Happy Halloween

I must admit that Ben’s Halloween costume is straight up rad. (Some was thrifted. See details below.) We attended the Halloween event at Mapleview Mall. It was complete chaos but so much fun. Everyone trick-or-treats the perimeter of the mall, both top and bottom floors. They also had a video photobooth printing out flip books. Ben’s friend Quinn was a great candy wing-man. Woof!

Horse Costume – Once Upon a Child
Leather & Fur Vest – Netty Vintage

15 Minute Break

Britain’s #1 entrepreneur (NY Mag)

What you’re doing wrong when you make brownies (Bon Appetit)

Helen Mirren is the new face of L’Oreal at age 69 and, photoshop free (Telegraph)

This Canadian city is turning 375 in a couple years! (Gazette)

To achieve success, look for this trait in a spouse (Washington Post)

A windowless plane – eek! (Mic.)

Hair products to hide roots between touchups (Harpers Bazaar)

Little Mermaid themed wedding (Mark Brooke)

30 parent and child costumes (Buzzfeed)

These shoes look perfect to pair with both jeans or a dress (Gravity Pope)

What I Thrifted

I find thrifting for the kids very easy – there is a lot out there, you just need the time to find it. It also helps when your Mother-in-Law, ‘Grandma Shop’, it out there everyday looking for the kids too! She is a champion thrifter and an a great asset when it comes to the kids closet.


Hat – H&M
Jacket – Children’s Place @ Value Village
Cords – George @ Value Village
Boots – Garage Sale

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

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.