Valentine’s Day Inspiration

Yesterday I started putting up some valentines decor around the house and I was getting all the feels…I love valentines day and I got to thinking about this time last year.  Making V-day cards with Miss S while feeling Ellie dance on the inside.  #Bittersweet

We are for sure going to make some valentines craft cards for Miss S’s friends at school and maybe add a pencil or some stickers to the card.  I really love this bonding time her and I get to share + doing something creative is a bonus.

I know the Mister is probably wondering what to get for me / his girls this year.   I think the girls will be pretty happy with a heart shape balloon and some lolly pops.  As for me I’d love some light pink/pastel pink flowers (roses or carnations – not picky), I’d also LOVE to spend some quality alone time with him doing an activity (even something simple like grabbing a coffee and holding hands walking around the mall but axe throwing would be awesome too! lol).  Although if I am being honest, there is one thing I’d really like / need: it’s to have all my Tiffany & Co jewellery pieces cleaned and polished :) LOL :P

I thought I’d share some gift ideas and as you can see totally gravitating to everything light pink, pastel pink and pale pink.  Even though I don’t need any of this stuff – it’s always fun to look at the menu and get some fun ideas.

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Purse | Off the shoulder sweater Workout leggings Bangle | Clarisonic | Nail Lacquer | Nike Rosherun | Dress

December Intentions – Mid month check in

We are at Mid December so I figured it would be a good time for me to review my December Intentions.

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I started using a new journal for my gratitude. I found this beautiful hard cover pocket journal with marble design.  It’s like a moleskin (lined, with a bookmark and a band to keep the book closed.  It’s small enough that I can keep it in my smallest purse but I like to keep it on my night stand.  I usually write in it before I close my eyes, but in the morning it doesn’t get filled in until around 8ish (after breakfast & sending the Mister and Miss S on their way).  I try and write 4-6 reasons of gratitude.  Something as simple as “drinking lots of water”, “I got to see my friend for coffee” or “I get to fold laundry”.

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I have been visualizing a lot but I think I want to do more of it with paper to pen.  So I intend to do more writing where I see future self.

I ended November in a spirit of “give me all the cookies, chocolate and sweets”.  I kind of let myself eat whatever I wanted for 2.5 weeks.  On top of that I stopped wearing my FitBit and didn’t work out – simply because I didn’t feel like it.  Around Dec 10, I felt something was a miss.  I didn’t feel like myself and I realized it was because I wasn’t drinking enough water, not making a conscious effort to be active and that eating what ever I wanted was not giving me joy.  So I stopped!  I am doing some light workouts, drinking 3L of water a day and refraining from eating dessert.  It may look like I am restricting myself – but letting myself do whatever I want was actually more restrictive to my wellbeing.  So yes lots of steps and activity – just not measure it.

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I’ve reached out to my mentor and looking forward to her response and a phone meeting we are going to have.

I am using my camera a lot and I try to post the pictures on the blog.

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It’s been easier for me to chant “I am, I can, I will, I do” for 2 minutes than sit and meditate in the more traditional way.  I can say that I’ve been doing this at least every other days (which is a lot more than I’ve ever done for quiet meditation).

I am 1/3 done the book I’ve been reading.  It’s good but there is too much science/biology explanations happening that I end up skimming over it.  I still plan to have this book finished by the end of the month.  I’ve told the Mister I don’t want anything for Christmas.  Not even socks LOL.  I’ve asked him to upload my e-reader with TONS of books.

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Okay so as for giving.  I can honestly say I haven’t done enough.  I mean I am doing the usual teacher gifts for Miss S, participating in a few Kris Kringles and of course for my parents but I still haven’t “pay it forward” or written any Christmas Cards just because.  Something to work on for the rest of the month.

Road trip to Pittsburgh

At the beginning of November, the Hubz, the girls and I travelled to Pittsburgh for my husband’s cousins’ wedding.  I was terrified to do a 6 hour car ride with the girls. (give or take an hour or so).  I mean, Miss S literally asks for a snack as soon as I buckle her into the car seat.  And she (like any other kid, including myself when I was her age) incessently ask “are we there yet” or “how many more minutes”. I was really afraid I would lose my $#!t.  (#BadMom alert!)

I am happy to report that it wasn’t as bad as I thought.  Considering we’ve done a few 2 hour trips with them, this was relativity easier.  Mainly because we broke up the trip and having Miss S ride half the time with us and the other half with her grandparents (who were also attending – just driving another car).

We made sure to have lots of snacks, a bag of entertainment (crayons, letter beads/pipe cleaners, hot wheels and lots of books via this children’s e-reader), a few CDs burnt with our favourite songs of the moment (like this, this and this) and of course an iPad with some downloaded kids shows as back up (thanks to Netflix Canada’s downloadable feature)…. I felt for the most part prepared.

Not sure if we could do that type of road trip on our own but I do feel a little more aware of what to expect and a dare I say a little more confident.

Here are some of the pictures I snapped while we were away!

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Kids asleep in the mobile bunk bed (aka a double stroller) so we get to ENJOY!

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Miss S always makes our family pictures so much fun :P

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I always love seeing the “4 pillar” representations at Hindu weddings.

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Gparents babysitting meant that us two got a break and went straight to the Hotel Lobby Bar ;)

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The happy couple!

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3 EASY Festive (Non) Baking Ideas + Our Christmas Decor

It’s that time of year where all I want to do is eat all of the sweet treats and go to all the potlucks.  One day I would love the idea of being one of those mom’s that adores baking and cooking up a storm…buuuttt I already know that I am DEFINITELY one of those women who eats EVERYTHING on the dessert table so I really have to keep my sweet treat making in check!  Aaaannnd I am always nervous I’ll mess up the recipe so I love the idea of #Bakinghacks :)

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Stockings | Evergreen Garland | Floral Clip Ornaments

I do have some lunch and dinners planned with friends and family before Christmas, so I figured it would be a great option for me to flex my creative (non) baking muscle without worrying that I’ll eat everything on my own.  I found some awesome options for faux-baking/pre-made cookie decorating LOL.

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Fairy Lights | Garland | Frame

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Pom Pom Garland

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Elf on the Shelf

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Floating Shelf | Mini Wicker Baskets (Similar) | Frames | Mason Jar

Ok so on to the no-bake-treats and cookie decorating ideas.  I saw these and thought I would love to add a Christmas touch to our beloved peanut butter cookies.  We literally make these cookies all year round.  They are more or less guilt free and have no white sugar or flour. Just dip them in some melted dark chocolate and sprinkle some red, white and green sprinkles and they are a perfect holiday treat.

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The Hubz loves turtles so these would be for him (I am not a fan of caramel) these are super easy and take literally 10 minutes.  I can’t believe I’ve never made them before.  I am just not sure if I should used salted or unsalted pretzels?

Lastly I have to at least attempt to make these DIY thin mints.  I love girl guide cookies and being able to make these at Christmas (or even all year round would be brilliant).

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Check out our christmas decorations from last year!

Stocking Stuffers for the Girls

This will be the first year we actually stuff some stockings.  The last few years we have just hung the stockings but didn’t fill them mainly because Miss S was completely unaware of them in our house.  My parents have always made a big deal of them when we head over to their house on Christmas day – but I don’t think she really understood what was going on.

So to give myself (and anyone else who may stumble upon this post) some ideas I’d thought I’d share what I found.   TLY_StockingStufferIdeas

Christmas Pencils | Stickers | Swaddle | Hair Clips | Mini Pencil Crayons | Little People | Bath Dropz

Miss El’s eigth month update

Slowly my attention is returning to the other part of my life that hasn’t needed my focus in so long.  I am thinking about going back to work as well as everything that comes with that: schedules, pick ups, drop offs, commuting, budgets, meal preps and dinner on weeknights.  My mind is exploding with to do lists and calendar dates.  But for the next few minutes I am going to focus on 8 months of Lou-Lou

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Yep – she’s got a new nick name.  It’s funny, Miss S and I read this book a million and one times while Ellie was in my belly.  I was sad that our world wouldn’t have President Barack Obama in it any more and Miss S would constantly ask about LoLo (I started pronouncing it Low-Low – and I guess she was amused). Anyways – Miss S now calls her it affectionately and the grandparents do it to.  I guess that works because she only answers to that or Elora so now it’s stuck!!

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Christmas Tree | Fairy Lights | Area Rug 

She is talking up a storm!  Calling Ma’am Maam, Da-Dat, Eeeee, Ooaa.  She thinks she’s a big shot and we couldn’t agree more.  She’s started pulling herself up and experimenting with cruising and getting accustomed to being on her hands and knees.  Lots of bouncing, pushing backwards, scooting in circles while sitting or on tummy time but no actual crawling yet.

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She’s been exposing herself to TOOOONNNS of food, now eating 3 meals and 1-2 snacks a day.  Although we do give her a lot of store bought baby food (our go-to brands are: Baby Gourmet, Love Child Organics and Earth’s Best) she’s tried my mother in laws black channe and her Pop’s weekly oven baked fish and was totally into it.  Right now her favourites are banana, scrambled eggs, coconut yogurt, 3 ingredient pancakes.

She claps and hurrays with her arms.  We are teaching her the basic baby sign language and she’s tried doing “more” lol.  She’s still really into her sister (but not her sister’s “smuhugs” aka smush-hugs), has started to play wrestle with her sis, as well tries to hide a toy in her hand if she sees Miss S running towards her LOL!!!.  Still into PDA and has even started giving us wet kisses 💋💋!!  She loves playing a game with her dad and I where she wants to go from my arms to his arms and back and forth – she obviously thinks it’s hilarious!  And we do too!

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Head band | Hair Clip | Cardigan (Similar)