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So I’m home after spending a great week with my fam. Well, I suppose ‘great’ is relative these days but any time I have with my mum is time that I love so boom, I’m saying it was great! Plus I got to see some awesome cousins and take my mom yard sale-ing with them, which is my absolute worst nightmare, but they all made it tolerable which is saying a lot for their company! I bonded with my brother in law over chewbacca ring tones, adored my sister for watching my beasts while I conquered the J Crew outlet, and had an actual lunch with Troy that didn’t include hauling 14 coloring books, stickers and yelling at kids to stop bugging other diners … which was heaven.

Finn’s best time of the week was swimming with his second cousin (or third, or like twice removed, or really who can recall how we name kids of cousins?) and Wren was in a haze of polly pocket mayhem (which mom scored for 3 bucks) which was a GOD SEND for keeping her happy.

Got Cliff back from Camp Gunby today, my ‘absolutely grateful I have you to unload my dog on when I have to drop everything and leave town in a flurry friends!’ … and he is obviously currently depressed. I mean a week with 2 other dogs, on a farm, swimming in a pond every day and eating fucking fresh chicken eggs for every meal? I mean, I’m sorta depressed for him, but I’m so happy to hug his stinky body and kiss his equally stinky head.

But today is not about sadness or stinky dogs. It’s about shopping! Summer is right around the corner even though ‘horrible mom me’ sent her kids to school in wee sweat shirts when it was actually 7 degrees out but I told them to just run around the play ground to get warm so it’s all good.

I thought it would be a good post to get me rolling towards some summer purchases and inspiration to put a smile on my face. Here’s to quirky shit that I LOVE which will make me (and hopefully you) share a giggle during a time in which laughter could indeed be the best medicine.

OK so think Disney Land, Wonderland, or hell probably the park … who doesn’t need a little nip now and then when you are knee deep in hangry melt downs, relentless games of ’20 stupid questions’ and surrounded by exhausted, bitchy kids who are SOOOO BORED? A camera flask is a BRILLIANT addition to your summer repertoire. 

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I’m not sure you noticed but Pineapples are THE high fashion of the summer. I love this print from Fab.com.

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Most are aware of my weird decor, but this pillow is my fav thing right now. A wee nudey Hello terrarium…I mean, this is amazing.

Nudey Pillow

I love things that light up. Prob you would get that if you saw the lights on my bed post, my living room mirror, my kitchen chalkboard, my bunkie walls … I guess twinkle lights are my thing. So this lightbox that you can design is like the heavens have opened up for me. You can post what’s for dinner (nothing), make jokes, use for party menus, list drink options, I mean, I love this.

Cinema Lightbox

My ‘buy me brunch‘ jesus tank is one of my go-to clothing options so obviously I would hop back to them, and see some new stuff while figuring out my summer wardrobe. Here are a few I love …

 

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So let’s not forget to ‘summer up’ your tech. A great resource is Design Love Fest which is one of my gurus and go to site for amazing decor/fashion inspiration. She offers up free wallpapers for your desktop, iPads, phones … whatever, so there is no excuse for a boring white background or pics of your kids. Ok that was harsh but you have enough of them on instagram, there is no need to plaster every device too. Enjoy!

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If You Can’t Do Something At Least Look Good Doing It

So, what I want to write about this morning isn’t anything at all what I am going to write about. Let’s just say that as a mother, my limits were tested to the breaking point or as I will now coin the term – THE WREN POINT. I was giddy at the bus stop. GIDDY.

Small snippet:

Hi Wren, here’s some banana (screams and yells and spits banana everywhere)

Hey Wren, nose and toes to the wall, time out for you (screams and kicks me for 15 min)

Finn: Mom you are scary when Wren makes you mad. (Sorry Finn – massive guilt kicks in)

Hey Wren (finally able to come to eat) here’s some food, please eat (two bites later, I’m done)

Hey Wren, you’re going to die if you don’t start eating (I WANT TO DIE THEN!)

Hey Wren, this is wasteful (WHO CARES)

Hey Wren, let’s get dressed (NOPE)

Hey Wren, let’s try to pee (FUCK YOU MOM)

… so after dressing a rag doll, brushing teeth on a kid who wouldn’t open her mouth and dragging her to the bus stop this is her final good bye:

“BYE CLIFFORD – I LOVE YOU! (blows kisses and gets on the bus with a smile)”

MOTHER FUC — ER

OK, on to better topics. Clothes!

So a few weeks ago we decided we were going full throttle – a skiing family in the making. Three hills are within an hour from us, and we booked a holiday in Mont Tremblant so it’s time to put yourself out there and break a leg. Joking. I hope.

We took Finn to the Loretto Ski Shop which I have to say was hilarious. A former ski hill, turned ski shop, in the middle of absolute nowhere, in a house. But it was hopin’ and there was a Ski Swap so we outfitted Finn in some used boots. Awesome older guy really knew his stuff. A kijiji stop later and we had skis for him too.

Oh so what do you do next, you drive to Collingwood ‘just to look’ at their ski sale …

Ski Sales Man: So how many times did you ski last year?

Me: Uh I don’t know …

Ski Man: Half a dozen?

Me: Uh … no less then that …

Ski Man: So a couple?

Me: Uh … once?

So obviously seeing someone who cares nothing for money, 1400 later, Troy and I look amazing in our new boots and skis.

Then I read in a mag last night that Gwen Stefani has a line with Burton for Snowboarding gear. Well HELLO, this is my new favourite sport. So I felt it would be nice foray into the season change to plan out some outfit choices for skiing and apres ski – the best part really. We will embrace winter in this frigid country and look amazing doing it!

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I just need to perfect this angsty glare, then I will fit right in.

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Love this. Whip off that jacket in front of the fire, look at me, I still am awesome under this coat. Plaid meet leopard print meet British invasion.

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This has been in my cart since last night. Troy tells me we are hunkering and I shouldn’t spend. I say – how can I not?

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I’m not fussy on the print near the bottom, but for some reason the stripped cuffs speak to me. Plus it’s a mitt and I think I would do better skiing in a mitt. I’m more mitty then glovey.

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I’m kinda jazzing on this print..

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Mint ski pants – yes please!

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I’ve found my jacket …

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These are pretty awesome.

So now I leave you to carry on with my day of quiet bliss but as a parting shot, I will end this post with the song that Troy and I belt out each time we discuss our upcoming ski adventures. It dates us terribly but some of you will be able to relate. I need some gum …

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To Tub or Not to Tub? That is the question.

This past winter killed us. It killed our spirit, our will to continue living in Canada, it required me to research alternate places to live where coats were NOT allowed. My god, it made me SKI. Yes SKI. Kelly SKIED. Kelly wanted to learn to SKI. It was almost apocalyptic.

We spent a weekend in Collingwood SKIING ( I just had to mention it again ) with friends at a chalet and that was it. It had a hot tub and suddenly we realized what we must do. We must purchase a tub. It would allow us access to the outdoors at -30. It would allow us to enjoy the winter nights, and most importantly, it would be required après tobogganing. Our brilliant catch phrase that was concocted one stormy March night as we ventured to the local hill around 10PM. We’ve even planned the t-shirt production…but I digress. So it has been a number of months and a zillion conversation in which we exclaimed:

‘Of corse we need one! Let’s do it!
‘Holy shit hot tubs are expensive, let’s ditch that idea.’
‘Nope we need one, winters SUCK!’
‘Well…maybe we should save the money, put it against the mortgage?’
‘That’s a TERRIBLE idea, we need a tub!’

Troy and I are notorious for our lack of commitment to anything, we’ve established, aside from our relationship, and this purchase is big for us. Monumental really. I mean, I’ve been wanting to change my dining table for 10 YEARS but just can’t quite find the one I want, or rather, the one I want is too expensive so I do nothing. I can’t commit to one season of a TV show so I start 20 and never finish any. I can barely commit to bring my kids to birthday parties because I’m just not sure what I’ll be doing that day. We are going on vacation in a few weeks but have neglected to select a hotel because we just can’t seem to commit to a departure date. We are that ridiculous.

HOWEVER.

This is a big however, we can totally commit to the ludicrous ideas … no problem. Want to move to a town you know nothing about? Sure, it has a potato festival, seems right. Want to write a book series with no education on book writing, while you’re pregnant? You bet. Should we extend the house and put in a second bathroom, and perhaps live in something over 1200 square ft with 4 people and an 80 lb dog? Nope, let’s turn our shed into a bunkie that we can party in instead. Should we buy a european hot tub that we can carry on our bicycles? OF CORSE!

That is when Troy found the Dutch Tub. The most spectacular and fantastic item that everyone should own. I mean, look at this incredible beast. You light a fire to heat the water…a wood fire! You can take it on top of your fecking car, you can bike with it – I mean could there be anything more incredible then showing up at your friends house, and be like, oh wait, let me unload my hot tub, we’ll just place it right here and boom. Party in a driveway.

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And then we googled the images. Amazing.

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Just place it on your truck.

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Pile 20 kids in it. Boom.

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Take it to a bar of corse.

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Bike it around town. Naturally.

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Slap it on a raft and giver to your friends cottage. Yes.

We were ecstatic. Giggling like we had won the lottery. THIS was what we were going to buy. Sadly it was way over budget and the small problem of shipping to Canada was just not in the cards for us. So while we just bought a Canadian made tub yesterday, we sit with a mixture of excitement of our purchase and melancholy over our beloved Dutch Tub. You will be gone but not forgotten. Onwards and upwards to our next incredibly dumb idea! Should we sell everything and live on a boat? Hmmmmmm…

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Winter Obsessions

This winter I think I’m totally becoming a dude, obsessing over lumberjack fabrics, wool, checks, and actually drinking beer on occasion – I know – WHOA. I’m even wearing socks! Yes for those who know me well, know I hate socks, but my lovely friend Beth gave me some checked Roots socks for Xmas and I’m totally smitten.

Setting me aside from true dudedom is that no, I’m not watching porn or hockey so I suppose I’m still me. And the one or two dudes who read this will probably say that these things are totally not dudeish as they don’t give a shit about home decor or fancy socks. Dave Chappelle once said – if I dude could pick up chicks in a cardboard box, he would live in a cardboard box. Regardless I thought I would do a fluff post on some of my new favorite things this winter. Stay warm!

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Super cute for a winter party.

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Suppose I can’t do this with kids in the hosue… HEY MOM WATCH ME SWING THIS THING!

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I love this paddle from Roots…Troy you reading this?

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Roots leather goods. Gorge. (Yes I’m quoting Barbie on Netflix)

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A hidden mini bar – perfect for Rye Guy AKA my husband…

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I wish I could have a wedding do over…

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Anything with +’s I love – whether it’s the swiss alps connection who knows, it’s amaze! (Yes I’m watching too much Barbie…)

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Can I live in this outfit everyday?

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Beer wall decals from fab.com.

bear staple remover

Completely useless but so quirky I think I need this.

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Just thought I’d pop this handsome fella in too. Hellooooo.

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What the Etsy?

I have no idea why I googled this topic on Etsy, but I’m hilariously glad I did. And a little creeped out. So what’s do you get when you look up ‘strange’ on Etsy? A whole

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