When it comes to a Summer time getaway, nothing beats a good old family road trip.  We were fortunate enough to have a beauty of a car, courtesy of Ford, for our week away.  For this little getaway we took our 2016 Ford Edge to Penticton, BC.  Being surrounded by lush vineyards and a gorgeous lake, had us feeling like we were far from home even though it was only about a 4 hour drive.  So perfect for when you are traveling with little ones.

Most days were spent on a little adventure like floating down the cannal or hitting up the farmers market. We spent our evenings going for ice cream, having BBQ’s, and taking in outdoor concerts.  No day was complete without a walk along the beach.  It was the perfect  little escape from day to day life.

We rented the cutest little house through AirBnB.  It was great to have a big yard and a huge garden that we were able to pick fresh veggies from for dinner.  We were only a 5 minute drive to the beach and main town area.  Our Ford was perfect for keeping our phones charged, rocking out to satellite radio, and getting us around in comfort.  Maddie called it our special car.  The best was power outlets in the trunk of the car.  We plugged in our air pump so we could blow up our giant floating “Party Island” to float down the cannal in.  That was Maddie’s favourite adventure.  It took us almost two hours to float on down and when we finished she said, ” I want to do it again!”  She fell asleep shortly after that.

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a video with you.  This trip seemed like the perfect opportunity to record some memories.  I hope you enjoy!

Song: Cool by Jason Blaine

 

Seabreeze Bracelet.  Find it here.

Accessories are the perfect place to add a pop of colour to your wardrobe.  Canadian made label, Foxy Originals, offers up some fun and affordable pieces that will make any wardrobe a bit playful.  They even have a collection out currently at The Bay for the Olympics.  A great way to show your Canadian pride!

I have teamed up the lovely ladies of Foxy Originals to giveaway one of these beautiful Tiffany Pratt Heart Tickler Bangles.  Adorned with a heart charm, bell, and turquoise tassel, it makes the perfect Summer accessory.

WIN!  Foxy Originals Heart Tickler Bracelet.  This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the USA only.  Good luck!

CONGRATULATIONS to Linda Kapasky!  You are the lucky winner!  I will send an email your way.  Thanks to all who entered.

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I am so excited to announce that we are expecting Baby #2 AND Baby #3 at the end of this year.  In case the math didn’t quite add up for you…I am pregnant with twins!  We are so incredibly excited for our family to grow.  Yes, it was a big surprise and yes it took a while for it to sink in.  It still feels surreal at times.  I am currently 17 and a half weeks along.  I’m happy to be coming out of hiding…lol!…and ready to be proudly bumping now.

 

Summer arrived a little late here in Vancouver, but it’s now here and it’s hot!   I’m a sucker for all things bright and cheery in the hot weather.  To celebrate Summer in this glorious city, I thought I would share some of my Summer essentials.

1) My phone…obviously. I used to carry my big camera with me everywhere but find with a toddler in tow, my phone is just way easier.
2) A hat. On Tuesday I went for a big walk with my mother-in-law and Maddie. We stopped for smoothies and of course had ample play time at the water park. My mom wardrobe that day was all worked around wearing this hat. I picked it up the last time we were in Maui.
3) My prescription sunnies. I have been wearing these non-stop since I got them. They are from the Clearly Contacts Camilla d’Errico collection.
4) My hair goes up and back a lot when it’s hot. If I’m not wearing a hat, you will probably find me in one of my I Wear The Headdress turban hair wraps. This yellow is everything!
5) My Swell bottle goes everywhere with me. Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!
6) Sun protection is so important, but I like to use natural options. I just started using this one from Boo Bamboo Suncare. It is available at Whole Foods and also comes in one for your kids.
7) Picnics, time at the beach, or just relaxing at the park are all the best parts of Summer. This gorgeous  Everyday Family Blanket from Sunday Dry Goods is a must for all families or for those who’d like someone to curl up with them at the beach. They are a local Vancouver company too! Trust me you want to get your hands on one of their Turkish towels.
8 ) Fresh bright blooms in my house are the perfect way to bring a bit of the outdoors in. I often snip a rose or two from my garden, but sometimes I like to swing by my fave local florist, Tala Florist, for something different.

 

I am so excited for our annual double date night to Diner en Blanc.  This will be our 4th year attending.  Each year we get smarter about what to pack, what to wear, and what to pass on, so I thought I’d share some of our 4th year wisdom with you all.

Pack:

Pretty Linens can make your table scape so much more lovely then a boring white tablecloth.  Think lace, eyelet, or even layering a couple cloths to create a unique look.

Flowers for your table are a must.  This is the one area where colour is permitted.  We tend to not go too bold with the colour.  Soft pastels look gorgeous popped against all the white.

Lighting is always pretty on a table. Diner en Blanc is fire free, so start hunting for those little LED candles.  Bring a few light weight items for your candles to twinkle in.  Decorative birdcages, lanterns, or whatever other creative items you can think of.  Just remember you have to pack and carry it so don’t get too crazy.

Your table leader will make sure you get checklists of all the things you need to bring, but here are a few musts I bring every year.

sparklers

garbage bags

ziplock bags (for left overs)

dishcloth/ tea towel / paper towel (for spills and clean up)

things on wheels (so much easier to pull something with wheels rather than carrying everything)

lighter (for the sparklers…the little bit of permitted fire)

camera (it’s a spectacular event and you’ll want to capture every beautiful moment)

Wear: 

Wear head to toe white.  I know this sounds like a given, but I am always amazed by the girl who shows up in a gold dress.  Really? This happens every year.  Sure everyone may give her a look, but it totally takes away from what the event is all about.  Just wear some beautiful pure white and make it your own.  There are other ways to stand out in the crowd.

Add embellishments.  There is no need to keep your look boring.  I’m not so much into the over the top “costumes” people show up in, as it’s just not my style.  It gives us all something fun to look at though.  For tamer fun ideas…why not wear some jewelry in your hair?  Try topping off your glam boho look with a floral crown?  Add a dramatic caplet to your simple frock?  Just be sure to plan your outfit ahead of time. I am usually running around at the last minute trying to find something to wear.  I am happy to say my new dress for this year is hanging in my closet already.  I ordered it online so now I just need to work on the details.  For guys, embellishments can be a bit trickier.  They can still have fun though with cuff links, a bow tie, hat, and of course, the perfect pair of shades.

Pass: 

Ladies, hard pass on wearing your heels to the event.  You will be lugging stuff to the soiree, so keep your footwear cute but comfy.  A pair of white sandals are the perfect thing to make your life a whole lot easier.  If you can’t live without your heels, change into them once you are set up.  Just remember that, as the location is a secret, there’s no way of knowing ahead of time if you will be on grass, sand, or some other kind of dangerous surface for heels.  You’ll also be happy to have a pair of flats in your bag for the end of the night.

Don’t make overly complicated food.  We made this mistake our first year.  We spent the whole day cooking and prepping our dinner.  It was delicious but we were exhausted by the time we got there.  We have stuck to a more picnic style menu since.  We love charcuterie plates, salads, breads, olives, fruit, and of course a dessert.  I also totally recommend a thermos of cappuccino to cap off the evening.

Ladies, you really don’t need a purse.  I find it’s just one more thing to carry.  I often throw a tiny clutch in one of my bags with a lipgloss, some cash (cab fare for afterward), and my cell. It will be all that you need.

Lastly, make sure you take it all in.  Once your table is all set up, take a walk around and see all that the event and the venue has to offer.  There are sure to be some surprises around every corner.  Snap those pics!  Wishing all of you going this year a Happy Diner en Blanc!  Don’t forget to head on over to Alicia Fashionista for more fab info on Everything you need to know about Diner en Blanc!
Photos by: Alicia Winnett, Kerry Lawrence Photography, and my own.
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