BOGO at The Shoe Company & A Giveaway!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Can you even believe that in a short couple of weeks, our kids will be hopping on the bus and heading back to school?!

Though we don't have a huge list of items to buy for back to school, we do have a bit of shopping to do.  I remember being totally excited to shop for back to school items as a kid!  I'm pretty excited to be partnering with The Shoe Company to help them celebrate their month long BOGO sale!  That's right!  Buy one pair, get the 2nd pair at 25% off.  Our school requires us to send the kids with indoor shoes, which means that we need to buy at least three pairs of new sneaks that are non-marking.  

This BOGO deal is fabulous since we typically end up purchasing each kiddo a pair of indoor and outdoor shoes (6 pairs of shoes in total).   To them, shopping for new shoes is pretty much the best thing ever!  What's tricky though, is trying to find a store that has a great selection to meet each of our kids' different tastes and price tags that make us parents smile.

The kids all love different styles and colours of shoes, so the more options a store has to offer, the better!  You know what's awesome?  The Shoe Company even has you covered if you kiddos go to a school that requires uniforms.  

The Shoe Company is most certainly a family friendly store and they strive to offer you great shoes at even better prices at each of their 75+ stores in Canada.

We will be heading to our local store next week, to get an idea as to what's in store, the kids hopped on the The Shoe Company website!

We, of course, want to help you and your family celebrate back to school!  The Shoe Company is giving one lucky reader a $250 gift card to their store!  Enter the contest below and please find all contest rules and regulations here. (please note, contest is only open to Canadian Resident.  Contest is open from Aug 13, 2015 to 12:00am EST on Aug 27, 2015).

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Heading to The Shoe Company to do a little shopping?  Be sure to share images or tweets about the shoes that your kiddos picked out!  I will be Instagramming our live shopping experience next week, so be sure to follow along!

You can also stay up to date on what's new at The Shoe Company by following them on Facebook!


**This post is sponsored by The Shoe Company, however this in no way influenced my opinion.  All opinions are my own.

Beach Days.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

It's so unbelievably hard to believe that August is here!  We will continue to soak up every ounce of sunshine until the school bell rings once again!

We have been able to make it to the beach quite a few times over the past couple of weeks, which has been so great.  It's by far our favourite place to be.

Last week, we scoped out a new beach and it did not disappoint!  The shore line was covered in beautifully tumbled rocks (so smooth, but still a little tricky to walk on!) and terrific sand.

I just love it and feel like the beach is the one place that I can really and truly relax.  You?


White on White Classics

Monday, August 3, 2015

Would you believe that this is the first pair of white jeans that I've ever owned?!  I know, craziness.  I was determined to find a great pair of white jeans and the minute I tried on this pair from Gap Factory, I knew that they were the ones!  I mentioned before that I'm all about white outfits this summer and this all white outfit is definitely a favourite!  I've been getting so much use out of this unbelievably gorgeous BRAVE Leather tote (not to mention a slew of compliments!).  It's just so practical, the perfect size and I love how easily I can access items that I'm carrying in it.  Of course, no outfit would be complete without a touch of pink, right?!

Giovana Tote - BRAVE Leather (c/o)//Jeans - Gap Factory//Top - Gap//Flats - Coach (old)//

Have a lovely day!


#Q2PerfectPanels by Q. Design Centre

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Well you guys, it's an exciting day here!  After three years of living in our house, we finally have drapes hanging in the kitchen and it's all thanks to the brilliant team at Q. Design Centre!  And that's not all, today, Q. Design Centre launched their fabulously new online store!  Yay!

The Toronto-based, family owned company (you will love the story on how they started their company!) is well known in the industry and prides itself in creating drapery and pillows that will make you gush!  Their brand new online store makes ordering and designing your very own custom drapes (which were previously only available through their Etsy Shop) easier than ever.  Yup that's right!  Even though the drapes are considered ready made, they are indeed made-to-order, hence the fab hashtag #Q2PerfectPanels!  You select your width, length, pleat and lining, but even still there is room to make any other adjustments you want!

I've been wanting to tackle the patio door in the kitchen for some time now, but was stuck on which fabric to choose and whether or not I wanted to go with a print or solid.  I ordered several swatches to help finalize my decision.  As far as I'm concerned, this is a must!  You need to not only be able to see how the fabric looks against your wall colour, but you also want to see it in person.  Q. Design Centre offers you the ability to order swatches at $1 each through their online store.  Each swatch is clearly labelled and a generous size.  I taped the swatches on the wall and left them there for a couple of days before making a final decision.

What did I go with?  The House Linen in Cotton:

At first, I thought for sure that I would want a white or very close to white fabric, but it just didn't go well with the wall colour.  "Cotton" was the perfect choice.  As for the fabric choice, I love natural linen, but I know myself all too well and what I wouldn't love is how easily natural linen can wrinkle.  The House Linen looks and feels like linen, but doesn't wrinkle.  Just lovely I tell ya!

The ordering process was wonderful.  From start to finish the team guided me along.  They answered every question I had with all of the patience in the world (truly!  you should see the email chain!), allowing me to make a decision that I was 100% happy with in the end.  If you have any questions at all during any step of the ordering process, the Q. Design Centre team is there for you, just ask away!  Questions from hardware options, to sizing, to lining facts, to how to measure, get quick and informed responses by clicking their "Ask a Question" button.

Point in case, our peninsula threw us a bit of a curve ball.  It sits closely to the patio door, which is where the drapes are hanging and doesn't leave much room for when the drapes are open.  I have been coveting top-tack pleated drapes for as long as I can remember and desperately wanted to make them a reality, but wasn't sure if there would be enough space for that style.  Lindsay was great to work with!  She was knowledgeable and laid out all of my options, ranging from various hardware options that would allow me to push the curtains all to one side, to the potential results of going with two mounting brackets vs three, to creating two or one single panel and more!

In the end, I chose to go with the top-tack pleated drapes with the thought that I would try getting away with two mounting brackets, that way, I could push both curtains to the right.  Well, it turns out, we have just enough space to push the curtains to either side, which is a good thing because due to the weight of the drapery, we will indeed need the middle mounting bracket, otherwise the rod will bow.  Of course, there is always the option of pushing the panel on the left to the center, which I'm also happy with.

The result is a stunning set of drapes framing our patio door in the kitchen.  I love how well the drapes look against the wall colour and next to the kitchen counter and cabinets.  They all work together so nicely!  What.dreams.are.made.of.  

The quick turnaround time from the moment that your order is placed is phenomenal!  It typically takes 2-3 weeks for your custom made drapes to be made and the fact that they are guaranteed to be within 1/8" in accuracy is simply fabulous!

Can we just talk about the details?!  Details are everything!  To be completely honest, I didn't think that there was anything wrong with our drapes in the family room, then the stunning drapes from Q. Design Centre arrived and well, I was impressed to say the least!

I love the way that they just sweep the floor, how beautifully they hang, the gorgeousness of the pleats when the drapes are both open and closed and that they ever so perfectly filter the light thanks to the cotton lining.

We chose to make drapes for the family room as well, since you can see both the kitchen drapes and the ones in the family room at the same time.  A decision that was suggested by the team and simply brilliant for a cohesive look & feel.


One thing I can admit is that I'm picky about hardware.  I love the round mounting brackets that are flush with the wall and simple finials.  Q. Design Centre is excited to be able to offer hardware options in the near future!  A one stop shopping experience!

The drapes arrived beautifully and carefully packaged.  The seams are lovely and I'm such a fan of the fact that the drapes come with hooks already in place, so that all you have to do once they arrive is hang them!  Weights in the bottom corners help to keep the drapes from flaring out.

I'm giddy excited about these drapes you guys, and I just love how finished the rooms feel now.  I knew that great drapes would make an impact on a room, but I didn't realize just how much truth there was to that!

It's so apparent that the team loves what they do.  They are there to help you every step of the way and take great pride in their manufacturing and their Perfect Guarantee.  Q. Design Centre offers a huge selection of fabrics for every style and taste!

You can find their absolutely beautiful online store here and of course, I want to know, which style and fabric do you think you would go with?


*** Q. Design Centre kindly provided me with the drapes, this however did not influence my opinions at all.  I'm just thrilled with the results.

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