kids at the beach

Summer break is here!!! So now is the perfect time to share my favourite sources for the cutest girls swimsuits around (lots of boys ones on these sites too!). I've mixed in super inexpensive swimwear with more extravagant; small brands with some from big box stores. We like to keep a pair for the pool or ocean (these typically wear out most quickly), some for the lake (our special ones) and a two piece which is perfect for days when a rash guard is mandatory (making bathroom breaks that much easier). 

girl in minnow swimsuit
love by willow swimsuits

Whatever the occasion, I hope you find at least one pair that will be perfect for your little one this summer. Have a great weekend!

10 of the cutest summer swimsuits for girls


It's that time of year where the sun sets earlier and the crisp air means cozy nights inside become a must. Snuggling the kids while reading books in their pjs is one of the most treasured moments of motherhood (am I right?!).

children's pajamas

As my girls grow out of toddler sized pajamas, I have found the search for beautiful, quality, natural pajamas for ages 6+ an ongoing project for the best part of the last year!

If you've had the same experience (lack of good pjs!), you're in luck. Each time I came across a new company that fit this description, I jotted a note down and after hours of searching, I am now ready to share my findings with you all!!! Most of these companies cater for a wide range of ages, so even if you are in the baby stage, read on!

Please note: this post is NOT sponsored. This is advice from one Mom to another based on a real lack of pajama choice for our little ones in Canada.

Here is my criteria: 

  • Natural fabric - Both 100% cotton or merino wool are my go-tos for keeping little ones cozy and safe.

  • Aesthetics - I wanted designs that I liked and the kids would too. Cute animals? Yes. Giant sequin slogans? No thank you

  • Fit - For this particular time of year, I was looking for 2-piece pajamas that fits close to the body

1. Skylar Luna
This company is top of my list for a reason. With adorable designs (think classic stripes and holiday stars), these pjs come in a wide range of sizes that are not only cute but great quality too. 

Fabric: 100% cotton
Sizes: 12 months - 10 years

Skylar Luna children's pajamas

2. Parade Organics

You know how much I love supporting local brands and this Vancouver name has a flagship store at Granville Island, which is walkable from our house. Made from GOTS certified organic cotton, the material is noticeably thick/warm and the pajamas hit the mark on both price point and cute factor.

Fabric: 100% GOTS certified organic cotton
Sizes: 12 months - 6 years

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3. Little Auggie

Little Auggie makes fantastic quality bedding, sleepsacks AND pyjamas. The quality is high, the patterns are so sweet and you can easily find them across North America. 

Fabric: 100% cotton
Sizes: 2 - 6 years

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4. Om Home

Made right here in Canada, these 100% cotton jammies are a snug fit and are available in 6 different colours. The fit looks snug and the patterns are so fun!

Fabric: 100% cotton
Sizes: 6 months - 10 years

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5. Chasing Windmills

I fell in love with merino wear as a teenager and my love of its' versatility for sleep and play has never stopped. I love the designs and the fabric, these pajamas would also be perfect for base layer ski wear.

Fabric: 100% merino wool
Sizes: 3 months - 10 years

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6. Sleepy Collection

These printed pjs have serious style! Whether you love monochrome or dark and moody, they are cotton pajamas that come as the two piece basic set and also other variations. I love the way they drape and also that you can twin with your little.

Fabric: 100% GOTS certified organic cotton
Sizes: 12 months - 9 years

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7. Wilson & Frenchy

If you are a nature lover like me, you are going to LOVE these. They are one of my favourites and the cotton they use truly is the softest! They fit large to size so there is room to grow for your little ones and the quality is lovely so would be perfect to hand down through multiple children.

Fabric: 100% organic cotton
Sizes: 2 years - 7 years


8. Simply Merino

We did a post last year featuring this local Vancouver company and our kids still adore these merino wool pajamas. They fit close, are warm and cozy for night and perfect for base layer ski gear.

Fabric: 100% merino wool
Sizes: 6 months - 12 years

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9. G.Nancy

Another gorgeous organic cotton pajama line, this one also uses ethical water-based ink and high quality dye. I love the classic star pattern but there are lots of colours and patterns to choose from!

Fabric: 100% organic cotton
Sizes: 3 months - 9 years


10. Mabo Kids

These thick and warm pajamas seem to have a huge following, maybe due in part to their fun spot design that can be passed from older child to younger sibling. I love that there are gender neutral options, the cotton is organic and they are made ethically in the USA.

Fabric: 100% organic cotton
Sizes: 3 months - 13 years

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11. Burts Bees Baby

Organic pajamas for US$16.95?! Yes please!!! These jammies are soft, cozy and seriously cute. The fit is close to the body and there are so many options, there's something for everyone. Go check out their adorable picks for the holiday season. Sadly for us Canadians, they are currently only shipping to the US. 

Fabric: 100% organic cotton
Sizes: newborn - adult

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12. Sleepy Doe

Ethically made in the UK, Sleepy Doe's whimsical line of sleepwear extends beyond children to women too. With new designs each season, the prints are fresh and aesthetically beautiful.

Fabric: 100% cotton
Sizes: newborn - 9 years


I hope you find a pair of pjs your kids can sleep peacefully (and safely!) in and that you are happy with style-wise. Many of the larger retailers have started using polyester as a material for pajamas which is not breathable in the same way as cotton or merino. If you know of any other brands that would be a great addition to this list, please let me know in the comments below so I can share with everyone!

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girls looking out to the water from beach

Smallable is the ultimate concept store for kids, as well as parents! When I first discovered this beautiful online shop from France, I couldn't stop scrolling! With a range of adorable kids room decor, including the Numero 74 canopy that you see in some of the rooms I design as well as the sweetest selection of clothing for babies, toddlers, kids, teens and also women, this is a one-stop shop for all things kids (and Mom too)! Smallable carries some of my favourite brands, like Emile et Ida, Pom d'Api, Buho and Hundred Pieces as well as dozens and dozens more. I'm especially in love with the sweet romper you'll see Kaia wearing from our beach day last week and the white top on Noelle has to be felt to really know how soft it is! I wish the chambray pants came in my size!

Smallable is helping to make your shopping adventure a little sweeter with a $10 discount for orders over $100 on fashion items at Smallable. This offer is valid now until Mother's Day (Sunday May 14th) using the code WINTERMOM at checkout. 

Stripe Romper
Buttons on back of Hundred Pieces top from Smallable
kids on beach
beach romper
children's chambray pants with white top
playing on the beach

* This post was created in collaboration with Smallable. All words and photos are my own.


Please let me introduce you to the cutest way to get your kids to carry their own stuff...these adorable backpacks from Hershel Supply!

kids walking on beach with hershel backpacks

Founded right here in Vancouver, and thoughtfully designed for kids and youth, the Herschel Supply Kids Collection features sized-down offerings of classic Herschel Supply silhouettes.

Kitsilano Beach picnic spot for kids
Hershel Supply Kids Collection backpacks on beach

The kids pack (toddler sized) is perfect for my just turned 4 year old and the youth pack is the perfect fit for my 6 year olds.

Xavier lunch bag 

The lunch box is roomy and easily fits a small drink bottle and a full lunch. Xavier loved having his very own lunch box inside his pack that he could bring by himself.

toddler hershel backpack close up

With sweet design details like the leather pulls and carefully chosen colours, these backpacks will carry you from home to the beach or to school and through childhood. You can shop these adorable bags on the Hershel site or find in many local stores around Vancouver and now globally!

*This post was created with Hershel Supply. Thank you for supporting a local blogger! 


You may know Freshly Picked for their adorable baby moccasins and for gracing the feet of many celebrity kids, but did you know that they now have hard sole toddler shoes too?

flowers in kids brown suede shoes

Now that Kaia and Noelle are in school, Xavier and I head out for nature walks regularly. For this walk, I thought I'd let him take his new big boy moccasins for a try. Perfect for Spring (and summer and autumn too!), I love that the design of the hard sole shoes are made for a toddler who loves to slip on their own shoes! The lace-up look is super cute but the practicality of slip ons is ideal for my independent four year old.

nature walk
toddler shoes from Freshly Picked
treasures from nature
Xavier showing nature's treasures

When I asked Xavier what he thought of his new shoes, he said "really comfy", which is probably the best review you can get. Comfortable, practical and cute is a definite win for my mom life these days.

sides of Freshly Picked hard sole shoes

I love these new grown up moccs for my big boy, and you can choose from a wide selections of patterns and colours at Freshly Picked. Xavier is wearing the Next Step shoes in Weathered Brown.

*This post was created in collaboration with Freshly Picked. Photos and opinions are all my own.