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Clothes that little girls like

Clothes that girls like

Little girls want to move and dance and run, and they need to feel comfortable in their clothes! And the little girls that I know, they also love colours and little animals, sweet and fun patterns and of course, their favourite characters on their clothes. Believe me, I tried dressing my daughters in trendy grey, black and white clothes, but truth to be told, my older one, she loves colour. And my younger one, well all she wants, is to copy her sister!

So I was beyond exited when I got to visit the all new Giant Tiger Store in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, and found such a great kid section, with only soft cotton, lots of sweet dresses and lots of Peppa Pig prints! It’s a brand new store, and I was so surprised to see such a vast choice in all the departments!

Now, of course I had to stop by the decor section, and I found lot’s of choices for decorating your outdoor space too – and got myself the prettiest outdoor rug ever!  Stay tuned, as I’ll share it on my Instagram once the weather will cooperate!

And of course, I used this occasion to do small grocery shopping too, as they have really everything that you need.

So now Lili want’s to only wear clothes with Peppa Pig on them and these super soft leggings, and I’m wearing my jeans dress from Lily Morgan on repeat, because it’s so comfy and diverse!

clothes that girls like

clothes that girls like
Les petites filles veulent bouger, danser, courir et ont besoin d’être confortable dans leurs vêtements. Et les petites filles que je connais, eh bien elles aiment les couleurs, les petits animaux, les jolis motifs amusants et bien sûr leurs personnages de télévision préférés. Croyez-moi, j’ai essayé d’habiller mes filles en vêtements tendance gris, noir ou blancs, mais sérieusement, ma plus vieille adore les couleurs. Et la plus jeune, eh bien elle veut toujours faire comme sa sœur!

Alors j’étais plus qu’excitée d’être invitée au nouveau Tigre Géant de St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, et j’y ai trouvé une superbe section pour enfant. Il y avait de jolie robes entièrement faites de coton et beaucoup de Peppa Pig! C’est un tout nouveau magasin et j’ai été très surprise de voir autant de choix dans tous les départements!

Évidemment, je ne pouvais pas passer à côté de la section décoration. J’y ai trouvé un tas de choix pour décorer vos espaces extérieurs – et je me suis choisi le plus joli tapis extérieur. (Restez à l’affut, il sera bientôt sur Instagram si la température coopère!)

Et bien sûr, j’ai profité de l’occasion pour faire mon épicerie puisqu’on y trouve tout ce qu’il faut pour ça aussi.

Depuis ce jour, Lili veut seulement porter ses vêtements Peppa Pig et ces leggings. Et moi, je porte ma robe de jeans à répétition parce que c’est tellement confortable et facile à agencer.

clothes that girls like

clothes that girls like

Though my biggest joy was shopping for little girls outfits ( I even started wishing I had another baby, as their baby selection is the cutest ever!) and founding so many things that my Lili will actually like- for such good prices.

Malgré tout, mon plus grand plaisir a définitivement été de magasiner des tenues pour petites filles (j’ai même souhaité avoir un autre nouveau-né tellement la sélection de vêtements pour bébé est cute!). Je suis vraiment contente d’avoir trouvé autant de choses que ma Lili va réellement aimer porter à un si bon prix.

clothes that girls like

Clothes that girls like

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Giant Tiger, all opinions remain my own.

Ce post est fait en collaboration avec Tigre Géant, toutes les opinions sont exclusivement les miennes.

Nutella banana granola bars

nutella-banana granola bars

Every spring I wake up one day, and decide it’s enough: enough of artificial sugar, enough of comfort food on repeat, and enough of store-bought snacs! And this year is no different: last week, when the sun have finally appeared, an first tiny leaves started blooming, I realized it’s time to get back on track, and my first decision was to make these healthy and delicious, Nutella and banana granola bars! Now, I know what you must be thinking now: Nutella isn’t really healthy! Well, I’m just using a tiny bit of it, and believe me, it makes all the difference in the world!

And I just love having these on hand, they are really filling so they stop me from over smacking too!

Also, these granola bars are full of chia seeds and oats and have zero added sugar or fat! And of course, if you’d like them to be 100% sugar free, just skip the Nutella !

nutella-banana granola bars

All you need:

2 ripe bananas
1 cup oat meal
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup nutella
1 table spoon coca powder

Mix it all well together, and pour over a baking sheet covered with wax baking paper. Bake for around 15 minutes on 350 F, and let cool completely. Once cooled down, you can add a bit of Nutella “icing”on top!( I usually put a spoon in a small zip bag, cut off the top, and then decorate it as if it was a cake!

They are perfect to freeze for later, eat on the go, or wrap up as a little gift. Or even as an easy breakfasts for those busy mornings! And my kids kept asking for more!

nutella-banana granola bars

nutella banana granola bars

nutella banana granola bars

This recipe is for around 10 bars, so I suggest you making a double batch, you’ll thank me later! You can even add chocolate chips, nuts or dried cranberries! Enjoy!

Healthy and easy nutella and banana granola bars

Orange juice for the win

orange juice for the win

As a busy working from home mom, I know very well the struggle of keeping a healthy lifestyle! Some days it’s just so difficult, between the laundry and cleaning and the kids who are always hungry or thirsty, we just tend to give in to these unhealthy habits, am I right?

And with the summer weather approaching, it’s even more difficult than ever to stay on that healthy track, since all of the common summer treats are usually full of added sugar! The struggle is real.

But recently I realized there’s another way. Because some things are as convenient as they are healthy. Florida Orange Juice is a great source of potassium, vitamin C and folate, and contains zero added sugar! So it’s really perfect as the anytime drink.

But what I love the most about it, it’s how the Florida OJ adds amazing taste to my favorite summer treats, without adding any sugar! It’s refreshing and sweet, courtesy of nature’s goodness!

Because during warm weather all that my kids and I really want to snack on, are Popsicles. But truth to be told, the store bought ones contain so much sugar! So I came up with a much better, and yummier way: home made orange Popsicles and Creamsicles made with Florida orange juice!

They are so simple to make, and so much better then what we get at the store! Just have a look at my no fail recipe!

 

 

Orange Creamsicle

1 cup Florida Orange Juice
1 cup coconut milk ( or regular cream)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Mix together, pour in to the Popsicle mold and freeze.

Orange and citrus Popsicle

1 cup Florida Orange Juice
Citruses cut in slices

Place a couple of slices of citrus in the Popsicle mold, our the Florida OJ and freeze.

These Popsicles are my kids all-time favorite! Sweet and refreshing, and without any added sugar!

 

 

And you know what else I do with these orange juice Popsicles? I serve them to my adult guest with some Prosecco! It’s such an amazing adult treat, looks like a hundred bucks, and is made out of the good old Florida OJ! 

Simply make your own orange Popsicles, and once your guests are ready to be served, place the Popsicles in glasses and pour over the Prosecco. Everyone will love it!


Now, who said that summer entertaining needs to be full of sugar? I did? Well, I changed my mind. Because with some good Florida orange juice on hands, we can make our own sunny weather treats that are healthy and without any sugar added. So simple, and so delicious!

Disclosure: this post was brought to you by Florida Department of Citrus, all opinions remain my own.

Embrace the mess

you're not doing it wrong if you feel like your life is a mess, life with kids is messy, and it's fine, here's why.

Motherhood is full of the mess. It’s learning that things don’t go as planned. It’s realizing that the only control in life we have is over our own reactions, and nothing else. It’s realizing that we can’t control our kids or force them to do anything they really don’t want to do. It’s learning to let go. It’s learning what’s really important and what we can live without.

Motherhood is mess. Real life toy mess. Kitchen and laundry mess. Mom hair mess. Dirty diaper mess.

Motherhood is emotional mess. The postpartum tears. The babyhood exhaustion of a mom who haven’t sleep in months. The toddler-hod confusion of a mom facing first tantrums and meltdowns. The mom of a bigger kid realization that there is always something to learn and that it never get’s really easy. That they change, and we can’t tell in which direction it’ll all go.

It’s the mess of our own reactions. Realization where are our patience limits are. Learning to embrace the unplanned.

Motherhood is a mess in relationships. It’s the sadness over loosing contact with friends that are childless and that we see way too rarely.. It’s the relationship with friends who have kids and with whom we can never finish a sentence during a play date. It’s a mess in friendships, that while so so very important, just have to fall after motherhood.

Motherhood is a mess in a couple. The tired days and exhausted evenings. The conversations unfinished, the I know-you-feel-it too-look. All the feelings shared, though not over a romantic weekly date but over a messy kitchen table with whiny kids around.

All that mess. We can’t run from it. And let’s not believe in lies that if only we’ll clean enough, try harder, parent better, self care more, date and just really try, that then all that mess mess will be gone.

embrace the mess

It wont. This is the time of our lives. The time of mess. Let’s embrace it. Lets smile at it. Lets giggle and accept.

This is the time when our emotions are the heaviest but also the fullest.

This is the time when we love our babies and they love us to the moon and back.

This is the time when we need our fiends like never before.

This is the time when we need out couples to stay strong. In that mess, not without it.

Lets just embrace it. The blurry photos where nobody looks at the camera. The never-really-clean-home. The unfinished conversations. The-I know-you-know-look. The tears and loughs.

And remember, if you feel your life is a mess, don’t ever start thinking that you’re doing it wrong!

Through the  mess of early spring mud, the plants and flowers grow, through the mess of everyday life with kids, you’re growing as a mother and they learn to be happy in the present real life!.

There may be simple solutions for keeping a house clean, and meal plan on point, lunches prepared, and laundry all done, kids calm and obeying and self care, couple connection and social life on point. But the reality is that, while it can be done, it can’t be done all at once. And it’s fine.

Kids don’t need to live in a perfectly set life with a perfectly organized mother. They need to see you happy, and they’ll learn what happiness is.

Kids don’t need a perfect surrounding to thrive. They need love and attention. And a happy mom. So don’t beat yourself up for being a mess. Just embrace it. 

Spring looks for less

spring looks for less

Spring is finally here! And for us living in Canada it finally means we can switch those winter boots for a cute pair of peep toes and big furry coats for light bomber jackets!

Though to be honest, fashion was something I disliked since having babies: I didn’t fit in the “perfect body” standards, suddenly I got a muffin top and I had to buy nursing-friendly tops only ( at least I’m over with that part for now!). And I had so many other expenses! So I lost the pleasure in dressing all together.

But since I try to be more mindful in my everyday, I realized I can still find outfits that’ll make me feel good. And that dressing our bodies is also an important part of self-care! So if you too feel stuck, I say start with the little things that’ll make you smile, look for colors that make your soul sing, and accessories that make you want to go out!

So I have partnered with Giant Tiger to bring you two spring looks: for less. Two looks in which I feel ready for spring and happy, and I’m sure you would too!


Le printemps est finalement arrivé! Cela veut dire qu’on peut finalement échanger nos grossses bottes d’hiver pour de mignonnes chaussures de printemps, et remplacer les manteaux chauds par de légers « bomber jackets » à la mode.

Mais il faut que j’avoue, lorsque je suis devenue une maman, j’ai arrêté d’aimer la mode. Mon corps a changé, le ventre a poussé, il a fallu que je porte des hauts pour allaiter ( au moins ça s’est fini!). En plus, avec des enfants il y a tellement d’autres dépenses!

Mais récemment, j’essaie de prendre plus soin de moi et j’ai réalisé que s’habiller joliment a un impact important sur comment je me sens. Et que s’est une partie importante du bien-être général. Alors, si toi aussi tu te sens coincée, commence par de petits détails qui vont te faire sourire, cherche les couleurs qui te rendent heureuse et les accessoires qui donnent le gout de sortir plus! 

Alors, en collaboration avec Tigre Géant, j’ai préparé deux looks printaniers pas chers.  Des agencements dans lesquels je me sens bien et prête pour le printemps!  Et vous le serez aussi!

spring looks for less

spring looks for less

spring looks for less

I just love the details on that blouse! And this long skirt the powder pink shade of the season is the most comfortable and soft piece I have tried in a while! And you just can’t go wrong with florals , pink and a bit of bohemian flair for spring! Also, bomber jackets are the bomb of the spring!(Pun intended!) And Giant Tiger has so many to chose from!


J’aime tellement les détails sur cette chemise! Et cette jupe de couleur rose de saison est la plus confortable et douce que j’ai porté depuis longtemps! En plus, on ne se trompe jamais en combinant motifs fleuris, un peu de rose et une touche bohème. Et le « bomber jacket », c’est la bombe du printemps ( hihi) et Tigre Géant a une belle sélection!

spring looks for less

spring fashion on a budget

Whole outfit: Lili Morgan Brand ( found only at Giant Tiger)

And I love how spring fashion this year is full of bohemian prints and accessories! Be it that white shirt, or these earnings, I’m so happy I could have find so many lovely bohemian options!


Et je dois dire que cette année, j’adore tout simplement comment la mode du printemps est pleine d’inspirations bohème. Quelle chance d’avoir tout ça pour un si petit prix.

spring fashion on a budget

spring looks for less

spring looks for less

And as for this tunic, it’s my new go-to choice! Thanks to that belt, it gives you the illusion of waist, while being most comfortable piece of summer clothing! I’m pretty sure I’ll be wearing it throughout the summer with sleeves rolled up too! And my new favorite: this blue cross body bag! I just love the punch of color ton the strap! And it goes with literally everything!


Parlons maintenant de cette robe tunique! C’est mon passe-partout en ce moment et je suis certaine que je vais la reporter pendant l’été aussi ( en roulant les manches!). Elle est très confortable et parfaite pour toutes les silhouettes! Et aussi: cette bourse, qui je vous jure, marche avec tout tout tout!

spring looks for less

spring looks for less

spring fashion on a budget

Whole outfit: Lily Morgan Brand ( found only at Giant Tiger)

Honestly, I know too well the struggle of dressing that mama-body, and of staying within a budget! But I also know now, that our bodies are the vessels of our souls, and that dressing yourselves in comfortable, and pretty clothes is such an important part of self-care. And when it can be done on a budget, then I call it a win-win!


Tout le look: Collection Lily Morgan, exclusive à Tigre Géant.

Honnêtement, je connais très bien la difficulté de s’habiller après avoir eu des enfants, et à l’intérieur du budget familial. Mais si notre corps est le vaisseau de notre âme, alors s’habiller joliment c’est prendre soin de soi. Et si on peut le faire avec un petit budget, je pense que c’est une vrai victoire. 

Ce post est fait en collaboration avec Tigre Géant. Toutes les opinions sont exclusivement les miennes. 

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Giant Tiger, all opinions remain my own.

 

10 tips to raise self-driven girls

10 tips to raise self driven girls, girls who'll know what they want and how to get it.. while staying kind and open minded. Parenting tips and ideas for every girl mom (or dad)

Recently I’ve met this self-driven, beautiful and successful women, a real girl boss, and while talking to her, she said lowering her voice that she is a feminist. And then she looked around to see if anyone listened. I just smiled and said that she doesn’t need to worry about words around me, because I consider myself as a feminist, and I hope to raise my girls to be feminists too. And I realized, that even if a boss lady from a big city is afraid to use this world, then there’s still so much work to be done.

What does it mean to be or not a feminist, is still a huge discussion. Lots of educated self-driven woman will say they’re not, they’re just strong and believe in right for education and equal pay. Many stay at home mom’s that I know will openly say that they are feminists. Many feminists will say that a woman who doesn’t work isn’t really a feminist, and many SAHM’s will see feminists as arrogant and self centered people.

Recently Emma Watson, a young, self-driven actress and a voice of modern feminism, was criticized for doing a photo shoot that showed her breasts a bit more then she usually does. And she was accused of not being a feminist.. by feminists.. And it just showed how much misconceptions there are out there.

But in the end, aren’t all self-driven women who believe in freedom of choice feminists? Be it engineer, a stay-at-home-mom, or both . If all of them believe girls should have access to education and health services, then I think they are all feminist. So why be scared of this word?

People have these ideas about what a women should be, how should she act and look. And as a mom of two girls, who’ll become woman all too soon, I want them to know that in these discussions, what’s really important is the attitude, that freedom that you give yourself and others. Not an etiquette.

I hope to raise girls who won’t have these misconceptions about other women. About how a woman should look, act and talk in order to be seen as a good / intelligent / feminine / good mother / well raised / feminist enough / liberated / modest enough etc. Who won’t really care about all these etiquette’s and labels. Who won’t listen to others saying what they can and can’t do, but who’ll listen to their own inner voice. I hope to be raising self-driven girls.

I hope they’ll only follow a social code for being kind and open minded people. That they’ll decide for themselves how they should live their life. That they won’t be afraid of a word feminism. Nor strength nor motherhood nor femininity. I hope they’ll grow in to women who won’t judge other woman for being too much: too loud, too opinionated, too timid, too modest, too sexy, too carrier driven, too mommy-like. That they won’t say other woman are not enough: not enough of a feminist, not enough of a mother, not enough of a lady, not enough of a professional. Women who won’t put a tag on other women. Nor on themselves.

raising self-driven girls

So how do I make sure that my daughters will grow in to self driven, non-judgmental kind and open women? Well, of course time will only show if I succeeded, but for now, here’s what I do:

  1. I want them to choose for themselves. Be it putting their food on their plate, choosing their clothes, or crafts ideas, as long as it makes sense and isn’t in conflict with their safety or health, I want them to learn to take their own decisions. Girls who make their own decisions from young age are less likely to believe that that they need to fit in the stereotype in order to have friends or be beach ready. They are also more likely to choose a carer path ( or a motherhood route) in tune with their true feelings and dreams.
  2. I encourage them to (politely) argument why they want or don’t wan’t something. I think that often we tend to teach girls to be polite first and to say what they wan’t second, while we teach boys to stand for themselves first and be polite second. Well I think that kids need both, and that girls need more then ever to stand for themselves and say what they want. Because if ever they choose to be a working professional, nobody will give them a raise just because they waited politely for it to happen.
  3. I try to teach them the difference between an opinion and a judgment. Which means it’s fine to say at home what they like and dislike, but it’s not fine to say that other’s likes and dislikes are stupid or silly. ( Let’s say that this one is a starting point to many sisterly disputes around the table, and that we’are still working on it!).
  4. I try to talk to them about people around us, and their life choices in a way that they can see the ocean of possibilities rather then good and bad paths to follow. I have friends who are working full time and raising kids, I have friends who are full time stay at home moms, I have friends who don’t have kids, and who travel and live alone. Some are vegetarian and some dress in a different way. Some have tattoos and some are a part of a bible study. When we talk about other people I try to always let them know that all choices are good, as long as they come from the heart.
  5. I try to explain to them how everyone has their own perspective, and how we should always think abut how things look from a different point of view. Books and movies are always a great starting point. Imaginative play is another. I’d ask them how would you feel now if you where ( insert : your sister, or cat, your grandma, me, etc..) this exercise may be too difficult for a toddler, but my five year old got pretty good in it.
  6. Get dad involved. Girls who see men tackling house duties are more likely to believe that anyone can do anything.
  7. I let my girls help around, both in the kitchen as with tools ( as much as they can in their age). I hope they’ll be able to see which type of work they prefer ( and if both, then good for them!)
  8. I talk to them about publicity in the media and social stereotypes ( still very present in mainstream TV), even if they are really young. I’d say: look, this is someone who’s trying to sell us something ( and then we’d guess what is it). This isn’t real life. This may not be as good of a product as they say. I want them to be very judgmental when it comes to publicity, as this is where a lot of social messages are hidden, especially regarding how women should look and dress.
  9.  Whatever you do, tell your story to your kids, let them know why you choose to stay at home with them or work, or do both. Read them stories of other women and their different life choices. ( Great book that I’m recently in love in, is: “Bedtime stories for rebel girls” , not that rebellious after all, but very touching with 100 stories of women throughout the history, following their path and their dreams often against all the odds).
  10. And above all, I try to acknowledge their emotions, because I believe that only by letting them express their feelings, and experience kindness and compaction, they’ll learn how to be kind and compassionate themselves. (Within healthy boundaries and limits off-course!).

So for me raising self-driven girls, means raising girls who are kind and strong, sure of what they want and not afraid of social tags. Girls who don’t look at people from above, and who don’t care about stereotypes. Girls who follow their dreams. And who encourage others. Who are feminists. Now, wish me luck in making that happen!

 

 

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