Happy October! 

Happy October, friends! Definitely one of my favourite months. And without a question, Fall is my most favourite season. Beautiful colourful leaves, cozy sweaters, and everrrrrything pumpkin! 😀


I’ve had some fun decor out since mid September and it feels all homey in here (I mean, is there really enough time to enjoy Fall decor before Christmas stuff comes out otherwise?!). The leaves are just starting to get some colour in them and the temperatures have been dropping to the most comfortable degree.



We had our first family outing to a local orchard yesterday and Levi had so much fun.  It’s his first Fall (cannot BELIEVE he’s going to be ONE in November! 😦 ) It was great to take him on the hay ride, and see the pumpkin patch – he was smiling from ear to ear! ❤


  
We got a bag of delicious honeycrisp apples and I’m looking forward to baking with them and making some homemade applesauce for Levi!

Tonight I’m going to be making some pumpkin cookies with cinnamon frosting – I tell ya, all the best eats are in the Fall 😀 ! I’ll be sure to share the recipes. 😉

In the meantime, be sure to check out some of my past Fall posts! DIY wine cork pumpkin, and fall treats! ❤

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend. What’s your favourite thing about this time of year?


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The 3 of Us

The last few months have been really fun. Matt’s been off on paternity leave, and I have been off as well, so we’ve really been enjoying bonding as a family. Having your first baby is quite the transition – and in our case specifically, to go from being a married couple for 6 years and then having your first baby and now being your own family – it was so wonderful to both have time off to adapt to these changes together!

We have been visiting friends and family in the Niagara region every month or so, which is awesome because Levi has some grandparents, GREAT grandparents, aunts, uncle AND sweet cousins (also boys 🙂 ) to interact with! We went to check out the local zoo, and have been on many walks exploring different parks. He’s just at such a fun age and his personality is starting to shine through. He loves to giggle and explore absolutely everything around him! He just started this drag crawl (army crawl? 🙂 ) and is starting to get around the house. I’m both excited and slightly terrified to see him as a fully mobile toddler 😉 .He is now drinking a bit from his sippy cup and eating some solids – he always seems so eager to try new things! I’m quite proud of our little guy 😀 .

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The other week we got some wonderful family photos taken by Laura Fretz Photography, which was perfect as I wanted some updated shots for our gallery wall!

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I am definitely looking forward to what Summer brings and we are excited to introduce Levi to activities like picnicking, camping and going to the beach.

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I hope you all are enjoying the sunshine this weekend!

 

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A Nautical Nursery For Levi 

I can hardly believe Spring is almost here! Seems like we barely had much of a Winter around here. Levi turned 3 months on the 13th and he’s cooing and smiling so much now! He loves bath time and kicks and splashes – can’t wait to get him in a pool this Summer :D.

So FINALLY Levi’s nursery is done (almost). Well, I still would like to make a gallery wall above his changetable/dresser. But more about that later. Let’s get to it, shall we?I want to share the details in this nursery reveal! The whole thing was budget friendly. And SO fun to do. The room is pretty small so the layout could really only a certain way.The door and dresser are on one wall, with the closet and crib on the other. The the window and rocking chair are on a wall, while the nook, and bookshelves are on the fourth. I say “nook” as if it’s this endearing little nook and cranny but in REALITY it’s just this awkward space because room is over our front hall closet. So it was kinda a thorn in my side to say the least.

This was the inspiration

Here’s the little peanut napping as I click away. He’s pretty accommodating like that 😉 . The one stuffed bear was given to me from my grandmother, and the other one is a vintage TY beanie baby one that was my husbands when he was a baby.



The ‘L’ is cardboard and I mod podged over it with some vintage maps.

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This rocking chair and glider were a steal of a deal. A $40 Kijiji find! I was thrilled. It’s great for nursing him in. We bought new fabric from Fabricland and had it reupholstered. I wanted to attempt to upholster it ourselves, but Levi surprised us with his early arrival! I opted for the quicker option :).

The “bookshelves” are Ikea spice racks that we painted and hung!

And there’s that quaint little nook I was telling you about. I tried my best to incorporate the theme into that space so it wouldn’t stand out like a sore thumb.


The rustic mirror was a shower gift from one of my dearest friends. It fits perfectly.
And I love all the classic books we included in here. It’s so nice rocking and reading to him.

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My 2 sister-in-laws created the banner for the baby shower they threw for me. I wanted to include it! The wooden fish were made by my hubby, and painted by moi. The curtains we already had before we moved into this house. I love how light and airy they feel. The room does have blinds on the window, so the curtains are more for texture and décor. I may still decide to tie them back with some jute rope, but for now they are left hanging adding another textile element and adds to the coastal vibe ;).

The change table is actually a dresser. Another awesome Kijiji find! It was originally white with these gaudy knobs, so we painted it this bright turquoise, beachy colour. We found cool, vintage looking hardware that contrasts with the blue, and updates it nicely.

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Matt made the swing shelf and I love it! It’s my favourite feature. Although, to be completely honest, I was growing incredibly impatient with this project and his NUMEROUS coats of urethane (like 10. Not evening kidding) :P. But I am happy with how it turned out. He also made the wooden sailboat. I attached the muslin linen sail and painted it to look more rustic and worn from the long days at sea ;).
The mason jar holds Levi’s soothers. My sister had dressed a bunch of these jars up to fill with wildflowers for centrepieces at my baby shower! I decided this one was too pretty not to be reused.

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We keep our reusable cloth wipes in a case in the basket on the change table.
Matt’s aunt and uncle made the growth chart for Levi. They did such a good job! It was the perfect addition to this small space between the dresser and closet. We actually received two beautifully made growth rulers and the other will go in our family room in the play room.

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I love how it all came together and hope he’ll grow to love it too!


 

The Complete Nursery List:

Crib – Babies R Us

Crib sheet – Babies R Us

Oar/paddle – Kirklands

Fishing net – Hobby Lobby

Change table/Dresser – Kijiji

Dresser knobs – Hobby Lobby

Growth ruler – Gift (similar here)

Swing shelf – DIY

Jute rope – Hobby Lobby

Shelf hardware“/boat docking cleats – Home Depot

Wooden sailboat – DIY (similar here)

Message in a bottle” – Hobby Lobby

Rocking chair & glider – Kijiji

Fabric – Fabricland

Bookshelves – Ikea

Wooden whale toy – HomeSense (similar here)

Wooden fish – DIY

Canvas storage bin – HomeSense

Anchor wetbag – Etsy

Mirror – Gift (similar here)

Wooden ships steering wheel – Hobby Lobby

Wooden school of fish – Kirklands

Curtains & curtain rod – Ikea

Paint colours can be found here


Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed the tour. Happy Weekend!

 

 

 

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Just Can’t Live Without…

Hey bloggy friends! How was your weekend? Ours was relaxing, which was nice after the whirlwind of the holidays and so many jam-packed weekends.

I mentioned how I’d likely be posting more about maternity, pregnancy and all things baby related now that I’m a new mom. 🙂 Today I thought it appropriate to blog about baby items that have been making things a heck of a lot easier when you have a newborn!

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1. Sophie la Girafe –  Every child loves Sophie! She’s a toy, she’s a teether, and she’s so cute! A squeaky, BPA free that is durable, fun and engaging and easy for little fingers to grip. Levi is still too young to REALLY appreciate miss Sophie, but in a few months he’s bound to love her.

2. Ikea Krama washcloths – Cotton, and soft for your babies skin. We use them under Levi’s bum (on top of his change pad cover) in an effort to keep the change pad clean longer! So far they’ve been working great. They’re cheap too – a 10 pack for $5.99.

3. Nose Frida Snot Sucker – Made in Sweden, doctor invented and recommended, it’s a hygienic baby booger buster! It’s proven to be highly effective when Levi has his first cold a couple of weeks ago.

4. Huggies Clutch and Clean – Refillable, hypoallergenic wet wipes. I keep these in our diaper bag. Even though we are making cloth wipes, it’s great to have this carry case for wet wipes when we’re out and about. The case comes in fun prints and patterns and hangs anywhere too, which is handy 😀 .

5. Ikea Tutig Baby Care Mat – Easy to keep clean, easy to store, easy to fold…it’s a large surface and great for changing dirty diapers on. It’s a large surface, and machine washable, and has a waterproof backing. Love it.

6. Medela Pump In Style Advanced Electric Breast Pump – Great for daily use and easy to clean parts. It’s electric and has a double pump, so it cuts pumping time in half – which is convenient! The pump is in a bag that’s portable and discreet and you can choose the style of bag that suits you. It comes with a cooler and freezer pack, BPA- free bottles, freezer bags, and quick clean micro- steam bags. Definitely worth checking out for sure! Love mine.

7. Aden & Anais Muslin Swaddle Blankets – They’re soft, a great size and durable. Plus they’re multi-purpose – use for swaddling, as a receiving blanket, and/or nursing cover. Plus, makes a cute pashmina for your outfits if you choose to wear it. They come in numerous patterns and colours.

8. Phillips Avent Natural Bottles – The New Philips Avent Natural bottle is the most natural way to bottle feed. They say that this bottle comes closest to feeding at the breast, and can be combined with breastfeeding. The bottles are BPA free and come in 4oz. and 9oz. sizes in a 3 pack!

9. Board book & Stuffed Bear “I Love You Through and Through” – An adorable rhyming story of unconditional love with adorable illustrations of a toddler and a teddy bear. The book has sturdy cardstock pages and a padded cover with rounded corners for safe handling by little ones. And the little bear is super cute and is little enough to be toted around in baby’s diaper bag without taking up too much space! 🙂

A few other favourites…

Carseat Canopy

There is a website (I’ll share it below) that offers free car seat canopies – you just pay the shipping! It comes in various patterns and is lined with warm minky fabric. I love my chevron one :D. Great when your baby is born in the colder months.

Udder Covers

These are great if you’re nursing. Cute patterns offered here and this product also is free if you pay the shipping (link below).

Nursing Pillow

Great size nursing pillow – perfect for travel. I take ours with us wherever we go, and it’s great to have. Free also if you opt to pay shipping. And, again, lots of fun colours and designs! 🙂

*CLICK HERE FOR THE WEBSITE THAT OFFERS PROMO CODES FOR THE ABOVE 3 products

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I love that this is not only a bouncer, but a swing too! Levi loves his and it was given to him by 2 of his aunts and uncles 😀 . It plays soothing tones (crashing waves, crickets chirping) which are more like white noise, as well as more upbeat lullabies.

Skip Hop Grab and Go Stroller Organizer

This item is perfect if your stroller is in need of cup holders. I use it when I’m shopping as I can zip up any cards I take in. Plus that part is detachable and can be worn as a wristlet. The middle section between the cup holders is perfect for smaller parcels.


Skip Hop Duo Diaper Bag

I LOVE my diaper bag! I’ve had my eye on Skip Hop diaper bags before I was even pregnant. One of my many favourite shower gifts – isnt it beautiful?! I feel as though I should be vacationing in the French Riviera 😀 ! I didn’t choose it completely based on its appearance, however. It’s as functional as it is stylish. It has enough room for all my baby necessities, plus a shallower section that I can use instead of my purse. It also has sections for bottles, an adjustable shoulder strap, and a travel change pad is included! I’ll be doing a blog post in the next few weeks sharing about it more specifically 😉 .

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City Select Stroller by Baby Jogger

I’ve heard a lot of good things about the city select, and it has stood up to it’s good reviews! For one thing it’s extremely versatile as it grows with family, and has numerous seating options and positions. We have a compatible car seat and the car seat adapter so it can pop right onto the stroller. It’s easy to fold and unfold, as well as easy to lock. It maneuvers beautifully. The handlebars are adjustable making it very ergonomic. The storage basket below is quite large too! My number one top reason for picking this stroller is the fact that it converts to a double when the time is needed 😉 !

 

So there ya have it! My favourite baby products that are out there on the market. And I’m sure as he continues to grow, there’ll be new items that I’ll use and learn to love. Hope you have a great week!

*What are your favourite baby products?*

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He’s Here! 


Happy New Year, friends and followers! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. We were blessed with our early arrival from our new bundle of joy! We happily spent the holidays celebrating the birth of our Savior with our families and close friends.

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This little one is the main reason for my silence in the blogging world. Most of my time is spent with frequently nursing, changing and loving on him – and thankfully so! Add the usual busyness of the holidays and you can see how I’ve been a tad bit preoccupied! 🙂 Any free time seems to be spent tidying and, let’s be honest – napping! Yes, naps are my new favourite pastime. 😉

Levi James was born 3.5 weeks premature. He’s super sweet, has dimples and the cutest smile. We feel so incredibly blessed! 😀

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We had newborn photos taken by the talented Laura Fretz Photography when he was 21 days new 🙂 Here are some of my favourite shots:

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So great being able to capture all his tiny features!

The next few blog posts in the new year will be likely maternity and baby related. Just want to offer a fair warning of what’s coming your way! 😉

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As for right now, Matt and I are going to enjoy Chinese takeout and watch the ball drop later tonight. A bit of a different way of ringing in the new year this year than what we’ve done in the past, but we couldn’t be happier! 😀

HAPPY 2016! Here’s to a fantastic year!

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Gender Reveal Photo Shoot

Happy Friday, all! Today’s temperature is nice, cool and comfortable. Which kinda feels like Fall to me, and that makes my heart very happy 😀 . We’ve been experiencing quite the heat wave, so it’s nice to have today to kind of break it up!

Last Sunday we were able to have some ‘maternity’ – like pictures taken. This was such a blessing, as it was a free “Thank you” gift from our real estate agent. We already have maternity pictures booked for the Fall (fave season – remember?! 😉 ) and so we got these professional photos taken for a gender reveal instead! It worked out SO well, as I had been wracking my brain trying to think of a gender reveal idea. We had intentions of having a party, but when you live 3ish hours away from your family and close friends, it can prove difficult for narrowing down a party location!! So this was a great alternative and we’re so happy with the results of the shoot! Melissa from Paper Reflections was so sweet and made us feel very comfortable. She was great to work with!!

We were able to come down to visit our parents again and hand deliver a photo collage ‘reveal’ to them, as well as our siblings. We mailed the rest to our extended family and friends. Here are just some of my favourite shots:

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Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

The shoot was really lots of fun and I’m glad we did it! We met up with the photographer at a former railway station that used to be Ontario’s Grand Trunk Railway. It was a cool place that a friend of mine recommended, which none of us had been to before. It has a museum there, along with a steam locomotive, a restored wooden caboose, and 2 steel ones. I kept my outfit simple, with just a floral dress (and nails to match, of course 😉 ) and picked out a matching polo shirt for Matt to wear. So, we were both quite comfortable. I also brought a couple props along – the ‘K’ for our last name, my antique steamer trunk, a suitcase, and baby shoes and a onesie (for the gender reveal)!

I was so happy for this experience and with the way the pictures turned out. What a neat way to share the news of our baby with loved ones. Looking forward to sharing the gender with you as soon as all our family and friends get their picture in the mail!

We’re Heeeere!

Hey blog friends! It’s been awhile. I finally feel like I can sit down and blog again without my to-do list creeping in and interrupting my thoughts.

So, we finally moved! Yay *cue dancing music* !! It went relatively smoothly and we are so happy to be in the city where Matt has been posted and is working. The commute was a long 3 hour drive for him and even though it wasn’t daily (24 hour shifts), it was getting tiresome. It was also harder on me to not have found prenatal care up where we were, and to be trying to schedule ultrasounds up in our new city without being there yet, without a Dr.’s referral….etc! So let’s just say it was due time to be in our new place!

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The moving company the military assigns you to was pretty cool, and the packers did a good job (nothing that was fragile was broken!) too. All of our belongings have turned up as we finished unpacking, and we couldn’t be happier with how the moving experience was.

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So I took a bunch of pictures encapsulating the moving process (mainly for my scrapbooking pleasure 🙂 ) and some of the finishing touches around the new house as we’ve been unpacking. I’ve been in my decorating glory (love setting up a new house! 😀 )!

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Still working on finishing touches (seems to be an ongoing process), moving things around here and there…Browsing for finishing touches. We also plan to paint most rooms, but while we’re waiting on that, we hung some pictures in the meantime so it’s homey. ❤

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The coffee station resides in the dining room, which is kind of perfect. It frees up counter space in the kitchen, as that’s where the coffee maker and kettle reside. Who doesn’t want coffee or tea with their dessert after dinner? 😉 The hutch stores dining room accessories such as extra candles & candle sticks, placemats and cloth napkins on one side. The other side holds (even more!) tea bag varieties, hot cocoa (and a canister of marshmallows!), while the drawers are home to coffee and loose leaf tea filters, a milk frother, stirring spoons and sweetener packets.

The lyric (our wedding song) wall art is hung up again, after being boxed up for 2 years! It’s in the dining room along with my shelf, and chalkboard (menu). The shelf has my Tiffany & Co. candlesticks on there (also boxed away previously), which were a generous gift, and wine glass with corks and a bottle (now vase) from the winery we were married at.

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Yeah, so still a work in progress. Office is also now a combo guest room and that’s just about finished…and still hanging photographs each day as I feel inspired as to where they should go. But it’s a fun process and we’re getting there. We had our first guests (my in laws!) come up to see the house and they were also so kind as to look after our cat during the busy moving days. Cats are the most neurotic animals and I think she would have been spooked by the chaos the movers and boxes brought, along with the change of residence! She is doing well though, and seems to love the sliding back door and the views that come with it, and has found many cozy spots to nap. My in laws came along with us to tour the city a little bit, which was nice. A great way to break up the hectic days of setting things up. We were able to check out some of the surrounding areas, as well as tour the air force museum which was kinda cool! Matt and I are also trying to enjoy the rest of the Summer by doing little day trips here and there. We were able to visit a local zoo last weekend and this weekend we look forward to an annual family pool party/ BBQ. The weekend after THAT we are going camping with friends at a provincial park!

In other news, the baby is continually growing and healthy! 😉  I’m currently at 21 weeks and feeling pretty great. My full appetite has returned and I’m no longer quite the picky eater, thankfully. We have our first OB appointment on Thursday and I would love for her to set me up with another ultrasound in order to find out the gender!!

Well, thanks again for letting me catch up and reading all my ramblings 🙂 . I hope & plan to blog again soon.