It all started when I saw the newest and funniest "oink" tiled floor in the city, I knew I had to come and I knew it was going to be love at first sight.
Porco has opened in NDG and I couldn't be more excited to try the new menu and meet their lovely staff with my favorite mamas last week. This Italian eatery is filled with fantastic monochrome accents, from their tiled floor, matte chairs and communal tables, serving a deeeeelicious menu offering an authentic and high-quality cuisine to this hood.

Let me tell you, this place is so worth it. 


This casual spot is also a great family option, we LOVED seeing high chairs, children books and even a toys section in the restaurant. I'm so sure many mamas like us are looking for a place where you can sip a great cocktail and entertain your kiddos at the same time.  All the pretty little details were so well planned and put together, so you better hurry and plan your next night out here.

Now, we are clear food is why we are here for, and Porco knows how to rock this biz, for sure.

Here's what we tried in our mama's night out and honestly, we can't wait to go back and have it all over again.

Our Porco fest:
- Crostinis of herbed ricotta & marinated mushrooms, confit cherry tomatoes on cannellini bean puree, anchovy garlic butter with melted fontina cheese and sliced porchetta & fennel
 - A platter of Salumi & Fromaggi, including curated meats, homemade and imported cheeses
- Porco sandwich  .oh my god.
- Pork Milanese, personally one of my favorite of the night, served with bagel breadcrumbs, parmesan herbs, and pecorino cream sauce
- Bomboloni, a deep fried fresh doughnut with bacon sugar and caramel.

I guess you already called to reserve, right? 
kids menu and coloring pages with the sweetest Porco designs! I can't wait to bring Oli and Nico already.
yes! I did it!
just because I have this thing with tiles, and floors, and cute little things.
Porco
5674 Monkland (old small Prohibition)
Tue - Sun / 5pm to 10pm
Reservations: Porco is pretty casual, if you are a big group, make sure to call in advance and reserve your table.
Price range: $
Kids Friendly: No doubt! This is THE place to bring your kids, the lovely owner Nicolina is a sweet mom who thought of all the details for families in her restaurant, and we love this!







How on earth I already have a preschooler at home?

Time is just flying by so fast that I'm not even realizing my mom life has passed without a break. Nico will be attending pre-k officially next year and I have all the feels, all of them already. Honestly, I'm that kind of person that gets used to people so easily, and our daycare the past 5 years has been nothing but a blessing to our little family, so this change will be one of the biggest we'll have to face together, besides the fact that your first baby, it's not a baby anymore.

In the midst of all the emotions, I'm working on a weekly plan with my boy, making the transition from daycare to kindergarten smooth, cute and fun.

Hope this helps for each of you too, mamas!

Our evening routine
From Monday to Friday, Nico and Oli go to daycare full time and as soon as I run to pick them up I hold those little hands and we go home, hug, and think what to do for supper together. Teaching them a routine is essential for us, not too strict, not too easy-going. I think the best strategy is to show them little responsibilities at home, Nico champions to set up the table, bring those leftovers (if any) as soon as he finishes eating back to the sink and wash his hands right after. School years are all about discipline and I want them to understand you can have fun and enjoy while learning. My little Star Wars fan always picks up books to read before night time, followed by a kiss and a sweet good night.

Never forget to high-five them, to tell them tomorrow will be a great day waiting for lots of adventures!

Our playtime together
Just get outdoors, no matter the season, no matter the heat or cold. creative thinking happens when you develop curiosity, and nothing better than doing it outdoors. Nico is the ultimate snail hunter, bringing tons at home and building them little forts your heart could melt. Teaching him all about nature, animals and to actually care about plants has made him a sweet little guy. Playing and learning outdoors will also help to develop the right stimulation, active and healthy kids and aware there's a ton of things to love.

Yay to magic forts!
Our Techy Time 
I think I'm the only mama left around here with a 4 year old and no iPad at home. Nico is the number one techy kid that can use my laptop, our gaming console, cellphones and ipod like a real pro. For us, technology is an essential tool with the right moderation nowadays for learning (and yes I totally see my boy coding at the age of 10). Little did I know that LeapFrog Academy
 offers an online guided learning program designed for preschoolers, teaching them a wide variety of subjects, like Math, Reading, Science, Creativity and lots more. What's rad about this, is that LeapFrog adapted new content based on their learning level, clever right?
I'm sure you want to try this, and LeapFrog Academy comes preloaded on the new LeapFrog Epic Academy Edition (we loved our pink and black one) with a free 3-month trial, and $7.99/month afterwards, win win!

Psst Psst: The LeapFrog Epic™ – Academy Edition tablet is available at Toys R Us, Amazon, and Walmart


Are you training your little ones for preschool as well? Would love to know all about it!



Disclosure: Thank you LeapFrog Canada for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.




Before we jump into Micheladas, Guac and Tortas, here's a little life update for you:
Remember a few secs ago when I was all excited we moved to a new condo and all that jazz?
Well, we are moving, yes, AGAIN!

This time, to our very dream house (and I mean this, so much). In less than 4 months, we sold our condo, rented a temporary one, put lots of things in a locker and I survived these past months with all my shoes inside boxes so believe me, this is THE best news, ever.

Now, talking about serious business, our Taco Tuesday love is a mandatory celebration (no, we are not Mexicans) but we're addicted to a dang good taco in this house.

Ta chido, you are way too cool, and we loved you.




We've been to a ton of Mexican places in the city, especially all the newest spots in my area, the Sud-Ouest and I gotta say, this place is incredibly cute, colorful, and extra yummy.  I honestly was a bit impressed with their portions, I guess I'm so used to tiny tacos and micro guac bowls.
Ta Chido nails it when it comes to portions and dishes full of authentic flavors.

What we tried (and Olivia ate mostly everything):

- Guacamole & chips
- Quesadillas Tinga de Pollo, shredded chicken breast with cheese
- Tostadas Hongos, mushrooms sauteed with sweet peppers and onions, topped with black beans, avocados.
- Tacos Pulled Pork
- Tacos Chorizo con papas
- Micheladas 


I need to go back for the tortas and brunch on weekends (I know, I know), already!

Things that I loved about Ta Chido:

- Their little terrace with tiny umbrellas
- Super affordable prices, you can basically come back every week and you won't be broke
- Micheladas: REAL ones, people!
- Cactus overload in every corner
- Best music and it wasn't mariachis
- Their sassy messages on the boards, what? gluten free bread? + Nacho chips are not Mexican food


Ta Chido Snack Bar
5611 Avenue Du Parc
Tue - Sun / noon to 9pm (weekends till 11:30pm)
Sunday Brunch / noon to 3pm
Reservations: we didn't do any, and the space is pretty big to accommodate big groups.
Price range: $
Kids Friendly: 200%! They spoiled both Oli and Nico, brought chips and high fives (: Bathrooms are quite small and I didn't spot any changing tables, so be ready.
You have plenty space for your strollers as well.
Take-out options: Foodora for Mile-End and Plateau.




Who else has summertime sadness? I can't be alone in the world with this feeling, right?
Just to cheer ma'self up, I decided to finally shoot today, after a dreary rainy morning and have THE best dumplings with my hubby for lunch (more on the dumpling biz later on, okay?)

I tend to get bored of my closet pretty easily and even though I shop a lot, I never find anything to wear. 

You've been there, on a daily basis eh?
I hear ya, and that's why I decided to style the same shoes and bag in two very different outfits, #win

Because I ain't got enough money to spend, let's be creative (:

Ps. Did you notice my new, homemade ha! hairdo? Self-high-five!


Believe it or not, this cute green bag is one of my fave and only cost me $8.
I kid you not, eight bucks.

Oh hey, stranger (acting like I'm cool, you know)
My reaction after my husband tells me I'm not good at posing today for the shooting, lol!
Strike a pose, hey maca (:

Ps. Zara, I want all, yes, all these booties!
Thank you for following along this fun and colorful ride, I deeply love you!
xo



SHOP MY FAVORITE RED PIECES 







A couple of weeks ago we experienced our first summer music festival with our kiddos and I'm still dreaming what's going to be the next one for us.
Most of my fellow mama friends thought we were a bit crazy, bringing both of them to Wayhome this year, but for us, parenthood means sharing all the things we love with them, showing them (in moderation) adulting can be super fun too.

Wayhome's stellar lineup included big names like Justice, Solange, Imagine Dragons and Frank Ocean (that I was desperately dying to see), and during the 3 fest-days they offer so many activities in one place, from camping on site, local food and drinks, a central locally-produced farmers market, early bird yoga sessions and different stages where you can sit, drink and be simply merry.

We had tons of questions on how, when, and what we did with both Oli and Nico during Wayhome, so here are some tips to make your next music festival an aww-mazing experience:


1. Don't be shy, just over pack ok? 
We brought anything you can imagine, at a point, we barely could close our car (I kid you not). You need to be prepared for shine, rain and even chill nights. You'll need to plan a checklist like we did, adding:

- Sunny outfits and accessories: sunglasses, hats, sunscreen (spray is easier), bathing suits, microfiber towels, bug spray (a must), 3 different changes of each Nico and Oli, and extra shoes.
- Rainy outfits  and accessories: light weight jackets, rain covers, ponchos, rain boots to avoid mud and some extra socks
- Your BFFs during the weekend: baby wipes, umbrella, baby wagon carrier our is this one, stroller, toilet paper, protective earmuff, binoculars, backpacks, lots of water bottles


Did I mention baby wipes, right?

2. Foodie homie, this one is for you
Luckily, at Wayhome we found lots of good and I mean GOOD food options this year. We packed lots of organic fruit pouches, granola bars, sandwich bread with jam and fresh fruits.
Taco trucks, wooden pizza and fresh churros were our daily menu, and I'm still thinking about how yummy it was. Before going to any festival, check the main map, number of food venues, and what kind of cuisine you can expect.

3. Camping errrybody?
If your music festival includes some camping options, you need to get the best of the best, la creme de la creme, ok? For our first time, we planned it very well and picked the most amazing equipment from our favorite outdoor brand, MEC. We found this tent, perfect for our family of 4 with tons of thin windows where Nico and Oli played peek a boo for a while #scoremama. We also brought this sleeping pad,  these sleeping bags and these wooden chair in blue.



Don't be scared mamas, just be prepared and bring your kiddos with you!
They'll love it as much as mine did.

More info about Wayhome here.
Endless thanks to MEC, for gifting our camping gear.

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