Monday, November 24, 2014

Leo Birth Announcement + Minted Giveaway!

A lot happens in six months. I can't believe how much Leo has changed, it feels like he just got here and that he's been here forever all at the same time. It also happens to have taken me six months to mail out his birth announcements.... but, quite frankly, I'm okay with that. Really, if they're out before the kid turns one that counts as on top of things in my book and these beauties were worth the wait ;)

So now that most of my loving family and friends have finally received their cards, I can share them with you. I was so excited to partner with Minted again and use one of their gorgeous gold foil pressed cards (as seen in last year's christmas card). What can I say, I'm a sucker for anything shiny!

leo birth announcement - minted
card: subtle hello foil pressed, minted  photo: pink sugar photography personalized blocks, etsy

I added a family photo to the back and left some blank space to leave a hand written note so the cards could double as thank you cards as well. I'm so happy with how they turned out!

Minted has so kindly offered up $250 to one of you to shop away! They have such an awesome selection of holiday cards so really the timing couldn't be better (and you might even get them out in time! You're welcome for my procrastination ;) And if Christmas cards aren't in your plans, check out their printsparty supplies and other goodies. Either way, I'm sure you'll have no trouble shopping away.

Contest closes Sunday, November 30 at midnight.
Good luck!

"subtle hello foil pressed card": minted
newborn photos: pink sugar photography
personalized wood blocks: little sapling toys, etsy

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* this post was in partnership with Minted who generously provided me with cards, all opinions are my own and I genuinely think they're pretty great :) contains affiliate links.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Loving... Ice Cream!!

This past weekend my baby girl celebrated her third birthday with an ice cream social with her besties. It may be below zero and snowy outside, but I'm a firm believer that it's never too cold for ice cream! Pics of the party coming soon, but in the meantime here are just a few of my fav ice cream goodies.

I may have had just a little too much fun shopping online - some inspired the party, some were gifted and some are just too flippin' cute not to share. Pics of the party coming soon or you can take a peek on instagram #alicesicecreamsocial.

Loving.. ice cream!

1: ice cream print: max wanger, land of nod
2: ice cream pillow: land of nod
3: freezy dream treats: land of nod
4: ice cream truck puzzle: chapters indigo
5: should I share my ice cream? book: chapters indigo
6: the ice cream t-shirt: the skinny (as seen on our cute party guest here)
7: une glace ice cream illustrated print: the lovely drawer, etsy
8: cardboard ice cream truck "imagine wagon": build a dream playhouses (by far the hit of the party... after the ice cream. You can see it in action on instagram).

Anyone else really need an ice cream about now?


*post contains some affiliate links

Monday, October 27, 2014

Donut Costume!

I'm pretty sure this costume was made for me... and because they don't make it in my size, I had to pass the donut love onto my child, haha. I hope you're not too sick about hearing about donuts, because this costume from Pottery Barn Kids is all kinds of amazing.

Funny enough, a friend of mine sent me a link to this costume knowing I would love it and the next day Pottery Barn Kids got in touch to see if I'd be open to trying one out. Yes, please! It was donut fate. I've always eyed up their beautiful costumes so I was so excited to get my hands on one.

I definitely paid for the amount of sugar she devoured to get these photos, but it was totally worth it for all this cuteness! I could just eat her up!

donut costume

Despite the whipped cream topped brownie bribery required this day, Alice really does love the costume too. It's soft, comfy and fits perfectly over a snowsuit if need be (and if you follow me on instagram you'll see that is a big plus this year).

donut costume

Thank you so much to my wonderful friend, Justine, for illustrating the beautiful little donut shop. She is so crazy talented and I love every opportunity we have to work/play together! Thanks for being so awesome, friend, and for being patient with our diva of a model ;)

Also, hooray for procrastination because if you're still looking for a costume the goodies from Pottery Barn Kids' collection are on sale! I'm a huge fan of stocking up on sale halloween costumes for the dress up bin, myself.

Happy shopping and happy halloween!!

kids donut costume: c/o pottery barn kids
custom illustration: justine ma design

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Family of Four

Hello? Anyone out there? I thought I would pop into this poorly neglected corner of the internet and say hi. Hi! I'll be honest, things have been a bit crazy since our new little man arrived. We absolutely love him to pieces and, I know everyone says this, it's hard to remember life without him. He really has just fit into our family so perfectly.

I also can't remember what it feels like to get a good night's sleep. Life with two kids has been an adjustment. It's been hard. Some days are better than others but, managing a toddler and a newborn in a sleep deprived state is not easy. There have been days that I have been so tired I could (and did) cry and honestly, I just couldn't find the energy or motivation to blog.

So I didn't. And that's ok. I'm miss it though and I hope to get back into the swing of things creatively over here.... when life allows. We're slowly finding our groove and I'm starting to see the end of that sleep deprived tunnel.

Here's a peek at the little man who has been keeping us so busy. Big thanks to one of my best friends, Andrea, for being so stinking awesome and capturing these photos for us. She had me in tears by the third photo... it may have been the hormones, but I really do love them and our new family of four that much. It was ridiculously hard to narrow them down too, take a look...

all photos by pink sugar photography

I am forever grateful for these photos. If you are ever doubting whether to get newborn photos, just do it. This stage is so fleeting and these photos and memories mean so, so much to me.

And while I mostly likely won't find the time to blog that often, I'm plenty active over on instagram if you want to pop over there to see what I'm up to.


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Oh Baby! It's a...

Please meet our sweet little man
Leo Robert John
born June 2 at 3:24 pm, 9 pounds 1 ounce.

We are so in love.


I'm off to enjoy this sweet little man and our new life as a family of four. Eat, sleep, poop - repeat. Throw in some toddler antics and I think things around here are about to get a bit crazy ;)

Christine, Michael, Alice and Leo

Friday, May 30, 2014

Pineapple Smoothie

I've been wavering between enjoying our last moments as a family of three and going insane waiting for this baby to come. I kept telling everyone I was mentally prepared to go overdue again (Alice was 10 days late) but now that it's here, I think I lied. Waiting is the worst! But such is the emotional roller coaster of pregnancy, this baby will come when it's good and ready.

I decided to just focus on the positive today and enjoy the sunshine and this yummy pineapple smoothie (with a flamingo and fancy straw because sometimes I need to justify my random target purchases).


Recipe via Paula Deen.

1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 banana
1/4 cup ice cubes
2 teaspoons honey, optional

blend it all up and enjoy!

Cheers to the weekend and hopefully a new baby!!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Practical Gifts For A New Mom

I always hate it when other bloggers feel the need to make excuses for their absence. Not because I don't love them and miss their lovely voices out here in internetland, but because I get it. Life gets in the way sometimes and that's ok. At least this is what I've been telling myself this last month (or two).

I've been a bit preoccupied growing a little human and raising a little toddler one while I'm at it. To say I'm tired is a bit of an understatement. I've been trying to take my own advice and let the blog take a backseat lately and it's been kinda nice. Inspiration will come again and, heck, I'm pretty sure I'm going to be tired for at least the next 18 years so I might as well roll with it ;)

With that said, I'm grateful I'm not the only one going through these changes of motherhood. I've been so blessed to have numerous friends become mamas lately and I couldn't be happier. It's a challenging time and I know moms and dads can use all the help they can get.

It's fun to gift cute baby stuff but I've been erring on the side of practical these days and made up a few of these 'new mama care packages'. Here's a peek inside and some inspiration for the next time you're looking for some gift ideas:

Gift for New Mom

1) Not pictured but first and foremost, dinner: Either make something yourself or pick up a frozen something. I brought along a ready to cook frozen meal from 'Simply Supper'. Always, always appreciated.

2) A little something for baby: This can be something really small like a book or even diapers. I'd purchased these minimocs for this little babe and couldn't wait to gift them.

3) snacks: preferably something that can be eaten one handed - granola bars, snap pea crisps, mini muffins, veggies, cut up fruit...

4) treats: Something for the sweet tooth is a must in my books. These 'crybaby' cookies are go-to family staple (see recipe here). Also welcomed: chocolate, candy, wine...

5) Something cozy and cute for mama: Because you are not feeling your greatest in post-partum recovery mode, I like to throw in a cute pair of new pyjama pants. Just make sure they're nice and stretchy!!

Wrap it up in a cute reusable tote and you're set! I already have a few of these things set for myself when this baby comes (hopefully any day now!!) What's your go-to new mama gift?

Hope you have a great weekend, happy Friday!