Just You and Me by Zee Avi
What are you up to this weekend? Ryan is helping a friend move all day tomorrow so I thought I would spend my time alone working on painting the furniture for the nursery and fabric shopping for the curtains. We are also hoping to do some fall decorating. Next week we have our first pre-natal class and we’re actually pretty excited about it. How dorky are we? Here are some things from around the web that I found interesting. Happy weekend!
One of my favourite pregnancy survival guides
Fancy hairdo for long hair
How to make a yarn crafted cup cozy
Love this sweater on my favourite fashionista
Tips for the yoga newbie
So sad about this breakup
new lookbook from Ruche
Pretty fall coat
Tricky waterbed – this made me laugh
After realizing that I need to celebrate all of this jelly in my belly (some of it’s a baby too, I swear), I’ve decided to coerce my uber sweet husband into doing a maternity shoot with me. I’ve been looking around the web for some inspiration.
maternity photo from here
photo via pinterest
photo from oh joy
It would be nice to have some pictures of this amazing time in our lives. I thought that I would feel kind of ridiculous posing for the camera but I just keep thinking about how these could go in his baby book and how he can look at them years from now and know how excited we were for his arrival and how loved he was long before we ever met him.
How do you feel about maternity photo shoots? Cliché or a sweet idea? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
PS. One of my favourite maternity shoots
I completely fell in love with this cozy, house from Hooked on Houses when I first saw it months ago.
I have to admit that whenever I day dream about living a rustic, simple life by the water with Ryan and our little boy, I picture us in this house. Can you believe it’s a Sears catalogue ordered home?
They used to sell house kits years ago and you could order one like you would a pair of roller skates or a sweater. I desperately wish they still had this option. My family does actually own some land by the water and we are hoping to build a cottage there some day (unless of course we win the lottery and no longer have to work, in which case we would build our dream home and stay there – fingers crossed!)
My favourite part is the big porch and the layout feels so simple and practical. Anyone else have their dream home picked out just in case the winning ticket ends up in your possession? What’s your dream home style? Mansion in the Hollywood hills, or simple cottage in the woods?
Any fellow pregnant girlies out there that want to commiserate with the whole beached whale feeling?
I am loving the whole growing another heart inside of my body deal I have going on right now and I’m totally eating up all of the attention I get from random strangers but I have to admit that I’m feeling a tiny bit (okay a whole lot) nostalgic for the days before my t-shirt dresses became regular old t-shirts and I when I wore pants with a button and zipper.
God, I miss buttons and zippers.
I am vowing to wear tight, revealing clothing if I ever get my waist back and to show that sucker off as much as possible. To the point where it might be inappropriate and this little boy of mine will roll his eyes and turn bright red and pretend he’s not with me…even when he is six months old. That’s how much I miss my waist.
But it’s funny, because even as I write this I know deep down that there will be a part of my that will miss my big belly. I’ll definitely miss the kicking and seeing my stomach jump every now and then. I’ve heard post-partum, some women even feel lonely because you get used to having someone with you all the time. It sounds crazy but I understand that feeling. It is funny knowing that there is a little one clinging to your insides for nine months. No matter how often it happens and how many women before me have gone through the same thing, it still feels like a miracle.
What about you guys? Anything you miss about your pre-pregnant bodies or anything you miss about being pregnant if you are not anymore? Anyone else feeling whalish…yet grateful at the same time?
PS. How beautiful are these maternity photos from Kelly Hicks?
Its back to work after having a week off together. This past week was supposed to be about putting the nursery together but instead we ended up painting the den and kitchen (well, Ryan painted and I cheered him on from the couch), eating s’mores over a backyard fire, shopping state side, relaxing and basically cramming an entire summer’s worth of activities into 8 days.
Here is how our week looked in pictures:
Taking a scenic stroll by the Thames River
Building a raging fire
Painting the Den
Things that we did not get accomplished this week:
Putting the crib together
Painting the dresser/change table and bookcase
Making curtains and art
Going to see a drive-in movie
Spending a day at the beach
Making pillows for the living room
But I did do a lot of curling up with this guy.
So I’d say it was time well spent.
How was your summer holidays this year? Did you go away anywhere or are you more of a homebody like me?
I’m starting to feel back to normal after my bout of sickness this week. So happy its the weekend and I should be back to normal and feeling refreshed by Monday morning. I think my couch and I need to spend some time apart so I’m looking forward to getting some things done around the house and spending some time outside. What are your plans for the weekend. Here are some things around the web that I found interesting this week. Hope you have a lovely weekend!
Because I Do by Pearl and the Puppets
Pretty Valentine’s Day makeup
Shake up your morning routine to boost creativity
Free printable tags for Valentine’s Day
Romantic dinner menu
Soup and cracker mug. So clever!
Love this sophisticated looking dress (on sale!)
How to make a scarf camera strap
Catch up on Mad Men before Season 5 starts
New York Fashion week inspired cupcakes
The health benefits of snuggling
Apps to help with date night
Create a beauty travel kit before you hit the road
Love the name of this refreshing cocktail…because its finally the weekend!
I’ve been feeling sick for almost two days now which means a lot of time spent laying on the couch, watching movies and eating soup. One of the movies I watched yesterday for the first time in a long time was Dirty Dancing and I have to say that every time I watched this movie in the past I got so swept up in the dancing and the love story that I never really noticed before that Johnny is kind of a jerk. Anyone else notice this? Its not really until after they are in the water practicing lifts that he starts to seem kind of likeable. But I still love it.
Normally I watch Elizabethtown when I’m sick. For some reason it always makes me feel better. But since I just watched it not that long ago I decided to switch it up with Dirty Dancing and Edward Scissorhands. Anyone else have a favourite go-to movie when you’re feeling sick?
I also started looking around for some comforting soup recipes online and found this delicious sounding vegetable noodle soup recipe I thought I would share from Simply Soups.
2 tablespoons Canola Oil
3/4 cup diced onions
3 Celery ribs, diced
4 Carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
1 Garlic clove, minced
3/4 teaspoon chopped Thyme
6 cups Chicken Broth
1 cup water
1 Bay leaf
2/3 cup dry small shape pasta
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
2 tablespoons snipped chives
1. Heat canola oil in a large stockpot over medium heat.
2. Add diced onions, celery and carrots to stockpot.
3. Cook vegetables until soft, 8 to 10 minutes.
4. Add garlic, thyme, and bay leaf, cook additional minute.
5. Add chicken broth and water. Simmer 20 minutes.
6. Season with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper.
7. Add pasta to stockpot and simmer until tender, 5 to 8 minutes.
8. Remove stockpot from heat.
9. Stir in the chives and peas. Cover stockpot and let stand 5 minutes.
I hope everyone is feeling well and if not get better soon!
I don’t know about you guys, but for some reason I find shopping for men so much more difficult than shopping for woman. Especially when it comes to a romantic gift giving occasions like anniversaries or Valentine’s day. This is because, if the men in your life are anything like the men in mine, most of what they say they want is a video game or gadget of some sort or something incredibly extravagant like a jet. I started my hunt for a sweet Love Day gift early this year and thought I would share some of the things that I came across in case anyone else is a little short on cash for a jet.
A fun Me and You Puzzle piece pillow case set from Urban Outfitters.
A funny, sweet iPhone case from Society 6
A romantic art print that will make him smile from Etsy.
A nice warm sweater from Old Navy because he probably wouldn’t buy one for himself.
A funny gift idea like the Beardski to keep him warm while skiing is sure to be a hit.
How about your mug on a mug to brighten his day from that first cup of coffee (from Shutterfly)
The Jurassic Park Trilogy because he’s still just a big kid.
The album with your song on vinyl.
His favourite meal made by you with love.
A big kiss because that’s what the day is all about anyways.
Of course chocolates, love letters and a few uninterrupted hours to play his favourite shooting game are always appreciated as well. Anyone else have any great Valentine’s gift ideas for the men in your life?
Its usually around this time of year that winter starts to feel like a drag and I begin longing for the sunny days of summer. However, one great thing about this time of year is all of the great sales on winter coats. Shopping always works for a quick pick-me-up. With that in mind, I did some online window shopping and picked out some of my favourites (along with the amazing discounts).
This Wish I May, Wish I Bright coat from Modcloth is so pretty in pink with puffed sleeves, and fabric covered buttons.
This military inspired coat, also from Modcloth, is by Steve Madden. The dark green colour, faux leather piping and warm wool blend will keep you stylish and toasty.
I love this toggle coat from Delias. The fresh pop of colour is perfect for the month of love.
This cute metallic puffer coat from Gap looks like a steal of a deal to me. Imagine how trendy you’ll look coming down the ski hill this winter.
I love this wool blend cropped jacket from Old Navy. I used to have one just like and wore it until it everywhere.
Anybody else find some amazing deals this time of year? Anyone longing for the leg baring weather or are you perfectly happy with snow falling and a hot cup of coco. Let’s dish on how we beat the wintertime blues.
What originally intrigued me when I was flipping through it quickly at the book store were the instructions on how to do your own alterations such as making a boxy blouse more fitted and turning flared jeans into skinny ones. These looked like simple projects that I always wanted to be able to do on my own. What I didn’t realize until I got home was how many easy, fun projects are in this book as well as lots of great advice articles on everything from how to stay creative while keeping a 9-5 job to buying a home or creating your own clothing line.
I love that just browsing through the book has left me feeling very inspired. I can’t wait to start tackling some of these projects. The school themed place setting with a placemat made out of pencils, a napkins that looks like ruled paper and a plate with a decoupaged notebook picture would be really great for a shower for a teacher. There are ideas in this book for almost anything you can think of from how to do cool retro hairstyles, to unclogging a drain, to what to make for a cocktail party to creating compost for your garden.
I’m not sure which project I am going to start with but I will be sure to update you and let you know whether or not these projects are as easy as they seem. Anybody else have this book? Anyone combing the aisles at their local book store this weekend?