Friday, November 13, 2015

Birth Announcements from Tiny Prints

Sure, by now family and friends are well aware that we welcomed Quinn into the world almost 7 weeks ago. But you can't save a phone call or a social media post - which is why I was wanting to send out physical birth announcements. It's a traditional thing to do (and I'm all about traditions!) and provides a great keepsake for family and friends.

Enter Tiny Prints which has an amazing selection of designer birth announcements, not to mention letterpress and foil (not just gold foil!). I opted for a rose gold foil and I absolutely love how they turned out! Shipping was fast (Canadians, expect to pay duty/brokerage/taxes) and the return addressed envelopes make mailing easier.

I love the design we chose which has a slight infographic feel to it!

Thanks to Tiny Prints for these amazing announcements! While they did provide these to me, I'm forever a fan and repeat customer.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

She's here! Introducing Quinn Isla

It's been a month since our lives changed forever in the best way possible. This little love came into the world on September 26 after a short 3 hour 46 minute labour. 7 lbs, 11 ounces and 19 inches long. It's been an adjustment, that's for sure, but we are loving every minute of having her around :)

Nursery pics and birth story to come as well as our birth announcements!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Nursery Decor and Labels for Baby Girl

While I remain stumped on how to finish up the nursery decor, one thing I have not delayed on is getting some printables up! I figured the easiest way to jump start the nursery was to create some name wall art (I will share the actual photos of the name art once baby is here and the name is announced!) as well as some clothing labels and tags.

Baby girl's nursery has gone all-out girly and is as feminine and frilly as I could hope for. While I love the many mod nursery designs out there, I just had to indulge my girly side while I can (while I'm the one calling the decor shots and not a 3 year old into Frozen).

Using Photoshop, I've incorporated a watercolor effect on some of my favourite fonts as well as used some hand painted watercolor floral elements and am loving the look.

Looking for some affordable nursery art? I've just listed the clothing tags in the shop for $5 and the custom name art for $12. I'll be adding other labels for baby necessities like swaddles, receviing blankets, etc, very soon. See links below!

Baby Girl Clothing Labels 

Custom Watercolor Name Art

I haven't listed this gold monogram yet - but what do you think? 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Peach and Mint Gender Reveal Party

Sorry for photo overload but I just had to share them all! Less than two months ago we flew home for a very quick visit and decided that this trip would be the perfect opportunity to find out if this babe inside of me is a he or she. Kevin really would have preferred a surprise on "labour day", however I have zero patience and really wanted to know. We met somewhere in the middle and found out at about the 24 week mark (about 8 weeks later than we could have had we really wanted to) with all of our family and friends around us to share in the excitement.

It was a fabulous way to find out, especially since we are living out of town and don't get to share much of this pregnancy with our loved ones. Popping the big balloon to reveal pink confetti was absolutely thrilling (and a complete shock as I was so sure I was carrying a little guy!).

Planning the party from afar was a bit of a task, but the most amazing party planner I know and one of my good friends back home helped pull together an amazing day. Scroll down to see the boy and girl pins she crafted - they are literally the cutest ever. Boy jerseys with custom vinyl name bars and girl dresses with crinoline - she is seriously too much! She has also just started a blog chronicling all the parties she plans (for fun, not work!), that I certainly suggest you check out! Visit Kristin over at

Scroll down for (many) photos, and more details!

The most delectable macarons you ever did taste by the talented Janet of Pete's Sister Creative Gifts. 

Geronimo balls from Shop Sweet Lulu. Frills made by moi.

Baby balloons from local balloon store.

Cake and macs from Pete's Sister Creative Gifts.

Printables by me (working on putting together a printable package for the shop).

Most of these beautiful photos by Larissa Addison of Luxe Photography

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Coming Soon!

Despite lots of things I could blog about with the new house, we've been busy building something else. We are so excited to be expanding our family (this time with a non-furry addition!) this September.

And, in house news, we just sent my father-in-law home after two weeks of house projects, so hopefully I will now get to some new house blog posts!

Any baby/pregnancy things I absolutely need? Let me know your suggestions!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Almost there! And a floor plan

We are three weeks into the New Year and the new house, and slowly chipping away at the to do list. I wish I could wave my magic wand and instantly have the entire house decorated and ready to go! Wouldn't that be nice? I am excited to share photos but wanted to wait until the place came together a BIT more, and we are almost there. Backsplash was installed yesterday
, grout tomorrow, roman shades should be arriving soon - so other than final accessorizing, hanging art, and some larger, future projects, we will be mostly settled in very soon.

I would still like to do a version with furniture placement, but here is the main floor floor plan. I can say that so far, this is the perfect amount of space for us. It feels spacious but not cavernous. The open layout is just what we were hoping it would feel like and we are so glad we added the extra bump out in the dining room in order to flip the island 90 degrees to face the living room.


The space in the front was originally an open den which we had absolutely no use for. I thought long and hard about what to do with it, and the only thing that just felt right was to put the laundry there (moved it from the right side of the mudroom). First of all, why would I want my laundry in a small(ish) mudroom. Not only is there no space for hampers and and ironing board and drying rack, but it's a MUDroom. And in Winnipeg, where 6 months of the year are in mucky boots or snowy boots that turn to muck, a mudroom really is just that. Do people seem to think it's strange to have the laundry there? A little. But I'm adding cabinetry and features to make it fabulous (and double frosted french doors), and I can tell you that having a REAL full-size laundry room has been awesome so far. I also have my desk in there for now and eventually plan on making a craft area, but that is further down the list.

So far, my only one big regret is not squaring off the corner pantry. Long story short, it wasn't until close to the deadline that I learned that we could really customize the builder's plans and move things majorly around. And had we had more time, I would have somehow figured out how to put that pantry on a 90. It would have made for a smaller pantry and it would have affected our fridge and pantry wall, but I'm sure we could have made it work. I am not devastated by the corner pantry at all - I still love the kitchen, and the space and walk through feature is amazing - I just know IF I were to do it again, it would have been nice to know earlier!

On that same note, we also never knew it was an option add square footage to the plan (in the dining room). We really thought the builders plans were mostly set less minor alterations, and I was really struggling between two plans (a smaller version that had the island layout I wanted and now have, and this plan which I loved but didn't like the island orientation). It wasn't until someone unrelated to our purchase suggested the option that I even knew it was a possibility - and I am so glad I did!

I remember when we started building/planning I googled everywhere trying to find someone else's building experience and found very little - perhaps it's worth doing a post or two on what I learned during the process, if only so I can remember myself if we ever decide to do this again!

Okay, that's all for now. I hope to take some pics and post this weekend, as well as to share the upstairs floor plan and furniture placements!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The House is Done and We are IN!

Guys!!!! We are IN! Words cannot explain the feeling of finally being in our house. It felt like it took forever, but the final two months just flew by and before we knew it we were signing on the dotted line and turning the keys to our home. It was a total whirlwind having just come back from vacation, and getting everything done in between Christmas and New Years. In the span of two days we had about 15 different people in and out of our house from deliveries to installations to electricians (which we are super thankful for since so many people are off over the holidays) - but, it is done and we are "home" now.

I can't wait to share more pictures, the long promised floor plan, our experience so far with the finishes we chose, and everything we still have yet to do (like the backsplash, fireplace tile and paint). I just need to unpack the "real" camera so I can take some proper pics next weekend. I will just say it because I've been obsessing over them for the past 4 days, but I am overjoyed with my marble island. I am so in love with it and so thankful I took the risk.

For now, here's a quick insta pic (if you want to follow along as I post more house pics, you can find me at ).

And for those who ask if two people really need a double wide fridge - YES we do :)