Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back to School with Thred Up

So, I'm just back from a work conference that took me to Philadelphia and Delaware where all of the kids are getting ready to go back to school.
It got me thinking about whether my own 3 were ready for the big day which seems to be coming all too fast this year.
Izzy picked up her grade 11 (?!) schedule on Monday. Julian will be starting 7th grade (and incidentally, seems to have grown at least 4-5 inches this summer -- is that even possible?) and ms. Ava Grace will begin junior kindergarten. 
While the older two are fairly easy in that they both wear uniforms, the little one still lets me have a little fun. At least for a few more years. 
Look 1:
sweater - Ralph Lauren c/o Thred Up
jeans - Zara Kids c/o Thred Up
shoes - Converse {high cut version}
Look 2:
bow blouse - Janie + Jack c/o Thred Up
jeans - Old Navy c/o Thred Up
shoes - Tom's
Look 3:
hat - unknown c/o Thred Up
poncho - Gymboree c.o Thred Up
ballet slippers - Zara Kids {sold out / current version here}

Have you shopped Thred Up? Because I am officially obsessed.
Brand new and very, very gently used clothing for girls, boys, men + you.
All of the pieces on Ava, each one brand new with tags, came in at well under $100.
With brands like Gymboree, Zara Kids and Janie and Jack readily available, it was easy to put together fun looks for this year's fall season.
Shop these and the rest of their back to school selections here.
All orders ship free every day. 

why thank you Thred Up.

I received the above items at no charge in exchange for my honest review. As always, all opinions are strictly my own.

Friday, August 22, 2014

My Girls + A Giveaway with I.M. Keepsakes

Thank you so much for all of your kind words regarding the photographs in this post.
I am thrilled with many of the pictures that I was able to capture that day, particularly the ones of my girls both together, and on their own. 
I have shared my favourite on instagram already, ms. Ava Grace admiring her "I am Loved" charm necklace by I.M. Keepsakeswhile her big sis looks on. 
I thought I would share a few more today alongside a very special giveaway.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Rock The Halls for Back to School with Sears Canada

Who remember's shopping for back to school?
 I know I do - and for as long as I can remember, it was always the best part about actually having to go back.
Sears Canada has been a part of that tradition for just as long.
And this year, they've started a new one. 
A tradition of giving back.
Throughout the month of August, local Sears Canada shoppers have been surprised + delighted when they were told they had just won their entire purchase.
Can you imagine? 
Just watch! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Longer Lashes in a Tube? : Fysiko Review

I have always had half decent eyelashes. Not ridiculously long but fine with a little mascara.
As I got older though, I noticed they weren't what they used to be. 
Just like everything else. 
Last summer, I had eyelash extensions put on and while I loved the look and the low maintenance, I could NOT stop picking at them. My eyes are far too sensitive and I constantly felt as though there was something in them. 
When I was asked to give this product a try, I was eager to see if it could do what it claimed.
Fysiko Eyelash Serum is made with natural ingredients that enhance the length of your natural eyelashes.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Things I Learned on Vacation 2014

We're back.
And while it's always so nice to get away, it's equally nice to come home.
This year, the dynamic on our family vacation was very different from that of other years.
The kids ages, specifically their age differences, made for a challenge when it came to what each of them wanted to do.
Isabella, at 15, just wanted to lay out for as long as humanly possible. 
Julian, 12, wanted to stay inside for the same amount of time. Usually, with the ipad, in the bathroom, in the dark. 
Ava, at 4, was most agreeable. She loves to go out for dinner. She loves to go to the mall. And she loves to swim. Each of these daily made for one happy girl.
But put that same little girl in a room, car or mall with said 12 year old?

Friday, August 15, 2014

What We Wore : I.M. Keepsakes

The girls and I are excited to introduce you to a unique, personalized jewellery line based out of Austin, Texas today.
I.M. Keepsakes was founded by a mother, like me, who has 2 daughters and a strong connection to family, faith and purpose. They are already unlike any sponsor that I have worked with before.
I received a personalized letter from the boutique owner, always so wonderful. Stacy didn't stop there. She took the time to visit our little blog and learned something personal about each of us before selecting our pieces.
For Isabella, a treble clef, since she plays both the piano and the french horn.
For Ava, our little love, the "I am Loved" red heart that little ones love and that holds a special quote.
And for this mama, a Mother's Love necklace that echoes what I hold most important.
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