The Life of K

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The end of 2017

Well friends, it's the last day of 2017. You've seen posts here become more and more sparse as I went back to my full time 9-5 desk job with the government and struggled with how to share my life while respecting the fact that my kids don't necessarily want their faces splashed all over the internet. To say it's been a year of change is no joke.

This blog has been part of my life for well over a decade and these growing pains are cramping my style, but won't last forever. I'll figure out my voice again and carve out time to write and attend events.

My 2017 was full of work, adjusting to home life with two working parents (basically trying to figure out when to do laundry? and what to make for dinner again? and how is it Monday AGAIN??) My jewelry business, Tiny Feet Creations, ramped up and I opened an Etsy shop, TFC Boutique. I've been taking ballet and lunch time yoga classes. I've been travelling more than ever before - a cruise, a weekend in Atlanta to see my brother, and a weekend in Whitehorse visiting friends.

Some vague goals for 2018 have been rattling around my brain. I'd like to eat better and exercise more, and I'm not sure that's ever going to change, seeing as how it's always a goal of mine. I'd love to travel more and see new places, with the family and by myself. I'd love to make lots of jewelry and lead more workshops because I had so much fun at the one I did about a month ago. I want to read 50 books.. this year I'm a couple short unfortunately. I want to help my kids shine and do all the things they want to do. I want to fix little things around the house. I want to have a good time.

Thank you for reading. Here's to a great 2018!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Ottawa Crafters and Shops, Round 3

Local Ottawa Makers

I am blown away by the talent in our city. Ottawa has so many creators making cute things.

Baby Gummies
custom teethers, soother clips, chewlery and more


Grasping Joy Studio
Paper crafts


Ottawa Cake Lady
Delicious one-of-a-kind custom cakes for any occasion


Bike Knits
Knit pieces to keep you warm while biking.

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A Refreshing Change
Transforming unloved furniture into something beautiful, suiting today’s lifestyle


CeeGee Couture
Locally created baby apparel and accessories


Bramblewood Designs
Personalized wood signs, office and cottage decor. Great wedding, anniversary, hostess, thank you or house warming gifts.


Custom Crochet and Knit hats, scarves, and other pieces


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

More Ottawa Crafters and Shops - Gift Ideas

Local Ottawa Makers

Ready for more great local shops? Here's a mix of everything: knit items, sculptures, earrings, stair duffels, cards and pictures!

Canoodle Knits
Cute hand knit items.

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Tarrah at Home
Stair duffels, heirloom quilts and more.


Jane Cass Photographs


Kanata Bead and Craft
Lots of different items including Christmassy things!

Large plant hanger, white cord with black wood tube beads, 120 cm long, $20.00

Sunsational Soaps and Lotions
Natural health, body, and household products.


Pure Local Maple Syrup

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Danger Ceramics
Really interesting pieces - functional sculptures.

Danger Ceramics Collage

Kel-Lee's Cards & Papercrafts
Handmade cards for every occasion.

Support local :)

Friday, November 10, 2017

Ottawa Crafters and Shops - Gift Ideas

Local Ottawa Makers

I hope you all know that I make jewelry. I even opened an Etsy shop recently (go check it out!) Because of this crafty side, I'm part of a group of local crafters called Handmade in the 613. So many fun people making really cool things.

I'm going to be getting lots of gifts for family and friends from shops like these this year and I wanted to highlight some of them.

Suzie Q Tee Designs
Incredible knit creatures made with recycled t-shirt yarn.

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Sweet Livvy Cookie Creations
Custom sugar cookies for every occasion.


Jasmine's Sweet Boutique
Check out the snowman hot chocolate kits.


Beaded Beauties by Ems
Handmade beaded and wire wrapped jewelry.


Willow and Rose
Custom wood signs and DIY workshops - I've been wanting to do a workshop for a while!


MX2 Creations
Custom designed items including cute holiday t-shirts.


The Bundle Box
Pre-made bundles that make the perfect gifts.


Stellabee Designs
Handmade girls' clothing - I just wish it came a litle bigger for my little K!


Happy shopping!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Orbo by PlaSmart ~ A review and giveaway!


Toys are a challenge with kids when they really really want the latest and greatest only to get bored with it after a few days. I'm sure we're like most families with more toys than we need so when there's a toy that promises to be entertaining and educational and is small enough to fit in my purse I jump on it.

The Orbo

Enter the Orbo by PlaSmart. This colourful ball is a great little toy. It has provided hours of entertainment for the whole family. It's a puzzle of sorts, where you move around the coloured balls, mixing up the colours, and then match them up again.

At first the kids were gingerly pushing the balls around, mixing it and matching it up. Then it became a race to see who could match up the colours the quickest. That's when having two Orbos came in handy.

After playing around with it you start to learn some tricks like what I think of as the triangle trick where you have to un-match two colours to get a third back where it belongs. The ultimate though maybe be when the colours are on the exact opposite side of the sphere. It takes a while and a lot of backward steps to match everything up again.

My only complaint about the Orbo is how loud it can be when the balls click into place. We were traveling from Montreal to Ottawa and the frantic clicking coming from the back seat was a little jarring. If you ease the balls into place it can be done quietly.

Enough about us.. who wants to win an Orbo??


PlaSmart has generously offered an Orbo to a Life of K blog reader! That's right: you could win one!

I'm shaking things up around here and only asking you comment on this blog post and tell me who you'd give the Orbo to if you won. Keeping it for yourself is totally legit! Good karma if you check out the PlaSmart website and social media pages:

PlaSmart website
PlaSmart on Twitter
PlaSmart on Facebook
PlaSmart on Instagram

One entry per person. Open to Canada. Giveaway closes Friday, September 29th at midnight. Winner will be contacted by email and must be willing to provide their mailing address to PlaSmart. A big thank you to PlaSmart for sponsoring this giveaway!

Disclaimer: PlaSmart gave me and my family two Orbos to facilitate this review. The opinions are all my own.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

First day of Grades 1 and 3

Back to school this year went really smoothly. I don't know if it's because the kids are getting older and we've done this before or something else, but there were no tears.

Annual first-day-of-school shot in front of the WRX.
We biked to school the Friday before and I took pictures of the class lists. Both kids recognized some names but we didn't know either teacher. I asked around and heard good things.

Little K excited for Grade 1!
Little K is starting Grade 1. The amazing group of kids that she was with for the last 2 years is all split up but she does have some friends in her class. Her teacher seems really sweet and Little K has said a few times already that she really likes school. That doesn't stop the tears from coming the odd morning at drop off but overall she's quite happy though exhausted!


Little J excited about Grade 3!
Little J is in Grade 3 this year and was really positive after finding out his teacher loves to read. He wanted to get her a book as a happy-first-day-of-school gift! He also has some friends in his class and seems to be doing well. He has his first homework and we're taking a new approach this year: it's up to him to decide when he gets his work done as long as it gets done. We'll see how it goes.


We're back to the schedule we started when I went back to work in January: J gets the kids ready in the morning and drops them off and I pick them up after school.

I'll be helping out again with the School Council's Facebook page and volunteering for events when I can.


Here's hoping for a good school year!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Goodbye summer

Our last weekend of summer had us up in the trees, under the ground and climbing walls - it was an adventure!

This was my first summer working full time since having kids and I didn't realize how busy we'd be just getting through the days. J and I decided to make the most of our last weekend of summer and did some things we've been meaning to do for months.

First up was Camp Fortune's aerial park on Saturday for some ziplining fun! I have been wanting to do this forever and we finally did.

We signed in and got our harnesses, helmets and gloves. There was some nervous energy buzzing as we made our way into the forest to the start of the course. Our instructor went over the rules and we made sure the kids could clip everything themselves. They tried the practice area and then we climbed up the first tree.

For the obstacles Little J went first and I was right behind him. Little K and J followed behind us. The second obstacle, Little J and I looked back to see Little K reverse back and start crying. J had to cleverly get them both through the obstacle because once you're up you're up!

For the ziplines I went first so I could help unclip Little J at the other side. J would then send Little K and I would get her unclipped too. Little J was so nervous excited but loved the ziplines!

It took us about 1.5 hours to do the kids course. We made our way back to Ontario and had dinner at one of our favourite restaurants.

Cheesy kids.

Before smiles.

First obstacle.

Zip lining.

Little K navigating an obstacle.

Me and the kids.

Isn't she pretty?

J and the kids.

Family shot.
Sunday was our underground adventure. Kontinuum is a multimedia show in the light rail station downtown. I had heard good things and we weren't disappointed.

Our avatars.

Little J and Little K being scanned.

Making the sounds play.

Beam me up!

Cool light show.

Monday we spent the morning rock climbing at Altitude Gym in Kanata. We decided on passes to the quarry, which is a huge climbing wall that doesn't require harnesses. We climbed until we couldn't climb anymore. Our muscles were sore and tired and J's hands were destroyed.

My little monkey.

Little J.

Little K.


J on the adult side.


J and the kids.

Me on the wall.

Goofing around.

Little K's done!

We'll be back to Altitude for sure!