What Mom Wore

Sadly, my attempts to appear civilized rather than a disheveled Mom looking after two babes, are few in far between. Every morning, I longingly look to my sweatpants then turn myself around to pull together a more socially acceptable outfit. With a gift card in hand from my August birthday, I was excited to find these Dex leggings at The Bay along with the top. I love the double ribbed knee and, they give this mom an excuse to wear legging while out running errands.

Jacket – H&M
Leggings – Dex Clothing
Tunic – Dex Clothing
Shoes – Converse

15 Minute Break

10 Grocery store items you should never buy (Food Babe)

Im in the mood for a heart warming movie (MotherMag)

I need this bag for Halloween (Harpers Bazaar)

College roommates air their grievances (NY Mag) (Would’ve been hilarious with my University roommates)

Will you still be fertile in 5 years? (Parenting)

Still one of my favourite street style looks I go back to (The Sartorialist)

Luxury bus that picks you up for work (LA Times)

What 2.6 million gets you in Halifax (Luxury Homes)

How your cat is making you crazy (The Atlantic)

Why you should stay in your car if you encounter a Grizzly Bear #CanadianProblems (Calgary Herald)

CBC News shows what thoughtful, breaking news coverage really looks like (Media Bistro)

Perfect fall coat for Saturday mornings (Madewell)

Third Time’s A Charm

Three weeks ago, I took Ben skating for the first time. I lugged two kids, a stroller and a hockey bag into the arena and got us all set up. Wearing skates for the first time since I was in high school was an experience in itself, but Ben’s first experience, well, he wanted to go up to the stands and wait for the Zamboni. He may have been on the ice for a total of 4 minutes and would not move. The second time was the same but with only 2 minutes of ice time. He did enjoy himself, whenever he saw hockey on TV he said, “MEEEEEEEE” and pointed to his feet asking where his skates were. So the third time, we were more than surprised when Ben took off onto the ice with his glider and skated around for half an hour with Papa. Way to go Ben! Check out the video below.

Brantwood Farms

This was our third year visiting Brantwood Farms in the month of October for their Halloween events. It was especially fun with Ben who was excited to take part in the festivities such as pumpkin bowling, the obstacle course and corn maze. The main event was the tractor ride to view the grounds and a stop in their pumpkin patch. If you’re looking for a scare, the farm becomes haunted in the evenings – including the tractor ride. There is so much to do in addition to their roadside market selling their apples and Ontario veggies, along with delicious baked goods, both frozen and fresh. Keep up the great work Brantwood Farms – you sure are one of the best Brantford has to offer!

 

 

Autumn

What do my Albertan family members miss the most about Ontario? The fall! They miss out on the beautiful array of colours our deciduous trees provide. Not to mention all the fun the leaves bring. We are loving the fall, bringing out our cozy knit sweaters, and the smell autumn in Paris brings.

 

Picture Problems

I hear Mom’s talking and writing about it all the time. When they get that one picture where all their children are looking at the camera, the moment it is taken. Well, I had it, however I was not looking at the camera. Go figure!

Oh, well…next time.

The Neighbours Patch

The farm across the street grows pumpkins. One day we’ll be driving by and BOOM!, we find a sea of orange. They set up a little stand just outside of town where you pick your pumpkins, gourds, corn and hay. A price list and a little locked box is left out for business transactions to go by the honour system. That’s a small town for you! Parisians, you can find the stand across from Sobeys, beside the vet clinic.

New Routine

Our last few weeks have provided a bit of change in our weekly routine. David won a range finder at a golf event and we (don’t tell anyone), traded it in for a kiddie bike trailer. We have one route that I have yet to master – there are SO many hills around Paris, you don’t even notice them driving these lone country roads. I feel my legs getting stronger and I’m hoping to lose the last 5 pounds of ‘Bo Baby Weight’. Also, we celebrated David’s birthday in the city which involved a lot of fried food and cheesecake…not so good for the baby weight.

 

 

Touch A Truck

Last weekend, the Ontario Early Years Centre of Brantford hosted ‘Touch A Truck’ in Paris. It was a great event and we all had a blast. Driving in, we were shocked to see a helicopter on the grounds. Ben received a balloon upon entrance, leaving him distracted and therefore uninterested in the helicopter. Oh well, David snuck a peek. The event had boom trucks with bucket rides, farming and construction vehicles, police, fire and army trucks, and a transport towing truck. Moms, put this event in your calendars for next year because it was great!

 

What I’m Watching

I’ve finally taken advantage of recording television…and I’ve been recording EVERYTHING. The first TV concert to save had to be Beyonce and Jay Z’s On The Run show, filmed in Paris. The couple powered through all their hits, edited by some of the most advanced cinematography I’ve ever seen. There was A LOT of slow motion hair flipping but, from Beyonce, that never gets old. The only downside of this HBO special left David and I wishing we saw On The Run when it came through Toronto.