Best Christmas Gift: House Stories Canada

Best Christmas Gift: House Stories Canada

Wait.. what? It is not even Fall!

I know, I know, but seriously I cannot stop thinking how an AWESOME gift this is for anyone in your family!

Last month I was contacted by Darren from houses stories Canada to do a collab. When he told me he wanted to come to my house and take some pictures I just thought ” My friend, you got the wrong blogger” LOL!

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If you follow my insta stories you know how messy my house is. We don’t have nice furniture or anything special, we don’t even have a bed frame!! But, when I took the time to read the whole concept, I started to get excited and I’m glad I did because this album is going to be a big treasure for my kids in the future!

“The happiest moments we have with our families – pouring syrup over a stack of pancakes, building a blanket fort, curling up on the living room couch – are the ones that tend to get forgotten. Housestories was created to preserve these seemingly ordinary moments and strengthen a family’s connection to their home and their past.”

Even tho we are planning to sale this house hopefully next spring, it will always be special for us. This is the house where Matias was born. It is also our first home ( purchase ).

We had so many family and friends staying here, so many memories that we would like our kids to see because they are not going to remember. Having an album with all of these images it’s just priceless!

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If you are looking for the most unique gift, this is it! I wish I did this with my parent’s house back in Mexico, because now is all renovated and obviously my toys were giving to charity. I do have some blurry memories but I wish I had some pictures like this to bring me back.  If you like what you see, use the code ILOVE604 for 20% OFF ( your welcome ).

XO,

Athenas

 

 

 

Vegan Korean Beef

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Happy Saturday my friends! The recipe I’ve got for you today was a big success for my no vegetarian family. I’ve been following Erin Ireland for months now, and I truly enjoy her recipes and tips! I had to steal her picture too because the one I took was sooo bad! so here it is:

  • Basmati rice
  • Ginger
  • Green Onions
  • Pepper
  • Toasted sesame oil
  • Garlic
  • brown sugar
  • Sesame seed
  • chilli Flakes
  • beefless Ground ( we used Gardein )
  • Soy sauce
  • Onions

1- Cut the onions in small cubes and put them in a pan with oil, add the garlic, “beef” and cook for 5 minutes.

2- In a bowl mix the soy sauce, sugar, toasted sesame oil, ginger, black pepper and chilli flakes.

3-Add the sauce to the beef and mix well.

4- Garnish with green onion and sesame seeds. Serve with Basmati rice.

That’s it my friends! Easy peasy!  If you want to watch the video go to Erin’s IG! Enjoy!

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Vancity Business Babes: Women in Action

Vancity Business Babes: Women in Action

This week it’s been full of training, PR, beautiful people, family, and friends! My heart is FULL of gratitude for all the advice and love that I’ve received even from people that I still don’t know offline!

I’ve been following the @vancitybusinessbabes account on IG for more than a year now. I remembered being seating on my bed, breastfeeding Matias, scrolling down to their feed every day trying to figure out how to get the time to attend one of their events.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Business Babes Collective is a global platform of businesswomen from around the world based on collaboration and community. They have these training that started not too long-ago call “action takers” that seems to be very powerful for small business.

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I knew back when I was on maternity leave, that I had to be patient, that a time would come for me to be able to spend more time on my business, and I feel that right now is finally starting to happen. I’ve been doing baby steps since last year, but I think it’s time to start moving like a toddler now.. ok, maybe not that fast lol!

I was invited last week to “women in action” and it was beyond what I expected! The view from False Creek Yacht Club, the delicious wine, the amazing appetizers, but my favorite part was their community! Everyone was very friendly, and the speakers were so inspiring that the first thing I did when I came home was to write down everything that I learned.

If you are a small business and are looking to get more exposure, I truly recommend these events! If you go to their website ( click here ) they have their calendar there!

XO,

Athenas

 

 

Tips for camping with kids

Tips for camping with kids

If you have been following me for a while, you know I’m not a summer lover, however, there are certain things that I enjoy when summer comes, one of them is camping.

I started camping when I moved to Canada, 8 years ago, and since then, I’m a big fan! My favorite time to go camping is when is so hot so I can enjoy the cold ice water of the beautiful lakes instead of being stuck in a home that has no AC!

It’s just something about being in nature, with no laptops or housework to do! Just enjoying the excellent views that we have in BC!

We took Matias to his first camping when he was 2 months old, so having kids haven’t stopped us to continue with our family tradition, on the other hand, I’m not going say that has been easy with a toddler that is putting everything on his mouth, but I feel that for my kids and for our own sanity, being on the fresh air during hot days is exactly what we need, so here are some of my tips for you!

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Don’t go too far

Even tho I’ve been wanting to try new places, I didn’t want to taste my luck so we stayed close to home, just in case something were to happen. This year we went to Golder Ears and Cultus lake, as they have everything we need to make it a little bit easier! Washrooms, showers, and beautiful lakes to enjoy!

Stay close to the washrooms

Especially if you are potty training! I’m not saying stay next to it, but I feel that not having to walk more than 5 min help a lot this year!

Books

YES! I know the whole point is for them to play with nature, but there is going to be a point around 7 pm when they started to get tired that you’ll need to read that story for them to fall asleep. ( oh yes, bring some lighting lol! )

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Snacks and Drinks

The kids get extra tired, so having healthy snacks on hand would keep the things calm lol! We usually. We always bring some peppers, baby gourmet pouches, fruits, and crackers.. and YES beer! ( Just in case they go to bed early lol! )

Pillows and Change of Clothes

Our friends forgot their pillows in our last camping, I feel that is something so easy to forget! Also, the kids got all wet playing in the lake, and I totally forgot a change of clothes other than their Pj’s! Be prepare for any accidents!

I hope these tips would encourage you to take that tent and just do it!

Xo,

Athenas

 

 

 

 

Look Good and Do good while Supporting Local!

Look Good and Do good while Supporting Local!

A unique gift under $25!

Good morning everyone! The sun is still shining, and the weather is still hot, so I thought it would be the perfect timing to share one of my favorite local brands lately!

Parawild is a Local company ( Vancouver BC ) and they have the coolest helmets accessories! Their designs are inspired by endangered animals, with a percentage of profits towards their awareness!

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If you are looking for something that makes you stand out from the crowd, here it is! Mia is obsessed with her  “shaka the shark” ears,  and we are getting the “dardo the frog” for her winter ski lessons! The quality of the product is so good and I found them PERFECT for a birthday gift, Christmas gift etc. because they are so unique and do not break your wallet.

The fact that you are helping a good cause while shopping is a win-win! AND do you want to hear something even better? There is a Giveaway happening on my IG, but if you don’t want to wait, get a 20% OFF for the next 2 weeks ( From July 30th to August 13th ) with the code ILOVE604 for both  USA and Canada sites. They also have it available in Amazon stores in USA and you can use this code and get the Amazon prime free shipping! if you live in Vancouver, they have a pickup option in Yaletown, and FREE shipping for orders over $80.

What do you think? Pretty damn awesome right? Make sure to swing by their site and take a look at all of the fun designs they have, let me know what is your favourite!

Xo,

Athenas

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Coffee with Style!

Coffee with Style!

Who doesn’t love a good CUP of coffee?

If you didn’t already know, I LOVE coffee! As soon as I wake up, I need to have my coffee with cream ( no sugar ). Usually, my second cup comes around 2 pm. or right after lunch.

I have this thing for fun, large mugs, especially the ones with sassy messages that put a smile on my face just before the chaos starts in this home.

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I meet Eva from Paucreations Canada, a couple days ago and I found myself scrolling to her entire Instagram! I wanted every single shirt and mug! I love everything about her designs, but my favorite item is the mugs! That’s why I decided to partner with her for a Giveaway for those coffee lovers living in Canada!

I especially love these ones because this happens to me every day! I’ll serve my coffee, get distracted by the kids, come back, the coffee is cold, I’ll put it in the microwave, forget about it, repeat. LOL!  I’m sure I’m not alone here!

Head into my Instagram to enter or check her store here

Xo,

Athenas

Where to go in Victoria…​ Deep Cove Chalet

Where to go in Victoria…​ Deep Cove Chalet

Looking for the perfect date in Victoria BC? I got you!

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to the most beautiful wedding ever at Deep cove chalet. It was my first time there and I was absolutely surprised with their food, service and spectacular scenery.

This beautiful place is located just 10 min from the Ferries, just outside of Victoria, so of course, they have a view to die for!

I LOVED the ambiance and the “homy” feeling. The place is so elegant and classy, and the customer service was beyond my expectations. This is without a doubt the best place for that perfect date if you are visiting or living in Victoria. But.. that is not all.. they make their own wine! Wait. What?

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They have lots of meal choices if you are planning your party there, if you are looking for a standout experience, check out their website here.

As amazing as the whole experience was, what excited me the most was able to have a date/adults time with my husband and brother. Being able to seat in peace, enjoy a good wine, eating good food with that view, it was just exactly what we needed.

Can’t wait to go back again!

 

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