We’ve been enjoying this gorgeous dose of sunshine !

Hope it is sunny and wonderful where you are !

We sure are lucking out here in Ottawa ~ so much that we’ve been away from our laptops and our Purple Eggplant friends.

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Today marks the day of back at it for me, with my own course starting, the courses I teach kicking off, and my C’s 3rd birthday to plan ! {look out for some posts in the coming weeks about the party planning!}

Well, now at least I can look outside at the beautiful sunshine as I type on my new Kelly Rae Roberts covered laptop !

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{Hey, have you heard of Kelly Rae Roberts? She is an amazing artist and soul. Gorgeous products, mostly available in the US, but I have managed to discover some finds in Canada through the Village Shop yipeeee!!!}

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Friday Finds: Free Printable from the Idea Room & Summer Fresh Bean Salad Recipe

Summer is in the air here in Ottawa today and my C and I got to celebrate the sunshine and warmth with Purple Eggplant Mel’s kiddos.

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And I am lucky enough to take full advantage of this sun by spending the evening outside tonight at a BBQ.   Something about having snow for so many months of the year that makes days like this that much sweeter.

I was in need of a pot luck item and a hostess gift and thought, hey, this would make a great Friday Find !

Before summer BBQs and parties get into full swing, we have a brilliant idea from the Idea Room to share with you…and a Summer Fresh Bean Salad recipe of our own!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes, I see all these super wicked hostess gifts on Pinterest, but never get around to actually making one. This is one that will be your go to – or at least it will be mine this summer ! So simple, adorable and brilliant ! You need only 5 supplies and it comes with a free printable. Check out the Homemade Lemonade printable and summer hostess gift from the Idea Room here.

It comes together so nicely ! Hmmmm…But I think I need to pick up some yellow chevron ribbon !  I always feel a sense of fulfillment when I actually put my pins to use!

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I was lucky enough 2 summers ago to taste the yummiest summer salad prepared by Purple Eggplant Mel.

Have a look…

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Delish right?

Pulling together these simple, seasonal and fresh ingredients will make you the hit of any backyard summer party. And your body will thank you too ! We at Purple Eggplant are thinking more and more about eating healthy and whole foods, and this fits right in.

What you need:

1/2 red pepper chopped
1/2 yellow pepper chopped
1/2 orange pepper chopped
1/2 cup of chopped cilantro
2 fresh limes squeezed
1 cup of mangos diced
1 1/2 cup of black beans
1 avacado diced
salt and pepper to taste

mix it all together and you have the perfect summer salad !

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{ do they make cute portable salad bowls? all I have is this plain one. If you know where I can find one, I would love to know ! }

Do you have a go to hostess gift, or a favored pot luck item ? We’d love to hear about them !

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Wholesome, Green Beginnings

Unlike the other 2/3 of PurpleEggplant, I live in the country.  Just outside of Ottawa, a 45 min drive to get to my Eggies.  I grew up in the country where my own momma taught me lessons I didnt even know were lessons.  Now so important to me, this slow realization that I already know ‘how to’ backyard garden and compost!

I really must tell you how very excited and inspired I am to get our new composter and garden growing.  I feel a bit embarrassed about how excited I am but… truly I am excited!  Its the little things that make you happy…right…

Last February we moved and last year we grew grass {boring} and got comfortable in our new neighbourhood.  But this year, we I have been planning, planning, planning.

Over time I have come to realize the important lessons my mother taught me about food and growing it.  A few years back I became aware that my own habit were unhealthy and actually my body was screamin’ at me to STOP!  And so the journey had begun for a healthier me.   I found Tosca Reno’s first book, The Eat Clean Diet and this helped me to get started.  Have you heard of it? If not, check it out here.  I am not where I want to be {in terms of my health and fitness} but I often remind myself that its a process and one day I will achieve it.

This new season has brought me a renewed sense of want for well being and a  home made tumbling compost and garden are my first priority.  I am eager to get my two kids Smiles and Sparkles as involved in this process as possible.

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{Smiles and his ‘worm’ }

{ps: Purple Eggplant is on Facebook now !}
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Friday Finds: Annabell & Louise

Whenever I open the mail box and there is something that isn’t a bill, I am a happy girl !

I am certain this is a driving force behind my online shopping ! Today, I would love to share my exciting recent mail box treat with you.

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Have you heard of Annabell & Louise? I hadn’t until I spotted this super sweet camera ring on Groopdealz !  Ever since having my C, I have developed a true passion for capturing moments. I feel time passing so much faster than before that I don’t want them to slip away. So much so that floor to ceiling frame collages are filling our home, and I am seriously almost out of wall space.  When I spotted this ring, I knew I had to have it !

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It’s almost as though Annabell & Louise read the Purple Eggplant’s minds ! Not long after the vintage camera ring was posted a gorgeous antique bronze scissors bobby pin followed ! In case you are new here {welcome!}, Purple Eggplant Mel is beginning a journey into hair design – this scissors line couldn’t be more perfect !

You know some products just make you smile? Annabell & Louise creations do that for me.

They’re products are gorgeous, affordable and have reasonable shipping to Canada {sometimes a challenge to find!}. Pop on over to Annabell & Louise’s etsy shop {sale happening now!} and find your own joy as you take a look through the classy & modern jewellery available ! Use promo code 31stbirthday and save 31% until May 1st !

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bonus perks of being a momma

I always heard before having a kiddo of my own, that having a child opens your heart up to a whole new level. and it sure does.  x100000.  And I was also amazed at the support received from others mommas. These new friendships I have made or nurtured through having my own kiddo fill up my heart that much more.

{on that note, have you heard of Frugal Mommy?  Worth a click! A community of mommas who want to share their kiddo/baby items with other parents for FREE ! Now with classifieds in 14 Canadian communities and much more on the site. Another perk of being a momma !}

Along with the extra big heart we have developed, the other 2/3 of Purple Eggplant and I have discovered a few bonus perks of being a momma:

1.singing childhood songs and swinging with abandon at the park and not looking like you are in crazy land !

2. getting to eat all the leftover ice cream desserts that the kiddos don’t finish {if you live in Ottawa and have yet to go to Stella Luna, they make super wicked from scratch gelato !}

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3. when running around crazy on errands in the short window granted by kiddos visit with grandparents and hunger strikes, I can always count on a bag of pretzel fish in my purse !

4. now being able to buy those signs that absolve me from any blame for the disastrous state of our home.

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{ free fun kitchen printables from Over the Moon.Super stuff over there that’s for sure ! }

5. being able to stop for frequent bathroom trips and have an excuse !

6. even when lip gloss is forgotten at home….or in one the other different 10 bags I carry around…I can always count on princess lip gloss to be close at hand ! {my C must have all 6 with her at all times and that I must keep track of to avoid an epic tantrum !}

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What momma or daddy perks have you discovered??

{ps: Purple Eggplant is on Facebook now !}

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The Mom I Want to Be….

ten years ago while I was expecting my first child i had all these expectations (i guess that why they call it expecting).  expectations of my life, of myself, of my child.  and then i gave birth….and that is when the beginning of all my expectations of what life would be like began to evaporate and the reality of being a mother began to set in.  my birth did not go as expected but holding that little person in my arms i realized it did not matter – i would be the person she needed me to be so she could grow up feeling safe and loved and happy.  and so that has continued….motherhood challenges me in every way.  i have often thought to myself as the illusion i had of myself as a mother vanishes – my children need me to be the mom that they need.  and that is the mom i want to be.  so everyday i practice motherhood.  some days i get it right, some days i don’t, and i keep practicing….

if you stumble

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Crazyland + Motherhood a Perfect Imbalance

I’m almost 100% sure most mommas can relate

Kitchen House is a disaster like this

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No supper made, you worked hard all day, emails, texts, phone calls, FB messages, school agenda to check, angels to kiss and hug – all demands for your time.

I have the best of intentions to get ‘it’ all done – all wrapped up in a pretty little bow and then to enjoy life…The beginning of 2013 had this momma striving to find balance at home. I tried not to care that the floors were sticky and the dirt in the mudroom was ‘okay’ and that I’d get to the piles of laundry…I was running and feeling like – why can’t I just get it all done?!

FFWD to April 2013 and I am trying to shed the land of crazy making and finding peace in the imbalance that is life. Maybe because when I reach out to my fellow Eggies they too have this

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and this
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and when I do reach out they feel the same way and I feel less like a failure. If I can find peace in the ‘imbalance’ then perhaps it will create more balance?

Pause – Take Stock – Evaluate – whats MY important

Life may not be balanced everyday, but its LIVING in the beauty of the imbalance.

Over at More than Sayings this free printable is my reminder.

I’m curious…what do you do that reminds you of the important things?

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one of my favorite quotes & a free printable

do you read Jodi Picoult’s books? her books are the only one’s i will pay full hard cover price for ! aaaaaaa-mazing reads!

ever since My Sisters Keeper, i have been a devout follower. i realized i had been missing out on years of her books, but caught myself up…fast ! definite page turners about characters experiencing real life issues.

my favorite quote comes from her book, Picture Perfect. i remember reading this passage years ago and it stood out so much i wrote it down. it was at a time in my own life where i finally got it right…and never turned back.

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{ printable created with moroccan tile paper freebie from Mel Stampz …loads of great digital paper on her site! }

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Friday Finds: Designs By Kerry

have you heard of Designs by Kerry ? if not, prepared to be excited when you visit her site ! if there is a special kiddo in your life whose childhood you want to be able to freeze frame for just a moment, you will want to check this out !

i lucked out to have been introduced to Kerry’s gorgeous work about 2 years ago by fellow Purple Eggplant, Mel. what’s so very special about this jewlery is that Kerry captures your child’s finger print and turns it into a beautiful silver pendant.

IMG_7939Kerry can create a single oval pendant, a heart pendant out of 2 fingerprints, or custom men’s dog tag type pendants using Art Clay Silver.

childhood forever captured.

what’s even cooler about Designs by Kerry, is that this is a home based business whicj means kerry is able to stay home with her own kiddos …while capturing memories for the rest of us !

gotta love supporting other mommas.

if you are local to Ottawa or surrounding areas { or making a trip here }, this is a definite mommas day wish list item ! i was lucky enough when’s C’s daddy bought me a pendant for my birthday. and amazingly, he was able to secretly pull off two trips to Kerry’s home ! it still stands out in my memory how C’s daddy was amazed at how “nice” she was.

having a pendant made involves 2 trips, but only one is needed with the kiddo. one trip for the clay impression and then once more to pick up the masterpiece after Kerry has shaped, sanded, fired, and polished the 99.9% pure silver fingerprint pendant !

on memy C thinks its very cool that its her finger print – a much smaller one – that i wear almost everyday around my neck. and that is also what is wonderful about this – it makes perfect everyday wear.

{ Designs by Kerry also creates sterling and natural stone earrings, bracelets and necklaces. full price list can be found on her site. We would love if you would let her know Purple Eggplant sent you over ! }

welcome to new readers of Purple Eggplant ! we would love you to follow us on our journey through momma hood , DIYing, decorating and wherever else our inspirations/craziness takes us ! we are also now on facebook !