JUST-BECAUSE-GIFTS_02 glass half full print / iphone case / wood coasters / wood braceletsfaceted pots / sandals / tank maxi dress / embroidered necklace / money clip / skull pot / handbag / the most print

The best gifts happen for-no-reason-at-all. Birthday, schmurthday see something you know a friend (family member or significant other) will love, get it for them now. A thoughtful gift just because you were thinking about someone, can come in many forms; a hug, a phone call, a coffee date, heck even a really nice gift from this list. And hey, don’t forget yourself, this bagsandals or tank maxi dress just because you totally deserve it.

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August 13, 2014 · Daily,Sales/Promotions,THE BEST LISTS



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JULY_#samespotcalendar July was just so awesome that I didn’t have much time to capture it and then I almost totally forgot to share – whoops!! Our #samespotcalendar is still going strong, not ready to see any of this lucious green start to change color. How is your #samespotcalendar going? Are you joining on blog or via instagram?

*Check our last years full calendar. Or check the past months of 2014.

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August 12, 2014 · Daily,same spot calendar



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swimming1 One day seemingly outta the blue she decided she just wasn’t that into swimming and actually grew a little afraid. At swimming lessons she’d just refuse to try new things. Over the weekend we headed to have dinner and a swim with family and Harlow asked if she could bring her mermaid to swim. At first I said no, because it’s just more thing for me to carry home (because that’s how these things always go, Mom carries everything) but  instead I went with it. swimming2 swimming3 swimming4 They had a blast, swimming. Basically Harlow just tossed her around and watched her bob and float along the water, but still! The kids call Chris a Merman when we swim, cause he swims like a dolphin (jumps and flips included). This morning we started a new swimming session, last one of the summer. I was a little nervous, mostly because I wasn’t sure if she’d be into it and if she would still be reluctant to try new things in the water. At first she was iffy, but I could tell her shell had cracked a bit – she was much more into it. After the class I told her what a great job she had done and how I loved that she tried, she said: “did you see, I unleashed the mermaid?!”. The whole way home she talked about how she couldn’t wait to swim like a mermaid in class tomorrow, moral of the story: never under-estimate the power of a mermaid or merman (dad).

 

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August 11, 2014 · Daily,REAL LIFE,sponsored



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how-to-become-an-optimist It’s not actually a syndrome, but I like to think it is and I tell people I have “it” all the time. That glass is half full, my glasses are tinted a little rose and the sun is most definitely always shining – but I still see the grey clouds and the half empty glass, I’m not doozy I just try to make conscious decisions to find the positive. I haven’t always been the annoying optimist I am today, pretty sure I was an annoying argumentative pessimist at one point. Seeing the positive or seeing a positive outcome in a rough situation can help you through it, can help to teach you something and can open up new doors (when one door closes there is always another to open, or some other cheesy line like that).

Being an optimist is all about how you talk to and treat yourself. Being kind and fair to yourself and knowing that you and only you are responsible for your happiness. Positivity and optimism mean different things for everyone, but there is no doubt that there is a pretty big power in positivity (I’m crazy about the cheese in this post). This isn’t a fool-proof way to instantly change pessimism to optimism or negativity to positivity, but these are a few really good habits that anyone can easily pick up, and  that might even help you catch “eternal optimist syndrome”. It’s not contagious you have to work at it but then it can easily become second nature.

SMILE – even if you aren’t feeling optimistic or particularity even happy, most likely you will be met with smiles in return and those will add some pep in your step. Happiness is contagious, try to smile even when you just want to growl. And try to be around happy people, they will rub off on you (and you on them). Basically: smile through a bad day it will help you through it and invest your time in people who make you feel good.

DON’T COMPARE/BE CONTENT – You are not your neighbor or that beautiful IG feed – it’s just a highlight reel of another’s life, so don’t compare it to your behind the scenes junk. Find reasons why you love your small home, rather than why you dislike it. Instead of looking at your closet and being upset because you have nothing to wear, accept the challenge and try to find something new in there. Being content in your life is a huge first step towards positivity – it’s probably also the hardest one, but not impossible. Basically: Choose to be content, after a while it will catch on and become second nature.

BE KIND TO YOURSELF – often our personal internal dialogue is the worst we ever hear, no one else would ever speak to us the way we speak to ourselves. We are harder on ourselves than anyone else will ever be, it’s so important to be kind and compassionate to others but returning the favor to yourself is equally (if not even more) important. Shifting your internal dialogue to be more positive and kind when something goes wrong rather than beating yourself up for it, remember you are only human. Maybe you had an off day, maybe the task was just really hard. Same goes for when you do something well, give yourself an internal pat on the back, don’t go over analyzing and picking at your faults. Basically: Treat yourself the same way you would treat your kids, with kindness, patience and love.

THINK POSITIVELY – try and find a positive to (most) every negative, it’s there even if sometimes you really have to stretch. Try and train your brain to see the sunny side. *I know some really crappy things happen in life and seeing the sunny side isn’t always possible/easy. I’m talking about the everyday, which will hopefully help if those extremely rough 1-100 things happen in life (but hopefully they don’t ever). Basically: Be positive, smack those negative thoughts and kick them to the curb.

AT LEAST – Together these two words, when used when speaking to others and their struggles can be two of the most un-compassionate words in the English language. But when used for your own thoughts and self talk, they can be magic: “at least I have some clothes to wear” “at least it’s summer and not winter” “at least my eyes still work” (IDK, but you get the idea).

Super small changes, that over time can make a gigantic impact. We are taught about the importance of being kind to others, but often the being kind to yourself part is overlooked or forgotten about. Positivity and optimism all steam from how we treat ourselves – basically (have I said basically enough yet?) learn to be more optimist and positive and all that other happy stuff will follow.

*sorry it’s been so quiet on the blog, summer has been a crazy busy and awesome one! (I really shouldn’t apologize for that) Hope you all are having a fantastic one also! ALSO…optomist / optimist, spelling was a post long struggle.

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August 8, 2014 · ADVICE AND INFO,Daily,Dear Diary,HEALTH AND WELLNESS



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hire-a-sitter 1.drinks well with others 2.lace skirt 3.leopard sneakers 4.sunglasses 5.half-moon clutch

How long has it been since you hired a sitter and went out after dark? Probably too long. This is me, reminding you with a dressed up (but still comfy) outfit. If it’s a hot date, switch out the shoes for something with some height. On our (rare) summer dates, we tend to do a lot of walking – so a comfy pair of shoes is my go to. Or just go ahead and hire a sitter to run some day time errands, this isn’t a night-time exclusive uniform.

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August 6, 2014 · Daily,Uniform



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toronto-food-truck-festival The first ever Toronto Food Truck Festival with our good friends. The dads standing around talking, probably about Bacon.

play-fighting-kids Two against One and the girls took him down.

watching-band-play The band dedicated a song to King, he was beaming – just look at that proud face (and those rosy cheeks). Also, Hi Lesley!

kids-sharing Because it just tastes better shared between friends.

big-toothy-grin Just after she fell face first off the chair, not sure how she did it or how she ever does it – cause it happens quite a lot (klutzy like her Mom).

cuddles-with-mom kids-rock-climbing To the top, they go.

swimming-like-a-fish Swimming like a fish and giving his Mom heart attacks along the way. Actually it was all the belly flops and cannon balls that gave me Mom attacks, luckily Dad was on life guard duty.

dancing-in-the-rain Dancing in the rain.

go-karts-for-kids Anxiously awaiting their turn, my super excited little bobble heads.

family-go-karts Girls against boys go-kart racing. Boys totally kicked out butts. *Polson Pier go-karts

Our long weekend, was fun and relaxation filled. Officially one month left of summer!

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August 5, 2014 · Daily,REAL LIFE



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baseball1 baseball2 baseball3 baseball4 baseball5 baseball6 baseball7 One of the many awesome things about having school aged kiddos is doing fun stuff together as a family. Chris and I, had always wished to have friends to play sports with, turns out we just had to procreate (that’s what I call a family home run, if I do say so myself). Now we have our own little baseball, soccer or street hockey game going on almost every summer weekend. And yes, pretty dresses are very appropriate for a game of baseball – or so I’ve been told.

[H] Dress C/O GUESS Kids – moccasins: mini mioche  / [K] Shorts C/O GUESS Kids – Tee: The Gap – Shoes: Zara – Hat: Blue Jays

*It has been a bit more quiet then usual on the blog. Summer is kicking my butt, I am going with it and sharing only what feels good and right – rather than hitting you with a ton of fillers and myself with blog guilt. Hope you are all having an awesome summer. We are almost at our summer halfway mark, I’m nervous for it to end, nervous for what’s on the other side and nervous to have my full brain power back. Summer brain is a thing, just like summertime anxiety is.

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July 30, 2014 · Daily,Little Style,REAL LIFE



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the-sunrise-camera-app SUNRISE  (calendar app) - iCal on my phone used to be perfectly perfect for what it was worth. Then Apple went and did an update (many updates ago) and it just visually and otherwise didn’t work for me. The Sunrise app, it’s like a calendar dream – if you ever dream of calendars that is. The interface is clean and clear. And the functions are logical and straightforward. It syncs to your google, ical and email – also I think they have a desktop app, but don’t quote me on that. [free...i think?]

camera-+-app CAMERA + (camera app) – The only camera I use on my iphone. The standard one that comes with the iphone is pretty, meh. And the in app cameras, those get either a two or one thumb down. Camera+ is where it’s at, there are also many editing photo effects but the ability to focus as well choose the exposure point is a game changer. [$1.99...but its good, if you like nice photos]

yogify-app-for-yoga YOGIFY (yoga app) – I have talked about it before, but I really do love this app. It comes with free practices, so you can test drive it first (you dont just have to take my word for it). If you dig it, you can purchase more classes from any of the 3 levels. It’s not a video, more like a slide show of images to glance at if you feel the need. It’s sorta like being in class and the teacher is walking around while they teach. You can hear them and follow their teaching cues, but you can’t see them if you get lost you can look up at someone nearby (which is sorta what the photo slideshow acts like). [free...but the additional modules cost some dollars and cents]

vsco-cam-app-for-photos VSCO CAM (photo editing app) – I rarely use anything other then VSCO. I like the vast range of filters and the ability to customize each for each photo. It’s as simple or as complicated as you need it to be. [free..but the filter sets cost some doll-hairs]

hooked-on-phonics-app HOOKED ON PHONICS (kids game/learning app) – I save Phone play time for Doctors appointments and dire situations, it’s an extra special treat that really really helps when we need it most. This hooked on phonics game/learning to read app is our current fave. [not free...each module is about $5, it's pricey about the same as the flash cards/videos/workbooks/what-ya-ma-call-its]

What are your favorite apps? Any must haves that you use all the time?

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July 28, 2014 · ADVICE AND INFO,Daily,FAVORITE THINGS



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