Posted on July 24, 2017

Honey & Betts & Brunch | Summer Edmonton Blogger Brunch With Central Social Hall

Edmonton Blogger Brunch With Central Social Hall

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Our beautiful medium bouquets, from Them Blooms, photographed by Clara Cecilia Photography.

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Dazzling confetti balloons and cursive “party” balloon from Sugar Girlee Co.

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I cannot stop raving about the explosion of Edmonton’s patio scene this year – I feel like last year there was only the common spots like O2’s rooftop patio and Craft’s rooftop patio that were available for outdoor summer dining.

But there are only so many times you can switch back and forth between those two locations…

Through a friend I had excitedly heard that Central Social Hall was renovating their entire Jasper Avenue place (which looks fantastic by the way – the bathrooms are phenomenal with the giant flower walls and floor-to-ceiling mirrors) and opening a brand new patio.

It’s like they knew what a blogger‘s dream patio looked like! Those pink umbrellas stole my heart away the second I saw them.

The staggered landings help the layout feel open and not overcrowded with the tables. Even though you’re on Jasper Avenue your conversation is not drowned out by the street noise because you’re elevated off ground level.

I was so happy my Edmonton blogger gals could join me for my last hurrah before this baby arrives next month! We were treated to a tasting of their brunch and cocktail/mocktail menus – they recently revamped their entire Central Social Hall menu, and now are using the freshest and local ingredints in all their dishes.

The menu no longer offers frozen, ready to go pub food but now serves innovative, contemporary meals that are delicious! We tried:

Mimosas

 

A huge thanks to:

Central Social Hall on Jasper Avenue

Clara Cecilia Photography

Sugar Girlee Co.

Them Blooms

 

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on July 21, 2017

Easy Strawberry Spiced Muffin Recipe | What A Mom’s Night In Looks Like

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I don’t bake often but when I do I make a night of it. I enjoy making new recipes and old favourites – and tonight I decided to dig out one of my favourite muffin recipes. Strawberries are a delicious summer fruit, and the secret to these muffins is I used frozen strawberries! 

Costco sells big bags of sliced strawberries in the frozen fruit section and they work excellent in baking (don’t get me started on my strawberry peach cobbler, YUM!).

What are your favourite summer treats to make? Fruity? Chocolate-y? Super duper sweet? Let me know in a comment, so I can try them out!

Easy Strawberry Spiced Muffins
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
For the muffins
  1. 2 cup flour
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  4. 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  5. 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  6. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  7. 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  8. 1 cup sour cream
  9. 8 tbsp melted coconut oil
  10. 2 eggs
  11. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  12. 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
For the topping
  1. 3 Tbs. brown sugar
  2. 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Whisk togethef.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together sour cream, melted coconut oil, eggs, and vanilla.
  4. Lightly combine the wet and dry ingredients until batter comes together, do not overmix.
  5. Gently stir the strawberries in.
  6. Divide the batter among the muffin cups.
  7. Mix the topping together in a small bowl.
  8. Sprinkle the topping on the tops of the muffins before they are put into the oven.
  9. Bake muffins for 18-22 minutes.
  10. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  11. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. For a double batch, double all the ingredients.
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Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on July 18, 2017

Don’t Let Taking An Instagram-Worthy Photo Wreck Your Family Time

Don’t cry over spilt milk? Don’t cry over dropped ice cream!

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We took A&A for their first beach day this year and it was great. We packed everything up (but forgot our beach tent and beach mat…), left early in the morning on a Friday, abandoned naps, and headed 2 hours South to one of the nicer lakes in Alberta – Sylvan Lake.

It was a great day, but half way through it I nearly lost my ice cream.

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I don’t mean figuratively (not like I’m trying to invent a new way to say “I lost my marbles”), I literally nearly lost my precious Big Moo double scoop (cookie dough + dark chocolate caramel) ice cream cone.

Which is a big deal because that ice cream is like cold gold.

I found some cute flooring, black & white tiles like it shows in the photo, and decided I should take a picture of my delicious ice cream and the floor. 

Unfortunately, for me to get my bump, shorts, feet, and ice cream in the frame I needed to tilt my ice cream cone to 70° angle and attempt to rest my phone on my chest to stabilize my shaky-phone-holding hand. I should also mention it was a hot day.

It wasn’t until 3 still blurry photos in I decided it wasn’t worth it, and a big dollop of ice cream fell on the floor (you can see the bit of chocolate ice cream falling in the photo).

I looked up at Matt and he was shaking his head pointing at my ice cream cone. The 2 scoops were about to join that other smaller piece on the floor. My cone was completely lopsided.

I can guarantee if my ice cream had fallen on the floor I would have been chapped. And I would only have myself to blame for #1 dropping my ice cream and #2 not getting a good pic… my day would have soured exactly in that moment.

But I was given a second chance! I enjoyed my ice cream. In my opinion, I redeemed my day even further by staying present with my family and enjoying the rest of our beach day.

I realized that photos don’t prove anything, even though we now live in an extremely visual, social media driven world. I want my daughters to have memories that they don’t need a photo to remember them by (though at this age they probably will not remember much…).

I have feeling in 15 years my children will not give a what to see a perfect, Instagram-worthy photo of my feet and ice cream cone to recall the wonderful day at the beach… at least I would feel the same way if my mom pulled a similar photo out to help me remember a beach day from 20 years ago!

P.S. Maybe I’ll tell you another time about how I botched 2 Instax Mini photos of my bff (stupid reset light settings) on this same beach day… I clearly need to stay on the DSLR!

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on July 17, 2017

Pregnancy Style Through The Weeks | Secret To 2nd & 3rd Trimester Outfits

Dresses That Will Grow With Your Pregnant Belly

dresses that will grow with your pregnant belly

I lived in dresses this pregnancy, and the key to finding dresses that will grow with your pregnant belly through the 40 weeks is: silhouette and length.

The silhouette depends on your personal style and lifestyle. I like wearing flowy dresses, because they give me the range of motion I need to wrangle my other two girls. During my first pregnancy I had many, many more fitted dresses because I felt gorgeous in them (and didn’t have two wild monkeys to chase), so there’s no wrong and no right way to choose dresses.

Length – I’m 5′ 9″ so any short dresses become tunics (I need to wear bottoms under) when I hit the 3rd trimester. To save money I invested in 4-5 maxi and midi dresses this pregnancy, and I’m so glad I did because they were well worn! So depending on your height you will need to gauge how long you’ll be able to wear the dresses you purchase.

I also have a secret

I barely wore any “maternity” dresses (the PinkBlush, Gray Monroe, Poppy & Dot dresses I wore are also for non-pregnant ladies, so it’s a win-win). I bought a couple plus size dresses from Forever21 and sized up for my Old Navy dresses but the rest were regular dresses that I will be able to wear postpartum. Woo!

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

 

Posted on July 13, 2017

Valco Baby Tri Mode X Duo Stroller Review

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You know I’ve been on the hunt for a double stroller for the past 6 months – doing the research is easy for me, but finding a double stroller (in Canada) that would fit with our lifestyle was a bit more difficult.

As a growing family of to-be 5 we need a high quality stroller to wrangle our mischevious girls.

I stumbled upon the Valco Baby Tri Mode X Duo Stroller and knew it was the stroller for our family. It has the durability, versatility from city streets to country road adventures, modern edge aesthetics, space for more than 2 children (I can’t wait to show you the 3rd seat you can attach when our little baby arrives!), large storage space underneath, and nothing beats a smooth ride.

The first thing Matt said when it arrived was “will that fit through a door?”.

To both of our relief, it does! It is 74cm wide.

We live downtown and having a stroller to tote both our girls around with ease is very important to us. We take the Valco Baby Tri Mode X Duo to the downtown city market, cafes, mall, recreation centre, sporting events and anywhere life takes us.

My favourite feature (besides the easy to remove fabric, which makes it so much easier to clean) is the compact fold. Before we bought our van this stroller easily fit in the trunk of our Subaru Forester. Even with the belly bars on the stroller, it folds into 81L x 75W x 41H (cm).

Odd features I didn’t know I would love are:

  • flat reclining seats suitable for newborn and up
  • double extended canopies, with 2 canopy choices (mesh for increase ventilation or fabric for sun protection)
  • unique, easy to use swivel system for locking and unlocking the front wheels
  • doubled hinged bumper bars for quick access from both sides
  • like I previously mentioned, the 3rd attachable toddler seat
  • foot break system, that is easy to use with any type of footwear (I’ve had strollers with foot brakes I could not use while wearing sandals)
  • adjustable foot rests
  • full metal frame for complete durability
  • large storage basket underneath
  • adjustable handle bar (this is a must for the 6 inches that differ between Matt and myself)

There are available accessories for the Valco Baby Tri Mode X Duo but I have not tested any of them out and can’t speak to the functionality of them yet.

Now that I have 1 more month left until this baby makes her debut, I will be squeezing in nice long walks with my girls and our Valco Baby stroller to ready my body for the 3rd addition to our family. I’m excited and nervous, but I now I’ll be able to tote all my girls around and enjoy the rest of the summer!

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

I have received this product in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Posted on July 6, 2017

Microfashion | Toddler Outfits For A Casual, Summer Wedding

These adorable outfits would be great for a casual, summer wedding! Edmonton Alberta @honeyandbetts These adorable outfits would be great for a casual, summer wedding! Edmonton Alberta @honeyandbetts

These adorable outfits would be great for a casual, summer wedding! Edmonton Alberta @honeyandbettsbows from A Little Lady Shop, A's dress from Ele Story, and the girl's moccs from Freshly Picked (Abigail's wearing Platinum and Annaliese is wearing Ivory). These adorable outfits would be great for a casual, summer wedding!bows from A Little Lady Shop, A's dress from Ele Story, and the girl's moccs from Freshly Picked (Abigail's wearing Platinum and Annaliese is wearing Ivory). These adorable outfits would be great for a casual, summer wedding!

I can’t wait to start the mini adventures we have planned this summer before our baby girl arrives in August. Strangely, we have no weddings this summer. Every summer there seems to be 1-2 weddings we’re invited to, but this year the summer invites have been zilch.

Our non-existent wedding plans do not phase Annaliese (and in turn Abigail, she wants to do everything her big sister does) at all, she wants to dress up daily in her “party” dresses.

I love supporting handmade businesses! Our summer toddler fashion favourites this year are our bows from A Little Lady Shop, A’s dress from Ele Story, and the girl’s moccs from Freshly Picked (Abigail’s wearing Platinum and Annaliese is wearing Ivory). These adorable outfits would be great for a casual, summer wedding!

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

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