Monday, June 22, 2015

Leo: Monthly Photos

A few weeks ago my little man turned one so I figured now was as good a time as any to share his monthly photos. I learned from Alice's monthly photos to have zero expectations for this project because once those kids start moving there is no turning back, haha.

This little boy certainly has kept me on my toes! It may be a bit of a gong show trying to a get a photo but, in the end, the most imperfect ones are always my fav.

Monthly Photo Collage

Who is this toddler staring out at me? *tear*

Love you, little Leo!

Mama


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hip Hop Hooray Easter

I'll be honest, I had much more productive things I could have been doing with my time a few days before Easter, but you know what, this fills my cup. The work, the laundry, the cleaning can all wait, am I right? I kept it simple with a garland for the mantel and some pre-made goodies from Pottery Barn Kids. Bonus, Alice loved everything and I'm pretty sure she doesn't notice when her laundry gets done ;)

Hip hop hooray for Easter!

easter decor, just bella
easter decor, just bella
easter decor, just bella

I swear holidays just get more and more fun as the kids age. I hope you all had a very happy easter!

Christine


Sources:
hip hop hooray garland: crafted by me
bunny garland, personalized baskets (softest ever): c/o pottery barn kids


Monday, April 6, 2015

Spring and Canadian Tire, My CANVAS

Back in January I snuck away to Toronto for an experience that was exciting, inspiring and just a little bit nerve wracking. Along with three other fantastic bloggers (VanessaJennifer, and Tanya), I collaborated with Canadian Tire and styled an outdoor room to help launch their Spring CANVAS Patio Collection.

This truly was such an incredible experience for me. The folks at Canadian Tire are so awesome. They treated us like gold and really encouraged us to bring our own style and personal touches to make the outdoor space our own.

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I created a 'glamping' inspired backyard party with lots of rustic elements and touches of glitz and glam thrown in for good measure. For me, one of the joys of summer is spending as much time outdoors as possible. As much as I'd like to say I go camping all summer, let's be honest, I don't. This little space brings all the fun without all that work. Plus, I'll take any excuse to break out the s'mores ;)

Let's pretend party in my rustic retreat, shall we?

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This project was so up my alley, I had so much fun coming up with a theme (see my pinterest inspiration board), putting my party planning hat on and, of course, getting crafty. We all know I'm no stranger to gold spray paint and this project was no exception.

I added some gold touches to mason jar mugs and created some gold jars for trail mix too. Check out that fancy tag my pal, Justine Ma whipped up for me!  Be sure to check out my DIY video on the CANVAS site for more details and for your own jars of snacks you can download this free printable of those beautiful trail mix tags (thanks, Justine!).

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I am so impressed with the quality content Canadian Tire produced and am really excited to see them work with bloggers to promote their product in such a personal and innovative way.

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This was the first time I've ever been in front of the camera on a shoot like this and, while I don't see any tv shows in my future, they did an awesome job editing probably a million flubs and rambles. It is SO hard to watch myself... I can hear the nerves in my voice. Do I really sound like that??


The weekend was definitely a whirlwind, but I had so much fun partying it up with VanessaJennifer, Tanya and Design Manager, Tracy who hails from Edmonton too (yeg, represent!). Thank you ladies and the whole crew for easing my nerves!

I left this weekend creatively fired up, totally inspired and with a wee bit of a summer shopping list as well. Please pop over to the Canadian Tire website and check out my full feature, the CANVAS line and the fantastic work from the other ladies as well.

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Now, who's ready for spring!? I know I need that fire table and a giant tray of s'mores in my life ASAP.

Christine

Monday, March 16, 2015

A Morning With Alice - "in motion" by Andrea Hanki

Guys, I feel like I should be throwing confetti over here! One of my very best friends, andrea hanki, has launched her new photography brand today and I am over the moon excited, amazed and so so, proud of her.

This girl's talent is what brought us together eight years ago when I first hired her to photograph my wedding. It has been a total of nine more sessions since then and it makes me teary thinking about all the special moments she has captured throughout our lives. I am forever grateful for the memories.

Andrea, you mean a lot to me. As a photographer and, more importantly, as a friend.
Thank you for being you.

In celebration of her launch, I'm sharing a special little 'in motion' film that she made for us almost a year ago when Leo was still warm in my tummy. It is a 'day in the life' right before our little family of three became four. It makes me so, so happy and I pretty much cry every time I watch it.



Please pop over to the new www.andreahanki.com, it's pretty special.

Congratulations, Andrea! Love you to bits!

xoxo,
Christine


Friday, March 13, 2015

Pink Dino Terrarium + Edmonton Home & Garden Show Giveaway

Meet my "pretty prehistoric pink" terrarium. The Edmonton Home & Garden Show hosted a lovely terrarium making event last night and, in spite of my notorious black thumb, I had so much fun digging in the dirt and getting creative!

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Luckily, I don't have to worry about keeping this one alive because, along with all the other fantastic terrariums created, it will be auctioned off at the Edmonton Home + Garden Show with all proceeds going to the Edmonton Public Library's 'Welcome Baby' program. We received one of these amazing packages when Leo was born and I'm so thrilled to help support early literacy and such a fantastic program. Be sure to check it out at the show and bid on my pink dinos!

The show takes place March 19 - 22 and I have four tickets to giveaway that include VIP seats plus a meet and greet with Paul Lafrance, the main presenter and host of HGTV's Deck Wars.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest ends Sunday, March 15 at midnight.

Good luck!
Christine

Monday, March 9, 2015

Loving... Backpacks

The other day Alice and I went out to the rec centre and I threw all of our stuff in one of her backpacks. It was quick, it was easy and it was amazing. Oh man, I see why they invented these things! It was so handy to be hands free! I've noticed that they've been making a bit of a comeback and there are actually some pretty stylish options out there.

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1: leather rucksack: zara
2: floral backpack: bagdori, etsy
3: striped backpack: bagybags, etsy
4: matt & nat backpack: chapters indigo
5: herschel khaki sequence backpack: east dane
6: 'ellie' vegan backpack: nordstrom
7: leather backpack: kokosina, etsy
8: fiorelli backpack: asos

I have to admit, it makes me pretty happy when style meets function. Anyone else rediscovered the joy of a backpack?

Christine


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Friday, February 13, 2015

I Only Have Eyes For You Valentine's Printable

I'm purposely ignoring the fact that I haven't blogged in um, months and moving straight on to the fun that is valentine's day! I love all the hearts, I love all the colours and I love getting crafty. I couldn't miss this one.

I came across these googly eye rings at Michael's and thought they'd make a super simple valentine's day card. I ended up doing a day before the preschool party collaboration with my friend, Andrea who is creative, inspiring, talented.... and, like me, pretty good at procrastinating. We make a pretty great team.

We designed these cards together and attached the rings with some washi tape. They turned out pretty darn cute (and I got all super sappy watching Alice actually sign her name on them)!

i only have eyes for you - free printable valentine
i only have eyes for you - free printable valentine

If by chance you're still in need of a valentine (technically, it is tomorrow) we created a free printable for you to download here! So you're either just set for this year or really prepared for next year. Either way, Andrea and I wanted to spread the love.

Happy Valentine's Day!
Christine

photo credit: bottom three photos by andrea hanki