6 Things To Do While Staying At Long Beach Lodge Resort Tofino B.C

It’s no new fact that our family loves to visit Tofino B.C. It’s one of the most beautiful getaways that really leave you feeling relaxed, inspired and like you really just had a vacation. Normally when we go, we pick a few things that we all really want to check out. We don’t over indulge in the go go go itinerary every trip which is why so many of our blog posts about Tofino spill a new little secret to where to visit. Plus, it’s a growing town things are starting to really bloom and Tofino is just getting started.

The past two trips we’ve stayed at Long Beach Lodge Resort. They offer Rainforest Cottages and rooms to stay in at the main lodge. We stayed at a Rainforest Cottage. It just is the perfect set up for our whole family and the dogs. It’s a big enough place to house us all comfortably. We love the private hot tub, full kitchen and its cozy fireplace. There really are many amenities here in the cottages that we love.

It’s located right on Cox Bay Beach so everyday you’ll find yourself wandering down to explore and take it all in. That’s top of our list while staying at Long Beach Lodge. It’s become our home away from home and we love the relaxed feel the resort gives us.

Today I’m sharing with you 6 Things To Do While Staying At Long Beach Lodge Resort. Things that are nearby and things you can do right there!

6 Things To Do While Staying At Long Beach Lodge Resort

  1. Tofino Bike Rentals | This happens to be located just two minutes down the street. Owen and I walked over on the beach, picked up the beach cruisers and rode them back to the cottage. Locked them up with bike racks right at the cottage it was perfect. You can rent them hourly or daily. These bikes you can ride right along the beach, not of course in the water. But they are street and beach cruisers. So have fun! We doubled our shell searching time on these that’s for sure!

2. Cox Bay Beach Hike | This hike is really hard I’m not going to sugar coat it at all. The kids and I managed to complete a majority of it I think. But again it’s hard and it’s not laid out nicely. When we made it to the top of where we felt comfortable going we felt good because the view was amazing and honestly so worth it. A little side note is that you can find it on the All Trails app and its right outside Long Beach Lodge Resort on Cox Beach so if you don’t get it the first time you could always climb again the following day!

3. The Surf Club | This was our second time hanging out with the Surf Club located right at Long Beach Lodge Resort. We grabbed rentals this time and headed out on our own. The waves this time were much larger and a lot of fun. We kept to the centre of the beach just outside the resort and played in the water and it was great fun. Experience or not I totally recommend trying this out!

4. Electric Bike Rentals | WoW! Okay what fun this was. We rented two electric bikes also. These are not allowed on the beach, but just street and sidewalks. We rode them into town and along the km through the national park. You can rent them through Long Beach Lodge Resort so for sure ask when making your reservation about renting these. Made life so much easier to be honest getting around. Plus just FUN you guys.

5. Canso Plane Hike | This was more of a trail hike, nicely laid out and easy to find. We double checked everything on our All Trails app to make sure we were all good every step of the way and we were. This place is a War Plane from 1945 that crashed just moments from taking off and landed in such a way where everyone inside the plane was able to walk away. It’s incredible and all the pieces lay there still to this day. Very cool to check out. It’s about 5km round Make note: there are no washrooms, or garbage cans along the way so take things out with you and bring water!

5. Amphitrite Point Lighthouse | This visit is a little more than 10 minutes away from Long Beach Lodge Resort and really a favourite of ours. This lighthouse is located right on the sea and along it is a really breathtaking trail of the ocean views surrounding it. Located in Uclulelet! We love taking the kids here so they can run off some steam!

6. Beach Walks | This is a given and one of the reasons why we love it so much here. Drew and I both grew up by the ocean. The ocean was our playground so we take any opportunity to let our kids run free here and share with them the same childhood memories we made growing up!

Thanks to B.C Ferries for always guiding us there and taking such good care of us!

Disclosure: This travel blog post was part of a sponsored collaboration with Mazda, Long Beach Lodge Resort, B.C Ferries, Tofino Bike & The Surf Club. All opinions and reviews are that of my own!

Keisha Lynne, xx

DIY a Christmas Tree Box This Holiday with Home Hardware 

Dressing up the bottom of the Christmas tree is a tradition most families have at their home when decorating the family Christmas tree. Normally we have a fabric tree skirt that runs below, but year after year we are always struggling with it. By struggle I mean the dogs want to rip it out from under the tree and either sleep on it or tear it apart. Which becomes quite the thing in our home.  

We wanted to create a Holiday collaboration project with Home Hardware this year. We thought to ourselves, wouldn’t this be a great idea to help solve that case but also give the bottom of the tree style and still hide that metal tree stand that’s always sticking out haunting us! 

To say that this one was an easy project would make you laugh because it was really easy to whip together and quite honestly the supplies are minimal and budget friendly. Which is always a bonus for us. 

We found everything we needed for this handy little project at our local Home Hardware store. Super easy and efficient to find. We grabbed a few L hinges, 2 locks, white paint we had left over, polyfill for the cracks, nails and of course the wood.  

WHAT YOU NEED:  

● Nails  

● 2 Locks  

● Polyfill  

● Sandpaper  

● 8 Small L hinges  

● BeautiTone Paint  

● Pine Wood Cut 11” x 11”  

● Detail Wood Strips cut at 1”x1” (3 placed at the top, 2 on the sides, 3 in the middle marking the pattern X)  

HOW TO:  

First Step: So, you’ll want to figure out how big your box needs to be to house your tree stand. Ours was cut and sized at 11”x11”.  

Second Step: Cut your pine pieces out to size. Nail all four sides together and sand it down.  

Third Step: We added some small cut out details on the front of the box for more design. But this is where you can really get creative with setting up your own style.  

Fourth Step: We left one side open to fit securely under the tree and placed locks on both sides so we could lock it in place. 

Fifth Step: Fill in all the holes around your box using PolyFill. After waiting for it to dry completely we painted it!  

I loved how it came together and looks perfect under the tree! As time goes on, I think we might add some sentimental things like the kids hand prints or our last names, years etc. This piece will be in the family for many years to come!  

Keisha Lynne, xx

(Disclosure: This blog post is part of a sponsored collaboration and all thoughts and reviews are that of my own!)

Up Your Winter Skincare Game with Maison Apothecare, Pure Plant Wellness

Just as we change our wardrobe as winter approaches, our skincare routine also needs an adjustment to preserve and protect it. During the colder months our skin requires added hydration as exposure to frigid temperature combined with warm and dry central heating can result in skin irritation. Give your skin a little TLC with Maison Apothecare’s line of beautiful, clean skincare products, safe for the entire family.

I was recently introduced to Maison Apothecare, a Canadian owned, female run small business founded on luxury, efficiency and sustainability. As a mother I have always had a curiosity for discovering new products that are gentle enough for my young children. Maison Apotheare’s commitment to sourcing 100% natural, clean, yet luxurious and effective skincare products gave me the confidence it could be a fit not just for my children but for my entire family.

My winter skin care regimen has begun and the following steps will help to ensure my winter skin is preserved, protected and glowing:

1.  Cleansing | Every morning and night I use the Maison Apothecare Cream Cleanser with Healing Oil. Gentle yet powerful, this cleanser wipes the day off; coconut, shea butter and pure neroli essential oil work together leaving my skin soft, moisturized and fresh.

2.   Lips | Cold, dry temperatures wreak havoc on our sensitive lips leaving them red, chapped and peeling. Maison Apothecare carries a plethora of lightly naturally scented lip balms, from orange and vanilla to buttermint, there is a flavor for everyone.  Nourishing lip care formulated with the highest quality olive oils, Canadian beeswax and 100% pure essential oils. I always have one readily available, in my purse, on my nightstand and in my travel kit. For best results, don’t forget to exfoliate your lips before applying the balm.

3.   Moisture and Heal| I always keep Maison Apothecare best-selling Healing Oil on my bedside table and it has become a staple in my nightly self-care regimen. Packed with Neroli Essential Oil, a healing super ingredient it heals, reduces the appearance of fine lines and sun spots while reducing inflammation and locking in moisture.  What I love about this gorgeous lightly scented elixir is that it can be applied on the body, the face and applied to the hair nourishing all parts of the body.

So whether you are looking to up your winter skincare routine, find a line of products that is safe enough for your entire family or simply treat yourself to luxurious pure plant wellness, look no further than Maison Apothecare. #Kind&Divine

Disclosure: This blog post is part of a sponsored collaboration. All thoughts, reviews and opinions are that of my own!

Modern Farmhouse Dining Table + Bench | DIY with Home Hardware

Well I have been patiently awaiting the Holidays and it’s creeping up around the corner. Which has our whole family very excited because we love Christmas. The whole spirit of it, the energy and uplifting good we see around us. It’s an exciting feeling that is so powerful. But most importantly the best thing about Christmas is the good food, am I right?  

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20 Fun Halloween Costumes with Glasses & Sunglasses

I LOVE Halloween and I LOVE dressing up. Our kids love to dress up and we totally get into the spooky spirit this time of year. Every year since Owens wore glasses we’ve always had to really brainstorm costume ideas that go well with his glasses. For the most part we’ve always just incorporated it into the theme of whatever he was going for but the past few years we’ve been getting creative!

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The Best Homemade no fail focaccia bread

You read that right you guys, somehow managed to succeed at making Focaccia bread!

Looking back before making it, it seemed like a daunting recipe that I thought I’d fail for sure. I had no idea at just how easy it is to make and it tasted amazing. The perfect Fall bread to make for days in cooking comfort food that’s for sure.

This recipe is literally simplified for you because I simplified it for myself. Just so that I knew I’d make it as easy as I could. Life’s busy, making bread seems so out of touch right? But not this one!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Flour
  • 2 tsp Active dry yeast
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Thyme
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1/4 cup Oil
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Butter

Preparation:

  1. In a large bowl mix your yeast, water (1 cup) & sugar. Set aside for 10 minutes to activate.
  2. In another bowl mix together 1 cup flour, salt and thyme. Add remaining water, oil.
  3. Stir in yeast mix, stir until a wet dough forms. Add rest of flour.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for about 2-3 hours.
  5. Oil a baking dish by 12×18 with 2 Tbsp oil. Make sure to get all the nooks and corners real well.
  6. Pour bread mix into the dish and let it rise again for another hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 450.
  8. Once bread has risen a little more, finger dimple the dough with your hands. I got a good amount so oil can sit in them. Gets it nice and crispy.
  9. Add flavours on top like your parm cheese, tomatoes, butter. etc.
  10. Bake for 16-18 minutes.
  11. Bring out and let it cool for another 10 minutes, serve and enjoy!

On top of the dough before baking, I did get a little creative with peas, tomatoes, garlic and parm cheese. I forgot to mention this to Drew so when it came out of the oven he got super excited and spread more butter on top and it may have got destroyed. haha. But hey! Still tasted good! Thats what matters!

Of course, the longer you let it rise the better. I was running on crunch time. But still felt letting it rise for 3 hours in total was the perfect time and it still came out with the same great taste and fluffiness. It was soft and the perfect pull apart consistency. The kids loved it we loved it. The baking time itself is super quick and easy. I would say adding the melted butter on top prior to baking is key to get that great crispy texture.

We mixed up some basil and avocado oil to mix in and honestly just straight up butter was good enough for us!

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Vessi Waterproof Footwear For the Whole Family

Disclosure: This blog post is part of a sponsored collaboration. All thoughts, opinions and reviews are that of my own!

End of Summer review of the Vessi Waterproof Footwear!

At the beginning of the Summer, Drew and Owen both received they’re Vessi’s to test out. Now these shoes, we heard were really cool but honestly the slew of other really amazing benefits to them were unbelievable. As soon as they arrived, they were packaged up all nicely in recycled materials. With information sheets on how to care for them. Because you see these shoes are not just any sneakers, they’re waterproof. And when you live in any area that rains 99% of the time like we do, these really come in handy!

The boys tried them on and both pairs were exact in sizing. So no worries there. They took a few days to wear them in and found them to be super comfortable in any walking condition and as Owen would like to say “easy to put on in a rush out the door!”.

Drew picked out the Mens Cityscape Sneaker in Storm Black, Owen picked out the Mens Weekend in Black. Both pairs really sleek looking in color and style. I was quite impressed with how nice they looked on both guys. VESSI’s are 100% waterproof, light and breathable. 100% vegan. They also offer Free Shipping on orders over $80 and free exchanges.

They’re element proof to, and a great travel shoe. So no matter where you roam to these shoes will have your feet arriving in style and comfort. One great thing I did notice that I really appreciate is the quality made materials for being an eco-friendly shoe. Seeing how great they hold up is really awesome to see. We spend so much money on name brand shoes for Owen only for him to wear them out within a month only for us to have to spend another $100 that would never stand up in quality.

We really appreciate that these shoes even after all this time of him playing sports with his friends, travelling across Canada and just hiking around are still in the best of shape. No holes, rips or tears. It’s awesome and he loves them. So I know that when it comes time to purchasing new shoes for him, I’ll be saving money and just getting him another pair of Vessi’s.

With many different styles for men, women and kids. You’ll find something for everyone and colours too. I loved the fun colours they create not just white or black, you can really have fun with your colour style here. Vessi’s are not only waterproof but they’re also slip proof to, the herringbone sole keeps a good grip on your everyday even in the wettest of days.

HOW IT WORKS
AND NO, IT ISN’T MAGIC.
It’s hard to believe a knit fabric could be 100% waterproof, but trust us it is. By weaving our waterproofing technology into the knit, we’ve been able to create a totally new material that keeps your feet dry, yet fresh and breezy. On top of that, we added a water repellent layer to allow dirt, sand or water to bead right off. From summer dew to winter slush, Vessis have got your back—or foot depending on how you look at it.

FREAKISHLY LIGHT
YOUR FEET WON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON.
With the Cityscape sneakers weighing in at just 6.7 oz. Vessi’s are the lightest 100% waterproof shoes in the world. THE WORLD. Crazy. The perfect pair to wear just about anywhere. Pack your Vessi’s get ready to walk the world.

If you’re debating on making the leap, I suggest doing it if you can. Good shoes that stand up the test of time is always something that is on the top of my checklist when purchasing new shoes for the whole family. You want something long lasting and gives your feet the comfort it deserves. Vessi’s are the way to go!

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FlyOver Canada HowlOver

It’s that spooky time of the year again in Vancouver British Columbia at Canada Place!

FlyOver Canada’s HowlOver Canada feature is happening now until October 31st 2022. Every season we travel into the city with the kids dressed up in their Halloween spirit apparel and celebrate this spooky season. We love visiting FlyOver Canada on any other day but visiting during October for Halloween is the perfect way to celebrate with the kids.

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Spider Web No Fail Brownies

Talk about chocolate, goodness! Ella and I tested out this recipe and let me tell you it was seriously a no fail recipe. To really take it to the test, we did it two times and yes the second time was just as good as the first. I randomly found this recipe online. So I don’t take full credit for it. I do have to say I adjusted a few things just to make it the way we like them.

Brownies for us, we love when they’re chewy. Depending on how you might like them you may also need to make adjustments yourself.

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3 Creative After School Snacks

Who doesn’t love creative fun snacks? haha its like food art but with a twist. It’s kind of exciting and fun to make and eat. Ella and I recently put these three ideas together for a recent post we worked on with Save On Foods. It went so well and everyone loved it!

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