Loving... Joe Fresh, Fall 2011

I am soo a summer person. Fall is nice and all but I usually approach it with a sense of dread having to say goodbye to my dear summer. However, the one thing that has always got me excited is 'back to school' shopping. Even now that I'm no longer a student I still get that shopping bug (who am I kidding, I think I always have that shopping bug. meh, whatevs).

I'm loving the new fall arrivals at Joe Fresh, check out some of my faves below. Will those of you without an 8 months preggo belly pretty, please go shop for me? k, thanks.

And how cute are these munchkins? You better believe future babe will have a closet stock full of Joe Fresh goodies, just like mama.
all images via joe fresh on facebook
Check out Joe's new fancy website here and don't forget to check out the coupons section - there's a coupon for spend $50, save $10!


Must Eat: Mini Doughnut Cupcakes by Crave

I think I've made it clear I've got a thing for doughy, sugary goodies and mini doughnuts are no exception. You know the warm, cinnamon sugar covered kind you can find at fairs and festivals? I just cannot say no. So when I heard Crave Cupcakes made a mini doughnut cupcake I just had to try.

It was every bit as good as I imagined and tasted well, just like a mini doughnut which is exactly what I was hoping for. Light, fluffy inside and the perfect dusting of cinnamon sugar to top it all off. YU-UM.


I can thank my fav foodie friend, Dajana for introducing me to Crave Cupcakes. As a former Calgarian she raved about their sweets, so when they finally made their way to Edmonton I knew we were in for a treat. Their cupcakes are light and not too sweet or heavy like some others I've had. I couldn't think of a better person to meet me at the bakery for some sweet indulgence, thanks D!

Loving my new found "table" ;)

And here's what kind of shenanigans you get into when you mix a self-timer accidentally set to 10 frames and two ladies on a sugar high:

The current cupcake of the month is the s'more cupcake, I'm drooling just thinking about it. How many more delicious things can they pack into a cupcake? Seriously. I've yet to try one but luckily, the lovely Dajana has so wipe up that drool and hop on over to her blog, all kinds of lovely, for more virtual goodies. Thanks, D for the good times and thanks Crave for the good eats!

Happy Weekend!

oh baby! 30 weeks

Why hello there third trimester, so nice to see you (I think).


30 weeks and currently loving...
- crossing things of my to-do list. I think it's safe to say I'm "nesting" and starting to feel a bit anxious about all the stuff to do... only 10 weeks left!!
- BC peaches - so peachy, so juicy, so summer.
- tums - heartburn is not cool.
- My cousin's almost 3 year old little girl, Avery, telling me I'm having a girl and that I should name her "Dora".
- stretchy pants.
- kicks that have turned into rolls, stretches and definite feet and elbows. I think things are starting to get a bit squishy in there for the little babe. I still love watching and feeling every movement.
- sleep. glorious, glorious sleep :)

Here's a look at the progress baby and I have made, and I thought I was looking big at 14 weeks, pfft. Hard to imagine I can stretch even further...

Happy Monday!
Christine (and baby)

Nursery: Colour Palette/Fabrics

Next up on the nursery list is nailing down my colour palette and picking some fabrics. I've been shopping up a storm online and my first batch of fabric options arrived yesterday. Just waiting for option number two to arrive to make a decision and then painting!

Here's a look at the overall colour palette I'm thinking for our gender neutral nursery:

And a few of the fabric options on the table...

Option 1: Tula Pink, Prince Charming Collection in Honey
(the raindrops and the froggies are my fave. Can you see the froggies?)

Option 2: Joel Dewberry, Modern Meadow

And some neutral grays I'm considering from Tonic Living to throw into the mix:

Remember, it needs to be gender neutral since we're not finding out until the big day what this babe is. I figure I can always add in some masculine or feminine touches once the baby is born. I'm thinking I'll stay neutral with the wall colour, maybe a gray, but will have to wait to see which fabrics I pick first. Decisions, decisions!

What do you think?

Scenes from the Okanagan

We're just back from a mini-vacation to the sunny Okanagan, specifically Kelowna and Penticton. I just love this area of BC, something about being there just makes me happy and just feels like summer. I am completely in denial about the dwindling days of August. Please, please don't start talking about fall yet...

It was a wonderful weekend of sunshine, family, friends, and a beeeautiful wedding. Congratulations Jason and Chelle! Here's a mini photo tour of the weekend:

Fresh BC peaches - there is just nothing like 'em!
Tickleberry's in OK Falls. Best. ice cream. ever.
And we finished the weekend off with my cousin's absolutely gorgeous wedding...

Hope you had a great weekend too!

A Pretty To-Do List

My to-do list is looking pretty long these days, but it's okay because it's all fun stuff (well, mostly). Or is that what I keep telling myself to keep it manageable? I don't know about you, but I find I'm much more productive when I have a visual in front me. Get it down on paper, get it done. I've even been known to add something to my list after I've done it just so I can cross it off - so. satisfying.

Somehow that list is even more enjoyable when it's on pretty paper. I got this 'Quit Procrastinating: STUFF TO DO" paper pad from modernemotive. Organization made pretty, love it.


Any other list makers out there?

Nursery: The Before

We made some progress on the nursery this weekend and I can't tell you what a huge relief it is. Our office will be turned into the nursery and the office is, well, the messiest room in the house. I like to think (or hope) everyone has one of those rooms. You know the room, the place where things go to die. Don't know where that goes? Put it in the office. I should organize these eventually. Put it in the office.

So needless to say, it was a big job to organize and clear out this room. Thanks to my hubby who did the bulk of the work. Here's the before office in it's semi-cleaned, lack lustre state.

We went from this:

to this:

Ahhhh, what a beautiful blank slate. It feels so good to get started and suddenly has made everything feel very real. This is going to be our baby's room. It's going to live here. Wow. Sometimes making a person can be so surreal, I cannot wait to meet this munchkin.

So now we've got less than 3 months to turn this into a nursery... wish us luck!!


Loving... My Pet Lamp

Apparently I have an obsession with little, white animals lately because I am in love with this lamp from Urban Outfitters.  I've always wanted a little doggie and this one is about as hypo-allergenic as they come (and no poop to clean up).

image via Urban Outfitters

(also available via amazon.com)