Friday, February 21, 2014

High Five for Friday!

Wow, it's been a while since I've done a HF4F post! I guess time flies when you're having fun, so let's get right to it!

{ONE} Sean & Robin's Wedding! My friends got married this past weekend and I am so honoured I was able to be a part of it and serve as 'Best Woman'. It was a great night and I am SO happy for them both. 

Me and the Groomsmen, Travis and Chris.

{TWO} Wine, Sweets and Vendors. Tuesday night was full of just those things at an intimate event at Le Dolci, in Toronto. I was able to taste some sweets, sample some wine from Rosewood Estate Winery (which is delicious by the way), and meet some lovely vendors from the wedding industry. The night was pretty good and ended with a really sweet story that involves the Ronald McDonald House of Toronto. You can read about there here. 
Part of our WGx team.

{THREE} We took Eric to the RBG this past weekend too. Their current exhibit is Savage Gardens, which feature carnivorous plants such as the Venus Fly Trap. Eric loved making the displays come alive and really liked seeing all the plants and flowers in the greenhouse. It was such a nice family day.

{FOUR} Thursday night I joined my sister and and her colleagues in the MacKids Bowlathon in support of the McMaster Children's HospitalMcMaster Children's Hospital is home to 159 acute care beds and 10 day beds, 40 subspecialty clinics, a Children's Treatment Centre and one of the largest and most impressive Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Canada. Each year MCH has over 210,000 patient encounters in our subspecialty clinics, diagnostic areas, emergency department, inpatient wards and operating rooms. 

At the bowlathon, 21 team's dressed up, had pizza and pop, and bowled their hearts out, all while raising over $15,000 for this great cause. I am so happy I was able to be part of it again this year. Our team were very moderate cheerleaders! Here is my sister Shannon and I.

{FIVE} Last but not least, and this will not seem like much, but despite my busy schedule this week I have been able to get caught up on a lot of housework! It makes me laugh the I'm including this in here, but I do have a sense of accomplishment! 

I hope your week has been just as fabulous!

Don't forget to link up with Lauren Elizabeth and Carolina Charm!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Wedding Hair

Yesterday was the day I had the opportunity to stand in as the 'Best Woman' and watch one of my closest friends get married. It was truly and amazing day; one that I plan to blog about within the next week or so.

First though, I wanted to write a quick post on my wedding day hair.

It was a simple style, with a little twist and a pretty hair clip. And it's oh so pretty.

Sean (the Groom) and I.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

So, it's kind of official...

Do you remember that little tête
-à-tête I posted about several weeks back? Well, after a few more pow-wows with a wonderful group of ladies, I am pleased to announce that I have officially joined the WeddingGirl team!

I couldn't be more thrilled about this exciting opportunity, as wedding and event planning has been a dream of mine for a long long time. However, up until I saw Mary's video,
 I was just a little unsure of where to start and I certainly lacked the confidence in taking the first small steps towards my dream. 

Mary is the girl behind it all. She started WeddingGirl five years ago and probably couldn't have imagined she'd be where she is today. Her 'casting call' video really spoke to me when I saw it. Her passion and words jumped through the screen and really sparked something deep within me and I knew I had to meet her. 

Now, I'm really not one to just go to an event, put myself out there meet new people the way I did, but after my sparks were lit I felt I really didn't have a choice.

I needed to be there. And I was.

I was actually one of the first people there, unintentional of course. Toronto traffic was much lighter than expected if you can believe it. I was also extremely nervous for some reason. And curious. I kept saying to myself, calm your nerves girl, this could lead to something big! So with my nerves as in-check as they could be, I really put myself out there and started introducing myself to people. One of the first things Mary said to me was how she loved how I was so outgoing and talking to everyone. Little did she know that usually when meeting new people, I am shy and sometimes a bit awkward. Just one of my little quirks. 

But I did it. I took a leap of faith. I myself out there. And it was amazing.

Now look where I am. A member of the wedding industry's most gorgeous army.

So without further adieu, I'd like to introduce you to our team.

Starting at the top-left of our collage, and moving clockwise around it; we have Linda, Laura, Bianca, myself, Heather, Margarita, Vanessa, and Carm.

I honestly don't think I could have asked for a better group of women to work with, or have a better mentor to learn from. And with the friendships that are already forming, I have no doubt we're all in it for the long haul.

So here's to all the exciting things coming our way; weddings, travel, Hitched:Abroad, WG TV, and oh so much more.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Journey to Kindergarten

Well, it's official. Yesterday was the day that I registered Eric for Kindergarten *insert crying here*. It's such a bittersweet feeling to think he'll be starting school in the Fall, even though he's been going to daycare since he was 11 months old. 

This is different for me though, not only because public school is free (which is a BIG plus), but because it brings out more emotions than I care to admit. From fear, anxiety, and even relief. It's all rolled up into one giant ball of emotion. We as parents help set the stage for what our children experience and this will be no different. How we perceive school is in a way, how he will as well. We'll look on and wonder how he'll recieve this entire experience as he grows into a more capable, competent and enthusiastic learner.

This new journey will set the stage for his entire school career, and that is where the fear comes in. I loved school when I was young; up until grade 5 that is. It all went downhill from there with the bullies that played a big part of my life, whom unfortunately, I still think about today.

I want Eric's journey to be better than mine, but my tortured bullied self still buried deep down inside is crying and screaming for me to protect him. I know first hand that kids can be mean; sometimes downright nasty to each other, and I don't want to think of him going through what I did. 

I know as a mom that I need to go into this with an open mind. An open mind that, yes, he will be OK. Eric is a pretty fun-loving, down to earth boy. He knows how to make you laugh, that's for sure. I know he will make friends and have a great time at school, and he will certainly learn (I have no doubt there). I know he'll come home everyday after school and want to tell me all about his day, I actually look forward to it. To many things actually; being on school council, class trips, school-day visits, and so on).

But because of my early school experiences, I am going to make sure I am involved in Eric's school life, in a not-so-invasive way. He'll still have his own school things. Doing so will make me feel better as a mom; knowing that I can be involved and have a positive influence on him and potentially other children in his class.

So here is to this new life journey (even though it's not until the Fall). 

This mom will be taking it one day at a time.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Wedding DIY Part 1 - Save the Date Cards

I have been talking a lot about weddings recently and my goal to become a Wedding Planner, so why not share some of my own DIY wedding projects? Since my 5th wedding anniversary will be this year (August 29th to be exact), what a perfect time than now to start sharing.

I did quite a bit of DIY projects for my wedding; Save the Date cards, invitations, table names, seating get the picture. Well, since I'm quite crafty it seemed like a natural fit.

Our wedding was a traditional church wedding; we were married in a United Church since Doug and I are not really all that religious, so I did keep things pretty simple with my projects.

So let's get start shall we? All I needed for the cards were:
  • Blank card set from Michael's (came with envelopes).
  • A 'Save the Date' stamp with black ink.
  • Cake stickers
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided pop-up 'buttons'
  • Clear labels
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • White card stock paper
  • Glue
All I did was place a cake sticker on the front left side of the card and stamped 'Save the Date' on the other. I then printed our details on the white card stock and glued it onto blue scrapbook paper for a pop of colour (our wedding colours were blue and white). I then used the double-sided buttons to 'pop up' the insert, while placing the 'invitation to follow' note at the bottom inside with a clear label.

Isn't that super easy? This was actually a really cost effective way to make save the date cards. I had to make over 100 of them so it was time consuming, but I loved every minute of it and felt very accomplished afterwards.

Cute and simple.