pork and beans revisited

Pork and Beans - 2Nearly two years ago, I had blogged about my newest and fastest growing succulent, Pork and Beans. These plants are known as Sedum or stonecrop plants. To date, this specific type of succulent remains my favourite of over the thirty types that I am currently growing. Its delicate leaves have fallen off over the years and have turned into several separate and flourishing plants of their own. I thought that I would share some additional information and care tips about the Pork and Beans succulent. Additional facts can be gained from the Balcony Container Gardening website.

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 11.35.39 AMIntro: The jelly bean plant, also called pork and beans, is an interesting succulent plant that displays jelly beanlike leaves. In the summertime its leaves change from green to bright red, and it bears yellow flowers in the springtime. This colorful succulent does best in hot, sunny apartment balcony gardens and will look best as a “ground cover” in plant containers underneath tall plants with a small footprint, such as a jade plant pruned to look like a tree. The jelly bean plant will also look stunning in a short, squat container set on a table or in a hanging window frame-like plant container.

Scientific Name: Sedum rubrotinctum

Plant Type: Succulent cactus

Light: Full sun

Water: Water the jelly bean plant more in the spring and summer, but still let it dry out in between waterings. Plant Sedum rubrotinctum in well-draining potting soil and never let it sit in water.

Zone: Zones 9 to 10

Temperature: This succulent plant does best in hotter conditions. Do not keep Sedum rubrotinctum outside in freezing temperatures. Take the jelly bean plant inside and display it in an indoor garden for the winter. Keep it by a western- or southern-facing window.

Fertilizer: Fertilize in the spring and summer once a month with a cactus and succulent fertilizer.

Pests and Diseases: No insect pests or diseases are known to severely attack this plant.

Propagation: Propagate the jelly bean plant by taking cuttings. Cut off leaves from the stem, let them dry, and then place the cutting into the soil. Keep the potting soil moist until the cutting begins to grow.

Misc. Info: Be careful when touching this succulent plant, as it can irritate some people’s skin. Also make sure that no pets or children eat this plant. Jelly bean plant leaves are delicate and can fall off easily.

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nursery envy

DSC_3826I know from experience from building a home that when it comes to planning a room, one can spend countless hours online pinning and saving pictures for inspiration. I tried to not let it get the best of me in regards to a nursery. In fact, a lot of the nurseries that I did come across slowly began to appear the same. There always seemed to be a beautiful crib, a statement wall, pale paint, bright accents, a large dresser or changeable, a nursing chair, a small and organized play area, and an oversized picture hanging above the crib. Granted, these are things that are needed within a nursery. Searching for rooms that stood out took a bit of time, but I think that I have finally compiled a good collection of children’s rooms that I envy, in addition to having something that sets them apart from the rest.

Here are my favourite nurseries thus far:

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my winter maternity photography

Winter Maternity Shoot - 20.1Winter Maternity Shoot - 1Ladies and gentlemen, I am so happy to finally be revealing my maternity pictures to all of you! My inspiration came from these photographs, as well as this photo shoot. I love outdoor photography, and was specifically wanting to convey the beauty of the snow on the landscape. I find that most winter landscapes appear so elegant and fragile, and I wanted that sense of delicacy and to be incorporated into my maternity pictures. I hope that you can also get a sense of that.

Winter Maternity Shoot - 15.1Winter Maternity Shoot - 18Winter Maternity Shoot - 8Winter Maternity Shoot - 9Winter Maternity Shoot - 10Winter Maternity Shoot - 19Here I am pictured at 7.5 months in my pregnancy. Have a lovely week, everyone. Happy Family Day, Canada!

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etsy : items i love

il_fullxfull.410800974_p5n7Welcome to the Valentine’s Day version of Etsy items that I love. I’m so excited for this lovely holiday!

il_fullxfull.601220887_qaa91. Red Heart Tights by DayfitFashion.

il_fullxfull.901947219_r8l82. Polka Dot Dress by VintageFolie.

il_fullxfull.804982968_gjp13. Screen Printed Card by triangletrees.

il_fullxfull.916334900_kakm4. Coffee Mug by fieldtrip.

il_fullxfull.410797921_mkbo5. Wool Slippers by AgnesFelt.

il_fullxfull.916089337_apg16. Pizza Lover Pin by SleepyMountain.

I would certainly wear or use each item pictured here. Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!

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our stroller and car seat

Peg Perego Car Seat and StrollerWhen it came to choosing a brand of stroller, I had always wanted one with a bassinet option. I remember pushing my niece around in one when she was a newborn. I loved being able to walk and see her face, and to know when she fell asleep, rather than guessing with an outward facing stroller. With that in mind, we chose the Book Pop-Up Stroller by Peg-Perego.

PEG-62MF53DX53_AThe stroller itself comes with a bassinet and chassis seat. One additional perk with the bassinet is that it is approved for overnight sleeping. That means we will not have to purchase a playpen if we stay the night somewhere. We selected the Atmosphere colour option.

Peg Perego Car Seat and Stroller - 2Here is more information on the Book Pop-Up. You can also watch the instructional video by clicking here.

Premium Chassis Can fold inward “like a book” with just one hand.
Folding Bassinet Bassinet Pop-Up has a unique folding and opening feature; can fold while attached to the chassis.
Reversible The seat Pop-Up can be switched to face parent or the world ahead.
Travel System Travel System-compatible with a Primo Viaggio infant car seat. Accepts car seat directly on to chassis.
Easy Close Innovative design allows for quick, easy and compact fold in BOTH rear and forward facing positions.
Soft Ride Large polyurethane wheels with ball bearings and suspension allow for 360 degree agility, less effort in pushing and more comfort for baby.
Recline The Seat Pop-Up offers a recline comfort not by simply tilting the seat, but by widening the angle between the seat and backrest.
One-Piece Handlebar Allows for easy push with just one hand.
“Prima Classe” Handlebar Adjustable handlebar is outfitted in our “Prima Classe” material; can be modified to fit each parent’s height preferences.
Remote Front Swivel Control Allows parents to swivel or straighten wheels without having to bend over and touch front wheels.
Bumper Bar Front bumper bar hinges open for easy access to child. Outfitted in “Prima Classe” material.
Basket Large, practical and easy-loading storage basket that holds all of the necessities.
Large Hood Keep your baby protected with the large hood that includes a UV protected visor and a mesh insert that provides extra ventilation.
Fashion Forward Upholstered with a variety of fashionable collections, in materials that will keep child comfortable.
Made in Italy All Peg Perego baby products are Made in Italy. From concept, to creation, every step in the process is performed by Peg Perego and no one else.

peg-perego-primo-viaggio-4-35-infant-car-seat-onyx-58The car seat that we decided on is also by Peg-Perego. It is the Primo Viaggio 4-35 in eco-leather Licorice. Here are its specs:

SIP Adjustable Side Impact Protection easily adjusts to six different
positions with no re-threading required, even with the infant in the seat, ensuring the best and safest fit. Head panel has been developed according to EURO-NCAP test protocol.
Dual Stage Cushion System First stage cushion for infants 4 lbs and up offers extra support on newborn’s neck and bottom. Second stage cushion correctly supports growing baby. Both cushions help to keep baby’s head properly positioned and are made of our Fresco Jersey soft and
breathable fabric.
EPS Energy-absorbing Expanded Poly Styrene foam, in shell and head panel protects the infant’s head and torso from impact forces.
Fitting Straps Built-in elastic straps hold harness out of the way when
placing infant in seat..
Large Hood Adjustable and removable hood protects baby from the elements and sun with a UPF 50+ protection.
Fashion Forward The well-fitted upholstery features the best of Italian textile and tailoring tradition. Colours coordinate with Peg Perego strollers.
Travel System Compatible Can be used with Peg Perego strollers with built in adapters. Not compatible with the Skate System or the Pliko Mini stroller.
Base Includes a secure base with UAS and rounded shape bottom,
which allows for a better fit in vehicle.
“Right Tight System” Base is equipped with an innovative system which easily and securely locks the base in place for added stability with either UAS strap or vehicle’s seat belt.
Infinite Recline and Tri-Zone Level Indicator Turning knob can adjust the recline in infinite position, while the indicator allows you to precisely find the proper seat angle to follow your child’s growth.
Anti-Rebound Bar Built-in anti-rebound bar attached to base provides superior protection in case of collision.
NHTSA Certified For automobile or aircraft use, with or without included base.
Made in Italy All Peg Perego baby products are Made in Italy. From concept, to creation, every step in the process is performed by Peg Perego and no one else.

Peg Perego Car Seat and Stroller - 3Last, but not least, we also have a car seat cover that I had purchased approximately two years ago from the dollar store, of all places! Not thinking that it would fit, I placed it on the car seat this weekend. To my surprise, it went on so smoothly. Not only did we save $60 or so, but the fact that it’s grey and matches our stroller and car seats was definitely an added bonus. Finally, we hung the car seat toy that I had gotten from The Bird and Elephant Etsy store. 

Peg Perego Car Seat and Stroller_With one stroller and three seats set up and ready to go, we simply need a baby to fill them all!

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