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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.

 

Can you afford a spring adventure?

spring adventure

I believe the beginning of spring is the time for adventure, exploring new places, and leaving the coziness of home. It’s the time for discovering the outdoors once again, enjoying the fresh air, and reconnecting with nature! Except that in Canada, spring comes late and often teases everyone for a couple of weeks with sunshine, and then it snows on repeat. And when you have young, growing kids, spring is also the time to shop for new clothes!

Most of you know I’m very budget-conscious, but what you may not know is that I’m also a sucker for soft cotton and sweet prints. And my kids will wear anything as long as it’s girly, comfortable, and easy for them play and run around in.

So in effort to enjoy the first few spring days, we went to the Montreal Botanical Garden. It was a perfect day for the girls to also try on new dresses from Giant Tiger. The dresses are soft, cute, with fun prints and in my daughter’s favorite colours! And hear me out mamas: for five dollars each! This spring shopping left me with extra money to go out afterwards on a small adventure with my kids! At these very affordable prices I don’t feel like I spent too much on new clothes that now we should just stay home and stop using credit cards!

Je crois que le début du printemps est un bon temps pour partir à l’aventure. C’est le temps pour finalement quitter la maison et redécouvrir les journées de plein-air et de soleil. Mais ici au Canada, le printemps a l’habitude d’être un peu coquin. Il nous donne quelques journées de soleil puis nous surprend avec une dernière tempête de neige!

Et comme les enfants grandissent toujours un peu trop vite, le printemps est aussi l’occasion de magasiner de nouveaux vêtements! Je fais de gros efforts pour être économe, mais je craque toujours pour les designs mignons et les cotons tout doux. Et mes filles, elles aimes tout ce qui est confortable et mignon.

Alors pour avoir une avant-goût du printemps, même ici à Montréal, on a décidé de visiter les serres du Jardin Botanique. C’était une occasion parfaite pour essayer les nouvelles robes printanières de Tigre Géant! Elles sont confortables et adorables. Et en plus, et c’est vraiment génial, elles coutent 5$ chaque!

spring kids fashon

spring kids fashon

spring kids fashon

spring kids fashon

spring adventure

And while some adventures inspire you more than others, the funny thing about kids is that you never know what will strike their imagination the most. Next day, after my daughters ran around the cacti and palm trees in the Botanical Garden, they kept telling me how they loved these big plants. So I made a little cactus colouring page for them, and they ended up spending all morning on it! If you’d like to print it for your kids, you can download a free printable version by clicking here .

Alors, après notre visite au Jardin Botanique, je me suis rendu compte que les enfants sont vraiment imprévisibles. On ne sait jamais ce qui va les marquer et nourrir leur imagination. Eh bien mes filles ont adoré les cactus. Alors je leur ai préparé une page à colorier pleine de cactus (et vous pouvez la sauvegarder et l’imprimer pour vos enfants).

free printable Cactus coloring page

Also, can you tell how happy they were to be wearing new spring dresses? These two sweet and girly dresses are also from Giant Tiger,and for only five dollars each!

Et bien sûr, elles ont voulu porter leur deux autres nouvelles robes Tigre Géant. Voyez-vous combien elles sont contentes de les porter? Et ces robes sont aussi 5$ chacune.

spring kids fashon

spring kids fashon

And if you’d like a little inspiration on how to style them for special occasions, a hair bow and some little girl jewelry would be just enough to transform these cute spring dresses!

Et si vous voulez des suggestions pour savoir comment les porter, je pense qu’une petite boucle, avec un collier pour enfant seraient parfaits pour transformer ces robes de tous les jours en robe d’occasion spéciale.

kids spring fashion

Now, with these prices, everyone can afford a spring adventure! And so, where will you go?

Bref, avec du magasinage à ce prix, tout le monde peut s’offrir une aventure pour le retour du printemps. Et vous, où voulez-vous aller?

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

Feeling better from the inside out

Probiotics for the win

“Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners.”

― William Shakespeare

Centuries have passed and this quote is as accurate as ever before! And in our busy modern lifestyle, being a gardener to our inner garden is one of our biggest daily challenges!
Because while we try to take care of our body and our mind, it’s never really easy to find time for self-care. We may try to exercise and eat healthy, moisture our skin, and nourish our soul. But none of that will really work in our benefit if we forget about our inner garden: our gut and it’s unique bacterial flora. With the processed food surrounding us and with our sterile environment, there’s less and less good bacteria in our diet and in everyday life. And newest research shows that the right bacteria can help us with our digestive health, boost our immunity, our skin, and even mood!

Probiotics for the win

So while each of us has its own highly diverse ecosystem – the intestinal flora – most of us don’t know that we have less diversity in it then we should! And that in order to flourish it needs a balanced biodiversity!

So even though I’m still figuring out the balance of self-care while caring for my crazy little family, I did make some changes that help me feel better. I drink more water starting from the morning. I take try to slow down a bit, and go outside daily. And I start everyday with my probiotic!

Probiotics for the win

Probiotics for the win

Probiotics for the win

Probiotics for the win

Probiotics for the win

And I chose Advanced Gut Health Probiotic 15 billion CFU daily care because they have the highest strain count, targeted delivery and their shelf stable blister pack ( meaning that they don’t need to be refrigerated!) . Also, the friendly bacteria that are in these advanced health probiotic don’t simply add 15 bacterium for the short period of time: they actually allow other depending on them bacteria to flourish! Plus, they are non-gmo, gluten-free, vegan and soy free, so basically everyone can take them!

So now, even when my mornings are always busy and my kids seem to always want something from me (like another chocolate chip muffin, a different color of a cup or a batch of home-made play-dough before breakfast! ) I try to remember about my body and my self-care too. So I teach them to drink water with me, and I take my Advanced Gut Health Probiotic.

Probiotics for the win

If you’d like to try them too, and start to feel better from the inside out, you can find them in your local health food retailer and here online . I’m sure your inner garden will thank you!

Disclaimer: This post was brought to you by Genuine Health, all opinions remain my own.

Everyday moments of happiness

everyday moments of happiness

I believe in the beauty of the simple everyday moments. I really think that instead of searching for happiness far away, sometimes we just need to look around us with gratitude. And while life is full of ups and downs, and my life with young kids is definitively far from picture perfect, our happiness is right here, in the everyday simple moments.

It’s about time spent with family and friends. It’s about nurturing your senses with colors and textures. It’s about choosing the right glass, and changing your mind three times. It’s having a three year old cook-in-training,  following your steps wherever you go, and washing your herbs with the biggest commitment ever seen. My everyday moments of happiness are about simple, real ingredients and discovering new tastes. It’s my afternoon tea with a friend during a play date – while the kids have their tea time with dolls. And it’s listing to their giggles taking over the house.

everyday moments of happiness

everyday moments of happiness

everyday moments of happiness

everyday moments of happiness

everyday moments of happiness

And this Pure Leaf Peach Tea is perfect for those exact moments. It’s a bit sweet but not too sweet. It’s peachy and refreshing. Made from simple ingredients, and brewed with real tea leaves. And it’s finally available in the large 1.75 L bottle, perfect to share with friends and family!  And If you ask me, I think it’s simply amazing served with some fresh mint and mixed berries!

All you need to make it at home is;

– Peach Pure Leaf Tea

– Fresh mint

– Frozen mixed berries

Wash mint leaves, place frozen berries, mint and ice cubes in the glass, and pour over the Pure Leaf Peach tea. And share it with a friend or two!

everyday moments of happiness

So next time when you’ll feel like all you do is rush and stress, try slowing down a little, remind yourself what is it that you’re grateful for today, and have some tea. I’m sure you’ll feel better and happier right away!

Disclaimer: this post was brought to you by Pure Leaf, all opinions remain my own.

Valentine’s day ideas that you can really make with your kids

Valentine's day ideas that you can really make with your kids: toddlers and preschoolers! Easy a valentine,s card tutorial and other doable ideas! ,

Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and it means that Pinterest is flooded with cute and perfect ideas to keep everyone occupied! If you’re single, you might be organizing a Galentine party, if you’re dating it’s time for a super romantic get-together, and if you’re a mom it means that you’ll be cutting out heart-shaped sandwiches, filling in your kids cards and baking complicated desserts all nigh long!

Or, we can just take it easy.

So while I really want my kids to feel special, and to enjoy the change of the seasons with their distinctive holidays, I thing it’s important to plan activities that they can actually make on their own!

And so these here, are three doable, easy and fun ideas that you can really make at home with toddlers and preschoolers alike:

1. Easy DIY Valentine’s day card

2. Home made Valentine’s day play-dough hearts

3. Simple Valentines day brownie bites

We have actually made all of these more than once, and here is how:

The DIY Valentine’s day card:

Every year we make our own cards (you can see the evolution of our ideas here and here!) This one is equally simple as fun, it leaves space inside for some sweet wishes (or scribbles!) and can be made with pre-cut by mom pieces, or made from start to finish by a bigger kid.

What you’ll need:

– Black pink and purple crafting paper
– Scissors and glue
– Glitter

Cut two long rectangles out of the black crafting paper, and fold them in two, so you have two little square booklets. Cut out 2 different sizes of hearts in two different colors ( I suggest purple and pink) and leave the smaller cut out paper aside (to glue it inside of the card) Let your bigger kid cut hearts out, and prepare it all for the toddler. Glue the bigger heart on the first page, then glue the smaller one on top and decorate with glitter. Inside glue the cut out rectangle with a heart-shaped hole, and write in your wishes on the empty side! ( Or let your toddler scribble something they think looks like a sweet note!) Here’s how my daughters did it:

Valentines days ideas to do with kids, that they can actually make alone!

Valentine's day ideas : easy DIY card that your kids can really make!

Valentine's day ideas

Valentine's day ideas

Valentine’s day home-made play dough:

This is the activity that Lili wants to make every year! Some years we would just play with it as with any other play dough. And some years we would make garlands. Here’s the recipe for my simple salt dough, perfect for cutting out hearts!

And here’s what we did this year: a dough without salt, so it would feel more like a real baking dough, and we pretended to be baking pink cakes for dolls with it!

Play dough that feels like a real dough:

– 1 cup flour
– 1 cup cornstarch
– 1/4 cup warm water
– 1/4 cup oil
– pink food colorant ( or some beet juice)

Mix it all well, if the dough is too sticky, add flour, if it’s too dry, add water and oil. For more sensory fun, you can add some dry pasta like we did!

Valentine's day ideas

easy Valentine's day craft ideas for kids

Valentine's day ideas

This dough keeps well in the fridge for 2 -3 days. Lili wanted to make some hearts and give them as her tokens of love, so we made these and baked just as you would bake any other cookie.

Valentine’s day brownie bites with cream cheese frosting:

Now this is so yummy and looks so festive, while being really simple.
Of course I encourage you to make your own brownies ( you can even find an amazing healthy version here) but you can also use a brownie box mix just like we did!

easy Valentine's day ideas that you can acctuale make: like these cute brownie bites!

What you’ll need:

– baked brownies
– heart shaped cookie cutters
– 1 cup cream cheese
– 1/2 cup icing sugar
– pink food colorant (or beet juice!)

Bake your brownies. Wait a bit until they cool down, and cut out hearts: we found that in order for them not to break it’s best to cut out bigger rectangular pieces, and then cut out the hearts:

Valentine's day ideas

Valentine's day ideas for kids activities

Now prepare your cheese cream frosting ( combine everything in a kitchen-aid mixer and mix well for around a minute) and decorate your brownie bites!

simple valentine's day dessert: brownie bites with cream cheese frosting!

easy to make Valentine's day brownie bites with cheese cream frosting!

Wishing you all a lovely and uncomplicated Valentine’s day!

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