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DIY gifting

So, if you're like me and you are on a budget, then you may want to be somewhat creative with your gifting, while still giving something that people will love! You can't give them some cheap crap, because people can tell you didn't put thought into it if it's crap, right? And it's the thought that counts.

This year I decided to do Hot Cocoa in a jar, and Maple Pumpkin Spice Pecans. And it turned out amazing! Not that I've given them out yet. But I'm hoping my friends and family will love them as much as I do. I made my husband taste test the recipe one night and he had like 4 mugs full of hot cocoa, and is now currently chocolated out for 2015. He loved it though, although he said he wanted marshmallows, and I said no...because they are not good for you! I'm just a controlling wife I guess. Ha! But I control with love. 

I got the Hot Cocoa in a jar recipe from elanas pantry, and the pumpkin spice pecan recipe here. But don't cook your pecans at 400°F...because you may end up burning a whole tray and yelling at your husband because he was supposed to be watching them while you were breastfeeding. Just a warning. I ended up baking the rest at 250°F for about an hour, which I pulled from another recipe. 

And then I bought adorable little quilted mason jars and tags for the hot cocoa, and holiday food baggies for the pecans.

Voila! A beautiful (and delicious) gift for your loved ones. 

I also decided that instead of bows, I was going to do foliage this year, which ended up being free because my florist is awesome and she let me just use wreath scraps from the floor to garnish my gifts. I think it came out quite nice, no? 

Happy gifting, and Happy Holidays!!

xo
melo

free as a bird.

This is my favourite print. Because we all need to be free, no? I love the simplicity of it, and the way the words fit together. So check it out in the shop! It might be the perfect addition to your space!

I'm going to be updating the website a lot in the upcoming months, with new product photography, new products, and some new branding. So check back often to see what's new. 

xo
melo

free gift tag download

So if you have been reading my blog, you know that gifting is not my forte. So I often get to it a little late in the season. This week I realized I was going to need tags for all my gifts! Of course. So I decided to whip a cute little gift tag up - and I thought that maybe if you are like me and haven't got your shit together yet - that you may want one too! So here it is. Free gift tags for all!

Just print on a nice thick cardstock - and cut out your tag using an x-acto knife and a ruler. Make sure to cut a tiny bit within the lines. Then just use a hole punch to punch out your hole. And voila! Gift tags.

Happy Holidays!! 

xo
melo

it's not winter yet

 

It doesn't feel like winter in Canada right now. So I figured, why not wear a crop top! Right? It's not so cold that we're freezing out butts off everytime we step outside for 2 seconds, so I'd rather not wear my parka if I can help it. I'm totally loving these new leather pants that I got from aritzia. They're so comfy and they go with everything. They are pretty much on repeat every day now.

Also, do you know what is great about leather pants? You can clean the baby food off of them SO easily. I find I'm washing my clothes way more these days because I'm covered in banana and squash and whatever else my little person happens to be eating. See, not only fashion, but also function! I'll tell that to my husband if he asks me if they are new. Let's hope he doesn't notice. 

xo
melo

holiday madness

The holiday madness has begun. 2 weeks to go, people! So if you're like me, you're like 'OH SH!T, I"M SO NOT READY!!'. And this year is no different. I did however manage to wrap a few gifts to photograph. Of course they are black and white. What else would they be? And with these handy little boxes, no actual wrapping paper is required. Winning! 

But enough about me. Have you seen the new prints in the shop? They are gold foil. And I am in love with them! They look better in real life actually. So pretty. I'm currently planning where to put them all in my house. But I can never make a decision, so that will probably take months. 

Also, if you happen to live in Montreal, they are now stocked at the most adorable boutique, Boucle et Papier. So you should totally pop in there and take a look! I'm actually thinking of taking a trip to Montreal just to visit this store. It is seriously that cute. And I bet they have adorable holiday wrapping supplies.

Happy Holidays!!!

xo
melo

 

 

mama / baby style

As a relatively new mama, I find that it's sometimes super difficult to get dressed. Not only is my little person crawling around my room pulling things out of drawers and throwing my perfume bottles at the wall while I try to put on my makeup and get dressed as quickly as humanly possible, but I'm just so tired that I don't feel super creative about my wardrobe. Enter black. Black is my go-to for pretty much every day. I think the trick is really just to mix up the textures and add some fun accessories. I have a hat problem, so accessories are not an issue for me. I'll wear the same outfit with a different hat, and voila! New outfit. 

But after I'm dressed, I also have to get Hunter dressed. Which I really dread actually because he squirms around like crazy and screams at me because he hates to have to lay down for any period of time. I can barely keep him down long enough to get his bum clean most of the time. Does anyone else have this problem!? I think he just wants to get up and go. Nobody can stop this kid. He means business. 

So I find any way possible to get him into his clothes. Sometimes I have to put his pants on him while he's trying to walk around the edges of his crib. And this is no easy task. Let me tell you. He looks cute, but OMG is he a handful. Somehow I still manage to get him into some outfit that is either grey or black, or probably a mixture of the two. We are matchy matchy. I can't help it. 

I am in love with this new beanie I ordered from rufusandmurdog for him though. It is so soft and SO cute - when I can get him to keep it on that is. Kid always takes it off as soon as I get him into it. Unless we are outside. At least he knows to keep it on when it's cold, right?! And same goes for the shoes...why doesn't he want to keep them on? Doesn't he know how stylish they are? I'm seriously thinking of getting a pair of matching Adidas superstars for myself and then we can be twinsies. SO fun. 

Anyways, enjoy the pics, and here are some links to where this stuff is from. 

beanie rufusandmurdog  shoes adidas  hoodie roots

beanie similar jacket similar jeans oneteaspoon  sunglasses forever21

xo
melo

 

 

 

 

one

It is amazing how fast time flies when you're a stressed out maniac. Already my little Hunter Rhys is one year old! 

I told myself that I wasn't going to go all out for his birthday, but I totally did anyways. I couldn't help myself. Even though he wont remember it, I will remember it. It's the anniversary of that day when I had the most horrific pain in my life, and then I popped out this little miracle - right on our bedroom floor. I hate to get mushy, but it really did change everything for me. I just love him to bits! 

Of course it was all black and white themed - what else would it be, really?! And because I am somewhat of a health fanatic - I made gluten free paleo vanilla cupcakes with chocolate icing - which were delicious, but let's just say fancy baking is really not my forte. There was many an f-bomb dropped in the process of baking them, and I may have almost killed my dogs by inadvertently dropping chocolate all over the kitchen floor. Woops! next year I'm totally having someone bake them for me. I also made chocolate cake, and banana bread, and pizza! Because it's a children's party, I felt this was justified. And it was so yummy (even though it was gluten free. Mmm gluten free!)

Hunter also decided after his initial interest in the big silver balloons at his party, that they were terrifying, so I have since had to remove them from the dining area, as he keeps looking at them and getting upset, and refusing to eat in their presence. I don't know what is so scary about them! Anyone else ever have this problem? Hopefully he's forgotten that by next year, because I fully plan on getting giant balloons again. I enjoy balloons as long as they don't pop - that is one thing that really freaks me out. 

Hope you enjoy the pics of my adorable little person. 

 

xo
melo