The 10 day Vichy Liftactiv vitamin C challenge

IMG_3598We all know, that by being a mom it often means that we don’t have that much time for us, read almost never. That also means sometimes skipping some necessary skin care routine, having a really quick lunch by the counter or at my desk, sleeping less then I should really do, not drinking all the water I should be and not doing the weekly exercise I really should ( cause running after the kids don’t count )… and let’s not talk about taking a relaxing bath because I just don’t remember the last time I had one. I know that I should be consistent with those basics but I find it hard sometimes just to keep up.

Vichy Canada recently challenged me to try their new 10 day Lifactiv Vitamin C cure, I of course said ”yes” and I need to admit that I was sceptical at first and was worried that I couldn’t keep up, or have time, or even think about it.

But I did!

The challenge, well the cure in fact was simple and easy to keep up with. I surprisingly didn’t skip a morning or night and kinda was looking forward to that ( yes a quick ) me-time in the morning or night. And you know also what else, I even made myself a fruity herbal tea after my shower, while taking care of my skin. It was totally MY ALONE TIME and I really enjoyed it.

Here are the highlights of the cure as well as what I liked best.

The liftactiv Vitamin C cure:

  1. Brightens: the skin regains its radiance with a more even complexion. I saw the difference from day 1 since I could notice a glow and a more ”soft pink” shade.
  2. Firms: the skin feels tightened, with an instant lifting effect. I felt that my skin definitely  looked more rested, so younger,
  3. Hydrates: the synergy between the fragmented hyaluronic acids from the Liftactiv Vitamin C and the Vichy Mineralizing thermal water allowed for a deep water penetration and retention into skin, for a great hydration effect. My skin didn’t break out at all and felt smooth and soft.

So my daily routine consisted of the following steps:

MORNING

  • Apply Liftactiv Vitamin C on freshly cleansed skin
  • 1 dab of Mineral 89
  • 1 pump of Liftactiv Serum 10
  • A dab of Liftactiv UV moisturizer

NIGHT

  • 1 dab of Mineral 89
  • 1 dab of Liftactiv Retinol HA
  • 1 dab of Liftactiv Night moisturizer

I found this cure really easy to maintain, even with kids and a really busy schedule, and  felt my skin smoother and tighter after those 10 days, and definitely brighter and saw that glow after a few days.

You really need to try this cure. It is affordable and totally worth it. Just like all the other Vichy cares, it smells so good and you will probably appreciate it’s calming effect on the skin.

So get the cure, make yourself a warm herbal tea, lock the bathroom door and pamper yourself, because after all you are worth it!

Let me know what are your impressions after you 10 day Liftactiv Vitamin C Vichy cure cure.

Good night,

Stephanie xx

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pumpkin spice everything

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‘Tis the season.  I love fall because of it’s beautiful weather, it’s gorgeous warm colours, it’s crisp nights and fresh days. But I also love fall because it’s seems to mark the beginning of comfort food, nights beside the fire with a glass of wine and richer food… and let’s talk about pumpkins. I’m like I want to taste everything that had pumpkins as ingredients in… like all of them. So if you do have some favorite recipes to share, I want to try them.

I am sharing with you today 3 of my favorites that I tried and tried and remaking every year.

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PUMPKIN SPICE DOUGHNUTS

•1/2 cup vegetable oil

•3 large eggs

•1 to 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

•1 1/2 cups pumpkin pure ( unsweetened )

•3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus heaping

•1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

•1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

•1 1/2 teaspoons salt

•1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

•1 3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour

COATING

•3 tablespoons cinnamon-sugar

Instructions

1.Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2.Lightly grease two doughnut pans.

3.Beat together the oil, eggs, sugar, pumpkin, spices, salt, and baking powder until smooth.

4.Add the flour, stirring just until smooth.

5.Fill the wells of the doughnut pans about 3/4 full; use a scant 1/4 cup of batter in each well.

6.Bake the doughnuts for 15 to 18 minutes

7.Remove the doughnuts from the oven, and after about 5 minutes transfer them to a rack to cool.Â

8.While the doughnuts are still warm (but no longer fragile), gently shake them in a bag with the cinnamon-sugar

9.Cool completely, and store (not wrapped tight) at room temperature for several days.

10.Makes about 12 doughnuts

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PUMPKIN SPICE MUFFINS

 

Ingredients

•1 cup canned pumpkin

•2 tablespoons honey

•2 tablespoons brown sugar lightly packed

•1 teaspoon vanilla extract

•1 large egg

•1/4 teaspoon salt

•1/2 teaspoon baking soda

•1/4 teaspoon baking powder

•1 teaspoon cinnamon

•1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

•1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice optional

•1 cup + 1 tablespoon oat flour oats that have been blended

•1/3 – 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

 

Instructions

1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2.Spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray ( I use coconut spray )

3.Combine the pumpkin, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and egg in a bowl. Beat until combined.

4.In another bowl, stir together the salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice and oat flour.

5.Add the dry to the wet mixing until just combined.

6.Stir in the chocolate chips.

7.Separate the mixture evenly among 8 muffin cavities and place a few extra chocolate chips on top if desired

8.Bake for 18-22 minutes

9.Don’t over cook, they are way better undercook.

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HOMEMADE PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE

 

Ingredients
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix*
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups whole milk
1 to 2 shots Nespresso, about 1/4 cup
1.Heat the pumpkin and spices. In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook the pumpkin with the pumpkin pie spice and a generous helping of black pepper for about 2 minutes.

2.Stir in the sugar: Add the sugar and stir until the mixture looks like a bubbly thick syrup.

3.Warm the milk: Whisk in the milk and vanilla extract. Warm gently over medium heat, watching carefully to make sure it doesn’t boil over.

4.Blend the milk: Carefully process the milk mixture in a traditional blender ( don’t forget to cover the lid with towels, it might be hot )

5.Mix the drinks: Make the Nespresso  and add the frothed milk.

Hope you enjoy as much as I do when making those and of course, tasting them with my little family.

Can’t wait to read your favorite recipes.

Stephanie xx.

one of a kind coffee collection

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As a full time working mom of 3 very active boys, my weekly routine can be very busy and chaotique at times, especially during the Fall months. So when Friday comes, even as early as 5:30 am, I’m looking forward for some me-time that I can hopefully take during the weekend… Usually, the only time of the week that is possible, since weeks are reserved to work, blogging, attending events, kids homeworks, sports and activities, meaning not much time for me. This, let be honest really SHORT me-time is where I can relax, take care of myself and sometimes, if I’m lucky, take a bath with actually a warm coffee… Because everybody knows that having kids means that coffee is not always so hot when we got time to take a sip.

As you may already know, I am a huge coffee lover and need this caffeine in my daily life. Talking about coffee, I would love to share with you one of a kind coffee collection. Nespresso just launched two new editions: Ethiopia Yirgacheffe and Colombia Aguadasfrom the collection Explorations 2. The Colombia Aguadas is my favorite due to its delicate acidity, its candied apples and red berries sweet flavour and its velvety texture that I always find in my Nespresso coffees. I personally prefer it with a little bit foamed milk, similar to a cappuccino which makes the perfect comfy and warm drink during those crisp days of fall.

This time, Nespresso roamed the globe to uncover singular origins and scarves coffees which are considered as gems by coffee experts. I’m totally not a coffee expert, but I can tell you that I definitely taste the difference between these 2 contrasting tastes of Ethiopia Yirgacheffe and Colombia Aguadas.

These two new capsules are so easy and fast to make, just like Nespresso always is,  which definitely makes them a must in my life: everything needs to be easy and fast. When I use my Nespresso CitiZ & Milk machine in the morning, there’s a line up of little helpers waiting to press the button.

I highly recommend you trying them out! Ethiopia Yirgacheffe and Colombia Aguadas are offered for a limited time, in a duo set, at Nespresso stores and online at the link below:

https://www.nespresso.com/ca/en/order/capsules/original/explorations-2-coffee-capsules

Let me know what you think when you try it!

Good night

Stéphanie xx

Fall baby’s wardrobe

IMG_3096Because fall is here since a few days… and I know it still feels like summer just arrived but time is already here to start thinking about kid’s wardrobe with warmer pieces, longer sleeves and some chunky knits. And even if it’s still really warm, In October, those warmer pieces can be really useful on fresh nights and crisp mornings.

I get lots of messages and e mails about the shops and stores that I get my kids clothes from. Here are some of my favorites as when it comes to really functional, cute, stylish and comfy clothes for baby.

Little minimalist – @littleminimalist.ca

Tara the owner of this lovely Montreal shop, chooses every piece of clothing, every shoe, every bag carefully and thoughtfully, from brands that she believes to be the best in the world.  Her focus is smaller brands, that aren’t mainstream, for original and authentic baby.

She has really fun, unique and minimalist brands in her selection that I totally love because of the style, the neutral colours and the softness of the fabrics.

Our favorites pieces for Fall are definitely the Hubble & Duke gumboots, the Skyscraper Sweatshirt from Jax & Hedley, the Beau Hudson cardigans and the kid Wild playsuits.

https://littleminimalist.ca

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Os and Oakes  – @OSANDOAKES 

Os and Oakes creates simple, stylish, unisex apparel for fashionable little ones ranging from sizes 12 Months – 5T.  Made in Ontario Canada, their collection is inspired by the latest trends and is tailored to fit our adorable little tot.

The style of their little pieces are trendy and minimalist and I love this. It makes it much easier to build little outfits with solid colors. Our favorites pieces are the striped ostrich tee, spot me long sleeve sweater with it’s cute elbow patch, french terry leggings and the catch me tee with it’s contrasting pocket.

https://www.osandoakes.com

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Plum Kids – @plum.kids

Plum Kids creates handmade, simple, minimalist fashions for babies and kids, with a mature level of style in mind. Jas ‘ goal ( the owner and creator of Plum kids ) is blending quality fabrics with polished aesthetic, and creates unique, modern and fashionable clothing pieces for  kids that fit comfortably and feel good on the skin.

Here again, I really like the minimalist style, the soft fabrics and the way all pieces always looks stylish.

Our favorite pieces are the grey knitted bloomers, the striped overalls and the peekaboo romper.

http://www.plumkids.ca

Ole Design – @ole.design

OLE design is a Canadian maker of modern baby’s & kid’s accessories & apparel. Olena, the founder and creative director strives to create the best pieces at affordable prices. “Natural comfort & style” is her main goal.

Ole Design also closely  follows the latest fashion trends so the little ones can be the most stylish in their neighbourhood and feel comfortable while having fun. They create each piece with love, and  hopes it will bring you the same joy & smile it brings them.

Our favorite pieces are their harems and leggings, modern infinite scarves, and the really adorable animal print organic tees.

https://www.oledesign.ca/collections/all

Boutique le méchant loup – @boutiquelemechantloup

Le Méchant Loup is a decoration and clothing online shop for babies and toddlers, located in the south shore of Montreal. In love with modern and monochrome, Karine the owner takes the time to carefully choose every item from the best brands in the world to make them a part of our family memories.

The reason why we like this monochrome online boutique, it’s because of the gorgeous brands selected, the variety she has to offer online and the cuteness of the clothing collections.

Our favorites pieces are Miles baby rompers, the HUX baby sweaters, the Dudes N Dolls leggings and the Whistle & flute pyjama.

https://www.boutiquelemechantloup.com/fr/

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Boutique Clément

Established in Quebec they constantly innovate in order to please their customers and to stay up-to-date with the latest trends in the clothing market.

Our favorite pieces and collections are the camp sweater from Le Chat Botté, the yak raglan t shirt, infinity scarf and caps all  from LP as well as the polar one-piece from North Face.

https://www.clement.ca/fr/accueil.aspx

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When we were young – @when_we_wear_young

When we wear young is a  shop that has all the modern and functional essentials you need for your little ones ages 0-4 yrs.  Simply designed, functional and without emphasis on gender stereotypes.

They work with small independent brands from Canada and all over the world who pride themselves on using the best quality materials, with a focus on details and ethical production.

Our favorite pieces are the camel sweatshirt and the grey raglan sweatshirt both from from Little Hedonist, the nude drawstrings joggers, the black fleece hares and the overalls from Kids stuff clothing.

https://whenwewearyoung.com

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the shoes now…. here are our favourite stores and our fall favorites for Axel:

GLOBO

They have a fun selection of some of our favorite brand which are Nike, Timberland and Vans.

http://www.globoshoes.com/ca/en

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Rubino

A nice family store chain that offers lots of brands, where you will find some of our favorites such as Ecco, Adidas and Puma.

http://rubinoshoes.com/en/

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I also love to complete and create unique outfits by shopping some items at Zara and HM as well. it makes fun and stylish looks that are usually different by incorporating items from small shops.

What are your favorite shops to get your babies and kids clothes.

Good night

xx

Liftactive Cure – Vichy

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Being a full time working mother of 3 boys, in all different age ranges, sometimes solo parenting since hubby is a fireman on shifts, part time blogging when I still have energy and that my eyes cooperate to stay open, trying to keep the house in a decent kinda neat situation, means that I often look tired ( well not only look but obviously are ), I’m often   ( read always ) looking for better and healthier ways of living, not only for me but for our little family, and since MOMMY TIME almost doesn’t exist, when I can try a DIY AT HOME skin care challenge, you’ll find me here, I’M IN!

Because we are all looking for that great skin care that will make us look beautiful and glowing and in a short time, of course,  I started this 10 days cure because this tired mommy here is definitely in the hunt for a better looking skin, a firmer texture and rested skin.

The Lifactiv cure mission in 10 days?

– Makes the skin rested and firmer

– Brighten the complexion and make it more uniform

– Improve firmness and radiance of the skin

When to do this cure?

3 to 4 times a year, but also before a special occasion, in anticipation of a unique moment of life, every change of seasons or when your skin needs a beautiful glow!

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So here are some good times of when to use it:

Important Events

Season changes

Lack of sleep

Frequent travel

Polluted urban environment

Unbalanced Feeding

With this change of season, I want to adopt healthier habits in order to put all the positive effects on my side, and of course to get a great result. Vichy takes care of my skin but I also want to add to my routine some exercise (it will be with the kids for me), drink plenty of water and cook easy, fast but healthy meals.

Are you in on this 10 days cure with me?

Here is a link of all my Vichy Liftactive products I’m using for this cure: http://www.vichy.ca/en/face-liftactiv

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Étant mère  de 3 garçons, travaillant à plein temps , parfois maman en solo puisque mon chéri est pompier sur les quarts de travail, blogueuse à temps partiel quand j’ai encore de l’énergie et que mes yeux coopèrent pour rester ouvert, tout en essayant de garder la maison dans un état bien décente, signifie que j’ai souvent l’air fatigué (pas seulement l’air mais je le suis vraiment aussi ), je suis souvent (lire toujours) à la recherche d’un mode de vie meilleur et plus sain, non seulement pour moi, mais pour notre petite famille, et puisque  du MOMMY TIME est presque inexistant, quand je peux essayer un défi de soin de peau et surtout à faire à la maison, et bien, je suis partante!

Parce que nous recherchons tous ces soins de la peau qui nous feront ressentir belle et lumineuse et, en peu de temps, bien sûr. Donc, j’ai commencé ce traitement de 10 jours parce que cette maman fatiguée ici est définitivement à la recherche d’une peau plus belle, d’une texture plus ferme et décontractée.

La mission de la cure Liftactive en 10 jours ?

– Rendre la peau reposée et plus ferme
– Éclaircir le teint et le rendre plus uniforme
– Améliorer la fermeté et l’éclat de la peau

 La majorité des femmes ont un rythme de vie effréné, et leur peau en subit les contrecoups :

Quand l’utiliser?

3 à 4 fois par année, mais aussi avant une occasion spéciale, en prévision d’un moment de vie unique, à chaque changement de saisons ou lorsque votre peau a besoin d’un coup d’éclat !

Donc voici des moments propices quand l’utiliser:

Évènements importants

Changements de saison

Manque de sommeil

Voyages fréquents

Milieu citadin pollué

Alimentation déséquilibrée

Avec ce changement de saison, j’ai bien le gout d’adopter de saines habitudes ( de meilleures du moins) afin de mettre toutes les effets positifs de mon côté. Vichy s’occupe de ma peau mais je veux aussi ajouter à ma routine de l’exercice ( ca sera avec les enfants pour moi ), boire beaucoup d’eau et concocter des repas faciles, rapides mais sains.

Embarquez vous dans ce 10 jours de cure avec moi?

Voici le lien des produits Liftactive de Vichy ainsi que la cure de 10 jours:

cure:http://www.vichy.ca/en/face-liftactiv

Taking pictures with kids.

How many pictures does it takes to have  ( Hashtage ONE ) good one?! Well, I stopped counting…..but here’s a proof that it takes a lot!
1. Place the kids to the correct spot.
2. Place the balloons.
3. Place the gold numbers.
4. Ask the kids to smile.
5. Ask hubby if he sees everything and everyone one in the frame.
6. Replace the gold number 2.
7. Replace white balloons.
8. Ask husband if he still sees everyone because his not looking in the correct direction and the kids moved.
9. Run after Axel.
10. Replace Axel to the correct spot.
11. Replace gold number 2.
12. Run again after Axel.
13. Ask hubby to take lots of pics, it’s the good time now.
14. Take a look at what hubby took.
15. Erase pics that hubby took wrong.
16. Tell hubby that we don’t see the gold numbers entirely.
17. Replace the kids.
19. Replace all the balloons.
20. Ask hubby to take more pics.

How many times do we have to take over and over THAT RIGHT PICTURE that we “need” or want. I usually like candid pictures or in action ones but that day I wanted a picture with both of them looking at the lense for their little souvenir books, where I write about all kind of souvenirs.

I get often messages about my kids being so calm, and cute, and nice in front of the camera and asking me “how I do it”.

Well…. here is the proof that it takes SEVERAL shots in order to get a good one…. I I did not out them all over here. I might had another 167 in my camera.

We had so much fun doing this little homemade photoshoot, the kids laughed a lot, us too and it turned into a game with them running around and hiding behind the balloons.

Yes it takes time and patience but the most important of all to my opinion, is to take this not seriously at all, have fun with them and this is what making memories is all about, right?

We took these pictures with our new Fujifilm XP-120 camera and are totally in love with the quality of it. It is kids friendly too, really resistant, and perfect to our busy family lifestyle so I am not afraid of it getting broken if they try playing the photograph at their turn!

Here is the link if you want to get more info of this super kids friendly camera:

https://lozeau.com/produits/fr/photo/appareils-compact/fujifilm/fujifilm/fujifilm-finepix-xp120-jaune-p30160c74c78c110/

Do you do photoshoots at home with the kids and make it a fun activity? How does it goes?

Thanks for reading,

Stephanie

 

BUSY MORNINGS

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In our busy life, we’re always trying to find ways of having more time, healthier meals without compromising on taste. Since in the morning it’s always the rush in our house getting the kids ready for school and kindergarten, I like when my breakfast is ready and my coffee warm in the next  5 minutes or so  when I wake up because otherwise, I would skip it and have breakfast at my first pause, meaning around 9h, which is way to late.

I recently had the chance to discover the new Barista limited edition from Nespresso and I totally need to admit that this one is my favorite, by far. If you’re like me and usually prefer mild Nespresso, you will love both Barista Chiaro and Barista Scuro.

The reason why I love so much the Barista Chiaro, is because it creates a sweet and creamy cappuccino with a biscuit note, which is like, a dessert in itself. You now understand why I drink so much Nespresso… Try it and you’ll get addictive just like I am.

As for the Barista Scuro, when you poor it with warm milk, it reveals rich aromas of bitter chocolate. I also enjoyed trying the Barista Corto with milk to, which I really enjoyed because of it’s rich crema. If you prefer stronger Nespresso, then you should definitely try it black.

And because I really like the taste of Nespresso, I tried some recipes with that new Barista taste.

Preparing some overnight oatmeal jars helps me a lot to get ready in the morning so I can concentrate more on the kids and their breakfasts/lunches preparations.

I thought I would share with you my favorite energy bites and oatmeal jars with you, and would love to hear about your favorite recipes as well.

So if you’re looking for a little pick me up in the morning and looking for extra energy like me, try these perfect grab and go breakfasts.

Overnight protein Oatmeal jars

Ingredients

•½ cup raw old fashioned oats

•1 table spoon of each almond, coconut flakes and dry diced figues

•¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond, cashew or soy milk

•2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder

•1 tablespoon chia seeds

•dash of maple syrup or honey to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

1.In a large mason jar, combine all ingredients, attach lid tightly and shake well.

2.Place in refrigerator overnight, or at least 8 hours.

3.In the morning, open and enjoy!

 

When our morning coffee and breakfast all rolled into one – plus: chocolate!

Mocha Overnight Oatmeal

 

INGREDIENTS

•1 cup rolled oats

•1 cup almond, cashew or soy milk

•½ cup of Nespresso BARISTA Corto

•1 Tablespoon cocoa powder

•2 Tablespoons honey or maple syrup

•2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

1.Brew Nespresso BARISTA Corto and allow to cool.

2.In large mason jar, combine all ingredients, attach lid and shake  well.

3.Place in refrigerator overnight, or at least 8 hours.

4.In the morning, open and enjoy!

Nespresso Energy bites

Ingredients

•1 cup dry whole grain oatmeal

•1/2 cup ground flaxseed

•1.5 tblsp fresh ground Nespresso BARISTA Chiaro ( I opened it with a small knife )

•1/2 cup creamy almond butter *

•1/4 cup of honey

•1 tsp vanilla

•1/4 cup chocolate chips

•1/4 cup dried cranberries

INSTRUCTIONS

1.Stir your oatmeal, flaxseed, and Nespresso BARISTA Chiaro granules together

2.Add your almond butter, honey, and vanilla.

3.Add the chocolate chips and cranberries and stir well!

4.Let chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

5.Once chilled, roll into balls making about 10-12 balls.

6.Store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for max 1 week

7.Enjoy

I tried these recipes with the new BARISTA Nespresso  and let me tell you, it tastes heaven. I of course need when I wake up 2-3 of these Nespresso a day, beside my breakfast and no I don’t eat those overnight oatmeals or bites daily. I still like a variety in my week… do you? So I usually take just 1 or 2 Nespresso in the morning if I take a coffee based breakfast… otherwise I will have the shakes all day haha!

I’ve linked here the limited BARISTA Limited Edition capsules of Nespresso, that you definitely want to give a try:

https://www.nespresso.com/ca/en/limited-edition-barista-coffee-capsules

Hope you like those, and really looking forward for your favorite recipes!

Enjoy

Stephanie xx

VENTE D’entrepôt – boutiques Clément

Comme j’aime bien partager avec vous mes super trouvailles, coup de coeur et endroits favoris, je voulais vous faire part de cette super vente d’entrepôt des boutiques Clément! J’habille mes garçons là bas avec des marques de toutes sortes depuis tout près de 13 ans maintenant.

Ils ont vraiment une belle sélection de nouveau-né à 16 ans et que dire du fait de trouver de tout en un seul endroit!

Voici les détails:

La vente d’entrepôt commence demain à 9:00 à la succursale de St-Bruno et de Beauport. (https://www.clement.ca/fr/evenements.aspx)

Il va y avoir une très grande sélection de vêtement d’été bébé, enfant et adolescent (fille et garçon). De plus, tous est à 70% ou moins chers.

Il va y avoir la plupart des marques comme 2X2, Blü, Chat Botté, Dex, Desigual, Petit Lem, Vans, Volcom, Billabong, Oneill, Blanc de Blanc, Tom Tailor, Hatley, Nanö, Silver Jean, Guess, DC Shoes, Jessica Simpson, Kids Headquaters, Kanz, Lief!, etc

 

for my english mamas and readers, if you need a translation let me know, I’ll send you the English version!!

Laissez moi savoir si vous y allez et surtout ce que vous y avez déniché!!

 

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Visiting Ogunquit, Maine.

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We had the chance to visit Ogunquit, Maine 2 weeks ago and I need to say that we really enjoyed our mini vacations, in this ocean side small city. It’s a very welcoming little village, with basically a main street, family friendly and easy to walk from end to end. From Marginal Way, to famous seafood restaurants, Perkins cove, unique ice cream shops and to beaches, we really enjoyed everything. It is truly a family destination.

Here is what we have visited, in a quick 3 days, what I’ve liked and what I recommand.

DUNES of OGUNQUIT BEACHES

The Ogunquit Beach is a long peninsula of sandy beach surrounded by grassy dunes. Our favorite activities on those dunes and beaches were to build sandcastles, fly kites, chase seagulls, play in the waves with boogie boards and  just watch the tides roll in, which really impressed the kids. We really spent lots of time outdoors the whole trip, enjoyed nature and family time.

MARGINAL WAY

Marginal Way is a paved 1.5 mile oceanside cliffwalk lined with benches that runs along the Atlantic Ocean. The path has some restaurants and gift shops along it, as well as places to walk down to the water. We found quiet, isolated little beaches between the cliffs and it was just amazing and beautiful, and were able to enjoy a yummy picnic with the kids.

Liam explored the marginal way running and jumping which stressed me out a lot since the cliffs can be really high… but the views were totally amazing and the boys really enjoyed throwing rocks in the ocean.

RESTAURANTS

The one we tried and really liked, and obviwoly recommend:

Black sushi house ( sushi ) : 259 Main St, Ogunquit, ME

Amore breakfast ( omelette ) : 309 Shore Rd., Ogunquit, ME

Cornerstore ( Pizza ) 228 Main St., Ogunquit, ME

Backyard Coffee house : 178 Main St Ogunquit, ME

ROCOCO ICECREAM : 259 Main St, Ogunquit, ME

Sweet Pea’s Ice cream : 37 Shore Rd, Ogunquit, ME

Love Shack Juicery ( smoothies, acas bowls ) : 68 SHORE ROAD, OGUNQUIT, ME

Ogunquit Lobster pound : 504 Main St Ogunquit, ME

Bandito’s Mexican Grill ( Tacos ) : 68 Shore Rd, Ogunquit, ME

and a cute little kids toy shop….

Animal Instincts: 232 Main st. Ogunquit, ME

 

SLEEPING

Achorage by the Sea

This resort is located in the heart of Ogunquit on Shore road where you can walk from to any attraction, beaches or restaurants in no time.

It has pools, hot tubs, saunas… and the view was just perfect on the ocean.

We brought the kids their little scooters and it was fun to see them roll in the village, but to be honest, depending of the time of the year you might visit Ogunquit, sometimes the side walks are so busy with people walking and visiting that it was not such a great idea.

I definitly recommand walking and if you bring a stroller, don’t bring an umbrella stroller like I did, bring the bigger version if you have, it will be much more easier to walk in the streets and especially on the beach.

It was overall an amazing quick trip, beautiful, relaxful and totally baby and kids friendly village.

Travel safe if you do.

Stephanie xx

Nespresso On Ice sweet bar

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When it comes to hosting a party or just having friends at home for diner, I always like to think outside the box and either create a quick, yummy and new recipe, get a new table wear and accessories or just make it a different and fun experience! ( we even sometimes have themed parties and diners or even we all cook together earlier and then taste what we’ve created ).

Last week, we invited some of our friends at home for a pool BBQ, with yummy burgers, grilled veggies, good wine and yes, that’s totally common you’d say…. but for dessert, we just wanted to make it more fun and planned a Nespresso on Ice sweet bar.

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We hosted a few times with candy bars, poutine bar, tacos bar etc… but never done a Nespresso on Ice one. Also, since the temperature is just still perfect to host outside… well here was our chance!

So here is what we had for our Nespresso On Ice sweet bar and of course, the combinations and ideas can be endless…

  • – Nespresso On Ice capsules
  • – Ice cubes
  • – mugs and glasses
  • – spoons
  • – paper straws
  • –  cocktail napkins
  • –  chocolate chips
  • –  marshmallows
  • –  chocolate sticks ( or it can be chocolate spoons )
  • –  creamy alcohol of choice
  • –  maple sirop
  • –  honey
  • –  Icecream
  • –  mini donuts
  • –  cookies, macarons
  • –  whipped cream
  • –  mint leaves
  • – candies ( smarties, sprinkles, etc )

So of course some of them are to decorate and garnish the mug or glass but some of them are definitely to sweeten this cold and yummy drink.

We had fun looking and tasting everybody’s creation!

And for the ones that don’t have time to create a Nespresso On Ice sweet bar, here is a quick idea when you have guests and still want to make a coffee based dessert:

It’s called Affogato

Take a vanilla ice cream scoop in a small cappuccino mug and then poor a Nespresso On Ice on it. Voilà ! And your guest will love it.

Here are some links to help you re create this Nespresso On Ice sweet bar for your next get together or diner with friends… and more inspiration.