favorite fall finds

Well, you know what? According to me, Fall starts tomorrow… I actually don’t care about the real date, but the boys are back to school, I’m back at work after a summer off, Halloween decorations are hitting the stores, Beau’s Oktoberfest is just a few weeks away and Pumpkin Spice Latte’s are back at Starbucks. But guess what? I love Fall, so no complaining here!

Back to school usually means lots of time spent shopping in store and online… and I’m not the one to complain about that either, but this year, I spent way more time browsing than shopping, since beside a few pair of jeans and shoes, most of the boys clothes seemed to still fit perfectly. So here’s some of my Favorite Fall Finds from all this shopping and browsing I’ve done this past few weeks.

1- I actually bought this for Logan because as soon as I spotted it in store, I thought of him. Gymboree Wild One sweater is super soft and light but still cozy and warm. Can’t wait to pair this with rusty coloured pants.

2- Every girl, young and old, need a Chambray dress. I mean come on! You can wear it year round, paired up with flip flops, cute flats or awesome Hunter boots. I love the style of this dress with the original collar style. And this one won’t break the bank. So, way to go Joe Fresh!

3- Okay… I’m not getting these because they cost like an arm and a leg and I couldn’t just buy one and would end up ordering a pair for each of us… BUT, if I would have the budget, we would all be wearing Blundstone. I LOVE these boots, and imagining them on my boys… with a chunky sweater… be still my heart!

4- Do they make these in my size? I’m actually not joking. Pompoms, gold and pink… eh, hello! These shoes have my 8-years-old-self singing! For all of you with girls, please get your daughter a pair at Gymboree!

5- Here’s the perfect pair of Hunter Boots to go with that new Chambray dress of yours! I got my Hunters about 5 years ago and I think I’m due for a new pair. I never thought I would wear them as much as I did. Expensive but so worth it.

6- My mom makes most of my hats but I got my sight on this one. I must have been a Kate Spade handbag or something in my previous life because I’m attracted to EVERYTHING this company does. Cute and warm hat for crisp Fall days.

7- Talking about gorgeous handbag, I’ve got my sight on this one. The color is AMAZING… and again, just gorgeous with the Chambray dress or paired down with comfy jeans and a soft knit! And yes, from Kate Spade. Like, I could totally see this color as a lipstick, right?!

8- I’m all about Pompoms, I just can’t get enough. And when I spotted this JCrew girl sweater, I immediately imagined my fictional daughter wearing this!

9- In my opinion, pink is and will ALWAYS be in… and this dusty pink and cream combo screams “Let’s take a walk”. Well you know what, enough with the browsing, this time I’m buying! I really need this one since my workplace is always freezing cold. So why not be warm, comfy and cute at the same time with this RW&Co pink cardigan with suede patches.

I’m kind of in a crimson/plum/dusty rose mood palette this season and I can’t wait to start wearing my new vest to work. So, now that back to school shopping is done… it’s time to think about Fall activities and Halloween costumes! I just love Fall and this weather and the colder nights, and I think September will be a great one. Happy early Fall my fellow lemon friends!

 

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earth day

Earth Day was more like Earth week at our place!  And that’s a good thing!
We started to celebrate Earth Day more and more over the last couple of years, and now we’ve started to educate our babies to do the same.
With everything happening in the world, I believe that it’s up to each and everyone one of us to do our part.  And I know I still don’t do enough, but I try hard, and I know that in the end, trying is better that not doing anything.  And I encourage everyone to keep trying!
It’s fun to see the schools involved.  Last week, Liam’s classroom had to bring a flashlight to school to read.  They closed all the lights and spent some time with older students reading to them.  A few weeks ago, I was looking at Pinterest with Liam and we saw some Earth cupcakes.  He asked me if we could do some.  So last week, we whipped up 80 cupcakes that I sent to their classroom!  I remember how I loved it when my mom was baking stuff for my school friends, so I decided to do it as well; plus baking cupcakes is always fun and it makes me happy!

At my school, we had kindergarten students pick up trash in the rain.  The kids were so happy to jump in puddles all while cleaning in the community and surrounding areas.  We also had a day without trash, where no trash can were allowed and everything from their lunch bags had to be recycled or composted.  It’s a great way to teach kids about taking care of our beautiful planet.
At home, the kids love to do chores (for stickers, that later turns into treats), so lately I’ve started to let them sort out the recycling.  We did Earth hour a few weeks back where we all gathered in my bed and read books with a flashlight;  the only problem is that I found out the next day that we did it one day late!  Oh well, you know what, we still made a difference that day, I think… but even if we didn’t, the kids think they did, and they now start to understand that these things are important and make a difference, and teaching them THAT, will, one day, make a difference.  And THAT counts.

So this year for Earth day, we planted a tree.  A PINK one.  Of course I picked out a pink tree!  Brian was playing golf with some friends when I decided to go to our local greenhouse and pick out our next tree with the kids.  I paid for it and told them my husband would come and pick it up later that day.  Our front lawn maple tree was getting sick, and then last year we were told it was slowly dying.  By mid-September it had no more leaves in it, and this spring, it had absolutely no buds.  So when Brian pulled in the street with the pink tree coming out is 4Runner tailgate window, yeah, some of the neighbors made fun of him, but I bet there’ll be more pink trees on my street by the end of the week!  It is so beautiful!

We also planted some veggies, flowers and strawberries in the backyard.  The boys love to play outside, and in the dirt; they made houses for worms and caterpillars, played with chalk, and made some feeders for the birds.  We finally all helped Brian cut our maple tree and dig a hole for the new pink tree.  By the end of the day, we were all exhausted, but it was all worth it.  The best part for the boys was probably watering the plants (and themselves)!  But they still took their jobs seriously!

So did you do your part for Earth Day?  Please share if you have any tricks to help our planet!

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14 days of love

Last year, I decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day for 14 days.  Why not… it’s love, and isn’t all about love?

We don’t have family that lives in our city, so date nights are pretty rare.  They used to happen all the time, we would go out one day to the restaurant, then the next day to the movies, then again to the restaurant, and on a good week we’d finish it by going to Royal Thai for dinner on Friday!  But since we’ve had kids, it’s been different!  We sometime sneak in a date when we visit our family on the weekend, as we tell them we’re coming down for the day when we’re actually only passing by to drop the kids… (thanks Mom, thanks Annick, thanks Brian’s mom) but to be honest, it doesn’t happen that often!

So my 14 days of love was for our entire family.  It’s doesn’t have to be an elaborate thing.  Here’s a few things we did last year:

-heart shaped pancakes

-wrote valentine cards for our friends and family

-made some strawberry pop-tarts for my coworkers

-bought myself new red nail polish… it counts!

-had a stay-at-home movie night with v-day popcorn

-went through all the Valentine’s Day cards that we received through the years… (yes, I kept all the cards… since I was a baby… I love these type of souvenirs!)

 This year, I still want to do the 14-day Valentine thing, and here’s a few idea I’ve added on my list:

-go skate on the Rideau canal

-try a new restaurant

-make pink pancakes… this should happen every weekend!

-have the boys answer a little questionnaire about what they love and read it with them one day, like in 10 years…

-make more v-day popcorn… you can never have too much popcorn!

-heart shaped pizza TODAY

-wear fancy rain boots

 So what’s your favorite V-Day tradition?

I hope you’ll try the 14 days of love this year!  Or at least try to treat yourself and your lover a couple times!

Happy Valentine month!

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pink cinnamon buns…of course

Bring me all the pink stuff!!!  Valentine’s Day is around the corner and everywhere I look… pink heart-shaped everything are calling my name!

Of course I’ve already decorated my house for Valentine’s Day.  Well, I like to decorate for every occasion.  So for the next few weeks, my house and my blog will be flooded with pink!

Last weekend I made pink cinnamon buns, and like he always do when he loves something, Logan said ‘dell-licious’ after his first bite.

I’m sharing the recipe from www.sprinklesomesugar.com but you can use your own favorite recipe and just add some pink food coloring!

What you need:

Dough

-1 packet of active dry yeast

-1 cup of warm milk

-2/3 cup of sugar

-1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

-2 eggs lightly beaten

-1 egg yolk, lightly beaten

-4 1/2 cups of flour

Filling

-1/2 cup unsalted butter

-1 1/4 cups brown sugar

-2 tablespoon cinnamon

Frosting

-4oz. cream cheese, at room temperature

-1/4 cup unsalted butter

-1 cup icing sugar

How to:

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the dough hook.  Add yeast, warm milk and 1 tbs of sugar.  Stir and set aside for 10 minutes.  Add the rest of sugar, melted butter and beaten eggs until combined.  Add 3 cups of flour and then add one tablespoon at a time until you have a workable dough.  The dough should be sticky, do not add to much flour.  Mix for 5 minutes.  Place the dough in a greased bowl in a dry place to rise.  For about one hour.

While the dough is rising, mix the ingredients for the filling.  Once the dough is ready, place it on a floured counter and roll it out to form a rectangle.  Smear the butter mixture on the dough, and then roll the dough.  I made heart shaped buns by rolling both side until they meet in the middle.  Cut and place in a baking pan, creating hearts.  Allow the dough to rise again for 30 minutes.

In a 350 degree oven, bake the cinnamon buns for 25 minutes or until golden brown… or in this case, golden pink!

For the frosting, beat the cream cheese and butter together until smooth with no lumps.  Add the icing sugar.

Spread the icing onto the warm buns!  Dell-licious!

Enjoy with your loved ones.

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