Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Currently


Gaaaaah is there anything worse than the limbo that is packing and moving? I think not! Last year when we moved I was 6 months pregnant and therefore got out of any kind of heavy lifting (read: the entire packing and moving process) but now I'm back in the game with a baby in tow and things gotta get done! Here are some other things going on that are not moving related.

Reading: The Royal Spyness series. I used to think mystery novels were really cheesy, but I'm hooked on this series. It's my go-to bath reading.
Listening To: a lot of Louis Armstrong
Eating: Kimchi Fries
Watching: Call the Midwife. Oh man, this show! A lovely combo of babies, the 1950's and London.
Making: Nothing major at the moment, but I have been writing and mailing more letters lately.

So things will probably be a bit quiet around here for a bit as we move and settle in to our new home. Be back soon!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

365 Photos (Week 10, with prompts!)


Ok so I'm loving these photo prompts. Instead of looking around wondering "what shall I take a photo of?" and feeling rather uninspired I have something more concrete to focus on, it's great!

68) Mail Recently decided to use some of my monthly fun money for the Happy Mail subscription, love it!
69) Water Oh man this tub, how I shall miss thee! Our new house has the saddest shallowest tub I have ever seen so I am trying to take as many baths in this mammoth as possible.
70) Reward It took many treats to get this photo right. Gus did not mind.
71) Blue Loving the spring weather this past week.
72) Make Me Smile hahaha as soon as you put sunglasses on Iris she'll make and hold this face until you take them off,
73) Stripes The KPL foyer art thing is amazing.
74) Freebie This was supposed to be a "whats in your bag" photo but I liked this shot better. Lunch date at The Yeti.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Easy Coconut Peanut Chocolate Cups


Just a quick post today. I was perusing Instagram this morning I came across this post. A healthy raw chocolate recipe that you could make right this second it's so easy? Interesting... So I whipped up some of these super easy chocolate cups. All you need is equal parts coconut oil and cocoa powder, and some maple syrup/honey to taste. Melt it all together and pour into some cupcake liners and freeze for 30 minutes and there you have it. Oh man, these are addictive. I added some chopped salted peanuts that I had in the pantry but you could add whatever you wanted. Imagine these with a scoop of peanut butter in the center?!

Anyway if you're craving chocolate bit don't feel right about inhaling a Oh Henry bar, this is a good alternative :)

Monday, 9 March 2015

Thoughts on the 365 Photo Project So Far (& week 8)


52. Hanging out on Daddy's shoulders
53. Oh man, that face
54. It's finally nice enough now for stroller rides and naps in the fresh air
55. Blueberries (obviously)
56. Haven't taken a photo of Gus in ages
57. Iris' 10 month photo for my journal
58....

So! As much as I thought this would be a very easy project to do every day it has proved to be a bit difficult the past week or so! Ever since we bought the house my mind has been elsewhere and I hate to admit I've let this project slide a bit. I've also been feeling like I'm running out of things I want to take photos of, or just getting kinda "stuck" creatively. But I refuse to feel bad about this because such is life.

Anyway I definitely don't want to give up on this project so I went looking online for some inspiration and found this site. She posts photo prompts every day for her own Photo a Day Challenge which is a great idea, here's the one I'm using this week (I'm not following the dates):


I'm hoping this will keep the creative spark alive especially during this hectic period in our lives :) And I think it will help expand my photos from just Iris and food lol.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Are Kids Really That Expensive?


Recently I read a really great article by Mr. MoneyMoustache about raising kids on very little money that really stuck with me. If you've ever brought up having kids with your friends or family I can almost guarantee someone has said "Kids are so expensive! Are you sure you've thought about how much it's going to cost to raise one? Or four?!" It was one of those statements that either kinda bothered me or made me feel very naive.

So that's why I practically shouted "YES!" after I read this article.

"In earlier times, parents considered themselves lucky to have enough food from their own farm’s harvest to feed their children. Even more fortunate parents had time to allow their kids to attend the one room schoolhouse and get a job that paid more than farming. Public schools improved and work modernized, and pretty soon every kid went to school. Women dramatically increased their participation in the workforce and with perfect timing, consumer culture dramatically expanded the material desires of these parents to allow the increased family income to be poured into more luxury spending disguised as necessities – instead of more leisure time.

And now, here we are, when today’s parents believe they need a 7-passenger SUV for the “safety” of their children, they need to take trips to Disneyland for family entertainment, and they need to put their kids into exclusive private schools and even fancy preschools, as well as horseback and violin lessons from trained professionals in various surrounding towns,  in order to keep them ahead in “the increasingly competitive world out there”. By pure coincidence, all of these needs happen to be very expensive ones that clever entrepreneurs and companies are making a lot of money from.

Did you ever notice how you never see a strong international trend of parents spending more time with their kids, or people canceling their TV service and reading more, or local parks and natural areas becoming increasingly flooded with parents playing with their children? Hmm.. why is this? Is it because we’ve learned that these activities are not good for our kids so we have wised up and replaced them with organized and expensive activities?"


Isn't that interesting? 

Personally, we haven't found Iris to be expensive at all so far. Our main expense for her is the cloth diaper service ($20 a week). Clothes are either thrifted or hand-me downs (I love hand-me downs!!), she eats what we eat (I do buy extra fruit for her every week though), and for entertainment we do free (maybe kinda boring to most) things like going to the library, hanging out together at home, going for walks, visiting with friends/family, or we might go to the Early Years Centre. It's great!

Now I'm not saying we have no brand-new clothes or toys in our place, because hello, grandparents and aunts and uncles! Ha! We see those as treats Iris wouldn't necessarily have if not for them.

I'm of the mindset that kids are as expensive as you make them, but that's just me. I'm curious though about how other people feel about how expensive their kids are.

:)   

Sunday, 1 March 2015

DIY (Dollar Store Upgrade) Photo Album


The other night Dave and I were packing up the living room and came across this little photo album I made in the summer of our first camping trip with Iris (when she was only 9 weeks old!). I love this one!

All I did was take one of those flimsy photo albums you can find anywhere (I found mine at a thrift store for 30 cents) and removed the cardboard cover and back page. From there it's totally customizable. I just used some colourful cardstock and Project Life Cards (on clearance at Micheals!) for the cover and back, and then every few pages added some funky paper or words to spice it up a bit. That's it! Wanna take a peek?


This was an easy nap time project, under an hour for sure. I'm hoping to do a series of these for my 365 photos down the line :)


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