Away From The Studio For A Week: Heading to Montreal…Without The Kids!

My husband and I will be heading out east to Montreal at the end of the week…without the kids! Should I feel a little guilty about leaving them with my parents? Maybe a little and a little nervous. It’s the first time for both of them to be without us. However, they’re in good hands and they’ll have fun with their grandparents. Even parents need a holiday…

The last 5 years have been extremely busy. The 1st born arrived on scene 5 years ago and when he turned 2, I started Modern Coup. After that, the 2nd (and last) born arrived 1.5 years later. Now that they’re playing together and the little one is sleeping better, I feel that we can leave them for a little bit.

My husband and I are actually celebrating our 8 year wedding anniversary in Montreal. It’s a very special place for us. We went there for 3 weeks for our honeymoon and we’ve missed the city since. This vacation couldn’t have come at a better time. After having 2 kids and both our work being very busy, we are desperate for a break and some time together.

We thought about taking the kids initially, but I think the little one is still pretty young to travel that far (5 hrs flight). It’s different travelling with kids. Of course, there’s a lot more to take care of. They get tired, they need to nap and they only want to do their stuff. I think we’ll wait at least a year longer to take Nol somewhere. We took Pax to New York when he was 3 years old and he had fun. Although what he remembers from that trip is that we had breakfast buffet each morning and that I bought him a hot dog from the street cart…hmmm…maybe we could have saved ourselves a lot of money and did that in Vancouver.

Anyhow, this trip is just for us and this is 1 of the 3 bags I’ll be taking…


I’ve been using the Medium Zipper Tote in grey for about 3 years now. I haven’t had time to make myself a custom bag, so I reserved some time to do that. This is the Brown Utility Tote with 2 custom add-ons. I will be using this bag as a carry-on with my trolley suitcase. The luggage slot is going to be so useful. It’s awkward and frustrating when your personal bag keeps falling off the suitcase at the airport.

I also added 2 front pockets so that I can put my scarf in one and the other for things I need to get conveniently. 

The Utility Totes are in stock and can be shipped in 2-3 business days. The end of day tomorrow will be the cut off for orders that need to be shipped before I go.

If you would like the custom add-ons, it typically takes 5-7 business days to be handmade for you before shipping.

Orders can still be taken while I’m away, but the earliest ship date is Wednesday, May 18th. Thanks!



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