Friday, 21 April 2017

Fashion Friday: Updated Stripes

Let me start off by saying that I absolutely love the stillness of my house in the morning before the littles get up and being to ask/demand that their needs be met.  Just sitting listening to NOTHING but the sounds of chirping outside the windows, drinking my coffee and writing a blog post not one but TWO days in advance.  Hmmm, this is what it's like to not be rushing off to work/kids out the door.  I'll take it!

I am loving this new stripped shirt that I picked up at Winners a couple of weeks ago.  I never get to Winners and you need time when you do get there so it really never happens for me but I was out having a lovely coffee date with  a friend and we popped in and I walked out with this super cute top just in time for Easter.  I love that stripes are sticking around but have gotten a make-over, getting away from just the black/white and navy/white combos, plus they are including lots of trends such as cold shoulders, peek-a-boo shoulders, ruffles, bell sleeves.  This little top has just slight little bell sleeves and is pretty simple, but the color makes it pop and it's busy enough for me.  I added just a simple statement necklace, jeans and peek-a-boo shoes for a casual, yet trendy outfit.  The top was only $19.99 and the only thing I don't love about it is that it get wrinkly so you have to iron it.  Argh.  


I love the stripes trend and here are a few other items I'd love to add to my collection this spring/summer.  

Spring Stripes 2017

Spring Stripes 2017 on Polyvore

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Easter Weekend 2017



Hoppy Easter everyone! 


Let's begin this post with my EPIC Easter mom fail!!!!  If you read my post last week, here, I was all set to go for Easter until Friday.... While Logan and I ran out to check a couch out that we were hoping to buy for the lake, I let the littles have my phone to watch a video of Miss. H's performance from the night before.  When we returned to the car, Miss. A informed us that they had seen a bunch of Easter pictures and wanted to know what they were!!!!  Can you believe my luck?!?  Not knowing what to say, we choose to ignore them and their comment.  On Saturday I spent the day running around, returning and buying all new stuff so that it looked nothing like the pictures they had seen. Sigh.  The things we do for our children  and in the name of keeping their innocence just a little bit longer.   (oh, and I also lost the Starbucks GC I purchased for my nephew, so lesson learned:  don't bother being on top of Easter).


Apart from the little hiccup above we had a fantastic long weekend.  What I love most about these holidays is that it encourages us to just be with family and do fun little things.  Our list of fun things included:

  • Coloring eggs with a friend

  • Coloring more eggs on our own

  • Having egg wars and eating our year quota of egg salad sandwiches

  • Visiting two great-grandmas, two sets of grandparents, aunt, uncle, one baby cousin, and one teen cousin via telephone 

  • An hour long Easter Egg Hunt that took us outdoor into fresh snow

  • Annual pancake and chocolate breakfast

  • Hours of games including ping pong, darts, air hockey, horse racing

  • One last snowman of the season


Logan also had an opportunity to go to his first Rush game with my dad, while the girls and I had a girls night with appetizers and a movie called Nine Lives.  I also got two runs and one Shred workouts in over the long weekend. 


I have the rest of the week off with the kiddos and I am looking forward to getting lots of spring cleaning done around the house and also taking Halie to her final dance competition over the weekend.  Hope you all had wonderful weekends with your own families. 

See you on Friday, for Fashion Friday's post.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Fashion Friday: GYPO Style Challenge Week #1

The Get Your Pretty On spring style challenge started a week and a half ago and today I am sharing two outfits from the first week.  The outfit prompts are delivered the evening before, and are accompanied by a visual prompt as well as a written one.  The outfits are mostly causal but I, along with many others, adapt the prompts to meet our own needs, mine being mostly business casual (depending on the day).  If you are interested in joining it's not too late just click here. 

#1 Prompt: Bomber Jacket + Solid Tee + White Jeans + Sandals



My work version included my trusted white skirt (styled here) , my Guess bomber (sold out  but similar is linked), navy shirt  and Nine West pumps, that I feel every girl should own.



 #2 Prompt: Utility Jacket or Striped Blazer + Floral Top + Colored Denim + Sandals

The prompt featured blush pink denim which I currently have in  my closet with the tags still intact, but when I put these light blue  pants  I  was immediately in love with them. My husband also happened to walk into the bedroom at that exact moment and said, "oh, those are really nice." I was SOLD!!! I was happy to pull this little outfit together with everything from my exciting closet except for the new Design Lab pants which are on sale at the moment and they have them in various colors. 


That's all for today.  Follow along on Insagram to see the daily outfits. 


Happy Easter everyone!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Easter Egg Hunt & Free Printable

Over the years we've developed some traditions that we love and treasure during Easter.  

#1 Easter egg coloring, followed by egg wars.
#2 Pancakes that are decorated with Scribblers (icing)  for breakfast.
#3 Our cousin Alen.  This year will be the first time in many years that Alen will not be with us and it'll be a strange not to share the holiday with him.  I can't honestly recall the last we weren't all together.  (insert tear drops and sad face) 


#4 The famous Easter egg/basket hunt!!!!!

Our kids anxiously anticipate the Easter Bunnies arrival, in much the same way as they anticipate Santa at Christmas.  Over the years we've always made the Easter egg/basket hunt a fun adventure for them.  When they were younger, they just had to follow a path of eggs to get to their basket, or a couple of clues here and there.  The past few years we've done a riddle hunt of sorts.  The riddles have gotten progressively more difficult in order to match their age and ability levels.  This past weekend I created 8 clues that will take them around the house/garage in order to finally obtain their bag of Easter goodies.  They absolutely LOVE the scavenger hunt and we love to stump them.  It's no fun to make it too easy but you also don't want to get them frustrated, after all it's supposed to be fun.  Feel free to download the clues, and modified them, and the letter to start your own Easter egg hunt. 

As they girls have gotten older their bag of goodies has changed as well.  If you are having some difficulty planning what to put in your child's basket below are a couple of ideas.  

For Harry Potter loving Anya.  

Horse loving Halie's basket!

 Have a blast and let me know how it goes with your little ones!

You can read all about our 2016 Easter Shenanigans here and I will be sure to follow up with a post next week about how we spent Easter 2017.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Fashion Friday: Frayed Jeans & Graphic T's

Nothing says a casual Sunday afternoon like a graphic tee and a pair of comfy jeans. 

Confession time: I only have one pair of jeans, now two, in my closet! Can you believe it?!?    I love jeans but I don't get to wear them much except on the weekends, and most of the time I just live in my workout gear.  I decided this year, not only was I going to buy a new pair of jeans, but I was going to bye a FUN pair.  I knew the raw hem trend was something I could pull off and feel comfortable  When my packages arrived last week from The Bay with all my newly purchased goodies, I quickly pulled out these jeans  on and it was just meant to be.  They are a slim fit, not too long for my rather short lower half of the body, and they sit  above the hips so I don't have to worry about bending down in them at the playground or having any sort of breeze blowing in unwanted places.  


My other rather new found love are graphic tees.  Last year I started collecting them and have learned how to utilize them with blazers, skirts and pants to suit the office environment, as well as double up for my real life outside of work.  WIN-WIN. This zebra tee  came from H & M and I was unable to find it on their website but have linked several options from Simons that are fun and affordable so you can buy lots!

What is your casual go to outfit for spring? 

Have a great weekend everyone! 

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Fashion Friday: One Last Time

This post was meant for my usual Fashion Friday posts but it just didn't happen.  Lately life just seems too difficult to keep up with and I had to stop mid-week and let some things go.  Honestly, the week wasn't significantly different from any other except I think it all just kind of caught up to me. 


 Why do I, and so many women, put so much pressure on myself? 

 Why do I insist on keeping all the balls in the air at all times?  

Why do I feel bad/disappointment/guilty/inadequate when one of the balls finally drops?  


Well, I don't really have the answer to these questions, but as I've gotten older two things have happened.  


#1 I've come to realize that I have these expectations and feelings. 

#2 I have started consciously fighting against these feelings and admitting that I can't keep up all of the time. 


That's what I did this week and now I feel a little more balanced going into next week. 

Anyway, last week I wore a few of my favorite fall/winter pieces one last time, before washing them and placing them in the winter bucket.  Excuse the work bathroom selfies.

By the end of the week the temperature was rising and the sun was shining.  This bell sleeve top is not new to the blog, check here, and is sticking around for spring.  This time I paired it up with these adorable flower pattern flats that I snagged at Walmart last year.   Also I stacked a long necklace that I have been getting a lot of wear out of, with some pearls.  I love how elegant , yet trendy, the jewelry and the top look together.  I also received my shopping items form The Bay on Friday and the Get Your Pretty On Spring Challenge is starting on Monday.  Stay tuned to see what I have in store for spring! I hope you all have a great first week of April!

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Design Lab Bell Sleeve Top (The Bay)

 Ankle Tie Up Flats (gushing over these)

Friday, 24 March 2017

Fashion Friday: Spring Ruffles

Could it be true?!?  Has spring actually arrived here in Saskatchewan?  I think so!!!!!  (though we really can never be sure)  Either way I was so excited to wear this new top and since the temperatures are still hovering around the O C mark I paired the springy look with a wool white skirt, booties and my favorite coat.  A prefect winter-spring transitional look.
As soon as I laid my eyes upon this beauty at the Banana Republic factory store in February, I knew that it was going to be coming home with me.  It has everything I love about spring/summer clothes. Flowers. Ruffles.  Pastels.  Cold shoulders.  Flowy and carefree.  I JUST LOVE IT!!!! I tried to find it online but they didn't have it so I linked two other options below.  
Another important piece about this top is that it's completely work appropriate as it has nice, thick straps and then the gap that exposes the shoulders.  I have seen so many cute tops with only the spaghetti straps  and that just doesn't work for me.  I like to fill my closet with tops and bottoms that I can utilize for both work and after work as much as possible.  

I plan on re-wearing this top over the weekend for Anya's skating carnival.  I am thinking of pairing it up with my dark skinny jeans or white jeans,  and possibly flats for a casual, yet stylish, mommy look.

Speaking of being a stylish mama, the Get Your Pretty On Spring Style Challenge is now open.  It's a great deal of fun and a great way to update your closet with minimal $. Many of the items are already in your closet and there are options for some trendy items as well. You get a shopping list, 21 outfits from the items and a great support group. Also you will receive last years spring challenge for free. Please use the link below when registering.

 Hope you all have a spectacular weekend. 

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Ruffle Top:  Option 1; Option 2
White Skirt: Chickwish Option