Looking Back...

January 6 seems to be my official day of reflection. Last year I was reflecting on a great 2012 and on turning 30, today I am turning a slightly less dramatic age of 31 but am equally as excited about this year to come. It's bound to be another year of big changes (with the new baby arriving in May) and (I think) I am ready. Ready to focus on the things that make me happy, stop caring so much about what others think and spend time with the people that love and lift me up. Keep it simple and spread the love!

I'll be honest, these last 4 months of 2014 have been pretty uninspiring around here. Making a baby left me exhausted, nauseous and with zero energy to focus on anything but taking care of myself and my family (which at times it felt like I was barely doing). It was kinda nice to look back at the highlights and more productive moments of the year. Here are the top 13 posts of 2013...

Being present and putting down the darn phone every now and then...

Valentine's Crafternoon featuring diy heart garland and heart arrows...

My favourite wall in the house...
Gold Polka Dot Walls

Gold Desk IKEA hack...
Gold Desk Ikea Hack

A look back at Alice's monthly'ish photos...
Alice: 18 months

A new big/little style series, stripes for the win!...
Big / Little Style: black & white stripes

I still can't believe I'm keeping this up, but meal planning has seriously saved my sanity (+ free printable!)...
Weekly Meal Plan Free Printable

The best craft collab with my pal Justine, I'm still so in love with these paper flowers and had SO much fun doing this together...
DIY Coffee Filter Flowers

Travel highlights including my sister-in-law's wedding in Toronto...
Toronto Wedding


Tea with Sarah Richardson (still pinching myself)...
Sarah Richardson's Office #teawithsarah

Hawaii 2013

Gold Foil Christmas Cards...
Gold Foil Christmas Cards, minted

And I'm pretty sure we saved the best for last this year, baby #2 due May 2014...
16 weeks

So while things aren't always perfect, I'm so thankful to have this little corner of the internet to connect and focus on the good things... even when life gets in the way and there's a bit of radio silence every now and then. Thank you for still reading!

Hugs to a great 2014! What are you looking forward to?



  1. Wow, congratulations Christine! I didn't know about that new until reading this post! Also, looove your dress from the Toronto wedding. Here's to a happy, healthy, successful new year!

  2. There's a lot of the blogging blues going around. You've had a wonderful and creative 2013. Wishing you more of the same for this year.

  3. LOVE the gold polka-dotted room with that desk from Ikea!

  4. Those coffee filter flowers are amazing! It was so nice to have met you. All the best for 2014! :)

  5. I love this post! I can't wait to see EVERYTHING 2014 brings to you! (like baby besties ;)


  6. Happy Birthday Christine. Alice and I love you very much. I hope you have a wonderful birthday.

  7. Congratulations again! That ikea hack is genius and also, every one of those pictures is so fun and perfect. I really enjoyed them.

  8. That gold polka-dot wall is to die for! Happy 2014 :)

  9. I love this, Christine! I think this is a positive exercise to go through because I agree with you - life isn't always going to be perfect. But, as long as we're doing the best we can with what we have and know, then we're doing pretty good :) I'm looking forward to being a family of three and experiencing life through little Theodora's eyes. Oh, and I might steal your Ikea hack idea for my next project - home office re-do :)

    1. Steal away, Kassey! And enjoy this year with your little girl, they really do put a new perspective on everything :)

  10. Happy Birthday Christine - sounds like you had a fun year! How exciting to be welcoming another little one this year! Best DIY yet!

    1. Thanks, Barbara! Those kids are definitely my best DIY ;)

  11. Either I'm obsessed with your blog or I'm getting the hang of this parenting thing & am reading blogs regularly again....because I remember every single one of these posts. I'm going to go with the former #obsessed

    Happy Birthday, C!! This is going to be an especially bright year for you! I want to give you a fist bump for the goals you listed b/c I so agree. Focus on what makes us happy & not let comparison/opinions bother us.

    Love you!!

  12. what a beautiful 2013! so happy to have met you at Sarah's office and spent a day with you at BlogPodium! Love your DIYs and that Big/Little Style series is just too adorable! Congrats again on the little one and I look forward to reading along in 2014! Hope to see you soon too! xo

    1. Thanks so much, Tim, it was a pleasure meeting you this year as well!

  13. Congrats! Congrats! 2014 is going to be a fun-filled year for you and your growing family!

  14. Great post! You would look great in one of our vintage denim jackets :)
    Becky x


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