Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ah Summer Holidays!

We have just returned from our holiday in beautiful Creston B.C.  We spent a week staying in a nice little house nestled into the side of a mountain just outside of the town of Creston.  Just 6 hours from home but it seemed like a world away.  It is a different pace of life in the Kootenay's.  For starters, you can't drive anywhere quickly without getting nauseous!  The theory is that the fastest way from point A to point B is a straight line right?  Well not when the road is built into the side of a curvy, twisty, hilly mountain! 

Though it took a lot longer to get from point A to point B, I wouldn't have had it any other way.  The longer drives gave plenty of opportunity to enjoy the stunning scenery and admire the divers roadside artisans!  I was amazed at how many people in the Kootenay's have found a way to make a business out of what they love to do!  I'm quite certain their home-based business' also allowed them plenty of time to enjoy all the Kootenay's have to offer!  We saw everything from soap makers to artists, wood carving to U-pick fruit farms!  We purchased all natural soaps, fresh fruit, jams and syrups and could have spent an eternity browsing the beautiful artwork!

We did make a stop at a lovely little farm just on the edge of Creston.  We followed the signs that lead us to a cute little acreage where an older women dressed in oversized pants and a plaid shirt met us coming in.  She was so sweet and got us all set up to pick our own cherries!  Their yard consisted of rows and rows of leafy green trees, with cherries growing in large bunches!  I can't even imagine having fresh cherries growing in my own backyard!  They also had an array of other fruit trees though the nectarines and plums didn't survive a late spring frost. The cherries were the sweetest most delicious cherries imaginable!  And what a great experience for my girls to see exactly where the fruit we buy in a store really comes from.  It's something that is so easily taken for granted.  It was so nice for the little ones to pick the fruit right off the tree! 

It was a lovely holiday and so nice to find a quieter, slower, more patient pace of life so close to home.  I can see making the Kootenay's a regular holiday destination for our family.  There's no need to travel far and wide when such a serene destination is so close to home.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Swimsuit season is upon us!

Finally summer is here!  Now the hunt for swimsuits.  My girls (2 and 3) would live in their swimsuits if I let them!  Oh I remember the days of running around the neighborhood in a swimsuit worn for at least 3 of the last 5 days!  Those were the days, no worry about cellulite or stretch marks.  To be a kid again.
Now as a mom, the search for toddler swimsuits is a lot more difficult than I expected.  You can spend as little or as much as you want and you can buy suits that cover a lot or very little!!!  I was quite shocked to find little girl swimsuits that looked like they were straight off the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Not for my girls!
I prefer a more modest look for my sweet little girls!  The other extreme are the sun safe swim suits that cover the little ones from neck to ankles.  A little too much for me.
Personally, I'd like to find a happy medium!  Here's my pick for great bathing suits for sweet little girls!
Modest, practical and super cute!
What will your kids be wearing?!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Oh Canada!

Summer is finally here!  I can't believe it's almost July!  I'm so excited to celebrate Canada Day with my family.  In our small city, Airdrie, Alberta, Canada Day means getting up early, getting dressed in red and white, putting on Canada flag tatoos and heading down to Main Street to watch the annual parade!  My girls especially love all the horses and rodeo princesses.  There floats, kids on bikes, girls tumbling down the street, clowns and of course, candy!!!  Our lovely little city puts on a great celebration!  Everything from the parade, to a family barbecue at the local library, entertainment and a charity event at the Nose Creek Park!  I can't wait to finish the night off with fireworks! 

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

LittleBells Consignment is up and running!

It's official!  We are up and running.  Check out our online store for great quality, used children's wear at affordable prices.  

LittleBells is a home based, online consignment store owned and operated by two moms, Amanda and Kristina.  Between the two of us, we have three beautiful girls all 3 and under!  At LittleBells we understand the value in great quality clothing at an affordable price.  We also understand small children grow so quickly that, more often then not, the adorable clothes we spend our hard earned money on, only fit for a few short months.  

LittleBells Consignment was created to offer shoppers an alternative to the high prices in stores and to offer parents a profitable way to get rid of the great clothes their children have grown out of. 
Please check out our site as we are adding more items daily!

And be sure to check back here for info about children's clothing trends, charity events, parenting woes and all things kids!