Our Girl, Scooting Her Way Around This Summer!

{Disclosure this post was sponsored post as part of an collaboration program, however all opinions are my own}

For weeks, no for months, our little Ella has been chit-chatting about owning her own scooter. How fun it would be and all the things she could do with it! How she’s a big enough girl now to cruise around town with it!

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Budget Friendly Room Refresh Ideas!

Well this self isolation time was spent wisely. We managed to get a lot of things on our to-do list checked off while being home. With things slowly opening up and being creative at home with items we already had laying around for a rainy day, we managed to refresh Ellas big girl room and wanted to share some really easy, money saving ideas that you can do to refresh your home!

Key word being budget friendly!

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Getting Back To Exploring The Rocky Mountains Soon…. 6 Spots That Are Family Friendly & That We Love!

{Disclosure this post was sponsored post as part of an collaboration program with Buffalo Mountain Lodge, however all opinions are my own}

We are all getting very eager to start exploring parks again soon, especially Banff Alberta. It is hands down one of our families favourites and we have been enjoying visiting for the past 12 years. Every time we visit we find new destinations to check off our list and continue to keep visiting.  

From family friendly to more adult adventures there is so much for everyone to enjoy here and we are very grateful for the outdoors and the beautiful sceneries we often take for granted.  

Since self isolation in Canada I know for our family it has been a whirlwind of a lot of different things and knowing that one day soon we’ll be able to travel again and explore has us very excited. We love to try new things and visit new places in Banff.  

Today I’m sharing with you a few that we love, maybe you’ve been before and have memories to share from these special places or it could be a destination you’d like to visit either way soon we will all be able to get back to exploring the rocky mountains.  

  1. Lake Louise 

A classic and a must see every single time. It always amazes me. Summer time being able to rent a canoe and Winter on the chance, a frozen lake to rent skates on. Either way we are never disappointed by the beautiful scenery we all can enjoy! 

  1. Banff Gondola  

So much FUN! We love the Gondola ride and can easily spend a whole day at the top of the mountain exploring and hanging out. It is one of our favourites to visit. The scenic walk around the boardwalk is just enough for our family.  

  1. Two Jack Lake  

This drive is a beautiful one we love to take. We stop and just take our time exploring and taking in all the views.  

  1. Lake Minnewanka 

Located just before Two Jack Lake it’s like your hitting two of the most beautiful spots in one visit. With trails and views it’s easy to soak up a whole day adventuring this area.  

  1. Bow Falls 

Bow Falls is easily the prettiest! You can be sure to see some pretty views here and it’s a great spot to let the kids run free and explore while stretching their legs. Love this spot, being able to visit around the river or walking the trail! Can’t wait to come back here soon! 

  1. Tunnel Mountain 

Tunnel Mountain is by far the best spot to see some great views of the rocky mountains. Only minutes away from Buffalo Mountain Lodge. It’s one of our favourite spots too stay when we visit Banff! Driving through this area is the most exciting. It’s just SO beautiful and there are so many places to stop and walk around. Just talking about it makes me so happy.  

It’s easily said that Banff is a special place for our family who loves the outdoors. From walking around downtown Banff checking out coffee shops and special shops to finding new trails to take the kids. There is just so much to do and we are eagerly awaiting when we get to come back and take it all in again. We’ve been desperately craving another family trip here and we know that once we get the go-ahead we will be headed straight to the rocky mountains!  

Be sure to keep up to date on Parks Canada re-opening dates…  

Share some of your favourite spots to explore below…  

Keisha Lynne, xx

Mothers Day Giveaway with Taffystep!

Mothers day is just around the corner and it feels kind of nice! Being able to treat moms, friends that are moms and ladies in general because what we do in our everyday is a lot! Showing our appreciation for them is important.

I have recently fallen in love with Taffystep and I’m happy to announce that we’ve teamed up this Mothers Day and gifting one lucky winner their choice of a pair of beautiful shoes from Taffystep.

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Cooking Is Always Better Together | Better Together BC Kitchen Hack Challenge

There is no better time spent  than hanging out in the kitchen, cooking with family. I mean our kitchen, like in most homes is the hub of the home. The meeting grounds of where we all find each other every morning for breakfast, lunch, snacks in between the day and then dinner… and maybe a snack before bed to yah know! We are always in the kitchen. 

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Johnson Family Self Isolation Diary

Dear Diary,

it’s been 3894 years since being self isolated… oh, that’s not right. Sorry it’s been close to 30 days more like it. Trust me when I say though it feels like it’s been 3894 years. The walls are closing in and I’m going insane. On a softer note, it’s been really awesome having everyone home under the same roof 24/7. We’ve been managing as well as possible considering how much has changed in our daily life and daily routine in such short time.

The kids have taken this week to focus on a better home school routine and figure out what is in store for them for the rest of the school year. Ellas been fairly easy in the fact that she enjoys working on her crafts all day, playing in her room with her toys, snuggling up with the iPad and of course chilling with her bike.

Owen was very excited today because with the help of both of us, we set up his online learning. Where he will find his classmates and teachers on a group chat everyday. He’ll be able to collect assignments, work online and turn everything in. He also gets the chance to do video chat with his teacher and friends. He’s really excited to have been able to connect with everyone and get work accomplished.

For some odd reason to, we’ve been blessed with some amazing weather. Which is so bizarre for our area we live in where it usually rains every day for months in Spring. So we’ve had some good opportunities to get outside clean the back yard and bring out the Summer toys!

Macy cuddles! Everyone loves those. Both kids have been practicing with her and her tricks. Macy has been so awesome listening to them, because she didn’t do it before! Crazy to think that she will be 1 year in July!

Owen also had the craziest hair even before being self isolated. So once we heard the barber shop closed down, we were a little nervous. Never the less Drew brought out his razor kit and went to work. Not really knowing what the heck to do. Just knowing that that kid had to have shorter hair before he started putting it in a ponytail! It’s not perfect but it works.

And FaceTime is non-stop over here. We are getting good use out of face timing family everyday. Ella has just caught on instantly. Owen is our shy boy and a little more embarrassed talking on FaceTime but slowly and surely he’s getting more used to it. Because this is how we see people now! hahah

This whole trip of self isolation and social distancing has been a whirlwind. But our family is slowly starting to sink into the new reality of never leaving our home. We are driving each other crazy that is a given. But when again will we get this opportunity to just lounge at home all day doing the bare minimal with our kids. I’m quite enjoying this. It’s a very simply life and I’m getting used to it.

Movie nights, game nights, reading, playing and fooling around. No schedule or time table needed. The last few weeks I’ve been slowly documenting each day and moment that I want to remember for myself for the kids for Drew. Because I know one day we’ll look back at this chaos and miss it! The nothingness at home with our family.

I encourage you to document everyday, in photos in a journal to look back at one day. I know I’ve seen Time Capsules for kids but I really feel like us adults and parents should also be writing our own!

Take care and be safe!

Keisha lynne, xx

5 Easy Easter Craft Ideas For Kids

Okayyyyy…

Here we are bunkering down for the next little while, trying to make things as normal as possible considering what is happening in the world right now. So without school the next best thing is entertaining our kids with Easter Crafts because Easter is on the way!

I know for my sweet little Ella, there are endless amounts of crafts to work on. There is just never enough in a day so I thought I’d take some time and share some of the ones we worked on and hoping you might want to share some of yours with us!

Easter Craft swap basically…

All of these are suppperrr easy and quite possibly you’ll have everything laying around in your home already. A lot of supplies we compromised with different items but it was all the same and it worked. Our house is now fully decked out in Easter decorations thanks to Ella!

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15 Ways That Help Keep You Focused While Working From Home

Welcome to the world of working from home. It isn’t always the prettiest or the most ideal way to be productive but it has it’s perks. For any parent with kids who are home right now, I feel the hardships it can bring. It can make you feel crazy on your sanest days. I have been working from home now for about two years and it honestly feels like a roller coaster ride of ups and downs.

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