Even though there is still snow on the ground there is an excitement in the air. Excitement for the possibilities that only spring can provide. My dining room table turned into a project table filled with seeds, notes, ribbons, labels, old photos and papers of all sorts. Sorting, crafting and planning- we’re all energized for warmer weather over here and for the weekend in general. Here are some borrowed words to celebrate spring, to excite the gardener in you and to add beauty to your day.Read More
Hello March! I cannot believe you’re already here. This season of my life is just passing so quickly. Winter is passing in a flash. As my memory isn’t quite as good as I had hoped it would be, I have developed a strong urge to document. I take photographs and videos with the intention of turning them into photo books and a monthly video (so far, I am 4 years behind on the printed photo books and I make 1-2 videos per year for special occasions). Special moments are recorded in messy scrolls in baby books. I write shorthand in my journal to clear my mind.
As I mentioned in a post waaaay back in January, I also took the time this year to record reflections from 2018 and directions for 2019. It was a process that was new to me and I am already seeing the benefits of completing the exercise. I have found that the seed is set when I record an intention. It seems that information gets organized in the brain or body so that a person becomes more open to seeing things from a different angle or perhaps notices things that he or she wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. Focus becomes a given as the universe provides. This has been the case for me from reading, physical activity and career perspective.
My bedside table is filled with books that I have begun. I would secretly enjoy providing a lengthy and accurate answer to the commonly asked question in “By the Book” New York Times Book Review section of “What books are on your nightstand?” The ones that I have actually finished (and enjoyed) are:
I couldn’t let this week go past without recognizing that we’re in 2018! I’m working on loads of recipes at the moment but nothing is worth sharing just yet. I hope that you had a wonderful holiday and that you feel refreshed and invigorated.
Did you make any resolutions going into the new year? This is the first year that I didn’t. Usually I make a laundry list of things that I want to improve or get started. Ultimately, I start to feel overwhelmed about the list and by the summer, it is a distant memory. This year, I realized that I just couldn’t take on any more. I am in the process of accepting that I am working to the best of my abilities. Hence, no new year’s resolutions (with one exception… that I wear my mouth guard on a regular basis due to grinding my teeth).
Last night, I finished Rupi Kaur's most recent book of poetry and thought this might give you some comfort and reflection:
To January. To 2018.
Happy Friday, friends! It's been awhile since I created a 5 Things Friday post! I've got lots of things to share with you but first, I thought I'd provide the sister edition to Autumn Clothing for Baby Boys. These items are well-made and intended to be handed down many times. So very sweet for those chubby baby stages.
What have you been baking lately? I’ve been on a run of baking things with apples, carrots, pumpkins and beets (not all in one dish!) I haven’t been baking with chocolate much because of the Halloween candy that has made it through my home but wow, mini candy bars do not satisfy a chocolate craving. Chocolate tart coming your way soon!
Have a great weekend!
Happy first day of autumn, folks! This photo was taken by the wonderful Jenn Munro this past July. It’s not far off from my everyday reality. Preparing food with my baby in my arms. Sometimes, there is a toddler and a 5-year old standing on a chair next to me, “helping out mama” or just observing. Serious multi-tasking that sometimes goes haywire or just extends all day (like, the laundry that never gets folded). Baking a cake, for instance, involves several steps. On day one, I source my ingredients. On the second day, I make the cake. Finally, on the third day, I make the icing, decorate it and if it is going on the blog, attempt to take some decent photographs. The third is the trickiest for sure. But, I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Inspired by all types of mamas and recognizing that there is lots of support out there, here are five articles to read this weekend:
One Thing That Has Surprised Me About Parenting | Cup of Jo
Joanna has beautifully written about motherhood for years. This piece has received a huge reaction and for good reason. Everyone feels the “ache” but we don’t talk about it. Here, lots of women tap into sadness when you're done having children.
Modern Parenting: To Chore or Not to Chore | Design for Mankind
Also, how to scan a room (my favourite).
Some days, I feel like the worst mom ever | Justine Lorelle LoMonaco
We all have our days. Here are some ways to make them better and know that we're all in this together!
At Home With Elle Stauss & Daughters | The Glow
Words of wisdom (and beautiful photographs) from a working mama with two daughters.
Mom Lunches | The Faux Martha
While I don’t agree that yoga pants should be a mom uniform, I do agree with making good food and looking after yourself. Here’s how to do it.
Happy reading! What are your plans? We're heading off to a harvest festival. Crossing my fingers for good weather!
Tiny baby things evoke such joy. Booties that will fit newborn feet. Knitted baby blankets to wrap a tiny body in. Handmade bonnets for chilly days. A white sleeper to put on after the bath. The feel of these items in your hands and the smell of them when your baby is in them is one of the best feelings in the world. This is how the attachment to things happens.
I kept the white onsies, the pink booties, knitted sweaters and bonnets as well as many dresses that were used by my girls (I am not a minimalist though very much admire that lifestyle). Unable able to part with them but not knowing when they would be used next.
When my son was born, I had some hand-me-downs ready for him. Shortly after his birth, friends and family delivered new and used baby boy clothing of which I am incredibly thankful. We probably have enough clothing but, I can’t help but do a little online browsing. There are so many adorable items for baby boys. I admit that I find great pleasure in choosing and buying things for my children. When I do purchase items for them, I fall into the #fewerbetterthings camp. I love the idea of heirloom quality clothing. I try to buy organic. I don't like to have sort through too many things.
Layers are essential for warmth. I have lots of white or striped onesies to put underneath sleepers or wool sweaters. Of course, thick sock are also essential or these slippers that were worn by his sister. Here are five things that I’ve got my eye on to keep my baby boy warm and cozy this autumn.