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My January In Pictures

Happy February, my friends!

This past January seemed like our busiest January yet! It was so great to wind down from the holidays, take a little vacation, work on a few art projects and make new cute banners for mine and Allison’s little design company adventure.


I started my Project Life adventure on January 1st! Since I sometimes feel like we don’t have very much going on, I’m always afraid that I’ll get to the end of the week and not have anything to document. As a result, I’ve been taking way too many selfies and snapping photos of just about everything! When it comes time to print my weekly pictures, I always have lots of gooders to choose from, even if they are just of us! Because really, it’s the story that counts.



We launched a few new things over at AllyBeth Design Co! We brought in a few different styles of super cute party bags (and straws), but couldn’t help but use a few for our own packaging. We had lots of pick-ups – and were so excited to see our cute wares find their way into happy new homes! Allison launched her ruffled streamers, and we’ve already had a large order for an upcoming wedding! These are sewn together (with two colours, or three) to create just under 70ft of ruffley, colourful goodness!

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Although we didn’t make any new years resolutions to eat healthy – we did a fairly good job in preparing & eating the majority of our meals and snacks at home. I find that we feel so much better and have more energy when we are nourishing ourselves with fresh fruits, veggies and meals made from scratch (as apposed to processed meal options) – and so I’ve been making the best of efforts to do so! Except for ice cream of course, that’s kind of our downfall (plus, how cool is this Ron Burgundy B&J?!)


We had what seemed like lots of visits with little baby Madilyn, but somehow they just didn’t seem like enough! We actually haven’t been out to visit the McMillan family in over a week (possibly 2!) and it seems like it has been far too long. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again this little girl has stolen my whole heart. Who know it would be such a rewarding challenge trying to make a little person laugh. xoxo.


The McMolnar Clan went to our 2nd Annual Robbie Burns Dinner! We discovered our local Robbie Burns Dinner (at the Abbotsford Eagles Club) last year, when I took Jess to hear the band that I wanted to play at our wedding. I discovered Piper Down during a wedding I had worked at with Crave Catering, and immediately fell in love with them. Since we had never considered hiring a band at all, the suggestion hit Jess a little out of left field. So when they contacted me to let me know about the local event they would be playing, we jumped on the opportunity to visit them. We had so much fun at our first dance, that we vowed to make it an annual thing and attend in 2014 for both the dinner and the dance. We had a blast and my brother-in-law Daryl even managed to get up with the band for a performance of his own. I guess that’s what happens when you start off with pitchers of Guinness!


January also seen a few acting opportunities, including one audition for the BC Children’s Hospital and a ‘shopper’ role for the Pattison Group. I was painfully reminded that you either need change or a credit card to park in downtown Vancouver, and I was so thankful that I allowed myself an extra half our before my audition time – it took almost that whole half hour for me to pay for parking! The selfie on the left was taken after I did a coconut oil treatment for my hair the night before (funny enough, the night our hot water tank stopped working) but oh – my – goodness. If you haven’t tried a coconut oil treatment on your hair yet, do it now!  I couldn’t stop touching my hair for the next three days.

Of course, we we went to Seattle as well, but you can see all those beautiful photos on this post!

How was your January’s? Did you kick off 2014 with an incredibly good start?

much love,



My November in Pictures

November in Photos

This November, we were busy settling into our new home, gearing up for the holidays and playing with a super-cute baby Madilyn. And lots & lots & lots of smiles.

1. We visited the new Mt. Lehman Cineplex for a VIP Experience and enjoyed specialty coffees and beers while watching a movie in the comfiest movie seats ever. We’ve since been back to watch Anchorman 2 in the VIP theatre as well, and they offer quite a full menu, we’d recommend sticking to tasteful desserts.

2. We packed up Bella (our Honda CRV) and took off to find some snow on a Sunday mountain adventure. Unfortunately, we didn’t find much snow but what we did find was plenty of whipped cream, hot chocolate and a wee bit of warming Jamison. Later than evening, we topped the weekend off with a plethora of muscles steamed in white wine sauce, oriental party packs and Ricardo’s Thai Chicken Pizza. We know, hosting superstars, right? It was also the night that Jess & Daryl purchased a 60 inch television through self checkout, and somehow managed to fit it in the back of a Rav 4. Quite commendable, one might say.

3. We held our annual cookie baking day, which again, consisted primarily of playing with Madilyn, holding Madilyn, and taking too many pictures of Madilyn. We somehow managed to get a few batches of gingerbread, shortbread & sugar cookies completed and decorated by the end of the day. And eaten by the end of the week. It’s safe to say that we were out of Christmas cookies well before Christmas!

x to the o

Shan Shan

My October In Pictures

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Our October was filled with so many adventures, mixed emotions of the wedding being really over and many, many pictures of precious baby Madilyn.

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1. We visited the Fort Langley Cranberry Festival, where we found beautiful flower arrangements & too many cute decor items to even explain. My favourite finds? Monkey Butter Peanut Butter (the white chocolate pretzel flavour is to die for) & the Suburban Spoon and Reel Mac & Cheese food trucks.

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2. We went on an adventure to the wonderful world of Krause Berry Farms. I honestly don’t know how I went so long without visiting this little Langley gem – but now that I’ve been there, I’m hooked. Plus, they have a fruit winery. How could you not love that? My favourite is the Blackberry Port and the Raspberry Wine. Trust me, you will want to try them!!

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3. Madilyn was adorable. As always 🙂 Jess and I babysit her for the very first time in October, and despite a few setbacks we had a ton of fun. Needless to say we learned quite a bit about bottle makin’ diaper changin’ and baby rockin’ but we wouldn’t have wanted to learn it with anybody else!

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4. I spent another day on set in the eery town of Wayward Pines with Daryl and Layla way out in Agassiz. They dressed us up like weird townfolk and fed us unlimited amounts of coffee, chocolate covered almonds and iced tea. All around one of the best graveyard shifts ever.

5. We drank plenty of wine and ate an unreasonable amount of brie with cranberries, honey, brown sugar and walnuts. And consumed lots of delicious coffee.

6. We moved! Well, half moved. The boxes moved into our new home late October, but the big stuff was moved in early November. We probably could have done it all together in one move, but I’m a wee bit impatient and wanted to jump the gun as soon as possible. Jess wanted to wait. Me = whimsical, him = logical. This pretty much sums up our relationship. I don’t have any pictures of our new place yet but once things get put away there will be some, I promise!

We didn’t really do anything for Hallowe’en, just was working nights and I was in the middle of packing things, so I just spent time with my parents and handed out candy to the little ghosts and gowlings from their house!

How was your October – are you finding ways to embrace fall yet?

xoxo Shan

My September In Pictures

September2September seen us gearing up for many exciting changes that were about to take place!! Many hours were spent in the Clattenburg garage cutting, sawing, painting and constructing photo booths. George stopped by for a visit and we had to give it a test go to make sure everything worked well. Kayla, mom and I headed into Abbotsford for a baby appointment for Kayla and stopped off at the Old Spaghetti Factory on the way there. Nan was out to visit for a while before the wedding, and presented Jess & I with a beautiful quilt that happened to be the very first quilt she ever made, back in 1994. September3On September 6th, we were so excited to help welcome miss Madilyn Beth McMillan to the world! It was a long night of not much sleep, but when we were finally called in to see her around 3:30 in the morning , it was completely and totally worth it. I had no idea how quickly this cute little girl would have me wrapped around her finger, and I am officially the proudest auntie in the whole wide world. I’ve been told that if I think it’s bad now, just wait until she actually starts calling me auntie. She’s 5 weeks old now, and has already grown by leaps and bounds. I think I’m in trouble. September4Since Jess & I are huge Big Brother fans, we both went down to Metrotown on September 8th to try out for the Vancouver open casting call. We were up early enough to be in downtown Burnaby by 8am, and geared up to wait a few hours in line before getting a 3 minute interview with the producers of the show. Afterwards, we decided to hit up Ikea since it would be such a shame to drive all the way in there and not even visit the big blue store! Great minds must think alike, since we ran into the wonderful Myranda and Todd there and proceeded to browse the store together in a jolly manner.

September6The week before the wedding was such a crazy/fun/busy/relaxing/stressful/comical time!! We had so much to do, but had so much great help to get us through the never ending to-do lists. Nan came with to help us pick out the flowers from Costco (which were used for all the table vases and throughout the hall as decor). Dad was on dress pick up duty from Champagne and Lace and had it all set up on the light by the mantle for when we got home. The night before the wedding, we had nan come down to help sew in her wedding ring as my something borrowed. Uncle Tom was a great dress-holder-upper while we did the sewing, because that thing sure wasn’t light!

September 5I’m saving my actually wedding photos for a special post, but I can’t leave out the biggest thing that happened this September! The night before the wedding, we had an all ladies sleep over at mom and dad’s with Layla, Allison, Kayla and Madilyn and it was so much fun! Of course, since I was having a minor freakout (Allison’s wallet and my bank cards were stolen during hall set up), wine and won ton soup was necessary to make the tummy feel a little bit better. Although this was the second bowl of won ton soup, as the first one fell on the floor just outside of London Drugs. I wouldn’t have expected anything else!


Also, since I can’t leave you without any wedding photos – I’ll part with this stunner that we got as a teaser from our lovely photographers over at Riverside Events & Parties.

xoxo Shan