We’re back from Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Well, truthfully we’ve been back for almost two weeks already, but September always seems to get ahead of me. Everyone should visit Tofino at least once in their lives. It’s just so beautiful! The sound of the waves, the smell of that fresh air… brings us back every year.
Yes, this is our eight year old, surfing! He made it look so easy! I’m pretty thankful that hubby is such a great teacher! Lord knows that my feeble surfing skills should not be shared with the next generation.
While we were on holidays the blog was nominated for Top 25 Canadian Mom Blog of 2013! We made it to #14 last year, and I’d love it if you could head over to Circle of Moms and vote for Flutter Flutter every day until September 25th. Thank you!
I love pretty things, and I know that the chances are high that you do too. So, I thought that I’d take a break from my summer adventures to share some pictures that I took at the Indigo Holiday 2013 Preview event this week. One of my faves is this JOY pillow. The contrast of linen and glittering sequins is perfect, don’t you think?!
One of my favorite things from Indigo, besides their books of course, is their gorgeous home decor items. Inspired by the Gilded Age, Indigo’s Holiday collection this year brings vibrant greens and blues and holiday sparkle to the home. The scalloped pillow on this couch is just gorgeous. Bold, graphic and elegant all at the same time! (And the location of the event was nothing to scoff at either… I wish I could have brought you with me to see the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Vancouver waterfront. I would have happily moved in for the bathroom alone!)
I’m always excited to see what new ornaments will be at Indigo each year… this year I took home this little squirrel with his shiny nut. He’ll be right at home on our Christmas tree this year alongside my collection of birch bark stars. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not pining away for winter. I don’t want summer and all its sunny days to end just yet. I must admit that Indigo‘s preview events always whet my appetite for the holiday season. But, I plan on embracing the sunshine while it’s here! So let’s go make this a great weekend!
What a week! Hubby’s been out of town, window installation was in full effect, and I’ve been sick. Thankfully the kids had summer camp this week. So, while they were off having fun, I was able to catch up on work, deal with contractors and spend some time crashed on the couch with a cup of tea and my favorite magazines. But, of course, time spent flipping through home decor magazines is bound to inspire change. So, I brought some pretty pink hydrangeas in from our yard and framed up one of my flamingo posters to finish the vignette. It makes the view from the couch that much nicer.
We’ll be celebrating my lovely sister-in-law’s big number birthday this weekend, and a family reunion too! Can’t wait! How are you spending your weekend? Whatever you’re up to, I hope it’s a good one!
This had to be shared. It’s just that good. It’s like pulled pork and ribs all rolled into one… only it’s chicken. And it only take a few minutes to throw together. You’re welcome.
Honey Garlic Crock Pot Chicken Ingredients
2 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
salt and pepper
3/4 cup honey
1 tbsp soy sauce (I used Bragg’s to make it gluten free)
2 diced onions, chopped into large chunks
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp tapioca flour or cornstarch mixed into 4 tbsp of water
Sprinkle both sides of chicken with salt and pepper, and place in crock pot.
Combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, and garlic. Pour mixture over chicken. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
Remove chicken from crock pot, but reserve sauce in the pot. Dissolve tapioca flour or cornstarch in 4 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce. Cook sauce on high for until it thickens slightly.
Add the chicken back into sauce and mix to coat.
Serve chicken over quinoa or cooked rice and spoon on top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Enjoy!
There is a whole lot of celebrating going on in North America lately! We just celebrated Canada Day with a sunny three day long weekend here in Canada. And I know many of you are celebrating the Fourth of July today! So, with summer in full swing and another weekend upon us, I thought this would be a good time to share a fun idea for roasting up Spider Dogs. Have you heard of these before?! They are SO much fun to make. And here I thought kids couldn’t get any more excited about eating hot dogs! I was wrong!
These are really so simple. Just cut the ends of your hotdog lengthwise, creating four sections, which will become the “spider legs”. Be sure to leave at least a 1/2″ to 1″ section in the middle uncut so that you can stick in your roasting tool of choice. You’ll want to use All Beef wieners for this I’ve been told, in order to get the good curling action, but I haven’t actually tested out other types to see if they work. I do know that these hot dogs fit a lot better in hamburger buns than hot dog buns.
I hope you’re enjoying your summers so far! The sunshine and hot temperatures in Vancouver have been amazing lately! The local pools and beaches will be crowded this weekend! Happy Friday everyone!
I don’t know about you, but this time of year just seems so busy! The boys only have 12 more days of school left! Thankfully, our five days a week of baseball will be ending soon too! Bring on summer!
I designed two cards to give to the teachers in our life, and thought I’d share them as a printable in my Etsy shop for those of you have yet to pick up a card. I incorporated a talking worm into the age-old “apple for the teacher” idea to give it a new twist. I think this Worm Ampersand Animal might be having an affect on me, because I’m loving worms these days!
I added a couple new Ampersand Animal prints to the Etsy shop this week, so I thought I’d share. I am having so much fun bringing these creatures to life! I don’t usually have a thing for worms, but this little mom and baby worm may have swayed me. You know how popular birds have been over the past few years… well, birds LOVE worms, so maybe worms are the next big thing. You heard it here first!
Tonight Jason and I are off, with 20,000 of our closest friends, to see the sold out Mumford & Sons concert! It’s an outdoor concert, so I am beyond relieved that the forecast doesn’t call for rain! I’ll leave you with one of my favorites of theirs to enjoy!
My Mother’s Day present arrived a little late this year, but it was worth the wait! I’ve never put in a request for a Mother’s Day gift before, until this year… there’s a first time for everything, right?
I fell in love with the little white cross pattern on the Genet scarf, named after this inspiring woman. The scarf was designed by Janette Crawford, and produced by ONE and fashionABLE to improve the lives of women and children in Ethiopia by helping to create sustainable business in Africa. A beautiful scarf with a big purpose. You can read more about fashionABLE’s strategy, and check out their other scarves here.
Have a great weekend! It’s a long weekend here, and I’m looking forward to that extra day! How about you?
I was scrolling through on Instagram today and a picture that Ez took caught my eye. It was of a beautiful tea towel from Paloma’s Nest with the words “Be glad for this moment” printed on it. Similar to the saying “Be happy for this moment. For this moment is your life.” which you may have heard before. Glad resonates with me more than happy for some reason, and those words perfectly describe how I felt when I took this picture on the beach in Carlsbad, CA a couple months ago. We sat on this beach every night so the boys could run in the waves as the sun set. Our favorite kind of holiday!
But, since we aren’t going on holidays again anytime soon, I need to remember that it’s not just those moments that I need to be glad for. They are the easy ones to enjoy. It’s the everyday, mundane, and sometimes trying moments that I need to remember to be glad about. Because those are precious too. “Relax into the joy of life” as Brené Brown would say. I’m going to print out this poster and pin it up in my office to remind me.
I hope the week is treating you well so far, with many happy moments!
On a side note… I ordered a Starbucks mocha every day while we were on holidays and they were unbelievably good! I have yet to taste one that even comes close here in Vancouver! Does anyone know if the water changes the flavor? If so, I may start getting water shipped up from California to my local Starbucks. Tell me I’m not the only one that has noticed this…
I hope you enjoyed a beautiful weekend! The rain is back here in Vancouver, and I have to admit that I’m kind of glad to see it! You see, it means I get a bit of a break from driving to baseball games and practices every night! I’ve got a busy week ahead with work, so a little less juggling will make the evenings easier. And, I’ve been invited to tour West Elm’s new Summer Collection on Wednesday, so I might share some of my favorites with you later in the week.
I also wanted to let you know that there are now more Ampersand Animals running wild in the shop! They have been really fun to work on. I have lots still to list, so keep watch if you’re waiting for your favorite animal to appear. Or better yet, let me know if you have a fave animal and maybe I’ll work on that next! Which one is your favorite so far?
I hope that Monday is kind to you. Happy week ahead!