Fall is my favourite time to travel because it’s not so busy, the prices are lower at hotels and the weather is still gorgeous. With my husband having time off and Adelina is now over a year old, I thought this would be the perfect time to take her on our first vacation together and we chose Parksville Qualicum Beach because it holds a special place in our hearts. We first fell in love with the city in 2010 and have returned every other year (our sixth visit this time) and every time we come back we discover something new and exciting. And speaking of new, this time we discovered the Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort located along the famous resort drive and had a fabulous 2 night stay at their spacious and modern west coast style 2-bedroom suite! Just a short ferry ride from Vancouver, Parksville in my opinion is the most family-friendly part of Vancouver Island and delights family with tons of options and activities to eat play and stay. What I also love about Parksville is that you don't need a ton of planning because there is so much to do and see and just a quick Google search and you will find plenty of great hotels, restaurants and activities for kids and adults. So if you are thinking of traveling this fall with your little ones, make sure to make Parksville Qualicum Beach your most desired destination.
Adelina’s Bath Time Fun with AVEENO® BABY® This post was sponsored by AVEENO® BABY®, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Adelina turned 1 in June and I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some wisdom I have learned through this amazing year of new motherhood. Now for those that don’t have kids yet or are still pregnant, you may not understand the importance of establishing a routine. When a baby is born their world is chaotic. Therefore, babies will thrive on anything that gives them structure, rhythm and predictability to understand their new environment outside of the womb (1) Today, I am partnering up with AVEENO® BABY® to share with you Adelina’s bath time fun. Hopefully it will help some parents-to-be and new parents establish a great bath time routine with baby, so both you and baby can enjoy a good night’s sleep!
On a beautiful June afternoon with my eyes barely opened after an emergency C-section, I finally got to see the little life I was carrying within me for 9 months and 4 days; and at that moment, I understood every parent’s heart! As I laid there unable to move, still drugged up from medication and with all the chaos around me (nurses, husband, family and a baby crying) all I could think about was how lucky I was to have a healthy baby! However not all of us are so lucky and sometimes the unthinkable happens and that is why I wanted to work with Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon! Established in 1983 (the year I was born), RMH BC serves as a home away from home for BC and Yukon families who must leave their homes in seek of serious medical treatment for their child in Vancouver. They also have a more intimate Family Room at Surrey Memorial Hospital which is the main reason that caught my attention in the first place because that is where Adelina was born. After my traumatic birth experience, I was so thankful for the staff at the Surrey Memorial and was hoping to give back even in a small way the best I can and when their newsletter showed up in my inbox, I knew it was meant to be!
*Make sure you read till the end for a special announcement and how you can help benefit the house this season!
Over the Victoria Day Long weekend my whole family was invited by the River Rock Casino Resort for a 2-night staycation. It was our very first family trip since having Adelina and we couldn't have asked for a better experience than at the River Rock Casino Resort. What I love most about our stay was how family friendly everything was but also with plenty of things for adults which made for an unforgettable long weekend. Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, the River Rock Casino Resort is situated in a picturesque setting with stunning views of Vancouver and the North Shore Mountains! The only Four-Diamond Casino Resort in Western Canada it really is the ultimate staycation destination with great restaurants, an award winning Absolute Spa on-site and a 70 foot water slide for kids and not to mention its conveniently located by the skytrain and the airport with FREE parking, I mean how amazing is that?
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