I love a good old fashioned family road trip. Snacks, great music and incredible scenery. Growing up the majority of our vacations were on the road as opposed to in the air. Let’s face it, it’s a far more affordable option for tons of families. The one thing that isn’t the same from my childhood mini vacations are the luxury features available in some motor vehicles nowadays. We had the pleasure of partnering with Lincoln on a weekend trip to the mountains. Here are some of my favourite aspects of The 2018 Lincoln Continentalthat make long road trips as a family that much easier:
Sync 3 is a voice activated feature that can easily control your phone. For us, we loved pressing a button, asking for great restaurants in the area and getting a response in seconds. It was like having a little tour guide in the car with us, perfect for a road trip when you’re not familiar with the town or city you are taking a pitstop in.
We all know I’m always on the hunt for a great mirror. Easily my favorite decorating trick to open up a room and make it appear even bigger. For the living room I’ve been looking for a large round mirror for quite some time. We found this gorgeous Oryx mirror from The Brick just in time for our Spring refresh of our home. I love the gold detail, modern feel and minimal profile. The size was also a big selling point for me, I struggled to find large round mirrors with a minimalist frame. The majority were half the size or had too decorarive a border for my design needs. With Spring in the air we find ourselves adding a few more accents to each room as we tidy and move the winter items to storage. Continue reading →
You’ve probably guessed from my weekly IG stories, the delivered meals from Hello Fresh have been going well. I’ve gotten so many questions about the service, so I thought I’d come on here and tell you the good, the bad and the delicious.
Here’s my Hello Fresh Meal Delivery Q&A:
Are you paid to talk about Hello Fresh? NO! Hello Fresh does not pay me to promote their service. They have in the past, let me try meals for free BUT I have spent my own money on the service because we loved the meals.
Why a meal delivery service? And do you like the meals? Especially in the winter months, I need help getting healthy ingredients to our house. Sometimes the weather is so bad, I can’t get out with the little guys to do a proper grocery shop. We love Hello Fresh. We, as a family have only disliked 2 meals and we have been getting 3 meals a week since November. The recipes are amazing 95% of the time and you get every single ingredient you need to make it. We order the Family Box, it gives us enough food for dinner and left overs for lunch the next day. It’s really taken the pressure off meal time prep for me.
What don’t you like about Hello Fresh? I did have one box arrive days late, although it was an isolated incident, it was a big inconvenience for us. We had paid for meals for that week but they didn’t arrive to make use of them for our working Tuesday-Friday. And by the time the box arrived the produce wasn’t looking great. It was due to a winter storm, so I had to cut them a little slack on that one. And customer service refunded me a portion to cover the ruined produce.
Would you suggest Hello Fresh to a friend? What do you think of the competitors? I’ve paid for Chef’s Plate twice, both times my box was miss-delivered. When they finally got it to me, the box’s contents were rancid and I did not receive a refund. I was disappointed with the customer service and never actually got to try a successfully delivered meal box. However, my parents get that service and like it… so that was just my experience.
Yes, I would suggest Hello Fresh to a friend or family member! Use my promo code NORTHERNS for 40% off your first box! It’s definitely tasty and it saves you a trip to the grocery store. The recipes are creative, I keep the recipes we love for later use.
The entryway battle is real… our family rushes into the door and half of what they are wearing plops down into our small front door space. Nothing drives me more crazy, the coat and boot clutter that erupts several times a day. You don’t have to have kids to experience this recurring phenomenon daily. Entryways can be a difficult space to balance style and function. I’ve been looking over a year to find some modern minimalist furniture pieces that were could solve our storage problems. I love the North Avenue collection from The Brick. They have tons of pieces that will fit any space: from desks, coats racks to shelving units this line has so many modern storage solutions.
We added the North Avenue coat rack for the obvious reason, we have a lot of jackets! I like to use the closet to hang most of our outerwear but we keep current favs out on the rack for easy access. Plus, it has three shelves adding even more storage for keys, bags, and gloves.
Next, we opted for both the short and tall North Avenue bookcases. I love that I can add stylish accessories, like this honey comb candle holder I found instore at The Brick to the upper shelves. Then store shoes on the lower racks, so the kids have them at their level.
How very Canadian of me, sharing a winter look when other bloggers in North America are talking Spring! With an impending winter snow storm warning here in Edmonton, I thought it felt fitting to share one of my favourite parkas with you. I’ve partner with Parajumpers to share this cozy look to inspire your next snow day adventure. They are an extremely innovative outerwear collection with highly technological components, designed above all else to be functional. This is my third coat from them in 5 years, I’m a fan to say the least. The Light Long Bear parka by Parajumpers is the perfect parka to keep you warm and stylish in the colder months. It is so light weight and I love the athleisure vibe. The multi pockets help me tote around everything a busy mom would need: kleenex, snacks, diapers and travel wipes! It’s very much the perfect coat for an active on the go lifestyle.
Parka:Parajumpers c/o || Jeans:Gap || Bag:Chloe || Sweater:Abercrombie || Sneakers:Skye Footwear c/o|| Sunglasses: Prescription from Bailey Nelson Photos by the ever so talented B.Grace Creatives for Northern Style Exposure