Makeshift Monday

Well, here we are at the start of another week. It’s hard to believe August is only a couple of days away – the summer is flying by.

Friday marked the beginning of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, in London, England. I was only able to see part of the opening ceremonies but was impressed with what I did see.

Photo credits: Associated Press

The opening ceremonies also included appearances/performances by James Bond (Daniel Craig), Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) and Paul McCartney. Personally I enjoyed the opening ceremonies in Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games more, but as a Canadian I am biased.

The Games are in full swing, and Canada currently sits with one medal (Bronze) thanks to divers Jennifer Abel and Emilie Heymans in the Women’s Synchronised 3m Springboard. Great job ladies!



Photograph by: Tyler Anderson, Postmedia Olympic Team

Lets go Canada – bring home some more medals!

China is currently in the lead, with a total of 12: 6 gold, 4 silver, and 2 bronze.

I hope you all have some time to sit and enjoy the Olympic Games this week. 🙂

Hanging Up – Part 2

Last week I blogged about the dilemma I was having with choosing window panels for Maxton’s room.

To refresh your memory, it was between the black stripe voile (the first photo) and a simple black-out panel.

After putting up curtain rods on each of his windows (luckily we already had them, so we didn’t have to purchase any), I hung one of each type on either window to see how it looked. I knew right away which of the two I prefered, but kept them up so Steve could weigh-in. As soon as he saw them, he agreed with me. The stripe voile was the clear winner. The black-out panels didn’t look bad, they just didn’t suit his nursery. They didn’t hang as nicely as I thought they would and were quite stiff because they are specifically designed to block out light. I think we made the right choice.

I am really happy we both the colour and style. I wish we had done this months ago – better late than never! Window panels can be an inexpensive way of transforming a room, and may just be that “thing” your space was missing.

Eleven Months


Next month our sweet little boy will be turning one. I am already tearing up at the thought. This past month has gone by especially fast so I can only imagine how quickly August 24 will creep up. I have started to plan his birthday party, and I will share the theme we chose and some details, soon.

Until then, here is my little monkey:

– He likes to mimic sounds Steve and I make and is trying to repeat things

– When we ask him “where is the flower?” and “where is the elephant?” in his nursery, he will point to them with a big smile

– He will finally clap his hands on demand, and when we say: “Good boy, Maxton!”

– When Maxton hears the front door open, and sees Steve standing there (when he comes home from work) he crawls over to him so quickly “da-da-ing” the whole way

– He loves playing with his toys and loves to try to figure out how they work (future mechanical engineer?)

– He loves playing at the dishwasher when I am unloading/reloading it

– He loooves to climb up the stairs, I can’t believe how quick he is

He is becoming such a little boy; bitter-sweet. We love you!

Makeshift Monday

It’s that time again, the beginning of a new week. As usual, the weekend flew by. I hope you all had a fun/productive weekend!

I was able to finish reading one trilogy, and started another.

Don’t judge me! I wanted to see what all the hype was about – with Christian Grey. I’m about 145 pages in and unsure of how they will keep the future movie at an R-rating, at best.  I can’t help but wonder which “lucky” actor will portray the role of Mr. Grey. That’s all I am going to say for now.

The Hunger Games was a great trilogy. I couldn’t put the first book down, and although the second and third book started out slow for me, they quickly picked up and I found myself reading a page or two whenever I could. I love finding a good book, and equally love (and hate) the feeling of when the book is done. It’s also nice to read about something other than diaper rash. Ha-ha.

I hope all of you were able to read a great book or two this summer, and if you haven’t had the chance, there is still plenty of summer left!

Hanging Up – Part 1

There have been a few things I have been meaning to do since we moved in, that just haven’t been a priority since Maxton was born. We have been in our home for almost two years and I am just getting around to picking window panels. The previous owner left all of the blinds for us which was great because we liked them all, except the ones in the kitchen, bluh.

Yuck. These have finally been taken down and replaced with something a little softer and natural.

The picture isn’t the best, I took it with my iphone with bad lighting so I apologize. You get the idea, chocolate-brown and beige with a new curtain rod. Much better.

We also added some panels in our bedroom which highlight our bedding and the accents of the room. We have three separate windows in our room, one by our bed and two in our reading nook. I have left the windows in the reading nook “drapeless” (for now) to divide the two sections of the room. I will share the space with you one of these days…

Right now my dilemma is Maxton’s room. We chose to hold off on choosing window panels when we were designing the nursery, but now that he is almost 11 months old, I would say the time has come. His room is yellow and green (I really liked the two colours together, as cliché as it may be), separated by a chair rail.

The bedding we chose was also neutral and it’s still my favourite part of the nursery.

The dilemma? Finding curtains that stand out and don’t blend in with the wall colour. White? Boring. Beige? Boring. Blue? Doesn’t look so hot against the green and yellow, and would have to come down if we have a girl. Black? Hmmm. I know what you’re thinking: black for a baby’s room? Don’t knock it just yet. Here are the two types of window coverings I chose.

The first is a black stripe voile which will allow the wall colours to bleed through and won’t look so bold; however, they won’t block our the leftover light that peeks through the slits of the blinds. The second panel is the complete opposite, as they are specifically black -out panels. My task for today is to put up the curtain rods on both of his windows and test out each of the window coverings. I will reveal my choice next week, unless I hate them both and have to start again. Sigh.

Have a great weekend!