#GoodFriendsFriday Linky Party #1

#GoodFriendsFriday Linky Party


Welcome to the FIRST of many #GoodFriendsFriday Linky Party! One of my favourite things about blogging is having the opportunity to meet so many other great bloggers; getting to know their writing styles and listening to their stories. I don’t get out enough (figuratively or literally) and explore other blog as much as I would like, so I thought that perhaps I’d invite you here to share your favourite blog posts each week! We can all get to know one another better, support each other and grow together. Sounds good doesn’t it? 

What are you waiting for? Link up below (be sure to follow ALL the instructions), and don’t forget to come back next week and share with us again! We all know with parties ‘the more, the merrier’ so use the click to tweet here or the share buttons at the bottom of the post and invite all your blogging friends! 

I’ll read all the posts and will feature at least one blogger favorite next week, so don’t forget to stop by next week. The Linky Party is open until Thursday, September 3rd at 11:55pm PST and then we’ll do it all again! 

I will also pin some favorites to the group Pinterest board. Make sure to check out the board and follow it!

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4 Questions to Ask NOW Before Sending Your Child to Summer Camp

4 Questions to ask NOW before sending your child to summer camp

Sleep away camps have long been memorialized as a summertime essential in movies like The Parent Trap (1961 version of course), Ernest Goes to Camp and many others. It’s where best friends meet, first loves blossom, new skills are learned, challenges overcome and so much more. For a parent like me, with no family close by to offer any sort of holiday away from the kids, I am dreaming of the day when my munchkins are old enough to join this summer tradition (and Mom and Dad get a well deserved break)!  I never went to summer camp as a kid, so I wanted to do a little research before I send my precious darlings away for any extended period of time. Often at this time of year, thoughts … Keep Reading!

Why You Should Be At Leading Moms 2015

Leading Moms 2015

Motherhood is tough. Careers are tough. LIFE is tough. There is so much in our daily grind that brings us down; feeling guilty about not spending enough time with your kids, or not focussing enough on work, feeling bad about not making the best choices for your physical or financial health, feeling cut off from people because you work at home alone, or because you work in an office and don’t know your neighbours or the other school parents - it all can become overwhelming!  I’ve experienced this at various points in my life enough to know that the best antidote for this is to connect. To reach out to others in similar situations, share my story and listen to theirs. To be heard, … Keep Reading!

Cake Tutorial: Movie Themed Birthday Cake

Cake Tutorial Movie Themed Birthday Cake

We recently celebrated my daughter’s 6 1/2 birthday. It’s a long story (you can read all about the awesome party we threw and how we did it here), but it turned out to be the best birthday party yet! As is our tradition, I always make the birthday cake and this year was no different.  I love scrolling through Pinterest with my daughter, creating a board with our favourites and finally making a selection. Now that is mother-daughter time at it’s finest!   Step 1: I started with 24 full sized cupcakes, and a 9 x 13 cake (shhh don’t tell, it wasn’t from scratch) on a 13 x 19 Wilton Silver Cake Board Platter. Set the cupcakes aside and tuck strips of parchment paper … Keep Reading!

Back to School with Carter’s | OshKosh

Carter’s OshKosh Back to School Collage

Back to School with Carter’s | OshKosh B’gosh This post is part of the YummyMummyClub.ca and #CartersOshKoshPlaydate sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors. Back to school is one of my favourite times of year. Not only do I get to reclaim some of my time after a summer full of non-stop kids, but I have a built in excuse valid reason to do some serious shopping!  Back to school shopping has been a much-loved tradition in our household for as long as I can remember. The commercials that sing “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” are bang on. … Keep Reading!

*Giveaway* It’s My Party


My toddler isn’t the only 2-year-old in the house anymore, Life, Love and the Pursuit of Play is turning the big oh-two as well! While the official anniversary isn’t until September, when I had the opportunity to celebrate my blogging anniversary with some other incredible bloggers this month, I just couldn’t pass it up!  The lovely bloggers I’m celebrating with are (be sure to go say ‘bonne fête’ to each of them):  Tammy Mitchell from In R Dream  Ashley Picco from Tales of Mommyhood  Suzanne Rudge from MapleMouseMama  Lisa Marie Fletcher from The Canadian Homeschooler  Bonnie Way from The Koala … Keep Reading!

#BloggersFete Instagram Linky + Giveaway

#BloggersFete Instagram Linky

If you haven’t heard yet, we’re in the middle of a really big party over here at Life, Love and the Pursuit of Play! I’ve teamed up with 5 fantastic bloggers all celebrating our anniversaries with an amazing month full of fun and prizes. We’re saying thank-you to all our fantastic readers AND our sponsors/advertisers who make what we do possible. We so appreciate you, and to show our appreciation, we’re not only giving away some amazing prizes, but hosting linkys and social media parties so we can all connect and grow together!  Each of the six blogs that are co-hosting #BloggersFete will host a social media linky on their blog. Instagram is my favourite way to connect and share, … Keep Reading!

Packing a Diaper Bag for a Toddler

Packing a Diaper Bag for a Toddler

We have hit toddlerhood with our youngest child and the light at the end of the tunnel (you know those glorious days when you aren’t weighed down by all the things your baby needs) is in sight! It’s a funny in between stage where you don’t need a full diaper bag like you used to, but you aren’t completely off the hook yet, so what do you do?  Packing a Diaper Bag for a Toddler I like packing light and bringing only the most essential items, so there are only 3 things that make the cut in my “toddler bag”.  1. Diapers and Wipes. It goes without saying that until your munchkin is potty trained, you will need to bring diapers and wipes. I have a very complex formula to … Keep Reading!

Lions and Tigers and Dragons, Oh My!

How to Train your Dragon photo booth props

Animal adventures are the norm around our house, no matter what the season. I feel like I’m living on safari with how often we have cheetahs, tigers and “jagwa”s running around the kitchen. This month a new animal has been added to the mix, we are now home to a few dragons!  We fell in love with Toothless, Hiccup and the gang back in 2010 when the original How to Train your Dragon movie was released, and since then Netflix has added the entire Dragon line up to their roster, much to my munchkin’s delight! In addition to the movie’s sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2, there is also Dragons: Dawn of the Dragon Racers and How to Train Your Dragon; … Keep Reading!

Theatre Under the Stars Vancouver Giveaway + Review #TUTS2015

Opening act of Oliver! at Theatre Under the Stars

Ever since my youngest was born almost 2 1/2 years ago, I made a habit of taking my older daughter on ‘dates’ as often as our hectic schedule allowed. We do simple things like go out for coffee, or play in the park, and we do elaborate things like spending a day at Playland or get manicures. Our latest date was far and away our favourite of any we’ve done so far. We went and saw Oliver! presented by Theatre Under the Stars Vancouver.   Having never been to Theatre Under the Stars before, I was expecting a decent show, but was completely blown away by our entire experience. It started the minute we walked onto the grounds, with the performers wandering through the crowd … Keep Reading!