How to survive a road trip with kids

Every year, we drive our trusty Honda Odyssey minivan to visit family outside of New York city. I look forward to this trip with a mix of excitement and dread. We are going to beautiful place to visit people we adore… but first we have to get there. 9+ hours in the car with three kids. Here are some of my tips for surviving a long road trip. These are not Pinterest style suggestions, these are #realtalk.

1.) ALLLL the tv shows and movies.

When we are at home, especially during the school year, we have very limited TV time during the week. When we travel, all the rules are  thrown out he window when we! Need to stop whining and fighting in the car? TV! Need to keep them quiet at a  restaurant? TV!  It’s not going to destroy their brains and it might just save your sanity.
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2.) Bribe

We do a Target run as soon as we hit the border. Each kid gets to pick out
one toy as a treat and bribe to be good in the car. We also tend to pick up some not so good for you snacks there as well. Sugar won’t destroy their brains either  (as long as they brush and floss after all- I am not totally negligent)


Treat time

3.) Naps

This may seem like a no brainer but if you are on the kind of holiday where it is possible to stick to your kids regular nap schedule DO IT! They will be happier and you will have a much-needed and deserved break. If you are like me, your natural instinct is to pack as much sightseeing and fun into a holiday but cut yourself some slack. It’s your holiday as much as the little ones and you don’t want to get home more exhausted then when you left (hope springs eternal)

Storm King

 

4.) Schedule something that you want to do
We did a lot of things that the kids really wanted to do (swimming, eating junk food and visiting farms and zoos) but we also made sure that we fit in something that we really wanted to do as well. This year, we went to Storm King, an incredible art centre featuring massive outdoor sculptures. It was completely child appropriate but it was for the parents really!

 

Burger King

5.) Manage your expectations

No vacation is perfect, in spite of what you see on Instagram. Prepare yourself as much as possible all the while understanding that all your best laid plans will implode at least once. That is what happens when you travel with kids. And that is what wine is for.

 

What are your best tips for road trippin’ or just traveling in general with kids???

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Autumn 2017 Fashion -Red is Best

Earlier in the summer I attended a fall fashion preview and I was surprised to see so many bright red pieces being shown for fall. Typically autumn fashion have leaned toward more subtle colours and shades but this year it is RED EVERYTHING.
Here are some pieces that have caught my eye!

Falll 2017 Fashion- Red Is Best

 

Which is your favourite? I am in love with the Gucci Dionysius bag I included in my round up. It is the first version of the bag that I haven’t felt “meh” about! Too bad it is just a *tad* out of my price range!!!
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Beauty Favourites for Summer 2017

Summer 2017 Beauty Favourites

 

As far as beauty products go, in the summer I tend to gravitate towards a natural healthy glow, leaving the dramatic looks for cooler weather. Here are some of the products I have been loving this season!

Glossier Colour Paint in “Dusk”- I adore this cream blush SO MUCH. Easy to apply, super bendable, great colour payoff and a beautiful natural glow. I am also all about Glossier’s minimal low key sleek packaging. I will be for sure ordering more colours (and more products) soon.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Sunscreen Face Lotion with SPF 30–  This facial sunblock is super silky (as advertised) and it doesn’t burn my sensitive contact wearer eyes! I picked it up at Shoppers Drug mart and it is a great product for the price. It also just smells like summer and the beach.

Urban Decay Setting Spray– This setting spray totally lives up to its rating on Sephora! It is amazing! My makeup doesn’t  budge all day or night and it feels so nice on my skin. Super simple to use and not too expensive (a little goes a long way)  I have been recommending  this to everyone I know!

Dior Show Mascara – This is not a new pick but a revisited one. I am totally smitten by this mascara all over again. Best black, biggest volume, longest length. The absolute best.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in “Ophelia”– I have been obsessed with Kat Von’s long lasting lipstick for ages but until now, I have gravitated toward the bolder colours like Red and Purple. However, I recently picked up this nude and I love it. It is perfect for summer and lasts all damn day!!!

 

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Summer Style- Pearl Embellished Shoes

Pearl accents are everywhere this summer and they aren’t going anywhere either- Fall fashion previews are still showing ALL kind of pearl embellishments in bags, clothes and especially shoes.
I picked up these ones from Zara but here are some of my other favourite pearl encrusted shoes available now!
Pearl Embellished Shoes

 

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Summer Style- Cat’s Eye Sunglasses

Sunglasses are one of my all time favourite accessories- a simple change of shades takes your outfit from boring to chic.  And speaking of chic- is there a more classic and universally flattering shape than the cat’s eye?! While they really never go out of style, there are so many great cat’s eye sunnies available this summer at a really nice variety of price points.

Here are some that have caught my eye (pun intended) recently!

Summer Loving- Cat's Eye Sunglasses

 

 Is there something that you look for when you purchase sunglasses? Price? Name Brand?  Let me know!
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The Pull-Ups Potty Promise and a Giveaway!!!

June is Potty Training Awareness Month and we are making the Potty Promise to ditch the diapers!!!

 

  I wasn’t sure that they (and I really mean “I”) was ready for this particular milestone but the twins’ teacher had been telling us that they were ready to start training. Then one day our daughter wanted to wear her cute new “unders” … and well, that was that. Once that kid has decided on something, it’s happening, regardless of mommy!

I had a really hard time potty training my oldest son and the entire experience was incredibly frustrating and anxiety ridden for all of us. I vowed that I would not let it get the best of me the second time, even with twins!

I have learned a lot from potty training three kids and here are my top five tips!

  1. Make sure your little one(s) is ready. Take the Potty Training Signs of Readiness Quiz  to make sure that now is the time to start. There is nothing worse than pushing a child into training when they are really not at all ready, emotionally or physically. However, don’t assume that just because they are young they aren’t ready. Some children are ready at 18 months!
  2. Make sure they really understand the difference between Pull-Ups®  Training Pants /Underpants and diapers. In our house,Pull-Ups® are considered to be underwear and the twins try to keep them as clean and dry as they would underwear.
  3. Be consistent. Don’t go back to diapers during the day once you have introduced underpants and/or Pull-Ups®. The twins know that diapers are only for night time these days and love to choose their own underwear and Pull-Ups® patterns. This autonomy makes them feel like big kids and they are so proud of that!
  4. Make it fun but don’t depend on bribes. Check out Potty Training Games and Tools for some cool ideas. Keeping the mood and tone of training fun is a key to success!
  5. As a parent, don’t stress the small stuff. Your kid will learn to pee in the potty. They will not be going to high school in a diaper. Don’t worry if they have an accident in the grocery store. No one is judging you. This is a small blip in the parenting journey. They will get it and you will make it through. You got this!!!

  

To help you make the #PottyPromise this month, Pull-Ups® and I want to give you your own Potty Partnership Starter Kit!

 

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** Giveaway runs until June 30, 2017.  Eligible for Canadian residents 18+, excluding QC**

*While this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

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Better morning nutrition with Greens Plus!

Being a parent is hard work. No surprise there but I am always amazed at how my health and diet suffer while taking care of three crazy little ones. I never have time to eat a proper breakfast in the morning- sometime it is just coffee and whatever scraps that the kids refuse to eat (and if I am being honest, sometimes stuff that has fallen on the floor). In an effort to see that the grown-ups in the house do not come down with Scurvy, my husband has started making smoothies in the morning. They are the perfect on the go breakfast- quick, nutritious and portable. The only think that I felt that we were missing was some added greens, so we have added a scoop of Greens Plus from Genuine Health to our morning blend. Greens Plus is formulated with 23 plants and essential nutrients and helps keep me going all day.

There are so many delicious smoothie recipes out there, but one of our FAVOURITES right now is the Hello Sunshine Smoothie, created by Joy McCarthy, a holistic nutritionist

Smoothie 1

  • 1 peeled orange
  • 1 peeled kiwi
  • 1 cup cubed pineapple
  • 1 peeled banana
  • half a peeled lemon
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 scoop Greens Plus
  • 1 cup coconut water

(This recipe serves two and we add a scoop of Flax as well!)

Smoothie 2 Smoothie 3

Not only do we love this recipe, the kid do too! Giving them a glass in the morning (however messy) sets my mind at ease knowing that they got an extra kick of veggie power going into their busy days!!!

 

 

** I was provided with this product free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own**

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Summer in the City- Possibility Camp

This time of the year everyone is looking for fun and entertaining things for the kids to do during the summer break. I would like to tell you a little bit about Possibility Camp.

Possibility Camp

 

The mission of Possibility Camp is to bring out the potential of girls to make positive impacts on the world around them. This program empowers girls ages 8-13 to become leaders, social entrepreneurs, and change-makers. 

Through fun and experiential learning, Possibility Camp will help instill a strong foundation of skills and values to help girls to develop empathy, identify societal challenges, generate creative ideas, design prototypes, and build self-confidence in a group setting.

The Program is based STEAM thinking (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).   and among other activities, participants will  get an insider’s view at the Telus innovation centre and learn about cyber and internet safety through the internationally renowned Telus WISE program.

This Summer’s Possibility Camp will be taking place  runs Mon, 17 Jul 2017, – Fri, 21 Jul 2017, 9:00AM- 4:00 PM at Ryerson DMZ Zone Learning

I would like to offer my readers 20% off the camp with the code: Friendatstrollingthecity

Girls need to be empowered now more then ever to take pride in themselves and to see themselves with strength and self confidence!

GIRL POWER!

 

 

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May 2017 Favourites

May 2017 Favourites

 

Jenny Bird Medium Edie Hoop Earrings- My lovely husband bought these absolutely stunning earrings for me for my birthday. They are a statement piece while still being super minimalist.
Decleor Hydra Floral Anti-pollution hydrating gel-cream– I was lucky enough to be sent some Decleor products for Mother’s Day and I am really loving all of them but this light gel moisture has been the real standout. It is super moisturizing but also very light on the skin and OMG- it smells absolutely incredible!
Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Face Primer– I had my makeup done recently at the Charlotte Tilbury counter at Holt Renfrew and the artist used this product not just as a primer but she also patted it all over my face before she spritzed on the finishing spray. This little trade secret gives the skin a super dewy finished look!
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy– I loved the first book that I read by Ms. Murphy (Dumplin’) and this books was as good or maybe better. Ramona is a small town Southern girl who isn’t sure about much in her life, but she knows she likes girls. While dealing with her first heartbreak, an old friend from childhood arrives back in town and turns her life upside down. Freddie and Ramona pickup right where they left and soon, Ramona finds herself developing feelings for him. This YA books is a beautiful and honest look at the fluidity and complexity of love.
Vici Jersey Studded Heels– These studded nude low heel sandals are the perfect summer work shoe. They are comfortable and the price is reasonable (especially if you are in the US and don’t have to pay shipping and duty!)
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Spring Style- Gap x Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is coming to the big screen on June 2nd (Watch the kick ass trailer here) and The Gap is celebrating the ultimate example of Girl (Super)Power with a capsule collection of Wonder Woman inspired gear for women, babies and kids. The iconic logo, lasso, head-piece and the old school red, red white and blue outfit are all represented. So fun for the warrior women in your life!
Here are my favourite pieces!

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