Glow Vancouver is Back {Giveaway}

Glow Vancouver indoor Christmas festival

Looking for more festive activity ideas for the family? Glow Vancouver returns with more than a million twinkling lights this holiday season! Check out the light gardens and illuminated structures, playgrounds, help Santa find his lost gifts and enjoy live music at this returning (indoor!) seasonal event.

Glow Vancouver returns for its 3rd season!

Feeling hungry? Thirsty? While you’re at Glow Vancouver, you can also check out the fully licensed bar so you can enjoy some seasonal cocktails and delicious treats! And like I mentioned, this Christmas festival is indoors, so you won’t have to worry about staying warm! Glow Vancouver has you covered whether you bring the family, make it an outing with friends, or come for a date night. 

For more info about Glow Vancouver, see below or check out their website. Aaaaaand make sure to scroll to the end of this post to enter for your chance to win a 1-Day Family Pass to Glow Vancouver!


Christmas Light Gardens

Interactive Hanging Lights

Bouncy Reindeer

LED Swing and Hopscotch

Glen the Glow- comotive

Food + Drink

Live entertainment and…



Date: November 21, 2019- January 5, 2010

Hours: Varies (see the Glow Vancouver website for dates/ times)

Location: Harbour Convention Centre, 760 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver

Tickets Prices Starting at: Adult $19.99, Children + Seniors $14.99, Children 3 and under FREE

Family ticket pricing, ticket bookings, and further info on the Glow Vancouver website.

Purchase tickets here

Glow Vancouver indoor Christmas festival

About Glow:

Christmas Glow launched in 2017 in the Vancouver area and has become one of the largest indoor Christmas festivals in the world, and can be found in 10 cities across 3 countries. Featuring a million twinkling lights, Glow offers a variety of interactive festive activities for everyone in the family.

For more festive inspos, check out these posts: Simple Greenery Holiday Wall HangingDried Orange Christmas GarlandPrintable Christmas Cards

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Enter to win a 1-day Family Pass to Glow Vancouver!

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Vancouver Christmas Market Returns for its 10th Year! {Giveaway}

Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza Returns for its 10th Year! {Giveaway}

The Vancouver Christmas Market returns for its 10th year this month! From November 20- December 24, this seasonal favourite will be back at Jack Poole Plaza with more than 80 huts featuring gifts, food + drinks, and treats. If you’re trying to think of ideas for the holiday season, the Vancouver Christmas Market is a great choice for families or couples looking for a festive date night, and I’ve partnered with them on a festive giveaway!

Get in the holiday spirit at the Vancouver Christmas Market + enter to win!

This authentic German market is sure to spark the holiday spirit, with its stalls featuring delicious edible fare (think: sizzling sausages, warming Glühwein- mulled wine to name just 2), handcrafted gifts, and so much more. Whether you come for the food, the entertainment, the shopping, or all of the above, the Vancouver Christmas Market won’t disappoint. See below for details + how to enter!

Highlights include:

Alpine Lounge- cozy up for food + drinks

WunderBAR- enjoy seasonal Winter cocktails + holiday-inspired bites

Lover’s Lane- 40 foot-long tunnel featuring 20,000 twinkling lights + mistletoe (of course!)


Christmas Pyramid Flying Stage- featuring daily seasonal entertainment

Variety of family activities


Date: November 20- December 24, 2019

Hours: 11:30am–9:30pm. Closes at 6pm on December 24

Tickets: Adult $15, Seniors $13, Youth $9, Children Age 0-6, FREE
Purchase online to save on admission, skip the ticket line, and receive a free Season Pass.

Ticket bookings and further details at:


Vancouver Christmas Market Returns for its 10th Year! {Giveaway}Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver

Vancouver Christmas Market Carousel Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver


Enter to win 2 Fast Passes to the 2019 Vancouver Christmas Market!

A Fast Pass offers you Fast Lane access at the market entrance and includes a Season Pass to return as many times as you wish during 2019!

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For more festive inspos, check out these posts: Simple Greenery Holiday Wall Hanging, Dried Orange Christmas Garland, Printable Christmas Cards

Trick or Treat Halloween Ice Scream Sundaes

Trick or Treat Halloween Ice cream Sundaes
What do you do with all of that Halloween candy your kids bring home? This year I’m trying a new approach with trick-or-treating: I’m going to let the kids binge eat their haul for a few days and then the Halloween candy is going to magically disappear. Have you ever done this? Usually we let them have a little everyday, but that usually means we’re digging into all that Halloween candy for months to come, which isn’t the greatest for anyone.
I figure it’s worth a try, especially with Christmas just around the corner and all the baking and holiday treats that come with it. I’m not a total Halloween scrooge, I just want to find a way to kick all that extra sugar out the door while still letting the kids enjoy their trick or treat stash. I’ve seen recipes for boo bark but I wanted something a little different to use up that Halloween candy. So, how about Halloween ice scream? 

I scream, you scream, we all scream for…

I thought this is a fun way to use up some Halloween candy from trick or treating, or even as a fun treat for a Halloween party. Just put out the candy and any other toppings and let the kids decorate their ice cream. They’ll have fun, and it’s a great way to get through the sugar rush of Halloween. 
I’ll let the kids dig into their treats after Halloween to make these, but if you want to make these for a party, you can pick up your favourite Halloween- themed candies to top them off:
candy corn
jelly beans
pumpkin gummies
candy eyeballs 
flavoured syrups for topping (maybe strawberry to look like blood…?)
The version I created in this post is a dairy-free one( I used our favourite non- dairy ice cream from Nora’s), but let’s face it, chopped up mini chocolate bars would be all kinds of yummy on these. Like I said at the beginning of this post, I figure letting the kids dig in for a few days then stashing the rest away is a tactic worth trying, but we’ll see how that goes! Either way, Halloween is a fun time for the kids and we’re on countdown over here.

If you make this for a Halloween party, there are lots of ways to set it up.

Making a self- scoop ice cream station with candy set up in little bowls is one idea, or give each child their own little bowl of treats to decorate their ice cream at a table. Just keep in mind the ages of your guests and set up in an age-appropriate way (although some adults might be just as tricky with the treats as some kids! 😉 ). Just have fun with it and enjoy!

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Trick or Treat Halloween Ice cream Sundaes

Trick or Treat Halloween Ice cream Sundaes

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Looking for more Halloween ideas? Check out this Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration or this simple DIY Halloween Ghost Garland!

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Trick or Treat Halloween Ice cream Sundaes

What’s for Dinner? Meal Planning Made Easy {Printable}

Is meal planning a thing in your house? After years of trying, I finally made it a weekly habit about a year ago and it’s made many a dinner time easier to organize. Usually on a Sunday evening I’ll sit down for a few minutes and write down meal ideas for the week, with input from Will and the kids. This way we all get something we like and enjoy a variety of meals.

Meal planning isn’t about having meals set in stone, but coming up with meal ideas you can shift around based on how the week and each day is looking.

Slow cozy day at home? Make something that takes a little more time. Busier day? Opt for something simpler/ slow cooker friendly. I like having ideas so I can grocery shop without just grabbing items off shelves and hoping for the best- plus this way I can organize the week’s meals ahead so I can be one step ahead with food prep and ingredients. Bonus: this also helps save money on the grocery bill since you know what you need rather than just shopping on impulse.
Usually, I try to plan for some meals with meat and some vegetarian, and this helps save a little on the grocery bill as well. Where I struggle is with lunch ideas (if you have some good ones, lay ’em on me!), so I guess that’s the next area for me to tackle. But for now, getting dinner ideas organized ahead of time is one less thing to think about as the week goes on.
Meal planning is one of those things that can help you feel a little more organized, especially for days where the kids have activities after school. Even if I switch up which meals I make on what day, it’s nice to have a list to look at in the morning so I have some ideas based on the day ahead and I can get ingredients prepped accordingly (another bonus: making dinner time more relaxed because things are ready in advance). I like to include a mix of go-to meals I know our family likes while trying out something new every week or so.

To help make meal planning simpler, I put together this meal planning printable + grocery list page!

Whether this is something you’re already in the habit of doing or is something you have been wanting to try, I hope this meal planning printable helps! Print it off and put it in a page protector or laminate it to use with a whiteboard marker or simply print off each week as you need it. To keep things simple for you I’ve also included a grocery list page so you can write down ingredients you need to pick up.

To get your meal planning printable just scroll down to download + print! 


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Meal Planner Printable



Grocery List



Podcasts: 3 Reasons Why You’ll Love Them (If You Don’t Already)

Podcasts: 3 Reasons Why You'll Love Them (If You Don't Already)

If you don’t already listen to podcasts, this post will hopefully encourage you to give them a try. I feel like I’m a little late to the game on this one, but over the Summer I discovered and fell in love with them. Looking for something I could listen to while getting things done after the kids go to bed, I came across a few that I’ve been enjoying for the past few months. I’ve always loved reading but some days picking up a book just isn’t in the cards and podcasts have been a great way to help me unwind at the end of the day.

New to podcasts? This post is for you!

The first podcast I checked out was Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert after a friend recommended an episode to me, and after that I was hooked. Not knowing where to go from there I looked up ones for a positive mindset and had Jay Shetty pop up in my search results. His podcast, On Purpose, has become one of my favourites- it gets me thinking and reflecting, sometimes leading me to grab a pen to scribble down some of the wisdom shared in an episode. Since first digging in over the Summer I’ve only just scratched the surface (again, I know I’m a latecomer to the world of podcasts!), but I’m really enjoying them and always on the hunt to discover new ones to love.

If podcasts are one of those things you’ve been unsure of or haven’t made the time to check out, there are a few reasons you might want to give them a try, see below!

3 Reasons Why You’ll Love Podcasts

  1. You can listen to them anywhere: On the go, doing chores, at the gym… you can listen to them whenever you want. Just like books or other forms of entertainment, some podcasts are more lighthearted while others will have you taking notes and coming back to listen again to absorb everything. The hard part is deciding which one to listen to! Which brings me to #2…
  2. There are so many to choose from. Like a library of endless audio options, there are podcasts on pretty much anything. If you’re having a hard time narrowing down choices, Google search podcasts on topics you like and go from there.
  3. They’re free! All you need is an internet connection and maybe some headphones and you’re set. Now all you have to do is subscribe, download + enjoy!

A little while ago I asked for reader’s favourites on Facebook (you can see that post here) and have since added a few more to my list to check out. Just like my ever-growing reading list, it’s going to take a while to go through all the ones I want to listen to, but with cozy days ahead I think the timing is perfect.

Recommended by readers:

Bon Appetit Foodcast

Young House Love (‘HGTV for podcasts’ according to the reader who suggested it)

Parenting 101

TED Talks Daily


I’m looking forward to checking these out and hopefully finding some new podcasts to listen to. Which brings me to the question…

What are your favourite podcasts?

Whether you’re new to the world of podcasts like me or a seasoned listener, I’d love to hear what podcasts you love and would recommend. Comment with yours below!

Photo credit: Melanie Pongratz via Unsplash

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