Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A visit to Victoria Butterfly Gardens

It was another absolutely gorgeous day here yesterday, in fact it was so warm we didn't even need to wear coats, I spent the whole day in a t shirt. Love it! Warm sunny weather is such a great mood lifter.

Yesterday the kids and I met up with my friend Dana and her son Aiden who goes to kindergarten with Ella and Aiden's sister Alina to check out the Victoria Butterfly Gardens. This place is so cool! It is filled with butterflies and they fly by and all around you, some even land on you, it's a little piece of paradise. The kids had a great time seeing and learning about all the butterflies as well as parrots, flamingos, lizards, frogs, turtles and koi. I highly recommend this place for a visit. The only drawback(and an understandable one) is that the place is very hot to keep the butterflies at the right temperature. Poor Aiden had it the worst of all of us and got quite sweaty.

After our visit to the Garden we decided to head to the mall to shop for wedding clothes for the kids and I. Dana and the kids came along too. It was a good time as we got lots of visiting in but it reminded me why I can't do any real shopping with little ones. It's just too hard to concentrate on anything when you are constantly reminding them to walk slowly and be good. It pretty much just turned into a mall wander and lunch at the food court which was fun too. :)

So after gorging myself on all kinds of Easter chocolates and goodies I am ready to get back to healthy eating. I did a big grocery shop last night which included lots of fruits and veggies as well as yummy smoothie ingredients for easy morning breakfasts. I also got some Barlean's Fish Oil for the whole family. This stuff tastes great and gives you your daily dose of Omega oils. Barleans - Omega Swirl . I have only ever bought the lemon zest flavour and it's great, Ella loves it too. I can't even convince Marshall to try it as he's suspicious of anything that's not a banana, but I'm working on him. The Barlean's is a little pricey but if you want to try it out it's on sale at Thrifty's right now and you can save five dollars off the regular price.

If you're like me you need inspiration for new hairstyles all the time, so I thought I would share one of my favourite YouTube sites. These two sisters have a hair extension company and regularly post great hair tutorials: LuxyHair - YouTube . Many are very easy and straight forward and are a good way to save you from the same old hairstyle everyday.

I finished The Hunger Games a couple of nights ago and really enjoyed it. It's a short book and an easy read. Chris and I are going to check the movie out this Friday night when his mother comes over to visit and sweetly watches the kiddies so we can go out in the evening. Really looking forward to it!

Do you have any favourite books or recommendations for me?


  1. I will have to try giving the Hunger Games a read! My nose is constantly stuck in a text book so it's hard to find motivation to read for pleasure lately, but it would be better than watching TV!

  2. It would be a nice change! I'm just about to start Wheat Belly.