**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… Read more »

easter egg- edited

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… Read more »


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… Read more »

heart age 1

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… Read more »

christmas day!

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. a selfie from the beach We are soaking up the last rays before we head back home (where… Read more »

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,… Read more »

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..!!). Hope you guys had a great week! Has spring sprung where you are?… Read more »

Alright, so time to get a little more personal on here. Last week I asked you guys if you had any questions about me, or this blog, to help celebrate Blogiversary week! Here goes… In case you’re scratching your heads about the title of this post, “jam jars” is my nickname. Has been ever since I can remember. I’m not sure why… I think one of my siblings came up with the moniker because “gem” sounds like “jam”. Anyhoo, it… Read more »

Well, it’s that time of year again…. Blogiversary (it was technically on March 14th, so I’m a little late on this – whoops)!! This time we have hit the big 3-year mark. It’s hard to believe that my first post was a whole three years ago. Amazing how time flies and how much this little space of mine on the internet has become such a big part of me. Writing that first one-paragraph post back in March 2010, I never… Read more »

TGIF! Hope you guys have been having a good week. Mine has been busy – I was travelling for work and then got stuck thanks to a big snowstorm that hit Ottawa on Wednesday. I got home yesterday afternoon (just a day later than planned), but this girl is tired! It’s amazing how much things tire me out way more than they used to, pre-pregnancy! Anyway, I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend at home with the hubs. I see… Read more »