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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Friday Favourites : Crayola Take Note! + A Giveaway

For just about as long as I can remember, Crayola has been a mainstay in our home in preparation for Back to School and really all the time.
All of my kiddos loved and still love to colour - to create, to take boring to bold.
Ava just finished a week-long art camp where she learned all about colour.
And Isabella? Entering fourth year at Ryerson and STILL colouring.
I often find her sitting in front of the tv - Crayola Take Note! markers out. Adult colouring book in hand.
She finds it relaxing and swears it helps her focus.
I might have started my 86 year old mother colouring recently as well.

When the team at Crayola Canada reached out and asked if the girls might like to create a pencil case and turn a boring old box into something boldly colourful; they jumped at the chance.
And this mama? I was just happy to see them doing something that doesn't involve screens creative together.
The TakeNote! Products are great for school age and university age alike. Isabella quickly snapped up all her favourites including washable gel pens, erasable highlighters and white board markers that take her from business classes to her after-school tutoring gigs with ease.

And all this fabulous colour helps keep her organized with colour coded notes that are helpful AND way more fun to look at.

Pretty fabulous n'est pas?

Equally as fabulous, the folks at Crayola Canada have graciously offered our readers a chance to win an entire set of Crayola's new Take Note! collection that features specially formulated and functional markers, washable (!) gel pens, ERASABLE highlighters (we're obsessed!) and lots more.
Take Note! is ideal for students who like to colour code notes, daily tasks and goals for maximum productivity - and just as awesome to transform practically any "boring" surface from paper, cloth, metal, plastic or glass.
What school age or university student couldn’t use a  little more colour in their lives?
ARV $85

Enter below and don't forget to leave us a comment telling us why you would love to have Crayola Take Note! products for Back to School.
Open to residents of Canada only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This post was sponsored by Crayola. All opinions are strictly my own.
Good Luck! 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Fall Ready? Navy + Mustard

Super excited to share the first of 3 looks featuring pieces from Canadian retailer, Cleo.
Their stores, located across our great land, over sizing from 0-20 {amen} AND boast a huge petite section as well.
With a focus on items that you can wear to work - or anywhere, their lines offer well-priced, easy to shop looks for every woman.

And while I'm not ready for fall just yet - this look, (with what might be the most comfortable pants I've ever worn) easily transitions from now, well into the cooler months.
All about this paisley print.

tank -c/o Cleo | cardigan -c/o Cleo | paisley print pant - c/o Cleo
Stay tuned for more from this new to me shopping destination.
Who's ready for fall?

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Polka Dot Denim

What's denim, haltered, ruffled and polka-dotted?
This is.
Couldn't get enough of this sweet number - {equally adorable with a flat simple sandle} + the sunshine this past weekend.

I am such a dress girl.
Come summertime - nothing is easier {or faster}
Slip it on and GO.


Dress - c/o eShakti | sunglasses - Prada | clutch - Rebecca Minkoff | sandals - Zara
This is the second of two looks featuring pieces from customizable clothing site, eShakti - {see the first look here}.
Prefer a shorter version? Change it.
Different neckline - change that too.
Love pockets on a dress like I do? Perfect. But if not, remove those.
The possibilities are endless.

Are you a dress girl like me?

Friday, August 2, 2019

Things Ava Says

I promised myself long ago, that I would do my best to always remember the things my children say.
But you see, age and the ongoing busy have a way of making you forget. 
So, I write things down. {brilliant idea right?}
I came across a note in my iphone the other day called Things Ava Says and thought I would share this pricelessness with you today.
Because this is the stuff.
These are the stories I want to tell her about when she's older.
How she made me laugh uncontrollably on our drives home.
How I had more than one what.the.actual.hell moment 
And more than a few where did this child come from?
Driving home from the first day at her new camp earlier this week -
"He totally has a crush on me. I can tell."
Mama: How do you know that Ava?
"He stares at me and always wants to be around me. Then he told me my clay pig was really good".

While watching her favourite dance show - The Next Step -
"I don't even know how she likes Noah, like when you look at him from THAT angle?"
"Mama, a lot them have some "small ones" {holds chest} - did you notice that?".

When she told me last year, rather out of the blue, that she wanted to take guitar lessons -
"It's hard to explain. I'm just more of a guitar person".

When I ask her how you know when someone's in love -
"They're doing a lot of "that" - {points at someone kissing} and whispers - having S-E-X. 

She hears a story about a woman committing a crime -
"She broke one of the 10 commandments!!"

When I call her anything but Ava Grace in public -
"I don't mind - at home you can do it as much as you want. I get embarrassed in front of older people when you say "boo boo" and all that".

And lastly, my personal favourite of late - when she has a big day -
"I gotta wear a pair of lucky underwear!".
My sweet girl.
Don't ever change.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Mellow Yellow : Featuring eShakti

I never wear yellow.
Like, ever.
I really didn't think I could wear yellow to be honest. 
But this shade of yellow? With just the slightest tinge of green - it just works.

dress - c/o eShakti | earrings - Forever 21 | sandals - Nine West (no longer available - similiar)
I've had the pleasure of collaborating with eShakti numerous times over the years and without exception, the experience has always been great.
This time was no different - plus I got to choose not one, but two, fabulous pieces including this guipure laced beauty.
Did I mention it has POCKETS? 
So, SO good.

PS - if yellow is not your thing, this pretty also comes in a magnificent baby blue.
I'll share the second look next week! 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Friday Favourites : Ritzy Rollerz

One unicorned Ms. Ava Grace almost lost her mind when she got her hands on Tomy's new Ritzy Rollerz® collectible girls toys.
Can't say I blame her.
What little girl isn't all about adorable, customizable and collectible anything?
Each ritzy roller is unique - some with real flowing hair, others with shiny chrome or fur. And each one comes with surprise charms that allow you to customize their wheels and make them truly your own.
When you're not swapping charms, they can be stored in a trunk-like compartment on the back of each one for safekeeping.
Read: no one is stepping on or vacuuming them up. #amen

There are two play sets available, including the Heelz on Wheelz version pictured below. It not only comes with it's own Ritzy Roller® but also with an additional 16 charms; each cuter than the next.
There is a full closet on board with ample storage.
Ramps and decorating opportunities galore.
And of course, a mirror so that your creation can check itself out when you're done.
Heelz on Wheelz Shoe Shop Playset | Ritzy Rollerz® 2-pack

Ritzy Rollerz® are available on Amazon and at Toys R Us Canada nationwide.
Pricing ranges from $11.99 - $29.99

Seeing your kiddo this happy?
That's free. 
Disclosure: This toy was provided to us at no charge in exchange for our honest review. All thoughts are our own.


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Birthday Girl

I'm almost one month late with this post but I couldn't pass up the chance to celebrate this year and all the good that came.
It's funny - how when you're a kid, you think anything over say, twenty-five is old.
And now, now that I just turned forty nine? I think the best years of my life are still ahead of me.
In the spirit of sharing the joy that is 49.
Here are 49 things you never really wanted to know about me.
1. I was named for my brother's grade school crush.
2. I love pickles on my tuna sandwich. So what about it?
3. I would never survive in the wilderness.
4. If I could hang out with one celebrity, alive or dead, it would be Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna. I know that's two. It's my birthday.
5. The most gracious celebrity I've ever met was Olivia Palermo. Love, love.
6. Diet coke is my vice. With lemon + lots of ice.
7. I don't eat seafood.
8. Sleeping is pretty much my favourite thing to do.
9. I hate tights.
10. They used to call me Pac Man Queen as a kid. Yes, I was that good.
11. I never pass up dessert.
12. Bath over a shower, always.
13. I love the feel of fresh, crisp sheets.
14. I own far, far too many pairs of jeans. And black pants.
15. I can speak, read and write in 2 languages other than english.
16. I hate camping.
17. My favourite colour is baby blue.
18. I'm not a dog person.
19. I will never wear unmatched underclothes or nail/toe polish. Like ever.
20. Ocean over pool.
21. I love coffee. Although I didn't start drinking it until my early 30's.
22. I can cook. Baking not so much.
23. I was born in Toronto.
24. I think a lot about what happens when we die.
25. The day I became a mother for the first time was the best day of my life.
26. I love puzzles. Like really love.
27. I was team Angelina.
28. I believe you should invest in good shoes, good handbags + good sunglasses. The rest is negotiable.
29. I love to write.
30. The best place I've ever been to is St. Barth's.
31. I talk a lot. A LOT.
32. I especially love talking to random strangers. My kids not so much.
33. In another life, I would have been a personal shopper.
34. I love the smell of gasoline.
35. I sometimes think about my morning coffee as I'm falling asleep. See #21.
36. If my house caught on fire and I could only save one possession - I would choose photos.
37. I prefer red licorice.
38. Italian food is my favourite.
39. I wear a size 7.5 shoe
40. If I could have one talent, it would be drawing.
41. I believe women should try to compliment each other whenever they can.
42. I was ridiculously sick when I was pregnant.
43. Peanut butter and chocolate is my favourite combination.
44. I have worn Dolce + Gabbana's Light Blue for as long as I can remember.
45. I could look at old photos for hours. Anyone's. I love the stories behind the pictures. See #36.
46. I am pro choice.
47. I wear my watch on my right arm.
48. I love a good deal. And refuse to pay full price for just about anything. Except #28.
49. The only time I have ever been envious of another woman was seeing pregnant girls after my first was born. True story.

This year, among many things, I learned that the best things in life are indeed free.
That seeing my children happy makes me happiest of all.
That if you let yourself, you can regain faith in humanity. And find that there are still incredible people out there that you have yet to meet.
I learned that sometimes, you need to let go.
That there are people in your life that are not worth holding onto.
And that the older I get, the less I care what people think.
That is everything.

Happy Birthday to me.