by LC McDonald
by LC McDonald
October 30, 2015
This is probably the last year that I will do a couples costume with my son -- I'm pretty much Beverly Goldberg from the show The Goldbergs. Next year he will be in Kindergarten and won't want anything to do with me. My mom made this costume for him to wear in Disney World for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, and I thought it would be fun to dress up as Mickey -- seeing as he's Pluto's owner :)
I already owned the pants, the blazer, the shirt, the shoes and, yes, the Mickey ears. I even sewed the bow tie myself using this wonderful tutorial from the blog Pepper. Overall it was a quick costume to put together.
October 25, 2015
Autumn has arrived once again, and now we get to pull out our chunky knit scarves, gloves and peacoats. We have been experiencing some milder weather here as of late, and so I've been enjoying Autumn more than usual before having to pull out my winter coat. Here are a few of my favourite things this season...
I love a good sweater vest with a belt like the one here from With Love from Kat. As cold as I feel during these months, I prefer to wear a sweater vest or cardigan so that I'm not boiling hot, and I can take it off without having to worry about exposing myself at work. I also love a comfy pair of boots like the ones you see here from Free People. A cute pair of boots are a good way to complete an outfit while keeping your feet warm.
A warm beverage on a cool Autumn morning is the perfect way to start the day. This recipe from Real Housemoms is absolutely delicious. And what better way to complete your warm beverage experience than with a favourite mug. This one from the shop Sobi Graphie is absolutely adorable1
One of my favourite things to do is curl up under a warm blanket. This cable knit blanket from Le Souk is absolutely perfect. One of my favourite things to do while curled up under a warm blanket is reading a book. I just finished reading The Martian, and have now started the Harry Potter series for the first time.
October 17, 2015
While eating lunch today, Little Boy sat himself in one of the little chairs from his art table. It made him look so small while trying to eat his lunch, and reminded me of some photos that I took when he was a toddler wanting to sit at the table without his booster seat. His size has changed, but his need to be independent and try things that the adults do has not.
October 16, 2015
For as long as I have been going to Flock & Gather shows -- as a customer and now as a seller -- I have always admired Rebecca King Design. It wasn't until I did a small show this summer and had a booth quite close to her's that I finally made a purchase.
While setting up I noticed a single piece hanging at the back of one rack that was made from the most beautiful and fun pattern. I kept my eye on that piece all day until a friend of mine arrived to purchase some cards, and I asked if she wouldn't mind watching the table so I could go try it on.
Well, once Rebecca King put the scarf on my correctly -- I won't go into detail on how I had arranged it myself -- I knew that I had to buy it. I love it, and what makes me love it even more is knowing that it is a sample and I'm one of the first ones to own it. I feel like that's something pretty special.
One of the things that I like best about this piece -- besides the fact that it is so cozy and comfortable -- is the leather that goes from the cuff and up past my elbow along the bottom of the sleeve. I don't know if this is the intended purpose or not, but I think it's a clever way to prolong the life of the sleeve. Because somewhere along that area is usually the first to wear away.
October 12, 2015
I feel awful. This is the best portrait that I got of Little Boy this past week. Luckily I was taking some self-portraits for another blog post, and he happened to be in a test photo. He wanted to get a photo with one of his birthday cards that he got when he turned 4 earlier this year. It's hard to believe that he is already half way to 5.
October 10, 2015
This photo was taken soon after we purchased his new little friend Pascal. We started watching Tangled before we left on holiday, and he loved Rapunzel's little chameleon friend. He was very excited when we found him in a shop and could have a Pascal of his very own.
October 09, 2015
It is incredibly difficult to condense a 10-day vacation into a blog post that won't overwhelm your computer. I suppose that I could have broken it up and shared it over a few days, but, let's face it, that would get a little bit boring. So, here are 13 photos that I feel best describe our time in Walt Disney World.
We spent the majority of our time in the Magic Kindgom. It ended up having the most variety of rides for Little Boy, and the most rides that he was actually able to go on and was interested in -- he was not the biggest fan of The Tower of Terror. We were lucky enough to be able to get tickets to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, which ended up being a lot of fun for me because we got to meet a lot of Disney characters that are not out very often -- and I had an excuse to dress-up as a Disney character myself...Little Boy was dressed up as Pluto, but he got way too hot and we had to take the costume off before we could get a photo.
Little Boy enjoyed the parades, and meeting the different characters -- especially Goofy, Dug and Winnie the Pooh. Among his favourite rides were The People Mover, the tea cups, Winnie the Pooh's ride, and Peter Pan's Flight. He also really enjoyed the Star Wars ride, and was excited to build his own light saber.
It was a very different experience for my husband and I. We had been to Walt Disney World together two times before, and so we were used to a fast pace adventure where we tried to get on as many rides as we could before the park closed for the day. It was not the same kind of experience with a child. We still tried to get on as many rides as we could, but we were also a lot more careful about taking a break to have something to eat, having a drink of water, and heading back to the hotel room for a nap.
I can't say that everything went perfectly -- one night we survived on snacks until we got back to our hotel and had a supper picnic in our room at 10:30pm -- or that we were happy in the "Happiest Place on Earth" the entire time, but you always forget about the bad things once you have been home for a while -- like all of the tantrums while waiting in a 30min line...because that's the longest wait we were willing to do -- and then you start planning your next holiday.
October 06, 2015
Back when I was in school and working for the university's student newspaper, we were in need of some new comic strips -- and quickly. The news editor and I came up with a comic called "The Barnyard Review". It was only three frames long, and consisted of a conversation between two sheep. I believe we only ever made two comic strips, but I remember how much fun it was to take time away from our work and get together to make these two comics.