i've moved!

Hi everyone! Sorry for the New Year's silence over here. I've been working on a new project! Now that everything is (somewhat) organized, I'm excited to share that I have a new home for my blog...

I decided just before the New Year that I really wanted to combine both my business and my blog in one convenient spot. I've been wanting to share more of my work, but it didn't quite feel right over here. I'm on too many social platforms and really wanted to just combine everything into one. I'll still be posting about my day to day and life's exciting moments, but with more focus and more often!

I realize how annoying it is when someone switches up URLs on you, but I would love if you'd follow along my new blog! I am ever so grateful to those who have been stopping by here for as long as you have. The blogger world is always changing, and this change feels right. Plus, it makes my life a whole lot easier. One site!

See you on the other side, and thank you!


winter weekend

It's been a snowy past few weeks, just in time for the holidays. While the temperatures have been a bit mild as of late, i'm pretty sure this year we'll have a white Christmas! Scout hated the weather at first, to the point where we'd have to throw her outside, but she's beginning to get used to it, prancing all around and leaving tracks in the snow. Dobermans are such big babies, it's a shame people think they're so scary looking. ALL she wants to do is cuddle, lol.

If I don't pop by this space before the holidays, I wish you all the very best! I hope you get to spend quality time with your loved ones and enjoy a little break too. I for one, cannot wait!

Merry Christmas!


oh christmas tree

Don't let the lack of snow fool you... just a week or so ago I took these photos almost losing a hand to the bitter cold! It was well worth the half hour search for the perfect tree though. You know, the one that just screams, "pick me, pick me!". It smells like heaven and fits perfectly into the corner of our living room. I love having the tree up, twinkly lights all aglow in the evenings. It makes Christmas that much more official. Lately, i've been finding a lot more of our friends and family are getting real trees (or maybe i'm just noticing)... which do you prefer, real or fake?

this month

Better late, than never. Right? We're half way through December already and it's been busy around here, as I'm sure it has been for all of you! We've been spending a lot of time cuddled on the couch drinking cocoa and watching movies too though, wrapping gifts and making holiday plans. The pup and kitten are sporting their Christmas collars, and Rick and I have been slowly decorating here and there. I love this time of year. There's nothing a flickering candle, cozy couch, and cup of tea can't cure. It's winter comfort at its finest. It's snowed so much already (with a huge amount this past weekend), piling up on the front lawn, but I don't mind a white Christmas! (Talk to me mid-February however, and I mind change my tune, lol.) For now, we're enjoying it and all the season has to offer. I hope your December is shaping up just as well!

What are your plans for the holidays this year?


early mornings

Lately, I've started to get up early and sneak in a workout routine. It's SO hard to get out of bed while it's still dark outside. It has me feeling good, but it also means an earlier bedtime! With all the chores and errands that keep popping up, I haven't felt like spending a lot of my downtime on the computer (hence the lack of posts, oops!).

We've been making lots of plans for Christmas though – dinners with friends, work parties, who's having Christmas where – it's been nice ramping up to the best time of year! I've had the "holiday traditions" channel set on my radio, enjoying the classics each time I drive to and from work, and just this past weekend Rick put up our Christmas lights. Slowly we're seeing more and more houses light up at night. I've started our Christmas shopping as well, as it's always nice to have it done early and just relax come the week of, don't you think?

Hope you're all enjoying your November! What holiday traditions do you look forward to each year?

P.S. Notice the paint swatch? We'll be painting this room a whole lot lighter soon!


this month

Halloween has come and gone, and it was a fun one at that! I dressed up as a ballerina – easy since I had mostly everything but the tutu. We had about 50 or so kids drop by in the cutest and creative costumes. I love seeing what they all dress up as!

The night ended early though, as November decided to blow in hard and rainy, keeping me up most of the night. It's a blustery one out there, a sure sign of cold days to come. Now is the time I like to start creating a cozy home – bring out the blankets, flannel sheets, and multiple candles to light each evening. I detest the bitter cold, but there sure is something about hibernating indoors just before the holidays.

This month we have a couple of celebrations, get-togethers, and things to do around the house. I'm most looking forward to seeing Swan Lake next week, performed by the National Ballet. Tchaikovsky is one of my favourites, and there's nothing like the drama of Swan Lake.

What are you up to this month?


chill in the air

Yes, it's still Fall, and yes, I'm still desperately clinging to the idea that another 20˚C day might happen. The cold has set in though, and you can start to feel November's chill creeping in. I'm very much regretting my choice of dress without tights today.

Halloween is just a few days away and I am really looking forward to all the kiddos coming to the door. I love seeing all their costumes and letting them pick out their own choice of candy. I haven't decided yet what i'll be dressing up as, though at a Halloween party this past weekend I was a robber, and naturally Rick was the cop, ha! But I might go as a ballerina, I already have half the "costume" from my recreational ballet classes, all I need is a fun tutu. And yes, i'm an adult, but who says we can't still dress up once a year? All in good fun, no? (Sans the slutty costumes.)

I'd love to know, are you dressing up this Thursday? Or leaving the costume changes to the children?


fall tradition

Fall always begins with plenty of pumpkins decorating my home. Even when I was living in an apartment, I still picked out, carved, and placed a few light pumpkins to flicker in the window on Halloween night. It's just not the same without them. I love going out to the farm – never the grocery store – and picking out a few special ones.

This year we seriously lucked out, and just so happened to stumble across the most amazing pumpkin farm. They had so many different varieties – plenty I'd never even seen before. It was hard not to spend a fortune, as we wheel-barrowed our treasures to the trunk of our car.

Funnily enough, i'm not one for most pumpkin-flavoured foods though. Pumpkin-spiced latte's leave me with a terrible after-taste, and i'd rather apple over pumpkin pie. I do enjoy pumpkin spiced bread though, this being my favourite recipe, but I like to leave the pumpkins to decorating only.

How do you traditional celebrate the Fall season? I'd love to know!

P.S. It's currently snowing. Hoping it's just a mean trick by Mother Nature, and that Fall isn't actually over already!