3 things

Happy National Puppy Day!

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It breaks my heart daily to know time is limited with this guy – Henry is eleven.

But today we celebrate – he snores… I work… tuna juice for lunch and an extra few rolls in the snow. Life is good.

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Here’s a snippet of a conversation I had with a woman in the morning (before sunrise) while walking Henry yesterday:

W (smiling): “All I need in the morning are three things:
1. See a dog
2. get some exercise and
3. the sun shines.”

M: “Well, you’re two for three already… hopefully the sun will come up and you’ll get all three.”

W: “Yes, and then I’ll have a f-cking awesome day! … sorry for the swearing.”

I think I found my soulmate.

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I hope you see a dog, get some exercise and the sun is shinning for you today.

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school’s out for summer!

Grade one is over! Summer Starts Now!

IMG_5749I feel like David kind of turned into a seven-year-old punk. Hats were lost, teeth fell out, glasses were replaced but we all survived.  Grade1I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday and you all check everything off your list! Here is David’s Summer Bucket List:IMG_5739

  1. Camping
  2. Bike at Nanna and Poppy’s house
  3. Ice cream
  4. Swim in Nanna and Grandad’s pool
  5. Beach day
  6. Kayak from Nanna and Poppy’s to an overnight camping adventure

Kids are a lot easier to please… he has 6 and I have 100.

IMG_5752(Source for banner idea) It’s all about celebrating everything.

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hey dads

Father’s day is fast approaching and what better way to celebrate your favourite dads than giving them a plaid shirt from the Wear Plaid for Dads HBC campaign for Prostate Cancer Cancer.

I love this campaign. Probably because I love plaid. Who doesn’t? PlaidSHirtsWhen you purchase any of the 6 select Hudson North plaid sport shirts, $12 from each shirt will be donated to Prostate Cancer Canada. On Friday, June 17, Wear Plaid for Dad to help protect the 1 in 8 men who will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

Oh!!! And please think about signing up all the guys in your life for the 2016 Bare All For The Barre event. Registration is now open and we have been working really hard to make this the best year yet. If you don’t believe me when I say it is an awesome event for a great cause… ask one of the 100 guys who participated last year!B4B-Teasers_Warmup

To register, please go here. Fill in and submit the form. Make your registration payment and then we will send you a link for your personal fundraising page. The event will include great music, food and local beer. How can you say no?

psst. It’s my birthday so how can you not not register? 

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walking with aden

I have this awesome little guy I want you to meet:DSC_0882 copyAden! He’s one of my favourites! No doubt.

Aden loves his family and the drums and he is sure to say hello to you in the most friendliest way whenever you see him. Aden just turned five and in a few weeks he’s helping to host a walk to raise awareness about Williams Syndrome.

Williams syndrome (WS) is a genetic condition that is present at birth and can affect anyone.  It is characterized by medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays, and learning disabilities.  These often occur side by side with striking verbal abilities, highly social personalities and an affinity for music.logo

I’ve known Aden since the day he was born and have been lucky to spend time with him on family vacations to Florida and camping. We’ve had a lot of fun watching him grow and become such a great kid.

As I mentioned, Aden and his family are hosting a walk for the CAWS (Canadian Association of Williams Syndrome) on June 11 in Bedford, at the Dewolf Park, to raise awareness about Williams Syndrome. There will be live music, face painting and food. Please come join us! 
2013-2015 copy DSC_0711 copyCheck him and his mom out on the morning news, what a rock star:

CTV News Atlantic – Williams Syndrome

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For more information about the walk and Williams Syndrome, please visit here.

The Canadian Association of Williams Syndrome (CAWS) provides support to Williams syndrome individuals and their families. To advance and assist education, research and knowledge of Williams Syndrome and to participate in research projects and efforts. CAWS assist those with WS in achieving their full potential through advocacy, education, scholarships and a sense of community. CAWS support families as they move through the stages of initial diagnosis, through the school system and as they enter adult life and new experiences like finding employment and housing.

Their goals are:

  • To support research into the educational, behavioural, social and medical aspects of Williams syndrome.
  • To increase awareness of Williams syndrome and the CAWS organization so individuals with Williams syndrome and their families don’t feel alone as they endeavour to help the individual reach his or her potential.
  • To become visible to the medical scientific, educational and professional communities by providing information on Williams syndrome.

CAWS is a registered non-profit organization in Canada.

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baby, baby, baby oooh

Last weekend my sister Erin and I (+ mom) hosted a baby shower for our little sister, Jill.

Newsflash: Jill and Alex are having a baby and I am finally getting a local niece or nephew!!! Thanks guys.

As you may know, I love planning a party so I got to it early on… so early, that I may of leaked the big news to some of her friends accidentally. Busted.

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First up, the invite: And because I truly believe in mailing out invites – I am including a sample of the envelope too. The invitees has custom address labels. Tip: I like to purchase somewhat-related stamps when sending invites! 
Argyle-Baby-Shower Invite Argyle-Baby-Shower Invite2 Argyle-Baby-Shower Invite3Decor: I made a few banners for the party room and the front window. I bought some flowers and pulled out that springy table clothes. Easy! We also had some balloons and raindrop banners outside but again, I forgot to take a pictures. Tip: Buy a cute crib sheet (last photo) and use as a table covering – then give it to the mom when the party is over!Argyle-Baby-Shower BannersArgyle-Baby-Shower3Argyle-Baby-Shower6Argyle-Baby-Shower11Argyle-Baby-Shower13Argyle-Baby-Shower15Favours: This is when Pinterest makes you do things you don’t need to do… like favours for a baby shower. Simple but cute although Mike’s comment was that the popcorn has already popped and I should of filled the bags with kernels. Um, no – not pretty. Tip: Avoid Pinterest and ignore your husband. Argyle-Baby-Shower4 Argyle-Baby-Shower POPcardGames: Erin planned a few games – one being Trivia because Jill is a trivia nut. It’s a fun addition to a party and no one in my house was forced to smell diapers with random brown stuff in them. Tip: Have paper and pens ready to go so your games look legit.

Erin’s Ten Trivia Questions

Q: How many children did Queen Victoria have? Bonus point if you can name one.
A: Nine – Victoria, Edward, Alice, Alfred, Helena, Louise, Arthur, Leopold, Beatrice

Q: Name one of the top three baby girls name in 1916?
A: Mary, Helen, Dorothy

Q: Originally Pampers diapers used pins. In what decade was the pin replaced with Tape?
A: 1970s

Q: What percentage of babies are born on their due date?
A: 5%

Q: In 1928 the Gerber company introduced its first line of strained foods. Name one the first varieties.
A: peas, prunes, carrots, spinach and beef vegetable soup

Q: How much did the heaviest baby born on record weigh?
A: 22 pounds, 8 ounces (Italy, 1955) (Somebody sure  carb loaded!)

Q: In what year did Uncle Jessie and Aunt Becky (from Full House) give birth to twins. Bonus points if you can name them.
A: 1991 – Nicky and Alex

Q: What is a baby owl called?
A: Owlet of Fledging

Q: What Michael Jackson song topped the charts the month Jill was born (May 1983)?
A: Beat It! 

Q: Jill’s baby is due in July. What is the birthstone of this month?
A: Ruby

Food: We had 32 guests from the age of 7 months to 91 years-young! All female, except the dog. We served mimosas, perrier, tea and juice packs for drinks and all of the food was utensil-free. The spread included chocolate and carrot cupcakes made by mom, lemon poppy seed loaf, homemade sprinkle fortune cookies, cheese and charcuterie boards, traditional devilled eggs, beet-pickled devilled eggs, a cheese ball with maple syrup, guacamole, artichoke dip, veggies, a baguette and skewers (feta + watermelon + mint) (bocconcini + tomato + basil) (an idea I got from another baby shower I attended). Tip: If you decided to make homemade sprinkle fortune cookies, be sure to let your guests know you put fortunes in them!Argyle-Baby-Shower1 Argyle-Baby-Shower2 Argyle-Baby-Shower7 Argyle-Baby-Shower8 Argyle-Baby-Shower9 Argyle-Baby-Shower10 Argyle-Baby-Shower14 Argyle-Baby-Shower16So that’s it. Another party over. I said I’d host 12 parties in 2016 and this is party #3. I have to step it up!

My apologies – I got so caught up in serving mimosas and catching up with all the lovely ladies that I didn’t take any pictures at the event BUT as a dedicated blogger / designer / party planner – I got lots of detail shots! Hah. 

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