DIY Patchwork Blackout Curtains

We're currently transitioning James' room from less of a baby's nursery into more of a toddler's room. I recently fell in love with these curtains from Crate and Barrel. I had a few reservations, though: they would cost me about $70 per panel, the panels all looked identical and we need four panels to cover the window in James' room. So, off I went to the one place I knew could help me solve this conundrum - Target. There, I found these charcoal blackout curtains that were $17 per panel. Here's a side by side comparison of the (1) CB and (2) Target curtains. 

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I just want to make sure you understand what's up so far. I paid less for four panels of the Target curtains than one panel from Crate and Barrel. So, already I was riding the high of some sweet savings when I decided to move that party to AliExpress to find more deals on iron-on patches. There, I ended up paying around $10 for somewhere around 40 patches. 


From there, I borrowed a hair straightener from a neighbor (shoutout Alicia) since I'm apparently one of the few people who doesn't own one. Then, I went to work. 


The entire process of applying patches took me about an hour, and that's including La Croix breaks, dealing with a toddler who was collecting patches just to throw handfuls of them into the air, and a quick steam after the patches were applied to help get some wrinkles out. Overall, I would say it was well worth the roughly $180 in savings. They turned out beautifully! 


Colorful Sensory Bags

We woke up this morning to a grey sky, not enough coffee in the house and all I wanted to do was wrap up in a blanket and go back to sleep. I found myself needing something to keep James entertained and quickly put these together. These colorful sensory bags are the perfect way to work on our colors and brighten up our moods on a sleepy day! The last time I made these, I had a few questions about how I did it, so, this time I laid out all of the easy steps! 

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Traveling with a Toddler

We're no pros at this whole traveling with a kid thing, but after hitting up three major cities in less than a month, we now feel like we could conquer almost anything. I put together a small list together for other parents about to embark on their own adventure of the things that helped us most throughout our travels. 

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Mom Life = Coffee Life

Can we talk about a transition for a second? I've never really been into coffee. It wasn't like I would crinkly my nose in disgust or not even dive into it. I just wasn't a big coffee drinker. In Vancouver, I was all about the tea, specifically London Fogs. We even got our own milk steamer here at home so that I could make my own tea lattes. 

Then I had James and that all kind of shifted. 

I still love coffee shops. I still like the sweeter drinks which would have true coffee snobs (*cough cough* Kyle) chuckling to themselves. I'm not really at the point where I can drink black coffee, other than in the form of cold brew, but I guess I'm working up to that point. 

 Pictured: The "Espresso Julep" from  Craftwork Coffee

Pictured: The "Espresso Julep" from Craftwork Coffee

Please and Thank You

We've turned a corner in our home. When a bag opens, the pantry door squeaks or silverware clinks on a plate or bowl, James comes running. Er, I guess more like a super aggressive crawl that, if put in fast forward, is something straight out of a scary movie. 

James now has a love of food that I assume will last well into his adulthood (if basing it on his father). So, we figured if he's going to crawl up to someone or stare longingly at whatever is in their hand, we will work on learning "please" and "thank you." Sure, right now it's pretty sporadic and comes out a little different, but if I want to think he's getting the hang of it. 

It gets a little tricky when I ask him to say please for his water. I can't really withhold water from him until he says it, that just seems wrong. How do you go about teaching that cause and effect relationship?

What do you do for your little ones? 

My Mother's Day Gift (to myself)

I am so in love with this, I can barely put it into words. When I saw the digital print, I cried. When I unwrapped the package, I cried. What a beautiful talent and gift. I jokingly told Kyle "can't you just imagine a wall full of baby silhouettes?" 

I had been eyeing down A Family Print Shop for a while through finding them on instagram. I chose to have mine on a wooden plaque (which was also what made me go with this specific company) while I got two extra prints and had them framed for each grandmother. I waited until James was exactly one year old and I absolutely love it. This was what my baby looked like the day he became a toddler.

This will be cherished forever. 

James's Constellation Nursery

I spent what felt like forever planning out this nursery. I had actually decided on the theme of constellations before we knew the gender. I have so many things I love about this room and that makes it not so bad to be in here in there late at night and early in the mornings. 


The lamp was given to us at a baby shower and I just love the ambience it gives the room. The constellation wall above his crib was so much fun to create. It's made up of stickers and string. Using some basic pictures of constellations, I just used stars and simple black dot stickers to create the shape. It was such a fun project. Plus, we aren't able to paint since we're in an apartment and this was a great option for a "no damage look." 

Above his dresser is a collection of prints and little things I thought were cute. All are from Etsy and it makes me so happy to know I'm supporting small businesses in the midst of a project like this. I love being able to rock him and read the prints on the wall. The larger one with the gold frame says "first we had eachother, then we had you, now we have everything." Catch me in the right mood and that quote alone can make me cry a river. The other print has Jeremiah 1:5 which seemingly got me through so much of pregnancy. 

I could spend time talking about every little thing in this room and how it comes together. Each detail in the room is a dream and it makes it such a joy to be in! Not only do I enjoy it, but James does too. When he has fussy moments, we can usually take him in the nursery, lay him in his crib and tap the mobile so it moves. Yesterday he sat in there, smiled and cooed for about 30 minutes just enjoying looking up and around. I'm so happy he likes his room just as much as I do!




So, I'm finally getting around to talking about one of my favorite products right now. A couple months after we found out I was pregnant, I started trying to find a safer than usual nail polish brand. Those of you that know me know that I love to paint my nails and am very rarely seen without any polish on. I was wary also of how often to be using acetone and the fumes that come along with it. Sure, it wasn't a massive concern, but since I try and do my nails every week, that can really become an issue if I let it. 

Of all the places, I found Ella + Mila on instagram. So I figured I would give them a shot. I started off ordering lots of pale pinks and a couple pop colors, just because I wasn't sure of the quality. 

Turns out, I love the brand. And here's why.

  • Ella + Mila is a 5 free formula which means it's definitely safe for pregnancy but also for little baby hands and toes. 
  • I kid you not, it dries crazy fast. We're talking 30min max with 2 heavy coats fast. 
  • I also purchased some of their soy nail polish remover. It's oil based so it doesn't dry out your skin, plus it has lavender oil in it so it smells a thousand times better than acetone. 
  • It should be noted that acetone doesn't get off spray paint on your skin, but their oil based remover does. It's not necessarily a huge advantage, but we found it out one day.