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Crisp air adventures with kids

beach adventures

I believe that childhood is for exploring the world, enjoying the outside and breathing in fresh air, whenever it’s possible. And in our Canadian climate this means embracing the cooler weather more often and making the most of it! And so crisp air adventures are what we usually do! 

This summer, me and my family have decided to finally visit the Gaspe peninsula, with it’s wild and beautiful shores and intact beaches. The weather there is like fall weather in other places: crisp fresh air, cold nights and lots of wind! But we loved the trip, and it has inspired me to share with you my ideas to enjoy the nature  even when the warm weather is coming to an end! It was also the great opportunity to teach kids about the beach ecosystem, use their imagination and simply recharge and re-connect with nature and each other. 

Because I think that you don’t always need hot weather to enjoy the outdoors, nature and the beach, nor lot’s of plastic toys.  ( I grew up in Poland, where the Baltic sea isn’t always the warmest, and yet I have lot’s of beautiful memories of the days spent at the cloudy shore!)

Also, research conducted by Nature Valley shows that  playing in the natural environment stimulates children creativity and problem-solving skills and makes people feel more relaxed and less stressed in general, while bringing a break from the pressures in their daily lives! So it’s not surprising to find that  fifty-five percent of surveyed Canadians say that nature is “relaxing” and 46 per cent said it clears their mind! Plus, children are never too young to develop an appreciation for nature: research has shown that the children exposed to outdoors  early in life will learn to love and respect nature for a lifetime!

beach with kids

end of summer

end of summer

So here are some games that I love playing with my kids during the cooler weather beach adventures:

 

  1. Ready, set, go: find the sea elements on the beach: tell your kids to find as many items that come from the sea as possible. It can be seashells, ,sea rocks, sea weeds or crab shells. ( If you’re in the national park remember to leave them where they are afterwords and explain to your kids the importance of not disturbing the ecosystem. ) So Rose found crab shelves and Lili was busy looking for seashells and colorful rocks, that the shore was full of!
  2. Look at the clouds and tell their names. Is it Cirrus, Cumulus or Stratus? Do you know them all? If your for kids are younger tell them to say what animal shape they see. So my girls where looking at the clouds and telling me stories about cloud creatures that they saw, and animal shaped clouds that they spotted.
  3. Dig in the sand until you reach the humid sand. Build a castle after. This one is definitely a favorite of my daughters, they love digging in the sand and playing with it, even without all the toys!
  4. Run as fast as you can, and let’s see if I can catch you! Sometimes playing tag on the beach is all we need!

end of summer with kids

end of summer nature adventures

And what I love the most, is listening to the sea and the waves. Unfortunately my kids can’t really stay still for this one!

Really, end of summer doesn’t need to be an end to beach adventures! Next time when you’re on the beach, and the weather seems to be playing games with you, don’t get upset, put on an extra layer of warm clothes, and just go and make the best of it! Who knows maybe your kids will remember this adventure much more than any day spent on splashing in the waves!

end of summer

Disclosure : this post was brought to you by Nature Valley, all opinions remain my own.

 

Why you need a ballerina skirt

Ballerina skirt

Since I became a mom I changed my outlook on a lot of things including my body. I understood how truly a amazing our bodied are, and how unimportant are the societies standards of beauty. It took me awhile, but I finally realized that instead of trying to fit my body in to a mold of cultural unrealistic standards, I just need to love it and embrace it as it is. And dress it with pleasure and creativity without thinking much of how it could be dressed once looking thinner or younger.

That’s why I decided to share more fashion ideas with you, since I believe we all need to see more real life woman having fun with fashion, embracing their bodies and dressing in whatever makes them happy! And less photoshopped unrealistic images showing us how we should look, am I right?!

So today I want to share with you my new must have- a tulle ballerina skirt! Seriously, its a wardrobe staple, comfortable, fluffy, embracing these mom-hips and a muffin top- and cute and flirty for any outing or date night.

Here I styled mine with a soft button down shirt in white and blue stripes and pretty nude block heel with a simple toe strap and just a little bit of sparkle! And a little pink crossover purse, because pink on pink is always a win!

And when I’m out brunching, I like to wear it with flat sandals and a simple white tee, or snickers and a black tee. Seriously, just any tee and this skirt, and I feel like I can conquer the world!

Ballerina skirt

Ballerina skirt

Next time when you’re out shopping, and you’re not quite sure what to buy for the evening out with friends, try a tulle skirt! You’ll love how comfortable and versatile it is!

Ballerina skirt

Shopping for the right swimwear

Shopping for the right swimwear

Summer beach days are what I live for and what gives me energy for the ordinary days. Kids playing happily in the sand and splashing by the shore, the calming sound of waves and the sand in my toes are all that I dream about during the long winter months!

Nevertheless, I used to dread shopping for swimming suits. Even before I had kids I never felt comfortable in the bikini, and then post-kids I was dreading showing off my body even more! And now, even though I feel confident as a mom, rocking this mom-bod of mine, I feel that most brands offer either overly sexy for my taste swimming suits, or if I finally do like the design ( and I don’t feel like I’m naked wearing a swimming suit)  they are as expensive as a winter coat!

summer beach essentials

And the same thing goes for kids swim wear: I find them usually way too expensive and a lot of times a bit inappropriate for little girls. Because frankly, I want my daughters to look like kids that they are, and not like flirty teens in their swim wear!

But this summer I found a place where I got this super cute one-piece for me, for a fabulous price of 20$ ,the cutest beach hat and the sweetest two pieces for my girls: for 10$ each! Giant Tiger had so many great choices, including bikinis, tankinis, and all the accessories, all in great prices! All of the summer beach essentials that I was looking for: the swimming suits for both me and my girls, the sun hat, the sun screen and the beach toys: all was there and all very affordable.

summer beach essentials

So you can imagine how much fun it was to enjoy the beach while feeling comfortable and without thinking about spending a small fortune on swim wear! Not to mention Lili’s content of finding a swimming suit with her favourite Peppa Pig character!

And Rose, well she have chosen her swimming suit in all-the-colours, because when I asked her what is her favourite colour or character, she said it’s the rainbow!

 

Shopping for the right swimwear

summer beach essentials

summer beach essentials

summer beach essentials

So next time when you’ll feel overwhelmed with summer beach shopping, be it kids swim wear, a pretty tankini , beach toys or beach accessories, I really suggest you to go and visit your local Giant Tiger! You’ll be surprised with all that you can find there! 

Shopping for the right swimwear

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

 

 

Best home made body scrubs

home made body scrubs

If there’s one thing that I do every year in the beginning of summer, in order to prepare myself for the beach season, is making home made body scrubs. Since I believe every body is a beach body, I think that all we really need in order to feel good at the beach is a positive body image. And maybe a pretty swimming suit and smooth skin! Or at least I know that my post-long-winter and after-cold-spring skin, loves body these scrubs! And because these home made body scrubs are made from natural ingredients, they  leave skin smooth, exfoliated and nourished!

And I’m sure that you already have all the ingredients in your pantry!

home made body scrubs

So here’s the fist body scrub that I love making: Coffee and Vanilla sugar scrub! If you’re a coffee lover like I am then you’ll love it too! Because self care and coffee go hand in hand right?

Here’s what you need:

  • 3 tablespoons of  coffee grounds
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

Mix coffee grounds and brown sugar. Add coconut oil and in the end add vanilla essence. Mix it all together until really smooth. Pour in a small jar and use within 3 days ( best to keep it in the fridge until use) or make some more and offer as a gift!

home made body scrubs

home made body scrubs

home made body scrubs

Second body scrub that I love making is this Green Tea Body Scrub. Smells so good and exfoliates like nothing else!

All you need:

  • 1 cup of green tea
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil

Mix it all together until smooth. You can keep it for one to two weeks. No need for refrigerating this one, as its more of a dry scrub.

home made body scrubs

home made body scrubs

home made body scrubs

home made body scrubs

So if you haven’t yet tried making your own body scrubs, and are still paying for the super expensive body scrubs, please give these a try! You’ll see how much softer your sin will feel not to mention the money you’ll save!

 

One trick that makes travel with kids easier

If you have been following me for a while then you know that I love travelling with my kids. Just this year we went together to Cuba, Poland and lastly on a week of a road trip around the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec. And while I’m the first to admit that it’s not always easy, I really believe that traveling with kids is like deposing coins of happiness into their inner bank of memories! I think that nothing really can replace the bonding that happens while we travel as a family. And I’m convinced that nothing can grow their curiosity more than exploring new places and trying new foods. Not to mention how it can open their minds on new cultures just by seeing all the different ways in which people live around the world.

One trick that makes travel with kids easier

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But being honest, regardless of all the benefits of travel, the transfer part from place A to place B with kids is always the one that’s most complicated, and the one I used to dread the most. And what I really used to hate was caring big car seats with me all the time, like this last time in Poland! I had to carry car seats with me everywhere! It was so tiring.  And then there where times when we couldn’t go somewhere only because we didn’t have that big car seat with us. Not to mention the frustration of trying to install the car seat in the new car. I’m sure you’ve been there too!

One trick to make travel with ids easier

So you can only imagine my excitement when I discovered the Mifold booster seat at my local Canadian Tire! It’s small and foldable, fits in my purse or in my daughters little backpack, takes minutes to install, and makes travel and changing cars a breeze!

My five-year old Lili learned pretty quickly how to attach herself, and if you’ll look at her sitting next to her sister in the car, then you’ll see the real difference in space that this seat makes in the car!

how to travel easier with kids

One trick to make travel with kids easier

One trick to make travel with kids easier

easier travel

So on our recent trip to Gaspesie, Lili was in charge of her car seat, and she could easily switch from our car to her grandparents car, and travel with whomever she felt like that day!

And I just love this car seat for how it facilitated our travel! Not to mention that it’s safe, practical, and can be used by the kids of age four and up. So as you can imagine, I’m already planning more family adventures for us this summer!

One trick that makes travel with kids easier

One trick that makes travel with kids easier

Disclosure: this post was brought to you by Canadian Tire, all opinions remain my own.

How to deal with dry summer skin

how to deal with dry summer skin

Summer is the time of days spent in the sun and on the beach, constant exposure to wind, sand and light. And not surprisingly, I find that mine, and my kids skin is as dry if not drier during the summer months as during the winter! On top of our regular, super sensitive, and slightly eczemic skin problems, summer brings us sun burn and bug bites irritation! And while it’s easy to get overwhelmed and then go and buy a ton of disappointing products, there’s also a simpler way to deal with this.

Hydration, protection and nourishment, starts before we even go out in the sun, and can be a part of a daily routine. I discovered the benefits of the La Roche-Posay thermal spring water and now I can’t live without it.

So here’s a couple of things that have helped my family to protect our skin during the sunny months:

  1. For every coffee I drink throughout the day, I try to drink ant least 2 glasses of water
  2. I use daily the La Roche-Posay thermal spring water
  3. After every bath / shower we all nourish our skin with the Lipkar lait.
  4. We try to avoid full sun and stick to the shade
  5. We never forget our sunscreen

So me, I discovered the La Roche-Posay thermal spring water spray. It makes me feel fresh on the hot days, hydrated and happy in my skin. It naturally soothes dry skin, so it’s really a perfect match of me!

how to deal with dry summer skin

how to deal with dry summer skin

how to deal with dry summer skin

And my daughters, they have discovered the Lipikar lait – which means milk in French: the super nourishing and protecting milk for your skin. It’s made with thermal spring water, Shea butter, cold cream and niacinamide, and thanks to its light milky texture, it soothes, repairs and protects even the most sensitive baby skin! 

And you need to see the to believe how much my daughters love creaming each other, and how seriously they take their skin care!

how to deal with dry kids skin

how to deal with dry kids skin

how to deal with dry kids skin

So while these summer months can be tough on our skin, I believe that with the right protection, they don’t have to be! 

This post was brought to you by La Roche-Posay, all opinions remain my own.

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