Jun. 28, 2011
Jun. 27, 2011
Jun. 25, 2011
The musing about a diaper bag continues. Part of me finds it hard to commit to one bag (one bag, you mean like one pair of shoes?!), while another part of me thinks that streamlining getting out the door is a great goal and a diaper bag (that you don't have to always pack and unpack) would be of great assistance in achieving such.
Here's the problem - I have a weak spot in my back. This makes carrying an "across the body" bag next to impossible. The last thing I want is to be laid up with a bad back a few weeks after baby is born (literally, I'm talking about not being able to walk). Backpacks seem like a sensible solution - but don't seem formal enough for every occasion. At this moment, I'm thinking that a Baggu daypack with some Baggu zipper packs would be a great (and affordable and compact) option for heading to the park, while a Baggu duck bag would be perfect for lunch out or a shopping adventure.
Jun. 24, 2011
For our birthday celebration (Greg and I have birthdays one week apart), our friends Russell and Amanda gave us (among other lovely presents) a copy of Jeremy Tankard's Grumpy Bird. It has since become one of our favourite books (of all time). I'm so excited to read it to our son later this summer! What are your favourite childrens books? I've started a running list of books that I want to collect for our little man, so I'm so curious to hear your recommendations. xo
Jun. 22, 2011
As non-smokers with a fireplace that isn't lined, our need for matches and a lighter are slim, but nonetheless having something on hand to light candles for a casual dinner in is something we enjoy. These literary matches fit the bill perfectly. For purchase at Dippy Lulu.
Jun. 21, 2011
One of the elements of being a mother that hadn't occurred to me before conceiving was baby-wearing. Of course I'd seen parents with backpack carriers on hiking trails and with Baby Bjorns at the mall, but beyond casually observing such gadgets I hadn't thought about the closeness that such modes of 'transportation' provide for baby. The more I think about it, the more excited I become about the prospect of 'wearing' our son around town. Given we enjoy hiking, we'll likely splurge for an Ergo baby carrier (or the like) for use by dad and mom, but I'm also enjoying the options of Sakura Bloom for a little post-baby glamour. Image via Carry Me Away.
Jun. 17, 2011
Jun. 16, 2011
The current internal debate in my head (and sometimes external debate at our house) is around the necessity for a diaper bag. I have plenty of large satchels that seem to fit the bill with the addition of a changing pad. In fact, while I was studying in the UK many years ago, I purchased a fantastic large red bag from French Connection, and my roommate remarked at the time that it would make a perfect diaper bag. When I look into the top of my closet these days and catch it out of the corner of my eye, I can't help but think she was right. Having retired it from daily use a few years back, being a diaper bag might be just the trick to breathe new life into that piece.
I'm also considering the need for a bag that works for both mom and dad. With that criteria in mind, there's a clear choice - the Journey Pack from the Scout collection at Petunia Pickle Bottom. Isn't it great?
Jun. 15, 2011
Coincidentally, we selected a circle motif, a symbol of unity, for our wedding to tie together various elements of the day and have chosen a triangle motif, a symbol of the number three, for our son's nursery. The meanings behind those shapes didn't occur to me until this moment! How odd is that?
Jun. 13, 2011
Jun. 11, 2011
Jun. 9, 2011
In thinking about THE quilt, I'm finding myself drawn to all sorts of little blankets. I'm particularly smitten by this yo-yo quilt with sweet rosettes and contrasting stitching. My mom made a large one for her bed over a period of years, and I'm loving the updated and modern stitching and colour arrangement of this version from the Purl Bee.
Jun. 8, 2011
Jun. 7, 2011
With a baby comes (the possibility, if not the reality) a house full of gear to help respond to every situation. Greg and I are on a quest to buy what we need, and nothing more. While there are some things that immediately scream indulgence (a wipe warmer?), others seem to have merit (a bottle warmer?). On many fronts, I'm feeling clueless as to what is a need and what is a want. As we attempt to prepare for our new arrival, I'm curious to hear your advice on baby must-haves. Image via Wee Textile.
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Jun. 6, 2011
One of our long-term plans is to spend a sabbatical in Norway (or Sweden or Denmark... we're flexible). Having only ever spent one weekend in Scandinavia (a cold and dark November weekend in Stockholm and Uppsala), I'm curious to experience more. My curiosity for the place melds with my love of all things modern and white (I know I'm on repeat here), and draws me towards the most fantastic Tumblr - From Scandinavia with Love. The eye candy is out of control.
P.S. Have I mentioned that we might take advantage of the sour, rainy weekend coming up by painting a large swath of our house white? I am so excited.
Jun. 4, 2011
The secret to a good night's sleep is surrounding yourself with lots of white (in my view), including white walls and white bed linens in particular. Though our bedroom is currently painted blue (a decision of the previous owner), I do hope to change the colour out at some point. I take solace in our white bed sheets and duvet though. In an effort to provide the same sense of calm for our son, I've decided to outfit his white crib with a white fitted crib sheet. Here's to hoping that this small step helps improve the likelihood of the little one sleeping through the night. Image via Alvhem Makleri.