Friday Favourites

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Happy Friday everyone. It’s been a long week for me and I am really looking forward to some relaxing time with Shmoop and Drew. We are super excited to check out this cool festival (I’m salivating thinking about the food), take a peek at the Manotick Farmers’ Market, catch up with family and friends, and hopefully I can fit in time to finish up this great read! Are you up to anything fabulous this weekend?

P.S. Here are my favourites from around the web:

This baby had me giggling so much!

An interesting take on Canadian politics.

This teen’s car dancing is epic, EPIC.

The complexities of racism.

The art of the upstairs neighbor.

Canadiana at it’s best.

Yayoi Kusama coming to Canada (takes calming breath).

How to email your professor (without being annoying AF).

If you like feminist punk as much as I do (NSFW language).

A small step forward after a giant leap backwards, France’s burkini ban overturned by highest court.  FYI The Lottery of Indecency nails it.

P.S. A Tribe Called Red’s new collabaration is on repeat this week:



Let’s Talk Romance

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Toddler Life

When you throw a toddler into the family mix, it can be easy to forget that there was once just two people with a lot of time and energy for each other. When Drew and I imagined what parenthood would look like we had planned on prioritizing intimacy and time together. I might say that we were a little naive (I was thinking weekly date nights outside the house). While that might not be realistic, we do work hard to prioritize our post-baby relationship.

Drew came up with such a game-changing date idea. We do have a few proper outdoor date nights, but were often so tired and a bit rushed in the evening. Then Drew suggested trying day dates instead. We send Smush off to daycare and spend the day together just the two of us. It usually starts with a lovely, drawn out breakfast and then a fun activity. Since becoming parents we have had beach days, a few lovely patio lunches, a lounge around the house and refuse to do chores day, a couple movie-a-thon dates, as well as other fun activities. It’s so nice to have a bit of time to ourselves to reconnect, chat, and just relax. The best part? We are both full of energy so it feels that much more fun. Do you have any favorite date tips? Recently we have been adding in stay-dates to the mix, we come up with a theme and coordinate food and music. It’s such a playful way to get some adult time in and doesn’t require a lot of coordination (or child care!).

P.S. Such Great Heights is my favourite unlikely romantic song.


Friday Favourites

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Happy Friday everyone! We have had the loveliest week including dinner at a friend’s house (homemade pizza, yum!), getting our workout game on point, and playing with our epically adorable toddler (have I mentioned how brilliant and beautiful our Smush is yet? No bias here). We have fun plans this weekend including participating in a infant development study at a university (geeking out over here), time with family, hopefully a visit to the farmers market, some beach time, and of course an attempt at a date after Smush goes to bed. Do you have anything exciting planned?

Here are my favourites from around the web this week:

Talented throat singers (I had never heard of this before!).

Ukrainian crowns are breathtaking.

Canadian kidnapped Gnome returned Amelie style.

If there was ever a gadget to spend my money on.

Untranslatable words about love.

The art of map making and this beautiful Inuit cartography.

An excuse to get your (fancy) drink on.

The Science of Hangry (made me think of this adorable shirt).

An interesting theory on why babies cry at night.

P.S. I love this whimiscal collaboration between Karen O & Ezra Koenig:


Kombucha, my newest kitchen experiment

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Years ago my sister and I lived together. Living with one’s sister as an adult is both the most amazing thing ever (hello borrowing all her stuff, all the time) and the most frustrating thing ever (having all your stuff borrowed, all the time). All jokes aside, she was the loveliest of roommates. She exposed me to so many cool and interesting things that I likely would never have ventured on my own such as hot yoga, everything GOOP, Frasier, and Alo juice cocktails just to name a few. But the star has to be kombucha. This delicious fermented drink tastes like soda had a threesome with juice and  black tea. The bonus? You get a good dose of healthy probiotics AND caffeine. Now before you get any ideas about lifesaving properties, give this a listen.

Much to Drew’s benefit and frustration, I am an avid kitchen experimenter. This essentially means that I have about a 50/50 chance of success while also making an utter mess of our house. All that aside, having acquired a taste for this delicious albeit expensive tea meant that I was destined to try making it one day. A few weeks back I stumbled across this post on how to make kombucha, and thought to myself “I could do that”. I found a perfectly healthy little scoby and some booch and started my fermenting adventure. Then late last weekend, I lovingly pulled my scoby (and her baby!) out and placed it on a plate to surprise Drew (who was unsuspectingly watching television in the living-room) with my mucus like prize. Safe to say he smiled weakly at me and said “cool”. Later he taste tested with me and agreed that kombucha IS delicious.

Here are a few pictures I took along the way:


I decided to split my first batch in half and make one flavored with strawberries and one unflavored. They are currently finishing up a second round of fermentation and we will be taste testing the final product this evening. Would you ever make Kombucha? Do you drink it? How cool is this use for the scoby?

P.S. Another introduction from my sister was Bobby Womack:


Friday Favourites

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Happy Friday everyone! We have a packed long weekend planned  including a family beach day, finishing a big house project, brunch at a local (hopefully toddler friendly) hot spot, as well as our new favourite ritual, the stay-date (after putting Smush to bed of course). Fingers crossed the weather will hold up.

Here are favourites from around the web this week:

Chang’s Unified Theory of Deliciousness.

On negotiating the false idols of self-care. Mind. Blow.

Japanese Cotton Cheese Cake has arrived to the Capital, can I get an amen?

Trolls are the worst.

Mind your own womb.

This is exactly what it is like to have a toddler.

Pokémon Go reimagined in Syria.

A brilliant strategy towards self love!

Model posts cat workout video, tries to break the internet.

If you love The Hip/all things Canadiana as much as I do.

P.S. The Julie Ruin is everything to me.


Not every week can be a blogging week

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We have had a busy few weeks in my neck of the woods. In between hand, foot and mouth virus, teething, a solo parenting long weekend (!) and so much more, blogging was passed to side. But here I am, back and as excited as ever to share some of my adventures of life in Ottawa.

We are big fans of Ikea hacks (as you can see here and here). We stumbled across a new one by accident at my mom’s house over the weekend. How perfect is the Beckvam stool as a little seat/tray? Smush refused to eat anywhere else and was so excited to be closest to all the food.

Have you found any other cool Ikea hacks? Share away!

P.S. I was a little devastated to miss the Tallest Man On Earth show last weekend (this song is so sultry)