1. Birthday parties (all three kids), Easter and a full schedule has meant that I haven't been here as often as usual. Well...hello, I'm back! If you're new around here, on Mondays I share 5 random things...inspirations, shopping finds, things we have seen or done over the weekend and anything else that I think you might like. The column is called Oh Monday because that's how I feel every Monday when I wake up. Ha.

2. Our sweet twins, Kaia and Noelle, celebrated their 7th birthday with a party this weekend and they had the BEST time. We hired a magician, which proved to be perfect for this age.

twins 7th birthday

3. We made the drive to Fort Langley and area for a day trip to take the kids to see some countryside. It didn't disappoint!!!

family at farm
red barn on farm

4. I came across this beautiful art print on Instagram and thought you might love it too. Wouldn't it be perfect in a nursery?

alphabet by Bloom Handmade

5. Leaving you with a tiny peak into our newest little client's room, which was shot last week! I can't wait to share the full reveal soon.

cubebot robots on dresser

Happy Monday friends!


1. Happy Monday! A week after we arrived back from Australia and I've been reflecting on what I saw while I was there (apart from the sun!). I love spotting different trends that are happening in other places and couldn't help but notice how popular graphic shaped objects are. Such a fun and easy thing to include in kid's spaces! Here are a few pieces I love.

2. Juggling motherhood and working is a constant battle!!! I run a small business, want to be at as many things as possible for my kids, am hands on in daily happenings (meals, driving, etc.), try to include creative activities in our art space, love my kids, my work, my life but often feel pulled in a million different directions! Anyone else? HOW DO YOU FIND BALANCE??! (please leave me ideas or what works for you in comments below).

Melissa working

3. We have been reading the sweetest series of chapter books for kids by Kallie George, a local Vancouver author. So far books 1 & 2 have won over our 6-year-old twins (and me!) and I have ordered the 3rd book which is being released this week! The 4th book looks like it's coming out this summer and it will definitely make our summer reading list. Highly recommend this sweet series!

4. One day somehow I need to have an indoor swing for kids. How amazing is this gorgeous swing?!!!

indoor swing for kids

Photo by Connection Photography

5. Yesterday felt like Spring and the sun seemed to give everyone a burst of joy. Let's hope it stays that way all week. Here's a thought for the week.

quote about gratefulness


1. Monday seems to come around so quickly each week. Over the weekend, I relish in the time away from the week day routine of drop offs, food prep, laundry, pick ups, activities, bath, bed. Anyone else? With the time change rolling back an hour yesterday, this is the first year we have ever had kids sleep in a little!!! After nearly 7 years of parenthood, this feels like a MAJOR miracle. 

2. Our giveaway with Etsy was so so popular - thank you so much for entering and loving the site just as much as I do. Sharing small shops and makers is something I am passionate about; I always want to know about new creative people that are selling their amazing creations so if you know of any, please tell me in the comments below!

3. I ordered our Christmas cards!!! I can hardly believe it. This is the template that I chose but I will share a post on this year's cards soon. Last year's cards were so cute that I had to continue the tradition. I can't wait to show you how they turned out but until then, here's a little look at the reality of behind the scenes, HA!!!

behind the scenes christmas card shoot

4. It snowed here in Vancouver on Saturday!!! I am totally unprepared. I quickly started searching for winter boots for the kids and here are my top 3 contenders! Kids winter boots are not pretty or inexpensive but I suppose there is no price for warmth!!!


5. My husband and I celebrated our 9th anniversary last Thursday. We have lived across 3 continents, had 3 kids in 2 years, started 2 businesses (we both have our own) and traveled to at least 20 countries together. He is my best friend and I can't imagine adventuring life with anyone else!!!

Have a great week!

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