Holiday Packing in the Fall

It’s hard to believe that November is here!  The balmy weather has quickly turned to rain, puddles and cooler temperatures.   I still haven’t bought a blanket scarf, but I have been wearing my booties and last year’s plaid scarf.

Just a peak of plaid.
Just a peak of plaid.

We are fortunate to be taking a trip to Maui next week.  It was booked about 6 months ago when there was a seat sale on our favourite airline, so we decided to take advantage.  We have a couple sets of friends who will also be there, so it will make for a fun family time.

But while I am looking forward to our trip, I still have to pack.

If you have read this blog over the past couple years, you will know that I don’t like packing.  I can pack for the kids with my eyes closed and both hands tied behind my back.  But when it comes to my own clothes, I tend to freeze and get overwhelmed.  With time, I would say it is getting better and for beach holidays, you really don’t need to pack a lot.  Do you?

When in doubt, head to Pinterest.  Here’s what I have found to make my own packing experience easier:

packing tips spring break
This list looks like it would be easy to follow.
packing tips family beach vacation
The visuals in this picture look simple and would be easy to pack.
beach packing
I like this grouping with all the options for what you pack.
Lastly, this grouping looks so simple that you could probably pack the day before you leave!

Wish me luck over the next few days as I bring out the suitcases and start to pack. I’ll post my struggles and success and show you which packing tips I used.  If you have any tips for warm warm holiday packing, please let me know!

linking up with: Fashion Should Be FunJaymie AshcraftJo-Lynne Shane

Family Foto Fun

It’s seems to be that time of the year when everyone seems to get family photos done.   Up until 2 years ago, our family photos were pretty sporadic.  Most of the time, I was the one taking the pictures and I never seemed to make it into a picture.  Other times, the kids, dog and husband and I couldn’t seem to look at the camera at the same time, so the pictures were, well, they were fun to look at, but they weren’t something I would frame.

So, when we started elementary school, the school made it easy with a Family Foto night.  You pay a small sitting fee, get 15 different poses and then order your favourite.  Easy peasy.  Well, it was easy peasy until Pinterest made me think about coordinating outfits.  You know those pins where the whole family is colour coordinated in complementary, yet matching outfits.

Like this:


or this:


or this:40046f73c5be70b02160901c0dcb6045

They look lovely, don’t they?  Well, maybe this last one is just a little too much grey?

Anyway, I was feeling overwhelmed, so I started hunting on Pinterest and found some helpful bits of advice:


This site lays out so much information.  She’s a professional family photographer and knows exactly what we need.  Just a pick a colour and there are lots of ideas to help coordinate outfits.

But guess what?  It overwhelmed me.  So, I started to look through our closets to see what might work.   As you can see in this picture, I started with blue, grey and burgundy (or would you call it marsala?).IMG_5779

After much debate and frustration, I narrowed our choices down to this:


I’m pretty pleased with the colours as they seem to be on trend this Fall and I hope the photos turn out.  If not, at least I’ll have a lot of time between now and next year to pin some more options!

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Friday’s Fun Finds

When you just pop in to grab a few groceries, you don’t always expect to find fun clothes and cool home accessories.  But that is what happens when you go to Superstore or Loblaw’s as it is known back East.  When these stores started selling Joe Fresh  alongside the fruit and veggies, the grocery shopping game changed.

Here’s what I found last week:

My kids love chips and salsa and veggies with dip.  These little bowls would be the perfect solution for snack time.


My love of all things plaid and a cabin in the woods is summed up with this great basket and it was less than $20!


The chevron print on this glass water bottle caught my eye and it’s such a cool looking bottle it might inspire everyone to drink more water.


This jacket was in the athletic section and was just the prettiest shade of purple and mauve.  I’ve bought some of their workout gear before and the quality is pretty good for the price.


Of course this grey puffer coat caught my eye. I bought the grey puffer vest and love it!


Lastly, this guy came home with me, along with my groceries.  Isn’t that why I originally went to Superstore?


Have a great Fall weekend!

Hello New Fall Clothes

hello fall

Although Fall has been here for a few weeks now, it is just starting to feel like it.  Today it is rainy and cool, but just a few days ago it was warm – really warm.

While out the other day, the temperature gauge in my car showed this:


See that?  21 degrees Celsius or that’s about 70 degrees Farenheit for those of you south of the border.  That’s pretty warm for an October day in our part of the woods.   This nice weather is making it pretty difficult to figure out what to wear.  Not cool enough for boots, but not sandal weather either.  Layering is ok, but nothing heavy – you sure don’t need wool sweaters and vests just yet.

So, speaking of nice weather, I took advantage and headed out to our new outlet mall.  Yes, we have an outdoor mall which opened back in August.  It is out by the airport and is designed to look similar to an European city, or that was the intention.

Here’s was my first view upon walking in from the parking lot:

mc arthur glen outlet mall

Then look up, way up…


Yup, that’s a plane. This outlet mall is situated pretty much right in the flight plan and the runway.  No chance of missing the plane as it is so loud!


There it goes!  I swear you could almost reach up and touch it. It felt so close!

Anyway, after I got over the awe of the spectacular plane overhead, I hit the shops.  The whole mall is not yet complete as many more shops are still set to open.  But from what I saw, I wasn’t disappointed. Gap Outlet, Banana Republic, Under Armour, J. Crew Factory, Nike just to name a few.   I actually went to get some basics for my kids and ended up with a couple of items for myself – yeah!!

You can never have too many plaid shirts, can you?

plaid shirt from Gap in burgundy, grey and white.

Aritizia carries a cardigan that I have loved forever.  It feels like a sweatshirt, is oversized and looks great.  Except on me.  I try it on every time I go to their store, but it just feels like there is too much material and it’s too big.  So, when I tried on this one at the Gap, I was pleasantly surprised that it fit and fit well.

cardigan again in burgundy. great colour for this season.

Since I only had a short time to spare, I grabbed this sweet shirts for my daughter:


Do you see a colour pattern here?  That burgundy or marsala colour is everywhere this Fall.  Well, at least in my wardrobe and my daughter’s.

Just a little update on my shopping adventures lately.  Stay tuned for next week when I finally check out the new Nordstrom!

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Friday’s Fun Finds – Home Edition

Now that the kids are back in school, I have a bit more time to myself.  So, with this time, I have hit a few of the local and not so local stores.  Here’s what I have found on my travels:

fox homesense winners
What does the fox say? He says, “buy me!” This adorable print was at Winners Homesense and I thought it would be so great in a cabin.
A squirrel with antlers ? Again, another cute print at Winners Homesense and if I had a cabin, I would have bought it.
These mostly nautical hooks were in a cute little home store in Whistler. They would be fun in a boy’s room, in a cabin by the lake or in your mudroom.
I should have bought these sticky notes that I found while getting groceries at Superstore.
Fishes, fishes everywhere! Love the colours in this tea towel. Great gift for the fisherman in the family! Should have bought it for my Dad.
Lastly, I saw this magainze at the grocery store checkout and thought it was my last gasp at Summer. Something nice to look at when the weather is cold, wet and grey.

Have a great weekend and maybe you will discover some fun finds yourself!

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Grey for Fall, Fall for Grey

It’s that time of year again!  The kids are back in school, the weather is getting a little bit cooler and I’m thinking of grey clothes. Yes, I have barely worn a stitch of grey over the past few months and I’m starting to get itchy to pull out some of my Fall grey favourites.

With the kids being out of school for the past two months, I didn’t have a lot of time to hit the shops.  But I managed a night away in the States with my husband and a girls’ trip to Whistler.  During these short trips, I was perusing the new Fall fashions every chance I got.  And what did I see?  Shades of grey – everywhere!

Of course, I couldn’t resist taking a few photos to show you this neutral that has had serious staying power for the past few years.

First up:

this cute cute sweater from J Crew Factory. love the pineapple, don’t you?
cozy, slimmed down puffer jacket in a shiny steel grey available at TNA / Aritzia
who doesn’t need a charcoal grey draped cardigan ? find it at Joe Fresh
a long dress in a light and dark grey marble would be great with boots and a jean jacket this Fall. also at Joe Fresh
these lace up military style boots would be great with leggings and skinny jeans, wouldn’t they?
shouldn’t everyone have a grey and white plaid shirt in their wardrobe? find this one at Banana Republic

Grey for Fall, or Fall for Grey?  Either way, I can’t wait to start wearing grey again!

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It’s almost here!!

In T – 1 week, yes in just one week….Nordstrom will open in Vancouver!

nordstrom vancouver

You could say I’m  everyone is pretty excited!  Ok, maybe not everyone (my husband doesn’t seem to care).  In just seven days, we will have access to the great brands, selection and fantastic service that up until now, we have had to drive 3 hours south of Vancouver for.  With the Canadian dollar doing poorly against the US, I’m wondering if my sister and her American neighbours and their wallets might venture north to check out our new store ?

I probably won’t go on opening day, but I’m hoping to shop the following week.

Can’t. wait.