Picture Book Fashion: Madeline

by Nadine on May 16, 2016

Because Vogue is for people with too much time on their hands.

Feeling inspired by Madeline? Get the look at Madewell, Modcloth and J.Crew.

Although I’d like to think she’s wearing Valentino. (Can a French girl rock an Italian designer? Je pense que oui!)

P.S. Here’s how to dress like the mom in Love You Forever. #NightgownGoals

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The BSC Forever

by Nadine on May 11, 2016

I might need this tee.*

P.S. I used to hide candy behind books on my bookshelf. Because of Claudia.

*Made in Toronto!

UPDATE: shirt acquired.

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Highs and Lows

by Nadine on May 7, 2016

This week’s low: Being locked out of the house — without a phone or a computer. 

I was almost home from the dentist on Wednesday — looking forward to an empty house, since Matthew and Ursula were downtown running some errands — when I realized that I didn’t have a house key. And my phone had 2% battery life.

I didn’t know when my family would be home. I couldn’t work on the articles due that afternoon.

Stress.

This week’s high: Being locked out of the house — without a phone or a computer. 

I bought a cheap notebook at a nearby convenience store, bought a coffee — eventually: two — and a cookie at my favourite haunt, quickly texted Matthew to swing by the coffee shop on his way home since my phone was thisclose to dying, and brainstormed on paper until he and Sully came to my rescue.

Unplugging for two hours was exactly what I needed.

Sometimes your low can turn into your high.

 

[Photo: hand-painted travel journal by SecretSicily]

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A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes

by Nadine on May 5, 2016

On the morning of the MET Gala, I told Matthew that I hoped someone would interpret the night’s theme — Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology — to mean Lily’s epic flower girl dress.

(Remember when Modern Family was the funniest show ever? I miss 2009.)

My wish came true.

Shoutout to the original glow gal: Cinderella.

 

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Picture Book Fashion: Love You Forever

by Nadine on April 2, 2016

When you’re a new mom, you don’t have much time for blogs or fashion magazines. You do, however, have plenty of time for Robert Munsch and Dr. Seuss.

So, what happens when a well-chewed board book becomes your Vogue? You start to wonder where this mom got her nightgown:

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

The answer: Probably here.

Arcadian Dream Ballet Robe by Eileen West

You’re welcome.

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Three Great Grape Things

by Nadine on April 2, 2016

Photograph: Raceytay’s etsy shop

For me, the perfect day must include three things: grapes, raisins and wine.

I’m easy to please.

On these perfect days, I physically consume almost every possibility, every potential life trajectory of the grape. It’s like…eating an entire Choose Your Own Adventure novel. Should’ve named my daughter Merlot or Syrah, that’s how much I love the grape.

My best friend Audrey understands.

She even has her own vineyard! An automatic friendship-qualifier.

Turtlenecks are in again. I predicted this two years ago. I also predicted the overalls resurgence. I’m sartorially clairvoyant.

She bakes raisin bran muffins! (Proof: her recipe.) I had Raisin Bran this morning! See?! BFFs.

How to end a day well: a glass of wine and a flawless updo. #hairgoals

We really should get together soon to gossip about Gregory Peck and striped shirts over a drink or two. It’s been too long.

(And, yes, you can gossip about shirts: “I saw a shirt today with a solid back, can you imagine? What’s the point of a stripe if it doesn’t go all the way around? Embarrassing. And don’t get me started on the white-stripe count. Pour me another glass, Audrey. I’m getting worked up over faux-bretons again.”)

P.S. My other fake best friend, Amy Grant, wrote a song about grapes….

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Baby Led Weaning: Taste The Rainbow

by Nadine on March 22, 2016

Yesterday, my 9-month-old daughter (!!!!) ate some of each of the above items. Not bad, huh?

There’s no wrong way to feed a baby. Scratch that. Don’t feed your wee one a diet of 100% Cheetos. (95%? Maybe.)

We have friends who fed their babies iron-fortified cereals and baby food. The kids turned out fine. Others adopted the Sprout Right method. Wonderful. We’re doing Baby Led Weaning. It’s been awesome so far.

Our family doctor — a gem of a find when I was 8 months pregnant — has the most encouraging approach to introducing solid foods:

Do whatever works for you. Or do what your mom did. Just don’t introduce too many foods at a time (at first), and make sure your babe is getting some iron. The end.

I can live with that.

Anywho. Back to Baby-Led Weaning.

It made sense for us. I get to eat WITH my child instead of just make her food, feed her the food, and then wonder why I’m so hungry all the time. AND I don’t have to make baby food. She’s eating real food. The kind of food that goes on my grocery list anyway.

We’re eating meals as a family, 100% blender-free, and everyone’s happy.

(Warning: It can be messy. Like, M-E-S-S-Y. Especially on Let Your Kid Feed Herself Yogurt Day. Buy a few bibs and don’t dress your offspring in silk.)

The surprising benefit of this approach is that my lunches are healthier than they’ve ever been. If she’s eating eggs, avocado, cucumber, tomato and berries, so am I! I’m “eating the rainbow” as nutritionists everywhere advise.

It allays my fear that life with kids turns your diet into a revolving door of pasta-a-la-pasta, grilled cheese and pizza pockets. It doesn’t have to be that way. At all. I’ve got a baby who already loves roasted eggplant, beef brisket and kiwi. (Maybe all at the same time. Who am I to judge?) We’re off to an encouraging start.

I look forward to cooking with her. To shopping at the market with her. Maybe even to gardening with her.

Today I’m thankful for a kid who makes me eat my veggies.

Happy 9 months, Ursula. I love sharing my (baked) sweet potato fries with you. (And I don’t usually share those.)

P.S. I still eat cookies during her nap sometimes. Because I’m not a robot or a Paltrow.

P.P.S. Not every food is an instant win. Two days ago, Ursula refused to eat broccoli. Fortunately, Pixar is always right. An airplane had to intervene.

 

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And They Called It ‘Puppy Love’

by Nadine on March 18, 2016

Don’t be fooled. This is not a puppy.

If someone tells you that having a dog is good practice for having a baby, that individual has never had a baby.

(Also, if you start with a puppy, note that you will be stuck with a dog when you do eventually decide to have a baby. Unless you’re waiting for that puppy to grow old and die. In which case, good luck, ovaries. Some canines live forever.)

And yet.

Yesterday, I took the carrier — we LOVE this one — out of the front closet and asked Ursula, who was on her hind legs standing up in the crib, if she’d like to go for a walk.

She started panting.

Dogs and babies. They’re the same.*

 

 

 

*Except when it comes to everything else.

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Parent Fantasy Hotline

by Nadine on February 24, 2016

So much truth.

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So Many Pins, So Little Time….

by Nadine on January 18, 2016

My most-saved/liked pin is a photo of a pair of pants that I do not own.

I guess I’m not the only one excited for the return of the wide-legged trouser?

Katharine Hepburn for life.*

*When it comes to Hepburns, my husband prefers I look to Audrey over Katharine for style inspiration. But I refuse to play favourites.

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