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a cameron cut

A while ago I was fortunate enough to win an amazing prize from the ladies from Sweet Ice Snow Cones. My prize included some super fab items like… a fabric pack from Needlework, a hot dog from Weenies, a Sweet Ice Snow Cone tote PLUS a snow cone AND a haircut from none other than Cameron Elder of Mckinnon Hair Design! It was such a stellar prize.

I’ve posted before about how I’m super lazy when it comes to “doing” my hair. I’ll grow it out long and then do nothing with it. I thought that if the only thing that I was going to do all winter was toss my hair in a pony and wear it in a hat then I might as well just chop off my unruly mop and have something a little more sassy and fun to sport around -right? Plus with the addition of little tiny baby Omi hands starting to reach and pull at my locks I figured it was time to cash in on that free Cameron Elder haircut.

I’d seen Cameron do some pretty sleek and arty haircuts during multiple art crawls in various James Street North storefront windows. I had even gotten a quickie $20 street cut from Cameron out front of O’s Clothes during Supercrawl, which I loved!  So I was pretty confident that although I am a mom and getting a short haircut I’d be guaranteed not to end up with a total mom cut.

Before the cut I showed Cameron a picture of a short hairstyle I’d been eyeing on Pinterest. He did a little consult with me asking me what were the particular features of the cut that I really liked.

I loved how Cameron did this because it made me reflect a little more about why I liked the cut and what I could potentially expect to get with a cut like this on my own head. It made me feel confident that we were on the same page.

I really liked how Cameron incorporated the shape and texture of the cut from the picture. It’s been super easy to take care of and it’s warmed me up to having short hair again. Perhaps the next cut I get I’ll go even shorter! Eeeek!

Thanks Cameron! I adore my new haircut!

You can follow Cameron on twitter @cameronelder but also be sure to check out his video -very cool.

 

*Mckinnon Hair Design, 111 Balsam Avenue South, 905.544.6601

3 months

Three months have come and gone and this little guy just keeps on growing -who knew.

Despite the winter I still manage to get out and about for walks and errands downtown and I am still absolutely loving spending my days with Omi and watching him grow and change so quickly.

He’s already starting to cut his first few little teeth and is drooling like a faucet (hence the bibs).

We’ve been fortunate to inherit most if not all of Omi’s clothes from various friends and have honestly not had to purchase a single piece of clothing yet. Lisa, Max and Dave thanks so much for providing this super cute outfit that Omi is sporting in this picture.

a first for everything

This year has been a first for many things; becoming parents, being married and now our very first Christmas tree. Steve and I aren’t crazy Christmas celebrators so we tend to slack in the decorating and yuletide spirit department. There was a lot of talk this year of getting a Charlie Brown inspired Christmas tree foraged from the forest. Instead I did a quick last minute pick up of a mini table-top tree with tree stand and everything. It was easy to transport and seemed to fit with the ease of our non comital Christmas mode.

With a few friends, some popcorn and cranberry garlands were strung. Being a mini tree it was in no time that it was all dolled up and decorated with the Christmas decorations I inherited from my parent’s from when we were kids.

These are two of my favourite glass Christmas balls. I feel like they don’t make them like they used to anymore; so delicate and beautiful.

A very merry Christmas to you all! Can’t wait until Christmas morning to have the traditional Narula Christmas morning feast!

 

balmy

With the weather being unseasonably warm this winter I’ve been trying to take advantage of getting out of the house. I’ve taken to going for a walk a day with baby in tow.

Considering November and December can be so drab it was nice to see little pops of colour along my walks.

313 Barton St. E

62 East Ave. S

East Ave. just north of King

swimmingly

It’s already been two months since Omi was born and things are going swimmingly.  Despite all odds we sleep well, eat well, and not so surprisingly we do a hell of a lot more laundry than ever before.

I feel like I can attribute a lot of our relative ease into parenthood to our friends and family. For the past two months they’ve come and made us lunches, washed our dishes, rocked Omi to sleep, and stockpiled our newly purchased deep-freezer with delicious foods and treats thus leaving us ample time to tend to our new parental duties.  It has been a great relief that we quite literally have not had to worry about making dinners and sometimes even lunches for the past two months. To stay on this train of low stress preparation for dinners Steve’s been into making large batches of soups, meat pies, sauces and lasagna that I’m sure will last us well into the winter.

The biggest warmest thank you goes out to our friends and family for all your support, delicious meals and gifts!

A beautiful and yummy Dufflet‘s cake from our friends who most recently came for a lovely Saturday afternoon visit.

 

totes

If you haven’t noticed there’s an amazing amount of Hamilton heart throb paraphernalia around this town in the form of T-shirts and tote bags.

For a birthday present this year I got one of my favourite Hamilton tote bags; a Jenna Rose silk-screened linen tote bag of a map of downtown Hamilton.

I’m told that it is a limited edition as Jenna is no longer making them. So get one while you still can at White Elephant.

For an assortment of other Hamilton wears go by Tourism Hamilton (or White Elephant) and you can pick up Russell Gibbs‘ You Can Do Anything In Hamilton tote or T-shirt, or The Print Studio (aka Centre 3) for an array of Hamilton art T-shirts. You can also find T-shirts with Hamilton’s Twitter Hashtag (#HamOnt) made by Best of Hamilton out and about the city, and at Mixed Media you can get a classic TH&B T-shirt too.

 

i love fall

One beautiful balmy Sunday morning we headed on out for a gorgeous fall walk at Dundas Valley Conservation Area.  It was just at that perfect moment in time when you can see the full range of fall foliage from green to yellow, rusty oranges and red all at once.

We were all set to go; baby in the carrier, fall apples for a snack and a Detour coffee in hand to give us a kick start to the trek.

We’ve cycled to the conservation area before and biked the main loop trail but this was my first time doing the loop on foot -a little ambitious as it was only week two after having a baby, but it felt amazing to be out of the house enjoying the fall air and all the smells of the forest.

I love when the trail comes upon the old Hermitage ruins.  The Hermitage is an old estate that is over 170 years old.  It served as a summer house for a wealthy Irish-born Scottish immigrant named George Gordon Browne Leith.

According to the historic plaque outside the Hermitage the limestone summer home was destroyed in a fire in 1934. Leith’s daughter built a smaller home within its ruins in which she lived until her death in 1942.  The ruins are all that’s left of what is said to have been a lavish estate. The Gatehouse, previously home to the Leith’s gatehouse keeper and his family, is now an operating museum that houses artifacts from the Hermitage as well as the details and history of the Hermitage and the Leith family.

My other favourite spot on the trail is when it opens up onto an old apple orchard.  The trees are all gnarly and twisted, and the apples have long gone wild.

I love seeing remnant glimpses into history like this old orchard.  I wonder about how the land and life would’ve been like when the orchard was well tended. Perhaps this was part of the Leith’s estate?

 

*Dundas Valley  Conservation Area, 540 Governors Rd., Dundas. $9/vehicle, free to enter on foot or by bicycle

omi

Nine months already seems like forever ago!

It’s amazing how much a body can change and transform to sustain and bring a little being into this world.

I’m happy to say that I’m no longer pregnant and that after much delay our son Omi made it safely out of the womb (no shorter than 12 days past his due date) and into this world.

Now how long will it be until my body bounces back, and more importantly, until I can fit into my fall boots again?

Omi’s happy (when he’s not bawling his eyes out) beautiful and we love him so very, very much.

We love you Omi!!

 

 

the waiting…

We’re all serious about being seriously overdue here.  Little guy just doesn’t want to come out.  

It’s official -I’m 1 week overdue.

Come on little one -you can do it!

In the mean time our sentiments expressed via Tom Petty and this song:

 

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