5 Ways to Achieve (and Maintain) that Summer Glow

Maintaining a summer glow can be easy and safe with Beautycounter

Lock in your summer glow with Beautycounter consultant Rachel Mark.

It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you my friend and Beautycounter consultant, Rachel Mark. Not too long ago, Rachel introduced me to the world of Beautycounter and I’ve been hooked since. I started off with their kids products and felt so reassured that I was using only the best ingredient’s on Leo’s skin.

Today, Rachel is taking over the Fabulous Habits blog and giving us her surefire tips on how to achieve a summer glow. Throughout the season, we work on getting that (healthy) glimmer and color to our skintone. We’ve still got a few weeks left of summer and there is always room to maintain it, while staying safe and using only quality, non-toxic products.

Maintaining a summer glow can be easy and safe with Beautycounter

Rachel Mark, Beautycounter Consultant: 5 Ways to Get (and Maintain) That Summer Glow

We are well into summer which means that by now we are seasoned with the patio, the pool and the picnics. But with the added sun exposure, the extra heat, and maybe a little extra indulgence (can we say margaritas?!), we can start to see the extra toll on our skin.

I became interested in safer skincare and beauty because of my work in the cancer-care field. Knowing how many chemicals go into our personal care products, as well as the lack of regulation of these ingredients (Canada only bans about 600 ingredients from personal care products, whereas the European Union bans 1400) despite the proven links to hormonal dysfunction, infertility, birth defects and developmental delays plus cancer (yes, parabens commonly found in products such as deodorants, lotions, and shampoos and been found in dissected breast cancer tumors), I knew that I had to link arms with a company that was doing something to not only advocate for more health protective laws in the US and Canada, but also provide high-performing safer alternatives. Beautycounter is transparent in their ingredients and process, screen rigorously for dangerous ingredients, source ethically and always act as educators first.

The great news about safer skincare is that with the absence of harsh chemicals and surfactants, they help to give us an even better summer glow, without the dryness and irritation that traditional products can leave as a side effect of use. Products are helpful, and so are our daily habits, so with that, here are the five ways to get and maintain that summer glow.

Maintaining a summer glow can be easy and safe with Beautycounter

#1 Hydration

Because we are over 70% water, making sure that your cells are hydrated is essential for health and vitality. A lot of hydration comes from nutrition, so pick up that extra glass of water (aim for 8 cups daily, and even more if you are in the heat or sweating) and stock on your fruits and veggies. The ones that will help to cool you down and keep you hydrated have a higher water content and include watermelon, cucumber, spinach and berries.

Maintaining a summer glow can be easy and safe with Beautycounter

#2 Out with the Old, In with the New

That’s right! To let the glow shine through, you need to slough off the dead skin. Exfoliating doesn’t have to mean leaving your skin red and raw, but a gentle removal of that outer layer will prevent excess oil production and acne, dry and flaky skin, and a dull complexion. Keeping with safer skincare, my faves are Beautycounter’s Sugar Body Scrub in Lemongrass for the body and the Nourishing Exfoliator and Overnight Resurfacing Peel. For the face, these provide both mechanical exfoliation (ie physical sloughing) and chemical exfoliation (ie use of naturally-derived acids to safely resurface and nourish your skin). Goodnight dull, good morning glow!

Maintaining a summer glow can be easy and safe with Beautycounter

#3 Protection

Gone are the days of Hawaiian Tropic Oil baking under that summer sun. Your skin might look toasty and bronzed for a few weeks, but think about the long-term damage, not to mention the increased cancer risk. Sunscreens have been in the news a lot lately with the increasing number of reactions (especially among kids and babies) to traditional brands like Banana Boat, AND with the revolutionary steps that Hawaii has recently taken to ban sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate. These two chemicals are the key ingredients in most chemical sunscreens, but have been linked to destruction of the coral reefs and hormone shifts in the fish feeding off the reefs. This means that they can’t be good for us either when we know that what we put on our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream with 26 seconds! When looking for sunscreen, look for physical, mineral based sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as the key ingredients. My faves from Beautycounter are the Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Stick and the Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist. The key to sun protection is proper application, so use more than you think you should, and reapply often!

Maintaining a summer glow can be easy and safe with Beautycounter

#4 Skip that SLS

Since sharing safer products with friends and family, I have gotten feedback that long-term skin irritations, eczema, dryness and itchiness have disappeared. But why? There are few pesky ingredients commonly found in personal care products that can suck out your skin’s hydration leaving it dry and irritated. Watch out for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). These commonly used surfactants act as detergent, making products like soap, shampoo, and body wash bubbly. These chemicals are known to cause skin irritation, exacerbate eczema and trigger allergies. Plus the fact that they suck out your hydration is going to ensure that you don’t have that glow! Check the ingredients of your soaps and shampoos, and try to find one without SLS and SLES.

Maintaining a summer glow can be easy and safe with Beautycounter

#5 Bronzer, Baby!

You’ve drank the water, eaten the cucumber, exfoliated your face and body, worn sunscreen and avoided those harsh chemicals that dry out your skin. You’re already glowing, but now’s the time to add a little extra. Bronzer is my go-to product in the summer (and into the fall, because let’s face it…we all want our tan to last a little longer). Bronzers come in all forms…oils, creams, and powders. Whichever you choose, opt for one that will add hydration and doesn’t contain heavy metals. Although you won’t see ingredients like lead and asbestos on the ingredients list, colourants used in cosmetics come from the earth and can contain trace amounts. The government doesn’t require screening of heavy metals and since most companies don’t want to pay for it, then end up on your face. My three heavy metal-free formulas from Beautycounter are the Illuminating Cream Highlighter in Bronze, Radiant All-Over Bronzer in Dune and the Glow Shimmer Oil.

Maintaining a summer glow can be easy and safe with Beautycounter

Safer beauty doesn’t have to mean brown, chalky and patchouli. Since there are high performing and safer alternatives out there, it’s time we start to make the switch. If you’re looking for help or have questions, send me a message, and I would be happy to help you get that glow in a safer way!

How do you maintain your summer glow?

How to Spend Summer Weekends at Fairmont Montebello

…because summer isn’t technically over until September 22nd: here’s why we spend our summer weekends at Fairmont Montebello.

How to spend weekends at Fairmont Montebello: make it your home away from home!
Thank you to Fairmont Montebello for hosting our most recent stay – we always love staying with you!

I’ve always loved the idea of owning a cottage. Imagine: going “up north” to a peaceful, tranquil setting, knowing that all of your summer weekends are booked. What better way to spend Saturday and Sunday than in a quaint, beautifully-decorated cottage… where the lake is nearby and the air is fresh. Yes, yes, and yes!

Since Joe and I are just starting our little family, we haven’t yet talked (seriously) about purchasing a cottage of our own. Because we’re keen on the idea of heading somewhere cozy during our days off, we’ve made it a point to frequent Fairmont Montebello.

You know why? Fairmont Montebello can be treated exactly how you imagine your ideal cottage to be: welcoming with its rustic-chic décor, pantries filled with good food, and plenty of family-friendly activities.

How to Spend Summer Weekends at Fairmont Montebello

Situated along the Ottawa River, Fairmont Montebello (officially known as: Fairmont Le Château Montebello) boasts 211 guest rooms (6 of which include a jacuzzi!). Its grounds are massive, which is why they are able to facilitate so many fun activities, all of which are totally family-friendly. So whether you’re 0 or 99 years young, there’s a way for everyone to relax and enjoy.

When we’re at Fairmont Montebello, we almost feel like we’re in an all-inclusive resort. Between swimming at their outdoor and indoor pools or playing a game of squash, you’ll never hear anyone saying: “I’m so bored, please find me something to do!”

In fact, I could almost imagine Leo telling the tale of how he spends his time at Fairmont Montbello:

A Walk in the Park

“Hey guys! It’s me, Leo! To start off my stays at Fairmont Montebello, I head to the park once mom and dad are done checking-in. There’s so much park equipment to choose from – I can play there for hours! Not to mention, everything is always so clean and in good condition – perfect for a kiddo like me!”

How to spend weekends at Fairmont Montebello: make it your home away from home!

Bicycle Time!

“Did you know that my very first time on a bike was when I first visited Fairmont Montebello?! Mom and dad made me wear a helmet – something I wasn’t too keen on at first, but then they told me it was for my safety. Mama and pops were able to borrow the bikes at the bike station, right next to the park I play in!”

How to spend weekends at Fairmont Montebello: make it your home away from home! How to spend weekends at Fairmont Montebello: make it your home away from home!

Hole-in-One

“For some reason, mom and dad won’t let me play mini-putt all on my own but it’s something I love to do with them. It’s right next to the park, too! I get all my favorite activities in one section: score!”

How to spend weekends at Fairmont Montebello: make it your home away from home!

I’m On a Boat!

“Well, I haven’t been on one yet but I love going down to the marina. There’s plenty of space for me to play and mommy and daddy always say how beautiful the view is.”

How to spend weekends at Fairmont Montebello: make it your home away from home!

Relax and Unwind

“It isn’t a trip up north unless we get to kick our feet back and I get to cuddle with mom! Psst: the hotel supplies these super-cute, super-soft bathrobes for kiddos like me!”

How to spend weekends at Fairmont Montebello: make it your home away from home! How to spend weekends at Fairmont Montebello: make it your home away from home!

Have you ever been to Fairmont Montebello? Be sure you check out all of their amenities and follow them on Instagram for some weekend-getaway inspiration!

My Most Comfortable Loungewear

Fashionable, comfortable loungewear is key for those working from home.

Comfortable loungewear consisting of a white linen, boat neck blouse and wide trousers made of a light linen fabric.
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Being a WAHM is something that works so well for me and for our family dynamic. Our days are incredibly bus, with overbooked schedules and hours passing by in a whirlwind. You know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.

GAP boat-neck linen blouse // GAP linen wide-leg pants
GAP boat-neck linen blouse // GAP linen wide-leg pants

Working from home means treating every day like a workday. It’s so easy to procrastinate when you’re in a comfortable setting, but with vigorous schedules, routines, and discipline, we somehow make it work.

My Most Comfortable Loungewear My Most Comfortable Loungewear

My rule of thumb for is to get ready every morning as if I were actually going to work (ie.: if my office were in another location). I often turn to this outfit, which I consider my most comfortable loungewear. Both top and bottom are made of linen, making it a breezy, natural choice for hot summer days. Sometimes, I like to wear the wide-legged pants with a simple camisole, which is essential for this season.

My Most Comfortable Loungewear My Most Comfortable Loungewear My Most Comfortable Loungewear My Most Comfortable Loungewear

Whether you’re a stay-at-home-mom or working a 9 to 5, you’ll find yourself wearing your loungewear for different reasons. You’ll also find them to be essential pieces in your wardrobe.

Do you work from home? How do you stay focused?

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The Importance of Family Traditions: An Evening at the Lavender Fields

Family portrait at La Maison Lavande - a beautiful lavender field just 30 minutes away from Montreal!

Our recent visit to La Maison Lavande and why we’ll be making a trip to the lavender fields as part of our family traditions.

If you know me, you’ll know that I’m all about tradition. Growing up, my mom was adamant about keeping holidays and festivities set with a certain expectation. This is probably why family traditions hold such great nostalgic value for me. I think partaking in family customs helps build lasting memories for our little ones. One day, I want them to look back and appreciate all of the celebrations, both big and small.

Family portrait at La Maison Lavande - a beautiful lavender field just 30 minutes away from Montreal!

All of those flower-fields have been hitting social media hard this summer. I mean, who can blame us? The setting offers an oh-so perfect Insta-moment. At the beginning of July, we paid La Maison Lavande a visit. From the moment we stepped foot into the field filled with 100,000 (yes, one hundred thousand) lavender plants, Joe and I looked at each other and said: “Yup. Every summer. Every single summer.”

The Importance of Family Traditions

I often think about the birthday parties my mom threw or how should bought a cake for every one of my monthly milestones when I was a newborn. These are traditions I hold dear to my heart. They’re also behaviours that I’ll be passing down to my children – and hopefully they’ll do the same.

They Give You Something To Look Forward To

Holidays and celebrations are fun, but they become even more exciting when you have a specific tradition to look forward to. Do you bake the same delicious cookies for Santa with the kids? Do you set a specific day of the week for game night? Whatever it is, family traditions are the events we all get excited for… no matter how old we are.

Priceless Memories

Family traditions give everybody something to talk about. I want my kids to look back and say, “When I was little, mom and dad made the effort to do (this) every year.” Of course, the best part about traditions is that they can be passed down from generation to generation.

Family portrait at La Maison Lavande - a beautiful lavender field just 30 minutes away from Montreal!

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

When we visited La Maison Lavande, we met up with our family photographer. As always, she captured the most precious moments. I remember so many of our family traditions because my mom took photos of nearly every event.

Family portrait at La Maison Lavande - a beautiful lavender field just 30 minutes away from Montreal! Family portrait at La Maison Lavande - a beautiful lavender field just 30 minutes away from Montreal!

What are your family’s traditions? What are some of your earliest memories?

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What I Wore to Canada’s Wonderland

Stripes and gold shoes for the win. Comfy, easy, and versatile – this is what I wore to Canada’s Wonderland.

Stripes and gold for the win. Comfy, versatile, and ultra cute: this is what I wore to Canada's Wonderland. (P.S. Elastic-waist shorts for the win!)
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I was extremely excited when Joe and I decided to organize a last-minute trip to Toronto. I used to visit the city often, especially growing up to see family. For a quick weekend getaway, we decided to pack our bags and visit my aunt and then enjoy a full day at Canada’s Wonderland.

Dressing up my post-baby body has been a learning experience. Our bodies change so much throughout pregnancy and even more after giving birth. Sure, I’ve had my fair share of tears in changing rooms but now, I’m embracing my new look. I’ve also been making healthy choices for both my physical and emotional well-being.

Stripes and gold for the win. Comfy, versatile, and ultra cute: this is what I wore to Canada's Wonderland. (P.S. Elastic-waist shorts for the win!)
Gap t-shirt / H&M shorts / Reebok sneakers (similar)

What I Wore to Canada’s Wonderland

I went for a t-shirt-and-shorts combo for what I wore to Canada’s Wonderland. The look was simple, comfortable, and made me feel good. I like that my t-shirt flaunts flutter-like sleeves, giving it a special touch to an otherwise basic tee. The shorts have an elastic-waist, making it easy on my c-section belly. The striped detail making them more fun and unique than say, a pair of denim cutoffs.

My favourite part to this outfit, I must say, are my golden sneakers. I got them for Christmas last year and haven’t found much opportunity to sport them. I decided to channel my 13-year-old self and thought: “As a preteen, what footwear would have I chosen to visit an amusement park?” Sneakers. Plain and simple. A pair of sneakers is perfect for a long day of walking… so why not make them golden?

Stripes and gold for the win. Comfy, versatile, and ultra cute: this is what I wore to Canada's Wonderland. (P.S. Elastic-waist shorts for the win!)

How do you dress your post-baby body? Did you see any big changes after giving birth?

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Emoji Cookies – The Sparkling Heart

Gimme all the heart eyes with these emoji cookies.

Gimme all the heart eyes with these emoji cookies.

I remember back when I was always on Blackberry Messenger. My friends and I were fascinated with the large selection of emoticons the app came with. In fact, I had a friend whose sole goal was to create messages that only consisted of emojis. Clearly, we had a lot of time on our hands.

Now, I’m going to really rewind it for you, so millennials: rejoice! Who remembers MSN messenger and using their emoticons? The moment my crush sent me a heart symbol, my actual heart went racing. At least, it was until my connection got interrupted because my sister decided to pick up the phone.

But in any case…

Happy World Emoji Day! To celebrate, I have made a batch of Emoji Cookies and I went for my favourite one: the sparkling heart! I think the sparkling heart doesn’t get enough credit. I mean, come on: a pink heart, sparkles… how can you go wrong?

Here’s how I made them:

How to Make Emoji Cookies – the Sparkling Heart

Gimme all the heart eyes with these emoji cookies.

1 cup all-purpose flour + extra for rolling
Pinch of salt
¼ tsp baking powder
½ cup granulated sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ stick butter, softened
1 large egg
Heart-shaped cookie cutter

For decorating:
2 cups pink candy melts
2 tsp coconut oil
4 oz yellow fondant
Cornstarch for shaping and rolling

Yields: 12-15 cookies

Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder.

Using a stand mixer or an electric mixer, beat together sugar, vanilla, butter, and egg. Add dry ingredients slowly and mix until cookie dough forms.

Wrap cookie dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.

Once your hour is up, preheat your oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Dust a clean working surface with flour and roll your cookie dough so that it’s about ¼ of an inch thick. Using your cookie cutter, cut out heart shapes and carefully place on lined baking sheet (about 1-2 inches apart).

Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until edges are golden. Allow to cool on a wire rack before decorating.

Create your “yellow sparkle” shapes. To do this, roll 12-15 fondant spheres, about ¼ of an inch in size. Roll another 12 spheres, this time, slightly bigger. Start molding them into diamond shapes. You may need to coat your fingers with cornstarch to avoid the fondant from sticking.

To decorate, place candy melts and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals or until completely melted. Stir to combine both ingredients.

Place wax paper on a clean working surface. Dip the frontside of each cookie into the bowl of melted candy and immediately place on wax paper.

Place your fondant shapes onto each cookie (exactly like the emoji) and allow to set, about 15-20 minutes. Enjoy and Happy World Emoji Day!

Gimme all the heart eyes with these emoji cookies.

 

Staying Stylish and Keeping it Kid-Friendly: Our Dining Room Reveal

Our dining room reveal proves that the terms “style” and “kid-friendly” can go hand-in-hand.

This is how I decorated our dining room to keep it stylish and still kid-friendly. Ladies and gents, I present to you: our dining room reveal.
This sponsored post is brought to you by Posterjack. All opinions are my own and I am so happy to have partnered with them for our dining room reveal!

When we said “yes” to the realtor for our new condo, I was ecstatic about the dining area. Our space boasts an open concept floor plan, making things feel larger and brighter. Right now, it’s the perfect fit for our little family. While it’s not the biggest in square footage, having a dining room was an important item on our realty-checklist. Mealtime is everything to us, so it was key that we had a space to accommodate breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Life with a toddler is everything but boring. When it comes to décor, I’m already quite the minimalist. Now that Leo is walking and approaching things with the utmost curiosity, I knew that I had to carefully plan out my décor blueprint.

Here’s how I put together our dining area. Ladies and gents, I present to you our dining room:

This is how I decorated our dining room to keep it stylish and still kid-friendly. Ladies and gents, I present to you: our dining room reveal.

This is how I decorated our dining room to keep it stylish and still kid-friendly. Ladies and gents, I present to you: our dining room reveal.

Staying Stylish and Keeping it Kid-Friendly: Our Dining Room Reveal

The Right Furniture

The first thing I wanted to do was to keep everything light and bright. Lucky for us, our dining room gets in a ton of natural light, so I wanted to keep that flowing with the furniture. We opted for a white table and light grey chairs. How do I keep it toddler-friendly? The seat cushions have removable covers, making it easy-peasy for clean-up.

This is how I decorated our dining room to keep it stylish and still kid-friendly. Ladies and gents, I present to you: our dining room reveal.

“Lazy Susan” Centerpiece

Often when I look at photos for home décor inspiration, rooms are filled to the brim with decorations like plants, vases, frames, etc. With a toddler, those “little touches” just aren’t realistic. With just one little tug, place settings full of china and other breakables could come crashing on the floor.

This is how I decorated our dining room to keep it stylish and still kid-friendly. Ladies and gents, I present to you: our dining room reveal. This is how I decorated our dining room to keep it stylish and still kid-friendly. Ladies and gents, I present to you: our dining room reveal.

For our dining room, I opted for a “Lazy Susan” as our table’s centrepiece. Here, I place all of my required items for when I’m hosting. This way, they’re well-presented and at arm’s reach (but out of Leo’s reach).

Pops of Color

You know how I talked about big, bright, and full of light? I was lucky enough to score a large, white wall in our dining room… but I knew that somehow, it needed a splash of colour. Painting was totally out of the question. In fact, when we first visited the condo, the original owner kept everything simple and hung up one beautiful piece of art, making me think: “Where can I get something that will do this place some justice?” I came close to commissioning my best friend to paint a canvas for me but then I came across Posterjack.

This is how I decorated our dining room to keep it stylish and still kid-friendly. Ladies and gents, I present to you: our dining room reveal.

Ordering with Posterjack is easy, flawless, and incredibly versatile. They’re an online photo printing company based in Toronto, and they ship out super high-quality works of art… personalized by you! While they offer a large range of printing-types, their canvas prints are what caught my attention right away.

This is how I decorated our dining room to keep it stylish and still kid-friendly. Ladies and gents, I present to you: our dining room reveal.

Posterjack allows you to take an image and turn it into something creative. For my first-ever Posterjack experience, I opted to purchase a stock image (because lemons + pink equals all the heart eyes, right?!) and turn it into a three-panel canvas. It was exactly what our dining room needed: a burst of color to keep things fresh, bright, and clean. Plus, all I had to do was hang it. The canvas was already wrapped on its frame, leaving the entire process headache-free… exactly what this busy mama needs while decorating. (Okay, fine, I’ll admit: with Joe being more than a foot taller than me, he did most of the hanging while I told him where to centre and straighten).

This is how I decorated our dining room to keep it stylish and still kid-friendly. Ladies and gents, I present to you: our dining room reveal.

Posterjack is fast, reliable, and will turn your picture-perfect moments into works of art. I can’t wait to order more and create a gallery wall of our family photos. You can check them out on social media by liking and following them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

How do you decorate your space so that it’s kid-friendly and kid-safe?

Master Bedroom Room Reveal

Decorating our master bedroom with a minimalist approach: keeping things bright, spacious, and clean. Here is our Master Bedroom Room Reveal.

Decorating our master bedroom with a minimalist approach: keeping things bright, spacious, and clean. Here is our Master Bedroom Room Reveal.
This post is in partnership with wayfair.ca

If there’s anything that I can dub as my official pet peeve, it’s clutter. Can’t have it, won’t have it, will get rid of it.

To me, a bedroom should be personal. It should be a place where one can seek comfort and safety. When we finally chose a place to make our big move, I researched “master bedroom ideas” first and foremost. I knew exactly what I wanted: white walls, a sturdy bed, and touches of femininity with a light colour palette (and Joe agreed – yay!).

Decorating our master bedroom with a minimalist approach: keeping things bright, spacious, and clean. Here is our Master Bedroom Room Reveal.

Ladies and gents, I present to you: our master bedroom!

Master Bedroom Room Reveal

For our colour palette, I opted for a soft, blush pink. When it comes to colours, I like changing it up every season or so. This is exactly why I chose to keep my walls white. Painting and repainting takes up time and money. By keeping my “canvas” clear, I could have fun with other details in the room.

Decorating our master bedroom with a minimalist approach: keeping things bright, spacious, and clean. Here is our Master Bedroom Room Reveal.

Duvet Cover

I have always been a fan of duvet covers. They’re easy to clean and I can switch up the size of the actual duvet depending on the season (yes, large and thick duvets are a must for Canada’s colder winters).

Currently, our bed is boasting this Shauny 100% Turkish Cotton Luxury Duvet Cover. If you look closely, it actually has a striped pattern. It is so soft and breathable. I especially love its zip-up feature to secure your duvet inside. Perfect.

A Quilted Throw

To add more pink details, I went for this quilted throw to place at the end of our bed.

Decorating our master bedroom with a minimalist approach: keeping things bright, spacious, and clean. Here is our Master Bedroom Room Reveal.

Pillow Cases

These pillow cases were one of my most simple yet, best purchases for the house. Its 1800 thread count ensures a softness like no other and I just love the embroidered details.

Decorating our master bedroom with a minimalist approach: keeping things bright, spacious, and clean. Here is our Master Bedroom Room Reveal.

Ordering Online

While we did a mix of shopping in-store and online, my experience on wayfair.ca has been nothing but smooth. I just love that with a click of a button, I can get what I want at a reasonable time. I love their Room Ideas section – it gives me plenty of inspiration on how to decorate and elevate each room in our home. Plus, if you find something that you like within their Room Ideas, you can purchase it directly just by clicking the image.

Decorating our master bedroom with a minimalist approach: keeping things bright, spacious, and clean. Here is our Master Bedroom Room Reveal.

Picture Perfect

I love the idea of gallery walls but in a smaller space, I find multiple frames to be overwhelming. I went for three simple frames (similar here) to showcase our very first family photoshoot.

Decorating our master bedroom with a minimalist approach: keeping things bright, spacious, and clean. Here is our Master Bedroom Room Reveal. Decorating our master bedroom with a minimalist approach: keeping things bright, spacious, and clean. Here is our Master Bedroom Room Reveal.

What colour theme does your master bedroom have?

 

Disney Instagram-Worthy Walls: Your Next Best Photo Opp

Our favorite Instagram-worthy walls in Walt Disney World

On our most recent family vacation, we found some pretty epic Disney Instagram-worthy walls.

And yes, I’ll fully admit: I was on the hunt. As soon as we entered Magic Kingdom, I was in search of the oh-so-popular purple wall, only to find that the area was closed off for a private event.

So I kept searching and yes, Joe was a great sport while playing the role of Insta-husband.

Here are some of our best moments:

Disney Instagram-Worthy Walls

The Gal Next Door

Our favorite Instagram-worthy walls in Walt Disney World

This beige door can be found in Magic Kingdom right by the Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe.

Bright & Colourful

This aqua-colored door is just around the corner from the Sleepy Hollow Refreshments in the Magic Kingdom

Our favorite Instagram-worthy walls in Walt Disney World

Green with Insta-Envy

Our favorite Instagram-worthy walls in Walt Disney World

As soon as you exit the MuppetVision 3D experience, look to your right and you’ll find this huge green wall. Strike a pose!

Barnyard-Inspo

We spotted this large wooden wall in Disney Springs on our way to the Morimoto Asia restaurant.

Our favorite Instagram-worthy walls in Walt Disney World

Where are some of your favorite photo spots in Walt Disney World?

Making the Most of a Two-Day Road Trip

Making the most of a two-day road trip with a young toddler and a not-so-set itinerary. Do-able? Yes. Fun? Tons.

What can you fit in a two-day road trip with a toddler? Let me tell you: lots of laughs, lots of food, and tons of fun!
This post is in partnership with Delta Toronto. We have always been a fan of Delta Hotels and couldn’t be more excited about this collaboration!

Joe and I have always had fun with our spontaneity. Before we got married, we would do so much on a whim: random date-nights, little getaways, and last-minute dinner parties. Now that we’re parents, we’ve integrated a bit more structure into our planning. I like to think that we’ve found a fine balance between heavily-scheduled activities and unplanned family outings.

A couple of weeks ago, we decided to take a last-minute trip to Toronto. With it only being about 500 km away (a little over 300 miles), we knew it’d be the perfect destination for a quick two-day road trip.

Making the Most of a Two-Day Road Trip

Where Will You Go?

Research cities that are no longer than a 5-7 hour drive. This way, if you leave for your trip early in the morning, you can spend a huge chunk of your day actually enjoying your destination.

What can you fit in a two-day road trip with a toddler? Let me tell you: lots of laughs, lots of food, and tons of fun!

Entertainment For the Road

I packed new toys, snacks, and downloaded videos on the family iPad to keep Leo entertained. This trip was the longest car ride he’s ever taken, so we needed to find multiple ways to keep it interesting.

The Perfect Accommodation

Making the most of a two-day road trip means finding the right hotel. For years, I’ve been a fan of Delta Hotels for their flawless customer service, amazing breakfasts, and high-end rooms. For our two-day road trip, we opted to stay at the Delta Toronto and you know what? Best. Decision. Ever.

What can you fit in a two-day road trip with a toddler? Let me tell you: lots of laughs, lots of food, and tons of fun! What can you fit in a two-day road trip with a toddler? Let me tell you: lots of laughs, lots of food, and tons of fun!

I wasn’t surprised to have checked into a room that was clean, classy, and ultra-welcoming. It’s what I’m used to with Delta hotels. But for our room with Delta Toronto… safe to say that they really outdid themselves. The bathroom took my breath away: marble for its walls and floors, a bathtub with a view, and ceiling-to-floor windows. Absolutely gorgeous.

So here’s my unsolicited advice: when booking a hotel for a shorter trip, make it count. Your trip is a quick one, so settle somewhere that’s beautiful. It’ll be more comfortable for you and your family.

Don’t Overbook Your Itinerary

I know it’s tempting to fit in as much as possible on your itinerary. A lot of us are set with the idea of wanting to do more in order to make our trips “worth it.” Over the years, I’ve found it more beneficial to focus on quality activities.

On our trip, we lucked out and planned the perfect evening. We visited Delta Toronto’s The Roof at SOCO: another great decision made for our weekend getaway.

The Roof at SOCO is part lounge, part bar, part restaurant, and 100% fun. Their DJ was on-point, playing throwback pieces that Joe and I truly appreciated. With Leo by our side, it was totally family-friendly, filled with games for the kids to play with.

What can you fit in a two-day road trip with a toddler? Let me tell you: lots of laughs, lots of food, and tons of fun! What can you fit in a two-day road trip with a toddler? Let me tell you: lots of laughs, lots of food, and tons of fun!

I may not be the coolest/hippest mama on the block, but The Roof at SOCO is definitely the coolest place to spend time in Toronto. We went in for a feast and sipped on a glass of sangria and everything was absolutely perfect.

Best weekend getaway… ever.

What can you fit in a two-day road trip with a toddler? Let me tell you: lots of laughs, lots of food, and tons of fun! What can you fit in a two-day road trip with a toddler? Let me tell you: lots of laughs, lots of food, and tons of fun! What can you fit in a two-day road trip with a toddler? Let me tell you: lots of laughs, lots of food, and tons of fun! What can you fit in a two-day road trip with a toddler? Let me tell you: lots of laughs, lots of food, and tons of fun!

Have you ever been to Toronto, Ontario? Where do you usually stay/what do you usually do when you go there?

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