• Emory Ann Kurysh

    Hello, friends. My name is Emory. I am a blogger, photographer, freelance writer, store owner, prairie girl, wife, and mum-to-be. Welcome to Hello, Scarlett Blog!

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baby name inspiration

Baby NamesNot very many people have asked us about our baby name choices. I am surprised by that, considering it’s usually the first thing that I ask expectant mothers. When the topic does come up, my husband’s response to those enquiring is usually “we’re not telling.” That irks me a little bit. I personally become annoyed when couples know their baby names, but treat it as if it’s the secret of the next great app. The same goes for someone knowing the gender of their baby, but refusing to tell anyone. What I do get is the worry that coincides with telling somebody your best name choices, and then that particular person blatantly using that name for their child. There just has to be a better response than “you’ll never knowwwww.”

What I have chosen as a reply to the burning question is “we haven’t yet decided on one name, we like too many.” That is pretty much the truth, given that I change the middle name of our boy or girl on a daily basis. I will say that our first names are almost set in stone. Almost. The other day as we were leaving my doctor’s appointment, my husband said to me that if it’s a girl, he would still like to call her Poppy. We’ve been calling our little one Pops and Poppy this entire time, since it was the size of a poppy seed when we discovered that I was pregnant. Poppy has not been one of our potential names, but instead has served as a nickname so that we don’t have to refer to our little one as ‘it’ or ‘the baby’. However, Poppy Kurysh sounds funny to me. So no, dear husband, I don’t think we’ll choose that name in the end.

All of our potential choices do have one thing in common. They are all Western names. I think that it’s so fitting in living on the Canadian prairies. Both of us have lived most of our lives on an acreage or farm as well. That’s also where little Pops was conceived. How could we not choose a name from the Wild West?

So without further ado, here are my favourite Western movies. The first is one of my favourite films of all-time!

1. No Country for Old Men

2. There Will Be Blood

3. The Salvation

4. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

5. 3:10 to Yuma

6. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

7. Bone Tomahawk

8. The Hateful Eight

Do you have any baby names that we should add to our list?

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Emory

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diaper bag dilemma

VintageDiaperBagI found that choosing a diaper bag was almost as complicated as choosing a crib or dresser. When I first commenced my search for one, I had no clue as to what I wanted. What I did not want was something feminine. I knew that it had to be masculine enough for my husband to also wear it and not complain for the following year or so. After several weeks of searching online, I finally came across a bag so fitting that I had to pinch myself. It was the Jungle Leather Nappy Bag.

91MDEzvvUeL._SL1500_Australian designed, this bag by OiOi was so gorgeous that I knew that nothing else could compare. Made of lambskin and antique gold hardware, I was almost salivating over the photos. Then I saw the cost. They are priced at $400.00 CAD. I sent a picture to my sister and she said to buy it now while we still have money. After days of contemplating purchasing the bag, I inevitably backed out. I could not justify spending more on a diaper bag than on a crib. Then came my brilliant idea. 

Vintage Diaper Bag - 8I think that the reason why I loved the bag so much was because it had reminded me of a similar one that my stepdad had given my husband and I. It was his vintage, leather messenger bag that he had once owned. My husband had since been using it to keep important documents, but it remained tucked away in storage for the last five years. After fishing it out of a box and giving it a quick wash, I was elated to finally have a diaper bag. One that was so unique and gender-neutral that we could both proudly wear it. Best of all, we saved hundreds of dollars.

Vintage Diaper Bag - 7Now that we finally had a diaper bag, it was time to fill it. Deciding on the contents as first-time parents was a feat in itself. After several trips to baby stores, and one to my sister’s home to raid her bag, we ultimately had the essentials figured out.

Vintage Diaper Bag - 3.1Here is what went in our diaper bag:

Vintage Diaper Bag - 1Onesie
Hat
Diapers
Diaper cream
Baby wipes
Diaper sacks
Change pad
Burp cloth

Vintage Diaper Bag - 2Blanket
Nursing cover
Bib
Teether toy
Soother
Hand sanitizer
Breast pads
Pen
Notebook

Vintage Diaper Bag - 6I know that we will be adding more once our baby comes into this world.

Vintage Diaper Bag - 5Was anyone else as picky about diaper bags as I was?

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Emory

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in january

vsco-photo-1Helllooooo February! Also, to the last few weeks of my pregnancy!

As always, the previous month was filled with all things food, fashion, DIY, and baby. What else would I write about?

Printed Onesie DIY - 7Little Barn Cupboards - 6Let’s begin with DIYs. I had a simple tutorial on handprinted onesies, as well as a not-so-simple one on choosing and installing kitchen cabinets. Both turned out beautifully in the end.

Birth Prepardness - 3Speaking of babies, I had both a 32 week and 34 week pregnancy update on the blog. The former was filled with drama while the latter was much calmer. I also wrote about our enlightening experience in our prenatal classes. Last, but not least, was my farewell to my favourite pastime. That is, until our little one arrives.

Roast - 1In a bid to make suppers more effortless, we have been utilizing our crock pot more often. Last month I posted two recipes that centred on the crock pot. Here you can find our take on a delicious pulled pork recipe. We had an easy ham and scalloped potato one as well.

PM-J1186A_968_Virgin_FIGURE_01I showed you what was currently in the store for men. I also wrote a post thanking you for the boost in sales compared to this time last year. I could not run the store without the support that I get from buyers both locally and on a worldwide scale.

Geoff Birthday 2My love Geoffrey celebrated his 30th birthday last month. As my mum likes to ask us every year, “who has a birthday in January?!” While it was freezing, it was actually quite lovely and low-key. 

IMG_0340Here I discussed printing photographs as well as learned what you do with your digital pictures.

Processed with VSCOcam with se3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetAll in all, it was another great month and a wonderful start to a new year. I wonder what this month will bring? Perhaps a baby!

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Emory

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3 best maternity wear catalogues

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Hey guys! Today I’m excited to bring to you a guest post that is so fitting for my blog and life right now. The topic centres on maternity wear, something that I personally have needed help with in trying to find the best place to shop for this type of fashion. Here is a guide for everyone who feels the same as I do, or for those are just wanting a new place to shop online for maternity clothes!

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Are you struggling to find maternity wear? Here are 3 of the Best Catalogues for Maternity Wear

Expecting a new baby can be one of the happiest – and stressful – times of your life. If you need new clothes and don’t want to spend hours on the high street, there is an alternative. Open a credit account with a womens clothing catalogue and pay for your order in instalments.

Here are 3 of the best catalogues for maternity wear.

1. Very

One of the country’s largest catalogue companies, Very specialises in maternity wear, with clothes available in a wide range of sizes. From dresses to comfortable shoes to accessories, and everything in-between, the retailer stocks maternity clothing from big name brands and designers you have yet to hear about. Once you’ve opened your account with the company, you can spread the cost of payments over time – allowing you to make repayments in affordable chunks. Use a discount code and save money or get 10 percent off your order as a first-time customer.

2. Simply Be

Simply Be has a wide range of clothing in plus-sizes – including brands that you won’t find on the UK high street. When it comes to maternity wear, the company have a wide range of clothes to suit every style and budget. What’s more, you can spread the cost of payments. Opening up a new account with the retailer doesn’t take long, and you’ll usually receive an instant decision in most circumstances. Clothes are available in sizes 12 to 32 and you get 10 percent off your first order as a brand new customer. Sounds pretty good, right?

3. Vertbaudet

Vertbaudet is your one-stop shop for baby clothes and maternity wear, and you could get 30 percent off your first order – and free delivery – as a new customer. You can browse through hundreds of products on the company’s website and once you’ve opened a credit account, you’ll be able to spread the cost of your purchases. Make repayment online or over the phone and save money on clothes when pregnant. Maternity wear includes T-shirts, tops, dresses, lingerie, shoes, and much more.

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This was a sponsored post. I’m thankful for the brands and websites that I can partner with!

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Emory

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outdoor maternity photos

225I have been collecting pins on Pinterest for a few months now of my favourite outdoor maternity photographs. Being a fan of landscape photography, I thought that having a maternity photo shoot outside would look spectacular. There’s just one problem, and that is battling the extreme cold in the middle of winter on the Canadian prairies. 

I know that we will get at least one warm day between now and the end of February. Until then, here are the photographs that will be going onto my mood board.

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I can’t wait to reveal mine to you!

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Emory

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