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CHRISTMAS CARDS 2016

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CHRISTMAS IS EASILY my favourite time of year. And with Christmas come Christmas cards! Before we had kids, I never felt motivated enough to take pictures of just Sam and me to send out to friends and family. But, as in so many other areas in life, having babies totally changed my view on things. Christmas cards... What a fun and beautiful way to memorialize every year and season in our lives and capture a snap shot of our family, right?!


At Christmas, time with family is plentiful, food is abundant, and people seem to really be focusing on some of the things that matter the most in life: faith, family, friends and making memories. Getting Christmas Cards was the perfect excuse to make some memories, put on our best and get out as a family and have some amazing pictures taken (by the talented Ryan Freeman). We ventured to the Distillery Christmas Market, which is the place to go in Toronto to get into the Christmas spirit!


One of the things that has overwhelmed me about Christmas cards in the past is that I never even knew where to begin looking to make one! But then I found Tiny Prints (who is the sister company of the "Wedding Paper Divas" that we used for both our wedding invitations and thank you cards!). Where it was a dream to quickly find cards and styles that we loved for our cards since there is this amazing feature that allows you to see all the cards with your photo in it. Genius and made it go really fast (which, is a necessity with two babies running around!). 

We are thrilled with how our cards turned out and I can't wait to send them to our friends and family, near and far!

If you are looking to send Christmas cards this year, definitely head on over to check out Tiny Prints Christmas Cards!  (If you hurry they are 40% off till Sunday!!) The selection is incredible, the shipping is quick,  and they make it really easy to personalize your cards to match your family's style perfectly!

 

 

TORONTO DISTILLERY CHRISTMAS MARKET

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WITH THE HOLIDAYS upon us I am so excited about all the friends and family we get to see, the food we get to eat and how this beautiful city really comes alive in the Christmas spirit!

One of the best things to do in Toronto at this time of year is to hit up the Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery district. There is something here for every age with tons of little boutiques, great hot chocolate (or spiked egg nog for those who fancy something a little stronger ;) ) a huge Christmas tree, a Santa Clause meet and greet and basically anything and everything else that will get you into the holiday spirit... There's even a merry go round! (Ps. If you are looking for a place to take Christmas photos this is IT.)

The Distillery District is an incredible place at any time of year, with great shops, coffee, food and even a microbrewery. But at Christmas it is the most festive place in the whole city and I can't get enough of it!

Thank you to the incredible Ryan Freeman for capturing these pictures of our family!

 

MY NEW FAVE ACCESSORY + A GIVEAWAY

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To receive $25 off any JORD wood watch click the link at the bottom of the post!

ONE OF THE things you may or may not know about me is that as much as possible I like to be on time. Having kids has definitely made that a challenge for me, which is frustrating at times, but as much as it depends on me I try to be punctual, if not early, for things. Before kids I loved wearing a watch but then once I was lugging babies around the extra weight and clunk of heavy metal watches was annoying and I stopped wearing them. Until now that is. I love how light this watch is, you hardly feel it on your wrist and because of its unique look it definitely attracts attention!

As far as Christmas gifts go, watches make excellent holiday gifts since they are practical, timeless (see what I did there ;) ), and never go out of style. You can pair this one with other accessories or on it's own and it is a show stopper. They also feature some really beautiful men's watches which may help me cross off a number of items on my Christmas shopping list!

I went with the Zebrawood and Champage watch as I was drawn to the lighter wood and lighter colour of the face which you can see HERE or click HERE to browse the other women's watch styles!

BUT WAIT! The best part is that Jord has given me an exclusive discount code for $25 off all watches for my readers. CLICK HERE to redeem your code!

This post was sponsored by Jord Wood Watches, all opinions are my own. For collaborations click HERE.

TWO TO A ROOM

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WE DID IT. We finally made the transition to both boys sharing a room! And what a blast it is! Truth be told, Atticus started sleeping through the night at 10 weeks old so technically this could have happened a long time ago, but I was savouring the days that Finny slept in until 8:30 or 9am for as long as I could.

I made the call to put them in the room together because I think the boys need to bond more. Since they both are on great nap schedules, and since their naps tended to cross over so one was awake while the other slept, they have only spent four hours a day together up until this point and about an hour of that Atticus was nursing so it wasn't time that they were interacting.

Now that Atticus is really active (would you believe he is almost crawling!? *insert sob face emoji*) he is getting a little bit more in Finn's space and into all the toys. Finny enjoys his brother and has been so good with him up to this point, helping fetch diapers, rocking Atticus in his bouncy chair, fetching Atticus toys that are baby friendly. But, I have noticed over the last few weeks that Finn has been getting progressively more frustrated with the fact that there is now a little person who he has to include and share everything with (and Atticus isn't just interested in baby toys anymore, he wants all the toys, ha!)

So what is my answer? Make them spend more time together. The idea here is that the more time they spend together the tighter they will get, especially time in the morning and at night when it's just the two of them in there. A little band of brothers, them against the world!

Would you believe that within two days of them sharing a room I have already seen a huge difference in Finny's disposition? He now says "Bring Acey!" or "Acey too!" which makes my mama heart burst with pride! I can see on our baby monitor when Finny wakes up in the morning and walks over to the crib and tries to roll it to rock it, or gives Ace his cherished Bunny (which he usually wants back within 1 minutes, causing a few tears when bunny is stuck inside the crib). Or when we go to the park and Finny wants to go on the swing and he goes "Acey swing too Mama!".

It has also made our bedtime routine a lot of fun. Now, rather than putting Finny down first and then nursing Atticus down, I sit on the bed and read them stories while Atticus nurses and then we say our family mantra, we pray, and then give kisses all around. Acey loves to roll around on the bed and Finny thinks its hilarious when Ace keeps rolling over to be closer to his big bro.

Oh these boys, they are such a delight and I can't wait to watch them grow in their love for one another!

A POWER WEEKEND IN MONTREAL

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OH MONTREAL, YOU feel like home. This past weekend we loaded the kids into the car and headed to Montreal for the weekend for a friends wedding. It was a whirlwind of a weekend and we jam packed it full of friends and family to make sure we made the most of it! Sorry for the long post, but you'd be surprised how much we fit into the weekend!

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We arrived Friday evening and first thing Saturday morning we were out the door bounding to The Plateau to go meet up with my best friend Emily (who writes over at Our Nest in the City) and her three kiddos. We met for coffees, breakfast sandwiches and doughnut balls at Larry's before heading to the park to let the kids roam free. Since Sam was there to hang with the kids and Atticus was sleeping in the stroller, I had the opportunity for an *almost* uninterrupted conversation, catching up with Emmy - practically unheard of with five kids around!

We spent probably an hour sitting on the park bench, sipping coffees and talking. She is one of my favourite people for a million reasons but one of the biggest ones is that all our biggest passions are mutual. Jesus, family, theology, passion for food, writing, style, coffee... All shared. And because of this our conversations are so fun, one minute we can be laughing hysterically over something ridiculous, the next we'll be talking food and new recipes, and the next we will be digging deep and challenging each other or crying with each other over a trial in our lives. It is so refreshing to be able to be so real with someone.

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Saturday evening we ventured out to the West Island to meet up with our friends Dwight and Jess to hang with their fam and meet their FOURTH little baby, Stella. It was so nice to catch up and eat bbq pizza and relax. Jess and I also managed to steal some time to catch up on life, family, ministry at their church, Church 21, and relax together which was so wonderful, not to mention getting to snuggle a sweet little two month old who has all the same rolls that Finny did!

Sunday morning our little family stopped by Dispatch coffee for pour overs, a babyccino and some avocado toast. Stealing away just the four of us doesn't happen too often so this was a real treat! We sat on the patio in the sun and took an hour to just be together and catch up.

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Sam went to get ready with the groom and I took the boys to Église du Plateau-Mont-Royal, the church that Emily and her husband, Brad, have planted in The Plateau. Although my French is far from perfect (I probably understood about 60-70%), it was so refreshing and encouraging to worship Jesus with people in another language, and to see what God is doing through their ministry in Montreal, I loved every minute of my time there. After the service we popped over to St. Viateur Bagels to stock up and grab bagels for lunch on our way home and when I got to my car I realized that not only did I leave my window open, but I had left the lights on and killed my car battery. Two kids, without my husband, on a hot day, at nap time, with a dead car battery. I was on the verge of tears. Thankfully I found someone to help who called a volunteer service that comes and jumps your car for free. When that white SUV pulled up and four men jumped out with their car battery jump box I nearly cried... They looked my knights in shining armor pulling up!

Sunday evening was the wedding of our dear friends Salva and Aaron. I cannot begin to tell you how fantastic this wedding was. It was at Entrepots Dominion by the Atwater Market, the ceremony took place outdoors with the perfect city backdrop for their pictures. The service was so beautiful and overflowed with love. The cocktail hour was incredible - the signature cocktails were a gin and ginger beer with apple slices, mango mojitos, and an old fashioned. There was the biggest table of cheese I have ever seen. There were mini burgers, tuna tartare, saffron and shittake mushroom risotto being passed by you every two minutes.

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The reception was stunning, set in an old warehouse there were balls of light everywhere, incredible flower arrangements (the bride and groom are passionate botanists!), the menu cards had the guests name and a personalized note written to each person. Don't get me started on the band! The St. Royals from Toronto came and played and, even though this gal typically goes to bed at 9:30, Sam was literally dragging me off the dance floor at 1am to get home to relieve our childcare. What can I say, I love to boogie ;-).  I love weddings, I love the reminder of the commitment Sam and I made to each other, I love meeting new people and learning about the passions and interests of people different from me. I love food and drinks. I love music and dancing. And I love getting a night alone with my man. If I could go to a wedding every weekend (and not be broke, ha!) I would.

 Shameless bathroom selfie ;-)

Shameless bathroom selfie ;-)

Thankfully the boys decided to let their "dance until the wee hours of the morn" parents sleep in until 8am, which was desperately needed. Then, en route to the cottage in Vermont we made a quick breakfast pit stop in at our bffs Hannah and Oliver's house. Not only is spending time with Hannah and Oliver one of our favourite things, but Finn and their daughter Cotton have such a special bond so it's always great fun to get the two of them together. And their son Quinn was born on the same day as Atticus, only three hours before, so naturally, they had lots to catch up on :-)

Montreal is such a special place to us. I have been feeling quite nostalgic lately about that beautiful city... the place we learned to be married, where we found out we were expecting, where we had our first child. We went through many monumental things and had many joys and many hardships while we were there. It will always remain one of my favourite places and I love that its just a five hour drive down the 401. À bientôt, Montréal!

For those who have asked, you can find the dress I wore to the wedding HERE.

 

A NEW LOOK FOR MOMO IN THE 6

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I AM SO excited to share Momo in the 6's new design with you! The entire site got an update, which has been in the works for a couple of months now. I enlisted the help of Ryan Freeman from Freeman House to make the vision for this site come to life and am so thankful for his hard work in bringing this vision to life! I hope you'll take a look around and check out all the changes, I'd love to hear your feedback as well!

 

 

 

LINK ROUNDUP

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HERE ARE A few of my favourite things links from this past week. concrete-kitchen

Genius kitchen designs. I have a dream to design a custom kitchen for myself one and this article was so inspiring!

To accompany my goals for 2016, and the January Cure, this is a practical list to keep our home clean for 20 minutes or less a day for 30 days.

This post about Raising Foodie Kids is amazing, and I totally am on board with it.

A great video of Adele and James Corden doing Karaoke together.

I loved this tribute from one of my favourite artists, Brooke Fraser, to David Bowie after his death.

And this tribute from Emma Thompson to Alan Rickman after his death. (this was a sad week for the entertainment industry for sure)

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski listed their beautiful home and I have been swooning over the pictures.

One of the things I miss most about Montreal is their amazing chicken shawarma (shish taouk). This chickpea shawarma salad looks amazing and like it may just curb my cravings.

LINK ROUNDUP

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HERE ARE A few of my favourite things links from this past week. concrete-kitchen

Genius kitchen designs. I have a dream to design a custom kitchen for myself one and this article was so inspiring!

To accompany my goals for 2016, and the January Cure, this is a practical list to keep our home clean for 20 minutes or less a day for 30 days.

This post about Raising Foodie Kids is amazing, and I totally am on board with it.

A great video of Adele and James Corden doing Karaoke together.

I loved this tribute from one of my favourite artists, Brooke Fraser, to David Bowie after his death.

And this tribute from Emma Thompson to Alan Rickman after his death. (this was a sad week for the entertainment industry for sure)

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski listed their beautiful home and I have been swooning over the pictures.

One of the things I miss most about Montreal is their amazing chicken shawarma (shish taouk). This chickpea shawarma salad looks amazing and like it may just curb my cravings.

THE ST. LAWRENCE MARKET

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vsco-photo-1 4A COUPLE WEEKENDS ago we made the most of our early Saturday mornings with a one year old by walking over to the St. Lawrence Market. At 208 years old, this market, having the history to back up its credentials, is considered to be one of the world's greatest and is the culinary focal point of the city of Toronto. There are 120 specialty vendors to suit almost every culinary need you may have. Saturday mornings at the North Market are my personal favourite, where tons of farmers from southern Ontario bring their seasonal produce for purchase. It is some of the best you will have, Phineas and I shared the best honey crisp apple I have ever had at the market that day!

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vsco-photo-3 3Sam has always raved about the Carousel Bakery's classic "Hogtown Sandwich" aka peameal bacon on a bun. It was amazing. This bakery also sells fantastic treats and beautiful homemade and organic sourdough bread. We then popped by Olympic Cheese cheese shop, the market's first specialty cheese shop which has the largest selection in the city, to pick up some comté and roquefort bleu cheese. We fell in love with comté while in Paris this summer and would eat it every day for lunch on baguette with prosciutto. Finally we stopped in at St. Urbain Bagels for some Montreal-style bagels. Considering we would go through at least a half dozen bagels, if not a full dozen, when we lived in Montreal, we were thrilled to find Montreal-style bagels so close to us in the city. They were so far the closest thing to our beloved bagels that we have found here!

 

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vsco-photo-3 2Phineas had a blast at the market. As I mentioned in this post, he has always loved to eat food but now he has really taken in interest in learning about food and in food preparation. I love being able to give him tastes of fresh ingredients and letting him explore food. He loved seeing all the bright, autumnal colours of the different produce in the seasonal farmers market. Between the honey crisp apples, beets, carrots and hot apple cider he was thrilled with our loot to head home with!

 

ON OUR NEW HOME

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TWO MONTHS AGO we moved to the East side of Toronto. Although it wasn't as big a transition as moving from Montreal to Toronto, we may as well have moved to a different city since the East and West sides of the city rarely interact. When we first moved to Toronto we were living in a 2 bedroom, 500 square foot condo in the trendy Queen Street West. It is an amazing neighbourhood with some of the best coffee, restaurants, and shopping the city has to offer. We lived there for five short months and I can honestly say that it never felt like home. Living in 500 square feet with a baby who is learning to move is no joke. We would laugh that you could stand in one spot and touch every surface in the condo. So when we found out we were expecting Baby #2 and they were due in March and our lease was up in May I knew that we needed to get out sooner and settle and nest before the baby came... there was no way I was going to be attempting to pack with a newborn and a 1.5 year old running around.

Our new home is much more suited to our growing family. We have two floors of a town home on a quiet street close to some of the best that the East side has to offer. We have a mudroom AND a private flagstone patio backyard that I am so excited to use next summer. For the first time since we have been married I have a kitchen that is really wonderfully laid out and has enough space to hold all of my kitchen appliances and utensils with space leftover! (It also has a gas stove AND a dishwasher, insert praise hands emoji!)

Phineas' mobility has increased 10 fold since we moved here two months ago and is now going from sitting to standing with no support, he crawls at a running pace and is walking along every piece of furniture in the house, even taking the odd "accidental step" by himself when he's not paying attention. I have a feeling he'll be walking solo very soon!