Simple Steps to Family Meal Prep

Simple Steps to Family Meal Prep

It’s a lot of work to plan and prepare meals for your family. Let’s be honest.. our kids are always hungry, so having their favourites on hand, prepared ahead of time can only make our life that much easier! Right!!? Am I organized and prepared all the time.. ahhh NOOO!! I feel like I’m constantly preparing meals and cleaning up and some days I’m just over it! At a bare minimum though, I try to keep our pantry well-stocked with the essentials, so that I can quickly whip up something even if it’s just PB&J for dinner! Continue reading “Simple Steps to Family Meal Prep”

Bring it on, Fall!

Never did I think this day would come, but here I am.. ready for yah! This summer has brought on a lot of changes for us! Packing up and leaving Vancouver was tough, but we quickly found ourselves settled into our new summer home in the Okanagan!! If last minute changes came into play, I think it’s safe to say we were certainly open to staying and extra week.. or two! There’s been something so comforting about a slower pace of life, giving my kids a chance to explore my favourite little town and endless sunny days! We’ve been so fortunate to have the beach just steps from our front door and gramma + papa’s pool just a few blocks away! I definitely had some moments of struggle in coming to terms with these new changes, but having this summer to sit back and just enjoy making memories with my kidsย I think is what I really needed in taking this next step. As much as I miss it though, I’ve been craving some structure, routine and organization in our life! Knowing we still had our final trek to Ontario weighted on my mind, the uncertainly of the progress on our home renovation and the daunting task of having yet to move-in and unpack our life in this new province.

This is also the first year where we have a child in school every single day. I think this will be a learning curve for us all.. but I’m ready to take it on! Having the ability to stay home with my kids I would say has allowed me to be more of a fly by the seat of my pants type mom and at the time having two young kids to tow around they seemed to adapt well to that lifestyle. Emma has reached a point though where she’s connecting the dots, expressing her emotions more and is confident in putting on the brakes when she feels uncertain. The older she gets the more I realize that we need to help her in feeling secure and prepared in each day. She’s sensitive to change and though her way of expressing how she feels at times can frustrate me, I’m learning to respect that she needs time and setting realistic expectations will only help her to thrive.

Then there’s Ben.. he’s pretty go-with-the-flow, but definitely momma’s boy. He still needs a good mid-day nap and snacks, snacks, snacks.. gosh that kid can eat! He’s nearly two (que the ugly cry!!) but I think with Emma off to school this is a great time to let him explore this world on his own a little too..

So Summer.. thank you for the cherished memories. It’s been a good, tough and an oh so beautiful Summer! And while I will miss those cute bum tan lines, warm patio nights and shrieks of excitement as we make our way over to gramma + papa’s.. I think we’re ready for cooler, crisp days, a little less chaos and a little more structure.

Bring it on, Fall!

Andreana xo

Our New Home Update!

Our New Home Update!

When on the hunt for our new home we really struggled to knock items off our ‘want’ list. We looked at both new and older homes, but seemed to continue to run into a more traditionally laid out home with several smaller rooms like living room, family room, kitchen, breakfast nook, dining room, the list could go on..ย  Continue reading “Our New Home Update!”

Summer Home | Decor Inspiration

Summer Home | Decor Inspiration

As I’m sure you noticed in my Life Lately post.. accepting this move to Ontario was a hard pill to swallow. I really just did not want to go, we had put so much thought and time into the neighbourhood we chose, the home we picked, and the additions to the home to make it ours. BUUUTT, the one decent thing about selling our Vancouver home and leaving the city (currently anyways) is the real estate market, which is ABSURD if I must say so!! Continue reading “Summer Home | Decor Inspiration”

Life Lately..

Life Lately..

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a life update for you all! I know it’s lonnnggg overdue, so here’s the scoop on what we’ve been up to lately! I feel like with Spring comes new beginnings and a fresh start and that’s exactly the path we’re going down. You may have noticed I’ve left a few hints about some upcoming changes for our family, changes we weren’t ready for nor expecting. I know, I know.. quit being a Debbie Downer about it and just SPIT IT OUT!! Well.. Continue reading “Life Lately..”