Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

Last week we caught the CP Holiday Train pass through the little town of Ayr, just outside Cambridge. What a magical night it was. It was cold, – 10 celcius, but everyone kept warm with excitement and hot chocolate. When the train rolled in, it began to snow and that was just the beginning of the magic that is the Holiday train. Kira Isabella sang along with the Holiday band and Santa was out dancing and passing round candy canes. This will definitely become a Christmas tradition in our family and I recommend everyone see the train come through their town or city. For the train’s schedule across Canada and the United States, click here.

LL Bean Boot Lust

Temperatures have dropped and we’re anticipating a snowfall. Sadly, I think I have to retire my bike (sigh), but Im happily breaking out my winter gear. I came across a LL Bean catalogue recently and my jaw dropped seeing these cranberry leather winter boots. They’re perfect for both country and city wear. Also loving the check 10′ boots and as for the navy, what a refreshing change from classic black.


Great Gifts

My Dad gifted David and I a Waring Popcorn popper for Christmas a few years ago and it has literally been, the gift that keeps on giving. I threw away my Walmart brand popper (it left too many kernels in the bottom and burnt the ones that popped), plugged this in and never looked back. We’re consistent with our butter and salt topping combos but often like to mix it up with parmesan cheese or, my favorite, lime juice and chili pepper spice. If you’re stuck on a gift for a certain someone, I highly recommend and it can be found at William Sonoma.


Ben went out for his first official Trick-Or-Treat session! He was a bit confused at first, then when he caught on, he became excited to go up to each and every door saying, “Mommy! More candy?!” Every. Single. Time. At the door, he would life his bucket then say, “And Bo”, pointing to his sisters treat bucket. He may have had alternative motives, but we were happy he was thinking of his sister.

What I Thrifted

This is the first post in my new series, ‘What I Thrifted’. My favourite thing to do is visit thrift stores for both myself and the kids – it’s all about the thrill of the find. I discovered this vest at Value Village on my birthday (it was meant to be). I love anything plaid, and the bomber style of this vest caught my eye along with the oversized shoulders. The Ray Ban aviators were also a great Value Village score along with Bo’s faux shearling lined Baby Gap vest.

Vest – Value Village
Shirt – Forever 21
Jeans – Anthropologie (The were $7)
Shoes – Old Navy
Socks – Zellers (RIP)
Sunglasses – Ray Ban @ Value Village

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.

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.

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.