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santa baby, bring me some renovation materials tonight

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Every year for Christmas, Geoffrey and I buy one another practical gifts. We’ve decided to try to renovate our bathroom over the holidays this year, and as such, I’ve been gathering inspirational photos from online.

Here are some of the bathrooms that I like most:

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This won’t be a major transformation, as we’re not putting in much-needed new flooring. What we will focus on is replacing the toilet, hanging up wallpaper, scraping the popcorn ceiling, painting, and changing out the hardware. I can’t wait!

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9 months

9-months-oldRemy is officially nine months old today. Her biggest milestone this month is that she now walks while holding our hands. She also showing major signs of teething again, so hopefully this month she will get her first tooth! Girl is slow in her teething game.

I’ve also included a video of her playing her favourite game with me. At the end, she is showing off another one of her latest tricks. She belongs in a circus.

Have a wonderful weekend.

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(nearly) 9 months in, (nearly) 9 months out

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetI often see posts of mothers celebrating the 9 month anniversary of their baby being earthside- or, however long they carried their them in their womb. I think that it’s such a beautiful commemoration, and is one that I had always planned on taking part of.

Remy was born 8 days before her due date. That means that Nov. 17 would’ve been our little anniversary of her being outside of my womb for the same amount of time that she was in it. That feels so surreal to me. Above is a photo of her and I on the 17th. Below is a photo of her when she was only 8 days old. I can’t believe how much she’s grown.

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetIn just a few days, we’ll be celebrating her 9 month birthday. Let the tears start rolling now.

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four essentials you need for your crafting arsenal

When you want to start crafting, it can seem like you need a lot of things to get started. While there are a few things that you need in your crafting arsenal, you can add things as you go along. It doesn’t have to cost a lot up front, which is what can put a lot of people off starting to do some DIY. So if you want to get crafting this Christmas, let me share what could help you get started.

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Scissors

As any keen crafter will tell you, you can’t use the kitchen scissors for your crafting. Having a special pair (or two) is a must have for any craft cupboard. They are much more precise and sharp, which is essential for use with fabrics. You don’t want to have your fabric snagging with scissors that aren’t sharp enough. You could even get a few different styles of scissors, as you go along. Crimping shears are a good option, for example.

Sewing Machine

You might start crafting by doing things that aren’t sewing related. It sort of eases you into the hobby. But as you gain confidence, you might like to branch out and try sewing. Then you can really step up your game. The crafting world is your oyster when you can sew. New clothes, baby accessories, bedding and things for the home. So shop around a bit when you are looking for your sewing machine. There are all kinds available for all kinds of budget. I quite like to use a Singer or a Kenmore. Whatever style you choose to get, make sure that you check how easy the parts for the machine are to get. You could look online for Kenmore sewing machine parts, for example.

Paper Trimmer

Having some scissors is, of course, part of a craft kit. But for precision, for things like card making, you need a card and paper trimmer in your life. You can use it for intricate and small details for all of your card craft. They are pretty small to store and quite a low budget item too. If you want to invest more in your craft kit, you could stretch to an electronic die cutting machine. They are quite an investment, though. So maybe invest in one when you are getting serious about your crafting game.

Quality Glues

If you are getting into crafting, then you are going to need quality adhesives to stick everything together. You’ll need a variety, though, depending on what craft you choose. Glues for card craft are things like tacky glue and adhesive strips. Double sided tape is a great idea too. For fabrics and plastics, a hot glue gun is a must. The glue is strong and dries clear, so can help stick together a large number of things. Glue guns and the glue sticks are pretty cheap to add to your collection. Just make sure that you have plenty of them in, for all of the crafting that you are going to do!

** This was a contributed post.

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my pre-birthday museum outing

western-development-museum-7western-development-museum-1My birthday falls on Wednesday this year. Rather than celebrating it on the actual day (November 23), we decided to spend one day every weekend this month going out and doing something as a family.

western-development-museum-4Last weekend, we made our annual trip to the Western Development Museum. The fact that the temperature was 16°C that day is absolutely mind blowing! It’s usually a frigid -26°C. We didn’t even wear jackets. That’s certainly a present in itself.

western-development-museum-3western-development-museum-2Boomtown is a permanent exhibit in the WDM that represents what the city of Saskatoon looked like in 1910. Walking through it feels like a true town from the Old West. I love being immersed in environments like that. To say that it’s fun is an understatement. It’s so much more than that!

western-development-museum-5There are also many other exhibits that include Winning the Prairie Gamble, the Transportation Gallery, and the Eaton’s Once Upon a Christmas holiday exhibit.

western-development-museum-9western-development-museum-6This was Remy’s first time at the WDM, and we couldn’t have asked for a better-behaved baby. She sat quietly in her stroller for over two hours as we pushed her around. She took in the sites with those big, blue eyes of hers. It wasn’t until the very end when we reached the vintage car section that she wanted out. So we lifted her up and she cooed, threw herself upside down, and did the running man for the rest of our visit. She was so happy. Then on the way home she slept.

western-development-museum-13Going there this year made it apparent just how much our lives have changed over the last few years. Geoffrey and I started going to the museum when we were dating, then again when we were married, then when I was pregnant, and now, with a baby.

western-development-museum-10western-development-museum-11I couldn’t be happier with our new little family. Remy makes me feel so complete, and our outings much more memorable and enjoyable.

western-development-museum-12This has been the best birthday ever so far, and my birthday isn’t even here yet.

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