Thursday, October 20

Fall Camping by the Sound

Last month my husband and I drove nine hours to Mount Desert Campground in Acadia National Park, Maine, for a week - by ourselves....

We were last in Acadia in May - our seventh trek to the rocky, salt filled shores. This would be our eighth. I wonder if other people experience this pull back to one place, or maybe even this same place?

It was cold in September and we bought a four person tent for the trip, deciding to leave our twelve person family tent in the garage, retired for the season.

We come back to Acadia for the the iron rung trails, the rocky shores and for Cafe This Way (best blueberry pancakes ever). A week away, when you have children, is akin to winning the lottery. We love our children (of course) and it takes a certain recipe for me to be able to soak in the experience and keep the guilt and separation anxiety at bay.

If you are ever in the need of an escape, Bar Harbor and Acadia are at the top of my list.

Eat breakfast here, mac + cheese here and dinner here.
Shop at Rock and Art Shop
Stop at Jordan Pond House for a Blueberry Mojito (and hike Jordan's cliff while you're at it) + visit the Atlantic Brewery for a tour and a tasting.
Our favourite hikes include Champlain Mountain, Precipice and Cadillac Mountain via the Ladder.

Camp at Blackwoods Campground (basic) or Mount Desert (oh that view).
Rent here or here (they're both fabulous), or stay at this B&B.

Alright, fall is coming to an end so maybe Acadia's not in the cards until next year - pick up this book by Christina Baker Kline and you might just fall for the place vicariously.

Do you have a favourite road-trip destination? I'd love to hear.

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Monday, October 17

5 Things that Make Beauty and Motherhood Easier

This fall, I have been committed to getting ready every morning.

Face washed, actual clothes on, hair presentable to the public, you know - getting ready as though I have somewhere to be - even when I don't.

Truth: My beauty idol at the moment is Gillian Jacobs (tell me you haven't noticed that side braid while binge watching Love on Netflix?) Her unfussy yet put together look is what I strive for.

Lately, these five things have been helping me feel just that way, while still having time to make lunches, breakfast, coffee - and I would love to hear yours too...

Paula's Choice Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 It is the only tinted moisturizer that doesn't react with my super sensitive skin and it's mineral based so you can feel good about not putting unnecessary chemicals into your skin. It's not a full face of makeup, it's not au natural, it's a compromise. I follow it with a little blush and mascara.

Elchim 3900 Up until recently, I was using a blowdryer that often had the added bonus of setting off our smoke alarm. I sucked it up, spent far more than I ever have before and bought my personal mom life changer. It is so powerful I can almost pretend I got a blowout.

Carlson Cod liver oil + Megafood Megaflora Probiotics To say that my skin has been fickle, would be putting it lightly. For years I battled acne, dry skin and everything in between. Two big game changers for me have been cod liver oil, which contains vitamin A, as well as good quality probiotics. My skin feels better, my gut feels better and I recommend both to anyone with tricky skin or tummy issues.

Anything by Bite Cosmetics While their Lush Lip Tint is my favourite, the whole line is food grade and handmade in Toronto. Their lip tint is highly pigmented but still shear. I like to swipe the cherry colour on, tissue it off and then dab a bit more on top.

Non beige underwear Step away from the beige bra, read this article from Cup of Jo. You're welcome.

What things make beauty and motherhood easier for you? Have you tried any of these?

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