Five Things

School is back in session, the kids are settling into their routines, and I’m so desperate to see the movie Bad Moms. Now I have two kids in school, and I’m freaking out a bit. Wednesday Jackson had show-and-tell at nursery, and because I was in a rush that morning getting him off to school I almost forgot to pack it. He’s only 18 months and has show-and-tell that neither he or the other kids will ever remember; so why did I panic and run back to the house to grab a toy? I’m a type A kinda gal, and I need a reminder now and then that it’s okay if I forget to pack the water bottle, or PE clothes, or a homework assignment. So in the spirit of all the moms out there who will undoubtedly go insane trying to be everything this year for their little ones, my huge glass of wine tonight will be for you;) 

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Things I’m Loving

One of the best things about heading back to the states each summer for several weeks is that I get to try a ton of new products and pull together a fabulous things I’m loving list! I scour Amazon Prime for weeks before I arrive, checking out the latest and greatest, and if it doesn’t have incredibly positive reviews then I’m not interested. As soon as I arrive, I also head to BuyBuy Baby, REI and the Container Store, to name a few, and I walk aisle after aisle looking, gawking, and drooling over the best new products and inventions. It’s every product-queen’s fantasy! 

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Five Things

I may have just completed my most productive week ever. I crossed a major item off my to-do list, caught a baseball game, and even spent some time with a shark or two. I think it’s the energy of the city that kept me going. It’s buzzing with excitement and filled with A-list celebrities thanks to the Toronto International Film Festival. Next year, I’m definitely buying tickets and tracking down the celebs! 

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Five Things

I’ve been back on island since Tuesday and usually it takes me about a week to get settled again, but this time there was no easing into it. School starts on Monday for Gwyneth, nursery starts on Tuesday for Jackson, and I’m rushing to get it all together. It’s our last weekend before the craziness of the school year begins, and I think we’ll relax, maybe watch a few movies, cook up a few steaks, and savor every bit of relaxation we have left. 

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Golfing in the City

When I moved from Barbados, where I had a golf club membership and year-round access to some of the best courses in the Caribbean, to downtown Toronto, my golf game took a significant hit. Let’s just say, living in the city doesn’t make it easy to golf. 

I know I’m not the only one struggling to make it out of the city to hit a few balls, and today I’m thrilled to introduce you to Cassie. Cassie blogs over at Bandwagoner’s Guide to Golf. We met on #golfchat (an awesome group that meets every Tuesday on Twitter), and today she’s sharing her experience with the game after moving to Chicago. She’s also providing a few tips that will help anyone make the transition from suburban to urban golfer!

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Five Things

Can you believe that it’s already September?!? Where did the summer go? Honestly, I’m incredibly excited that autumn is just around the corner. For six years I craved the change of seasons while I lived in Barbados. I’ve always loved fall, and let’s face it, I’m one of those crazy people that can’t wait for snow. 

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Summer Projects for Kids: When I Grow Up…

About a month before Gwyneth’s school ended for the summer, she had two show and tell assignments that inspired this last summer project. One was to write and create a short story, and then present it to the class; and the other was to tell the class what he/she wanted to be when they grew up. Gwen’s story was about a treasure hunt and she loved putting it together. And for her careers she chose being an author, song writer, dog walker, and vet. She insists she can have four jobs when she’s older=) Ambitious!

After the treasure hunt story, Gwen said she wanted to write another story, and it got me thinking. Let’s do a summer project that reflects what she wants to be when she grows up. So she’s been writing a book! 

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