Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Baby #3 Is On The Way!

Our little family is growing again!

Baby #3 is on the way, hooray! 

It was over Easter that I realized I had the worst headaches and could hardly keep my eyes open. I joked to Donald that I must be pregnant because I'm never this tired or fatigued!

Sure enough, we found out that our family was growing again and that our new arrival will join us at, gulp, CHRISTMAS time! Anyone who knows me knows I am all about Christmas (I'm kinda like Buddy the Elf from November 1st to January 1st!) so it definitely took some time to wrap my head around the idea that this Christmas will be special in an entirely different way. 

So far everyone thinks this baby is a boy, except Sophie of course, she keeps calling the baby a certain girl's name! Pretty much everyone I know is either expecting a boy or had a boy after their two girls so I feel that it's a strong possibility, but I'm still on the fence. However, I have been craving a lot of cheeseburgers (despite being super nauseous) so maybe that means a tiny little man is dictating my eating habits and is responsible for my sudden love of red meat?
 Either way Donald and I are hoping and praying for a healthy baby. We are not planning on finding out the baby's sex...unless I cave at the ultrasound so hopefully I can wait it out!

We are so thrilled! Sophie thanks God for the new baby every day at prayer time and since Eloise is such a baby lover, I have no doubt that she will be pretty happy with her new job as big sister! Keep on the look out for pregnancy updates!

Sophie and Eloise's peplum tops: June and January
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Flower Crown DIY

I am completely obsessed with flower crowns! And I honestly love any excuse to make one for friends and family (or myself). If you are festival bound, preparing for a photo shoot or simply just want to look like a beautiful little woodland sprite, this DIY is for you!

This particular flower crown I'm making is for my pretty little sis who is graduating from High School tomorrow. So exciting! My sister is going with a 20's vibe for her outfit and hair, so I decided to make a half flower crown to coordinate with the look. However this technique will work for a full flower crown too!

Let's get started!

What you will need;
-sharp kitchen shears
-thin wire (24 or 26 gauge will work perfectly)
-floral tape (you can find this at Micheal's or your local florist)
-a mix of blooms and greenery*
-wire cutters

*This is the fun part! Have fun exploring different sizes and textures. I love to mix small and medium sized blooms with a variety of different greenery to create that fresh-out-of-the-forest feel.


I'm sorry to say that before we get to the fun part, we need to do the boring job of wrapping the wire with floral tape. 
If you have never done it before, feel free to practice a bit first! You want to make sure that the shiny side of the tape faces down toward the wire. The trick is to wrap the wire tightly while slightly pulling on the tape so it stretches a bit.
Measure out the amount you will need by wrapping the wire around your head. Trim any extra wire that you don't need. 
Starting at the end of the wire, wrap the entire length of wire. Take your time!
 Create a circle with the wire, slightly overlapping the two ends and taping them together. 
If this bored you to tears, I apologize but just think, even Tinker Bell does boring tinkering...well at least I think she does?

STEP 2. 

Flower time! For this crown I used Spray Roses, Veronica, Seeded Eucalyptus, Wax Flower and Eryngium. They are pretty light flowers so they worked perfectly.
Trim all of your flowers down so that the stem is only approximately 1 1/2 inch. 
Take 2-3 different stems together and pinch them in place.

 Now tape the stems to the crown nice and tight. Wrap until the entire stem is covered. 

Grabbing another cluster of flowers, place them over the stems you just wrapped so that the flowers are in a continuous circle. Continue this pattern until you've reached the look you want (either half or full crown).

There you have it! I hope you have fun making and wearing your flower crown. I can't wait to see my sister wear this one tomorrow! 

Megan xo

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

For the Love of the Written Word

"You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book." Dr Seuss
We are a bunch of bookworms over here.
Sophie was an early book lover, loving to be read to as a teeny tiny infant. I had my doubts about Eloise since she was never interested even when I would be reading aloud to Sophie.

But one day Eloise toddled to the book shelf in Sophie's room and began pulling all the books off the shelf. And to my surprise, plopped down and began to open each one and look through every page. 

Since then, Eloise will pull out a ton of books and quietly look over them all, sometimes turning them upside down and laughing out loud if something strikes her as funny. It's magical.

I've compiled a list of books we are currently reading that we love and can't get enough of. And when I say that we can't get enough of them, I mean that we read and reread them about 20 times a day!

The Tale of Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter

I know why Sophie loves this book so much. She loves saying "the tale of two BAD mice" with a scrunched nose and a evil grimace. She has this thing for saying "bad" but has been on lock down for saying it as she was using it to describe everything, including her little sister. Yikes, I know. The book itself has all the Beatrix Potter charm that I adore and shows that the mice were sorry for being bad and that they even did good deeds to make up for their naughty messiness. So all in all a fun and quirky read!

Dance at Grandpa's 
by Laura Ingalls Wilder 

This little book is based on the chapter of Little House in the Big Woods when Laura and her family go to Grandpa's for the maple sugaring and the dance. I can't tell you how much of a Little House fan I am without sounding like a crazy person! This chapter in particular was one of my favorites growing up and I would read it over and over. I am pretty tickled that Sophie loves it as much as I do. It will be a very happy day when I get to read the actual book with her in the near future!

If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff

We love all of the "If you give" books, but this one in particular is adorable. The illustrations are too cute and the little pig's antics always get a giggle out of Sophie. Also, there are not a whole lot of words on each page so even squirmy Eloise can stick around until the end! (She sometimes ditches us for her little baby couch and her own book. So snobby! Ha!)

One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth

After 6 months of cold winter nights (ahem, Canada!) we could totally relate to this book! Another childhood favorite of mine, I found it at the thrift store and was so pumped to have found it, even if was only the paper back version. Sophie and Eloise love as each animal comes to the door in search for snuggles. I also do a pretty good squirrel voice that always gets a laugh out of the kids...and Donald!

Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy by Jane O'Connor

So I saved the best for last with this one! Fancy Nancy is definitely the favorite around here! Mostly because Sophie is 100% Nancy and Eloise is 110% little sister JoJo! These books are so pretty to look at and this one is no exception with all the cute puppies and Nancy's outrageous outfits. There are even some funny little details that you might see. Keep your eye out for Nancy using an indelible pen or her visor advertising the local plumber. So fun!

There you have it! A few favourites, some popular, some not so much but all tons of fun for little ears.

What books are your littles loving right now? 

 Eloise's Romper:Baby Gap (no longer available)
Sophie's Dress:Kneesocks and Goldilocks
Bows: Arrow & Lace Designs
Photography:Chantal Elizabeth Photography

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Nutmeg & Co

Hi! I'm Megan, wifey to Donald and Mama Bear to Sophie and Eloise. We are the family behind Nutmeg & Co!

Donald and I have been together for 9 1/2 years now, starting back when I was just in grade 12! We both knew from the first date that we were meant to be. We were married when I was 20 and happily began a new adventure together. In our second year of marriage we went on a trip of a lifetime to Europe for a month and a half, blissfully wandering through museums and historical landmarks, sipping delicious espresso and lounging on Italian beaches. It was amazing and I dream of going back again one day!

Nearly two years later we welcomed our beautiful Sophie into the world. We were instantly smitten and still are totally in love with the antics, goofiness, wit and sass that is Sophie! She is definitely a mini version of me, which is both wonderful and terrifying but mostly wonderful. 

The following year, another sweet little girl joined our family; Eloise! We were over the moon about being a family with two girls! Eloise has brought so much snuggly warmth into our home. Even though she is pretty little, she is a fierce and busy girl that knows what she wants!

I have always prayed and dreamed of having babies of my own and now that they are here, I feel like every day is so surreal and I am so thankful I get to be at home with them and enjoy this brief and beautiful stage in their childhood!

Another big part of me is making and creating. I love crafting, baking, party planning, pretending to be as cool as Martha Stewart and of course floral design! I've been working with both fresh and felted flowers (Nutmeg & Co Designs ) for quite a few years now and always find the process so rewarding! Whether it's weddings, cake smashes or just a thinking-of-you gift, creating something beautiful for others is the best feeling ever! I've met so many amazing people this way and that is truly the icing on the cake!

I've been dreaming up this blog for a while now and I'm so excited to take the time to document and enjoy my girls and their interests, cuteness and our time together. I'll still make felted flower crowns once in a while (if I have the time! Ah!) as well as working on wedding florals for family and friends.
Here's to adventures with littles, handmade fun and soaking in every day beauty!