Retail Therapy

You know the feeling…

The exhilaration of stepping out in public with the babe and enjoying a lil shopping- even if you don’t buy anything!

I had a blast at Homesense this week checking out ideas for kids rooms and I can’t wait until our lil munchkin will add her own twist on her room.

There was some ADORABLE bedding & accessories that I wish I had an excuse to buy. If you or someone you know is looking for some cute items for a girl’s room, Homesense had a really nice selection. See below for some of my faves. ๐Ÿ™‚

The bedding & pillows are Cynthia Rowley- LOVE the colours!!!
(The headboard was on sale for $192.99!)

HEART the chevron pattern!

Colin & Justin sheets- how cute are these?!

Calling All WAHMs & SAHMs!

Ladies!

I am looking to promote some local talent! If you or someone you know is a WAHM (Work at Home Mom) or SAHM (Stay at Home Mom) who makes and/ or sells unique products I would love to hear about them!

I’d love to help support local ladies trying to stay at home to raise their families, and getting the word out there is a great way to do this!

I’ll begin featuring these talented ladies as soon as possible!

Nursery Artwork!

It’s crazy some of the baby and kids rooms you see now! People seem to be spending more money on their children’s rooms than their own! I know that’s been the case with our family- the little one has the nicest bedroom of the lot! Some of the rooms you see look like they’ve come right out of a magazine, and i think alot of the credit has to go to how you accessorize the space. 
Even if the room (and/ or budget) is small, you can have a beautiful space- it’s all in how you work with what you’ve got.
That being said, it doesn’t take alot of money to buy the supplies to make your own cute nursery artwork, or to find some inexpensive pieces online. (Check the artwork I make below) ๐Ÿ™‚
I’ve recently been working on some fun projects for the little one’s room. If anyone is interested in having their own custom nursery artwork, let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

UPDATE: ANIMAL PRINTS NOW AVAILABLE

Love & Marriage After Baby

Do you remember the playground rhyme:
…First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage…?
Once that babe arrives, alot of people realize a tough truth: all of a sudden, that rhyme reverses: When you’ve had a baby, love and your marriage aren’t first anymore even if you want rough sex like you might have decided to watch online porno on tubev. At the very least, more conscious effort is needed to maintain that bond between you and your mate.
My hubby and I definitely had to adjust. We’re a family of early risers- and that means (read:ย meantย for me) early to bed. I’m talking 9:30/ 10pm the hubs and I were tucked in for the night. Now throw in our new precious bundle. SMACK! All of a sudden I could no longer go to bed when my body was so desperate for sleep and let me tell ya, the first few weeks took alot of adjusting to this new sleep pattern (sleep- what sleep?!) I had to accept that I would no longer be snuggling up to my husband every night- either because one of us had to sleep on the couch, or simply because I no longer had the same bed time as him- and I was overwhelmed with how sad that thought made me.
After the first few weeks of up- side down bedtimes, I’m finding that I’ve adjusted to this revised routine and that I actually get a little ‘me’ time to unwind before the last feed of the night. Whether this involves finishing up tasks left over from the day, hobby time, or just relaxing in front of my laptop and tuning out for a little while, I’m enjoying this little pocket of time while I have it.ย 
We have also since learned the importance of setting a date night. We have yet to go on one, but are looking forward to some much needed alone time and maybe a full 8 hours of sleep :). It’s definitely true what they say about having to work harder to keep the flame alive- especially when you’re both sleep deprived and the new boss wants to hang out with Mommy and Daddy all the time! We’re learning as we go, but I think we’ll be able to go for dinner and a movie soon- I’ll let you know how that goes.ย 
Before I even got pregnant, my sister- in- law gave me some sage advice: Always remember who you are outside of being a wife and mother. I’ve since learned just how valuable this is to do.ย 
I hope you find some special time that’s all yours too- even if it’s only a few minutes right now ๐Ÿ˜‰
oxox
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LOL: How to Get Through the Crying (And Have Some Fun Doing It!)

We all know babies cry…
These cheeky little bundles come into our lives without a care in the world and with no regard to how exhausting they can be to Mom & Dad. And of course it seems that it is when we are the most tired that these little creatures decide to show off their lung capacity.
There’s a saying ‘it ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings’- I think they should rewrite to ‘it ain’t over ’til the lil baby screams’ ๐Ÿ˜‰ All parents have been there. Heck, they send you home from the hospital with a DVD that warns you about how much babies can cry and that you can’t always soothe them. In some ways this is comforting to know and in others it’s a scary preview of reality for many new parents. I think labour was prep for this- it’s painful and you don’t know when it will be over ๐Ÿ˜‰

About a week ago our little one started to really notice the world around her. She clued in that there’s a big ol’ world around her, and she’s ready to take it all in. This new curiosity has made it more of a challenge to settle her down for naps, which leads to overstimulation, which leads to lack of sleep, which leads to grumpy baby :(. That, and/ or you can chalk it up to the infamous ‘fussy’ period babies experience at around 5/ 6 weeks. Yay.


To paraphrase a Barbara Streisand song, send in the screams. You know it if you’ve been there. The inconsolable baby. Enough said. Like I mentioned in a previous post, I worked up until 10 days before I gave birth, in a job where I was on my feet all day and surrounded by noise. My baby  seemed to have grown accustomed to lots of movement and the noises of the world before she even made her debut, so I expected a child that would probably want this replicated once she arrived.

Now, I know it’s a common suggestion that rocking, etc and music can help calm a baby, but when you’re pooped out and all you want to do is sit down- never mind lie down- and you have a baby that needs soothing, it can take every last ounce of strength to pull yourself up and bounce that lil bundle.

Here’s where the fun comes in. No really, I mean it. I’m a lover of jazz, Broadway musicals, Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, etc. While I enjoy other genres, I was raised on this kind of music and I love belting out ‘New York New York’ at the top of my out of tune lungs. Luckily, babies don’t care if a) you’re a good singer, or b) if you’re a good dancer. Hence, my prescription for inconsolable babies: crank that iPod and sashay, swing, bounce, and sway that lil munchkin to your heart’s content. You may not be able to cure the crying, but you can at least have fun trying. Plus, babies love the sound of their parent’s voices, so if you make a playlist of songs you know, you can add that to your repertoire.

I’ve had to do this a couple of times, with varying success (I think that’s going to be my catch phrase for this whole parenting thing), but can honestly say that the music not only calms the babe, but helps calm me (or at the very least, take the edge off my nerves) and turns what can be a very unpleasant time into a fun one. Laugh it out and give it a try. I’m not saying you won’t be exhausted and/ or grumpy and/ or ready to scream yourself, but why not try and channel that crazy energy into something that may give you back a teenie tiny piece of your sanity?

I hope this helps. Or at least gives you a way to laugh through the crying.

oxox

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