Halloween 2014

October 31, 2014
As you know, I enjoy doing couples type costumes with my son -- here -- and this year was no different. I thought it would be fun for us to dress up like Elsa and Olaf, and, with a lot of help from my mom and a good neighbour, we made it happen.

I picked up the dress from Value Village and my mom and her friend altered it, and, using the design of the monkey costume that Little Boy wore last year, they were able to make a very cute Olaf costume that he loves wearing. I'd say we built a pretty adorable snowman.


Pumpkin Carving 2014

October 29, 2014
This Halloween was the first year that I got to carve the Jack-o-Lantern with Little Boy and he actually understood what was going on. This is the first time that he helped me, and he was so excited. He did not want to touch the insides of the pumpkin with his hands, but he did grab a spoon and help me dig out a little bit of the gooey stuff.


As we planned the face of our pumpkin, he grabbed his notebook and a marker and started planning out the face while I drew different mouths, eyes and noses for him to choose from. He became quite excited when I cut out the first eye and popped it out of the pumpkin to reveal the eye hole, and he became more excited still when I lit a candle, popped it under the pumpkin, and asked him to turn out the lights so we could see our Jack-o-Lantern glow. He asked if it is now time to go Trick-or-Treating...soon enough!


5 Things: Guilty Pleasures

October 27, 2014

1. Ice cream became a guilty pleasure after I found out that I am lactose intolerant to the degree that I can't even eat something with margarine on it. Luckily, I can eat it sometimes when I take a pill that helps me digest the lactose properly.

2. I can't tell you why, but I have so many striped shirts in my collection of clothing. And every time I go shopping for new clothing, I am drawn towards the striped shirts. I try to remind myself that I already have a lot of striped shirts and I don't need anymore, but my mind seems to block that out and buys another one anyway.

3. Lindt Chocolate is my absolute favourite kind of chocolate. I love when Christmas time rolls around and I can eat the little white chocolate truffle balls. Why am I able to eat chocolate when I am lactose intolerant, you ask? I don't know, but it makes me question the "milk" content in milk chocolate.

4. I have an obsession with beautiful, cute, unique -- you name it -- brooches. I can't get enough of them, and always seems to be drawn towards them like the striped shirts.

5. I think it's been well established by now that I am a fan of Celine Dion, but for some reason, despite how well she has done for herself, she is still one of those artists that a lot of people are afraid to admit that they love, making listening to her one of my guilty pleasures.


Listen, Look, Love: October

October 24, 2014

I discovered Papaoutai by Stromae during a regular old exploring of YouTube moment, and I loved it almost instantly. Since then I have had it on repeat on my Rdio while driving in the car, and while I am working on the computer. The video is a little on the bizarre side when you first watch it, but I love the dancing and the message behind the whole thing. It's a very clever idea. While I have no idea what is being said it is still such a wonderful song, and I love the emotion in it.


I was really excited when I saw this image of Picasso and his little dog Lump -- I love that name -- because it immediately reminded me of my own dog and the little image that I drew of him -- and became my shop logo. Not that I'm comparing my work to Picasso -- maybe I am -- but I thought it was interesting that we both drew simple drawings of our little dogs.



This dress from the F/W 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection is to die for. What a stunning piece of art and design. I would never have anywhere to wear this dress, but I would totally buy it and just walk around my house in it.


Decorate to Dream: Little Boy's Room Makeover

October 14, 2014

Little Boy reached a point where he needed a bigger bed, and aesthetically I didn't like the look of his room anymore -- see what it used to look like here and here. Nothing seemed to flow like it once did because everything was designed around his crib. Late this summer I finally got around to repainting his room -- it's a light shade of green which may or may not be his favourite colour on specific days -- and I have slowly been adding other elements into the room, including a bookshelf for his massive collection of books, and other little knick-knacks and pieces of art.

None of this is really an issue with the child. He could care less what I do with his room at this point, but I wanted to make it a welcoming place for him to grow up, and it can evolve along with him. Nothing is overly childish about the main elements in the room, so they'll be able to stay in there for years to come as his taste in art and reading changes.


Thanksgiving 2014: What I Am Thankful For

October 10, 2014
As Thanksgiving here in Canada quickly approaches, and we all look forward to a long weekend, I have been thinking about what I am thankful for. Besides the typical things that I am thankful for, like a job, a roof over my head, and my family, I wanted to dig deeper into the box and figure out something else that I am thankful for.

 Everything in my life revolves around my family, and I realised what I am thankful for this year is actually spending time with my family. Time is flying by as my son is already approaching four years of age, and I really want to spend as much time with him and my husband that I can. There are so many precious moments that I have shared with them, and I really want to continue fostering that. The fact that I am able to do that is something that I am really thankful for.


3 Lessons I Learned in my 30th Year

October 08, 2014
It's kind of hard to believe that it's been a year since I turned 30, and, to be honest, 30 is not as bad as people make it out to be. I have learned so many different things about myself and the world around me that I never opened my eyes to during my 20's. Is this what getting older is all about? For some more than others, I guess, but here are a few things that I learned this year:

1. Don't judge someone based on memories that you have from years ago. People can surprise you and end up being the nicest people you never thought they were.

I keep running into this couple that I knew back in my school days. Both of them were in the more popular crowed, and the experiences that I had with both of them were not the best. Those kinds of encounters in your early always sour future experiences with people, and sometimes it is hard to let go of those grudges. But these run-ins that I keep having with this couple make me think that that was the way they were in school, and maybe they have changed a lot from those people that I once knew. I know I'm only seeing them for short periods of time in public settings, but they really seem like people I'd like to get to know better.

2. Being 30 is all about being confident with your beauty. 

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I was quite thin in my younger years an then gained a lot of extra weight while I was pregnant. I think that I have a different perspective of my body because I have seen that I truly was not overweight when I thought I was, but I also know that I all of a sudden have these feelings that I don't really care what people think and I feel more confident in myself; not just in my looks, but in how I talk to people and share my thoughts and feelings.

3. When someone give you some form of criticism or evaluation, it's not to be rude or mean towards you.

I realised this year that when my boss talks to me about something I did at work that I should do differently, it's not a dig at me. It's not something that she says to be mean; she says it to help me learn from the situation and to figure out how I could have done something differently and be better the next time the situation comes around, or how to prevent it all together.


DIY: Art for a Child's Room

October 03, 2014
When I started the process of updating Little Boy's room -- details to come -- I wanting to have some elements that were made by him seeing as he is able to be part of the decorating process this time around.

I found a cute little wooden bear shape at the craft store while I was hunting for some other supplies -- which is always the way it goes -- and thought it might be fun for him to decorate it with some paint and some random glue-on items.

He thoroughly enjoys polar bears, so he had a lot of fun painting the shape and gluing on the sequinsa and pom-poms. As he put the pom-poms on the paws he said to me "I'm giving him feets."


An Autumn Walk By The River

October 01, 2014


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