Mom and son getaway to Retro Suites Hotel


A few things that I want to remember from this trip…

Owen telling me how nice it was to be able to talk without one of the girls crying to be on my lap.

Racing Owen to the lobby of the hotel.

Him playing little pranks on me.

Our late-night hot chocolate run to the hotel restaurant in our pyjamas.

Staying up way too late watching movies.

Waking up way too early to watch cartoons.

What I’ve learned most is that him and I need to do this more often. Even if that means my mom taking the girl’s for a night and we stay in playing video games. This one on one time was for him, but it meant more to me than he will ever know.

If you’re looking for a perfect getaway for your family, your partner, or girls night in, Retro Suites is the place to be! This retro style boutique hotel is only an hour drive from London, offers amazing service, a great restaurant or room service and if you feel like leaving the hotel (which we haven’t yet!) there’s the theatre, aqua centre and brewery up the street.

If you didn’t have the chance to getaway this march break, there is still some availability if you want a night away. If I haven’t sold you already, kids eat free all month long! Yup, that’s breakfast, lunch or dinner! 🙂

Thank you for having us Retro Suites Hotel! This was just what we needed! 🙂

Canadian Girls Need Coats written by Rosyln Constanzo


I would say that I’m very open-minded when it comes to clothes—I love outlandish pairings, offensive proportions, and unorthodox style. That’s the stuff of fashion, I think. Likewise, I appreciated living in a big city because of the inherent “anything goes” attitude. But if there’s one oversight that I regard as a style sin, it has to be treating your coat as an afterthought. The guilty party is typically a would-be put-together woman on the street who relinquishes any and all style cred by wearing a ho-hum everyday parka over her otherwise chic ensemble.
“She might be cold,” you say, and yes, parkas have their place in a Canadian’s wardrobe—in fashion, even. But most Canucks spend such a significant chunk of the year in heavy layers, it’s imperative to have fun with our outerwear and to make sure it enhances our look rather than detracting from it.
Canadian girls need coats. At least that’s how I justify my ever-expanding wardrobe of teddy coats, leather jackets, faux furs, puffers, denim jackets, and wools. Coats are so integral to my look, I often rely on them to make my simple jeans and tee into a bonafide outfit. And when asked if I want to check my coat at the door of an event, I always decline.
“I’m a little chilly,” I lie. But what I really want to say is, “No way!  This faux fur chubby makes my outfit, don’t you see?” (It always makes me think about Carrie Bradshaw having to remove her statement shoes at her friend’s baby shower). Not to mention, a wardrobe of great coats will help you get through that winter wardrobe slump. So next time you go to pull on your run-of-the-mill puffer, remember that there’s probably an ankle-length yeti coat or a colourful, menswear-inspired wool out there, waiting to work wonders in your closet.

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