Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Insulated Backpack

The other week I walked into T.K.Max with my sister and fellow Blogger Shanna. I actually do not remember what we originally went in for? But it was one of those visits where you nip in for one thing and come out empty bank account.... 

While I was busy checking out the skinny syrups in the coffee isle Shanna had spied the outdoor utensils and called me from two isles over. "Holly!" Naturally I came running (as it doesn't take much). "Check this out, how cute is this?" Now I love backpacks, but I didn't NEED another backpack, so my first thought was 'aww but I don't really need this?' and then she did something that became a game changer. She opened up the backpack and inside everything was insulated! It wasn't just a backpack, it was a cooler! 

I toyed back and forth whether it was a good idea or not to purchase, as I had enough bags. The one thing I didn't have was a sufficient one day trip cooler backpack though. This was perfect as a parent, as I could bring cooled (or even warm) food and drink when traveling with the kids. My inner spirit also envisioned me sat on a beach somewhere with my husband, child free, enjoying the fact that my backpack was full of alcohol and even had it's own bottle top opener!

I also saw myself walking around the big cities, traveling on the train, sitting in the local park and being able to pull out a nice picnic wherever I was. City chic also offered the backpacks in different prints, but this was our favourite as it resembled the inside a blue moon colours. The one design floor I found though was the front pouch with the magnetic clasp, it doesn't stay closed, so you can risk loosing things when swinging the backpack, leaning over or storing when traveling, it also is probably only designed for food and drink for one or two people so it gets full quickly and while I still use it to bring the baby changing stuff and spare clothes, you have to be quite organised when fitting everything in. The straps are REALLY comfortable, which is great for all day walking as I don't notice the backpack as it's comfortable to carry.

Overall this is a great travel accessory as it's useful! There's nothing more disappointing than a wonderful looking travel utensil and it turns out it's impractical! 

What's your go to travel bag? Let us know in the comments below!

This post was NOT a paid promotion, we are not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned in the post and it is our honest review. 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Five Must Visits | Dublin City - Ireland

I had always wanted to visit Ireland. I'd felt a little silly being part Irish and never having gone, so for our Honeymoon we decided this was the place we were going to visit, much to my excitement! For our first trip we decided to be very touristy and visit Dublin city and It was even more spectacular than I expected!

Here are some of the places I recommend visiting....(in no particular order)

- Musashi IFSC Noodle & Sushi bar
Dublin offered a lot in the way of culture, and not just that of Irish culture, but strangely enough a large influence of Asian and French heritage. Bit weird to start with something none Irish, I know, but bare with me... I absolutely love sushi, and I've had some amazing sushi in my short time on earth, but never would I have thought that I would be saying "the best sushi I've ever had was in Dublin!" 
Now before you say "seriously, I hate sushi!" That's absolutely fine, try the noodles, or many other things not sushi or noodle related on the menu. I wish I could have tried everything, but unfortunately my eyes are bigger than my stomach. Maybe next time?

- Dublin Castle
Don't let it fool you from the outside, while this "modest" castle sits like a large manor estate, once you enter, you realize how very wrong you are!! Inside, the rooms have exquisite attention to detail when it comes to architecture, making you feel romance and childhood wonder simultaneously. Each room is completely different from the next and you will remember it like your first childhood crush.

The Leprechaun MuseumYep, you read that right. A museum about leprechauns, after all, it is Ireland! This place is fun for all ages, with a tour guide for each group, you will be guided around this non-traditional, semi-interactive museum and told wonderful leprechaun folk tales (or are they?).
At one point we even became leprechaun sized! You wont want it to end. It's so much fun!

- The Famine Memorial Statues
Even if you're not actively looking for them, chances are you will stumble upon the haunting statues lined along the inlet of Dublin City. These statues represent those affected by the potatoe blight in the mid 19th century. Along with the statues are cobble stones in the path with names of those who lost their lives or immigrated due to the famine. 

- The Guinness Storehouse Factory
You can't visit Dublin city and not stop at the Guinness Storehouse factory. Spanning 7 levels with its own skytop bar, it's a must see attraction. But word to the wise, set out at least half a day to a full day to see this attraction as there is so much to see and do, you won't want to miss anything (including that free pint at the top!) 

Let me know where I must visit next in Dublin and why you think I should go! I can't wait to hear your experiences! 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Dornoch Beach | Scotland

Imagine a beach that seems to go on as far as the eye can see, there is plenty of open space unfilled by people, dogs are welcome yet the beach is clean, and there is something for everyone. That place you're imagining is Dornoch beach.

Situated along the Dornoch Firth in the North East of Scotland, Dornoch beach has something for everyone. This picturesque beach sits near Dornoch golf course and Caravan and Camping grounds. The beach itself spans for miles along the sea front laying host to white sand and an array of sea life that occasionally washes ashore or rock pool. 

On its warmest and sunniest days of the year you would be forgiven for thinking you were not in Scotland anymore but instead somewhere exotic!

It's a peaceful place, that even during its peak times, does not feel crowded and despite it being a popular dog friendly beach, it should not put you off as there is no sign of muck to be found anywhere! 
On the day of our visit in spring, it was a warm but breezy affair. We were lucky enough to catch some sun as early April in Scotland one never knows if you're going to have sun or snow (usually the latter). To get to this lovely part of the beach we had to go through the main road of Dornoch and turn right in the town center following the small white sign for "beach" where a long windy road takes us through the golf course and past the seaside campgrounds. If you follow the road completely through you will find parking close to the beach atop the dunes where there are a few picnic benches for those who wish to snack amongst the beautiful view. 
We then ventured down the dunes through thick white sand, towards the sound of waves creating vines of seafoam across the shore. Little treasures could be found all along the beach, from shells and seaweeds to evidence of crab and other sea life. 

The children were most fascinated with the wind surfers that had arrived for the small waves and wind on our glorious Spring afternoon. The great thing about Dornoch beach is, that even with this entertainment there was plenty of open space still available due to its vast size. 

After a nice long walk, wave jumping and a clothing change for the smallest human (she fell in and covered herself in most of the ocean), we took to the relatively new play park built between the beach and the camp grounds. The park is situated amungst the sand and made from wood in keeping with the beach aesthetic. There is something for all ages of children, but I will note, I felt that children with disabilities had been slightly overlooked. While there is a fair amount to play on of different structure, none of this is really accessible with a limited mobility. 

Another thing to note is that the public toilets on the beach arent always open, but there are toilets two minutes drive away in the town centre. Be prepared to pay a small fee though, as I was caught out and had to run back to the car, on the plus side it's the first public toilet I've come across that takes card or cash! But I do hope the money is well spent on freshening up the toilets soon, as they are alot to be desired for the 50p charge per entry. 

Despite this, Dornoch beach never fails to reward those who visit. We are always sad to leave but happy to have stopped by. Until we meet again, Dornoch beach. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Well it's November, how did that happen? It almost feels like this year never started so how could it be finishing already? It's not been the greatest of years for many people it seems. We've had our fair share of ups and downs. It also feels a bit like a "can't be ar$ed" year. Where many of us just couldn't find the energy to GO. We're hoping that next year proves to be a lot different but there is still two months left of 2017. That's right, only two months!? 


  1. Keep it going 
              We're doing it.
  2. Create more posts inspired by what I've been up to.

  1. Watch one Halloween/Horror movie per night for the whole of October.
               You read that right. Each year my husband and I challenge ourselves to watch a scary movie per night with each other for the month of Halloween. We managed to do it. Check out our list here and grab the freebie for next year. 
  2. Finish Halloween Costumes in time for Halloween.
         Well, I finished the kids Halloween costumes.
  3. Complete some of the baby scrapbooks.
                Nope, still need to do this.  


  1. Keep on Keeping on.
               Sounds a bit silly, but this is always a monthly goal whether listed or not. Keep up the posts.
  2. Remember to take photos of things I can post up on the blog (before's and afters) 
               You wont believe the number of times I've done some DIY etc around the house, encountered something to blog about while out and about and I forget to take photos! 
  3. Keep track of photos you've taken. 
                My other problem is finding the one's I've taken... 

  1. Keep up my cardio and weight lifting.
               For awhile now I've been going to the gym or doing some form of exercise every night/day to help get into and maintain a healthy lifestyle. It's paid off, I've gone from a size 22 to a size 14 and feel a lot stronger and resistant when it comes to life. 
  2. Figure out what exactly I'm doing with my life.
               This seems like a much bigger goal for just one month I must admit but I have to start somewhere. I've hit a wall in this particular time of my life where I feel I'm just stood still and I do not like it. I like to be moving forward, after all, movement saves lives, and this is true in almost all cases. By all means stop and smell the roses, but you still remember to pay attention to all the other things around you. While I love being a mum, I want to show them I'm much more than that. I love learning and building upon my foundations and right now I feel like I have nothing to help me move in the direction I would like to go, for them as well as me. So I'm challenging myself to figure out what it is I want and how I'm going to get it and then I'm going to work towards getting it. 
  3. Start teaching the kids French.
                Random goal I know, but for us it's not as random as it may appear. Both my husbands side of the family and my side of the family speak or are French so it would seem only natural that in our French and English speaking families that our kids would also be able to communicate to our French speaking counterparts. Besides, it's a good skill to have under your belt, you never know when you may need it? 

What are your goals this Month? 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Life changes

This time of the year, so much seems to change. Am I the only one who feels this way? It's like the universe seems to shift. Not only are the leaves changing colors, the weather cooling down, happiness takes over (Christmas is coming!)... something always happens to me! Last year, my in-laws moved in with us (talk about an adjustment.. however, that's a story for another day). The year before that, we began preparing to begin a HUGE renovation on our home. This year? Well, this year my career is taking a turn in a completely different direction.

I began writing a blog about happiness in the workforce and obviously haven't finished it. For years I have been trying to figure out what my passion is. Since the age of 19, I have been working with individuals with special needs. In 2014, I began working as a behavioral therapist for a company that specialized in early intervention. I loved my job! Sure, it had it's downfalls but I really loved my job. In addition, I worked in the administrative office as a receptionist, then promoted to what one could consider as a human resource generalist (in the cooperate world). A year later I decided that I would focus on the office and left the field.

Over the following two years, the business began to grow. I have seen this company become what it is today and feel so honored to have been a part of the process. I learned SO much. Being in the field was one thing but getting to really experience "behind the scenes" was simply amazing. The experience really helped me to figure out exactly what I wanted to do.

Three and a half years in, I decided that it was time for a change. You know the feeling, I'm sure. The stress, anxiety... it can, at times, just be too much. I was offered a deal I couldn't refuse and again, It was time for a change. After making my final decision, I remember being so... scared. Nervous. Change. Oh goodness... that's almost worse than Fredy or Jason showing up in my closet! I've never been big on change. It makes me come unraveled!

You've got to push yourself. The more I thought about it, the more I realized how good this is for ME. Change is GOOD. I LOVE working with kids. I love working with developmental disabilities. Period. However, working with children really is something special. AND, I'm good at it. Being offered a better position, back out if the field, pushed me to accept the change that was so desperately needed. The best part? It truly is my passion.

I guess where I am going with this is that change is imperative. You don't have to be okay with it but you must understand that it is going to happen. Just as the leaves begin to change in the fall, the weather heats and cools.. change is going to happen. You know something? I'm okay with that.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Spiced Pumpkin Dip

Alright y'all, it's that time of the year again! If I may be honest, it's truly my favorite! The fresh smelling fall air, the beautiful changing colors, cooler weather... YASSSS! However, let's not forget the most important of them all... PUMPKIN EVERYTHING! Yes, I am a "basic white girl loving pumpkin spice everything" type of gal. I can't help it. Today, I would like to share one of my favorite fall desert recipes with you. Spiced Pumpkin Dip. 

I think I origionally got the recipe from a page on FaceBook but for the life of me I can't think of the name. Either way, I had to make a few tweeks to it to get it just how I like it. Below is my own take on how the dip should be made. 

Now, please, go to your grocery store, pick up the ingredients, and try it for yourself! If you're a pumpkin lover, I promise you that this will be a huge hit. I'm always open to recipe tweeks so if you have an idea, please feel free to drop a comment below! 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

October Goals + September Recap

It's October, time for all you pumpkin spice freaks to come out of hiding (I'm one of them, don't hate me!) Autumn is in the air, leaves are turning, wind is blowing, evening showers and orange glows scattering the tree's. My favourite thing about Autumn is the fact that I can dress how I would want to dress all year; boots, scarf, possible over-sized jumper or coat with jeans. I need not want for anything else. The only problem is October seems to be another one of those busy months for me. I've left all the Halloween costumes too late, people are already putting up tweets about having finished their Christmas shopping and I'm freaking out that I've wanted to make most of mine and I now have barely any time to do it, my kids have more parties to go to than I've been in 5 years, and the list keeps growing! Speaking of lists this month is going to be a great one for them, you'll see below in the October Goals. 


  1. Not to abandon blog 
             I've managed to keep it up so far, slowly building on the posts.
  1. Not be afraid to let my personal life influence my blog posts
             Working on this still but with posts about the Hurricane it's kind of personal. 
  2. Stay Motivated
              When it comes to life, I'm always needing that extra push. I'm finding new ways to keep me motivated everyday, from inspiring mantras to treats (healthy) and much more which will most likely end up influencing my blog posts.


  1. Keep it going 
              Seems a bit silly but I feel like this kind of goal is going to be on every months list don't you? I look forward to the day it doesn't need to be there.
  2. Create more posts inspired by what I've been up to.

  1. Watch one Halloween/Horror movie per night for the whole of October.
               You read that right. Each year my husband and I challenge ourselves to watch a scary movie per night with each other for the month of Halloween. Check out the list here (we'll update per day)
  2. Finish Halloween Costumes in time for Halloween.
  3. Complete some of the baby scrapbooks.
                Really want to finish them for our kids. 

What are your goals this month?