26.9.16

MOMMY STYLE MONDAY: MEAL TIME

(Confession the photos of Calvin were taken back in April, and yes I have posted them before. But come on, just look at that cute face)

I'm so excited to be participating in Mommy Style Monday posts again. The past few months have been a little on the crazy side, and I haven't been in a blogging schedule kind of mood. However I always love a good collaboration opportunity with fellow mommy bloggers. This week's inspiration is all about meal time. When it comes to food, Calvin used to eat anything and everything. Lately however, he has lost his appetite and gotten quite a bit picky. What's even more annoying is that he will LOVE something one day, then the next day spit it out and refuse to eat it. So his "go to" meals are pretty limited right now. Here are a few of his staple foods that are some of his favourites:
Fruit
Calvin absolutely adores fruit! Every meal I try to give him a different fruit. He loves pears, apples, red grapes, strawberries, bananas and sometimes watermelon.

Cheese
I am convinced that he could down an entire block of cheese in one sitting. Which is no surprise since both Alex and I love our cheese. Needless to say, we buy a lot of cheese ;)
"Suckies"
One thing Calvin is not a fan of is veggies. So we try to give him suckies that contain a lot of vegetables. He is currently getting his canine teeth, so he can't seem to get enough of these suckies. He downs them SO fast!! He also love eating yogurt tubes. Anything involving cutlery is pretty tough right now because he is determined to feed himself which always ends in a mess. Which is fine with me, except for the fact that more ends up on the floor than in his mouth. 
Snacks
This kid loves to snack. He has definitely inherited Alex's snacking genes. He could all day if we let him. His favourites include: Bear Paws, fruit leather, goldfish, arrowroot cookies and fruit gummies. 
If you want to participate in the next Mommy Style Monday, head on over to Kiana's or Madeline's blog to signup! Don't forget to visit the other blogs listed below!


Kiana at Glitter & Donuts
Madeline at CaseyLand
Britt at My Little Sunshine
Beverly at What a Day 
Chelsea at Tessa Marie
Monica at It's All About
Erica at Good Job Momma

22.9.16

BOOK REVIEW: A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE

Synopsis:
Jamie Watson has always been intrigued by Charlotte Holmes; after all, their great-great-great-grandfathers are one of the most infamous pairs in history. But the Holmes family has always been odd, and Charlotte is no exception. She’s inherited Sherlock’s volatility and some of his vices—and when Jamie and Charlotte end up at the same Connecticut boarding school, Charlotte makes it clear she’s not looking for friends. But when a student they both have a history with dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

Review:
I'm always up for a take on anything Sherlock Holmes related, so when I heard about a book that was written about Holmes and Watson's great great great grandchildren I was very intrigued. The first couple of chapters were a bit slow going, but once I hit the 100 page mark I couldn't put this book down! It was so gripping! This is actually the first in a trilogy which surprisingly bummed me out. I hate waiting for books to be released, and much prefer reading a series all at once. But I am willing to wait because this book was so good! I literally had NO idea who the murderer was. I figured it out right when Holmes and Watson did. A couple twists which were to be expected. I really love Cavallaro's writing. She is quite talented I must say :)

Rating: 4/5

20.9.16

SOMETHING NEW

I've been blogging for a little over 5 and a half years. For someone who is pretty flighty with hobbies, I must say I'm pretty proud of myself for sticking with it. I feel that over the past couple months that this space has really started to evolve. I don't have a schedule. I don't write to keep up, I write to remember. I post when I want to post. I sit and take some time for me and just write out my thoughts. I like being able to write things and know I won't get mean comments. Sure there will be people who won't agree with what I have to say, but luckily I have readers who don't vocalize (or should I say write) things in an argumentative way. I want to continue to share and just write.

Over the years I have tried so many different types of blogging. I've done design tutorials, hair tutorials, makeup related posts, style posts, blogging how-to's, seriously a bunch of random things. I felt like this blog didn't really have a focus and that it would be full of random unrelated things. But then I realized, that's who I am. We're all made up of random unrelated hobbies and interests. It's what makes us unique to one another. I like having no boundaries and doing whatever I want here. But I want to try something new. So I created a second blog. Crazy right? No, not really.

As many (if not all) of you already know, I have quite a strong love for makeup. And more particularly, affordable makeup. I wanted to have a place completely dedicated to something that I love so much. It felt a little weird back in April when I started making Youtube videos and would post them on my blog. It just didn't feel like the right place to share something that you may not all be interested in. This blog is first and foremost a journal of our family and our adventures, and I want to keep it that way.

The past week has been full of brainstorming, photo taking, editing and setting everything up. After getting a couple posts written out, I can now officially launch my new blog. Wow, that felt super cool to write. There is something so official about reading the word "launch". Sorry while I sit here like a silly little school girl ;)

If you think this is something that will interest you, you can visit the blog here, and my new Instagram feed here. I have also created a new bloglovin' page which will be linked on the blog ;)

14.9.16

CALVIN'S FIRST HAIRCUT

After many weeks of begging, Alex finally convinced me that Calvin needed to get his hair cut. It was becoming quite the little rat's nest with all his curls, and it was also long enough to put in a "man bun", so it was time. My heart was pretty much breaking at the thought of loosing his curls. Luckily the hairdresser told us that he probably will continue to have curly hair since she could see the curl growing from the root still. Thank goodness, because I was ready to just cry my eyes out.

Now that he has it cut, I can't get over how stinking adorable he looks!! Yesterday he was running around rocking his new haircut while wearing a Spiderman tee. Where on earth has my baby gone?! I mean he's pretty much a full fledge teenager now!! ;)

13.9.16

BOOK REVIEW: THE FAME GAME

SynopsisIn Hollywood, fame can be found on every corner and behind any door. You just have to know where to look for it. Nineteen-year-old Madison Parker made a name for herself as best frenemy of nice-girl-next-door Jane Roberts on the hot reality show L.A. Candy. Now Madison's ready for her turn in the spotlight and she'll stop at nothing to get it. Sure, she's the star of a new show, but with backstabbing friends and suspicious family members trying to bring her down, Madison has her work cut out for her. Plus, there's a new nice girl in "reality" town—aspiring actress Carmen Price, the daughter of Hollywood royalty—and she's a lot more experienced at playing the fame game... When the camera's start rolling, whose star will shine brighter?

Review: A few years ago I read Lauren Conrad's series L.A. Candy and absolutely loved it, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to revisit the characters when I saw her entire trilogy available at my library. If you were a fan of the reality TV show The Hills, then you need to read these books! I love that they are written in the perspective of the girls being filmed. You get a complete behind the scenes look at reality TV, and how it really isn't reality. Editing and cutting changes everything. These books definitely did not disappoint. They are a little more on the "light" and thoughtless category, but I love these kind of books. I read the entire series in a few days and could seriously not put them down. There were quite a few predictable things, and I didn't like how some characters developed (I'm looking at you Kate), but everything tied together nicely without feeling rushed or forced. I also loved that I got to see Madison in a different light. I always love characters that come across as jerks, when in reality they are deeply flawed and conflicted.

Rating: 3.5/5
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12.9.16

JUST GET OUT

 I just realized how completely misleading the post title is. Don't worry it's not a rude rant kind of post. I just couldn't come up with a title that summed the post up well enough. So you'll have to deal with the unintentionally rude title, and read on to understand what I'm trying to get at.

Ever since Calvin started walking, our apartment has been feeling very, very (very) small. Don't get me wrong, I love our place, but because of the layout we are pretty much confined to the living room. Luckily it's a nice space, but I just wish there was more to it. I'm not trying to complain, because we really do love our place, we're just ready for more space. Since I still can't drive unaccompanied yet (October please come faster), Calvin and I have pretty much been stuck in this space day after day. We had an extreme heat wave, and thunderstorms for almost 2 weeks straight so I was going just a little bit out of my mind. We do have fun just the two of us listening to music, reading books and playing games, and I still love being home with him full time, I just hate the feeling that I'm not really trying to do anything different.

Lately I've been thinking of the quote "We must be in the world but not of the world". It's been going through my mind constantly. As much as it is important for me to create a shelter and sanctuary in our home from the world, I still need to make an added effort to be in the world. I want to be more involved in my community. I want to work on my friendships with fellow members of the church, as well as reconnect with my school friends. I want to create new friendships and connections with my neighbours. There are so many times when I plan on making plans, but they're just that: plans. They never become actual dates. They just kind of hang in the air waiting to become commitments, and then slowly fade away from my mind. I have the best intentions, I just don't seem to commit to things recently.

So for the past week and a half Calvin and I have been going out for at least 2 hours everyday. I know it's just a small step, but I really want to just get out more. I have had social anxiety for years so meeting new people is always a hard task for me. Recently I've noticed how much Calvin thrives on social interaction. He loves people watching and trying to get other's attention. So I decided to do something that is out of my comfort zone, and that is participate in a toddler reading/playgroup at our local library. It may not sound like a big deal to you, but to me it is. I've always been a homebody, but I've realized that for my children, I need to be more in the world. After all I want them to be able to feel confident in this world. And maybe, just maybe, in the process I will become more confident myself.
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