Sunday, 6 July 2014

1 Year!

We did it! We made it through our first year of parenting and I think we did pretty good. I look at Ray and I can't believe he is a year old already, everyday he is less like a baby and more like a little boy.
His first birthday was a lot of fun, I did an "Under The Sea" theme. I had a great time planning and decorating, I'm so excited that I get to do something new and fun every year.
There was streamer "waves" and "seaweed", ocean cakes, candy whales, a watermelon shark, snacks served in sand buckets, and of course a kiddie pool.

Ray smashed into his very own cake and proceeded to throw handfuls around the room. I think he had a pretty good time

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Craft: Baby Clothes Blanket

This boy of mine is growing non-stop, I literally have 3 bins of outgrown clothes stashed under his crib AND have already given away bags upon bags of the items that I'm not that attached to.
So I got a great idea from a fellow mama to turn the favs into a blanket that we can snuggle with. I am holding onto a lot of items in case future baby #2 is a boy, but since we made Ray's nursery space themed we picked up a few space themed clothes along the way. I figured I would pick out those select few clothes for the blanket. (Baby#2 will get a different theme anyways..)
It was really bittersweet chopping up these old clothes, as I held them up and reminisced on how teeny tiny they are and he was.

So all I did was cut the clothes into squares and sewed them together. I made the border of one of his old receiving blanket. I sewed on a piece of fabric I had laying around as the back.

I didn't use quilt batting with this blanket because I wanted to keep it thin. I have a feeling its going to be a favourite blanket and I didn't want it to be too thick and clunky that it would be annoying to bring along on outings or what not.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

11 Months!

Here we are at 11 months old! This kid is unstoppable. I wrote "walking" on this one, however he is not quite walking on his own. It's more walking around while holding onto things and using his toy walker, but I couldn't fit "walking around while holding onto things and using his toy walker" onto those 3 steps. Walking with help is still walking in my books, and that's a big step (pun intended) from where he was at last month. We are so proud of this little guy.
He is just so entertaining, always making us laugh with his silliness. He started waving at the T.V. whenever music or singing comes on and he loves laughing at his own reflection in the mirror. Lately he has been sneaking into the kitchen and dumping out the cat food bowls, as well as trying to climb in the dishwasher.
He prefers to feed himself than let me feed him with a spoon, and that makes for a bigger mess but I don't mind.
Next month... he is a one year old... I can't believe it. I hope this month goes by slowly.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

June Cat

"It's time to strike out on your own and relinquish your over dependency on others"

The cat wishes for us to make choices from a place where you maintain your own authority and power. We must review the people and things upon which we are excessively and habitually dependant - then step back from them and identify where you need to make adjustments, and act accordingly.

From this card I believe it is asking me to remain quiet, observe and then at when the time feels right. I have the power to create anything I want out of life, yet I should keep an element of mystery to it.

Saturday, 31 May 2014

May Wrap up

This past month was one of the best this year! So many lovely moments and memories.
I celebrated my very first Mother's Day, my boys took me hiking and for a picnic in Kanaskis Country.
 I also spent this month on a sugar detox cleanse, the Whole 30 program. I am proud to say that I successfully completed 30 days of no sugar, no gluten, no dairy, to grains, no alcohol, and no processed foods! I feel better than ever. I lost 9 lbs and lost 8.5 inches overall. I also gained more energy and a passion for clean eating. I plan on keeping this up from here on out, with a few changes to help fit my lifestyle. Of course I plan on treating myself here and there, and I am re-introducing oatmeals and cereals for breakfasts.
I have been planning Ray's first birthday and slowly getting supplies and what nots for the party. I am excited yet not at the same time.
We have been renovating our camper and a lot of summer trips and events are being planned whilst doing this. I plan on posting all the before and after photos of this reno, it's looking amazing so far!!

I'm so excited for June to come, I have big plans for you June... Look out!

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Space: Balcony Inspiration

It's officially morning coffees and nightcaps on the porch season! I am fully taking advantage of that fact. I have been utilizing our little balcony to it's full potential, and this includes drinking tea out here on a rainy day... I am even writing this blog post out here on a breezy Saturday morning.
Since we are renters we don't have much of a yard, no backyard whatsoever, but we do have a nice long (but narrow) balcony that over looks a small front yard. Since our family is still small I don't mind the lack of yard just yet, however, baby is almost walking and we are thinking that next year we will definitely need more space. So with that being said I plan on making the most out of my balcony since this may be our last summer together.
With a little inspiration from good ol' Pinterest I have compiled a few images to help with the look I would like to achieve for our space. I love the relaxing vibes from all these inspiring spaces. Mine is  slowly but surely coming together; I have potted herbs, planted in the flower boxes, put out all my little garden knick knacks and even bought a brand new (easy on the barefeet) outdoor rug. All that's left is clear the clutter from the back corner and replace that with a BBQ.
Here are just a few photos of the space so far, I plan on posting the full balcony once it's finally finished and to my liking.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Craft: Garden Watering Can

Yesterday was Mother's Day. It was my first on the Mom side, and it was just perfect! But today's craft post is a gift that I gave my mama for Mother's Day.
My Mom's garden is so beautiful, she spends most weekends working on it and it is just filled with lovely plants and flowers. It is also filled with garden ornaments, trinkets, bird baths, solar lamps... pretty much anything you can think of. Some are beautiful, some... kinda... tacky... but hey it's her garden and she loves that stuff. So a go to gift I normally make her is something for her garden. Even for X-mas we made her a stepping stone with Ray's little handprints and Josh made her some gorgeous welded flowers made out of cutlery (she almost cried she loved those so much!)
So this Mother's Day I made her a cute little watering can pouring crystals, so that it looks like it's pouring a continuous stream of sparkly water.

Watering can
Clear beads, jewels, or crystals ( I had a few beads and some crystals from an old chandelier)
Fishing line
Tape ( I used duct tape, because I am lazy)
Garden stake with a hook end

So first of a strung 4-5 beads onto some line, with the droplet looking crystals at the bottom.

Then I fed the lines through the holes of the watering can and pulled them close to the can, I then taped them with duct tape on the inside of the spout.

*Note* I'm sure there is a prettier way to tie these in without using tape, and I urge you to try your own way of doing this. I just got a bit lazy, it still looked pretty on the outside and since the tape was in the spout it was unnoticeable

And that's it.

Hang in the garden. It is still early in the season, so once the garden fills out I will take another photo to post. It will look so pretty amongst flowers and greenery