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Selecting the best sunny destination, trying to find a competitive rate, looking for the best service pre boarding and onboard the flight, hoping for the best hotel and the most beautiful beaches and the most yummy restaurants and food, is definitely a challenge and sometimes worrying when it’s time to book a trip. Let me share with you, that when you choose to book with Transat, you get a handful of advantages and it’s definitely stress free because they choose their partners at destination really carefully.
We had the chance to leave, last Novembre 27, with Transat, to the beautiful Mayan Riviera destination, in Mexico, the 5 of us, so we could spend some quality family time, take advantage of the sun and get an extra dose of vitamin C and treat ourselves in this amazing and luxurious, all inclusive, The Gran at Moon Palace.
We’ve been traveling with Transat for years now, because of it’s service, great quality hotel selections in various destinations around the globe, for it’s kids club, Option Plus, and so many other positive points that I’ll be sharing with you.
Let me first start that when traveling with Transat, it’s just not a destination or trip, it’s a TOTAL EXPERIENCE, wether that you’re a toddler, kids, teen or parent, and I mean, it really is.
It all starts in front of your computer, when you register to the Option Plus ( for the parents ) with your destination, that you’ll start seeing all of those advantages of traveling with them. I totally recommend that you register your mini-globetrotters aged 2 to 11 to the KIDS CLUB, for them to become members and where you’ll benefit from a handful of awesome advantages.
The goal when traveling with kids is definitely to make the trip easier, more fun and hassle free of course, for all family members, and us parents! So here are some great perks of registering your little ones to the kids club, at the airport and during the flight:
· Dedicated family check-in counter
· LIMO! Courtesy stroller in main Canadian airports
· Priority boarding, for members and their families
· On-board surprises to make air travel fun
· Free seat for kids*
· Priority baggage retrieval*
* these are only for Kids Club members
Link to the Air Transat Kids club: https://www.airtransat.com/en-CA/kids-club
Can I tell you that when we woke them up at 4h30, to catch our 9am flight on Novembre 27 and tell them that it was finally the time to leave to Mexico, they were beyond excited.
Option Plus and Flight
Since our Journey started at the airport very early that morning, Air Transat also thinks about us parents, so we registered to Option Plus, which gives us privileges in the Economy class, like complimentary seat selection, supplementary checked baggage allowance ( BONUS if you ask me, I can bring more shoes!! haha ), priority boarding and baggage handling, little extras on board like a soft blanket, a glass of wine ( BONUS if you ask me, I can start to relax earlier haha) etc…all from just 109$ on south flights to get all that comfort. The kids for themselves, enjoyed all the onboard perks all while watching movies of their choice, since they all had earphones ( included with the Kids club ) and their own television! Bonus if you ask me: no fight or arguing on the movie selection.
Transat has flight departures daily to the Riviera Maya, from November to April if your departure is from Montreal or Toronto, and has 2 flights a week from December to March if you leave from Ottawa and 3 flights a week if you leave from Quebec.
Here is the link so you can start living the dream, right in front of your computer, selecting your best experience you will have with Air Transat:
Here is the link of our hotel we stayed at : The Grand at Moon Palace
· From $2,369 per person (departure January 6, 2017)
Let me know what selection you make, I love to see where people go and most of all, their recommendations too.
Every year I like to get myself a new pair of reading socks, or two! I literally live in them during fall and winter time, and sometimes in summer when nights that the air gets more fresh!
I like to pair them with either jeans or preferably leggings, a soft tee and of course, a comfy and warm cardigan, aka my mom outfit when I stay home or work from home!!
These reading socks also makes a perfect gift for any girls, moms or grandma… because you don’t need to be reading to wear them right?
I even bought my teen boy a pair ( he loves books, comfy socks and cocooning too ) but he wears them as soon as he gets home from school or sports and feels like he needs to warm up. It’s much more easier now to find cute models for men and I think they make a great gift for teachers and educators too… if you’re still looking on what to buy! They could be fun stockings too!
Here’s the link for mine:
Also, if you have great shops or boutiques that have great selection of reading socks, let me know in the comments, I need one more pair… or two! 😉
The first snowflakes have fallen, the air is starting to become crisper, the days are shorter, the countdown to the holidays has already begun and the TO-DO list is still enormous with so many things yet to be checked in order to be ready for all of the Christmas and New Years parties and to also be ready to host our guests.
Year after year, I always tell myself that I will start to plan the holidays earlier, get my lists ready, buy my stuff in advance, decide on my menu, on everyone’s outfits, on the kids gifts, on the Christmas cards etc… and every year, I find myself starting in advance and then stressing out a week prior to the big parties because I’m still not ready, or missing lots of pieces to my puzzle, because I of course want to make sure that everything is magical in the eyes of everyone…
Here are some recipes that are on my LIST, and they include one of my favourite ingredients, coffee. If you’re feeling stressed out and running on empty in all the holiday chaos why not try it before you host? So, here are some yummy caffeinated holiday drinks for the Holidays made with the Nespresso limited edition VARIATIONS Confetto collection!
What are the holidays without eggnog? And so I tried to put a twist on my favourite festive drink and add coffee to it, of course. All you’ll need is milk, eggnog, Nespresso (I used the limited edition VARIATIONS Confetto coconut- snowball), and a pinch of nutmeg.
•1/3 cup 2% warm milk
•2/3 cup warm eggnog
•1 capsule of brewed Nespresso
•1 pinch ground nutmeg
You can get the caps here:
If you want to try the Nespresso limited edition VARIATIONS Confetto holiday collection, you will find that they all have their own unique sweetness to please the coffee amateur or connoisseur in you. Nespresso never stops impressing us with their limited edition collections.
What is your favourite holiday coffee recipe?
Wishing you all yummy food, delicious coffees and cocktails, lots of love and happy holidays!
C’est aujourd’hui qu’avait lieu le vol annuel d’Air Transat de la fondation REVES d’enfants!
Étant maman de 3 garçons en pleine santé, lorsque l’on me parle ou m’approche pour des événements tel, c’est évident que ca me touche profondément! Avoir des enfants en santé, c’est ce qu’il y a de plus précieux à mes yeux! Certaines familles n’ont malheureusement pas cette chance!!! Donc, lorsque certaines fondations mettent sur pied des collect de fonds, des événements afin de pouvoir amasser des sous et de permettre de soit prodiguer des soins supplémentaires à ces enfants malades ou bien de permettre a certains enfants de vivre des rêves, je crois profondément que nous devrions tous y contribuer, sans avoir à hésiter!
Donc, l’événement consistait à des activités dans le terminal Transat, tel que maquillage, photoboot, coin lecture de comptes de Noel, coin coloriage au thème des fêtes et ce, en présence de plusieurs mascottes pour tous les petits présents.
123 enfants, accompagnés de leurs frères, soeurs et parents, étaient à bord du gros Airbus 330 qui nous a propulsé vers le ciel en direction du nord, à la recherche du père Noël. Bien haut en altitude, le pilote a soudainement aperçu une traînée d’étoiles pour que quelques minutes plus tard, voir la grosse poche du père Noel. Opération délicate, le père Noël devait se poser sur une aile mais sans ses rennes, l’espace étant restreinte!
En l’espace de quelques secondes, le père Noel faisait son apparition dans le corridor, tout près du poste de pilotage! C’était un moment totalement magique et surtout bien touchant.
Les festivités se sont poursuit à bord et le père Noel a pris le temps de parler avec TOUS les enfants!
Transat a mis sur pied le programme PETITE MONNAIE, GRAND COEUR, qui consiste donc à faire des dons, soit lors de nos voyages avec ces derniers ( donc on donne notre monnaie que nous avons sur nous ou bien la monnaie du pays dont nous venous de visiter, qui de toutes façons, risque de finir ses jours dans le fond d’un tiroir à la maison. Honnêtement, je trouve que cet idée est tellement géniale, et qui aime avoir du petit change de toute façon? En donnant tous notre petit change, ca s’accumule et ainsi, peut faire de gros changements dans la vie d’enfants malades.
La nouvelle façon d’effectuer des dons est également lors de la réservation de nos voyages, sur la page d’achat, il est maintenant possible d’effectuer un don de 1$, 2$ ou 5$ par personne au moment de compléter l’achat sur le site de Transat.
Donc, les fonds amassées servent donc aux programmes suivants:
Fondation Rêves d’enfants
Transat aide à réaliser les rêves d’enfants qui ont confié un souhait à la Fondation canadienne Rêves d’enfants, un organisme sans but lucratif dont la mission est de permettre à des enfants atteints d’une maladie qui menace leur vie de réaliser leur souhait le plus cher.
SOS Villages d’Enfants
Transat s’est associée à l’organisme humanitaire international SOS Villages d’Enfants afin de contribuer au mieux-être des enfants dans ses pays de destination, où très souvent les besoins, même les plus élémentaires, ne sont pas comblés. Fondé il y a plus 60 ans et présent dans 132 pays, l’organisme SOS Villages d’Enfants s’occupe de plus de 70 000 enfants orphelins ou abandonnés qui sont accueillis dans 500 SOS Villages. Ciblant plus de 700 000 enfants, ses programmes visent à combler leurs besoins fondamentaux en matière de santé, d’éducation, de formation professionnelle et d’encadrement personnel.
Avec l’aide de ses clients et de ses employés, Transat apporte notamment un soutien financier important à cet organisme qui procure aux enfants démunis un milieu familial chaleureux, affectueux, sécuritaire et permanent. Transat collabore avec SOS Villages d’Enfants au Canada, en France et au Royaume-Uni.
Vraiment touchant! J’ai adoré mon expérience et surtout, c’est certain que c’est fini la monnaie que je rapporte à la maison, même que lors de mon prochain voyage, j’apporte toute cette monnaie de devises étrangères qui ne servira plus jamais chez moi et j’en ferai un don à PETITE MONNAIE, GRAND COEUR.
Je joints les liens si voulez avoir plus de détails.
Traveling is so fun, and when I’m getting ready for our beach vacations or anywhere around the globe, I always pay extra attentions to what I bring in my luggage, especially with my little family.
Since we spent our last week in Riviera Maya, Mexico, where the sun was really present and strong all week, I wanted to share with you my favorite skin care protection and post sun care as well after getting lots of messages, dm’s and emails from you. I’m lucky enough to say that I have traveled a lot in my life and as well, with 3 boys, I had the chance to try, love and hate a lot of sunscreens and skin care products.
So here are the skin care products we used during our beach vacations:
For my body:
I really like the smell of this SPF60 lotion, perfect for the face too. What I really appreciated was that I applied it on my dry and wet skin and it gave me the same result, so no wait when you get out of the pool. One last point I really liked about it is that it’s an ultra-light and refreshing lotion was formulated for an active lifestyle and outdoor activities, so perfect if you need to run after the kids.
For my face:
This stick was made for sensitive zones with SPF 60, is so easy to apply, and the small and compact size is easy to carry on. I like to apply it on all my face but you can limit the application on sensitives areas such as ears, lip contour, eyes and nose and mix it with the body and face lotion too. I also really liked the non greasy texture.
For my lips and kids lips:
I really like this soft, buttery lip protection. I like to use it as soon as we have an outdoor activity and it’s totally perfect for the whole family, even baby Axel.
For the kids ( face ):
This Mustela Sun Stick that I use provides a SPF 50+ protection for the face and body of babies and children. I prefer to use it for the face since it’s size is perfect to cover the kids face. It’s not greasy at all, but you need to spread it a little bit.
I discovered this Shiseido’s Ultimate Sun Protection when Axel was just past 6 months and since then, it’s my favorite one for the kids since it’s formulated especially for sensitive skin and children’s skin. I really like that it’s, fragrance, alcohol and parabens free and has a texture gentle enough for my kids delicate skin. Another fact that I like about this product, it’s that it’s really powerful even after being exposed to water, perfect for our little boys.
After Sun for adult:
I really like the formula of the after sun body milk. It’s really light, non greasy, absorbs fast and helps to soothe skin after a day under the sun. I like the smell a lot.
After Sun for kids:
This baby and kids sunscreen from Mustela instantly hydrates, soothes and refreshes immediately the skin, the fragrance is really delicate, which i love for my little one’s sensible skin.
In our family, as far as I can remember, we always had an advent calendar and were impatiently waiting for it, day after day, year after year. With my kids, my mother started this tradition with Loic when he was about 3 years old ( old enough to eat chocolate and that she knew that I wouldn’t complaint to much haha ) and kept buying the these chocolate advent calendars.
This year, for the first time, ( yes she still bought that advent calendar ) but I wanted to make change, make it different and especially, more creative. So I wanted to share with you the way I will fill this advent calendar, and not only with chocolate but with some fun, different ideas that won’t always give your kids that sugar rush that we’re not always looking for. Also, what I kind of really like about that kind of calendar is that you can use it year after it, filling it with different little cute items that will grow with the kids. It can also be the one that our kids will use when they’ll be parents themselves.
The advent calendar for counting down to Christmas I chose is a fun and still minimalist, that of course needs to fit with my home style ( not to many colours but still festive with a holiday theme. I like it’s simplicity, not to busy pattern, I love it. Totally me. Here’s the link.
Boutique Clement: https://www.clement.ca/en/home.aspx
So here are some of my favorite ideas on how to fill the advent calendar, and of course depending on how big or small each pocket or little box is for each day, since filling them can definitely be a challenge, especially if you don’t want like me to just add yet chocolate, but have a fun alternative for the young ones. I am doing this year a multiple themed advent calendar but you could definitely do a 1 BIG THEME for the whole 25 days of Christmas countdown with these ideas:
1.Lego/Playmobile figurines : There is the official LEGO advent calendars out there but it’s a cheaper and more fun way of doing it your self. You can then choose the collection of figurines you want to get them, depending of what they like or already have.
2.Wodden trains: Complete a play set. So my kids, per example have the Thomas the train wooden trail and trains, so It could be a fun idea of adding one more to their collection. Or if you would like to go with the big themed version, you could get them a complete new set and divide the pieces into the 25 days of the calendar.
3.Mini Cars: Since I have 3 boys, favorites toys are usually anything that includes cars, trains and tractors. So buying small cars in bulk and then you can easily spread them into the calendar on different days.
4.Money: It might not be for everyone since giving money for Christmas might just not be quite in the spirit but having them save all the money that they will get in that calendar and they can even buy themselves a bigger toy after 25 days, save it for later or even get a present to the person of their choice. I already know which one of my kid will save and which one will get a gift for someone else… haha!
5.Tattoos: Get them a tattoos of maybe Christmas related tattoos or with their favorite character. What we are doing is have 5 tattoos on a day so everyone in the family will have one, even us, and the kids will have to place it for us.
6.Free activity coupon. It’s filling your calendar part of things but also part with fun activities, experiences, that will bring into making memories with them. Like going to the park, baking cookies, going to see Santa, making a snowman, creating more tree decorations…
7.Permission coupon. Another way of filling the advent calendar but not with just items, is giving them a special permission on that day, per example: tonight, you decide at what time you go to bed ( of course I will consult my agenda to make sure it’s a weekend ), or tonight you can sleep in mommy and daddy bed, or have a movie in mommy’s and daddy’s bed, or we can have diner in the living room, sitting on floor pillows or any other fun permissive activity that they are not used to.
8.Chocolate: I still think the advent calendar needs chocolate, but not everyday, so we got them some Bueno kinder surprises and Hershey kisses. I won’t mind the chocolate high that night, and we might join them with the extra we have…
9.Gift certificate: Gift certificates could be from anywhere. Here are some of my favorite ideas: Subway, iTune, favorite toy store, candy store…
10.Movie passes: We are getting the movie passes so the day they choose, they get to CHOOSE the movie they want to see.
11.Lip gloss. They are perfect during this colder season, are small, easy to buy and they come in so may flavours and themes. And yes, my boys like lip gloss, especially during winter of for our beach vacations too.
12.Stickers. My boys love to play with stickers. So getting them rolls or stripe will fit well in the calendar pocket and of course you can get them either a holiday theme to make this period more magical or with the favorite characters too.
13.Erasers. I like to get them fun erasers so when it comes to making their homework at home at night, it adds a little more fun to this more educational time. Again, cute holiday ones are fun to have.
14.Glowsticks. They are fun, small and the kids love them. That night, they can even take their bath with it which will make this time a little more fun and add some magic to it.
15.Christmas movie. That night, the kids get to watch a Christmas movie of their choice, with all that comes with it, hot coco, popcorn, chunky throws and warm socks, and by the fireplace. ( I will do that on the 23rd…)
And here are some DIY favorite advent calendars inspirations. ( from Pinterest )
I had the chance to attend an exclusive event last week for the new Nespresso Holiday limited collection, in collaboration with renowned designers Craig & Karl who created a line of capsules and accessories that brings out everyone’s playful side, which totally works with all of the festive and bright aspects we are looking for with the holidays.
This years Nespresso Holiday collection was inspired by different types of candies. The new CONFETTO VARIATIONS collection includes 6 new capsules: Banana, Peppermint Candy Cane and Cherry for the VertuoLine, Snow Ball, Orangette and Black Liquorice for the OriginalLine.
So, I tasted, tested and enjoyed, you better believe I did it all! These 6 new flavours are more delicious than the next. I sincerely believe that this collection allows everyone to find their preference because the flavours are really different, pleasant in the mouth and not too sweet or too pronounced.
My favourite flavour is SnowBall for OriginalLine, which I like to make as a cappuccino with coconut milk. The SnowBall capsule tastes like coconut with a touch of vanilla, reminiscent of a baked delight. If you like coconut, you need to try this option, fair warning you’ll probably become addicted just like I am!
My second favourite capsule from this collection is Confetto Peppermint Candy Cane – I love this as a cappuccino. The peppermint flavour comes to life with a distinctive candy-sweet note, characteristic of a peppermint candy cane.
I was really impressed with the accessories of this new holiday collection because of the clean lines. Nespresso always knows how to impress us but this time they nailed it with really bright, fun and bold colours. Being a monochrome lover myself, a lot of the accessories that you will find in my house follow this pattern. I fell in love with the VERTUO TRAVEL MUG CRAIG & KARL LIMITED EDITION and the TOUCH LUNGO CUPS CRAIG & KARL LIMITED EDITION. So if you’re on the go often, just like me, this travel mug will be your new best friend.
The new Nespresso Holiday limited collection makes the perfect gift for the holidays whether you need something for your loved ones your children’s teachers, hostess gifts or even gift exchanges at work. Every piece of this collection is just so festive, even the cups! Enjoy
Shop them here:
Limited edition Vertuo travel mug
Limited edition festive Lungo Touch cups
Limited edition Nespresso cups ( my favorite flavour SnowBall – coconut )
WHY CRAIG & KARL?
Craig Redman and Karl Maier, university friends turned creative collaborators, have built a partnership rooted in a shared affinity for bold graphics and Internet culture. Their simple, yet bold designs allowed them to collaborate with renowned brands like Colette, Sephora, LVMH, Nike, Apple, Kate Spade, British Vogue, The New York Times and now…Nespresso. Craig & Karl’s colorful and playful style perfectly fit the Variations Confetto universe. In this year’s Limited Editions, you are invited to revive childhood memories and enjoy its unforgettable tastes, inspired by candies.
I’m pretty sure that you will find some favourites in this new Nespresso Holiday collection, and please, let me know what flavour is your favourite!
We 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:
So my daily routine consisted of the following steps:
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.