Come visit me this Saturday, November 19th from 10am – 2pm at the Sunshine Ridge Craft Market. I’m whipping up some tea goodies to sell. I’ll share some recipes later on the blog for my chocolate matcha bark and bath teas. Stop by my table to taste some samples and purchase some great stocking stuffers your tea-loving (or even non-tea-loving) friends and family will love! I will also be selling some merch from my last creative venture J-art (oh the nostalgia!) and some handmade baby blankets crocheted by my great aunt Sylvia.
There will also be many other great tables to check out. Pick up some Christmas gifts, support local businesses, enjoy live music, and grab a coffee. Even better; the event supports Chain of Love homes for abandoned and abused children in Brazil.
I’d love to see you there. You can find more details about the market on the Facebook event page.
Follow along on Instagram. Feel free to post your own photos of the event and products using #allmydelightshop. I’d love to see them!
You may have noticed my new logo recently. This beautiful lettering is thanks to my dear friend Alissa, the creator behind Feist and Flourish Calligraphy. She did an incredible job of working with my vision (and helping me figure out exactly what I wanted) in order to create this custom logo.Alissa is an inspiration to me. She is not only a small business owner and creator but also a mother of two. She learned calligraphy and started a business all while taking care of her little ones.
Check out her shop to find beautiful calligraphy prints or to contact her for custom pieces. You can also follow her on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter to get updates about new prints and see behind the scenes creations.
Here are a few of my favourite pieces in her shop:
1. This piece is a great reminder to rest. It would be great for above our bed. 2. I love the gold shimmer of this acorn painting. It’s the perfect nursery print! 3. I love the simplicity of this piece. It would make a great nursery print as well. 4. What a morning mantra. I love the florals as well as the message.
We are getting ready for a baby! I took some time away to focus on my body, my health, and my family. Maybe you’ve noticed I haven’t posted in quite a while. I was just finding a rhythm when I needed to take a bit of a break. I didn’t anticipate being away for as long as I have, but that’s life. Our new family member is expected to arrive January 27th and we couldn’t be more excited!
We are filled with anticipation and joy as our baby grows. I have been feeling all sorts of kicks and watching my belly and this little one grow. It is so amazing to feel this babe moving around inside me. I’m becoming aware of the fact that there is actually a human living inside of me. It’s kinda weird – like sci-fi movie weird – but it’s so incredible.
Around the time our baby was the size of a jelly bean we began to call our baby ‘Beanie’, and it stuck. It’s nice to have a little nickname we can use rather than saying ‘baby’ or ‘it’. It seems a bit more personal, though we are incredibly excited to actually meet our little one and call them by name. We decided not to find out the sex of the baby, and so we are dreaming about who this little guy or little girl will be.
My energy has been pretty low throughout the pregnancy. I’m now beginning to regain some energy and feel a bit more normal. Overall, I’ve been quite lucky with my pregnancy symptoms and my work schedule. Even though at times I’ve been tired, I’ve had minimal sickness. I’ve often felt nauseous and had dizzy spells, but I was able to rest and I didn’t need to push myself so hard.
The last month or so has been much better, but I’m continuing to take it easy. I’m so lucky to have such a supportive husband. Shout-out to Jordan for all the back massages and cuddles and for washing the dishes more often. Sometimes I feel like a useless human being, but he graciously reminds me that it takes a lot of work to grow a human.
We have been doing lots of organizing and trying to make some extra room at home. We’ve worked on a few projects around the house and hope to get some more done before I lose all my energy and the Christmas festivities begin. It will feel great to freshen everything up a bit.
I’ll try to post some updates about my pregnancy as it progress. Ask some questions in the comments. I would love to keep you updated and share about my experiences.
You can also read more about our history with pregnancy and miscarriage here.
Infused waters have been all the rage lately. I like the idea as it’s sort of like herbal tea made with fresh ingredients. We all need to drink more water daily. Making water a bit different and exciting can make drinking it more enjoyable. Who doesn’t love sipping a drink with a beautiful garnish through a straw or switching up plain old tap water for some delicious sparkling water? It makes it much more fun!
In my drink I used one lemon, some strawberries, and a handful of fresh mint. I cut up these ingredients and put them in a juice pitcher filled with sparkling water.
We have a SodaStream carbonation machine so that we can enjoy sparkling water at home. Jordan became addicted to “bubbly water” and saunas while we lived in Germany. He said he felt a lot healthier when he was drinking a lot of sparkling water daily and going to the sauna a few nights a week. The combination is incredible for getting rid of toxins and replenishing the body. Jordan will still occasionally go to the sauna now, but doesn’t always get the chance to. Luckily I was able to give him a SodaStream for his birthday so that he could continue to drink more water (it’s much more exciting than straight out of the tap).
Life is better with a straw and a fancy garnish isn’t it? Or maybe what makes life good is being able to spending time with your loved ones and take care of your mind and body.
How do you take care of your body and mind? Do you drink enough water on a daily basis?