Grilled Peach Salad

As we celebrate the last days of summer, we’ve taken to grilling the majority of our meals. This grilled peach salad is our latest creation – and we’re so darn proud of it!

This grilled peach salad may look fancy, but it's actually a lot easier to make than you realize. In our household, we've taken to barbecuing nearly everything - even our fruit! Check out our latest recipe: Grilled Peach Salad! #saladrecipe

This summer meal is making me feel peachy keen.

Can I tell you a secret? I’m actually not the biggest fan of peaches. Or, at least, I USED to not be a fan of them. Recently, I’ve been baking and cooking them in various ways, and I’ve grown a liking to the fruit.

My dislike for peaches likely stemmed from a childhood experience of mine. I was in elementary school, and we were having a party. One of my teachers served artificial peach juice and its taste totally threw me off. Since then, I have always associated this fruit with the same off-putting flavour, which explains why I haven’t been into them much.

But, I guess I’ve been missing out.

This grilled peach salad may look fancy, but it's actually a lot easier to make than you realize. In our household, we've taken to barbecuing nearly everything - even our fruit! Check out our latest recipe: Grilled Peach Salad! #saladrecipe

When I spotted a pile of fresh peaches at our local organic grocery store I thought, “Hey, let’s just give this another shot.” I mean, I’ve been baking peach cobblers, cakes, etc. for my family this past year, so I have been warming up to the fruit. I won’t, however, gobble it up like I would a strawberry rhubarb pie, for instance – but a start is a start, right?

Joe was ecstatic when he saw me reaching for the peaches. When he asked me what we’d do with them, I quickly said: “Grill ‘em, like what we’ve been doing for everything else this summer!” And it’s totally true. Joe and I have been busy barbequing nearly all of our meals.

So, how do you grill peaches?

This grilled peach salad may look fancy, but it's actually a lot easier to make than you realize. In our household, we've taken to barbecuing nearly everything - even our fruit! Check out our latest recipe: Grilled Peach Salad! #saladrecipe

Well, friends, I’m glad to report that it’s really not hard at all! First off, our peaches weren’t overly ripe. This is ideal because it ensures they won’t cook too quickly and get mushy. Second, we put them on pieces of foil – but this is totally optional. We get picky about our BBQ getting messy, but putting them directly on the grill will leave you with those beautiful charred markings. It’s all a matter of preference!

With our grilled peaches, I made the tastiest Grilled Peach Salad. I’m eager to share the recipe here today, because I think it makes for the perfect, light summer dinner.

Today, we're sharing our step-by-step instructions on how to grill your own peaches so that you can make this delicious Grilled Peach Salad. And you know what? It'll totally wow your guests!

How to Make a Grilled Peach Salad

For The Salad:

  • Peaches, not so ripe
  • Arugula
  • Almonds
  • Bocconcini

Today, we're sharing our step-by-step instructions on how to grill your own peaches so that you can make this delicious Grilled Peach Salad. And you know what? It'll totally wow your guests!

For The Dressing

  • Honey
  • Lemon juice
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Balsamic glaze

Cutting Peaches

Cutting peaches are very much like cutting avocados. You cut it in half, right where the pit is, and twist! I find that they’re much harder to twist than avocados, so you might have to put in a bit more elbow grease to split it.

Today, we're sharing our step-by-step instructions on how to grill your own peaches so that you can make this delicious Grilled Peach Salad. And you know what? It'll totally wow your guests! Today, we're sharing our step-by-step instructions on how to grill your own peaches so that you can make this delicious Grilled Peach Salad. And you know what? It'll totally wow your guests!

For this recipe, in particular, you’ll want to cut them into slices- about 3 per half.

Homemade Dressing

This summer, I had a blast experimenting with ingredients and flavors to make my own salad dressings. Growing up, we were always quick to purchase ready-made ones but, they’re a lot easier to whip up thank you think.

Today, we're sharing our step-by-step instructions on how to grill your own peaches so that you can make this delicious Grilled Peach Salad. And you know what? It'll totally wow your guests! Today, we're sharing our step-by-step instructions on how to grill your own peaches so that you can make this delicious Grilled Peach Salad. And you know what? It'll totally wow your guests!

A touch of honey, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar gives my Grilled Peach Salad its sweet and salty taste. Plus, I’ve made it easy to remember by giving the ingredients a “3-2-1” measurement: 3 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.

Toss It All Up

Once your peaches are grilled, toss it in with your arugula and bocconcini. Then, drizzle it with the honey dressing and top it off with balsamic glaze and crushed almonds.

Today, we're sharing our step-by-step instructions on how to grill your own peaches so that you can make this delicious Grilled Peach Salad. And you know what? It'll totally wow your guests! Today, we're sharing our step-by-step instructions on how to grill your own peaches so that you can make this delicious Grilled Peach Salad. And you know what? It'll totally wow your guests!

Today, we're sharing our step-by-step instructions on how to grill your own peaches so that you can make this delicious Grilled Peach Salad. And you know what? It'll totally wow your guests!
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Grilled Peach Salad

This grilled peach salad may look fancy, but it's totally easy to make! Wow your guests by grilling some fruit and putting together this tasty and healthy salad. Serve it as a side or a main!
Servings: 4

Ingredients

For the Salad

  • 3 large peaches
  • 5 oz. arugula
  • 12-15 mini bocconcini cheese balls
  • 1/4 cup almonds

For the Dressing

  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Balsamic glaze for drizzling/topping
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

For the Salad

  • Cut the peaches into slices, about 6 slices per peach.
  • Place on a large piece of aluminum foil and fold over.
  • Grill on the BBQ over medium-high heat for about 3-5 minutes, set aside.
  • In a large bowl, toss together arugula and bocconcini.

For the Dressing

  • In a small bowl, mix together honey, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar.
  • Pour into bowl of arugula and cheese and toss.

To Assemble the Salad

  • Place arugula mixture on individual plates/bowls.
  • Top with grilled peaches.
  • Cut almonds into small pieces and top on each plate of salad.
  • Drizzle generously with balsamic sauce.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste, right on top.

Today, we're sharing our step-by-step instructions on how to grill your own peaches so that you can make this delicious Grilled Peach Salad. And you know what? It'll totally wow your guests! Today, we're sharing our step-by-step instructions on how to grill your own peaches so that you can make this delicious Grilled Peach Salad. And you know what? It'll totally wow your guests! Today, we're sharing our step-by-step instructions on how to grill your own peaches so that you can make this delicious Grilled Peach Salad. And you know what? It'll totally wow your guests!

Have you ever grilled peaches before? What other fruits/ fruit(s) do you recommend we try on our BBQ?

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Here's our super simple recipe for Grilled Peach Salad. This is the perfect dish when you're craving something flavorful but still light. #grilledpeachsalad

Baby Shower Gift Ideas That Mommy & Baby Will Love

It’s time to celebrate your friend’s precious arrival – so, here are some of our baby shower gift ideas.

 

Attending a baby shower soon? Here are some unique baby shower gift ideas that any mommy & baby would appreciate! #babyshowergifts
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Baby showers are just as fun to shop for as they are to attend.

Those of you who know me know that I love throwing a party. The idea of organizing an event, where the sole purpose is to gather loved ones and eat good food, really gets my creative juices flowing.

Of course, playing invitee to any kind of celebration is just as enjoyable. Weddings and baby showers are at the top on my list because they create special, one-of-a-kind memories.

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Attending a baby shower soon? Here are some unique baby shower gift ideas that any mommy & baby would appreciate! #babyshowergifts

Baby showers in particular are tons of fun for the gifting aspect. Even pre-parenthood, I would “ohh” and “aww” at the cuteness of items I’d find on my friends’ registries.

Now that I’ve attended plenty of baby showers and, of course, held one of my own, I like to think I’m seasoned at the art of celebration! While honoring the registry wishes of these new moms and dads, there are a few add-on gift items that can further elevate their experience as they enter parenthood.

Here are a few baby shower gift ideas to keep in-mind:

After attending so many (and having one of my own!), these are 5 of the best baby shower gift ideas - they're so unique and thoughtful that any parent would appreciate these gifts! #babyshowergifts

Baby Shower Gift Ideas That Mommy & Baby Will Love

The idea behind these parties is to “shower” parents and bundles of joy with thoughtful gifts. They help mom and dad with stocking up on the essentials (and all the cute items, too!) in hopes of better preparing them for their joyful, new arrival.

A Photo Album to Help Mom Build Memories

A picture is worth a thousand words – and any mom knows that future parents will snap endless pics of their little ones.

I love giving photo albums, as gifts, for exactly this reason.

While I was on maternity leave, I started building Leo’s scrapbook, tracking his monthly progress and capturing all of his milestones in photo format. I always appreciated any kind of gift that would help bring his album together.

Something for Mama

Some of my favorite baby shower gifts are those that commemorate mom. Let’s face it, without mom, there wouldn’t be anything to celebrate!

Her days will definitely be much busier here on out, so why not gift something that she could use for her… and only her?

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For this exact reason, a magazine subscription is a great way to remind mama to relax, unwind and not neglect “me time.”

Everyday Items

While that tiny, frilly dress and matching headband may seem mighty cute, expectant parents also appreciate those everyday items that’ll get them through their new adventure. I really appreciated receiving diapers, wipes and even nursing pads.

Nursing pads are the type of items that you don’t realize you need them until… well, you need them! Throughout my breastfeeding term, I turned to JOHNSON’S Nursing Pads as my trusted brand. Entering motherhood, I learned the importance of brand loyalty and sticking with certain names for specific products. Just like a beauty regimen, you quickly see what works best for you (and your little one). JOHNSON’S® Nursing Pads never let me down: they’re discrete but offer maximum protection. The pads themselves are made of a special polymer that helps absorbs moisture. I always loved how cool and comfortable they were. Of course, as a new mom, I was getting accustomed to my new body and their nursing pads were so reliable and soothing.

Sentimental Items

One of my favourite baby shower gifts was actually from my best friend’s mom. She presented me with a knit blankie and then proceeded to explain that it was the same one that belonged to my bestie when she was a baby. It immediately brought me to tears. It takes a lot for a mother to part with a sentimental item. That loving gesture showed just how involved we are in each other’s lives – it’s a gift I’ll never forget.

Sentimental items that hold history are also the kind that can build new memories. So, these kinds of gifts are perfect for any baby shower.

Bath Products

Bath time is a fun activity that most newborns enjoy; new parents go through a lot of bath products!

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As we already mentioned about brand loyalty, JOHNSON’S® has been a huge contender in the baby industry for decades. I remember my mom keeping their tear-free shampoo in our bathroom all the time.

Recently, JOHNSON’S® listened to parents’ concerns from all around the world. Parents spoke-up and expressed how they wanted products with only natural ingredients. However, JOHNSON’S® scientists realized that not all natural ingredients are safe for babies. That’s why the reformulated JOHNSON’S® products use more ingredients of natural origin but make sure they don’t compromise on babies’ safety.

So, the household name we’ve come to love after all these years has become even better. Still soft, still gentle (and still smelling great!), reformulated JOHNSON’S® products are also designed to be as close to baby’s natural skin pH and hair pH as possible. This helps avoid disrupting babies’ skin barrier, which takes time to develop. Any disruption of your baby’s skin barrier can cause moisture loss and lead to dryness or redness.

Recently, JOHNSON’S® came out with the cutest ensembles that make for the perfect (and easiest!) gifts. These include their BEDTIME®, HEAD-TO-TOE® and COTTONTOUCHTM gift sets.

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The packaging on these gift sets are more than ideal, all boxed-up and ready to go. The COTTONTOUCHTM gift set in particular is perfect for a baby shower because the formula is especially designed for newborns.

Babies’ skin is 30% thinner than adults’ so they can lose moisture twice as fast. COTTONTOUCHTM products are ultra-light, pH balanced and made with real cotton. The Newborn Wash & Shampoo is made of a soft, light formula that comes to a velvety lather that rinses off easily. The set also comes with the new COTTONTOUCHTM Newborn Face & Body Lotion, which boasts a water-based formula that absorbs quickly without leaving any residue on newborns’ skin.

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What I love most is that COTTONTOUCHTM products are free of parabens, phthalates, dyes, sulfates. As a parent, this truly reassures me. In fact, it encourages me even more to gift JOHNSON’S® re-imagined and gentler products to my other mama friends.

Every COTTONTOUCH™ gift set includes:

I love it when companies take the time to continuously improve their product offerings. Over the years, JOHNSON’S® has become a trusted household name and it’s reassuring to know that they never stop raising the bar when it comes to what’s best for baby. Now, 96% of their ingredients are naturally derived or of natural origin.

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To sum-up our favorite baby shower gift ideas:

    • A photo album for building memories
    • Magazine subscription for mom
    • Everyday items like diapers, wipes, and nursing pads
    • Sentimental items like a knit blankie or hand-me-down
    • Bath products like JOHNSON’S® COTTONTOUCHTM gift set (all you have to do is wrap it!)

Are you attending a baby shower soon? What would you gift from our list?

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How to Make Cheese Empanadas (Without Breaking a Sweat!)

Cheese empanadas are a delicious dinner option – especially when you’re seeking a no-meat meal!

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These cheese empanadas take me back to my roots.

With my Filipino heritage, empanadas were a regular in my household.

I always loved my mother’s empanadas. Growing up, she would make two batches: one filled with beef, peas and raisins and the other, sans raisins (for my brother and dad). The sweet and salty combination of the raisin version consistently pleased my palette. It was always such a treat when she made them.

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Years down the line, I met Joe, who is of Swiss and Bolivian descent. His mother, being born and raised in Bolivia, also has her rendition of empanadas. When we first started dating, Joe and I loved that both of our moms were empanada experts. We would often joke that we should have them go head-to-head, “Iron Chef” style, and have them each whip up a batch of their respective recipes.

If there is anything I always have in my kitchen, it’s flour and cheese. On a rainy Sunday, I was feeling a little uninspired for dinner. Then, I thought, “Why not cheese empanadas?” It was a great way to have a no-meat meal for once (Joe is a total carnivore).

And so, I whipped up my very own batch of cheese empanadas. Raising a multicultural family, I think it’s so important to continue all the traditions within our diverse roots.

How to Make Cheese Empanadas

Our surefire recipe for the tastiest cheese empanadas. Be sure you check out our easy, no sweat step-by-step guide! #empanadarecipe

For the dough, you’ll need:

  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Shortening
  • Eggs
  • Chicken Stock

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For the filling, all it takes is:

  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese

Step 1: Sift the Dry Ingredients

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. If you don’t have a sifter, you can always place all the dry ingredients in the same bowl and use a whisk to get them well-combined.

Step 2: Cut-in the Shortening

Using a pastry cutter, cut the shortening into the bowl of dry ingredients. You’ll want to continue cutting until the mixture looks crumbly and well-combined.

Step 3: Add the Egg and Chicken Stock

Add egg and chicken stock and mix thoroughly.

Step 4: Create a Doughball

Pour the dough mixture onto a clean working surface, lightly floured, and knead until a doughball forms.

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Step 5: Chill Out!

Wrap the dough in plastic and chill in the refrigerator for a half hour.

Step 6: Cheese it Up!

Mix cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese in a small bowl and set aside.

Step 7: Roll, Roll, Roll

Remove the chilled dough from the fridge and spread flour evenly on a working surface. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough so that it’s about ¼ of an inch thick.

Step 8: Cut the Circles

Use a circular cookie cutter, about 3-4 inches in diameter and cut 12-15 circles out of your dough.

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Step 9: Assembly Time!

Place the dough cut-outs on a lined baking sheet. Fill each one with cheese mixture, right in the center. Fold over and seal using a fork.

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Step 10: Bake!

Bake in a preheated oven, 350 degrees F for about 20 to 25 minutes.

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Cheese empanadas for the ultimate win! Check out our easy-to-follow for the tastiest cheese empanadas... and you won't even break a sweat! #empanadas
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Cheese Empanadas

These cheese empanadas are so easy to make: you won't even break a sweat! Plus, they're super tasty, too!
Course: Main Course
Keyword: cheese empanadas, empanadas

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese finely grated

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. 
  • Using a pastry cutter, cut the shortening into the bowl of dry ingredients. You’ll want to continue cutting until the mixture looks crumbly and well-combined.
  • Add egg and chicken stock and mix thoroughly.
  • Pour the dough mixture onto a clean working surface, lightly floured, and knead until a doughball forms.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic and chill in the refrigerator for a half hour.
  • Mix cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Remove the chilled dough from the fridge and spread flour evenly on a working surface. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough so that it’s about ¼ of an inch thick.
  • Use a circular cookie cutter, about 3-4 inches in diameter and cut 12-15 circles out of your dough.
  • Place the dough cut-outs on a lined baking sheet. Fill each one with cheese mixture, right in the center. Fold over and seal using a fork.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes

A few tips:

  • Be sure to roll out your dough as much as you can. Thick empanadas tend to taste try and are too flaky.
  • Have fun with your cheese combos! I used cheddar and parmesan because that’s what I had in my fridge. However, any type of hard cheese could work for this recipe.
  • If you don’t have a cookie cutter that size, you can always use a bowl or glass to form your dough cut-outs.

Have you ever had cheese empanadas? Would you be willing to make these for your family?

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Quebec Travel Guide: Why Our Family Loves Quartier DIX30

Shopping, dining and family-friendly activities: these are all the things we look for when our family hits the road.

Fabulous Habits' first-ever Quebec Travel Guide! If you're looking for a place to visit in the Greater Montreal Area, then Quartier DIX30 should be your next shopping destination!
A huge thank you to Quartier DIX30 for sponsoring this blog post. All opinions are 100% my own and our family is so grateful to have been given the chance to party at our favorite lifestyle center!

Thinking of a trip to Eastern Canada? Here’s our Quebec Travel Guide with a focus on our favorite lifestyle center, Quartier DIX30.

Growing up, many of our trips catered to my love for fashion. During family vacations, after visiting “must-see” landmarks, my parents made sure to stop by highly-acclaimed shopping areas to satisfy my “consumer itch.” This passion developed over time. Eventually, I looked past all the malls/outlets and started to appreciate fashion-forward cities for their history in trend and style.

It’s my passion for all-things-fashion that influences a lot of my lifestyle choices today. For this edition of Fabulous Habits’ Quebec Travel Guide, I want to zero-in on Quartier DIX30 – my ultimate shopping go-to.

What Is Quartier DIX30? Why Should I Visit?

Quartier DIX30 is an impressive lifestyle center that covers 2.5 million square feet of land – boasting a number of quality boutiques and restaurants.

Full of color and style, Quartier DIX30 is only a 15-minute drive from Montreal. It houses some of the best stores (Such as the only Pottery Barn in the province of Quebec!) and amazing places to dine (Siam, Tomate Blanche and Niji are some of their most popular).

Itching to go? We don’t blame you!

Quebec Travel Guide: why Quartier DIX30 should be your next shopping destination (and psst: it's only 15 minutes away from Montreal!)

Quebec Travel Guide: Why Our Family Loves Quartier DIX30

If you plan on travelling throughout the province of Quebec, then be sure to stop by the city of Brossard, where Quartier DIX30 is proudly located.

Our little family is lucky enough to live only 10 minutes away from the lifestyle center, so it’s where we do the bulk of our shopping.

Here are a few reasons why we love it so much:

Excellent Selection of Stores

With over 300 stores, there’s a little bit of something for everyone at Quartier DIX30.

Often, you’ll find me at Williams-Sonoma, looking for ways to stock-up my kitchen (but shh, don’t tell my husband). When I’m with my little guy, we browse (and shop!) at Pottery Barn Kids, looking for cool stuff to fill up his bedroom.

Conveniently, there’s a Wal-Mart super close by, making grocery shopping such an easy task.

Plenty of Restaurants to Get Your Taste Buds Goin’

Just like its boutiques, Quartier DIX30 has a huge list of restaurants on its repertoire. Our family’s favorites are Siam (Thai cuisine), Niji (Seriously the best sushi!) and NO. 900 (If you’re into pizza, then this place will totally be your jam.

Free Parking

…and lots of it! (Which is totally a big thing for us mamas, right?!)

Something for Everyone: Even the Kiddos!

From play areas to pedestrian-only areas, Quartier DIX30 has thought of everything to cater to every members in your family.

Quebec Travel Guide: Fun entertainment for the entire family at Quartier DIX30's super-fun block party. Quebec Travel Guide: Fun entertainment for the entire family at Quartier DIX30's super-fun block party.

Super Organized and Impressive Events

…and yup, you guessed right: they’re totally family-friendly.

If you read my blog post from last week, you’ll know that I attended Quartier DIX30’s first ever block party.

It was seriously the best time.

In true Quartier DIX30 fashion, the event was full of life and color. Walking through the lifestyle center, you could spot an artist at every corner, painting crosswalks with impressive, full-of-life designs. DJs offered their talents and gave DIX30 an amazing musical vibe.

Quebec Travel Guide: Artists painting crosswalks at Quartier DIX30 to celebrate the launce of their first-ever block party. Quebec Travel Guide: Artists painting crosswalks at Quartier DIX30 to celebrate the launce of their first-ever block party.

Plus, our family’s favorite part: huge games (umm, hello, life-size chess!) and inflatable chairs and flamingoes to keep the little ones entertained.

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves!

Quebec Travel Guide: Fun entertainment for the entire family at Quartier DIX30's super-fun block party. Quebec Travel Guide: Fun entertainment for the entire family at Quartier DIX30's super-fun block party. Life-size chess pieces as one of many games to keep the little ones entertained at Quartier DIX30's first-ever block party! Life-size chess pieces as one of many games to keep the little ones entertained at Quartier DIX30's first-ever block party!

Quartier DIX30’s block party made me such a happy mama. I mean, it really had it all: shopping, quality family time and running into my fave blogging mamas? Yes, please!

Quebec Travel Guide: Fun entertainment for the entire family at Quartier DIX30's super-fun block party. Quebec Travel Guide: Fun entertainment for the entire family at Quartier DIX30's super-fun block party. Quebec Travel Guide: Fun entertainment for the entire family at Quartier DIX30's super-fun block party.

So, if you’re planning a trip to the province of Quebec, then stop by Quartier DIX30 – only a bridge away from Montreal. It’s definitely worth checking out with your entire family! (Psst: don’t forget to give them a follow on Instagram for colorful inspiration for your next shopping trip. YAS!)

Quebec Travel Guide: Quartier DIX30 is a lifestyle center that takes up over 2.5 million square feet of land - it's shopping and dining that's fun for the entire family (and only 15 minutes away from Montreal, Canada!)

Why We’re Excited to Spend This Weekend at Quartier DIX30

Our family’s looking forward to a super eventful weekend – and that includes a block party at Quartier DIX30.

Quartier Dix30 is a large lifestyle/shopping center in the Greater Montreal Area and this is how we spend our weekends there!
This blog post is in partnership with Quartier DIX30 – we couldn’t be more thrilled for our weekend at our favorite lifestyle centre! All opinions are 100% my own – party on!

Time to put our party hats on!

For anyone who knows me, I’m all about shopping. Guilty as charged, I’ve been a shopaholic since my innocent teen years.

Fast forward to now, I’m way more responsible with my spending habits, but I still appreciate a good shopping area – one that’s filled with quality boutiques and delicious restaurants.

A year ago, our family made the move to Quebec’s South Shore. It’s considered to be a part of the Greater Montreal Area and is only a 15-minute drive (sans traffic) to get past a bridge and land in the heart of Downtown Montreal.

Being that close to the city, you’d think that we’d constantly be making our way to the hustle and bustle of Montreal’s beautiful streets. While we do enjoy a night out on the town, the South Shore has proven to be absolutely gorgeous. It’s family-friendly and makes efforts to stay environmentally-conscious. Most importantly, a suburb within “The Shore” called Brossard houses the oh-so famous Quartier DIX30 – and we find ourselves there on the daily!

Filled with amazing stores (umm, hello, Pottery Barn & Pottery Barn Kids!) with free indoor
parking (a blessing to moms all over), and colorful play areas for kids; Quartier DIX30 is
considered to be Canada’s first lifestyle centre. It occupies an area of over 2.5 million square
feet, so you can imagine all the things you can do down there!

Travelling in Quebec? Then you have to check Quartier Dix30 - Canada's first ever lifestyle shopping center that's more than 2.5 million square footage in-size!

Our Family’s Spending this Weekend at Quartier DIX30 – Here’s Why!

If you watch my IG stories, you’ll know that Leo and I spend tons of time at Quartier DIX30. There’s a really cute play area for kids, a beautiful fountain (that Leo can’t get enough of), and some of our favourite restaurants (just ask the staff at Siam – we’re always grabbing dinner there!).

Travelling in Quebec? Then you have to check Quartier Dix30 - Canada's first ever lifestyle shopping center that's more than 2.5 million square footage in-size! Travelling in Quebec? Then you have to check Quartier Dix30 - Canada's first ever lifestyle shopping center that's more than 2.5 million square footage in-size!

What’s fantastic is that Quartier DIX30 hosts tons of events. As if shopping and dining at quality establishments wasn’t enough, Quartier DIX30 puts together amazing shows and family-friendly celebrations.

This weekend, from Saturday, July 06, 2019 to Sunday, July 07, 2019, Quartier DIX30 will be holding their first edition of The Quartier’s Block Party.

A block party?! Yes, Yes, YES!

I’ve only ever heard about block parties but have never actually been to one.

Travelling in Quebec? Then you have to check Quartier Dix30 - Canada's first ever lifestyle shopping center that's more than 2.5 million square footage in-size!

…but there’s a first time for everything, right?!

You can bet that our family will be spending time at Quartier DIX30 this weekend. Taking place on both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Quartier DIX30’s retailers will be setting-up shop outside. The area will be filled with fun, celebration and its Esplanade crosswalks will be transformed into golden canvases.

Travelling in Quebec? Then you have to check Quartier Dix30 - Canada's first ever lifestyle shopping center that's more than 2.5 million square footage in-size!

Imagine shopping through bazaars with live DJs or relaxing on a terrace to take in the summer breeze – well, you can do it this weekend at Quartier DIX30. This will be a block party to remember! Plus, participating artists like Charlotte Ratel, Olivier Charland, and Roadsworth (just to name a few) will be inviting guests to find new and unusual perspectives in urban art.

Plus, the cherry on top: Quartier DIX30 will hold a Free Bike Lending Program during the event.

You can visit Quartier DIX30’s official website and Facebook event to learn more. And don’t forget, drop me a line on Instagram and let me know if you’ll be attending!

Have you ever been to Quebec’s South Shore to shop at Quartier DIX30? What’s your favorite part about it?

Super Fun Summer Activities for Toddlers

Sun’s out, gotta go out… okay, well, maybe that’s not the *official* saying, but you know what we mean! Here are some of our favourite summer activities for toddlers!

Ready for the summer season? So are we! Here are our favourite summer activities for toddlers - let's enjoy that sunshine! #parentingtips

Gotta enjoy that sunshine!

I don’t know about you, but the moment my son hit the toddler phase, he was all about playing outdoors. In cold, cold Montreal, that’s sometimes very hard to accommodate. So when summertime rolls along, we’re all about heading outside and basking in all of the sunshine.

Now that summer is well on its way, I rounded-up some of the best summer activities for toddlers. These ideas are original and budget-friendly: so it’s perfect for any family!

Super Fun Summer Activities for Toddlers

Rounded-up 7 of the most popular summer activities for toddlers. Now, let's get outdoors and play! #summeractivity

Living in Montreal means experiencing the extremes of every single season. Winter is down-right freezing and in the summer season, we can have weeks of heat waves.

When the weather is right, our family takes full advantage and we tend to stay outdoors. Here are a few fun summer activities for toddlers so that they can stay entertained.

Ready for the summer season? So are we! Here are our favourite summer activities for toddlers - let's enjoy that sunshine! #parentingtips

1. When you’re outside, making a mess isn’t all that bad! (Trust me!) This Bubble Painting activity by Glitter on a Dime is fun and colorful!

2. This DIY Glow Lantern by HodgePodge Hippie is absolute genius! Your kiddos will absolutely adore the results of this neat craft.

3. Get wet and wild! These DIY Sponge Bombs by Masshole Mommy are a fun way to cool down on hot summer days.

4. I have always been a huge fan of fairy gardens and this one from Finding Zest is just oh-so adorable!

5. On Natural Beach Living, they’ve got step-by-step instructions on how to experiment with baking soda and vinegar… in a watermelon! Absolutely perfect for summertime.

6. This ball-themed summer party by Uncommon Designs Online is just absolutely brilliant! What a great way to celebrate!

7. This DIY Summer Jar is a great way to list all your summertime goals and achieve them! Great idea by The Country Chic Cottage.

From this list, what activities will you be participating in with your toddlers? One thing’s for sure – we absolutely cannot wait for the summer season! Come faster, please!

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Get outdoors with your little one. Need some inspiration? We've got 7 of the best summer activities for toddlers! #parentingtips #FabulousHabits

Our Favourite Magic Kingdom Toddler Rides

Thinking of travelling to the oh-so magical Walt Disney World with your little ones? Here’s a list of our favourite Magic Kingdom toddler rides.

Planning a trip to Disney with young kids? Check out our ultimate guide to the best Magic Kingdom toddler rides - because having fun at WDW is possible for all ages! #disneytips

As Princess Jasmine sang, “Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling!”

The first time we took our son to Disney World, he was just a little over a year old. Lots of my peers asked me, “But will he enjoy it? He’s so small.” I was even told, “It’s not worth it because he won’t even remember it.”

But, You know what? We are a Disney-loving family and the trip was totally worth it. No, my son probably won’t remember his first time, but that doesn’t mean he won’t have memories from stories we’ll tell or pictures that we will show him.

Of course, when you’re taking a toddler to any theme park, you might be worried about what they could do.

Luckily, Disney has got that covered. The parks were clearly built with Walt Disney’s inspiring vision in mind, ensuring that family members of all ages can enjoy their experience to the max!

Here’s a list of our favourite Magic Kingdom Toddler Rides – because our little ones deserve a thrillin’ good time, too!

These rides at Magic Kingdom are totally perfect for your toddlers! Here's to a thrillin' good time at WDW for the entire family! #DisneyTips

Our Favourite Magic Kingdom Toddler Rides

It’s a Small World

Planning a trip to Disney with young kids? Check out our ultimate guide to the best Magic Kingdom toddler rides - because having fun at WDW is possible for all ages! #disneytips

This WDW attraction is best known for being “the happiest cruise that ever sailed.” It’s a Small World was actually Leo’s first ride ever and, even as a young toddler, he really enjoyed it. It’s slow-moving, making it ideal for any age.

Throughout the attraction, Disney’s “Audio-Animatronics” sing the classic song, “It’s a Small World (After All),” showcasing the diversity and beauty of our planet.

Planning a trip to Disney with young kids? Check out our ultimate guide to the best Magic Kingdom toddler rides - because having fun at WDW is possible for all ages! #disneytips

Peter Pan’s Flight

Planning a trip to Disney with young kids? Check out our ultimate guide to the best Magic Kingdom toddler rides - because having fun at WDW is possible for all ages! #disneytips

Join Peter and his buddies on this flight across Neverland! This ride is also slow-moving so it’s perfect for your littles. With no height restrictions, this thrilling attraction is ideal for any age group.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Ahh, a Disney classic! Dumbo the Flying Elephant is fun for the whole family. What I love about this ride is that you can control your “Dumbo” and choose to soar high or low.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

This slow ride allows your family to take a spin” in an oversized honey pot, while venturing through one of Pooh’s vivid dreams! You’ll get to see some of Hundred-Acre Woods’ characters like Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo!

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

“Shining, shimmering, splendid!”

Let me tell you, Leo was totally ecstatic when we he rode this one! This attraction allows you to hop on a “magic carpet” and soar through the skies. Much like the Dumbo attraction, riders sitting in the front row can control whether they want to “fly” high or low.

Have you ever taken a trip to WDW with toddlers? What are your favorite Magic Kingdom toddler rides?

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Planning a trip to Disney with young kids? Check out our ultimate guide to the best Magic Kingdom toddler rides - because having fun at WDW is possible for all ages! #disneytips

My Reading List: 10 Must-Read Books of 2019

Looking for your next great read? Today, we’ve got the top 10 must-read books of 2019.

Are you meeting all of your reading goals? If you need some inspiration, I've got a list of the top must-read books of 2019. Time to get lost in a good book! #bookrecommendations
Thank you to Indigo for providing me with a copy of Daisy Jones & The Six to review – all opinions are 100% my own and I am so happy I included it on this year’s reading list.

Time to get lost in a good book!

Okay, I’ll say it – because you know everyone has: “We’re already halfway through the year?! Man, 2019 has flown by so quick!”

Phew – glad I got that out of my system.

But, seriously, where has the time gone? I’ve been having a blast fulfilling this year’s reading challenge and I’ve come across some really great titles. Today, I’m thrilled to share with you the my list of must-reads for 2019.

Looking for your next best read? Here are the must-reads of 2019! We've listed something for everyone. What'cha waiting for? It's time to get lost in a good book!

Let’s do this!

The Ultimate Book-Lover List: Must-Read Books of 2019

Novels You Won’t Want to Miss

Are you meeting all of your reading goals? If you need some inspiration, I've got a list of the top must-read books of 2019. Time to get lost in a good book! #bookrecommendations

These novels have been very well-received by their readers and we can’t wait to get our hands on them.

1. City of Girls: A Novel by Elizabeth Gilbert
2. Normal People: A Novel by Sally Rooney
3. Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane
4. Someone we Know: A Novel by Shari Lapena

This Year’s Best Memoirs and Biographies

Are you meeting all of your reading goals? If you need some inspiration, I've got a list of the top must-read books of 2019. Time to get lost in a good book! #bookrecommendations

The best way to understand someone is to put yourself in their shoes. You’ll want to walk miles and miles in strangers’ footwear once you read these incredible memoirs/biographies.

1. Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman
2. Naturally Tan: A Memoir by Tan France
3. Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (fictional biography)

Your Best Self

Are you meeting all of your reading goals? If you need some inspiration, I've got a list of the top must-read books of 2019. Time to get lost in a good book! #bookrecommendations

We all deserve the best in self-care. Your body is a temple – so, treat it the best way you can with some help from these informative reads:

1. Vegetables First: 120 Vibrant Vegetable-Forward Recipes by Ricardo Larrivee
2. How to Skimm Your Life by The Skimm
3. 100 Side Hustles: Unexpected Ideas for Making Extra Money Without Quitting Your Day Job by Chris Guillebeau

And speaking of these titles…

Can we just talk about how I couldn’t put down Daisy Jones & The Six (listed above under Memoirs and Biographies)?!

Are you meeting all of your reading goals? If you need some inspiration, I've got a list of the top must-read books of 2019. Time to get lost in a good book! #bookrecommendations

This fictional biography covers the rise and fall of the 1970’s rock band, Daisy Jones & The Six. The book uses a very interesting narrative and it almost reads as a reality show. Events are covered in “interview format,” where different members relay their personal experience and author, Taylor Jenkins Reid, ties all their accounts together seamlessly. It was incredibly captivating to read about the different perspectives for each member involved in this highly acclaimed band.

This biography is definitely one of my top picks for 2019.

So, what will you be reading from my list of must-read books of 2019? Is there anything that you would recommend yourself?

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Here are top recommendations for the must-read books of the year! Enjoy and get readin'! #readinglist #top2019books

Our Family’s Disney Travel Diary: Toy Story Land Review

We came, we saw, we conquered. Here’s our family’s honest Toy Story Land Review. (Spoiler alert: We’re already itching to go back.)

Our family's ultimate guide to Hollywood Studios' newest addition. Here's our Toy Story Land Review! #disneytips

Okay, I take it back – Leo did not, in fact, conquer the Slinky Dog Dash. He will in a few years though!

I’d like to think that I am properly molding my family into lifelong Disney lovers. My husband, who didn’t quite understand my Disney obsession when we first met, is now totally committed to Mickey and his whole gang. Our son now recognizes characters, television series and appreciates the magic that all the parks have to offer. (Such a “mama win” for me!)

On our most recent visit to Walt Disney World, we were eager to check out Toy Story Land. The section opened at Hollywood Studios on June 30 2018, so we had just missed it when we were on our previous trip.

Super colorful, super fun and oh-so animated – we’re here to share our Toy Story Land Review. Let’s go!

Here is our full-on Toy Story Land Review: what to expect, what to get Fastpasses for and so much more! #disneyvacation

Our Family’s Disney Travel Diary: Toy Story Land Review

Woody is Front and Center

And, I’m not lying when I say that. Upon entrance to Toy Story Land, there stands a large Woody statue, ready to welcome you into the park’s most playful section! Plus, it’s a great place for a photo-op. In fact, there’s a Disney PhotoPass photographer ready to snap a pic of your fam in front of Disney’s most famous cowboy!

Expect Lots of Color

Color, color everywhere! Even the restrooms and garbage bins are bright and cheerful – a true reflection of the Toy Story franchise.

On our Toy Story Review, we talk about how colorful everything is: even the garbage bins! #disneyvacation Our Toy Story Land Review, featuring a photo of the section's oh-so colorful restrooms. #disneyvacation

Grab Your FastPasses

All of the main attractions in Toy Story Land have FastPasses available, so be sure to grab them as soon as you can. Slinky Dog Dash is one of the Hollywood Studio’s most popular rides, so we recommend that you strategize your FastPasses for the day wisely.

Our Toy Story Land Review, featuring a photo of the Slinky Dog roller coaster. #disneyvacation

It’s All in the Details

From the artwork on the walls down to the giant toys, it makes it clear that Disney put in a lot of effort in recreating the “Toy Story” world. The moment you arrive, you never want to leave and just feel like a big kid at heart!

Enjoying the giant toys found at Hollywood Studio's newest section. Here's our full Toy Story Land Review! #disneyvacation Enjoying the giant toys found at Hollywood Studio's newest section. Here's our full Toy Story Land Review! #disneyvacation

Toy Story Mania! Is Great for the Whole Family

We ended our day at Hollywood Studios with Toy Story Mania! – and boy, was it ever a blast! Leo was able to join in on the fun (younger toddlers can’t really do the other Toy Story Land attractions) so it was a great way to wrap-up our perfect visit.

So, to sum up our Toy Story Land review and what you should expect:

  • Look out for the large Woody statue right at the entrance – makes for a wonderful photo!
  • It’s bright and colorful, so have fun!

Our family's ultimate guide to the Hollywood Studios' newest section! Here is our full Toy Story Land Review! #disneyvacation

    • Strategize your FastPasses for the day (I’ve heard that you can only have one Toy Story Land FastPass for the whole day – your remaining ones can be used for other attractions within Hollywood Studios).
    • Expect lots of fun details like giant toy figurines!
    • Toy Story Mania! is an attraction worth checking out – especially if you have little ones.

Have you ever been to Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios? If so, what was your experience like?

If you liked this, then you’ll probably like my other Disney-inspired content, such as my “Grey Stuff” Cupcakes and Mickey-Inspired Treats! Check them out!

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The ultimate Toy Story Land Review. We hope you have fun on your magical trip - here are some of our tips! #disneyvacation

5 Wedding Traditions You Won’t Want to Skip

Some wedding traditions stand the test of time – and for good reason. These are the ones I’m happy I didn’t skimp out on.

These are the 5 wedding traditions I am so happy I moved forward with on my special day. This is why you should stick with them, too! #weddingtips

Here I am, still dreaming about my wedding day – 4 years later.

My wedding day is an event I think about frequently. Sure, now that we’re approaching our four-year anniversary, there are things that Joe and I would would have probably done differently – as our tastes have evolved over the years, like most people. Now and then, we talk about the “what if’s,” but we both agree that our wedding day was perfect the way it was – a true reflection of our relationship.

These are the 5 wedding traditions I am so happy I moved forward with on my special day. This is why you should stick with them, too! #weddingtips

I had done most of the planning for our wedding, and I realized that I have a knack for throwing parties (particularly big bashes, just like Leo’s first birthday). For our wedding, I had aimed for a hybrid style, tying in both modern and traditional details – because it’s all about balance, right?!

Of course, to honour the conventional side of things, I was careful in choosing what wedding traditions I wanted to move forward with.

The modern bride may want to skimp out on certain “old style” practices. After getting married, I was happy I stuck to certain wedding traditions. Here are the ones I think you shouldn’t skimp out on:

5 Wedding Traditions You Won’t Want to Skip

Here are the top 5 wedding traditions that I think are vital for every wedding. Remember, this is your special day - enjoy it to the max and try to incorporate some of these fun, classic traditions. They stand the test of time for a reason!

Something Blue

I know it goes with the rhyme: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” I feel like many brides stress about fulfilling all of these requirements (and, a piece of advice ladies: no stress for the big day – all of this planning should be fun!). I decided to go for the whole “sha-bang” but if you’d rather not, I still think that the “something blue” aspect is lots of fun. It allows you to add some colour in your bridal wardrobe – which is always a plus!

Announcing the Wedding Party

Traditionally, a bridal party exists to help the bride and groom prep for their special day. I love it when DJs announce each member of the bridal party before introducing the newlyweds. It’s a great wedding tradition to commemorate those special friends and family members who helped with planning and organizing.

The Veil

Personally, I am so happy that I opted for a veil as my headpiece of choice. I think it really radiates the “bridal look” and ties everything together.

These are the 5 wedding traditions I am so happy I moved forward with on my special day. This is why you should stick with them, too! #weddingtips

These are the 5 wedding traditions I am so happy I moved forward with on my special day. This is why you should stick with them, too! #weddingtips

Throwing the Bouquet

This is where me and my gals had tons of fun at my wedding. One of my bridesmaids was psyching herself up for my bouquet toss – and I don’t blame her. While tradition dictates that that the person who catches the bouquet will be the “next to get married,” I think the toss is just a fun way to get everyone on their feet and share some giggles.

Top Tier

I am enormously proud of the wedding cake we had. It had multiple tiers of red velvet cake, covered in fondant, decorated with gum-paste sampaguitas (the national Filipino flower) and blue macarons. We opted to save the top tier and freeze it until our one-year anniversary, and it was a totally sweet way to celebrate one of our first milestones as a married couple.

These are the 5 wedding traditions I am so happy I moved forward with on my special day. This is why you should stick with them, too! #weddingtips

What wedding traditions did you move forward with on your special day? For brides-to-be, what traditions are you excited about?

5 Wedding Traditions You Won’t Want to Skip

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