Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

I have made 15 resolutions or goals for the coming year. I find that it helps to have a good mix of clear and accomplishable resolutions, along with the big ones {be a better person} so that you can actually cross stuff off your list. Happy new year to all of you, thank you for reading my wee blog, your comments and emails really do make my day. I treasure all of the friends that this blog has allowed me to make and can't wait to see what fabulous tricks my fellow bloggers have in store for 2009!!!

Family resolutions:

  • Have a healthy bebe
  • Be a relaxed mother {It does not bode well when you have to write it down, but it's worth a shot!}
  • Buy as much bebe gear second hand or borrow it to avoid overspending and overconsuming - I've been in a few shops lately and it's hard to not buy it all
  • Finish LB's sweater by March 20, 2009
  • Knit / Sew at least one thing for the bebe before he arrives
  • Have nursery ready by Easter 2009

Personal Goals:

  • Get up when alarm goes off daily
  • Take 5 minutes each day to polish my look - in an effort to look put together at all times, even when wearing yoga pants!
  • Make realistic plans and achievable goals in all aspects of life
  • Stick to budget plan
  • Stick to weekly meal plans
  • Do yoga once per week
  • Write thank you notes promptly and consistently
  • Run a 10km race by New Year's eve 2009 {once the doc clears me, of course - I miss running!}
  • Be a better friend - try to initiate more plans and call people!!!!

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2008 Redux

Before posting this year's resolutions, I thought that I'd review how last year's went over. I like to measure myself against some sort of framework {I know, I know- I'm a total geeky bureaucrat}...
  • Lose 10 pounds by Feb 29, 2008 - did not accomplish, due to pregnancy and miscarriage and pregnancy again...
  • Workout 5 times a week - did consistently until I got pregnant at the end of the summer, when I stopped out of fear of miscarriage {and I know the lit says it's okay, but I'm happy just walking and x-country skiing these days}
  • Wardrobe rescue by February 1, 2008- totally accomplished!
  • Work on my knitting skills - so many half-finished projects! - made progress in this area
  • Finish LB's skully sweater before March 20 - not even close. Knitted maybe two rows.
  • Work on my sewing skills - so many imagined projects! - made progress and am only getting better...
  • Take 1 Spanish class - I need to brush up on my Spanish so that I can travel more - nope
  • Go to London, England to visit Shannon and Liam - done!!!
  • Figure out how to fix my sewing machine so that I can sew at home - done!!!
  • Stick to budget - owning a home has brought about many unexpected costs! - more or less successfully accomplished, I feel far more responsible but also have less fun clothes to show for it - I'm still striving to find that perfect balance...
  • Stick to meal plan - done, but still need help to remind myself to be disciplined, especially lately...
  • Read 20 books - Read over 50, so feeling great about this one!
  • Participate in at least one cultural event per month -batting about .500 here...
  • Be more adaptive at work- made a huge amount of progress, and changing jobs helped...
  • Get out of bed when the alarm goes off- no progress whatsoever, I am TERRIBLE at this

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy Chrismukkah!

Hi all, sorry for the lack of posts - I've been enjoying some much needed R'n'R. I will return tomorrow with a bunch of fresh posts, but I just wanted to stop by and wish you all well and let you know that we had an ultrasound last week - it's a BOY!!!!

So from me, LB and bebe to be, happy chrismukkah and happy new year!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Shout Out

My dear friend Daphna had her first DIY article published online over at - she's the queen of craftiness and I'm glad that she's getting the props she deserves. Plus, it is a beautiful craft and lovely gift idea- I am going to try and replicate in the new year...

YAY Daphna!


I know that chrismukkah is here and it is not the time to be drooling over new things and to restrain myself until I see what santa has brought me, but when it's cheap Orla over at Anthro {sold out so link no longer active}, it's hard to resist clicking that buy now button... Found out that it was on sale via Dooce, drooled over it in her London shop this fall, and now they're sold out, so my actions are entirely justified.

Friday, December 19, 2008


We had a cookie exchange at work this week, and a co-worker made these adorable and delicious truffle mice. They are actually really easy to make, but look really cute.

Mice Recipe:
4 oz Bakers Semi-Sweet chocolate
1/3 cup sour cream
1 cup chocolate wafer cookie crumbs
sliced almonds
silver dragees
ovation sticks, halved

1. Melt chocolate and stir in sour cream, then cookie crumbs. 2. Refrigerate for at least an hour 3. Roll batter into little balls then pinch one end to form a nose 4. Roll is cookie crumbs then decorate with ovation sticks for the tail, almonds for the ears and silver dragees for the eyes!

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Lighter Fare

At this time of year, eating light can be a bit challenging. Everything tastes so darned good! LB and I made this eggplant parm a few weeks ago before a party so that we didn't pig out once we got there and it was fabulous. He says that I shouldn't recommend it as a main course, but I found it way more than enough as a main - just serve with a salad and you're aces.

Lighter Eggplant Parmesan

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Lumberjack Gal

UPDATE: link fixed. Go here for jacket fun!

I was in need of a cute casual coat that I could wear over my belly but of course I didn't want to wear a maternity tent jacket. So when I was in the mall yesterday complaining to Sephora about the fact that my Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo was empty after 3 uses {they did exchange it, thankfully, so we are all friends again}, this jacket caught my eye and seemed like the perfect compromise for this Canadiana gal.

I think that I will get a lot of wear out of it, plus it just makes me smile to see it on the hanger.
Red Plaid

Thinking of...

my dear dear friends Bob and Nicole. They've had an extended rough patch and and things have been particularly terrible as of late. I just want you to know that we're all thinking of you and that we're here for you no matter what. And that I'll make you a giant cake like this and we can eat it all together all at once, no plates - just forks.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008


I bought these fabulously fun leggings at the Gap this week. I plan on wearing them as jammies over chrismukkah, and beyond, of course. My friend Julie bought me the most adorable purple cable-knit slipper socks and they match them perfectly. I am imagining lots of hours spent lounging at mom and dad's, all cozy and warm in these.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Understated Elegance

One thing that I have always wanted to make/have my mom make me is a beautiful taffeta ballgown skirt. There is something so elegant about them, and you can just change the top according to the occasion - crisp white shirt, beautiful sweater, sequined shell top, a big chunky necklace and you're ready in no time flat and look incredibly elegant. Plus, when you're my height, you take any opportunity you have to make yourself look taller! I find that lately all party dresses are super short cute little things and while I do love that look, I am also simultaneously craving something elegant, classic and timeless.

This skirt from Jcrew is stunning, but out of my price range and totally impractical this year - but it will give me a project for next chrismukkah!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Weekend Post-Mortem

Being well in the throws of a public transit strike in Ottawa, my weekend started off with cancelled dinner plans. See, we made the decision to go car-free a while back, and have not regretted it once until this transit strike came to bite us in the butt. However, I made lemonade with those sour OC Transpo lemons and made a delicious homemade bacon-jalapeno pizza for dinner and we curled up on the couch for some much needed home time together.

Saturday morning was yoga - however, it was also -26 degrees outside, so we elected to stay in bed and LB made us french toast. Hint: put peanut butter on your french toast before the syrup - that's LB's creation and it's incredible!!! Then we did a bunch of housecleaning and tidying and bundled up for a walk down to the shops in our neighbourhood - new boots for LB, new toque for me, stopping by the Candy Store for some incredible milk chocolate peanut butter balls with a pretzel centre - we're saving those for a special occasion! Tried to find a 2009 calendar, but can't seem to find something nice that I can also write on! Then we got all gussied up and headed over to Martha's for our annual holiday party. It was a blast and this lady managed to stay out till 12:30!!!

Sunday morning I had a lovely breakfast with Daphna, then got ready for the week ahead and headed out to run a few errands - IKEA, liquor store, etc... then over to mom and dad's. They were kind enough to lend me their car to run a few errands since I feel like a transit hostage, and they were awesome enough to have two of my oldest and dearest friends Gen and Julie and their partners over for dinner last night for some festive cheer. They made us a huge thai feast and it was so nice to get together, just like back in the day...

Inspiration for a Rainy Monday

It's December 15th today, and it's 6 degrees C and raining. Sigh...not such a winter wonderland right now. I saved this sneak peek from design sponge for just such an occasion, it makes me so happy to see such a beautiful home, with a nice crisp white base, with beautiful accents of colour and pop everywhere. Plus it's kid-friendly and incredibly stylish, and they have a pedestal sink like the one we're contemplating!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Bathroom Renos

I am of course making a crazy list of everything that I have to do before the bebe arrives, and one is renovate our darn bathroom. The shower is a disaster, and since we're going to be tearing out some of the tiles, we've decided to give the whole place a bit of a facelift. I'm really liking this type of pedestal sink, a little more classic and squared, and actually has a rim for you to rest your toothbrush on, unlike some of the teeny rounded ones.

American Standard - Town Square 27 In. Pedestal Top with 4 In. Centers - 780004.02 - Home Depot Canada

It reminds me of Tina Fey's incredible bathroom in Babymama - Sorry for the pic, it's the only one that shows the whole bathroom - I'm using it as a bit of a style model, but will play wiht it to make it more reflective of the 50s period of our house.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Kaili's Wish List #3

I am always dying for good mascara, it seems to be a life-long obsession with me. I have stubby red/blond eyelashes, so I REALLY NEED good mascara. I have tried all of the cult favourites and they don't seem to cut it for me. The one that I keep coming back to, time and time again, is Diorshow in black. The jumbo fatty brush really make my stubby lashes pop, even behind my glasses...

Diorshow Mascara

Fun shirts!

Thank you to the lovely Daphna for sending these delightful shirts from Jellybean Apparel my way. These are lovely and not overly cutesy - I'm not a fan of shirts with words on them like "Bun in the Oven" or stuff like that, but the snowflakes and the cute little snowman are adorable and seasonal...

SNOWFLAKES Charcoal Long Sleeve Maternity T-shirt, Sizes S, M, L, XL, 2X and 3X AvailableSNOWMAN Charcoal Long Sleeve Maternity T-shirt, Sizes S, M, L, XL, 2X and 3X AvailableHEART HANDS Black LS Maternity Top Tee T-shirt, Sizes S, M, L, XL, 2X and 3X Available

Monday, December 08, 2008

Weekend Post Mortem

I haven't done one of these in a while, mostly because when you're in your first trimester, weekends consist of riveting events like : "fell asleep on couch three times today. Went to bed at 9pm. Ate a bag of jujubes."

This weekend, however, made up for those quiet times. Friday night I ran home after work, got changed and then headed out to Jen's house for a fabulous evening of Chinese fondue. We laughed and talked all night, and all of a sudden it was 12:30 - waaaay past my bedtime!

Saturday morning was a little slow, as a result. We dawdled, lingered and hung out for a couple of hours and then back on the party train as I headed out to a baby shower for my dear co-worker Marissa. It was a lot of fun, lots of food, and I won two prizes - I never win anything! Mom and I went shopping for a few pieces for dressier maternity wear that I actually like {and believe you me, it's slim pickin's for a stylish mama to be} and then I zipped home for a quick wardrobe change and then out to Daphna and Adam's for a lovely evening of Spanish/Portuguese wine tasting and tapas. The wines smelled fabulous, I can tell you that much, and the food was incredible!

Sunday morning was spent organizing my kitchen cupboards and storage, something that has been plaguing me for ages. Then mum picked me up for some gift shopping, and then off to Kings Creek Trees for an afternoon of family wreath making. There's nothing like making a real, fresh wreath to hang on the door. It smells great and you can personalize it to your style. Then a quick flank steak dinner at mom and dad's, then off to the annual CBC reading of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. This is an annual family tradition, and it just doesn't feel like the holidays without it. We bundled up against the ridiculous -25 degree weather and made it home in time to crash into bed and start all over again...

Kaili's Wish List #2

This year is all about being cosy and comfy. And Roots sweatpants fit that bill to a T. They are reminiscent of nights spent around a campfire, a classic Canadiana cottage weekend, and they are so soft and fuzzy and warm. Plus I can't believe that I worked there for two years and never once bought a pair.

The other great thing about Roots pants is that they look like sweatpants, so there is no way that I would ever throw on a sweater and a jacket and run to the store in them. Unlike all of those yoga pants, where it's just a bit too easy to camouflage them when you're running out to get coffee...

Friday, December 05, 2008

Karim Rashid

I have very mixed feelings about this man. Being a fellow Carleton graduate, I want to sing his praises and encourage his innovative appraoch to design. Given that my lil' bro did the same program as him and is working as an industrial designer, I want to be able to hold Karim Rashid's name up as a stellar example of the quality of work coming out of that school.

However, I have a mostly hate-love relationship with his work. The pink umbra chairs, the pink molded plastic love chairs for veuve cliquot, his excessive use of petroleum-based plastics in a time where a search for alternatives would be more appropriate, you get the idea... When AT featured his pad last week, I had to email lil bro and point out the craziness. I don't even know where to rest my eyes. I have a feeling that madness would set in if I had to stare at these photos for awhile, let alone even step foot in there. It's like the Jetsons brought to life, but not in a completely good way...

I will, however, say that this desk completely rocks. I don't love the design, but I love the fact that it hides the desk clutter. Note the silver umbra "Garbino" trash can, one of his early iconic designs.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Kaili's Wish List

Well while I share ideas with you about potentially great gifts, I also thought that I'd let you know what I've asked for these holidays. I'm keeping the list small, since we'll be acquiring a whole lot of stuff in the coming months, and focusing on little things that would be a treat for me.

#1 - Season 2, 30 Rock.

We don't have cable, so we often watch our TV DVDs over and over again. This is a show that we never get tired of...and it's a great gift in honour of Ludachristmas!!!!

Bread + Butter

Some great new designs from one of my etsy faves, Bread + Butter.

They'd be great notes of encouragement for people that might be having a hard time lately, looking for work, or just generally blue because the outlook isn't so bright these days.

Everything Will Be OkayGood Luck, I Love You--cardHells Yeah Print

Wednesday, December 03, 2008 Belts

Thank you to Joanna for introducing me to headpieces by Jen Gotch. I fantasize about ordering one. Well now they have beautiful belts! While pricy, it might be the perfect way to keep your existing holiday wardrobe and just add a bit of sparkle and flair, so it's a trade off.

New glasses

I'm trying to figure out a way to get these Gucci glasses as soon as possible and still be reimbursed under my medical plan... I am not changing prescriptions, I'd just like a pair of plain black geeky glasses to complement my sparkly Miu Miu ones. When you wear glasses 24/7, it's nice to have the option to wear more than one pair, depending on your mood. They're a great accessory if selected carefully to complement your style and taste.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

I finally figured out Polyvore

This set really speaks to the two sides of my personality these days... part of me wants to glam it up beyond all belief, the other part wants to wear a striped sweater, jeans and my black Cons... I'm also thinking of getting new glasses similar to these as soon as my benefits allow me on Jan 1.

Casual and Glam by Kails

Holiday Gift Idea #3 - Pampering

A couple of ideas from Sephora to make you all shiny, happy and glowing. I stopped in a few days ago looking for face cream, and while I ended up buying my standby Olay Complete at the drugstore {I use Olay Complete during the day - SPF, and La Mer at night - it's my splurge}, I left with a few goodies.

Nars Super Orgasm blush - like my favourite blush, only better. I've been using Orgasm for years now, but the super orgasm is a little prettier, a little glitterier, and I find that it gives a more even glow to your complexion, all other conditions for application remaining the same. And at $25, it's a way to treat yourself without blowing the bank. It's also a great gift idea because it is one of those gifts that's under $30 that people need anyways...
Blush - Super Orgasm
Secondly I picked up Philosophy's coconut frosting salt scrub. I've been finding my skin ridiculously dry lately, and while it could be the pregnancy, it could also be the fact that the weather has been insane for December... This salt scrub is perfect. It smells divine - we passed it around the office - and it makes my skin all soft and glowing, ready for another day. Warning: it might make you crave coconut cake or cream pies, my all-time favourite dessert.Coconut Frosting Salt Scrub

Monday, December 01, 2008

Pop Your Table

I recently came across these pop-mats while cleaning out some old magazine clippings {and I can't for the life of me remember which -I just have a note scrawled "pop-up placemats"} and I thought they would add a touch of whimsy to any table, and could double as placecards and even favours for your guests when the plates are cleared...Found online at Charles&Marie

PopMat - Holiday EditionPopMat - Holiday EditionPopMat - Holiday Edition

Holiday Gift Idea #2 - Lovely Laundry

I'm in lust with this gorgeous laundry bag from India Rose- I'm thinking one for my room, one for the nursery... plus they're so light and easy to carry down to the basement, unlike our current giant hamper...I just love it when people go the extra mile to make functional things like laundry bags extra beautiful... Plus, if you live in a small space, then you don't have to worry about trying to hide your hamper!