The Perfect Wine Weekend: Oliver, BC

Now that I’m not pregnant anymore, it’s time to return to one of my favourite subjects: wine. I really like wine tasting (and wine purchasing!) in Oliver, British Columbia. Over the years, it’s changed quite a bit. The result is more wineries than ever to visit, some great restaurants, and cute little guest houses to stay in. D and I spent a great weekend here last September before we got pregnant. Looking back on it, we really couldn’t have timed it any better – it was basically a wine-filled last hoorah after a great summer and before alcohol was off limits to me. I look back on this weekend fondly. On that note, here are my tips for a great weekend away in this little gem of a region.

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Newborn Photos

And just like that, we are a family of three. We had our first family photos taken (aside from quick iPhone photos in the hospital) when Baby N was 10 days old. The girls from Gucio Photography came to our home and were super patient with us as we went through multiple feedings and diaper changes during the shoot. I’m so glad we had these photos taken. We can always look back on them and I think they capture our new reality really nicely. Here are a few (okay, a lot) of my favorites!

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Maternity Photo Shoot

It’s hard to believe my due date is just three days away. We think he’s going to come late though – there are no signs that labor is near, and my doctor said it will still be awhile. That is fine by me – I’m enjoying being off work, having leisurely days in the sun, and getting lots of sleep now while I can. While this pregnancy feels like it has gone by really quickly, I can’t imagine my life before this experience – our little Bean is a part of our lives and we have bonded with him and love him so much. Now I’m just ready and waiting… and my only care in the world is that he get here safely and that he is healthy.

Awhile ago, I decided that I wanted to have a few photos taken to capture this special time.  We went to Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver and had a little photo shoot to document my changing body and our changing lives.  Here are a few of my favorite photos from that day. I remember Bean kicking the whole time, I think he liked being in the spotlight:

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May 2015 Recap

I haven’t posted in awhile, not because I haven’t been up to anything exciting, but because I’ve been cramming so much in before Baby Bean gets here. Organizing a non-profit fundraiser, wrapping up work (hello, maternity leave!), socializing every chance I can, and getting ready for baby. Plus, the weather has been phenomenal in Vancouver this month, so it didn’t quite feel right to be at my computer when I could be on a patio, at the beach, or having a picnic…

Below is a recap of what I’ve been up to in the last month or so, and what’s coming up on the blog in the near future.

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Growing Up: No More Coachella

I wasn’t at Coachella (the Coachella Valley Music Festival) this past weekend in Indio, CA, and that’s okay. I think it’s good to go out on a high note. Last year was my third year there. D went eight years in a row. But, this year, I’m eight months pregnant and couldn’t even get health insurance to travel to the US and bake in the desert sun for three days if I tried…

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Recipes: Smoked Salmon Frittata

I love hosting brunch but I hate the thought of slaving away in the kitchen once my guests arrive.  Frittatas, then, are the perfect menu item when hosting brunch because they can feed a group of people, and you can do all your prep work in advance. Plus, leftovers (if there are any) heat up great the next day.  Here’s a go-to frittata recipe that I have used time and time again when cooking for friends and family. It can easily feed about 6 to 8 people, and it’s a pretty simple dish to pull off, even if you’re not fully awake yet.

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Beauty Products I’m Loving (Spring 2015)

Here’s a list of products I’ve recently discovered and am loving.  I should point out that this list is not sponsored so my reviews are honest and completely unbiased (I don’t know about you, but I always find overly-sponsored product lists annoying as it’s tough to tell what’s genuine and what’s not). If any of these interest you, check them out and let me know what you think!

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