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Why your kids will love Cars 3

why your kids will love the new Cars 3

I always wanted to raise girls who are equally girly and tomboyish, girls who’d love Princess as much as they’d love Cars. Girls who are strong, courageous and who would never believe that girls don’t do certain things. And I really think that it’s all about what we encourage our kids to play with and what books and stories we expose them to. So you can imagine my excitement when we got invited to see the new Disney Pixar Cars 3 premiere, since this is exactly the type of story that empowers all kids to believe in themselves and in their dreams!

Before we got to see the movie premiere we visited our local Canadian Tire to see the real Lightning McQueen on his road trip across Canada! Now that really got my girls all excited for the movie! There was the life-size Lightning McQueen to make photos with, crafts we got to take home with us and little racing cars to play with.

why your kids will love the new Cars 3

why your kids will love the new Cars 3

why your kids will love the new Cars 3

You can still catch him in Halifax, or just go and visit your local Canadian Tire store and get something for your little fan! There is everything you can imagine, from toys to bikes and water fun, everything featuring the Lightning McQueen and his friends! I was so impressed by the choice they had! And of course my girls wanted it all!

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And so when we got to see the movie premiere Lili and Rose just couldn’t contain their excitement! They loved the movie and laughed a ton. And I was really happy to see strong feminine characters that my daughters could relate with! Because if they can see feminine characters doing tough and amazing things, they can imagine and dream doing them too one day!

And then first thing in the morning, with their pjs still on, Lili decided to draw for Rose Lightning McQueen and his friend Cruz Ramirez. And they didn’t stop talking about the movie ever since!

why your kids will love the new Cars 3

This post was brought to you by Canadian Tire, all opinions remain my own.

10 reasons to travel to Lower Silesia

10 reasons to visit Lower Silesia in Poland and why it's the perfect family vacation destination in Europe

While travelling with young kids isn’t for the weak of heart, it’s so worth it! Even if they might sleep bad and whine half of the time, the bonding that happens while out of the everyday routine is priceless!

And I deeply believe that traveling with kids is like deposing coins in their own bank of happiness!

Why you should visit Lower Silesia in Poland10 reasons to visit Lower Silesia with kids

10 reasons to travel to Lower Silesia

So this year I decided to take my girls to come and visit my home city, where I was born and raised, Wroclaw, in the region of Lower Silesia, in Poland. I seen it with a fresh perspective, and have visited it as a tourist with kids would. And here are my top ten reasons why you too should travel to this beautiful region, with kids

1.Kid friendly restaurants and coffee shops: One of the first things that I noticed upon arrival was the quantity of restaurants and pretty coffee shops with dedicated kids corners and changing stations. My girls would sit and play while I had my meal in peace! Almost every place we visited had a little corner full of toys and books! This alone makes vacation with kids so much easier!

2. Old city centre- AKA the Rynek; it’s the place of all the restos, coffee places, ice cream and lovely streets full of pretty stores. In the summer, it’s often filled with music, giant bubbles that kids can play with, fountains on every corner and street artists. Cars aren’t allowed there, so kids can run safely and parents an really relax!

Lower Silesia

reasons to visit Lower Silesia

3. Easy transport: If you’d stay in a hotel in the city centre then you can either walk everywhere, or take the public transport. Wroclaw has lots of pretty tramways and new low buses, so even with a stroller you can easily get everywhere. It’s very affordable, and kids travel for free! And since the public transport is much more developed there then here in Montreal, we never waited longer then 5 minutes on a tram stop!

4. Amazing ice cream! Forget the Italian gelato, and try the all natural, organic Polish ice cream! You can find them all around the city, and my favourite where the sweet cream and the lemon with parsley. So good, I already miss them!

5.The gnome hunt around the city: Wroclaw is know for it’s gnomes, and you can find over 100 of them around the old city centre: some are alone, some in couples, some eat pierogi and some play on instruments! My daughters loved running around Rynek and looking for them!

6.Fairy tale like castles surrounding Wroclaw, in Lower Silesia, like the picturesque Ksiaz castle, located only 40 min drive outside of Wroclaw!

Visit Lower Silesia10 reasons to travel to Lower Silesia10 reasons to travel to Lower Silesia

reasons to visit Lower Silesia

7.Lots of parks and green spaces: everywhere we went, there was a fun park to stop by, and play.

8.Food truck festival and seasonal Markets: In the Rynek, during the winter and summer there’s a lovely market where you can buy authentic food and artisanal objects, and at the end of May we had a chance to visit a food truck market!

9. Great food that kids love: from all sorts of pierogi’s ( you need to try the strawberry pierogi!)  to polish gnocchi ( kluski) and soup served in bread, Polish food is particularly kid friendly! I was so happy to see my girls devouring every meal!

10. Activities for kids: We visited the impressive Zoo, and the huge park ( that looks like a forest) around the Hala Targowa ( don’t miss the huge fountain spectacle!). Unfortunately we didn’t have time to go on a boat ride around the city, nor to viit the Hydropoils museum, but for sure we’ll do this next time!

Visit Lower Silesia

Also, last but not the least, Wroclaw is the night life city of the region, with countless bars and clubs, and the food scene is particularly strong, with the big popularity of fresh and organic based meals. Plus, everyone speaks English! No wander it’s a weekend travel destination for many Europeans looking for a fun and colorful place to visit!

reasons to visit Lower Silesia

reasons to visit Lower Silesia

So, next time you’re planing a trip to Europe, don’t miss the Lower Silesia region of Poland, as I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do! 

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.

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.

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.

 

Family-bonding board game

Let me start from the beginning, and explain why this board game is actually a bonding family game and why it’s so special for me and my family.

So two weeks ago, I’ve learned that an average Canadian family spends a total of 14% of their time at home together! Now if you think about it, it’s really not a lot! So Leon’s have conducted a social experiment, and have helped one family track their family time, with Project Smart Furniture! They have got a sofa, that was tracking all family members time spent together! My girls were very intrigued with it, and honestly it got me thinking a lot too.

printable family board game

So first, I really encourage you to watch this video! It’s fascinating how it all worked out! And secondly, I think I have found a solution! I was really trying to think about a way to get a families together more, and it hit me: by playing more together!

Of course, any type of game that makes you spend time together as a family is good, but imagine a game that lets the family bond? That gives everyone an opportunity to talk about how they feel and how they see other family members. And what they love about each and every one. A game that leaves everyone with that felling-good emotion, when you look around and think, yes, this is my place, and these are my people. A game that let’s kid see how parents see them, and parents see how their kids describe them. A game that makes everyone listen when others speak.

So as you know, I studied psychology, and one of my favorite things was group therapy sessions. So this game is based on that principle of a group bonding session.

But what kids will see, is a dice and roll board game, where the winner get’s a doughnut! A game with cute tokens and a Popsicle for the person loosing his tour.

family bonding board game

So here’s what you need:

  • Download and print “Donut you want to win” game. I suggest using thick paper, so the game can last longer!
  • Use duck tape to glue the pages of the board game together. ( If you’d like to make it prettier and thicker, print the last page 2 more times, and glue them at the back of the board game page)
  • Cut out the question cards ( again, if you want them thinker, print the last page 4 more times, and glue it in together with the question page, wait until it dries, and then cut out the questions)
  • Pick out the tokens you like, and cut them out
  • Cut out the doughnut and the Popsicle , and glue them together.
  • Let your kids help you with all the steps!

Free printable board game , a family bonding game!

Family bonding board game

family bonding board game

Family bonding board game

family bonding board game

Now, It’s time to play! Grab the page with rules, and read them aloud. Let everyone choose their token. Prepare a dice. Place the cards on the board, and the doughnut and the Popsicle on their spots. Have fun!

family bonding board game

family bonding board game

family bonding board game

family bonding board game

family bonding board game

family bonding board game

You can add your own questions if you wish! And of-course, helping each other is encouraged!

Seeing my family bonding together, my kids laughing at my hubby’s imitations, and my daughters making up songs about us, makes my heart so happy and full. I hope you’ll feel the same after playing with your family! And it’s funny how it all started with Project Smart Furniture!

 

disclosure: This post was brought to you by Leon’s, all opinions remain my own.

 

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