Bringing Out the Kid In Me and A Nintendo Giveaway!

Friday, August 18, 2017

This post has been written in collaboration with Nintendo Canada, all opinions are my own

I've been a huge Nintendo fan for as long as I can remember.  I have such great memories of sitting in the basement playing Super Mario Bros. over and over again.  Don't even get me started on Super Mario Bros. 2 and the addition of Princess!

Though I appreciate the games that are now readily available on mobile devices, nothing seems to really compare to a good Nintendo game, which is why I jumped at the chance to try out the new New Nintendo 2DS XL.  Our boys have DS' and love them!  Hubs and I may very well be guilty of stealing the kids devices every now and then to play a game or two.

What I absolutely love about the recently released the New Nintendo 2DS XL is hands down the larger screen size and the clarity.  I also like the fact that weight of the device and ergonomics haven't been compromised, it's still lightweight and small enough to carry around.  Nintendo realizes that technology moves fast as do our needs for faster processing and clearer pictures, they've answered those needs with the New Nintendo 2DS XL.

We also had the opportunity to test drive two new games.  Holy smokes the kids were excited!  Though I like to try to pretend that I'm totally current on all the new happenings, I have to be honest, the kids seem to be one step ahead of my as of late.  When they saw that Hey! Pikmin and Miitopia were included in the parcel, they flipped!!!  Do you remember that feeling when you were a kiddo?  So incredibly awesome.  Looking to upgrade your 3DS and wondering if the games are compatible?  You can play all Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS and most Nintendo DS games on the New Nintendo 2DS XL, which is awesome!

Of course, I do intend on sharing this new toy with my boys, but they still can't believe that they aren't able to convince me to hand it over to them entirely (though let’s face it, they’ll probably be the ones who get me past levels that I’m having difficulty with!).  I love the fact that this device is truly family friendly, it’s fun for everyone in our home to play, no matter what age!  I can’t tell you enough, just how valuable that is!  Because of that, it will certainly be our go-to during long road trips, and I can see it being used while we’re relaxing on the patio or when one of us just needs a break from the daily grind.

Now, I'm super excited to be giving away one (1) New Nintendo 2DS XL, one (1) Hey! Pikmin game and one (1) Miitopia game to one lucky reader!  Hop on over to this photo on Instagram for contest details and to enter! (note: you can only enter the giveaway via Instagram, leaving a comment here will not be a contest entry).  Giveaway is open to residents of Canada and closes on August 23/2017 at 11:59pm EST.  Good luck!


This post is written in collaboration with Nintento Canada, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Weekend Recap - A new Show, Fashion and Instagram

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

I know it's Tuesday, but it was a long weekend here, so it kind of feels like Monday!

I can't believe that hubs' holidays are almost over, we've enjoyed this precious family time so so much!  The weather wasn't exactly fabulous all weekend, but that gave us a chance to tackle some chores in the house that have been on our to-do list for some time.  I've had my eye on the entry for a while and decided it was time for a little refresh.  I swapped out the round ottoman and brought this vintage chair (that used to belong to hub's grandparents) from my workspace.  I had two chairs in my office, one of which very rarely was used, so I placed it at my desk.

Love the new look!  We also hung the mirror to make more space.  I mentioned on instagram that open baskets seem to be the best solution for the boys' hats, baseball gloves, etc.  I chose one (from HomeSense) that had some great weaving.

I went for a run this weekend instead of doing a circuit.  I was feeling great, so I went a few km's further than I had originally planned.  It was a beautiful morning and this moment was worthy of stopping to take a picture!

I watched "Taste of Country" on Netflix this weekend (only just discovered it) and immediately fell in love with the series.  What I didn't realize is that it was the same spot that my good friend, Thalita had just recently visited and that it's located here in Ontario!  South Pond Farms is owned and run by Danielle French.  She's done an amazing job creating a beautiful setting for weddings and other functions.  I love love love how she clips fresh blooms (a dream of mine to be able to do the same) and delicious veggies and fruits right from her own gardens.  What she doesn't have, she tries to source from neighbouring farmers.  Honestly, such a great (and refreshing) series!  More here.

There has been a lot of buzz happening on Instagram lately.  In short, it can be extremely discouraging and frustrating to see very little growth when you're busting your butt.  I appreciate Erin for bringing to light the fact that not everyone believes in authenticity and as a result, not everyone's numbers are a true reflection of hard work.  Knowing and understanding this is huge for those of us who have been feeling discouraged and defeated lately.

Hop on over to Erin's post to read more about this movement (Gaby also wrote a great post).  She brings to light that you need to focus on what you're doing and how important it is to not compare your growth to others.  As long as your posting about what you love, and what's true to you, you'll make it!  (I know that it's easier said than done, trust me).

On that note, many have noticed I've chosen to include more fashion in my feed.  This is something that I'm truly passionate about (I've loved fashion since I was a kiddo) and a decision that I thought long and hard about.  I'll continue to share home decor inspiration, but this change is one that I've been wanting to make for a long long long time.  I thank you so very much for continuing to follow along as I switch gears ever so slightly, I truly appreciate your support!

I have some super exciting posts coming up this week!  Looking forward to sharing, stay tuned!


A Cozy Long Weekend

Friday, August 4, 2017

As we head into the long weekend, we are quietly reminded that we are now 1/2 way through the summer break, can you even believe it?!  This also means that those temps are slowly going to begin to dip a little more during the evening.  Though I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to summer, I do welcome the opportunity to wrap myself up in the comfiest cardigan every now and then (until Fall is officially here, then it's all about the cardigan all the time!).

If you haven't heard of the beautiful Canadian shop, The Skinny, you need to click on over right away.  I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Erinn, the founder of this incredible shop, at BlogPodium last year and have enjoyed following her shop ever since!  This mama is doing great things and it's absolutely inspiring to see someone work hard and conquer their dreams!

I'm a huge fan of cardigans, as they are perfect with their open fronts, easy to throw on when there's a chill in the air, or when you are looking for an instant hug.  This beautifully long knit mustard cardigan (designed and made in Canada!) is just lovely and fits the bill in every way!  Hop on over to The Skinny to see what other beautiful pieces Erinn's shop has (including kids' and baby wear!).  I especially love the Blythe dress, this Mama Bird tee and the ruffles on this Olivia Sweater!


Prepping Your Patio for Hosting!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Hey guys!  Excited to be over at The Comfortable House blog today, sharing tips on how to prep your patio for hosting!  There isn't anything better than spending time on your patio during the hot summer months, it's truly our favourite place to be!

Hop on over to The Comfortable House blog to read!


Blue And White With A Pop of Pink

Monday, July 24, 2017

I absolutely love those summer days that bring you to the waters' edge.  It's such a beautiful spot to be when the weather is nice.  Sitting around, watching the boats drive in and out of the marina, watching people fish off the dock and enjoying a delicious beverage (or two) during all of this!  I will forever be drawn to the waterfront!

jeans, shoes, top, purse (all c/o), lipstick

I am forever looking for a pair of great fitting white jeans (also available in denim blue), I can't tell you how much I love (and how comfy) this pair from Talbots is!  One thing that I truly love the most is how well they fit at the waist and that they come in petite length, which means no tailoring for the perfect length!  Not only does this blue & white striped top feature beautiful embroidery, but those flounced sleeves are everything!  A hit of pink is always necessary, am I right?!


I partnered with Talbots on this post, all opinions are very much my own

Weekend Recap

Monday, July 17, 2017

I always feel kind of bad/guilty when I post two weekend recap posts back to back!  I'm sorry for the radio silence, but it just seems to be the way during the summer months!

This past week we celebrated the first of three July birthdays!  The end of July is a busy one, which is both absolutely awesome and slightly crazy!  We finish off baseball season for the youngest, kick off the start of a new soccer session and of course, celebrate three birthdays!

I don't know about you, but I always feel slightly sad mid July, like time is passing way too quickly! Then I remind myself that every year I feel that way and that come September, we are all full of summer fun and ready to get back to a regular schedule.

In other news, we love to cook shish kebabs during the summer months.  I recently gave this recipe a try and everyone really enjoyed it, so I wanted to share.

I no joke wore this outfit three out of four days this week!  No joke and no shame, it's comfy and perfect for those hot days.  The top is currently 40% off and the shorts I picked up from the Gap Factory store for under $15!  You can't shop the Gap Factory website if you live in Canada, but for reference, here's the link.

I'm working on a few fun posts today and then hoping to get to the beach with the fam later in the week. 



Weekend Recap!

Monday, July 10, 2017

We started off our weekend in a new-to-us town for one of the kids' soccer tournaments.  After the games were done, we decided to take a trip down to the lake to check it out.  Gosh was it ever beautiful!  The boardwalk took us on a nice walk along the waters' edge and we took in the lovely scene and gawked at some gorgeous homes!

A few people asked about this black sweater that I was wearing in one of my insta stories.  Incase you're wondering too, I picked it up the one of the Nike Outlets recently and it's been one of my favourites for those cool summer nights.  You can find a similar style here.

Gosh I love summer and even more so, I love those days/evenings/nights when there's no agenda and no one has anywhere to be.  Our entire family sat on the deck until 11:30pm the other night, it was perfect and I hope that we have more summer nights just like it!

I also love the lazy mornings when the kids sleep in, the windows let in the cool morning summer breeze and the smell of freshly brewed coffee fills the house.  Ahhh, summer!

Gearing up for a fun and exciting week!


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