Handprint painting - Valentine's Day Tradition

Our Valentine’s Day Family Tradition

I am so excited to share the Valentine’s Day tradition we started last year with you! Last year was our first Valentine’s Day as a family of three and with a four month old my hubby and I didn’t really get up to much, not that we went all out in years prior either, but last year felt much different anyways due to the babe.

If anything, adding to our family has made our love grow and change in ways we never could have prepared for, and it is a beautiful thing. Last year the contrast of being a family of more than two really resonated with me and although I am not usually super organized and we don’t have a ton of traditions per se, I started one that I think we will easily be able to stick with over the years!

Handprint painting - Valentine's Day Tradition

Obviously over the years Bryn’s and mine hand print probably won’t change a whole lot but I am so excited to even see how much bigger Hudson’s hand this year compared to last & I get goosebumps thinking about how there is a good chance Hudson’s hand will also be bigger than mine one day & maybe even bigger than his Dad’s too!

The thought of the hand prints we will add to this as our family grows really excites me too & since it is such a simple project I know this will be one of few projects I will actually keep up with!

Here’s what you’ll need:

A canvas or thick paper of your choosing – at least as big as the biggest hand involved :)

Acrylic paint

Paint brushes

I got all of the above from the dollar store, so not only is this cute but super affordable!

We did colour last year but I think this year I want to do black, white & grey or gold so I can put it up in the kitchen or living room without clashing with the other decor around, I will add a picture when we do it on Sunday!

Instructions:

I think this is pretty self explanatory, but just in case, start with the biggest hand, paint with colour of your choice and press it down well onto the paper or canvas.

Let dry for about half an hour and proceed with the next hand in size with a contrasting colour.

Continue through to the littlest hand, let dry and frame or mount as is!

Handprint painting - Valentine's Day Tradition

Let your heart over flow with joy, love and gratitude for the family you have!

If you already have those supplies and are feeling crafty, here are a couple other easy DIY ideas, here and here.

Happy Love day this weekend loves!

Happy 2016! - Imaginary Sails Blog

Happy New Year!

Whew! Where has the time gone?, I have so many great plans and amazing things lined up this year and I can’t wait to tell all of you all about them but I thought today I would just hop on and give a quick update!

First of all I can’t believe this blog is already almost 4 months old, and I am finding it even more unbelievable that it is 2016, so Happy New Year to all of you & thanks to each and every one of you who takes a minute to hop on and check it out, it means so much!!!!

We have had a crazy and great last few weeks, lots of visiting, lots of eating, lots of family and friends! It was busy! It always is, and I always plan a lot more in my head than I accomplish and this year was no different. It has been a little quiet on the blog and next year I will definitely know better & will have at least a few posts done and ready to go for December. Time flies and although I didn’t do everything I wanted to, it felt kinda good to just let it go and enjoy the moment I was in (for the most part). It was refreshing, and also gave me a chance to reflect a bit and perhaps recharge, and I am excited about the direction I am aiming for in 2016.

We’ve also burst into the year with a totally new experience, an emergency room visit with our little guy. He had a little cold when he was a few months old but other than that we have been super lucky to have a healthy little kiddo aside from some snotty noses. The poor little bean has croup and we rushed to the hospital in the middle of the night because he was having trouble calming down enough to breathe properly. Luckily I had it a lot when I was little (maybe luckily isn’t the right word but it has come in handy now) so I recognized the sound of that seal bark cough and although it was scary I did have a bit of a sense of knowing what to do.

We’ve just had a little insight into having a sick kid and I cannot imagine what I would be like to be constantly be dealing with illness, a big hug to all of the parents out there who have that on their plate! He’s doing a bit better today and slept much better last night once we finally got him to go down, (thank you baby carriers and cool night air!)… I had some fun trying to get a picture with him this morning, all he wants to do is play with the toilet flusher, the heat control on the wall or demand a bath, another reason bathroom selfies are a bad idea ;)

Imaginary Sails Blog - bathroom selfies

Anyway that is about all I have for you today, hope you have all had a great start to the year and, if you are a resolution person I hope you are still going strong and staying focused on why you made the resolutions you did! I have not been a resolution person in the past but I am trying it on for size this year in a bit of a different way that I will share with you all soon! I have a fun post coming up soon for the DIY up-cycled bedside table play kitchen & also a post with me pouring my heart and dreams out, because this year I am turning 30, eeek!

 

xo Tanitha

Local Wanders: Pemberton

Pemberton

Oh Pemberton, it holds a very special place in my heart simply for the reason that it was here I laid eyes on my hubby for the first time in years which led to some extremely awkward non dates which led to real dates, falling in love and getting married – in Pemberton. Ah sweet sweet love! But alas this post is not about our pretty awesome love story but rather about Pemberton, or also affectionately known as Pemby. Look, the fungus even grows in a heart shape!!!

I love the idea of setting out somewhere familiar with the intent of enjoying it like you are just passing through and trying to take in all of its wonder as if you won’t see it again and I don’t do it nearly enough but today I did!

Local Wanders: Pemberton BC

Bryn’s parents live in Pemberton so we are up here a fair bit, but to be honest we usually settle in at their place and barely leave (something about it just feels like a retreat). But when we do that I always feel like I’ve missed out on something as we drive away because it is just so gorgeous and there are some many great spots to check out. It is a haven/heaven for outdoor enthusiasts from mountain bikers to sledders (not to be mistaken with toboggans, like snow mobiles), not to mention back country skiing and snowboarding.

At this stage in life we really aren’t any of those things, so I can’t give you the inside scoop on any secret spots but I can share some great places you should check out if you are in the area. Speaking of which Pemberton is a mere 30 minutes (or less depending on who is driving) from the famous Whistler.

Easy Family Friendly Walks

Two easily accessible and family friendly walks are One Mile Lake and Narin Falls. You can’t miss either of them if you are headed to Pemberton from Whistler.

Local Wanders: Pemberton @ One Mile Lake

Narin Falls is a fairly easy and super beautiful 1.5km walk along the Green River to a great view point for the falls. You can see more info about the park and campground on the BC Parks website here. I’ve seen families with kids of all ages on the trail right up to elderly people with canes just taking it easy down the trail! I haven’t taken or seen any strollers, I would recommend a carrier if you have little ones that can’t walk it (or at least at a reasonable pace – you know what I mean if you’ve tried to get a toddler to go the direction you want them to while also not stopping every three seconds).

Local Wanders: Pemberton BC Beautiful Forest Trails

Fun fact! There is a trail that actually goes from Narin Falls to One Mile Lake which is right in Pemberton, also very easy to drive to.  One Mile lake has a great loop trail around it which consists of some Boardwalk and some forest trail all right along the lake. It is absolutely gorgeous 100% stroller friendly and it’s nice to have the option to keep doing loops or just do one loop if you have a restless little one. There are also work out stations which are handy so you can do more of a fully body work out without having to think – I am a fan of not having to think.

Local Wanders: Pemberton BC

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