Rub-a-dub-dub Baby in the Tub + a Printer Giveaway


Ok so I’m not always good at staging photos of the kids, mostly because my kids don’t cooperate, but also because I generally like to capture them in the natural moment.

However this past weekend I really wanted a few photos of Magnus in the tub.  He’s now sitting up so nicely and looks ridiculously cute in all his chubby glory.  Our tiny bathroom is dark and dingy.  Trying to get a good shot of anyone in there is difficult.  So I decided to stage it in the comfort of our own bedroom, on a cold and rainy Sunday.

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For this shoot I followed along with one of Canon’s Plan Your Baby Moments tips specific to Magnus’ age.  Although I’ve been photographing my kids for years, I feel like I hit a bit of a rut with my photography lately, so it was nice to get inspired again as I tried to recreate one of the moments featured on the site.  The Plan Your Baby Moments site started out as a Facebook App, as some of you who’ve followed me for some time will know.  I am huge fan of the app, but now Canon has made it even easier for moms and dad’s to turn their own photographs of their kids into professional looking captures with both inspiration and professional advice from baby photographer Stephanie Robin.  I get asked so many questions about how I photograph my kids, and ideas and inspiration etc, and now its all in one site making it super easy for anyone to access.


For my own little shoot I first of all turned up the heat in the house, as it was a chilly damp day.  Then I followed  Stephanie’s advice about how to set up the shot, which you can do as well when you select the 6-9month milestone category.  I used my Canon SL1 with my EF 50mm f/1.8 ll to take all the photographs.  The props were pretty easy to gather up and you can find similar items here.  Magnus cooperated about half the time, enough for me to capture a few cute shots of his smily face.  But the out-takes are pretty precious too don’t you think?!

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Also!  Similar to last year I’m giving away a Canon SELPHY CP910 so you can print your gorgeous shots anywhere any time! All you have to do is follow me on Facebook and leave a comment below telling me you entered. Easy peasy.  I’ll announce the winner on June 16 when I’ll also show you how easy it is for one of my friends, also a mom, to take photos of her new little babe using the Plan Your Baby Moments site!

**This post was created in partnership with Canon Canada.  As always thank you for supporting our sponsors who make this blog possible.


Coming soon 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target!

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Have you all heard about the new 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target line that’s launching in just a few days?!  The famed designer has partnered with the retail giant to launch a one of a kind limited edition line, which launches in stores on September 15.  The line will be available in both Canadian and US stores respectively, and I cannot wait!  The leather jackets are definitely on my “must have list” along with the sweetest flowered dress.

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origin restaurant toronto guacamole   guacamole at Origin restaurant in Toronto

Gosh what a whirlwind week!  I am exhausted, and although there are still 3 days to go until the weekend, I really feel like this week needs to be over.  On the work front, my day-job is kicking my butt.  As summer holidays have come to an end for most people in the office all our projects are ramping up as well, its fun but definitely challenging as well.  And on the home front we made it through a whole week of Johannes’ new school routine, I made it to a TIFF premier of the Dallas Buyers Club (amazing movie that everyone MUST see), and I even managed to dye my hair…4 weeks too late but better late than never I suppose.  My biggest worry was Johannes, and how he would adapt to his new teachers and cutting back his nap from 2 hours to 1, but as with everything else  it seems I worry for no reason.  Johannes adapted seamlessly to it all, and even started sleeping in past 6am!  yay me!

Here are a few of my favorite bits and pieces of the past few weeks…I’m a little behind.

bits and pieces best friends visit

garden cucumber organic our delicious summer garden cucumber

baby pony tail his hair is long enough for a pony tail!


nadege cafe toronto desserts the best the best desserts in all of Toronto at Nadege Patisserie

West End Farmer’s Market

I used to dread Mondays, who doesn’t really?  Weekends seem far too short and work days come too quickly.  Today I realized though, that I no longer dread Mondays, and in fact look forward to them!  You see, Mondays are when the Sorauren Farmer’s Market is here in Toronto.  This market is at the top of our street, and is full of delicious, local, organic foods.  We absolutely love going, and we try to go on an empty stomach so we can fill our bellies full of yummy food.  Last week’s food of choice was Tibetan noodles and momo.

What do you look forward to all week?

Christmas Card Photo-Shoot

When I was single I swore that I would never be one of those parents that put together a family photo card and send it out to relatives….but here I am on year two of holiday photos and card making, and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We had a pretty busy weekend looking for houses, doing research on top areas but we did manage to do a little photo shoot of our own for our holiday cards.  We even managed to edit every image and order our holiday cards and photo books, so we feel pretty good about it all.

We decided this year not to do gifts among our extended family.  Michael, Johannes and I will exchange gifts at home but for the rest of the family we will “make” our gifts.  That means anything goes, from baking to crafts.  And I have to be honest, I’m pretty excited about it.

So while I’m not quite ready to share our holiday card with y’all just yet … here are the out-takes.

Now tell me, do you do a yearly photo card?

Le Select Bistro

Cold and rainy days leave me craving warm soup and comfort food in general.  Primarily a delicious goat cheese quiche and french onion soup.  So last Saturday there was nothing better for us to do on our rainy day than head to our neighborhood bistro, Le Select, for yummy food.

We sat on the patio under the awning and it was pretty lovely.  M and I sipped lattes while we munched on fresh bread, yummy quiche and warm soup.  All the while Johannes colored his little chef picture and played with his car.  He had no interest in the food at hand, other than a few pieces of lettuce and some bread.

I’m almost certain it will be our last patio experience until next summer, but I guess we shall see.  Maybe September will have a few hidden surprises in store for us.