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Love. Create. Celebrate. : April 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

H2H Challenge: Florals

The Heart to Heart Challenge this week was to incorporate flowers into your design. 
Adds a nice spring flare, don't you think?
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Monday, April 28, 2014

3. Leave Canada - Check?

There are a few obvious advantages of having family in Southern BC: warmth, beaches, and proximity to the border for cheap shopping! 
When our family suggested crossing the border for a little retail therapy, I jumped at the chance. 
Who would say no to that??
Well… maybe my husband would… but he knows how much I like it!
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Friday, April 25, 2014

Winter Maternity Scrapbooking

With my beautiful baby girl being a growing 3-month old now, I may be a little bit late on sharing some of my maternity scrapbook pages, but better late than never, right?!
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Travelling with a Baby

We did it again! 
Our first short road trip went fairly well, so when my husband got some time off work we decided to head to BC to surprise some family members and let them meet our daughter :)
This drive feels long and tedious on a good day, so I had no idea what to expect travelling down with a three month old baby. 
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!!

"Before the Passover Festival, Jesus knew that His hour had come to depart from this world to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end." 
-John 13:1

I am excited to celebrate Easter. 
I am excited to celebrate the sacrifice that God made, allowing His only Son to die for my sins. 
I get far too wrapped in decorating my home and baking egg-themed treats this time of year. 
Time to re-focus my prayers and thanksgiving. 
Although I plan to celebrate with my kids by hiding eggs, eating chocolate bunnies, and dyeing Easter eggs, I also plan to share the story of how Christ died for us and rose again. 
I plan to install God's love into their hearts and plant seeds of hope and joy. 
I am excited to celebrate Easter always. 

He is risen indeed! 
Enjoy your Easter everyone :) 


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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Baby Leg Warmers

These days, my baby girl is kicking like crazy all the time.
No wonder she sleeps through the night with all of the energy she's spending on bicycling those little legs! It is so fun to just watch her kick her legs around and explore her world in new ways. 
This week I decided to snap a few photos of her moving around so I put her in some adorbs Easter-egg-coloured baby leg warmers to show off her moves :)
(they are made by BabyLegs if you're wondering)
Seriously? Is there anything cuter than this??
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring Lemon Cake

Despite the fact that I'm trying to get fit, and despite the fact that my husband and I have given up after dinner desserts and snacks for lent, I've had a lot of baked goods in the house recently. 
It's actually been a good test of my willpower! 
Learning to say no to after dinner snacks is not easy, but breaking my rules is a lot more tempting when there are fresh desserts on the counter every night. 
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

DIY Stained Mason Jars

Have you seen these coloured mason jars before?
I've seen them in pictures, but I've never seen them in a store!
So I decided to make some. Can't be that hard, right?
Well, its not. And bonus: I had all the necessary tools on hand already.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Egg Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon is the flavour of the Spring. 
Am I right? Or am I right?
Lemony goodness screams Springtime. 
Or maybe its just the colour yellow that screams Spring…. but something about the prospect of sunshine coming out, leaving the house without a coat, and pulling out my rain boots makes me want to bake lemon treats. 
So I made some cupcakes :)  
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Washi Tape Easter Garland

As time flies by, my love for washi tape only grows. 
Its nothing special, really. I envy the person that came up with it! It's just decorative tape! 
But it has so many simple uses to spice up your life. 
If you don't believe me, just check out my washi wonder Pinterest board
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Mantle

Prepare yourselves… here comes the first of many Spring and Easter posts! 
This past year I began decorating my mantle to represent different times of the year (see my Fall mantle, or St. Patricks day mantle).
It's an easy and effective way to get me excited about each new season and holiday. 
Plus, it usually adds a new splash of colour to our living room :) 
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

My Favourite Husband

If you haven't met my husband, you really should. 
You really, really should.
He's amazing. 
Best one I've had so far!
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Three months

Eleanor is now 12lbs, 9 oz, and 24 inches long.
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Baby, Coffee, and a Good Book

My private little world is filled with to-do lists. 
Things I have to get done around the house, people to call, crafts to finish, errands to run. 
Those lists haven't gotten any shorter since Ellie came around. 
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

H2H Cricut Challenge

This challenge this week on the Heart2Heart Challenge blog was to make something using my wonderful cricut!
Since I use my cricut all the time anyway, this one wasn't really a challenge :) 
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Baby's First Road Trip

We did it. 
We braved the impossible and took our baby on her first road trip. 
At just shy of her three months milestone, we began the 5 hour (usually) journey to Edmonton. 
If I didn't already think my baby was the best baby in the whole world, I would now!
She was amazing. 
It helped that we left for the drive at 8pm, which is her usual bed time. 
She just slept the whole way there, I fed her when we arrived, and she got right back into her usual sleeping routine for the rest of the weekend :) 
Best. Baby. Ever. 
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Heart 2 Heart Challenge: Sketch Challenge

I just found out about these Close to My Heart (CTMH) challenges on the Heart to Heart Challenge blog, and when I saw that they had a sketch challenge this week, I thought it would be fun to enter again!
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

4. Do devotions every day for a month - Check!

Theoretically I know the importance of spending time with God each day…. but I haven't been putting my knowledge into practice. 
I have a tendency to put God lower on my priority list then He should be. 
My tendency is to spend my free time scrapbooking, or baking, or chatting with my husband, or blogging… I'm not prioritizing God. 
That's why I was excited about making one of my 14 of 14 goals to complete devotions regularly. 
Something about putting these goals down on this little blog, makes me feel accountable to everyone on the world wide web. I feel compelled to complete all my goals or my 5 faithful followers will know that I didn't! (that includes you Mom!)
Truth be told, I started trying to complete this goal in February and failed. 
But I put this down as a goal, and I had to keep trying!
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