Fall is in the Air and That’s a Good Thing

The weather has shifted and Fall is in the air. While I’m sad to say goodbye to summer, especially the long days and warm weather, I find that I’m welcoming the transition to another season this year a little more than most years. I was trying to figure out why that is and I realized it has a huge part to do with my confidence in this whole mom thing. There has been a shift and I think we are entering a new phase. Things feel a little calmer than they did in the first few weeks of summer when Baby N was brand new, and as we are approaching the three month mark, I have been feeling like the ‘real me’ and not just some imposter with a newborn. Life is now back to something that resembles my old life, but now my new life involves the most adorable smiley little sidekick. I’m back in my pre-pregnancy pants. I’m not going to lie, that feels great. I’m getting some baby-free time too for things I enjoy, like yoga, and that is such a gift. D is happy to watch the little guy and I am happy to get a break.

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Recipes: Beet Salad with Maple-Glazed Walnuts, Goat Cheese & Arugula

I made beet salad this week after picking up some fresh beets from our neighborhood farmers’ market. I had been craving one for awhile and this easy recipe satisfied that craving. This dish is a nice side salad that pairs well with a protein (I served it with chicken marinated in tamari, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper). It’s a simple list of ingredients, but the final product packs a good amount of flavor and texture. See my recipe below…

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Our First Wedding Anniversary

Today is our first wedding anniversary! Our wedding at Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler last August was the perfect wedding weekend. It’s hard to believe that our first year as husband and wife has already passed us by. The past year has been a blur. An amazing blur. Since then, we’ve made many new happy memories and we’ve taken the leap into parenthood together. I can’t imagine anyone else by my side and I feel so lucky to have D in my life. I am excited for our future together. Who knows what the next year will bring?

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The Perfect Wine Weekend: Oliver, BC

Now that I’m not pregnant anymore, it’s time to return to one of my favourite subjects: wine. I really like wine tasting (and wine purchasing!) in Oliver, British Columbia. Over the years, it’s changed quite a bit. The result is more wineries than ever to visit, some great restaurants, and cute little guest houses to stay in. D and I spent a great weekend here last September before we got pregnant. Looking back on it, we really couldn’t have timed it any better – it was basically a wine-filled last hoorah after a great summer and before alcohol was off limits to me. I look back on this weekend fondly. On that note, here are my tips for a great weekend away in this little gem of a region.

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Newborn Photos

And just like that, we are a family of three. We had our first family photos taken (aside from quick iPhone photos in the hospital) when Baby N was 10 days old. The girls from Gucio Photography came to our home and were super patient with us as we went through multiple feedings and diaper changes during the shoot. I’m so glad we had these photos taken. We can always look back on them and I think they capture our new reality really nicely. Here are a few (okay, a lot) of my favorites!

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Maternity Photo Shoot

It’s hard to believe my due date is just three days away. We think he’s going to come late though – there are no signs that labor is near, and my doctor said it will still be awhile. That is fine by me – I’m enjoying being off work, having leisurely days in the sun, and getting lots of sleep now while I can. While this pregnancy feels like it has gone by really quickly, I can’t imagine my life before this experience – our little Bean is a part of our lives and we have bonded with him and love him so much. Now I’m just ready and waiting… and my only care in the world is that he get here safely and that he is healthy.

Awhile ago, I decided that I wanted to have a few photos taken to capture this special time.  We went to Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver and had a little photo shoot to document my changing body and our changing lives.  Here are a few of my favorite photos from that day. I remember Bean kicking the whole time, I think he liked being in the spotlight:

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