Monday, July 31, 2017

There's a Shoe for That - July Round Up

There's a shoe for that

Here is your monthly round up of "My Shoes for That" for July... Just in case you missed a post or have been dying to find out where to buy the shoes you have everything here in one place!

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There's a shoe for that

There's a shoe for that

Friday, July 28, 2017

9 Popsicle Recipes for the Whole Family

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So far this summer we have been busy packing, painting, moving and there has been little time to relax. All that to say, I was about to say "summer is almost over" when really there is lots of summer left to enjoy!

One of my favorite summer treats are popsicles - I love that they can easily be made with ingredients you typically already have at home, that they are usually a pretty healthy alternative to the profound ice cream craving that go with the season and that they are simple to make.

While searching for new recipes to try and some toddler friendly options I turned to some fellow bloggers from Bloggers of Canada and ECM Media for their expertise plus decided to share one of my favorites with you.

And so, here you are...
9 Popsicle Recipes 
for the Whole Family


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Chocolate Fudge, Pineapple Coconut & Mixed Berry
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And last, but certainly not least - one of my favorite popsicle recipes:
Peanut Butter Pudding Popsicles
popsicle recipes
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 heaping Tbsp Kraft light peanut butter
1 heaping tsp honey

Mix all ingredients together and serve or pour into popsicle molds and freeze. 

I would love to have your favorite popsicle recipes to add for next summer - send me a message on facebook, twitter or instagram with your yummy links :)

My shoes for that: Ice Pop Moccs

popsicle recipes

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Wiggles Big Show {Canadian Tour}

I never thought I would be one of those moms.

The Wiggles

I learned last Wednesday that The Wiggles were coming to Canada for a tour of "The Wiggles Big Show" and immediately let my friend and colleague know since her daughter is a HUGE fan and one of the best little dancers out there (even at 16 months old!). Being the organized and prepared Mamas that we are, we both started booking hotel rooms just in case in various locations to be prepared in case we didn't get the first location on our respective lists.

The tickets went on sale on Friday at 10am so we knew that although we would both be at work there would be no meetings scheduled at 10am that day - We are both dedicated employees, but are first and foremost two Mamas that want to do anything and everything to keep our little ones as happy as possible.

Then Friday came... I sat at my desk nervous that I wouldn't get tickets and almost shaking as I hit refresh to "get in". Seriously, I never in a million years thought I would be the mom that was nervously typing in her name and overwhelmed with excitement because I actually got tickets for The Wiggles Big Show.

Parents going crazy over the "in" thing at Christmas makes 100 times more sense to me now... Although I am extremely hopeful that I never end up in a department store brawl over a toy, haha. 

Is anyone else going to see The Wiggles during their Canadian tour?! Are you as excited as my colleague and I, or I mean, our little ones... hahaha :)

I hope you all were able to get tickets! Can't wait!

My shoes for that: Emma's dance shoes

The Wiggles


Monday, July 17, 2017

The House {before we bought it}

Our Home
By popular demand I am skipping over our house hunting story, why we chose to work with a realtor, and everything else in between and going right to pictures of the house we bought...before we bought it.

This house was not really on my radar...the pictures online didn't do much for me and there was nothing about it that I really "loved" other than the location. That was, until we toured the house for the first time. The house in person met everything on our check list except for two things, but both of those things we were able to work around without much difficulty (more about that later...)

Here we go... Welcome to what would soon after become our home!
Our Home
You walk in the front door to "deep" slip entry - there is lots of room and a closet! The floor tiles are 12"x12" so you can get an idea of the space...

The as you go up the stairs you enter the open concept living room, dining room and kitchen. The patio doors at the back go out to a HUGE deck while the master bedroom, main bathroom and what would become Little Dude's room are off to the left of the stairs.
Our Home

Our Home

Our Home
The ceilings are vaulted at the window in the front of the house and above the front entrance making the space feel much bigger and very open - I am crossing my fingers that my huge Christmas tree while make a re-appearance this year with this vaulted area being in front of the window. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
Our Home
A good size kitchen was a must on my list...this one was more than I had hoped for!

And then we saw the deck. It was love at first sight for The Mr., it has tons of space, unlimited BBQ/Patio fun potential and railings/gates to keep Little Dude in. A big deck wasn't even on our list of "must haves" but what an awesome bonus this was!
Our Home

Our Home

Our Home
Enter the main floor bathroom... there was really nothing I didn't like here but I wasn't (and am still not) in love with the vanity. It's high on the "to do list" in terms of house projects.
Our Home

Our Home
The Master Bedroom. It's a good size and had lots of potential. The decorating style was 100% not my style, but the fact that it was nicely kept left me with an open mind and immediately visualizing how I would decorate it to suit The Mr. and I.
Our Home
Little Dude's Room. It was one to an older little dude...nothing bad, but not Little Dude's style. And yes, of course he has a style! haha
Our Home
Now that we have turned the upstairs, let head down into the basement.

When you get to the bottom of the stairs you walk into a family room/rec room area. From here there are two more bedrooms an office and a half bath with laundry combination. The closet doors you see house storage areas with shelves as does the space my brother is looking in next to the stairs. when we went down stairs our eyes lit up with thoughts of storage solutions, place for guests to visit and tons of playroom space for Little Dude. To put it in perspective for you, the house (which was really a cottage we called a house) we were living in had two closets in total plus one small half closet in the front entrance big enough for some coats and shoes only. This place seemed like storage heaven!
Our Home
The Montreal Canadien Room. We nick named this room the moment we saw it since the paint colours seemed to be chosen by a huge Habs fan. Colors aside, it's a huge bedroom!
Our Home
The Office. The Mr. works from home now and then so this space will definitely be put to good use.
Our Home
The Gym Bedroom. Another good size bedroom with a closet and all (again, this closet in every room idea is new to us, haha)
Our Home
And last but not least the downstairs bathroom and laundry combination room. 
Our Home
Now that you've seen the house, have watched my instastories and are getting to know my taste can you guess what we've kept and what we've changed so far and the things that might be on our "to do list"?

Let me know what you think...and if you care to share any of your design tips and tricks, they are more than welcome!

My shoes for that: Keds women's CHILLAX sneakers
Our Home

Thursday, July 13, 2017

ENIGMA Sauvignon Blanc

Name: ENIGMA
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Country: USA (California)
Vintage: 2015

Why did I decide to try this wine? Meghan, who seems to always be around when it's time to do "wine tasting research" bought this bottle of wine at the PEI Wine Fest this spring and brought it along for our houseboat weekend. The company sponsored the festival so she assumed (and rightfully so) it would be good.


Would I prefer one glass or indulge in the bottle? Bottle. 

What shoes would I wear drinking this wine? Especially since we drank this wine while on a houseboat, I would strongly recommend Havaianas flip flops.

How would I describe the wine? This wine had a pretty distinct citrus flavour and smelled a lot like lemons to me. Meghan smelled some apple in there as well, but we both agreed that it was delightfully crisp and suited our evening in the hot tub on the roof deck quite nicely.

Monday, July 10, 2017

We bought a house!

We bought a house!

It has been a long time coming, but we finally bought a house! It's been 10 days since the closing date and it's all finally starting to sink in. 

Buying a house has never really been at the top of our priority list - we decided a long time ago to make due with what we had and quite frankly we were in no rush to move or to buy a bigger place. Keeping up with a tiny 1000 square foot place suited our hectic lifestyles and other than having guests the size of the place really never bothered us. So when we finally decided to make the move and become home owners our attitude was pretty similar to Goldilocks and the Three Bears (you know, the ones from the nursery rhyme...). We din't want something too big, or something too small, we wanted something just right!

In true "Jenna" fashion we had several family meetings... and let's be serious, Little Dude only made it to the first one before he stopped being invited. I scoured the internet for several months, I was impatiently patiently waiting for spring and new listings to come on the market - in the mean time we discussed items like location, schools, price ranges, maintenance (yard size), sidewalks, traffic on the street, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, fixer upper vs. move in ready and more.

When we finally made the move and contacted a realtor (more coming in another post about this) it didn't take very much time until we made an offer, had it accepted, got financing in place, inspections done and then started planning paint and furniture.

The whole experience so far feels like a bit of a whirl wind, yet a happy (and sometimes overwhelming) one at the same time.

Lastly, I underestimated (of course I did...) the amount involved with buying a house. The time t would take and the number of things I would have added on my regular super long "to do" list.  That said, I can't wait to share every little detail with you and give you some of the gory details of what went down at some of those family meetings, differences in priorities between the Mr. and I, who we chose as a realtor to help us and why, and all the fun things that follow. But for now, I need to go unpack another box!

My shoes for that: Louboutin Iriza Heels (because big decisions deserve high powered shoes!)