Toddler Tummies

I remember when I used to think of being a mom and having babies, I had all sorts of hopes and dreams for the type of parent I would be. I like to pride myself in being a rather relaxed parent but there are things that I have always been strict about. Bedtimes. Lots of cuddles. Bath time and brushing teeth. After experiencing a newborn baby, an infant, a baby and now a toddler, I feel like I should send out a disclaimer that corrects many things I said PRE-parenting. The truth is, you just have no idea until you are in it. It’s survival of the fittest. If it works, you do it. My little girl was in total hysterics the other day because I took away the disgusting dirty Freezie that had been dropped in the grass seven times while she tried to eat it. She was so upset and it broke my heart so much that I handed it back to her. I have no idea if she played with it or simply ate it but that filthy blue popsicle was all that made her smile in that moment. Don’t even get me started with how happy she was ten minutes later when I am almost positive she ate a dragonfly! I am not saying she is the boss all the time and that the slightest tantrum will win her all battles. I am not saying that at all! I am fully admitting though that you need to pick your battles wisely. Some of them are not worth the tears. With all of that being said, I feel it is the perfect segway into the topic of food! Toddlers are picky as hell. If they like it today, tomorrow it will end up splattered across your face. Or all the way up your walls and all over your crisp, freshly washed white linen curtains. Toddlers also have the ‘chipmunk winter-food-storing-ability’ down to a science. This girl will chew up about fourteen baby carrots, hold them discreetly in her cheeks, and wait until about an hour later when you are cuddling on the sofa and spit them out all over you. What the logic behind this for her is I have absolutely no idea. She sure finds it funny though. As I fight my way through the darkness in identifying what foods will and will not work, I wanted to share a few tasty treat ideas that are a success in our home- this week anyways. I have probably jinxed it now!

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These mini pizzas were delicious and a hit with those big and small. I picked up what I can only compare to Naan Bread from our local bakery, infused with spinach and herbs. Drizzled with tomato sauce, topped with prosciutto and mozzarella (some grated and fresh), and baked for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. I even like to grill the top a little bit to brown and bubble the mozza. Slice them up small for baby and serve as is for mom and dad. Bon appetit!

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Hallie is slightly obsessed with Munchies Mix – the mix that has sun chips, cheetos, pretzels, etc. Not going to lie, I love them too. Instead of buying a bag of that though I bought a bag of each type of chip in it (more or less) and mixed it all together in a jumbo zip lock bag. I then divided up the mixture into these plastic mason jars. These plastic jars are the best! They store easily, stack, travel well to the park, I LOVE them!!! Very kid friendly too. Oh and husband friendly! Henry cannot open a bag of chips to save his life. We always end up with a long rip down the bag and stale chips, so this is a great solution for him too.

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Homemade Guacamole is possibly my favourite snack ever. It may as well be a meal. Today in fact I ate a bowl of guac which consisted of at least three avocados. Good fats right? (Don’t care..) I follow a very simple gauc recipe. Perfectly ripe avocados, lime juice and lemon juice, chopped cilantro, fresh ground pepper and cayenne pepper. Sometimes I will add a few tablespoons of a really nice salsa just to excite things but trust me, it isn’t necessary! Nothing like fresh ingredients. It also helped that a certain little lady LOVED dipping her tortilla chips in it.

Until next week when she decides she hates all of the above mentioned snacks and we need to turn to Pinterest for new ideas. I don’t know if I have thick enough skin though. It slightly hurts my feelings when she hates my cooking or hard work & preparation haha!

Father’s Day Fun!

What a fun weekend! It was a super busy one for us actually. I worked at the local Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning. Though I love the Saturday vibe, it is a bit of an early start. You have to be all set up to go by about 7:45 which means I am setting the alarm to get up at 6:20am… on the weekend! It’s going to be my last one for a few weeks anyways. The markets are awesome but truthfully, this baby belly is just making me a little bit tired. Time to put the breaks on being so busy for the next couple weeks and just wait for baby boy to come I think.

I had the hubs help me out for the market which was lots of fun. Felt like a little date actually. Later that day we had some friends from out of town come over to hang out. They have a baby boy so it was great to expose Hallie to that and see how she interacted with him. She grew more and more affectionate with him as the day progressed and before we knew it, was giving him hugs and gentle head kisses. It was possibly the sweetest thing ever. Made me super excited to see how she will interact with her baby brother. Hopefully those hugs and kisses will be around more often than the playful slaps that tend to come out around the dog lately. I have these awful visions of her wacking the newborn over the head….hopefully that is not the case!

Today was Father’s Day and we had a wonderful one! I feel quite bad as Father’s Day is not really celebrated or recognized to the extent that Mother’s Day is. Dads are the heroes too! At least Henry is in our home. I wanted to make the day super special for him too as we have had our share of stresses round here lately. I wanted him to be able to forget about anything that might be worrying him and just enjoy the day. Oh, and chore free! I made a special effort not to ask him to do anything really hah. We started the day with a cooked breakfast. Not the whole nine yards though – this weekend already seemed to revolve around eating so I wanted to make sure we paced ourselves. I encouraged Henry to then go and have some ‘guy time’ in his workshop, something I know he is always up for. I think he usually feels guilty going to ‘play’ out there when there are so many home projects that we are always working on. Anyways, he took me up on the offer and spent the afternoon making Hallie the cutest wooden wagon… pictures to come of that later because she was overjoyed and now OBSESSED with this adorable miniature wagon. While he was making magic out there, my mom and I created some Father’s Day magic inside. For lunch, we surprised him with an Ice Cream & Special Coffee Bar themed treat. I found the cutest ice cream lanterns on sale at Michaels which kind of inspired the theme. We made mini chocolate cupcakes and picked fresh berries from the garden to go on top. We then made special coffees topped with whip cream, chocolate chips and Reece’s Piece’s; Dad’s Fave. Apparently I was just trying to give everyone diabetes for lunch. Our afternoon consisted of a bit of fresh air and a certain little lady getting dirty in her sandbox. For dinner, my plan had been to try out cooking a rack of ribs. I have experimented with lots of ideas in the kitchen before, but up until now, I had never tried ribs. I opted for the slow cooker method and they actually turned out GREAT! I topped them with a fresh, homemade mango salsa. Summer freshness and meat sweats for the WIN! All in all, the day was a total success and full of love and calories. What more can dad ask for?! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and found special ways to celebrate the hero in your family. I know we love ours so much and are so appreciative for everything he does. Hallie reserves a very special smile for him and my heart BURSTS when I see them sharing their moments. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Just need to prepare myself for the emotional moments coming my way when I see him bonding with BOTH kids. That is going to require some crazy, superhero-strength, mom-tears control…. lord give me the strength to get through that. And labour!!! More on that later… Have a wonderful night everyone and Happy Father’s Day!

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My Favourite Picture Ever!!!!! Does this not scream super hero?
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My own Dad on my wedding day!
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Almost Baby Time!

36 weeks: Not Long To Go Now!

Well I am finally rounding the corner of the final countdown. Where it’s no longer three months to go, or two more months. We are officially in weeks people! 36 weeks and baby’s due date is creeping up very quickly. I know many women say this but I really don’t think I will make it to 40 weeks. This baby has just been ready to go for too long. He was head down at 28 weeks, which presented a whole world of discomfort that I was not ready for. I have also had this feeling the last couple months that things were just advancing on the quick side. Even my doctor said at my last appointment that the party could possibly get started a little early. I would totally be okay with this too! In my opinion, 38 weeks, let’s get going on this little event. Bring it baby boy! I believe that would bring us a little June Bug Baby and that could also mean some fun Canada Day celebrations for mama! At least a couple cold ones anyways! All joking aside though, if he is ready, so am I. Gear-wise I really am ready actually. I am super excited to try out some new products that I didn’t try with my first too. Here is a little snapshot into some goodies we will be debuting with the new gentleman in town.

K’Tan Baby Carrier – I have heard so many good things about this carrier. With Hallie, I had a long fabric wrap, can’t even remember the brand at this time. It was okay but truthfully, way too much fussing to get in on my body properly, let alone get an infant into it. I think I ‘wore’ her in it maybe three times around the house. One of those three times she enjoyed it and had a small snooze. The other times she screamed bloody murder and turned a dangerous shade of tomato red until I caved and took her out of it. Such a relaxed and chill baby I had there. She was however a huge fan of the Bjourn carrier. I think she just loved having an outside view, looking forward. We would wear that baby for walks and she was so happy. Slept like a champ in it too, even though her chubby cheeks would get all squishy and cute. I bought the Ergo when she was bigger and she liked that sometimes. You just can’t win with babies I swear. This little guy however will loves the K’Tan around the house and will be a dream in the Ergo when we go out. Best laid plans right?! Hah! Here’s hopin…

Modern Burlap Swaddle Blanket: Ice Cream Cone Print – I am in LOVE with this blanket. Trouble is, so is Hallie. I may just have to order a second one for the new baby. If I do, I love the Cactus Print. This swaddle blanket is extra large, perfect for really making a burrito out of that little baby. I just love the muslin fabric too. It will be so nice with our summer heat. Lastly, who can resist those cute prints!

City Select Double Stroller – So very excited about this new stroller! With Hallie, I had the Graco Click Connect and adored it. It was perfect for all of our ‘strolling’ needs and had an extra large shopping bin beneath, perfect for mommy’s shopping needs. When I found out I would be having my second baby and that both kids would be close in age, I knew I needed a stroller that would meet the needs of all three of us. I had my eye on this stroller for some time and was blessed that one of my best friends no longer needed hers. Lucky me! I have been using it with my daughter for about five months just with the one seat. It is a lot heavier than the Graco but has many features that outweigh that one negative feature. That is only with one seat too! I still need to add the other seat so no doubt, the weight will increase too. It does meet all of our needs, including our upcoming needs, and it nice on the eyes too though. Time to suck it mama! Good for the arms right?

4Moms Infant Seat – I am SOOOO excited about my 4Moms Infant Seat. It swings and rocks and is cute to boot! Best of all, it has a small and sturdy footprint. Our place is not big at all so though I loved my Graco swing that I used with my daughter, it took up half the living room. This one is much more compact and I can even have it up a bit higher if need be. Say on the table, out of the reach of tiny toddler hands. I can’t wait to use this baby! Lets hope baby boy loves it as much as I do.

Other than those items, I did stock up on extra cute outfits and somehow a ton of cute little man hats and shoes. I even found a mini Carhartt hat! I admit there is no where near as much cute stuff for boys as there is for girls, but I did manage to find some adorable looking things for this little guy to wear. I also plan to do some serious sewing too – maybe some rompers and anything with a bow tie. I have big plans for baby boy’s wardrobe!

So now we wait…… Can’t wait to get this party started. Terrified of labor but really excited to have him here!

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Breaking In The Home On Wheels

Husband’s Bucket List Item: Take the ol’trailer out for a good ol’fashion family fun adventure!

I am sure many preggo ladies can relate when I say that camping is not exactly high on the to do list when you are four weeks away from your due date. To me camping means cocktails and you can’t exactly take part when the bun is in the oven. Nevertheless, it was pretty high on my husband’s priorities that we go before babe number two joins us. Knowing that things are going to get insanely busy when that time comes. I decided to honor this adventure request with a smile on my face. After all, we did purchase a trailer when we moved to Kamloops last Fall and had yet to break it in. Using the trailer for the first time also meant a good clean top to bottom. And because I tend to get carried away with making things extra cozy and cute, this also mean glamming it up and bringing a bit of an Anthropologie vibe to our little home on wheels. The clean and styling of the trailer took about two days; at the end of it all I was extremely happy with it. I still plan to whip some white paint over the ‘wooden’ cabinets and fridge, perhaps even add a stick-on backsplash. Do I dare even suggest that we lay down some fun faux wood flooring. But for now, it looks super cute, very shabby chic. Unfortunately, even the best laid plans never come through. After a full week of 33 degree weather and burning hot sunshine, we have one soggy weekend of rain on our hands! As I was packing up clothes for Hallie, I laughed as I threw in her rainpants and ladybug rain jacket. Like we would need them!!! Boy did we though! Cold too! I was back in my winter parka, huddled up next to the fire in a Mexican blanket. I mean it is all fun but a little warmth and sunshine would have been much more enjoyable! The planned out menu was promising. Check out ‘camping food’ on Pinterest if you are looking for ideas. We tried out the chorizo sausage, pepper and potato hash for breakfast options. Similar recipe located here. I love the idea of just wrapping it in tin foil and letting the cooking happen itself. Super easy and low maintenance, exactly what you what for camping. You also can’t go wrong with skewered food. It’s easy to cook and eat. I prepped Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs, similar recipe located here. Those are always a big hit with the fam-jam, camping or not. Lastly, a tasty, fire-roasted smokie is a camping stable, not to mention the smores that follow! Mmmmmmm even writing this is making me drool a little; #preggoproblems

Takeaways! Well, definitely pack for any kind of weather. This is an absolute must with small kids. Even at a year and a half, Hallie is ecstatic to be in her gumboots, jumping around in puddles and getting D I R T Y!!! She loves it. The messier things get the better. Which I am more than okay with! It is however no fun if anyone, especially your little kiddos, are wet and cold and bored to tears. The great outdoors can only be enjoyed properly if the right clothing is worn. Brings a good mix of indoor and outdoor toys. At her age, her attention span only lasts so long. It’s a good idea to have a nice mix of things to keep entertained, outside and inside. We had a nice chair and table set up outside so she could hang out with the adults and have her snack. We brought the wagon for walks and of course dragging her toys around. A few balls to play with, her bubble-blowing lawnmower. All great for the outdoor space. For inside I brought her animal card-matching game, some books that she hadn’t seen in awhile, a tea set, and of course her favourite toy at the moment, a huge zip lock bag of coloured straws from IKEA. The jumbo kind. I have no idea why but the girl is obsessed with them. She spent a full hour playing with them on the bed and hiding them behind our throw pillows, laughing hysterically the entire time. Works for me! Towels! Bring lots of towels! Wetness, dirt and mud seemed to follow us everywhere on this trip. I thought I had brought more than enough towels but believe me, if you think you have enough, add five more. Wipes too, lots of baby wipes. After all, they are good for everything really.

The trip ended up being a short one – we had some trailer issues that we could not ignore (a gas leak alarm that kept going off! Turned out to be just old and faulty, no gas leak to worry about. Can’t be too careful with little ones though!) so we had to come home early. Hubby was super bummed. I promised him we would go again real soon and I aim to stay true to that promise. Anyone gone camping with a toddler AND a newborn?? Anyone at all? I welcome with open arms your tips and suggestions! Please spam me with your experiences, the good the bad and the ugly! Aside from calling the trip quits early, and the shotty weather, we did have a great time together. One of our last special weekends as a family of three. Happy campers all around here!

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Standard Camping Mom Hair: The Braids

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The Dreaded ‘Gas Leak Alarm’ Expression

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‘Shitter’s Full!’

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Mother’s Day Is Every Day

I completely forgot to post about Mother’s Day but every day is Mother’s Day right?! Of course it is! When you are a mom, all days are filled with every emotion possible. The roller coaster can take you from zero to ninety with the tiniest gesture from your children. A grab of your finger or a heartfelt hug with their little arms can make your heart burst with love and happiness. A surge of patience can be felt as you discover yet another crayon scribble on your white kitchen cupboards and walls. Red hot frustration when you find your expensive eye cream being used as ‘finger paint’ on sofa, of all places. Sadness when you finally get a moment to yourself and all you end up doing is missing your little one. Relief when you finally get them into bed for the night. Guilt for feeling relief that they have gone to bed and you finally get a break for the day. And lastly, back to love and bursting happiness as you creep over their crib and watch them sleeping before you pass out from exhaustion in your own bed. Or sofa. Whatever is closest. This roller coaster happens daily too! It’s absolute torture – I kind of love it too. That is why I feel like every single day is Mother’s Day in a sense. We do however get that one day a year when it is publicly acknowledge and usually filled with spoiling of some kind. My day was great too! I must admit the weekend started off rocky. Being the emotionally unstable and pregnant woman that I am lately, I chose to pick a fight with the husband the day before. I have absolutely no clue what I was pissed about, couldn’t remember for the life of me right now. Whatever it was it blew over. It is not uncommon for me to overreact lately! (I don’t recall being like this in my first pregnancy…. it’s because it’s a boy I swear!) Sunday, Mother’s Day, ended up going much smoother and without arguments. I woke up to a beautifully cooked breakfast and enjoyed a full pack of bacon. There is never enough bacon. After a big home cooked breakfast, we played around and took some photos! I really wanted some belly shots before I got too large and some candid moments with Hallie. Henry is pretty good with the camera too so we had fun with a mini photoshoot. The afternoon revolved entirely around eating – again! I think that is what we did all day. EAT. That is what you do when you are pregnant though right?! The weather was really undecided so the moment we had some solid sunshine, we set up outside for an early supper. I as usual had a ton of fun styling the table and experimenting with using different serving dishes. My favourite detail of the meal was actually using lush throw and pillows on our chairs. Just added a touch of class to the table.

Aside from all of the fun we had, the most important thing about the day was the quality time spent with my family. With my mom so close we got to spend it with her so we had three generations present; myself, my mom and my daughter. Such a special time to appreciate the women in your life and honour the blessing it is to be a mama. I know how proud I am to be Hallie’s mama and am filled with excitement (and major nerves/anxiety) to be a mama of two very, very soon.

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day and again, so sorry for being so late to the party on this post!

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All Of The Things

I am titling this post ‘all of the things’ because that is literally what we have been doing – all of the things! Every since I got back into sewing and started my little side baby biz, every day seems to be jam-packed with things to do. Whether it be for that, or for playing catchup on getting housework done (yuck, who needs that), getting ready for baby boy, or simply having fun with Hallie. Life has been BUSY! Makes me wonder how much busier it can get when the second baby arrives but I am trying not to think too much about that. Now that we are living in Kamloops too, the weather is much warmer than on the coast. It feels like summer as already arrived. It was 20 degrees this morning on my back patio. As I hide out under the patio table umbrella mid-afternoon, it is actually a scorching 32! It’s only a couple days into June too! July and August are going to be much hotter. I foresee lots of beach time and water parks in our near future.

So a little recap on the business and life with a crazy toddler!

I do not have a website or an Etsy page yet (YET!) but I have started a Facebook page. Please feel free to wander over here and check it out, or my Instagram feed here. Even without a huge social media presence, things have been picking up nicely. I have had a number of online orders and am getting some action by participating in the weekly Farmer’s Market. So far the response has been great and people are LOVING what I am making. Here’s hoping it just gets better! Once I square away some free time (that doesn’t exist) I hope to set up a website and have a proper ordering system. If you have done this, message me tips! Help a fellow mama out! It’s all very new to me and I often feel like I am fumbling my way through the dark. Fun & scary!

Trying to manage all of that with a toddler certainly has been interesting. Every single day that child is more full of life and personality than the day before. She is WILD too! Her current obsessions include closing all of the doors in the house, jumping on my bed and burying herself under pillows, screwing and unscrewing lids to squeeze pouches, watered down iced-tea, bananas, and helping pick up dog poop. In keeping up with her love for dogs, her favourite show appears to be Paw Patrol and choice of music still appears to be hip hop. We are hanging on by a thread to spoon feeding though I see the end of that happening soon enough. Miss independent love to feed herself while simultaneously launching food across the kitchen at my head. Each mealtime is it’s own adventure, full of messy surprises. With all of her development and total toddler craziness comes a whole lotta love. She is so affectionate and obsessed with mummy and daddy. Loves to cuddle and hold hands. Sometimes I wonder how my heart will grow bigger and fit MORE love for another baby. I am told it happens quite naturally. Can’t wait to experience it first hand! Only about five more weeks to go and I will be knee deep in baby love for TWO kiddos.

The pregnancy is going well I guess. Not as enjoyable as my first. This time round there is a lot more discomfort and overall body pain. There was way more ‘morning sickness’ that occurred all damn day and night and in general, I have complained a lot more. My husband has been a saint of sorts. But we are the final countdown and I have been healthy throughout so there is absolutely no reason at all to be such a whiner. My doctor even offered to do a sweep at 38 weeks, thinking I am probably ready to get this party started. After weighing the options, I am all for it. Maybe baby boy will be a little bit early.

Last but not least is the life adjustment of having my mom living close by. By close by, I mean downstairs! I love having her here. Boy does Hallie love it too. There is something to be said though about another ‘parent’ around. Sometimes I feel there are now three adults trying to raise my kid. It can be quite trying on my patience actually. I keep telling myself that God helps us through these situations but giving us the opportunity to BE more patient. I think Oprah has said that too. Moments where we can really stand up, look deep into who we are, maybe bite our tongues a bit and smile through it LOL! I think it is easier to do that too with a bit of wine, which I plan to have plenty of help from this summer. Anyone else back to living close to their parents now that they are adulating with their own family? Feeling like a teenager again? I would love to hear your experiences, the good the bad and the ugly.

For now, back to juggling it all! My next post I am so excited to share some home projects I have been working on as well as getting the back patio ready for some serious summer lounging. Hope the sun is shining where you are and you are enjoying the day, and all that it brings!

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Mother’s Day

It’s almost Mother’s Day! I still consider myself a very new mom, and this weekend will mark my second year celebrating this very special day. I always made a big deal out of the day for MY mom and have to say, it’s even more special that I can now share the day with her. I think there are so many ways to show mom gratitude and appreciation! Gifts are always such a wonderful sentiment but sometimes it’s all about the little things.

Sleeping in. Sleeping through the night. Sleeping like my husband sleeps. Those would all be wonderful things to be given this mother’s day. The ability to sleep on my stomach and drink a bottle of wine (not in that order) would be AMAZING. Those are not possible right now due to being a pregnant mommy. My time will come very soon though! Then sometimes I think, man a day at the spa would be a fantastic mother’s day gift. But that would require me spending hours AWAY from my baby when I would probably just miss her like crazy and suffer major FOMA. I think mother’s day should be about spending quality time with the family and celebrating the very opportunity that I am blessed to be someone’s mommy. I did however read about one awesome tradition have decided to start it this year. It is to go to our local nursery, and between myself, my daughter and my mom, we will each pick out a flower that reminds us of one another. Then we will go home and plant it in the garden. Obviously Hallie is too young to realize what this is all about, but it will be fun to start anyways. I will just have to steer her in the direction of the peonies for now!

With all of that being said, it is pretty awesome to get a sweet present, whether it’s mother’s day or not. I have rounded up some treasures that I am totally LOVING right now and would be overjoyed to receive. A little bit of something for all of the mommies out there!

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GEO Knit Throw / Kate Spade Jewel Dish / Books From Indigo / Clay Inspired Wine Cooler / Anthropologie Candles / Eleanor Jewel Case / Oversized Wicker Throw Basket / Dottie Glassware

I am a sucker for throws. This GEO print is super fun and I feel it would be easy to work into any room, no matter the existing decor. I love the navy as well. The jewel dish would be a lovely gift for anyone who wears rings. I have one in my bathroom, by my bed and even near the kitchen sink. Just in case I need to remove my wedding rings. I have misplaced them once and NEVER want to do that again! Books can be a difficult gift to give. After some thought out research, these two are bound to hit the spot with any mom. One a nice easy bath tub read, and the other one that has a different perspective and brings out all the ‘feels’. This wine cooler is so cute! I can totally see it on my patio table, with a blend of different blues in glassware and a crisp white linen tablecloth. Very Mediterranean. I also plan to do a lot of white wine drinking this summer so a chiller will come in handy. This one can be soaked in cold water prior to keep an icy chill on your bottle that much longer. Full disclosure on Anthropologie candles. I have many. I have a backstroke supply in our hall closet. If my husband new that I spent an average of thirty dollars on each of these candles, he may not be my husband any longer. Light one of these puppies up though and you will forget all about how much you paid to breathe in that heavenly scent. Worth. Every. Penny. The Capri Blue candle is an Anthro signature smell – the one you inhale dreamily whenever you enter the store. The Voluspa is one of my absolute favourites. Feeling the sudden urge to light one just writing these words. Since this Christmas just past, I have become quite obsessed with jewelry boxes. I can’t believe I went without one for so many years in my twenties. I love having a beautiful case to house all of my bits and bobs in. This one here is the Eleanor case from Indigo and I love the femininity of it. Mom will too! These oversized wicker baskets are so fun. I plan to put one beside the new baby’s crib and fill it with swaddle blankets. There is just something about them that makes me feel like I am in Aladdin, I love them! The color palette is great too. Lastly, this Dottie inspired glassware from Crate & Barrel is super cute. Fresh and summery, alcoholic or not a drink is going to refresh!