healthyfamilyexpo-2

I’ve really been trying to incorporate a healthy lifestyle for our family this year. I’m paying more attention to the food that we eat, sneaking in veggies and fruits when I can, and making ‘family time’ more active! I’m constantly on the look out for fun things to do, and meal ideas for our family, and that’s why I’m super stoked for the Healthy Family Expo! View Post

Road Trip

Road Trip

Road Trip

I have fond memories of summer road trips with my family when I was growing up. Every summer, we would pack up our station wagon and go! We would camp in northern Ontario, drive as far east as we could get to the very tip of Cape Breton Island, explore the Anne of Green Gables house on Prince Edward Island, and have fun attempting to speak French in Quebec City!

While the destinations were the star of our vacations, as I’ve gotten older I’ve become fond of the journey, as well. Watching the landscapes change would be magical, for the longest time it would be the same, but then a curve in the road brings you a whole different scenery. The last few road trips we’ve taken led us to Tofino, Salt Spring Island, and Leavenworth, and the journey can be just as amazing as the destination. View Post

Gondola on Grouse Mountain

Tyto the Owl Mascot on Grouse Mountain

No matter the weather, kids in the Pacific Northwest are ready to have fun outside! Rain jackets, rubber boots, and even waterproof one-piece suits come into action here in Vancouver, where the weather is anything but predictable! I took my kids up to Grouse Mountain to check out the Ford Explorer Kale Gate festivities (like a ‘Tail Gate’ party, only healthier!), and we had the best time munching on delicious foods and dancing to the live DJ.

Of course, we didn’t hike up the Grouse Grind… not with a four year old! Instead, we took a foggy gondola ride up to the top of Grouse Mountain. We were greeted with balloons, a DJ, food, and Tyto – the Grouse Mountain Owl Mascot! After we posed with Tyto (who is very quiet…!) we ran to the Kale Gate festivities to eat and play in the cars… View Post

Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Island Kids

Our family’s adventure in Salt Spring Island began and ended with a ferry ride, as most island adventures in BC do. The fun starts on that big boat, with the kids trying to find all the sea creatures that play in the ocean waters, while I’m busy pointing out the houses and cottages on the Gulf Islands, and feeling the warmth of the sun on the passenger decks. When we arrived on Salt Spring Island, our family decided to drive around the island and find a beach to enjoy the heat in. We had such wonderful weather on our 4-day excursion, we were super lucky. Read on to discover where to explore, eat, and have fun on Salt Spring Island! View Post

Trip to New York City

Trip to New York City

I like to travel in my daydreams. I imagine myself on beaches in Fiji, shopping in Malibu, and amidst the hustle and bustle of New York City. I’ve been thinking of a lot of Manhattan lately and its’ high-rise buildings and multi-faceted neighbourhoods. The beautiful skylines above just add fuel to my wanderlust!

When I travel I like to pack lightly and thoughtfully, adding only what I need in my carry-on.  My biggest pet peeve is getting to my destination and having to iron the wrinkles out of my clothes… and then I discovered Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus in a travel-friendly bottle. The stuff really works – just spritz on your clothing and it will be wrinkle-free, oder-free and static-free in no time at all! Just spray, tug, smooth and hang – no iron needed. View Post

Whistler Tea House

Whistler Tea House

Whistler Tea House

Whistler Tea House

Whistler Tea House

Whistler Tea House

When I first walked past The Whistler Tea House, I had to stop and take a look. Large, open windows showcase the beautiful interiors – the mostly white room is accented by a stunning cherry blossom accent wall, warm wood floors, and rustic tables and stools all beckoned to me. Inside, it was even more lovely. The fragrance of different teas,  a stack of delicious cookies in beautiful glass jars, and a selection of tea cups to choose from.

The place is tea heaven. It’s one of those places that you might dub “adult only”, saving it for those moments without the kids – but seconds later the sound of hilarious laughter bubbled through the air and I was brought back to reality. The Whistler Tea House is more than child-friendly, it even hosts a weekly mom-and-kid tea time!

Yulia opened The Whistler Tea House especially for locals to enjoy with their families. Being a local Whistler-ite, she sought community and friendship within Whistler, and decided to give the resort town what it was missing. The inspired decor is the perfect backdrop to meet with friends and make new ones.

Being a mom of two girls herself, Yulia knew firsthand how difficult it can be to make new friendships, and maintain them! So every Wednesday, she hosts a Mom’s Tea Time at The Whistler Tea House for mommy’s and their children to enjoy. It feels so warm and inviting, like an impromptu gathering at a friend’s house – it’s so full of joy and laughter!

Whistler Tea House View Post