A few of my favourite decors..

I live in an area surrounded by trees and bush, so the Christmas season is quite beautiful with the snow, frozen lakes, and evergreen trees. I would love to decorate my home as a wintery forest wonderland to compliment my surroundings. Next year I hope to enhance my seasonal home decor to create that feel.

Here are a few of my favourites:

1. Lights– i love all Christmas lights, colourful, white, blinking, i love them all. They set the mood for the Christmas season! These aurora copper string lights would be the perfect touch.

 Copper String Lights-Anthropologie

2. Stocking Holder: Stockings hung by the fire is such a classic look! i love these pieces as they can really tie a theme together with cuteness and elegance.

 Stocking Holder- Anthropologie

3. Pillows: I know it isn’t a common decoration, but when going cozy and simple- pillows can be that perfect touch. This pine and berry pillow (maybe two or three…) would look really nice in my living room!
 Pine and Berry Pillow- Target

4. Nativity Scene: I LOVE nativity scenes. They are by far my favourite decoration as it represents the true meaning of Christmas; they are so beautiful.

I already have 5 or 6, but this one is so simple and rustic!  Nativity Scene- Pottery Barn

5. Wreaths & Garland: Nothing creates a wintery feel better than a wreath and lots of garland! It’s perfect indoors and out!  Wreath & Garland- Pottery Barn

6. Deer: anyone that knows me knows how much I love decorative deer. I think they represent peace and tranquility and are calming in the home. I love all types– classy, realistic, gold, wood.  Deer- Pier 1 Imports

(I love throwing other woodland creatures in the mix too… foxes, owls, birds)  Critters Ornaments- Pottery Barn

Hope everyone has a fun time decorating this season!!

God Bless ~

Lemon Garlic Chicken

One of my favourite (and easiest) chicken recipes is the one below. 

It is a clean eating recipe too!

Lemon Garlic Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 6 boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 lemon cut into thin slices
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp of lemon herb seasoning
  • 1 tbsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp of onion powder
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375F.  Place the chicken thighs in a cooking tray. Season them with the spices. Now place the lemon slices and minced garlic around and pop in the oven!

  
Cook for one hour, and serve with your favourite side dishes (and perhaps a glass of white wine). It is that easy!

  
My favourite part (aside from the taste) is the delicious aroma that fills the house while this bakes in the oven!   Mmm! ☺️

Motherhood

Norah Anne was born 8lbs 9oz on June 17th,2015 (10 days past her due date). The labour, c section, hospital hours and the first few weeks with our daughter almost seem like a distant dream.

Certain memories stand out from that month-long blur. A hot summer’s night- our family in the cool basement watching baseball games while Norah slept on my chest.  Norah’s first coo. When she started sleeping 8 hours a night at only a couple of weeks old. Her first bath. First smile.

During these times, I questioned everything. Am i doing this right? Is she ok? Is this normal? Is that normal?  (It turns out, everything is “normal” with children)

I have observed other moms and their reaction to parenthood.  Most seemed so calm and collected-naturals from the start.  My nurturing insticts kicked in immediately, but I was still unsure of my role as a mother- my confidence was blocked by this wall of fears and uncertainties.

Over these past few months though, that has completely changed. Norah and I have grown an incredible bond as mother and daughter.  I have welcomed motherhood and the joys that come with it. Norah went from newborn to baby and continues to change each day!  Not just physically, but in all ways. She giggles constantly, loves when her daddy flies her in the air, observes everything around her, is slowly starting to eat solids, grabs the dogs’ fur as they lie next to her, the list goes on.  My love for this child continues to grow as fast as she does!

I have now let go of all anxieties and am fully embracing motherhood! She will be 5 months next week-time has flown by and I appreciate every second with her.  She is my everything and I thank God every day for bringing her into our lives. ❤️