Thursday, June 30, 2011

:: beautiful rugs for your nursery on HauteLook ::

If you are looking for the finishing touch for your little one's room, you have to check out these lovely rugs on HauteLook today. There's a wide variety of styles, from traditional to modern, and a few cozy shaggy rugs too! 

Plus, there are some awesome sandals, handbags (Marc Jacobs!) on there today as well if you want to get yourself a treat! Happy shopping!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

:: the family dinner ::

I am devouring (pun intended) this book on making family dinner a daily event in our home. With lovely quotes, images, anecdotes, table setting ideas and recipes, it is chock full of inspiration for even the most rushed families.

I am looking forward to making a few of the meals this week! 

Sunday, June 26, 2011

:: diy toddler picnic tables - pink or pirate? ::

I've just spent the last 30 minutes browsing Ana White's website and making a list of DIY projects that I would love to attempt with the Hubs this summer. I am loving these picnic tables, which can be made for under $20 if you have the right tools on hand.

Is your husband handy? I'm lucky that mine's just convincing him that we have the time for it during our busy weekends!

Friday, June 24, 2011

:: things i love friday ::

Summer. That is all.

Kidding. Well, not really. I am so pleased that summer vacation is finally here and I have 58 glorious days ahead of me to enjoy my sweet little boy who has somehow grown into the most hilarious 1.5 year old ever. He is adding words to his vocabulary every day (bucket, shovel and lake being favourites these days) and just can't stop talking up a storm. I am so happy to be a teacher and have these 2 months off at such a fun time in H's development!

I am actually really looking forward to going back to school in September too.....because I will be working part-time and could not be happier about it! I will be in a teacher-librarian role, which has me very excited for some professional growth and many new projects and opportunities. Not to mention having my office in my favourite part of the school - the LIBRARY! Woo!!

As I always do at the end of June, I am working on a list of things I would like to do this summer, both in the house and outside the house. I am thinking of having a to-do jar to pick from each day....I have 28 ideas so far, but could probably multiply some tasks (like organizing our basement - ugh!) to break them up into more workable bits of time.

Here are a few fun things/outings:

- Try a new recipe (I'm all about summer salads these days.....any suggestions?)
- make popsicles in my PC Rocket Popsicle Molds.
- write a card to a friend and send in the mail
- pack a giveaway bag for charity
- do an art project with H (going to get some ideas here)
- go to the farmer's market
- go to the zoo (maybe see the breakdancing gorilla at the Calgary Zoo!)
- go to the library
- go for coffee at Phil & Sebastian. Yum.
- visit a friend
- try a new park (will be using Calgary Playground Review for sure!)

And a few organizational tasks that I think could be accomplished in a naptime:

- organize the pantry
- organize the under sink cabinet in the master bath (hair products overload in there!)
- organize my recipe binder
- organize and print recent photos
- organize the basement (this would take multiple naptimes...maybe 10? our basement is a disaster!)

I am thinking it will be kind of fun to pick a task each day, and it will force me to stay on track with the fun and not-so-fun items on my to-do list this summer!

What is on your list?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

:: 5 more ideas for DIY Daddy's Day gifts ::

These Daddyland tickets are too cute. Find the printable over at Family Fun Magazine.

I've seen a few versions of Dad or Daddy portraits around the web/on pinterest. This one is gorgeous! If the weather's nice where you are, grab the kids for a quick photo shoot and then head to the one-hour photo! See a few versions here, here and here.

If you want to gift him a round of golf, say it with this tee-rific printable via Tatertots & Jello.

How snazzy (yes, I said snazzy!) is this bow-tie made from an old necktie? You can diy using the tutorial from make it and love it. I want to make one for Hunter too!

How about a mustache painted onto a plain mug you might already have on the shelf? Tutorial here.

:: 5 diy ideas for father's day for the last-minute crowd ::

It's too late to order anything online for us (especially with Canada Post on rotating strike!) so I have been looking for some fun DIY ideas to make with Hunter for Daddy. Enjoy!

Buy a few of Daddy's favourite treats, print off these lovely PDF's from Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day, and surprise him with a Superhero kit. (The PDF links are in Step 2 of the instructions...I had a hard time finding them!)

You could make these for a fun Father's Day dessert. If you have older, children, they would love to assemble the boxes and fry bags. Tutorial from Bakerella here.

The Daddy in our house is planning a day of golf with his Dad. He might enjoy snacking on one of these when he gets home! Recipe from Martha Stewart here

Print these retro tags from the Martha Stewart website for some of Dad's favourite foods.

Perhaps you are planning a BBQ in Dad's honour? Wouldn't these be a fun finish to your meal? Recipe from Family Fun Magazine.

Friday, June 3, 2011

:: things i love friday ::

This painted striped floor. I am dying to do this in our basement! (via Ohdeedoh)

This cheery striped dress via You are my Fave.

this cheery yellow bow-tie from Canadian Etsy shop danaeckert

These felt bow clips from lovely UK based etsy shop MillaLove.

These colourful straws from awesome etsy shop HeyYoYo.

Happy Weekend! I am looking forward to cuddling a friend's brand new baby, getting some mommy time at the hair salon, and enjoying the first weekend of June, even if it does rain the whole time!