Frosty Snowmen Smiles

Fun Christmas breakfast for all, fristy snowmen pancake balls with an icing snowdrift

Good morning muffin!

Such an endearing little word, I call my kids muffin all the time! It just sounds cute, cuddly and something you want to squeeze…. ok maybe a little off topic 🙂 Its early, my little muffins are still snoozing and its a school day where hot lunch is not exactly going to be bringing that many…

Curried Red Pepper and Carrot Soup

If you love a little spice on a freezing cold day then this bowl of goodness is sure to warm your socks off! Being english where curry is almost the national dish and growing up with my fathers daily dose of spice, I have gained somewhat of a hot palette. Definitely ease up on the spices…

A Bowl of Pumpkin Goodness

Happy Thanksgiving to all our new Canadian friends, celebrating this glorious autumn day. Vancouver is truly such a spectacular landscape and I am so thankful for meeting many amazing people in the short time we have lived here. Having travelled and moved home so much we value all our wonderful friends scattered across the world. Each time…

Seriously Soup Anytime!

Ok mums or for that matter caregivers everywhere!! Has it been a shock to the system September?? Yes its back to school and Pro-D Days already, conferences, after school juggling schedule madness galore! I don’t know about you but my head is already spinning!   The biggest thing I am hearing on the playground is…

Redefining your Life

I wouldn’t say I am generally a skeptic, but lets say I am cautious. I tend to not celebrate something I don’t understand or share it. On the flip side when I find something I truly love and I am passionate about, I shout about it and want as many of my friends and family…

The Vancouver Color Run 2016

What better way to engage new members of the West Van Run Junior Crew to embrace running, than with a full on kaleidoscopic running frenzy at  The Color Run Vancouver. We were up bright and early saturday morning to deck ourselves in an unashamed collection of mad clothing, make up, hair paint and tatoos. It was literally…

Photography by Nikki Baxendale

Photography has been a lifelong passion, a love affair with light, glass, expression and location. I have shared my life through the lens with so many wonderful clients and friends and now living in Vancouver this backdrop is a true gift. Having enjoyed this first year soaking up seasons and shooting for gallery and art…

Mexican Mothers Day

Wearing a smile as wide as the ocean, cheeky quips that could curl your hair but love as colourful and neverending as the rainbow so frequently present on our journey

Rustic Fare with Fabia MacNair

An afternoon with Interior Designer, Fabia MacNair of Styling Spaces. The power of women, friendship and designing spaces to live and feel better.

Alex & Lily’s first date

Alex and Lily hit the town for their first date! There is a special bond between twins and so many firsts they will share together.

Dreams & Goals Ivivva Style

ivivva Park Royal hosted Canadian Olympic Athletes: Micayla Gatto (Women’s Downhill Mountain Biking) and Krista Guloien (Women’s Rowing). The girls were given the opportunity to hear the athlete’s stories first hand and work alongside them to set obtainable, courageous and fierce goals!

Easter Bunny Waffles

An easter treat packed full of goodness, protein power and smiles a perfect combination!

Messy Finger Chicken

Why not put the rules aside for a night and just enjoy great food kid style. Its amazing how many goodies you can squeeze in a sauce along with the smiles that follow.

Dark Chocolate Indulgence

The perfect indulgence, its good for you when you pick one with high cacao content. Full of goodies read more to discover the power of Chocolate.

Veggie Curry Bowl

Warm and brighten up your day with this Veggie bowl filled with anti-inflammatory, vitamin and mineral rich goodness!

Chocolate Nutty Butter

If you love this delicious treat but are would like to eat something thats actually good for you then try this oh so easy treat at home and avoid all the nasties. this recipe is quick and delicious.

Almond Breakfast Muffins

Stop!!! don’t throw away that creamy pulp. The by product of all your hard work making almond milk is a fibre rich protein gift. Try this breakfast treat that everyone will love.

Homemade Almond Milk

This little nut is packed with so much goodness. See how to make easy and delicious almond milk to avoid the imitations at the store.

Iron Boosting Bison

Living a busy life as a non stop mum on the go, it wasn’t a surprise to learn my Iron levels were low. They are actually a little too low and therefore I really needed a supplement to help. I had heard that most iron supplements are pretty hard on your body so I asked…

Matcha Green Ginger Smoothie

If I’m honest I have to say I have never liked Matcha, I am a coffee girl through and through. The thought of switching to Matcha as my morning pick me up seems like total insanity.  Sarah, founder of Eat2Run and my nutritional guru looked at me like I was bonkers when I told her,…

Curry with Mango Avocado salsa

For as long as I can remember Curry has been a staple in my family, while my father loved it, I loathed it growing up. The aroma filled every corner of the house and I could not understand what the obsession was about. However as I hit my teens and first dates at the local…

Turmeric Tea / Feel good Frittata

Day 1…. I always start the morning with my favorite anti-inflammatory tea, its so simple, delicious and stops the immediate urge to reach for a coffee. Simply peel and cut up 1 inch each of Ginger and Turmeric root, place in a tea infuser along with half a skinned and seeded lemon and a big…

Happy New Me / You

How many times have you found yourself making a new years resolution, starting a cleanse or spring cleaning your house??? I know I have moments of extreme refreshing in the quest for a happier, healthier and simpler life. It is however a vicious cycle, no sooner are you tip top, feeling great and your home…

SPRING TEMPTATION

I’ve lived in many amazing cities and always felt that February gets a bad rap, it literally has a cloud hanging over it. When you have embraced the holiday season, enjoyed a cozy fire and a favorite sweater by the time February hits isn’t it time for spring!!! Vancouver brings with it rain and more rain…

A glorious time to detox!

It’s time ! I’ve had an active 7 months since moving to Vancouver, its been a busy ride and a fabulous one. I haven’t sat still for a breath let alone a detox and system overhaul. After a long white weekend on the slopes in Whistler it’s home to West Vancouver and glorious sunshine. A surprising…

No end to the summer, A beach playdate.

Surrounded by new friends and the beautiful backdrop of Dundarave beach, an extra day of summer! What could be better. We are just a few weeks into a new term at a new school and already it feels like we are home. Friends are the people in your life that make you laugh louder, smile…

A ‘Soletastic’ Event

Growing up I remember being very bored. We didn’t have the wealth of ‘stuff’ our kids have today, there were no electronics, well until the Binatone tennis game appeared on the scene becoming the much sort after activity of the day. Mostly we would be sent outside with a ball or a bike and told to…

Cranberry, Ginger, Pumpkin puffs

Working with Crate and Barrel, Literally life created a Thanksgiving feast filled with fairytale adventures and tempting treats . Celebrating kid style and deep in the forest where the squirrels joined the party and tried to make off with the fare! To see the full article check out our feature on the Crate and Barrel blog here….

Imagine…. a Thanksgiving Feast

  I’m so thankful we live in a place where we have forests for our thoughts and feasts for our imaginations. Where magic is born in the drop of an acorn and the laughter of children. When you close your eyes, step into a woodland room and see a banquet the way you want it….

Autumn Berry and Plumb Tart with Gingery Creme Fraiche

I love the change of the seasons, the crisp air on a bright morning as I run the seawall in my beautiful home of West Vancouver. I also can’t resist the extra treats, adding a few extra calories is ok when you burn them a little faster in the cooler months, well that’s what I…

West Van Run 2016 Promo shoot

When Kirill of West Van Run asked if I could take their promo pictures along with my fellow runner and shutterbug friend Shannon of Cuddlebug captures, It was an easy answer. This group really is the definition of team and as part of them we were thrilled to capture some awesome shots to promote this great event….

Granville Island Turkey Trot / West Van Run Junior Crew

I remember running when I was only a little older than Hudson, Chloe and Lily. For me it was competitive, long distance and training every morning 6am at the track running 1500 Mtrs. I can’t recall it being something I would call fun, it was miserable getting up in the cold, so eventually running gave…

So much to be thankful for…..

I’m so thankful we live in a place where we have forests for our thoughts and feasts for our imaginations. Where magic is born in the drop of an acorn and the laughter of children. When you close your eyes, step into a woodland room and see a banquet the way you want it. There’s…

Popcorn / Pizza Party

Leaving Chicago in June and moving to Beautiful British Columbia, meant 13 weeks of summer vacation for Hudson, Chloe and Lily. Vancouver is ‘Literally’ the most beautiful place we have ever been and the kids are having the time of their lives. Everything at ages 6 and 7 is an adventure, a creative opportunity and…

Wild beautiful and free

Waking to the sound of the ocean, the smell of the fresh air, twin squeals and wild adventures. 

Last nights of Summer / Beach Popping

As the evenings shorten and the Vancouver skies start to show glimpses of the storms ahead, its sheer bliss to soak up the last days of summer down at the beach, just steps from our new home. It’s been a couple of years since the kids have seen our dear friends Nick and Dylan, visiting us from…

Sea to Sky escape

What would you do if you had one rare day without the kids??? so many options, such precious little time! Well Mark and I decided to hike for 2 hours up the Sea to Sky trail in Squamish. An amazingly gorgeous day, a 1000 meters plus climb over 12 kilometers through some of the most beautiful trails,…

Every Summer has a story

Time to just be, enjoying the beauty of our local beach. Fresh air, hide and seek, crabbing, chasing gulls and making new friends. The best summer, the most beautiful place in the world, so happy to be here. When you have a moment come join us for some smiles and a few scowls they all…

Squamish splash

This has to be the longest summer on record for Hudson, Chloe and Lily. Having moved from Chicago where the school ends at the end of may and arriving in Vancouver where school starts in September means a long hot summer of lakes, hikes, ice cream and adventures. I need to keep stopping and breathing the…

Almonds/ superfoods that taste soooo good

In January I stopped eating dairy and have never looked back. I do miss the occasional mature cheddar and Branston pickle sandwich but overall there are plenty of alternatives that satisfy and often taste so much better. The number one that springs to mind is Almonds, this little nut is a Super Food. Being the…

Lynn Valley Creek jumping 

British Columbia is filled with gorgeous hikes and adventures. Chloe, Lily and Hudson didn’t think about their iPads once when they saw the creeks at Lynn Valley.    As Mark and I struggled to keep up, they leaped from rock to rock ending at their own little blue lagoon.          We will definitely be…

Friday Fire, Turmeric, Rainbow Chard and Ginger booster

It’s almost the weekend and today we all have a choice to look at our busy week and focus on our worries or the joys that have crossed our path. The weekend for most is a time to recover and recharge the batteries. However for lots of us it can be the start of full…

Fresh start friday / blueberry parfait and homemade almond milk latte

This morning we were all excited to pick our first blueberries from our new patio garden. Delicious bright, bold and juicy little bubbles bursting with goodness.  It was time to make everyone a parfait and mummy a homemade almond milk latte sweetened with dates to start the early weekend off with a healthy kick. To make…

MMM Monday Morning Motivator

Literally MMM……. After our first week in BBC, Beautiful British Columbia its time to start realizing we live here. Its hard when its just so beautiful not to live like you are on vacation every day. So this morning its Monday Morning Motivator, join me with a little zing to start the week off in…

GAME TIME

Time for some Father’s Day games , here are some highlights from the day, to see my full article check out the Crate and Barrel blog here This ice crushing mallet was ‘literally’ a hit! As the games came to a close, preparations for the afternoon feasts were under way. Finny was on hand to…

FRESH CATCH – Father’s Day Part 3 with Crate and Barrel

As our family embark’s upon their next adventure, with a move to the beautiful city of Vancouver, we spend a fond farewell and a Father’s Day to remember with our dear friends the Kuesis family. I watched with mother’s pride as Hudson learnt the laws of the lake, guided by Max. Shooting this scene I…

Bundtlette Breakfast Cakes

Rise and Shine it’s a beautiful day to enjoy some delicious yumm with Literally Life. If you are waking up this morning wondering what to make, you might delight your family young and old with these delicious and healthy bundtlette pancakes.  I partnered this week with Crate and Barrel to create a Father’s Day feast….

FA*BLE / farm to table, Father’s Day with Crate and Barrel

It’s been a busy week for the Baxendale family, we are packing up our home to move to one of the most beautiful places on the earth. We couldn’t be happier, having lived apart from daddy for almost three years it’s time to reunite our nest. Vancouver will be the beginning of a wonderful new chapter…

Delicious preview!

This week has been somewhat busy, packing up the house to move to Vancouver and working on a fabulous new feature with Crate and Barrel, so much to be excited about! Look out for our new posts coming this week. With Mark home this weekend it was the perfect excuse to try a new delicious recipe, check…

A creative day, my passion

I just had so much fun today, I think I have finally discovered my calling, mixing a retail background with creative art direction, cooking and photography!!! This truly is the most fun thing to do. Stay tuned for the next article coming soon!

A wedding wish sent with love / how to create the perfect package

Mark and I had the delight of attending the wedding of two very dear friends, Jim Fielding and Edison Briones. With a spectacular backdrop, the O’Donnell house in Palm Springs and an intimate gathering of those near and dear, it truly was a magical day. As any fellow passionate photographer or creative will tell you,…

Mother’s Day with Crate and Barrel, part 2 Tempting Treats

It’s no surprise that when Literally Life partnered with Crate and Barrel to create a Mother’s Day celebration, a tower of delicious treats would be the centerpiece. I think Chloe and Lily thought all their birthday and christmas wishes had come true to be able to make so many sweet delights and try some new ones….

A Mothers Day Celebration

Literally Life partnered this week with Crate and Barrel, to create a Mothers day afternoon filled with decadent drinks, blissful bites and tempting treats. Chloe and Lily were all giggles and smiles to be able help plan, make and share in the celebration. They had grandma and the ladies from St Marks day school in Barrington all ready…

A totally delicious ‘Aqualicious’ day

It was all squeals of delight when a pinktastic package arrived this week. Chloe and Lily were both thrilled that the Pinkalicious series had taken a splash into an aqua adventure. Bringing tales of Merminnies and messages that home is not always where you think it is. This story was a true joy to both read and create…

Easter Bunny Day Hurrah!!!

Well Easter is officially a success and the Easter Bunny is still real phew….. The table was set last night, eggs filled, garden sticks planted and baskets at the ready. Quick distraction while the bunny went to work…..fun mummy breakfast with a few surprises. The Easter Bunny is very sensible when he visits us, he…

The Night before Easter

This Mummy is a wee bit tired 🙂 I just started the prep for tomorrow and haven’t yet filled an egg. However I think its going to be a really cute and fun easter. Hudson, Chloe and Lily have already had 3 easter egg hunts, tomorrow the official bunny should be passing through our neighborhood…

Rainbow smiles Lucky Me – St Patty’s day fun

I’m constantly told enjoy it now because they grow up too fast! I think I’m in slight denial of that being true as I have definitely not grown up myself and I am having so much fun suprising our trio with the belief in all things magical and fantastical. St Patty’s day is just the…

St Patricks Lucky Krispies

Whats green, lucky, sticky and sweet, well currently Hudson, Chloe and Lily! This weekend we had so much fun making our version of an all time favorite, Rice Krispie treats. For St Patty’s the multi colored treasures hidden inside boxes of lucky charms are just perfect, just add a splash of green and wait for the…

Every little girls dream birthday

What do you get when you mix five beautiful diva darlings with a sleep over in the big city, lunch at American Girl and high tea at a classy hotel? Lets just say Eloise would be proud!! We arrived at The Drake hotel in downtown Chicago and the games begun. What better way to tour…

Make-up and Mischief, Every little girls dream day!

Having spent most of my career leading creative design for children brands I’m not sure Chloe and Lily had any concept of what lay ahead. On their fourth birthday I gave them a taste of all things girl fabulous with a trip to New York. The girls were showered with make overs at Bendel’s ,Trump treats and were allowed to try on…

Ocean Kisses

It’s a wet, ice storm kind of day in Chicago today. So this morning Hudson, Chloe, Lily and I huddled around bowls of hot oatmeal topped with Nutella discussing spring break and remembering our favorite beach holiday moments. Here is an image I took of Lily that I adore and a quote I love.

Le Macaroon Ladies – Life is Sweet

Masterchef Junior is now the top choice in our home and when the girls saw the incredible Macaroons that Nathan made in season 3 they were begging to try some of their own. Now did I mention being an overachieving mum? Well after taking on these tiny but oh so tricky little sweet delights, it seemed…

A not so Ugli afternoon treat

I’m so excited when its Ugli fruit season. Whilst it’s appearance might mislead you the taste certainly won’t. This beautiful fruit is one of my favorite citrus treats. The flesh is so juicy and delicate and if you are lucky to get one perfectly ripe it has wonderfully refreshing bite without the sourness of a…

Rosemary spring chicken with caramelized fennel

One of my favorite dishes is roasted chicken with rosemary. It that brings back memories of spring nights back home in my mothers kitchen. I now love it paired with caramelized fennel and a crisp salad of spinach and granny smith apples.  The rich flavor of fennel is a delicious contrast to the tart apple….

A Birthday is a family affair

Lets face it, the older you get the more likely your birthday will be celebrated by those younger than yourself on behalf of you 🙂 I couldn’t think of any better contenders than my cuties who are always so eager for me share my day. ” Qu’ils mangent de la brioche”  “Let them eat cake!”…

Fabulous Fondue Fun

I thought I would really send the kids into a spin this week and try something I remember with great fondness growing up, Fondue! Every Friday night we would gather and share the delicious treats dipped in velvety chocolate and sigh as the sizzle told us the last bites we fast approaching. Hudson, Chloe and…

Nutella waffle sandwiches / Start the day with a smile

Its day 36 for my wholelifechallenge and Im turning a corner with sharing the experience with my 3 little followers Hudson, Chloe and Lily. At ages 6, 6 and 7 its not always easy to make a full transformation but one small step in the right direction in one less step in the wrong. So lets see how…

How to get through the freeze

  Today the chill burns your cheeks and the only way to get through it is to remember the sunny days shared in Montauk, the best summer ever.