happy October!

5 Oct

Last week, I shared a list of a few of the things I’m excited for about Autumn, and it’s finally October.  Or, ALREADY October.  How? This just happened!

I love October though, too.  To quote Anne Shirley, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are October’s.”  It’s true. October is pretty nice.  The thing I’m most excited about is Halloween though.  There will be a lot about Halloween here over the next month, so I hope you’re as excited as I am ;)

This month is also the federal election in Canada.  Honestly, I’m just ready to vote now!! It’ll be a couple of weeks yet, but I just wanna vote.

What are you most excited about in October?


yay autumn!

28 Sep

This past Wednesday was the official first day of autumn!  I’m even more excited about fall this year, and a lot of it has to do with the fact that my daughter has the same name as the season.  Everywhere I look, people are writing about things to do in autumn, and fun things about autumn.  I love that!  It makes it more fun for me for sure!

Here are a few other things I’m excited about for this autumn:

  1. Halloween
    It’s Autumn’s first Halloween!  I’m so excited to make her costume, and dress up with her.  I kind of want to have a few different costumes for her, so we can go to a couple of things.  I think that would be super fun!
  2. Fun fall activities
    Stuff that doesn’t seem that exciting when you don’t have kids, is going to be so much fun this year with Autumn!  I can’t wait to show her the crunchy leaves, and take her to a pumpkin patch, or to a corn maze.
  3. No school!
    It’s so nice to not be in school this year.  It’s definitely a change from last year!  I’m really enjoying being done school :)

What are you excited most excited for this season?


Books of 2015: September

25 Sep

I can’t believe it’s the end of September! Once again, I feel like I haven’t read very much this month.  There has been a lot going on though, so I don’t really feel that bad about it.  I did read two books (or, most of two books) this month, which is a vast improvement over last month!

its good to be queen

24. It’s Good to Be Queen by Liz Curtis Higgs
I love reading books about the women from the Bible.  There is usually not very much written about women in the Bible, and so I really enjoy reading embellishments on what is in the Bible.  I had high expectations for this book, but I was sadly disappointed.  I don’t know why I thought this, but I was somehow under the impression that it would be more fictional, like from the Queen of Sheba’s perspective.  There were parts that were like that, but it mostly wasn’t.  Mostly, this book picked apart the short part of the Bible that mentioned the Queen of Sheba, and picked it to death.  Picked it apart to the point where it was no longer enjoyable.  I couldn’t finish this book because I was dreading reading it, and I kept looking to see how long was left.  It felt very long.  I really wanted to like this, but it wasn’t what I expected.
I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a review, but the opinions here are my own.

25. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
I read this years and years ago, and had started reading it at the cabin last month but left it there.  So I borrowed a copy from a friend of mine and was able to finish it.  I LOVE this book!  It was so much fun to re-read it.  I’m definitely going to have to continue with the series :)

What have you been reading lately?


Mom Uniform

23 Sep

mom uniform

sweater: Old Navy // jeans: Bluenotes // beret: Wet Seal



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Now that it’s officially Autumn (yay)!! I thought I’d share what has been essentially my mom uniform for the last little while.  Since it’s (slowly) been getting (slightly) cooler, I’ve basically been wearing this exact outfit for the last couple of weeks, just trade out the specific sweater and pants.

These pictures also give a pretty good glimpse into a very important part of my day.  Nap time!!  Autumn is still napping twice a day, so I get some time during the day to get things done!  For the longest time, she had been sleeping in my arms, but she’s now fully sleeping in her crib for her naps, and I’m so glad that she is.  It was nice getting in the extra cuddles, but it’s also nice to be able to do things, like drink my coffee… and watch her sleep in the video monitor ;)  But for real, I only do that sometimes haha

The other thing is, usually I would make the room look as clean and tidy as possible, but for the mom uniform photos, I really wanted to give an impression of what this mom-business is really like.  And it can be messy.  There’s toys everywhere, there are blankets and pillows strewn about.  And I love it!

Happy 1st day of Autumn!


Happy Day!

21 Sep

Monday again! How was your weekend? We had a great weekend. We got to celebrate with two of our friends as they got married, and we went to a dinner with my in-laws at a cool Mennonite museum here in town.  Busy weekend, but great!

Here are some other things that made me happy this week:

  1. Cuddle + Kind dolls
    these dolls are SO stinkin’ cute!  I love that they give proceeds to help others as well.
  2. Remember Breaker High?
    aka one of Ryan Gosling’s first shows? aka the show that made everyone wish THEIR high school was on a cruise ship?  Here’s what everyone looks like now :)
  3. Keep kids warm and safe in the car seat
    Car seat safety is so important to me, and I love the tips they share here.

Have a great week!


macaron failure

18 Sep

So, this past Sunday, I had some people over to celebrate my friend, and her expected baby at her French themed baby shower!  I didn’t take any pictures of the decor, or the games, or activities, or food, so you’ll have to just take my word for it that it was pretty fabulous.  And I thought that for sure, at a French themed shower, there NEEDS to be macarons.  And I consider myself to be a pretty decent baker, so I figured that macarons were something that I could make on my own.

Boy, was I ever wrong!  I used 2 recipes, made 3 batches, and the one in the picture above was the only one that turned out.

My first batch, I read the instructions wrong and added the wrong thing first.
My second batch, I have absolutely no idea what went wrong.. until the part in the oven.  I read somewhere else to only put in one pan at a time, and I put both in and then switched them halfway through.  If I hadn’t done that, they probably would have been ok.
My third batch, with a new recipe, and I have to say the problem with this one was 100% the recipe.  I am positive that the measurements were off.  There’s a part where you fold the almond meal and icing sugar into the egg whites, and it’s supposed to be like molten lava.  It immediately went solid, like cookie dough.  I think that there was way too much almond meal/icing sugar for the egg whites.  I blame the recipe!

At least they tasted ok… they just were NOT very cute.

Have you ever tried to make macarons?
How did it go?



OZ Naturals’ Professional Moisturizing Serum Review

16 Sep

OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Victamin C + Vitamin E Professional Moisturizing Serum

I’ve recently been able to try a new product by OZ naturals!  I previously reviewed a different product by OZ Naturals here.

I have enjoyed using this product. OZ Naturals’ Hyaluronic Acid serum is said to be one of the best of it’s kind on the market currently, and it really shows in the quality of the product, as well as the results.  Since I’ve been using it, I would say that my skin feels fresher and softer.
In addition to that, though, I really appreciate that it was made ethically.  It’s pretty important to me to be able to use products that are made in North America, and that it is cruelty free.

If you would like to read more about this product, or are interested in purchasing it, you can find it here!


I received this product by OZ Naturals and Brand Backer to review, and the opinions here are all my own.

Happy Day!

14 Sep

Another busy week and another busy weekend!  This month is going to zoom by, I just know it.  It already is!  This weekend, we celebrated a friend’s birthday, another friend’s baby shower, and then my birthday again with my parents/in-laws/grandparents!  It was a lot of fun, but I’m definitely ready to relax a little bit.  Now I can start thinking about the next event ;)

Here are some other things that made me happy this week:

  1. The Problem with Gender Neutral
    Generally speaking, gender neutral means the masculine version, and as a woman/the mother of a girl, I have a problem with that.
  2. Help Aubree Shake It Off with Taylor Swift
    This little girl has a rare type of cancer, and her one wish is to sing “Shake it Off” with Taylor Swift! Like the group, share the info on fb, tweet it, lets make this happen!!
  3. A Bar based on Harry Potter
    I want to go to there!!
  4. How to Beyonce
    enough said.

All of this is so true.

Have a great week, loves!



Fort Whyte Alive

11 Sep

In my husband’s last week of parental leave before he had to go back to work, we got to go do a few different things as a family! One of the things we did was go to a little natural recreation centre called Fort Whyte Alive.  It’s so much fun there.  I used to go all the time as a kid, and hadn’t really been there too much in the last few years.  Though, last fall I went there on a field trip with school!  This time we were able to take our time there and take some pictures.

Here are some of the pictures we took:

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It was a really fun day!

If you’ve never been, you should really check it out.  In the fall, they have an event where you can watch the Geese flying south for the winter, while eating dinner.  It’s really cool to see.


10 Months!

8 Sep

Little Miss is 10 months old now! 10! It’s crazy to me to think that in 2 months, she’ll be one.. and basically she won’t be a baby anymore :(

This past month, she’s done a lot of growing and learning! She is now sleeping in her crib during her naps, as opposed to in my arms like she had been doing.  She naps twice a day (most of the time), for between 45 minutes to 2 and a half hours, that was the longest she’s slept during the day.  She crawls around, she likes pulling herself up to standing, and she’s gotten really good at eating food.

She still only has two teeth, but I am pretty sure that the next two are going to be arriving shortly.  Her favourite foods right now are pizza, carrots, & mini-muffins that I make for her!  She also really enjoys goldfish crackers, and any other kind of crackers.  She no longer cares very much for spaghetti, at least with spaghetti noodles.

Her favourite book seems to be Hug Time.  Her favourite toy is a set of keys we received from a wedding we went to in July.  We let her sleep with a blanket and a stuffed animal in her bed, her Winnie the Pooh bear that she got from her Uncle and Auntie.  In the mornings, before she calls to us to come get her, we’ve found her playing with him.

She has said her first word, it was “yeah!”  She loves clapping her hands, and she loves dancing.  She’s slowly figuring out more things to do at her activity centre, and she loves listening to music and reading books.

It’s been a really great month <3



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