Happy Thanksgiving!

Today, I am recovering from a long Thanksgiving weekend away! What am I most thankful for this year? Well, I’m most thankful to everyone who reads this silly blog – not because you’re supporting this endeavor but because you would support any endeavor I could dream up. (Right?!) I’m also thankful to be happy, relatively healthy and able to pursue my new passion of becoming a doula. And, most of all, I’m thankful for my partner in grime: Dave G, himself. Where would I be without you, slugger?

Final thoughts, as I sign off: It will never not feel weird to celebrate Thanksgiving before Halloween,

What Time is it?

This one really  the embraces the “H” in DIYH. So the deal is, we’ve had this clock for some time (I think I’ve had it since before-Dave time, actually.) It stopped ticking and we blamed it on the batteries we were using (we use reusable batteries for everything, but sometimes even those things die!) It also could have been the “paper” peeling up, keeping the hands from being able to freely move.

You can see it curling up – between the 11 and the 2.

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Doul-ing with Doulas

Hi friends! Hoo boy, do I have things to write about!

A few days after I returned from my California vacation, I went to a birth conference, hoping to learn and make some connections to start me on my doula journey. This was my first real life jump into the birthing world as a profession and I was terrified! However! That feeling quickly washed away when I was greeted by so many welcoming and cheerful women who were knowledgeable and inspiring. Most of the attendees were doulas, public health nurses and midwives. The conference was the first to be hosted by the woman at Vesta Parenting, after not wanting to travel long distances to see some of their favorite speakers they decided to invite them all to London and host their own conference! Some of the more recognizable speakers (at least, the ones that I have heard of before the conference) included Robbie Davis-Floyd, Dr. Jack Newman, Dr. James McKenna and Gloria Lemay.

My notepad and program for the day.

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Happy Brampton Day!

One Saturday, while D and I were trying to figure out what we needed to accomplish for the weekend, I suggested that we check out the farmers market. It would get us out for a bit on the first day of Autumn and maybe we’d find something that would inspire us for dinners for the week. On the way there we noticed that Main St was closed down!

See?

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Fun in the Sun

Hi people! Time for me to re-cap my recent California trip. I was there for 10 days (8 Sept – 18 Sept) and the time flew by. As usual, it was harder to leave my family and friends behind than it was the last time. I’m a little disappointed in the lack of “important” photos I captured; on the plus side, I got a ton of my nephew. So, if you’re not interested in that…well, what are you even doing here? As previously mentioned, my sister and her husband recently purchased their home. They moved in on August 25, and have been renovating since the beginning of August. In between helping my sister make decor choices, comparison shopping, purchasing, unpacking and entertaining a 14-month old – we were pretty busy.

Let’s do this!

First of all, as I mentioned in my previous post, this was the first time I flew from Canada -> US. I was (and still am) confused about how that process works, but we’ll get into that in a bit. I looked up on the AA website the recommended amount of time I should arrive at the airport before my flight: 3 hours! I scoffed and decided 2 was enough. Keep in mind that my flight took off at 9:15 am, which meant getting the airport at 7:15 am. Short story short, I was sitting at my gate at 7:45 am. This was after going through customs. Crazy town.

My “window” seat.

 

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30 Before 30

First things first (for those of you who get email updates): sorry about the post mix-up on Friday! This post was scheduled to go up then, but I didn’t have it quite ready (and forgot that I had dated it to go up while I was away at a conference.) Thanks for the messages about it not working – everything should be good from now on! This is a learning experience for all of us. 🙂

This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for about two months, now. While I was on the cottage vacation back in August, enjoying my 28th birthday and reflecting on my life I decided that I would try to draft up a 30 Before 30 list. That is, a list of 30 things that I want to accomplish before I reach the age of 30*. I had been playing around with the idea before that day, but I wasn’t completely committed to it until I had that quiet time to reflect on a day that felt pretty significant. (I don’t know why 28 feels so much different than 27.) So, my friends, here it is! If there is anything on this list you want to help me accomplish – speak up! I’d love to have you join me on this journey.

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Light Me Up

 

This was a really quick DIY that I threw together in less than an hour and for less than a dollar! You may notice a pattern with these posts: I have a lot of craft supplies on hand.

 

 

You recognize this? It’s something that happens when you move into a new place and your landlord cares a lot less than you do about the details. He left us a light plate cover on the window sill, but the bottom hole where the screw goes was broken AND there was no screw. We lived with it like that for over a month and then one day I got shocked! My whole arm buzzed for half an hour. It was time to take matters into my own, electrified hands. I went to pick up a cover at Lowe’s and spent a whole 34 cents on it! I figured that since I was spending my own thirty four cents I was allowed to do whatever I wanted with it. First I thought I would paint it orange. Eh, I could do better. A fun chevron with really thin lines in lots of colors? Sounds almost as exhausting as painting a repeating pattern on the back of three bookcases. How about covering it with scrapbooking paper? Ding ding ding – we have a winner!

 

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