Fall Ponchos!

I am really loving ponchos (also referred to as capes or wraps) for Fall!  Such a fun and cozy alternative to simply throwing on a sweater.  They give you that layer of extra warmth, while still looking very chic!  These wraps can have a bit of a vintage or rustic feel to them which I love!  Ponchos are super easy to style and you can wear them over practically anything: jeans, leggings, dresses.  If this is a new trend to you, grab one in a neutral colour that goes with everything.  You will be surprised by how much use you will actually get out of it 🙂  I get more compliments whenever I wear this plaid one below.

Cute Plaid PonchoFun Fall Plaid Poncho

My exact plaid poncho is from last Fall but I have found a bunch of other really cute, reasonably priced ones if it a look you are interested in trying this look:

Ponchos

One. Black Plaid Poncho  //  Two. Blue Buffalo Wrap  //  Three. Plaid Poncho //  Four. Buffalo Plaid Cape //  Five. Plaid Poncho //  Six. Grey Multi Plaid Cape  //  Seven. Jacquard Cape  //  Eight. Reversible Poncho  //  Nine. Fringe Black Wrap  //  Ten. Plaid Toggle Wrap //  Eleven. Blue Fringe Wrap

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

A Visit to the Pumpkin Patch!

I absolutely love taking our kids to the Pumpkin Patch!  We  probably go at least 5 or 6 times every year.  Our first trip this year was to the Port Kells Nursery.  This is one of my favourite patches to visit, as there is so much for the kids to do there besides just picking out their pumpkins.  Another great part is that it is totally free to go to, with the exception of taking a hayride.  The charge for this is $5.00 (under 3 years is free) which the nursery will redeem towards the purchase of a pumpkin or plants.  We easily spend a couple of hours each time we visit.  A bonus feature of this particular nursery is that a few of the attractions are inside, because lets face it, Fall in B.C. usually involves a decent amount of rain… lol!  I only discovered this nursery a couple of years ago, so I wanted to share it in case you live in the area and are looking for somewhere new and fun to try 🙂

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My sweet boys in the adorable pumpkin toques my talented mom made them 🙂

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Choosing pumpkins from the patch

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The Indoor Hay Maze

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Feeding the chickens!

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Indoor Sandbox

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Lots of diggers and shovels to play with! (Behind him is the bunnies & goats.)

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Entrance to the little (also indoor) Haunted House

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Indoor Ball Toss

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Pumpkin Patch

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My eldest son’s favourite part… a bunch of tractors for him to climb on and “drive” 😉

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Outfit Details: My marl shawl cardigan is sold out at H&M but I’ve linked a cozy one HERE & HERE & HERE  //  my striped turtleneck is from last year but I have linked a similar one HERE  & HERE  //  Jeans  //  Boots

There is also an outdoor corn maze, pig pen, little café inside to grab a snack at and I have seen face painting on the weekends!  No shortage of things to keep the kids entertained 🙂  What are your favourite family friendly activities for Fall?  I am always welcoming suggestions!

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Happy Thanksgiving! (& the Best Friends and Family Sales)

This weekend we celebrate Thanksgiving here in Canada.  With everything going on in our world right now, I am feeling extra thankful for the health and safety of my loved ones.  For me personally, it makes me feel awful that it often takes a tragic event for me to appreciate how truly fortunate I am.  This weekend I will be spending quality time with my sweet family.  I will remind myself not to sweat the small stuff and to feel grateful for those little things I tend to take for granted!  I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of lots of love and laughter!

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On a lighter note, long weekends also mean great shopping!  I wanted to share some of the best sales happening right now :

LOFT– 40% off with code FALLFEST

OLD NAVY– Until October 7/17 save 25% your order with code: BONUS

LORD & TAYLOR– Until October 9/17 get up to 40% off shoes & boots and up to 50% off clothing with code COLUMBUS

MACY’SUntil October 9/17 take 20% off with code STYLE

BLOOMIGDALE’S– Until October 9/ 17 25% off select items using code FRIENDS

SAKSUntil October 8/ 17 Up to 25% off

NORDSTROM RACK– Now until October 9/17 take an extra 25% off clearance!

REBECCA TAYLOR– Until October 11/17 take 25% off your purchase with code 25FAMILY

FOREVER 21– 21% off a $50+ purchase with code F21FRIENDS

URBAN OUTFITTERS– Take an extra 30% off sale items

ANTHROPOLOGIE– Take an extra 40% off sale items

 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone and thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Midi Coats

It is no secret that I love midi length everything!  I find it to be such a flattering and functional length for clothing.  The midi coat was popular last Fall but I feel like is going to be much more mainstream this year.  This length of coat falls just below your knees, basically mid calf, which makes sense as to why it’s called midi length.  I find it has almost a bit of a retro feel and can easily be dressed up or down.  I tend to wear a lot of tunics and long sweaters in the fall, so I like this length of jacket because then my clothing isn’t hanging out the bottom of my coat (and it keeps your bottom warm in the chilly months.. lol!)

 

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I have rounded up a bunch of fun, reasonably priced midi length jackets if you were looking to add one to your Fall wardrobe:

Midi Coat

  1. Leopard Wool-Blend Coat  //  2. Red Wool Coat  //  3. Camel Midi Coat  //  4. Mustard Yellow Midi Coat  //  5. Olive Double-Breasted Coat  //  6. Ecru Contrast Fabric Hem  //  7. Beige Wool-Blend Coat  //  8. Pink Faux Suede Trench  //  9. Floral Satin Trench  //  10.  Dark Blue Textured Midi  //  11. Light Gray Felted Coat  //  12. Pink Shawl Collar

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

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Instagram Outfits

Happy Monday everyone!  Starting this week out with a dose of affordable fashion 🙂  I have done another roundup of some of my Instagram outfits that I have received the most inquiries about.  A few of the items are old or sold out, so in those cases I have linked some very similar articles.  Happy shopping… I love sharing a good deal when I find one!

Cute Rainbow dress

Rainbow Dress  //  Ankle Strap Heels  //  Studded Clutch is old, similar HERE

Green Crochet Lace dress

Crochet-Lace Shift Dress  //  Ankle boots  //  Crossbody Bag

Purple Lace dress

Me: Layered Lace Dress  //  Block Heels  // Light Pink Clutch is sold out, similar HERE

Tiered Pinstripe Dress

Tiered Pinstripe Dress  //  Ankle Strap Heels

Shirt Dress, Long Cardigan & ankle boots

Heart Shirt dress is old out, plain black HERE  //  Long Cardigan  //  Ankle Boots  //  Purse

Grey Floral Ruffle sleeved dress

Ruffle-Sleeve Dress  //  Skinny Leopard Belt  //  Nude Patent Heels  //  Leopard Clutch is old, similar HERE

Green Lace Top, Ripped jeans

Distressed Jeans  //  Lace Blouse  //  Ankle Strap Heels

Black & white skirt, Lace top

Lace Trim Top  //  Black & White Skirt is old, similar HERE  //  Suede Ankle Boots  //  Purse

Casual Outfit - leopard scarf, Pink sweater, Black ripped jeans

Black Skinny Jeans  //  Pink Sweater is sold out, V-neck version HERE  //  Black Sneakers  //  Leopard Scarf is old, similar HERE

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

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The Five Styles of Boots You Need For This Fall!

It goes without saying that one of my favourite parts of Fall is the fashion.  I love cozy cardigans and sweaters over leggings or distressed denim with a fun scarf and a great pair of boots.  Fabulous boots can make your entire outfit.  In fact, I sometimes outfit plan around my footwear… lol!  There are no shortage of amazing boots right now and it can be a little overwhelming if you are shoe obsessed like myself!  I have managed to narrow it down to five styles I feel you are going to be seeing a ton of this Fall:

Over the Knee Boots

I purchased a couple great pairs of OTK boots last year so I am thrilled to see they are still everywhere again this year!  This style of boot has been updated so it is a little less Pretty Woman and much more elegant and chic now!  So many different heel heights and fabrics to choose from to keep your look casual or to dress it up.

Over The Knee Boots

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Lace Up Utility Boots

The chunky block heel and platform on some of these combat style of boots give them a bit of a dressier look.  These boots are super cute and definitely have a bit of edginess to them.  I personally think it would be fun to pair this more utility style of footwear with something super feminine!

 

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Studded Buckle Booties

I love the details on these moto inspired booties!  The low heel makes them really easy to wear and the studding and buckles add a really fun element to the otherwise plain black.  They would look super cute with jeans or a little leather skirt!

Studded Buckled Booties

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Floral and Embroidered Ankle Boots

Keeping with the flowered embroidery trend that was everywhere this year, floral has continued into Fall footwear.  There are so many adorable embroidered or floral booties for sale right now.  Definitely a statement piece and I absolutely love them!  I do not own a pair yet, but will definitely be putting them at the top of my wish list!

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Slouchy

80’s and 90’s Fashion has been making a huge comeback for the last couple years so it was only a matter of time until slouch boots showed up again! (I used to own the sweetest pair of white leather one in school… lol!)  The boots I have been noticing this year have a more subtle slouch then the ones that I once wore though!

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What do you think of these different boot styles for Fall 2017?  I cannot wait to try them out 🙂

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Baby E’s 1st Birthday Party

We threw my son’s 1st Birthday party a few weeks before he actually turned one.  I promised my husband I would keep it simple this year… (Apparently I have a tendency to go overboard… lol!)  Both my boys are summer babies which is fantastic because it makes it easy to have a pool or beach party and keep the chaos outside!  This post is for the parents like myself that cannot necessarily afford to purchase lavish cakes, decorations and catering for their parties.  Absolutely no offence to anyone who does, it is just not in my budget!  Trust me, I love reading about and seeing pictures of the extravagant parties!  I just wanted to share some pictures from his birthday to show that you can throw a cute Do It Yourself party without spending a fortune.  The kids had a blast which is really the most important part right?!

We call him our little Beast, so I decided to go with a Monster theme this year:

Monster Cake

Disclaimer: this wasn’t how I originally planned the cake to look, however icing the cake in 30 degree weather proved a little difficult and it started to melt a bit… lol!

Monster crafts

Crafts for the kids… Build a monster!  Free printable from somewhat simple.

Rice Krispie monsters
Rice Krispie monsters edible eyes & dipped in coloured white chocolate… yummy!

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Photo booth props that I ordered from Etsy (also used these to decorate the monster punch & anything else that needed eyes or a scary mouth!

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Mini monster jello.  Plastic cups & eye stickers from the Dollar Store

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I made this Monster ONE sign with some crafts from the Dollar Store & Michaels

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Monster Punch

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Monster water bottle labels I ordered from Etsy

 

How did we ever have parties before Etsy & Pinterest?! 😉  It makes it so easy to have a fun and simple DIY themed birthday!

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

 

German Plum Cake (Pflaumenkuchen)

Happy Monday everyone!  We made this plum cake a few weeks back (twice actually because it got inhaled the first time… lol!)  It is just too good not to share 🙂  Let me know if you have a chance to try it!

My husbands German plum-cake recipe, just like Oma and Opa used to make!

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Our U- Pick Plums

Directions:

Start with the simple dough recipe:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup of butter (3/4 a stick)
  • a pinch of salt (1/16 teaspoon)

Mix the above ingredients into a bowl, cutting the butter into small chunks.

  • 1 egg
  • Milk (read below)

In a small measuring cup, crack the egg, and then fill to 1/2 cup with milk. As the size of eggs can vary, it works out roughly to 3 oz of milk. Beat the egg and milk together.

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mixed together to make your dough.

  • 18 – 20 plums (late summer, fall fresh picked Italian Plums) cut into quarters, pit removed.

Spread the dough over a thin cookie sheet. The dough is supposed to be thin, similar to a thick crust pizza. Layer the plum quarters on top, overlapping each row cut side up.

  • Bake at 350 to 360 degrees for an hour, edges should be golden brown

Remove from oven, and let sit for 5 minutes, you’ll notice the plums will start sweating, at that point sprinkle a couple of teaspoons of sugar on top. This adds a nice contrast to the tart of the plums with some sweetness!

Making German Plum Cake (Pflaumenkuchen)

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German Plum Cake (Pflaumenkuchen)

 

This is a really delicious cake and it definitely does not last very long in our house!! Hope you enjoy 🙂

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

A Wardrobe Staple: Shirt Dresses!

I cannot resist a cute shirt dress!  One of the things that is appealing to me is the fact I can look a little dressed up while feeling super comfortable at the same time.  I always think of shirt dresses as one of the perfect transition pieces to take me from Summer to Fall.  The weather still is warm enough for bare legs but not quite hot enough for bare shoulders.  When I’m running around with the kids I will wear one with a cute pair of slides or ballet flats and then throw it on with a pair of ankle boots when I can slow my pace to a walk… lol!  Shirt dresses look really stylish on their own, or I also love them as a layering piece under a long cardigan with some over the knee boots.  Definitely a look I will be wearing a ton this Fall!

Sunny Daytime Shirt dress Look
Sunny Daytime Shirt dress Look
Cooler Evening Look
Cooler Evening Look

 

I have linked some other shirt dresses that I love below :

Shirtdress

One. Grey Floral  *  Two. Dark Wash Twill  *  Three. Blue & White Striped  *  Four. Red Plaid Knotted  *  Five. Belted Floral  *  Six. Thornberry Tiered Sleeve  *  Seven. Teal Floral Piped  *  Eight. Plum Plaid  *  Nine. Stripe Front Tie  *  Ten. Black & White Dots

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

 

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Tie-Dyeing!

My step daughter is hilarious.  She is constantly asking me if we can make things that she has heard about from friends or seen demonstrated in a You Tube Video.  One week she will be begging me to make homemade slime, the next it will be flip-flops out of hot glue or sponge bombs?!

I feel like I am constantly saying no because the list of ingredients needed is so ridiculous.  She came home from Art Camp this summer and had made a tie-dye pillowcase.  She loved it!  I decided this was one experiment I could get behind so off to Michaels we went to purchase a kit.

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I am notoriously bad for not following instructions… if it is too complicated sometimes I just cannot be bothered.  (Do not ever ask me to assemble IKEA furniture! My brain would explode… lol!)  This project was thankfully super simple and she could basically do it by herself without me having to do it all for her 🙂

  1. Wash the T-shirt before you begin (we decided to apply while the shirt was still wet)
  2. Add water to the marked line on the bottle and shake well
  3. Choose which pattern you wish to do from the instruction sheet provided (or the internet), place rubber bands where indicated for your pattern & apply the dye being careful not to oversaturate or the colours will run together
  4. Wrap in plastic wrap for at least 6 hours
  5. Rinse well & wash separately in the washing machine
  6. Start rocking your sweet 70’s style T-shirt!!!
Our tie-dye colour palette!
Our tie-dye colour palette!
The pattern she chose suggested wrapping around an object
The pattern she chose suggested wrapping around a round(ish) object
Wrapped in plastic, letting the colours soak in
Wrapped in plastic, letting the colours soak in
The finished product!
The finished product!

 

Of course she wanted me to make one as well.  I think they turned out great and she loves it!  She actually gets a ton of compliments when she wears her tie-dyed shirts (she has a few different ones now!)  This was a relatively inexpensive and easy craft to do if you are looking for something fun to do with your kids 🙂  I see a collection of tie-dyed bags, shirts and whatever she can get her hands on in my future…. lol!  I also have a sneaking suspicion what we will be giving out as Christmas gifts this year 😉

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx