{out & about} our great capital, ottawa

Last weekend we took the girls on a road trip, our first as a family to someplace that was over an hour away. Our jaunts to Niagara don’t count as there are days we can make it over there in 40 minutes!

I haven’t been to Ottawa in about 10 years, although somethings are the same, it was fun discovering them as a family.parliment2parliment3 parliment1Parliment Hill and ByWard Market were by far my favourite places.

market3 market2 market4 market1The food was really amazing. We found the best Mexican restaurant in the Market that served some pretty awesome margaritas, the yummies gelato places in the city, and the most amazing fresh seafood restaurant tucked away in a plaza in the suburbs of the city! Now, that’s a good vacation in our family’s books!

ottawa_food3 ottawa_food2 ottawa_food1And of course the girls had a great time exploring the amazing and vast museums!

museum1 museum3 museum2Wonderful weekend getaway!



summer love : festivals

I’m starting a Summer Love series. First on the list of things I love about summer – festivals!
musicfest1The first one we attended (pre-summer) was the Burlington Sound of Music festival last weekend. It was a great night – lots of people, lights and a good vibe. It was amazing to see the turnout. It seemed like everyone in the city had descended upon the lakefront party.

musicfest3 The girls had a good time wandering around the pier and eating gelato! This was one of their favourite spots – the rocks by the pier!
musicfest2What do you love about summer?

a christmas head start

This weekend, K and I spent a little girl time at the Made by Hand show and we got a head start on our Christmas shopping!

I saw some familiar faces and picked up a few holiday head starters, like this adorable welcome sign — actually it was K who spotted it and immediately ran over to it. Suffice to say, we had to get it.

And these Scandinavian folk-inspired gift tags from fellow Toronto Etsy member, Thunderpeep Designs which will be adorning our holiday gifts this year! Of course, you would’ve guessed that I picked the blue snow design and K chose the “princess”.

It was a fun rainy afternoon day spent with my little lady. The best kind.

sunday knitting

It’s a cold and raining Sunday afternoon, and I’m spending it curled up beside my girls, knitting, and watching Alvin & the Chipmunks!

I’m working on a new series of simple hats for the shop and The Arts Market for next week. Just in time for Leslieville Wanderlust!

I love the colour block fashion trend right now and I thought it would be cool worked up as a beanie. This is my sample knit. After I finished it, I realized I chose grey combo again! It’s funny how drawn I am to those colours! Stay tuned, I can’t wait to show you the other colour combos!

riding along

A couple of weeks ago we took the girls to a local stable and introduced them to a couple of new friends – Sophie (above) and Elvis (below).
The girls had a blast.

Both of the girls were not scared at all of the ponies, although I was a bit anxious when they brought out Sophie and she was taller than what I considered a “pony”. Hubby and I stayed off the horses, this time, but there were several groups going out for a ride on some larger horses. Maybe next time…

Have you ever been horseback riding? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!