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Welcome to the Simply Rose blog! I am so glad that you have found your way here. This is where you will find my latest work and musings, anything from weddings to what my son has been doing lately.  There is lots to look at, so grab a cup of something warm and yummy and maybe a blueberry scone to go with it and stay a while. And don't be shy ~ leave a note ~ I'd love to hear from you!  

The Last 90 in 2010 Hurrah

Well, I do have a few more things I would like to knock off of the 90 in 2010 before New Years rolls around and I unveil my new list. To be honest, I haven’t even thought about the new list yet or what to put on it or which unfinished ones I would like to carry over, but I certainly will be thinking about that over the next little while. January 1st is coming up very fast!

#42 Try the diaper-less baby method with baby.

This is a very cool idea that my husband was familiar with and we decided to try it with our son before he was born. The concept is simple. It requires the parent to be aware of their little one’s *ahem* bodily functions and then you can make a noise to begin associating the elimination with the noise. The process requires time, commitment and consistency.  For more information you can go here.

We began to try the diaperless method with our son, Finley, around 3 months, after the colic was dealt with through chiropractic care. But then we needed to put him on a routined schedule because we had developed some bad sleeping habits with him. And that makes the diaperless method difficult to do on a full-time basis. Plus, being our first child, we didn’t quite know what we were doing most of the time in general and found it difficult to add another thing to the pile so the consistency began to get less and less until we stopped altogether.

It wasn’t an entirely noble effort on our parts I must admit but I really do like the concept quite a bit. It gets your baby out of diapers faster and helps your baby to begin to recognize his or her own elimination needs. I would like to try it again with our second child ~ after everything we went through with Fin, I hope that we’ll have a better grasp on a second baby!

80. Source out a local letterpress company in Vancouver for business cards.

Ah, business cards. Producing these have been the bane of my existence the past few months. I looked into letterpress for business cards but it was going to be too expensive to produce so I went a different route with a local printer in Vancouver. I had a really good feeling about the company, the samples looked amazing and the price was fantastic but when I got them back ~ well, let’s just say the quality was so horrible that I wouldn’t even want to give one to my mother!

Needless to say, I returned the cards, cut my losses and decided to go through Moo instead, especially since I had been hearing fantastic reviews from friends. The package is in the mail and I should be getting them by mid-January. I am so excited to finally be getting proper business cards instead of printing them myself!

90. Begin to network with other photographers in the Vancouver area.

This has been one of the more enjoyable items on my list. I’ve gotten to connect with a number of new photographers and meet up with a few that I have already been in contact with. And I’m looking to meet more into 2011 and not just photographers!

And because a blog post is never complete without an image, here is one of many more babies to come!

Happy Boxing Day!

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#23 Photos of Omi

My Grandmother on my Mom’s side was born in 1916.

That makes my Omi 94 years old….and still going strong. She could easily enough be a Great-Great Grandmother, but that hasn’t happened yet, so for now she’s a Great Grandma to 15.

Omi has been in a care home for about 3 years now and it was a difficult transition from independence to living in a care facility. And the little yellow house she lived in next door to my parent’s house was sold, torn down and rebuilt upon. That was really hard for us all.

But she’s a strong lady, determined and stubborn (wonder where I got those traits from…) and still lights up whenever I visit. And much moreso now since I bring her newest great-grandson.

I’m trying to take more personal images for myself….and this is a start.

  • Akhil Singh: These are absolutely wonderful pictures Rose, and FIn looks adorably cute. (December 14, 2023 10:53 pm)
  • Simply Rose: Thanks for the lovely comment, Akhil! (December 18, 2023 9:39 pm)

90 in 2010 Update

Time is running out! I’ve been slacking a little bit on my 90 in 2010 list but I think that’s OK. I have also been thinking about my new list ~ just random thoughts while I’m washing the dishes or doing the laundry and such. I’m excited to update the list for January, it feels like a brand new start with so many new goals!

So, I thought I would do a little update on a few things and some of those things I unfortunately don’t have pictures for (I know, I am so bad for personal picture-taking *ahem* new goal for the new list). And also I decided to tweak a few things (that’s not cheating, is it?).

#17 Take a photo course on using flash for indoors.

I did a few things here. Back in October, I asked an old comrade, Wayne Mah, to teach us a few things on using flash indoors. My friend, Emily joined me and we spent an evening going over off-camera lighting techniques using remote triggers and it was so great! We both learned a lot. A few weekends ago, I joined Paul McDermott of PMD Photography for another off-camera lighting course and unfortunately I ended up missing most of the day because apparently I can’t read (it started at 10am not 1pm!). But Paul was kind enough to stay afterwards and show me a few things using off-camera flash. Also, just as a side note, Paul has teamed up with Kim Mallory to offer How To Photography workshops so if you’re looking for a course that’s local, be on the lookout for what this team is going to be offering.

Now, it’s just a matter of practice, practice and practice.

#28 Find a bulk grocery store in Vancouver that sells reasonably priced GF staples.

Hm, I don’t think this one exists! I have waited so long to take this one off the list because I’ve been holding out. My husband has a lot of dietary restrictions (namely gluten-free and recently we’ve found out, dairy-free) which means I have to use different types of flours if I want to bake or find alternatives to pasta, conventional oats (which are generally tainted with wheat because they are processed in the same facility) and the like. It can get really expensive and some things are hard to find sometimes.

I began my search at Famous Foods but was disappointed that they didn’t have a real bulk section. Then I went on a Superstore search for quinoa, something that we eat quite a bit of but is rather expensive, I find. Our local Superstore doesn’t have quinoa in the bulk bins so I called headquarters (yes, I can be one of those annoying people if I want) to see what it would take to get bulk quinoa at the Marine Dr. Superstore in south Vancouver. The lady said she would bring it forward….needless to say, there still isn’t any bulk quinoa there….but apparently there is in North Vancouver. Go figure.

Then I went to Weigh To Go in Kerrisdale but was disappointed at the prices there. Probably the best selection, however.

And then I visited random health food stores on occasion, none that had a bulk section perse and everything was expensive.

Could someone please start a Bulk Barn franchise in BC? I first visited one of these in Ottawa a number of years ago and fell in love! A store, completely full of bulk everything! Soup stocks, rice pastas, candy, pie fillings, peanut butter, maraschino cherries….you name it. It was perfect for Josh and his gluten-free diet. And there are Bulk Barns in every province except BC!

Alas, #28 has become defunct.

#43 Take a baby sign language course and teach baby some basic signs.

I just finished the last class with Fin 2 weeks ago and now that he is crawling around all over the place, am finding it hard to continue with the songs. He just doesn’t care. But I am trying to do some basic eating signs like “milk,” “more,” and “eat.” Only time will tell if he catches on or not!

#50 Go to North Arm Farm in Pemberton for their yummy butter tarts.

I did this in September and had a butter tart picture and a few others from around the farm, but somehow, somewhere misplaced them in my personal files or deleted them by accident so I have no visual proof. But I can assure you that they are some of the yummiest around!

I still have a few more things I am planning on doing before the year’s end, so stay tuned for those.

Every post has to have some kind of picture so here are a few of me feeding my son at a cafe in Bellingham, WA. I have so few pictures of me and my son, it really makes me sad (another new goal for the new list!).

  • Emily Hoskins: Oh my goodness Rose... I LOVE those last two of you and Fin. You are hilarious and those faces are sooo you! I love it! Oh the funny things we do to try to make our kids eat, hey?! (December 12, 2023 10:53 pm)
  • Naomi Dunaway: You will have to wait until June when the farm opens again to get those butter tarts - but it will be well worth the wait! Love the colourful fun pics of you and Fin in the kitchen. (December 14, 2023 10:09 pm)
  • Simply Rose: I was so bummed when I couldn't find my butter tart pics! Maybe you can scrounge up the recipe and make me my very own batch! =) (December 18, 2023 9:39 pm)

#49 Pumpkin Patch and Other Things

Another one off the 90 in 2010 list!

Well, this one is modified slightly as it ended up being rather impromptu. We did take Fin to the pumpkin patch but he wasn’t in his Hallowe’en costume ~ we did that another day. En route to a stroll along the Steveston waterfront, we came across this lovely small family-run pumpkin patch at the end of October and stopped to pick a few up since it was such a gorgeous fall day. Lo and behold I had my camera with me (something I don’t do very often on personal outings because it makes me feel like I’m working!) so it all worked out perfectly. The field wasn’t too muddy so we plunked Fin down amongst all the Fin-sized pumpkins and he proceeded to sample them all, including the rest of the flora around him. Boys *tsk*

A few other things of housekeeping……

BLOG ADDITION ~ There is a minor change on the menu header. Flosites has added an INFO tab for me and under that tab are additional details in regards to my about, green and product pages. These are still being worked on, so don’t mind the construction going on there.

LIGHTING COURSE ~ PMD Photography is offering a one day lighting course in Coquitlam. There are 5 pages left to register, the cost is $85.00 and topics covered will be multiple off-camera flash and hard/soft lighting. This is an awesome way to connect in an educational setting with other photographers, so get on this super deal! You can go here for more details on how to register.

A NEW SERIES ~ As of next week, I will be starting another regular weekly series. Thursday’s will be all green, all day! I’m thinking about focusing mostly on green wedding topics but I might toss in something non-wedding related once in a while. There are a ton of great green ideas out there for prospective brides so I thought I would help in sharing that. So come back on Mondays for Romantic Blooms and Thursdays for Green Weddings (still trying to think up a name for it….I’m not very clever with naming things!).

BOUDOIR IS COMING IN JANUARY 2011! ~ I am putting together my Boudoir portfolio right now and will be launching in early January with a special for Valentine’s Day. So any ladies out there wishing to look fabulous and give your significant other a saucy Valentine’s gift, hang tight until the New Year!

  • Kim Spears: Ooooooh I can't wait to see your new Thursday posts AND your boudoir portfolio !!! It will be amazing I just know it :) :) :) (November 27, 2023 11:20 am)
  • Simply Rose: I'm excited! I could easily do a theme for every day, but I thought I would limit myself! =) (November 29, 2023 9:06 am)

Social Media

I’m not the most tech savvy person in the world, so I often find social media kind of confusing and a bit of a chore to be honest. But I do it because I find it valuable on occasion and a great networking tool. Still learning the in’s and out’s though ~ can anyone explain to me what those # are for?

I’ve knocked a few off the 90 in 2010 in regards to social media. This particular one was to update Twitter once a week for three months except I went above and beyond that ~ every day! And now it has become habit to check Twitter once a day. Now my next project is to take a look at LinkedIn. I signed on a month ago and haven’t even checked it out!

And to keep me up-to-date on all those Tweets, another one on the list was done ~ although slightly modified. #67 was to get iPod’s for both Josh and I. Well, he got his iPod….but I got an iPhone4! It took me a week to figure it out but now we are good friends. =)

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#48 ~ Funny Hallowe’en Costume

Back to the 90 in 2010! It’s been a very long time since I have posted anything in regards to this list so it’s time to start updating it ~ I’m running out of time! That’s OK, however, I do plan on doing another list for January 2011. This time a full 101 in 1001 list. And some of the things that I don’t get done here will get reposted.

I had a hard time figuring out what Fin should be for Hallowe’en ~ it started off as a pirate, then went to a duck, then puppy but I found this Santa suit at Value Village and thought, Why not?

So, without further ado, here is Fin’s Hallowe’en Santa complete with a Fin-sized pumpkin.

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