Monday, 28 May 2012

50 Shades of Shopping

The month of May has been zooming by. With a new baby, my days and nights seem to mix together and time has escaped me.

I have been enjoying maternity leave and it has allowed me to get outside in the beautiful weather we have been having. I have also discovered a dangerous new habit -shopping!

 Downtown Brockville is nothing short of an amazing offering of local shops. This past week, I popped into Limestone and Ivy, where I was greeted by Patricia, a friendly sales associate who has been with the company for eleven years. I found a stunning new purse in one of the seasons hottest colours-orange! With my new bag and new-found guilt that goes with it, I thought I better bring something home for hubby. They have a fabulous selection of Lacoste golf shirts, so I snatched one up in a pale pink for my man. Not to boast, but he is tall, dark and handsome so I figured he would carry the colour well. Patricia was wonderful, we discussed recent local events and news, such as the  Brockville Farmer's Market and other incredable things the city has to offer. It is a great store with the trendiest merchandise and helpful and friendly service, a must-visit on your downtown agenda!

I continued on into the downtown stretch and found myself at Leeds County Book Store. In the window was none other then the highly controversial "50 Shades of Grey" along with the other two books in the series. This made me stop in my tracks.

 Must.Read! I quickly entered the store and found my copy of the book. Due to it's explicit content, I found myself blushing like a teenager at the cash, instead of acting like the grown, twenty-eight year old mom of three that I am. Noticing my anxiety, the cashier laughed and dished about the books that she too, was currently reading. A few minutes later, I was out the door with my new purchase. I decided that it was time to put away my bank card. My dear mother who is reading this post can breathe now. I didn't let my shopping get too out of hand, but I believe that every now and then, one must get out of the house and splurge a little.

I am not shy about my love for the downtown core and it just continues to grow as I discover great deals and meet friendly people. Stay tuned Brockville, I have been out and about with my sweet Baby R and we have many more experiences to blog about!

Cheers :)

Monday, 7 May 2012

The Easter Bunny brought us a baby!

The month of April was very special to my family. With new arrivals, family visits, community events and birthdays it kept us very busy.

Nick's parents arrived from British Columbia in early April. Off the plane at midnight, they were beyond excited to spend time with their granddaughters and await the arrival of the newest addition, who was set to make an appearance any day.

 Easter morning we welcomed our daughter into the world. The Easter Bunny definently delivered this year! Our girls were expecting treats and a family dinner....they recieved a new sister. In typical toddler fashion, they were thrilled to come visit in the hospital and were even over the moon upon Baby R coming home, until they realized she was staying, and then they lost interest. From time to time, they toddle over to say hello, give a kiss and remind their baby sister they are still in charge but the playroom is still where you will find them.

The next weeks proved to be very busy. Baby R enjoyed sleeping most of the day and staying up all night. Thankfully, she is a very calm baby who we could stare at for hours. Those big eyes and delicate features are hard to look away from. My in-laws were happy to help out with the girls while we got adjusted. With many trips to the local parks, walks on the Brock Trail, dinner at East Side Mario's for my birthday, dinner at Buds on the Bay for their anniversary and shopping at some local stores, we stayed busy. My grandparents made sure to take my in-laws to favorite Brockville hotspots such as Tait's, John's Resturaunt and the new, highly talked about Raxx. Nick and I even snuck out for a few "date nights" and a trip over to the Home and Recreation Show, which was a huge success. We were able to meet many local business owners and look into some fabulous products and services they were offering all while supporting our community.

With my in-laws back home in British Columbia now, we are adjusting back to everyday family life. It's tough not being spoiled with those delicious  home-cooked meals, help with the girls and great company. We are looking forward to getting back out in the community and everything Brockville has planned for the summer months ahead though. This weekend, our oldest starts soccer for the very first time and we plan to attend the hghly talked about Multicultural Festival. I also believe the Farmer's Market is open for the season this Saturday, which we will be frequenting.If you would like more information about what's going on in the city, check out Brockville's tourism page here:

Have a fabulous weekend and remember to support local!