Christmas Mini’s

We are off to get our Christmas mini shoot tonight, so I thought I would take the opportunity to share the rest of our pictures from last year with you. You may remember that I shared a couple in the Christmas Attire post, now here are the rest :)

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Hazel was only 4 months old when we got these done last year. They absolutely kill me, her expressions are just priceless. Can’t wait to see how they turn out this year! As usual all our pictures are taken by the amazing Emily of Emily Leeman Photography.

Xo. Andria

The Cheerio Diaries Gift Guide – For Him

This week on the Cheerio Diaries Gift Guide, I bring you gifts for the man in your life! I always find it hard to purchase gifts for my husband as most of the time if there is something he wants he will go out and get it himself. I usually end up buying him clothes and the odd video game ;) So here are my picks for the special guy in your life, I could see my hubby wanting all of these! ChristmasHIM 1. Canucks tickets - or tickets for any team or sport that he is into. 2. Zepp 3d Golf Swing Analyzer – How cool is that? 3. Tools, Tools and more tools- Milwaukee 4 tool kit – this very kit is a favorite of my hubby 4. Shoes – And what better kind than some Converse Chuck Taylors in Leather! 5. Playstation 4 - For the man that never grows up (my hubby included) 6. Beer making kit - How fun are these? Craft beer is all the rage these days and why not try it at home? Hope this helps you find the perfect gift for that special guy in your life :) Xo. Andria

Wordless Wednesday

After a fun walk in the park with friends on Sunday this weeks Wordless Wednesday is almost all dedicated to the dogs ;) We also have a picture “stolen” from Gramma after a day of adventuring with her, “Hi Gramma D!” Some afternoon fun with dad, playing with play doh and building mega bloks and of course our usual grocery store antics :)

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Hope you enjoyed, until next week friends!

Xo. Andria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade Playdoh

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After seeing how helpful Hazel was in making Izzy’s birthday cake I decided to take a crack at making something for her.  I know that she has been playing with play doh at daycare  so I thought it would be to make some for us to play with at home. Everything of course still has to go through a “taste test” with her so I made sure to add just a bit of extra salt to make sure after one little taste she wouldn’t be going back for seconds :)

Homemade Play-doh

2 cups Flour

1 cup Salt

2 cups Water

1 Tbsp Cream of Tarter

2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

Food colouring

 

Mix all of the ingredients together and place on stove over low heat. Continue stirring until dough starts to pull away from sides of pan and is no longer sticky. At this point it should look and feel like store bought play doh. Set dough aside until cool and then use your imagination for endless amounts of fun!

I opted to make my play doh plain,  I then split the batch into 4 pieces and kneaded in food coloring to create colored dough. If you are going to do it this way, I highly recommend you wear gloves so you don’t end up with multi color hands!  If you are only making one color, mix in your food coloring with the rest of the ingredients, before you heat the dough.

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Once our play doh was cooled and colored we grabbed a rolling pin and a handful of cookie cutters and began to play! We ended stopping at the toy store while we were out and about later that day and picked up an accessory kit to go with our freshly made play-doh. Daddy also made us our very own play-doh rolling pic out of some left over wood he had in the garage. It was so much fun to reminisce about the hours we spent as kids playing with play-doh and to watch Hazel play use her imagination.

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One of my favourite local blogger moms, Alana, from Healthy Family Simple Budget has a few great DIY posts on play-doh on her blog, I highly recommend checking them out! This one here she shares her favorite recipe using jello to create scented play doh and even has a hack on how to get food coloring off your skin. She just might have learned this hack from experience, when her little munchkin decided to look like a blueberry one day ;)

Xo. Andria

 

Keeping up with Mrs. Jones – Maternity Fashion

As part of the Maternity Series, I thought it would be fun to bring you some fashion posts, featuring someone who is currently pregnant. So I would like to introduce to you my friend Erin Jones, who is currently 24 weeks pregnant. Erin will be joining us a few times over the next bit as she styles her bump through pregnancy. Here’s a look she did at 22 weeks and what she had to say about it.

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One of the hardest thing about a changing figure is that you go from knowing what looks good on your body (the same body you’ve been dressing for years) to having those go-to styles not be as flattering as they once were.
I’ve always had an hour glass figure and been on the short side, I find that tailored, shorter tops that hit just below the waist, usually look best on me. Being at the stage in my pregnancy were I’m still not ‘showing’ but rather feeling a little bit ‘fluffy’, I’ve been wearing longer and looser tops than normal, that with my rapidly growing bust line, can make me feel as if I look sloppy.
What’s so nice about wearing a tailored leather jacket is that it still gives the illusion of a waist line. It lets me wear a looser top but not feel shapeless and it’s light weight enough to wear all day as a layering piece.
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Leather Jacket- Aritzia
Silk Cami – Aritzia
Skirt – Boutique on West 4th
Can’t wait to see what Erin shares with us next and to watch her cute little bump grow!
Xo. Andria


Happy Birthday Miss Kissabull

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On Monday our beloved Miss Kissabull turned 2! A few of you might be going what the heck, I thought her name was Izzy? Her actual registered name is Miss Kissabull but we like to call her Izzy for short. Hazel is able to say Ish now which is really cute! Of course we had to celebrate our girl in style, so my little helper and I made Izzy a Peanut Butter Carrot cake with Peanut Butter Yogurt Icing and boy did she love it! I was a bit leery about letting Hazel help me in the kitchen but after seeing Tamara from Discovering Parenthood let her daughter Everly help her I figured this would be the perfect way to start. Here is our recipe:

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Peanut Butter Carrot Dog Cake with Peanut Butter Yogurt Icing

Cake:

1/4 cup Peanut Butter

1/4 cup Vegetable Oil

1             Egg

1 tsp      Vanilla Extract

1 cup     Flour

1 tsp      Baking Soda

1 cup     Shredded Carrots (I used julienned carrots as I had some in the fridge, it just made it a bit chunkier)

Icing:

2 Tbsp   Greek Yogurt

1 Tbsp    Peanut Butter

Cake Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and spoon into your cake pan, I used 4 little tart pans as pictured above. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes or until cake is golden brown. Ours was nice and crumbly, very similar in texture to our doggie treats.

Icing Directions:

Mix together yogurt and peanut butter until it resembles an icing texture. Spread over your cake as you would a “real” cake. Add more yogurt to thin the icing or more peanut butter for a butter cream consistency. As it is yogurt, keep in the fridge until it is to be enjoyed :)

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If your dog is anything like Izzy, this cake won’t stand a chance! This girl would have devoured the whole thing in one sitting if I had let her :)

Xo. Andria


The Cheerio Diaries Holiday Gift Guide – Teen edition

This week as part of the Cheerio Diaries Gift Guide for 2014, I bring you the teen addition. Below you will find a handful of the most popular gifts for the teenager in your life.  Even though I’m not a teenager, I just might have one or two of these items on my wishlist this year!

 

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  1. Martian Notifier Smart Watch
  2. Republic of Frends Headphones
  3. Fuji Instax Mini
  4. Urban Decay Naked 3
  5. PS4 NHL15
  6. Bose Soundlink Color Bluetooth Speaker
  7. Lego Technic Monster Truck

Xo. Andria

Wordless Wednesday

Iiiiit’s Wednesday! It feels like today is Monday but we are already half way through the week! This past week we celebrated a special birthday (more on that on Friday), we got up to our usual monkey antics,  we had a very sleepless Monday night, thank goodness for coffee and stat holidays!  We learned how to talk on the phone, (16 months going on 16 perhaps?) And we were also quit proud of our new puppy shirt that Auntie Marta would approve of, of course we had to snap a pic of it! What did you guys get up to this week?

 

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Xo. Andria

A baby must have – Vonbon

This week in my maternity series I am bringing you a closer look at one of my must haves from last weeks Baby Shower Gifts. I would like to introduce you to local Vancouver company, Vonbon Apparel. Founded in 2013 by sisters Jennifer and Kristin, Vonbon features Organic Cotton Goods for both baby and child.  The two sisters noticed the children’s apparel market was lacking in modern and neutral attire, they set out to fill the void and boy did the achieve just that. Designed and crafted in Vancouver, Vonbon apparel brings you a wide variety of children based items. Everything from leggings to bibs and blankets, all featuring bold, modern prints in a selection of neutral palettes. Not only do they use water based inks and Organic Cotton to ensure your little ones sensitive skin is well cared for, all of their orders are sent out in eco friendly packaging to help save the environment! Did I mention that they design all their own prints? Cause they do!

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My first experience with Vonbon was last year not long after Hazel was born, they had recently launched their headbands and of course I had to have them! I loved them so much that when they were launching their leggings at Make It Vancouver last fall, I set out to go check them out in person. When I arrived at their booth  everything was set up so beautifully, it was hard not to buy one of everything they had on display! We purchased our first pair of Vonbon leggings that day and I have been in love ever since! They are amazingly soft and get softer with every wash. The neutral colors and fun prints fit in quite nicely with the rest of Hazels wardrobe and are a nice change from those you find at the big box stores. I am not a huge fan of anything overly girly (think shirts with tutus attached) so the selection of neutral prints are a huge win in my books, not to mention Evan approves and even has a few favorites! Not only are the products of the highest quality but they are an absolute pleasure to work with. And with that I have to take a second to say Congratulations to Jen on the birth of her sweet little girl, Esti, this past weekend. This little cutie is going to be one stylish little girl!

This fall they did a refresh on their current colors and prints, adding a few new exciting colors and discontinuing a few older ones. We were very fortunate to receive a pair of the Rose Stripe Leggings . While I love all of the other colors and prints I think these might be my new favorites. The rose is nice and soft, just the right amount of pink, making them delicate and girly but not over doing it. I could hardly wait to get them on Hazel when they arrived and take pictures to share with you. Well it appeared my model preferred to be behind the camera instead of in front, thank goodness for Iphones :)

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Since we love Vonbon so much we want to help you get started on your Christmas shopping for the little munchkin in your life by offering you a discount code to use on Vonbon.ca! Enter the code CHEERIO10 for 10% off your next order between now and December 15th, 2014. Happy shopping everyone!!

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Don’t forget to give the girls at Vonbon some love by following the cuteness along on Instagram @VonbonApparel and Facebook Vonbon.

Xo. Andria

Christmas Attire for You Little Ones

Yesterday I had you thinking about starting your Christmas shopping, today we are talking Christmas photo attire. Yes, it’s the season of Christmas mini sessions, and soon the yearly trip to the mall to visit Old Saint Nick! What better way to share a recent family photo or picture of your kiddos than with your Christmas card or putting together a photo book for a loved one. Every year I spend hours racking my brain on what to get my parents, they have everything they could possibly want or need and anything they do want or need they go out and get themselves. So last year I opted to put together a series of photo books featuring several of our family shoots over the past year, everything from our wedding to Hazel’s first Christmas photo shoot.  So now you ask, what do you get your tiny tots to wear for this shoot? Well I’ve put together a look for the little man and / or the little lady in your life. I think I might be running out to get Hazel this outfit for our shoot,  especially that vest! I mean would you expect anything else from me?

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  1. Boys Ankle Boots – Old Navy
  2. Boys Bow Tie – Arrow and Lace
  3. Boys Plaid Shirt – Old Navy
  4. Boys Dark Denim – Old Navy
  5. Girls Faux Fur Vest – Old Navy
  6. Girls Plaid Dress – Joe Fresh
  7. Girls Headband – Arrow and Lace
  8. Girls Shoes – Joe Fresh

If your still looking for a Christmas Mini Session for your family, I believe Emily Leeman Photography still has a few spots left in her sessions over the next couple of weeks. I highly recommend checking her out!

Click this link to check for information Post by Emily Leeman Photography.

Here’s a few from our session last year when Hazel was only 5 months old!

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Xo. Andria