Fav Things + Mother's Day Gift Guide

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was participating in a 'Blogger's Favourite Things Exchange' just in time for Mother's Day. Jen and Stefanie organized a group of bloggers (and mamas) and we sent out packages secret santa style featuring some of our fav things.

Alex from North Story absolutely spoiled me with this package of pink, gold and crafty goodness. She put so much thought into every single piece and even threw in some handmade goodies for Alice! Dude, you get me. Thank you, thank you so much!

blogger fav things: mother's day

And if that wasn't enough, Stefanie and Jen brought on some generous sponsors that sent along some of their 'favourite things'. Seriously, it was like Christmas over here, I may just go into fun mail denial now that this is over. Spoiled. Rotten. You can see all the fun over on instagram if you search #bloggerfavthings.

I sent a few of my fav things over to Dana from House Tweaking. I had so much fun shopping for her and hope she enjoys these things as much as I do. Yes, I colour coordinated - I can't stop my nerdy self!

'hey you're awesome' print, notebook, monogram mug, washi tape, one line a day journal, notebooks, mini latte bowls

It was an amazing opportunity to connect with other bloggers and to get some pretty darn great ideas for mother's day gifts. If you're looking for inspiration Stefanie put together this awesome gift guide featuring a few of the gifts included. So many great ideas for your mom, mom friends, or some 'hint, hints' to your husband ;)

Thanks again to Jen and Stefanie for including me. While I did get a lot of great "stuff" I really enjoyed the thought behind everything. Getting a handwritten note (ie. not bills) goes a long, long way to make someone's day. I am definitely going to find more reasons to spread the love the old fashioned way. Nothing beats some good ol' fun mail.

Happy almost mother's day. Hope this inspires you to spread the love too.

Thank you to all those involved in this fun project:

Happy Friday + 35 Week Bump

Exhaustion has set in again this third trimester and with this growing babe, my last month at work, and transitioning Alice into a big girl bed (oy!) things have been a bit nutty around here. Can someone have a big glass of wine for me, pretty please!?!

Alice wasn't so much into the photos (or clothes) this week, but I'm embracing it as 'keepin' it real'. Here we are at 35 weeks, getting so close!!

35 weeks - maternity

35 weeks - maternity

35 weeks - maternity

Happy Friday!

Spreading the Love...

Spreading the Love
- who knew my pregnancy craving would be so trendy? Lindsay from Penny Paper Co just released this awesome donut print (I may have squealed when I saw it :) I am so crazy about all this donut stuff popping up lately... it sure doesn't help curb the donut eating though : |

- Justine and Mike's wedding was featured on Ruffled Blog this week. I am so honoured to have attended this fun and intimate event and yes, it was as amazing, sweet and romantic as it looks. Beautiful photos by the awesome Blake Loates Photography.

- I woke up to the sweetest watercolour painting of me and my girl the other day and I could not love it anymore. Looks just like us, right? Sarah just opened up a brand new etsy shop, Hazel Ink, pop on over and check it out!

- also loving these words and this awesome mug.

Happy Friday!

photo credits: penny paper co, blake loates, sarah milne

Office Gallery Wall (+ a little how to)

I'm a huge fan of gallery walls. There is something so fun about curating a bunch of your favourite prints, art and photographs all in one little corner. This little nook in my office makes me so happy I figured it needed it's own little post. It's a combination of prints, Alice art and even framed greeting cards and was surprisingly affordable to make.


I love the collected look of a gallery wall but I find they do involve a bit of planning to get it right. I usually start by laying out all my frames on the floor and playing around there until I get the look I like.

Next up I trace all my frames on kraft paper and mark the nail spots on the paper. Then it's onto the wall with tape to recreate what I had going on the floor.


You can just hammer in your nails into your paper marks and then you're all set to hang. This is a great way to minimize all those random holes in the wall (especially for an eyeballer like me).

As you can see, I ended up switching things up a bit in the end but it's a great way to get started. I'm also a huge fan of painters tape for planning out furniture (see the tapings for my expedit shelf?)... works great on the floor too.

Office Gallery Wall

What's your strategy for gallery walls, do you just wing it? In the end, I think I did a bit of both and there are totally extra nail holes hiding behind some of those prints ;)

'let's share our hearts, ok?': justine ma design
carousel photo: tracey ayton:
floral card: rifle paper co.
gold 'A': indigo
abstract art - an alice original 
'only happy thoughts': SS print shop:
'hooray' card: rifle paper co
'love you' watercolour: justine ma design


Click here to see the full office tour.