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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Pumpkin Patching

Pumpkin patch photos

A number of years ago, I really wanted to go to a Pumpkin Patch to pick out some pumpkins. I mean obviously all the other bloggers were doing it, so I had to get in on the action (this is me poking fun at myself in case you didn't realize).

Living in Edmonton meant my options were rather limited, ok maybe just the one option really. So Aaron and I drove north of the city to Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm. Shortly after arriving we came to realize that the place was awesome but would make so much more sense to come with kids. Fast forward a few years later and we did just that. Here is little write up about what I thought along with a million photos, so prepare yourself for a little toddler spam. 

Cute babies

We went on a sunday afternoon, which I am going to guess is one of their busier times. There parking lot was full, so they had an overflow lot in a field down the road. Thankfully they have a school bus for shuttling us over to the main section, plus a trailer for the strollers. Let me tell you, riding the school bus might have been Emery's favourite thing. I mean we have only been singing "The Wheels on the Bus" for last year and half, so to ride a real school bus was pretty exciting.

Pumpkin Patch

Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm

When you first enter the main area, they have little stand of fresh produce for sale. Everything looked so delicious and beautiful. When you come in to your left, they have a stand where you can sift for gold. We thought Emery was too young for it, but they did have these fun sand tables with some Bob Cat diggers in them. Emery probably would have played with it all day if we didn't convince her to wander around.

Fresh produce

Fresh produce

Toddler style

Petting zoos and toddlers

Petting Zoo

They have a petting zoo which I actually thought would be E's favourite part, but it wasn't. Haha! She still liked it but was not her favourite. Although she did think it was pretty funny to see the goat up on the roof!

Here is a list of some of the activities we enjoyed that are included in your admission:

-Petting Zoo
-Tractor Train Ride (This was by far Emery's favourite, she kept saying "Choo Choo! Thomas!" every time she saw it
-A raceway with little push cars & tractors
-Bouncy Animals
-Kids Corn Maze (There is a huge Dragon statue inside which Emery was scared of, but older kids would probably be fine)
-Puppet Show
-Roaming the Pumpkin Patch
-Playground & sand toys

They also have a list of all their activities here if you want some more information.

Fall activities for toddlers

If you have babies or toddlers, you have probably seen these little bouncy animals before. They had a ton of them in a little grass field for the kids to play with. Emery loved lining them all up in a row and taking turns riding each one.

Sensory activities for toddlers

They have a playground, along with a ton of barns & animal toys for the kids to play with in the sand. Emery was in heaven. A special note here: I would dress your kid in jeans or darker clothes & definitely boots. They will get dirty, especially now that there is/was snow. I would even bring a back up pair of clothes as well. 

Toddlers and the pumpkin patch

She could not get over the pumpkins. Every chance she got, she was playing with the pumpkins. She kept picking out pumpkins for Aaron and I. It was very sweet.

Fall family photos

This was a little theatre were they have story time, which we sadly missed. Em did love running around in it though.

Grey pumpkins

So many pumpkins, such little time. I ended up picking a grey pumpkin. You can see it over on my Instagram. The pumpkins range in price, from $1 and up. They have a huge selection and variety. It's amazing to see all the different kinds.

Fall family photos

At the overflow parking lot, they have a corn maze as well as a pumpkin patch. So we spent the last part of our day wondering around the Pumpkin Patch. Emery loved running around pretending to eat each pumpkin.

It was a really fun day and we made some fun family memories. The admission is a little on the pricey side for a one time visit. I think in the spring we will look at getting an Annual Pass, as it is almost the same price as two adult admissions plus you can use it from Easter till December. 

A Few Tips:
-It is stroller friendly but we also have BOB stroller which is a little more heavy duty then some ( I wouldn't bring a tiny stroller, as it would probably get stuck in the mud)
-They do have a food concession with Pumpkin Pie & other treats (we brought a picnic, as you might know with a toddler you always need snacks on hand)
-It's probably a bit funner to go here with a toddler as opposed to a baby, we almost went last year but I think she wouldn't have been able to enjoy it very much
-Dress in layers, wear boots or shoes you don't care if they get muddy
-It is north of the city, so it takes about 30-40 mins to get to depending on where you live, so plan nap time & meals accordingly. We thought she might sleep in the car but she didn't so she was a little grumpy at first.

Let me know if you have any questions at all! It might be a cooler now since it snowed, and they might have the pumpkins inside. I would just check their Facebook page or twitter for more up to date info.

<3 Kastles

*FYI- this isn't sponsored at all, I just wanted to share with you all the fun we had!*

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Fall Trends- Velvet

Fall Trends- Velvet

I'm excited to share with you all my last fall look with Anthropologie. You may have noticed one fall trend that has some of you stepping back in time, and that would be velvet. Whether you already rocked this trend in the 90's or not, it's already back with a vengeance. It seems to be everywhere, and I'm not complaining. 

Anthropologie Crinkled Velvet Tunic

Fall trends- velvet

We paired this Crinkled Velvet Tunic from Anthropologie with another fun piece, the Janetta Wrap (which is now on sale!).

One thing I love doing is mixing different fabrics & textures together. I think these pieces really work nicely together because of the similar blue tones. 

Ponchos and booties

Velvet details

Seriously the details on this wrap are crazy beautiful. Anthropologie always has the most gorgeous wraps and ponchos. This one is also super pretty and perfect for fall!

Anthropologie Ponchos

If the wrap and velvet is a little too much for you, I would pair this dress with a simple jean jacket or even a leather one for a simpler look. 

Fall trends- velvet and ponchos

If you want to try out this trend but are a little apprehensive, maybe start on the smaller side with a pair of velvet shoes or a clutch. Even this cute velvet swing tee with a pair of ripped jeans would be a   easy & fun pairing.

So you have to let me know if you give velvet a chance!

I've created a slideshow below of my favourite velvet pieces from Anthropologie as well.

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Emery's 2nd Birthday Party

Pastel Animal Birthday Party

Can someone explain to me how my little baby is 2 years old now?! 

I figured this year was probably going to be one of the last birthday party of hers where I can pick what the theme is. We all know it will be Paw Patrol and Princess Parties for years to come, haha!

She loves animals, so I decided to go with a "Pastel Animal" theme. I figured it was simple enough and you can't go wrong with pastels.

Pastel Animal Birthday Party

Pastel Birthday Party

Spray painted animals

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Whipped Up Baked Goods Macarons

I have only pinned spray painted plastic animals on Pinterest a million times, so I figured it was time to actually try it out. I found most of the spray paint colors at Home Depot. Pastel Purple was harder to find and I actually ended up getting enamel spray from Michaels.

I suggest to do light coats to help the animals to dry faster & it prevents them from getting sticky.

Daddy's Girl

I think we created a macaron monster! Emery absolutely loved the macarons from Whipped Up Baked Goods.  Okay actually everyone loved them, I got so many questions about where I got them. The Mint Chocolate Chip might have been my favourite. If you are in the #YEG area you need to check them out! Kandace is the sweetest girl, and so very talented!

Pretty Pastel Party

I noticed that Anthropologie at WEM always had the most beautiful flowers at their events, and upon further research I discovered they were from Fleurs Flowers

Emery and I both love flowers, so I knew that their florals needed to be at her birthday party. I told them about the theme of the party and sent a few pictures of past arrangements they did that I loved. They dreamed up the most gorgeous arrangements in the prettiest rose gold vases. Their shop is so fun & has a gorgeous flower wall inside. Besides making beautiful floral arrangements, they also offer all sorts of fun workshops

Birthday Girl!

DIY Birthday Party Playdough Favours

I made homemade pastel play dough for the party favours. It was really easy and fairy inexpensive. We had leftover mason jars from our wedding favours that I used. I glued little plastic animals on the lids and then spray painted them. For the play dough I used this recipe. It was so easy, fast and it was fun to make pastel colors. 

Pink Ombre Birthday Cake

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Target Cake Stand
DIY Pastel Animals

Ombre Cakes were another thing on my Pinterest to Do List. I am no baker by any means but I do love being creative. I just used a Betty Crocker white cake box mix, poured it into three different bowls. I then added red food colouring to each bowl, increasing the number of drops. For example the first bowl (which would be the first layer) had two drops, the second bowl would have four drops, etc. Those aren't the exact measurements, I just kind of eye balled it. It ended up being pretty subtle, so if you want it to be a bigger contrast I would add more drops. 

Birthday Girl!

Emery's Dress: Old Navy

Wood Playhouse

Pink Ombre Birthday Cake

2nd Birthday Party

Pretty Pastel Macarons
Pastel Birthday Party

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I was having a hard time finding a Party Shop that carried Confetti Balloons and that wasn't too far away. I was so happy when Heather & Gem Party shop popped up on my Instagram feed. The confetti balloons added a fun element to the party, and the kids loved them! She also carries tons of other fun party supplies, including the cake topper. 

Family Picture :)

It was so fun putting this birthday party together for our sweet girl. I love how excited she was about everything, and seeing all her loved ones. She especially was stoked about everyone singing Happy Birthday to her, it was so sweet to watch! We are so blessed by this beautiful girl, and Emery is so blessed by all those who love her!

I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know if you have any questions about anything!

<3 Kastles

Monday, 12 September 2016

Sleep Sacks with Aden + Anais

The best sleep sacks for babies

I don't know about you other Mamas but when I first got pregnant I got straight up lost in the world of Instagram finding all the best, hippest & cutest baby brands. It's pretty much an endless selection out there which is exciting but also a bit overwhelming. I have come to find  some brands that I really trust. One of my all time favourite brands is Aden + Anais. 

Baby sleep sacks

Probably my all time favourite products from them is their sleeping bags. Sleep sacks (another term for them) have been such life saver in our parenting world. If you haven't heard about them before, basically it's a little sleeping bag that your baby wears to bed. It keeps them warm, bundled up & my favourite part is you don't have to worry about them getting cold in the night. You don't have to keep going in there and putting their blankets back on.

The best sleep sacks for babies

They also offer they cutest prints around, I love this Midnight print. They are also made out of the softest & coziest muslin material.

Snacks for toddlers

There are a few other brands that make sleep sacks but the Aden + Anais ones are my favourite. They offer a range of thickness (Tog to be more specific, the higher the Tog rating the warmer it is), and I love that they have a zipper. I find ones with snaps, Emery can easily get out of them. 

Well Mamas & Papas, have you tried out sleep sacks before? I highly recommend them! I am going to be sad when Emery outgrows them. Let me know what your thoughts are. I also rounded up some of my favourite prints of theirs below!


*Sleeping Bag c/o Aden + Anais*

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Fall Trends- Maxi Dresses

How to style a leather jacket

I'm sharing another fall trend with Anthropologie today. We are talking about maxi dresses. I think a lot of people think you can only wear maxi dresses during the summer time, but you can definitely wear them into the fall & even into winter.

How to style a maxi dress

Fall trends

Step one of wearing your maxi into fall is adding layers. Kind of no brainer, right? This Vegan Leather Moto jacket adds the perfect edgy touch to this feminine dress. I also like where the jacket hits me, you don't want it to be too long. 

Brunette Ombre Lob

Fall Trends with Anthropologie

This Herbaliste Maxi Dress from Anthropologie is just stunning. The details on it are so beautiful & I love the tiered style. 

Brunette Ombre Lob

How to style a maxi dress

Brunette Ombre Lob

Leather jackets

A few other ways you can transition your maxi dresses into fall is by swapping out your Birkenstocks  for booties, and adding a pair of tights. 

I've linked to a few other beautiful maxi dresses below. Too many beauties not share with you all!

<3 Kastles

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Anthropologie Herbaliste Maxi Dress
Target Black Booties


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