Thursday, October 12, 2017

Barton & Guestier Sancerre

Name: Barton & Guestier Sancerre
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Country: France
Vintage: 2012
Price: $30+

Why did I decide to try this wine? During one of my trips to Paris I was introduced to this wine (well, Sancerre...maybe not this specific one, since Sancerre is an appellation) and fell in love with it. I had never seen it at the liquor store in New Brunswick until about a year ago. Due to the price tag is is definitely a "special occasion" wine for me, so the Mr. and I paired it with our "go to" special occasion dinner and enjoyed it in celebration of our 6th wedding anniversary recently.

Would I prefer one glass or indulge in the bottle? Bottle. Any wine I label a "go to" deserves the "bottle" classification.

What shoes would I wear drinking this wine? Since we enjoyed it while celebrating our anniversary I have to go with my wedding shoes (these shoes are no longer available but here are a few others to choose from in my post called "5 ways to make wedding planning stress free".

How would I describe the wine? This wine is just the right blend of fruitfulness and dryness. In my notebook I wrote "delightful". Thankfully is was worth the price tag and tasted just as I remembered it. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Choose Your Battles

choose your battles

It finally happened. 

Since the time I found out I was having a boy my sister has been saying that she hopes he becomes one of those kids who becomes completely obsessed with a superhero costume. 

This is not quite a super hero costume, but for my Little Dude it might as well be. 

choose your battles

He has been head over heels in love with his two pairs of monkey jammies ever since they were brought home from the Moncton Multiples Spring Sale. He asked for them, he cries when other jammies are suggested and quite frankly he even sleeps better with them on. 

They have almost become his security blanket of sorts and a constant for him. Heck, he even wore them the day he went for his day surgery and was such a champ!

But not long ago, it happened. He wouldn't get dressed. I know you are all thinking I could have made him get dressed... after all I am much bigger than he is and should be the boss. Well, my back was sore and I really just didn't have the gumption to have a fight at 7am as we were trying to get out the door in our way to daycare/work. So, off he went to daycare in his monkey jammies happy as can be with his clothes packed in his back pack. 
choose your battles

When I dropped him off I said "so, he didn't want to get dressed..." and to my surprise I didn't get a disapproving look or lecture on dressing my kid before he leaves the house. Instead the response I received was "you have to choose your battles, not a big deal! We will dress him later if he wants to"

Fast forward to the end of the day - Little Dude was picked up still wearing his monkey jammies and still happy as can be. 

Moral of the story - Lise was 100% right. Choose your battles. It wasn't going to hurt anyone if he wore his monkey jammies to daycare and it made him happy... 

PS He happily wore his clothes the next day since he wore non-monkey jammies to sleep the night before. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

House Hunting Check List

check list

Decisions, decisions, decisions. But do you really know what you're looking for!?

House hunting is super fun, but it can also be a little overwhelming. After-all it is likely the largest purchase of your life!

Throughout the process of finding our home I made a check list for each and every house. Side Note: If you know me you know I have a check list for everything or a spreadsheet, or both... In fact, I even carried a little note pad with me during the house tours so I could jot things down as I saw them. Even though you can take some pictures and go back to the online listing it becomes difficult to remember if you thought the secondary bathroom in any given house was amazing, needed some love or was down right terrible. Believe me, you are going to be thankful you took notes!

Keeping a list of our "must have" and our "nice to have" elements was incredibly handy. When we were touring houses it was easy to forget that I really wanted to live somewhere that I could easily go for a walk or that I didn't want to live without a proper front entrance and closet. It was easy to get swept up in the feel of a new house, see everything it had to offer and forget about the little things that were on my "I can't live without" list. What is important to me might not be all that important to you, so it is crucial (in my opinion anyway) to really sit down and think about what YOU want. I have left space in my checklist for you to fill in your own items, but in case you would like some inspiration, here is what my list looked like:

Things I can't live without:
  • Front entrance with closet
  • Location (street) good for walking
  • 3 bedrooms (minimum)
  • Low maintenance yard
  • Ample storage
Things I would love:
  • Garage
  • Paved Driveway
  • Air Conditioning
  • Extra living space for a "play room"
  • Ensuite bathroom

check list
(don't forget to share this image on Pinterest!)

After you get through all the things you can't live without and the things you would love make sure to have a very good look at the general condition of the house. In my case just because a house has an entrance wouldn't make it the house if it didn't have a good foundation, roof, etc. So although you have your list, don't forget the really important things!

And now, for what it's worth I am going to lend you some advice when you are house hunting... Keep an open mind and really get the feeling of the house. Imagine yourself at Christmas, imagine having a family dinner and most of all imagine sitting on the couch relaxing with a glass of wine. If the space doesn't feel right or you can't picture yourself being you - move on to the next spot no matter how many check marks the house has.

After months of house hunting, furniture shopping and planning we are finally almost ready to reveal a few of the makeovers we have done in our new home. Check out what it looked like before we bought it and stay tuned for the updates coming your way!

My shoes for that: Charlie's favourite dress shoes from Boston Shoe Company
check list

check list
Charlie and I had so much fun working together we decided "why stop once the house closed ?"- a special thank you for sponsoring this post and helping me share my story with other home buyers. As always, all opinions are entirely my own.