{ sideways cross necklace } BEAZUNESS. ** CLOSED **

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Once upon a time I owned a 'SARA' necklace inspired by Sex and the City but instead of cursive, it came in boxy 'lost in Trevor translation' block letters.
The "Carrie"

I loved that necklace.
Wore it every day for 5 years.
Right up until it fell off my neck and out of my life.

My décolletage remained naked for many a years while I both mourned & carefully considered my replacement options. You see I'm a total minimalist when it comes to jewellery [a ha-larious factoid for anyone who knows my blinged out mom and her record breaking number of gold bangles].

Aside from my wedding ring and some pearl earrings, I don't wear a lot of precious metals or gems. Don't get me wrong I'm a BIG fan of accessories, just not on me. Sooooo after MUCH deliberation I finally settled on yet another TV inspired necklace:
as seen on The Rachel Zoe Project

Why the sideways cross style you ask? Well I wanted my new clavicle embellishment to be dainty, classic and wardrobe friendly [I needed it to play nice with the many personalities in my closet... stripes, stripes and more stripes, sweatpants, strapless dresses - you get the idea]. While I may not wear a ton of jewellery, the stuff I do strut rarely - if ever - comes off.

Meet Naomi and her Vancouver-based Etsy shop ...

Beazuness rocks and the new necklace I've been rocking satisfies all my above wants PLUS it's Canadian made, totally affordable and gets at least one compliment a day [more if you post it on Instagram].
I love that you can get it off-center [which I did] and I love that it arrived at my house in less than 3 days!! 

I must say I'm sure glad I knew exactly what I was looking for prior to stumbling upon Beazuness because that girl has style and SELECTION. 

Consider yourself warned - and encouraged to visit.

Okay I'm sure you've guessed it by now, but Naomi the Great is gifting one loyal follower with some neck candy of their very own! Did someone just say matching friendship necklaces?! I think so :D who wants to be my collar bone twin?

** open to followers in Canada and the U.S. 

{ let your walls become your canvas } UrbanWalls. **CLOSED**

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Our next GIFTaway needs no introduction, UrbanWalls has taken home decor enthusiasts (and commitment phobs alike) by storm. With their wide selection of ridiculously well priced - and removable - wall decals they are being loved and shipped all over the world. 

Now meet the girl behind the decals...
I've been a HUGE fan of Ms. Hardy - and her family of handsome boys {big & small} - since the beginning of Instagram. I actually got to meet her for realz a few months back and she's like cRaZY beautiful + super down to earth... a hard combo to come by.   

Not only is Danielle my fashion icon, she also happens to be one helluva businesswoman. 

UrbanWalls is insanely popular...
and that's just the tip of the iceberg. 

Trev and I have been having some 'serious-for-us' conversations about our own parenting styles, our family goals, what our commitments to the kids should be. We're hoping that adult Saige and Gabriel will look back on their childhoods and appreciate our 'rearing' decisions. Of course there are the BIG things like saving for their futures, travelling as a family, helping them discover their passion(s), practicing giving without receiving, etc... but there are also the smaller things like: playing together, reading together, eating heathy(ish), not using words like "fat" and "stupid".

On the days I just wanna sit on the couch and watch 'Bachelor Pad' while eating Wendy's fries right out of the bag, it would be nice to have a giant reminder of my parental promises.

Cue two of my all-time favourite UrbanWalls' decals:
1.  //  2.

These are genius right? Of course being the indecisive shopper that I am, I can't decide which one to get?? and of course our house is too small for both {especially since I want the gold dots decals as well}.

Fortunately for you, Danielle & I took the guess work out of choosing and have a white 'In This House...' decal (#2) up for grabs.
What's your family motto? And if you WIN - #fingerscrossed - where do you envision hanging this bad boy? 

in your front foyer
heading down your stairwell
on a wall in your family room

I've always pictured my future URBANwalls' purchase livening up our boringly flat laundry room door, but then... my girl Kerry from First Time Fancy came up with this ahh-mazing idea... MELAMINE! making it a transferrable piece of art!
DIY instructions

Don't be shy, you've only got 5 days to enter...


Thursday, November 15, 2012

If you've followed my blog for any amount of time, you'll know that I disappear from time to time all the time without warning - I'm just super annoying like that, it's how I roll.

I knew heading back to work would put a wrench in my blogging plans, but it turns out that the wrench is actually a bullet in disguise. What's the world coming to when you can't even trust that a wrench is a wrench?! 

So not only should I be stripped of my self-appointed bloggess title, but a few of these confessions are sure to make you think less of me... 

1. One of the main reasons I'm sticking with this blogging gig - aside from the obvious (ie. not being a quitter, wanting to document the kids' younger years, having a creative outlet, etc.) - is so I continue getting free stuff. 

2. Three months ago I threw a large jar of Nutella in the garbage; it had been sitting in our cupboard for who-knows-how-long barely touched and I couldn't find an expiry date. Fast forward 90 days and one mail sample later... I'm eating this Ferrero Rocher alternative like it's the doctor's order. Turns out I'm not a 'Nutella on toast' kinda girl, I prefer it on a spoon spatula multiple times throughout the day.  

3. I legitimately LOVE being back at work and I'm not just saying that so my stay-at-home mom friends can stop feeling sorry for me.
my view of "Entertainment Alley" 
drug busts, photo shoots, heavy petting sessions... I've seen it all. 

4. I'm fairly certain my co-workers think I'm disgustingly spoiled. Not only did I come back to the 'best schedule ever' (4 days one week / 3 days the next), but I got my corner office with a view back (see above) AND after 5 days on the job, went up to Sparkling Hills with Mr. Movember for a weekend getaway. With all this luck I'm thinking I must have been a leprechaun in my past life.
it's hard to take him seriously anywhere when his face is growing a rodent

5. Next to the definition of 'indecisive shopper' is a photo of me looking disgruntled. 
this is actually a photo of me being annoyed about the rain situation on 'straight hair day', 
but my pissed off face is fairly similar to my expression of uncertainty.

I'll pick something up, cart it around for awhile, tell myself "I don't really need that" and then discard it in some random aisle. I like to think of it as me familiarizing the departments with one another, but Trev doesn't see it that way. It drives Trev-bob bonkers and he now equates IKEA with his own personal hell. Not because he doesn't like Swedish-made goods (quite the contrary), it's because within those 4 walls his wife loses all control and ability to make up her flipping mind.

6. I was this close {picture my pointer finger and thumb almost touching} to buying myself a pair of Uggs 35 days before Christmas. The only thing stopping me from keeping them in my cart was that my preferred colour (camel) in my preferred size (9) was out of stock. In the end the chocolate pair I was hemming and hawing about got put down in the neighbouring book section... Warm Uggs meet risqué 50 Shades of Grey #matchmadeinCostcoheaven.

7. I'm not even sure I'll publish this nonsense, so if you're reading this consider yourself the same person minus 50 or more missing brain cells. 

** GIFTaway #4 is coming soon, but here's a sneak peek for those of your who have the patience of a 3 year old (namely Saige & I) **

{ celebrate YOUR story } gadanke! **CLOSED**

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

No I didn't sneeze.

GADANKE (pronounced guh-dawn-kuh) is German for thought or idea, but for me it's synonymous with awesome sauce.
The last time I scrapbooked was in December 2008, I know this because it was my last month of childlessness (also known as the "good ol' days when free time was in abundance"). 
I used to LOVE scrapbooking and have 10+ bins of pretty paper to prove it {pretty paper & I sorta have a thing, don't tell Trev}.

But once Miss Muffet was born I quickly realized {basically in the delivery room} that my scrapbooking days were numbered and to this day, the 40+ page mini-albums I scrapped while preggers (see above) are completely void of any Saiger personality - no baby pictures, no mention of milestones, no teeny hospital ID bracelets, nothing. #momfail

You see my naughty itty Knol babies decided the only thing my arms should do is holding them, so that's what I did...

until GADANKE was mailed into my life.

GADANKE's anti-boring approach to journalling was the answer to my 'quick yet creative' documentation prayers; it's non-intimidating format allowed my busy mom hands to seize a few moments throughout the day to capture a baby story or two. 

Truth be told, Gabriel's 'you are loved' GADANKE journal is the only baby book I've managed to keep up with... poor kid has a bad case of 'Second Child Syndrome'. 
Each expandable GADANKE journal comes with 52 pages of clever writing prompts, charming eco-friendly papers and cute little inserts {ie. tags, envelopes, library cards} that make these keepsakes fun to not only fill but read and re-read.  
Katie - the brainchild behind GADANKE - is the epitome of "cool". She & her family live in a renovated airport hangar AAAAND she's gifting one Saige Wisdom follower with a $25 credit to her grandma inspired store -

What story would you want to celebrate?
for me the {become} journal is top on my Christmas wish list. 
(who am I kidding? they ALL are).

So you wanna get your story telling on? Well you best get better acquainted with GADANKE's awesome sauce newsletter & website then:

P.S. - I started reading some of the customer submissions in the Share Your Journal section and needed a kleenex after flipping through Jenn's {seeking grace} prayer journal...
so heart felt & beautiful
further proof that STORIES MATTER.

good luck & GADANKE mes amis!!


okay all you mathematicians out there, we have 4 GIFTaways left and our first winner... was it YOU? 

{ one click } ice time.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

october twenty-seventh | 8:56 a.m.
'rink ready'

I interrupt this month of GIFTaways with my first non-iPhone pic in months *gasp*. Thanks to Photography Concentrate and their super awesome video tutorials, I'm sloooowly starting to get the hang of this whole Lightroom thing and as I move towards actual editing and not just uploading, I imagine I'll have even more photos to share *double gasp*.

Not only do you have 5 more giveaways to look forward to, but you'll also be getting countless photos of Gabriel's nerdy 1st birthday, Saige's 1st field trip at school, some Knol Halloween parties, our trick-or-treating adventures and so forth. How pumped are you?! ha.

Saige's fearlessness on the ice, in the pool, in life... it makes me ridiculously proud. My heart swells every time she looks over in my direction, making sure my thumbs remain in an upward position. 
She's kinda awesome. 
You know I'm not even the slightest bit disappointed that she didn't want to continue with ballet {my childhood passion}. As long as she's happy and active, I'll happily freeze my a$$ off in the stands, hide under an umbrella on the soccer field, ski  bunny runs {for her benefit of course} and learn the difference between a breast stroke and butterfly stroke. 
Yup our Saiger's is pretty awesome and don't even get me started about the awesomeness that is Gabe...
the boy who won't freeze his a$$ for anyone or anything.

{ hello dolly! } melissa love GIFTaway **CLOSED**

Friday, November 2, 2012

Meet Ethan & Eden.

When my baby sister and I found out we were preggers with a second batch of cousins, I knew I wanted to get our littlest of littles matching his & her dolls. Of course they had to be ahhh-dorable and of course I needed them to be one-of-a-kind... 

Fortunately - through the wonderful world of blogging - I knew just the gal for the job...
Melissa is truly LOVEly. Let's just say I was a lot naive when it came to the whole custom doll making process - so.many. choices. - and Melissa held my hand through every painstaking decision. She even went over & above and made Eden the striped leggings & tutu I begged for requested and Ethan his snazzy bow tie. 

They turned out so well that I ended up ordering a third for Miss Saigerella, a pretty little redhead named Eve:
See what I mean about choices? 
{move over Rachel Zoe, there's a new stylist in the toy box}

If being decisive isn't your cup of tea, pour yourself a chai and purchase one of the ready made dolls already in Melissa's shop. In fact, Melissa is GIFTING one Saige Wisdom reader with an already created cutie and all you have to do is...  

** Both dolls were named after the cousins' 'would-be' names: "Eden" was the name we picked had Gabe came out with girl parts and "Ethan" was Hanna's boy name. {Eve just went along with the already established "E" theme}. 

What were your baby name back ups?

don't forget about our other GIFTaway {ending soon}...

more to come!!

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