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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best horror films of 2014/15

10824730_10153162014632174_1340411728_oLast Halloween I had posted ten of my favourite sinister house films. This season I chose to publish a small list of what I feel are the most terrifying horror movies that came out in 2014 and 2015. (Number four on the list was so frightening, I couldn’t bring myself to finish it.)

1. As Above, So Below

2. It Follows

3. The Babadook

4. The Taking of Deborah Logan

5. We Are Still Here

What do you think, readers? Can you suggest any other scary films?

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Emory

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in november

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 8.08.16 PMHappy Thanksgiving, American readers! I’m sure that most of you are too busy visiting with friends and family members, eating delicious food, and enjoying your well-deserved day off than to be reading this post today. However, if you have managed your find your way over here, I so appreciate it! I’m glad that you could make it, and I hope that you can stay awhile.

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 8.07.28 PMI’ve decided to summarize November’s posts a few days early this month. My blogging schedule is just so full for the next few weeks, that today seemed like the best day to have a lengthy recapping post. Call it my comeuppance for not having one yesterday. :-)))

Processed with VSCOcam with kk1 presetLet’s begin! This month was filled with festivities. It began with a Day of the Dead post and a quote from one of my favourite authors. Then we ended the month with a nearly week-long birthday celebration.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI was also blessed this month with one of my most inspirational guest bloggers. Sara, from Me & Orla, made the most beautiful Walnut and Maple Biscotti. I mean, consider her photography alone. Does it not make you go weak in the knees? The recipe was guaranteed to be successful from the start.

IMG_0921It wouldn’t be a typical month without having a do-it-yourself tutorial! My Harvest Wreath was published in HaveHeart Magazine, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetRegarding nature and plant life, my Aloe Vera post sparked a million great discussions in the comment section! Well, maybe not quite a million, but still, I love, loved hearing about your experiences with this particular plant!

Cemetery 03I had three Weekly Wears posts in November. This is where I show you items that are available in the store. They can be seen here, here, and here.

Mum Guin 9I wrote several posts about my mum and her animals, or rather I should say that I collaborated with her in two posts. My mum published two beautiful stories on how she came to rescue her animals. You can read the true story about her soul-mate Guiness right here. Tuscan’s tale can be found here, which was subsequently read and shared by many other horse lovers. 

The Hills 06In addition to my mum’s photo shoots, my sister and her family were also featured on HSB. 

000Speaking of the store, I also revealed to you the dozens of items that were purchased by some pretty awesome buyers last month. I think I have some of the best customers in the world.

hr_Nightcrawler_6In November, I reviewed two films that shouldn’t be missed! The first one was Nightcrawler, which was just so utterly creepy and fantastic. The second was the cute and quirky film The One I Love.

10-smarta-kvm_3My design posts were extremely varied this time around. I began by discussing a Swedish firm’s take on Tiny Homes. I showed you my master bedroom inspiration with this post. Lastly, I also gave the tiniest peak at The Little Barn, which set in motion a debate on sliding doors. 

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 8.07.55 PMWhat an insane month! With Christmas just around the corner, I might have to start cutting back on publishing so many posts during the week. Life is only about to get crazier, especially with our plans to move into our new home in a matter of weeks.

See you tomorrow!

<3

Emory

twenty-nine candles

Processed with VSCOcam with kk1 presetI don’t know about you, but I never used to enjoy my birthday. I hated the idea of turning another year older, as did I dislike having all eyes on me on that day. I’m very shy by nature, and try to skip out on events that centre around myself. For instance, I never went to my high school graduation, either of my university convocations, and as for our wedding, we eloped. Get the picture? Good!

That being said, my birthday this year wasn’t so bad. It was the first time in 9 years that I didn’t dread or fall into a slight depression around this time of year. I actually didn’t really feel much of anything! Also, what should have been a one-day event turned into a five-day celebration! It felt more like an Indian wedding ceremony than a birthday. It was nice, though, and I’ll take you through how I spent it.

2.jpg1.jpgThe celebration began Wednesday night. Geoffrey and I had a gym date, which was followed by a movie date. Going to the gym with my husband is one of my favourite things to do as a couple. We both get to engage in what we love, all while shooting each other glances from across the building. Lame, but cute and kind of intimate as well. 

3.jpg4.jpg5.jpgThe film that we saw was The One I Love. If you are married, or have ever been married, you must see this film. Honestly. It’s twisted, dark, funny, relatable, and refreshingly original. Plus, we were able to see it at the Broadway Theatre. Aside from ourselves, there was only one or two other couples. I love being in an empty theatre.

6.jpg8.jpgOn Thursday, we started our morning doing something that we haven’t done in what felt like forever; we went out for breakfast! Holy God, it was delicious. I wish that it was something that we could do more often.

20.jpg9.jpgAfterwards, we headed out to our storage unit in order to pick up some things for our new home. Here is a picture of our unit in its current state. Yikes! I’m not looking forward to unpacking this sucker.

10.jpg21.jpgThen we drove out to our home to check on its progress, discuss some details with our contractor, and drop a bunch of things off. We were told that we would be able to move in about  … wait for it … one month! Hurray! We can officially see a light at the end of the tunnel!

22.jpgLater that night we went and babysat my nieces and nephew. Chaos soon ensued, but it turned into a really fun evening. They always put me in such a great mood, and I think that the same goes for them.

Processed with VSCOcam with kk1 presetWe sort of skipped Friday. We both had to go back to work that day, and by the time I got home at night, it was too late to do anything.

11.jpgSaturday morning was spent together, and in the afternoon, I went to the gym while Geoffrey went and bought more of my birthday gift. The evening was spent with my parents at Red Lobster. I love going out for supper with them. They’re a hilarious duo.

12.jpgSunday finally came, which was also the actual day of my birthday. By then, I was a little tired of all the celebrations and the ‘all eyes on me’ attitude. Not that I acted like a princess for the last four days, but I was looking forward to passing the attention onto somebody else. I worked at the library for the better part of the day, but my nieces came over that morning to drop off my many gifts and cards. I was also inundated with phone calls and text messages all morning. I didn’t even know if I would be able to make it to work on time!

Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 7.52.58 PMSunday night we picked up takeout and a movie after work, and spent the evening relaxing. It was a great week, to say the least. Thanks, family!

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Emory

nightcrawler film review

hr_Nightcrawler_6Nightcrawler is not for the faint of heart. It’s a film for those of you who love true crime. I mean really love it. Love the suspense, love the gore, love the shock, love the twisted nature of it, and are always left wanting more. This movie is incredibly twisted, but in such a way that the sociopathetic tendencies of the main character are considered almost comical. In a dark humour sort of way, that is. You find yourself laughing all the way through the film, if not because his actions are so unbelievable, but because they are so believable that you do it as a coping mechanism. 

While the film is obviously fiction, it is shot more like a documentary. Consequently, that makes the events that occur feel much more intense and realistic. As the movie progresses, your involvement in the storyline also deepens. By the end of the film, you’re on the edge of your seat with anticipation. It’s nothing short of amazing.

If I were you, I would be running to the theatre to catch Nightcrawler on the big screen. That is, if you like real life crime stories. If you don’t, go and see it anyway.

Have a great week!

<3

Emory

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