we went to edmonton

A few weeks ago, we went on a small holiday to Edmonton, AB. We did the same trip when I was pregnant with Remy. It was mostly to buy big baby items, but also to mark the last mini vacation before baby comes! This is what we got up to …

Day One

We arrived around supper time. Our original plans were to check into our hotel, order room service, and then go swimming. But with being locked in a vehicle for over five hours, Geoffrey and I were wanting to stretch our legs and let Remy run around. We decided to go to IKEA then, instead of on our last day (even though we went back then as well).

We had supper in the restaurant, and then went shopping. We purchased:


Leka Baby Gym


Tillgiven Baby Towel


Forsiktig Stool


Raklev Flatwoven Rug


Fladis Seagrass Basket


Soare Place Mats


Minnen Children’s Bed


Plutten Mattress


Vanskaplig Linen


Grusblad Duvet

By the time we had finished it was nearly bedtime. We picked up a snack and made our way to the hotel. We were off to a great start!

Day Two

We began the morning with a continental breakfast at our hotel. We ended up staying at the Radisson, as per usual. It’s a larger hotel with free parking, free breakfast, a hotel, gym, restaurant, pet-friendly, and is basically equal distance between IKEA and West Edmonton Mall. We love it there, and have stayed many times alone, with dogs, and now a child.

After breakfast we made the short drive over to West Coast Kids. One of the main reasons why we came to the city was to purchase a particular stroller from this store. It was one that I had my eye on since the beginning of my pregnancy, and it just so happened to be on sale! Geoffrey and Remy played while I shopped. I bought:


Peg Perego Book Team Double Stroller


Little Unicorn Muslin Crib Sheet


Kushies Changing Pad Cover


Gautier Studio House Shelf


Boka Wood Pacifiers


Sago Mini Wiener Mobile (for Remy)

I could have spent all day there, buying more and soaking in the baby jitters goodness. Yet, I didn’t want to annoy anyone, or break our budget. Sadly, we left after less than two hours. Afterwards, we ended up going to Canadian Tire to buy straps in order to tie everything down to the vehicle. We also drove to where we used to live when we were first married. It was too smoky that day to go for a walk, unfortunately. So we ordered room service for lunch, and went back to the hotel to eat and nap.

That afternoon, we went to West Ed Mall. All of our plans were thrown for a loop because of the forest fires in BC. We couldn’t do anything outside, like visiting the zoo or walking around. So we decided that day to get all of our shopping over and done with and head home a day early.

Geoff took Remy to Marine Life while I quickly went to a couple of stores. After getting a few non-related baby items, I was feeling guilty and missing them. So I went and found them. We took Remy to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and then walked around to let her burn off all of her sugar energy.

It was getting late, but we really wanted to go to Galaxyland. We made a quick stop where they went on one ride. Honestly, it was just too loud and the rides weren’t really suited for a 2-year-old. We ended up leaving after awhile, picked up supper, and went back to the hotel. Aside from Galaxyland, the mall was really fun!

Day Three

We had planned on leaving that afternoon, but were out of ideas as to what to do that morning for entertainment. We originally wanted to go to the RAM, but after looking it up online, we discovered that it was closed while they were moving to a new location. We also now had IKEA purchases strapped down to the roof of our vehicle. Not wanting them to get stolen, we decided to return to IKEA to run around and eat before leaving the city. (We figured that they would be the safest there.) So that’s what we did! I ended up buying a few other items:


Fintorp Kitchen Rail


Mala Paper Holder


Mala Paper Roll

We ate at the little cafe before heading out. That was probably the best food that we had the entire trip. Remy and I shared four hot dogs and she devoured the pear juice. At less than a dollar for each item, we should have stocked up. It was a delicious and fun morning. We all just love IKEA.

We made the five hour drive home, and returned close to bedtime. Our goose is the quietest traveler in the vehicle, and loves exploring new places. I really cherished this last vacation as a family of three. I’m sure that it won’t go this smoothly once our beloved baby arrives. Haha.

You can relive our previous trip to Edmonton here. Thanks for reading!

Emory

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printing pictures

IMG_0340In preparation for the arrival of our little one, I’ve made it my priority to have a clean slate when it came to photography. What I mean by this is that I have 5 years of pictures stored on my computer that I have yet to print and place in albums. I can happily say that after a few weeks, and hundreds of dollars later, I am almost caught up!

IMG_0881Now when our baby comes, I will only have to worry about printing off new memories. These will obviously focus solely on him or her.

IMG_1275One repercussion of revisiting old photographs is that one becomes completely nostalgic for the past. I find myself wishing almost daily that we could visit USA once again. Until we do, here is a fresh collection at never-before-seen holiday pictures.

IMG_0733IMG_1236This has been quite the task. I cannot wait to be finished!

IMG_0681Tell me, what do you do with your digital photographs?

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we’re (hopefully) moving on west

Well, we’re not moving yet!

If you have been following Hello, Scarlett Blog for awhile, you might have noticed our frequent shopping trips to Edmonton, Alberta. Here are a few blog posts about the River City: going to, a video, Instagram photos, clothing shoot, getting Holly, and countless purchases from the city, seen here, here, and here

I think that our love for Edmonton is rooted in the fact that my husband and I used to live there. Five years ago, we moved from Saskatchewan to Alberta so that Geoffrey could go to school. It was a mere month into our marriage, I had just received my university degree, Geoff was finishing his degree online while starting college for a different career, and we owned a condominium but were renting it out from afar. It was all too much, too soon. After five months of not finding a job where I could apply my university skills, I let the stress get the best of me. I moved back to Saskatchewan and into our condo, and landed an amazing job at the public library. Geoffrey ended up moving back a year later. He had finished his university degree but not his college diploma. We both felt defeated, but for the next few years continually talked about moving back once we were more stable. We wanted to have money saved up, experience under our belts, and be a few years into marriage. Edmonton has always been our next goal.

In May 2015, I quit my job at the library to focus on my store. After four years, I felt as if I wasn’t getting further ahead, and knew that I wanted to work there as a Librarian and not just as a Library Assistant. One month later I got pregnant, and two months after that Geoffrey began a ten month trades program in the city. Because there are more job opportunities in a city of 1 million (as opposed to 300,000) and there is a master’s program for library science there as well, we finally feel prepared to take that jump and return to a city that we found so challenging five years ago. I also feel as if it is a fresh start with having a baby. Inevitably, we have concluded that Edmonton fits into our life goals more so than our current residence in Saskatchewan.  

All of that being said, we have to wait approximately seven months or more before we can move. By then, our baby will be here, hopefully happy and healthy, and my husband’s schooling will be completed. So much has to line up before we can actually take the plunge, from housing to education to careers, to name a few. In the end, it may not even happen. However, we’ve waited five years to be in this position. We can certainly wait a few more months.

Here is a video of our latest trip to Edmonton. This time, we shopped for all things baby.

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Emory

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diy polaroid display

polaroid diyRemember this trip? The one where we travelled through seven states in nine days? I had brought along my Polaroid camera during our time in the USA, in hopes of photographing each state as we passed through it. We had done something similar four years ago when we drove to Colorado for our honeymoon. Similar to an outcome from a disposable camera, I ended up appreciating the Polaroid film more so than my digital shots because the results were so imperfect and one-of-a-kind. They’re irreplaceable (cue Beyoncè).

The only downside with Polaroids is that framing is not an easy task. In lieu of either ordering special frames online, or visiting several stores in hopes of coming across a cute and inexpensive solution, I tend to just stick my photos in an album. A few years ago, I crafted together my own Urban Outfitters-inspired clip string. While it certainly did the trick, after awhile I didn’t like how much space such tiny photographs were taking up. It was also a little too flimsy for the long run. This time, I was determined to make a more permanent Polaroid display. One that was not only modestly priced, but would last years.

polaroid diy - 1This is what you will need:

Polaroid photos
clipboard
crazy glue
permanent marker
stamps
ink pad
tape measure/ruler

polaroid diy - 2Steps:

1. Measure the length and width of usable space on the clipboard. Then measure the length and width of a Polaroid picture. (In order to evenly space them, you will need to figure out the appropriate and equal distances between each photograph.) Write down those measurements.

2. Tentatively arrange the photographs on the clipboard in the order that you will glue them down. Then remove them in that order.

3. Using a Sharpie, measure and mark the corners on the clipboard as to where the pictures will go.

4. One by one, add glue to the backside of each Polaroid, immediately placing them on the clipboard once you have done so.

polaroid diy - 65. Lastly (and optionally), stamp the frame with a quick description, or use a Sharpie.

polaroid diy - 5polaroid diy - 4I actually had everything that I needed to make this project, excluding the clipboard. After visiting the Dollar Store, I was all set to make it. In the end, this craft set me back a total of $1.25. Try finding a Polaroid frame for that low of a price!

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our trip in photos

Jan Lake Lodge - Trip 4Happy Labour Day, Canada and USA!

Jan Lake Lodge - Trip 1In keeping with the holiday theme, I wanted to share with everyone the pictures that were taken on our most recent vacation. I chose to do things a little differently this time around. Rather than relying solely on my digital camera and iPhone, I had purchased a disposable camera prior to our trip. I was worried that I was going to quickly burn through 27 photos, and would need to buy more than one. To my surprise, it was actually the other way around. I found myself being extremely selective about what I chose to document. Come the last day, I had not yet used the entire roll. Keep in mind that last year, I took over 300 pictures with my Canon. 

Jan Lake Lodge - Trip 7Jan Lake Lodge - Trip 6While the quality is much more grainy, and the cost of the camera and to develop the photographs came to around $40 (a little steep), I actually think that I prefer to use rolls of film rather than digital prints. It made me much more aware of my surroundings, in addition to cherishing the results that much more. Besides, there’s nothing more exciting than waiting a few days to see the results. At least for me, that is.

Jan Lake Lodge - Trip 5Jan Lake Lodge - Trip 8Jan Lake Lodge - Trip 12Jan Lake Lodge - Trip 10Jan Lake Lodge - Trip 13What are your thoughts on film vs. digital prints?

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