Looking Back: 2010

A lot can happen in a year

Looking Back: 2010

2009 was the worst year of my life.

I lost my dad suddenly and unexpectedly 7 days before I was flying home with my 2 year old and 3 month old baby for a visit. I had already started packing. It has been much harder to cope with than I could have ever imagined or try to describe here.

Just over 6 months later I was brimming with a ton of nervous energy and needed something to do, something positive to focus on, something to help my mind escape, something for me, to help me heal.

That was when I decided to approach Erica and Sharon about writing a blog about my life-long passion for the Yummy Mummy Club. I was thrilled {and kind of shocked} when they agreed to give me a try. I can’t thank them enough for opening up a whole new world to me at a time when I needed it.

2010 has been an amazing year for me because of this blog. It is often still so hard, but writing my blog, along with my amazing family, has brought happiness back to my life.

I’d say the biggest change it has made in my life is my weight loss. I have always struggled with my weight. After having my second son, losing my dad and breaking a bone in my lower back, I had a hard time getting back in shape. When I started getting out again {thanks to YMC events} I was inspired by the women I met. I didn’t want to be the frumpy, chubby woman of the group. I stopped eating chips and I started running again. I have lost 64 pounds {since the last week I was pregnant}. I am now 21 pounds lighter than when I got pregnant and 18 pounds thinner than when I got married. I went from this to this:

I feel so lucky to have had so many amazing opportunities come my way, such as:

- flying to New York City to be a part of the design blogger audience of The Nate Berkus Show
-interviewing my first design celebrities, Cindy Stumpo and Genevieve Gorder
-meeting the fabulous and charming Colin and Justin at the Fall Home Show
-attending a blogger audience taping of the hilarious and inspiring Steven and Chris Show
-meeting a group of talented ladies at the Canadian Design Blogger Meetup
-attending a taping of the always fun Cityline with some fellow bloggers, thanks to my new and talented friend, Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault
-making my first, of hopefully many, television appearances {producers are lining up, I’m sure ;)}

I look at this list, which I could add so much more to, and I am incredibly grateful.

There is something missing though: the amazing friendships that have developed because of YMC, my blog and twitter. That has been the greatest gift of this year.

I can’t wait to see what 2011 has in store for me.
I wish you all the best, next year, and always.


Holiday Tabletop Centre (of Attention) Pieces

Shop your home to create one of these gorgeous centrepieces

Holiday Tabletop Centre (of Attention) Pieces

I thought I would end my holiday posts with some beautiful tabletop ideas. I love a pretty table. What I love most about many of these photos is that you can use them as inspiration to 'shop your home' for a similar idea.

How To Make Your Santa Photos Part Of Your Holiday Decor

I hope you have a wonderful holiday full of love, laughter and turkey.


Here is a peek at my tabletop this year. Keep in mind that my house is in the middle of a kitchen renovation. Hence the lack of cutlery {couldn’t use the dishwasher that day} and the lack of linens {still can’t find them}. Even though I know a low centrepiece is better for conversation, I couldn’t resist this vase. I will move it right before I slip into my expandable eating pants.

photo credits: Better Homes and Gardens, Digs Digs, Taste of Home {2}, Country Living, Attention2Detail, Australia Entertains, Wedding Bee, Tastefully Entertaining {2}, Delish, Celebrations At Home


Fun and Festive Red and White Christmas Design

Crisp and Clean for the Holidays

Fun and Festive Red and White Christmas Design

Red and white are a beautiful holiday colour pairing. It is so fresh and bright and happy.

Are You Dreaming Of A Blue Christmas?


photos: Better Homes and Gardens, Arren Williams {photographer: Angus Fergusson}, Kim Vallee, Country Living & Good Housekeeping

Candy canes just happen to be red and white. Yum.


Photos: Now Public, Pixtalpeep, Raz Christmas Decoration, My Home Ideas & Real Simple

The best thing about this colour combination is how seamlessly it fits in with most decor.