One of my favourite things about buying/building a new home is what I like to call the “After Party”. After all the papers are signed, all the renos and decorating has taken place, all the hard work of moving in is done it’s time to party! Most people call it a ‘house warming’, I call it the After Party.
It’s the perfect party to finally enjoy your new home and revel in its’ splendour – it’s the only acceptable time to really show off your decorating skills, discuss the architecture in full detail, and brag about your favourite room of the house! Is it the living room, the kitchen, or your outdoor space? Either way, this is the time to have your friends and family over and enjoy your new home for the first time!
When looking for a new home I always look at the possible entertainment spaces! Here are some of my favourite things to look for in a new house:
Large Kitchen with Island – a large island that you can sit at is perfect for chatting at, having a cup of coffee with a friend at, and having huge “Let’s make Perogi” parties!
Deck with a View – A deck is a beautiful thing! Fresh air, outdoor furniture, and a view is the icing on the cake. Sunsets and sunrises can be shared with those special people in your life on a deck or balcony.
Separate Family Room – Or as I like to call it, “The Kids Domain”. When we’re having a party, we eat together and play together, but then there’s a point where the kids just want to play board games or run around like monkeys, and the adults want to enjoy a beverage or two without worrying about spillage!
Thinking of taking the plunge into home ownership? The #RBCFirstHome Twitter Party is happening July 14th @ 8:30 PM ET (That’s 5:30 PM PST for us West Coasters!). It’s your chance to ask the experts all your home buying questions and have a chance to win 1 of 5 $100 gifts card just for chatting!
Diaper changes are an ongoing challenge in my house – while my little one has been introduced to his potty and is definitely interested, he’s still seriously not ready for full-on potty training. So instead of ‘forcing’ it on him, I embrace it! He’s my last baby and I cherish every moment of his “baby-ness”, including diaper changes!
I recently discovered Huggies Little Movers Plus which are sold exclusively at Costco, which are perfect for my growing boy! They move with him, allowing him to be as free as possible, while providing a comfy and leak-free fit! Bonus: his favourite Disney characters are all over these soft diapers!
Summer is officially here and things are about to get hectic! Kids are home from school, day camps are planned, my business is almost ready to open, and I’m really looking forward to heading to Toronto at the end of summer for my sister’s wedding!! With such busy times ahead, I know I have to really find some time to take care of myself and try to stay healthy.
Here are some tips for a positively glowing summer!
1. Drink Lots of Water
Drinking water keeps you hydrated and helps cool you down on those hot, sweaty days. It’s important to refuel your body and keep you energy levels up, up, up!
2. Sun in Moderation
I love the heat of the sun, but too much of it can lead to problems. Remember to wear sunscreen, a fabulous hat and some hipster shades to protect yourself from harmful rays. During peak times, go inside and cool off with some lemonade and gin…
One thing I knew even before this journey is that I’ve never loved to exercise. Isn’t that horrible? But I’ve decided to change that – I’ve decided that I need to change my mindset and embrace the sweat. (Ew.) I preach to my kids about the importance of daily activity and getting outside, but I wasn’t getting it myself. I realized that I need to be more of a role model and actually DO the things I preach and get my kids involved.
How better to challenge myself than to do the Mudderella this year in Whistler, BC, with three of my most fabulous friends? How better to prove the importance of physical activity to my kids than engaging in something so off-the-wall and fun and MESSY like the Mudderella!? Being a role model is important to me – but the Mudderella itself looks INSANELY FUN. Check it out…
bearded and tattoo dad ricki hall and his daughter
Welcome to Insta Inspired – Father’s Day Edition! Each week I share my favourite 5 instagrammers of the week. I find instagram to be such an inspiring source of imagery and I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you each week. Who is your favourite instagrammer of the moment?
Build-A-Bear has played a large role in my daughter’s life from the time she’s been a little baby girl. She received her first bear from her babysitter when she was less than 2 years old, a reindeer named ‘Moose‘, with Christmas lights on its’ antlers that flashed red and green. Since then, she’s amassed quite a collection of bears, some of her favourites include a Dashchund named ‘Hot Dog’ with roller skates, a multi-coloured bunny named ‘Skittles’, a dragon named ‘Toothless’, and an awesome grey bear named ‘Rocker’, with flames on his feet and a snowboard in his hands (paws?).
So when Build-A-Bear and Mom It Forward asked me to share the new Honey Girls with my readers (that’s you fabulous folks!), I jumped at the chance and was super exited to show my daughter just how awesome these new bears are!
The Honey Girls are Teegan, Risa, and Viv, who met at school and formed their own band. Each one has her own strengths and talents that help the friends “be brighter together”. I adore the positive messages that the Honey Girls bring, especially to school-aged girls trying to maneuver friendships at this sometimes difficult age! The Honey Girls show that being yourself is super important.
Summer is in full swing here and to cool down, I love an iced Americano! My daughter prefers the adorable S’mores Frappucinno’s made without coffee, while my son chooses a healthy juice smoothie! Enter to win a $50 Starbucks card to cool down with your favourite beverage!