3 (+2) chalazion treatments that really helped

[UPDATED May 19, 2016: Have you been here before? I’ve added new stuff to this post. Scroll to the bottom for my favourite chalazion-busters yet.] The title of this post is misleading. We tried many ways. When our little guy got his first chalazions (one under each eye, ugh) around the age of one and a half, we naturally thought they were styes. I get them every so often from eye makeup, and figured that if they’re contagious, he may have gotten one from me … Continue reading

How to stop swelling with chayote

A day or so before Johnny made his way into the world, I had gone to the Cottage Life show in Toronto. (Lots of interesting things there — if you like cottage stuff, you should go!) Maybe it wasn’t the greatest idea to walk around so much more than I was used to doing at 39 weeks pregnant. That night, my feet swelled pretty badly. I figured a sleep would help, unfortunately sleep did not really come — and then my labour involved IV fluids … Continue reading

How to clean upholstery after a coffee spill

remove coffee from couch

Dogs are such an inspiration! I’m not sure why, but our big yellow lab always needs to be anchored a piece of furniture while she rests. She startles easily so we’ve learned through experience that we need to be careful what we place on the end tables or risk it jumping too. As was bound to happen, this time I forgot to be careful. I can’t be entirely sure if it was a startled furniture-anchored canine or the post-nap living room meeting of the two 85 lbs dogs that always results … Continue reading

Follow me on Pinterest!

If you’ve visited this site a time or two, you may have noticed a veritable um… tapestry(?) of interests — but not a [complete] lack of focus! Like many people (you?), I have too many ideas and far too little time, especially now with my handmade shop up and running. This complete disarray becomes an organized bulletin board of dreams on my Pinterest. I’d love it if you’d follow me there! I promise it’s full of great ideas, many of which I’m positive you’d love, because I know you’re … Continue reading

Just a little update…

I know I talk a lot about bibs lately, but this is fast becoming THE thing I do now. I just wanted to show you a few new things I’ve whipped up this week: These newest bibs are reversible, and they can be rolled down to 1) add an adorable accent with their reverse side; and 2) fit smaller for younger babies! I’m revved up about reversible bibs. So much so that the wordplay just slipped out. Sorry about that. They have slouchy style, they’re soft … Continue reading

Journal: New endeavour!

Christmas bibs

As I sit here on my big yellow couch watching Home Alone 2 a little too early in the season with a Gumby wedged into my ribcage apparently, I feel an update is needed. Our small boy is growing, and so fast. This week he learned the word “moonlight” because he is a sweet, silly boy and that’s what makes sense to him to learn at 19 months old. He loves his cats and dogs and has learned how to be gentle with them, and knows … Continue reading

DIY: Extra-sensitive skin baby wipes

DIY Make-at-home baby wipes for extra-sensitive skin! No more diaper rash.

  I don’t know of many young ones who get diaper rash every time a regular baby wipe is used, but darn it if we didn’t end up with just such a baby boy. Our first plan of action was Pampers Sensitive Skin wipes. They’re a bit pricier per unit, but you do what you have to do to avoid a red butt on your kid. Sadly, those still seemed to irritate the boy’s skin. Thankfully, before our son was even born I’d found a great post about … Continue reading

5 fresh free crochet patterns to warm up your winter

I’ve recently rediscovered a love for crochet. Not that I have much time to count stitches or anything with this adorable yelling toddler of mine and a million animals needing food and breaks (so, so needy!), but I like to think I will get at least two projects done this winter. Maybe even before Christmas! Below are some ideas (with free patterns!) that I’m a little obsessed with at the moment. Hopefully they inspire you to get out your hook and whip up something warm.   … Continue reading

Get fresh floors for CHEAP with vinyl plank

cat walking on vinyl plank

Before we sold our house (3 days after putting it up for sale!), we had a laundry list of things to do in order to appeal to a variety of potential buyers. Selling your house ain’t easy. Even if it sells fast. And I rarely say “ain’t”. After deciding to sell, it took about a month and a half to get all these things done with our busy schedules, a toddler and two big dogs. (And cats, but they don’t bother us until we want … Continue reading