Sometimes I Just Need A Little Space

OakvilleWe are a family that thrives on and craves routine. My kids and I need some kind of structure to our day and without it we start getting irritable and anxious. Mike (and maybe Beau) on the other hand do pretty well being on vacation.

Don’t get me wrong, I do have fun, but it is really hard to shake the nagging to-do lists that constantly run through my mind throughout the day.

It has taken me over a year to create some semblance of balance in our lives, but unfortunately it is a fragile house of cards that can be blown down with a single staycation.

Little did I know that Mike had seen some footage of me talking about how I struggle with this and how it can be a trigger for my anxiety.

In today’s vlog I talk about how I use some much needed space to regroup and continue enjoying our staycation.

Also, we take a little trip to a neighbouring lakeside city for a specialist appointment for Beau.

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Triple Flip Haul And Giveaway!

Being the middle child of four kids can be tricky. Being one of three girls in the family can be even harder at times. That is why I make sure I carve out very specific one-on-one time with each of my kids… especially our five-year-old, Beau.

When the children’s clothing and accessories store, Triple Flip approached us asking Beau if she wanted to go for a mini shopping spree at their store, she and I jumped at the opportunity!

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Beau was excited about all of the fun colours, textures and patterns that Triple Flip is known for, and I was excited to add some quality pieces to Beau’s wardrobe, knowing that her two little sisters would one day be receiving these hand-me-downs.Triple Flip 2

Walking into Triple Flip’s Oakville, Ontario location, we were immediately blown away by everything from their sparkly sunscreen to their fresh and colourful summer accessories. Oh, and of course the clothes!

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After doing a few laps around the store I was able to narrow Beau in on a very special outfit which included Triple Flip’s wildly popular Minky Bubble Hoodie in Spring Tie Dye Green. Check out the video below of our entire shopping experience!

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When we finished shopping, Beau decided to wear her new outfit home, so the friendly staff cut off the tags for her. As soon as we left the store, Beau began to inform me that she was no longer five-years-old. She was now a ten-year-old dance instructor named Clara who teaches class B.

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I played along struggling to keep a straight face while I was beaming inside at Beau’s new-found confidence. This new outfit truly made her feel empowered.Triple Flip 9

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Goldie Blox

I saw this product a couple of months ago and I thought it was fantastic. Goldie Blox is a new educational toy specifically designed for girls. The designer is a female engineer who saw the lack of educational engineering toys geared towards girls that used problem solving skills. The toy is cleverly designed with mechanics themed around a book about a character named Goldie. Using ribbons, cranks and blocks, your little one can engineer a solution to Goldie’s predicament.


This idea made me think a lot about my own daughter Beau, who is almost two. My husband Mike, who is a Civil Engineer will spend hours with our 3 ½ year old son building these elaborate hot wheels tracks and although Beau will get a turn here and there to race a car down the track we naturally play with her with her dolls, her toy kitchen and indulge in the fact that she loves doing housework. But, do we ever really sit down with her and try to build anything? Yes, she is young and doesn’t seem overly interested in engineering, but have we truly planted the seed to have an interest? I will definitely get in line to purchase this toy for her.