“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 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!
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
What: 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.
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.
What: 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
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!
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!
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 😉 )
Chocolate Spooky Halloween Popcorn
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
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!
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)!
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.
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!
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!
Welp. Another holiday and no holiday activities post. I miss creating fun lists of all the places to go and visit in the Okanagan to celebrate special holidays! In place of our annual Okanagan Mother’s Day activities guide, I’ve put together this Okanagan Mother’s Day GIFT guide! Treat yourself or send this on to your family to pick out something you’ll love, all while supporting local businesses! Enjoy, and Happy Mother’s Day! xo
As a busy Mom of three little kids, fast and good nutrition is key to my wellness routine. Today I’m sharing my go-to nutritional products that I have used for ten years. TEN. A whole decade of using Isagenix every dang day! I bring it on vacation, to work, and I even brought it to the hospital when I had my babies! Here are my favourite products. If you have any questions, please reach out!