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Sunny Backyard Playing

The past few weeks we have spent endless hours in the backyard. I’m so thankful for sunny days that we can be outside and playing in the heat, it’s what childhood memories are made of! When it’s summertime, we’re always out in the backyard exploring. Having children makes you worry about everything, especially your child being out in the backyard by herself. Thankfully, our friend recommended that we contact to see if they can help to remove any weeds and mosquitos from the yard. They’re both always big concerns when it’s summer. We feel a lot more comfortable when our daughter is in the garden now.

We play all kinds of games in the garden and as you can see, we’ve just got a swing too! We’re currently looking at the best porch swing beds so that we can relax in the garden as well as play. It’ll be great being able to sit on the swing and watch my baby girl play and explore. I’m already excited for the rest of the summer!

In the Summer when we’re expecting a warm week I hear people constantly warning “Wear sunscreen!” but people often forget about the importance of also wearing sunglasses. Just as important as protecting your skin from UV rays is protecting your eyes from them.

I am an IRIS ambassador, a company that is a big on eye care & eye wear. They have a wonderful optometry team that have helped me get set up with the proper eye care I need and they also carry a large selection of all my favourite frames.

These Ray Bans are great for playing around outside. They are my go to pair of sunglasses for the yard, beach, or bike rides. They’re just comfortable, they have pretty warm tones to look through and the round shape gives full sun coverage, it’s not sneaking in the sides like some of my smaller framed pairs.

“You do You” Printable

The amount of time we spend scrolling Instagram feeds & Pinterest these days it can be really easy to forget who you are. Constantly being fed other peoples ideas, outfits, art, homes, recipes… what do I like again? I made this printable to have a little reminder in our homes to “do you”. I’m always the most inspired by people who are authentic. Whether or not they’re doing what’s “trendy” I think it’s far more interesting and freeing to just stick to your gut, your own style, what you love. You do you. Don’t worry about what other people are doing, because it’s true… Comparison is the thief of joy.

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Tip for printing poster size: At Staples you can get Engineer Prints rather than an actual “Poster” if you are just printing in black & white and they are only about $4 for a 24 X 36 print (smaller sizes are also available).


Fiesta Bowl + Vegan Queso

This meal is totally detox friendly & delicious, I’ve been experimenting with Mexican inspired food that doesn’t make me feel like theres a brick in my stomach after.

Fiesta Bowl

Brown Rice – cooked with Lime Juice & Cumin. I just add a dash of each into the water while I’m boiling it

Roasted Sweet Potatoes – Diced, tossed in olive oil, cumin chilli powder, garlic powder, & salt. Roasted in a 9X13 at 400F for 30 minutes

Fresh Cabbage Slaw – Finely chopped cabbage, Lime juice, salt, cilantro, pineapple or mango. Make a big batch of this because the flavour only gets better as it sits

Barbecued Chicken Breast

Vegan Queso – Recipe Below

Can also top it with cilantro, salsa, jalapeños, hot sauce, lime.

Vegan Queso

I love this Queso! It was inspired by Oh She Glows life affirming warm nacho dip I just really simplified it and its so easy and yummy I make it a couple times a week. We put it on top of bowls or eat it warm with beans & avocado on top and dip chips in.

4 Carrots peeled, chopped & boiled until tender with a fork

1 can Full fat coconut milk

2-3 Tbs Nutritional yeast 

1 tsp Chilli powder

1 tsp Garlic powder

Dash of Cayenne

Salt to taste

Place the cream of the can of coconut milk into a blender, followed by carrots & spices. Blend until smooth, can add some of the coconut water if more liquid is needed.


Choosing our babies names


I loveeeee names. I’ve had an on going list of names in my phone since I was twelve, I was so excited to get to name my first child. Having children with somewhat unique baby names we’ve been asked about their names a lot, so here’s where they call came from.

The name Poppy was added to my list before I was pregnant for the first time, I think it probably came into my mind after seeing Poppy Delevingne. She was the only person named Poppy I had heard of at the time. I loved it, the perfect in between of being unique but still a “real” name. Although Poppy was actually my second choice (although I of course love it!)… I wont tell you my first choice because I’ll be jealous if you use it 😉 haha, David couldn’t get on board with it. But he loved Poppy so we went with that. Her middle name, Darling, we got from my Dad. Don’t worry my Dad isn’t named Darling. He was at the barbershop and the guy cutting his hair said that his wife was pregnant he was trying to convince her to name the baby Darling, I loved it so much, I stole it! So if your husband is a trendy barber in Vancouver and your daughter is named Darling, I’m sorry, we copied you. So no, Poppy’s name doesn’t have any meaning I just loved the names.

But oh boy have I gotten my share of comments. “Did you let her name herself?!”, “Oh wow, well what’s her middle name?”, “Well at least it’s not Jumpy”. Yup, exactly what we thought, lets name our daughter Poppy because at least it’s not Jumpy! Haha I always surprised the things people find appropriate to say.

Goldie’s name was inspired by Goldie Hawn. We weren’t naming her after Goldie Hawn but that was definitely the only place we had heard that name. I always thought if I changed my name to anything it would be Goldie, so the closest I could get was giving the name to my daughter. David was a realllly hard sell on this one. I was trying to convince him of it the whole pregnancy without any luck and finally when I was in the hospital in labour for FIVE DAYS the nurses asked what we were going to name her and he finally gave in to his poor wife laying in the hospital bed. And giving the circumstances I can’t imagine a better name for our little girl in Heaven. There is something angelic about the name Goldie, and with her middle name being Bloom it give the imagery of Golden Flowers which has been a since symbol that will always be attached to remembering Goldie for us.

Skipper was the boy name that we had chosen when I was pregnant the first time with Poppy before we found out the gender. I’m so glad that I ended up having my baby boy because since we had this boy name for 4 years I kind of felt like we would have been missing a person without ever having our Skipper that we had imagined from when I was first pregnant. We like that it is unique but can be shortened to Skip for a more “normal” name. I was googling why so many men have the nickname Skip and it actually originally was a nickname for men named after their grandfathers, meaning that the name skipped a generation. His middle name, Augustine, is named after St. Augustine of Hippo. An early Christian theologian who had a large influence on Western Christianity. We call him Gus as a nickname.

With Skipper we get asked if that’s his real name, and when most hear his name they say “Skipper!” with a bit of a friendly chuckle, which I don’t mind. We’ve definitely learned to be confident in our name choices and not care about the reactions. That’s also why we didn’t tell anyone our baby names before they were born. Because without a cute new baby to comment on people are just giving you a reaction on the name. But if you introduce them to the name for the first time with the baby even if they hate the name the can at least comment on how precious the baby is!

Tell me your baby names or the ones on your list!


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