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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 :)


smitten with . uh oh my deer

6 Apr

i think it goes without saying that this is pretty much my favourite thing in the world right now.

come back next week to win one of your family :)

happy saturday!


smitten with . from the easter bunny

2 Apr

alongside a few sweet treats, this is what lila and cole found in their baskets this weekend :)

1. silicone doodle placement: this has already been coloured on by five people and it’s only been three days — want to start fresh? just wipe with a damp cloth and begin again.
2. wooden dinosaurs: a huge hit with all of us. lila prefers them to be made “properly” but mom and dad prefer our dinos mixed up ;)
3. 32 ways to dress a fox: drawing outfits for foxes, bunnies and pigs… need i say more?

as you may have gathered from the descriptions, all of these goodies have been a big hit for people of all ages and i think they’ll be enjoyed for a long time to come! (i’m already wishing i’d ordered more than five of the wee gallery doodle books.)


giveaway . stuck on you

18 Mar

imagine you’re a four year old that loves colouring… now imagine that you get a package in the mail one day with an activity book, scribbler, pencil crayons and pencils with your name printed all over everything. mind blown, am i right?! lila was just a little bit thrilled to receive this custom activity pack from the lovely folks at stuck on you and spent a good portion the weekend getting her doodle on.

not only are these goodies all personalized, but the illustrations are actually really cute too. we had a tough time choosing between the woodlands and arrr zap themes, but the little fox won lila over in the end. we also received some mini name labels that should be great for marking all of lila’s supplies when she starts kindergarten in the fall.

now onto the best part, stuck on you has offered up some twenty dollar gift vouchers so four of you can also get your hands on some cute personalized goodies (seriously, this company has something for everyone: labels, placemats, aprons, puzzles… the list goes on).

to enter, head over and like the stuck on you facebook page (don’t forget to grab the free shipping coupon while you’re there), and then come back here and leave a comment letting me know what you’d choose from the site if you win.

contest closes friday, march 22.

best of luck, and thanks to stuck on you for the awesome goodies!


in pictures . yellow square

26 Feb


david a. carter’s pop up books are ridiculously awesome.

although, at least in our house, the ‘for children of all ages’ tagline should probably not be applied to the under two set — our copy of 600 black dots is presently short a few dots…


smitten with . family game night

18 Feb

we’ve been enjoying a lot of game nights this past little while, and given that it’s family day here in alberta, i thought today would be the perfect day to share. here are some favourites that keep the attention of the four year old and us.

1. bus stop: practice adding and subtracting while picking up and dropping off passengers as you drive your bus around the game board.
2. domorino: build your own custom set of dominos with the coloured chips and go.
3. super moose: see how many antlers you can balance on super moose’s rack.
4. bilibo: use the idea book or create your own games. the possibilities are endless.
5. candyland: the old classic :)
6. memory match 16: a twist on the typical memory game. comes with 8 game cards (and you can build your own cards too!).

any favourite games you have to share??

happy family day!


smitten with . plant a kiss

6 Feb

this sweet little book arrived yesterday, and i think lila’s read it at least a dozen times already. i may have even read it a time or two without the kiddos around… i think it’s safe to say this one is worth adding to your collection (or checking out from your local library).

perfect timing with valentine’s day right around the corner :)