August 14, 2017

Last week I posted on Instagram some of my thoughts and feelings about the blog and my Insta account. But I never shared it here so I thought I should incase there are people out there who read one, but not the other…

Long story short, I’m taking a break from both and refocusing, reprioritizing, and reflecting for a while. I will be back soon I imagine, but for now I’m going to enjoy life in person and without the nagging feelings of having to post to these places instead of just enjoying what I’m doing and who I’m with.

It’s a weird world, this social media place. One that I’ve really really enjoyed for a long time, but somewhere along the way I lost the spark and fun in it. All that being said I’m already excited for the moment in time when I realize that I have room for this in my life again so when that day comes I will be back in full force! (or in whatever capacity fits my life at the time ;) )

Here is my original insta-post:

Long post alert 🚨
I started my blog as a creative place to make things and feel inspired, to share my personal thoughts and life happenings without any pressure or stress, just joy ✨
Instagram was the perfect off-shoot of that too as a sort of mini-blog. But it’s slowly lost its joy for me. I feel behind when I don’t post every day. I feel uninspired when I scroll through my camera roll looking for an “Instagram worthy” photo to share. I’ve been looking at the numbers way too much and have let that take away from the fun of this.
Instead of enjoying everyone’s beautiful posts and having real engagement with you lovely people I quickly scroll through trying to “catch up” (impossible, especially with how instagram is now) and not miss anything. I love seeing peoples feeds and reading their stories but comparison is taking away the joy in that too.
So a few days ago I made the decision to take a break. Don’t get me wrong, I know it seems strange that I had to give myself permission to formally take a break from something as silly as instagram, but the moment I did I felt a huge weight being lifted.
So I’m letting myself let go of the pressure to post here and my blog for a while. I’m going to give my time to my family + my business instead of scrolling and looking for the perfect photo to post that matches my feed. I might be back next week or next year, but whenever it is it will be because I have room for it in my life again 🖤
And if you made it this far then wow, I’m impressed 👏🏻😂 Thanks for following along with my shenanigans and I hope we can be friends when I get back!

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Bash’s wooden camera

June 23, 2017

I think I need to make a new category called “the only reason I’m posting this is to share more photos of my baby and the little things that happen in our life” or something like that. Which I guess I could just rename the blog that since that seems to be most of the content these days :P

But I’m guessing that if you don’t like that then you wouldn’t be here in the first place so I will just continue with my randomness. You’re welcome.

Before Bash was born I saw so many wooden camera toys on Instagram and Pinterest and always loved them. Lucky for me my dad is an expert wood worker (and an amazing Grampa) and he made one for Bash! I love it :)

I have no idea how my dad made it so there isn’t a DIY at the end of this post or anything, BUT there are a bunch of super cute photos of my kid so it’s probably worth a scroll through anyway ;)

Did I mention that he got 2 teeth last month? He did! I’m pretty sure this is the first photo of them in all their glory too because he never lets us see them.

Also, he got a full head of super blonde hair in the past month and I’m a big fan. Especially when it stands straight up in the middle which is what it does 100% of the time. 

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Some Lovely Things for June

June 13, 2017

It’s been a while so here is some link love for you today!

This short essay about slowness (that I think we all need to read) // and this awesome blanket (that could help with that slowness)

This super cute cactus party (that I need an excuse for copying) // and this elephant plant holder (that should live at my house)

This rose spritzer (that looks like it would taste like summer) // and these kombucha mojitos (that I need to make stat)

This tiny DIY plant stand (that would solve my plant storage problems) // and this plant-y tablescape (that I would leave set up all the time)

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Coffee Sugar Scrub diy

June 9, 2017

Let me start by confessing that I tried to come up with a really cool name for this coffee sugar scrub diy….

vanilla latte! but there’s no milk in it…

macchiato! but again, no milk and real macchiato’s don’t have sugar or vanilla in them…

“Coffee with 1 sugar, please” – way too long for a title and will probably just confused people…

Coffee Sugar Scrub diy? Not overly exciting, but pretty self explanatory. Done.

Okay, glad that’s out of the way now ;)

I’ve always liked a good sugar scrub and they’re so easy to make at home. I even blogged a diy for one way back in the early days of The Lovely Things.

But since my life now involves way more coffee than it ever has before it thought it would be a great time to try out a coffee sugar scrub – and it did not disappoint!

Coffee Sugar Scrub diy

  • 1/2 cup brown or raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup coarsely ground coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup (or less) olive oil

Mix the sugar, coffee, and vanilla together in a bowl. Slowly add in oil until the consistency is like wet sand.

If you add too much oil it will be harder to scoop out with your hands to use and will probably end up separating after it sits for a bit too. So if you do add too much just add more sugar or coffee until it’s good again. 

I like using it in the shower on my arms and legs and then washing it away with body wash and a loofah. It makes your skin SO smooth! Also, if you use it before and after you shave your legs they will be incredibly soft too. Just in time for shorts/dress season!

And my last note: if you choose to use it in while having a bath you will feel like you’re sitting in a huge (really weak) cup of coffee haha


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Summer Bucket List 2017

June 9, 2017

I’ve had a draft post titled “2017 bucket list” saved since January and somehow I never got around to writing it never mind accomplishing the things that I was going to put on it.

And now here we are halfway through the year, so I thought this would be a good time to scrap that post and make a new one for summer instead! Also, it’s our first summer with a kid so there are so many new things to do… but also, we have a kid so there’s so many things that I will probably forget I want to do unless I write it down haha.

So here is my Summer Bucket List 2017

Mooney’s Bay beach day(s) // This is probably my favorite place in Ottawa in the summer time. There’s a huge beach, tons of green space, picnic tables, bbq pits, playgrounds, an ice cream shack, burger shack, and is only a 5 minute drive from our house.

I’ll admit I haven’t been to any other beaches in the city, but with this one being so close to home I don’t have much of a reason to venture to a different one. I’m so excited to take Bash to the beach and see which of his parents he takes after when it comes to sand and water! ;)

Prince Edward County trip // I’m sure I’ve said this on here at some point in the past, but ever since moving to Ottawa I’ve wanted to go here. I feel like if you’re not from here you have no idea what it is and if you are from here you’re so used to it just being there that it’s no big deal.

No one ever seems to talk about it, but it is this gorgeous looking place with beaches, wine, adorable towns, delicious food, quirky shops, and a seemingly perfect place for a mini holiday. And it’s only a couple of hours away! Here’s hoping this is the finally the year.

Camping // A lot of Matt’s family have campers at a campground together so I’m sure we will have lots of days out there this year. Bash’s first camping trip is happening this weekend too! Wish us luck!

Ribfest // Incase you didn’t know Ottawa has a thing for festivals, particularly food festivals. Poutinefest is my favorite, but that usually happens in the spring and fall (yep, twice a year. We take our poutine very seriously), but Ribfest is also super delicious! You walk in hungry and you walk out way too full and smelling like BBQ. It’s pretty great.

Playa del Popsicle // This adorable popsicle stand opened up last year and I never made it there so I’m determined to go this year!

Ice cream // No particular location or plan for this one except to consume as much ice cream as I can. Because summer.

Outdoor pools + splash parks // I’ll be the first to admit that I’m 100% going to use my baby as an excuse to go to these this summer when it’s over +30 for the billionth day in a row. I love outdoor pools and haven’t got to go to one in years! Although I have no idea where the good ones are in Ottawa – suggestions anyone?

Get family photos done // Even though we’re both photographers we’re the worst at getting professional photos done. In fact the only time we ever have was for our wedding. But again baby = great excuse. So who wants to photograph a will-be 9 month old and his 2 super-awkward-in-front-of-the-camera photographer parents? Anyone? …. any takers? … hello? …

Go out with Matt sans baby // Confession time: before I was a parent I may have judged those that would say that they haven’t left their baby overnight with someone else or that they did eeeeverything with their kids in tow. And now I’m that parent. Oops. haha.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in my short 7 months of being a mom is: don’t judge anyone else for how they choose to parent. You have no idea their life or feelings or reasons behind doing things they way they do it and who are we to tell them they’re wrong?

The longest I’ve ever left Bash is around half a day and it’s mainly because I just really like hanging out with him. He’s the coolest! (Also, me being his main food source may have something to do with it too). But every one of those times has been by myself or for work or with other people. Matt and I have never done anything together, without Bash, except for a quick 10 minute trip to the grocery store once. Yikes.

All that being said I’m still not ready to leave him overnight somewhere, but I am starting to think it might be a good idea for the two of us to go for dinner or something sometime. Where we will obviously just talk about the baby and look at photos and videos of him the whole time, but I am so okay with that ;)

Go to EUROPE (!!!) // Okay, this one is on here only because it’s actually happening! YAY.

I’ve never been anywhere in Europe before and it still doesn’t feel real yet, but the flights have been booked so we will be closing out our summer with 2 weeks in Sweden, Estonia, and Italy with Matt’s family. I. Can’t. Wait.

That’s what I’ve got so far and if half of those things happen it will make for a pretty awesome summer!