Saturday was the kind of day we’ve been waiting for in Vancouver for a long time! The sun came out and so did our Native Shoes, the first sign that Spring is in the air! Native Shoes are essentially light weight slip ons with fasteners and super ventilation. They’re easy for kids to pull on because they can be tightened with a draw string which means getting out the door and into the sun is that much faster. I love my grown-up Apollo Mocs for cruising around town on my bike. We are a car-free family and so comfy and functional footwear is essential and my Native Shoes are perfectly paired with my speedy, little blue road bike. I chose an all black pair for versatility because they can be dressed up or down, in my case, mostly down (but the potential is there ; ). All Native Shoes are animal by-product, BPA and phthalate free, and do not contain hazardous materials such as formaldehyde. I highly, highly recommend Native Shoes for the whole family and how often can you say that about a brand?
We biked to the Vancouver Art Gallery for their Family Fuse Weekend where interactive art projects are available for the kids. This is probably the first time the boys were old enough to truly appreciate the activities and we had a blast doing a scavenger hunt and sculpting with clay. They love the old courthouse building that hosts VAG and as we traveled up and down the levels they pretended they were exploring a fancy mansion. After the gallery we explored Robson Square and all the paths and stair cases around the new(er) law courts.
The first snow of the season has finally come and I don’t know about you but I’m looking to layer in order to keep warm. Mark’s has great gifts for every Canadian including jeans, dress shirts, sweaters, and outerwear that when compiled into one outfit, makes for a cozy and comfortable look. Did you know Mark’s is the #1 retailer of jeans in Canada with brands like Levi’s, Silver, and Buffalo? It’s a terrific place for getting your men suited up in the Canadian tuxedo this holiday season. Below are some of my favourite Mark’s for Men looks; all of which make for great gift ideas.
There’s such a thing as too much self-deprecation and I think a lot of moms, myself included, are guilty of it. It’s easy in a group of commiserating moms to portray our households as zoos and how the heck would we ever find time to cook, clean, exercise and do the other basic things of life. All these struggles have an element of truth but the more I look into my own habits and those of the moms around me; I’ve realized most of us have our shiz together! We’ve figured out how to manage our households well (Not during the newborn stage and other sleep-deprived stages of parenting are exempt too. If you’re there; just let it go, let it go).
There are two ways you can go on vacation as far as health and fitness are concerned, and I’ve done both this summer. It’s easy to treat vacation as a break from habits, including healthy eating and exercise. When I was in Harrison Hot Springs I was just recovering from a horrible stomach bug and finally was starting to eat again. Cheezies? Sure! But not just one snack bag, two. I went gluten crazy, partly cause I couldn’t stomach greens yet but also because bread tastes so good. I had an amazing time in Harrison with my family and I wouldn’t trade all that chaos for the world but I did arrive home feeling bloated and lethargic.
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Every year for many years I’ve written a blog post about our family vacation in Malaspina. I’m a creature of habit and I love the familiarity of returning to the same place each summer. The boys are old enough to eagerly anticipate our time at the cabin for at least 351 days of the year. Our days are spent playing in the ocean, walking the beach, colouring and collecting rocks and sticks. I even manage to read a little and work on crossword puzzles which, hello, thrilling.
We spent the past week in Harrison Hot Springs with my parents, siblings, spouses and kids. Eight kids, seven and under to be precise. My parents rented out a ginormous house that was formerly a B & B. It was the perfect accommodations for a group of young families and there was even a separate cabin so my parents could escape the fray. Each room had it’s own bathroom which is fairly essential or at least convenient when you have kids at various stages of potty training. There were huge grounds for the kids to explore and play equipment came with the site.
I could have taken a million pictures of Ezra in his life jacket. It fit him perfectly but was just so miniature and cute! On Saturday our family had the opportunity to go out on a Dragon Boat in celebration of the Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival happening June 17-19th.
Not a day since having kids have I thought, “so this is my new normal.” Every day they grow before my eyes. They change and morph into the people they are going to become. Sometimes it feels uncannily like watching a slow motion film as they tantrum and convalesce on the ground like an over turned crab. When will they grow up? Other times it feels like a year is a day. I don’t have time to grow accustomed to a status quo. That’s what it’s like being around evolving little ones.