Joanna Anastasia

style on a budget

Can you afford a spring adventure?

spring adventure

I believe the beginning of spring is the time for adventure, exploring new places, and leaving the coziness of home. It’s the time for discovering the outdoors once again, enjoying the fresh air, and reconnecting with nature! Except that in Canada, spring comes late and often teases everyone for a couple of weeks with sunshine, and then it snows on repeat. And when you have young, growing kids, spring is also the time to shop for new clothes!

Most of you know I’m very budget-conscious, but what you may not know is that I’m also a sucker for soft cotton and sweet prints. And my kids will wear anything as long as it’s girly, comfortable, and easy for them play and run around in.

So in effort to enjoy the first few spring days, we went to the Montreal Botanical Garden. It was a perfect day for the girls to also try on new dresses from Giant Tiger. The dresses are soft, cute, with fun prints and in my daughter’s favorite colours! And hear me out mamas: for five dollars each! This spring shopping left me with extra money to go out afterwards on a small adventure with my kids! At these very affordable prices I don’t feel like I spent too much on new clothes that now we should just stay home and stop using credit cards!

Je crois que le début du printemps est un bon temps pour partir à l’aventure. C’est le temps pour finalement quitter la maison et redécouvrir les journées de plein-air et de soleil. Mais ici au Canada, le printemps a l’habitude d’être un peu coquin. Il nous donne quelques journées de soleil puis nous surprend avec une dernière tempête de neige!

Et comme les enfants grandissent toujours un peu trop vite, le printemps est aussi l’occasion de magasiner de nouveaux vêtements! Je fais de gros efforts pour être économe, mais je craque toujours pour les designs mignons et les cotons tout doux. Et mes filles, elles aimes tout ce qui est confortable et mignon.

Alors pour avoir une avant-goût du printemps, même ici à Montréal, on a décidé de visiter les serres du Jardin Botanique. C’était une occasion parfaite pour essayer les nouvelles robes printanières de Tigre Géant! Elles sont confortables et adorables. Et en plus, et c’est vraiment génial, elles coutent 5$ chaque!

spring kids fashon

spring kids fashon

spring kids fashon

spring kids fashon

spring adventure

And while some adventures inspire you more than others, the funny thing about kids is that you never know what will strike their imagination the most. Next day, after my daughters ran around the cacti and palm trees in the Botanical Garden, they kept telling me how they loved these big plants. So I made a little cactus colouring page for them, and they ended up spending all morning on it! If you’d like to print it for your kids, you can download a free printable version by clicking here .

Alors, après notre visite au Jardin Botanique, je me suis rendu compte que les enfants sont vraiment imprévisibles. On ne sait jamais ce qui va les marquer et nourrir leur imagination. Eh bien mes filles ont adoré les cactus. Alors je leur ai préparé une page à colorier pleine de cactus (et vous pouvez la sauvegarder et l’imprimer pour vos enfants).

free printable Cactus coloring page

Also, can you tell how happy they were to be wearing new spring dresses? These two sweet and girly dresses are also from Giant Tiger,and for only five dollars each!

Et bien sûr, elles ont voulu porter leur deux autres nouvelles robes Tigre Géant. Voyez-vous combien elles sont contentes de les porter? Et ces robes sont aussi 5$ chacune.

spring kids fashon

spring kids fashon

And if you’d like a little inspiration on how to style them for special occasions, a hair bow and some little girl jewelry would be just enough to transform these cute spring dresses!

Et si vous voulez des suggestions pour savoir comment les porter, je pense qu’une petite boucle, avec un collier pour enfant seraient parfaits pour transformer ces robes de tous les jours en robe d’occasion spéciale.

kids spring fashion

Now, with these prices, everyone can afford a spring adventure! And so, where will you go?

Bref, avec du magasinage à ce prix, tout le monde peut s’offrir une aventure pour le retour du printemps. Et vous, où voulez-vous aller?

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Giant Tiger, all opinion remain my own.

Mommy and me party outfits on a budget

Mommy and me party outfits on a budget

December for our family means family gatherings, Christmas parties and festive dinners! So many special occasions to dress up! And lately, I just love it when both my daughters and me, we mach together with coordinated outfits! But since I think it’s really important to stay budget savvy at this time of a year, I decided to get one festive versatile mommy and me matching outfit for each of us, and simply accessorize it differently for different occasions this December!

And whats more elegant, festive and versatile if not a little black dress? I always loved little black dresses. You just can’t go wrong with a black dress! First, whatever your body shape is, they always look good. Second, you can use them as a “blank canvas” and by switching the accessories make them look completely different from one occasion to another!

So I decided to go for a black dress look for both me and my daughters. And when I say matching outfits, it doesn’t mean they’re supposed to be dress exactly like me. It’s more about similar cuts, shapes and colors!

Mommy and me matching party outfits on a budget

Mommy and me party outfits on a budget

Mommy and me party outfits on a budget

So for my first family party of the season, I decided to match my black lace belted dress with pretty sparkly flats and round classic earnings ( all from Giant Tiger!)  and add a simple classic watch.

Next dinner party,  I’ll simply switch for high heals, I’ll leave the belt and the watch behind and add a long necklace and a bracelet instead. And voila, I’ll have a whole new outfit!

And as for my daughters, I think that dressing kids in black and white makes them look festive right away. I found a perfect simple black dress (that comes in red too) for Rose, made from a gorgeous textured thick material,  and a sparkly black tutu skirt with a lovely festive tee for Lili, all at Giant Tiger! (And let me tell you, I seen a skirt like that a week ago in one very expensive kids store.. for five times the price! And this one, even prettier, was 10$! Now that’s a deal!)

matching party outfits on a budget

Mommy and me party outfits on a budget

Mommy and me party outfits on a budget

So this holiday season, instead of spending lots of money for many different outfits for me and my daughters, I decided to simplify my shopping and I couldn’t be more happy about it!

I feel we’re ready for all the family gatherings, Christmas parties, group photos and joyful dancing (even though my both daughters refuse to wear shoes!) and I know we’ll have best December ever! All matching together in our mommy and me party outfits on a budget! 

Mommy and me party outfits on a budget

Disclosure: this post was brought to you by Giant Tiger, all opinions remain entirely my own.