Sunday, 29 May 2016

Documenting the Everyday + and my favourite ways to do so

I don't know about you, but I really love documenting things, always have. Making lists of books I read, recipes I love, writing in journals, taking photos, even tried my hand at scrapbooking for a while. My hope chest is already half packed with these things starting from around age 11.

My brother, who was a very cynical young man, always scoffed at me when I brought my camera anywhere, or took photos of random things while out and about. He would always say something along the lines of "Well if Nat doesn't take a photo of it, then it never happened!" But it's kinda true right? I mean, if you don't document the little everyday things that seem kinda boring or trivial in the moment, those are the types of things your brain just doesn't hold on to. Like the photo I have of when I took Iris to the grocery store by myself when she was really little. I mean at the time it was just a everyday thing, and I felt a little silly having my good camera out in the grocery store, but looking back now, it's crazy! She's so little there! Grocery shopping was so easy when she would just sit and chew on her hand in the cart! So I'm always super thankful to "Past Natalie" for taking the time to document those little things.

Here are my four favourite ways to document the everyday...

1. My "Big" Camera
Honestly, my big camera is one the best investments I've ever made. Maybe even the best, ever. I bought it about 3 or 4 years ago and had to save for months to get it. And then I had to save again for a long time to buy a decent lens but it's just so awesome having good quality photos of our life. When I had a regular digital camera I never really did anything with the photos. But good quality photos you want to print, put into albums, blow up and put on the wall.

2. My Phone + Instagram
You can say what you want about Instagram but I love it for documenting the little everyday moments. I keep mine private as 99% of the photos are of Iris and are kinda personal, which I realize isn't how most people use it. I don't follow many real life friends just because I found before I would always get sucked into that "their life looks so cool and mine is so boring" hole so I follow accounts that I find inspiring. At the end of the year I use THIS to download and print my Instagram photos.

3. Journal
I don't write everyday but I probably write a few times a week. I stick receipts from certain purchases and date nights (hey one day I will marvel at how cheap everything was!), Instax photos, business cards from restaurants we went to, that kind of thing in there. I always try to remember to take a selfie once a year and stick it in there too. Whenever I start to feel uninspired to write in a specific journal, I throw it in my hope chest and start a new one. Yes, I have never filled an entire journal. Ever! Not in the 16 years I've been journaling! I've stopped feeling bad about this lol.

4. Instax Mini
This one is great for adding photos to my journal, sticking on the fridge, giving to people, and generally just having a tangible photo right away. I'll bring this when I'm out and about when I don't want to lug my big camera around, especially when we go out with Iris and my bag is already kinda full with her stuff.

Now that I write it all out, man, it looks like a lot of work doesn't it?! I swear it's not! It's totally become ingrained into my everyday life at this point. Documenting isn't for everyone, but I look at all the family history stuff Dave has from so many generations back, and when I go through my mum's old teenage scrapbook, I just know I'm not going to regret having this kind of stuff years from now. And by capturing the everyday little things that make me happy I'm in a way making the moment more important than if I didn't take the second to recognize it and take a picture. Does that make sense?

Anyway, do you do anything to document your everyday life? Did you find it was more important to you once you had kids?

Tuesday, 24 May 2016


Making:  a small garden out back. We had to reign in our dream of three large in ground garden plots to just one this summer. I'm thinking a new baby and continuing with daycare may be a lot to take on already for this summer, even with Dave home too. 
Eating:   a lot of this amazing one-pot pasta. I'm addicted. 
Going:   to a lot of photoshoots! Trying to get as many in before I am so huge and can't bop around taking photos of small kids. I'm still going strong so far! 
Listening:  to Oh Pep! "Doctor Doctor" is my jam right now
Hoping:  the whole second birth thing is a little less crazy than last time. It's kinda stressing me out! I feel like I have a huge test coming up that I have yet to study for or something. 
Planning:  some small main floor renovations before the baby comes.  Our house has so many walls where there need not be walls so we're planning on removing a few non-structural ones to open up the main floor a bit. 
Trying:   to finish my quilt. I ran into some issues when I went to quilt it and now have to unstitch what I did and try again. Kinda frustrating but I'm so close to being done! 
Enjoying:  the weather. Omg the weather! I love having all the windows open and being outside all day
Excited: for Dave to be done work soon! Can't wait to be able to hang out with him all day and have an extra set of hands around here with the kids. Plus, adult conversation during the day! Totally took this for granted before! 
Grateful:  for afternoon naps and a job where I can actually take afternoon naps (most days at least!) 
Feeling: very content and excited for a whole bunch of things to come :) 

Saturday, 7 May 2016

My Favourite Everyday Granola

Not gonna lie, I never used to be a big fan of granola. But lately I just can't seem to get enough of it. Granola can be pretty pricey to buy especially from the market or at the store, and I find it's way cheaper (and tastes better!) when I make it at home. I tend to make a big batch on the weekend and it makes the house smell all cozy and delicious. Here's a general "recipe" of what I put in mine...

In a big bowl mix together:
3-4 handfuls of rolled oats
1 handful of quinoa flakes
1 handful of nuts (sliced almonds, cashews)
1 handful unsalted raw pumpkin seeds
1 handful shelled unsalted sunflower seeds
1 handful unsweetened shredded coconut
zest of one lemon or orange (this makes the granola in my opinion!)
a pinch or two of salt
a little shake of cinnamon (optional)
about a 1/4 to 1/3 cup of maple syrup or honey
a few tablespoons of olive oil

Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 350 stirring every 10 minutes until nice and brown and golden.

Let cool and then add:
1 handful of raisons
1 handful of chopped soft medjool dates

**everything can be easily found at Bulk Barn

I store mine in a giant mason jar on the counter. During the week we'll eat it for breakfast with plain greek yogurt, honey and fruit, or just have a little bowl to snack on and hold us over until the next meal. My dad eats it like cereal with milk.

So good!

Wednesday, 4 May 2016


Whoa. That happened fast! Iris turned two on Monday so the weekend was spent doing many birthday things with family. Partying at two is so much cooler than one! This year she was so excited about cake and blowing out candles, opening presents and perhaps her favourite part was having everyone sing for her.

Here are a few photos from our celebration with Dave's family if you want to take a peek....

I know most of the time as a mama it's kinda bittersweet when your baby gets a year older, and even though I totally feel that way sometimes I can honestly say I'm loving the age she's at now. I love that we can actually talk to each other (kind of lol), that she loves to do the dishes with us, how her imagination is just off the charts all of a sudden, she has music preferences (Sia, Taylor Swift and "Marry Me Archie" by Alvvays) and how even though she's not a baby anymore, she still loves a good cuddle before bed. I just think this kid is the coolest!

Happy Birthday my darling! I can't wait to see how you take on life this year :)
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