picnic season!

The kids are officially done school and summer is HERE! It feels so good to be free from packing lunches, rushing out the door, and evening homework. I don't know who's happier, the kids, or me - seriously!

One of my favourite parts of summer is staying out extra late, eating dinner at the park with friends, and the extended hours of sunlight. Basically, picnic season. Last week the day we got back from Charlevoix we met with a bunch of friends at Parc Laurier for a potluck picnic. Empty fridge + hungry kids plus + beautiful weather = we had to!

The other day I had been out biking with the kids all day and I knew Brad would be up crazy late working on his sermon, so I thought a quite bite in the park would be just the perfect treat for us all. I've told you guys a few times now about how much I love Foodora because they just make it so easy! We were literally walking down St. Laurent and I was on the app finding a restaurant close by that we could pick up from. I never knew which restaurants to pick (there are so many!),  or which ones are within our budget and tastes, so Foodora is so key. I logged on, picked a place (within 100 metres of where we were!) and within 20 minutes we were at nearby Park Lahaie enjoying some appetizers from Sel Gras.

We also recently tried Taqueria Arturo, which I would never have even known about if not for my pals at Foodora. There are just too many great restos in this city (cue paralysis of choice!) so I love the filters and help of the team over at Foodora.  Get $10 off your next order for your next picnic with the link on the left column of my blog (for those of you reading in Blog Lovin' or Feredly, you'll have to head over to the site!).


la Malbaie, Quebec!

Last week we took a mini-family vacation up to Charlevoix, Quebec and stayed in la Malbaie! For those who have asked, Charlevoix is one of Quebec's most beautiful areas - it's cottage country and is around two hours from Quebec City. This part of Quebec is where the St. Lawrence river becomes the St. Lawrence Seaway, so the brackish water almost like being in the ocean, except inland! It's so cool! 

(my swimsuit is from a collaboration I did with La Vie En Rose and I love it!)

Our Airbnb was so beautiful with tons of natural light, total privacy (needed with all those windows!), and a hot tub. We put the hot tub down to 92 degrees (with the help of many buckets of water, lol) and the kids played in there for hours. I read over half of Anne of Windy Poplars (trying to read all eight before our trip to PEI in August!) and soaked up the hot sun.

There was no humidity at all - just hot sunny days and crisp cool nights. Basically perfection. The kids ate cheese curds on the beach and I marveled at how gorgeous Quebec is. Such a diverse province with mountains, lakes, rivers, woods, cities, not to mention the culture and history here. I could seriously never leave this province and be quite satisfied. I had to laugh when I realized that I only packed all black suits for me and the kids. Monochrome family! Mine is from la Vie en Rose a Quebec-baded company that I'm thrilled to be working with this summer. Oli's is from Kortni Jeane from a previous collaboration, and the girl's are thrifted :)

The tide was way out at the beginning of our time at the beach and there were little pools everywhere. By the time we left, three hours later, the tide was back in and all of this area where we were playing was totally covered, including the big rock Lily and I were frolicking on! Water is just so amazing.

At one point we had a big old family nap in the living room - something that screams VACATION in my mind. One hiccup was when our Oliboy woke up with a sore tummy and proceeded to throw up a few times that day, with several happy hours of perfect in between. It's like it came in waves but they were really spaced out. So he'd be sick, everything would stop, but then he'd feel great for 2-4 hours so we'd sneak in hot tub time and family hikes, and then he'd be sick again. He's the world's greatest sick kid and never complained and was so sweet the whole time.

During one of Oli's stretches of feelin' good we drove out to a national park that has a huge salmon reserve and beautiful water falls. It was so dreamy and we were the only ones there. Hiking at 5pm is probably not the wisest decision during black fly season and at mosquito-o-clock, but we made the best of it and had so much fun. Yes, we were covered with bites at the end, but we had a blast! Most of the pictures are blurry, because iPhone, dusk, and moving kids... but still worth posting, I think :)

Lets talk kids clothes for a minute. Lily's grey tank is from Wildly Co (made in the USA) and her blue hoody, as well as the striped tops on Oli and Chloe are from Montreal merino wool company, Luv Mother (also they have 40% off right now!). My favourite thing you'll see in these pictures is Chloe's Tilley hat. It was a gift to me from my Pa (my grandpa who died when I was in highschool), and all of our kids have worn it in recent summers. Now it's Chloe's turn and it warms my heart so much to see our littlest wearing my childhood hat - a hat that I've always associated with my dear Pa, who wore his Tilley hat every summer for my entire life. Annnnnd just like that, a family vacation post has me in tears.

If you've never used Airbnb, I highly highly recommend. You can use this link for $30 off your first stay anywhere in the world! And if you're interested in our exact Airbnb (I have had a few requests already!), feel free to e-mail me and I'll send you the link. We'll be using Airbnbs in Europe this summer (we leave in mid-July!) and this trip definitely got us excited for a longer, bigger adventure!


some family photos!

As always, thanks to our amazing photographer Rachel Cheng for these family pics!


My dress is from Pink Blush Maternity (no, I'm not pregnant again!) and my purse is from local vintage boutique Citizen Vintage, and the girl's dresses are from Alice & Ames for those who have asked! The stroller you see in the post was part of a previous collaboration with Snuggle Bugz Baby and it's the Maxi-Cosi Kaia.