Once we landed in PEI we had a car that was rented for us through a company called Turo. Since it is almost impossible to rent cars out East, this company has created a program that individuals are able to rent out their personal vehicles for you to use during your stay. Like AirBnb but for cars! We picked it up at the airport, and dropped it off before our flight, and the whole process was seamless—highly recommend if you plan to take a trip out to PEI!
Our stay was planned out for the 4 days we were there to adventure around Cavendish, PEI. The restaurants, the landscape, and the people were what made this trip unforgettable. We stayed at Kindred Spirits Inn and Cottages which was a cute cottage type rental with a pool. It was right in the heart of Cavendish so it was easy for us to get around from this location.
When you go out East, you’re usually going to eat the seafood….but coming from a person that doesn’t eat seafood I was a bit nervous on what to expect. I will tell you that I ate fish down there and for the first time I ACTUALLY LIKED IT! Here is a list of restaurants you MUST see on your trip to Cavendish:
Blue Mussels Cafe: Try and get a reservation during their sunset, the view is incredible! We had the crab dip, Tilapia (which was caught that morning), and the steak!
We also had a trip down to Anne of Green Gables and had a tour through the property by horse and buggy. The man that took us on a tour and shared lots of fun information about the area. We were also able to head down to the coast where we walked along the private beach. Highly recommend doing the 1 hour tour if you are able to! It was lovely!
One of the highlights of the trip was the private dinner we went to right on Cavendish Beach! They have an event called Always Yours that runs all of June which organized different romantic dining experiences and signature events throughout the month. If you visit Cavendish, make sure to check out this event as it was amazing! The Fine dining on the beach was accompanied by live music by Tara MacLean, oysters and champagne on the beach to watch the sunset. It was my first time trying ceviche and I was blown away! Was this the trip to start me enjoying seafood? Quite possibly!
The trip was short, and sweet, and the perfect amount of time for Duncan and I to recharge, and spend some time together. Love our kids dearly, but it was nice to not have to wake up in the middle of the night, eat out at a restaurant and not think of the mess we were making, or stay up past 7 and watch the sunset each night! And as much as this trip was just what we needed after such a long time of survival mode, I can’t wait to head back here with our kids! We loved it so much we want to make this trip out east an annual thing!
If you have any questions about this trip, send me a message! I’d love to chat!
We started potty training Liam just before his second birthday. While reading this I want to say that every child is ready at a different time, and I DO NOT have the answers to how to do this right as we are still struggling with it. But why not share a few tips we have found successful to help out the next mom, right?
First of all, whoever said potty training would take 3 days lied. Family Day was approaching and I saw this as an opportunity to do three straight days of being naked, and BOOM he'd be potty trained. This is not what happened in the slightest.
Liam was showing signs that he was ready. We have had our potty in his bathroom since December, and we would use it every night before bed. He would also talk about using the potty, and could pull his pants down himself. After reading a few blog posts about this, I figured we were ready to take a stab at it.
It has not been easy, and thank goodness I also have a friend who decided to tackle this beast on the same weekend, so we have been helping each other through this! It has been a month now since we have started, and we are still having accidents, but taking each day as a new day!
A few things that has helped us:
- Spend the first 3 days bottomless: this way we could help him recognize when he had to pee and show him that we RUN to the potty as soon as we get that feeling.
- Use a sticker reward system: I drew a picture with a path and some fun animals, and every time he peed/pooed on the potty he would get a sticker! Once we got to the end I told him he would get a prize, which was a book about trucks!
- Provide snacks when they use the potty: We would celebrate each pee/poo with excitement and a graham cracker.
- Read to him on the potty: We had a few books in the bathroom at all times, and a few fun ones about poop. I will link them at the bottom of this post! We also used a "Super Bunny" and named his Super Pooper, to make things fun!
- Read the book "OH CRAP! Potty Training": I skimmed this book, which has a lot of great tips. But a lot of moms I have spoken with say it is the potty training Bible.
- Using Mickey Mouse Training Underwear: We chose a character that he really likes, and use these during the day to help him get used to wearing underwear eventually.
- Have lots of patience: Like I said before, we have been at it for a month now and still not completely potty trained, and it is hard, and frustrating for all parties, but we are all learning and eventually will get there.
I do feel like he had a bit of a 4 week "regression". When we would ask him if he needed to go, he would scream NO! and then started having accidents. So now what we have been doing is making it a routine to go at certain times of the day: after we wake up, before we go outside, before nap time, after nap time, before dinner, and before bed time. This way I don't ask him I physically pick him up and say "It's been a long time since we have gone to the potty, we are going to go sit and try".
So like I said before, I am not a pro, we are making mistakes, but hopefully some of this was a bit helpful for you as you tackle this big event with your toddler!
We have been planning the basement playroom for a few months now, and was hoping to have it done before baby number 2 came. Obviously we took on too many projects before becoming a family of 4, and this one took the back burner. But I'm happy that its slowly coming along.
Our first child is now two, and is VERY active. We as parents also love doing active things, so when planning the basement we knew we wanted it to be full of adventure. My husband insisted on a rockwall, and I'm glad he won that battle. It actually turned out to be a very easy, and quick DIY, so I thought I would share our process.
- Rock Wall Holds
- Spray Paint
My husband cut the wood to the size we needed. We purchased the thickest plywood for it to be more solid. We then used 2x4's to frame the wall to drill it onto the existing wall in the basement. Before hanging it up, we predrilled the holes for all of our holds. We could have drilled a bunch of holes to be able to move things around later, but we decided against it.
I then spray painted all of the holds three different colours, to match our colour scheme. They didn't have any sealer, so I'm sure I will have to re-paint them eventually, but with one coat the holds looked great and it took less than an hour to do all 20.
I waited a day after spray painting the holds before putting them up on our wall. And the finished product looked AMAZING! I love the colour choices, and Liam is already going up and down it (with help from Mom & Dad) everyday!
This is on our wish list! It would be perfect for our playroom, sliding into our ball pit, bringing it outside in dry weather, and it looks great!
Liam LOVES the outdoors and so rain boots were a must for him. I have a pair of hunters and they have lasted me 10 years, so I know they are durable. Bring on the rain!
This toy has been fun for us to cut fruit and name colours while we play. This will be a great toy to grow with as he uses his kitchen space.
This was something on our wish list for awhile. This toy has so many open ended purposes; rocking balance board, a seat, a safe haven, a bridge, a house, a step, a slide, a yoga aid, a fort, or a dinosaur! It can be anything you want it to be.
Liam is always wanting to use our vacuum when we are, so this toy allows him to help tidy the house. Now how to continue his love of cleaning for years to come..
This stylish baby swing is just so cute! We were looking for one for awhile, and fell in love with this design
2 in 1 bike, to grow with your child. As we get ready for Spring and Summer this is toy is one we are looking forward to using!
Promotes imaginary play, with the realistic farm animals. While they play you can name the animals, and sounds they make.
Perfect for the active toddler. It is designed to develop your little's muscles and strength, & coordination