Before you turn two...

Motherhood

 

 

My Mia,

When your brother and sister were born, I learned who they were, their little personalities came out and I day-dreamed about who they were becoming.

You, my dear, I couldn’t figure out. I wasn’t sure who you were but that you were mine and that I loved you. Not too long ago, I figured it out. This whole time you have been showing me who you are. Your loving smile, your “I love you’s” your first word “happy”! That’s who you are! You are one of those people who wake up each day with a positive attitude and a belief that this day will be even better than the last.
You make sure everyone in our family gets an endless amount of hugs and kisses. You copy everything your big sister does. You take your sweet time at the dinner table and do silly things to make me smile while I sit there with you.

If I had to guess, I will be asked by many, “Is she always this happy?” and my answer will always be,  “Yes!”

How lucky we are to have people like you in this world–ray of sunshine in our everyday lives. How was it that I ended up with this bright light? I must have done something good. (music note)

You are beautiful on the outside–that will always be apparent—but your inside, my goodness, your soul, is by far the most gorgeous thing I’ve ever seen. X0

I love you, sweetheart.

Mom xo

My Master Bedroom Retreat

Fashion, Motherhood

How nice it has been to wake up to this newly decorated space of mine. I feel like up to this point it was just a place for me to sleep, or not sleep because there’s a little one about to wake me up. Now, it feels like a place where I want to hang out, read a book, or watch a little tv.

I didn’t even notice the beautiful light that comes in my room until now. I have a new appreciation for that. My kids have been loving it too, mostly jumping in my bed and all over the pillows. 😉

The wallpaper I posted about over my Instagram is from ColoRaydecor. I absolutely fell in-love with it, had to have it, put it up, then received a bundle of msgs from you all telling me you’d like to color on it. Lol! I honestly, took a step back and thought, ahhhh shoot, my room is now a giant coloring book. Then I prayed that my kids wouldn’t use it as that. One day while I was visiting my grandma, my kids did take a permanent marker to my room and for their better judgement skipped my coloring book of a wall as if they made that decision that, that would be going too far.

My accent chair that the girls love hanging out in, is from Accents Home Furniture in London. It is so comfortable and I love the shade of blue. I think it looks perfect in this space. If you haven’t been in to Accents Home Furniture this store has everything to decorate your space. I have mentally decorated my house with all their furniture too many times. Lol. You will have seen a lot of their furniture in the dream houses here in London and in Bayfield.

The bedding, pillows and blankets are from Homesense. The floating shelves are from Structube and the area rugs are also from Homesense. All of which I had from our previous home, the only new pillows are the yellow ones. I’m really in to yellow right now.

I also added in some things my grandmother gave me the other day and the photo of Paris you see in my bathroom is a drawing I picked up while my Mother and I were visiting there last summer. Small personal touches that mean something to me.

I went back and forth on a ceiling fan or chandelier and although I prefer the look of a chandelier, now that I have had a ceiling fan, I’ve decided I cant go back. That will go up sometime soon.

So I think that’s it! Any questions, just comment below or send me a email. I’d be happy to answer them! 🙂

 

Mom and son getaway to Retro Suites Hotel

Motherhood

A few things that I want to remember from this trip…

Owen telling me how nice it was to be able to talk without one of the girls crying to be on my lap.

Racing Owen to the lobby of the hotel.

Him playing little pranks on me.

Our late-night hot chocolate run to the hotel restaurant in our pyjamas.

Staying up way too late watching movies.

Waking up way too early to watch cartoons.

What I’ve learned most is that him and I need to do this more often. Even if that means my mom taking the girl’s for a night and we stay in playing video games. This one on one time was for him, but it meant more to me than he will ever know.

If you’re looking for a perfect getaway for your family, your partner, or girls night in, Retro Suites is the place to be! This retro style boutique hotel is only an hour drive from London, offers amazing service, a great restaurant or room service and if you feel like leaving the hotel (which we haven’t yet!) there’s the theatre, aqua centre and brewery up the street.

If you didn’t have the chance to getaway this march break, there is still some availability if you want a night away. If I haven’t sold you already, kids eat free all month long! Yup, that’s breakfast, lunch or dinner! 🙂

Thank you for having us Retro Suites Hotel! This was just what we needed! 🙂

Canadian Girls Need Coats written by Rosyln Constanzo

Motherhood

I would say that I’m very open-minded when it comes to clothes—I love outlandish pairings, offensive proportions, and unorthodox style. That’s the stuff of fashion, I think. Likewise, I appreciated living in a big city because of the inherent “anything goes” attitude. But if there’s one oversight that I regard as a style sin, it has to be treating your coat as an afterthought. The guilty party is typically a would-be put-together woman on the street who relinquishes any and all style cred by wearing a ho-hum everyday parka over her otherwise chic ensemble.
“She might be cold,” you say, and yes, parkas have their place in a Canadian’s wardrobe—in fashion, even. But most Canucks spend such a significant chunk of the year in heavy layers, it’s imperative to have fun with our outerwear and to make sure it enhances our look rather than detracting from it.
Canadian girls need coats. At least that’s how I justify my ever-expanding wardrobe of teddy coats, leather jackets, faux furs, puffers, denim jackets, and wools. Coats are so integral to my look, I often rely on them to make my simple jeans and tee into a bonafide outfit. And when asked if I want to check my coat at the door of an event, I always decline.
“I’m a little chilly,” I lie. But what I really want to say is, “No way!  This faux fur chubby makes my outfit, don’t you see?” (It always makes me think about Carrie Bradshaw having to remove her statement shoes at her friend’s baby shower). Not to mention, a wardrobe of great coats will help you get through that winter wardrobe slump. So next time you go to pull on your run-of-the-mill puffer, remember that there’s probably an ankle-length yeti coat or a colourful, menswear-inspired wool out there, waiting to work wonders in your closet.

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