Living Room sneak peak

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Last time I posted about our living room, I was talking about finding a media console (which I am still on the hunt for), and it seems that I may need to give in to my husband's desperate pleas for a bigger tv. Though there is always a list of "wants" and "to do's", I wanted to give you a sneak peak at the progress in our living room. I'm so excited to have fresh paint on the walls and finally start settling in. I'm even more excited to start decorating for Christmas, but my husband says I have to wait at least another week. So in the meantime, I'll just be over hear twiddling my thumbs for the next week, dreaming of Christmas.

 

                  Remember our yellow living room?

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Pumpkin picking and a fall outfit

Thursday, November 2, 2017

It's funny how once you have a baby you suddenly feel like each holiday/ season needs to be perfectly documented, so you can remember that time you went to the pumpkin patch and said baby cried the whole time. It's not quite the memory we were hoping to make, but at least we managed to get a few photos between the tears. Maybe she'll come around next year.

Do you have any family traditions you were looking forward to that didn't go to plan?



Sweater: Thrifted | Button-up: Thrifted | Pants: Old Navy | Slip-ons: Old Navy

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Living Room: Media Storage

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Finding the perfect balance of form and function 

We've had our current living room furniture since we got married 5 years ago, and now that we've added a baby to the mix, the form and function of our furniture has to change. I have been trying to find a media storage unit, but haven't quite found something with the perfect balance between industrial and modern, yet still warm. Another must have is closed storage, since our baby girl loves pulling herself up and tearing everything off of shelves lately. *sigh
I'm dying to find something unique that stands out as more of a furniture piece rather than just media storage. Cue the inspiration.



 

All Modern: Bouvier tv stand | West Elm: Industrial storage media console | Structube: Clarence media unit | Article: Seno Oak sideboard | Ikea: Stockholm tv bench

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Travel: Palm Beach, Florida

Monday, October 23, 2017

If you read my previous post, you would have read about our tumultuous flight home from Florida, but today I'd like to share the happier bits about our trip.

We stayed at the Hilton Embassy Suites in one of their 2 room corner suites, which was perfect for traveling with the baby. She could sleep in the bedroom while we still had our own space to hang out without disrupting her.


Since my husband was there for work, Maya and I stayed at the hotel during the day, where there was plenty of space for us to roam around and keep ourselves occupied. We enjoyed breakfast every morning together with Sam before he left for the day (their omelette station was amazing!), and spent most afternoons by the pool. 


We had some free time to explore as a family, so one day we went to Riviera Beach where Maya had her first experience in the ocean! She loved it, but it was so hot outside that the water wasn't refreshing, so we didn't stay very long. One evening we walked down Worth Avenue, a popular high end shopping street and down to the beach. Again, it was so hot that we didn't last too long outside, so we made our way to dinner from there.


Though things ended on a very stressful note, we were happy to spend some time together as a family in Florida. I think next time we might just plan a vacation outside of Hurricane season! 

Sidenote: All photos were taken with my iPhone

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Traveling alone with a baby, during a Hurricane

Sunday, October 15, 2017

We decided to make last minute plans for Maya and I to meet my husband in West Palm Beach, Florida, as he was there for 2.5 weeks for work. It was a whirlwind trying to get both of our passports within 6 days of our planned departure date, but we did it!
I was feeling pretty confident about everything up until the moment that my sister-in-law dropped us off and waved one last goodbye. I was suddenly on my own and felt a wave of emotions. I took a moment to compose myself, and we headed through customs. Thankfully, Pearson Airport (Toronto) has special check-in lines and U.S. customs for those traveling with small children, which made it much easier when traveling as a single parent. The staff was very patient as I nervously loaded my things onto the security belt, took off my shoes, and all while balancing a curious baby who was eating a sticker that she pulled off the check-in tag from her stroller.


I was glad I kept my packing to a minimum, because it made things a lot easier making my way through the airport. I brought one bag to check, my purse and a diaper bag. I could bring the stroller through security and all the way up the door of the plane, which was so helpful, so that I didn't have to carry everything on my own.

We booked our seats ahead of time and spent the extra money on priority seating for parents with children. I would highly recommend this for anyone traveling with kids as it gives you much more space to move around, and some airlines provide a bassinet for your baby to sleep. The priority boarding was great as it gave me time to settle in, and a flight attendant went over the safety and emergency procedures with me one-on-one since it was my first time flying with a baby.


The flight went really well and Maya did great! Even the other passengers around us commented on how well she did. I was relieved that we made it safely and we were able to spend some time with my husband.

As the days passed, the forecast for Hurricane Irma became more intense and we were worried about getting out on time before it Florida. Our flights were booked for Thursday evening, which they said would still be safe to leave, and my husband was able to leave early and get a flight out the same night from Miami. We figured we would be ok, but as the storm was approaching we were getting nervous that our flights might get cancelled. As we were checking in we were told that my flight was delayed 1.5 hours, but since my husband had to leave to catch his flight in Miami, we didn't have any other choice but to wait around at the airport. Time passed and I was getting eager to get home, and then an announcement was made that there was another delay, and our 7pm flight that was pushed to 9:30pm, would now not be leaving until 12:00am. I was nearly in tears when I walked up to the gate attendant to get some understanding as to why our flight kept getting delayed. Of course I knew there was nothing she could do to make the flight leave on time, but I was so frustrated and just wanted my baby to get some proper rest without getting woken up by the noise of a very busy terminal! I forgot to mention that the waiting area was packed with crying children, pets (large and small) barking at each other, and many tired and frustrated people trying to escape the Hurricane. I swear half of Ft. Lauderdale was waiting in that terminal!

 

The flight was delayed again until 1:00am, but I was still hopeful that we would make it out of Florida before the storm. Thankfully we did, but it was definitely a nerve wracking wait and not something I wish on anyone traveling alone with a baby.

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Fall Trends: Combat boots

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

I have always loved a good combat boot, and I'm so glad they're "in style" again for fall. I've been holding off on shopping for boots just yet since it still feels like summer, but I'm dying to gets my hands (or feet rather) on a new pair of combat boots!

 
 

Le Fashion Blog Work Appropriate Outfit Tie Neck Blouse Black Leather Pencil Skirt Black Heeled Boots Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert Street Style Office Outfit Via @romilux

Fall: Combat boots


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