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. 

Cheers,

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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!



Cheers,

Weekend Reads & Sales

Friday, July 7, 2017

earlier this week, outfit details here

As we head into the weekend, we hope to spend a few hours at our favourite beach.  Week one of summer vacation is done, but somehow it feels as though we've been on summer holidays for weeks already!

We have some fun things planned for this summer, including some wonderful celebrations.  I love a good reason to get dressed up and look forward to sporting a gorgeous dress that I bought during Banana Replubic's 50% sale, next week!  It's bright white, which I don't typically wear, but the dress had me weak at the knees the moment I saw it!  It sold out rather quickly, but you can find it in a few sizes here.

This week's links!

I absolutely love this outfit styled by Krystin

Spotted this kitchen on Pinterest earlier today and immediately fell in love

Looking to update your walls?  Jillian shared some great tips

Banana Republic is having a 40% off sale, loving this fun dress

I always love seeing other creatives' workspaces!

Speaking of kitchens, I'm also loving this one

Get ready to swoon over this gorgeous backyard dinner party

How beautiful is this dress that Ana is packing for her upcoming trip?!

Some great tips on how to "stick with it"

Have a lovely weekend!

Cheers,

Down By The Bay

Thursday, July 6, 2017












I used to shy away from wearing dresses, but lately I just can't seem to shake the urge to reach for a great summer dress and to pair it with flip flops or Birkenstocks.  I bought this one last year from Gap, but I'm positive I've only worn it once before.  It was the perfect dress to wear down to the pier where we went to watch the boats and take in the beautiful surroundings.  Though this one is no longer available, I have linked to some other favourites below!  I especially love this one!

Summer is officially here and I've already lost track of which day of the week it is!  It's been a rather busy week with basketball camp, tying up some bits of work before taking holidays and prepping for BlogPodium 2017 (which I am SO looking forward to!).

Tonight we don't have any baseball, so we'll be enjoying a bbq and hanging out on the deck, I've been longing for a great evening on the deck and today's weather is perfect for that!

Hope your summer is off to a great start!



Cheers,

Our #RedAndWhite Patio for Canada's 150th Birthday!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

















You guys, today is the last day of school for the kids!  Though I can hardly believe it, we are all ready and eager for summer holidays to start!  We don't have any concrete plans, but we hope to make it to a Jays game or two, visit Niagara Falls with the kids for the first time (!!!!) and of course, we intend to spend as much time at the beach as possible!

But first, this Saturday is our Nation's 150th birthday!  We are excited to celebrate this incredibly beautiful country that we get to call home!  We decked out the patio in red and white for the big day and it looks so very festive!  Since I don't typically decorate with these two colours, it really does feel super special.

For us, Canada Day is all about hanging out with family and friends, enjoying the outdoors as much as possible if weather permits.  Finger foods, bbq dinner, delicious treats and lots of beverages are always on hand.  Something extra special this year are the red and white lights hanging from the fence.  These lights were gifted from Canadian Tire as part of their #RedAndWhite campaign (thank you CT!!!) and are available in store.  I am more than proud to hang these lights and to turn them on so that our patio can #ShineBright this Canada Day!

How do you love to celebrate Canada Day?  Do you have any plans for Canada's 150th?!  Be sure to share photos of what you're up to on social using the hashtag #RedAndWhite so that everyone can see!

Have a wonderful Canada Day, friends!

Cheers,

Rows of Lavender

Tuesday, June 27, 2017



  




Our family had the opportunity to hop on a flight that took us to a few different States and Provinces.  We were pretty excited to visit cities for the first time and to get away for a few days.

The tricky things about travelling to various States and Provinces in one trip is knowing what to pack!  I think it's the first time that I've been thankful for my relatively neutral wardrobe, it made it easy to pair outfits, since the weather was completely different everywhere we went!

I think I've spoken about my love for Gap's shorts before, they pair so easily with a variety of tops, dressy or casual and are super comfy.  I'm wearing the Edie top from J. Crew, which sold out so very quickly.  Unfortunately it's no longer available, but I've linked to a few other favourite tops below that would give you the same overall look!

Back to the grind today and I shall be relying very heavily on coffee!


Cheers,
 

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