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Sunday, March 31, 2013

I'm pretty sure my blog is having an identity crisis. 

Now that we've temporarily settled on a feather scheme and a new tagline, I can finally get back to blogging.

Let's kick things off with my faves du jour.




1. SONGZA - this app has revolutionized the way I listen to music. I mean come on, a free on-demand stream of expertly curated playlists tailored to my mood and/or activity? effing genius. Lately I've been kicking it old skool with their collection of '90s #1 Hits [aka the mix tape of my adolescence]. 


We put Gabe to bed with music so I considered purchasing a few of those rockabye baby lullaby renditions that do instrumental covers of Cold Play, Nirvana, etc. Well thanks to SONGZA, we don't have to because Children's Instrumental Bedtime Tunes seems to play them all!


2. kijiji.com - I recently scored some great deals from the category: 'home renovation materials' - a gorgeous 7ft slab of Brazilian granite for the master bath and 16 reclaimed wood beams for our covered deck. I'm running out of places to stash my bargains, but the prices were too good to pass up.
[ photos aren't exact ]

3. Teak & Grey - I can't get enough of this colour combo and with the above granite find, I'm fairly confident our new ensuite will be bathed in charcoal & camel.



anticipated design elements include:

teak cabinets || grey paint/tile || floating vanity || brazilian granite || white vessel sink || wall faucet  


4. Gingers - ever since Gabe came along I've been loving the redheads; even the crimson haired boys. I see little carrot tops all over the place which makes me smile and think there's a comeback in the making. A friend forwarded me this list of redhead stats & facts that's circulating on Facebook - I think Trev would disagree with the "sexual fire" statement.


Red hair is a genetic mutation.



Red hair is seen on the heads of only 4 % of people. Most in the UK, Ireland and Australia.


In the US, only 2% of people have red hair.


Redheads have a specific gene called the melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R), found on the 16th chromosome. This single gene is responsible for red hair.
This wasn't discovered until the late 1990's.


Redheads sometimes require up to 20% more anesthesia, concluding that we are much harder to sedate.

Redheads have always been thought untrustworthy.
Judas is depicted as a redhead displaying the first prejudice against red hair.


Bees are thought to sting redheads more than others.


In ancient Egypt, red hair was seen as so unlucky, red-haired girls were burned alive.


In medieval Europe, the infamous witch-hunting manual, Malleus Maleficarum, instructed that red hair and green eyes were marks of a witch, as were freckles, which redheads tend to have aplenty.


Redheads tend to bleed more, due to slightly different clotting factors, which again is a genetic factor.

Redheads bruise more easily than people with different colored hair.


Common Redhead stereotypes are: bad temper, sexual fire, untrustworthy, being smart and eccentric.


In Denmark, it is a high honor to have a redheaded child.


The redheaded gene is recessive, so red hair can show up many generations later. It takes both parents carrying the specific gene to produce a redheaded child.


Because of the rare pigment in our hair, it is often harder to dye red hair and usually takes longer.


It is said that while in Poland, if you pass three red-heads you'll win the state lottery.


If a man with dark hair has a red-headed beard they are more likely to carry at least one different copy of the red haired gene. (obviously)


There is a belief that redheads are prone to industrial deafness. This actually could be true as the melanocytes are found in the middle ear.


In the late 16th century, the fat of a redheaded man was an essential ingredient for poison.


There have been studies done to confirm whether or not redheads are more prone to become addicts than those with blond or brunette colored locks. It is thought to be so.



Red haired/blue eyed combinations are said to be one of the rarest combinations. It is usually more common to see a redhead with brown or green eyes than with blue. 

I must be Danish cause I'm pretty smitten with my rare blue eyed ginger boy.

5. Singing Competitions - the girls on American Idol are killing it this season. Kree, Candice, Amber... I mean holy talent Batman and The Voice just started but already has some front runners.

I'm sorry but Lazaro has gots to go and some of Nicki's facial expressions need to be smacked off her face. That being said, I'm really digging the replacement judges; Shakira is adorable and don't you love that Mariah is still rocking the butterflies after all these years? 

Believe it or not I used to rock out to 'Butterfly' back in my Fiero driving days (1999). Me and Mariah go back like babies and pacifiers.



work in progress.

Monday, March 25, 2013

hate to be captain obvious but saigewisdom got a wee makeover this weekend and will likely undergo even more changes in the coming weeks months.

on sunday I spontaneously decided that a new blog design was top  on my priority list and like any sane person I thought, 'surely this is something I can handle'.

bahahahahahahaha.

in my moment of overconfidence, I deleted my former blog template [in its entirety] and got right to work on a new & improved look. 

only one problem, I have NO idea what I'm doing! 

yup she's a work in progress and also a reminder that I need to stop thinking I'm awesomer - and more skilled - than I really am.

this is not the first time impatient, excitable, disorganized me has acted in haste; how you bloggers wait for prescheduled reveal is beyond me.

at this point all I can say is TGFPP [thank gawd for pinterest and picmonkey] and HELP [that's not an acronym, it's an actual cry for help]

where's a paper bag when you need one?




the possibilities of penmanship.

Sunday, March 17, 2013


what have I been up to lately? 

clearly not blogging.

we've been busy living. sweeping in between snacks. raking in between naps. rushing out the door with backpacks and half eaten pieces of peanut butter toast. my truck's a disaster, my split ends are appalling, the laundry is never-ending and our tv officially ended (as in died). oh and those renos? they just keeping ticking on and on and on...

the electrical, plumbing and ducting are finito and we can finally get down and dirty with the insulation and drywall. I seriously cannot wait for Trev-bob to sashay aside and let me have have my fun - paint, flooring, window treatments, lighting... ALL those diy's and decor ideas I've been pinning so diligently. 

doubling the size of our house means bye-bye savings and hello to twice the wall space. therefore I've been scouring blogs, magazines and Pinterest looking for affordable and not-too-difficult-looking art projects to tackle.

as mentioned before, our heavily folded, tear stained wedding vows sit in a box somewhere. my intention was to frame those sentimental pages and make them part of a Knol family gallery wall, but... fast forward 7 years (and the introduction of Pinterest) and I'm now considering turning them into large scale art. I found a couple of tutorials {see below} that could have me blowing up our 2006 handwritten vows and transferring them onto canvas/wood. 
1  //  2  //  3  //  4  //  5  //  6  

the scripting possibilities are endless 
poetry
song lyrics
a family recipe
a meaningful quote
anything in a foreign language

source: me oh my
source: a beautiful mess 
source: kal barteski
what words would your write on canvas or wood?

I know I've been sucking hind tit when it comes to sharing photos of my hectic life and kooky kids {you guys are great at reminding me}. and I know I promise this all.the.time. BUT I just finished brushing up on Photography Concentrate's Extremely Essential Camera Skills and hope to start using Pentax Pete real soon. promise ;) 

In the meantime you can find us crazy Knol's on Instagram: @saigewisdom or on good ol' fashion Facebook.

Have a grrrrrrreat week gang.

xo


zara vs. sara

Saturday, March 9, 2013

A BIG shout out to all you parents our there with happy children that happily wear whatever you lay out for them in the morning

and the BIG shout out is...

no freaking fair!

Playing dress up with mini-humans was my Reason #386 for having children in the first place and now I get tantrums and tears anytime I suggest a shirt that's remotely flowy or God forbid floral.

Of course zara.com didn't start offering Canadian shipping until I publicly announced my shopping hiatus a few weeks back. Cutting out purchases has been a hard habit/hobby to break, but - truth be told - I'm already feeling both lighter and enlightened because of it. I found myself caring and spending WAY too much on things that didn't even matter and then a little unplugged vacation in a developing country put things into perspective and I'm left trying to figure out what this all means for myself and my family.

I'm also trying to figure out the balance between Saige's personal style and my own preschooler fashion sense. With Miss Muffet growing way tall, way fast, a new spring wardrobe is definitely on the agenda. Many of these items can be found in the "wee man" sections of Zara and Gap which appeals not only to my anti-girl, but also means sister hand-me-downs for my baby boy... win-win-winner! 

1. sandals // 2. denim shirt // 3. bowling bag // 4. fedora // 5. dotted shorties // 6. harem pants


That poor fedora has no clue what's in store for him/her... Saige loves hats like Gabe loves cats = #borderlineobsessive. 

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