Whistler Traditions {travel + fashion}

Screw Christmas Crackers and New matching pajamas, I've managed to make a vacation a holiday tradition in our family...  trust me guys, I'm even baffled by this one.    Sammy and I have been vacationing in Whistler over the Holidays since we first started dating 10yrs ago, ACTUALLY WAIT!  we even went there for our Honeymoon! This folks is why we call Whistler our happy place. We go up as close to Christmas as we can afford (no seriously, that's the truth!). If we can manage a great rate or snag a Living Social deal early on in the year we go the week before Christmas, if we can't and we're hogtied into paying the going rates, … read more...

Kicking off the New Year… with ZERO sleep!

Guess what's totally a real thing? 4 month sleep regression!  Guess what isn't funny and A LIVING HELL? You guessed it Christmas Fruitcake and 4 month sleep regression! So funny story, the last 4 nights I've slept zero consecutive hours. That's right, you heard me, I have yet to get in a solid hour of sleep this entire year... 4 month sleep regression, it's a cruel thing. I mean it's not like I saw it coming and had mentally prepared, NOPE! I just found out about this hogwash yesterday. Literally yesterday morning during an online thumb-stomping pity party when I mentioned how Stella was partying her nights away with me as her unwilling chaperone … read more...

Merry Christmas People!

If you're reading this right now, on Christmas Eve, I LOVE YOU! Seriously! giving me any of your valuable time over the Holidays means a lot (this sorta' makes us family, no?). May this adorable picture make it worth your time and possible "slipper to your head" thanks to Aunt Mable who hates social media and has gotten into the Rum and Eggnog a little early this year. Now go! Get off your phone, get back to your family and love them hard!  Have yourself a merry little Christmas!     … read more...

FAMILY: Stella Grace (month 3) +GIVEAWAY

Month 3 has been good to us... So so good to us! This little lady is really getting a personality including mind of her own and a pretty killer right hook. Discovering her hands and getting them to do what she wants might be my favorite things right now. She so content and focused these days, with herself and her surroundings. She is an amazing emotion-talker... say something to her with a smile and she will no doubt reciprocate with her ear to ear grin and squinted eyes that will undoubtedly melt your heart. She will do her best to chat back with the most adorable (and slobbery) gurgles and coos... Month 3 is AMAZE! HIPHIP GIFTS Etsy Shop // Instagram With each of … read more...

FEATURE: A Festive Stagette

It's not everyday your bestfriend gets married, and; It's not everyday you get asked to be her Maid-of-Honor! Party Planning sorta' runs in my blood (interesting fact; I was a wedding planner for 8 years) but this doesn't mean I wasn't doubting my talents this time around, as this client was extra special to me. Not only my bestfriend but I was in her bridal party... I am her Maid-of-Honor! Lindsay and I have known each other since Elementary School, grade 3 to be exact. She was the kid who snorted milk to make others smile, she has this contagious laugh that can turn anyone's day around and a voice that could fill the room (literally). I knew she was my … read more...

MOTHERHOOD: Things I couldn’t live without

I always try my best to make sure me and my family are prepared for everything, I preplan including hypothetical scenarios to ensure we're ready for everything; but let's get real you can never truly be ready to bring home a newborn. The things you think you need, you don't, and the things that you actually grab for at a time in need (like a screaming inconsolable baby) you may never actually find in the aisles at Babies r' Us. The past 2.5 months have been wonderfully exhausting, doing this baby-thing again after 5 years is rough. Not only do you forget about all the crying and sleepless nights but those random tricks you did to make an unhappy baby smile have vanished … read more...

Don’t judge me, it’s not what I’m here for

PLAY; to engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose. I posted a picture on Instagram last week of Sofia playing with makeup and guess what people, I got judged hard, was tagged as a "bad mom" and even lost some readers. I know as a blogger I open myself up to boat-loads of criticism, sharing my life online, I'll be the first to admit blogging is not for everyone and sometimes that includes me. 5 years is not enough time for me to grow thick skin apparently I was told last week that I made a very bad judgment call as a parent in letting my child play with makeup at 5 years old. I'm pushing her to "grow-up quickly", … read more...

HOLIDAY: Girls Gift Guide +GIVEAWAY

  1// Pinhole Press Custom Finger Puppets & Family Dominos   2//Maplelea Doll   3//Osmo Game System   4//Hatchimal   5//Lost My Name Book   6//Lowes 16-piece Kid's Tool Kit Sofia is very much involved in my blogging, she asks when she will be "on my internet page" next, she asks if I need any help "writing the words" and always always asks to "send them a pitch" when she see's a new toy hit the market that she want. What can I say, she is a born blogger?! Naturally when I was bringing together this years Holiday Gift Guides I knew that I needed her help in a big way... Sofia, help me, what would a girl your age want for Christmas … read more...