Une journée UNIS avec TELUS

IMG_5717.JPGDe nos jours avec l’accessibilité aux réseaux sociaux, il est de plus en plus facile pour nos jeunes, et nous, d’entrer en contact avec tellement de gens partout sur la planète. Malheureusement, cela vient également avec de la cyberintimidation. Puisque nos jeunes sont de grands utilisateurs des médias sociaux et que les appareils mobiles  font partie intégrante de leur quotidien, je trouve ça vraiment important qu’ils soient conscients de leurs actions et de celles des autres, dans le vrai monde comme dans le monde numérique ont des conséquences réelles. L’impact positif (ou négatif) de leur geste est amplifier grâce à la technologie. Ils ont donc un rôle de premier plan à jouer pour défendre des causes et aider à prévenir la cyberintimidation.

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En février, j’ai eu la chance  d’assister avec mon fils adolescent de 14ans, à une journée, un grand rassemblement, qui s’intitule JOURNÉE UNIS et ce en collaboration avec TELUS. Cette dernière est un fier partenaire d’UNIS depuis 2007. TELUS et UNIS partagent une vision commune du pourvoir transformateur des jeunes. Ensemble, ils veulent: mobiliser et responsabiliser les jeunes afin qu’ils mettent leurs idées novatrices à profit, apportent des changements positifs et deviennent des leaders dans leur communauté, tant à l’échelle locale qu’internationale.

Il y a cinq convictions qui forment les assises du mouvement UNIS. Dans un mouvement unis en plein essor, c’est convictions sont les promesses, des normes que les jeunes engagent à respecter. C’est grâce à ces nobles principes qu’ils apporteront de grands changements.

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Dans le cadre des Journées UNIS, TELUS porte particulièrement attention à la cyberintimidation, un problème de société auquel les jeunes et moins jeunes font face dans le monde d’aujourd’hui. La cyberintimidation peut entraîner des conséquences psychologiques chez les victimes, dont la dépression, l’anxiété et une faible estime personnelle, ainsi que des maladies physiques. L’intimidation est un important problème au Canada et je suis bien heureuse de voir que  le gouvernement commence à implanter des lois pour y mettre un terme.

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Le saviez-vous?

• Au Canada, 7 % des parents rapportent qu’un de leurs enfants a été victime d’intimidation.
• Les personnes actives sur les sites de clavardage et les réseaux sociaux sont trois fois plus susceptibles d’être victimes de cyberintimidation.
• Les jeunes LGBTQ sont trois fois plus susceptibles d’être intimidés que les jeunes hétérosexuels.
• Les études disent que l’intimidation cesse généralement dans les 10 secondes suivant l’intervention d’une autre personne.

Nous ne réalisons pas toujours comment un petit geste banal peut avoir des effets négatifs. Par exemple, avez-vous déjà fait un commentaire négatif sur l’habillement d’une personne ? Cela peut sembler anodin, mais cette négativité s’accumule au fil du temps. Il faut continuer de nous conscientiser et de conscientiser nos enfants sur le pouvoir qu’ont leurs mots et leurs actions. Je crois que c’est en encourageant l’usage de mots et des gestes et changements positifs que nous verrons un changement dans la société. Il faut s’allier pour combattre la cyberintimidation. Nous pouvons viser #ZéroIntimidation en pronant le positivisme et la gentillesse.

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C’est beau de voir des jeunes de partout au pays se soutenir lors de cette journées UNIS et de célébrer ensemble leur diversité et leur pouvoir de changer le monde. Ça donne de l’espoir de constater qu’ils sont sensibilisés aux enjeux sociaux de l’heure et qu’ils passent à l’action.

En tant que parents, nous pouvons promouvoir la responsabilité en ligne en publiant des messages positifs et en mettant un terme à la haine en combattant les actions négatives en ligne. Vous le savez comme moi, nos enfants nous observent dans nos petits gestes du quotidien. Tâchons de leur montrer que la gentillesse doit toujours primer !

Si vous avez besoin de conseils pour entamer une conversation sur l’usage saine de la technologie, visitez le site de TELUS Averti -https://wise.telus.com/fr/

Pour un monde meilleur,
Stephanie

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Choosing the right two pieces snowsuit for the kids

IMG_5179.jpgLiving north of Montreal, in the Laurentians, a beautiful part of Canada where it can go as low as – 30C somedays and even lower with the wind factor, we need to be prepared and well equipped for snow, winds, slush and even freezing rain. So obviously, the right winter gear,  for this climate needs to be warm,  and highly water resistant to keep our little ones cozy and dry all day long.

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Because we love outdoors activities like snowshoeing,  hiking, sledding or just for quiet walks in the woods, even on very cold days, as I mentioned above, we need to choose the correct gear for all members. And let’s be honest, for any piece, the number one rule is to make sure it’s waterproof or at least water resistant. Can I tell you that I had many, many experiences with snowsuits ( read with 3 boys and 1 winters later … ) Some were great and some others not so good. I’ve been buying and knowing the Deux par Deux snowsuits for many years now since it existed back when my oldest was a baby.

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Here are the functions and details of why I really like the Deux par Deux snowsuits and why I recommend them:

  • they have a protective insulation for warmth in temperatures as low as -30 °C (-22 °F) and yes the boys came back really warm at these temperatures since we played outside recently and it was that cold
  • they are coated with polyurethane and TEFLON for water resistance and weatherproof function
  • they are lined with polar fleece for more comfort
  • sleeves have elasticized wrists with adjustable Velcro tabs – makes easier to put gloves in and no snow will insert in sleeve
  • has a snow skirt with a rubberized elastic band – very practical if you ask me for when they slide or sit in the snow
  • the pants include a detachable, adjustable strap because not all kids likes to have straps or older kids often don’t like the bib/overalls-style because they look “too baby”
  • the  seat, knee, and cuff are Cordura reinforced, perfect for little adventurers

We love winter

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Also, as a reminder, I’ve been buying this brand for many years so I know it well and they were always a great choice when it came to choose a two piece snowsuits for my boys. They stay beautiful wash after wash and warm after many hours of fun in the snow.

Stephanie xx

LG QuadWash Steam dishwasher – my new friend in the kitchen

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As a full time working mom, busy with house chores, kid’s activities and sports, if there is something I am looking for daily is definitely some help… and when I say help I mean real help like no need to prewash or rewash the dishes. I recently had installed the new LG QuadWash Steam dishwasher that cleans dishes with steam from boiling water and I’m sharing with you my experience and the difference of TrueSteam technology…. and why I should have got it before because it simplified and streamlined the process at home.

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One thing I really like about the LG QuadWash is that the controls are hidden on top of the dishwasher’s door to prevent the curious little one, like Axel from pressing all the different controls. What they don’t see is perfect. 

Another feature that I really like is using the Turbo cycle (1 hour) clean option for busier days and the dishes still come out sparkling clean even on a shorter cleaning cycle. There are more options for drying the dishes that I sometimes like to use like the extra dry option that adds extra drying time to the cycle and raises the heated rinse temperature. When I start the dishwasher at night, I like to use the Night Dry option made for dishes left in the dishwasher overnight because after the cycle ends it can result in steam inside the tub condensing on dishes, leaving them wet. Night Dry runs the ventilation fan periodically to help vent steam from the tub.

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NO NEED TO PREWASH

Whaaat? I always used to have dishwashers where I needed to pre-wash the dishes before loading them or even sometimes re-wash them as soon as I would pick them up after the cycle. This is a real time saving if you ask me and results in less frustration with that chore. The powerful yet gentle TrueSteam® virtually eliminates the need to pre-wash. The built-in TrueSteam® on-door 4 steam jet generators is made to clean fragile items and can also be used for heavy-duty cleaning like pots and pans. This beautiful technology also reduces water spots by 60% and leaves all our dishes sparkling clean.

LED TUB LIGHT

The LED tub light activates when the door is open, offering a sophisticated interior look. I really like this option since it’s much easier to have a quick look at the interior of the dishwasher when opening it to fill or unload it.

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ADJUSTABLE RACKS

Another very nice feature I love about the dishwasher is the adjustable racks. The newly-enhanced EasyRack™ Plus system provides flexibility and adjusts to any load of dishes. The two top racks are adjustable so you can fit any tiny utensils or baby bottle parts on the top rack while you can easily lower the middle rack to fit in taller wine glasses or plates. The racks glide in and out smoothly with the help of LG’s Glide Rail and Ball Bearing design, for a smooth chore.

GOOD FOR OUR PLANET

I really love the fact that this dishwasher is Environmentally Friendly and Energy Star® rated, which means it uses less energy than required by current federal standards. 

I remember that we all found funny to see our mother getting all excited about a new appliance when we were younger but I can totally relate now and need to admit that I am totally loving my new LG QuadWash Steam dishwasher. I really hope that you will be able to have it in your home one day, you’ll thank me, I’m sure that you will enjoy all of the benefits and positive features that I love.

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healthy and flourless chocolate chip cookies

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If there is something that I am always looking for, is healthy and healthier recipe that my we love, especially the kids. I also try to select the ones that will have natural sugar add ons, just like the way I love to select my already made treats at the market, when it comes to snacks, deserts etc.

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So I thought I’d share my no flour, chocolate chip cookies with you that my kids actually really love…. and I do to. They are so yummy, healthy and easy to do.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.5 cups of whole rolled oats, processed into a fine powder
  • 1.5 cups of almond or coconut flour
  • 2 ripe bananas mashed until liquid ( I usually freeze my bananas not to waist them and keep them for muffin or cookie recipes )
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup dark semi sweet, dark or milk chocolate chips

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Preheat your oven to 375 Degrees F.  Line 1-2 baking trays with parchment paper.  Mix all the dry ingredients well in 1 bowl.  In a different bowl,  mix all the wet ingredients well.  Then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mix until having a homogeneous mixture.  Scoop out the mixture to spread the individual cookies onto the parchment paper.

Bake for 12 minutes until the tops are golden.

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They are really yummy so enjoy!

If you want the french recipe, please write me in the comments and will do so. Thanks

a rustic and natural touch to my Christmas gifts

 

IMG_3753.jpgI love to give my packages and gifts a touch of “luxe” with natural items to give them a rustic touch. Packages wrapped in inexpensive brown Kraft paper, monochrome paper or fabric and even in table cloth get a high-end update when topped with small bits of leftover fabric, raffia, rope, pompoms, small branch of pine or even ornements or small bells.

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First get yourself a yummy hot coco, tea or coffee, get all you wrapping paper out, tape, ropes, ornements, fabric, pine branches, bells etc… and make it all happen.

I always preferred more natural tones for my wrapping paper so like that, I can add a pop of colour if the trend changes or my mood… and it can be used for any gender or any ages as well, just needs to be personalized with a small decorating item to add a more delicate touch and change the vibe.

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I really love the simple and free add on when it comes to small branches of wood, or pine or any other tree you would have at home.

Ornements can be used to decorate any gifts, and it’s a fun way to offer an ornement to someone when you know that they will be able to reuse it at home in their own tree or maybe for your own kids as a souvenir of that year. Wrapped chocolate, pine cone or bell could be a fun and cute idea too.

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I love to add the pop of colour with the small decorating item or ornement on top of the gift that I can tie with the rope or ribbon.

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I also love to shop for many fun and cute items all year round. Sometimes it can be small pieces that I know I will use on gifts or better, the best deals are coming write after Christmas with the huge boxing day sales, so definitely time to stock on for the next year.

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Happy gift wrapping guys!

xx Stephanie

Here are some more idea and inspirations for you, all from my PINTEREST board, click HERE for MORE ideas and inspiration.

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Small changes to make a kids room more cozy and fun

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If there is a guilty pleasure that I enjoy a LOT in life is definitely decorating, doing DIY project, refurbishing furniture, giving life to secondhand items and accessories, swapping decor items from room to room etc…

I made recent changes to Liam’s room since I didn’t like the vibe of his old room because I thought it was not welcoming enough but at the same time I didn’t want it to be a major project neither or a too expensive one.

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The dresser is a dresser that my boyfriend’s great grandfather built when he was young. We wanted to keep it since we love vintage pieces that has life but gave it a modern touch by applying paint on it and done a ombre effect with the drawers only in 3 shades of grey and painted the top and sides with a black chalkboard paint, so he could draw on it with chalks to make it more fun.

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I always had a preference for warm tones and wood accents so this is why you can probably notice, in every room of our house, wood accessories or furniture, wicker plates and chest, as well as some natural materials like cotton, linen or burlap.

The reason I also like to keep from rom to room the same colour palettes or tones is that it’s easier then to swap accessories from a room to another if I need to change the decor easily and without a budget… and by having more neutrals I know it will go in time .

So here is the list of what you can find in Liam’s room and feel free to comment below if I missed something.

Discovering Jamaica with Transat

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We had the chance to discover in November the beautiful island of Jamaica with Transat, to be more exact, the region between Montego Bay and Negril, in the city of Lucea. We stayed at the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton hotel, where luxury meets relaxation and breath taking views. This 5 star resort is located 32 km from the Montego Bay airport, which is about 40 minutes. The shuttle ride from the airport to the hotel is amazing. The views are spectacular and the landscapes are uniques. Get your camera ready as soon as you hit the road because the discovery starts there.

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A MOUNTAINSIDE RESORT

This beautiful and luxurious oceanfront resort, located on the western side of Jamaica, the Grand Palladium, has 2 sections and we stayed on the Lady Hamilton part. It has a multitude of greeneries, beautiful sidewalks and little lounge areas and offers exceptional amenities. There is a continuous onsite shuttle service that we took sometimes because the kids were too tired to walk, but otherwise, we walked all the time, everything is quite close and the walk is totally worth it.

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SOFT TONE ROOM

We had a beautiful Junior suite of the family collection. The room was pretty nice with a contemporary style and warm wooden furnishings.

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We had more then enough space for the 5 of us, with a full bathroom and a bath… which is always nice to have when traveling with kids, if you ask me.

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GASTRONOMY

Because the food is definitely a big concern when it comes to choose a resort or destination and I totally agree with that. One major comment I would have is that every dish was really tasty, with all it’s fresh herbs and island seasonings. Don’t be afraid to try many of their dishes, you will definitely discover new favorites, just like we did. The resort counts 10 restaurants in total + 2 huts for lunch, and here are our favorite…. because food is important when making a resort decision right? To resume, we ate well. Really, really well!!

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We all know that with kids, it gets sometimes tricky finding the right meal for them but you won’t be disappointed with this resort. My 3 sons found meals they loved, all from the regular menu with local flavours, even if they offered a popular kids menu choice or that we could’ve opt for the buffet.

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Our favorite was definitely the El DORADO – STEAKHOUSE.  Ask for a banquette, it’s really cozy, you will love it with kids. You need to try the filet mignon, it’s really good, even if you are not a meat lover just like me. The boys enjoyed the little salad bar to start, because we all know that kids loves to pick their own stuff and make their plates. You can ask for smaller portions at the restaurant for the kids too.

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We really enjoyed the POSEIDON – SEAFOOD restaurant, were we really enjoyed eating outside with the warm ocean breeze. Again there was a salad bar ( so popular with my sons ) and we loved, loved the tuna steak and the seafood and fish plate. Everything was so yummy and tasty again. Also, the presentations where always stunning.

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Finally, you need to try the XAYMAICA – JAMAICAN restaurant and be open to try yummy local dishes. We took the akee saltfish appetizer ( that is their national dish usually served as breakfast ) and the coconut shrimps that were both AMAZING. For main dish we tried the coconut sea trout, the curry goat and the escovitch snapper. So yummy again and what an EXPERIENCE! When at the beach during the day, we had lunch almost everyday at the jerk huts and honestly, it was the BEST place to have it!

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BREAKFAST and LUNCH

We love eating outside when we travel as much as we can so we had breakfasts at the BLUE LAGOON, an outdoor terrasse with a view on the main pool and beach with a buffet (between the Bhogali and the El Agave restaurants). We had lunch either at the jerk huts or Poseidon restaurant, which was 1 minute walk from the Sunset Cove beach… because with kids,  we’re always in a  hurry because they are always hungry right?

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LOCAL FOOD

If you ask me what are the moments and things I enjoyed the most during our Jamaïcan trip, well discovering new culinary traditions and dishes is definitely one of them. Discovering new plates is definitely a reason why I love to travel. The jamaicans knows how to cook the tastiest fruits, local vegetables, fresh fishes and locally grown herbs and spices. You will be pleased at the hotel or if you eat outside because all the food was delicious, fresh and really tasty. You need to try our favorites, the Jerk chicken, the Akee Saltfish and the plantains.

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SWIMMING and POOLS

The Lady Hamilton counts 6 pools, and the way they are located on the site, you never feel like being at the same spot. They are all well located and easy to access and walk to. The water is pretty warm which was a plus with the boys… because the youngest doesn’t like it if the water is too cold. We enjoyed the built-in chairs in some of them while the kids could swim around and have fun! We brought them small pool balls which they always like to play with when we travel.

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BEACHES

What I really enjoyed and loved about this resort is definitely the layouts of the multiple beaches. There are several beaches, all located in between big rocks which makes the view a little more natural and wild. The sand was very very soft and the water itself was very clear, with almost no sea weeds around, so we could enjoy swimming quietly.

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WATER PARK & SLIDES

To my boys surprise, there was a nice and fun water park, perfect for all ages, with fun slides. Even Axel was able to do them, so it was the perfect setup for them. Their pool is perfect for their hight of course and the enjoyed the games and splashing seahorse in the pool. We always bring balls with us so the kids had fun for hours.

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KIDS CLUB

The cute and fun kids club, next to the main pool, has supervised activities, indoor and outdoor areas, a splash pool as well as a craft and arts room. My youngest sons enjoyed the little pool as well as the big playset park. There was also a mini-disco during the evening to party with friends. We loved the little rides that we could borrow as we wished.

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SPORTS and ACTIVITIES

The boys enjoyed some tennis and basketball games outside. I recommend that you go very early right after breakfast because it is really hot if you go later. We had lots of fun at the Sunset Cove beach, where all the water sports are happening. We had the chance to try the kayak, the snorkelling and catamaran! oh the fun we had! We brought our own snorkelling equipment, but if you don’t have yours, you can rent it for free at the sports hut.

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The boys loved to play pingpong at the beach, volleyball by the main pool and giant chest game as well, located on the site. One thing for sure is that we were never bored at the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton with all the animation, festive vibe and happy and welcoming staff.

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KIDS MOCKTAILS

Happy kids makes happy parents right? Besides sports, activities, beach and pool, my boys lives for food… and mocktails, an a special exception they know that we will approve on vacations. So of course they were more then served with the food and buffets but let’s talk about the mocktails or the pina colada “no alcool”… even Axel ordered his own like a big boy! They even make smoothies with real fruits and coconut milk, they were really yummy. We even had them in the morning after our sports as a snack.

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VISTING THE COUNTRY

If there is something you really need to do is to go out of the resort, visit the country and I guarantee that you will be amazed with all the landscapes, how friendly the locals are and all the beautiful hidden gems this country has to offer. I totally think it’s the best way to learn about a country.

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We booked beautiful excursions and I can’t wait to share my experiences on my next blog post with lots of details, must see and do and many, many pictures.

Here’s a sneak peak at the beautiful locations we visited and that we ALL enjoyed so much, I’m telling you, it’s a MUST to do with kids, even young ones.

YS FALLS

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RICKS CAFE

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LUCEA

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NEGRIL

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BLACK RIVER

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ST-ELIZABETH

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MONTEGO BAY

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TRANSAT

Did you know that Air Transat was named World’s Best Leisure Airline in 2018?

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We’ve been traveling with Transat for many many years now and I need to admit that they stay my choice #1 without any hesitation. The reasons why I love this carrier so much, especially now that I have kids, is because they welcome for free, in the kids club  little ones from 2 to 11 and offer them a kit filled with cool travel goodies and many on-board surprises to make air travel fun… and to my sons greatest happiness, they tried Transat new kids menu wit a yummy Mac and cheese… and for our greatest happiness, we can benefit from a free seat selection, a dedicated family check-in counter and pre-boarding for all our family… which are a MUST when traveling with little ones if you ask me!

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Check out all the many more Transat kids club advantages here.

I totally recommend the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton and I am sure you will be able to make beautiful family memories like we did.

Thanks for reading and feel free if you have any questions regarding our experience, Transat or the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton.

You can find all details and book your trip here with Transat.

Stephanie

 

 

 

Testing the new Extend2Fit® Graco Convertible Car Seat

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Choosing a car seat is tough! There are so many options, and one look at the car seat aisle or webpage can make our head swim with weight limits, positions, harness options … So how do you know what the best seat for your child is? You want to find the safest seat that fits your vehicle, child, and can be used correctly 100% of the time.

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After trying many, many car seats for 14 years now – on and off, of course – I can say that we have tried a lot. Liked some and hated some. I was happy when I was told I could give
the Extend2Fit ® Graco Convertible Car Seat a try for Axel!

The great thing about the Extend2Fit ®  Graco Convertible Car Seat, your little one can also ride rear-facing longer – allowing for a safer ride – up to 50 pounds! It has an extension panel that allows for 5 additional inches of leg room, so your little one can be more comfortable also! I have always been on the really careful side of things when it comes to road and car safety, so I felt secure when I found out that it was side impact tested for occupant retention, with the built-in 5-point harness system and the steel-reinforced frame that provides more strength and durability.

My favourite features about the Extend2Fit ®  Graco Convertible Car Seat are definitely the following:
 6-position recline  (I love it for long car rides and our frequent road trips)
 The seat pad is comfortable and machine-washable (Axel was sick in it the first time he
tried it and it came out like a brand new one after washing it in the machine)
 There are two integrated cup holders (one cup for Axel and one cup for his brother, of
course haha!)
 The 10-position adjustable headrest is easy to use and adjust as Axel grows

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I installed the car seat myself and found the entire process really easy. It comes with an
installation guide that is easy to read and understand. All the markers on the sides of the
Extend2Fit ®  Graco Convertible Car Seat made my life easier and the clear signage helped give me confidence I was doing it correctly.

Did you know that the paediatric recommendation in Canada is to keep children rear-facing as long as possible as your child meets the weight and height limits in the manufacturer’s instructions, even if they are beyond one year of age. Don’t rush to move them to the next stage! Even young toddlers are safer in the rear-facing position.  The Extend2Fit ®  Graco Convertible Car Seat didn’t exist when I had Loïc and Liam, but I wish it had so they could have been rear-facing for even longer than they were. I totally recommend this car seat. In fact, I just did to a friend who’s expecting her second baby. She bought the colour Gotham, just like ours!

Thank you for reading!

Stephanie

Asian salmon pan with potatoes, cauliflower and brussel sprouts

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Avec des journées vraiment remplies, un boulot à temps plein, 3 garçons et des activités quotidiennes, je dois avouer que je ne suis pas la mieux planifiée pour de ce qui est des repas. C’est pourquoi j’aime bien avoir sous la main des pommes de terres congelées, prêtes à servir et parfaitement assaisonnées @cavendish.farms que je peux servir avec du poisson ou poulet préparés les weekends, carottes et brocolis et voilà! Les enfants adorent, c’est rapide et délicieux!

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Voici donc ma recette en question, je vous le dis, ils vont adorer et c’est santé aussi.

INGRÉDIENTS

  • 1 sac de pomme de terre de 750g  de Cavendish Farms au sel et de poivre concassé
  • 2 c. à soupe de sucre brun 
  • 2 c. à soupe de sauce soja
  • 2 c. à soupe de beurre fondu
  • 1 c. à soupe de vinaigre de riz naturel
  • 1/4 c. à thé de sel
  • 4 filets de saumon avec la peau
  • 1/2 lb de fleurons de choufleur frais (environ 4 tasses)
  • 4 tasses de chou de bruxelle tranchées
  • 2 oignons verts tranchés en biais
  • graines de sésame
  • coriandre

ÉTAPES

  • Chauffer le four à 425 ° F.
  • Couvrir une plaque à pâtisserie d’un papier parchemin
  • Étaler les pommes de terre surgelées en une seule couche sur la plaque de cuisson et cuire au four pendant 16 à 18 minutes.
  • Retirer du four. Retournez les pommes de terre et faites de la place pour le choufleur, le chou de bruxelle et le saumon.
  • Dans un grand bol, mélanger la cassonade, 2 cuillères à soupe de sauce soja, le beurre, le vinaigre et 1/4 de cuillère à thé de sel.
  • Transférer 2 cuillères à soupe du mélange dans un bol moyen. Ajouter le saumon au mélange et tourner pour enduire.
  • Ajouter le choufleur et les chou de bruxelle dans un grand bol et mélanger pour bien enrober.
  • Ajouter le saumon, peau vers le bas sur la plaque avec les pommes de terre; ajoutez le chou de bruxelle et les choufleur.
  • Versez le reste du mélange des deux bols sur le saumon, les pommes de terre et les légumes.
  • Rôtir 12 à 15 minutes ou jusqu’à ce que le saumon soit bien cuit et se défasse facilement à la fourchette et que les pommes de terre soient tendres.
  • Garnir d’oignon vert, de graines de sésame et de coriandre. Bon appétit!

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With really busy days, a full time job, 3 boys and daily activities, I must admit that I am not the best  at planning meals. That’s why I like to have frozen potatoes ready to serve and perfectly seasoned @ cavendish.farms that I can serve with fish or chicken cooked on weekends, any veggies and that’s it! Kids love it, it’s fast and delicious!

Asian pan

1 bag of salt and cracked pepper Cavendish Farms 750g bag

2 tablespoons packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon natural rice vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 (4 oz) salmon filets, skin on
1/2 lb fresh broccoli florets (about 4 cups)
5 big carrots, sliced
2 green onions, sliced on the bias
sesame seeds
cilantro
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Steps

  • Heat oven to 425°F. Cover a pan with a non-stick baking sheet
  • Spread frozen potatoes in a single layer on the non-stick baking sheet and bake for 16- 18 minutes.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Flip over Chopped Potatoes and make room for broccoli, carrots and salmon.
  • In a large bowl, mix brown sugar, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, the butter, vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Transfer 2 tablespoons of the mixture to medium bowl.
  • Add salmon to mixture in medium bowl; turn to coat.
  • Add broccoli and carrots to large bowl, and toss to coat.
  • Add salmon, skin side down, to pan with potatoes; add broccoli and carrots.
  • Pour any remaining mixture from both bowls over salmon, potatoes, broccoli and carrots.
  • Roast 12 to 15 minutes or until salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork, and potatoes are fork-tender.
  • Top with green onion, sesame seeds and cilantro.
  • Bon appétit!

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Creating a wicker basket gallery wall

IMG_2596If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you noticed that I am constantly redoing some rooms in our house and changing things around. I’ve been collecting lately some flat shaped baskets in order to create a wall in Liam’s room. I’m not sure on how many I will hang but I got more then less. I love how these baskets will integrate in my contemporary style home by bringing it the charm of authenticity of where they’re from.

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Wicker walls seems to have gained popularity in the last couple of months so did the boho themed rooms. They have something really peaceful, cozy and natural and that can usually be created without going over budget or spending too much, which I love. Lots of little gems can be found when going to thrift stores or flea markets and garage sales. I really love that fact that it also gives a second life to some items that are recycled with a different purpose. Another reason I really love about this wall is that baskets can be reused later on with other purposes around the house.

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Because I wanted to change some decorations in Liam’s room, who just turned 7 not a long time ago and wanted his room to me more neutral, with some pops or burnt orange, rust. Since I also always loved natural materials compared to plastic, I wanted to add a natural touch on his wall, without having to spend to much since I love to change things around in the house often.

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I started browsing the web, Instagram and Pinterest of course to get some tricks and get inspired with some ideas and what others has come up in different rooms. Although some seemed to cost a leg and an arm to create that kind of beautiful trendy mural with imported baskets, I started first looking in my own house what I had as wicker plates, mats and baskets. I also asked friends and family if they might had any that they didn’t want anymore. I was lucky to find beautiful one in one of my latest travel and also found a few in garage sale and local thrift store.

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BEST PLACES to find DECORATIVE WALL BASKETS

  • thrift stores
  • flea market
  • garage sales
  • your home
  • friends and family
  • Etsy
  • travel souvenirs
  • local decorating shops

Even if I prefer the result on a white wall, this mural can totally be created on any colour wall. Another thing is that I prefer when there is a variation in size and texture. It makes it more personal and artsy.

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How to HANG BASKETS on the WALL

  • use a nail driven through the center of the basket to hang them but this might damage the basket and you will see it when close enough
  • use a fishing line  and a small nail by creating a loop on the back of the basket
  • use temporary sticky wall hook

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How to MAKE SURE they are CLEAN and DISINFECTED

Disinfection: Leave the in a tub or sink filled with hot water and dishwashing liquid with a few drops of javel water while using an old toothbrush to clean and brush them. They will dry pretty fast and like that, you make sure that you eliminate most of the germs and dust. You can never be too careful.

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So I can’t wait to show you the result in Liam’s room really soon.

Stephanie