Top 5: Easter Candy

Alright people, serious matters are at hand. How do you roll Easter candy wise? Does your Bunny dump the goods in a heap? Do your kids have to scour the house to find them? Do you have a no-candy Bunny? (gtfo, this ain’t the post for you!)

Growing up we woke to an Easter hunt around the house. Then my mom would give us Spring/Summer gear, like jax , bubbles, and skipping ropes. I like that tradition and am implementing it with my kids. By no means am I a “no-candy” mom. I love me some candy! It’s not a holiday everyday, we eats loads of vegetables on the reg.

The most important thing here is what kind of candy your Big B, leaves behind, and so without further ado

My Top 5 Best/Worst Easter Candies

BEST

1. Cadbury Creme Egg (or bust!) If you disagree I don’t even know what you’re doing with your life. (Unfortunate packaging though, very wasteful)

2. Cadbury Mini Eggs. Also, Eggies will do. Don’t be a snob, Eggies are fine.

3. Annie’s Homegrown Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks in Pink Lemonade. The only con is that they only come in individual packets which is unnecessary packaging especially because they’ll be dumped into re-usable eggs. They taste amazing though! (also, vegetarian friendly!)

4. David’s Natural Belgian Chocolate Whatever Shape-Pops. Last year they were flowers, this year bunnies. They are a Toronto based company which is amazing (raise the roof for Canadian business)  and the kids love the taste!

5. Jelly Beans. So simple, so classic, always tasty.

WORST

1. Peeps….ew! Just why?

2. “Marshmallow” Easter Eggs. Not the kind that are marshmallow with chocolate coating. No no no, the disgusting ones with the colourful candy coating with what I will never accept as marshmallow, on the inside.

3. Those plain, waxy, chocolate eggs wrapped in tinfoil. My husband likes them, guys. Like, he eats them voluntarily. W.T.F?

4. I saw Easter coloured Candy Corns…what fresh hell is this?

5. Left over Halloween Candy. Don’t even step to me with your stale-ass mini box of Smarties. Not happening!

In conclusion, we’ve already eaten a giant bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs under the table…don’t tell our kids!

xxo

C

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Top 5: Canadian Spring Must-Haves

I hate “magazine Spring”. This is the time of year when all of the magazines switch over to light floral dresses, strappy sandals, maybe a trench coat or two. All of the street-style snaps come from L.A and are heavy on thin high-heels and bare arms. Well this ain’t L.A sweetheart! This here be the Great White North, From Sea to m-flippin’ Sea, and she be cold.

So what do Canadian’s need to gear up for our actual spring? Here is my Top 5 (out of probably 100 and in no particular order.)

My Top 5 Canadian Spring Must-Haves

1. Reading Material. Because, let’s face it, you aren’t going outside in the FREEZING RAIN voluntarily! If you can stomach the smiling faces draped in dresses you can’t wear for another 2-3 months, magazines are great for Spring daydream fodder. It is nice to see all of the new trends and fresh colours coming through. If you’re in need of a new book to read I lean towards the romantic in the Spring. I don’t know why, maybe the flowers and the pastels, but something about whirlwinds in light breezes with an Eiffel Tower backdrop draws me in. Something about painters, authors, eccentrics.

I much enjoyed The Paris Wife by Paula McLain not long ago. Not exactly a think piece, but a bittersweet tale of love and loss filled with Zeldas and Gatsbys. Hemmingways, and beat scenes. Paris bars and deviant behaviour. Aaahh, le printemps en Paris!

2. Boots. Rainboots, gumboots, wellies, some kind of snow-rain hybrid, whatever. You     need them. Spring in Canada means that there are deceiving snowbanks covering a layer of slush covering a lake! Don’t risk it. You aren’t wearing strappy sandals, just   let it go. Unless you want a soaker every single day until June just wear the boots!

As far as my kids go, the best snow-rain hybrid’s I’ve found are the Kamik Snowbuster. Rainboot with winter lining with a drawstring to keep snow out. Perfect. I’ve had no cold feet complaints, they’re lasting/working great as hand-me-down’s, and the rubber goes all the way up so their feet don’t get soaked every time there’s a mild day! Plus it’s still cold here in Spring so I like that they get to keep their lining instead of switching to regular rainboots. Also, Kamik is a Canadian company and that’s always a win!

3. Go-To Sweater.  It’s cold, it’s raining, it’s sunny, it’s warm, it’s sweltering for 2 hours, now actual balls of ice are plummeting to the ground…you need layers. You can’t just wear a shirt and you can’t just throw a coat on over. Coat or jacket? Vest? Where does it end? Nobody really knows, but a sweater is usually a good call. Anything that opens at the front is going to save your sanity at this point, because first thing in the morning it will mean everything to you, but as the day progresses layers will start to shed and you’ll be glad that it’s easy to take off/won’t ruin your hair taking it off/can tie around your waist/over the shoulder preppy look/light enough to jam in your bag or what have you. Plus if your workplace has temperamental heat you may be moving back and forth from freezing to sweating all day and you want to have an easy to deal with sweater.

4. A New (to you) Show. Season finale’s are upon us people and then what? It’s nice to think that we’ll spend our whole Summer’s on adventures so grand that we’ll fall into bed exhausted but content every night, but this is real life. Kids still have bedtimes, people still have work, and although it is nice to take time out and unplug it’s not going to be an everyday occurrence. Plus we actually have to make it through Spring to get to those warm breezy days. So what to watch when your shows are over for the season and it’s miserable outside? Some shows make it easy by having off/late-season air dates. I’m personally waiting (impatiently) for iZombie to start back next month. You’ve got your Game Of Thrones and your Netflix Originals like Iron Fist and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. But maybe you don’t want to wait, you just want to binge some older shows and get on with your life. A few on my list are The Good Wife (which I am currently watching and loving!), Shameless (recommended by my Mom), and Grace & Frankie. I’m assuming that you all just finished a huge Gilmore Girls re-watch recently so maybe I can interest you in a Dawson’s Creek, Felicity, or My So-Called Life binge? Is it too early to re-watch Parenthood? I’ve also heard good things about Call The Midwife and The Queen. Whatever you’re into I hope you find something during this blustery season!

5. A Great Scarf. You have to wear a coat still. You have to wear boots still. You probably still have mitts on. A hat that actually covers your ears is still in play. What can you do to bring a little bit of that dreamy Spring the magazine’s taunt you with? Find a great scarf. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just find something with a little colour. Something that will lift you up a bit when day 4 of dreary overcast skies hang over head. Maybe a little pattern, a bright pop of colour you might not normally wear. Trust me, it will perk you up, and you might even notice it perk others up too. Do you ever catch yourself smiling at someone with a bright umbrella, or an amazing bag? Be that person for yourself. It doesn’t have to cost a lot, you just have to like it! I have some great pashminas that I bought at a tiny shop in an tiny neighbourhood mall. The kind of shop where they have racks out front of the doors and the owners ring you up at the cash. 2 for $15 at the time and absolutely gorgeous. Doesn’t have to be a scarf either, just find a little something that makes you smile and reminds you that the damn snow WILL, eventually, melt!

On paper, Spring is around the corner. What are your must-haves for this season? Is it warm where you live, if so shut up! (Just kidding, but also you’re dead to me). Do you get to break out the bear legs soon, or are you still layering large?

Tag me on IG ( CandiceMay ) or use #BBBSpringInspo on IG or Twitter and let me see your favourite mood brightening pieces and Spring inspiration!

xxo

C

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This was two weeks ago and now there is snow everywhere! Canada, eh! 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 5: New Year’s Resolutions 2017

Obviously my new year’s resolutions list has healthy food, workout more, drink more water, the usual. I’m trying to narrow down some more specific resolutions though. So for my first Top 5 List of the year I give you:

My Top 5 Resolutions (2017 Edition)

1. Don’t argue with strangers in  the comment sections. I know. I KNOW! It’s surprisingly hard though. There are so many stupid fucking people and they always feel the need to comment. It’s not my fault. I don’t even know them so I don’t know why I feel compelled to reply. Like my voice of reason is going to change their minds? Come on, me! Get it together.

2. Yoga more. So, every pregnancy relaxin (hormone) has effed up my hip joints. Like, way too loose. It was extremely painful and the pain lasted for months after each baby was born. Well, a fourth pregnancy sure as hell didn’t help that along, nor did sitting on my ass for the last year! The pain is gone, like I can lie down on one side longer than 3 minutes at a time, but the relaxin is gone too and since I didn’t stretch it throughout the transition it’s super tight. I can only sit half cross-legged! My right hip will not bend outward. Up and down is fine, just to the side is straight busted. Sooooo yeah, I’m going to yoga my face off this year! That’s just unacceptable. Plus all of the other benefits are great too.

3. Self Care. I have 4 kids. I homeschool. I don’t ask my husband for help enough. I bite off more than I can chew. I painted my nails the other day and it was the first time since before Baby J was born. I’m tired of being tired, frumpy, disheveled. That’s not who I am. This is not my body. And no, I don’t want to hear that “mom’s bodies change” blah blah blah. I know that! I can live with the stretch marks. I don’t need to be 19 again, but THIS? This isn’t me. This is exhausting and unhealthy. I want to be my best me and I can’t do that if I always put myself last.

4. Leave the house. Ugh! It’s just so much work. Is it Summer yet?

5. Organize. I am good at making a schedule. I am not great at sticking to it. I have a lot of things I want to do and accomplish this year and I need to organize my life in a way that actually works. I got a new planner (I love a new planner!) and I plan on really using it.

What kind of resolutions did you guys come up with? Anything new, or continuing on from last year? Do you like to use the new year as a fresh start?

Happy New Year!

xxo

C

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Here’s a photo of me wearing lipstick to prove how serious I am about that Self Care resolution. Lipstick people! LIPSTICK!