Ava Grace's Closet

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Christmas 2017 In Pictures

I do realize that I'm a little late to this party but this year, being so different from other years, I figure, I can shake things up a little bit.

First Christmas in our new house.
First |Christmas since the separation.
First |Christmas with Calvin the kitty.
 A year of firsts.
I plan to continue those into 2017.

Wishing you + yours all the best in the New Year 2017!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Starting the New Year off right with HelloFresh

Come dinnertime each evening, especially in the winter, I feel as though I just don't have it in me.
Trying to be creative in the kitchen is tough enough with 3 picky eaters let alone having to do it after you've gotten up in the dark. 
Worked all day.
 And come home after dusk.

When our first Family Plan box from HelloFresh was delivered, and we were able to lift said box to the kitchen, I was intrigued.
Inside, we found 3 smaller boxes each containing all of the pre-measured, farm fresh ingredients necessary to create 3 different recipes. And I mean all of the ingredients.
From vegetables to all necessary spices and everything in between.
Where possible to maintain freshness, produce was ALREADY cut up including onions...yay! and ready for use. Garlic? Already cleaned and separated it's own little baggie.
One of the recipes called for honey - it came along in packages not unlike to-go ketchup. 
Underneath, in an ice-packed filled area, were any perishable items including chicken, steak and dairy products.

Ava and I decided to try the seared steak first as she and her brother are big red meat lovers.
I had to share a photo of the sustainable beef contained.
In my own mothers words, "so beautiful, you could practically eat it raw".
All recipes are low to moderate in difficulty - and very detailed.
Ava read the instructions aloud while I prepped the dish - reserving some of the steak minus all of the fixings in case anyone felt like being difficult on this particular evening. Ahem.

Not bad for this unseasoned chef, huh?
Honestly, I've learned to use items in combinations I would never have thought of including, a sour cream, lime juice and cilantro combination which makes THE most incredible fajita topping.
We loved the fact that there was little to no waste.

I shared my experience including a guided tour of a few of the boxes with my girlfriends all of whom thought the idea was absolutely brilliant! 
A fun way to break up the monotony of the same old, same old dinners.

Check out all of the details on how the program works here.
If you agree, I highly recommend giving HelloFresh a try - use code AVAGRACE60 to get $30 off each of your first 2 boxes.
Delivery is always free.

Happy Cooking! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Gift Guide '16 : Last Minute Gift Ideas

So, here's the thing.
No one sets out to be a last-minute shopper.
But inevitably, every.single.year I am running out at the very last minute to pick up at least one gift.
I don't really know.
Sometimes it's procrastination, others because I struggle to find that perfect something and, more often than not, because I forgot that one person I really needed to remember.
Feel me?

And anyway, I don't care what you say, as far as I am concerned, I can easily do all of my shopping in three stores.
Shoppers Drug Mart, Chapters and Starbucks.
book | Art of Shaving peppermint shaving cream | pillow | XO Mittens
Nuxe Dry Oil | Ariana Grande Perfume | Starbucks Quilted Traveller
Loving the idea of a shiny red Starbucks traveller that screams Christmas + the addition of a gift card to cover a festive drink.
Santa approved.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas Gift Guide '16 : Stocking Stuffers

Is there anything more fun than stockings?
Honestly, sometimes, I end spending more filling those babies than I do on actual gifts! 
I may or may not get carried away with the chocolate. OK, I do.
Here's just a few of the items that will make our list this year.
emoji bobby pins {use code PRESENTS to save 30%} | batiste dry shampoo | bando travel mug |
jellycat smiling piggy | cashmere haze spray | sugarfina "cheers" candy

I always include gift cards to Starbucks for the older kiddos - and a bookstore card for ms. Ava Grace.
The latter of whom may or may not be obsessed with the champagne gummy bears from Sugarfina. Have you tried them???

Our friends at Church + Dwight have offered up a chance at $50 worth of stocking stuffers including Batiste - #thereisnootherdryshampoo 

Good Luck!
Just 12 days left until Christmas.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

What I Wore : Fur Real

No, it is not real fur.
But it feels just like it is + it is quite possibly the warmest thing I have ever put on.
Just perfect for all of your {and my} Christmasing.

blouse - H+M |  fur jacket - Banana Republic | jeans - ZARA {other favourite option}
boots - Sam Edelman {on sale!} | clutch - Ted Baker {not current - option
watch - Classic Black Cornwall c/o Daniel Wellington {code AVAGRACE to save 15%} | cuff - c/o Daniel Wellington
Through December 30th, shop Daniel Wellington's site - choose any watch + cuff and receive an extra 10% off.
plus, they do the wrapping for you.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas Gift Guide '16 : For the Littles

If I had to say what my favourite part of Christmas was, it would have to be the look on the kids' faces when they get that special something they've been hoping for.
Christmas morning stockings and breakfast would be a close second.
The sheer delight of it all gets me every time.
Tom's boots {10% off on site} | Maileg Mouse | book | J. Crew monster trackpants {30% off} |
Capelli of New York pillow | Big Mouth peppermint twist snowtube | PJ Salvage unicorn robe

I actually want a few of these items for myself - I'm looking at you peppermint twist snowtube.
I am looking at you.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What I Wore : Wine

If I had to choose one colour that defined the current season, this would definitely be it.
After all, wine goes with everything - n'est pas?
With pleats AND bell sleeves, this dress hides a multitude of sins. Ahem. 
And keeps you feeling fabulous.

Check out all of Magnolia Boutique's dresses - I can't choose a favourite and at these prices, you really don't have to.
Love, love.

pleated dress - c/o Magnolia Boutique | earrings - local boutique {option} | otk boots - Michael Kors {old} love these 
Pssst, we have a fun instagram giveaway live now for a chance at 2 pieces from the store!
Be sure to stop by and check it out.

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