My top 5 family friendly Christmas activities in Vancouver, BC

Christmas is here! Well not quite but it sure feels like it with the cooler temperatures and the Hallmark Christmas movies on TV ( ps I love these movies even though I know how they will end!).

There are a bunch of Christmas activities I am really excited about this year and was going to make a list of ones I wanted to hit this year. Then I thought why not share it with you all! So here it is:

  1. Glow Langley: I missed this last year! I am so excited to go this year as an #glowambassadorlangley. It is indoors, millions of twinkling lights, lots of opportunities to take fun pictures, kid-friendly activities, Santa, food, shopping, and a licensed bar! What more could you ask for! They are bigger this year and have a new theme, Glow around the World. Buy tickets early as this event was sold out last year! Starts Nov 22nd!
  2. The Stanley Park Christmas Train: I went to this last year as I got tickets from a friend. My daughter loved it! There is something magical about taking a mini train ride in the park surrounded by lights!! Buy tickets early! Starts Nov 29th!
  3. The Peak of Christmas on Grouse mountain: I have never been to this one but I am super excited to go check it out. They usually have live reindeer, Santa’s workshop, of course, hot chocolate, and SNOW! Perfect to make family memories. Starts Nov 23rd.
  4. Canyon lights at Capilano Suspension: I went to this last year as a team building activity at work and was mesmerized by the views and of course the lights! Bonus BC residents one time ticket gives you a yearly pass. Starts Nov 22nd.
  5. Lights at Lafarge: I went to Lafarge lake/park in the summer, but have never been at Christmas. Every year the lake sets up a spectacular light display at Christmas for FREE! So definitely adding this to my list! Starts Nov 24th.

What’s on your must-do list this Christmas? Share with me your favorite Christmas activities.

Please note that I am a Glow Langley Ambassodor. In exchange for my opinion I am compensated with tickets to the event. All opinions expressed are my own.

Beaver Lake Mountain Resort: A honest review

Oh summer! How I miss you already! Summer seems like such a long time ago, now that we have officially entered fall.

But it’s not too late to plan a trip out to a cabin and get one with nature.

At the end of July 2018, we visited Beaver Lake mountain resort in the Okanagan for a little R and R and some family bonding time with my sister in law, her hubby and my niece and nephew. This was our first time and definitely won’t be the last.

I was hesitant to stay at a cabin in a remote area with Zara with no WiFi or Tv! But I was pleasantly surprised how much fun we had. The resort had everything we needed to relax and be entertained!

For Kids

The kids had two playgrounds. One was for ages up to 10 and the other one was for younger babies. They also have a petting zoo which was a hit! We would grab our coffee in our to go mugs and walk over in the mornings to say hello to the animals. They had, bunnies, pigs, goats, and guinea pigs. The guinea pigs had just given birth and the babies were the most adorable things I have ever seen. The animals were well taken care off and happy to see people.

The lake had a small beach area with a designated swimming zone. The water was too cold for us adults but the kids loved it.

For Adults

I can honestly say that waking up every morning to the view of the lake instantly calmed me. You have to get a cabin on the lake! It is totally worth it! The cabin had all the cooking utensils you needed. It was a little cozy for two families but we spent a lot of time on the large deck. There is also bbq on the deck that we used as well.

We also rented a motorboat, that my husband used to go fishing in the lake. He didn’t catch anything large but I think it was more about the hunt. The kids fished off the dock and caught a small fish one day that we released back but the excitement on their faces was priceless!

The main office has an espresso machine with a cafe, so if you need a little pick me up, we were able to pop on over for a break. They also have a little store in case you forgot something.

The necessities: Groceries were down the hill about a 25-minute drive. There are some restaurants and a liquor store as well. We stocked up on everything on our way up so we wouldn’t have to make multiple trips.

WiFi is available on day rate per device. We did cave in and got it as my brother in law had some work to do.

The grounds: The grounds were in great shape. There is also a campground on the resort and it can get a bit noisy. So it’s best to get the cabins on the water further up the hill.

We stayed for 4 nights and loved every minute of it. It is a bit on the pricier side(we paid about $1100, for four nights, including the boat rental)

The cabins: The cabins are rustic log cabins. It is not glamorous but has everything you need. You bring your own sheets, pillows, and blankets or you can rent them. We stayed in Number 9 the wolf cabin. It has one bedroom, with a queen bed and bunk beds. There is also a loft with a queen mattress. The kitchen has a full-size fridge and oven. The living room has a sofa bed and large dining table. It was well laid out and comfortable. The cabins are also pet friendly!

Will we do it again? Yes absolutely! They do have some larger cabins that would work better for 2 families, that we would like to try. We are already planning our next trip back!

Please note this is not a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Family Friendly Activities in Lake Country, BC and Vernon, BC

We are officially entering autumn but I am still dreaming of this last summer!

This summer we had some amazing weather (except for the last couple of weeks of smoke!), and we decided to take advantage and go for a weeklong road trip to Lake Country and Vernon.

Today I wanted to share with you some of the activities we ended up doing. These are all family friendly and some even pet friendly as we had both our toddler and dog with us. I hope you get to check out these fun activities! And hey don’t let the cooler temperatures stop you.

1. Wine tasting: No road trip is complete without wine tasting. There are some great local BC wineries in Lake Country, BC. We visited two wineries on this road trip as we were short on time. Ex Nihilo was on our list of wineries to visit for a long time and it definitely did not disappoint. The grounds are of course gorgeous and they have a restaurant on-site that was packed. The wines we tasted were unique and we definitely ended buying a couple of bottles. They were also very kind to my thirsty dog as it was a super hot day.

Arrowleaf Cellars was another one that was on our list. The winery has a spectacular picnic area overlooking the valley and vineyard. We took advantage and sat out on the grounds, and enjoyed crisp and refreshing glasses of Pinot Gris and a mouthwatering cheese plate! My 3-year-old, loved the cheese and running around in the grass. We took our dog with us and he was able to lounge under the picnic table, catching crumbs that my daughter dropped! All in all, I found arrowhead cellars to be very family friendly as well as affordable.

2. The Kangaroo Creek Farm :We loved visiting this place! I don’t know why we have never been before. The farm houses, kangaroos, Wallabies, and capybaras as well as parrots, chickens and pigs. The admission is $10 cash for adults and children under 5 are free. The money goes to taking care of the farm and the animals. This was a very educational trip for my little one. It was great to see the animals roaming about and well taken care of. I was able to snap a picture of my daughter interacting with a Wallaby! Her favorite were the chickens and getting her face painted!

3. The BX Press Cidery and Orchard: This was our first time at a working cider and orchard. The cider is a family affair and the service was impeccable. The ladies entertained our dog and baby while we tasted some ciders. I have to say that the difference in taste was very apparent. This time around we did not get a chance to tour the facility but we will be back!

Autumn is cooler and the smoke is gone, which means now is the perfect time to head down to Lake Country and Vernon.

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

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Dear Zara: Letter to my Daughter on her 3rd birthday

Dear Zara

Today is your 3rd birthday. You asked for a yellow dress, a red bike and a birthday party with chocolate cupcakes with yellow icing. How could I say no!

You are getting so smart and have mommy and daddy wrapped around your little finger, especially daddy! You can talk now and the things you say amaze me! The other day you asked me if I am happy?

You love your cousins, Juju and Ava and all your Uncles and Aunts. You love to be surrounded by people and Your heart is open and loves without judgement! I hope you never lose that ability.

Your birthday is always emotional for me. On one end I can’t wait to see what you get up to as you get older, but on the other end I wish you were still that 6 pound baby, that slept on my chest. It is an honor to be your momma and to watch you grow. You have taught me more in these 3 years than you will ever know.

Thank you for choosing me baby girl. I love you the most baby Zara!

Love forever,

Your Mama

Book Review: Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

Jar of hearts is a twisted story and has all the ingredients of a psychological thriller: a murder, a serial killer, and hidden graves. What’s different about it though is that the story, isn’t about the girl that was murdered or the serial killer, it’s about the victims best friend/serial killer’s accomplice.

The story revolves around Geo, who is charged as an accomplice to her best friend’s murder fourteen years later. Geo isn’t a bad person, she just made some bad choices and poor decisions as a teen. Geo ends up in prison and when she gets out, the murders have started again in her hometown and the ex boyfriend aka the serial killer has escaped from prison.

I should warn you that the story is pretty gory and there are some instances involving children that I had a tough time getting through.

If you are looking for a fast-paced thriller, with fairly rich characters this is the book to read!

Whats on your reading list?

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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?

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

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