Saturday, 22 November 2014


1. Peppermint Dreams scentsy. This tops the list of my favourite winter scents so as soon as it turned cold outside I popped it in my kitchen warmer. The sweet minty smell is so fresh and cozy, but my favourite part is when it tricks Bart into thinking I've done some baking.

2. Inappropriate Christmas crafts. The artistic liberties Brooks took this week at Bobbi's had me crying with laughter. I wondered if the amount of happiness I felt by my not even 2 year old son mistakenly or purposefully decorating the groinal regions of a snowman and a penguin was wrong and all kinds of inappropriate in itself. But at the same time I was so proud. These will be prominent pieces of our Christmas decorating for many many years to come.

3. Popcorn dates with Brooks. Whether it be a busy day, growth spurts, terrible twos or molars coming in, we are finding more and more that after work and even on weekends, what Brooks needs is down time. And whether it be low iron, nearing 30 weeks of pregnancy or just plain laziness, I need it too. So why not add popcorn? Our most recent popcorn date was full of lots of giggles and sharing with Miller and Ridge. It was perfect.

4. Festival of Trees. It's been a few years since I was involved with our Festival of Trees submission at work so I was happy to be asked to help out this year. This year's event theme is Romance Me and it's hard to tell from the picture, but our trees remind me of look of brooch covered wedding bouquets. Pretty usually isn't my thing, but our trees are so so pretty! We spent a large part of Friday setting up at the banquet site and I spent most of my time admiring the other entries as well. Our SaskWater tree has won People's Choice 5 out of the past 6 years, but we have some major competition this year. People's Choice or not, it's so great to be able to help support one of the biggest fundraising events for the Moose Jaw Health Foundation.

5. My maternity coat. My sister-in-law has this coat (Momo Maternity Aubrey) in white and raves about it so when I came across it really really really on sale on Beyond the Rack I snatched it up in teal. With Miss Quinn not due until the beginning of February I knew my fall jacket (unable to be zipped up over my belly) just wasn't going to get me through. I just started wearing it this week and LOVE it! It is super cute and comfy and there is still room for me to grow in it. Plus my SIL got hers altered after babies to continuing wearing so I will definitely be looking into that option too. (I was trying to take a selfie in it, but my screen was blurry and it took me way too long to realize it wasn't a malfunction of my camera but instead Brooks grime and spit on the lens.)

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Week 27 - Interior Designer Dad

Monday, November 3, 2014 - Sunday, November 9, 2014

I can't believe it is November already. We are basically 3 months away from your due date! Eeek!

I am sitting in the waiting room at the hospital lab again. This time for a total of 3 hours. It's not very comfortable, but is giving me time to catch up on my blogging. My fingers are crossed I don't have gestational diabetes. For both of us. 

Your dad did the taping for the herringbone pattern in your room tonight. We are so lucky he is ours!

Got a call from my doctor's office today and my tests came back normal! Yay! I don't have gestational diabetes. Watch out leftover Halloween candy! Here I come!

Last night I worked at a career fair in Regina for high school aged girls. Not many came to our booth, and those that did weren't sure what they wanted to be. One even said she had considered a number of careers and was now going back and forth between meteorologist and accountant. Wow. It made me think about what you will be. And also the struggle you might face trying to figure it out. Now that I am well into my 30s, thinking back on high school, university and college, not to mention the path my career has taken since then seems like a lifetime ago. And I don't even recognize the girl/woman I was during it all. But I can say with all honestly no matter how difficult or scary it was at times to make the big decisions and navigate through it all, it was some of the best times of my life and I would approach it exactly the same way again.

Both your dad and I have a wealth of experience and examples to help you navigate through post secondary education (should you choose it), job hunts and career paths. And unfortunately I doubt we will be able to stop ourselves from deterring you from being a journalist or a teacher. But the truth is Quinn, you will figure it out on your own and that's how you learn the most about life and yourself.

Because I worked Wednesday night, I was able to take this afternoon off. Grandpa Dougie and I drove into Regina to pick up the glider/rocker I had my eye on for your nursery. Unfortunately once we got it home and put together we realized it wasn't working properly. It sticks, rubs and grinds when you sit in it and try to rock or glide. Although it is a pain in the bum to take it back, it was too expensive to live with and in all honesty even though it's a small chair it seems too big for the room.

Your dad unveiled the paint job in your room to me when he got home. I hadn't realized he finished up the last little bit of painting in the morning before he went to work It looks even more amazing than I had imagined!

Your Grandma and Grandpa Mihalicz arrived today to stay with Brooks while your dad and I go to Minot for a couple of days. This is the first time since he was born that your dad and I have gone away together on our own. Even though Minot, North Dakota isn't necessarily a vacation hot spot, I feel like we are going on an exotic getaway.

Bright and early this morning your dad and I took off for Minot. I packed in about 10 minutes flat which is a record for me, and none of it included sippy cups, diapers or wipes. Just the three outfits that actually fit me well right now and some makeup.

But Quinn, as stress free as preparing for this trip was, I would take suitcases and suitcases full of baby gear any day.

Friday, 14 November 2014


1. This paint job. I mean really. My husband is amazing! He had a vision and I would have been crazy not to let him run with it. I cried when he unveiled his masterpiece to me because I love it and I know Quinn will, but mostly because I am so proud of him and touched by the time and effort he wanted to put into decorating his baby girl's nursery.

Sidenote: unfortunately we are taking the chair back. I really like it, but the rock/glide function sticks and grinds and rubs. 

2. Dresser revamp. I decided to use my antique dresser in the nursery but wanted to give it some glam. I just need to make a decision on which knobs go on which drawers. 

3. Passion Planner. A friend of mine shared this link on my Facebook page and I immediately checked it out. As an addict of planners, lists and organization I love the concept behind this. And even more so, love the marketing and social media strategy. Brilliant. If you are still in need of your 2015 planner, definitely check this one out.

4. The letter Q. Turns out they aren't easy to find. And it wasn't until I was actually looking for one that I realized they are often skipped all together when it comes to home decor or craft supplies. I was lucky enough to find a large black Q at Hobby Lobby while we were in Minot this week and even just before I was about to leave the store spotted this Q scrabble tile plaque. I can't wait to incorporate both into Quinn's gallery wall. Now all I need to find is a Q Christmas ornament for myself and my mom. 

5. This sweater. I picked this up at Gordmanns on our trip. It's nice and long, has a hood and will fit well even when the bump is gone. Feels like I am wrapped up in a cozy winter blanket.