5 Outdoor Activities To Do With Children

Outdoor Activities With Kids by Toronto Style Edit

In warmer weather, it is significantly easier come up with fun (and inexpensive) family activities that will keep the kids entertained without completely draining mom and dad. Living in a condo with two small kids means I know a thing or two about needing to head outside for different activities, Here are my top 5 Summer activities to do with children in the city.

Rocking A High-Low Hem Line Shirt

High Low Hem Shirt, Black leggings, cross-body bag, vans slip-ons

I find dressing down is becoming the new norm in my life. Now that I’ve officially thrown business casual out the window and become a SAHM, I’m free to wear whatever I want, whenever I want. This usually translates into cotton. If we’re getting specific; a cotton shirt over black cotton/spandex leggings. My fav being TNA or Lululemon.

A Few Things To Make Your Pregnancy Easier

Also leather backpack, grey peter pan dress, Ecco ankle boots, Roots socks, maternity wear

A couple of months ago, Tom and I played hooky and had a date in the middle of the day. It was such a great way to reconnect and have some time for ourselves while Taylor was in daycare and before we become a family of 4. It's impossible to think of all they ways a relationship can change once you add children to the mix. There's less downtime for the parents to veg on the couch, romantic dinners at finer restaurants take a backseat, and for me; I just felt like my body wasn't mine anymore. Not just in the way that my belly was expanding but also the aches, pains, and fatigue that come with it. I started to think of small shortcuts that would allow me to be happier on a daily basis. The first being loose clothing. At the beginning; it was to hide my belly, during the middle months; it was purely out of comfort, now that I'm in the final stretch those previously loose fitting items are hugging a little tighter but there's still a bunch of my non maternity clothes that I can squeeze into.

7 Tips For Shopping Smart At Farmers Markets

Toronto Farmers Market, fresh flowers, pink flowers, pink peonies

This summer Nathan Phillips Square hosts a farmer's market every Wednesday from 8am to 4pm. The kiosks have cheese, baked goods, honey, fresh produce, and more. I personally love this market for the convenience. It's on my way to work so I can grab groceries (and lunch) on my way in to the office. In the event that I have a prenatal appointment in the hospital district, I'll swing by the Tuesday farmer's market at Sick Kids hospital that's on from 8am-2pm.

No matter what farmer's market you go to, here are my top tips to make it a successful trip. 

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea During Pregnancy

Davids Tea, Red Raspberry Leaf Tea, Herbal Tea During Pregnancy, Organic Mighty Aphrodite

Hands up if you've tried Red Raspberry Leaf Tea? On my Facebook 'mommy group', a couple of women were talking about the positive impacts of consuming raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy. They had heard (from their midwives) that it had some amazing benefits that include 'easier labour' and that it strengthened the uterus. To say I was intrigued was an understatement. If there was something that could make contractions, labour, and healing faster and 'easier', I needed to know more about it. Not pregnant? Skip to the last paragraph!

Labour Bag Checklist

labour bag, labor bag, birth essentials

Packing a hospital bag for labour... You know you need one so it's time to stop putting it off! Personally, I feel it's when reality sets in and you realize that the baby could come at any time. Of course that's scary but it's also important to be as prepared as possible to avoid any additional stress when you go into labour.

Kat Von D 24-Hour Super Brow Long-Wear Pomade Review

Kat Von D 24-Hour Super Brow Long-Wear Pomade, Natural Makeup

I recently received the new Kat Von D 24-Hour Super Brow Long-Wear Pomade and I am obsessed! Everything about it is exactly what I was looking for in a brow product. I feel like I tend to flip flop between powders, pencils, and pomades for my brows. Up until recently, I was using a waxy pencil and now I'm wondering why I stopped using a pomade in the first place!
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