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!

cheers around the world

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!


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!

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.

Santa 2013

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!

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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!

Gold Foil Christmas Cards, minted
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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* 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.

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!

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?

Hawaii 2013Hawaii 2013
Hawaii 2013Hawaii 2013

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!

Hawaii 2013Hawaii 2013

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!


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

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

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!

See more big / little style posts here.

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