Still here, I promise!

Maternity leave has been shaping up to be much busier than I was anticipating. With appointments for me and the mini plus visiting family (especially my little niece and my sister!), it doesn’t leave much downtime. I am really hoping to set aside some bloggin time for myself as there is much I want to document for memories sake! If you’re still with me, here are some things you can look forward to on the blog: 

  1. An introduction to my little bundle (who is nearly 4 months old and not so little anymore)
  2. Hobby updates – I’m still crocheting, but it’s hard to find time! I’ve started a new hobby and I’m hoping to capture some photos to share with you
  3. Highlights from the summer so far
  4. New hair!!!
  5. Summer reading (on book 21 of a great series)

If it all goes according to plan, I should have time to write some posts later this week and schedule a few updates for when things get crazy again (when are they not crazy!).
Until then, 

Thanks for sticking around.


Preparing for the Big Day

It’s just over four weeks away now team, which really means it could happen anytime in the next 4.5 weeks. That’s kinda crazy – and as such, to keep my stress levels down and to keep me preoccupied, I’ve been preparing bit by bit for D-Day!
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Birthday Shenanigans…the Finale!

Okay, I know, the last post or two have been very “birthday-centric,” but it was my thirtieth birthday. Sorry, not sorry. To round out all of the excitement, I’ve got some fun things to talk about and share with you! Keep reading if you’re at all interested.

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Snuggles & Snacks

I’m lucky to have had an extra long weekend this past round thanks to my work having a holiday on the second Monday of November & not booking me to work on the Tuesday following that. Usually having a three day weekend is stellar, but four days off randomly without asking makes me constantly feel like I’m not where I’m supposed to be (ie: I messed up and I’m at home while I’m supposed to be at work). 

Regardless, I was feeling a touch run down earlier in the week, so the extra extra day off made a big difference in how I was feeling. I’ve been getting nice long sleeps at night, not necessarily uninterrupted, but long sleeps nonetheless. And taking it easy when I can throughout the daytime. 

This past Sunday I experienced my first pregnancy nosebleed. I hadn’t had a nosebleed in AGES so it was quite unexpected (if you read the last blog post, that was part of the reason I needed stain remover). Otherwise I haven’t had any crazy pregnancy issues pop up – we go in for a full day of appointments soon, so I’m hoping good luck and good health keeps me trucking til then. 

On my Monday off I woke up with the hubby (he got his holiday on Friday) and had some breakfast shortly after he left for the day. Usually my days off begin the same way: breakfast and The Weather Network on TV. Monday was no different, though after a while I switched to the fireplace channel to listen to some classical music while I thought about my day. 

I managed to sort out my priorities for the day and pulled a cottage roll out of the freezer to defrost; ran a hot water + bleach mix through the washing machine (empty) to get it all tidied up (sometimes the cats close the door and it can get a bit musty smelling in there…yay front loader); and put all of the remaining laundry away that the hubby did on Friday. After that I got dressed into some gym clothes, filled up my water bottle and headed out for a workout – Monday is almost always legs day for me, just with lighter weights now. I finished with a near 30 minute walk on the treadmill after lifting.

Lunch was the next priority – two fried eggs (yolks broken) on a whole wheat tortilla with a dribble of ketchup and some shredded cheese + a banana walnut bran muffin for dessert…But then I wanted a salad too and was cold, so I made a hot cocoa. 

The rest of my Monday consisted of snuggling with my kittens under my big homemade ripple blanket while blogging and crocheting a baby blanket (for my own little nugget, oh my goodness). I’m following another pattern from Attic 24 – The Granny Stripe. I’ve made blankets a plenty with this pattern and it never gets old. My favourite blanket that I’ve made with this pattern was for my Grandma; a bright and colourful stripe using red heart acrylic yarn. She loves it because it’s nice and heavy and keeps her very warm. For my current blanket, I’m making a winter white and grey stripe using Bernat Blanket yarn (it’s very thick and soft & I imagine it will work up very fast too).

To round out my Monday there was more snuggling with the kitties and a photography attempt at capturing the super moon. We saw it on our Sunday evening stroll, but thought it was supposed to be biggest on Monday night…we were confused haha. To make up for it, enjoy a picture of one of our kitties.

Fingers crossed I have some super moon photos ready to go by next post!


On the Hook – Rustic Ripples

In one of my last posts, I mentioned a big ripple blanket that I was working on. Today’s post will be the big reveal of my finished giant rustic ripple blanket.

I am a big fan of crochet, and to a lesser degree, knitting. I first learned to crochet from an old friend – starting with the basics. I thought I could create a whole blanket out of “single crochet” … and I guess you could, but it would be very boring and would eat up a LOT of yarn.

By some magic, I came across “attic 24” – a blog by this lovely mum in England who has created numerous free patterns for the colour happy people of the world. Everything about her creations make my heart sing – colour everywhere! Her “tadah” moments are my favourite because you can really see how much she LOVES each item she creates. Another great thing about her blog is the picture heavy tutorials and GREAT explanations. I learned most of what I know about crochet from Lucy @ Attic 24 . I really suggest checking out her blog and tutorials.

One of my favourite patterns is Lucy’s “Ripple Blanket” I think I’m on my 3rd ripple… maybe 2nd? Either way, I made one for my dad for father’s day a few years ago & finished my own rustic ripple adventure while on recovery. I’m used “Woolspun” yarn by Lionbrand. I came across it at Michael’s craft store just after my wedding. It is 80% acrylic & 20% wool – has a really nice softness and a bit of a shine. I’ve chosen all warm rustic colours (dark oranges, mustard yellows, warm brownish colours.. and to give it a pop, a lighter wheat colour and a dark reddish colour). Look out below for some pictures of this super cosy blanket!

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Our cat (Meester Miao… or “Mister” for short) enjoying the new heavy duty rustic ripple!

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A close up of the happy warm ripples as I trudged through the rows. Check back in later for more fun crafts and happy things.