[ Happy Holidays ] : 2015

So its been a while…I guess that’s what happens when you have a baby thats teething and sleep training. It’s amazing how the brain and body can turn to mush without the right amount of sleep, but there is hope at the end of the tunnel. And it’s almost Christmas!!
It’s my favourite time of year, and I’m so excited to celebrate my daughters’ first christmas, and to start all of our own traditions. I’m also excited to start decorating and joining in on the holiday festivities. I have a strict rule not to start any christmas shenanigans before December 1st, but one can always start planning and making lists :) I love lists. So for now i’ve broken it down into a few categories; Trees, home decor, christmas baking, cards, gifts, and things to do around the city. I’m so excited!! I hope you like some of my holiday ideas. As I go through each one of these categories during the holiday, i’ll be sure to post so you can follow along.

[ Tree Inspiration ]

This year I’d like to change up our tree. In previous years my tree has always been gold and silver. Now I think I’d like to create more of a rustic/organic feel with a little bit of a contemporary pop. I really like the natural elements, but also loving the black and white accents. I’m not sure how much I’m going to get away with this year as I’m sure my daughter might try to pull down all the decorations as a tasty snack. So wish me luck!

[ Home Decor Inspiration ]

Keeping with the same ideas as the tree, I think the ideas below are totally doable, and very budget friendly. I already have a chalkboard in my entrance way so that should be easy to add a small wreath with ribbon. The cranberries in a mason jar will make a cute centrepiece for our dinning table, and I can’t wait to decorate the mantle with a simple garland and banner. And once the wreath is removed from the card display it can be used year round to display small photos. I think these small and simple decorating ideas are perfectly festive, and great for not over doing it in a small space like a condo.

[ Christmas Baking ]

Christmas baking is by far the best activity that gets me into the holiday spirit. It’s a great way to spend the day with family and friends. Put on some holiday music, keep the apple cider (with some spiced rum) flowing, and make an entire day of baking all your holiday favourites. This year I think i’m going to give these mini gingerbread houses a try. They are so freakin cute!!! I also just recently got a copy of Rosie Daykin’s new book, Butter Celebrates, and I can’t wait to make some of her yummy goodies.

[ Greeting Cards ]

I love getting Christmas cards from friends and family, but somehow I always seem to leave it to the last minute to get my cards out. This year I vow to get them out on time. I have our family photo session scheduled with my very talented friend, Iulia Agnew, and now I just have to plan our outfits (no matchy matchy stuff going on here) and which card design we’ll choose to print. There are so many designs out there but these are some of my favourites!

[ Gift Giving ]

I think sometimes we can over complicate the idea of giving gifts during the holidays, and it becomes much too stressful. Last year my family tried something new. We decided to simply draw names and this way you only have to buy one gift. Lets all be honest, we don’t need lots of things, and most of the time it turns into exchanging gift cards, which doesn’t exactly scream the christmas spirit. So we used the secret santa generator – DrawNames. Its free, and very easy to use. You simply register all the participants and then you are emailed with the name of the person for whom you need to buy a gift. It also allows you to create a budget and a wish list so that you can get exactly what you want, even if it is a gift card to your favourite store. Easy peasy!
Another idea that we are excited to start this year for my daughter is the idea of four gifts. Something you want, need, to wear, and to read. I have seen so many kids get incredibly spoiled (i know i once was, maybe stil…) and they don’t even really appreciate what they got. I want the idea of spending time with loved ones to be whats important during the holidays, not the newest plastic toy that she’ll forget about in the near future. But i also do love giving gifts and I am very excited for her to open something on christmas morning. I found these cute tags to help label the gifts.

[ Celebrations ]

I love all the holiday celebrations in the city this time of year. There are so many to choose from, but I always enjoy the Vancouver Christmas Market, Bright Nights at Stanley Park, the Christmas parade, and of course getting a picture with Santa!!

I hope some of these ideas have inspired you for this holiday season. I’d also love to hear of your family traditions.

August 8, 2015

[ My Lovely List ] August

My Lovely List is a monthly post series of things and or places that I find lovely, and I hope you will too. I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting things/places and I’d love to hear about all that is lovely to you. This month I did something a little different, all my picks are sneakers! I have always had a love for sneakers and right now there’s a few that I’ve been wanting. So let’s see if you agree.


[1] Adidas Stan Smith – my love for Adidas started at a young age. I even had the full Adidas tracksuit :p I actually had my eye on a pair of these many years ago, and now they’re back so I’m not gonna miss out this time :)

[2] Vans – these just look so classic, and I’ve never had a pair of Vans so i think it’s time.

[3] New Balance – I have a pair of blue 620s but there are so many cool colours out there. What’s one more :) And they are just so comfy!

[4] Converse – I think it’s my goal in life to have had a converse in every colour. I currently want a pink pair to match my daughters :) 

Well that’s My Lovely List for this month. I hope you love them too. Let me know if there is something or somewhere lovely in your life that I should check out.

You can view my past lovely lists here or on my pinterest page.


July 15, 2015


We just recently came back from a quick trip to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It was kind of a spontaneous trip (well as spontaneous as we get, we planned this a month in advance :p) because we wanted to show Mara off to our friends and family. It was great to get away and also have family to help with Mara so that we could relax. Thanks fam!

This was Mara’s first plane trip, and she did awesome! I was so worried that the pressure would hurt her ears, but she was full of smiles and giggles. Other passengers kept commenting on what a happy baby she is. Hopefully this lasts! Westjet was also a huge help, from guidance on baby packing to their wonderful flight attendants. We decided to keep things simple with packing, so all three of us fit our stuff into one suitcase, then B and I each had a small carry-on, and of course the diaper bag. We checked Mara’s stroller and car seat all the way through so we didn’t have to bother with it in the airport, so my Solly wrap came in handy. Bonus: she always seems to fall asleep once she’s on me in the wrap :)


Summer in the prairies means lots of heat, unfortunately this also means forest fires. Due to poor air quality from all the smoke, we had to be house-bound for a few days. Thankfully we had a few great days to go outside and play, including Canada day which we celebrated by having a potluck picnic with family and friends. We also had a chance to have a quick photo session with my best friend, Juli Labrecque, who just happens to be a kickass photographer. I’ll share those later. Seriously if you live in Saskatoon or are visiting, you should check her out. She’s wonderful, and she’d probably invite you to tea :)

Saskatoon has been undergoing a mini boom in recent years. Whenever we go back its always interesting to see all the new construction going on, and all the new shops etc as new people and ideas move to the city. The downtown area by the river and 20th street is undergoing lots of cool changes. From the farmers market, river landing area (great for kids) to unique boutiques and cafes. I would recommend checking out Hardpressed Studio and Anthology to name just a few.

We had a great trip. Here are some pics from our getaway. Until next time Toon Town.


photo by Juli Labrecque Photography


July 1, 2015

[ My Lovely List ] July

My Lovely List is a monthly post series of things and or places that I find lovely, and I hope you will too. I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting things/places and I’d love to hear about all that is lovely to you.


[1] The original roundie by the beach people – I love the look of this cool towel. Mara and I have used it a few times in the park and I can’t wait to take it to Bowen Island this summer. I picked mine up from Arrow House ( I believe it’s the only Canadian supplier)

[2] East Van Jam – Umm yum! These are the coolest jams. Really great flavones, but made even better with less sugar. Of course the branding is cool too :)

[3] Kitchen Aid Mixer – I love my mixer. I recently got one and I have been baking up a storm. From sugar cookies for Father’s Day, strawberry scones to raspberry cinnabons :) so good and I’ll have a post of those soon. This mixer has been a great addition to our kitchen.

[4] Babaton Ilja Dress from Aritzia – this dress is so flows, pretty and comfortable! I love it! And perfect timing for the heat wave this summer.

Well that’s My Lovely List for this month. I hope you love them too. Let me know if there is something or somewhere lovely in your life that I should check out.

You can view my past lovely lists here or on my pinterest page.


June 13, 2015

[ My Fathers Day List ] 2015

We are pretty much half way through June, and that means that Fathers Day is right around the corner. This year is my husbands first Fathers day, and I can’t wait to make it a special one :) Here are just a few ideas. Hope you like them.


[1] Craft Brewery Map – by Bolandia. This print is such a great idea for the craft beer lovers in Vancouver, and it looks good too :)

[2] Dada Book by Jimmy Fallon. Both my husband and I love Jimmy Fallon. He’s so funny, and this book would make for a cute bedtime read.

[3] Cocktail Kit by West Elm. I love the rustic look of this kit with the mason jar. 

[4] Swell Water Bottle. I know I have a slight obsession with water bottles, but this one is really cool. I think anyone would love the wood grain.

[5] Card Wallet by Joseph Henry. I know my husband hates carrying around a full wallet, so he keeps things minimal with a card wallet.

[6] Rugged Gentlemen by Happy Spritz. I was recently gifted one of their spritz and I love it so I think this is a great option for the gentleman in your life.

However you decide to celebrate your father remember it’s all about telling them how much you love them.

June 4, 2015

[ My Lovely List ] June

My lovely list is a new post series of things and or places that I find lovely, and I hope you will too. I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting things/places and I’d love to hear about all that is lovely to you.


[1] Vancouver Candle Co – Lately I’ve fallen in love with pretty candles. I just want to fill my home with them, although I still have to convince my husband of this plan. I think a candle from the Vancouver Candle Co would be a perfect addition to my new collection. I love the fact that they are locally made, look great, and of course have some great scents. I can’t wait to pick one up.

[2] Bebe de Luxe – Bath time with baby is so special, and I have found a great way to make it even more so – one might even say luxurious :) It also makes a great gift for a new mama. Bebe de Luxe is another great local company, uses such pretty packaging, and is great for both you and your babes skin. They also have just recently started selling their products at Delish General Store on Granville Island. I totally recommend you grab some.

[3] BKR – I don’t know why, but I’ve always struggled with drinking enough water. For some reason I find it easier to drink more H20 when it’s from a water bottle. A glass just seems so daunting. I know I’m weird. I have fallen in love with the BKR (pronounced Beaker) water bottles. These glass bottles were created by two power house women in San Fran. They wanted to make drinking water glamorous and fashionable. Well done, with so many colours to choose from, I’m currently loving my bottle in the colour Winter. Which colour will you choose? There are a few places you can find these bottles in Vancouver, but I found the best selection to be at Murale.

[4] The Candid Confectioner – Anyone who knows me, knows I have a sweet tooth. In fact a co-worker once gave me that as a nickname. The caramels from The Candid Confectioner are to die for. They are so good that I regularly send a bag to a friend in Saskatchewan because she loves them so much. This local girl really knows how to satisfy a sweet tooth – especially mine :) My favourite are the baileys with espresso-infused sea salt, or maybe its the Old fashioned:Bourbon and orange, or maybe the Chai Tea…you get the point.

Well that’s my Lovely List for this month. I hope you love them all too. Let me know if there is something or somewhere lovely in your life that I should know about.

You can also find my list on my pinterest page.