An October Day

Saturday, 13 October 2018


Im watching Penelope in her play pen thats placed directly in front of the couch. She's watching both her parents scrupulously while talking baby and saying things like "eiyoo" and "daa-daa" then waits for a acknowledgment. I don't think she likes her Play Pen too much. 

This afternoon was drizzly and wet, which we of course decided to go for a walk in the rain. We bundled up, and I made sure P would be snuggly and dry. By the time we reached the store it started pouring and being fully committed at that point we kept on walking, hoping the blue skies in the distance would soon give some relief. I was fully soaked, and Penelope slept dry and warm in the covered stroller. The sound of the rain must have put her to sleep. 



When the rain finally let up, I picked her up out of the stroller to show her the vibrant coloured leaves that painted the road. She watched the sun dance through the sodden leaves that still clung willfully to their tree branches. I talked to Penelope about rain storms, and fall weather and she listened closely as if she understood every word I spoke. 

I want to remember this day, and those moments because time seems to be going by faster than ever. The blur of weeks that turn into months, that will evidently become years. 



7 Months Old!

Friday, 12 October 2018



Where has the time gone?! I can not believe Penelope is 7 months old today. She has changed my entire world in the most beautiful way.

Sleeping: Her sleeping habits are great, she had gone through a "sleep regression"which means she practically slept like a newborn and was awake every hour of the night for almost two weeks, that was so difficult. That was

Eating: She eats EVERYTHING! Literally we give her whatever we eat and she LOVES it. She is a healthy and content eater. Now is the time to start teaching her healthy eating habits so she can have a good relationship for food.

New Things: Penelope is crawling! It literally just happened all of a sudden, like one day we woke up and she just started crawling. It's pretty cool watching her learn how to do things, and its neat to see how she see's the world around her.

She loves her jolly jumper that sits between the door in the bathroom. We have her play centre she loves to be in.

I really wanted to add another section to these monthly updates, which is to let the reader know how I feel. I wanted to start posting about postpartum a bit more, and being honest about things.
Am I the only one who gets very emotional watching any sad movie that has a baby in it ? Or what really gets me is seeing the news when children go missing? I have never been an emotional person but I guess thats completely changed.

I've been VLOGGING!

Wednesday, 10 October 2018


This is the most recent vlog where Penelope crawls for the first time! It's so exciting watching this back because as of right this second she is so fast and solid on all fours now.

The Pumpkin Patch

Saturday, 6 October 2018

I love this time of the year the most, and not just because it's my birthday. I love the smell of fresh crisp fall air, pumpkin scents that seem to be in every store, and I love pumpkin patches. This is Penelope's fist October, first fall and first time seeing a pumpkin patch.
We woke up early, got dressed and went for a nice fall walk this morning. It was fun to show P all the leaves turning red, yellow and orange, and even thou she doesn't understand it yet I know she still loves to look at the tree's.   I made it my mission this week to find a pumpkin patch (which wasn't hard, there are like 20 within a short drive of our home) and to take pictures with Penelope. 














I am so excited for fall and all the fun fall things there is to do in our area. Let me know what you have planned for the month of October? 

Ten Things Tuesday - Baby, Mom & Dad

Tuesday, 2 October 2018



Happy Tuesday! I am writing this from my office, hidden away from the rest of the house. Sometimes you just need a break. Its actually Sunday and Tony is home and while he's going through his hunting gear I'm using this time to dish out a few good blog posts for next week and I'm writing my letter of intent for the board of directors for the Early Years. As your reading this I will have already had my meeting and hopefully if everything works out I will have fully accepted the job. 

I thought I would start writing this blog post every week, as a sort of running to-do or to-buy list.




1. I have been eyeing a new stroller now for a long time. This week I am releasing a review of the Evenflo Pivot Travel System we bought when Penelope was born. We are planning on heading to Florida for a few weeks or months this winter and I want a new travel stroller. The Bugaboo brand has some that I have loved for a long time, I just cant decide between the Bugaboo Donkey (incase we have another child in the near future), or the Bugaboo Bee which I've read is the best for travel. 

2. Since we do have a long car ride ahead of us, I need to find Penelope the best carseat. I want it to be soft, comfortable but also really safe. I've done a little searching and found I like both the Graco Children Forever all in 1 (which I really love that it can be used up to 120 pounds)  and the Maxi Cosi Rachel Zoe set because its so pretty!! And if you are even more bold there is a pink Maxi Cosi Car Seat.

3. Just so happened I found the prettiest stroller of all time! But I think I need to do a bit more research on the MOODD Rachel Zoe Collection Quinny Stroller. I mean just watch the video on the Quinny website

4. So we use our baby sling everyday and it really is a life saviour. I have been eyeing these Ring Slings from WildBird, especially the Chambray in Stork. They also have Mini's for your mini ;). 

5. As our trip gets closer and closer, and I'm preparing months in advance because this is our first time travelling as a family with a baby. We also need a pack and play, or a play pen whatever you prefer. I've been eyeing this one from 4 Moms, but Ill probably end up buying the Nuna Sena Aire Travel Crib


6. There are only three clothing pieces I am dying to get her and they are Hunter Boots (she will grow into them), Brunette the Label's sweater for kids and of course a snowsuit by Canada Goose

7. OKAY now for mama's turn... I have been eyeing this black vest from North Face. This Simple Days Long Sleeve from The Everyday Shop is perfect for under vests. 

8. I have been posting a lot of vlogs on my Youtube channel, and I create those videos using iMovie. However Ive been so into being more creative with the editing process lately, and I think I'm going to buy Final Cut Pro.

9. Have any of you read The Southern Style Guide? Cristin's blog is so good and I often refer to it when I'm looking for something to buy for myself. This post about How to Transition from Summer to Fall has me itching to go shopping for some new outfits. 

10. One for the guys - Tone has been absolutely obsessed with hunting, fishing and looking for a new truck lately. His favourite rod and reel for fishing is made by Abu Garcia... I've had that name stuck in my head for weeks now.. "Abu Gar-cia" lol. 

Farewell To Penelope's First Summer

Monday, 1 October 2018

Dear Penelope, 
Im currently sitting at the breakfast spot, half tired and half of a headache after putting you to sleep in our bed again. Its Monday morning, and I have set a few deadlines for myself to get the pictures from my external hard drive & iPhone camera roll to a more respectable place. While you nap for at least the next 30 minutes, I am determined to post this little goodbye to your fist summer. 


June: What a beautiful way to start the first summer of your life sweet Penelope. We headed to the cottage as daddy was still away at school for a few more weeks. So most of the time it was just Penelope and Mommy, going on morning walks, and trips to the cottage. You were 5 months old and already experiencing so much good things this world has to offer.


July: Daddy was home! We spent a lot more time on the water this month. It was your first time on the boat with Deda and Mama which you felt right at home on. You napped in the cabin and I took a gazillion pictures because I remember a time when I was not too much older than you were and I was doing the same thing you were doing. Its tradition now. 


August: Your first word was Bella, and Deda took you swimming for the first time. The first time you touched the fresh Georgian Bay water it was a little cold and you cried for maybe a second before realizing everything was OKAY. Now you love the water in all its forms and take every chance you get to take a swim with mommy, daddy or your grandpa. 
Not only do you love Bella, but I think you love all animals. You squeezed Kitty just to show her how much you loved her, and she would let you and love you right back. 




September: Our last boat ride was a beautiful summer day that we went exploring all the islands around our home. Grandma and Grandpa would do anything for you, which including driving the boat to our house just to pick us up for a few hours while daddy was at work. Those hot, days on the water is what made up your first summer. The sounds of the waves lapping against the bow of the boat would rock you to sleep every time. 



Oh and we cant forget to include all the fish you took pictures with, and the salmon we had for dinner that is sure to make you grow strong and smart! We love you Sweet Pea, and I love the memories we have of your first summer of life! What a wonderful life it is, and oh its just going to get better and better baby girl! 

Friday Must Haves #01

Friday, 28 September 2018

Leggings - The first thing I saw about these leggings was that they are high waisted! Not only is it flattering for almost everyone, but did you see the price? $11.97 US. Ive had so many leggings and I found these to be thick enough that they aren't see through and don't loosen during the day like other leggings I've had.

Black Sweater - Fall months call for longer sleeves and a black sweater is the perfect staple to any wardrobe. Im the type of person who usually has a lot of colour in their closet but during the fall months I love wearing a lot more blacks, greys and textured materials.

Faux Fur Vest - This is the texture an outfit needs, I always love having lots of coats, and jackets that are easy to through over your leggings and simple tops. I've been defiantly seeing this faux fur vest all over the fashion blogger world.

Its really sad that summer is officially gone, but for Penelope it was her first summer and boy was it a good one. You can catch up on some of our summer vlogs here. Our family has been in our home now for close to one year and with that we have a lot more things than we did when we first moved in. I have been working with a designer to renovate our bathroom, and what I'm truly excited for is our closet renovation which I will share more about on the blog soon. After I have a little more organization in our walk in I will defiantly be doing more shopping for fall and winter months and I'll defiantly be posting more but I hope you enjoy a little snippet of things that I've bought this week and some of the deals I've found online. 

- Stephanie 


Halloween Though The Years

Saturday, 22 September 2018

I remember every year my mom would spend DAYS making my sister and I’s costume for Halloween every year. Now that I’m a mother myself I honestly don’t know how she had found time every day to do that, between two children and going back to school for Nursing. She did such an amazing job every single year, and the neighbourhood where I grew up would host a Halloween Contest, and guess what? We literally won every year for best dressed or most original! 
As Penelope nears her first Halloween ever, I cant help but feel a little nostalgic. I don’t plan on buying her a costume, instead I thought I could recycle a costume my mom made for us. The woman literally kept everything and I love it! 



I asked my mom a couple questions: 

How did you come up with our Halloween Costume’s every year? 
I went through The Parent Magazine. 

What materials did you use? 
Depending on what costumes, but I went to the fabric store for everything

What were your favourite costume’s you’ve ever made for us? 
The dragon was my favourite, and Elmo




Which were the hardest to make? 
The three headed Scuba Diver, and the Astronaut.
It wasn’t hard to make them.
It was fun to make for you guys. 

How did you find the time to make us these amazing costumes every year?

I worked on them at night, after you guys went to sleep. It took a long time but it was always so much fun seeing you guys in them on Halloween and taking you guys out in the costumes.

I was always so proud

Now to my readers, what was your favourite Halloween costume that you've ever worn?


Four Ways to Cut a Toxic Person out of your life.

Monday, 17 September 2018

created by Elza Fouché

 Have you ever known someone you were friends with or a family member who you just knew was toxic, and every feeling and vibe they gave was totally negative? I think its clear to say at one point or another we have all had an interaction with someone toxic. 
 This isn’t a step by step guide on how to not let someone like this into your life, but more of a reason why its okay to let them go. There are so many people who struggle with this because if your not careful they can influence the way you think and behave. They can introduce stress and drag your goals down with them. 

How do you know someone is toxic?
They distract you from your goals: whether that's coming up with reasons why you should stay in a bad relationship, or someone who makes fun of you for wanting better for yourself.  One of the biggest signs that a person in your life is toxic, is that they are selfish and that might mean the relationship or friendship is one sided. They feel the need to be right, and this person lives for the drama! They are always right and are always the victim. If you have someone in mind that does all of these, then they are most likely a toxic person. 

#1 - ACKNOWLEDGE THE TOXICITY.
In my experience it took a long time for me to come to terms that the friendship was toxic. I constantly made excuse after excuse for this person. I truly believed that we were friends for so long and our friendship deserved to be fought for. I didn’t realize they were manipulating me, and everyone else around them in to feeling sorry for them (playing the victim).

#2  - REALISE IT’S NOT YOUR JOB TO SAVE THEM.
I see this one everywhere, in so many relationships my friends are in or family members are in! I've seen it a lot in my sisters relationships where she fell for the need to rescue someone, or had a friend who she would always have to save from bad situations which only dragged her down with them. This is wrong, and you should never be on that side of a friendship or relationship. I’ve heard and seen all the excuses, like “Its not them, they had a horrible childhood” or “they don’t realize they are doing it”. Either way its not your job to change a person! Focus on your energy and your goals will follow! 

#3 - SKIP THE DRAMA.
Its better to cut ties, go “cold turkey” or so to say and don't forget to block and delete!! Thats the beauty with social media and cell phones now a days. It is so easy to use technology to take someone out of our lives and we now have so many options available for us to do this like these app that "block your ex from your digital life". Its okay to go as far as changing your number if you need to! Honestly the sooner you do it the happier you will be.

#4 - REDIRECT YOUR ENERGY
The best thing about breaking up with a friend, a family member or a romantic partner may be that energy goes where attention is. Meaning that the more selective you are about where your focus and energy is, the more happier you will be when its not being absorbed by toxic individuals. 

I hope on writing more pieces like this "REAL TALK" every month, if you like these blog posts please leave me a comment below what you want to read or know more about!  

Penelopes OOTD - Weekly Style edition

Friday, 14 September 2018





This is a new fun thing to post, and I think I'll share more of in future posts. I always get so many questions about what Im buying Penelope, or where her clothing is from? So I have a mix of 'hand me downs' and recent purchases this week.
It was kind of cold one day which meant I pulled out all her warmer clothes and started thinking what she needed for the upcoming fall months. This sweater was a hand me down from one of her cousins, but the leggings and sweater (from years ago and I couldn't find it online anymore) are both from Old Navy, and the diapers we use are of course from The Honest Company.
I like to dress Penelope in fun, and girl outfits. I choose based on the weather that day, but because the weather can change so much I always have a soft and comfy outfit in her backpack.

These Honest Diapers are my favourite, we use them when we know we are going on a road trip or at night because they hold up really well. I love the different colours that fit everyones unique style, and they pride themselves in carefully choosing the right ingredients. If you are interested in trying click HERE, and you can use the code 'HEYFALL' for 20% off!

September Favourites: Instagram Accounts You Need To Follow!

Thursday, 13 September 2018

This little place on the internet is a place where I am completely honest, and myself
this is where I post my inspiration and things that I love. So I decided I would share 
some Instagram accounts I've been loving lately! These are either inspiring me to go out 
and take some pictures, or to buy home decor! Either way I hope you get a little inspiration
out of this post. Let me know what accounts you guys are loving lately in the comments! 



@dear.indiarose - She is someone I recently started following, and what drew me to her feed was the amazing photography and editing skills. She has a blog called Dear, India Rose  where she posts a lot of photos of her daughter that are just cute and a shop for her presets! her style is so pretty! I just think she's really inspiring and someone to watch this fall. 




@freshexchange - Megan Gilger created a lifestyle blog, and a shop called The Fresh Exchange and I've been following for a long time now. She is always so inspiring when it comes to eating fresh and supporting local. I love the look and feel of her pictures, I feel like I relate to her lifestyle. 


@laurmcbrideblog- May be my favourite blogger/mother/influencer of all!She is literally so inspiring and posts daily stories to instagram! She is so relatable, has amazing style in home decor and fashion, and is literally the cutest mother ever! I just love how hard she works on her blog, and the fact that she posts regularly keeps me pretty entertained!
                             



@jillianharris -  Who doesn't love Jillian Harris! She brings a Canadian flair to her interior designs on 
'Love it or List it Vancouver', she is also a mama blogger and has an adorable family you can watch on her Instastories daily. I am always so inspired whenever I see her new instagram post, and I know you guys will too. 



@amyepeters-  Another Canadian mama who I love seeing pop up in my feed. She shares photos
of her beautiful family who lives in Nova Scotia (which I love because its on my list of places to visit). I love the bright and airy look of her photos, and it transfers so well into her design sense. 



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