Tuesday, November 29, 2011

:: see kai run review ::

Hunter is a bit obsessed with shoes. He loves to try on my high heels as I get ready for work in the morning (which makes for great videos to play at his future wedding) and he has recently mastered putting on his own boots in order to entice me to take him outside!

We were sent a pair of See Kai Run shoes a while back, and I think they look so cute with his skinny jeans. They are a black leather/suede combo (Rafael) and I think they will get a lot of wear this Christmas season.....they will look great with his bow tie!

I love See Kai Run shoes because the designs are so fashion forward without being too busy. The boys shoes mirror what we see out there for Daddy, and the minimalistic designs mean they will match with lots of outfits. Nothing makes me more crazy than busy clothing or shoes....especially for boys. If it has dinosaurs or trucks all over it, we aren't buying it :P

Fulton Sales is the distributor for a number of fabulous baby brands and they will be giving away of See Kai Run smaller shoes to one lucky Mon Petit Amour reader.

All you have to do is:

2. Leave a comment on this post telling me your favourite brand that they represent 
*hint: their welcome page has them all listed underneath the cute baby picture!

Contest closes Friday, December 2nd at midnight. I will announce the winner on Saturday. Best of luck!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

:: canvaspop and printstagram - bringing your instagram pictures off your phone and into your home ::

If you are an Instagram addict like me, you probably have a bunch of great vintage-y looking pictures of your littles stuck in your iphone. 

I read on twitter today that CanvasPop (proudly Canadian company) is now able to print your Instagram photos onto square canvas. If you follow me on there (@monpetitamour) be warned that I am about to go on a filter kick getting some of my favourite photos instagrammed so I can order a few ($29.95 for a 12x12)

I also found a U.S based website that ships internationally (yay!) called Printstagram, where you can print matte cardstock prints, make tiny photobooks, and create large posters of your Instagram pictures. I think I might order a few prints to create this display at Hunter's birthday. We are going to make a big 2 on the wall with all the cutest pics of him from the last year (inspiration via pinterest)

Are you good at printing out your pictures? Or do you live in fear of your computer dying and losing 20 000 + precious shots like I do? 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Littlest Mammoth - whimsical art prints for children

Hunter was up at 4:30 am this morning (thanks time change!) and I really should be napping while he sleeps, but instead I am browsing The Littlest Mammoth, a beautiful and Canadian-based website featuring some of the most gorgeous art prints for babies and children. These whimsical prints would be right at home in your nursery, toddler room, play room.....or really any room where your children play. 

Watch for a giveaway from The Littlest Mammoth soon!

Friday, November 4, 2011

:: things i love friday ::

{dangerously simple dessert alert} 
2 minute chocolate mug brownies with your toddler's leftover halloween bars 

These quick microwave brownie cakes may not be healthy, but they are definitely delicious. I highly recommend the Reese Peanut Butter cup version for the perfect late night snack:)

 To balance out treats like these, I have been trying new recipes from Julie van Rosendaal's newest cookbook Spilling the Beans. If you have ever made her famous Breakfast Bean Cookies, you know that beans can find an unlikely home in many of your favourite dishes. I have tabbed many recipes to try over the next few weeks, including lots of baked goods, grainy salads and pastas.

I have all of her books and read her blog faithfully. Love this local Calgary chef/author/radio personality. I have already made a few recipes....my favourite being the roasted beet salad (with wild rice, toasted pecans, goat's cheese & kale) which was the perfect lunch last week!

A few other things I love this week:

- Movember goods on Etsy. Is your husband growing a stache? I bought this necklace from Canadian shop Buysomelove to support the teachers at school raising money for Movember. I'm a mo'sister :) You can see all my Movember favourites here.

- Posterjack large poster prints. Ours looks so good in our huge Odby frame from Ikea! Yay for great Canadian companies!

A few great reads around the web:

Suri's Burn Book. Funniest blog ever for those that read the celeb mags.

- A refreshingly different take on Halloween candy consumption from one of my favourite blogs - It's Not about Nutrition

- are you planning next year's costumes and Halloween decor already. Take a peek at Pink Sugar Photography's amazing decorations and sweet Lila's costume this year.

- If you are ready to start your Christmas shopping and DIY decorating, you have to check out The Holiday Guide by Emily Henderson (thanks Shannon for posting about this on Facebook!). It features the best of the best from your favourite bloggers and web-based businesses, and some great free printables too! I spotted an ad in there from my friend Lindsay of Penny Paper Co and Little House Blog!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

:: diy embroidery hoop art ::

Here's a peek at what I made yesterday afternoon with my thrifted linen fabric, embroidery hoops and vintage doilies. I think these will look great on our wall for Christmas. {total cost - less than $5}

Embroidery hoops are so much fun and so incredibly quick and easy to use. These ones are no-sew too. I just pinned the doilies/lace/ribbon on the fabric with straight pins. Since they will be on the wall you they won't be a safety hazard. I should probably stitch them on, but I like the idea of unpinning them and trying new ideas with the versatile oatmeal coloured linen. Maybe a felt monogram, or a ribbon bow, or a cute little bunting? The possibilities are endless!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

:: wordless wednesday - thrifting date ::

{this isn't going to be wordless after all - need to tell you about my awesome finds!}

My friend Sarah (of Daffodil Design) and I went on a thrifting date yesterday. We headed to the MCC store here in Calgary and found loads of inspiring vintage and crafty items. 

My favourite finds were:
 -the rustic stool made of branches (just needs a coat of paint to cover the teddy bear painting)
-the embroidery hoops for creating some DIY Christmas art (using those doilies, linen fabric and lace)
-the little family of deer that we will be using on our fireplace. thinking of painting them white....
 -the vintage Rudolph golden book to add to H's collection. 
And.....a milk glass Bonne Maman jar. I love these, they remind me of my days living in Switzerland and eating copious amounts of bread and jam, and chocolate, and cheese.....
Grand Total: $33.50

Thrifting is becoming much more hip lately thanks to many wonderful blogs, and Nate Berkus' show. Do you thrift? Any tips for the best places to go in your city? What has been your best find so far? Mine was a brand new Ergo carrier (like tags attached never been used...) for $5. I was really excited about that one!