Nov 29 2014


A few years ago, Dave and I took a trip over New Years Eve to Banff and Lake Louise.  It has remained one of my most favourite vacations ever.  Seriously, this is probably one of the most beautifully breathtaking places in the world.  With some hints of snowfall in the next week, I find myself longing for a lovely wintery vacation in the Rocky Mountains.  These photos were are film, almost all taken on my Canon FTb.  All are with Kodak Gold 200 on a 35mm, and the last two are on a Pentax K1000, 28mm, Kodacolor VR-G 100, Expired 1989 film.  We are really hoping to make this a regular trip once our family is a little older.  I love this place.

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Nov 28 2014

monthly prompt: “change”

**I am a part of a small blogger collective consisting of other mom bloggers and each month we are given a word “prompt” to write about.  This months prompt is “change””**

I’ve been sitting on this post for a while, writing and rewriting it.  It’s funny that the post itself has changed so much from what I originally intended it to be, considering what I am supposed to write about.

Today is Black Friday.  In Canada, it’s not really as much of a “thing” as in the US, but considering a lot of our stores are American we inevitably end up “celebrating” (can you celebrate a shopping day?) and many of the crazy stories of black friday madness down South (and sometimes here) end up in the news that I read.  I can’t help but feel simultaneously irritated and amused by the disparity between Black Friday and American Thanksgiving.  I know that point has been made often, but every year as soon as the sales hit everyone seems to be selectively forgetful of it.

A few months ago, when frustrated with my postpartum shape and the fact that only about 1/4 of my wardrobe fit me properly, I went on a purging rampage and got rid of A LOT of things.  I made a promise to myself that if I were to buy things, I would make sure that they were long term purchases, or basics that go with many things.  We’ve since been trying to apply the idea of simplicity to other areas of our life (you may remember me blogging about technology a few months ago, and our goal of simplifying it) and let me tell you…it’s HARD to change years and years of habitual cultural excess.  I tend to hold on to things (I have BINS of fabric because, well, I can make something with it!) and I have a tendency to want variety in things like my clothing, and seasonal decor.  Plus, things like iPhones change practically every year and it’s easy to get sucked into that.  I recently cleaned out a drawer that had product boxes in it that I had been holding on (because I can make something with them!) to and was embarrassed at how many iPhone boxes we have.

The thing is, we are a culture that loves change.  I recently watched the new movie “Interstellar” and there was a quote from the grandfather that said something along the lines of “In my day, we had new product coming out every day.  It was like Christmas, and everyone was trying to have it all.”   Dave and I both chuckled because we knew that he was talking about our generation.  Having things for a long time (or for longer than a year!) seems a little bit crazy (part of that is due to planned obsolescence but that’s a whole other can of worms that I won’t get in to).  A few years ago someone I knew pointed out a way that Westerners speak in regards to things they want.  She said that we often say things like “I really need a yellow cardigan” or “I need a new iPhone”.  In reality you don’t *need* a yellow cardigan or a new iPhone; you *want* a yellow cardigan, and the new iPhone has cooler features than your current one and you *want* that.  I started changing my language after that and it’s funny because in doing that you start realizing how spoiled we really are.  Our homes are bursting at the seams with so much stuff that we have to rent storage lockers for whatever doesn’t fit.  New homes are designed to be bigger with more and more storage.

The change that we need to be seeking is not a new wardrobe or the latest technology.  The change that we need is for more simplicity.  Our current rate of consumption is unsustainable.  The future from Wall-E, or Idiocracy doesn’t seem too far off at this point…


“Change” is the November writing prompt of The Mommy Blogger Collective. In addition to a monthly writing prompt, the collective hosts a monthly blogger featurette. This month we are featuring Erica of To the Sea. A few words from Erica — Hello! My name is Erica and I blog at To the Sea. I have a two-year-old daughter and 5-month old son. I went to school for Geography and travel is my passion. I’m also an attorney, but I’m currently staying at home to raise my kids. I love surfing and punk rock. I write about parenting, fitness, and life around the world. I love being a mommy and am stoked to be a part of the Mommy Blogger Collective! You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

/// The Mommy Blogger Collective /// Courteney, Dena, Erica, Erin, Gillian, Katie, Misty, Nicole, and Renée. ///


Nov 27 2014

48-52 – Asking for it.

Project 52 – A portrait(s) of my child once a week, every week in 2014.

Week 48:  Asking for it.

14.5 months

I think that no matter how many times Bigsby has scratched Lucy she will probably never, ever learn to leave him alone.  Dave and I have joked before that there is this gene that some people have (called the crazy cat gene) that makes resisting cats impossible.  I have it (and I have the scars to prove it) And I’m pretty sure Lucy has the gene too.

She is determined to be his friend and just cant understand why he won’t love her back.

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Nov 26 2014

[home video] deer lake 2014

I’m really behind with…well, almost everything.  But the internet went down the other day and I wasn’t able to do what I had planned for the afternoon (which was to blog a photo session on my work site) so I ended up finally finishing the video of our camping trip from this summer.  So if you are one of those people who get depressed during the winter and always wish it was summer, then here’s a winter pick-me-up. (*side note* I LOVE the winter.  I am not one of those people)

I made a video in 2012 of our last camping trip to Ross Lake and I just realized I never posted it here or on my vimeo channel, only on Facebook.  Here’s the video of our slightly disastrous camping trip to the mosquito haven named Ross Lake.

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Nov 19 2014

[try this] hair extensions for short hair

I’ve wanted a set of hair extensions for a long time and finally bought myself a set this summer.  A friend of mine had bought them for herself for her wedding but couldn’t get them to match her hair colour, but wouldn’t you know, they matched mine perfectly!

Last Autumn just before Lucy was born (ok, technically I guess it was still summer) I chopped off all my hair from below my shoulders to a short pixie cut.  I had logical reasoning behind the cut.  I figured being a new mom, I wouldn’t want all that hair to take care of (and I have a LOT of hair). What ended up happening though was that with all the changes that come from being a new mom, I did not feel like myself at ALL.  I had gained weight, pregnancy had made my skin angry, I was tired all the time and my pretty long hair was gone.  To add insult to injury, my lovely hairdresser went on maternity leave as well shortly after she cut my hair off, so I bounced around from hairdresser to hairdresser until February when I decided to just grow it out.

In retrospect, it was not a good move.  Pro-tip:  If you are thinking about chopping your hair, wait till a few months after you have your baby to settle in to your new life.

So here I am, growing my hair out again.  It was a pixie in February, and I have had it trimmed three times since then to even everything out.  Because I want the look of long hair, I have come up with a few ways of wearing extensions with my bob length hair without looking like I have strange layers.

Here’s what my hair looks like before the extensions.

Here are my extensions freshly curled.  I try not to curl them too often because it just dries them out too much.  After wearing them I brush them lightly and store them in their box.

1.  Start by pinning up the crown of your hair.

2. Spray and tease the bottom half of your hair, to keep the extensions in.

For this hairstyle, I tease the entire back and pin it up in a kind of french roll, to hide all the short hairs.

3. Pin in the extensions.  Even though this style is more of an up-do, I stagger them so that there aren’t any weird gaps.

Looks cool, eh?

4. At this point, if the extensions are freshly curled, I pull them a bit and run my fingers through them so that they aren’t so Shirley Temple- ish.

5.  This step probably could have (or should have) been done first.  At this point I curl the top layer strategically to match the extensions.  I don’t do too much, just to blend the hair.

6.  Pull the hair to one side to a low side pony.  It should cover up all the short stray hairs.

7. Pin all the loose bits for the finished look.  I usually put a couple of bobby pins at the back, pinning the extensions to my actual hair (to keep it all in place).

All done!   This usually takes me about 5-10 minutes in the mornings (depending on whether or not my extensions were curled to start with).  If my extensions are starting to look a little limp, I’ll opt for a braid instead of a side pony (again, I try not to curl them too much). Sometimes I will pull it back into a low loose bun as well.

This has been a great option for me as I grow my hair out!  It certainly doesn’t replace having my hair long and curled, but it’s a good in-between until it’s long again.