Our first multi generational vacation

At the beginning of September, our little family of four travelled to Las Vegas with my parents, my sister and her husband.  It was our first multi generational vacation.  We’ve done multi generations weekend getaways before but going away for 6 nights, on a plane with 2 kids, to a normally adult-only destination was a little daunting (ok a lot daunting).

But we managed to make it work and have a ton of fun!  #ForMemoriesSake I wanted to do quick recaps of each day.  I always wish I had more pictures (ha – like our entourage going through security checks) but I’ll post what I have and hope that years from now my memory will won’t fade.

Day 1: Travel & get settled

We left on the labour day Monday.  After parking out car we loaded everything into the shuttle: 1 large suitcase to be checked, 1 carry on luggage, 1 MEC backpack and 2 umbrella strollers + ourselves. Ellie was on me in her sling and Miss S was so excited to be on a bus.  What helped was prepping her ahead of time.  Our flight was very early in the morning which meant we left the house by 5am.

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We had an hour or so to hang out before boarding the flight.  We all had coffee and some breakfast.  Ellie took a nap and Miss S got her sillies out by running all over the place, taking a few too many trips on the moving sidewalk and telling everyone which plane was hers.

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The flight was good-ish.  I had planned entertainment bags for both girls.  A few new toys for Ellie and random activities for Miss S, which included: stickers, no-mess marker with letter tracing note pad, beads with string, fruit/veggie gummies and suckers).  We also had her sit at the window seat so she had lots to look at.  Miss S was too excited to nap but thankfully Ellie did get some rest (which meant so did I)…!

 

Not your typical kaurva chauth gift guide

This isn’t your typical Karva Chauth gift guide.  Well technically I’ve never even seen a gift guide for Karva Chauth on the internet before.  So this could even be the FIRST Karva Chauth gift guide – and quite honestly the only one you need ;)

Don’t know what Karva Chauth is?  Read about it here.

This is going to be my 5th or 6th Karva Chauth.  Yes we’ve been married 7 years now but between kids (aka being pregnant or exclusively breastfeeding) I’ve missed a few here and there.

Any whoo – on to the gift guide.

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I put this together to help my husband and the other fellas looking for something useful to give your wife.  I mean yes you could go the typical route (some type of 24k jewelry) or your could get her something(s) that she will actually use.

Bamboo Arc Handbag (find it here)
Yes the Cult Gaia was all the rage in summer but I think it would super cute with an indian outfit especially at a lower price point ;)

Vans Sk8 Lite (find them here)
Not actually sure when I went from being a can’t-feel-my-feet-because-I’m-always-in-stillettos to a mommy-sneaker-head but that is where I am at now.  I have purchased more  #athleteleasure shoes in the past 3 years than I have heels. #WhoAmI

Initial necklace and Heart Ring (find them here and here)
I am all about the ghetto love jewelry.  I have a bar necklace with the girls names on it but it wasn’t until after I started wearing it did I feel that it was too invasive (I mean I avoid even saying their names on this blog).  But I love the representation of wearing them in my jewelry.  This heart ring it something that I’ve been eye for a year and I am happy to have found a Canadian retailer who has it.

Passion Planner (find it here)
I am a planner addict (something the husband just doesn’t understand).  I even have a few planners that haven’t been used yet.  So technically I don’t really need/want this but I had to include the undated version in my gift guide.

Planet friendly make up (foundation is from here and nail polish can be found here)
I’ve mentioned before that I’ve stopped eating chicken and bacon – and its probably the most proud of myself I’ve been in a long time.  Doing this has also made me more conscious about the other aspects of my life that are no so planet friendly. I figure foundation powder and nail polish is a good start.

Rebel Mama Jersery (find it here)
I follow these ladies on instagram.  All of their posts have either got me nodding in agreement or laughing historically (also in agreement).  This is not your typical parenting advice site/mommy blog.   I love their blunt-unapologetic-straight up advice and account of motherhood.  I strive to be this kind of mom friend to my mom friends lol

Travel coffee cup (find it here)
Just because I always feel guilty getting coffee from mcds or stabies – hopefully having something like this will help.

Constraints promote creativity

Ever since I read this book – I’ve become even more obsessed with my creativity journey. The most important lesson I learned was constraints promote creativity.  Constraints such as time, word count, colours etc.

I like to do something creative every day.  I just wish I could be more organized and consistent with it.  So here is my attempt at doing something creative consistently and in an organized matter.   I also figured this would be a good practice is creating consistent content on my instagram.  Follow along – or better yet join in!

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Stop chasing the like

**I wanted to post something but I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to write about.  So I’ll just do some free writing – here goes nothing.

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Well I can share that I listened to a podcast featuring an old friend (we met in grade 9 so were friend for over 15 years) that I distanced myself from about a year ago.  I feel bad that we haven’t been able to keep in touch and I am happy / proud of her for following her inner calling.  But I know in my heart we are in different places now (although we both have very similar thinking about certain subjects till this day).  The thing is – I am saying I am happy for her based on what I see in her social media pages slash what she projects of herself online.   I know that behind the scenes there is a lot of struggle and work.  In any case I wish the best for her as I know she would for me.

I am proud of myself for giving up chicken and bacon (oops might have forgotten to mention that here).  I feel better for telling my family (after keeping it a secret for about 2 months) but I realized it was time and everyday that I choose to fuel myself with less animal products, I am happier.  Eating plant strong/plant based encourages creativity in the kitchen.  And that’s one thing you should know about me by now – I love being creative.

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I want to buy pretty things but I love that I am not. (Ok don’t get my wrong, I do buy stuff but not all the stuff and more so out of necessity / less out of “I saw it I want it”).  Hence why my #OOTD shots feature all old clothes.

Although minimalism seems a little extreme, the principals behind the movement really speak to me and resonate with the direction I see my life going.  Yes this entire outfit is all old stuff from my closet. But I love that!

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Shorts (similar) | Button Up | Tanktop | Flip Flops

Instagram, branding, #sponsored posts etc all have a way of making me feel bad/guilty/inferior for not doing what the cool kids are doing.  But then I tell myself “self, what do you really want …you want to be creative and make things because that voice inside of you won’t rest until you’ve done something creative every damn day”.  For me it could be taking a picture, bullet journaling, make something new for dinner, painting or writing.

Other things on my mind: stop eating cookies, stop scrolling on my phone so much, cuddle the Hubz more, buy a new moleskin, write more if I am in the flow, finish reading a book, keep my morning journaling routine, find 2 minutes in the day to be still/meditate.

Yeaaaa! It’s Friday – see you on the flip side!

Miss El’s six month update

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And here we are, ½ year old Ellie Bellie.  She celebrated like any baby should – in Las Vegas!  :-P

Right before she turned 6 months she figured out how to roll from her tummy to her back. She’s been trying new foods and grabbing things we are holding in our hands or food we are putting in our mouths!

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She’s really into examining things by moving them from hand to hand, putting them in her mouth or just starting at it intently.  She still loves trees and I think she kind of loves the song “Part of your world” from The Little Mermaid.  She’s trying really hard to sit up unassisted and is not a fan when we take her toes out of her mouth during a diaper change.

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Ellie is really giving us a run for our (parenting) money but from I am understanding that is the natural evolutionary path of adding another kiddo to the mix.

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Time to buy a new planner!

Whoa it’s like Fall has already arrived!

Ellie & I dropped off Miss S today at daycare (she is starting “kindegarden” today) and the temperature was 12 degrees Celsius.  Super excited to put on my vegan leather jacket and fringe scarf and getting the girls in their fall touqs.  Also stoked for for fall fashion!  Bring on all the layers of moody nail polish, rings and clothes :)

It is also that time of year again where all the stationary and school supplies line the front of stores.  It’s taking a lot of controlled effort not to pick up everything in sight but I love the feeling you get when a new (school) year is about to start.

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That said, my current planner year is coming to an end and I’ve used it consistently.   Although I can’t say that I used it extensively (some months were better than others) or that it was a space to keep/record everything.  I often grabbed a plain note book or printer paper to scribble lists on and never ended up returning those notes to my main planner.   I would prefer to keep everything in one place so I can always look up that list or piece of information I recorded because it ensures that I don’t have to “recreate the wheel”.  I like my moleskin planner but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t interested in investing in something that would better suit my current journal/planning style.  I am currently using 4 different planner/bullet journaling methods and I really just want to use ONE!

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I’ve already got a few planners on my radar (like this Moleskin, Mini Day Designer or an undated Passion Planner).

Reviewing all these planners I realized there are some MUST HAVES for me when it comes to planners.

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A planner needs to have:

  • Quotes to start your week.  The right motivation can really set the tone for your days ahead
  • Monthly pages spread across a normal size paper (8.5×11 inches)
  • Project Planning Pages
  • Mind mapping pages
  • Vision board pages (for like actual cutting and pasting into the planner)
  • Vertical Days Section (for tasks lists/general lists, daily appointments in descending order by time etc).  I think “going down a list” as a daily practice helps to keep your productivity in focus
  • Daily trackers for habits such as water intake, exercise and food (i.e. “whats for dinner”)
  • Daily trackers for expenses and self care
  • Daily gratitude section
  • Daily top 3-5 tasks
  • Daily creative work section.  I truly believe that doing something creative is necessary to both exercise the mind and help you in other areas of your life (such as problem solving etc)
  • Weekly goals, essentially the top 2-3 things you need to get done that week
  • Go to Lists section such as grocery, suit case packing, diaper bag etc
  • Daily, weekly and monthly productivity measurement
  • Free space (lined and blank) for doodling, note taking, free writing etc
  • Pomodoro explanation
  • Information on topics such as: productivity, focus, intention, mediation etc
  • Front and back pockets
  • Be able to lay flat
  • Bookmark (an attached piece of ribbon or a ruler that fits into the rings)
  • Free printables (something you can print from the planners website and add to your planner)

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Things I planner doesn’t need to have:

  • Global Date and Times
  • Flight Durations
  • Dialing codes
  • Measurement conversions
  • Shirt Sizes

…pretty much anything that can be googled in seconds!