kids fall style
Monday, November 6, 2017

Soaking up the last few days of the Autumn leaves has been our favorite thing to do. This is the first Fall season Sofia has gotten to experience, living in Arizona we barely had trees let alone trees that have leaves that change color and fall down! Besides the leaves falling another favorite part of Autumn has been the cozy sweater weather. Being able to bundle, layer, ad snuggle up in oversized sweaters is the best. A question I get asked often from people is, 'how is Sofia adjusting to the weather?' Well, she's loving it!

5 reasons we love Fall:

1. Raking all the leaves into piles then throwing them in the air!

2. Apple orchards are everywhere, we keep getting large boxes of apples and making apple pies, apple deserts, apple breads!

3. The many colors of leaves that surround the town. From deep golds to vibrant reds, burnt oranges and even purples. Looks like a scene out of the opening of Gilmore Girls!

4. Snuggling up with blankets on the couch and oversized cozy sweaters. This one is mostly for me, the layering of Fall clothes is my absolute favorite. It keeps us warm, well the 2 of the 3 of us warm.  Stephen is still not on board with the layering, he's still in the complaining its cold phase while Sofia and I are embracing it!

5. The smell of the brisk morning air first thing in the morning. The sun rises around 7:30 and there is usually about 15 minutes of glowing sunlight through the fields and the trees. Just as we are getting ready for the day the house lights up a gorgeous gold color and we try to get good vibes going! 

PS how cute is Sofias outfit?! Her skirt and sweater are from Tea Collections, an adorable childrens boutique inspired from countries all over the world. I am so in love with that little fox sweater, how come her clothes don't come in my size?! 


sweatshirt dress
Friday, November 3, 2017

sweatshirt dress // cardigan c/o // boots (old - similar)

When I was in Seattle I stopped in at the Nordstrom flagship store to see what I have been missing these last 5 months up here in the Okanagan. I came across this sweatshirt dress and instantly fell in love. I wasn't sure how practical it would be here since the weather is turning cold quickly but I took the chance and bought it anyways. Being cozy AND warm are two key factors that are making the adjustment to Fall a little easier and this outfit is both. Why have I never bought a sweatshirt dress before? These are a hit! 

I have had these grey OTK boots for a few years (you can see them here, here, and here) and honestly can't get enough of them! The ones I bought are out of stock but I love these and these, I think I might also need a black pair but maybe with a heel? Living in Arizona I never spent much on boots because there were only a few days a year I could wear them however up here boots have become a staple... looks like I will be shopping for more! 

Speaking of Arizona, I am actually on a plane there right now. I have 10 full days of work ahead of me and honestly am a little excited to be out of the cold and down here in the warm weather. I am looking forward to seeing friends, family, my clients and of course enjoying all the desert city has to offer. Make sure you are following along on instastories AND my photography instagram as well: @SteshaJordanPhotography



Sofia's bedroom reveal
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

We have a special quest appearance today from a little miss who is more than excited to show off her own little Happy Place.  We have been hard at work trying to make Sofia her own little oasis where she can feel comfortable, spend her free time, and most importantly get a good nights sleep.  Her favorite color is pink (go figure!) but recently she likes to say it's teal so we tried to incorporate both colors as much as possible into her Happy Place!

When making the move up to Canada and during the building process I knew the exact dimensions of her room which helped with planning ahead.  This white canopy bed (similar) was actually my old bed from when I was younger. It had been sitting in my moms garage for the past 10 years, so when we pulled it out and dusted it off,  a bunch of warm feelings came rushing back. It was a bit big for the room, more so than we had planned but we improvised, I mean who needs a bed side table anyways?! 

Another feature we needed that was a must were book shelves! With a small room and an over sized bed I knew we had to get creative. I had these white shelves in our last home as a gallery wall full of photo frames. I decided to stack them one top of each other and place her books in the groves. It worked perfectly! Sofia is such a little reader. She reads allll the time. We don't allow tablets or iPads often so in her free time the kid reads as many books as possible.  I even found a few boxes of my own books form when I was a kid, we change the books out monthly so she never runs out of new stories!

Shopkins is a phenomenon taking over little girls everywhere. Sofia has been obsessed with collecting her Shopkins for years now. She has a full box of them she gets out and plays around with, now she can sleep on her very own Shopkin bedding! She is so good at keeping her room clean and making her bed every morning (mostly because someone asks her too!) and having a room she loves makes those chores much more enjoyable for her to do. 

Shopkins Happy Place pillow / purple pillow/ quilt set / jewelry box all c/o  Moose Toys


snaps from Seattle
Monday, October 30, 2017

Last weekend we headed to Seattle to celebrate Stephen's birthday. Neither him nor I have spent any real time in Seattle besides just passing through and since Sofia had what we call in Canada a pro-d day (where the teachers get a day to catch up on work and attending meetings) we decided to take a little mini trip down to the great Pacific North West. The city was amazing! We enjoyed exploring, seeing the old buildings, and well, of course the weather played its part. We arrived Friday at noon and received about 3 hours of bright sunlight, although super windy, and then the rest of the time we received nothing but rain. All day, little rain drops constantly spitting on our faces. We pushed through but as you can tell from these photos the atmosphere was a little gloomy BUT that didn't stop us from enjoying our trip!

where we stayed:

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle. This hotel is located off of 4th Ave and University which is right in the center on downtown. The hotel was incredible! Built in 1924 the hotel is not known for its views, although not far from Pikes Place Market or the ocean there are hundreds of buildings build all around it. For that reason the Olympic Hotel concentrated on the interior of their rooms and the grand lobby. Absolutely breath taking! We stayed in a Executive King Suit which was perfect. It has two rooms which were separated by a oversized sliding barn door with the king bed in one room and a pull our Sofa in the other. If you are traveling with kids (or on your own) I highly recommend the Fairmont Olympic, its close to everything, cozy, and the beds are like clouds!

what we did:

We had 2 days to spend in the great rainy city so we put our walking shoes on and got to exploring. 

Pikes Place Market: We absolutely loved walking though the market gazing at all the craft booths, Stephen and I both agreed the crafts at the market were not just ordinary crafts at local farmers markets they were all impeccably done, we picked up a few souvenirs and gifts! We watched the famous throwing of the fish (Sofias favorite), we of courses walked through the bubble gum wall alley (which in the rain is probably a little more gross and germy than it would be in a sunny day!), and we enjoyed just being in the market. You could really spend hours walking up and down!

Bremerton Ferry: On Saturday it was raining all day, I mean all day. Seattle is such a lovely city but when you have children walking and exploring in the rain is less than desirable. We had heard the Bremerton Ferry ride took you through the channels around little islands and up to a place called Bremerton. $8 for adults and $4.15 for kids (round trip) we decided what the heck lets give it a go. It was also Sofia's first time on a ferry so she was all about it. The ride is 60 minutes over and 60 minutes back, a little long but didn't feel it. We watched for sea otters swimming and rolled over th incredible homes along the ocean side. 

Shopping: Better believe I was not coming to the great city of Seattle, location of the Nordstrom Flagship Store and not going shopping. On Saturday evening after we returned home from the ferry ride, I left everyone at the hotel for a nap and mama went shopping. Just a few blocks (11 minute walk) I headed down to Nordstrom. All of the stores are mostly in one general area. Anthropology, Loft, Old Navy, Nordstrom AND Nordstrom Rack, Urban Outfitters.... you get the point! I had a few hours to myself of non interrupted shopping time. 

where we ate:

Walking through the streets we were passing the coolest wine bars, under ground bars, and trendy restaurants however we needed something that was kid friendly. Thank you to everyone who gave me suggestions, Stephen and I decided next trip would just be the two of us so we can try all the fun bars and restaurants everyone suggested. So the big questions was, where to eat with kids?

For the City where Starbucks originated in, there sure are a variety of different boutiquey coffee shops and bakeries on every corner, you could never run out of coffee in this place!
Daily Dozen Donuts: located in Pikes Market (right across from the throwing of the fish) we stopped and got the freshest homemade donuts you could ask for, I highly recommend the cinnamon, they literally melt in your mouth
Starbucks: since my family likes to sleep their lives away I would get up and fetch myself a salted carmel mocha and since their is a Starbucks on every corner getting my hands on one was fairly easy! 
Original Starbucks: located also down by Pikes Market we had to go to the Original Starbucks! How could you go to Seattle and not stop by the Original Starbucks. Tip* we went on a Saturday morning while browsing the marketplace and the line was forever long SO we went back after dinner on Saturday night around 8:15pm and there was virtually no one in the store. We all got some hot chocolates and even got to sit at the tall bar counter.

We only had lunch one day and to be honest it was kind of a bust. When we decided to take the Ferry over to Bremerton we looked up and saw their was a delicious Hawaiian restaurant just arocrss the street from the terminal called Kama'Aina Grill. We were so excited to give it a try as we love have a huge love for Hawaiian food just to get there (in the rain!) and discover they were on an hour wait. Bummer! We were cold and wet so we walked around the corner and ate at the Asian restaurant called Chungs Express, which as decent but not what we were hopping for. 

The Pike Brewing Company: Located in Pikes Place Market the brewing company was a cute little restaurant downstairs. The meals were of great size, I had a delicious quesadilla (my favorite) and Stephen loved his kilt lifter Mac N Cheese. Not too pricy and definitely a good choice if you are a family!
Ohana Restaurant + Sushi Bar: Staying on our Hawaiian kick Stephen found Ohana's family restaurant and sushi bar. This was a toss up on quality, the sushi is amazing but the rest of the food was mediocre. Not sure if our expectations were too high or if we were sick of being rained out but our conclusion as Ohana was a little too over priced for the quality of food we received. However the Kona Beer hit the spot!

If you are headed to Seattle in the fall, such as October like we did, remember it will be rainy! A few tip for embracing the city with kids:

- Dress in layers: This helps with both the rain and the wind. There is nothing worse than a cold wet child when walking in a city like this
- Bring rain boots: Sofia and I wore our rain boots mostly at night when the wind picked up and the rain would blow sideways!
- Umbrellas: The hotels have umbrellas for you but always remember your own!
- Buy a board game: Friday night it was rainy and cold after dinner, we stopped by Target and bought a board game to play back at the hotel. We had so much fun sipping our hot chocolate and playing mouse trap
- The Aquarium: Located down on the ocean front we looked at going to the aquarium but decided on the ferry ride instead, this could be a great option in the rain!
- Let the family nap: If it is raining usually the kids and hubs are grouchy anyways, this is when I used my time to go shopping! I let them sleep and I took off for a few hours on my own then met up for dinner. 

We sure enjoyed Seattle, can't wait for a trip next year!