John’s 1st birthday party!

Smash cake in waiting.

It’s been [almost!] a whole year since John became the center of our world. It really did fly by, considering the long and agonizing nights, as well as the routines we had to establish to avoid said nights. What a year. I’m convinced we lucked out in the baby department — aside from how terrible I was at adapting to lack of sleep. In two days, this guy turns a whole year old. We made it! It feels that way, anyhow, even though I know … Continue reading

Why I still heart my Samsung Galaxy S4 in 2015

pink Fossil Bee S4 case

Samsung releases the Galaxy S6 on April 10, 2015, comprised of metal, glass, non-removable battery and no expandable memory — offering instead impressive internal storage with 32, 64 and 128GB models.   Its release date makes this my perfect birthday phone, or so you’d think. I’m just not sure. I may have been extremely fortunate that my Galaxy S4 has lasted through so, so many terrible things. This week, Johnny took his first steps (!!!!!!!) and then proceeded to drool all over my phone. I wiped it off … Continue reading

How we treated our dog’s nasodigital hyperkeratosis — wait, what?

hyperkeratosis dog paws, almost feathery in texture

I thought to write this since as an animal-lover, finding a solution to our woof’s problem lifted such a weight off my back. Hopefully it helps someone else’s puppy out too. A few weeks ago, Casey started limping. We first assumed it was a pulled muscle since she does this often up north when she runs around. She had been roughhousing (ruff-housing?) in the snow a lot with Junior. After a few days it hadn’t resolved itself though. I checked her paws quickly and they seemed a bit cracked. … Continue reading

DIY: Crib Rail Cover

I recently learned that I am raising a gerbil: I’m open-minded and an animal lover so this would have been fine, until I read one comment on a forum where someone said her kid chipped his tooth gnawing a crib rail. That and I don’t like my young boy eating paint. I needed a cover! I decided to use fleece (it’s cushy on the chompers) but wasn’t sure on just tying it on. Could he pull it up with his little bunny teeth (switching rodents), … Continue reading

Review: Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker

Bluetooth speaker with thick bassy sound

Remember this pre-Christmas list? I was delighted to discover that Miklos had this wonderful little sound box I’d mentioned wrapped and under the tree for me! Best! I decided to give it its own review post because it really is one of my favourite things. If you love taking your music with you wherever you go (e.g. parties, outside while you garden, BBQ or work, down by the dock or campfire, or even just from room to room) you will love this speaker. [This post contains … Continue reading

DIY: Turn any old box into pretty storage with craft paper!

Upcycle an empty box into cute storage with craft paper!

Baby boy is getting some (supervised) independent play time lately. I love watching him figure things out lately. He is learning so much, it’s no wonder his head is getting so adorably big. That and he needs his 5th haircut… I finished sorting through teeny tiny baby clothing in his dressers and closet, so today I decided to upcycle an empty box while I watched the kid do his thing. We needed a place to keep a few diapers in the open of the nursery. Normally I’d use … Continue reading

DIY: Muddy Mutt Mitts

DIY Muddy Mutt Mitts

This Share Saturday is inspired by a great tutorial for Mud Puppy Mittens — I found it last night and made my own muddy mutt mitts today and I am so glad I did! I’m always looking for ways to keep our house in order. With animal family members, this can be a task — though the cats are pretty OK until 3AM when they either meow at the walls or lick our heads. Otherwise, we have two large dogs. When it’s rainy, we have a big, gross dog paw towel by the back door. Ew. So upon discovering … Continue reading

DIY: Upcycle an old nightstand to bathroom storage for free!

nightstand to bathroom table upcycle

Remember 2 years ago (sure you do!) before I was a wife or mom when we found a bunch of old junk on the side of the road? I finally got frustrated enough at the ugliness of the nightstand we got in that haul to turn it into a pretty one to use as bathroom storage. You can do the same, or simply refresh an old nightstand for a bedroom — and all for the low, low price of $0!   What do you think? OK, … Continue reading

Wow! Old Dresser to DIY Vintage Bench Pinned 2000 times!

DIY vintage bench from old dresser

Awoke to see that our old beat-up dresser to pretty vintage bench post has reached 2000 pins on Pinterest! UPDATE: 3000+ a week and a half later! :O Thank you thank you thank you! That makes me very happy! And to think we found it for free on the side of the road. Best! Soon I want to make a simple upholstered bench out of an old coffee table we have for the foot of the bed or even for our small entryway. More on that after… And … Continue reading

See ya, 2014!

Today my baby boy turned 9 months old. That means 9 months ago our lives changed forever. 2014 has been without a doubt the most defining year of my life. If I can be frank for a single post in time… I honestly never thought I’d have kids, and when we decided to have one, I read a lot. I tried to prepare. Miklos… eh, I don’t know, you can ask what he did. I remember him laughing a lot and generously driving to the store at night to … Continue reading