Monday, August 31, 2015

The "Someday" Campaign with RBC

I remember when I was a kid, my parents were forever telling me that "someday" I would be parent. this happened mostly when I was doing something that had them hoping that "someday" I would endure the same difficulty with my own children as they were in that particular moment. But I digress.
Being a parent means a lot of things but I will say, it is a very real lesson in reality.
The reality that now you are responsible for another human being. 
I still remember the discussions we would have around Isabella when she was far, far too young to understand.
We talked about our hopes and dreams for her. 
About what she might become. 
And wanted to ensure that whatever those dreams might be, that we could afford to give them to her - or at least help her along the way the very best we could.
 We opened an RESP (Registered Education Savings Plan) account for her shortly after she was born and contributed faithfully even though we knew that the need to use these dollars was far away. For years, all of her birthday {or other life event} money went into the fund as well.
Today, in doing that, I can honestly say that we're not worried about where she might choose to go to school. please stay local, please stay local, please stay local.
I have faith in the knowledge that her tuition fees are covered. And then some.
It's funny, I'm not even sure she knows that.
If I could have but one wish for all of my children, it would be for each of them to choose their passion wisely.
Move towards their goals without fearing that they have made the right decision.
And that regardless of where they land, what they end up doing - that most importantly, they are happy. 
And if you ask me, happy comes much easier without any student loans.

Read more about the RESP and all of the benefits that come along with it at the RBC RESP website.
Warning: the video below may make you cry in it's reality. #theygrowuptoofast

Want to learn more?
Join us for the RBC RESP twitter party on September 8th at 9pm est.
They'll be giving away 6 $150 Visa gift cards!
No need to RSVP, just use #RESPwithRBC to join the fun. 

Disclosure: This post was written as part of my affiliation with Influence Central. All opinions are strictly my own.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

What Ava Wore : Back to School with Melijoe

Our toothless wonder {she lost a second tooth this past week!} is going into senior kindergarten this year.
She is literally counting the days.
She loves to learn and draw - and can spend endless hours just writing. mostly her name.
When this little outfit from Petit Bateau via Melijoe arrived in the mail, she decided it would be a perfect look for her return to classroom.
I can't say I disagree.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What I Wore : Simply Striped

If you followed along on last week's first day of school adventure with Garnet Hill, then you would have seen a sneak peak of this simple schoolyard look.
Comfortable and easy to wear, it's the kind of dress you slip on and never want to take off.
And also, pockets.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

What Ava Wore : fabkids + A Giveaway!

BIG NEWS 'round these parts - 
fabkids FINALLY ships to Canada! 
If you've been following this blog for a while, you may remember our previous work with this amazing brand -
Ava Grace and I are so excited to share them with you again.
Bold colourful looks for kids {including shoes!} in a price that any mother would love.
outfit - c/o fabkids
shoes - c/o fabkids
To celebrate the news, the team at Fabkids is offering one Canadian reader a chance to win an outfit of their choice! 
ARV $29.99

Like fabkids on facebook + leave me a comment letting me know which outfit you would choose if you won! 
Good Luck.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

What She Wore : Back to School with Soprano Handbags

It's hard to believe this girl is headed to grade 12 this year - her last year of high school.
She is not yet 17 and within the year will need to basically decide what she wants to do with the rest of her life.
Sounds melodramatic but it's true.
For now, her biggest decision is and should be deciding which of the 4 fabulous colours this Soprano Handbags backpack comes in she liked best.
And grey it is. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Early Morning Thoughts

There are many mornings where I get up early, just can't sleep for thinking about a million things that enter my mind and just won't go away.
Anyone else?
I think about nonsense like what I have to do that day, what I might make for dinner and who is going where.
Other times, like this morning, I think about how we ended up where we are.
What the meaning of it all is.
Deep for a Tuesday.

It's funny how life goes - one small thing can change everything.
When I signed up for this ride we call parenting, I never really knew what I signed up for.
So many joys - and a lifetime of worry.
My mother-in-law, a very wise woman who has raised two children of her own, simplifies it best.
Small children, small problems. Big children, big problems.
Coordinating after-daycare pick ups that transition to walking home alone from school that one day become friends picking them up in their actual cars and driving them somewhere.
I don't think my own mother worried this much. In her own sometime ignorance, she found bliss.
Do we just know too much?
Or is that when you are the one actually going through it, it just all seems so much bigger.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Flashback Friday : Badorf Shoe Love

Ava Grace and I did a small project with the team at Badorf Shoe Company last year and now, as they get set to launch their spanking new website - we can finally share some of those images.
I loved looking back on how much she's already grown since early last fall and truth be told, she has already outgrown each pair. So sad.
And also, does my child have big feet for her age or is it just me? 
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