New Blog: pink & blue

I have had this post saved for a while and have been so busy with my new project I forgot to post this one…

I mentioned to you in January that there would be changes coming to my blog. I was looking to expand my audience and style.

I started this blog in October 2011, a few months after my son was born. I needed a creative outlet to share what I was going through as a first time Mom. Over the years, and after the birth of my daughter, my thoughts and ideas grew and changed, for the better I think. I needed something more encompassing – a place where I could share stories about my kids but also incorporate lifestyle: home design, fashion, DIY’s etc.

So…*deep breath*…come and follow me over at my new blog. (You can also follow me on my new Instagram account under pinkandblueblog.) I am loving how it has turned out and I am proud of it and how far I have come. I hope you will all follow me over there and join me on this new journey.

Thank you for giving me the strength and courage to start a new adventure.

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2018

I had to a double take when I opened up my blog page, because my last post was in September of 2016. I kept refreshing it because that couldn’t possibly be correct. Alas, I did not post one.single.post. in 2017. Here we are, the first day of 2018, a new year, a clean page, a fresh start of sorts. Last year was a year full of change and adjustment and I guess the year escaped me. To say my blog took a back seat to life is an understatement. Sadly, it wasn’t even an after-thought most days, which is okay. I miss it though.

I started my blog in October 2011, as more of an online journal to talk about life as a first time Mom. Of the years and after the birth of Everly it evolved into more than that. Now, 6 something years later I have decided to make some changes over here. This year I plan to really expand on the roots of my blog which includes a facelift and a name change. I have been thinking about changing the name of my blog for months and months but couldn’t decide on something I loved. I want it to be something more encompassing, but still hold true to the foundation and reason I started it in the first place: my kids. The name came to me one night in bed while I was brainstorming and I am happy with it.

I am not going to share it just yet, but I promise it is coming soon. I am still deciding if I will stay with WordPress or move somewhere else. There are a lot of things to sort out but I am excited about it. I hope you will all join me and my littles on this journey of expansion. I feel like I am no longer baby-stepping my way through motherhood. I would say it’s more like leaping through? Something like that. Hehe.

I wish you all a Happy New Year and all the best in 2018.

H.

xo

Welcome 2016!

Happy New Year!

I cannot believe 2015 has come to an end and we are three days into a brand new year.

Last year was a challenging one, and I haven’t been pulling my weight on here as a result.

For those of you who follow me, you know my Mom has Multiple Sclerosis and has been kicking its ass for 15 + years. As if that wasn’t enough, she has been undergoing chemotherapy since September for Breast Cancer. She is the strongest woman I have ever met and we know she will beat this! 2016 is HER year!

Maxton also started JK and has been absolutely loving it. I am enjoying all the little things he is bringing home and his JK box is already filling up, and he’s only 4 months in!

I have a lot of good stuff coming your way so stay tuned! Recipes, DIY’s, local business products and much more.

H.

Spring Looks for Kids

Although it doesn’t really feel like spring outside, the season has arrived and with it comes some new fashion trends! I’ve been checking out a few of my favourite bloggers and what they have been posting in terms of Spring Fashions, and I like what I see! One thing I have noticed though is how expensive things can be.

You know that section of a magazine where they show you a picture of an actress wearing a super expensive dress and then the Old Navy version of the dress that looks almost identical? That’s how I shop.

I try to pick affordable items out there that won’t break the bank. Let’s face it, kids clothes don’t last that long. They either wear them out or outgrow them by the time that season rolls around again. So I did some online shopping…

Here are some of my favourite looks for girls:

Toddler Girls' Pleat Lace Skirt - Joe Fresh $12

Toddler Girl’s Pleat Lace Skirt – Joe Fresh $12

Toddler Girls' Print Sundress - Joe Fresh $19

Toddler Girl’s Print Sundress – Joe Fresh $19

Denim Jackets for Baby (White Wash) - Old Navy $24.94

Denim Jackets for Baby (White Wash) – Old Navy $24.94

Boyfriend Jeans for Baby (Light Pink) - Old Navy $22.94

Boyfriend Jeans for Baby (Light Pink) – Old Navy $22.94

Toddler Girls' Flared Eyelet Tank (Coral) - Joe Fresh $12

Toddler Girls’ Flared Eyelet Tank (Coral) – Joe Fresh $12

Fabric Sandals - H&M $14.95

Fabric Sandals – H&M $14.95

And for the sweet little boys out there:

Denim Jackets: Medium Wash - Old Navy $26.94

Denim Jackets: Medium Wash – Old Navy $26.94

Toddler Boys' Canvas Fedora: Tan - Joe Fresh $10

Toddler Boys’ Canvas Fedora: Tan – Joe Fresh $10

Boys Collarless Shirt - H&M $17.95

Boys Collarless Shirt – H&M $17.95

Poplin Utility Shirt: A Stone's Throw - Old Navy $19.94

Poplin Utility Shirt: A Stone’s Throw – Old Navy $19.94

Boys Slim Jeans: Denim Blue - H&M $17.95

Boys Slim Jeans: Denim Blue – H&M $17.95

Toddler Boys' Boat Shoes: Navy - Joe Fresh $16

Toddler Boys’ Boat Shoes: Navy – Joe Fresh $16

I hope you like my selections as much as I do. Happy Shopping!

Four-Month Hiatus

Things have been beyond quiet around here for the past several months. I returned to work in October after a fourteen month maternity leave, and have been struggling to find a work-home life balance. I have had to put a lot of things on the back burner (like obsessively cleaning my house), and unfortunately my blog took one of the biggest hits.

This winter has been LONG and BRUTAL. Those of you that live around here know what I am talking about; those who don’t, be happy you don’t. We are winding up the month of March and still facing frost and windchill’s in the double digits. At this point it feels like spring will never arrive. That being said it’s been flat-out depressing and my mood has reflected that and therefore my blog…

Enough of that! Thank you to all of my followers for checking in periodically, and my apologies for not producing something semi-interesting on a weekly basis. I’ve got a lot of things lined up in the coming weeks! Looks for spring for you and the kids, some spring DIY’s, updates on what we have been up to and everything in between.

A quick update on things around here: My new job is going great! I am loving what I do and although it makes for busy days, I am much happier doing this job than what I do at my home position. Maxton is 3.5 and full of energy! I’ve got him signed up for soccer again this spring/summer and he CANNOT WAIT to spend more time outside. Everly is a few days shy of 20 months and she is becoming such a little girl! She’s speaking in sentences, has the funniest little personality, with some major attitude to go right along with it. Steve started a new job about six weeks ago and he is so much happier where he is now. He is the manager of the location and sees a lot of potential with the company. He often works long hours which has been a challenge some days around here, but we are working through it.

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It’s good to be back!