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01.21.2015

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I must admit, I have not yet jumped on the highly commercialize clothing train for Olive. Rather than dressing her in Mini-Mouse everything, I prefer to dress her in incredibly soft and comfortable clothing made by creative entrepreneurs around the world. There’s something magical about beautiful fabric that dances around the room as Olive busily runs from her play kitchen to her book shelves. 

We have recently discovered our new favourite brand! The fresh, bold, and beautiful screen printed organic cotton textiles from Winter Water Factory have Olive demanding to wear her dresses day-in-and-day-out. Every morning when we open her closet doors, she points to her beautiful red dresses and smiles. I cannot commend the work of Stefanie Lynen and Todd Warnock enough! The amount of thought that goes into each pattern and each piece of clothing truly speaks for itself.

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I love reading entrepreneurial stories, and Stefanie’s is one not to miss. She is a self-taught designer who draws inspiration from a variety of sources—from children’s books to vintage wallpaper to envelope liners.  She came to New York in 1999 from Germany after completing medical school. Starting out as a freelance crafter, Stefanie fell in love with product design and quickly learned everything she could about it.  In 2005, she rented a silk-screen studio and began exploring the possibilities of fabric design. The result has been a line of striking prints with just the right blend of bold graphics and whimsical illustrations.  I, too, come from a science background but have dreams to branch out into the creative world. Stefanie’s story truly shows me it is possible!

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Winter Water Factory offers a wide variety amazing prints and designs. From Baby to Adult, there is truly something for everyone. Just take a look at their prints and you will understand why I refuse to go commercial when dressing Olive. Our dream list has quickly grown from dresses to pants to hoodies to blankets… I cannot express how comfortable Olive feels in these clothes (and the cuddles are even better too)!

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To celebrate our new found clothing obsession, I have teamed up with Winter Water Factory for an amazing giveaway! They are offering a $50 gift card to their amazing online store to one lucky winner! How amazing is this? To enter:

  1. Follow My Instagram 
  2. Follow Winter Water Factory’s Instagram
  3. Tag one (or two, or five!) friends on my Giveaway Post picture on my Instagram Gallery!

It’s as easy as that!! The giveaway will be open from Wednesday, January 21 to Friday, January 23 for everyone, worldwide! The winner will be announced on Saturday, January 24!! GOOD LUCK FRIENDS!

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01.13.2015

Everyone has their comfort food. This is mine. This past weekend I competed in a Synchronized Skating competition — my first ever. For 25 years I have been a singles skater, but this year I challenged myself to join an adult Synchro Team. They welcomed me with open arms and I have loved every minute. As I was preparing for our competition, I knew I had to pack a loaf of Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread in my skate bag to calm my nerves. It’s funny how something simple like this help prepare you for the big stage… It might not be a healthy option, but it sure helped!

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01.05.2015
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I joined Instagram a few years ago. I didn’t know much about this new app, and had no grasp on the power it held. Sure, I posted a few photos here and there… but it wasn’t something on the forefront of my mind, and I definitely wasn’t gaining notice from the Instagram Community worldwide. I really looked at it as a place to store some not-so-good-looking photos. I never imagined what it would become a few years down the road. I really started to discover the power of Instagram after Olive was born. I quickly discovered that late night feedings were difficult as I sat there trying to stay awake while I listened to Scott snoring around the corner. I know
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01.01.2015
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What a whirlwind 2014 was. It saw many triumphs, but it also saw a lot of heartache… Heartache that I am still trying to deal with. I think this is the first New Year that I am happily saying goodbye and welcoming a new beginning.  I have big plans for 2015.  I have spent the last two weeks at home with my family and it has been wonderful. I feel so refreshed and so blessed. Some days we stayed in our PJ’s, and others we hit the lake for some skating adventures. As amazing as these few weeks have been, it has made me realize what I’m missing out on when I tip-toe out of the house at 4:30am to go
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12.09.2014
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Dear Olive, Happy 27th Birthday Daddy! We smothered him in love and kisses. I feel so lucky to have your Daddy in my life. I look forward to celebrating him every single year! Words cannot describe the way my body tingles when you smile at me, or how warm my heart feels when I see you playing with your grandparents, or how you are always so excited to see Da-Da after a busy day of playing with you friends. You make me forget about all the stresses our life. You are my pride and joy, I really mean that. As I watch you grow, I am continually in awe that just 21 short months ago you were a wee babe,
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12.02.2014
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I see you over there in the diaper aisle of Target, eyes wide open and scratching your head in confusion. You’re staring at eight different kinds of baby wipes trying to make life-impacting decisions for your unborn child: scented vs. unscented, organic vs. non-organic, name brand vs. generic. Your heart beats faster as you glance over your shoulder at the array of other choices staring at you—diapers, diaper pails, diaper pail bags, diaper rash creams. All the products sit neatly lined up on the shelf, mocking you. “Pick me! Pick me!” they shout, trying to get your full attention. What I really want to do is grab you by the shoulders and whisper sweetly: it doesn’t matter. None of that stuff matters. It doesn’t matter
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