On a cold Thursday morning, me and a group of lovely Montreal bloggers met in the train station with a coffee on hand, all pretty darn excited to share a day together in Quebec City. This trip was hosted and organized by L'oreal, and it was a full surprise to all the attendees because we basically had no clue who was the latest brand acquisition of the company and it was our turn to make a formal meet and greet to this mysterious brand.
Every single detail was absolutely on point. A lovely invite, personalized gifts in the room (oh hello new mint polaroid camera), a super fun itinerary full of winter activities and a phenomenal company, sharing 48 hours of pure fun.

We started our day meeting a dermatologist in a 1on1 session where they explained and measured how dry/dehydrated were our body and face. After this test (that I had no clue it existed) we tested the new brand in a full facial treatment and a relaxed session in the stunning aroma spa
We met at lunchtime and voila! finally, after lots of guesses, CeraVe was introduced to us as the newest brand of L'Oreal. 

This brand has been developed with dermatologists and to my surprise, it's the first brand that contains all the essential ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol our skin needs to be entirely healthy. Personally, I couldn't wait to arrive home and try their new baby line with Nico and Oli (and it was a total success). 

Curious to try them as well? They have a full line of products including cleansers, moisturizers, baby shampoo, AM and PM lotions, eye creams, serums, renewing creams and more. Check all of them here.



I was stoked to try the Ice Hotel for the first time, I mean, this stunning hotel is entirely built of snow and ice, I'm not kidding.
Inside the hotel, there are bars, hot tubs, sauna and 45 theme rooms some even with fireplaces you can enjoy for a few hours before going to sleep. Just before we set up our night, a training is offered by Valcartier hotels to guide us step by step how your night will be on sub-zero temperatures.

After a few minutes listening to this, I legit chickened out. Not feeling my face if it's too cold? or listening only to my heartbeat because it's extremely quiet? I ran to my "traditional room" and had the best sleep (no kids around) in years.

Endless activities were offered and I adored this so much! The hotel has more than 35 snow slides for both kids and adults, a gigantic Indoor waterpark with wave pools, more than 14 slides, a double surf wave and more and a stunning spa with indoor and outdoor pools and personalized body treatments I had the pleasure to experience. 

I mean, this was absolutely Gorg!

We are so social, lols.

Don't even ask me how I landed (or levitated) on that table, ok?
YES. total yummm.

Endless thanks to CeraVe, this press trip was unbelievably fun!
Photography: Alexa Cude



HAPPY VALENTINE'S MONTH!
I was serious about bringing you all the love over here, and I'm sure you'll adore making these latte hearts all-month-long. 

I'm also stoked to announce (please pinch me) our new video series of simple, cute and unbelievable easy DIY projects with Babasouk, my forever girl crush! 
Endless thanks to Camille our stylist and magician for making this, THE prettiest start! 

Enjoy and always remember to spread the love, one latte at a time
xo




Directions:

1 - Make your Espresso + Froth your milk.

2 - Swirl your milk around + tap the jug a few times.

3 - Pour steamed milk on the far end of the cup + swirl

4 - Make a straight line movement to finish your heart shape.

Ps. you can shop Babasouk's Morrocan mugs here and here







We celebrated Vday last weekend with my three valentines, going to a super fun bowling night with friends, and after a few hours there, I thought it was about time that I go back to my regular programming and do an Ode to Life, this time dedicated to all my valentines. 

Wishing you the sweetest month of the year,



Dear Galentines,
Thank you for never taking away the last sip of our Bloody Caesars and for all the love.

Dear Husband of mine,
I heart you, when you are cranky some mornings and when we share the most precious moments together. Thank you for being the best Valentine.

Dear green juices every morning,
You made me love mornings, and trust me, I hated them with all my heart.

Dear Hollandaise sauce that I finally cooked last week,
HOW come you are pure butter? I cry.

Dear Fiddle leaf-fig tree,
Bare with me my friend, I swear winter is almost over.

Dear Zara sales madness,
Please stop this. My credit line is calling me right now.

Dear Spring that I can't wait to see,
I'm so going to soak up every minute of it, and I can't wait to have you here already

Dear Instant Pot I just discovered,
OMG goodness gracious!!!!! you are the real future.

Dear heartburn,
How come you are back bro? NO.

Dear Yoga,
I'm such a newbie and I know I suck big time. I promise I'll work hard k?

Dear cheese,
Please tell life I can't be lactose intolerant, cuz I can't survive without you.

Dear Quebec City,
I adored spending a day in your beautiful Ice Hotel. Who am I kidding? Of course I couldn't sleep there.

Dear weight watchers,
Let's see how long I can do this. At least, I can live off corn and fruits. #kidding

Dear Mexican floors,
Please move to Montreal?

Dear artic temperatures,
You guys are CRUEL. Yes, it's not even funny.

Dear Jen Gotch,
Can we meet in real life, sip some bulletproof coffee and be merry? I swear we can be besties.

Dear Olivia,
I adore how bossy you've become with all of us and how you're so little and such a boss. GIRL POWER my baby girl, shine bright!

We visited Bowling G Plus
920 Rue St-Zotique Est
(Ultra kids friendly)





After trying a cereal bar in New York City a few years back, I only wished to have this concept in Montreal, and bam! Barley happened as the first cereal bar in the city.
My first visit (a solo one) was a Tuesday morning, to do some work and sip a good coffee. This place isn't just a cereal bar, it's a coffee shop, also a workspace where you can rent a room if you have a meeting or a private event, a restaurant that serves delicious smoothie bowls, and a marketing agency that I had the pleasure to meet that day.
let's be honest, even if you are 30 or 2 like my little Olivia, having a cereal bowl doesn't get old, right?
Please don't tell my kids I went here, and they weren't part of the plan, deal?


The menu options are quite amazing, and the pretty brekkie you see at the beginning of this post is Le Safari smoothie bowl, a mix of mango, pineapple, banana, greek yogurt, coconut milk and a homemade honey almond granola. If you feel like doing a healthy breakfast, They serve smoothie bowls, fruit parfaits, chia bowls and endless options of cereals with regular or premium milk.

I tried every single house granola (4 in total) and my very favourite was honey almond that you need to have and take home, yesss! They sell them!
Curious about the other granolas, right?
Here's a sneak peak:
Spicy Ginger
Green Hemp
Double Chocolate

Arrived here for lunch plans? not to panic! Salads and Toasts all homemade, with local ingredients are available as well.
The interiors here are absolutely stunning! 
Gimme all the granola, world.

... and yes, I freaking adore places with details like this one.
WIN.
Barley Bar
2613 Rue Notre-Dame West
Mon - Sun / 8am - 5pm
Reservations: Only needed if you're planning a private event, the space is pretty big to accommodate big and small groups.
Price range: $
Kids Friendly: Absoooolutely! it's actually THE place where you want to bring your kids, I mean, cereal heaven. Also, it's dog-friendly, how adorable are they? I didn't see changing tables in the bathrooms, be prepared before you get here for any diaper situation.






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