Vancouver Island’s Hidden Gem

I am sharing a little secret here for all of you Vancouver / Vancouver Islander’s who love a fab shopping find –  get on that ferry boat to Salt Spring Island. And then let your kids tag along and tell them the ferry boat is really a Pirate Ship. 


Salt Spring Island is like the black hole for the chic, minimalist, eco savvy, hipster who loves to know more about the businesses they choose to support. We just can’t get enough. 

About that Saturday Farmers Market – I had the best intentions for picking up the weekly fruits and veggies with my kiddos, but somehow we got sidetracked into a few of our favourite stores. 


I came for cobs of corn and left with the cutest pair of yellow leather sandals from Mouats. It was LUFF at first sight. Completely practical given the softness of the leather along with a heel that actually feels supportive when you are chasing children in concrete. The best part is that you can get a matching pair for your Micro Toddler – check out the ‘Hook and Loop Nino‘.

Thrive  is my kind of shop. Simple patterns, neutral colours, unique style, locally made and boasts a deliciously adorable microfashion line that is gender neutral. I can’t wait to share a few of my favourite Thrive pieces that made their way home with me. Total score. If my children hadn’t woken up from their stroller naps, I easily could have tried on the whole store! You can catch their ‘capsule collection’ at the Farmers Market below. Be sure to head to their real storefront just across the street. 


The West of the Moon toy store is the one that gives other toy stores ‘Toy Envy’. Aside from having all of my kiddo’s favourite toy lines (Corelle, Thomas the Train, Playmobil, and Lego to name a few) they boast the sweetest book nook for your Little to explore. 

 There aren’t too many toy stores that house staff who welcome my double stroller and 3 children with a smile. We most definitely will be making a trip back according to the ‘4 and under’ crowd

When the chic minimalist discovers Canada’s first Zero Waste grocery store and realizes there are so many things she needs to buy. What is a ‘Zero Waste’ grocery store? It’s pretty simple. Minimal to no packaging, locally sourced goods, natural ingredients when possible. It’s brilliant.

Finally jumped on the bees wax wrap train. Love that these ones from Abeego are made in Canada!

I am the biggest fan of the Cleansing Balm by Beautycounter and never seem to have a wash cloth handy for rinsing it off my face (even though it actually comes with one). I am looking forward to giving these reusable pads a go. Love the coloured thread! 


We ate an incredible meal at The Tree House Cafe, and then the ‘4 and under crowd’ decided it was time to take the Pirate Ship back to Nana’s house. 

Ahoy Mate!


Xo
A.

Be Brave. Toddlers Smell Fear

Be Brave. Toddlers Smell Fear

I’ve been living in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost two years now and there are still so many places I have yet to explore. The MoMA in San Francisco is one of them.


Navigating the city with two Toddlers and an infant is no joke – but somehow we pulled ourselves together and had a fantastic time.

We learned all about our pal Henri Matisse and particularly enjoyed the paper cutting exhibits. We even managed to make our way up to the roof top patio so this momma could indulge in a lunch time cocktail 🙀#momtruth.

If you are visiting SF – this is a great little stop to brush up on your art culture.

To all you Mommas out there with Bucket List – be confident. Toddlers smell fear.

Xo

A