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december 2017.
it is my baby girl's first christmas.
i still have to pinch myself that this little sweetheart is in our lives.
that we get to watch her grow and love her forever.
this christmas she will be 6 months!
i truly cannot believe how fast it has gone by.

there is truly no more perfect time than now to take a few moments and get that camera out!
first christmas pictures are an absolute must.  i cannot wait to fill up her storyline album with these images!

i whipped out my lightbox along with some fun festive sayings and alphas.  truly the lightbox is the best photo prop ever.  and i think brynn was pretty amazed herself.  she could not keep her hands off of it!

as wonderful as it is that she is now very mobile (rolling around and pushing herself around non stop) it did make it a little tricky to get her to sit still for the pictures.  it was quite an adventure but nonetheless i am kind of obsessed with these photos. they capture her little spirit perfectly.

Lightboxes are such a fun and easy way to capture special and memorable moments within your photographs.  I love how easy they are to use and you can customize them to say whatever you want!


christmas truly is such a magical time of the year.


i absolutely love decorating for christmas.
and especially when i have heidi swapp holiday goodness in the house...even better!
i used some of my favourites to create a festive holiday mantle display and i adore how it came together.  

i will be really sad when it is time to take it down!

whenever i display decor, i always choose one "statement" piece and then create around that.  this year, it was my red letterboard.

the red letterboard itself is PERFECT for the holiday season and what made it come together so beautifully was the christmas letterboard kit.  the "i'm dreaming of a white christmas" is all part of a letterboard kit so all i had to do was open the box and place it onto my letterboard. so simple and quick...and looks amazing.

this year for me is all about bottle brush trees. they are THE cutest and look so festive amongst my other decor pieces!

i used the beautiful new heidi swapp paper cottages to create a gorgeous christmas village.  i love that these pieces are paper because they are so extremely light so they do not weigh a ton atop my shelves.  i also love that because they are white they are completely customizable!  i used white chunky glitter atop the roof tops which makes them look like they are snow covered.  

the sparkle is stunning.  the little vellum doors and windows are SO cute and at night they make the most beautiful glow when placing an electronic tea light inside.

to complete my display i added in some other decor elements i collected.  a cute sign, red berries, greenery and burlap made it come together perfectly.  

my lightboxes are always another huge decor favourite of mine.  i truly adore how they can be used ALL year literally for ANYTHING.  

i decided to just accessorize my wall shelves with some of my favourite lightbox sizes and inserts...along with some printable wall art and marquee love from years past.

i truly am savouring these days and this time of year, aren't you?  the month is flying past and i am just trying to cherish each and every day of it....amidst the busy and chaos because there always has to be a bit of that!

wishing you all the most beautiful holiday. 


world kindness day.
if you are feeling what i am feeling than you can definitely agree this world needs A LOT more love.
it has been a hard one this 2017.

when i was thinking about kindness, and reading up on some quotes and messages...this one really stood out for me.  because in the end kindness does begin with me.  and with you.  and with each and every individual person in this entire world.  it is like a chain reaction in a sense.

there is truly nothing i love more than visual reminders.  inspiring pieces that bring joy into my home and make me happy.  i added the 'kindness begins with me' quote onto my lightbox 4.  i used new alpha slides from the collection as well as this beautiful geometric background.

so on this day, world kindness day, let us live the day with more love, more smiles, more empathy.
"you will never regret being kind"


hello friends.
today i am sharing a little inside peek into how i used the heidi swapp halloween in lights collection in my home this year.

by nature, i am not a person who usually goes all out for halloween.  however, when it is so easy to put together a festive and fun halloween display...count me in!  i think this halloween in lights collection may have changed me forever and gotten me officially into halloween mode!

i loved setting up my original lightbox.  this year heidi released some super fun lightbox halloween slides that really add such a beautiful decorative element vs. just plain text.  i love that it also comes in a kit so that you have  few options as well as more alphas!  i added some faux cob webs over my lightbox which i loved.  it really gave it much more halloween feel.

these witch light banners have probably got to be one of my favourites!  instead of using them as as typical banner, i simply spray painted a bunch of twigs black and them strung the lights throughout the branches.  i then added the witches onto various branches.  it was so easy to do and really looks awesome.

and of course, this year the lightbox glow!!! seriously it is AWESOME.  it is so bright, so fun and looks amazing lit up at night.  again...the kits that go with this lightbox are perfect for halloween.  it was so hard to choose what i wanted to put in it as there are so many fun ones!

classic halloween marquee. you can never go wrong with a pumpkin and a sugar skull. love love love.

if you are still looking for some adorable halloween decor, check out this Halloween In Lights collection now at Michaels Stores because it won't be around much longer.
Cheers to keeping things spooky and spectacular!


today i want to talk "documenting babies".
we all know that the weeks and months fly past, so now more than ever the photos and stories are what we treasure most.
i found a perfect way to use one of the heidi swapp photo journals i had in my stash.
i decided to use it to document my daughter brynn as she grows each month.

slip in a monthly photo, add in some journaling and embellishments and when she turns 1 year i will have this beautiful book complete full of my favourite monthly photos and memories.

to create my book i incorporated the beautiful jen hadfield heart of home collection.  the papers are so soft, yet rich. the perfect collection to document a baby girl.

for this album i am keeping all of my photos black and white.
i am also using my we r memory keepers typecast to add in my sentiments....whether it be a quote, story, memory or favourite passage.
i also have been obsessed in using my we r memory keepers stitch happy machine.  i love being able to add metallic thread detailing throughout my journal.

the photo corners are from heidi swapp's storyline collection and are found in the deck of days kits.  they are just awesome and i am kind of obsessed.

next week she will be 4 months and i will add in this months photo and thoughts.  it is really so mind boggling to me how we have reached 4 months old! i remember being pregnant with her like yesterday. even though it feels like i am both busier (and more tired) than ever, i know that the time i am making to capture these moments will be one of the best things i have ever done.  already when i look back on the pages that i have completed i am so grateful.  it's like my own little time machine that i can look back on and read and feel like i am in that moment again.

there is truly nothing i love more than simple, doable, meaningful and beautiful memory keeping XO.


there truly is no more denying it. 
i am not sure what it is like where you live but here in alberta canada we are feeling all the fall feels.  cooler days, early nights, leaves starting to change colour and scatter. yes. it's time to embrace fall.

as much as i am sad to see the days of summer go, i am always looking forward to fall. there is just something about bundling up in cozy sweaters and scarves, warm drinks, fall photography and pumpkins everywhere.  september is my favourite month.

i decided to whip out my brand new heidi swapp letterboard to commemorate this beautiful time.  a favourite phrase in gold alphas looks just perfect on this black letterboard, don't you think?

i gave my living room shelf the fall treatment and adding in my letterboard was truly the perfect finishing touch.

i collected some of my favourite decor pieces and added them in.  the pumpkin floral arrangement is actually from my wedding.  i bring it out every fall as a special reminder of our day.

i love these little pumpkins.  they always make any decor display come together.

here's to embracing fall and all it's beauty..."autumn leaves and pumpkins please"!


hello end of august.  
i say these words loaded with emotion and a very bittersweet taste in my mouth.
how has this just happened?
i swear it was only spring.

with the beautiful days and evenings of summer soon on the wrap up, how fitting that today of all days...august 31st is actually national eat outside day.

 seriously probably THE best part about summer for sure... (insert weepy face here).

so in honour of this day, and the end of summer i thought it would be perfect to enjoy a little QT time with a bowl of warm tacos and some cool guacamole.  who's with me?!?

food friends and sunshine.  what else could honour 'eat outside day' better than that? 

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