Monday, September 21, 2015

Family Photos

In June we had family photos taken in my hometown by photographer Heather Wilkinson. I'll link her website below.

We were given a gift card for Mason's 1st birthday, and were really excited at the chance to get our photos taken by her. She did my high school grad photos in 2006 (almost 10 years ago-what!?), and everyone really loves her work. She was amazing to work with, and so good with Mason.

I was super excited to receive this package in the mail! It arrived 1 day after she said she would mail it, which was amazing.

I cant wait to frame them!


Sunday, September 20, 2015

5 reasons I wont be a stay at home mom

Hey everyone, happy Sunday:)

I just wanted to talk about something that I've been asked a lot lately by different people. Some of you may have seen on Facebook that I've been working some extra hours. There's no specific reason behind it, other than general debts and just trying to build up my paycheques for Christmas and other events. 

I've been asked by other parents, and some friends why I don't just become a stay at home mom. Mason's daycare costs more than our rent, and it's currently the biggest expense we deal with every month. Some people assume that having me stay home would help us save money by getting rid of that expense. 

Here are 5 reasons why I will not become a stay at home mom (anytime soon):

1- I love Mason's daycare. I think it's really important for him to have that social interaction with kids his own age. I find great comfort in knowing that he's having fun all day and learning lots of new things. 

2- I actually like where I work. The benefits are amazing compared to other jobs, the staff is friendly, and there are lots of opportunities to make more money through overtime or other positions in the company. I actually don't mind working overtime there because it's such a great environment to work in. I've kind of made it a game for myself to see how many extra hours I can do per week. 

3- We do need the extra income that I bring in from working. I honestly don't understand how people are surviving on minimum wage jobs in this city. We both work full time and make above minimum wage, and I still wouldn't say we are "comfortable" financially. I read an article recently about how people my age just expect success to fall into our laps without working for it. Something about that article stayed with me, and I've decided to work harder now to make a better future for us later. 

4- I'm in school. I'm taking a course through correspondence. The only real time I have to work on school work is when Mason is at daycare, or sleeping. Like I've mentioned in a previous post, I still have every day tasks to do when I get home every night, so it's hard sometimes to find the time to make school work. 

5- Savings and paying off debt! If I didn't work, there would be no way we could start building a savings account. There have been far too many times where we have needed emergency money and not had it (thank you to our parents who have helped out more than once!). I have an RRSP through work, which is awesome because I probably wouldn't have went and got one on my own, but we don't have a real savings account. I've been talking to friends about the best way to go about this, and I think we're going to just have a certain amount of our pay go directly into savings. That way I won't see it and be tempted to spend. If we saved $200/mo every month, we would have $10 000 by the time I'm 30. 

So, that's it. Staying home is great and works for so many familes, but it's not for me :) 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Good morning, Fall

Fall mornings are my favorite. Even if we're having a stressful morning when nothing is going right, just stepping outside makes everything better.

Every morning, Mason walks down the front steps on his own, and walks with me to the car. This morning, he decided to play a game of hide and seek and hid at the front of the SUV, peeking around the corner at me and smiling.

He carried his bottle hands free today (still trying to wean him off the bottle), and was in a happy little mood, which made me happy too.

Our front step got a little extra sunshine from these yellow flowers this week, and I'm planning on adding some small pumpkins to the steps soon. Sobey's has their pumpkins out now!

Here are a couple of pictures from our morning:

PS: I love his hoodie, its from Baby Gap.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

STOP the car! There's something I can paint over there...

My name is Dedreanna Dionne, and I'm addicted to painting furniture. I'm on a mission to make our house more beautiful every day. Sometimes I just browse Kijiji for fun looking for something I can make my own. Here is a project I actually did a couple of months ago.

Note to self (and everyone else)- Don't spray paint inside. I swear I thought the fumes were going to finish me. I painted this project by an open door, and it was still way too intense for indoor breathing lol. Side note- Mason was not around these fumes.

Anyway, here is the finished product. We are currently using it as a TV stand in our bedroom, We used to have a black armoire that we were using, but this is much better,and I love how light and fresh it looks with the white paint.

This was a super easy project. All I did was remove the drawers, lightly sand the frame, and spray paint it. I did not use a primer or sealant because it's just going to be used for our TV.

This entire project cost less than $20. I bought the dresser on Kijiji for $10, and then bought a couple cans of paint.

My next project will be painting my coffee stand in the kitchen. I'm also painting it white to bring some light into the room.




Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sunday's are for strolling

Here are some photos of our walk today. I'm posting more about our walk on my health blog:


Saturdays are for playing

Good morning everyone. It's Sunday, and I'm currently at work doing some overtime. I love doing OT on weekend mornings because I get home by 10am, usually just as the guys are waking up- which means I still get to enjoy a full day off at home. Yesterday was a day full of fun, and some light cleaning. Mason tried to help me clean his room by putting his dirty clothes back in the dresser, and emptying his book sling onto the floor. It's hard not to get frustrated sometimes when they don't fully understand what "no" means yet. When he got to the book sling, I decided to redirect his attention to a set of cardboard stacking blocks that he hadn't played with before. We ended up making towers and knocking them down. He really sat and concentrated on what he was doing, trying to stack them up taller then himself, and rearranging them when he realized he couldn't reach.

Before supper, I got him dressed in his new hoodie from great-nanny and took him for a walk in his cozy coupe. We came back and walked up to the small park that's for members of our townhouse community only. The park has one swing-set, and several ride on toys for toddlers. He found 2 more cozy coupes that were in much worse shape than his, but he chose to play with those for a while before finding a really fun stick on the ground. 

Saturdays used to mean being the designated driver for my friends because I was always the sober one. They were for getting dressed up in an outfit that I was probably self conscious in, and awkwardly trying to fit in at clubs with sticky floors and crowded bathrooms. 

Now, Saturdays are for playing. They're for fresh air, home cooked meals, outdoor adventures and Netflix. Saturdays are for cleaning, and making my house smell like lemon and lavender. Sometimes they're are for trips to the market, or coffee with old friends. I like my Saturdays a lot more now than I used to.

Here are some more photos of our little walk to the park: 


Saturday, September 5, 2015

Minimalizing and Living Intentionally

Minimalizing (it's a real word, I googled it :p) and living with intention is something that I've been trying to work on around the house lately. I've always been the kind of person who wants the best of everything and have lived under the mindset that more is better. More clothes, more books, more movies, the best phone, best computer,best tablet. More candles from Bath & Body Works (give me ALL the candles!!!)

This state of mind has carried over to how I've been raising Mason. Even when I was pregnant, I wanted him to have the best stroller, brand name clothes, the best bottles,best toys, ect. Our old apartment quickly became overrun with his stuff, which lead me to wanting to buy him the best toy box, and the cycle continues. 

When we moved into the townhouse, I suddenly had more space to buy more stuff. Mason had so many toys in the living room that he didn't even know what to play with first. He would go from toy to toy until he was so overwhelmed that he would start playing with things that weren't toys (trying to get my water glass, crying when he cant have the remote, ect). I then came across an article explaining how children play better in play rooms that have less clutter and less toys, because they learn to focus on the toys that are available instead of running crazy from toy to toy. 

After reading that article, I sorted through his toys and got rid of things that he didn't play with anymore. I took all of his baby toys (rattles, teethers, ect), washed them and stored them away for future babies. I put away seasonal toys, and completely decluttered the living room. After this, I found that he was able to concentrate on one toy at a time, and actually plays on his own for longer periods of time. 

I'm currently working on slowing applying this method to the rest of the house. I've become obsessed with 2 blogs specifically (I'll link them below) that are written by moms who live with intention and keep a fairly minimal household. Getting rid of clutter and things that we don't need is so therapeutic and gets rid of a lot of stress. Everyone functions better in a cleaner, decluttered household. 

I've been looking at all of our items and basically asking myself these questions:

- Do I use this often?
- Do we NEED this?
- Does this item bring me joy?
- Does it have real sentimental value? 
- Is this a seasonal item that can be stored until next year? (Clothes, outdoor items, ect) 

As I go through and declutter and minimalize our house room by room, I'll post updates and before & after photos. 

I'm realizing that it's better to spend money on experiences rather than items, which is where living with intention comes in. We all spend every day going through the motions, but rarely stopping to actually think about what we're living for. What are our passions and dreams, and what are we doing to get there? So many of us are on auto pilot and not really taking control of our lives. I work every day and come home to a house that is full of stuff. STUFF everywhere- a book here, a stray toy there, clothes that we haven't worn in months. It's not refreshing to walk through the door at the end of the day, its stressful! 

If any of you are interested in minimalizing your house, comment below and we can compare notes!:)

Here are the blogs that I'm currently obsessed with: 


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Feels like Fall

It's September! Honestly, I am so ready for Summer to be over. I love everything about Fall. I love the cooler temperatures, Halloween and Thanksgiving. I can't wait to take Mason out in his wagon, and walk through the crunchy leaves. This year he is old enough to actually enjoy Fall with us. The photo above is from when we went apple picking last Fall. He was basically just old enough for me to carry him around and sit him in apple crates. This year I anticipate chasing him around the orchard and lifting him up to reach apples.

 I'm also super excited about buying his Fall/Winter wardrobe- toddler clothes are the best!

I feel content with how our summer went, so I'm not sad that it's over. I was nervous that going back to work would mean I wouldn't get to enjoy our summer, but we had a lot of fun.

Another favorite thing about Fall?

The new candles at Bath & Body Works!!!
That's something that everyone can get excited about ;)


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