My Favourite Stylish Winter Boots

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I’ve never actually owned a real pair of winter boots. I have many pairs of UGGS for cold winter days, but once they get wet they are miserable to wear. This year I thought I could get away with wearing my Hunter boots, but they weren’t keeping my feet warm so I bought these cozy cable knit boot socks instead of splurging on new boots.

 

 

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They were definitely the most expensive socks I have ever purchased at $49.99, but I thought they would be much cheaper than buying new winter boots.

We have a mini getaway planned soon, and we are planning on spending a lot of time outdoors. I hate being cold, so I am thinking about splurging on new boots just in case my expensive socks don’t cut it. Obviously this has been terrible planning on my part since now I have expensive socks, and I’m probably going to buy boots too. Things like this make my husband crazy I’m sure.

Winter boots are a actually pretty fashionable these days, and even my Mom has cute Dior boots that are so nice I’d wear them in the summer. Ok, I think I’ve talked myself into it – I clearly need winter boots! Here are a few of my favourites that I found while shopping online that I’m considering purchasing (unless my Mom is willing to lend/gift me her Dior ones because she loves me so much).

 
 

 
 

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Sorel Women’s TOFINO kettle Waterproof Winter Boots

 
 

 
 

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Sorel Women’s SLIMPACK RIDING Shale Waterproof Boots

 
 

 
 

ALDO Burket Boots

ALDO Burkett Boots

 
 

 
 

UGG Adirondack Boot

UGG Adirondack Boot

 
 

 
 

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The North Face Thermoball Water Resistant Boot

 
 

 
 

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Icebug Diana Bugrip Winter Boots

 
 

 
 

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Browns Artica Boots

 
 

 
 

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Women’s Joan of Arctic Winter Boots

 
 

Is it a good thing that having a child takes up all of your free time?

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I was obsessed with deciding when I was going to have a baby. I’m a bit of a planner, so I tried to orchestrate my life in such a way that I was totally prepared to take the leap. I felt like I had to have certain things accomplished in my life first because having a baby would hold me back from some of the things I loved and needed to do.

Before I had a baby I had a really active social life – lunch and dinner dates with friends, lots of events on week nights and on the weekends, and in-between I was playing soccer, doing a pole dancing class with Cheeky Girls, doing both a pilates and yoga class, and snowboarding in the winter.

I was a busy girl! I was also working full time, and as a couple my husband and I spent a lot of time travelling.

I was sure having a baby would limit me from doing all of this, so I basically went into overdrive doing as much as I could. I remember saying to my husband that we needed to go on one last trip before the baby because I wasn’t sure if or when we could do it again.

Once I had my son, life stopped for a bit. It was my son, my husband and I in our own little world, trying to navigate our new life. We needed time to get to know each other, get on a schedule, and my husband and I needed time to learn how to keep this little guy happy!

Once I woke up from this mommy haze, I definatly realized that my personal time was limited. I was not only needed, but required for breast feeding, and I had a hard time leaving my son if he was fussy or upset.

I looked at things a lot differently at that point and realized I had to prioritize my time.

Out of everything I was doing, what did I really love to do?

I was keeping soccer, but pilates and yoga had to go. I took up running, which didn’t need to be scheduled, but could be done at a moments notice when my son took a nap, or things were slow at home. Eventually when I went back to work I got a gym membership, and although I rarely go, I only do go on my lunch hour at work so I can keep my nights open.

I sold all of my snowboarding gear since I didn’t really go that often, and instead of taking pole classes at night, I did a mom and baby class on my mat leave.

Travel didn’t stop at all – we just got more creative! This was something that was very important to us and we couldn’t give it up. We took our first trip with our son to the Bahamas when he was 7 months old. I packed like a very paranoid mom and made sure everything he ate on the trip was from home because I was scared he would get sick! He has been on a plane three times now at the age of 2.5, not to mention all of the road trips and weekend getaways he’s been on.

Travelling with a child is absolutely difficult, but it’s possible. We have learned along the way that sometimes he will annoy people on a plane, and that yes he absolutely needs a nap on vacation or he will turn into a raging little human. There was a steep learning curve.

The biggest change to the reduction of my free time was to my social life. I think I’ve been more particular with friendships, and who I choose to spend my time with. It can be really hard to get together with friends like I used to. I have lots of friends who I don’t see nearly enough! It think that’s a big part of getting older as well – with work, children, and just how busy life is in general, I find it’s hard to see my friends as much as I want to.

I also think I choose who I spend my time with more wisely as well. I’ve just stopped bothering with friends who weren’t supportive, who didn’t make an effort to spend time with me the way I did with them, and those who were only bringing something negative to my life.

I think overall having a child and losing much some of my free time was a good thing for me. I wasn’t prioritizing my life. I spent time with people who brought a lot of negativity to my life, and I spent a lot of time doing activities just to keep busy. Spending nights at home used to be something I loathed. I felt like if I wasn’t out doing something every night then I was wasting my time. Now that I am so busy with being a parent, I appreciate taking the time to stop and just be home. My only regret has been that I didn’t take the time to prioritize my life sooner, and focus on the things I really needed and wanted in my life. I’m actually very happy that I have less free time now since I’ve learned how to make the most of the time I have.

My Favourites From The Toronto Christmas Market

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Every year we head to the Toronto Christmas Market to do some holiday shopping, eat some great food, and just to generally get into the holiday spirit.

Usually we head to the market on a weekend, but this year we went on a weekday and it was great! No long lines, no crowds, easy parking – it was lots of fun.

If you have haven’t been, or haven been yet this year I have rounded up some of my favourites from the market this year.

 
 

 
 

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The KINDER Smile Booth is located on Santa’s Lane, and families can head inside and have their photo taken for free. I loved their cute Lil’ Sled Parking area!
 
 

 
 
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The Walmart Holiday Helper Workshop offers free hot chocolate, cookies, and they have lots of demo toys to try out. You can also get a free photo with Evan the elf, and they have lots of tablets available so you can order gifts from Walmart.ca on the spot.
 
 

 
 

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One of my favourite places to shop in the Distillery District is Blackbird Vintage Finds.
 
 

 
 
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I pretty much buy something every time I go there. I love all of their lotions and creams! They have great stocking stuffers and gifts that you can’t find anywhere else.

 
 

 
 
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Last year I did the BKR Beauty Water challenge with Blossom Lounge, and one of their locations is in the Distillery District.
 
 

 
 

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You can’t walk out of this store without buying something! Their curated selection for men and women, and their selection lifestyle products are totally on trend. Basically it’s a dangerous place for me to shop.
 
 

mini mioche is a store I’ve blogged about in the past (since I love it), and most recently I included some of their items in my Toddler Gift Guide.

I love that they have a great little play area for kids so you can take advantage of them being preoccupied while you shop!
 
 

 
 
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My favourite part about the Christmas Market is the food! The vendors outside have so much to offer, but some of the restaurants in the area are my favourites.

We’ve been to Mill Street Brew Pub which is pretty kid friendly (high chairs, kids menu, and nice and loud!), and El Catrin before, but after recently eating at Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie, we decided to go there again.
 
 

 
 
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They had high chairs and a children’s menu, and our son loved their gnocchi! The freshly baked bread basket was a pretty big hit with our toddler as well. One thing to note is that they don’t have plastic glasses, so I spent the whole time my son was drinking his water hovering around him in case he accidentally broke his glass. We had a great lunch! I love how pretty this restaurant is! It’s gorgeous. The service has been great both times we have been there, and the food was really creative and impressive. We had to stop next door to take home some macarons as well of course!
 
 

 
 
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The Toronto Christmas Market runs every day until December 21st! For more details visit www.torontochristmasmarket.com.