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giving thanks

14th October 2014

This past weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving, and in our neck of the woods, it lived up to its expectation of a beautiful Fall weekend. Leaves have turned into bright reds and oranges, the sun was out, the air was crisp, and it was just a gorgeous weekend to be outside. Unfortunately our little girl had a fever for the first two days of the long weekend, so we were house-bound, but on Sunday we got out to our family cottage for one day and night. And were we ever glad we did…

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We have so much to be thankful for. Our happy, growing girl, our health, wonderful family, amazing friends, a home that we are making perfectly ours, jobs that we enjoy, and each other. It is nice to have a holiday that makes you reflect on the larger picture. It is easy to get wrapped up in the small struggles of the everyday sometimes, but when you take a step back, it is so easy to see how amazingly lucky we are. DSC_1105Sidenote, have I ever mentioned that Maya is super strong? Like if I’m trying to take something out of her hands, it’s a major tug of war. And I don’t always win.

This pumpkin? Totes no big deal. She’s all, “What, this? No biggie, ma. Now what?” DSC_1133

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Taking inspiration from the outdoors, thanksgiving table decorations were easy to put together.

A palette of wood tones + gold + white candles + linen = perfection. Throw it on a black tablecloth for some drama like I did, or use a burlap table cloth for an even more earthy vibe.
DSC_1159 These leaves were cut out of a copper coloured aluminum foil, but you could also just grab leaves from outside and place them down the middle of the table. Really simple, but creates a beautiful, warm table, don’t you think?

DSC_1162Sources: ‘Thanks’ napkins, Script Bowl, Round Wood board, Stoneware Plate. All from Chapters Indigo. They have gorgeous stuff, hey?

Oh and do you follow me on instagram (I would love it if you did!!)? Anyway, I posted the latest house pic last week. Beginnings of a porch! Stone along the front bottom of the house! Progress is happening.

IMG_20141009_135448And while I’m going on about thankfulness, I should also just mention how grateful I am for all of you who pop in here. Your support, comments, “likes”, and emails are what make this whole blogging thing so much fun. I really (really!) appreciate all of you. Thank you. 

 

DIY cardboard tube crafts via the sweetest digs

Viva paper towels + cardboard tube crafts!

13th October 2014

Since Maya started eating solids at 6 months, it has progressively become a more and more messy affair. We went from feeding her purees in a neat and tidy way, to finger foods which she loves to squish into her high chair and occasionally drop on the floor, and now we are at the stage of letting her have at it with her own spoon. A bath is usually pretty necessary every evening around this place.

This was at the beginning of a meal. I’m pretty sure some of that yogurt made it into her hair by the end…

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I had been using a wet washcloth to wipe down the high chair tray, but it always got all full of squished food and I was having to throw it into the wash every other day. So I started to get into the routine of using paper towel to wipe down the tray first and pick up all of the bits, and then usually go over it again with a washcloth quickly afterwards. Are you guys paper towel users? We actually almost never used them until our little monkey showed up. But how can you get mad at that face?

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I tried out the new Viva(R) Vantage* Choose-A-Sheet* Towels with V-Flex* Weave  recently and was super impressed.

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The sheets are nice and thick and are more textured than the paper towel we had been using previously. I found that I didn’t even need to go over the high chair with a washcloth after using these towels. Anything that makes clean up easier for a parent of a messy toddler is a win in my books.

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The nice thing is that they have this stretch capacity, so it can really make it over any surface. Like into all of the nooks and crannies of the high chair. And the thickness means that it soaks up everything in one go. You don’t need multiple sheets for a cleanup.

Oh, and the other fun thing? All of the crafts you can make with leftover cardboard tubes! Seriously, who knew, right? I so want to make those colourful fish.

DIY cardboard tube crafts via the sweetest digs

Sources: 1. japanese flying carp (ie. fish), 2. castle 3. advent calendar, 4. cardboard tube christmas ornaments, 5. DIY Honeycomb wreath.

Viva paper towels are available at most large grocery and department stores. Keep your eyes peeled for them, and head on over here to get a $1 off coupon!

This post was brought to you by Viva® Vantage*, however the images and opinions are my own. For more information please visit www.vivatowels.ca.

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DIY wedding: vintage window seating chart

22nd September 2014

Do you remember that old 6-pane window that I turned into a picture frame, and then painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint and gifted it to my brother and sister-in-law for their nursery? Well, before it ended up on baby Mae’s walls, it also moonlighted as a vintage window seating chart at my girlfriend’s wedding.

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Here it was after my original makeover (see that tutorial for how to add wire for hanging photos). DIY vintage window turned picture frame

And then where it ended up in baby Mae’s nursery. DIY vintage window picture frame - the sweetest digs

But let’s back up to the seating chart. My girl Courtney was getting married, and had decided on elements like vintage blue mason jars, old hardcover books, and beautiful succulents for her wedding decor. I knew the vintage window would fit in perfectly. I pretty much forced myself as her wedding stylist along with another pal, Caroline, so I took over the seating chart duties.

To make the little sheets that would hang in the window panes, I grabbed some cream coloured cardstock and downloaded the “Travelling Typwriter” font. Instead of doing a sheet of paper per table, since there weren’t 6 tables, I organized all of the names alphabetically and then identified the table number beside their name. So it looked like this: “Name…………………. Table No”.

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Then it was just a matter of printing and cutting out the sheets of paper and clipping them onto the wire. Here is a pic I snapped on my phone that night. You’ll see I also made a “Name & Table No” piece for the top, and a “Find your seat” sheet to sit on the wine barrel. The whole thing took very little time to make and looked pretty darling. DIY vintage window seating chart - the sweetest digs2

And here is a much more beautiful photo, care of their lovely photographer Findley FotoDIY vintage window seating chart - the sweetest digs1

More photos of their gorgeous day to come later this week!

Okay seriously, vintage windows … you can use them in so many different ways, hey? Don’t hesitate to ever grab these on the side of the road if you ever see them in someone’s garbage. Junkyard gold. 

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Getting sleepy

1st May 2014

**This post has been brought to you in collaboration with Carpetright**

Let’s have some pillow talk today, guys. I’m curious – what size of bed do you guys have in your bedroom? Single, twin, double, queen, king, california king?

I had a single bed until I was about 14 and then changed rooms and graduated to a double. I did the double bed thing all through University, and in my first post-Uni apartment with Dan. In that little apartment Dan and I had, you couldn’t have fit anything bigger than a double, and since we are both fairly tall and really like our space when we sleep, we couldn’t wait to upgrade. Our very first purchase after we bought our house was a king size bed. Go big or go home, right? And let me tell you, it’s ah-mazing. When you just want to get some good sleep and not feel your partner tossing and turning, or get away from some snoring, a big bed is the best. I totally commend couples who sleep in small beds, but man, I like my uninterrupted sleep. If I go to bed early, Dan can come in hours later and totally not wake me up. As a light sleeper, this has been amazing. And plus, there is so much room to bring Maya in and have a good family snuggle! I can totally imagine her, and a future brother/sister, coming in on weekend mornings and jumping on the bed to wake us up.

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We bought a medium firmness pillow-top mattress and it has made the bed so ridiculously comfortable. Even when I’m at a hotel, I usually still can’t wait to get home to my own bed.

Carpetright, a leading UK retailer for floor materials and beds, has a huge selection of mattresses available online. From memory foam, to orthopaedic, to ones with temperature control, there are a ton to choose from. The only thing I wish we had done differently when purchasing ours was to go for something made with more natural, organic materials.

Okay so tell me – what size of bed do you have? Do you love it? 

**This post has been brought to you in collaboration with Carpetright**

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repost: an easy easter garland (with paint chips!)

15th April 2014

The fact that I’m very much a “real time” blogger means that on weeks like this, when the baby has been sick for 6 days and I have been bogged down with trying to get permits and paperwork in order for our reno (+ taxes, etsy business, and other regular life stuff), I just don’t have any content to post. Ugh – sorry guys! My poor monkey has had a fever, projectile vomiting, diarrhea, no appetite, and a crazy terrible diaper rash. She is on the mend, but it’s been a doozy.

As you can imagine, I haven’t done much to decorate for Easter this year. But I did pull out my easter egg garland that I whipped up last year using leftover paint chips. It’s so simple and still one of my favourite little holiday decorations. Check out the full post here for the tutorial.

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Have you guys done any leftover paint chip projects? Doing anything to get ready for Easter?

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we’re baaaack!

11th March 2014

Sorry to have totally dropped off for the last 10 days or so, guys! Can you guess where we were? Puerto Ricooooo (for some reason I always need to say this with my terrible spanish accent and lots of emphasis on the “oooo”! Ha)! One of my best girlfriends was getting married and I was in the wedding party, so it was a fabulous excuse to jet off for a week of fun in the sun.

I had full intentions of publishing some blog posts last week, but completely forgot my power cord to my computer. In the end, that was probably a great thing as it meant I could only occasionally check my email via phone, and instead did a whole lot of this.

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Not too shabby.

Today I am getting life back in order here – groceries, laundry, etc – but will pop back in later this week with a post or two! Catch you then!

Oh and in other news, I entered East Coast Creative’s “Crafting with the Stars” series here. There is no way I’ll make it to the top 12… but you need to head over and check out the other entries. There are SO many amazing projects you guys. Seriously. But if you want to show this girl some love, head on over and click on my entry — #144, plus also enter yourself for their giveaway for a Punta Cana vacay. Uhhh hello! Amazing giveaway, right?

xo.

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getting heart healthy

6th February 2014

So I know blog posts around here usually have something to do with DIY projects, decorating, crafts, parenting, etc. but today I have something a little different. When I was recently approached about the ‘Heart Age Calculator‘ on the Shoppers Drug Mart website, the public health advocate in me was keen to partner up on their campaign for heart health. I don’t talk about my work too much, but I have been working in public health since graduating from my undergrad (and went and got a Master’s in it a few years ago).

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in Canada, and your heart might be aging faster than you think. It’s important to calculate your cardiovascular age and understand your risk profile in order to do the right things to keep yourself healthy. You want to keep that ticker going strong!!

This ‘Heart Age Calculator‘ on the Shoppers Drug Mart website is an online tool to help you assess your risk of things like heart attack, stroke, or cardiovascular disease by answering some simple questions. It’s all fancy and smart – the only scientifically validated online tool available that provides a personalized heart age and cardiovascular risk profile as recommended by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society guidelines.

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It asks you questions about your height, weight, exercise levels, smoking, blood pressure, etc.
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I completed the test and luckily it said that my cardiovascular age is 27.1. Yay! I’m 0.9 years younger than my actual 28-year old self. I was pretty pleased to see this, as heart disease runs in my family – my grandmother had 3 heart attacks when she was pretty young.heart age4

You probably know these already, but there are 5 major risk factors when it comes to heart health. It’s the usual stuff of not smoking, getting enough exercise, and eating properly, but do you have your cholesterol and blood pressure checked every so often? We all should – it’s important! heart age5

So it’s time to get heart healthy! Head on over to the Heart Age Calculator, and give it a try. It only takes a few minutes – I promise. And it might be just the thing to encourage you to start living a healthier life.

 

Disclosure – Although this post has been sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart Inc., the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect the views, opinions or positions of Shoppers Drug Mart Inc. or its affiliates or licensees. Shoppers Drug Mart Inc. makes no representation as to accuracy, completeness, suitability or validity of any information within this blog post and will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information or for any losses, injuries or damages arising from its display or use.

christmas day!

merry merry!

26th December 2013

I hope you guys are all having a wonderful holiday!

We had a lovely Christmas day yesterday — we ate fabulous food, did lots of laughing, opened such thoughtful gifts, ran around with the kiddos, sipped daiquiris on the beach, gave our little girl lots of kisses, and rounded it off by playing a great game of scrabble while watching Love Actually.

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We are soaking up the last rays before we head back home (where the Christmas celebrating will continue with my family!).

I hope you are all making some happy memories with your loved ones. I am feeling so overwhelmed by what a wonderful year 2013 was for me and my little family, and I hope you are feeling the same way. Thank you for popping by this little corner of the internet – I am so grateful for all of you! Sending you tons of holiday love and best wishes for a healthy, happy, and adventurous 2014. I’ll see you back here in the new year!

MIA

17th June 2013

Yo, ladies and gents! I just wanted to pop in and let you know that it might be a bit of a quiet week around here. We had my baby shower over the weekend and it was seriously lovely! I have lots of photos and party-related projects to share with you guys!! However, since my weekend was so jammed I had no time to prep any blog posts (and of course I’ve got a super busy week between work, etsy, and other commitments – yikes!). Will try and get a good baby shower wrap-up post by Wed or Thurs on here, but we’ll be back to the regularly scheduled programming next week. Promise!

In the meantime, here’s a sneak peak at me prepping the favours for the baby shower. Can you guess what they were?

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Ta, ta, for now! xo

back to the program

22nd April 2013

We’re baaaaaack! Had an absolutely stellar week in New York City – lots of visiting with family, eating, and strolling about. Totally unplugged from work, emails, the blog, etc. It’s great to do that every once in a while (but I’m paying the price this morning – yikes!). Check back in tomorrow for the full scoop and picture overload (need to upload those to the computer tonight..!!).

DSC_0844-editedHope you guys had a great week! Has spring sprung where you are? We happily arrived back in Ottawa yesterday to green grass and kids playing on the street. Sayonara snow!!