Activities around the City! (Free)

I have been wanting to share this resource for awhile, as I am sure we all have those days where our calendar is wide open and you wonder what you can fill your day with. My simple answer used to be a very enthusiastic "Shopping! Coffee dates! Yoga! Nothing!", which is not as simple now with a little one to keep entertained.

Side note...Have you ever tried to attempt a yoga at home video with a 9 month old and a giant 65lb 1.5 year old nosey dog? Not happening.

I put together this reference list for myself as an encouragement to get out and explore all our city has to offer, and give V a change to explore & learn, as well as meet new friends! This particular list is of FREE activities. I will also share a few soon of other activities-Paid and Seasonal.

P.S-My list features lots of activities in south Calgary, as that is closest to home for us, but I am sure all quadrants have something similar. 

FREE kiddo activities:
Calgary Public Library – Pick out books and Large play areas (Fish Creek library has an awesome huge play area). There are also free registered classes but they fill up quick!

 Photo via Calgary Herald

South centre Mall - Kiddo play area

 Photo via calgary playground review

Calgary Farmers Market (Play area & yummy food)

 Photo via Calgary Farmers Market

Playgrounds...and the Auburn Bay “Secret” Park - Auburn Bay has no shortage of parks, I live in walking distance from at least 3. But the closest one is the best one! It is tucked away in a quiet cul de sac, has a rubber base (no chewing gravel rocks), and is almost always empty! Guess it's not longer a secret ;)

Nature walks in Fish Creek - One of my favourite things to do, especially in the summer and fall, is to drive down to Fish Creek and take a long walk. It doesn't hurt that Annie's ice cream and bakery is close by. 

Dog Parks - Another favourite activity of ours is frequenting dog parks. Our super energetic Bernedoodle would agree it is time well spent. Luckily for us, there is one close by, but there are tons of other free parks located all over the city.

Splash Parks - The city also has no shortage of splash parks available in the summertime. Alot of private communities around the city also have these amenities (Auburn Bay & Mahogany to name two in the south). I can't wait to try them out this summer. 

So there you have it, a list of free activities to do around the city with your kiddo. I am sure there are tons and tons more I am missing-care to share?!

Finishing Touches

Overall, I would say our house is 98% done. Although...being a designer & home decor enthusiast, it almost always feels like a space is never quite complete! I am constantly re-evaluating and storing what we already own, rearranging everything and every now and then adding new items into the mix.

There are a few spaces in our house that need just a little extra-that finishing touch. Our bathroom being one of them ( does one finish decorating a bathroom? Less is more I imagine). And our home office is most definitely the other. One half of the room is now dedicated to V's play area (reveal soon, I promise!), and the other half is dedicated to a giant computer screen and a mess of wires. Cute, right?

Here are a few items I have my eye on to add a little pretty and help to finish off the space.

For the Bathroom: 

 Loving these honeycomb wall shelves for above the toilet

This taupe and white striped bathmat  would tie in our white, grey and taupe bathroom perfectly
(PS-Zara home is having a 30% off black friday sale today!)

These Monogrammed dishes would be the perfect spot for all those random earrings and bobby pins

Vanilla is my all time favourite scent, and this beautiful opal candle makes a great steal at 40% off!

For the Home Office: 
Our home could use a little extra greenery, and this plant hanger makes 
the cutest vessel for a small potted succulent.
(Possible DIY project...hmmm...)

Being organized is so important (especially now with a baby in our lives)! 
This dry erase calendar will help me keep track of all those future play dates ;)

I recently took down the dark, heavy curtains that came with our house and am now in need for a lighter, brighter option. I love the subtle blue and grey tones of this pair. These are a close second.

A little inspiration for the home and a new addition to the design reference library

9 Months

9 months old

You now have two bottom teeth! They are pretty much the cutest thing ever. Although the journey to get them here...definitely not very cute ;)
Teething is no joke, folks.

You met Santa at the mall. And hated it. But mom now has some hilarious photos, so it's all good

Still enjoying walks at the dog park, although it's getting a little less frequent with the colder weather. Poor Marty!

You have somehow outgrown all your 9 months clothes, and are now in 12 month sleepers. How did that happen?! Oh wait, must be something to do with all the food you love to eat. Cooking for you is a full time job, but lots of fun to see what your likes and dislikes are. I don't mind one bit.

Love you, little man