Spreading Cheer

Christmas has come & gone for another year. This always makes me sad; it means new years is soon and another year comes to a close. 

It was our little man’s first festive season & the hubby and I were super excited. We didn’t want to set up crazy expectations for future Christmases, so we gifted more useful items – food pouches, soothers & soother straps, a touque because it’s super cold here, and the like. Of course there was a toy or two from us, but extended family definitely spoiled him in that department.

Little man got a good few developmental toys  –  alphabets, shape blocks, a toy to promote crawling. My parents surprised both their grandbabies (my niece & my son) with a sled each! Hubby has already added straps and a buckle, and we took little man for a stroll down the street & back. It was quite blustery that day, so we didn’t stay out too long. 

I mentioned on my last post that U waa hoping to have enough time to make mommy & me matching outfits. I’m happy to announce that i finished them just in time. I didn’t get a great photo, but I did snap this on my phone:

I used the Alleycat Romper pattern from Lil&Luxe for Kasper’s duds and I used the SFR pattern from Patterns for Pirates for my shirt.

I can see many more of each in my sewing future! Stick around for more photos and sewing projects!



Any day now!

Hey online family,

I know it’s been a while since my last update, but we’ve been enjoying our time and preparing last things for the little nugget’s arrival which could theoretically be any day now. That being said, I’ve been taking it VERY easy in the hopes that we don’t have a surprise early arrival.
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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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The Biggest -little- Announcement

For anyone who has been reading the last few posts here on The Mellow Beat, you may have noticed that I’ve been hinting at some new and exciting changes. For one thing, we are tackling our unfinished basement this winter season. Nothing too extreme there as we aren’t planning on installing flooring or a ceiling for a while. Just the walls and some built-in bookcases/mantel for a future wall mounted fireplace. We are also moving our office furniture into the basement once it is ready to go.

The reason for the sudden desire to relocate our office and finish up the basement (minus the need for plugs and a place to edit photos), is that we are converting our current office into room… 

A nursery room… 

For our future little mister or miss!!

 That’s right friends, the Bagels are multiplying! 

Two bagels and their soon to be bagel-bite.

Our little bundle of awesome is due in the spring and as such we have the winter months available to complete any renovations and convert the office. I’m planning on an enchanted forest themed nursery room – obviously I originally planned on a Harry Potter inspired room, but thought it could too easily get over cluttered and busy. This way I still get a hint of magic, but a more clean and simple overall feel.

I’m slowly researching a few baby related things: 

  • The feasibility of cloth diapering (even half the time)
  • What items are must haves
  • What items we really dont need
  • Signing up for prenatal classes

On top of all of that I have to travel quite a distance for all of my pregnancy appointments because of the ol ticker. I will be taken care of a high risk special pregnancies program – so far they’ve been amazing! A lot of my appointments have been scheduled for the same day even though I’m in three places/ hospitals. We only have to drive up for that one day to take care of 3 different appointments and see 2 doctors. Fantastic. And so far, from how I feel, the ol ticker is doing well!

I think we plan on making one big purchase each month until the little nugget arrives (crib, glider, etc). I did find a great deal on the stroller/car seat combo we liked and purchased that earlier this week. So that’s one big thing down! I don’t think we will purchase a change table, but we will be refinishing a dresser and building a base for it to bring it up to change table height. This way we save a good chunk of change and I can just pick up a change table top (the foam thing) and a few covers to stick on the top of the dresser. Perfect!

Not that I’m expecting comments or anything, but if you have kiddos what are some of the items you couldn’t imagine living without? Items you thought you needed, but turns out you didn’t really use them much? And if you cloth diaper, what is your favourite kind? (I’m looking into hybrid fitteds).

On that super fun note, stick around for fun house reno and baby updates!