Friday Finds

Can you believe it? I’m even squeezing in a Friday Finds for you this week before my holiday.

Speaking of vacation, I ordered two new bathing suits from Victoria’s Secret last week while they were having a sale.

The knockout bandeau (in green)

The getaway halter (in black refracted geo)

This is a bit old, but I thought it was still worth sharing for its comedic value… an infographic of the best and worst “first pitches” in Major League Baseball.

I love Jones Design Company and everything she does. Last week she shared her tips on how to organize your iPhone home screen. Love it!

Can’t wait for spring so I can wear bare legs again, and I might even buy myself this gorgeous skirt.

gap flare skirt

I love this nursery.

This cat cracks me up.

 

And of course, I couldn’t let this Friday go by without some Valentine’s day links. I have a serious crush on Jimmy Fallon and the Tonight Show has created some “Fallontines” for the big day. The fourth one cracked me up. (It will make sense if you’ve seen this interview in which he finds out that he went on a date with Nicole Kidman)

Gotta love Etsy to come up with the awesome and the quirky. I almost got this card for husbandman this Valentine’s day, but we decided not to get each other cards. (And also, I didn’t order in time).

etsy valentine's card cute butt

I also liked this one, and this one. And would definitely believe it if I was on the receiving end of this one.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Have a great week!

 

About time

I’ve finally updated the “About” page on the site. It was waaay out of date.

About out of date

 

The info was from before we even had kids! Crazy.

I still need to make more updates to the site, like changing the header image (sorry Foster) and I’m going to try to figure out a way to get the links to show up better/darker. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Also, I promise to get to the house reno stuff (which we are still working on) that I mentioned when I returned from the dead checked back in last week , but first husbandman and I are off to Mexico for a week in the sun!

Goodbye -25 degrees with the windchill… I’ll take +25 with a humidex instead!

Hasta la vista!

Late to the party

So I had this grand plan that I would come back in January and say Happy New Year to you all and kick start this little blog of mine and it would be like I never left. But alas, that is not the case. It has taken me all month to sit down to write this little blurb. Bear with me I’m kinda going train of thought on this one and I haven’t blogged in 8 months!

You guys… Life.Is.Busy.

I went back to work full-time in April and that’s pretty much where I fell off the Internet. I was truly surprised by the amount of work going back to work full-time with two kids would be. I really thought that since I’d been back to work once before and handled that reasonably well, how hard could it be? How much more work could sending one more kid to the same daycare be?

I’ll tell you how much: More than twice as much. Much more. I was completely blindsided by the sheer amount of trivial information I’d have to keep in my head just to keep our family functioning (Did we take his blanket home? Where are the other ones “outside” shoes? How did he nap today? ) and to continue sending our children to school well-fed in washed clothes with washed faces. Not to mention feeding them again at night. They want to eat twice a day at my house? Freeloaders! I’m not complaining, I’m just saying I did not see it coming.

And so, the blog has taken a back seat to our busy life. I’ve missed it. And thought many, many times about coming back to write something. Anything.

I wouldn’t say life has settled down at all, but I just want to get back in the habit of coming back here to chronicle our happy little life.

In the grand scheme of things you haven’t missed much. Not much work done around the house, and life has been “normal” (just busy). The boys are getting big. I’ll share a few pictures soon. Work is work, and that’s pretty much all we have time for.

But, I do have some house progress to share. We have new floors on one level of the house. And let me tell you, if you want to get a project kick-started, start with the floors. Everything else will HAVE to go! Now that the floors have been professionally installed we’ve been spending most of our evenings DIY-ing the rest: Wallpaper removal, baseboard and trim painting, wall painting, outlet switching, light installing… the list goes on… and on!

I think that’s about it for now. I’ll be back soon (hopefully) to share some progress pics of our new floors.

Happy New Year!

 

Friday Finds

Hope you all had a great  couple of weeks. We had a busy long (Canadian) weekend. Packed full of family, friends, some gardening and half-decent weather. Warm weather is still being shy in this part of the world. We get one warm day or two, and then its back to cold. If you’re celebrating a long weekend in the US this weekend I hope you have a great one. And hey, if you have some downtime check out what I’ve found around the web in the last little while.

Funny celebrities have funny kids (and funny stories to tell). Here’s an amusing round-up. Amy Poehler’s is my favourite.

Speaking of celebrities one of my faves is apparently moving. Kelly Ripa and Mark Conseulos have put their 7000 sq. ft penthouse up for sale (It’s sold). Check it out.

And if you’re in the market for a house but the well-appointed 5-bedroom penthouse in Manhattan isn’t your thing (what?) perhaps this Star Trek themed mansion is more your style. All yours for a cool $35 M.

star trek house

Looking for something random and awesome? You’ve come to the right place! Here’s 20 hedgehogs that should fit the bill.

Meanwhile in Canada… perhaps the most Canadian thing that has ever happened. (Video)

I think I’ve decided on this fabric for the curtains in Harry’s room. I bought a swatch and he approves. Ha!

Pretty sure I’m going to have to try making these Lemon Raspberry Yogurt Pops this summer when raspberries are in season. I can’t wait.

And since summer will probably, hopefully, eventually make its way here I’m seeing bathing suits everywhere. I love ASOS bathing suits. Especially this one (pictured below), and this one and this one. Now I just need to work on my beach body!

asos bathing suit

You didn’t think I’d leave you without some videos, did you?

Selfies around the world. So beautiful. So fun. I’m jealous!

 

The president of the United States goes out for a stroll. It was caught on video.

 

I hope that kept you busy for a little while. I’m looking forward to a weekend that has a great forecast, Harry’s first soccer “game” this weekend, and a little gardening. And two of my very best friends just had baby boys this week. I’m hoping I can squeeze in a snuggle or two with them some time soon. Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

Friday Finds

Better late than never! Another week that threw our best laid plans for a loop. Both husbandman and I were sick with the flu at.the.same.time. It was the worst! We rebounded quickly though and managed to finally finish painting the basement. I’ll have pics for you soon. I love it and I’m so excited!

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I feel I need this bag and then I need to plan a getaway.

I laughed so hard at these. The photos are priceless but the captions rival their silliness. 100 most important cat pictures of all time.

Big news in our house this week! Scientists have discovered a new dinosaur. And they gave him a great name.

Last week I posted about some octopus art that I found. And this week, a new DIY take on large scale octopus art. Is Octopus the new fox in home decor?

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I just bought this shirt for Harry.

I love these simple and inexpensive updates for sprucing up the front door.

That’s it! Have a wonderful weekend. If you’re a mom I hope you have the most wonderful Mother’s Day and are appreciated for all that you do for your family. I’ll try to post again next week to catch you up on basement progress.

Friday Finds

Oh heyyyyyyyyyyy!

So, I’ve been a little busy lately. I had a crazy couple of weeks in the lead up to my return to work. Sickness spread through our house, Foster’s birthday party and Christening, oh yeah, and return to work prep (batch cooking etc.) So you’ll excuse me while I’ve been away. Right? I’m glad you’ve been checking in on me while I’ve been gone. Sorry there’s been nothing new to look at in so long.

There’s lots I want to share with you guys but blogging has just taken a back seat to being exhausted taking care of the family and just staying on top of regular life stuff. But, just because I’ve been gone doesn’t mean I haven’t been hoarding awesome stuff to share for my triumphant (you be the judge) return to Friday Finds. I love sharing regular life updates, the newsletters to the boys, and of course our DIY and home update adventures but more than anything people tell me how much they love (and even look forward to) Friday Finds. So I’m going to try to get my act back in gear to at least bring you Friday Finds every week.

 

octopus print

So we’re pretty smitten with this print. Going to have to figure out where to put this guy somewhere in the house.

I love this modern boy’s room. So chic and lots of fun!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so here’s a round-up of a couple of gift guides for your shopping pleasure. A Thoughtful Place, One Fine Day, The Handmade Home and Indigo. And I’ll just add that I’m crushing on this scarf  and if there’s such a thing as a clothing crush I have one on this hoodie.

scuba hoodie lulu

Since Harrison has developed his love of dinosaurs I’ve learned a lot about them. And so much has changed since I was a kid. Some of the theories about these creatures are just so fascinating. Like… check this out!

Why you should learn to sew already! (The Handmade Home) and a cautionary tale about pattern placement.

I’m no expert, but I’m taking it one project at a time. And if you learn to sew, you’re gonna need some fabric. Luckily for you, Kelly has rounded up the 25 best places to shop for home decor fabric online. My two favourites are Fabric.com and Tonic Living. I just placed a Fabric.com order yesterday.

How to be a great host. Some great tips!

We (like the rest of the planet) wait not so patiently every week for the next episode of Game of Thrones. What would your Game of Thrones name be? Mine’s Queen Heatheria Baratheon The Kingslayer!

True Facts About the Owl (prepare to laugh)

 

I did’t know what a promposal was until I saw this. (get your tissues ready)

 

Whew! That about does it. I hope that somewhat makes up for my absence. If you ever see something on the web that you think would be great for Friday Finds then just drop me a line. And if you’re ever missing me over here, don’t forget to find me on Instagram for a mini photo fix.

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

About making plans as a parent

I had a long list of things that I wanted to accomplish today – the day before Foster’s birthday! How did that happen so quickly? After dropping both kids off at daycare I had a list that included prepping some items for Foster’s party, putting together a blog post for tomorrow, and maybe even getting a bunch of the trim and doors painted in the basement.

But, Harrison had other plans for me. He woke up in the middle of the night with the flu and so he and I are home today. Luckily it seems to have just been a short-lived bug, since he seems more like himself albeit a bit less hungry. He has been a real trooper and since the worst of his illness seems to have passed I was actually able to get a lot done today.

Harry was in need of a haircut and he actually suggested doing that today. So we kicked off our day with a haircut.

hair cut

Then a quick trip to the grocery store on the way home.

At home he just wanted to chill for a little while so he played with his trains, his Lego, and his peel and re-stick sticker book – all things he doesn’t get to play with uninterrupted when Foster is around. Then since he was feeling up for a change, together we baked a birthday cake for Foster’s birthday tomorrow. And also made a few egg nests for Foster’s celebration on Saturday. Harry was happy to help with putting the eggs in the nest. And licking the spoon of course.

egg nests

After lunch we hit up the Bulk Barn for a few items for Foster’s party. And if that wasn’t enough, we also stopped by the toy store so Harrison could pick out a gift to give to his brother. He had a great idea last week that Foster might like a construction helmet, so we went in search of one, and to my surprise we actually found one at the first store.

So, although what we accomplished today might not jive exactly with what I had planned we still had a full day, I got to hang out with Harry, and I crossed off a lot of items on my larger weekly to-do list.

If you want to keep up with all of Foster’s birthday party prep (or the rest of my life) follow me on Instagram “heatheroleary”.