18 Month check-up


Here are some pics from our trip up North a few weeks ago. EZ learned how to use a straw while we were out to dinner up there. Isn't he adorable?

He finally had his 18 month check-up yesterday. He's 29 lbs {in the 80th percentile for weight} and 34 inches {in the 90th percentile for height}. He scored perfectly on the autism test, as in there are no signs of autism. We're so grateful he's happy and healthy. Dada took him to the doctor's, then treated him to ice cream after the immunization shots.

EZ looks so cute wearing his moose hat from the restaurant.

Forget the straw! I'm using my fingers!

Ahhhh...that's better!

Fine...I'll use the straw, but only because you're forcing manners on me!


Cutest. Baby Girl. Shoes. Ever.


Can you even handle these boots? They're from a new Etsy shop called ZUZII.

Or how about these pink petal shoes. Sooooo deliciously girly.

Or...maybe in yellow for a little spunk?


A Mirror Makeover :)


This is the mirror I mentioned a couple of weeks ago.

Maybe the ugliest, un-MummyMaggie mirror EVER. This is the mirror for the main bath, otherwise known as the kids' bathroom.

Something needed to change. Seriously. The most budget-friendly and most budget-friendly way to change the mirror {and the bathroom for that matter} is a can of paint.

Why not Poolside Blue from Benjamin Moore?

Ahhh...isn't that better? PS: I painted it MYSELF, thankyouverymuch!

Now we need to tackle painting the entire room - a soft white with a hint of gray?

But for now, here's our bright, kid-friendly w/out being kitschy bathroom. I call it:

Chartreuse Sky

{The photos were taken w/ my iPhone, so ignore the bad quality of the images}

The basket, lanterns, and elephant are from Bouclair Home. The green towel is from HomeSense.
I couldn't resist these cute little lanterns, and of course, a petit elephant for some whimsy!


A Settee!


We're currently in the process of re-doing our dining room and front entry hallway.
On a budget, of course!

Here's my latest and greatest find. It's a small Queen Anne style settee in a honeysuckle pink velvet-y material. This is going to be reupholstered and the legs will be sprayed a crisp white. It's going to be FABULOUS!

EZ loves it too. We brought it home on Thursday, and we often find him just sitting on it.

Now he's curious why Mummy is taking photos of him {yet again!}


Saturday is a special {super jam-packed} day!


Yesterday was a BUSY day! I love Saturdays. We just get so much done.

We all slept in till 8:30 (!!!), then got ready for the day. We drove downtown all together. EZ and Adair went to Kindermusik class, and I went to the Farmers Market which is held downtown. Also, my favourite local furniture/paint store was having a big, blowout sale today, so that was extra incentive to get there EARLY! I'm on the hunt for a bench/settee sort of thing for our dining room, and we need paint and lots of it {since we are undertaking some major projects for the house!}.

The paint was on SALE! YAY! We got paint for our dining room, kitchen cupboards, mid century dresser find from the Salvation Army, and mirror in the main bath. I couldn't find the perfect bench/settee {soooooo hard to find!}.

We then walked around the market while our paint was being tinted. We bought some delicious baked fresh apple and cherry strudels, roasted garlic and plum sauce, thai fresh rolls, and tiny sweet yellow plums. Unfortunately, my favorite cupcake stand, Flourgirls, didn't have their booth out today. Maybe next weekend?

We brought our paint home, tried to feed EZ some lunch, then we tried to make him have a nap while we get busy on our painting projects. Adair is painting the dining room today, and I'm tackling the main bath mirror. Eventually EZ caught his sleep and we were able to make a dent in our painting.

Here is a teaser picture of my project!

After EZ's nap, more lunch, more painting, and a bit of the Tour de France, we were able to make it to my sister's country club's pool for some family fun in the sun! We had an amazing time.

After our sunning and swimming, we came home, gave EZ more dinner, tidied, and continued on our projects. I had an enormous craving for spaghetti bolognese. So instead of spending $20 on takeout, I made my own using our garden veggies, including fresh basil and our foot long zucchini! I accidentally put in the wrong vegetarian ground "meat" {Mexican flavoured!}, and it turned out AMAZING! BEST. BOLOGNESE. EVER.

Adair went to Wal-Mart around 10:30pm for some last minute needs before Sunday, and I just relaxed watching PVR'd House Hunters: International - my FAVOURITE show.

'Twas a busy Saturday, but a wonderful day indeed. It always is special to spend the day with family.



We had a fun afternoon at my sister's country club's pool. It was a scorcher of a day, so the cool water of the pool was so refreshing. We enjoyed spending time with my sister's family and friends. We loved sipping cranberry juice and lemonade, and eating spring rolls, nachos and sweet potato fries! Delicious!

EZ donned his new swim trunks with attached swim vest {not a life jacket}. Luckily his swim shirt matched his new shorts! Serendipity! Isn't EZ adorable? Like a 1920s version of a swimmer and pilot?


Garden Surprises


When we returned home from our trip a couple of days, one of the first things we did was check on the garden! We were surprised by what we saw.

A GORGEOUS zucchini as long as my forearm! It's huge, and we never even saw it before (likely because our zucchini is hijacking the entire garden!).

Another shot of the zucchini!

Even a couple tomatoes were growing too! Very exciting indeed!

EZ and Gingy love to play in the garden too!


A Day in the life of Mummy on Vacation


Today was my 1st day of being home all day with EZ (solo, no less!). We had a fun day today.

EZ woke up around 7:30am, then we played with his toys until it was time for breakfast. Breakfast was organic mini blueberry waffles, plain Balkan yogurt, and milk.

After breakfast, we got dressed, put on our sunscreen and played outside. But it was 40 degrees by 9am this morning, which makes playing outside pretty unbearable. We managed okay though because we had lots of ice water.

After playing, we went to the post office to send a letter, then did groceries. The grocery store was FULL of mommies and their children. EZ had lots of smiles for everyone. We got lots of delicious, summery food.

When we got home, EZ was VERY helpful with unloading the groceries. He quickly realized he couldn't carry the bags, so he'd grab one item and bring it to me. He brought me the bananas, yogurt, and apples all by himself. I hope this helpfulness continues...

We had a quick lunch of chicken quesadillas with cherries for dessert, then watched Sesame Street (2nd episode today), then it was time for a nap. I probably I should've had a nap too, but instead I watched the Food Network and House Hunters on HGTV, all while I cut up veggies and fruit. It inspired me to consider buying an apron. I've been wanting a classic full apron for awhile, but the ones in the stores are hideous -- not the vintage chic I'm going for.

So I looked on etsy.com {my favourite website!} and found some very cute, fun, and chic aprons.

This is the one I ended up buying. It has Mid Century Modern furniture on it! SO ME!!!

I also loved this lemon one, which combined with the Italian cooking show I watched this afternoon, inspired our dinner - Spaghetti a limone. So delicious! I even used fresh basil from our garden. Now if I only lived on the Amalfi coast and had a lemon tree in my backyard!

EZ has also been very helpful in doing laundry and dishes today. He likes to pass me the clean dishes, one by one, to put away.

We're waiting for our friend to come by to go for a walk tonight. Maybe we'll go for ice cream to try to beat the heat!


2 things

First, in the hopes of bringing England some much needed luck in the World Cup last Sunday, I made Ezra wear his England jersey to church. Yes. You read that correctly.

Unfortunately, the jersey wasn't enough to help England help themselves and they lost BADLY to the Germans. I'm still trying to figure out who to cheer for since Ghana and Argentina are out as well. I think the Netherlands are going to be my team! GO ORANGEMEN!


We just returned from a lovely trip to see Great-grandma Phillips in Timmins. It's been nearly a year since we were last there, and frankly, we were a bit nervous traveling with a wriggly toddler. So we ended up buying a portable DVD player so EZ could watch Elmo on repeat for the 18 hrs of driving in the car.

This is when we turned the DVD on - it definitely caught his attention.

Watching Elmo and Cars sure made the hours go by faster! EZ just loved it!

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