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Love. Create. Celebrate. : March 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

DIY Wooden Baby Blocks

As a mom, I'm always on the search for cute clothes and toys for my daughter. 
That's why I jumped at the chance to make some DIY wooden blocks for Ellie when I saw
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Friday, March 28, 2014


One of the things I'm loving about being home all day every day is the opportunity to bake all the time! 
I baking is such a great thing to do at home with a little one. 
Most bake goods only take up to 30 minutes to prepare (done during nap time or play time), and then I can easily start feeding my daughter while they are baking in the oven. 
Since I've been on my maternity leave we have had an almost constant supply of fresh cookies, breads, and treats in our kitchen. 
This week I made some delicious snicker doodle cookies.
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Learning to Run Again

Here we go again... learning to run for the third time in a couple of years. 
Every time starting back at ground zero. 
Run one minute. Walk two. Run one minute. Walk two. 
Is there such as thing as yo-yo running??
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lent 2014

Anyone else out there observe lent?
I've been fasting things during the left period for years. 
This is there first time that my husband and I decided to practice lent together. 
We are fasting from evening snacking (including after dinner dessert!) and only allowing ourselves fruit in the evenings.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Pregnancy Month by Month

Like every good first-time mama/Pinterest user I decided to take regular photos of my baby bump as it grew. And grew and grew. 
God bless my husband for being so patient and taking so many for me!
We took weekly and monthly photos.
We took them in the baby room so that we could watch the room progress, and I took them in the same dress so that I could watch my belly grow.
And now, with my daughter at a whopping 10 weeks old, I'm finally sharing them :)
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Angel Food Cake - Take 2!

If you're thinking, "I thought she just made one of those?", then you would be right. 
I recently posted about making an Angel Food Cake, and although it looked pretty, and tasted good, it wasn't light and airy. I have been waiting for the chance to redeem myself ever since that day.
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Friday, March 21, 2014

When [I feel like] My Baby Hates Me

^^ That is one unhappy baby ^^
She looks sooo sad in this picture. 
What kind of mom goes to get a camera while her baby is wailing?! This one! lol. 
But I want to catch the good moments on camera as well as the sad ones. 
Even if the sad ones do make me feel like my baby hates me.
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Birthday Artbooking

One of my friends was celebrating a birthday this week!
I was trying to think of what I could make her that she doesn't already have, or know how to make, and I was stumped! Obviously we enjoy the same hobbies! 
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

St. Patrick's Day: Mommy Style

Now that my girl is a solid 9 weeks old, and thought it was time for me to get back into my old habits. Old habit priority #1: Host a party! 
So I decided to invite some mommies over with their little ones on St. Patrick's Day to enjoy some coffee, some company, and some green treats!
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Mint Milkshake

Looking for something celebratory to drink on St. Patrick's Day?
Other than beer??
Look no further! A smooth minty milk shake will do the trick :) 
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Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Mantle


It's that time again! 
Time to change my mantle that is…. 
With a new baby in the house, I'm definitely not headed out this year to celebrate, but I CAN decorate my house for myself and my guests to enjoy! 
Here's how I added some Irish flare this year: 
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Sunshine Gift Package

Have you ever had a friend or a family member that you felt could use some cheering up? 
I'd say most of us have... only, most of my friends and family live in Ontario, which is five hour flight away from me!
I can give phone calls and FaceTime, but can't stop by with tea and desserts to cheer them up. Can't offer to babysit for them. Can't organize a party. Can't stay up all night chatting.
This is where the ever-popular care package comes into play.
When my friend needed cheering up, I decided to send some sunshine to take away her winter blues.
 I made a "Happy" themed care package (i.e. it was all yellow, lol).
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Baby Announcements

They are coming!
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

DIY Gift Mug

I've seen mugs like this floating around the Pinterest world, so I decided to try and out and make one for myself! Or rather, for someone else :)
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Two months

Eleanor is now 11lbs, 0.5oz., and 23 inches long
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Monday, March 10, 2014

Getting Active Again

One of my 14 of 14 goals this year was to get back to my pre-pregnancy baby weight. 
It seems that I may have let my weight gain get a little out of control while I was pregnant…
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Friday, March 7, 2014

Mommy Photo Shoot

Well... if Daddy gets one, I get one too! 
Again, I already have the perfect scrapbook page, without many pictures, waiting to be filled. 
Mommy and baby photos would be perfect. 
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Thursday, March 6, 2014

New Baby Scrapbook Pages

Going forward from yesterday's post, I also found some time to make a couple new scrapbook pages for baby Ellie's book :) 
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Pre-Made Baby Scrapbook Pages

Somehow, in the midst of all the new-baby adjustments, I've still found some time to craft! 
I may not have found the time to clean-up after myself… but I did make some scrapbook pages. 
These pages were very easy to finish because I had finished everything before our baby arrived. 
Once Ellie was here, all I had to do was print some pictures and put them in! 
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Basic Bum Care

We are still on the cloth diaper journey. 
I already talked about why we chose to use cloth diapers (here), and how it's going so far (here), but there are a lot of other things to learn and adjust to. 
Before I decided to use cloth diapers, I did a lot of searching and asking around for advice and ideas. I really didn't know what I was getting into at all in the beginning!
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Monday, March 3, 2014

DIY Baby Closet Dividers

As always, when I'm doing something new, I scour Pinterest for ideas.
I was looking for nursery DIY projects and came across some cool closet dividers for baby clothing.
The problem with all the ones I found, was that they had to be purchased (no thank you!), or they weren't adjustable (i.e. had a permanent 0-3 months stamped across). This doesn't make sense to me because they are only going to be in 0-3 month clothes for 3 months, IF they don't grow fast!
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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Daddy Photo Shoot

Is there anything that melts a mama's heart more than watching Daddy hold his baby??
I don't think there is! 
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Saturday, March 1, 2014

They Call it Puppy Love

This is a family of dog lovers. There is absolutely no questions about that! We LOVE our two puppies. 
The little black one (we don't know what type!) was mine before my husband and I married, and the Rottweiler was my husband's. 
They are known as Joop (pronounced "Yope") and Daisy. 
And they are learning to adjust to life with a baby! 
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