What does your dream kitchen look like? I thought I was living with mine. But as time goes on, I’m finding the dark wood in the middle of our open concept house to be a bit of a black hole. More and more, I seem to be lusting over light grey and white kitchens – with just enough slate and black to add a heap of style without making the area feel too dark.
I threw together a quick mood board which included the new GE Slate gas stove. Not only do I love the colour, but the versatile grills on the top make it a serious cooking machine. I don’t have room for a real ‘6 burner chefs’ range but I’m pretty sure this would make all the imaginary cooking shows I imagine I’m starring in while I’m cooking, shoot to the top of the imaginary cooking show ratings in no time.
I’m also loving yellow these days. I think maybe a little extra sunshine is doing a world of good.
I’m fairly certain it’s going to be years until we can afford to do a full dream kitchen overhaul, but if I had money in the bank and time to contemplate a reno, it would certainly look very much like this.
This is definitely a high-low effort with a premium range, faucet, lighting and designer chairs. I also chose big box store cabinets, flooring and countertops, easy to order framed prints and even a DIY. But I think a dream kitchen should be at least within the realm of reality so it’s perfect for me.
Most can be ordered online too, to make project management a breeze. Enjoy!
Fall is here! Finally. Fall is definitely my season. Sweaters. Boots. Comfort food. The best!
Here are a few of my favourite fall things – some I have, some I’m lusting over.
That’s it for my fav’s this week. Next week I’ll be posting from Blissdom! Eeek, I’m so excited.
I do love this time of year. It’s so ripe with potential. New school year. New beginnings. New clothes…
This year I was totally wooed by Hanna Andersson. I try not to order from the States – duty, exchange etc, but I didn’t see any point in spending less here on clothes that don’t stand up to everything my kids put them through.
So I bit the bullet and splurged. In my defense, I did load my cart then wait and wait for a good sale to come along. And, i got an extra discount when I signed up to receive sale notifications by email. Win-win.
Ordering to Canada was easy-peasy and it came fast – only a few days after I got my shipping notification. And, when it arrived I read there is a Canadian address for returns which would have made it super easy to send things back…if I hadn’t instantly fallen head over heels.
So here’s the Hanna Haul for her: She only needed a few things for preschool – she grows so slowly that she wears through things faster than she outgrows them. Especially in the knees since she still ‘walks’ on them rather than her feet when she abandons her walker. The Hanna tights have so far lasted longer than any others we’ve tried.
There is one more cute hoodie that came later. The one I wanted originally is sold out in her size. Sigh.
The little dress with the stripes is adorable.
Hanna Haul for Him: The boy grows slowly and is in between two sizes so these should last well for him.
Long sleeve shirts were his most urgent need, followed by some comfy pants. I very much like the pull up pants which can be hard to find in stylish cuts.
As he was being 5, there are no photos of him in his clothes, but his sis was happy to help.
The hoodie is thick, warm, extremely soft and has a nice cut (obviously 4 sizes too big for this one).
All in all, I’m totally thrilled with everything that arrived.
You’ll find all the loveliness at hannaandersson.com
I am still pining for the quilted jacket that was sold out in her size so if you’re reading this Hanna Andersson – size 90 please.
I’ve had the Stokke Crusi for about a year now, give or take. Which is a long time to take to get around to a review. I discovered the Stokke brand in 2009 when I was preparing for the arrival of the Bubble and googled best stroller for bad back. Up popped the Xplory. I was instantly sold, despite the hefty price tag.
Fast forward to April 2013. After a long winter of being stuck inside with obviously not typically developing Obi hiding out from RSV season, I set about getting a new Xplory. I already had an upgraded seat so I thought I’d go and buy a new chassis.
When I arrived at the store, there, in all it’s Black Melange glory was the new Stokke Crusi. It was a vision. I pushed it around the store, doing laps past the new version of my much loved Xplory and decided to forgo the stroller I had already owned for the new one – complete with sibling seat (with the intention that it could be used later when Obi started a nanny share like we had done with Bub.)
It is a wonderful stroller. It really is. It’s lovely. Turns well. Is easy to push. Sigh. But it’s not the Xplory, my one true love.
That being said, there is much to love and I’m certain that if the Xplory was not the one that got away, I would be wholly sold on the Crusi.
It really is an eye catching stroller, even though it has a more conventional look than the Xplory. It does have a large storage basket. (You can see my amazing Epiphanie Camera Bag in there) And it has a nice high handle.
Babes, especially those with low tone like little Obi do better when their feet can touch. The Crusi and the Xplory share the same seat design with the one hand foot rest adjust you can see here.
Like the Xplory, the Crusi is one of the Stokke Connection strollers and I think you can see from this photo, the seat is HIGH. Obi loves to look people in the eye and this seat means she never misses an opportunity… except when she’s sleeping, like in this picture. It’s easy nappin’ because of the super easy adjustment of comfy seat positions.
As you can see here, Stokke makes it easy to figure out how to make the stroller work by making all the parts that do something a different colour. The top push button adjusts recline and the lower one collapses the buggy for transport.
Crusi is totally suited to our big city life. Obi’s caregiver pops on and off the transit, it has a cup holder for trips to cafes and for water bottles required for long beach walks. It’s easy to maneuver, did great in the snow this winter and has an adjustable handle making it easy for me to push and for her caregiver who’s quite a bit shorter.
And of course, as with all Stokke products, the attention to detail and design is top notch.
There are a few little things that get on my nerves. While the 2 stage fold works for me because of the whole bad back issue, I find it doesn’t get super flat and doesn’t lock in the folded position. Not all that important because we have a big enough car but still not perfect. Also, I kick the crossbar when I walk.
Which I didn’t with the Xplory. Which folds flat. And locks. And well, is my first and one true love. Sweet Obi will likely be in a buggy for much longer than a typical kid, and with the latest version of the Xplory hot off the press, I may bite the bullet and buy that frame I was considering last year. No I am not made of money. But I have that second seat. And sometimes you just have to do crazy things for the things you love.
If you like a slightly bigger basket and a slightly less avant garde but still high design look with the same amazing connection, quality and customer service you expect from a premium brand like Stokke, go for Crusi. And don’t forget the option for the sibling seat…(which I didn’t even touch on but we did use a few times when I brought the stroller home and found it would be great for 2 kids around the same age or close in age but was only so-so for my 3 year old who couldn’t understand why the baby got the top bunk and he had to be on the bottom. As this was my original intention – to have Obi have a nanny share before we knew she would do better with one-on-one care – it was a great feature and selling point, just not one that has been used to full potential) which is a nice addition to the Stokke line.
If you are me – loving the look, not needing that much space, not gonna use a sibling seat, have a slightly longer stride, knowing you did the right thing by letting your last Xplory go but wondering why the heck you didn’t just get the same thing over again, go for Xplory.
At the end of the day, no matter what, if you choose a Stokke stroller (and I’ve had all three at one time or another) you will not regret your decision to go with Stokke – even if you pine for another model, late at night. You can read more about Stokke strollers here.
And, although I am an embarrassing super fan who writes on their facebook page a lot, all opinions here are about strollers our family has purchased and used.
Trying to decide what to dress the kids in for our Christmas cards photoshoot this week with the lovely and talented crew at barebonephoto. I’m super excited but I’m not sure I have the right outfits. There are still a few days to think about it. Do you do photo cards? Whole family or just kids or pets?