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happy valentine’s day


Share the love! If you’re like me and have small children than you probably spent the past week writing Valentine’s day cards and making treats for tomorrow’s class. My sweet four year old refused to put his name on any of the cards I handmade so the effort was all mine. I hope his classmate’s like them! For treats, I decided to go a little sweet and a little wholesome – chocolate dipped strawberries. Actually I have to give all the credit to my husband who bought all the ingredients late last night and hand dipped each one himself. That’s true love.

valentine moodboard-1


(I shot this Valentine’s Day moodboard for HGTV. Head over there to read the post!)

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janet bailey photography


I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Janet since I moved to Toronto almost ten years ago. Early on she was a big supporter of me helping me out with a litany of different side jobs and summer schemes (cupcake baker, photo shoot caterer, food stylist, etc) that helped me get through interior design school. When I first met Janet she was a commercial photographer shooting everything from editorial shoots for the likes of Chatelaine and Flare to advertising jobs for clients like Pepsi.

A few years ago, Janet took a break from photography to start a family. As her son got older she realized she missed it but wanted to carve out a business that would suit her and her family. She decided that shooting babies, children and families would be her focus and she asked me whether or not I would be willing to sit for a session. Of course, I said yes!


Janet first took some shots of me when I was about 32 weeks pregnant. I love how she captured these moments between Henry and I before Orla came along. At this point, he was still my baby!


She returned nine days after Orla was born and took these precious shots of her.¬†She was an excellent model and slept through the entire shoot! Looking at these shots of her I’m reminded of those little feet and elbows poking me throughout my pregnancy.

I feel so fortunate to have these major milestones in my family’s life documented. This time passes in such a blur. The days and nights are long but the months fly by so fast. I can’t believe that it was almost four months ago that Orla came into our lives. I can’t thank Janet enough for capturing a few of these intimate moments for us.

To see more photos from my shoots with Janet and to see the rest of her portfolio check out her new website.

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orla’s birth announcement


You’re probably like me and never win anything.

It doesn’t matter how many contests I enter I never seem to come out the bearer of the prize. That was, until I entered a giveaway on the Bloesem Kids blog. Lo and behold, my name was selected. And what did I win? Beautiful, custom, letter-pressed birth announcements from Egg Press in Portland, Oregon. The timing couldn’t have been better!

I chose the Climbing Buds design in yellow (for my golden girl) with grey type in Futura font. The people over at Egg Press were a pleasure to work with.

Egg Press was started in 1999 by Tess Darrow and has since been called upon by companies like Nike, Herman Miller, MoMA and Apple to design things for them. If you’re looking for custom letter press work or in-stock cards and stationery you should have a peek at their work.

I never got around to doing birth announcements with Henry so I’m very happy to have these. With email and facebook becoming our main avenues of communication it seems handing out cards like these is becoming rarer and rarer. Did you hand out birth announcements for your children? Is it something you would consider doing?


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wide asleep


Henry told me the other day that Orla was wide asleep. I didn’t know at the time if he meant she was wide awake or fast asleep. Turns out she was zonked out unlike in the photo below.

With almost three weeks of interrupted sleep starting to take its toll on my mind and body I’m beginning to think the term wide asleep actually applies to me. I might appear awake but really I’m a walking zombie. Wide asleep – that’s what I am!

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