I haven’t lived in Ontario for over ten years now but London is my hometown. Now that I come back every year with my kids, I’m experiencing it a little differently. So much has developed and changed since I was a kid and there are so many fun family things to check out. Here are our memories from our awesome day at East Park, from go-karting, water slides, mini-golf and so much more!
How to Vacation in Maui as a Family
When you talk to people who have vacationed in Maui, they will probably tell you about the winding Road to Hana or the sunrises at the Haleakala National Park. While these to-dos are wonderful, they aren’t feasible when you have young kids. Hawaii is very kid-friendly are there are plenty of ways to fill up a week-long vacation while leaving lots of time for relaxation. Here are my tips and checklists of where to stay and what to do in Maui with kids!
Ah, Maui. Vacations don’t get much better than paradise on this tropical island. This year, we timed our trip perfectly to coincide with a bout of snowy weather in Calgary. Packing is easy when you are leaving behind your heavy sweaters and coats for bikinis and rompers. This summer it is all about fun prints, bright colours and pom-poms! Here is a round-up of what I wore in Hawaii… [Read more…]
Do you have a travel bucket list? Places and activities that you want to experience in this lifetime? I was fortunate enough to get to check something off my list last week and that was dog sledding in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It’s an experience that I won’t forget and I even captured the whole adventure on video so that I could share it with you! Don’t miss this post:
Why Canadians Love Scottsdale, Arizona
This year, winter has been a savage for most parts of North America. For us in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, it started in October and hasn’t let up yet. We’ve had extremely cold temperatures, huge amounts of snow and all the hibernating that goes along with it. It’s tough for parents and kids to be cooped up indoors!
My husband and I decided to plan a little getaway to escape the frigid temperatures but had the hardest time figuring out where to go since everywhere has been below seasonal! Our typical destinations like Las Vegas and San Diego were just not warm enough. So after waiting long enough to see a 14-day forecast, we settled on our favourite spot: Scottsdale, Arizona. Here is why we can’t get enough of this place:
Where to Travel with your Dinosaur Fans
Hello friends! As a mom of boys I can swear to you that their love of cars, trucks and dinosaurs is imprinted on males from the time of birth. Dinosaurs are so much fun when you are a kid and as you get older, they become even more fascinating. So where do you take your children to feed that prehistoric love? The Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada. See what all the fun is about plus watch our YouTube vlog!
I’m experiencing a bit of a love affair with my adopted province of Alberta this summer. I’m not sure if it is because I’ve taken a bigger interest in photography but the beauty of mother nature is almost overwhelming this year! The Canola Fields are a sight to see if you are traveling to Alberta during the summer months. Take a weekend to explore the countryside and read about the style that goes along with it…
Whenever we have family come to visit us in Calgary, we transform into tour guides, trying to show off the beautiful province that we live in. It’s a vacation for them and a staycation for us. This past weekend, we headed to the Canadian Rocky Mountains to explore the crystal clear lake waters that make Alberta famous. If you haven’t been here, then come experience a little bit of heaven on earth.
I hope that many of you have had the opportunity to experience at least a couple days of spring in British Columbia. Tulips, daffodils, azaleas, rhododendrons, cherry blossoms and tulips trees in full bloom and they create these gorgeous hues of pink and red everywhere. It’s a short period before the petals start to fall like rain but it’s so worth experiencing it. While the rest of Canada is still under snow or stuck in that drab brown landscape, places like Vancouver and Victoria are blossoming.
I’m lucky enough to have made it to Vancouver twice the past two Aprils to model a dress made of toilet paper at the Grocery and Specialty Food convention. I know this sounds ridiculous right? So let me explain.
Every fall, fifteen Canadian bridal fashion designers each create a dress using Cashmere bathroom tissue. They are showcased on a runway in Toronto at an event to benefit Breast Cancer Research. The White Cashmere Collection is part of their annual support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. For every Kruger product that you buy with the pink ribbon (Scotties facial tissues, Sponge Towels, Purex and Cashmere bathroom tissues) they donate twenty-five cents to the foundation.
After the fashion show, one of the dresses is then chosen and flown to Vancouver for me to wear. I get to walk around the trade show and talk to people about the dress and the cause for a couple days. Kinda like Princess Aurora at DisneyWorld? Maybe not exactly, but I look forward to doing it every year! Half of the excitement is finding out which dress it will be. The dresses are all so different but I have no trouble feeling like a princess once I put one on.
CANADIAN WONDERLAND in BANFF
Merry Christmas friends! I hope you all had some quality family time during these past few days. I’ve been so fortunate to spend it with my family here in Calgary this year. It’s always hard missing my husband and I’s extended families in Ontario but it’s just so hard to travel during the busiest time of year with two little kids.
A little tradition that we started last year was to spend two nights at the Fairmont Banff Springs right before Christmas. It is a magical wonderland during the winter in Banff, Alberta, Canada, but “Christmas at the Castle” is extra special. The hotel is filled with decorated Evergreens, giant gingerbread houses, a Santa’s workshop and even nightly bedtime stories.
Our kids spend a couple days swimming in their outdoor, heated pool and my husband and I spend a couple days relaxing. Getting away from the city can be just what you need to unwind.; leaving the daily stresses of work, schedules and household chores!
If you want to enjoy the snow, there is an outdoor skating rink, tobogganing hill and cross-country skiing trails, all surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains. Just don’t forget to bring your warmest gear as the temperature dips well below freezing during the day! Shop my picks for warm winter outerwear in the links above.
What are your favourite family traditions during the holidays?
Love, Kiki Davies