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, it's pretty special.

Congratulations, Andrea! Love you to bits!


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!

diy dino terrarium

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.

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Contest ends Sunday, March 15 at midnight.

Good luck!

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.

stylish backpacks

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?


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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!

photo credit: bottom three photos by andrea hanki

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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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?


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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