i always love featuring my mama friends on part & parcel because i think their bags will be drastically different than mine. i’ve been finding – besides the tonka trucks – there is a lot of crossover. especially snacks, because i love a good snack. you never know when you’re going to get hangry, and it’s best to be prepared.

alison’s backpack – something i’ve also been rocking – covers all the bases. this mama-on-the-go is prepared for any situation and looks so stylish doing it. for photos of the cutest kids, great family fashion and tough workouts, you’ll want to follow alison on instagram. but for now, let’s take a peak inside her bag.



my bag looks a lot different than it did four years ago. i love me a classy black cross body purse and still switch it up to one of those when i don’t have my two little sidekicks with me {when is that?! ha} but most days i am rocking a backpack! with two kids {one in each hand!} a backpack was a total game changer for me! i love my new grey Kute’n’Koo one but I switch between that and my super casual Boken Essentials backpack – perfect for our day to lives and weekend adventures.

what’s inside?

kirkland wet wipes
even when my kids aren’t with me, my wet wipes are my best friend. dusting the truck at a red light, cleaning my boots, wiping sweat off my face after teaching SurfSet – you name it. but mostly for sticky fingers and messy faces.

water bottles
a contigo water bottle for me and munchkin no spill water cups for the kids. we drink a lot of water and the moment we get in the truck Ryder asks for water.

must have snacks!! usually a selection of Lara Bars {coconut cream pie} & Kids Clif ZBar {iced oatmeal} & Love Child Organics Bars {cherry spinach}. my kids have this terrible habit {that i clearly started} of needing a snack every 15 minutes it seems. some may think my name is snack as i hear it more than Mom most days. most days. ;)

vaseline and bath & body works bare mint gloss
winter or summer my lips are dry so i am always putting vaseline on my lips but also love a little shimmer to make me feel a little put together even if i rarely really am.

my phone
mainly for the camera. photos as my love language and i LOVE love love taking photos of my kids. plus google maps saves my life most days. i am SO directionally challenged.

poop bags
mainly for the dog if we stop for random walks.

randoms: wallet, a couple diapers, sunscreen, hair elastics, chocolate if i’m lucky, plackers {because having something stuck in your teeth is the worst} and tissues.


what are your essentials?

Wooden Wrist Watch

i love christmas. it’s my favourite holiday. our family has so many traditions that surround the day, but the best part for me is the extended visit that i get with sister, and doing all of our favourite things together.

these include, but are not limited to, lots of coffee, brunch, brunch and more brunch, naps, sleeping in, talking until all hours of the night, cookies, making pierogi, watching all of the so-bad-they’re-good holiday movies, watching The Holiday, watching Sound of Music, crying (duh!), driving to the states to go to Target, making a trip to Dunkin’, lots of giggling, talking about arkells, tagging each other in memes, and generally discussing how christmas gets a little weird when you’re an older single adult with semi-newly divorced parents.

this year i’ve heard rumblings that it will even include matching festive jammies!

i also get to spend my holiday in sister’s beautiful condo, decorated floor to ceiling in the most pinterest-perfect modern holiday glamour. blue suede christmas tree included!

to me, there is nothing better than a trimmed tree, crackling fire, and snow-covered ground – i’ll even put up with the cold if it means we can get some snow for christmas.

it may happen in calgary, but for now it’s dry streets and open coats. i’ve even had to take my mitts and hat off this week because it’s been too warm. i’m not complaining. cute always trumps cold.

i’ve been showing off my new frankie JORD wood watch and all of the fashionable and adorable winter accessories that i own, but are far too impractical for the -25 weather that is common around these parts of the north.

surprisingly, i haven’t worn a watch in my adult years up until now. i’ve never been in a romantic relationship long enough to reach the “we’re buying each other watches.” milestone. which is, what, the first holiday to follow the meeting-the-parents milestone? dating is really strange, ya’ll.

it’s probably for the best that i was able to pick out my own watch, as i’m super picky. i like unique styles and nothing too delicate – my hulk-smash man hands would just look silly. JORD delivers just that, their 100% natural, hand-finished wood watches come in a range of colours and styles.

and not to worry, if you’re looking to get a gift for yourself, or that special someone, a gorgeous wood watch can still be under your tree before christmas. use my link to get an additional 25% off your purchase. plus, they offer custom engraving (make it personal and from the heart) and a beautiful cedar watch box (consider gift-wrapping complete).

merry christmas, lovies! xx

do you wear a watch? have you purchased one for a significant other?

thank you JORD for the early christmas gift. 

i’ve always been fond of hibernation season. like the bears, i have no interest in expelling a lot of energy in the winter. the occasional winter hike is pretty and all, but i’m not your avid ski bunny.

instead, you’ll find me under a blanket, drinking a warm beverage, and watching Shaw BlueSky TV. cuddles optional, but welcomed.

after getting to test BlueSky TV last winter, i changed my non-television-household tune. i was able to customize the content i wanted, and everything was easily found at the touch of one button.

the one thing i wished for was a way to access my Netflix account from the same remote. my smart tv made streaming easy, but i always seemed to misplace my second remote, and i never quite remembered which button to press to switch back to BlueSky TV.

little did i know Shaw was working in the background the entire time, finding a way to solve all my remote woes.

that’s right, now BlueSky TV integrates Netflix titles together with live TV, video-on-demand and recorded content so all my content in one place! it’s become such an easy experience. Shaw BlueSky TV’s signature voice-activated remote is the key to finding the shows and movies everyone’s talking about. say Netflix, see Netflix. so simple.

i am constantly blown away by the content created by Netflix, and make sure to mix in Netflix shows along with my old favourite content. what have i been watching lately you ask? it’s the weirdest combination.

  • Big Mouth – Netflix show; very dirty, NSFW, hilarious, cartoon
  • Ella Enchanted – because i’m actually a seven-year-old girl
  • BoJack Horseman – Netflix show; rewatched the whole season for the fourth time, troubled, funny, thoughtful, cartoon
  • The Holiday – will continue to watch every night leading up to christmas

you may think i’m joking on that last one. well, let me tell you a little story. after i finished grad school in 2008, i took a month break between when my internship ended and when i started my first full-time job. The Holiday had come out a year and a half before, and i loved it. after i would get home from the gym in the morning, i would make breakfast and pop in my The Holiday dvd. i actually watched it every.single.day.

i could always use more suggestions of what to watch; let me know in the comments what i should add to my list!


to celebrate the BlueSky TV and Netflix integration, Shaw wants to spread the love this holiday season. we’ve teamed up to give one lucky s&s reader a Shaw prize pack that includes:

  • Shaw water bottle
  • Shaw lip chap
  • Shaw hat
  • Stuffed Shaw Bot (his name is Bit!)
  • 3-month Netflix gift card

enter using the widget below. there are many ways to get extra entries but remember you must leave a comment to be eligible.

*open to canadian residents only, excluding Quebec.

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thanks to Shaw for making this giveaway possible. i happily pay for my BlueSkyTV and am proud to partner with Shaw.