January 21, 2017

Project Apartment Nursery | The Before

Our current home is a one bedroom apartment that includes a little office space that we're transforming from my art studio into Baby Yah's Nursery. It may be tiny but it will be big on love! In this post, I'll be outlining the first stages of the design process and our initial thoughts on a nursery layout.

Luckily, we love living small and we're excited about taking on the challenge of working with this 5'x7' space by coming up with some creative solutions. We're all about the minimalist living movement so we will be focusing on the essentials while keeping things simple, open and airy. 

First, I'm going to start by removing all the art from the walls. Since it is a small room we think leaving the walls white will create the illusion of space. I've dreamt about adding a wallpaper feature on one wall in a light, playful print. For example I'm loving this woodland blue forest wallpaper below, because it's whimsical but still chic. I'm picturing a simple white crib against the far wall and a white Ikea Hemnes 3 drawer dresser against the left wall with a changing pad on top and that's it! This nursery is basically for naptime and for changings, so the room just needs to be functional for the basics without too much fuss. The living room is just around the corner where we'll be spending most of the waking moments playing and nursing anyway. We're thinking of swapping out the light fixture because it's a bar of spotlights that you would typically find in a kitchen. So instead we want to opt for something that creates softer light and a relaxing atmosphere. Originally there were frosted glass sliding doors on the office, but we decided to remove them because they made a very narrow entrance and the room felt claustrophobic once inside. It's much more breezy now with the open entrance but we plan on hanging a simple curtain rod with a thick canvas like material so that we can pull them across to block out the light for Baby Yah's nap time. 

As themes go, we'll have to wait for the gender reveal as both of our boy and girl baby names have meanings that will really dictate the direction we want to go in for decor. That being said we do have a set of adorable white polar bear bookends and a beautiful Scandinavian Wool blanket with a blue and white bear print, so we're thinking of using that as a jumping off point. Blue and white as a colour palate paired with a woodland bear motif would be lovely for a boy! I'm thinking of adding in a few copper or rose gold accents to bring in a feminine touch if we have a girl. I've never been really into the typical pink and frills of "girls rooms" so I'll be quite happy with the blue polar bear look either way. 

I'm looking forward to slowly working on this project for the next couple months, and I'm planning on giving you updates on its progress along the way! So stay tuned if you're curious about creating a small space nursery and let me know if you're decorating one yourself. I'd love to hear your plans and what theme you've chosen!

New Year's Resolutions | Digital Freedom

I've come to realize how addicted I am to my phone and the amount of time I waste glued to its glowing screen. Over the last couple of months I've made small steps towards becoming less dependent on my phone. I think the key is to make gradual changes so that you don't feel like you are depriving yourself of phone time and you're able to successfully change these habits. If you'd like to make a change then here are four resolutions for digital freedom!

Turn Off App Notifications |
This is a big one for me. It's important to realize that having your phone alert you is incredibly distracting every time someone follows you or likes your photo on Instagram and Facebook. Once you see that notification you're likely to open the app and start scrolling through and all of a sudden you've wasted 10 minutes and are completely off track of what you were originally doing. It is important to recognize that there is little to no value in knowing these minuscule updates that really don't provide much to your day. Instead, go to the settings on your phone and switch off "Allow Notifications" for every unnecessary app. This is where you'll have to decide what is necessary for you. For example, I allow my phone to notify me when I receive a text or a Facebook Messanger reply but that's it! Everything else I can check when I have a spare moment to scroll through Facebook or Instagram or check emails.

Utilize The Do Not Disturb Mode |
This one goes hand in hand with the previous point. I've scheduled my phone to go into Do Not Disturb Mode from 11PM to 7AM everyday. This means that if I receive a phone call or text between these times, my phone will be on silent so therefore I won't be woken up and tempted to start using my phone. This allows me (and my husband!) to have more peaceful undisturbed sleep from unnecessary alerts that can wait to be addressed in the morning. You can customize it so that if certain people call they won't be silenced and if someone tries to call you more than once within 3 minutes then it won't be silenced either. This gives me peace of mind in case there is something urgent or an emergency.

Unsubscribe To Emails |
I truly dislike unnecessary emails filling up my inbox! For one, it makes it difficult to sift through for important emails and two it can create temptation to shop! I've gotten into the habit of unsubscribing to an email as soon as one pops into my inbox. It's the perfect way to declutter and destress your online environment.

Put Your Phone Down |
My last tip is the most difficult for me and one I'm constantly reminding myself of. It's become such a habit to reach for my phone as soon as I wake up, or to walk down the street while simultaneously scrolling through Instagram, or sitting on the bus glued to the screen. I've notice such a difference if I instead choose to stretch, peer out the window at the first light of the morning and give my cat at the foot of my bed a scratch behind the ear instead of checking my phone. While walking down the street or sitting on the bus, I'll put my phone away in my bag and people watch and really observe my surroundings. Ironically you'll notice the sea of people that are hunched over staring at their phones and then you'll notice the people who are not... those usually are the elderly or children. I enjoy making friendly eye contact with these people, it's refreshing to have actual human interaction while out and about! There's so much more value in that than a glowing screen.


January 14, 2017

Surprise! I'm Pregnant!

My husband and I have always talked about starting a family someday, we just had to wait for the right time. After our 2nd wedding anniversary, we finally felt like we were ready to expand our family. We're over the moon with the news and are loving this new chapter in our lives as a soon to be family of 3.

Thankfully, my First Trimester went very smoothly and the symptoms I had were fairly mild. I felt a few aches and pains and a handful of days I experienced a bit of nausea but nothing terrible. The fatigue is what really got me, though! It felt like I couldn't get enough sleep. I would nap throughout the entire weekend and felt so lazy and unproductive. But I needed those extra zzz's of course. That was my body telling me it was working hard to prep for baby. 

I haven't had any strong, immediate cravings as you seen in movies, but my usual sweet tooth did switch gear into preferring things a little spicy and savoury! Bring on the fries, potato chips, Japanese ramen and Indian curry! I've heard the old wive's tale that sweet cravings = a girl and savoury = a boy. We'll just have to wait and see. Shinji and I don't have a preference either way, but we are itching to find out. Late February I'm scheduled for my Ultrasound to determine the sex of the baby, so just a few more weeks to wait. 
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