Refresh Market

Refresh Market in Squamish

The vintage, handmade & pop-up Refresh Market is coming back to Squamish on April 25th at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park, from 10am – 5pm. This family-friendly event showcases over 70 handpicked vendors from the Sea to Sky area, and offers a wide range of new, handmade and vintage clothing, accessories, home decor, children’s items and more.

 

The Lie of the Work-Life Balance when Starting a New Business

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Female entrepreneurs everywhere are bombarded with PR-friendly messages like “Create the life you want – on your terms!” and “Thrive in work AND in life”. The promises of creating your own work hours, growing a business with joy and creativity, and achieving a healthy and happy work-life balance encourages women everywhere to quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs. One thing all of these messages forget to remind us is that all this is possible – with a shitload of hard work.

There seems to be this common misconception that “working for yourself” means that you  set aside a few hours each day to work on “your business” and the remaining hours are filled with blissful pleasures like spending time with your family, enjoying an impromptu  yoga class, and taking long hikes in the woods. I’ve recently been met with raised eyebrows from friends and acquaintances who are surprised when I don’t have time for them or other commitments.

I’ve been saying “No” more often but only because every “Yes” has been given to my new business venture. My priorities are business first, pleasure second – and that’s that. There’s no way around it right now, and sometimes it’s because I’m on a roll and have a million ideas and thoughts that need to be put to work right away – and other times it’s because I’m so overwhelmed by everything and am struggling to catch up with the all-encompassing to-do list that comes along with birthing a new business.

I’ve been given a lot of advice lately. A LOT. Most of it comes from a good place. Most of it comes from women. And most of it tries to guilt me into stepping back from my business endeavours to focus on my family, my home, and my husband (who I also don’t see because he’s helping me as much as he can after his own work hours). I get where these women are coming from, and I know that they mean well – I promise, I do!

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$30 Starbucks Giveaway

$30 Starbucks GiveawaySpring is in the air, and while we’ve had a wonderfully mild winter here on the West Coast, I know my family and friends back on the East are thrilled to see some warmer weather! I found that beautiful spring Starbucks cup design on behance, isn’t it lovely? Here’s a great $30 Starbucks giveaway to enter, along with over thirty other giveaways in the blog hop below!

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World Ski & Snowboard Festival 2015

World Ski & Snowboard Festival in Whistler

Starting April 10th – 19th, Whistler welcomes the World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) to its’ village, which is the largest annual winter sports and music festival in North America! It’s 10 days and nights of non-stop sports, art, and music, for the whole family to enjoy!

The festival kicks off with the World Skiing Invitational which features slopestyle and half pipe events, and closes off with the Shred Show with borderstyle and Monster Energy night events. In between the weekends there are daily Free Outdoor Concert Series, with performers like Swollen Members, Railtown Prophets, and Mstrkrft, art exhibits and contests like the Girls Gettin’ It Done movie night and Olympus Filmmaker & Photographer Showdowns. And don’t forget the Silent Disco!

World Ski & Snowboard Festival in Whistler

Check out the full schedule for the World Ski & Snowboard Festival HERE, and find out more info at the official website. With so much to do, it’s no wonder their motto is Party in April, Sleep in May!

The Secret to an Organized Fridge #TestDriveMoms

Frigidaire Custom Flex Refrigerator #TestDriveMoms

Frigidaire Custom Flex Refrigerator #TestDriveMoms

Frigidaire Custom Flex Refrigerator #TestDriveMoms

Frigidaire Custom Flex Refrigerator #TestDriveMoms

Our family has been using the Frigidaire Gallery® Custom-Flex™ Top Freezer Refrigerator for over a month now and we’re really loving all the amazing features! The fridge works so well for our family because it can change to suit our needs on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis!

How do I keep my Custom-Flex fridge organized?

  • Don’t overload your fridge! I try to meal plan and do food prep once a week so everything I buy gets eaten by my family that week – less waste and more room!
  • Use glass or see-through plastic containers! Food-prep and meal planning goes to waste if you can’t see what you’ve made, keep everything easy to find and accessible.
  • Separate your groceries when you get home! As soon as I get my groceries in the door, I put them away in their proper places.
  • Keep an eye on produce! I try to move ready to eat produce to the front, on a shelf, or even in the door so I know it will get eaten. Don’t hide your veggies!

The truth is, the Frigidaire Custom-Flex fridge is easy to keep organized because it’s customizable to your needs and the shelves slide and move for easy access.

One of my favourite features on this fridge is the Smudge-Proof Stainless Steel! My fridge always looks great despite two kids and a husband going in and out of it all the time – I couldn’t stand stainless steel finishes before because I had better things to do than polish my appliances 24/7! The Frigidaire Galley Custom-Flex Refrigerator eliminates the constant cleaning of errant fingerprints and keeps your kitchen looking beautiful!

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Sweet Easter Treats Without the Sugar! #honibeSweet

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It seems that every single holiday that passes by has its’ own treats associated with it. Easter is no exception with colourful jelly beans, chocolate eggs, and little yellow marshmallows in the shape of chicks! Treats can be fun, especially for kids, but there has to be a balance in it all.

This year’s Easter basket won’t be relying so heavily on sugar-laden candy – there will be pencils and crayons, books and toys, honibe® honey delights® and kids honibe honey gummies™ complete daily multivitamins! The treats from honibe®  are naturally sweetened with honey, and contain 50% less refined sugar. They’re also gluten-free, dairy-free, and have no artificial colours or preservatives.

This year our family has changed its’ health routine by adding more exercise, eating less processed foods, and taking our vitamins to ensure we’re getting everything we need! The honibe®  vitamins have three great flavours to enjoy: natural berry, orange, and fruit punch – and the kids love them!

Here’s a little video I shared on Instagram, it’s my first time making a stop motion animated video (and it’s not of Tim Burton stature), but enjoy:

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Join Me at the #RBCFirstHome Twitter Chat

#RBCFirstHome Twitter Chat

In the last thirteen years, I have moved thirteen times – true story! So it was a huge relief to finally move into our first real home in years! But can I tell you a secret? I still have a house hunting bug… I love watching television shows about searching for the dream home and I always look at real estate listings!

If you’re thinking of buying a home anytime soon, join me at the #RBCFirstHome twitter chat this Tuesday, March 24th at 8:30pm ET / 5:30pm PT.

// Submit your home-buying questions using the hashtag #RBCFirstHome

// Experts from RBC will be on hand to answer home buying questions

// Some of the experts include a Lawyer, a Realtor, a Designer, various Home Builders, and Mortgage experts as well!

// Participate with the #RBCFirstHome twitter chat to have a chance to win 1 of 5 $100 gift cards

Tweet you there!

Minimal Design Inspiration & The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist

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Spring is officially here! The sun is shining just a bit brighter and the air is getting warmer – spring is the perfect time to freshen up the house after a looong, grey winter! The pictures above are perfect inspiration for a minimal aesthetic in a beautiful home – do you know how to get a minimal design in your house? Constant cleaning.

I am forever tidying up, organizing, dusting, putting things away in their proper places, and purging as much as I can to maintain a minimal house. But if you saw my desk right now – you would laugh! Minimal? Hardly! (…but let’s move on..!)

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Disconnecting to Discover ‘The Joy of Missing Out’

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As a business owner, a blogger, and a mom that socializes far too much on Facebook, I spend a lot of time online. No matter where I am, the call of email, articles, silly tweets, and iMessage is available to me via phone, laptop, or computer. I am always connected.

In 2012, a mom-of-three and freelance writer, Christina Crook disconnected from the online world for 31 days. She turned off her phone, her laptop, and wrote letters on a  typewriter that she sent to a friend (via snail mail!), who then uploaded onto a blog. The project might seem extreme to many, but it became the inspiration for Christina’s new book called “The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World“.

The beautifully written book focuses on how technology impacts our lives and the lives of our children, the relationships we have, our communities, our health, and our world. The author examines how we use technology, and in turn, how it uses us. The lack of balance and harmony in our lives is directly connected to our dependance on our online world.

Christina Crook  reminds us to maintain healthy screen habits, and limit our personal time online. Although it might seem difficult to do so, disconnecting can be a breath of fresh air in our digital world. It might remind us of simpler times, when we didn’t keep the internet in our purses, and instead appreciated the time spent outside, personal time for reading books and playing with our children.

How often do you disconnect from the online world? Could you do an internet fast?

Kitchen Organization Made Easy with the Frigidaire Custom-Flex Fridge #testdrivemoms

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Frigidaire Custom-Flex Fridge Organizing Kitchen Tips and Ideas

Imagine a world with a place for everything and everything in its place – it’s an organizer’s fantasy! And with the Frigidaire Gallery® Custom-Flex™ Top Freezer Refrigerator, it’s a dream come true! A personalized fridge to suit your needs (and your groceries!) with different sized bins that slide, move, and adjust.

When the beautiful stainless steel fridge was installed in my kitchen, I oohed and awed over the shiny surface – and was impressed with the smudge-proof stainless steel! Do you know what that means? That my kid’s fingerprints will not show up all over the door and my kitchen will look sleek and clean almost effortlessly!

Did you know?

  • 63% of consumers find it hard to fit tall bottles in door storage? This complaint is highest among top-mount freezer refrigerator owners
  • 30% find it difficult to organize beverages in their refrigerator
  • 30% find it difficult to organize food in their refrigerator! Food!
  • 30% of top mount owners find the door bins and shelving difficult to move

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