Outdoor Day | Fireworks Painting

Outdoor Day | Fireworks Painting

Today we attempted a fireworks inspired painting where all the supplies we needed were paint canvases, acrylic paint, toilet paper rolls, scissors and tape. The idea came from Parentdish to which I’m a contributor. I loved this messy project and it was perfect for my almost three year old. My five year old was less enthused but it’s because he prefers to come up with his own artistic endeavours.

A Plant That Wont Quit | The Maranta

A Plant That Wont Quit | The Maranta

Posted by: on Jul 24, 2014 | No Comments

I like to test the fortitude of my house plants by seeing how long they can go without water. The air is fresher with greenery in the home but I need low maintenance plants. If it can go for a few days without looking wilted then I know I’ve found a keeper. One of my favourites is our Maranta. It started off as one leaf in bloom with an arm of uncoiled buds which gradually began to unwrap themselves. Instead of growing upwards they crawled over the side of the pot, shooting out like a tree branch.

Indoor Day | Edible Play Dough

Indoor Day | Edible Play Dough

Posted by: on Jul 23, 2014 | One Comment

It’s been a blah week with fevers, sore throats and for some reason, children who will not take naps even when completely knackered. They stay up late, wake up early and then won’t rest. I have to assume this behaviour is the result of a virus running its course or else I’m going to become very peeved about this new ‘schedule.’

Today I decided we needed a quiet morning in. I wanted to be able to assess their health and pull myself together to look after their needs. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what kind of individual attention they need because when I’m tired, they just look like a mass ball of chaos. Rather then turning to cartoons (which is such an easy default) we did some school work and then made edible play dough.

Loving It | Eve Gravel Collection

Loving It | Eve Gravel Collection

Posted by: on Jul 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

This August I was invited to Montreal to cover the Fashion and Design Festival. The FDF is a grand annual celebration of creativity in downtown Montréal. It includes fashion shows, multidisciplinary shows, live art installations, musical performances and real-time design. Over four days and four nights, close to 50 shows will be presented, featuring renowned Canadian designers and leading names in international fashion. Selected designers will present their work free of charge as part of FDF Collections, taking place August 18-19, at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

Florals | Now And Then

Florals | Now And Then

Posted by: on Jul 21, 2014 | No Comments

Wearing florals always brings me back to my childhood when every wedding required that I wear a pouffy dress decked out in pink and purple flowers. My sister had a matching dress and while she looked adorable I looked horribly awkward with a bad perm and big glasses. There was also a pair of floral print jeans in grade school and now in adulthood I’ve moved onto jumpers.

Outdoor Day | Fireworks Painting

Outdoor Day | Fireworks Painting

Posted by: on Jul 18, 2014 | 2 Comments

Today we attempted a fireworks inspired painting where all the supplies we needed were paint canvases, acrylic paint, toilet paper rolls, scissors and tape. The idea came from Parentdish to which I’m a contributor. I loved this messy project and it was perfect for my almost three year old. My five year old was less enthused but it’s because he prefers to come up with his own artistic endeavours.

Elasticpantcity Eats | Grilled Caesar Salad With Turkey Patties

Elasticpantcity Eats | Grilled Caesar Salad With Turkey Patties

Posted by: on Jul 16, 2014 | No Comments

A paleo diet requires a lot of vegetables and I occasionally run out of ideas for how to doctor up my greens to make them more interesting. I loved the idea from The Year in Food blog of grilling a romaine head that needs to be used up quickly. The dressing recipe she provides is excellent although I substituted capers for the anchovies to use what I had on hand.

The Multi-Purpose Wrap Dress | From Day to Date Night

The Multi-Purpose Wrap Dress | From Day to Date Night

Posted by: on Jul 14, 2014 | No Comments

It’s not easy dressing for the beach after having three babies and while nursing. The mix of salt, sand and sweat does not make for happy breastfeeding. For a little extra sun protection and to feel less body-con while strolling the beach I’ve discovered a wrap dress is the perfect beach cover up. The one I’m wearing is a Michael By Michael Kors wrap dress that I bought seven years ago for our honeymoon!

Khatsahlano Festival | The Good, The Bad and The Sweaty

Khatsahlano Festival | The Good, The Bad and The Sweaty

Posted by: on Jul 14, 2014 | No Comments

The Khatsahlano Festival on the weekend was not primarily live music, greasy food trucks and sparkling goods but a big, bad swelling mass of sweaty humanity. From the tweets and Instagrams on my feed, young child free children loved the event. It is a huge annual street party on W. 4th that involves live music and beer gardens.

Mommy Musings | Divine Intervention

Mommy Musings | Divine Intervention

Posted by: on Jul 8, 2014 | No Comments

It takes divine intervention to act as a patient, grace-filled person. I am not this way by my own virtue and I have to pray that God would still my sharp tongue and put out the fires of frustration that rage away in me. I know that God has heard this prayer when people tell me that I’m so patient with my kids. Really? I don’t feel it. My boys give me a run for my money every day.

Making Parenting More Fun

Making Parenting More Fun

Posted by: on Jun 30, 2014 | One Comment

June was an extremely busy month for us which usually means a busy time at work for Ben and a busy time with the kids for me. In the midst of the busyness I went through a major parenting paradigm shift. Starting with Levi I have always been fairly rigid about scheduled nap times, being at home to get the kids in bed, stressing out when they refused to fall asleep or didn’t sleep for as long as I expected. I held nap time as a sacred time for myself to recalibrate for the remainder of the day.