Grandma’s Gallery Wall


Ok – so technically this post isn’t related to decorating our house, but I did print the photos, buy the frames and suggest the layout for the gallery wall. Let’s just say someone recently had a milestone birthday and I wanted to do something special for my mom….I mean for the special person in my life. My mom, I mean, person, wanted to have pictures of her granddaughter and I was all too happy to oblige her.


Bottom line: I love living with pictures. Having sold our home this year, we de-cluttered our space of personal items, including family photos. I can honestly say that I missed having them around. There is something about the moment + memories captured in a photograph and proudly hung in a home that energizes my soul from the inside out. Giving that as a gift to someone else was a very fun thing to do especially when it involved my girlie…..I can totally say that now, after the drama of hanging said photos is over.


I know I am a total convert, but apart of me thinks that if I wasn’t a scrapbooker/Project Lifer, this gift would have seemed like daunting task. My photos are in no way shape or form perfectly organized on my computer, nor to I have the perfect life. I do remember specific moments, both good and challenging, better than I use to because I engage with my photos on a regular basis. I look back and honour the moments in time that have past while also reflecting on what they will mean for the future.  Taking pictures is just one half of the equation, but that’s the part that I love.

Turned out well / Cute, n’est pas?

Project Life 2014: Week 28


No toddlers were hurt in the making of this Project Life spread! Promise!


You may remember a few weeks ago, I did some baking with my girlie in our new kitchen. We were in the midst of unpacking and I unfortunately didn’t take many photos from this week. No problem! I did take *ahem* a few of our first kitchen adventure. Eh Viola – a baking Project Life spread was born! I know this spread doesn’t represent the entire story of our life and I am ok with that. I am really good a remember the stress and not always so great a remember the small little fun details. Looking at these photos makes my heart skip a beat. I loved baking with my mom and I hope to continue that tradition with Rowan. And as the journaling card says, I didn’t make them from scratch – but instead from a box!


I haven’t used many of the yellow cards from the midnight kit. Yep, I have a whole stack of them just sitting in the kit. When I printed these photos, ones with a neutral white background and limited colour scheme, I knew immediately, that I could use 8 of them across the double page spread. It a very basic template but I like how stylish it is.

Have you used Project Life to document your recipes?



….is totally a word – I swear!

This weekend, the girls, aka Rowan + I, ventured north to visit my parents while the boys, aka Aaron + Charlie Pup, stayed_ in the city to catch up on work. Charlie had some major napping deadlines to attend to – what with all the walking and jumping off the pier that he’s been forced to do this summer. Just kidding.  Aaron really did have to work and although I was jealous that he had some uninterrupted baby free sleeps, I did feel bad that he miss out on this small adventure. I love getting out of the city and into wide open spaces.

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This weekend, was the first weekend, we didn’t have to rush off to do some crazy house related thing. It was so nice to relax and watch as Rowan “drive” the lawn mower in circles with my dad supervising. This was an activity my sister and I liked to do as kids. Very cool to see this simple pleasure passed down to the next generation. Lord help me, when she turns 16.

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This weekend, I watched Rowan and my mom bond through play. And let’s just say our girlie plays intensely. Right now Rowan is really into “doctor: In the above photo she is telling my mom to “Say…..aww!”. Love watching my mom come alive as she plays with Rowan. My mom aka “Grandmat” as Rowan calls her is awesome.

This weekend, I drank alot of coffee, meet with friends to discuss Project Life and even got scrapped a little myself. This small adventure was a great way to end the summer. I hope you had a great weekend whatever you did!


Lemon Lime Watermelon Pops



As Rowan says, “Oh hello, delicious!


Recipe, Lemon Lime Watermelon Pops, Adapted from Chatelaine


1/2 cup water

1/4 granulated sugar

5 cups watermelon (preferably seedless)

1/3 cup of Limonata

5 Tbsp of freshly squeezed lime juice


Make a simple syrup by boiling water and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves.

Cut up watermelon and puree. Since I couldn’t find any seedless watermelon, I had to painstakingly sorted the seeds by hand using a sieve. This added an extraordinary amount of time to the process and could have been easily avoided. But you know me, I was completely and totally up for the challenge! Bring it on! Mama wants / needs some lemon lime watermelon pops!

Combine strained watermelon, limonata, lime juice and simple syrup. You should have 2 cups, with enough liquid to fill 6 individual moulds.

For this recipe, I used classic moulds from Tevolo. Super cute and super affordable. I can totally see me using more these in the future. Freeze moulds overnight, until firm.


Enjoy on a hot day or when you need a little refreshing pick me up!

Right Now: August 2014: Home Edition


Setting up Rowan’s play space in the basement. To date, I have unpacked 62 (freaking) boxes! Hard to believe that when I went to university, I had 3 boxes of stuff.

Loving Donya’s gallery wall for her son and trying to figure out where I can get my hands on a wood burner thingy….yes, that is the precise name of the tool!

Scrapbooking in our dining room as my craft space is the last thing to get organized in our new house. I have many high hopes for what this new space will look like.

Wishing money grew on trees as I am eyeing up this map, this print and this set of fake deer  for Rowan’s room.

Picking up this enlarged photo tomorrow for our living room from our local photo developer.

Loving everything about the new house, even if I have 1002 ideas and only a small amount of time to implement them. Oh why can’t there be more hours in the day?

What are you up to right now in your home?

Project Life 2014: Week 26 & 27


Empty house pictures? Yes, please!


For this spread, I combined two weeks into one and focused on one major topic: moving into our new house. Moving means life can be chaotic. Add summer onto this equation and Project Life gets put on hold. After documenting life for 3 years, I recognize and accept that enjoying summer it’s part of the and ebb and flow of my creative work. No worries, stress or guilt here people! Summer weather is to be enjoyed and it’s super easy to “catch up” of Project Life – especially if you keep things simple. Take for example Exhibit A: aka the enlarged 6 x 12 photo of our kitchen in the middle. I heart large “statement” photos!


Journaling cards reflect the feelings of the two weeks including the highs and lows. Thanks to texts, blog posts and general reflections on the moving process.  Layout includes Design A page protectors and cards from my favourite PL edition: Midnight.

Do you “take a break” from Project Life in the summer? If so, do you feel guilty or stressed about the break?

Toddler Talk


You guys! When I thought of having a child, I never really considered in how interesting life would be with toddler, especially the conversations. Rowan is hilarious! I know that all parents think their kids are funny especially when it comes to their first born. Full disclosure: I completely fall into the stereotypical, doting parent. Whether or not, you agree that my girlie is destined for comedic greatness – I thought I would share some of our funny recent conversations.

Conversation #1 | Overheard at bath time

Aaron: “Rowan, you are quite a girl”

Rowan: “You too Daddy!”

Conversation #2 |At the doctor’s office

Me: “Oh look, Rowan – there is a rocking horse!”

Rowan climbs on to the horse and interrupts me before I finish my sentence.

Rowan: “Yeehaw, I’m a cowboy, Mommy!”

Conversation #3 | At the park

Me: “Hi Rowan! What are you doing?”

Rowan: “Hi mommy. I am very busy.”

Don’t you love the stage when your kids start talking!? I should be careful for what I wish for. I may regret it.

What funny conversations do you have / had with your toddler?

Happy Monday!

Blueberry Peach Crumble


Say hello to crumble season!

Peach+BlueberriesOk, technically crumble season doesn’t start until the fall but given the cold weather we have had in Toronto lately, I think it is safe to say that it is the unofficial, official start to crumble season.  I know what you are going to ask, and yes, CS (crumble season) is totally a thing!  


Ok – maybe not, but lets give baked fruit desserts the time and attention the need and deserve….! On my latest trip to the grocery shopping. I went in for diapers and walked out with peaches…


and blueberries – all grown in Ontario. Don’t you hate it when that happens? Seriously when the mornings feel like October in August, you want something a little filling. Check out the recipe below:


Peach Blueberry Crumble


6 peaches peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces (Approximately 4 cups)

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup of all purpose flour

2 tsp vanilla extract


3 cups of quick rolled oats

1 tsp of salt

1/2 cup of flour

1/4 brown sugar

1 cup of cold butter cut into small pieces, plus more for the pan.



1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Butter a circular casserole dish and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combing peaches, blueberries, brown sugar, flour and vanilla. Toss well to mix.

3. In another bowl make topping. Combine oatmeal, salt, flour, brown sugar and stir. Using your fingers, add butter and incorporate it into your mixture.

4. Transfer fruit to prepared casserole dish and press down to pack ingredients in. Next sprinkle crumble topping over peach and blueberry mixture in an even layer. Bake for 45 minutes or until the top is brown and peach/blueberry mixture starts to bubble out. Remove from heat and let cool before serving.



This is a filling snack that is paired really well with vanilla yogurt….and possibly socks and a hot beverage !?! You know, went you want to celebrate #Octaugust which is the unofficial/official start of crumble season in Toronto. Enjoy!

Happy Birthday Daddy!


Coincidently – we celebrate a lot of birthdays this week in our family and today, it just so happens to be Aaron’s birthday. Aaron is one of the hardest working people, I know. He is focused and determined but he also has an adventurous and playful side. I have so enjoyed watching him become a Daddy and seeing this side grow and develop as Rowan has gotten older.

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Aaron is always asking for an updated photos of Rowan for his office. These are just a few that I have printed for him for his birthday…but…shh…don’t tell him! It’s a surprise 🙂

Happy Birthday Honey! We love you and all the silly songs you sing!

Project Life & Past Vacations


What happens when you become a scrapbooker AFTER you’ve taken some awesome vacations? Why scrapbook them – of course!


It’s no secret, at this moment in time, I am a chronological scrapbooker. Yes, since 2012, I have documented our lives in somewhat consistent order. Does that mean that our everyday lives is the ONLY thing I document with Project Life? Heck no! In between selling our house and moving, I found *cough, cough* made some time to print out these pictures from our 2007 trip to Argentina and Chile. This particular spread is of our time in Patagonia.


You may have noticed that this spread has a balance of photos and words. I don’t believe you have to scrapbook every photo you take and think journaling can help you tell the story just as much as your photos. Recognizing that my memory isn’t as good as it use to be – thanks mommy brain, i’m still waiting for my memory to be fed ex’d back to me – I took to Facebook to search my old status updates. Since the trip was 7 years ago, I used social media  to get an idea of what I was thinking and feeling during our time visiting the glaciers. It is awesome to have access to this kind of information. Hooray for technology!  Apparently, I thought I so funny back then!


The another way I incorporated journaling was to reflecting on what I had learnt during our travels. I believe that pictures only tell part of your story – journaling your thoughts and feelings can help give context and meaning even if it’s 7 years after an event. With simple colour scheme of black, white and blue, this layout came together in no time flat! This layout uses Design A page protectors and journaling cards from the Midnight Edition.

How do you document past vacations?