Ava Grace's Closet

Friday, July 3, 2015

This Kid + An Ode to Late Bloomers

For as long as I can remember, this kid has beat to the sound of his own drum.
He was a leader, never a follower.
He was afraid of almost everything.
Never really had the confidence to go out and try something, anything, that he really wanted to do.
He always played shy. Looked down. Often times, visibly uncomfortable.
Refused to try any team sports.
We didn't know what to do to make it better.
And hoped that the years, growing up, would change that.

In recent months, something changed.
Multiplied by the fact that he grew about 10 inches.
He's still a shy kid, no doubt. 
But this year?
This year, he plays soccer. On an actual team.
And you know what?
He's pretty damn good.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

What Ava Wore : Minty Fresh

We celebrated Canada Day just yesterday and enjoyed a surprisingly relaxing mid-week day off - so, it was only fitting that today, we feature Canadian-designed children's wear brand Aisabobo.
It was a bit of a struggle to get Ava Grace out of this outfit.
I quote, "mommy, I am going to wear this forever and ever".
Mamas, we all know this can only mean one thing.
The outfit is not only too sweet for words {I mean, look at the detail!} but easy to wear as well.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Go Go Squeezin' + A Giveaway

If you're like me, then you have a never-ending battle on your hands when it comes to snack foods.
My kids are forever asking me for the likes of fruit that is not really fruit roll ups, chips, cookies and the list goes on.
While I am more than happy to occasionally indulge their wishes, and my cravings, overall, I generally keep it somewhat healthy. 
We always have yogurt on hand, whether it be in tubes, in small containers or in drink form. Ditto for cheese strings.
And now, our new staple?
Applesauce.
While I still buy the small containers for Ava quite often, my son has all but given up eating them.
But, put them in a squeezable, fun, portable package? Even he has been known to sneak one. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

What Ava Wore : Summer Camp Ready + A Giveaway!

Ms. Ava Grace is ALL about summertime.
She must have asked me about 4,327,946 times whether "school" was finished and summer camp is starting.
We've got her Stuck on You written and iron-on labels on, well, everything. And don't even get me started on the cuteness that is this personalized sunhat.
She may or may not wear it everywhere she goes.
personalized hat - c/o Stuck on You
t-shirt - The Children's Place
dip dye shorts - The Children's Place
shoes - c/o Garnet Hill Kids
The fabulous team at Stuck on You is offering up a chance to win an iron on package of labels of your own PLUS a $50 gift card to the site.
get the hat
MANDATORY ENTRY - leave me a comment telling me about your summer camp experience
OPEN WORLDWIDE!
Good Luck!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What I Wore : Doctor's Trousers

These J. Crew Reese pants are about as close to becoming a doctor as I'm going to get.
The colour, which is reminiscent of doctor's scrubs, is not quite green + not quite blue.
Not one I would normally radiate to but I'm so glad I did.
They may be, just maybe, the most comfortable pants I've ever owned. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer Favourites : Panera Bread

The day Panera Bread came to Canada was a good one for us.
Made even better when a location opened up, literally, around the corner.
We've frequented the West Palm Beach, Florida location for as long as I can remember - daily trips to buy a french baguette and a frozen lemonade have always been a part of our daily routine.
In recent years, we began sneaking out for dinner occasionally as well. 
The cozy atmosphere, good wholesome food and beyond delicious baked goods are perfect for evenings where I don't feel like cooking and the kids don't feel like going out for a "formal" dinner.
Also, the mac and cheese? To die for.
They love it. We get to steal bites of their cookies when they're not looking.
We're all happy.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Getting Bronzed with Borghese

If you're like me, then you like to lighten (and brighten!) up your makeup routine come summer time.
The first thing to go is always my foundation. I've been going back and forth between a spray on version and a regular formulation - both fabulous but far too heavy for the summer months.
When the team at Borghese asked if I would like to try a selection of items from their summer glow and Eclissare collections, I jumped at the chance.
After all, the brand is synonymous with luxurious skin care and classic italian beauty.
Sign me up. 
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