Kamloops Wine Trail : The next BC wine destination

Kamloops has a special place in my heart for multiple reasons. Last month, when I discovered award-winning wineries in Kamloops, 20 minutes from downtown, I was ecstatic! Another reason to love this beautiful town, about 3.5 to 4 hours away from Vancouver!

There are 4 wineries in Kamloops, and I was able to visit 3 that were in close proximity to each other. It was actually our 7 year wedding anniversary and what better way to celebrate than sipping on local wine.

Sagewood Winery This was the first winery we visited and it quickly became one of my favorites. This is a family owned estate winery and when we got there the tasting room was packed! Once we got inside, we knew why! We had one of the best Rieslings we have ever had here. My hubby who usually stays away from the sweeter wines was immediately taken aback by the Riesling. Needless to say, it was definitely added to our Must Buy list. They currently do not sell in Vancouver, so you will have to visit them in Kamloops.

Harper’s Trail Winery was the first winery to open up in Kamloops. The setting is a picturesque vineyard, beautiful rolling hills, and open patio, to enjoy a glass or two of vino. They also produce Canada’s double gold award-winning Cabernet Franc! Their Rose’ was also amazing. We definitely grabbed some wine here. We also took advantage of the picnic tables on the property and took some beautiful insta worthy pictures!

Monte Creek Ranch I saved the best for last! Monte Creek Ranch is a working ranch overlooking the mighty Thompson River! The area is rich with history and the views from the patio were spectacular! They also have a restaurant in the patio where we were able to enjoy a delicious meal and the view. There 2017 Sparkling Reserve was one of a kind. It tasted like an expensive champagne, the right amount of bubbles and punch. I would love to grab just a box of that!

So there you have it! If you are looking for a wine tasting experience without driving too far from Vancouver, add Kamloops to your list of wine destinations!

I cannot wait to be back in Kamloops soon!

Please note this is not a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are based on my experience.

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Family Friendly Things to do in Kamloops, British Columbia

My husband and I have been visiting Kamloops, BC for around 5 years. Over the years a lot of friends and family have always asked me why Kamloops and why not Kelowna or Osoyoos.

Kamloops has always had a special place in my heart. When hubby and I got together, we wanted to do some mini road trips and Kamloops was one of the first places we visited. Surprisingly, we were amazed at how short of a drive it is from Vancouver (3.5 to 4 hours) and how we always had a great time. We also announced our pregnancy to the world while in Kamloops!

Over the year’s, we have found some great activities to do, especially for a family with a toddler. Here is a list of our fav activities to do while in Kamloops:

Hiking: Rj and I are not big hikers but we found a trail with beautiful views that we could take the stroller up to on our last visit. We went to Kenna Cartwright Park with Zara on our last trip and she loved it. It was not a super long hike, but the view was amazing.

Pre-baby we have also been to Peterson park which is a bit more rugged.

Both of these are dog friendly.

Here is a list of all the places to hike.

Kamloops Wine trail: Yes finally Kamloops has wineries! There are 4 wineries in total and the earliest one opened up in 2012. I will be writing a separate post on my experience at the wineries, so watch out for it!

BC Wildlife Park– This was our favorite part of the trip. The BC Wildlife Park is a not for profit park and all the animals are usually rescued or injured and unable to survive in the wild. The animals have large enclosures and looked very well cared for. We saw Black Bears, Grizzly Bears, Moose, Camels, and even goats. There is a playground and even a water park. There is also a volunteer-run mini train inside the park that takes you around. You can easily spend a full day here. The cost is around $15 and kids under 3 are free. If you have the Entertainment Coupon book, you can get in for, 2 for 1. This was definitely a highlight of our trip.

Have you been to Kamloops? What is your favorite activity to do in Kamloops?

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Zara’s favorite playgrounds in Vancouver

Summer is around the corner and days will be longer so we can head outside to spend more time in the sun!!

This gets me excited to spend more time with the family. Our favourite activity is to head out to a park where Zara can run around, and we can relax. Here is a list of our favourite parks in the city:

Steveston Village: We used to live close to Steveston Village pre baby and loved it! The park next to the community centre will not disappoint. The park has plenty of safe climbing equipment for unsteady feet, plus a real Trolley that kids can explore with parents. There are also slides galore and a water park in the summer. For the parents, there are tons of coffee shops and restaurants in the village to meet every single palate.

Creekside Park: This park is right by Science world and has beautiful water views. The park’s grounds are built of soft foam mats, making it safe, if kids happen to take a tumble. Zara felt super confident climbing up to the slide here! There is a large tunnel slide for kids 5 and up as well. For parents, Olmpic village is a short walk away and has a lot of choices for food and coffee. My favorite is Mario’s Gelato which is also close by. Craft Beer Market is also a good spot for lunch and drinks.

Trout Lake Park: I have written about Trout Lake in the past, but I just had to put it on our list of favorite parks in Vancouver! The park has slides of multiple sizes, a climbing orb, and a huge sand pit. Views of the lake are amazing! There is also an off-leash dog park for your fur babies. Coffee, snacks, and Gelato are available at the Circus in the Park.

What are your favorite parks in the city?

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The Handmaid’s Tale: Why I am watching and you should too.

There are a couple of Tv shows that I have been watching religiously lately.

One in particular is the The Handmaid’s Tale. It is based on a book by Margaret Atwood and talks about a dystopian future where religion has taken over and women’s rights have been stripped. Women are not allowed to work or have bank accounts. Most women are barren. The very few that can produce children are enslaved and treated like cattle, their only purpose to bear children for their masters.

Sounds pretty crazy right? You think this can’t ever happen. Funny enough this book was written in 1985 by Margret Atwood and for a period of time it was banned.

Why am I talking about this tv show? Well it hits home for me. I come from a country that treats women like second class citizens.  I lived in a country where women were not allowed to leave their house without a male family member. Women were not allowed to drive. Women could work, but only in certain professions. Women were told to cover themselves, so as not to tempt the men. I was born into this and felt it was normal.

Now that I have a daughter, I am on hyper alert when it comes to gender inequality. I vowed to myself to never take my daughter to a country that looks down upon women. But I can’t stop things from happening in our own backyard. Yes, we live in a country that has given women rights. Women can work, drive, own property. But in the back of my mind I can’t stop thinking about The Handmaids Tale and what’s happening across the border.

I don’t particularly consider myself a feminist but the recent #metoo movement has brought a lot of truths to light. Women have been belittled, abused, and used for centuries. Yet we watch a show like The Handmaid’s tale and think of it as fiction. Is it fiction?

Parents of girls, speak up, unite, make this world a better place for our daughters!

Have you watched this show? What did you think?

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Book Review: Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeny

I just finished Sometimes I lie by Alice Feeny. This one was a fast read for me at only 258 pages! Considering how short of a book it is, it is action-packed and the storyline is intense and intricate. It is similar to Still Life by Joy fielding that I reviewed recently, which you can find here, but 360 degrees different!

The quick synopsis is Amber, the main character, has had an accident and is in a coma around Christmas. She can hear everything around her, but cannot see, move or respond. She also can’t remember how she got here. The book goes back and forth between present day, days leading up to the accident and diary entries from the 90s by a ten year old girl.

I like that the story kept you guessing until the very end ( and let me tell you the ending is a shocker!). The characters are flawed like in real life and you wonder who is the protagonist/antagonist!

The book covers some intense themes and can be quite graphics at times. So a word of caution to those who are looking for a lighter read.

I have to honestly say that the story is quite unique and unlike anything I have read before. This is a debut novel from Alice Feeny and I will be waiting for the next one!

So, if you are looking a quick, intense, unique story, with tons of twists and turns, add this one to your list!

Happy reading Mommas!

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Book Review: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

The Wife Between Us is Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, on steroids! This is a fast-paced psychological thriller that keeps you guessing from the first page to the last. The minute you think you have this story figured out, there is a twist that leaves you gasping, ’I didn’t see that coming!’.

The story is essentially about a husband and wife, how sometimes love blinds you from seeing the truth, and the havoc lies and egos can cause in any relationship. It’s also a story of the thin line between love, hate, and fear. Love is a finicky feeling, it can make you do crazy things. When love starts to suffocate or own the other person in the relationship, that’s when lines are blurred.

I don’t want to give too much away, but the basic synopsis is a wife that learns her ex-husband is engaged and getting married again. This news shatters her for obvious reasons, and she acts in desperation to reach out to the other woman but also begins to open the door to her past prior to her marriage and the incidents that took place during her marriage that she had buried in her subconscious. I feel like I have said too much already!

The characters in this book are thought out and each one has an important part to play. This was a fast read, as there are a lot of twists and I would recommend reading it quickly so as to keep on top of the storyline.

This is a must-read for this summer! Hurry up before the movie comes out (there isn’t any news of one, but I can totally see it, being a movie).

Happy reading Mommas!

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Book Review: Still Life by Joy Fielding

I loved the concept and premise of Still Life by Joy Fielding. The protagonist Casey is in an accident and in a coma. She can hear everything around her but can’t see, move or communicate. Of course, people around her do not know that she can understand and hear everything, and they drop their guard in front of her and say things they would not say to her.

The mystery is who caused this so-called accident that caused the coma and if they will try again!

I have to say that I found this to be a slow-moving story. The story is also predictable. It’s not the best ’who done it’ mystery. The concept and idea behind the story are definitely interesting enough but I would give this a pass.

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