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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Festive Popcorn


It's that time of year when everything is starting to feel festive and Christmas spirit starts to take over. Will and I are still big kids at heart and get into the mood early with things like festive cocktails, decorating, and lots of Christmas tunes (I don't think it gets any better than doing holiday baking while pumping your favourites in the background). If you've got some parties coming up or need some festive stocking stuffer/ teacher gift ideas, this popcorn is perfect. I made mine minty- what's more Chrismtas- y than candy canes?- but you can choose whatever holiday treats you like for your mix. It's simple to make and looks super cute when finished off with some Christmas wrapping or served in cute paper cups at a party. Just try not to eat it as you go or you won't have any left! ;)

Ingredients:
4 cups popped popcorn
1 cup mint chocolate chips
1 cup mint candies (this will equal approx 1/4 cup when crushed)



Directions:
1. Once your popcorn is popped and cooled (you don't want it to melt your candies), separate your various ingredients into bowls.

2. Unwrap your candies and place on a piece of parchment paper. Fold the parchment over the candies and using a rolling pin crush them into small pieces.




3. Now for the fun part! In a bowl or jar, begin mixing your ingredients together in layers starting with popcorn at the bottom. Do this until you've mixed everything up together and your container is full. It looks super cute stored in a mason jar with a lid or...


... wrapped up in a cute container like a Chinese take- out box to give as a gift!



... finish it off with some pretty ribbon or twine and some Christmas greens for an easy party favour or teacher's gift.






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Monday, November 28, 2016

Walk This Way: Kickin' It With Liam {Review}


A little random fact about the younger of my two little blondies: at 19 months, Liam still isn't walking unassisted. It's just in the past few weeks that he's started taking his first steps by himself and the laughter and smiles we get are pricless as he gets more and more confident. And as much as I'll be glad when he's walking- this boy takes his sweet time!- I know I'm in for it big time when he's running around. He's already getting into mischeif Ari never did and I can only imagine what he's going to think up; this mama won't be sitting still!

With him learning to walk, having good footwear for him has been a focus. I wanted some shoes with hard soles for the cold and wet weather ahead, but also some with softer soles that would help his feet adjust to walking, helping him grip the floor/ ground. Shoes with leather or suede soles are perfect for this and when I had the chance to try out a cute pair from Aston Baby, the timing couldn't have been better. 

These shoes are made with a leather upper and suede sole with a velcro closure to keep little ones from pulling their shoes off (and of course Liam loves to do this!). Made for babies 0- 18 month old in mind, they were designed with 3mm semi- soft suede for the sole to protect little toes and make them slip- resistant (another importnat thing to consider when looking for shoes for little ones taking their first steps). As with the other products Aston Baby carries, these shoes combine classic and modern style and are built to last. I picked out the navy pair for Liam (these are available in 4 colours) since I thought they would be perfect for his Fall and Winter outfits, and so far they've survived my little guy putting them to the test. Scroll to the end of this post for product details. 










Shoe features:
- leather upper with semi- soft 3mm suede sole
- faux- buckle velcro closure
- classic t- bar design
- available in 4 colours: navy, mustard, red, and white

If you're looking for a pair of baby shoes to help your little one take their first steps, or the perfect baby shower gift, visit the Aston Baby website to see all four colours these shoes are available in and make sure to check out their other items including baby gifts & gift bundles.

Find them on social media:
Facebook: Aston Baby
Instagram: @astonbabyonline
Pinterest: Aston Baby

Friday, November 25, 2016

Fashion Feature: Chews Boutique


When you're running around in a romper in November, you know you must be on the West Coast. No snow here folks, and on the day we shot the photos for this blog post it almost felt like Summer was back. In November. Chews Boutique launched earlier this month, offering up a variety of adorable pieces all priced under $70. Everything is selected by owner Chelsey to be comfortable and stylish with a modern, minimalist aesthetic. With everything from tops, bottoms, dresses, and outerwear, Chews has pieces for every aspect of your closet, and you won't break the budget treating yourself. We got together just after the online shop opened to style a few of the pieces from this recently launched collection, and lucked out with a rain- free day to run around taking photos. If you're on the look out for pieces that offer up easy style, make sure you check out this awesome new online boutique. See below for 5 looks styled with Chelsey and Chews Boutique.






Antler necklace- JQ Vancouver
Hat, leggings & shoes- my own









Shoes- my own






Choker necklace- JQ Vancouver
Shoes- my own








Neckalce- JQ Vancouver
Bag- borrowed from Chelsey








Side Knot Top- $38.50 
Hooded Vest- $55.50 
Shoes- my own

If you're like me, a few of the pieces from Chews have made it onto my Christmas wishlist. Everything is comfortable, stylish, and affordable- how can you go wrong? I hope you love this new collection as much as I do, the hard part will be narrowing down your choices! Also- make sure you keep an eye out for more pieces being released in the coming weeks as Chelsey will be adding new pieces to the shop regularly.

Special thanks to Akane Kondo for shooting the photos for this collab!





About Chews 
Chews Boutiqie was established by owner Chelsey Andrews to offer a unique take on wardrobe basics. Offering up a variety of pieces that invokde effortless style with a minimalist and modern feel, Chews aims to offer pieces that will becomes staples in their shopper's closets at an affordable price point. To view current selection, visit the Chews website.

Follow Chews on social media for the latest releses and special discounts:
Facebook: Chews Boutique 
Instagram: @shopchews

Photo credit: Akane Kondo Photography
Instagram: @akanekondophoto