Monday, 25 December 2017

MERRY CHRISTMAS!




Hope you're all having the Merriest Christmas with your loved ones!

Sunday, 24 December 2017

GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING


We're slowly checking things off our list this holiday!

We've decorated gingerbread houses each year since Ben was a little toddler. And each year it gets more and more fun.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

2017 CHRISTMAS CARDS!



Each year we do our annual family photos in the summer and use them for our Christmas cards we send out to family and friends.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

HOLIDAY PARTIES



Christmas is truly the season for so much Joy and I love celebrating with friends and family! We had a group of friends over for a pot luck dinner this past weekend and the girls and I decorated our dining area with a few simple holiday items.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

STOCKING STUFFERS!

Stockings are my absolute favorite to fill up for Christmas. I always loved opening my stocking on Christmas morning. It wasn't always filled with big gifts, but it had lots of little things I loved to receive!

When Josh and I first got married, we started filling up each other's stockings with some fun little items. They weren't exactly big items, but fun little goodies that showed we were thinking of each other. I've loved doing that with him ever since!
And now 3 children later, I love filling my children's stockings with little treats and activities for them. It's so much fun watching them open it up. I think often the stockings are even more fun than than the bigger gifts.

I always think stockings should have a few new little toys, but also treats and some practical things they are able to use as well. (I'm the girl who even loved receiving lotion, toothbrushes and toothpaste in my stocking!)

Here I've put together a little list of things I'll be putting into my own children's stockings and items I've used in past years also.




BOWS (Because, really, can you ever have enough?)
HAIR TIES (These are so perfect because you can use the as bracelets and hair ties when your kids need it.)
NECKLACES (becuase dress up and lookin fancy is so fun!)
BRACELETS (my girls looove bracelets and feel so fancy when they wear them!)
BEADS FOR MAKING NECKLACES (I get mine from the dollar store and then repackage them in a little dish or fun bag. They only cost a few dollars and keep the kids happy for SO long!)
STUFFIES (we have an endless amount already, but the girls love them so much and play with them all the time that I keep getting them! The TY brand are their favorites!
JAMMIES (Christmas jammies are always my favorite! I can never wait that long and always bring them out earlier. Gap is always a favorite. But Carters may have topped them because they make jammies up to size 12 which is perfect for matching for all the kids.)
SOCKS (Adorable animal and holiday socks...need I say more?)
ART SUPPLIES (Pencil crayons, pencils, erases, paints...they love em all!)
COLORING BOOKS (Princesses and animals are their favorites)
STICKER BOOKS
SMALL PLAY FIGURINES (We have a large collection of small princesses already, but they love to mix and match their outfits and offer hours and hours of play time when we are out. They're worth it! We also have My Little Pony and Minnie Mouse that they like too!)
DVD'S (This year we got them Lion King, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. We use these for long drives in the car too which is great!)
BOOKS (Books are one of my favorite gifts to give! The girls love to read and look at the pictures.)
HATS/MITTS (We seem to need new hats and mitts each year and I love throwing them in)




I love filling my son's stocking each year and I get to put lots of fun little items in. Ben is so different from the girls and doesn't always need lots of little gifts. But I love spoiling him a bit!

Here's a few items that will be going into the stocking this year! (And some from the past that may give you some good inspiration also!)

LEGO KEYCHAIN ( love adding little keychains - although we are far away from giving him a key to our home, they are perfect for personalizing a school bag on the zipper!)
GIFT CARDS (It always seems like a fun little treat to get some gift cards. He loves to pay when we go out and gets so proud! Some places I know Ben would love to receive cards from are Starbucks, local coffee shops, and Mc Donald's)
SOCKS
HATS/MITTS (Each year we end up with single mitts and so this is the perfect time to grab a few extras. We also usually include snow mitts which they love!)
TRADING CARDS (We are ALL into Pokemon still, so I've rounded a few packs for Ben. But hockey and sports cards would also be great!)
BOOKS (One of my favorite gifts hands down. And Ben loves books so much and can easily read them anytime by himself now also. This year we got him a set of Hardy Boys, Captain Underpants, and Dog Man. For his past birthday we got him a set of Roald Dahl and he read them over and over again all summer long. Those books are amazing if you have a reader at home!)
BALLS (Small bouncy balls and balls that are easy to throw around are always a hit)
ACTIVITY BOOKS (More complex coloring books, crosswords, Word search, color by numbers, Sudoku are always a great idea. They are perfect even to leave in the car for when you need a distraction)
GAMES (This year we got him Sushi Go, as set of Jacks
PLAYING CARDS (Uno, crazy 8's, Go Fish, Rummy...my son loves ALL games and if there's someone who will play with him, he's more than happy to play all day long!)
MAGIC CARD PLAYING CARDS (I saw some for clearance at Michaels and thought that they would be so fun for a boy to learn some fun magic tricks! I hope I don't regret it! Haha)


Sunday, 10 December 2017

GIFT IDEAS FOR BOYS

Buying boy gifts is something that I've been having to learn along the way. Growing up with a sister, I was never exposed to any typical boy toys. So this has been a fun journey for me!

This year we are getting Ben a few gifts as there's no one really 'big' gift he wants.

But he's a boy who loves games, puzzles, challenges and also using his hands. (We also got him a Nintendo system for his birthday, so he really loves that too!)



Here's a list of some great boys gifts that I know my son would approve of!

MARBLE RUN (This looks like so much fun for a boy! I love that it promotes building and problem solving - and so much fun to watch the marble go through the track!)
BOOK BOX SET (Earlier this year we got ben the Roal Dahl box set and he absolutely loved it! This year we're getting him Captain Underpants and Dog Man)
STAR WARS FIGURES (I love these Playskool sets becuase they don't look too realistic, but they have the fun element of what the characters look like.)
MONOPOLY (One of my favorites games to play with Ben becuase it's pretty fun for kids and adults! I love that it helps with thinking stragegies and with math when thinking about the rent and giving change)
CATAN JUNIOR (Ben loves this game - it's really fun collecting resources to build ships and castles)
TRADING CARDS (Ben loves pokemon cards and loves trading with his little friends)
SUSHI GO (We love having sushi out for lunch and dinner and this card game seems like so much fun!)
LEGO (Lego is seriously so timeless - Ben can still play for hours on end)
KEVA (These building blocks are SO great. Ben has spent so many hours building structures and runs...his only complaint is that he needs more. Haha. We're adding a second set this Christmas for him)
STUFFIES (Although Ben doesn't really play with stuffies that much, he still likes to have one or two for sleeping. Bats have been a favorite animal for a while, so this seems perfect!)

GIFT IDEAS FOR GIRLS

I have to admit that I truly love ALL things girly. And having two little girls in our home makes it ever so fun! I'm really excited to share this gift guide of all things for little girls. I know I would loved to have received any of these things when I was younger.

This year we ended up getting the girls one big gift - a Frozen castle dollhouse. It's really really big and I cannot wait to give it to them. They love all things Elsa and Anna (along with all the other princesses) and I know they are going to be so excited. We ended up actually getting ours for a steal on Craigslist, but I've linked it below. (And I really love getting second hand toys that are in good condition. So much less waste and it gets loved for so much longer!)

They are each getting a few smaller gifts as well, but their main gift will be the frozen dollhouse.



FROZEN DOLLHOUSE (I am so excited to gift this to the girls!)
PRINCESSES (We play with these all the time and they have lots of little parts for them to change their outfits and accessories. They are great!)
FROZEN MICROPHONE (Ellie loooooves this microphone and sings with it constantly! It plays 2 songs - Let it go & Summer. If your daughter loves to sing, it's such a great investement!)
PLAYFOOD (The girls play with their toy kitchen ALL the time, and these little add ons are their favorites!)
CALICO CRITTERS (The girls loves these little adorable animals and play with them alot! They have a really sweet vintage look to them and are pretty cute)
CALICO CRITTERS TREEHOUSE
PRETTY DOLLHOUSE (We got this dollhouse for Maddie last year and she loves it.)
WOODEN PETS (These pets have been the biggest hit! They love that the pets can live in the dollhouse with them)
LEGO (My daughters both love Lego and I love that it helps them with their small finger motions. And they love playing with their older brother too!)
BARN AND ANIMALS (Maddie is probably one of the biggest animal lovers I have ever met...and she's been asking for a little barn for SO long! I love that this one is made of wood and it looks very real!)
STUFFIES (We really don't need any more stuffies but they bring so much joy! This year we got them medium size ones and little ones so they can pretend to be a mama and baby animal family. And isnt this little french bulldog SO cute?)
BOOKS (I love getting books and one of Maddies favorites is Gaston. This year we're getting her Antoinette - the little follow up book to Gaston!)
LITTLE PEOPLE HOUSE (Ellie loves Little People and this dollhouse was on sale a few weeks back. I love that it folds up to tuck away and you can use it for travel also!)

If you have any other suggestions for little girls, I'd love to hear!

HAPPY SHOPPING!


Thursday, 7 December 2017

Hosting a cookie exchange!




This past weekend I hosted my first cookie exchange! I invited 8 friends and their daughters over for a fun night of snacking on cookies. The little girls loved tasting all the cookies (my favorites were the ones who took one of each cookie to try...their plates were piled high with cookies!) and had such a fun time playing afterwards.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Planning a Cookie Exchange Party!


Each year I love throwing some sort of Christmas holiday party. Last year we invited some friends from my kids school over and we asked them to bring a gift to donate to our local charity.

This year, I decided to do a cookie exchange party! While I've never hosted or been part of one, I was up for the challenge. We invited 8 ladies and their sweet daughters over to share some delicious treats and exchange some cookies! I thought it would be such a fun way to mingle and take home some delicious baked goodies as well.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

PINK AND WHITE MINI TREES!


Christmas is really my absolute favorite time of the year.  There is so much joy to celebrate! This year we decided to put mini trees in our kids bedrooms. When my sister and I were younger, my mom got us each mini trees for our bedrooms and we loved it! My sister chose pink for her ornaments and I picked blue. I'm so excited to be able to continue this tradition with the kids!

Sunday, 26 November 2017

GIRLS SHARED BEDROOM TOUR





The girls started sharing a room at the end of the summer, and I'm finally ready to share their space! We tried really hard to make the room feel like their own and put a few of their favorite little things in their space. They have been really happy to play together in the room and we hope that the room continues to grow with them.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

SLEEP ROUTINES FOR A SHARED BEDROOM


Our girls started sharing a room over the summer and they absolutely love it!

Monday, 30 October 2017

HALLOWEEN 2017



This year we decided to go with a theme for the girls - little red riding hood and the big bad wolf. A friend of Maddie's from preschool offered up her furry wolf costume if we wanted. Maddie was really excited about being a wolf so she could scare people in her costume. We started off our idea with that, and I was trying to figure out if I wanted to do little pigs or riding hood to go along with it. Eventually we went with little miss riding hood and Ellie couldnt have been more excited. We read the girls the story and they were pretty happy about it.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

HALLOWEEN 2016

HALLOWEEN 2016

Halloween is only a week away! Just wanted to share last years costumes with you on the blog.

I loooooved the girls costumes last year....gnome and her little ladybug.






And Ben was juuuust getting into Star Wars and reading a few simple books on the stories and characters. He loved being one of the bad guys. Haha!

HALLOWEEN COSTUME IDEAS ON A BUDGET

I can't believe that we are already halfway thorough October. I feel like once fall hit, the month just flew by so quickly!

We had Canadian Thanksgiving 2 weeks ago, and now the kids are all excited for Halloween. I mean, dressing up and running around to get candy is riiiiight up their alley. Hah!

This year we are still undecided on costumes. But I have a few fairly budget-friendly costume ideas to share. For little ones, buying costumes with wings and building a costume around that is probably one of the most inexpensive ways to make a costume. I was in our local dollar store the other day and found some adorable bumblee bee and ladybug wings. I thought that would be such an adorable idea for the girls. I grabbed them and searched our home for other items to complete the look. I love what we came up with!

BUMBLE BEE COSTUME



For the bumble bee costume, I found a yellow tutu dress we have in our home. (We got this from old navy over the summer for less than $20) A black dress would work well too! I paired it with black knee socks (tights would be perfect too!)

Sunday, 22 October 2017

FAMILY CORN MAZE VISIT




This last weekend we got to visit our very first corn maze! I've always wanted to take the kids, but we just never seemed to find a day to make it out. One Sunday we picked up after church and headed over to a local corn maze.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

BAKING BANANA BREAD

We've been on a baking break since summer, but now that some cooler weather is here, we're back to baking some of our favorite goodies. One afternoon last week Maddie and I made our favorite banana loaf. The recipe is really simple, and it makes the yummiest banana bread.

 I'll be posting the recipe we use at the end of this post, so feel free to use it if you're looking!

Oh you know, just mashing bananas and twirling her hair at the same time! Hah!


When I'm baking with the little people, I use a few tricks to make it a bit easier with little helping hands.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

APPLE PICKING - ROUND 2!


Since the first time I took the girls apple picking they have been asking to visit the little farm again.

We picked a school day to drive out to avoid the crowds and spend the days outside. (We live in a very wet fall/winter climate, so when I spot a good day, I"m more than happy to make the most of it!)

We were all ready to go but when we got there I realized I had forgotten my memory card for my camera. (Aaaaaah, seriously I'm so annoyed when I forget something silly like that!) So here's my small disclaimer, all the pictures from the trip were taken on my iphone.



Friday, 29 September 2017

OUTFITS AND AUTHORS!

This week's post of Outfits and Authors features an adorable book we got as a birthday gift!



A Unicorn named Sparkle is suuuuch a cute book for little ones. My 4 year old daughter Maddie thinks its super funny, and loves all the silly things that Sparkles does. In the story, Lucy anxiously awaits the arrival of her unicorn she purchased from a newspaper ad. But when Sparkles arrives, it is NOT what she expects at all. In the end, she falls in love with her pet and can't bear the thought of giving her up! (Maddie ends up falling in love with her too!)

Friday, 15 September 2017

APPLE PICKING!

Fall is here! And if you knew that strawberry picking is one of my favorite summer activities, you won't be surprised to learn that apple picking is at the top of my list for fall. Nothing really beats being outside in the crisp air, picking delicious local apples and snacking on hot apple cider.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

BACK TO SCHOOL - PRESCHOOL

We are back to routines! Just like that, summer's come to an end and we're headed for fall.


Maddie is going into her last year of preschool this year! It's my last year spending most days with her as next year she'll be in full day kindergarten. 

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

BACK TO SCHOOL - GRADE 2!

It feels like summer is officially over! The bigger kids are back in school now, and we are slooooowly adjusting to the routine of packing lunches and snacks.


Ben is headed to Grade 2 this year! He was a bundle of nerves the first day. He was really excited to see friends we missed all summer, nervous about what to expect, and was feeling unsure about speaking in front of the class. But at the end of the day, he came out of his classroom with a big smile on his face! I was so proud and happy for him.

Monday, 11 September 2017

OUTFITS AND AUTHORS

Up this week on Outfits and Authors is Olivia and an Olivia-worthy-inspired outfit!



I love how this little outfit really uses the colors in the book and plays them up! This adorable spotted dress is by a wonderful mama-owned shop BeLoved. Her mix of patterns and colours is SO amazing and inspiring! And I love the tiny details of pastel pinks flutter and collar contrasting with the red knee socks (by Petite Littles).  The sweetest necklace from Coral and Cloud and black leather bow from Mina Loves Bows.

We looove our Olivia books here. Both our girls do! They love following her daily adventures she gets in, and looking at all the adorable pictures. The illustrations are SO fun!

Monday, 4 September 2017

CAMPING TIPS WITH KIDS!

This summer we had our first every camping trip! I'm really a city girl at heart, and so camping honestly seemed totally out of my comfort zone. But I do love being outdoors and came around to trying a short camping trip with our family.



I've only ever been camping one other time with my own family when I was younger. So really, I had no idea what to expect or prepare for. But after reading many many blogs, I put together a little list of what I felt was important for our family.

Friday, 1 September 2017

OUR FIRST CAMPING TRIP!



We had no idea that we'd be planning a camping trip this summer! But when Maddie persistently convinced my husband to take us, we really had to go. (Especially when he comes home to tell you he's already booked a campsite!)

But after a few days of sitting on the idea, I decided to embrace it. Maddie and Ben were both really excited to try it. And I'm all for new experiences for the kids (and myself included!).

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

OUTFITS AND AUTHORS!

I'm so excited to be sharing this week's post of Outfits and Authors!



Some of our most favorite outfits are inspired by the books we read. We are no strangers to bunny-love around here! And this little roundup is so perfectly suited to one of our most loved books Peter Rabbit. Both girls love the stories of Peter Rabbit and his adventures into Mr. McGregor's vegetable garden.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

SUMMER BEACH-Y DAYS!

Although we are definitely a west coast family, we don't get to the beach as often as we should! Sometimes a splash pad or park day just seems a bit easier.

Maddie's dress Nest and Nurture  Necklace by Coral and Cloud

Adorable bows by Pali and Paper






But a few weekends ago I was able to make it to the beach with just the girls, and it was SO much fun. There was something for everyone and time just seemed to pass by so quickly.

Monday, 21 August 2017

HOUSEWARMING GIFTS & PRETTY WINE WRAPPING

One of my besties recently bought a new home and has been doing renos for the last 2 months. Its still not a finished product yet, but we popped in for a summer visit on the weekend.




I wanted to bring her a small housewarming because it was the first time we had visited her new home. We decided on a half apron from a local shop, cute pot holders, handled cutting board and some BC wine. I love giving small kitchen items. I find that personally I usually don't purchase house and homewares for myself that often, and it's always a special treat when someone gifts it to me!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

OUTFITS AND AUTHORS!

We are continuing our weekly posts on our favorite outfits inspired by books!



This week we're featuring Today by Julie Morstad. This book is such a wonderful book for reading with your children. It takes simple daily activities and offers your child endless opportunities to pick what their favorites would be. The illustrations are SO lovely - and Maddie loves looking at the pictures and picking what she would love to do on any given day.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

OUTFITS AND AUTHORS!

Books have always found a welcome home in our house. All our children have loved reading since they were babies - and I am so thankful that they still do! Since summer has brought us much more time at home, we've been implementing quite reading time each day. My son Ben who is 7, is reading 30-40 min a day on his own. And I've been encouraging Maddie who is 4, to pick out 4 books a day and read them on her own. She sometimes puts up a little fight, but more often than not she is happy to do so in the afternoon.

As a small shop owner at Petite Littles, I do love styling little kids outfits. (It seems to come with the territory!) And since we also have quite a little collection of favorite and borrowed books in our home now, I'm very excited to be sharing a new series Outfits and Authors. I'll be highlighting one book and one handmade outfit each week. I can't wait to share some of our favorite book and handmade shops in this process!

The first of the series is GASTON by Kelly Dipucchio. Such a cute little story about a bulldog and a poodle who find their deep love for their own families, despite their appearances. The illustrations in this book are also so sweet and adorable. Maddie and Ellie love looking at all the cute little pups. If you have a puppy-loving little one, you must give this a read.

Monday, 31 July 2017

GRANVILLE ISLAND!

We are so lucky to be only a 15 min drive to a local favorite spot - Granville Island. Its a beautiful place which so much to see. We have been going there one or two times a month which has been super fun for the kids. There is alot going on there which makes is really interesting for us to explore, rain or shine. (And in Vancouver, alot of the time it's rain!)

Adorable dresses by a local shop Little and Lively, matching bows from The Prettiest Bow







On a rainy day we'll usually start the Public Market as well as the Children's Market. The public market has so many amazing vendors to look at including fruits and veggies, beautiful flowers, candy shops, bakeries and  handmade goodies.

Friday, 28 July 2017

ONE-DAY VICTORIA TRIP




A few weeks ago we got to take the ferry over to Victoria to visit with my cousins and go to a family reunion.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

WE'RE HAVING A SALE!!!

Hey friends!

I just wanted to share that we're having a SALE in the shop!




Most of you know that this little blog started from my shop Petite Littles as a separate outlet for me to connect with my followers. But being a shop owner had been so amazing. I have grown alot in the learning process of how to run a small shop while being a mama. And it's a wonderful creative outlet for me. I love being a small shop owner!

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

STRAWBERRY PICKING EMMALEA FARMS

Every year we try to do at least a few trips berry picking. Its one of my favorite parts of summer - farm life is so much fun. Our kids love being outdoor and getting the freedom to run around.

Earlier in the summer we got a chance to do a little playdate with some of our favorite gals from This Sweet Happy Life. Our little ones love to get together and always have such a great time together. Strawberry picking was no different!

 We drove out to Emma Lea Farms and had such a fun time together. Any summer day seems like the perfect day to head out to a farm, but sometimes the cooler day makes for a more comfortable day in the sun. (There is literally no shade when you're out in the fields!) We were lucky that it wasn't too hot, and there was a really nice breeze. I am sad to admit though that the day after we went, Ellie was not feeling well at home and I'm pretty sure she had some heat stroke. 
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