Stillwater Spa Hyatt

I can’t believe it’s been 9 months since I got married! My good friend Tracey gave me a gift card to my favorite spa Stillwater Spa in Toronto as a wedding present and finally nine months later i’m able to take a break and enjoy being pampered. I made my appointment for the Bora Bora Body Restore in the early morning so i’d be able to get out of the house and there before the baby woke (I hate being late). When I arrived the attendant gave me a short tour along with my change room key. I was the only one there so I was able to snap a few photos to show you how lovely the place really is!  
I was VERY tired and just woke up, no makeup, hair not done .. ready for a relaxing pampered morning is what i’m saying! 
I love the layout of the change rooms, you have the washrooms on the far end in a private section then the showers are right near the hot tub and saunas. Don’t stress if you forget anything they have a nice layout of morning must haves! (toothbrushes with paste, combs, razors, moisturizers and if you don’t see it they’ll find it!). One of my favorite early morning parts is the lounge chairs. They have an amazingly comfy cushion along with a tv (and headphones) so if you’d like to lay back and watch something you can. I took a nap! 
On either side of the hot tub you’ll find sauna’s. Honestly if I could spend every morning like this, i’d be one very happy women! 
After I had spent a small amount of time enjoying the change room I decided that I should put on my robe and head out to the treatment waiting area. They have a great selection of waters and small treats to enjoy while you wait for your treatment to begin. Two hours later I returned from my treatment. OMG I was so tired! All I could do was nothing haha so I went and took a nap in the lounger! Followed by a soak in the tub then a nice child free shower! 
When it was all said any done I spent my entire morning enjoying myself, I could of spent the day there but I had plans with my family to play at the park! If you’re looking for a great place to spend some time and money check out Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt Toronto. 
Hopefully you’ll love it as much as I did 🙂 

NIAGARA FALLS // Surprise Lunch Visit

We spent our last weekend looking at house after house after house in the Niagara Falls area. Sadly out of all the houses we were shown we really loved one but it sold before we were even able to make an offer 🙁 Depressing! Well after spending our Saturday morning looking at more we decided to surprised Uncle Morgan with lunch at work! Gryphen just adores Morgy! 
After we enjoyed our delicious lunch we picked up from Commisso’s Fresh Foods we strolled down and snapped a couple photos with the falls. The weather was beyond perfect! We had a very big surprise planned for after lunch so sadly we weren’t able to jump on one of the Hornblower Cruises boats to get a closer look at the falls. Gryphen was sad but she was pretty excited about our next destination! Stay tuned to find out about our little secret 😉

Trinity Bellwoods Park

I can’t say enough about Trinity Bellwoods Park, we love it there! It’s only a 5 minute walk for us and their is always something going on there. But for #CaptainGryphen it’s all about this play structure! haha Check out some of photos below of the place Gryphen loves to play!

 This area is for children who are a bit older, we don’t go over there much. Gryphen loves walking and jumping on the surface currently! 

Nothing better then a yummy fruit lunch after playing at the park all morning! 
If you’re interested in exploring Trinity Bellwoods Park check out their website (here). Don’t miss their Tuesday afternoon Farmer’s Markets 😉 

Little Italy: “Red Pegasus”

I was pretty excited to stroll in to Red Pegasus today with Gryphen; she was passed out in her ring sling! We had made a quick trip in last night but she was too energetic for me to look around but I had spotted a few things I wanted to check out today! After about 45 minutes of looking through this small boutique I decided to purchase two products by Pacifica and one from Pre de Provence. I love Pacifica products! They’re all natural and lets me honest smell utterly amazing!

I smelled pretty much every product on the shelf finally deciding on the Indian Coconut Nectar scented Reed Diffuser for $17.95 and the Hawaiian Ruby Guava Natural Soap for $8. Once I got in the door I was opening the box for the diffuser, it’s been sitting on my coffee table all afternoon and the apartment smells so good! I don’t want to leave 😉 **My secret trick to have the scent move quicker through the house is to place a fan behind the diffuser, it’ll have your house flooded with the most amazing scent in no time**

Needless to say I’m really looking forward to taking a shower later today, I would have already had one if Gryphen would have kept sleeping when we returned but she decided otherwise. The Hawaiian Ruby Guava is to die for! You can really smell the guava, we made a quick stop by Standard Pizza Bar on our way home and the girls LOVED the new soap 😉
The second soap we decided to try is by Pré de Provence which is owned by European Soaps. It’s a very silky feeling soap. Gryphen really loved that it foamed up a lot while she was washing her hands and smelled great after. It has a very light fragrance and leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturizer.  
 
If you’re looking for some yummy all natural summer soaps check out Pacifica & Pré de Provence. If you’re a deal hunter you can check out their website if you have an US postal box. I’ll be sending a package to Devon’s hotel this month 🙂 
 
Check out Red Pegasus’ website (here) for their store hours. They sell a variety of products including bath & body, children & infant toys and accessories, jewelry from local artist and Canadian artist, stationary & cards. Red Pegasus is the perfect place to get a birthday gift for those special people in your life 🙂 

Hornblower Cruises Niagara

If you haven’t already done it, do it! The Hornblower Cruise in Niagara Falls way AMAZING! The Staff were happy, outgoing, helpful and very passionate about their jobs. We took Gryphen who LOVES boats on the cruise and she was in love from the second we started walking down the docks. She kept screaming “BOAT BOAT BOAT” we missed the first two cruises so Gryphen was able to watch the boats. She ran around screaming and watching the foam!
We had a private tour with one of the engineers; Morgan. Morgan was teaching our almost two year old all about the boat and boating safety. We decided to stay in the enclosed area with Gryphen. She was getting very excited once we got closer to the falls and she could see all the water coming down.  This was Gryphen’s first time every visiting her Uncle Morgan at work and from her response I believe it’s going to be a regular trip this summer!
Hornblower Cruises have very reasonable prices; for the 15 minute cruise to the falls it’s $19.95 for an adult, youth 5-12 are $12.25 & children under 5 are FREE! You get a very fashionable red poncho for your cruise (which i’d recommend wearing if you plan on standing on the outer decks).
If you’re planning a trip to Niagara Falls this summer this is must see attraction! For more information on Hornblower Cruise’s check out their website (here).

Niagara Falls Day Trip

After several failed attempts to visit Niagara Falls we finally made it there! Oh boy did we have fun 😉 It was a warm sunny day and Gryphen was just getting over a cold so we were hoping she’d do “okay” and she surpassed and expectations we had for her.
We really wanted to take her on the sky wheel to get an idea of heights and she loved it. She spent most of the time looking out at everything around her (when we weren’t forcing her to take photos with us!)
Where we shall play mini putt later
The view of the falls from the Sky Wheel
Checking out the sights

 

My little cutie!
Always having a crazy hair day this girl
Gryphen doesn’t seem impressed

We decided to go into the wax museum, Gryphen loved it until one scene then she decided she had enough!

Gryphen’s breaking point.. Such a sad face 🙁

Devon decided he was starving and that we needed to get pizza stat! Gryphen then decided she needed to eat his pizza! Such a great Daddy sharing his pizza 🙂

She’s very interested in watching a little boy get yelled at for wandering around!
Pizza’s almost all gone!
Gryphen got a hole in ONE!!!
Now it wouldn’t be a perfect day without some Caffe Demtres at the end of it 😉

 

 

My yummy crepe… mmmm
Gryphen moving toward her Daddy’s waffle
We had such a great time in Niagara Falls, can’t wait until next summer to take her back. Hopefully we’ll be able to take her on the boat so she’ll get a better look!

Visiting Aqua Cage Fisheries

Another sunny day on Georgian Bay, we decided we’d take Gryphen to visit her Auntie Kana at work. Kana is the fish biologist at Aqua Cage Fisheries in Depot Harbour.

On route!
Gryphen getting to know DumDum
Playing on the net’s with Auntie Kana
Not too sure what’s going on here!
Don’t get too close to the middle or you’ll get wet!
Devon catching a couple fish!
Caught 1.. or 5!
Taking in the scenery
Running after the birds
Anyone home?
Auntie Kana, why is the bag moving??
This is why… FISSSSSSH!
Happy Family!
Giving Gryphen some cuddles!
Can never get too many cuddles from Auntie Kana!

That pretty much sums up our tripped over to Aqua Cage! It’s a good find on things to do in Parry Sound if you have children or are interested in Rainbow Trout farms!

BREAKING NEWS

Monday April 28, 2013 at 12:15pm Rainbow Haven Beach, Cole Harbour our second child Blue Raptor was physical & emotional abused by this man:

Dirty Ugly Finger Thief

We went for a family picnic to have some family time before we set off for Ontario on May 2nd to visit with our family and Devon to have some training for work. To do our normal thing, stopped off at the grocery store and picked up some food then headed out to Rainbow Haven Beach. It’s a really nice beach similar to Lawrencetown but with more sand and less rocks! Arriving at the beach I was at the trunk arranging our picnic lunch and our blanket for sitting while we ate. I had left the passenger door open since I hadn’t grabbed the water bottle or my purse yet. After preparing everything and helping Devon with Gryphen I had completely forgot my purse was tucked under the front seat.

We set off on the wooden path to the beach, having an odd feeling I mentioned to Devon to make sure he locked the car; beep beep. I put the blankets down and got our lunches read to eat! It was such a beautiful day on Monday, the weather was perfect!

Gryphen laying on Daddy as she eats his sandwich

We finished up our yummy food and headed down to the beach to play with Gryphen by the water, she loves getting super close then running away. We played for maybe only 7 minutes because with the wind it was a bit chilly! It was time to head back to the car and get home so we could start to prepare for our long drive to Ontario!

Running from the waves!
ME “My window looks funny, could it be the way the lights hitting it?”, Devon “umm i’m not sure”. We got closer & closer & closer but it wasn’t the sun hitting my window at all. It was a smashed window. Someone had noticed my purse tucked up under my seat and decided that HAD to have it. Blue Raptor was attacked!
Oh look my window is on the ground!
It didn’t just stop with my window, as we walked around the car we determined that the window was his second attempt to get access to the car the first being the drivers door lock.
First failed attempt on getting in my car
Sadly this guy got away with my Tory Burch purse, iPhone 4 & Samsung Galaxy SIIX, my Mat & Nat wallet (and all its contents) & Gryphen’s pink pacifier. I ask some random girl about to walk her dog if we could use her phone to call 911, she handed me her massive phone with a large crack on the screen.  RCMP arrived immediately to do a report then remove the glass for us.
After preparing a full list of everything that was taken from Blue Raptor we head home to see if we can track our phones via iCould & Lookout. Well iCloud was a complete bust! My phone was gone 🙁 BUT when I grabbed the iPad to I noticed there was an email from Lookout but when I checked Devon’s email there wasn’t one WTF. I grab my MacBook and open Safari, quickly open Gmail and change ALL the passwords on our email accounts then race to the TRASH bin to see if that’s where ALL of my emails have gone LOL Yes he deleted ALL my emails! After I stop laughing at his completely stupidity I come across the email from Lookout saying that someone tried to unlock Devon’s mobile phone but FAILED. I open the email and what do I see..
This ugly fucks face and thumb! Devon immediately pulls our the RCMP Officer’s business card out of his wallet to email the photo of the criminal. It’s not very often you get a photo of the guy who’s screwed your drivers door lock and smashed out your passenger window sending little shards of glass throughout your car where you & your 10 month old baby sits.
Do you know this man? Have you seen him before? If you do know him, tell the police. If you do see him; run drop kick him and when he’s down give a nice kick to the balls and then nicely call the police.
For those of you expecting us in Ontario this week, unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstance we are unsure of when Gryphen & I will be arriving since Blue Raptor is in the shop having some work done!