My friend, Monica and I have been taking advantage the many $3.99 breakfast deals in Brantford and Brant County and she suggested we go to the Skyway Cafe at the Brantford Airport. What a great idea! It was incredibly foggy when we headed over and no planes were to take off this morning to our (Ben’s) dismay. However, we were allowed to walk out to see the planes. Ben’s mouth was in his signature amazed, ‘OH!’ the entire time.
My sister and I both sold our wedding dresses to the applause and horror of our closest friends. We loved them, we always look back to pictures of them, but we didn’t want to keep/store them. And being realistic, we will never, ever wear them again. Karin was sold on http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/ and I put mine up on Kijiiji. We had fairly specific dresses that a bride-to-be would search for. Karin’s Reem Acra was 2012 runway finale dress making it very lust-worthy. My dress is also quite popular on the web due to it’s colour and length. I had a girl from Calgary, who happened to be the same size (busty!) and height (short!) as me. She paid my asking price and the quoted shipping price. I packed my dress in a box, without a tear or woe and off it went. Same with Karin but hers went off to Vancouver.
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Another option, if you don’t want to sell it online, would be to take it to a wedding dress consignment store. They can be found in most major cities.
My mom had her wedding dress in a box in our crawl space for say…30 years? She took it out and to her horror, we compared it to Gina Davis’s dress in Beetlejuice. No really, that is what it looked like. I think the dress is back under the crawl.
Last week took us to Toronto for a few days then to the Dixie Chicks concert in London. (Yes, David was a good sport and came to the Sunday night show at Budweiser Gardens.) I went to Western so it was fun to go back and visit all my old spots. We drove by the old Cedar Ave house where myself and 6 of my (still) amazing friends lived for two years. We then walked around campus and had drinks at the campus pub, The Spoke, followed by dinner downtown London at Spaghetti Eddy’s. Spaghetti Eddy’s is still so much fun and so much food. It don’t think their menu has changed in ten years…that includes the prices!
I picked up this Roots Cabin Sock sweater for Ben as well at Mapleview Mall. Too cute to pass up.
Preggo readers, do any of you have problems finding fashionable maternity clothes? Specifically in Canada? I have with both pregnancies. As Im not in an office with this pregnancy, I’ve been wearing mostly black leggings or jeans (my faves being AG’s and a pair of skinnies from Thyme Maternity) with t’s and open sweaters. I dress it up with accessories and good shoes or boots as that’s what pregnant women gravitate to while pregnant: accessories. I was really impressed to see Thyme Maternity come out with an uber-fashionable line this fall named Stork & Babe. Leather skinnies, moto jackets, chunky knits and LBD’s? Im sold! Their take on contemporary maternity wear is Alexander Wang meets Rick Owens and I would transition these pieces post-birth through the winter. Here are my favorite looks.
Yesterday, Ben, my mother and I headed out to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair at Toronto’s Exhibition Place. The Fair has been running since 1922 and takes place every November. We had a great day and stayed far longer than planned – there was so much to do and see.
Little Ben loved the kids play area with pedal tractors, playgounds, colouring stations and petting zoos. We moved onto the 1:00pm horse jumping show where, to my complete surprise, Ben sat still during the entire show – he was mesmerized with every jump. I thought the shopping was great. You can find anything from health and beauty products, to apparel to home fashions such as cow and sheepskin rugs. Our day ended visiting the hundreds of animals and catching the President’s Choice SuperDog Show.
If we weren’t with an active toddler, I would love to check out the cheese tasting tutorials and chef competitions. There is so much to do at the Royal. It runs until November 10th so be sure to put it on your list this week!
Lately, Ben’s (and my own but that is another story) sleep habits have been all over the map. His normal bed time is 7:30 and he will sleep to 6:30 or 7:30. Last week, he refused to go to bed, screaming and jumping in his crib, so I took him out till he was exhausted, around 9pm. He would then wake up far too early in the morning, leaving me exhausted, waiting for his nap time.
Everyone has their own advice they like to give so I decided to ask Jenn. She is a certified child sleep consultant of Baby Zzzz: Sleep Solutions for Infants and Children, and sleep trained her own children (including twins!) at four months. Jenn suggested I stick to Ben’s routine but put him down half an hour earlier than scheduled. It worked and he is back to normal. When next baby comes along, I plan to sleep train at four months – Ben waking up one or two times a night until he was nine months was too exhausting and I dont think I can handle that along with a 20 month old. And when this time comes, I will definitely go to Jenn for help!
Jenn can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and she offers free question and answer periods on her Facebook page from time to time.
Tomorow is the last day of October. This month really flew by. Today Ben and I had a great lunch with Grandma Paula and Great-Grandma in Kitchener followed by play time outside – what a beautiful day it was. Ben loves his swing set and will sit forever in the swing and spend hours climbing up the ladder to use the slide. He’s also a big fan of our double tree swing.
I won’t be carving a pumpkin this year…my skills just don’t match those of the Swedish Chef. Ill work on them for next year.
This past weekend we went to Toronto Premium Outlets. It was OK. I think we will stick to outlet shopping in the US where the real deals were. The Hudson Bay Company Outlet was set up like Saks Off 5th or Nordtrom Rack. A nice store but I’ve found prices to be just as good in their regular retail stores. We did however pick up a Chaps Ralph Lauren shirt for Ben at HBC. They just wash so well…
Don’t get to excited over the picture of the ham. I’m no culinary genius but these pre-sliced spiral hams from Cosco are delicious and fool proof.
I just realized that I’ve been writing this blog for a year now! I went through it in it’s entirety last night after Ben went to bed and Ill admit it made me a little teary eyed. I cant believe how much Ben has grown and everywhere we’ve visited. Here’s a recap!