nightmare all at the same time… those cute adorable growing feet! I know I’m not the only one that struggles with the mini shoe game weekly. I get Alastair a new pair of shoes, I blink and he’s outgrown them. Luckily Edmonton got a DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse kids! It’s the largest shoe store in Canada carrying some of my favourite brands at a discount: Hunter, Kate Spade, Coach, Nike, New Balance, Converse, Toms, Sorel, and Ugg. It makes it so easy to pick up a few pairs of on trend shoes at an affordable price.
We found these New Balance sneakers for my husband and of course the cutest little Vans for Alastair.
It’s giving away time! To help keep the feet in your life stylish I’ve teamed up with Designer Shoe Warehouse! For your chance to win 1 of 2 $50 gift cards of your own, simply complete the two following steps for an entry:
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