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Kicking off the holiday season

must try party

Cheers to the holidays! My favourite season is finally here, and this means hosting, gathering and entertaining! Also, all the yummy food, sparkly dresses and Christmas music!

Though truth to be told, I haven’t been hosting much since we had our second daughter.. and she is four years old now.. You’re wondering why? Well, cooking for a big group of people, while trying to survive in a chaos af the everyday life- as a mother, is just simply terrifying. Not to mention one tiny problem: time. Preparing a nice party for friends, with kids around, basically means that either you ship your kids to grandparents for the day, or you end up ordering food. At least, this is what I used to think.

Until last week, when I hosted the Must Try Party, and with my friends we have discovered the new President’s Choice Insider Collection: simply perfect for entertaining and parties! I have set a table full of food: from delicious gnocchi to mini empanadas, with cheese and meat platters, hot shrimp and scallops gratin and the best bacon in my life: and it took me 30 minutes to prepare! Now that’s a stress free entertaining!

must try party

must try party

must try party

must try party

First, meat lovers rejoice! I have tried hands down the best bacon in my life: Honey and sea salt naturally smoked bacon, and even if I would like to be vegan, after trying this I just can’t. My husband loved the hardwood smoked chicken wings and my friends were obsessed with the Splendido Antipasto Misto– aka the perfect meat platter with mild Genoa salami,Coppa di Parma and  prosciutto.

We have also tried the best smoked flavoured cheddar cheese ever! And the aged 5 years Canadian cheddar was my hubby’s favourite.

Also, if you ever wondered if you should spend an hour on cutting fruit for your perfect cheese and meat platter, then I’ll give you an easier solution: just add some Pomegranate Arils! In a bowl, pomegranate looks beautiful and is a great addition to cold meats and cheese! Not to mention that any drink, even a simple sparkling water,  will look so much more festive with a bit of Pomegranate in it!

must try party

must try party

One of the things I used to do pre-kids, was preparing finger foods for my guest. It would take me all afternoon, and it used to be what I liked to munch on the most too. I can’t imagine spending all afternoon working on hors d’oeuvre now to be honest! Not with kids running around! Soo these Asian Hors D’oeuvres and the Chicken Empanadas from the Insiders Collection have really made me so happy; they were exactly what my guests loved,  full of taste and the best part is they are ready to serve.

The only thing I did prepare, was serving this Oak Smoked Scottish Atlantic Salmon on some crackers with cream cheese. So simple, and seriously, so delicious! Also, we tried the Sweet & Heat Popcorn, and I must say, it’s loaded with flavour!must try party

must try party

must try party

And if you have noticed my pretty new cristal glasses, well they are also from the Insiders Collection! They would be perfect for serving wine ( there are two sizes in the package- one for white wine and one for red) though I think they make my water look pretty fancy too!

must try party

must try party

The best part of my party was realizing that I can invite friends over this Holiday season and we can eat great food and no, I don’t have to spend all day stressed in the kitchen in order to prepare it. Because with all the choices in the Insiders Collection, hosting is really made easy. And for a foodie like me, this is really great news!

Disclosure: this post was brought to you by President’s Choice, all opinions remain entirely my own.

Pink coat three ways

Pink coat three ways

Style after kids is like a circus spectacle; a lot od balancing and a lot of behind the scenes effort. Because while spending lots of time on self-care before kids was what used to be natural, life with kids means that you have approximately 10 minutes to take a shower, do your hair and makeup, plan your outfit and get dressed before someone comes in crying. And usually it’s actually 5 minutes.

So having a throw-on stylish piece, a finishing touch that can transform any look in to a put together outfit is what makes mom life so much easier. And more stylish.

So for the colder months, this one simple piece in my wardrobe is a pink coat. Now, last year, when I first saw pink coats in magazines I wasn’t really sure if they are practical enough for my busy life But I was wrong. They are as practical as a pretty bright lipstick taking the attention away from the dark circles and the less then perfect manicure!

It goes great with dresses and jeans, and even if I don’t have time do my hair ( that is most of the time) it still helps me look put together.

 

 

Pink coat three ways

So my first way of wearing it is with mid length dark dresses and sparkly flats. I especially love how dark green looks with this candy pink!

My second go to look now, is sneakers, pale jeans and a cream flowy shirt finished by the pink coat of course.

Pink coat three ways

And then there is also the pink on pink look: with the pink pleated skirt, white shirt, pink little purse, and the pink coat!

Pink coat three ways

Of course we will see if our Canadian winter will be warm enough for me to keep on wearing this favourite pink coat of mine! Becasue if not, then I need to find a big pink puffy parka asap!

Photos by Kristeena from Motherhood in Stilettos

Cold weather must haves that won’t break the bank

“Welcome, winter your late dawns and chilled breath make me lazy, but I love you nonetheless” Terri Guillemets

Cold weather must haves that wont breake the bank

With cold weather just around the corner it’s time to bundle up, cozy up and refresh that winter wardrobe. And it I belive it doesn’t need to be expensive nor complicated!

Now, I find that shopping for kids clothes is especially hard, because finding cute pieces that don’t break the bank is close to impossible these days! Everything seems to be so expensive, right?! And with more than one child at home the change of seasons can be really expensive!

That’s why I was so exited to discover the all new Giant Tiger Store in Greenfield Village, with their amazing kids section! Though I must admit I have passed more than once through the home section and of course woman fashion finds!

I’ve seen so many cute and cosy finds for kids, and I couldn’t help myself and got on a quite of a shopping spree; but without spending too much!

So first, I got this cute and warm mermaid tail blanket for my Lili, for only 16$, that she’s totally obsessed with! And then I got the sweetest, softest blouse and leggings bear set for my Rose, that she want’s to wear everyday now!

Cold weather must haves that wont breake the bank

Cold weather must haves that wont breake the bank

And of course, I’m a sucker for cozy and warm sweaters, so when I fund this super soft gray one, and for that amazing price, I knew I had to get it! I love how I can style it with jeans or with a dress! And can you belive it was only 20$? It looks like a sweater form one of the expensive stores, don’t you think?

Cold weather must haves that wont breake the bank

And then in the home section I found this scented candle and I almost brough home new drapes and throws ( but I have so many that they don’t fit in my closets anymore.. But if you need new drapes, check them out here !).  The Coconut Cream candle smells amazing, and is so perfect for the cold days ahead! Makes me feel so cozy at home now.

Cold weather must haves that wont breake the bank

Cold weather must haves that wont breake the bank

So, if you’re thinking that updating your and your kids winter wardrobe is complicated, and if you think it has to be expensive, then think twice! because you can get it all, plus some cute finds for your home, in one of the Giant Tiger Stores near you and without breaking the bank!

disclosure: this post was brought to you by Giant Tiger Store, all opinions remain entirely my own.

 

How I fight eczema

Be good to your skin, as it’s the only thing that you’ll wear every day for the rest of your life.

tips and tricks ro fight eczema in kids and adults!

Since I was a teen I struggled with eczema breakouts: sometimes it would start in the fall, after a cold and windy day outside without mittens, and sometimes it would happen after me rushing in the kitchen and not drying my hands correctly. I learned to live with it, though it’s always painful and unpleasant. Now I see that my daughters, have eczema-prone skin too. And when winter comes, it somehow always gets even worse. Sometimes I’d discover my Lili scratching herself so much, she’d bled a little, and my mama heart would break in to thousand pieces seeing it.

So I was looking for products to help us cope with eczema for a while now. And  La Roche- Posay is by far my top pick when it comes to keeping our skin nourished and eczema-free. Though for my Lili, breakouts still happen sometimes. Telling her not to scratch really doesn’t work. And we all know that scratching when you have an eczema breakout makes it worse, and causes even more skin inflammation!

That’s why I’m really exited bout this new Lipikar Stick AP+ , as it’s a great solution to break the scratching reflex, while simultaneously hydrating and soothing the skin! It gives an immediate feeling of relief and it substitutes the scratching gesture.

tips and tricks ro fight eczema in kids and adults!

So now, I want to teach a new gesture to Lili and Rose. Instead of scratching their skin, I remind them to apply this Lipikar Stick AP+ on it, and honestly it works great! It’s really super practical: small enough to be brought anywhere and most of all, small enough to be used by my kids. So whenever we are out and about doing errands, playing in the park or at home snuggling and reading in bed, it’s always easy for them to stop scratching and use that little stick instead!

tips and tricks to fight eczema in kids and adults!

 

And I really love how these products are safe for both me and my girls, and how efficient they are in fighting our eczema problem! Not to mention that they are hypoallergenic, fragrance free and paraben free!

And so our daily routine consists now of washing our skin with the washing cream Lipikar Syndet AP+, followed by the Lipikar Balm AP+  after bath, and of course the Lipkar Stick AP+ every time during the day my girls feel like scratching.

I already feel that this new winter routine has helped with how our skin looks and feels, and in consequence with how we feel in our own skin, and how we feel in general!

tips and tricks to fight eczema in kids and adults!

tips and tricks to fight eczema in kids and adults!

Disclosure: this post was brought to you by La Roche- Posay, all opinion remain entirely my own.

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

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