I’m so excited to share our bar sit up with The Brick. We scored these bar modern stools a few months ago. I love the padded leather and adjustable height, perfect for my guests to pull up a seat and make a great summer drink!
The Strawberry Lemon Spritz
What you’ll need:
1 oz. Gin (We choose Hansen Distillery Trouble Gin)
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
4 oz. Sparkling Water
Squeeze of fresh lemon
Muddle mint, lemon juice, and half a strawberry. Add all ingredients. Garish, lemon slice, mint leaf and half strawberry. Serve on ice.
Such a refreshing drink for those hot summer days.
I know the assumption when you have kids, you just don’t travel until they are older. Wrong! Luckily we travel plenty with our little ones. BUT I will say traveling with kids isn’t easy, luckily we’ve learned a few tips and tricks over the last almost 4 years that’s made it so much easier. I truly think you can maintain that vacation mode zen and take your little guys along for the ride… it’s all in the little details.
Tip #1: Pack Extra!I know it sounds simple, but you can never have enough diapers, spare outfits, snacks and back up power sources. In all of the above cases it’s better to have too many than not enough. Depending on the length of flight and if your trip involves layovers; I usually pack 1 spare outfit, 3 diapers and 3 snacks for every 2 hours of flight time.
Tip #2: Little People Need Breaks, Pack A Mobile Nap. Weather you are traveling with an infant or a toddler… kids need to get off their feet and/or nap. There is nothing like an overly tired little person in an airport or on a flight. To avoid meltdown mode we travel with a stroller, plane bed box and baby carrier.
Tip #3: Accept Help! Take Advantage of BABY VIP. Most airports let you use the faster security line when traveling with kids… use it! It’ll save you on average 30 minutes in a long line up. Use pre-boarding when applicable. This will allow for ample time to fold up that stroller, get snacks/ movies ready and set up that seat converting bed on the plane.
Tip #4: Find the Fun!Most airports have mini playgrounds some where in their terminals. Ask the help desk, if they don’t they usual have free colouring books and little free extras for the kids to have fun or blow off some energy before the flight. There’s no harm asking, they are there to help. Continue reading →
As you know I’m lucky to call myself a Fisher-Price® Play Ambassador this year. I’m so excited to help spread the word on the importance of unstructured play for our little guys. Through studies and research, Fisher-Price® found that nearly all Canadian parents surveyed (90 per cent) agree overscheduling children’s activities can be overwhelming to them as well as to their children (86 per cent). Along those lines, the majority of parents (80 per cent) believe childhood today is more complicated than it should be. By giving children toys that have been designed to encourage physical, social, emotional, language, cognitive skills and imagination, a lot of what parents seek is right there in their children’s toy box. Let’s join Fisher-Price® to encourage families to take the time to Play More!
I like to think it’s called “Second Baby Syndrome,” but it’s taken me 7 months after Harper’s arrival to complete her nursery space. Let’s face it she has been in a bassinet in our room until last month so of course I was in no rush. I just laugh at myself now, looking back when I was in a rush to complete my first baby’s nursery before they were even born! Wow times have changed or maybe lessons are learned. Either way I’m so excited to share her baby space.
We designed her room around the stunning Soft Modern Sideboard from The Brick. I decided this time around to invest in pieces I can see transitioning out into my home once Harper outgrows her nursery space. This sideboard is the perfect mix of open and closed storage for all her baby needs. And in the future it will be an amazing additional to my dining room when the time comes. It’s so versatile, you can change the look of it by switching the colour changing geometric shelves in seconds.
I had to have this glamorous Incy Interiors rose gold crib from West Coast Kids. It pairs perfectly with the pops of metallics on the metal star burst accents I found in store at The Brick (pictured below). You never know what you’ll see in store, each Brick location is different and updates their accessories often. You should take a peek!
Below I’ve sourced a few of the pieces we used to complete her nursery. If you don’t see it linked feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you!
With the summer in our sights we are getting outside as much as possible. It’s the time of year I notice that we start to shift from winter’s comfort food to light fresh fast meals. With my little helper Alastair, we are going to share one of our family favourite recipes using organic ingredient’s from Spud and seasoning from our friend’s at Epicure. We’ve been loving the additional of our new GE Series 30″ Free-Standing Double Convection Range to our kitchen. With two ovens I can cook a meal and bake dessert at the same time. Or in this case, cook a hot dip as an appetizer while I using the other oven for dinner. I found with my last oven I never used my warming draw and it slowly transformed into pan storage. Such a waste of space. Doubling my oven space has been amazing, making cooking even easier! I don’t think I can ever go back to a conventional single oven range.
Italian Pork Chop
What you’ll need: 6 pork chops, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, fresh basil, fresh spinach, 2 large savoury tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and Epicure’s Balsamic Vinaigrette seasoning (or Italian blend of choice).
What you’ll need to do: brush a table spoon of olive oil onto pork chops, season both sides with pinch salt and Epicure Balsamic. Cut tomatoes into thirds, season and place open flesh down onto cooking pan with pork chops. Cook in oven at 400 degrees for approximately 25 minutes (cook meat throughly). Place tomatoes on top of each chop with a sprinkle of cheese. Run under the broiler on high for approximately 2 minutes or until cheese is fully melted. Serve on bed of fresh spinach and basil. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.