#babylove: my toddler life review

#BabyLove: My Toddler Life is a book that has a wonderful message for both child and parent. Simply stated, “put down our phones.”

Written and illustrated by Corine Dehghanpisheh, it brings forth a situation that most likely rings true to all mothers and fathers. I know that I’m guilty of taking pictures and videos of Remy all day, not only for my own keepsake but to send to my husband who rarely sees her anymore. If I’m not paying attention, she will grab my iPhone and start playing with it. I usually just take it away from her. What I should be doing is not documenting every second of her life to begin with.

This picture book is colourful and fun with adorable illustrations, large lettering, and cute rhymes. Remy immensely enjoyed having it read to her. It even came with stickers!

#BabyLove: My Toddler Life is a great reminder to all parents and caregivers. Pick one up for yourself, and for anyone else that you know who could use a gentle and beautiful suggestion to do away with smartphones around children.

<3

Emory

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canada & independence day

Processed with VSCO with se3 presetHappy Canada Day (July 1) to my fellow Canadians, and Independence Day (July 4) to all Americans! Isn’t it funny how we are both getting a long weekend this year? We definitely lucked out. 

Processed with VSCO with se3 preset Processed with VSCO with a4 presetHow will you be celebrating? Feel free to leave your answer in the comments below. :-)

Stay safe!

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items i love (uncommongoods)

uncommongoods necklace gift

If you have been following my blog for awhile now, you will have noticed that I tend to stray away from cheaply made, overly trendy items. I much prefer all things that are unique and hold a certain meaning. UncommonGoods is one such company that sets itself apart from all other online markets. It is a place where those who are looking for truly memorable gifts can visit and find something special for everyone in their lives. Operating out of the Brooklyn Army Terminal, UncommonGoods offers mostly handcrafted items, each with its own story of why it was created. Several pieces are even made from recycled materials. Additionally, being a certified B Corporation ensures that they are also interested in resolving environmental and social issues. With sustainability and creativity being two of the company’s many goals, you can be sure that they offer only the best products.

With our anniversary and several family members’ birthdays being just around the corner, here are my favourite picks for some really exceptional gifts.

uncommongoods necklace

1. Links of Love Necklace.

About: “Artist Beth Lawrence created this stunning yet simple necklace, along with a bracelet and a pair of earrings, while she was pregnant with her first child. Thoroughly modern and extremely meaningful, her pieces subtly represents the ineffably strong connection a mother shares with her child. A gold filled ring adorned with twisted wire is permanently entwined with a smaller, sterling silver hoop and suspended from a sterling silver chain. A wonderful gift for new mothers, grandmothers, sisters, or best friends, the joined pieces are evocative of the infinite connection we possess with the special people in our lives and a reminder that they’re always there for us as we carry on through life’s struggles and successes. Handmade in Nashville, Tennessee.”

More jewelry can be seen here.

uncommongoods men's kit

2. Working Man’s Hygiene Kit.

About: “This all-natural set was created by a mechanic who let his dirty, damaged paws drive his inspiration to design products for dudes. The manly salves, scrubs and balms included are specially made to meet the needs of the working man. From soothing sore feet, to healing cracked lips and knuckles, to buffing the dickens out of dry skin, this kit goes beyond simple cleansers to get the job done. Handmade in the USA.”

More birthday gifts can be seen here.

uncommongoods diy gift

3. DIY Cinema Lightbox.

About: “Turn weddings, birthdays, and clever turns of phrase into feature film-worthy displays with this retro light box. Back-lit like a real marquee, this lightweight, battery-operated design offers three slotted lines to accommodate the included letters and symbols. Set up the portable piece at your wedding reception’s welcome table, in front of the birthday cake, or in your little one’s bedroom and let the creative messaging begin! Made in China.”

More wedding gifts can be seen here.

uncommongoods blog

You can learn more about UncommonGoods by visiting their blog here. They even offer tours of the studio! More importantly, every time an item is purchased, $1 is donated to a charity of your choosing. I can’t wait to order a little something from their website.  Talk about a favourable way to help change the world.

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

<3

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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Emory

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life lately

DSCN3287DSCN2731DSCN2896DSCN3010DSCN3213_3DSCN3071DSCN3249DSCN2988DSCN3099DSCN3505DSCN3520DSCN3379Over the last month or so, I have often found myself looking through old photographs. I have come to realize that I am having a difficult time in grasping just how much has occurred in these past few years. I used take pride in accomplishing a lot in a short amount of time. Looking back now, I feel as if I should have slowed down, and appreciated more of what I had in that moment (namely my naiveté and youth). With my 30th birthday being just around the corner, I am starting to feel my age.

I don’t know if you are in the same boat as I am, but I also feel as if this summer has flown by too quickly. Usually by now, my husband and I have already been on one or two camping trips. However, with the madness of these last few months, which includes relocating my store, our new income property, and Geoffrey soon becoming a full-time student (among other surprises), I have been praying for a bit of sanity to come my way in August. 

We have one big trip planned for the very end of the month. When we return, our lives will continue to change regardless of whether or not we are ready for them to.

Here are my favourite photos from our first trip as a married couple. They were taking only four years ago, but they seem to be part of another lifetime.

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Emory

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  • Hello, friends. My name is Emory. I live on the Canadian prairies with my husband, daughter, and animals. Welcome!
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  • A few weeks ago we were running around in short sleeve dresses. Now we're in jackets and hats. 🍂 A horribly blurry picture that pretty much sums up our week together. It's been 5 days and our home is nearly flu-free. Dada is off working in a different province, (smiles aside) Remy is not happy with me today, our house is a renovation disaster, and I have a photography session scheduled tomorrow that I'm not yet sure if I need to hire a babysitter for. I'm not going to lie, I'm really looking forward to this week being over with. It was not easy, however that's life. There is so much that I do have to be thankful for! We are in good health 99% of the time. My husband finally has a great job. I am lucky to be able to work when I want at what I want. We have a house. Most importantly, I have my little goose to snuggle with. I sincerely hope that if anyone else is having a bad day/week/month/year, that you can also find the silver lining. Our own life is not for everyone, nor is it Instagram perfect. If we're lucky, it is the one that we desire, even in the difficult times. Enjoy your weekend!
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