I just want to say thank you for following along with me so far, I have really enjoyed the last couple of months getting this blog up and running. I have currently switched over the host site for The Cheerio Diaries, so I will no longer be updating this site. I hope that you will join me at my new site www.thecheeriodiaries.com and continue to follow along.
I am currently working on a new look for the site and hope to be able to share the changes with you soon! I am hoping it won’t disrupt my posting to much over the next couple of days as I get everything set up.
In the mean time here is some cake inspiration from my Pinterest board as I get ready for Hazel’s cake smash next week!
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Hazel’s room is my favourite room in our house. I think its my favourite because it’s the only room that we have fully redone, and by fully redone I mean painted. And when I say “we” I mean Evan of course! He painted the room himself, it’s the first time he has ever painted a room and he did an amazing job! He also built all the furniture and put up the shelves. We went with a light gray colour and it really changes the feel of the room. Paired with all the white furniture the room has a very calm and comforting feeling to it. One of the reasons we chose the gray was because we didn’t know what we were having when we were expecting so we wanted a gender neutral room that could easily suit a little girl or boy. We started out by pairing the gray and white with some pops of yellow here and there but of course now we have thrown some pops of pink in there too!
Our biggest splurge for the room was the bedding, we had looked and looked but we didn’t find anything we loved that would go well with the gray. And then I found Pottery Barn Kids, oh my, I could probably spend a billion dollars in that store! We went with the Taylor collection, its gray and white and has the cutest little elephants all over it, this is where my obsession of elephants began. Every time I see something to do with elephants now it instantly catches my eye, where as before I wouldn’t have even noticed.
Since we splurged big time on the bedding we kept the budget in line by picking up a rocking chair off of Craigslist. Evan sanded and painted the chair white and I found a nice rocking chair pad online for it. I wanted to get a Moroccan style pouf for the foot rest but couldn’t justify the price. I ended up finding the ottoman at Homesense and I am very glad I went that route. There have been several times where Murray is sitting in the chair and I end up sitting on the ottoman and I don’t think a pouf would have been as comfy.
One of my favourite pieces in the room is the bear print above the change table. This print was in my room growing up. I had no idea my mom still had it until she gifted it to me before Hazel was born. She had waited until we picked out the room colours and then went and got it re-framed and matted. It’s a great addition to the room and fits in perfectly. Somedays its hard to get Hazel to sit still while we change her as she wants to touch the bears.
I submitted a bunch of pictures of Hazels room to Project Nursery the other night and to my surprise this morning it was on their homepage! This was definitely a highlight to my day as I was expecting to have to search for it in their galleries. To see more pictures and to find out what products we used in the room go check out my post on Project Nursery. If your looking for ideas for a nursery or toddler room there are lots of great ideas on this site!
On Friday I promised I would share the winner of the Vancouver Mom Top 30, so please help my congratulate . . .
Tamara Goyette of Discovering Parenthood
I am so excited for Tamara, she totally deserves the honor of being the top blogger of 2014. She has a great lifestyle and family blog where she shares everything from family pictures and stories to her favorite products. If you aren’t currently following her I highly recommend subscribing to her blog and following her on Facebook. You can find all of her social media links on her blog, Discovering Parenthood, now go check her out! She and her hubby are awarded with two nights at Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina.
They also announced the 3 runners up and they are as follows:
- Louise Chapman of Talk Nerdy To Me
- Jamie Dunlop Khau of Styling the Inside
- Tara Cannon of Pint Size Pilot
A huge congratulations to all the moms and fellow bloggers that were nominated this year, I look forward to meeting everyone on Thursday!
June is turning out to be a really busy month for me, lots of big events this month and lots of planning involved. Evan’s sister is getting married in August so we just had a shower for her on the weekend, my sister is getting married later this month and most importantly Hazel is turning one at the end of the month. Due to Hazel being born on the long weekend we are throwing her party the first week of July as most people are away, that being said there is still lots to do for it this month. I am returning to work the first week of July so I want to have everything organized before I go back. I am also still working on my cake making skills for her cake smash at the end of this month. Let’s just say I am knee-deep in DIY projects right now. A couple of them are top-secret and I can’t wait to share them with you.
As I mentioned we had a shower for Erin this past weekend to celebrate her upcoming wedding this August. Amber threw at her house and it was a great afternoon, filled with fun games, good food and laughter. Evan’s mom made the cutest wedding dress cake made out of cupcakes. She even used Evan’s grandma’s jewelry to decorate it! I made some sugar cookies and boy were they tedious. I hand painted all the flowers on the circle cookies, my poor hand was cramped at the end of the night. Amber made the yummiest appies for everyone and ensured our glasses were never empty, such a good hostess 😉 And of course Erin did the flowers for her shower, she does such an amazing job! I brought Hazel to the shower and boy can this girl party, she was going strong the entire time we were there, 4ish hours. I thought for sure she would pass out in the car on the ride home but nope she kept the party going! Here are some pictures from our afternoon of fun!
Hazel and Auntie Amber
The bride and her shower hat
Hazel in her party dress from Gramma D.
Erin’s beautiful flowers
The yummy spread
The cupcake dress
My sisters from my other mom
Hazel and I
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I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who voted for me in the Vancouver Mom Top 30 Mom Bloggers of 2014. It is such a huge honor to be nominated to start with, especially for someone who has just started blogging. The other bloggers in the Top 30 both past and present are amazing women with so much talent, so no matter where one places to be honored with them is winning itself. In saying that the votes are now in and have been counted, no I did not come first, but I am extremely excited for the person that did. She worked really hard to get her votes and has an awesome blog! Once it has been announced publicly I will share with you who the winner is. In the mean time here are the links to the other Top 30 Mom Bloggers of 2014, go check out their blogs, they are all great and each one is completely different.
- Agnes Mayer, Vodka Infused Lemonade
- Allison Wiberg, Seaside Home Accents
- Andria Milliard, The Cheerio Diaries
- Brooke Takhar, Miss Teen USSR
- Christy Rollo, Eco Journey in the Burbs
- Cristina Chalmers, lulumum: a lululemon blogger
- Crystal Allen, Sew Creative
- Heather van Mil, Life, Love and the Pursuit of Play
- Helen Engel-Gray, Loquacious Family
- Jamie Dunlop Khau, Styling the Inside
- Janice Croze & Susan Carraretto, 5 Minutes for Mom
- Jenn Di Spirito, Jenn Di Spirito Photography
- Katherine Petrunia, The Pampered Baby
- Kathleen Tennant, Mixed Media by Kathleen
- Kelly Krol, Raincity Parent
- Lindsay Coulter, David Suzuki’s Queen of Green
- Louise Chapman, Talk Nerdy To Me
- Manda Aufochs Gillespie, The Green Mama
- Mary Levitan, The Rock and Roll Mom
- Megan Newton, Food and Whine
- Monika Hibbs, The Doctor’s Closet
- Natasha Motsi, Kukura
- Parrish Wilson, Parrish Wilson
- Patti Barnes, The World of ContestPatti
- Renata Wurster, Keeping the Me in Mommy
- Shari Saysomsack, Everyday Little Moments
- Shaunna Prentis, Mis-Adventures of Mommyhood
- Tamara Goyette, Discovering Parenthood
- Tara Cannon, Pint Size Pilot
- Tara Mihalech, Suburble
This past Monday was just one of those days were Monday lived up to its undesirable reputation. It is the perfect example as to why I started this blog and a reason that it never hurts to have a glass of wine before 5pm! The day its self wasn’t completely horrible I did get a chance to hang out with two friends and make a loaf of Banana Bread, just a bit of a gong show in the making. So here goes:
I had a girlfriend coming over to hang out for a bit in the morning so I made sure Hazel and I were up and ready before her arrival. There have been a few times were someone shows up and we are still in pj’s or just eating breakfast, some mornings we just aren’t motivated, what can I say. Anyways she was all fed and clean so I set her up at the coffee table with a bunch of books and toys to entertain herself while I took care of the brown bananas sitting on my island, hello Banana Bread (see previous post here for recipe). As I started to prep I noticed she was chewing on something, we had already eaten part of a book the previous week so this did not surprise me. As I approach her I can see a large pile of brown coloured drool on the coffee table and down her cute little romper. Judging by the colour I knew exactly what I was dealing with, dog food. Not the first time this has happened, definitely won’t be the last and not harmful, I just don’t want her snacking on it. Once that was removed, I went on making my Banana Bread, you can see a cute video of her chomping away on the kibble here on Instagram.
My girlfriend arrived while the loaf was in the oven and once it was out we decided we would walk up to Starbucks to grab a drink. Starbucks isn’t that far from our place and I have done the walk with Hazel and Izzy numerous times alone so we obviously were going to bring Izzy too. Now I knew it was hot out and of course bulldogs are not great in the heat so I made sure I brought some water with us. Well apparently our “little” Izzy is a bit out of shape so we didn’t make it very far before she was panting. As we walked I would stop and give her water along the way, as we got closer to Starbucks though her breathing started to get really heavy, like scary heavy. So what did I do? I picked her up and carried her for as long as my little arms would let me. Now your laughing right? Here I am pretty much waddling away as I try to carry a 53lb bulldog down the sidewalk. We stopped in the shade and let her have some more water, at this point she finished the water bottle I had brought for her, I think it’s time to upgrade my bkr to a 1 litre bottle! At this point I picked her up again to carry her across the parking lot to Starbucks, of course some lady stopped me as I was picking her up and said “You’re not actually going to carry her are you?” Of course I was! Here I am again waddling away with a 53lb bulldog across a parking lot as a patio full of gawkers are staring me down. Phew we made it to Starbucks, thank goodness for an outside tap, water dish and a whole lotta shade for my Izzy. My girlfriend and I have now agreed she will stay and watch the kid and the dog and I will cab it home to get the car to ensure a safe travel home.
The taxi ride. What did you think the taxi ride was going to a be smooth sailing? HAHA not this Monday. Alright so I hop in and tell him my address and we are off. About 5 minutes later as we are pulling up INFRONT of my house I go to grab my keys and guess what? They are in the stroller, at Starbucks! So I say to the driver, “we have to go back” and he responds “What do you mean?” Seriously? When I say we have to go back what do you think I mean? So here we go back to Starbucks grab the keys and back home again. I grab the car and go back and pick everyone up and head home to let Izzy enjoy some pool time to cool down a bit more. This dog is something else, she loves her pool, its pretty funny to watch her flail around in it and try to drink all the water, more about the water drinking after, but first here’s a picture of Izzy in her pool.
So about all that water drinking, of course what goes in must come out, right? Well Izzy went over to the baby gate that leads to downstairs to let me know she had to go outside. At that exact moment I realized I needed to use the lady’s room, I told Izzy to hang on just a second cause Mommy needed to go first or else she was going to pee her pants. I was in the washroom maybe a whole 2 minutes, when I came out I could here Hazel crying. As I rounded the corner I see her crying and slipping in a GIANT
puddle LAKE! You guessed it, Izzy had peed all over the floor. Did I mentioned Evan had just washed the floors the night before? *face palm* So I scooped up Hazel and held her out about 2 feet from me and whisked her into the bathroom. I placed her in the tub clothing and all. Thank goodness this kiddo loves her bath, she was delighted to have a mid day bath. After she was all cleaned up, I snapped a picture or two of her ridiculous top knot and made my way downstairs to clean up Lake Izzy. Shortly after I was able to put Hazel down for a couple of hours, which gave me sometime to unwind before Evan came home from work.
Well I hope you enjoyed that essay of a day and that it at least made you laugh, once or twice. I’m not sure how I am going to be able to top this one but I am sure with these two it will happen!