Porteau Cove

It rains in Vancouver almost 10 months in a year but when the sun comes out, it’s glorious and everyone is out enjoying the outdoors. This weekend, we headed to Squamish for a little adventure. It’s always a treat to drive on the Sea to Sky Highway with its amazing views. We stopped at Shannon Falls to do a quick little hike, had lunch in Squamish town then headed to Porteau Cove on our way home. Happy...

Winter Workshop at Collage Collage

On Tuesday, I attended the first winter workshop at Collage Collage. We learned to make Pom Pom Garlands and Wreaths. When we got there, all the supplies were ready for us all stacked up on the long communal table. I couldn’t help but admire the mountains of colourful yarns ready for us to use. I was excited. Once everyone were settled in, Erin Boniferro, the brilliant mind behind Collage Collage gave us a demo to make Pom Poms with a little handheld tool. We immediately started making our pom poms and by the end of the 2 hour workshop, we made over a dozen pom poms each. We had a choice to either make a wreath or a garland. I chose a garland and tied my little pom poms together with a white yarn. I couldn’t have been more pleased. I went home that evening with 3 rolls of yarns and my pom pom maker tool purchased at the shop. I made a few more pom poms that evening before going to bed. I’ve been making more since then as it’s extremely addicting. I think my house will be filled with pom poms soon! Collage Collage opened 3 years ago and located near 15th and Fraser in Vancouver. It is a shop filled with art supplies, little toys, books and prints. It’s like a mix of art studio and shop all at the same time. You will be inspired as soon as you walk in. There’s a long communal table right in the middle of the shop where workshops are held in the evenings and weekends. If you haven’t...

Dining Out With A Toddler

We’ve been asked many times how we are able to dine out with Luna. To some parents, the concept seems unreal. How do you make a toddler sit while you enjoy a proper meal without tantrums or running around like mad? Peter and I enjoy dining out and trying new restaurants. We’ve always done it before Luna was born and continue do so. The only difference now is we have a little one joining us with the fun. It’s not always easy. She’s a kid after all and tantrums/meltdowns are part of her life. But I think it’s the way it’s handled that will determine a good dinner out or a disaster night out. We’re pretty chill and don’t totally get stressed out when it happens. I think kids can sense how we feel. As long as we stay chill and attend to her needs and shift the focus to something much happier, then a smile suddenly appears and life is good again. Here are some dining out tricks with a toddler that has worked for us: 1. Dine early. Come early before the crowd comes – 6pm is usually a good time as most people dine around 7:30-8.  This is great especially for cozy little bistros or restaurants with large communal tables. You don’t feel so squished amongst other people and it gives room for a toddler to move around and stretch their legs when they need to. Also, servers aren’t busy yet and are able to attend to your needs. 2. Order a favourite drink. Luna’s favourite is apple juice. That keeps her happy & entertained for...

Lighthouse Marine Park : Summer

Lighthouse Marine Park in the summer without all the snow. It’s just as amazing and still feels like a whole different world. I’m glad we discovered this place. It’s our secret gem in Point Roberts,...

Lighthouse Marine Park : Winter

There’s a little US town called Point Roberts that is part of Washington state but geographically separated from the rest of the US. It’s practically surrounded by Canada. To get there, you have to drive through Tsawwassen, BC to cross it’s little border or by boat if coming from US waters. It’s a small town and there’s really nothing there except for a few gas stations, US Post, a grocery store, a couple cafés, beach homes, a liquor store and a few mail outlets. But last year on a snowy winter day, we decided to explore the little town. As we were driving, we spotted an entrance to a beach with a sign Lighthouse Marine Park. We didn’t know what to expect except for a snow covered beach. As we were driving into the parking lot, we started seeing these picnic huts covered in snow. It almost looked like an abandoned Nordic village. We were in awe. So we got out of the car, put on our parkas and explored. There was absolutely nobody there. The border guards thought we were crazy to go to a beach on a cold snowy day. But look what we discovered. These are picnic shelters set right on the beach. We felt like we were in a different world – like somewhere Nordic. We probably spent close to an hour exploring and taking photos until we could no longer feel our frozen toes & fingers. I decided to go back to see what it looks like in the summer without all the snow. It didn’t disappoint. See my summer photos of Lighthouse Marine...

Tulips Everywhere

We crossed the border to La Conner, Washington last weekend for the last leg of the tulip festival. When we got there, we spent most of the time snapping a billion photos and running around fields and fields of tulips. Quite an amazing site. The tulips were all in full bloom and came in purple, pink, yellow, orange and red. I didn’t have a favourite, I loved them all. Wouldn’t it be so nice to have this as your...