Cheers around the world

I'm still on holiday mode over here but I wanted to pop in and say thank you all for being here and to wish you a very happy new year!

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Also, I couldn't think of a better day for my 'Cheers Around the World' print to arrive. Thank you so much to the lovely Ana of BluebirdKisses, it is perfect.

Enjoy your the last night of 2013 everyone! I'll be cozying up at home with that sparkling apple drink right there and, to be honest, it'll be a miracle if I even make it to midnight!

Happy 2014!

Cheers!
Christine

Coming May 2014

16 weeks

I've been working on a little something or should I say a little someone! Yep, we are expecting baby #2 at the end of May!

This might explain why things have been a bit quiet around here lately. It's been a long/nauseous four months but I am finally starting to feel like a human being again. Pregnant with a toddler is a whole new ball game, but we could not be more excited!

Alice loves babies and is excited to be a big sister, though I'm not sure she really knows what she's in for ;) We feel so incredibly blessed and cannot wait to meet this little babe! Hurry up, May!

xoxo,
Christine, Mike and Alice

Scary Santa + A Winner!

This year's Santa attempt was very similar to last year... like hilariously similar, complete with screaming, terrified lean, and her arm ready as a weapon.

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Maybe next year?

Also, we have a winner... congratulations to Nicole Marie who has won the $125 to Minted! Thank you so much for all your comments and entries on our Christmas card post and to Minted for the fantastic giveaway. I was so happy with the products and service (and of course the gold foil) and wish I could share with all of you!

Happy almost Christmas all! 9 more sleeps!
Christine

* winner generated using random.org

2013 Christmas Cards + Minted Giveaway!

I'm of the belief that there is nothing better than getting something pretty and personal in the mail, I get giddy every time some fun mail pops up in my box. But with that said, I don't remember the last time I sent physical christmas cards in the mail (woops, sorry friends).

So I am SO excited to partner with Minted to get my butt in gear and finally get some out this year! They have a new line of gold foil pressed cards that has my name written all over them. They're gold and sparkly and I love them!

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Gold Foil Christmas Cards, minted
card: spirt of christmas design, minted  photo: pink sugar photography

Minted has so kindly offered up $125 to one of you to shop away! I was impressed how fast my turnaround time was but if Christmas cards aren't in your future this year check out their prints, party supplies and other goodies. They offer a ton of awesome stuff, I'm also eying up this and this.

p.s. If you are one of my friends or family please act surprised if you receive one of these in the mail, k?

Contest closes Sunday, December 15 at midnight in case you want to order cards!
Good luck!

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Loving... Baba Souk

It's no secret that I love to shop, but there is something about this time of year combined with a christmas list that makes me avoid the malls at all costs. I've been doing almost all my Christmas shopping online this year, it's so much less stress and it's kinda like Christmas when you receive that package in the mail! Not only am I a fan of online shopping, I'm a huge fan of supporting small indie shops, so when Baba Souk got in touch to review some product and share some of her fantastic goodies I was all on board.

I first featured Montreal-based Baba Souk here with her adorable little baby slippers and have been a fan ever since. Stephanie is the sweetest and she has curated a unique collection of handmade goods from international and local designers. Here are just a few of my faves.

Baba Souk Gift Guide
1: the siryn necklace
2: addicted to canning tea towels
3: imaginative rain sweater
4: golden delight necklace
5: russian nesting animals
6: jimmy the friendly hook

Stephanie has so kindly offered up 15% off (and the cutest free gift wrapping) with the code 'babagifts'. Anyone else going the online shopping route this year? Trust me, it will save your sanity!

2 weeks till Christmas, eeeek!
Christine

Scenes from Hawaii

Honestly, I couldn't think of a better day to share photos from our trip to Hawaii last month. We are in a deep freeze over here again so I am taking this opportunity to pretend I am right back in Maui. Want to join me?

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We feel so fortunate to have been able to take this trip with Mike's parents. They were so wonderful and Alice had such a great time hanging out with them for two weeks straight. I highly recommend traveling with the grandparents if you are able, we even snuck in a few date nights! Thank you so much for everything, Heather and Len!

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As you can tell it was a lot of beaching and playing in the sand, I swear Alice could live in the sand if we let her. It was such a relaxing trip and the perfect getaway with kids (once you get through the flight ;)

Having a kitchen with a toddler was an absolute must, we did manage to eat out a few times with her and on our own. Here are a few standouts:
Lahaina Grill, Lahaina
Ululani's Shave Ice, multiple locations
Leoda's Kitchen & Pie Shop, Lahaina
Mala Ocean Tavern, Lahaina
Hula Grill, Kaanapali

Other highlights:
Old Lahaina Luau, Lahaina
Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours
All the beaches are beautiful but Baby Beach, Lahaina was the only beach where the water was calm and baby friendly.

*sigh* I can almost feel the sun right now, I hope this helped warm you up a little bit!

Aloha!
Christine


Big / Little Style: Heart and Soul

We've actually had these sweatshirts in our wardrobe for a while now, but they are on mega clearance right now so I thought it was about time to get the post up in case you want to snag your own! Normally I would just pair these comfy tops with some jeans and call it a day, so I thought I should probably fancy them up a bit for the blog. Here's a little matchy/matchy heart and soul for your cyber monday shopping pleasure...

Big / Little Style: Heart and Soul

BIG STYLE:
skirt: gap, old (similar here)
sweatshirt: old navy
top: old navy (similar here)
necklace: j.crew factory
bracelets: stella & dot, j.crew
lipstick: russian red, mac

LITTLE STYLE:
sweatshirt: old navy
scarf: gift
boots: joe fresh
skirt: target

And since it's Cyber Monday, here are some deals that apply!
Old Navy Canada - 30% off everything code: CYBERCA
Joe Fresh - 20% off everything code: CYBER20
J.Crew - 30% off everything code: MONDAY
J.Crew Factory - 50% off everything: GOSHOP
Target - Buy one get one 60% off
ASOS - 30% off everything code: GIMMEMORE

Happy Shopping!
Christine

See more big / little style posts here.


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Loving... Warm and Cozy

We're in full on hibernation mode over here lately, we had a huge dump of pretty snow and the temperatures have absolutely dropped today. I'm talking -30 celsius with windchill. BRRR. So needless to say, I am ready to put on my pj's and curl up on the couch with these warm and cozy essentials (perhaps with a little online shopping ;)

Loving... Warm & Cozy

1: tea and socks print, paperchat etsy
2: gold slippers, old navy
3: heart mug, west elm
4: infinity cowl, vonbon (comes in cute kids sizes too!)
5: feest soy candle, plum home + design
6: slipper socks, indigo
7: gold chunky tassel throw, west elm

Stay warm out there, Edmonton!
Christine


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Two

This is what two looks like...

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Lots of laughs, lots of running, passionate emotions (you know the good and the bad ;) and so much fun. I didn't think it was possible but I seriously love this little girl more and more every single day. 

Happy birthday, Alice!
xoxo


Fabulous photos by my friend, Andrea at Pink Sugar Photography who I couldn't love anymore for capturing so many special moments in our life. 

Aloha!

If you've been following me on instagram you already know I've been spending my last two weeks soaking up the sun in beautiful Maui!

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I sure do miss this view (we've been welcomed home by a view of a different pretty variety) but am so happy to be home. I'm hoping to post a full trip recap soon but, let's be honest, the chances of me taking a bit of a vacation from my vacation are also pretty high ;)

Aloha!
Christine

Spreading the Love...

Spreading the Love

- I am so in love with how Sarah used Urban Walls' giant heart decal in her daughter's room. It looks so good!

- did you see the new colloboration between Twig Creative and Oh Joy? Love the chairs, the nightlight and of course, the gold touches on the camera! Pop on over to Oh Joy for a giveaway and discount code too!

- it's pumpkin season and I couldn't be happier, I think I need to try this pumpkin pie bar recipe asap.

- and a few of my other fav pumpkin recipes here and here.

Happy Friday, y'all!
Christine

photo credits: sarah milneoh joy, pearls and lace.

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Keepin' it Real: Social Media Free Sunday Update

A while back I wrote about my 'social media free sunday' adventure. The idea was to spend my Sundays, a day that has always been family time around here, and unplug. No facebook, no twitter, and most importantly, no instagram (my real addiction ;) Basically, a "back away from the phone, Christine," kind of day.

How's it going you ask? Well, I wouldn't say that I am consistently practicing 'social media free sundays' more like 'almost social media free sundays' or 'sometimes social media free sundays'.

Because, let's be honest, I cheat.

There are those days where Alice is napping, Mike is golfing, I'm stuck in a car on a road trip or you know there is something just thaaat interesting I need to respond to. Yep, the excuses are easy, but the important thing is I am so much more aware of it now.

I've learned to let go of that feeling that I need to be connected and realize that it's nice to step away (and fun to come back). I've learned that I don't neeeed to have my phone near me at all times, that it's ok to unplug for a bit and hey, it's actually kind of nice. It's nice to be present, no distractions.

So while I'll never be unplugging completely, I'm working to find that balance and you know, talk to the people right in front of me. I highly recommend a good tech break every now and then, it's good for the soul :)

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Do any of you attempt to unplug? Any other cheater confessions? ;)

Christine

Shop Girls: Charlie Ford Vintage

It's no secret I like to shop and I especially love to support small, independent businesses whenever I can. The people who run these shops are true inspirations to me so I decided to start up a brand new series called 'Shop Girl' that will feature the talented peeps that make it all happen. We'll get to know some amazing 'shop girls' (and boys) plus find some great places to shop while we're at it. Win, win! I am sooo excited to kick off this feature with not one but three talented ladies from the online vintage shop Charlie Ford Vintage.

Run by Jillian Harris, Tori Wesszer, and Alyssa Dennis, these gals take the guess work out of vintage shopping and make it easy to do so curled up on the couch in your pj's. These girls have crazy, amazing style. I'm constantly drooling over Jillian's instagram feed and coveting each and everyone of her outfits. With Jillian's interior design talent and Tori and Alyssa's business skills, these girls are a triple threat. So needless to say, it is no surprise they have nailed how to incorporate vintage into your home in a fresh and modern way.

Let's meet the ladies, shall we... and how cute is Tori's son, Charlie?? (yep, the namesake of the company).

Shop Girls: Charlie Ford Vintage
photo by Karolina Turek

Tell us a bit about your shop and how you got started?
Jillian: We’ve been in love with antique d├ęcor since we were kids, and it’s always been a dream of ours to create a business around our passion. During a particularly strenuous picking session, we all thought how much easier it would be to search for these items online from the comfort of our own home. Thus Charlie Ford Vintage was born!

Tori: Our business model isn’t to re-sell antiques, but rather to partner with mom-and-pop antique shops all across North America, helping them expand their demographic to an audience they would never normally be able to reach.

Alyssa: Agreed! We curate their best pieces in special collections, stage them for our fantastic photography team to shoot, then post them to CharlieFord.com at absolutely no markup. The ongoing relationships we have with our amazing vendors are what set us apart from most e-commerce businesses.

Neutral Palette with vintage pieces. Credit Sharla Pike
photo by Sharla Pike

So many vintage pieces have a unique story behind them, what is one of your favourite background stories?
J: I’m in love with Japanese fishing floats right now. They are so stunningly beautiful but they have such a gritty, practical history. These items were made to be industrious, but they have an amazing aesthetic as well. They look right at home in a pristine white living room or bobbing on the ocean, and I love that about them!

T: I’m a girly girl at heart, so when I happened across this amazing antique tea set, I instantly fell in love. It lived such a glamorous life with the wife of an English aristocrat, a feature at upper crust garden parties and the star of post-supper refreshments at glitzy dinner parties. Now it’s just waiting to continue its fabulous life in a good home.

A: I’m really into unique antiques that give you a snapshot from a time long ago. For instance, we recently posted this Aide Memoir on the site that dates back to the 1860s. It has scribblings from its very fist owner, which I find just fascinating.

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photos by Sharla Pike

what has it been like working with friends/family?
J: A nightmare…just kidding!!! We’re best friends, which means we can always say exactly what’s on our minds with no tiptoeing around. We’ve divvied up the duties so we all play to our strengths, making things run much more smoothly than they might have if we all tried to do everything at once.

T: Totally, Jilly handles the design side of things (obviously), and while she has a good head for business, she just doesn’t have the time to do it all. I have years of experience in marketing and management, so Director of Operations is a natural fit for me.

A: The beauty of working with people who know you inside and out is that you can be very clear on which role you fit best. I was offered the job of Director of Partner Relations because I have worked in sales for years and I prefer to be behind the scenes. Working with our vendors has been such a rewarding experience for me, I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Charlie Ford Vintage - Gallery Wall
photo by Sharla Pike

WHAT IS YOUR BEST TIP FOR INCORPORATING VINTAGE ITEMS INTO YOUR HOME IN A MODERN WAY?
J: Don’t go matchy-matchy! People sometimes think that a room has to follow a certain theme, and if they mix things up they’ll mess things up, which couldn’t be further than the truth! My favourite look is a modern, neutral palette spruced up with pops of vintage and colourful pieces.

T: I love the idea of taking vintage items and making them modern. You know that dark, dreary hutch lurking in your dining room? Paint it a cool mint green and you’ll be amazed at what a chic change it makes!

A: Agreed on both counts, ladies! I don’t want to make my home look like a museum, so I will pair things like gorgeous antique china and modern glassware. Switch it up and keep it fresh!

You all are such successful and busy ladies, and while I know that “balance” is a tough thing, how do you strive to juggle it all… friends, families, work?
J: I’m blessed because I have the most supportive people surrounding me. While I’m go-go-go 24/7, I also know how to take a vacation! The key is to trust the people you leave in charge and be very good at compartmentalizing.

T: Sometimes you just have to press the pause button and go off the grid. We have an amazing team working with us, so we know things will keep ticking along even when we take a few days off. Family’s a huge priority, so the holidays are a blessing because it gives us all an excuse to take a break and get together.

A: I make it a point to make things like family dinners and kids soccer games a priority. Sometimes you’re sending emails from your phone while cheering from the sidelines, but you do what you gotta do!

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photo by Sharla Pike

As a shopoholic myself I must know, how on earth do you not buy everything in your shop for yourself??
J: Oh my GOSH, it’s such a problem for me! We only post items we fall in love with, so it can be tough to send them on their way. I know they’re all going to good homes, though, so I just try to keep a stiff upper lip about it.

T: I can’t lie, some of my favourite pieces end up back home! I like to think of them as smart style investments.

A: I do my best to resist, but it’s the same for me!

What is your best advice to those pursuing their dreams?
J: Don’t make excuses for yourself and just do it! Of course it’s important to be equipped as possible and not rush things, but you can wait for the “perfect time” your entire life. Starting a business is kind of like having a kid; there is no ideal time, you just have jump off that cliff and learn as you go.

T: One of the most important things is to know which things you need support on and ask the right people for help! We’ve built an awesome team that sets us straight when we need them to.

A: Putting systems in place to help you stay hyper-organized is a biggie. You won’t know how crazy busy you’ll really get until you’re right in the thick of it.

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Jillian, Alyssa, Tori
photo by Karolina Turek

1. favOURITE vintage item in your home?
J: Easy, breezy... definitely my Japanese float with rope. I don't consider myself a materialistic person, but after that find, I have a new understanding for "material-girls" since I love that "thing" sooooo much!
T: My brass lion head doorknocker that Jillian found for me in Europe. I fell in love with them while travelling through Hungary, and was the source of inspiration for our logo!
A: My Grandparent’s grandfather clock. It was passed down to me, and I have such amazing memories of spending time with them in their home and hearing it chime. I see it everyday now and think of them.

2. FAVOURITE GUILTY PLEASURE
J: Bakery Story - I know... what is that??!?! It’s a gaming app that I am addicted to!  I've tried many times to stop and even deleted it from my phone, but I can't resist!!! I find myself downloading it again and again...
T: Nice wine…why do you think I live in the Okanagan!?
A: Haha - not even sure Jilly and Tori  know this but I am a huge Coronation Street fan.

3. FAVOURITE CANADIAN TRAVEL DESTINATION?
J: Oooh that’s a toughie!!! I love Kelowna but because that’s where my home is, it's not really a travel destination for me. My new favourite destination is Peace River, my old hometown in Alberta :)
T: I'm a HUGE BC fan, but my love of anything French makes me lean towards Montreal: great food, shopping and culture.  I've never been to Quebec City but I have a feeling that will trump everything when I go one day.
A: Seriously, so hard to narrow down, but I do love spending time in Tofino.

4. FAVOURITE BLOGGERS OR INSTAGRAMMERS TO FOLLOW?
J: I love Instagram and follow so many inspiring people that it's hard to call one out, except Charlie Ford off course…but one of my fave blogs is The Doctor's Closet.
T: Jillian Harris Design OF COURSE!  I know I'm biased but seriously, is there anything that girl CAN'T do??!!
A: So hard to choose just one! I do love following Sarah Jules on Instagram. I'm really enjoying Julie's posts at Elliven Studio.

5. FAVOURITE THING TO DO ON A DAY OFF?
J: Relax at the Pasutto Ranch with Justin and the family.
T: Play with little Charlie Ford - his giggles are pure therapy.
A: Spend time outside with my kids and prepare a meal with my husband with a nice glass of vino or two.

Loved learning more about these ladies and I'm so pumped to feature such an awesome Canadian shop (Jillian is from my home province!). Thank you so much Jillian, Tori and Alyssa, it was so, so great to have you here today!

Happy treasure hunting!

xo,
Christine

Shop: Charlie Ford Vintage
Instagram: @shopcharlieford
Twitter: @shopcharlieford
Facebook: CharlieFordVintage

Big / Little Style: Boy!!

Guys, I am so excited about today's big/little style post! While I love shopping for a little girl, I am always jealous of all the cute boy stuff out there too, I mean little moustaches and suspenders? They kill me. So when my pal, Erinn had the idea to raid her and little Jack's closet for a post I was all in!

After an extensive search through their amazing (and huge) wardrobes, we ended up with this rusty orange/navy combo that is perfect for fall...

Big / Little Style: Boy!!

BIG STYLE:
top: H&M
necklace: jewelmint (similar)
skirt: ruche (similar here and here)
bracelets: stella & dot, harlow banglebardot spiral bangle
nail polish: essie
shoes: aldo

LITTLE STYLE:
plaid top: gap (similar here and here)
sweater: next (sadly old, similar herehere and here)
shorts/suspenders: zara
backpack: jcrew (also available here cheaper)
shoes: target

And of course I had to find a little moustache for the little girls.

To see these big/little outfits in action pop on over to Erinn's blog, Fancy Napkin, and be prepared for uber cuteness (Jack has the best hair). Thanks so much, Erinn for letting us raid your awesome closets and thank you also to Andrea who helped with outfit decisions during our very eventful playdate.

And if you're wondering what accomplishing something like this with a toddler looks like here's a prime example (there is a reason I usually do this during nap time).

Alice Smash!

Christine

See more big / little style posts here.

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BlogPodium 2013

You know what I love best about the internet? It's awesome at bringing amazing, talented, like-minded people together like they've known each other for years. This is what BlogPodium was for me, a weekend spent hanging out with some pretty cool people I felt like I already "knew".

Throw in some amazing speakers, insightful sessions, stylish brands and you've got yourself a pretty awesome day. Jennifer Flores and her team did a spectacular job of organizing this event connecting design and lifestyle bloggers and I am so thankful I could be a part of it.

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photo above by the talented annawithlove

I learned a ton of practical and inspiring tips but, most importantly, I learned to be confident in my passion, to embrace blogging and to be unapologetically me. Who knows where things will take me but I'm enjoying the journey and I'm excited do my own thing and to see where it will lead next.

BlogPodium Speakers
photos above by the talented annawithlove: keynote speaker sarah richardson, wise words from kid rock via stephanie sterjovski,
 keynote panel - rhonda riche, jacquelyn clark, emma reddington, margot austin, leigh-ann allaire perreault.

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photo above by the talented annawithlove: michelle, tim, sara, julie, victoria, me

Blogging has always been a hobby for me, a creative outlet, a passion. I love doing it and I love connecting with awesome people who "get it". There's nothing like explaining your blog to someone who doesn't read blogs at all... it's awkward and honestly, sometimes I feel self-conscious about it. I am learning to let that go and to focus on what makes me happy. It was awesome to be with my peeps who are in it, live it and love it.

Thank you to all of you that I met (and those that I didn't cause I know you're awesome too) for being so real and down to earth... group hug!! See, these blog conferences just leave you with the warm fuzzies :)

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I also have to say a huge thank you to a wonderful group of ladies I met up with on Friday - AndreaSaraJulieAna and Lisa. Thank you for being so lovely, fun and for easing my nerves heading into a whirlwind weekend.

Blogger Meetup

If you're a blogger or have any interest in blogging, I'd highly recommend checking out BlogPodium next year. Heck, even if you're not a blogger everyone was so nice you might as well pop in for the party... you won't regret it.

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xoxo,
Christine


p.s. If you want to read more and hear more tips and insights, BlogPodium has a fantastic roundup of blogger recaps from the event.

Tea With Sarah Richardson

To say this past weekend was a whirlwind is a bit of an understatement. I was fortunate enough, no crazy lucky to kick off my BlogPodium weekend (more on that later) with a dream day at Sarah Richardson's office. Yep, I still can't believe it myself, I had tea with Sarah Richardson. I'm still pinching myself.

Sarah was so welcoming and every bit as sweet and genuine as I imagined. I sipped some delicious Pluck Tea and mingled with a pretty awesome group of bloggers who were all equally as giddy as I was to be there! Sarah was sweet, her design team was lovely, and her office was gorgeous. So pretty and serene in signature Sarah style, I could definitely get used to working here everyday...

Sarah Richardson's Office #teawithsarah

She chatted about her new show 'Real Potential' and even acknowledged the fact that some of us design fans may not appreciate it being a bit heavier on the real estate side than the design aspects. Personally, I'm a fan of 'house hunters' type shows so it sort of combined the best of both worlds for me. Though I wouldn't say no to more design either.

Sarah Richardson's Office #teawithsarah

Sarah also revealed her brand new line of fabrics for Kravet and shared some insights into the design process and how they make it all happen. I loved all the pretty, subdued patterns and how they all coordinate together in classic yet modern way. Seriously, can you believe this is an office??

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Sarah Richardson's Office #teawithsarah
Sarah Richardson's Office #teawithsarah

I'll be honest, I hardly slept the night before, I was so nervous/excited! Everyone I met was seriously so sweet and friendly and it really eased my nerves heading into Saturday's conference. Yep, this was pretty much my dream day and the perfect way to kick off an amazing, inspiring weekend.

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Christine and Sarah Richardson

Thank you to Jennifer Flores and Deb McCain for organizing the event and to Sarah and her team for opening up their beautiful office to us. And of course, a huge thank you to Sarah for being so real, down-to-earth and a true inspiration.

Sarah Richardson's Office #teawithsarah
group photo via the the happy space project

Christine

BlogPodium Ready (sorta)

I'm heading on a little solo adventure this weekend to BlogPodium. I'm so excited to see some awesome people, soak up some knowledge and inspiration, and diagonal sleep in a king size bed. woot, woot!

I dusted off my cards from last year's bloggy adventure to put to use again. They're still good aside from the lack of an instagram url (funny, there is no way I'd skip that nowadays... how quickly technology changes).

I was inspired by (ok, totally copied) DIY queen Cassie and decided to fancy them up for 2013 with a gold leaf pen. Best invention ever, I love the shiny gold edges! They're all set to go in the awesome gift card holder I picked up from the dollar bin at Target. Score.

Blog Business Cards (gold leaf pen edging)

Also, did I mention I will be meeting Sarah Richardson??! Yes, pinch me. Along with some other lucky bloggers, I'll be touring her office, sipping tea and chatting all about her new show 'Real Potential' (it airs Sept 19 on HGTV Canada). If you're a fan, you know how crazy exciting this is. Yep, it is going to be a good week.

And what was I thinking planning a family photo session and a trip to BlogPodium all in the same week!?? Trust me when I say this is the tidied version of what my bedroom has looked like this last week (or two - sorry Mike!).

Packing Mess

Who else is going to BlogPodium this weekend? And what are you wearing?? haha.

I'm super excited and super nervous, please come say hi if you're there too!
Christine

Spreading the Love

Spreading the Love

- love this twinkle, twinkle little star party Kirsten created for her daughter's first birthday. So cute.

- I want to steal Jillian's entire wardrobe, how sassy is this heart shirt/denim/leather leggings combo?

- did you see this awesome DIY art that Jane created? Love it with the gold frame.

- also, Design Sponge featured Edmonton (my city!) in their latest design guide. It is right on the money with a ton of great suggestions in the comments too.

Happy Friday, y'all!
Christine

photo credits: samantha kelly for 6th street design school, jillianharris.com, modern jane.


Scenes From The Wedding

So, it turns out I was too busy doing wedding things to actually document the wedding, ha. We had such a great time in Toronto and it was such a beautiful wedding. Alice did great as the flower girl, I don't think she actually realized she had a job to do and was much more interested in playing in the hotel hallway when her turn came to walk down the aisle. Mike ended up carrying her down blissfully unaware. She looked pretty darn cute doing it though and that's what counts, right?

Alice had so much fun and, as you can see from the photo below, was usually less than interested in having her photo taken. Hopefully I can post a few more once they get some professional pics back!

Toronto Wedding

Remember that dress I posted before I left? I didn't even get a good shot of her in that! woops. By that time she was much more interested in dancing to strike a pose for me, but here is the beautiful dress #1. As I mentioned before, this was the dress that the bride wore when she was three years old. Alice rocked it like it was 1989 again ;)

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And yes the pretty flowers have been replaced by a starbucks cup... whatever makes you happy, kid. It's water I swear, though those witnessing the energy and dance moves that followed may beg to differ.

Scenes from Toronto Wedding

Congratulations Laura and Mike, we are so, so happy for you two!
Christine