Baby

Simple Crochet Baby Blanket

Simple Crochet Baby Blanket……Pregnancy nesting is a real thing.  Like, for REAL!  I now have single digit weeks to go before Baby #3 arrives, and the amount of stuff I am trying to get done in preparation is a bit insane.  It’s not even the typical scrubbing of baseboards and building furniture (that stuff is already done), it’s craft projects like crocheting blankets and newborn hats and making art for the nursery…in other words, the important stuff…

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How to Take in a Maternity Shirt

How to Take in a Maternity Shirt…When I was pregnant with my first baby, I wanted to wear unique vintage maternity clothes but found them to be way too expensive. So, I sewed my own maternity shirts using a real vintage pattern. I had been doing bikini competitions and actually had to gain weight to get pregnant, so because I was already feeling pretty large, I presumed I would be an XXXL pregnant lady. I got the largest pattern I could find and extended the pattern to make it even bigger.  Well, turns out I didn’t get as big as I had presumed and was even smaller for my second baby, so the shirts went unworn…

Baby

Third Pregnancy Bump Comparison Part 1

Third Pregnancy Bump Comparison…Just when we were getting the swing of life with 2 under 2, we are adding another baby to the mix, #3under4 here we come!  Our spacing turned out pretty fantastic—there are 19 months between Baby J and Baby K, and there will be 22 months (or less!) between Baby K and Baby #3.  We aren’t finding out the sex because we have a girl and a boy, so we have everything we could need either way…

Recipes

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing…I have been promising a life changing sugar cookie recipe for a while now.  My friends, I am finally delivering on that promise!  These cookies are seriously to die for, everyone who eats them asks for the recipe or proclaims they are the best sugar cookies they’ve ever eaten.  I’m not exaggerating!  I top them off with an egg free meringue powder royal icing (because #pregnant) and they not only taste great, they look beautiful, too…

House

Billy Bookcase Built-In with Corner Unit DIY: Our Library Reveal

Billy Bookcase Built In with Corner Unit DIY…I’m so excited to reveal the first room of our new house, the library!  This is by far our favourite room, my husband comes here every morning before work to drink his coffee, my kids love sitting on the floor and colouring or playing with stickers (or pulling all the magazines off the shelves), and I just love looking at all our pretty, beautiful things that all have such lovely memories.  This isn’t the first BILLY Bookcase built-in hack you’re going to find, but it’s the first one with a corner unit!  I wanted it to wrap around the whole room, Princess Belle style, so it took a little bit of cleverness to add the corner plus a CD tower to fill the whole wall.  We decided against adding a ladder because, well, kids, but maybe that’s something we’ll add in the future…

Recipes

Jelly Roll Cake

Jelly Roll Cake Raspberry…It’s New Year’s Eve, and I am a believer in the superstition that the way you spend your day is an indication of how your year will be.  So rather than doing a super complicated recipe with tonnes of ingredients and hours of prep work and decorating, I thought I’d share something that’s simple, elegant, delicious and easy: Raspberry Jelly Roll Cake.  You must have something yummy to celebrate with, but who’s got time to be baking all day when there are hairdos to set, winged liner to master, and a fabulous red lip awaiting tonight’s festivities…