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· November 4, 2013 · in Daily,Real Life,Toronto



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I have been meaning to do a post like this for a long time. One where I share the Canadian made brands and the indie shops that call Canada home. The ones I am proud so say are grown here, and usually can’t wait to tell people about in real life. There are a ton of brands that are well known to be Canadian; Lululemon, Roots, Canada Goose, Hudson’s Bay Company, Artizia, David’s Tea and a ton more. But I’m talking about the ones that maybe aren’t as well know, but totally should be. So this is my little humble Canadian approach to bragging about some of our amazing homegrown talent – because Oh Canada do we have a lot of great stuff up here.

best canadian stores, best canadian brands, the drake general store, oh canada, made in canada The Drake General Store is a beautifully curated shop, they have two brick and mortar stores in Toronto, a pop up shop in The Bay’s flagship store and a fantastic online shop. From their in store displays to the items in the shops, everything is like a little slice of rustic Canada mixed with a sprinkle of urban edge. It is a fantastic place to find gifts (fr0m the handmade to well known), little items for your home, apothecary items for your cabinet and even Canadian themed attire for your person (or for your little person) – many items are Canadian made and others from around the globe. If you haven’t heard of The Drake General Store yet, you should most definitely add it to your list of favorites – it’s a little Canadian gem, if you ask me.

ITEMS WE LOVE: likers gonna likeontario sweaterhangover teaace & jig dressthrow blanketsbraceletevergreen candlegrapefruit facewashgreat toquemm + shared kiddo toplong john (big and small people) + this little HBC stripped baby sleeper

*this is NOT a sponsored post.

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· November 1, 2013 · in Daily,OH CANADA



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12-MORE-FAVORITE-DOCS

  • BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK quite possibly the sweetest man with the most natural eye for style.
  • BORN RICH extremely interesting to see how the other side lives.
  • INTO THE ABYSS a little jaw dropping, a lot saddening and parts will make you feel uneasy – but I finished the movie seeing things differently.
  • KEN BURNS actually any doc series by Ken Burns is amazing, I don’t even like baseball and I dug this doc. This is one is in Chris’ top 5.
  • WHO IS HARRY NILSSON? if you just answered with I don’t know, then you must watch it.
  • THE WHALE another look at how amazing whales are, from a totally different point of view them usual.
  • DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS the boys who started skateboarding, the original skateboard stars.
  • A PLACE AT THE TABLE if you liked wating for superman, this is like the food version of that. Incredibly eye opening.
  • GIRL 27 an old Hollywood scandal that was covered up – warning it’s sad.
  • BLACKFISH really a must see, I will never look at these beautiful mammals the same way again.
  • DETROPIA I am a bit obsessed with learning about Detroit, and this doc visualized so much I was curious about.
  • LOUIS THEROUX I couldn’t pick just one, every doc I’ve seen from him has been riveting, a bit disturbing and truly made me see things in a new light.
  • SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN I cannot believe I forgot to add this one to both lists (so I’m squeezing it in at the bottom, but it’s not in the bottom), it is mind blowing and a fantastic real life super happy ending story.

If you missed my first list of favorites, check them here. Also a big notable mention to ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, Chris loves every single one of those documentaries. Usually I’ll say I don’t want to watch them, then am later asking him to pause so I can pee (classic). I have a longish list of docs I want to check out, but would love to hear if you have any favorites I should watch!

*Many of these are currently on Netflix, others possibly iTunes – a lot of them we have seen years ago (so I’m not 100% certain where they are available now).

 

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· October 31, 2013 · in Daily,The Bee’s Knees



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joe fresh kids clothes, hand me down kids clothing, kids style, kids street style, urban kids, shoes on the wrong feet joe fresh kids clothes, hand me down kids clothing, kids style, kids street style, urban kids, shoes on the wrong feet joe fresh kids clothes, hand me down kids clothing, kids style, kids street style, urban kids, shoes on the wrong feet COAT: Joe Fresh (hand-me-down) – JEANS: Zara (hand-me-down) – BOOTS: Joe Fresh (last spring)

I’m a broken record, but man shoes on the wrong feet just never get old. Of course I always end up correcting them, cause I don’t want her hurt little feet or ankles getting hurt – but boy is it cute while it lasts. It’s just never not funny.

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· October 29, 2013 · in Daily,Little Style



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These two are city kids through and through. We went to Riverdale Farm (a city run farm/park) for their little Halloween celebration and both kids didn’t last long. A constant “Peeeewwww! It stinks here” with a wave of their little hands in front of their little faces and they rushed on to the next animal. We either need to ship them out to the country to toughen them up, or hang around stinky animals much more often. Either way, it was cute. Chris said they take after their Mom, which I side eyed but he’s probably (but don’t tell him I said so) right – I have a sensitive nose for stinky stinks. All in all a great pre-Halloween celebration day was had, little lions, superboys, stinky stinks and all.

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· October 28, 2013 · in Daily,Real Life



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blogging struggles, productivity issues, work at home mom, finding time to work, mom and daugther, young mom, wordless blog post blogging struggles, productivity issues, work at home mom, finding time to work, mom and daugther, young mom, wordless blog post blogging struggles, productivity issues, work at home mom, finding time to work, mom and daugther, young mom, wordless blog post Some weeks (probably about once a month) I find blogging a bit of a struggle and every time I hit a struggle it’s sorta centered around a different “theme”. Usually some internal struggle I’ve created in my mind, something small triggers it and I start over thinking like it’s my job. Sometimes it’s a worry about over sharing, or uninteresting sharing, not up to snuff sharing, is anyone even reading my sharing, I can’t find time to share, and the list goes on and on. It’s probably a struggle many other bloggers can relate too (maybe?) or just humans in general – no matter what you are doing there may be similar struggle that goes on often, I know it was and is like that for me with work. It can be positive, it helps keep me on my toes my oooover thinking forces me to reevaluate what I’m doing pretty often (maybe/probably too often) – he bad side to that is the struggle part, it really hurts the brain.

This week I’m struggling with words. I know as I write a post putting words into sentences, it sounds ridiculous (probably reads more ridiculous) but hear me out. Usually (for me) I have pictures and then the rambles just fall out like shooting word bullets (pew! pew! pew!) or verbal diarrhea, whatever you want to call it. This week I feel like I have cute pictures but no words are falling out. Then today I realized it’s because I have been focusing my energy and work hours (nap time and bedtime) to a project that is requiring a lot of my creative energy – I’m sorry, I hate vague cryptic sentences like that too. Since my work hours actually it’s more like time to blog, clean, work and get everything done hours are currently being focused on this new creative project (I promise I will share soon!) I’m having a hard time finding energy for words. Basically I’m a little tapped. I really love having a few things on the go at once, I work really great when I’m multi tasking but weeks like this It’s a bit detrimental to my productivity – and usually the blog is where the struggle shows it self because family (always numero uno), life and contract related projects just have to come first that’s how it goes.

I had hoped to write something really sweet about our Mother-Daughter time with these pictures but since I’m feeling rather “wordless”, that didn’t really work out this week. They don’t really go with the post, but they make me smile really big, so there they are.

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· October 24, 2013 · in Daily,Dear Diary,Real Life



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home preschool, learning at home, everyday moments, enjoying everyday moments, simple living EVERYDAY MOMENTS : 39/52 – the eagerest beaver when it comes to learning.

She wants to know all the things that her brother knows, and when he talks about school she often rushes to her workbooks to show him what she learnt that day. It’s part who she is and part, being the younger sibling – whatever the reason, homework (as she calls it) is something I look forward to doing everyday with her.

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· October 22, 2013 · in Daily,The Everyday



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Weekends are for adventures, exploring and lots of relaxing. They are most importantly made for those “are you sleeping?” questions and the “nope, just resting my eyes” answers. I live for these heart melting cuddle pile moments, sometimes I’m weird and like to sit and soak up the cuteness of my cute family before jumping in to join. Part of my life job is managing the household. I try to manage it in such a way so the times when Chris is home with us and not working his tuchus off, we can all sit back and enjoy a family movie and a good ol’ eye resting. With a small side of “I cooked, so you do the dishes” of course. Many times this means when Monday rears her head, the entire house is in shambles. My work and life work is far far behind schedule – but moments like this make that heart pumping anxious feeling in my belly thinking about all the things I need to back on track come Monday, SO worth it. Hopefully you got to rest your eyes over the weekend, and now please excuse me while I rush off to run in circles before I get my loooong list back on track.

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· October 21, 2013 · in Daily,Real Life



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