December 2013

2013 was a grand year, in terms of life, love, family, friends and this here blog. For some of those amazing life moments I was able to capture small part of them on the blog, for which I am always so grateful. I’m not going to talk much about goals, resolutions, or plans for the new year – I have a lot of goals (for work and this blog) but mostly I like to set intentions that I can live every day. Intentions for life that I can breathe in each day, and mantras for the entire year. Rather then a resolution to change, I like plans and reminders to aim to be better instead. I have always been a less is more, a need only type of girl so this minimal and thoughtful way of setting a simple single goal is what always works best for me. I highly recommend it, think of an intention (or a theme) you’d like to set and try your best to live it everyday of 2014.

2013 was really great to me and my little family, and as the hours creep closer to the close of this year I thought it would be fun (for me and you) to take a stroll back through some of my favorite and yours (based on likes, comments and pins) posts of 2013.

1. PARTS OF YOUR HEART

2.THE BEAT OF MY DRUM

3. THE UNIFORM SERIES

4.THEY ARE WATCHING

5.DETOX DIARIES

6.THE LITTLE STYLE SERIES (OF COURSE)

7.NEED ONLY BASIS

8.LET’S TALK YOGA

9.A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS (THE START OF A SERIES)

10.BRAIN DRAIN

11.THE EFFECTS

12.MY EPIC RECIPE

13.#HANDHCALENDAR / SAME SPOT CALENDAR

Not really in any particular favorite order. Do you have a favorite post from the past year, mine or yours?

Have a safe and Happy New Years Eve! 2014 is going to be amazing – I can feel it! Till next year!

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· December 31, 2013 · in Daily,Real Life,The Bee’s Knees



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The response to my little Instagram series has been nothing short of amazing! For me it was this really fun way to document our Canadian season changes and the change in my kiddos, I loved doing it and had no idea anyone else would even blink and eye over it (and that was very ok, as it wasn’t the goal). The emails, comments and over 36.4K pinterest pins (as of today) on this little series have been mind boggling. I decided I would continue my calendar into 2014, why say goodbye to a good thing – also I’m pretty sure my kids will love having this to look back on, I know I will. And because so many of you have asked I figure it would be extra fun if I invited the rest of you to join in.

I figure to make it more of a project and a better fit for everyone, let’s call it the SAME SPOT CALENDAR (because it makes sense, it’s short and the hashtag is not taken). It’s a photo a month project, 12 photos is all it takes – it doesn’t have to be your kids who stand in the same place and you don’t need to add text (you can if you want, or add it later). What do you say, wanna add another photo project to your year? same spot calendar JOIN THROUGH YOUR BLOG: The last day of every month I will post my photo calendar for that month, with a link up included – so you can link up, if you like.

JOIN THROUGH YOUR INSTAGRAM: Post your photo at any point in the month, and use the hashtag #samespotcalendar you can mention @heartandhabit if you like, you may not like to s no pressure.

Tips: I chose a spot that had a background that showcased the change in the seasons, but a cityscape, busy street, maybe in front of a favorite shop, or site that decorates/landscapes for each season/holiday would be fun. I also made sure the spot I chose had a landmark I could remember, for the kids to stand beside each time and for me to stand when taking the pic – really it was the sidewalk lines I followed, sorta kinda like a landmark.

Instagram Tips: you can use the Impression app to plaster words on your photos, and I use VSCOcam app to edit my photos.

Blog Tips: photoshop for adding text – or maybe picmonkey, I don’t know editing programs other then PS very well.

*I will post on the blog first, with the link up and on instagram the same day so you can use that as your reminder to post if you like – I might or might not keep the text off, I just haven’t quite decided. I’m excited, and so overwhelmed that so many of you are interesting in joining!

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· December 30, 2013 · in Daily,Real Life,same spot calendar



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christmas 2013, little family christmas, relaxing and easy christmas, christmas holidays christmas 2013, little family christmas, relaxing and easy christmas, christmas holidays christmas 2013, little family christmas, relaxing and easy christmas, christmas holidays christmas 2013, little family christmas, relaxing and easy christmas, christmas holidays How was Christmas, you ask? Well it was pretty fantastic. I fully planned to snap a lot of pictures, in fact I even pre-warned Chris of this. Then when 5:45am hit and the kids were so unbelievably excited (like jumping out of there skin) I couldn’t really get the camera right, and mostly to be honest it was in the way of my view of all the excitement. So as far a photos go, this is about it – not too little, not too much, but just right. This was the best Christmas I have ever had in my medium length lifetime, it was pure magic. The kids were totally blown away by every single thing, from Santa delivering on their very sweet requests to Santa not forgetting to bring their Christmas pajamas. We devoured a huge breakfast, had a epic family nap to help fight off the grumpy tantrums (didn’t really work) and then on to playing with presents. The presents this year, were/are equally as awesome for Chris and I as they are for the kids – like the kids go to bed and we don’t put the toys away, type of awesome. I hope you all had an excellent first half of your holiday, whatever you celebrate I hope it was amazing. I am slowly getting back into the swing of posting, trying to clean up Christmas and just clean up life so that 2014 can begin light and uncluttered – so here’s to a great Christmas and a weekend spent prepping/unprepping for the new year.

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· December 28, 2013 · in Daily,Real Life



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moments to remember, a photo a month, photo project, month to month changes, kids growing A years worth of iPhone photos, taken in the same spot at the same time every month. All saved under the IG hashtag #handhcalendar . I really adore this series and all that it captures; the change in my kids throughout the year, the love between them and our beautiful and full four seasons of weather. I am so glad I didn’t drop it or forget to keep it up, because I almost did many a times.

Have a fantastic weekend and a great holiday week, no matter which holiday you celebrate. I am planning to take it easy and take a wee break on the blog next week. I have really big plans to eat too much, relax, put my feet up, practice lot’s of yoga, have loads of facetime dates with far away friends and family and most importantly cuddle the crap outta my family. Wishing you all the happiest of holidays, wishing you all loads of love, happiness and some extra time to relax and recharge – talk soon! x

JOIN IN FOR 2014! Capture your own SAME SPOT CALENDAR photos and use the hashtag #SAMESPOTCALENDAR and mention @heartandhabit when you post (if you so please). Or come back to the blog and link up your calendar photo on the last day of every month – you can read more about the link up / photo project here!

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· December 20, 2013 · in Daily,Real Life,remember forever,same spot calendar



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yoga with kids, take a breath this season, crazy holidays We really try to keep our holidays simple when it comes to gifts, and instead focus on the spirit of the season and just being together. But lets be honest, there is no way to keep shopping and spending totally out of the equation – and as much as I try to plan ahead to keep shopping down around this time, I am just naturally a late Christmas shopper.

For the past two weeks everyday has literally been an errand day for Harlow and I, we have a little more to get done this holiday season (you too?) and because things are much slooooowwwwer when you have a snow pants wearing kiddo in tow (one errand a day, takes literally all day). Today is our last day of errands and crazy running around, getting shite done. I tried to pack it in so that starting tomorrow our days would be free in clear, relatively. So this is me reminding myself to stop and take a breath and enjoy the season. Tomorrow instead of rushing off to the stores, we will get back into the cuteness that is practicing yoga together and just enjoying the slow holiday days ahead (also trying to play catch up to my messy neglected home and an over flowing to do list and inbox). Happy almost end of week, make sure you stop and take a breath for yourself today (and tomorrow).

*It totally looks like she’s pulling my hair, but I swear she’s not. Her little hands are in prayer and my hair is just whacking her in the face.

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· December 19, 2013 · in Daily,Real Life,Yoga



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1.Extra on the comfort, Dress  2.Hide that messy hair, Toque  3.Keep warm, Scarf  4.Don’t freeze your toes, Socks  5.You’ll probably need an extra layer, Hoodie  6.Don’t freeze your buns off, Coat  7.OMG I want these, Boots.

I name each outfit, to give it a purpose – but in all honesty they are all daily uniform attire (hence the obvious name, uniform). The only thing with this bad boy is I wouldn’t wear it when it’s below zero, actually that’s a lie I would but I would do some major running between locations. If I was the procrastinating type (I am) and I still had some Christmas shopping left to do (I do), I would probably plan a lunch (maybe with a friend who is also a last minute shopper) – and then I would totally wear this.

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· December 18, 2013 · in Daily,Uniform



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And now I am off to get all bundled up, and hit the shopping crowds – because Christmas shopping just isn’t Christmas shopping unless, it’s last minute and filled with crowds of angry impatient people (just smells like Christmas). You know what I mean?

*My hat: American Apparel – boots: Sorel, and so are Chris’ (his are a few years old, these would be the most similar) – because a few people have already asked.

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· December 16, 2013 · in Daily,Our Style,Real Life



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I am an optimist at heart, my glasses are forever rosey and my glass is always half full – with this comes a whole whack of gratitude. It seems to go hand in hand with positivity, though they aren’t monogamous or exclusive. I am pretty darn good at constantly feeling this overwhelming feeling of gratitude, but I often fall short on expressing it. I am trying to change that, noticing and feeling grateful is only 2/3 of being grateful (I read this article last week, and it reminded me again why I wanted to write a post like this). Also I find it’s usually the small moments, people, things and instances that lead me to the large feeling of gratitude for the entire day. I go to bed with a smile on my face thinking of those moments (as well as all the thoughts of regret or over thinking my actions, what I didn’t get done and what I have to do – because I am human, but those don’t belong in this post).

I have been working at breaking down all those separate feelings and instances, recognizing those small things that happen throughout the day – and expressing my grateful feelings, while keeping track of the individual moments. I know those instances will end up being some of my fondest memories – and I want to make sure along with expressing my gratitude that I am keeping full stock of the moment. So this is me sharing a simple moment or two that I am overwhelmingly grateful for, for my own personal memories and maybe to help remind someone else to notice, savour and express. daily moments, gratitude for the everyday, grateful for today, feeling gratitude, expressing gratitude 1: The one family member that makes everything we do so unbelievably exciting. Chris just has a way about him (even when he’s not trying) that makes even the simple act of getting a glass a water, super exciting and fun. It has become a tradition for us to walk our tree home, it’s only a few blocks away but I’m sure it’s not comfortable for him to carry it – he carries it with a huge smile and the whole act makes the kids walk home so proud and even more excited. I am also grateful for the tree, how the super simple act of putting a tree up can warm up the whole home and put a heavy dose of Christmas spirit and excitement in everything we do. (It’s more like a two in one.)

daily moments, gratitude for the everyday, grateful for today, feeling gratitude, expressing gratitude 2: When we came home from the Christmas Market, King told me what him and Harlow talked about with Santa. He said that Harlow told Santa “We are so thankful for you” and that he told Santa “I love you so much” – then of course they told him what they wished for, but oh boy the sweetness.

daily moments, gratitude for the everyday, grateful for today, feeling gratitude, expressing gratitude 3: Little kids learning from a super patient Father, listening to them ask him questions and him so patiently respond. All while I sit back sick and unable to really help with anything, Chris notices everything and doesn’t miss a beat – takes care of them and me with such patience and kindness.

I already do a series with moments I never want to forget. So this post is very similar (but also not), I’m not sure if this post will become a series (my first “gratitude” post is here), I also haven’t decided if it’s TMI yet – so we will just have to wait and see. What are you most grateful for this day/week/month/season/day (all of the above)?

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· December 13, 2013 · in Daily,Grateful



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