Summer Splash with Adera

In the last couple weeks of August we teamed up with Adera’s South Ridge Club to host a Summer Splash BBQ to end off our summer right. It was perfect timing because we got to eat outside and play around by the South Ridge Club pool on a beautiful hot evening and the days after that our weather has started to look a lot more like fall.

We got ready for the BBQ prepping the food, decor, and games inside the display home for Greenway, and inside the new amenities building. It is fully loaded with a pool & patio, BBQ area, kids outdoor play area, basketball court, gym and a great indoor entertaining area. We were able to easily prepare all of our food in the kitchen and bring it right outside to the patio tables at dinner time and keep all of the prepping and boxes behind the scenes from our entertaining area outside.

One of the things I’ve learned for throwing a relaxed summer dinner party is to not try to make everything yourself (or to make things in advance). I like to be able to hangout with guests before dinner and not be stuck in the kitchen. For our spicy chicken pineapple boats we had the chicken already prepared, it’s a recipe you could easily throw in a slow cooker so that it’s ready to serve whenever you’re ready to eat. We cut the pineapples in the afternoon and all we had to do before dinner is fill the boats with chicken and serve. We left the simple kale salad undressed and put containers of dressing in each box so that they could be prepared ahead of time and not go bad before eating. 

The delicious beverages are from Vancouver’s own Postmark Brewing. They have a large lineup of beers to chose from, the Raspberry Beer was perfect for a hot summer night around the pool.

The kids adorable Mason Jar tumblers are from Mason Bar Company, always a staple in our house. We always prefer glass over plastic and they are perfect for smoothies.

Our beautiful floral arrangements were made the talented Vancouver Rogue Florist. I love the soft colours and wild flower feel she is so good at! 

The kids had so much fun playing in the pool and we had fun chasing the little ones ;)

This jumbo Jenga was made by Bespoke Decor, a Vancouver local company that does rentals for weddings, and parties. They were the perfect one stop shop for us to rent games, string lights, cake stands, and candle votives.

These beautiful Vietnamese belly baskets are from another Vancouver local company, Drifter, they are so perfectly bohemian and practical. They were the perfect decor element to hold towels & floaties for our party, I also use them around my house for blankets & toys. 

South Ridge Club is located in South Surrey, BC (our home town), within walking distance to lots of great shops & restaurants at Grandview Corners. Check out our previous post with Adera to see more about the neighborhood surrounding South Ridge club. Grandview is the next phase of townhomes coming to South Ridge Club. You can register here to stay up to date on the release coming September 24th.

Photos by Shelan Markus Photography

Baby #3


We had our 20 week ultrasound this week and got to find out the gender! We weren't surprised that it's a boy since we've already had two girls but we still can't believe it a little. I come from a family with a lot of girls and boys are very foreign haha. We're so excited! 

Crockpot Freezer Meals

I have been wanting to do this for a while, and entering a fall pregnant seemed like a pretty good time to stock up the freezer. I made what Pinterest would call "dump dinners" - sounds yummy.  Just a bunch of ingredients thrown in a ziplock bag, frozen and ready to be cooked in the crockpot. It only took be about 3 hours from leaving the grocery store to the kitchen all cleaned up, I made 8 meals (I would have loved to do larger quantities but we have a smaller drawer freezer). 

Enchilada Quinoa Recipe 

The prep of this meal was especially easy, just dumping cans. I have yet to try this one, but I'm excited too. 

Coconut Chicken Curry

This meal was really delicious served over rice. I would recommend leaving the coconut milk out of the freezer bag and adding it to the crockpot at cooking time, It was quite separated and not creamy by the time it thawed so I ended up adding another can after cooking it.

Vegetarian Lasagna

Instead layering this recipe as the instructions say, I just broke the noodles in half and put everything in the ziplock. It wont be a tradition style of lasagna but I anticipate it turning out yummy still, i'll keep you posted! 


I love have homemade pasta sauce in the freezer, so I added this simple recipe to the list and didn't turkey instead of beef and we ate it over zucchini noodles. 

I doubled the recipes (bolognese I didn't need to double) and ended up with 8 decent sized bags (2 of each) so that we would have enough in each for dinner and next day lunch. 

Threads :: Mommy + Me Aviators

Soooo Poppy & I now have matching Ray-Ban Aviators annnndd life complete (just kidding, a bit). I remember when I was a teenager seeing that Ray-Ban made child aviators and from that day forward I knew I was meant to be a mother ;) 

We have been teaming up with IRIS this year to share some of our favourite styles and Poppy gets so excited whenever we are going to the IRIS near our house aka "Glasses Store" she loves trying them on and checking herself out in the mirror with a very proud face. So when she finally got her very own pair she was pretty pumped, especially to be the same as Mommy (she'll feel that way forever). 

Can you see a bit of that baby bump sticking out? 19 weeks!