Lately No. 1

Here’s a little peak into what’s been happening around the house these days:

Mama playing with Boo Boo

Boo has been learning how to open his pop-up toy, rather than just close it.

Xylophone

We’ve been playing the xylophone – Boo’s getting pretty good at hitting the actual keys, and I’ve DOUBLED my musical repertoire!!
(So yeah…I learned a second song).

Boo getting into the cupboards

Boo Boo has been exploring the kitchen cupboards – he’s a big fan of pulling out the tupperware and fondling the pasta.

Boo playing with the curtains

It’s always fun to play in the curtains! (or under scarves, blankets, towels, you name it)

Mama's feet

I got to wear pants during a recent cold snap – the first hint of Fall was in the air! Ok ok….LEGGINGS are not pants, I know. But these ones from ZIBtextile are just awesome. (Oh, and thanks to Photoshop it’s not so obvious that that carpet desperately needed vacuuming! Hurrah for technology!)

Boo Boo and Scout

Boo Boo remains devoted to his pal Scout.

Apart from a few walks to the park and playing in the backyard, we haven’t been getting out of the house too much these days. We’ve been working on improving Boo’s napping and so I’ve been trying to keep his days as simple and consistent as possible, so that I can get him to sleep as soon as he shows signs of fatigue.

Even though we’ve been sticking close to home, our days still feel pretty full! Boo Boo is an active little boy who makes the rounds between playing (and getting into trouble) in the living room, kitchen, his bedroom, my bedroom and, when he can sneak in, the bathroom (it gets slippery very easily in there AND has a ceramic step which I fear he’ll fall onto…I think it’s the only room in which I feel overprotective….plus he’s always trying to get his hands into the toilet, which is just gross).

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My clumsy climbing baby

When Boo first started pulling himself up onto his knees and then to his feet, he was bad at it. He fell. He fell whole lot, and I just wasn’t able to catch him all of the time (ok, most of the time – I’m not a helicopter parent shadowing his every move). But, with practice he got a whole lot better and I sort of got used to not hearing that awful thunk, followed by a very loud wail.

Until my little guy decided he wanted to start climbing. Turns out he’s pretty good at it.

Boo climbing his Snug Seat

Boo climbing his bouncer

What he isn’t so good at, though, is getting down. His general strategy appears to be:

1) climb something
2) bounce on it, if possible
3) wiggle until turned completely around
4) lunge face first to the ground
5) hit ground (thunk)
6) cry very loudly

It’s made for an interesting couple of days. Boo has accumulated multiple bruises on his forehead, and I’ve accumulated a whole pile of guilt for every time I haven’t been able to save him (which I do manage on occasion).

Oh baby :(

(I had considered including a photo of the red spot/bruise resulting from his first big fall (which I took to show Boo’s daddy)….until I realized it might not be a good idea to photographically immortalize my total mummy fail on the Internet forever.)

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Excuse me while I trash my blog…

Please note that I am performing some pretty major updates to the look and content of Modern Rags. During this time I may actually break the site….please come back later when things are looking a little more in order. It shouldn’t be too long presuming my little one keeps to a regular napping schedule. If not, it may take a little longer than planned.

Thanks for your patience!

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Minted & Julep

I’ve been dreaming about making the little one’s birth announcements for…oh…nearing 5 months now. As it’s obviously not happening, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to seriously look at alternatives where I can (very) easily use a template and have done with it before the child can announce his own birth.

Which is how I recently ended up on Minted where I almost immediately got distracted, and never actually ordered any birth announcements. Seriously. All it takes is a shiny object or new content that I can peruse while feeding my voraciously hungry little one for the umpteenth time, and you can consider me distracted.

Enter Julep – Minted’s blog – which describes itself as providing design and DIY inspiration for home, weddings and parties. Which immediately got me interested because, of course, I’m always in the mood for some design and DIY inspiration (even if I have zero time to do anything about it because I have a small human attached to me half of the time).

What I found interesting about Julep was that, even though there are some plugs for Minted’s products scattered in here and there, they don’t hit you over the head with them. The emphasis of the posts is on the inspiration and ideas, and not on the sales pitch. For example, in a recent post on Nursery Inspiration they created a mood board inspired by one of their art prints:

Nikkols-Nursery-Picks-For-Minted-good-day-for-a-walk-print

The post is short and sweet: find some little thing that inspires you (like a cute print), and then pull colours, patterns, and themes from it to design the rest of the room (which, of course, isn’t what I did when decorating Boo’s nursery, but whatever). There’s no “buy now” – just a discreet link to the print, and its inclusion in the list of items pictured.

Of course, once I clicked through to the print, I got started looking at their art print offerings (the next “shiny object”) and, much to my surprise, my work brain kicked in…I really like how user-friendly their art selection process is.

Though not all pieces have the same features, many of them – just like Minted’s stationery – are available in multiple colour schemes:

Minted-Art1

To help get your head around each sizing option available, they provide this handy dandy comparison (and can I just mention I love that the model is mostly invisible in the 44″x44″ shot?):

Minted-Art2

And then, if the print has been included in an art wall inspiration board – showing what other pieces of art go well with it – well then, that’s there too, providing inspiration for your very own art wall:

Minted-Art3

All of which is just generally helpful, and a pretty cool way to integrate their inspiration boards into the shopping experience.

Well done Minted.

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Type Tuesdays: Typolocate

Is there a better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with chocolate? Yes. Yes, there absolutely is. With Typocolate, courtesy of local Montreal design firm Dynamo and chocolatiers Suite88:

Now you can get both your chocolate fix *and* your type fix all in one. Available for a limited time in dark and milk chocolate, emblazoned with positive mantras in both English and French in their shop.

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