Labor day sales

Fashion

Y’all know any 3 day weekend means sales and Labor Day usually has some of the biggest from all places.

So after Nordstrom anniversary sale if you still need some fall essentials or school clothes for the kids now is the time.

Let’s start with one of my favorite places to grab things for the entire family in style and at a great price.

H&M has 30 % off 200, 20% of 100, or 10% off 50 with code 3418.

These mommy and me dresses are from there and one of our favorites. I also just purchased a few great things for the kids for fall.

The next place with a great sale for the entire family is Old navy which is almost 50% off for the entire family .

The perfect place for family matching, denim jackets, jumpsuits, dresses, and basics.

Her jumpsuit and jacket are from old navy and on sale.

Another great sale is Macy’s which has stuff on sale for 40-60% off total use code wknd for extra discount. This is the perfect time to get shoes or free people stuff at a great price.

Free people tee and jeans at Macy’s on sale!

Perfect fall shirt half off and under 35$ which is a great price for a free people top!

Then Red dress boutique has 20% off everything with code omg20 which never happens! So if you have had your eye on something, get it now!

These are some of the items in my cart, plus the perfect time to grab a sweater !

Then another one of my go to shops for fall is having 40% off everything ! Goodnight macaroon

This sweater and these boots are both a fall favorite. These boots are on repeat all fall!

These boots are my fav.

Forever 21 also has 30% off everything with code laborslay

If you need a tutu for your little or a jacket I love plum is having 20% off with code ilovelaborday

Take me to the mountains

Family trips/ reviews

Banff travel guide.

All the must dos, family friendly restaurants, and beautiful sights.

After Drumheller we made the 2.5 hr drive to Banff to spend 5 days before heading home.

We didn’t book super far in advance so that limited our hotel selection. Banff is pretty busy during the Summer since not as many people travel during the winter.

Our hotel was in the perfect location, I was walking distance to everything in downtown Banff, as well as across from a bus stop.

Plus it had the cutest and yummiest coffee shop attached to it!

Elk + Avenue Hotel

One of the places we ate which had great reviews and kid friendly was the old spaghetti factory. The place was busy and there was a wait so I was glad we made reservations, but the food was sub par. Wished we would have found a less popular restaurant maybe.

Our first adventure there was the Lake Minnewannka cruise .

It was about 15 minute drive from our hotel, we took the scenic route and saw some great wildlife on the way.

Then we got down to the lake to get on our boat for the hour cruise. This lake is beautifully nestled in the mountains with tons of history.

Our tour guide and captain were super fun and nice. They let the kids take turns driving the boat which they loved. There is also a little cafe there for snacks and ice cream.

We followed our boat ride with a trip to the hot springs.

This is a tad overrated, I was expecting a natural hot springs to be set in the mountains in its natural settings. This is built more like a pool which natural hot spring water is put into.

I would recommend it if you have a little free time, I would block a whole day out of your plan for it. The view once again is worth it all.

I did some research for restaurants online and made some reservations based on that and we were let down by some.

We made reservations for The grizzly house which was a good choice. It is a fun interactive restaurant for the family. We order a couple of the four course meals to share.

Everyone’s favorite was the chocolate fondue.

The next was our big adventure.

we drove 2 hours to the Colombian Icefield adventure. It was worth the drive. The beauty, uniqueness, and education was fantastic.

You ride on the big bus out about 10 min to the Colombian Icefield then you get 30 minutes to explore. Dress warm!

Then from there we drove out to the skywalk which is included if you do the Icefield adventure. You do this on your own time and then get on another bus back to the chalet.

Then we stopped in some outlooks on the way back. The scenery is truly phenomenal.

Then we followed that up with the the Gondola and dinner at Sky Bistro

I had the chowder for dinner and it was some of the best chowder I have ever had. We had just been on the pacific west coast and I had some good chowder, but this hands down.

The next day was a little bit unplanned and explore day, while my husband took our niece to the airport.

We had breakfast at Tooloulous and it was yummy! By the time we left the line was long!

We followed the yummyness off with a walk to Cascade gardens it was beautiful!

Then we had a carriage ride Banff trail riders. We had a great tour guide and did the 30 min ride for the more scenic route.

Also, some things Banff is famous for.

The beaver tails. I’m not much of a sweet person, but we got a few to try and they were good.

Also, a fun thing we did was stop by the Indian trading post to see the “merman” that we learned about on the Minnewanka boat cruise. We also ended up getting the kids some cute Indian made moccasins.

And last my favorite place we ate while there for the service, location, food, and vibe was The Park distillery.

If you have the chance to travel to Banff, you will not be disappointed. If the kids were older or we had more time we would have loved to get some hiking in as well as see Lake Louise.

If you have any questions leave a comment or send an email!

Xx

May

Where the Dinosaurs roar

Family trips/ reviews

But have you ever been to where the dinosaurs lived?

Drumheller, Alberta, Canada is seriously the land of the dinosaurs or what’s left of them.

We flew into Calgary and made a stop over night I’m Drumheller before heading to Banff.

There is seriously soo much to do in this area. I wouldn’t recommend going on a Monday or Tuesday as some of the restaurants are closed because it’s their slow days.

We stayed at the Ramada. There isn’t a whole lot of hotel choices, but this is the best. Simply because it has an indoor pool and giant water slide. (Parent win)

The first night we ate at O’Shea’s Eatery whose parking lot was connected to the hotels so it was just a small walk.

We started our day at Royal Tyrrell Musem the kids had so much fun and even better there is tons of exploring that can done outside.

Following the museum we did some exploring outside then made our way to The worlds largest dinosaur .

It is fun and cute, but doesn’t take a whole lot of time. Just depends how long it takes you to climb 114 stairs.

We made a few stops at some smaller gift shops and fossil stores.

From there we went out to Rosedale suspension bridge and did some more hiking and exploring.

Then we stopped at Cafe ole

The s’mores chia latte was so yummy. It was cute and a quick place to grab a bite.

Some other options we looked at were closed. But, I would also recommend The asteroid

We also wanted to eat at Bernie and the boys bistro but they were closed as well.

Then our last stop and possibly one of my favorites was the The Hoodoos

We only saw a fraction of things that were to see and do there in our day before we headed on our 2.5 hour drive to Banff.

We started at the Musem and I had planned our day in this order because it made the most sense driving wise.

There is tons of other small shops, museums, helicopter tour, and more.

If you have the chance to visit Drumheller or have an extra day when in Calgary or near the area. I highly recommend making the visit you won’t be disappointed.

Stay tuned for my travel guide on Banff next. We spent 5 days there and crammed as much sightseeing as we could in.

Xx

May

If you have any questions I would love to hear them. Or if you have been there what’s your favorite thing you saw?

Traveling with toddlers .. again

Family trips/ reviews

Toddlers vs babies.

Everyone is always scared to fly with babies but that’s honestly the easiest time. Wear them, feed them, change them, and let them sleep.

We have been flying with our kids since newborn, plus numerous road trips. But when it comes to a about a 12 hour travel day between 2 flights, layovers, and 2 hour dry, plus time change we have to be prepared.

Even for shorter flights these are great activities to keep the kids busy and occupied.

Now the kids are older and excited about traveling and going on a plane and we are going to be gone 20 days. Just under 3 weeks with some driving and flights in between.

So we got the kids their own new suitcases to carry on and do 2 big bags checked, well because I over pack.

I’m from Texas where it’s just hot as hell in summer, Canada can be 80 in the day and 50 at night (brrrr) so I need all the options.

Mackenzie suitcase

These suitcases from pottery barn are the perfect size to take on the plane for the kids and get them so excited to travel and make them feel big!

On the go maze book

Our 4 year old is obsessed with mazes at the moment, it might not be handwriting but it’s practicing with a pen and keeping off technology for a short time.

Wikki stix

These are actually great for both kids and reusable. It’s like clay but in a stick and easy to travel with and share.

Vetch camera

Y’all these cameras have been so fun for the kids. We got them back in October when we were traveling to Disney world for their birthdays. They have used them regularly. They not only take pictures and videos, they can make filters as well as play games.

Mermaid puzzle

Reusable sticker

Y’all Melissa and Doug is always a go to for us for toys at home and traveling activities. We got the magnetic puzzle and reusable sticker book set. Our daughter is obsessed with stickers, our son was too at this age.

Water wow

Another great Melissa and Doug product ! We got these for our son. Mess free and technology free.

Fidget toy set

This toy set from small fish on amazon is a new purchase. But movement and sensory of the toys should be interesting and new to the kids. Will post an update on the kids interaction with them.

We will also bring iPads and a few “surprise toys.”

We also have some toddler headphones from amazon. Blue for our son his are actually bluetooth capable and charge or can use cord. Our daughter has a cheaper pink pair with cord.

If you are traveling with younger toddlers as well and need some tips, message me.

We use to fly with car seats on board, this will be the first time that we don’t. But we have all the tips on that too!!

Where are your summer plans?!?

Stay tuned for our Canada travel blog post!

Xxx

Happy Summer!

Maygen

Nordstrom anniversary sale 2019

Fashion

••Christmas in July••

Whose excited ?!? I know I am, it’s the perfect time to get some fall basics plus more.

Beauty, kids, men, and shoes. My oh my shoes.

The early access is Friday for cardholders. I will be shopping as soon as I can.

I am sharing a few of my favorite items that will for sure be in my cart!

This is going to be the first thing in my cart, this item will SALE OUT!

Snakeskin hat

This hat is perfect for fall and under $40. You want this hat!

Pink midi skirt

Under 45$ runs TTS.

Blazers and leopard print what could be better for fall?

Leopard blazer

65$ and fits tts.

Perfect for brunch or a night out.

Blazers are always a favorite for me and plaid is still on the radar !

Plaid blazer

70$ and I would size up. Top shop blazer!

The. This next jacket is always on the sale in multiple varieties and a big hit. After August 9, the sales prices go back to normal so if you buy it after the sale it goes back to full price.

Normally 188 on sale for 125$ runs TTS. This one is suede but there will be other options.

There is tons of jeans that will be on great discount that will also sale out and not restock, if their is a pair of jeans on discount you want, get them before their gone.

Next a couple of my top shoe choices.

Tory Burch slides

Y’all these slides are 128$ that’s almost $100 off the regular price. I would size up 1/2 to whole size up. Perfect for summer to fall transition and will last for seasons to come.

Mylo bootie

These are the perfect fall bootie !! These will come in a couple of variety of colors.

Steve Madden

These will also come in variety of colors and be a top seller too! Under 70$

And if the T3 curling iron has been on your list now is the time to grab it for a steal as well as their blow dryer!

I will link tons of things through my like it to know it page! Follow me on mayritchie15!

I will also be adding denim, beauty, athletic, kids, and men!

Hope you find some great items! Let me know if you have any questions and what you find!

Xxx

Maygen

Bento box craze

bento boxes

Not gonna lie, I might have an obsession and I might be a little bit crazy.

I get questioned by people how, why, and where do I get these? Even the craziest of all is it a subscription? I almost died laughing. But maybe I’m onto a gold mind. Just kidding. I’ve been told I’m extra. I’m not sure, extra is the world but it’s what I’ll use now.

Anyways, I like to go above and beyond for my kids in ALL things. I like to be ME. I like to try my best… and then I like to get a babysitter and order pizza. BALANCE.

Anyways, I am going to do a few updated bento boxes.

Super cute, super easy spring flower bento.

I used this Flower cookie cutter for the sandwich and apple.

I used Ezekiel bread , low fat cheddar, and organic ham grilled cheese.

Then I cut the apple in half and cut the front half off to push the flower cookie cutter through and topped both with a strawberry.

I added some popcorn with some colorful and flower sprinkles.

The DINO bento box is always a favorite and comes in different ways.

This bento included a Dino cheese cut out using these cookie cutters.

Added some rolled up ham, then a “green forest” of grapes and broccoli.

The best part is the Sugar free blue jello with the Dried mango turned into fish with Edible food pen.

They also get a snack at 10:30 and 3:30 so could add more cheese and meat if it needs to be more substantial.

This is also a regular and one of my favorites.

Out of this world bento !

I hand cut carb balance tortilla into a star and add cut up ham, cheese, and spinach. You can add whatever toppings you want.

Then I put Greek yogurt with some black Sparkle gel and sprinkles for the galaxy.

Then for the alien I cut and deseed a green apple use the same gel to glue Edible eye.

The is also a favorite and easy go to which so much option to edit.

Race car theme. This one isn’t to pretty. Sometimes packing them makes it difficult.

You can use a bun, but I just used a hot dog with baby tomatoes cut in half and green cheese to stick it together.

I cute some cheese in triangles for “cones”

Then I used carrot chips for “orange light. ”

Then I did a stop light apple assembly. I use Granny Smith and jazz Apple to create the red and yellow.

I hope you enjoy the info and will be adding the info to my amazon market place.

https://www.amazon.com/shop/mayritchie15

Check my amazon page for updated bento items.

Also, follow me on Instagram for more bento, crazy toddlers, and fashion.

Mayritchie15

Xoxo

Please share or message me with any questions!

Girls lunch

Family trips/ reviews

Life get busy for everyone and sometimes as moms we have guilt for doing things for ourselves, but I have found that it is better for everyone. It helps me reset and gives me a break.

I am going to round out my top 3 favorite places for a girls dat lunch or brunch.

My first is Bloom and Bee.

This place is seriously the prettiest cutest place for girls lunch. It is inside the beautiful post oak hotel. The hotel has an amazing spa and close to great shopping if you want to make a girls trip out of it.

Their Sangria was so good and pretty. Everything they serve is fresh, pretty, and tasty.

We started with some ceviche to share, which was tasty.

Then I followed with an endive salad! With was fresh, colorful, presented well, and of course yummy.

But what makes this place also, one of my favorites for a girls lunch is the decor, chairs, and table settings. It’s truly every women’s dream decor.

My next top place would have to the The Kitchen at Dunlavy.

We got a few plates to order and we needed ho with so much few.. not to mention a few crafts of mimosas

I didn’t try it but they have a chicken and waffle salad which looked interesting.

The view is beautiful and the inside has chandeliers all over it for a very chic decor.

The prices are responsible and I highly recommend for a brunch or lunch for anyone. ((Without young kids preferably ))

The last place on my list is Flower child .

This is a favorite of mine regardless if it’s quick or long and relaxing. I have been here many times and have been satisfied with everything I have ordered

But my all time favorite has to be the avocado toast! I don’t always love chunks of avocado but, the way they make it is seriously the best.

Plus this place is also kid friendly and on the healthier side.

If you have an favorite brunch or lunch places in the Houston or surrounding area! Let me know I would love to visit !

Father’s Day gifts

holidays guides

Okay okay okay.

Seriously y’all. How is is almost Father’s Day?!? I’m not ready. Life has been crazy over here. Lots of trips, activities, and events.

Plus my kids are out on summer break, I need those 2 days a week of school. Like seriously.

Anyways. I have rounded up a few of our ( or my favorite gifts for the husband and my dad for Father’s Day ) and a few that are on my radar. 👀

First, is one of my favorite is a nice dress shirt. bugatchi is one of my favorite brands to by! I love the patterns and sometimes even a plain color with with detailing on the cuffs.

White long sleeve

Short sleeve polo

Another one of my favorites is a good cologne. Great for Dads or spouses.

One of my favorite smells is this Cologne !

One of my favorite gifts that I had made was these Photo socks!

This is our exact pair! With photos of both kids and it says Daddy we love you! These are perfect for anyone !

Another great gift for the man in your ice is this Yeti soft cooler. It is perfect the the outdoorsman or guy who likes a few cold ones.

This is on my list this year for my husband. He is an avid coffee drinker, I might just actually borrow it too. 🤣unless he takes it to the office. Coffee warmer

Okay the last thing that’s on my list for my husband this year is this Corn hole set. We love to be outside and bbq so this will be the perfect summer addition. Plus he might like bud light.

10 minute summer make up

beauty

Who doesn’t love a tan sun kissed simple look ?! It’s my daily go to for a quick and easy put together look.

I regularly use ST. TROPEZ tanning mousse to give myself an at home tan. It’s never perfect, but well life. But I always get compliments on how it looks natural.

Then something I use year round is Wild Rose Oil it makes such a huge difference in the way your make up goes on and looks, so much brighter and smoother.

Then a go to foundation for me is NARS foundation. I wear shade Patagonia and is perfect blend with or without spray tan.

Then I follow with Tarte shape tape concealer I add some under my eyes, in between my eyebrows, and middle of chin.

Then I add some Setting powder from Laura mercier. This is something I use year round and one container last forever. I add this under my eyes and forehead as well.

To give me a little more contour and definition I add #instamarc contour powder in the color mirage filter. I use the darker shade and contour under my cheek bones.

Then I love me some blush. So I add some Dior rogue blush on the apples of my cheek and follow with a dust of Hi lighting powder. I love a little extra shimmer.

Then I finish off with my all time favorite mascara that I have been hooked on for a while now by It cosmetics and follow it up with a nude lip gloss from Marc Jacobs.

Twinning Tuesday.

Fashion, Uncategorized

I love matching and coordinating looks for the whole family! Might as well do it as long as I can.

I’m going to share some updates on our more recent mommy and me looks as well as what’s its our cart for some upcoming matching looks.

H&M has been on the top of my list lately and have some new cute items coming soon.

But these palm trees dresses are the cutest and super comfy: This pattern also comes in different items, such as shorts, rompers, pants and more. The perfect summer or vacation outfit.

Palm Leave outfits

Then can’t forget the super cute and affordable matching family swimsuits from amazon. We are getting a little collection, but their seriously the cutest and great quality and not to mention most ship prime.

Leopard swimsuits

These leopard swimsuits are defiantly on my favorite list. Who doesn’t love matching and who doesn’t love leopard?!

Then we also have these super cute family matching suits.

Family matching suits

These are super cute and comfy! Another one of my favorites when it comes to matching swim.

then the cutest and comfy yoga pants for you and your little. These are seriously so stinking cute! Tie dye is one of my favorites and so are yoga pants!

Tiny tots clothing

These are just a few of our recent mommy and me styles! I can’t wait to continue to match my little for as long as she will let me. I’m sure one day she will be embarrassed by all these photos, but for now I’ll soak it all up.

If you buy and of these share your photos with me. I would love to see!

Follow me on LTK mayritchie15 or on Instagram. I would love to connect and see you match your littles too!

Xx

Maygen