Eleven Months

 I feel like this one crept up on me. Christmas...New Years...massive organizing and cleaning purge that comes after a new year, then bang! 11 months old!

Eleven Months:

Vince, what a fun month this has been with you. We started swim lessons two weeks ago, and you were very hesitant at first. Fast forward the next week and you were an all star kicker and splasher. This is so telling of your personality. Even when we visit friends houses, and like to sit in my lap and watch quietly until you get comfortable enough on your own-then off you go! You are a little shy and reserved, but very loyal to those you know and like, just like your mama.

You started crawling after months of trying, and it just so happened to be in the ten minutes after mom left the house for a cooking class. Sneaky boy! Dad was happy to catch it all on video. Since then, you are very deliberate in your movements. No speedy crawler for us. Marty's toys and bones are proving to be the best motivation to get you going.

Your favourite toys are the dishwasher, and any sort of TV or Iphone cords you can get your hands on. You love to crawl over to Marty and poke him on the nose gently, or touch his giant paws. You both seem to get a kick out of each other, always interested in what the other one is up to, which is really neat to watch.

Mom can't wait for your 1st birthday party, and for you to see your Grandpa for the 1st time since you were 2 months old. All the decorations have been picked...just the cake needs choosing :)

Happy 11 months, sweet boy!

Fruity Baked Oatmeal

Finally! A baking success worth sharing. Just kidding...I've still been baking (mostly cooking) lots since going on maternity leave 11 months ago, but the truth is the past 5 months or so have been spent in the kitchen working on puree recipes, fingers foods and now finally some share-sies foods! 

This "eating stage" of Vince's is definitely my favourite. Mostly because I can make some fun things that we can both share, and it forces me to take the time to sit and have a meal with him 3 times a day. I never used to eat lunch, just would snack throughout the day, and now...I eat lunch. And usually a healthy one at that!

Since Vince is all about the self feeding these days, I wanted to figure out a way to still incorporate oats into his diet that would allow him to enjoy it himself, without me spooning it into his messy little mouth. Enter baked oatmeal! 

I loosely followed this recipe, but used homo milk instead of almond, quick oats instead of old fashioned, and didn't bother with the topping as directed. Instead, I lined the bottom of my dish with a bit of butter, sliced bananas sprinkled with cinnamon. I stirred raspberries and blueberries into the oat mixture, and topped it all off with extra berries and some unsweetened coconut.

So good! 

Top it with some greek yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I promise you won't be disappointed ;)

Favourite Design Blogs

Have you seen Domino Mag's list of best design blogs 2016?

It's no secret I love interior design as well as blogs, so I was really happy to see a few of my personal favourites on this list. Especially fellow Canadian-Jacquelyn of Lark & Linen! It's been inspiring to watch her design business & website grow. Her recipes and DIY's are something else too!!

Photo Source: Lark and Linen

Here are a few of my personal favourites that didn't make the list: 

Elements of Style - One of my top go-to blogs. Erin is a new mama as well, and it's been fun to follow along on her journey of balancing her career and baby. Doesn't hurt that she has a best seller book as well! 

Moth Design  - Erica is a fellow Calgarian, Interior Designer and mom of 5 (!) boys. Her home is so stunning, and I love how often she switches up her decor. Fun fact: She used to work with Sarah Richardson.

Flourish Design & Style - Another Calgarian (seriously, we are home to some pretty awesome designers) who 100% validates my love for all things neutral.

Peppermint Bliss - I have been following Bailey's blog since the very beginning and she is so.much.fun. It's amazing to see how she grew her business from e-designs to a full home decor store and custom bedding line. 

So, there it is. My list of most loved/read design blogs. Some serious inspiration hiding in those links ;)
For me, I love to get to know the person behind the website, you know? I love browsing some seriously beautiful spaces, but it means that much more knowing a little bit about the person who created it. 

I would love to know....are there any you would add to the list?