Little Library: Ballet Books

Plié, Chassé, Jeté All Day!

Both of my daughters started ballet at age 3 and we loved collecting children’s books all about ballet. These are a few of our favourite books and we have read them for years! We love the beautiful artwork and the inspiring stories about girls who learn the dedication it requires to become a ballerina. I hope you enjoy this lovely little collection as much as we do!

Five Ballet Books we Love

Bunheads Misty Copeland 
This is the story of young Misty Copeland who discovers her love of dance through the ballet Coppélia–a story about a toymaker who devises a villainous plan to bring a doll to life.

I want to be a Ballerina Anna Membrino
Practice makes perfect! In this book, Mia wants to be a ballerina just like her big sister. But Mia’s sister teaches her there is more to being a ballerina than just putting on the right clothes. She helps her practice and work hard to become a ballerina.

Miss Lina’s Ballerinas Grace Maccarone
This fun rhyming book is about eight ballerinas―Christina, Edwina, Sabrina, Justina, Katrina, Bettina, Marina, and Nina― who dance to the park, at the zoo, and even while doing their schoolwork. They are one perfect act, but when Miss Lina introduces Regina, a new girl, the group of nine’s steps become a mess.

Tallulah’s Nutcracker Marilyn Singer
We love this book especially at Christmastime, but read it all year round! Tallulah’s dream of being in a real ballet comes true when she gets a part as a mouse in the Nutcracker. On the night of the show, disaster strikes when Tallulah falls during the performance. With the help of some role models, Talullah finds out what it takes to be a real ballerina.

Tallulah’s Tutu Marilyn Singer
A young girl knows that she could be a great ballerina, if only she had her Tutu! In this story Tallulah is disappointed that she doesn’t get a tutu, so she quits her ballet class. But, she can’t stop thinking about ballet everywhere she goes, and returns to class after learning that ballet is more than just the tutu.

Check out more of our favourite books in our Little Library section, including out lastest selection, Girls Take the Lead! 

Okanagan Mother’s Day Guide 2021

It’s time to celebrate Moms! This post is filled with local, Okanagan ideas to celebrate the special Moms in your life. From take-away or patio dining options, to locally curated gift baskets– there is something for everyone! Treat yourself or send this on to your family to pick out something special, all while supporting local businesses! I hope next year we will be back to regularly scheduled Okanagan activity posts. But, until then, stay safe and Happy Mother’s Day! xo

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Little Library: Girls Take the Lead

“Here’s to strong women, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.”– Author Unknown

We love books that share stories and adventures of strong, inspiring and brave girls and women. Vienna has been flying through the Princess in Black series— I highly recommend this series if your kids are starting Chapter books! The list below includes a range of books- from fictional tales, to biographies of incredible women, to inspiring messages.

We hope you enjoy this little collection as much as we do!

Dear Girl Amy Krouse Rosenthal
An inspiring book written as a letter for the special girl in your life; a gentle reminder that she’s powerful, strong, and holds a valuable place in the world.

Little Dreamers Visionary Women from Around the World Vashti Harrison
This beautifully illustrated book shares the stories of 35 women creators around the world, from writers to inventors to artists and scientists.

Little Leaders Bold Women in Black History  Vashti Harrison
This book shares the stories of 18 women trailblazing women in American history, including heroes, role models, and everyday women who did extraordinary things to make the world better for generations of girls and women to come.

Little People Big Dreams Women in Art Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
This set from the Little People Big Dreams series shares the stories of three incredible women who worked in the arts and changed the world: Frida Kahlo, Coco Chanel, and Audrey Hepburn.

The Princess in Black  Shannon Hale
Who says princesses don’t wear black? This fun series is all about an undercover Princess who ditches her dresses and becomes the monster fighting Princess in Black. Save yourself time & money and just buy the whole series up front– it’s that good!

Check out more of our favourite books in our Little Library section, including 5 Books about love and life!

Okanagan Valentine’s Day 2021 Gift & Date Guide

Happy February! It’s the month of LOVE and I’m excited to share this guide for Okanagan Valentine’s Day gift and date ideas! Whether you prefer ordering in (this might be getting a little old in 2021), or heading out to a local winery or restaurant, this list has it! I’ve also added some beautiful Okanagan gift ideas (I mean how gorgeous are these pink blooms from Hello Sweet Bloom?!)  I hope you enjoy a beautiful day with your loved ones. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Okanagan Valentine’s Day Gifts

Hello Sweet Bloom
What: The perfect pairing featuring beautiful BC grown seasonal flowers and monthly featured local wineries! Join the monthly club, gift a bundle and check out their limited Valentine’s Gift Bundle! Must order bundle by February 7. Available in Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country.

Floral Therapy Kelowna
What: Featuring a beautiful hand-tied Valentine’s bouquet with quicksand ross, bleached Italian Ruscus, eucalyptus & more.

Karat Valentine Chocolate Collection 
12 Delicate handcrafted couverture chocolates. Each chocolate is carefully hand painted and crafted using only the finest ingredients. Includes a selection of white, milk, dark chocolates and house made pralines.

Okanagan Lifestyle x Kitsch Wine Valentine’s Bundle
What: Give the gift that plants five trees and saves plastic from ending up in our waterways and local landfill with this gift pack! Kitsch’s Chardonnay & Okanagan lifestyle lightweight 3D printed wine glasses and a waterproof deck of playing cards made of recycled plastics. Re-stocking February 10

Sandrine Pastry
What: Gorgeous cakes, the most delicate and flavourful macarons, and a decadent selection of gourmet chocolates made by hand, using only the best European chocolate and finest ingredients. Special Valentines gift boxes and pastries available.

Hello Sweet Bloom
Photo Credit Hello Sweet Bloom

Okanagan Valentine’s Day Food & Wine

Crudite & Co 
What: An array of high quality vegetables, fruit, nuts, cheeses & meat in the form of picnic boxes, platter boards and grazing tables. The Valentine’s Love box is an extra large and indulgent Picnic Box packed full and layered with all of the Valentine’s goodies. Perfect for a cozy & romantic date night at home.

Grizzli Winery 
Valentines themed Jazz night with Anna Jacyszyn, an internationally renowned and local jazz singer. Enjoy the ambience of the fireside lounge with curated wine and food pairings. Taste delicious creations by Sandrine French Pastry and Chocolate with a flight of hand-selected wines as you peruse the lounge and wine shop inspired by Okanagan artists and artisans.

Mission Hill Valentines Dinner 
What: A delicious 4-course wine-paired dinner that is a true reflection of Canadian food and wine. Dinner service times are available at either 5pm or 8pm, please allow 2.5 hours for this experience.
When: February 12, 13, 14

Start Fresh Kitchen Valentines Dinner
What: A six course menu prepared by top local chefs, and paired with Okanagan Wines.
When: February 14 & 15

Summerhill Winery Valentines at Home
What: Summerhill Winery Valentine’s Cheese Fondue Dinner for Two Includes A cheese fondue, ‘box’ of chocolates and a bottle of Cipes Brut to enjoy at home! OR Valentine’s Day Brunch ‘Charcuterie’ Board includes charcuterie board and mimosa kit.
When: Order your fondue by February 10 for pick up February 12 or 13 after 2pm. Order brunch by February 12 for pick up February 14.

Vibrant Valentines Experience
What: Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Vibrant Vine Winery with private tasting for 2, a self-guided 3D art walk and a glass of your favourite Vibrant Vine wine with cheese plate
When: Reserve your tickets for February 12, 13, 14, 15

Do you know of more Okanagan Valentines Day or gift idea that isn’t on this list? Send me an email and I’ll be sure to add it!

2020 Christmas in Kelowna Family Activity Guide

Christmas activity guide

It’s time to get ready to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! Our Christmas in Kelowna family activity guide will look much different this year, but, there are still plenty of ways to get in the festive spirit, and support local businesses. This year’s guide includes everything from Christmas tree farms, to Christmas brunches, to online Craft fairs! This page will be updated regularly as more information regarding 2020 events and activities becomes available so please check back often. Merry Christmas!

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Spooky Halloween Popcorn

spooky halloween popcorn

This fun and festive Halloween popcorn is our favourite Fall movie night snack! Make it with marshmallows or make it with chocolate, this recipe is easy and fun. And, don’t forget the googly eyes! (Every Mom’s hack to making anything festive 😉 )

Spooky popcorn chocolate

Chocolate Spooky Halloween Popcorn

You Need

  • Parchment paper
  • 1 bag of popped microwave popcorn
  • White chocolate (Bakers, Almond Bark)
  • Pretzels (stick ones)
  • Candy eyes, Halloween sprinkles


  • Cover pan or large plate with parchment paper
  • Make a layer of pretzels
  • Melt chocolate, stirring frequently
  • Drizzle chocolate over pretzels
  • Optional layer of Chex cereal & more chocolate
  • Layer popcorn on top
  • Drizzle another layer of chocolate on top
  • Sprinkle with candy eyes, halloween sprinkles & treats!

Marshmallow Spooky Halloween Popcorn

spooky halloween popcorn

You Need

  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 2.5 cups of mini marshmallows
  • 1 bag of popped popcorn
  • Candy eyes & sprinkles
  • Mini halloween chocolate bars


  • Microwave 1 pkg of microwave popcorn, set aside
  • Melt butter in large pot over low heat
  • Pour in marshmallows slowly and stir continuously
  • Once combined pour in popcorn and quickly mix to cover with marshmallow mixture
  • Top with candy eyes and chopped pieces of mini chocolate bars!


Which recipe is your favourite? Share in the comments what combo you create! If you love holidays like we do, make sure you check out more of our fun and simple Halloween snacks and our Halloween bookshelves!

Okanagan Pumpkin Patches & Fall Fun 2020

Kelowna Pumpkin Patch

Happy Fall! Back by popular demand is our list of all of the Okanagan’s Fall and Halloween fun! While 2020 activities might look a little different (and a lot smaller…. welp), there are still plenty of ways to safely enjoy the season here in the Okanagan. Check out the best Okanagan pumpkin patches and celebrate the season with your family (bubble)!

This post includes the following sections:

  • Farm & Orchard Fun
  • Okanagan Pumpkin Patches
  • Family-Friendly Activities

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BC’s Hidden Family Vacation Gem, Cozy Cabins

Cozy Cabins Family Vacation

Summer 2020 …  what a time. Having spent most of Spring in quarantine, a family vacation just might be (permanently) at the top of our wish list. With travel on pause for the foreseeable future, there isn’t a better time than now to appreciate, enjoy, and discover our own backyard. We wanted to find an amazing family vacation destination in our home province of British Columbia and were lucky to spend a week at Cozy Cabins Nature Resort. Tucked away in the Creighton Valley just outside of Lumby, BC, this family resort is truly one of a kind! Today I’m sharing why we love Cozy Cabins for the best family vacation.

Thank you to Cozy Cabins Nature Resort for hosting our stay! All opinions shared in this review post are my own.

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Best Teething Toys for Babies

Teething Toys for Babies

A teething baby is so much fun, said no mother ever. 

Today we’re talking about teething, and what teething toys are the best! Right now my little guy is teething (has been since 3 months!) and he finally got his first tooth! Both of my girls had teeth around 4 months, but this little guy has been drooling and chewing for months on end with nothing. And, his top tooth poked through first! It’s crazy how some kids have it easy, others worse, and the timing is all over the place. Below are my kids’ favourite teething toys. If you’ve got a fussy, teething baby, hang in there– and check out these little toys to help your baby through it!

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Nursery Storage & Organization

Baby Boy Nursery

I love beautiful baby rooms! But, they can be tricky to keep organized, since there are SO many little things, and, in our case, not a lot of space. Today I’m sharing a little behind the scenes of how we keep things organized in Rowen’s Nautical Nursery.

Just before Rowen was born I had Organize my Space help me through a little nesting and get Rowen’s room organized! If you ever need help getting your organizing underway, check them out! You can see how the process works in this Toy Organizing post. Over the past nine months, I’ve transitioned a few things to better accommodate how fast a baby grows and I’m sharing my current & favourite nursery storage and organization tips!

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