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London 2: Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge

That 6:45 am alarm came much to suddenly this morning.  In retrospect, I should have given us 2 days to adjust to time here, who knew that on Day 2 the kids would still be asking for sleep.  Regardless, they got up and were ready for our day trip to Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge.

First up was Windsor Castle, the weekend residence of the Queen.  I really think Lucia didn't believe Queens existed up until today.  A Queen was classified as a mythical creature along with unicorns and the Gruffalo until I had to explain to her that she did in fact exist, that she lived in this castle and that she reminds us every day of Grams.  So then that sent her on a frenzy of questions of -is this where she comes into her house too? and -does she mind having all these people around? was kinda cute.

They weren't as into the castle as I was...and we had to do a lot of talking as we walked through the State Apartment and the Doll House area...I loved how ornate the place was.  Actually, I th…

London 1

Sunday/Monday was a blur.   It went from cruising around Toronto (that means shopping) with the little group of Blended Bloggers that were left over to heading to the airport to meet Dan and the kids then to an overnight flight to Dublin and then another 2ish hour flight to London.  At least the kids slept an hour or two, but I couldn't do it.   Currently in zombie mode.   When we got to our hotel (MalMaison Charterhouse Square) we had to nap. Well I had to anyway before I started losing it.   After an hour long family nap, Dan headed to work and I decided to take the kids out on an adventure in the neighbourhood.  We're only 850 metres from St. Paul's Cathedral and I hadn't visited it last time I was here so it was an easy pick. First I had to devise a plan to keep them engaged and because Pokemon is all they ever want, it was an easy bait.  The deal was that if they came and learned something with me, they got to have some Pokemon time in the area. It worked like a …

A blogger meet up in Toronto

It was like a weekend long blind date...... e-Harmony but for friends..... Possibly one of the craziest things I've done..... But I spent the weekend with 10 other women whom I met online. Well, except for my real life bestie on the far right. We have a group of 14 bloggers who have been collabing since the spring of 2014 and what first was simple blog fun has quickly become a sisterhood.   Last year we met in Vegas, this year we settled for Toronto and had 11 members.
Trip highlights include a bus trip with wine and Niagara Falls, a walking tour of downtown Toronto, plenty of great meals, a shopping adventure and rooftop hot tubs at night.  I could go into the details, but for me, the actual trip to Toronto wasn't why I went...the Jays weren't even playing. What brings me the most joy about this trip is the fact that women from all walks of life, all ages (we had 30, 40 and 50 somethings) with a gamut of different interests took a leap of faith and traveled to meet women…

The legs of the race

If you want to see what I've been wearing lately, you'll have to hop over to the Blended Blog as we share our outfit recreations.  Check out the post here to see whose style I have been copying this week and look slightly put together, but in all reality, I didn't actually wear any of the outfits that I'll be posting for the next 3 Wednesdays.  Instead I staged 3 photo shoots because I have been doing this:

That's a live action shot taken by Lucia of me, frantically trying everything in my closet on for my upcoming trips.  That's trying everything on and hating it all. Why does that happen? N.B- that's not my hot pink tutu on the floor- that's Lucia's. She wanted to have fun too.
So in a period of one day, my two trips that I had planned for this month got schmerged (totally a word now) into one bigass trip that has left me learning how to pack.  I have never been away from home for more than 2 weeks before.  And while I may have been initially stre…