Thursday, July 13, 2017

6 Reasons I Loved Volunteering Abroad in Peru



I can still remember the feeling of getting off the airplane in Lima, Peru, where I was beginning my travels. I looked around at the huge crowd of people and I had no clue where to go. Everything was in Spanish and everyone was speaking Spanish. I followed the crowd wide-eyed and wondered, "Um, where am I supposed to go?"

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

More Rose, Nannying & My Birthday! - June 7QT


June Seven Quick Takes

1. Rose this month

This is such a fun age! Some of my very favourite things are when I make Rose laugh, when she is super excited about something and goes "Oooooh, ooooh," in this low excited voice with her eyes wide (some things that produce this: bananas, the door opening to go outside, milk in her sippy cup, a crow...), when she says her little words, and when I say "Nigh-nigh time," and she automatically lays her head on my shoulder and cuddles in. She'll put her arms around my neck and it's the best feeling in the world.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

6 Simple Steps to Start Using Cloth Diapers


I remember being a little kid and looking into the bathroom to see my mom cleaning a dirty cloth diaper. I said something like, "Mom, that's so gross!" and she just laughed. Luckily there are now somewhat improved ways of cloth diapering.

I also remember having the distinct thought as an older person, "I won't ever use cloth diapers, they seem like a lot of work for no reason." Now here I am!


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

DIY Project: Peg Dolls


I participated in a peg doll nativity swap and it got inspired to order some wooden peg dolls of my own and paint them as a present for Rose's birthday! Part of the reason I wanted to make some for Rose is that I think I would have looooved to have hand painted dolls like these as a kid. I loved imaginative games and pretty things so these would have been right up little Alicia's alley.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

What I Like About Owning Less Clothes


Purging my closet

I made the decision that I only want to keep clothes in my closet that I actually like to wear and that (in my opinion) look good on me. I had a bunch of clothes that I didn't like for one reason or another, but felt I couldn't throw them away because I felt guilty about having spent money on them and barely having worn them! So I would keep them and tell myself I'd wear them one day... Anyway, the result was a closet filled mainly with things I didn't even like. So I purged it and I think out of all my purging experiences this is the one I appreciate the most.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

My Baby Is One! (Birthday Festivities)


This picture is amazing. Could her eyebrows go any higher?

My baby is one year old!!!

Part of me still feels like I have a newborn, part of me feels like newborn Rose was so long ago. This year really did go by so quickly though. I'm kind of terrified of suddenly realizing 15 years have gone by and I have a teenager.