Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Be More Present, Make More Memories








Photography c /o: Nickie Graybill Photography
Gift box c /o: LitJoy Crate

There is no better part of my day than the times I take to get down on the floor with Hudson and just play with him! I am on his level, we chat back and forth, pass balls, read books, colour, whatever he wants to do! These are the moments where my phone is charging in a different room, the tv is off and there are no distractions. Just Hudson and mama, mama and Hudson. 

One of my goals this coming new year is to be more present and involved in all the little moments of the day to day life. One item I have found that really helps me do this is our Lit Joy Crate that comes in the mail! One box is filled with so many fun little items for you and your little one. This sleepy time box came with a sippy cup, happy baby snack pouch, sticky stars for the roof, a bath time mitt and two bed time books for Hudson! It also came with, a sample of yummy relaxing tea and a code for one free chatbook for me! So many items to help us relax for bedtime AND make memories.

They have SO many options for different themed crates and for children of all ages. For the month of January you can use code Holiday15 for 15% off of your first crate! 

Lets all make one of our goals this year to be more present and make more memories with the people we love!

xo



Monday, January 2, 2017

Hopes for this coming year









Ruck sack bag c /o: Just Porter Streeter bag c /o: Just Porter
H's sweater/pants/scarf c /o: Archer and Antlers// H's toque(beanie) c /o: The Baby Cubby
Burgundy sweater c /o: Octer

The start of a new year is interesting. It brings on a lot of reflection on the past 365 days. It makes me think of what days were happy, which were sad, what milestones were met and what lessons were learned. Twenty-sixteen was a year of major growth for me. Learning to be a mama to Hudson boy and growing as he grew so much. It was a year of loss as my family lost a sweet sweet family member and the pain of that is still very fresh. It has been a year of finding myself and realizing more than ever who I want to be for myself and for Hudson. Having a child really changes a lot. For me it has changed how I view the world. It has changed the things I am scared of. It has changed what I find most important in this life. It has absolutely changed me! 

What will Twenty-seventeen bring....

I have a lot of different hopes for this coming year.

I hope to find more motivation and work my booty off to reach my business goals. This can be hard for me and I can get discouraged easily BUT I am going to do my best to commit to growing my two small businesses. I know I can do it so I WILL do it! 

I hope to be as true to myself as I have ever been. I feel like I have been on this crazy six year journey of really finding myself. We live in this world that is always trying to shape us into what it wants us to be and we are often surround by people telling us who we "should" be. However, I firmly believe that we are who we are and we all need to be true to that. It's my biggest hope for Hudson growing up that he can just be who he is and be confident and happy in his own skin so.... I have to be that example and do the same!

I hope to give more love and receive more love! Sometimes it can be hard to ask for the love that you deserve. It can be for me anyways. We are always told to be selfless and give give give but sometimes it's okay to take for yourself too. L.O.V.E... it's what makes the world go 'round and we all need it in our lives! So I plan to give give give AND take take take.

One of my big hopes is that I can find more opportunities to serve others. It has always been an aspiration of mine to make a difference in this world. I'm still figuring out how exactly to make my mark but this is where I want to start! This includes finding companies who give back! I think it is so amazing when I company sets out to give back to those in need. Just Porter does just that.
When you buy a bag Just Porter works with a community in need by hiring a local bag maker, fills the bag with school supplies from a local small shop business and then delivers that bag to a child in need. How cool is that?! So by purchasing one amazing bag you help create jobs, support a small business AND help educate a child! Pretty dope guys.

What are your hopes for this coming new year? 

xo

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Home From The Holidays









Photograpy c /o: Nickie Graybill Photography
Pillow, Blanket, Growth Chart c /o: Senn and Sons
portable bed c /o: DockaTot
Wall paper c /o: Walls Need Love
On Hudson: Striped shirt & Grey pants c /o: Little Adi
Batman tee c /o: Fresh Apparel
On Me: Striped hoodie c /o: Makenzie Shop Stevie
Long Blue Cardigan c /o: Lularoe Courtney

We spent the holidays in sun sun sunny California. Although...it was actually freezing and there was tons of rain and we actually had an adventure in the snow...so whatever. haha. We really did have so much fun though! Disneyland and California adventure were checked off our bucket list! We ate at the best burger place in maybe all of the world (Umami) and soaked up a ton of sun at the beach. There were lots of family parties and plenty of food and fun! 

It is always fun to get away for a little trip and I love taking Hudson on new adventures to new places! However, it is also always nice to come home. It just feels good to get back to our own routine and our own space and things. Also, there is just something about coming home to your own bed right?! Living out of a suitcase for more than a week also gives me major anxiety...I just want to hang up my clothes!! haha. 

So this week we are going to stay cozy and warm inside while we do ALL our vacation laundry, clean up the house, and play with all of Hudson's new toys!

I hope you all had the very best holidays and were able to celebrate with those you love dearly!

xo


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

These are a few of our favourite things





My Sweater c /o: Octer // Hudson's bear suit c /o: Octer.com
Penguin friend c /o: Cuddle and Kind // XO blanket c /o: Modern Burlap
Toy bag c /o: TellKiddo // Wooden blocks c /o: Little Saplings Toys

Hey everyone! It's been a hot minute since I jumped on here and said hello. Isn't this season the busiest but also the best?! I sure think so! We've been busy making lots of memory, eating lots of treats and spending a lot of time with people we love and adore. Boom! Win! 

However, hey, I freaking miss you all! So I'm just stopping on by to share a list of a few of our favourite things these days. 

With the chilly weather we are loving all the cozy clothes we can find! This bear suit on Hudson cracks me up every time we put it on him and its perfect for layering for a onesie or even pants and a long sleeve shirt. It is just the darn cutest thing I have seen! For myself I am loving all of my cozy and chunky knit sweaters! This rust colour is at the top of my list for sure too. I love that this time of year is all about cozy and comfy clothing because lets face it...I am eating all of the treats this season! mmmm! If you want to make shopping online easy and fun ( it's always fun!) you need to check out Octer.com... this website combines a lot of my favourite stores which means all of my options are right there in one website! SO easy! 

We have also been keeping extra cozy in our thick knit blanket for Modern Burlap. When Hudson was teeny tiny we loaded up on the muslin wraps from them and loved those so much. They are still in great condition even after so much use. Now that we have this monochrome XO blanket we use it daily and it is our go to blanket when we need one on an outdoor adventure. We want to be toasty even when we make the chilly venture out the door.

Hudson fell in love with his little penguin friend Everest the moment they laid eyes on each other. Seriously though, it was such a sweet moment. Everest now usually accompanies us everywhere and is H's best little buddy. What is even better about this arctic friend is that where he comes from with every doll sold Cuddle and Kind donates TEN meals to children in need. That is so so amazing and I love companies that give back! Plus they have some of the sweetest dolls I have ever seen. 

Do you struggle with storage for your kids oh so many darn books, trinkets, blocks, and just toys in general? I am always on the hunt for storage that also isn't an eye sore in our home. This toy bag is perfect and goes along great with our decor. TellKiddo has so many more options for storage bags  that I want them all! 

Wooden toys have always been a favourite of ours around here and Little Saplings has always been our go to. I always shop their wooden toys for kids birthday presents, teethers for H AND I may have gotten one too many things for H for Christmas from them too! Ah! So exciting!

Well, here you have my little list of a few of our favourite things right this moment! With the holidays around the corner it's not to late to add these to your wish lists! 

Happy Holiday season! Kisses



Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide - For Yourself!



Shampoo and conditioner set c /o: Function of Beauty

Holiday season is among us and Christmas is right around the corner. So I'm going to kick off my Holiday gift guide with a gift for yourself! We all do it...don't pretend you don't! 

As women we always deserve a little bit of pampering and when I think of pampering I think of my hair! It never gets all of the love and attention it needs. I've been on the search for an amazing shampoo and conditioner combo that works for my hair and that I also feel good about using when it comes to ingredients. Function of Beauty is sulfate free, paraben free, cruelty free and free of toxins. They even scent their products with essential oils! Heart eyes for days over here with this stuff! 

My hair went through a bit of a detoxing when I switched from my previous shampoo to using natural and toxin free shampoos. It was a greasy nasty mess. BUT now, my hair has never ever been healthier or stayed clean for longer. I can go way longer without washing my hair now then I used to...which is a serious mom win if you ask me.

So hey, why not treat yourself before you get out there and start treating everyone else?! 

Use THIS LINK for $5 off your order! Hop to it!

xo

Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Transition From Baby To Toddler








Moccasins c/o: Freshly Picked
Bomber jacket c /o: The Red Closet Shop

Did the month of October fly by for anyone else?! I'm not super happy about it because it was such a fun month full of Autumn festivities like pumpkin patches all day every day! Hudson loved to run to each pumpkin and give them kisses and little love taps. He has even learned how to say pumpkin! (It comes out more like "pumpinnnn") Either way, October has come and gone and here we are three days in to November. November can be a great month too right? Even though it most likely means the beginning of the dreaded snow. However, it is also the month of thanks so it does have that going for it. (If you're reading this from the great white north of Canada, I apologize that November has nothing to offer you...except hey you can start celebrating Christmas right this minute because you don't have another holiday standing in your way!...So wait.. November rocks for you too!)

Anyways, I'm not here to talk about how cool or sucky all the months of the year are. I'm actually here today to talk about the fact that my sweet baby Hudson seems to officially have made the transition to a toddler. Or he's still making that transition....do the temper tantrums stop once they are official toddlers? Please say yes. ( I know the answer is no).

As soon as Hudson could finally walk without toppling over every few steps we realized he is a toddler. I remember the moment pretty vividly. Hubs and I sitting on the couch just watching H walk back and forth from us to the built in cabinet to pull one diaper out at a time and throw it on the floor saying "ohhhhh" each time. Hubs looked at me and said "we have a toddler" I could almost see the fear in his eyes and hear a tremble in his voice. ha. Those scary toddlers.

The transition has been a little overwhelming. All of the sudden H throws the most random tantrums about who knows what. Literally though... who knows?! Then he just stops mid tantrum and says something that makes him happy like  "ball""boon(balloon) "sun" "touch down" etc. and he returns to his happy little self. *insert bug eye emoji* because what the heck just happened!
It's also overwhelming because he has let go of the whole hand holding stage of life. Literally let go. He won't let you help him do anything. Which has resulted in so many bumps, bruises and scrapes. Oh my little adventure boy. I'm going to have a stroke by this kids second birthday.

Some things that have helped us with this transition are:

1. Teaching Hudson how to sign. He knows a ton of verbal words which is amazing too and so helpful but having him sign has been a life saver. Sometimes when he is upset, I can't understand the words he is trying to speak but when he can sign them to me instead I know better how to help him. You can start signing with babies as early as you want to and it might surprise how young they can start signing back! Even simple ones like milk, more, and all done are so helpful for them to learn to communicate their needs. This lessens the melt downs for sure!

2. Freshly Picked Moccasins. These soft sole shoes are so great for the transition from crawling to walking. They stay on their feet and give them great mobility to move and they give great traction and grip for their little feet! For Hudson these shoes have been the best since day one but they have been even better now that he is walking and running. Plus we need good quality now that the shoes are really getting worn in. Freshly Picked is the best of the best when it comes to quality that's for sure!

3. Patience. SO MUCH PATIENCE. I am constantly reminding myself that the transition from baby to toddler is extremely hard on Hudson too. He is learning how to figure out different emotions and to express them. He is trying so hard to communicate what is on his mind. He has a lot of wants and needs and to him they are all needs so I am doing my best to help him figure it all out. Honestly, this kid has so much patience for me too.

The transition from baby to toddler can be hard on everyone but at the end of the day we just soak up the snuggles and kisses and know we can try again tomorrow.

What do you find helps you and your baby when it comes to this transition in life?!

xo

Monday, October 31, 2016

First Star To The Right...










This time of year is SO magical with a little one in our family! Hudson loves adventure and being outdoors so visiting all of the fun pumpkin patches has been the best. However, I think planning these costumes, making Hudson's, and getting all dressed up has been the highlight of my October. H makes the most perfect little Peter Pan and I'm actually sad I won't be able to just dress him up in this outfit every dang day just so I can watch him run around in it! Come to think of it....maybe I will...why not right? haha. Oh this boy!

Happy Halloween to all of you! I hope you get to have the most fun dressing up and devouring mounds of treats! 

xo