A Dock for my Tots : The most dreamy twinning you ever did see.

The Dock A Tot is widely known for encouraging longer naps, portable and convenient size and the great aid they have for transitioning from crib to toddler bed.  When we first received our Grand Dock for Ezra, she was over the moon. Instead of setting up pillows every time she watched a show or when she napped in mommy’s bed, she had her own spot dedicated to her!

There was a few times (and still is) where the Dock will somehow turn into a car, an airplane, or most recently a castle – yeah, go figure out that one. (She balanced the Dock A Tot over the ottoman and the edge of the couch.) She has also slowly began to imitate how we put her to bed, the routine she went through at night and how we would greet her when she awoke in the morning. This was also so sweet because she was going to soon be a big sister and watching her care for her dollies and teddy bear just melted our hearts.

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The Dock A Tot is available in two different sizes, the Deluxe for Infants (0 – 9 months) and the Grand for toddlers ( 9 – 36 months ) . Our Deluxe Dock A Tot arrived a little bit after Ezra’s arrived and to see the look on her face when she opened up one that was miniature size to hers, was priceless! Instantly she knew it was for the little baby growing in my tummy and that it was something very special for her and her sibling on the way.

Ezra is usually really good with going down for her naps and doesn’t have much of a struggle when going into her crib in the afternoon. The day that her Dock A Tot arrived she asked if she could nap in it and naturally, I said “No”. She then persisted and usually I don’t give in to whining with her, but she promised that she would sleep, so we tried it out. She fell asleep within minutes. I’m not sure if it was the struggle of asking to sleep in the Dock A Tot that tired her out or if there really was some special magic sleepy dust in the Dock. There she was, two hours later, air conditioner on, sun shining through the windows and the serenade of her oh so lady-like snoring.

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Fast forward 5 months and here we are with our two girls. We use our Dock A Tot DAILY. I might even go ahead to say hourly. It has been such a blessing in our household to be able to lay down Isla when I need to quickly help Ezra with something, or having Ezra nap in her room and Isla nap beside me, giving me a chance to relax. I have even had her in the kitchen with me, on the floor of course on the carpeted hallway, while I was making scones last week!

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Our Deluxe Dock has been a lifesaver for myself and helped ME get a couple extra hours of sleep in the mornings! After my husband goes to work, I am usually up nursing Isla, but my toddler isn’t awake yet so I usually try and stay in bed until she wakes up. When I am done nursing Isla, she usually will fall back asleep in the mornings, but she has been showing us that she likes to be held upright when falling asleep so this makes it a little bit more tricky and tiring when it is 6AM. I have found that Isla will also sleep longer if I am near her, therefore I usually sleep with my head rested right beside the Dock, but that’s okay, I sometimes miss my own sleep because I’m stuck staring at her beautiful sleeping face. I am nervous about having her directly on the mattress beside me so I just pop the Dock up on the bed beside me and off the dreamland we go! L I F E  S A V E R. There is just something about the coziness of the Dock that surrounds them and offers that comfort of a mother’s arms.

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Twinkle Stars Newborn Gown : Nixilauroo

Here’s Why I Love The Dock

  • Perfect solution to co-sleeping – as I mentioned above, Isla still has her days and nights mixed up, so we are getting 3 hours sleep on a good night! Having the Dock in bed with us has given us a couple extra Z’s.
  • Washable – At first I was so nervous about ordering their beautiful marble cover, but after the first encounter with BBQ sauce and it came right out, my fears are gone!
  • Portable and functional for travelling families – we plan on taking ours on a few over night trips this spring and are so excited to have both for the girls.
  • Interchangeable Covers with a huge selection to choose from. The perfect addition to any nursery, no matter what the theme, style and colour, there is something for every babe!
  • Eco – Friendly – This is something I haven’t really thought about before, but when I was looking in to the Dock A Tot and what set them apart, this was really something that stood out to me. Unlike regular crib mattresses, the Dock A Tot is hypo-allergenic, all natural 100% cotton.

The dock has been a little piece of heaven for my girls as we transition in to this new chapter of life with two girls, sisters and best friends. Having their matching ‘beds’ has been so fun and created a bond even before Isla was born.

We are looking forward to more bonding while enjoying Saturday morning cartoons and taking our docks on trips with us this Winter and Spring!

XoXo

Cass

Time flies when you’re having… a baby!

They say time flies when you’re having fun, and that is very true, but what about when time is flying by because your sleep deprived and have no idea what time it is. Welcome to the last three weeks of our lives haha! Since welcoming in little Isla into our lives two weeks early, our world has been turned upside down and flipped over sideways. We had to press pause on so many little projects and tasks on our to-do list to make way for baby and all the joy and lack of sleep she was going to bring us!

We have been working hard on getting her nursery and Ezra’s toddler room finished, luckily we had both the rooms painted and their closets built ahead of time and only needed to add the furniture and decorating left to do. My husband has had the entire summer off because he works in the school district, but we were dreading Isla’s due date as it was August 31st and he would be back to work within days of her being born. Thankfully, she had other plans and gave us two weeks of bliss with daddy being home to welcome her into the world and helping in trying to maintain some sort of normal as we transitioned into a 4-person family.

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Having him around has given us extra time to bond as a family, capture special moments and really dedicate all our time to the newborn phase. We haven’t been the best at being on time or keeping track of what time it is for that matter, but have been trying our best! Receiving a beautiful handcrafted wooden watch from JORD was the icing on top of the cake after having Isla. The perfect accessory that not only looks beautiful, but helps me to keep on track of our routines and nap times!

For my own customized wooden watch, I chose from the Cassia Collection in Ebony and Sable. “The Cassia a timepiece that transcends the simple categorization of a watch. Intelligent design pairs with classic styling to create a piece worthy of your wrist and welcome in your jewelry wardrobe. The full Roman numeral concave dial in the JORD collection is beautifully reflected in our domed sapphire glass. The metal and wood link interlaced band integrates seamlessly into the rounded case. The Cassia Ebony & Sable is the statement piece you’ve been waiting for.” When the watch is delivered to you, it is sealed in a beautiful wooden box that just overwhelms you with the scent. It is so beautiful and the perfect keepsake or safe place for special memorabilia, you can even have your watch engraved if it is for a special occasion or for someone special!

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If you have been looking for a new watch and wanting something unique, head on over to JORD watches to check out the many different styles and colour options they have. Right now you can also enter HERE for a chance to WIN a gift certificate for $100 towards your new watch!  Also, just by entering, you will also receive 10% off of your watch!

Enjoy!

xox Cass

Photography : IXL Photography

Wooden Watch : JORD Watches – Cassia

Hoodie + Leggings : Cadenshae 

Shoes : People Footwear

Baby Gown : Dwell + Slumber

Ezra Leggings : Peekaboo Beans

Grey Teddy Bear Hoodie : Nixilauroo

Cadenshae: Maternity + Nursing Activewear for Everyday Mothers

If you are pregnant or a nursing mom you will want to read this post.

When I was pregnant with my first, I didn’t really know much, nor the benefits of having proper and fitted maternity clothing. I spent most of the pregnancy in my regular clothes and only really purchased a couple pairs of pants near the end. Thankfully, I carry smaller in the tummy and used the elastic trick to get the most out of my non-maternity clothing. (Keep reading, I’ll share that secret later!)

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This time around with my second child I decided to really invest and search out which companies offered not only comfortable activewear, as this was a summer pregnancy, but clothing I could also carry on to the fourth trimester for nursing and healing. Activewear for nursing moms is surprisingly really hard to find and anything I did find at big name brand shops weren’t really anywhere close to accessible or comfortable. I came across Cadenshae and was so excited to have found them! Not only did they offer exactly what I was looking for, but the fact that this was a complete line of maternity wear that was so discrete, was amazing! When I tell friends that I am wearing a nursing hoodie, most have been in disbelief until I show them the invisible zippers!

Cadenshae is a company that makes activewear for nursing moms, they are based out of New Zealand and was started by Nikki Croft, a mother of 2 and personal trainer. She searched and searched, much like I did, for clothing that fit her body and her active lifestyle. She couldn’t find anything, so she decided to start her own clothing line, and I am so thankful she did! Read more about the company and their journey as a family here.

Cadenshae Nurshing Activewear Hoodies

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I have been LIVING in my Activewear Hoodie paired with the Classic Full Length Leggings and am so excited to move into the fall and be able to take my two girls on walks to the park and coffee runs! The zips at the top of the hoodie for nursing are hidden within the seam of how the clothing is made itself and is placed perfectly for on the go feeds. There is no need to fuss with extra layers while trying to stay warm on those cooler days!

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Classic Full Length Leggings

The Classic Full Length Leggings that I decided to try out had a full panel for coverage and support while pregnant, but by folding down the panel in half, it also offered extra support as a belly band while in the fourth trimester. This is the same road I went with my first pregnancy of not really paying attention to the Fourth Trimester and how I can best support my body in it’s healing process. The comfort and core strength that this belly band offers is unreal and I am SO happy to have it after this second pregnancy. (Having a toddler around as well as a new born has definitely had it’s challenges with self-care and resting). Having the full length option for these leggings was a must for me as I am usually more on the cooler side and knew this was the perfect pair for me!

This is a company that I am proud to support and tell you all about, it is an amazing brand run by an amazing and real family. My own experience with Cadenshae and Nikki, co-founder of Cadenshae, herself was great. When I was ordering my items I was unsure of sizing and she went out of her way to answer any questions or concerns I had to make sure I was doing it right. For a busy, family owned company, I feel like that’s pretty rare. Especially for just having her own newborn a couple months ago! I am so pleased with the hoodie and leggings and the investment I made with the two items. They are right on par with the current style of activewear, make me feel more energetic and have more mobility and take away stress from nursing in public with how easy and accessible it is in their clothing.

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If you are a pregnant or a nursing mama, my hope for you is that you find the same fit and comfort for yourself. There really is such a difference with being comfortable and confident in such a precious and sensitive time in life. The journey of pregnancy and postpartum can be a tough one but I am so thankful I have Cadenshae to make just a little bit sweeter! 

XOX – Cass

PS – Elastic Trick, take a regular hair elastic loop it through the button hole of your pants and thread it through the other side, fastening it to the button. This will give you about an extra month in your favourite non-maternity pants!

 

Nursing Hoodie + Leggings : Cadenshae 

Photography : IXL Photography

Necklace : Mint + Birch

Shoes : People Footwear

Watch : JORD Watch

Floral Baby Gown : Dwell + Slumber

The Ultimate Summer Family Bucket List – 5 Local Attractions you don’t want to miss!

Well, it’s here! Mackenzie is off work for the summer and we are in the final stretch until baby #2 arrives. We have been spending a lot of time in the back yard and soaking up family time, but have also been exploring the city and lower mainland, making memories with just the three of us. Over the past few weeks, we have been following along through the Healthy Family Expo’s Summer Family Fun Guide and am sharing 5 awesome attractions to add to your summer bucket list over the next couple months. Enjoy!

BRITANNIA MINE MUSEUM

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1. Britannia Mine Museum

“MUMMY, BIG TUCK” Ezra exclaimed as we came around the corner of the entrance to Britannia Mine Museum – sure to be one of the highlights of the entire trip for her and her cousin. Rewind to when we arrived at the mines, unfortunately because of the long, winding road you take to get there, Ezra fell asleep. Right before we pulled into the parking lot. Great timing kid. We ended up splitting up and my husband took her cousin through the mines and on the awesome tour, including when he was the chosen one to make the whole mine dark by blowing out a candle. He was VERY excited about that! I waited in the car until Ezra woke and then we joined them for some gold panning, train rides and digging.

There was a museum portion that had a huge assortment of stones and gems, gold panning – so much fun, the big yellow truck, and obviously the tour through an actual mine! There was so much to see, the tour itself is about 45 minutes long and then if you really want to find some gold, you’ve got to put your back into it and dedicate some time there! Haha. I would probably recommend putting aside 2 hours of time at least (and that would be without stopping to eat lunch while there).

Britannia Mine Museum was something I don’t think I’ve ever thought of visiting before. Whenever we’ve passed the mine previously, we were always en route to somewhere and it’s usually wrapped up in a time crunch. But when I saw the Healthy Family Media Expo’s Metro Vancouver Family Summer Fun Guide, I knew we wanted to check out each of these 5 attractions.

CULTUS LAKE WATERSLIDES

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2. Cultus Lake Waterslides

When we ventured out to the next attraction in the Summer Family Fun Guide, Cultus Lake Waterslides, I knew right away that I had to bring a couple of my niece’s and nephews along for the ride! What better way to kick off their summer break than with some 60 foot waterslides! (Just kidding, we stuck to tubing, splash park and the kids zone).

I was very impressed with all the different age groups they had designated play spaces for. It really was a full family experience, with something for everyone, from baby to adult! The kids spent most of their time in the wading pool that had a few curvy slides that started from a giant turtle at the top and then ended with a large wide slide to plunk you in to the pool again! The turtle was a favourite of my nephew’s, for at least a good hour he would consistently bring myself and my sister-in-law over to watch him hug, smile and slide down the turtle!

After a full day of sweets, splashing and sunshine, the drive home was the perfect length to have the kids drift off after such a busy day.

MAPLEWOOD FARM

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3. Maplewood Farms

We are so blessed to have my husband working as an EA, this means winter break, spring break and best of all, summer break. As soon as his school year ended, we headed right out to Maplewood Farm in North Vancouver to enjoy some family time. We knew right away that this would be a huge hit for Ezra, as she LOVES animals anywhere we go, playing with her Little People figures at home and watching them on TV.

When we arrived at Maplewood Farms, Ezra could see from the parking lot that there were horses, and she started to shake uncontrollably with excitement in her car seat! When we took her out of the car she hit the ground running, barely being able to stand still to check in. It was so sweet to see her be fearless with each and every animal, fully experiencing what each felt like, sounded like and even on some occasions, smelt like (yuck! lol). She was down on their levels, making the sounds she had heard from books to talk to them and giving each a hug before saying goodbye.

After we saw all the barnyard animals, we took a small path at the back to walk alongside the most adorable little pond. There were little ducks everywhere, willow trees and benches, quite a storybook setting if you ask me! As we walked a little further, all of a sudden my husband called for us to hurry up, there was a mama and her 2 ducklings nestled in beneath a tree by the water. It was the sweetest little thing to watch Ezra inch forward, being so gentle and quiet to not scare them. (Unlike when we saw the peacocks, she was practically one of them and talking their squacks).

WEST COAST RAILWAY HERITAGE PARK

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4.West Coast Railway Heritage Park

I think this trip was by far Ezra’s favourite – although it’s probably hard to judge because she get’s so excited about everything, but this girl LOVES trains. She loves making the sounds, pointing out the sky train on a daily basis, and anytime there’s a train table, you know you can find her there. The West Coast Railway Heritage Park is such a family friendly environment and a great place to take toddlers. There was so much running space between the cars and tracks, the insides were huge and had tables, beds and kitchens which is always fun to explore for little ones.

Throughout the building, tracks and at the waiting stations for the train rides were a number of different train tables for kids. This was a great way to keep the smaller ones occupied while older children or parents explored AND there was an abundance of trains to go around. If you’re a parent and reading this, you know how crucial this is. Haha.

They also offer an awesome train ride for everyone in the family. It’s about 6 cars long and miniature, so you mostly just straddle it with your little one in front of you. It goes around the whole park and is about 20 minutes long. It was another highlight for Ezra because not only was it a fun ride, but placed along the tracks in the forest were little animals and gnomes.

CULTUS LAKE ADVENTURE PARK

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5. Cultus Lake Adventure Park

When we made our way out to Cultus Lake Adventure Park, we knew what we were in for, so we made plans. We would stop at Kindred Clothing along the way, Ezra would nap, we packed the camera, snacks, water bottles and picked up a flat of blueberries on the way home! Most of this happened, in this order, except for the fact that Ez only napped for half an hour in the car, if that.

Before we headed out to the park, we looked up all the height requirements, types of rides and what was available for the shorter crowd. To our surprise and excitement, we were very impressed that Ezra was able to go on about half of the rides! She is tall for two years old which you think would be both a blessing and a curse, that she would be tall enough, but too young and scared of the ‘bigger’ rides, NOPE! For example, when Kenz went on their drop zone ride, Ezra was right behind him in line up to get buckled in.. ayiyiyi.

When we arrived at the park, the entrance has the roller coaster flying by above and Ezra exclaimed, “MOMMY! THAT ONE!” … maybe in a couple years kid. We made our way around the park, through the kids play zone, across the board walk, and around the carousel at least 4 times, on the Zebra obviously. Every. Time. We spent about an hour and a half at the park and it was just perfect for us, we each went on a couple rides with her and she was just so excited the entire time. We will definitely be bringing back our fearless little girl!

Thank you to the Healthy Family Expo for inspiring our adventures with their Summer Family Fun 2018 Guide, and to Jessie Farrell for providing the soundtrack for our adventures! Jessie Farrell’s new album, Sparkle & Shine, is inspired by nature and perfect for a drive to an outdoor adventure.  You can preview & download this album on Apple Music or order the CD online, and also catch Jessie & The Gumboot Kids on CBC Kids! Ezra has been jumping and hoping along to this soundtrack since the day it came out, she is such a bag of beans and continues to gain more awesome dance moves everyday!

These past few weeks have been crazy, preparing for baby #2, getting the house ready and stepping into summer mode – remembering to drink lots of water and always having a hat and sunscreen ready! These special outings with the family are always hectic, but hey, that’s how the best memories are made right?!

If you have any of your own hidden gems that you have as a family tradition, wether it be berry picking, carnivals or your favourite splash park, drop me a line below, I would love to hear about it and have new adventures!

I’ll leave you guys with a short clip of Ezra watching Mackenzie go on their highest ride at the adventure park – make sure to turn up the volume, it’s a good one!

Take Care and have an awesome summer!

XOX

Cass

 

The Revamped IKEA Play Kitchen – An affordable way to create your dream kitchen…just miniature size.

Whether it be at another friends house, Sunday School or at IKEA itself, every time Ezra sees a little kitchen she is mesmerized and hooked. There’s no prying her away without a fight. For her second birthday this year, she was gifted the IKEA Duktig Play Kitchen from her grandma and papa. My husband and I had seen ways to DIY this teeny little kitchen all over Pinterest and are always looking for what our next project will be around the house, so naturally we got to work! We left it in the packaging for a few days until we could decide which style we wanted to go with and how we would go about it. We collected a few extra items to complete the project and got started Friday night and by Saturday evening, she had her own little dream kitchen that she woke up to Sunday morning!

The whole process wasn’t as tricky or time consuming as I thought it would be, there are TONS of different ways to personalize your own little kitchen; wall paper, accessories, handles, paint colour, etc. Below is a photo of the before and after of the kitchen and a step by step (with links) of how you can achieve the same look, or even tweak a few steps to customize it to your child’s likes!

Tools

  • Hammer
  • Finishing Nails x 8
  • Large Level (2ft approx. for easier tracing but can also use ruler)
  • Pencil
  • Painters Tape
  • Sharpie (fine tip)
  • Scissors / Exacto knife

Additional Materials

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Step by Step

1.Spray Painting

PREP : Make sure you FILL all the holes on all the kitchen pieces and hardware with painters tape before spraying. (We found this out the hard way with a past project and have never made the mistake again!)

We hung the little kitchen hooks on a tight string to spray paint them. Most of the gold only needed one coat, whereas the cabinets and backing needed 2 coats.

2.Measuring + Tracing Kitchen Tile

I started planning out the tiles by spacing the lines on the side with a ruler and little mark and then later drew the longer lines across. The size I used for the tiles was 2×4 inches and I did 7 rows. Luckily we have a larger level and I was able to just use that to level and trace each line for the backsplash. I did however add an extra row of tiles and extended the line about an inch or two to ensure that it covered the entire space, just in case you need to adjust the position of the backing.

3.Apply Self-Adhesive Laminate to Countertop

I would suggest having someone help with this step, the adhesive itself is somewhat readjustable incase you do place it in the wrong spot, but better safe than sorry! I measured out the countertop before applying, but made sure there was a substantial amount to curve over the sides. We then removed all of the backing, I placed the adhesive down on the far right corners and started to press down. As we went, I would also press out any air bubbles with my debit card. After all the adhesive was down and the bubbles were out, I then flipped the counter top over and cut two diagonal lines to fold in the left over pieces that were covering the hole for the sink and stove top. Lastly, the edges of the countertop itself, we did the same thing with cutting in diagonally to the corners of the adhesive that was hanging over and criss crossed the edges to get that curved look and folded the rest underneath the counter top. (This part required some extra finesse, but looked so nice when it was done!)

4.Follow IKEA directions to assemble all your hard work!

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Some things we added to make it extra special for Ezra:

  • Command Hook on the side for an apron she received from a coworker for her birthday. It was handmade and Ezra was on cloud nine the moment she laid eyes on it, “MOMMY’s-work?! Ezra-me?!” 
  • Felt Food Sandwich Set – Melissa and Doug, you can find this pretty much anywhere online or at a lot of local kids stores. A BONUS for this, is that it also comes with bacon and eggs, perfect for the stove top!

  • Vintage Tea Set we scooped up from a local thrift shop and ‘Tea Time’ bell from my grandpa’s bell collection!

  • Wooden Brew + Serve Coffee Set – Melissa and Doug– Ezra received this as a gift from her aunty and makes us coffee every morning while we make the real stuff!
  • Sushi Slicing Play Set – Melissa and Doug – Her eyes lit up when we opened this up. We always go out for sushi together and now she had her very own! The pieces also stick together and can cut it apart – so fun! What can I say, we love our M+D toys!
  • IKEA Pots + Pans / Baking Set / Cooking Utensils / Play Food

I always love creating, wether it be for myself, a loved one or something like a play kitchen! If you are planning on giving your play kitchen a little extra love, I would love to see what you do or did! Leave me a comment and a photo below or if you’ve got any extra questions about the process! 

XO – Cass

Tea for TWO – A Tea Party Themed 2nd Birthday

When Ezra was born, I knew right away which theme I wanted to do for her second birthday, Tea For TWO tea-party! Before she was born, obviously I had been scouring the Pinterest world for birth announcements, nursery decor, baby milestones and birthday parties, what can I say, I like to plan ahead! With having regular tea times at home and when she visits with grandma, I knew this theme would be a hit with Ezra. Especially when we brought out her very own tea set!

Tea For Two Birthday Highlights :

  • ‘Chip’ Cake Pops
  • A Tea Party Set Up Fit For Royalty
  • Edible Tea Tag Party Favours + Printable
  • An ‘Iced Tea’ Bar
  • Fresh Floral Sugar Cookies
  • A Surprise Princess Appearance
  • Variety of Mini Sandwiches
  • A Beautiful Floral Backdrop Made From Paper
  • Free Tea Party Colouring Sheets
  • Tea Cup + Tea Pot Cookies

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Planning Ezra’s birthday party was so much fun! Thinking of every which way to do floral, mini pastries and let’s not forget those dainty little pinkies! When I originally sent out invitations I made sure to include a fun (and adorable) ‘party attire’ for everyone; Bow Tie or Floppy hat required! This made it so much more fun and some parents really embraced the theme with having their child fully done up with a fascinator and some with bow ties, suspender and side parts combed down. SO cute.

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Can we just talk about this amazing treats table for a second?! I don’t think that Dreamagical Patisserie, Soul Sugar, Kizzy’s Macarons and Homemade by Harris could’ve knocked it out of the park any farther! What an amazing group of bakers and makers, each of these treats were so unique and carefully handcrafted to fit a vision I had for this table. I put together a few items myself for the table, including these incredibly easy Pansie Shortbread Cookies. And special thanks to my sister in law, Shannon, for helping out with Ezra’s beautiful floral, tea party cake! She found the perfect tea cup for what I had in mind to sit on the very top! I loved this alternative to birthday candles. (Don’t worry, we added some later for her to blow out!) FUNNY STORY: The past month or so Ezra hasn’t been eating much and refuses pretty much anything we put on her plate, so one day I got out a candle and let her blow it out for every bite she took. This has now become an everyday routine and is helping her eat her full dinner! So when her birthday came, she knew exactly what to do!

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One of the best things to have at a toddler’s birthday party is finger foods. Their little hands are always reaching up on to the table and grabbing anything quick and easy. The morning of the party my husband and I made about 60 sandwiches (four different kinds, because we all know, toddlers are picky!) to fill these little hands and also put together some amazing platters from GRIMMS Fine Meats + Cheese. We had some available down the main table and also others along the side of the deck, lots of options!

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Another ‘A-HA’ moment I had while putting this party together was when I was thinking about beverages, what was I going to serve? What does Ezra like? and what is universal and refreshing to all guests. With it being a tea party, my first thought was obviously tea, and I can’t believe it didn’t come to me sooner, especially working at Starbucks, to do ICED teas! With the options to add water or lemonade to it! So I brewed and iced four different types (Passion Fruit Tea, Black Tea, Green Tea, and Peach Citrus Tea) and set up the Tea Bar! (This was also a very cost effective way to give the guests lots of options and flavours!)

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I’ve recently noticed, and I’m sure it’s no big surprise to anyone who knows me, that when I plan a party, everyone’s invited! So what do you do with 18 toddlers and 6 babies? Well, let me give you a few ideas:

  • Colouring sheets, lots of them. I found mine on Pinterest.
  • Mini triangle sandwiches (ham+cheese, cucumber+mayo, strawberry+cream cheese)
  • Sandbox + Bubbles (Outdoor party)
  • Loose balloons – My daughter will chase a balloon around for hours
  • Invite a Princess! DUH!

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We had a very very special surprise for Ezra in the middle of the party, a real life princess! Belle showed up in her beautiful big golden dress, a basket with goodies and a story book for the children. Most of the children were just struck with awe at this beautiful, bubbly and friendly character that had just entered the back yard! We had so much fun with Belle from Fairy Skye, Ezra and her friends sang with her, twirled in circles with her in their tea party dresses and even had some face painting time! (Which Ezra did not want, but offered up her my cheek instead! Haha) If you haven’t checked Fairy Skye out yet, I would highly recommend that you do for your next event! They’ve got a huge variety of characters for any theme and even have some awesome superheroes!

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We are so thankful for everyone who came out to enjoy the day with Ezra and celebrate her little life, being with us for two whole years and how she’s grown and changed through it all! We are so excited for where this next year will take us, hopefully through some potty training, a big girl bed, and getting rid of those ‘sou-sous’ once and for all.

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Details from Ezra’s Tea For TWO Birthday Party:

Photography : Megan Faber Photography
Tea Party Dishes and Set Up : Little Tea Party Crew Rentals
Floral Backdrop : Blooms + Paper
Belle Princess Appearance : Fairy Skye
Tea Cup Cake Pops + Torched Meringue Tarts : Dreamagical Patisserie
Meat + Cheese Platters : Grimm’s Fine Foods
Party Favors + Tage Printables : DIY by myself
Milestone Board : Creations by Sonia
Paper Floral Plates : Party City
Berries : Save on Foods
Pastel Macarons : Kizzy’s Macarons
Fresh Floral Shortbread Cookies : DIY by myself
Floral Tea Cup Birthday Cake : Auntie ‘Shanni’
‘Tea for TWO’ Letter Balloons : Michael’s Craft Store
Pink + White Candy Floss : Soul Sugar
Variety of Iced Teas : Starbucks

 

 

Happy Birthday! 22 Places in Canada to get free food on your big day!

BDAY FREE DAY 

We all know that everyone loves a good deal, and obviously, free stuff! This year, I am 6 months pregnant, and my birthday couldn’t have come at a better time. So yes, you can bet I will be indulging in all the Birthday desserts, ice creams and meals that this city has to offer! Below I have made a list (with links) to where and what each restaurant offers on your big day! Enjoy and You’re Welcome 😉

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  1. Marble Slab Creamery – You get a ‘special surprise’ on your birthday, I will bet you it includes something cold and sweet! Click HERE to claim yours!download
  2. Booster Juice – Free Smoothie. Click HERE to claim yours!BP_Logo
  3. Boston Pizza – Free Dessert. Click HERE to claim yours!logo_yaletown
  4. Yaletown Brewing Company – Free Dessert. Click HERE to claim yours!1200px-Starbucks_Corporation_Logo_2011.svg
  5. Starbucks – Free Beverage. Click HERE to claim yours!free-pancakes-m
  6. IHOP – Stack of Pancakes. Click HERE to claim yours!cora-facebook-og-tag
  7. Cora’s Click HERE to claim yours!pearlfeverlogo
  8. Pearl Fever – Free Bubble Tea. Click HERE to claim yours!7e421278b6ba9180f4f92cf970db82aa--dairy-queen-blizzard-dq-blizzard
  9. Dairy Queen Click HERE to claim yours!f3a07ded1e17c5b88200fa6ebfc68b0c--smoothie-drinks-fruit-smoothies
  10. Orange Julius – BOGO Coupon. Click HERE to claim yours!126051
  11. The BoatHouse Restaurant – $25 Gift Card. Click HERE to claim yours!BLENZ_horazontal-1024x263
  12. Blenz Coffee – Free Beverage. Click HERE to claim yours!download-1
  13. David’s Tea – Free Cup of Tea. Click HERE to claim yours!menchies-burlington-1118982-1795622-regular
  14. Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt – $5 Coupon. Click HERE to claim yours!f9cfae58206015.59f335237c62f
  15. Subway – Free 6″ Sub. Click HERE to claim yours!bd3856aa52745f71bbd2574e8468b284
  16. Montana BBQ + Grill – Free Dessert. Click HERE to claim yours!Denny_s-logo-D889728ABB-seeklogo.com
  17. Denny’s – Free Grand Slam Breakfast. Click HERE to claim yours!2000px-Red_Robin_logo.svg
  18. Red Robins – Free Birthday Burger. Click HERE to claim yours!tremendous_trivia_at2_91862
  19. Carlo’s O’Bryan’s – Show up with your ID and they will subtract the number of your age from your bill! Being 29 doesn’t sound so bad now! Click HERE to claim yours!download-2
  20. Pajo’s Fish + Chips – Free Meal. Click HERE to claim yours!Vera-Burger-Shack
  21. Vera’s Burger Shack – $10 Gift Card. Click HERE to claim yours!craft-beer-logo
  22. Craft Beer Market – Whatever age you’re turning, they turn that number in to a percent they take off your bill! Click HERE to claim yours!

I hope you enjoyed all these freebies and have a chance to enjoy some of them on your birthday! Keep in mind there are a few that require you to sign up 48 hours in advance, but most actually stay redeemable for the entire month!! HELLO!

As always, thanks for reading guys!

XOX

Take  Care,

Cass