Garden Gnomezilla

Prepare for an all out war in your once peaceful garden when the gnomezilla is released! This rampaging beast will protect your lawn from pesky lawn gnomes who believe that they can just squat on your property without any consequences.


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Awesome Sh*t You Can Buy

I fall in love just a little, oh a little bit every day with someone new.
—  lyrics from Someone New by Hozier


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breakfast cereal field guide card by seasandpeas

i could eat cereal (or breakfast-y things) for every meal … so this card is calling my name. nom. the only one missing that i love to munch most? cinnamon toast crunch, yo. GOOD morning!!

Pocket Sized Grappling Hook

With the pocket sized grappling hook at your disposal, you can count on making a quick getaway no matter where you find yourself. These pint size aluminum hooks are lightweight, highly portable, and have various useful and recreational applications.


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Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
—  Thomas Jefferson
Layered + Long Necklace

With Mother’s Day around the corner, I wanted to share a special item that I’ve been wearing for the past couple of months that means a lot to me!  When I was pregnant with Brielle, I was searching Etsy for an artisan who could make a personalized necklace for me with the initials of our family.  I came across an Etsy shop called “Layered and Long” run by Chrissy Lavdovsky that has beautifully delicate necklaces that can not only be personalized, but also layered in gorgeous ways.  

After browsing through all her items, I settled upon the “Personalized Skinny Bar Necklace” in 14k gold fill and had it customized with the letters “rsmb” (Ryan, Stephanie, Myla, Brielle) and a heart.  You get to choose your chain length, what letter style or symbols you want, and where you want the letters to be positioned.  

I was so excited to receive my necklace in the mail and was very impressed by the beautiful packaging that included a tiny cloth and instructions on how to keep it clean!  My necklace arrived in November, but I didn’t start wearing it till after Brielle was born in December as we were keeping her name a surprise, and I didn’t want people asking what the “b” stood for :)  And if the ultrasound had been wrong and we were surprised with a son, then we would’ve had to scramble and quickly think of a boy name starting with a “b” (haha just kidding :P)…

This personalized, handmade necklace is such a dainty and beautiful piece that I wear all the time.  It has an understated elegance and is so versatile, and I love how it carries the initial of our family members who are dear to my heart!  For the time being, I just ordered one necklace, but I absolutely love how Chrissy layers her pieces with different chain lengths and shapes and how she has paired some of her necklaces together with her various layered necklace sets (for example, see HERE).

As you know, I love accessorizing, and I proudly wore some of my other favourite handmade pieces over the weekend and during this photoshoot: my earrings are by Dorian of CoutuKitsch from Calgary and my cream chained watch is by Jessie and Emily of Berg & Betts from Edmonton (don’t forget that you get free worldwide shipping when you purchase their watches till the end of April with code “ALLABOUTAMI”- see my blog post HERE for further details)!

I wanted to share my beautiful necklace with you all in case you want to have one made for someone special in your life or you want to have one personalized for yourself too!  Chrissy has a large selection of pieces available, and I’ve seen people gift these necklaces to their bridesmaids or personalize them with their wedding anniversary, a phrase they love, or even the geographic coordinates of a special location!  Check out Chrissy’s store HERE and also follow her on Instagram and Facebook!