Vancouver

Wine & Dine Local | Moneris & Mak N Ming

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

I think one of the best things I love about Vancouver are the many hidden gems scattered throughout this beautiful city. The local and small business’s of restaurants and owners. It’s amazing every time I turn around there is a new trendy and delicious spot to check off my bucket list. Thankfully, I’m in almost every weekend and have been able to explore so many. Recently I had the chance to learn more and see this cute Mak N Ming Restaurant in the heart of Kitslanio.

Serving up menus to 28 seating guests for Dinner and Brunch. They can put together a whole course full of unique and tasty dishes. Selected menus can be found online. Prepared by chef Makoto Ono. Full of hand crafted, seasonal conscious meals. I love that they are 2018 Best Vancouver spots to check out and recently named on Conde Nast Traveler for 2019. Such a huge accomplishment for this small team with big hearts.

I’m also very excited that they are apart of the Moneris family. Helping to grow and complete transactions super easy. Making is such a breeze and lovely that they have such love for small business’s and big ones in Canada. Helping them along the way.

With so many growing places around it makes us so proud to be apart of this beautiful and inviting city. And have the best spots to check out on our doorstep! With a quick swipe makes it so easy to check out and be able to support small places like this that deserve our support. I challenge you to go out on our next date night out or restaurant visit to really make it a small locally owned business. It feels so much better, the love is really put into everything. The look, the vibes, the taste! You can always tell when a owner puts their everything into something for you to enjoy!

If your in the area and need a new spot to wine & dine at I suggest visiting this lovely location Mak N Ming. They are worth every little bit! Welcomes are always welcomed and if your feeling like you’d be safer with a reservation that works for them to!

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Keisha Lynne, xx

Family Memories Made at Pacific Sands

Once again we  had the most perfect opportunity to visit one of our favorite family destinations Pacific Sands located in Tofino. We spent two nights and three days at this beautiful place and for the second year in a row we made some really awesome family memories. Each time we leave a family holiday we always ask the kids if they are leaving with the best memories and they always say yes! That is when we know we’ve just had a successful trip!

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Vancouver {5 Places To Visit That You Will LOVE} GIVEAWAY

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Burrard Hotel for IZEA Worldwide. All opinions are 100% mine.V

If you ever visit Vancouver or your in the process of planning a weekend away there. It’s so easy to think to yourself “Where are some cool & good places to check out?” The beautiful part about Vancouver is that there is an endless amount of places to visit and the possibilities are endless. Codi and I had that perfect chance to sneak away for the evening and we were so lucky to get to know some really great places for us to try and of course some that we love to visit everytime we venture into Vancouver. We had a sweet taste of some new places and some go-to’s that I always love to visit!

It’s always such a treat being in great company and having a trip where everything goes right! It’s just magically fell into place for us and we had such a fun time away.

The Burrard 

Our first stop was of course The Burrard. This place is a very fun retro vibe. A converted city motor hotel from 1956. It holds so much fun character and colour. I love it! If you’re ever in need of a low key and relaxing getaway this little slice of heaven is right center of the city giving you that city feel but also giving you a very quiet experience. As soon as you walk into this unique, gorgeous place the rush of the city seems to disappear. The palm trees center court, ping pong table, fireplace and bright beautiful colours is everything that’s needed to make for a chill stay.

Below with easy to get to Elysian coffee and Burgoo Restaurant. It’s the perfect one stop shop for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If your really into it, which of course we were… they have set up the convenience of the bicycles to take for a joyride around the city. Easy to check out and complimentary. It’s super easy to ride a little way down the street and hit up some key city places to visit.

I’m always so happy when we visit that the staff is always so helpful and so nice. Always ready and eager to help wherever they can and however they can. I definitely can’t forget the clean rooms, comfy beds, FREE WIFI, Nespresso Machines in every room and character pictures around the hotel. There’s something fun in every room.

The amenities are literally endless, you can read all of their hotel features here… https://theburrard.com/#amenities

If you’ve been debating a stay with them please don’t debate any longer and feel free to use this discount code “STAYSANE” for 15% off your next stay with The Burrard Click the link to book your night… here

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Tacofino Ocho

Tacofino Ocho, this new hotspot was the place to be. So full of awesome energy and friendly staff. And honestly best food ever! Not just saying that because I was very hungry. It honeslty was so delicious! We indulged in a full course meal from Nachos to drinks and desserts. I left with a very full tummy! I loved the location as well, tucked in a quiet street was this totally bustling busy Tacofino. The best!

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Medina Cafe

Morning came way to soon, normally does when you spend it kid less! After a deep sleep waking up my first thought is coffee. So off we went to Medina and it was worth every drop. Another really unique and special spot to visit. I loved the old look yet with a very modern twist to it. Serving the best leige-style waffles in the city and menu is full of mediterranean inspired dishes.

Full of healthy items to fill you up and the lattes to fuel you! To me visiting new spots is always a must, but revisiting special places I already adore means a lot to me as well. This trip carried both. And with that I walked away with new favourites to fall in love with. To recommend and to enjoy with the people who are close to me!

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Karameller | YALETOWN

For a little afternoon treat we visited Karameller in YaleTown. Love YaleTown. If you ever need a few ideas to visit I would definitely recommend Luxe Spa, House Special, Small Victory, Fine Finds… just to name a few! Karameller is a family favorite so of course we stocked up on these sweet & sour Swedish treats for everyone home. The rows of candy go forever and it’s so nice to choose from recycled bags or jars. Makes for a perfect gift to!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Burrard Hotel for IZEA Worldwide. All opinions are 100% mine.V

Vancouver Christmas Tradition | Santa Claus Parade

This is becoming quite the family tradition we can agree on! This was our second year visiting Vancouver this time of the year to stay the night and watch the Vancouver Santa Claus parade with the thanks to TELUS. Our family always has such a great time. It’s not to often we get a night away together or get Drew into the city at all. So when we do it’s always extra special to us!

We stayed at the Fairmont Vancouver once again, always such a nice and fun stay here. Around Christmas it always gives me that Home Alone 2 feel, The Plaza. Something about it all decorated and beautiful! The kids faces always lightup when we come here to stay.

We toured around the city late at night finding food and looking at all the lights on Robson Square. Then we just slowly walked back to the hotel. A very easy going and chill evening. The kids have a blast in the pool and their late night cookies with milk. Watching movies in bed until passing out. In the morning we woke up nice and early and hit my favourite spot. Crepe! So delicious and so close. It was awesome! And as good as always.

By the mid-afternoon the kids were ready to get some fun started. We met down by the Vancouver Art Gallery and there they had the chance to play games, face painting, crafts and listened to carols! By 1pm the parade started and we were sitting waiting patiently. 

Always so in love with the excitement and festive vibes while watching this parade. I’ve never been to a Santa Claus parade before last year. So now when I get the chance to go, always take it! The kids just have a blast to. With their hot chocolates and treats. Waiting for Santa’s float to arrive!

Every time it gets my little heart melting watching them watch the parade. Something always to look forward to with my little family! 

Photography | Nadine Hanson Photography 

Thank you to TELUS, Fairmont Vancouver & Vancouver Santa Claus Parade for everything you do for our family!!

Keisha Lynne, xx

Holiday In Heels | Up Above It All

Oh gosh, I know I said it, the word every women dreads… HEELS!

Terrible things. I will calmly admit I actually only own two pairs. Thats it. I’ve maybe worn the one pair like twice in the last three years…hahah  Buttttt that feeling I get when I do suddenly and randomly wear them, feels SO good.. not for long but you know what I mean. To get dressed up and go out! When your 5 foot, heels can really make you feel up above it all! haha I’m short. When I put on a pair of heels I feel good and slightly taller!

With the Holidays creeping it’s head around the corner it means all of those Holiday events and parities are coming up as well. So why not take advantage of putting on your nicest outfit/heels and going out. Still keeping it simple and dressy of course. The thing with heels is finding a pair that is comfortable and lets face it, reality. Don’t go and find the highest pair if you know you’ll never use them. Find something that has height and feels good on. Find a pair that is neutral and goes with everything you own…

Find a pair that makes you not want to put them down and walk away from. Don’t ever just buy heels because you feel like you need to or because they’re just high! Pick a pair that you can fully say you will wear all night and not take off. These suede heels makes me feel this way. I love them. 

 This outfit I’m wearing is one of my favourites. It’s simple but yet very dressy and perfect for any evening out! It was comfy and light and the heels I’ve picked are ones that I adore from Le Chateau. They are the comfiest pair and feel so secure when wearing them. I do loveee to get dressed up. The only thing is that it almost never happens! So when I do get that opportunity to go full girly. I do it. I spend most of my days in sweatpants or faded jeans. Anything that pulls me out of my everyday normal I’m going to do!

Outfit | Skirt Mayarya Top Aritzia Heels Le Chateau Sevenoaks Shopping Centre Necklace Victoria Emerson

Photography | Julie Christine Photography

Location | Is available upon request of the parkade before visiting. Be sure to call and find out more before just showing up you will run the risk of being asked to leave by security! Just thought I should warn you just in case… xx

 

Keisha lynne, xx

 

Everything You Need To Have The Best Girls Night Out On Robson Street

As soon as I hear GIRLS NIGHT, I’m in! Like all in!

Because for myself “girls night” doesn’t happen all the time so when the opportunity arises I do my best to make it happen. Life gets busy, Drew works shift work, kids have tons going on and we just can’t seem to make it work as much as we like to. But when we do, it’s like, why didn’t we do this sooner. Or we need to make this happen more often. We all need that time away to decompress, settle down and not worry about stressful situations that happen in life. A getaway is always a good idea for anyone on any occasion!

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Fairmont Vancouver for the Santa Claus Parade

Our family visit to the Fairmont Vancouver to watch our first ever Vancouver Santa Claus Parade was by far one of our most memorable family weekends away. To start off I’m not going to get into detail the stress we endured to make it there with rush hour traffic. So lets skip that part! The boys had decided that they also wanted to watch the hockey game at Rogers Arena before hand. The Toronto Maple Leafs (Drew’s favourite team) were in Vancouver for the only time this year to play the Canucks. They had the best time together! It was one of their first games together as well so it was extra special….

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The Pink Jacket | Tuesday Trend

The Pink Jacket | Tuesday Trend

Sometimes when you find that one piece that you love so much, it makes you remember why you love dressing up in the first place! Recently, I had the pleasure of working with H&M on a campaign. With that I had the opportunity to go on a sweet little shopping spree kidless! Yes, alone. You have no idea how long it’s been since I’ve done this. I’m an online shopping kind of gal! It’s just easier, right? …

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5 Reasons Why Our Family Loves Naked Snacks

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 5 Reasons Why Our Family Loves Naked Snacks 

The name of these delicious snacks live up to the name, Naked Snacks. They are tasty healthy little treats that are free of anything nasty like preservatives, harmful chemicals, no trans fat and no high fructose corn syrup. Not only are they really good but they’re also really good for you! Hidden chocolate in most is an added bonus….

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