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smitten with . back to school

1 Sep

tomorrow is lila’s first day of grade one so i thought i’d post a few of our back to school essentials! it likely would have been more beneficial to the rest of you had i had posted this a few weeks ago, but in true andrea fashion, i picked up half of what is pictured today, and the other half (aside from li’s glasses) over the course of the last week. one day i’ll learn. . .

1. lunch bag (currently 40% off) with these containers inside. this is my first time ever having to pack lunches — i’ll try to remember to report back on how this combo works out for us!
2. backpack.
3. headphones. i don’t know about you but i sure don’t remember headphones on school supply lists when i was in school!
4. shoes and laces. finding the perfect pair of indoor shoes was definitely the most stressful part of back to school shopping for us — i have about eight pairs to return this week. . .
5. water bottle.

happy september!


smitten with . instagram

13 Jul

i’m fairly certain most people that follow along here are quite familiar with this little habit of mine, but just in case you aren’t and because i left my big camera in my bag this weekend, here are some of my favourite recent phone photos.

this all feels a bit like a love letter, haha, but there is honestly just so much i love about instagram. i love the challenge of creating art with my phone camera (i’m not always toting my big camera around when my hands are full of three kiddos these days). there’s the fact that i don’t need to spend time sitting at my computer to quickly get a photo edited and uploaded (i use the pictapgo app), and all of the fun indie shops and designers i’ve come across (from kids’ clothes to toys to home decor and on and on), but most of all, it’s the community that keeps me coming back! i’ve connected with some amazing people and opportunities (along with with friends and family near and far) in the year and a half since i joined and am still finding awesome new gems every day.

for those who are interested, you can follow along with [even more of] our adventures over there — my user name is andreahanki — and if you leave your username below, i’d love to check out your feeds as well.

hope to see you there!

(along with all of the love though, i can’t help but mention all of the accounts that keep getting deactivated these days. . . hoping there will be some clarification of guidelines and a resolution soon so that we don’t have to stop posting photos of our kids being kids for fear of losing our whole accounts!)


giveaway . custom copper necklace

19 May

after looking for an initial necklace for the past few years, i finally stumbled across the perfect one a couple of weeks ago, just in time to treat myself to a little birthday/mother’s day gift. copper, geometric and locally made, i fell in love pretty much instantly.

and now you can have one too! cheryl from cloud & lolly has offered up a custom copper initial necklace for one of you! want to celebrate your children? a loved one? yourself? choose a few letters and cheryl will hand stamp them, along with a teeny heart, in copper metal clay, creating a one of a kind keepsake for you to wear around your neck.

as always, there are a few ways to enter, and you’ll have to leave a separate comment for each entry (you will have left three comments once you’ve entered all three ways).
1. leave a comment below telling me whose initials you’d choose for your necklace
2. pin your favourite piece from the cloud & lolly shop on pinterest
3. follow cloud & lolly and me (andreahanki) on instagram

contest closes sunday, may 25.

good luck!!


smitten with . waterlogue

6 Feb


so in love with this little app, and so excited to get a few of these wee prints up on the wall in lila’s room.

(if you want to see our vacation through the lens of my iphone, you can check out my instagram feed from the past couple of weeks — username: andreahanki)


giveaway . handmade ragdoll

6 Jan

lila’s christmas list this year included two items: 1) a book and 2) a doll, preferably one with glasses who has clothes that she can take on and off.

the book was easy — i already had a stash tucked away for her — but the doll with glasses was a bit trickier. when i finally came across one i knew she would love (complete with glasses, fringed booties, reversible poncho, tiny skirt and secret tattoo), less than two weeks before the holiday, i knew i was cutting it close; but the lovely april from riley construction did everything she possibly could to ensure my little lady could have her own bespectacled little friend under our tree.

that all said, i can’t think of a better giveaway to start off the new year, than one featuring one of lila’s favourite christmas gifts from the holidays — an awesome handmade doll from riley construction. (and based on the fact that i’ve already received a couple of emails and comments requesting more info on said doll after yesterday’s post, i think there may be a few of you who agree!)

as always, there are a few ways to enter, and you’ll have to leave a separate comment for each entry (you will have left three comments once you’ve entered all three ways).
1. comment below telling me which doll you would choose should you win (i’m partial to the hipster girl, geek boy and beach beauty myself.)
2. pin your favourite riley construction doll listing on pinterest
3. add one of the dolls to your etsy favorites

contest closes friday, january 10.

best of luck!!


get dressed . tiny ties

4 Dec

if you’ve followed my blog for any period of time, you’ll be well aware that we love us a good bow tie (or necktie) in this house. and because october through january is crazy time for birthday and holiday parties around these parts, cole’s been sporting a lot of them these days. here are some of our favourites!

and a few fun related gifts for the bow tie lover in your life, because. . . well, why not? ;)

happy party season!


smitten with . teeny ballerina

6 Sep

i picked up this little ballerina doll a few months back, and gave it to lila the other morning on her first day of ballet. she is totally smitten, so i thought it worth a share here :) (plus, it’s about time i get back to posting more than just photos!)

happy friday!


giveaway . let us always be adventurers

26 Aug

anyone who’s been following this little blog for a while probably knows we’re pretty big fans of adventuring around here, so when i came across this screen printed map on etsy a while back, i knew our home had to have one.

now, thanks to colleen from walsh-walsh & son, one of you can have the map of your choice (and there are lots of choices!) for your home as well.

as always, there are a few ways to enter, and you’ll have to leave a separate comment for each entry (three comments if you enter all three ways).
1. leave a comment below with somewhere you love to head when you’re in the mood for adventure, or somewhere you’ve yet to travel to, but would like to see
2. pin the map listing on pinterest
3. add the map to your etsy favorites

contest closes friday, august 30

good luck, happy adventuring, and thanks again to walsh-walsh & son for this giveaway!

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congratulations hannah!


iphoneography . lila the explorer

7 Aug


i didn’t take any photos today, but i do have this to share :)

i know i’ve mentioned it before, but it can’t hurt to repeat — i am thoroughly smitten with uh oh my deer. thank you sweet kate, for your art, and for your generosity. i think you’re great.


smitten with . cotton candy at home

24 Jun

i’ve been looking into cotton candy machines for a while now, so when the la shop contacted me with the opportunity to review one, i jumped at the chance. because really, (even though we used blue for most of the photos) is there anything that says ‘pink sugar’ more than a sweet puff of pink cotton candy?

the whole process is super simple: add the sugar (it comes included) to the pan, turn it on, and wrap the candy floss around a cone (not included — we made ours out of striped craft paper) as it begins spinning out. it’s the perfect little single serving, and each one only takes a couple of minutes, so making up a few cones was no problem. we did have some issues with the candy melting and sticking to the sides, but a little warm water rinsed that right off. overall, if you’re looking for a fun activity to do with your kids and don’t mind a bit of sugar once in a while, i’d definitely recommend looking into one of these cotton candy makers.

and as soon as i figure out a good way to package the stuff, my clients can look forward to their packages being just a little bit sweeter! …in the meantime, we’ll snack on it ourselves ;)

thanks again to the la shop for sending us this awesome kids’ cotton candy maker to review. make sure you take a minute to check out their site and see all of the other goodies they have to offer — they carry some photography gear alongside the fun novelty items :)