Palm Springs

Last month we got to take a family vacation to Palm Springs to catch some rays and boy was it needed! #raincouver
We had two weeks of uninterrupted family time and I soaked up every minute of it. This was the first time we had taken a dedicated vacation with just the three of us and we had a blast.

We don't go to many indoor pools here in Vancouver so you never really know if your kid is going to love the water but we lucked out big time. We stayed at the Marriott Shadow Ridge and wow, that place is built for families! They had everything from water parks to wading pools, free swim diapers and a kids activity centre. This place was the bomb and we will be back. 

Ideally I would lay out and tan all day but with kids that is obviously not what a vacation looks like. We had hot weather, like +35 Celsius so going out in the afternoons wasn't an option with Cairo. We spent our mornings out on walks then had some pool time but always came in for lunch and Cairo's nap. The afternoons were filled with shopping, cheesecake factory, or acai bowls at the Fresh Juice Bar. 

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Cairo really made this vacation a VACATION. He loved the water, enjoyed wearing his hat, and wasn't too bad at putting sunscreen on. Did I mention that we DROVE to palm springs?! So ya, he also rocked a 24 hour straight car ride. Episodes of Paw Patrol and Peppa Pig kept us sane through the drive but we survived and had an amazing time together.

ps. There was a moment on our drive down where we were extremely low on gas and caught in the middle of nowhere. Finally we see an exit and pull off the freeway. As we are pulling off, we run out of gas, power steering shuts off and we are solely going on our momentum to carry us to the gas station. Two quick right turns and one glorious downhill road made us able to pull right into one open gas fill up spot. Thank you Jesus! Β 

We rented a van for our trip for comfort and space and packed everything we could think of to save on costs. We tried out a few new luggage pieces from Herschel to help make travel a bit easier on families and we love this trade luggage that comes in a few different colours. We travel a lot for volleyball trips and visiting family back in Winnipeg so I wanted something that would also be great for airports. We added the bowen travel duffle as well because it has a zip convertible luggage trolley sleeve so that it can slide right on to my rolling suitcase. Basically I can do everything as a mom; carry a child and roll all my luggage down the airport hallway! 

Everyone needs a classic denim button down shirt in their wardrobe and the best one out there is from Beau Hudson - one of our favourite clothing line for not only kids but adults too!

Palm Springs has such a big place in my heart as my family has been coming here for years. What a memory these two weeks were, one that Cairo won't remember when he grows up but we can't wait to remind him all about it!

She's Born With It!

I don't know about you but make up has never been easy for us sisters. Growing up, we were all athletic and hmmm how can I say it nicely....plain when it came to our looks?!  I personally loved makeup and especially loved when someone else wanted to do a makeover (High school besties Michelle, Carmen, Jes, and Sarah do you remember the blue eye shadow photo shoot!!! AAAAHHHH!). However, I was never good at putting it on, figuring out what colours I needed and applying everything smoothly.

Fast forward to fifteen years later and by all means I am still not a pro. But, I have found some items and things I love. We had fun testing and trying so many wonderful products from Maybelline with a few of our favourites. I think one of the first Mascara's I ever bought was their infamous pink and green bottle!

The Blushed Nudes Eye Shadow Palette had so many beautiful pinks and soft pastel colours which I personally love for my eyes. 

However, this day was all about testing new items on our future bride-to-be, our littlest sister, Brie. We recruited our resident makeup pro - Kendra- to help us beautify our Brie girl. If you know Brie, you are familiar that her natural beauty radiates from inside. She has gorgeous lashes so we applied the Volum' Express The Mega Plush Washable Mascara and it strengthened and lengthened her lashes. However, on her wedding day she will definitely need waterproof such as the Volum' Express The Colossal Waterproof Mascara

The Master Blush Colour and Highlight Kit offers the perfect pop of colour for the apples of your cheeks! The variety of shades helps the palette work for many different skin tones. Brie added a more subtle tone to help blend in with her skin colour but still give her a nice colour.

It was fun to play with colours to see what worked best for Brie. With her wedding coming up we wanted to experiment with a few different looks to see what she liked best. Her favourite was the EyeStudio Colour Tattoo 24Hr Cream Gel Eye Shadow in Bad to the Bronze colour.

We tried on a few different shades of lip liner and lipstick and loved the colour of the Dusty Rose Color Sensational Lip Liner but Brie ended up going with a natural look at the end. I love that you can quickly change your look for day to night with an extra pop of colour by adding something bold like Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Colour in Lust for Blush

Effortless beauty - and the extra help from Maybelline helps her true beauty shine! Brie just naturally glows!

In a few weeks we get to honour this beauty at her wedding shower and then in a few short months she will be a Mrs!! Thanks Brie and Kendra for helping us show your beauty with some extra help from Maybelline!

Easter best with Janie and Jack

As a child we always wore our best on Easter Sunday. I remember picking out a big frilly, flowery dress with a matching hat, going to church, celebrating this glorious day, and then finishing off with an egg hunt sometimes at my grandparents 5 acres of land. 

This Easter we teamed up with Janie and Jack to dress our kids in their best from head to toe. What I love about Janie and Jack is yes everything is adorable, but it is a one stop shop from the shirts, pants, dress, shoes, socks, accessories, etc. They have it all!

Some years we have celebrated Easter down in Palm Springs which is where these shorts from Janie and Jack would be perfect! The lightweight cotton is soft and breezy for those warmer days. We took a more casual approach with Cairo and simply put him in a white t-shirt, but the vest he is wearing makes the whole outfit feel like Easter sunday. 

It's all in the details. I love how the striped hat matches Cairo's striped oxford shoes. Navy and neutrals is always a go-to combo and I think it's the perfect Easter palette for boys. 

This face!!! Remember those little miss _____ and mr. men books growing up? I can't decide if she is Miss. Sassy, Miss. Independent, Miss. Happy, or Miss. Stubborn - probably all of the above. Today Kinsley wanted every accessory! These sunglasses are adorable and are the perfect addition for her Easter outfit on a sunny morning. 

Happy Easter from our crew and Janie and Jack! Janie and Jack always has the best outfits for any special occasion.

Some-bunny had a Party

If you didn't catch our spring brunch inspiration for ladies you have to check it out here, but don't worry we didn't forget about our kids!  I love celebrating Spring and Easter with my kiddos so we jumped at the chance to put together a party for them!

Whenever I can, I always use fresh flowers and plants into my decor. Our friends at West Coast Gardens have the most beautiful selection of pots, plants, bushes, trees, succulents, name, it they have it! We teamed up with their designer to create our live centrepiece for the party. We chose a beautiful white tulip pot with matching mini pots and planted some fresh Daffodils, Ranunculus (love love!!), Hyacinths, Pansies and Primulas.            . 

We chose plants with buds that were just about to open so that they would bloom beautifully the next day for our party. One of my favourite additions was adding a bit of moss on the top of the planter (a little tip from our friend Julie at West Coast Gardens). The moss gave the arrangement an earthy and organic feel and was the perfect bed for our Lindt Gold Chocolate Bunnies. We even added moss to the top of our milk glass cake platter from Mosser Glass and nestled in a Lindor Chick and her little three golden eggs. 

I use these plates from Replay for so many of my kids parties. The white colour goes with everything and I love the different compartments it has to put little treats in. A bonus is that they are made locally here in the USA and are obviously made from recycled materials. We added Mini Eggs from Lindor and Carrot Crackers from Talking Tables

This girl! She was so determined to get the foil wrapper off of her Lindt chocolates - can you blame her?!? Lindt chocolate is so delicious and I swear all children are born with a sweet tooth! :) 
My favourite part of this dress she is wearing from Crazy 8 is the details on her sleeves. The eyelits and white trim on the ruffled sleeves makes the dress feel so feminine and girly. I would wear it and twin with her if it came in my size!

This is why we love doing what we do! Some photos are staged, but most of the time our children love waking up and seeing a beautiful Easter surprise on our kitchen table. Cairo loved snacking on the grapes and singing songs with us as we celebrated Spring together. This turquoise polo is the perfect colour on him! 

I remember as a child hunting for eggs in the grass at my grandparents house, all over their five acres of property. I think all those memories come flooding back and inspire us to hide Chocolate Carrots, Bunnies and Eggs from Lindor in the moss and grass in our tablescape. The extra little details like the moss bunny and honeycomb rabbits from Talking Tables bring some childish fun to the party. 

I love throwing little parties and this one with our kids was a favourite. While I sit here and unwrap one of Lindt's mini gold Easter bunnies I'm already planning an Easter Egg Hunt for Monday! Sunshine please stay - no more rain!