Find Joy

I rarely listen to the news / read the newspaper.  My mornings begin with my kids and around mid day I settle into doing things for myself (reading, writing, planning, creating) or things for the house/kids (feeding, tidying etc).   I don’t like discussing the things going in the news and the world.  To be honest I didn’t even hear it on the news.  My sister told my mom about it on our group family chat.  We were there about a month ago – my entire life was there.  But instead of getting angry at the world, certain person or myself there are things we can do.  Look for the blessings, donate and of course always be kind to one another.

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Capsule Packing for Las Vegas

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I’ve always enjoyed packing a suitcase or overnight bag.  The planning, the organization, the list making – everything that goes into packing makes me feel like I’m getting ready for the first day of school.  I guess packing gives me a sense of control, which isn’t something I crave in my every day life (I’m not exactly a type A personality).

But packing as a family of 4 takes on a whole new level because now I am trying to be as minimalist as possible.

Okay, I’ll be honest, you can’t really pack minimally with kids.  I mean even if you are going away for 6 days you still have to pack 12 days worth of clothes.  Well 15 because you need back up clothes for your back up clothes 😂.  With more than one kid, diapers, wipes and all the other stuff kids are comfortable with, that could take up an entire checked luggage.

So when we starting planning for our 1st multi-generational vacation I knew that going with more than one checked suit case was more then we could handle.  I mean we have only so many hands and carry ons and backpacks work better with umbrella strollers and babies in carriers.

I had to get creative and decided to plan all outfits (included back ups of back ups), pare down the number of shoes I normally take and research as many ways as possible to be as lean as possible with our packing.

I was pretty happy with myself when all we had was one large checked luggage, one carry on luggage and one backpack for 6 days!

I figure I’d share my capsule wardrobe for Las Vegas.  Mind you I didn’t do any clubbing but considering the girls’ grand parents were with us I did plan in case we would be able to get out (we didn’t – the time difference didn’t make for easy for evenings).

Daytime outfits were needed for hanging out at the strip, shopping, checking out the free hotel attractions, going to the gym and taking a day trip to go hiking.  Evening outfits were normally just for dinners (restaurant or buffet).

I was able to make 13 outfits from the following pieces:
– 4 fancy tops
– 1 tank top
– 2 t-shirts
– 1 button up
– 1 black skirt
– 1 light weight jacket
– 2 pairs of shorts
– 2 pairs of leggings (1 was vegan leather)
– 1 pair of gym crops
– 2 gym tops
– 2 bathing suits
Accessories included: wide brim fedora, chocker, handkerchief
4 pairs of shoes (runners, converse, mid heal sandal and flip flops – should have left the converse at home).

What started out as way to save space in our luggage actually turned out to be an efficient and quick way to get dressed for different activities on our trip.

Have you tried capsule/minimalist packing on a trip?

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.

TLY_MultiGenVacation1Us 4 got to the airport first as we had to check our large luggage.  Shortly after we met the rest of the fam and went through security.  Luckily we were the only family in the family line so it went by super quick.  I took both kids through security while the mister handled the luggage on the belt and other family members helped before or after.

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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!