hiya, everyone!

it’s been a while since i’ve been here. almost a year.

i’ve been in a weird of dark place. a place that’s been hard to navigate.  a confusing place with lots of dark corners and dead ends. 

in the spring my life slowly started to turn around. well, not quite turn around as that sounds too drastic, but slowly shift towards the light again. i think i’ve at least found a place that’s a little brighter, where things are clearer. it’s a process and a work in progress, but there in positive momentum in my life.

 

finally.

again.

 

i have been busy with various things in the last year, one which i am super proud of; i have started making artsy, crafty things with my hands and selling them. it’s kinda a big deal in my world, as i have always thought that the things i made weren’t good enough. which then took me down that whole dark road to why bother.

i know it sounds confusing because so much of my blog has been about making things. but, i never really made things for other people, and certainly not to sell! i shared crafts i did with the boys when they were little and wee. i shared our recipes i made for dinner and holiday decorating aides that were simple, but pretty. everything was for other people. then last spring things changed, i found a little bit self confidence in a back pocket, i rallied support from my family and friends and then a wee local farmer’s market let me be a vendor! people LIKED what i was making and were willing to pay me their hard earned money! this blew me away, because i had always had this assumption that anyone can do this, my ability isn’t worthwhile…  

so, with my re-discovered creative self i am re-vamping bear & lion.

mama lola is back!

i am back to blogging. i will be sewing, daydreaming, creating, making, gluing, crafting, felting, photographing, selling, sharing my handmade items on here as well. there will also be pictures on instagram and facebook (go on over and follow me there as well!)

bear & lion is back up and running. i will slowly be adding things here, updating (bah, this part scares me as EVERYTHING is so freaking old), sharing and selling. it’s been a while since being in this space so please be patient with me! the tech side of my brain is covered in cobwebs and i may need to re-start it several times before i really find my groove!

so, WELCOME to all friends new & old.

 

xo, mama lola

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state & main with the guelph blog brunch ladies.

 

once a month my blogger friends and i enjoy brunch together. we always meet at a different restaurant and this time it was suggested we taste test  state & main, a newcomer in our city.

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sunday brunch is one of my favoutite meals. and, i always look forward to hanging with my guelph blog brunch, group. we have great conversations, lotsa laughs and i love having friends to chat blogging with!

as with any meal, we all started with drinks. check-out this MASSIVE glass of fun di ordered!

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then it was time order food. after some deciding i opted for a the breakfast burrito. being vegetarian it was easy enough to exclude the bacon from the wrap. check-out all the homefries on the side, so yummy and one of the best things about brunch!

*notice how the prices are marked? clever!

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thanks for the yummy brunch, state & main! the service was wonderful, staff was so friendly and accommodating (even taking the above group shot of us)! i’m sure i’ll be back, possibly for a date night!

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starting here at the bottom left and going around the table let me me introduce: emily @ eighty ink, carlie @ friends in my closet, me, di @ dilovely, heat @ heather in heels, ardis @ rustic retrievals & heather @ heart, heather.

 

as we were saying our farewells in the parking lot, i quickly asked everyone to join me in a ellen degeneres inspired group selfie! i must say we all look pretty darn great!

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xo, mama lola

this moment : bear & lion part deux

welcome! welcome! welcome!

i have brand new, shiny home for bear & lion!

it’s been a long, confusing, uphill, bumpy, grumpy  road to get here, but it’s been so worth it.

 

welcome 2

 

i have to thank my dear hubby as he’s the geek behind this new WP site. he has spent many, many hours tweaking and customizing this new space, all the while trying to make it what i want. even though he’s a master programmer, it’s been hard. so, thanks babe!!!

i’m still learning the ropes at my new home. all the shiny bells and whistles are a little overwhelming, but with time i’ll be jingling n’ angling all the right things, i hope!

WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

 

 

 

xo, mama lola

the Pin It Party: 21st Edition!

Welcome to THE 21st edition of THE Pin It Party

Are you interested in co-hosting THE Pin It Party? It is a WHOLE lot of fun and a great way to grow your Pinterest following. Go here to get more information and to secure your spot now! 

Grab button for Creative Geekery
Grab the code for our button here!
 

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1. Please follow the host and co-hosts on Pinterest.

2. Send out a tweet about the party! Just click here: 

3. “Like” THE Pin It Party on Facebook by clicking on the button below. 

4. Grab the party button above and add it to your blog’s sidebar or link up party list.

5. Post 1-3 links to your blog’s most “pin-able” posts from the last few weeks. (Please, no links to other parties, giveaways or shops please. If you are an ETSY shop owner, come back this weekend and link up at the Weekend Blog Block Party!)

6. Mingle! Reach out to somebody new and pin their stuff. You never know when you will meet your blogging bestie!

7. Have a FABulous day and come back next week for more Pinterest fun. XO 
Host: Ellie @ Creative Geekery
Co-Hosts:
Mama Lola @ Bear & Lion
Karlie @ Mama Whimsy 
We will each choose our three favorite posts from the party and pin them to this party’s collaborative Pinterest board: THE Pin It Party – The Best of the Best! Woot woot! 


xo, mama lola

what is happiness: by dilovely!

i’ve been wanting to share this post by my lovely blogger friend, dilovely. i have written a lot about happiness and contentment here at bear & lion, but i wanted to share something on the same topic, but with a different voice. (read my stuff HERE and HERE.)

as we head into fall, and the routines it brings with it, it is refreshing to be reminded of what and where we want to be, before we are overcome by the drudgery of it all!

please send dilovely some love and go read this article by her!


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i love how freely kids express themselves.
they go from goofy to sad to overjoyed in an honest stream of emotions.


happy monday!

xo, mama lola

five things :: old school blogging!

lillian at a dome life tagged me for this and i love a good list, so i took the challenge. but, i actually found of these categories hard, like the reading one and the things i’d like to do before i die. anyhow, here goes….

Five Things I Have Passion For
1. my family
2. my blog
3. photography
4. art
5. gardening


Five Things I Would Like Like To Do Before I Die

1. backpack through south america with DH & the kids
2. go white water rafting
3. finish my women’s studies degree
4. camp in lapland

5. become a better hooper, as in find my flow
Five Things I Say A Lot
1. leave your brother alone; stop antagonizing him!
2. put poppy down, she does not like that!
3. should we do some kissing?
4. i love you.
5. you are beautiful.


Five Books And/Or Magazines I Have Read Lately

1. something from nothing
2. chirp
3. open 
4. the yoga journal
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Five Favourite Movies
1. first position
2. amour
3. the intouchables
4. madagascar
5. baraka


Five Places I Would Love To Travel

1. paris
2. turkey
3. iceland
4. the arctic
5. peru



Five People I Hope Play This Old School Blogging Game

one organic mama, a grace full life, this silly girl’s life, dilovely, elle roy was here
xo, mama lola

THE Pin It Party (lucky) #13

check out the party i’m co-hosting with ellie @ creative geekery!

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Hey you fabulous, amazing, beautiful bloggers! Are you interested in co-hosting THE Pin It Party? It is a WHOLE lot of fun and a great way to grow your Pinterest following. Send Ellie an email for the details! This week you can also enter to win a FREE co-host spot just by following a couple of the party “rules”! You must link up at least one link to the party to qualify for the giveaway. Here you go:


Grab button for Creative Geekery

Grab the code for our button here!
1. Follow the host and co-hosts on Pinterest.

2. Send out a tweet about the party! Just click here: Tweet

3. “Like” THE Pin It Party on Facebook by clicking on the button below. 

4. Grab the party button above and add it to your blog’s sidebar or link up party list.

5. Post 1-3 links to your blog’s most “pin-able” posts from the last few weeks. (Please, no links to other parties, giveaways or shops please. If you are an ETSY shop owner, come back this weekend and link up at the Weekend Blog Block Party!)

6. Mingle! Reach out to somebody new and pin their stuff. You never know when you will meet your blogging bestie!

7. Have a FABulous day and come back next week for more Pinterest fun. XO 
Host: Ellie @ Creative Geekery
Co-Hosts: Kristin @ One Organic Mama 
 Steph @ A Geek in Glasses 
Mama Lola @ Bear & Lion
We will each choose our three favorite posts from the party and pin them to this party’s collaborative Pinterest board: THE Pin It Party – The Best of the Best! Woot woot! 


xo, mama lola

i left my pity party in april.

about a month ago i wrote a post about the pity party i was throwing myself. i was very unsure about writing it, never mind publishing it, but i felt like i needed to do it as a part of my process. stupid? maybe. foolish? perhaps.
i received many, many kind comments filled with support and words of wisdom. and for that, i am so grateful. i love the connections i have made in the blogging world, who knew?!

but truth be old, initially i was too embarrassed to even read them. i felt awkward and uncomfortable, because i didn’t share my pity party post as a way to get attention or what have you. my thinking was that if i put IT, all of IT out there, then maybe i could move on.
so i took the leap and jumped.

recently, i’ve had some teary conversations with loved ones about my life, my choices and where i’m headed. there are some huge unknowns in my life and what i have come realize that it is up to me, ME to fill them. i cannot wait for others to decide what they want to do with their lives.
my life keeps on ticking.

as my mum keeps telling me, we are truly alone in life, even when we have loving families around us. because, it is up to US to live our OWN lives regardless of what others say, think or do. even when we have the best supportive partners in our lives, it is still up to us to decide which direction we want our lives to go in. being selfish is a skill, and i am terrible at it. all i do is think of other people and their needs, and completely neglect my own.


so that was april.
may is brighter.
onwards and upwards, with a few steps back here and there. i’m learning, just like everyone else and trying my hardest to be the best i can be. even if it doesn’t seem like that to everyone.

xo, mama lola

i am what i am.

lillian at it’s a dome life sent me this questionnaire  i’ve been working on it for a while. for some reason i had difficulty answering many of these questions…. anyhow, i am what i am.



1.  Where were you born?  i was born in espoo, finland.

2.  Were you named after someone? nope.
3. How many children do you have?  two boys, bear 5yrs and lion 2.5yrs.
4. How many pets do you have?  one kitten, poppy clementine. we just got her!

5. Your worst injury. this is tough to answer. when i asked dear hubby to help, he suggested my c-section with lion. but, i’m not sure that counts as an injury, so i will say my left knee that keeps popping up with pain. it’s an old tree planting injury from over a decade ago!

6.  Do you have a special talent? i don’t like this question. i pass.

7.  Favourite thing to bake?  i’m not a huge baking enthusiast, i get nervous about the precise measuring. i do like to bake breads and cookies and muffins, things that aren’t too finicky and taste YUMMY!


8. Favourite Fast Food. falafels or pizza from our local, independent pizza joint.


9.   Would you bungee jump? maybe. depends on where i am, the mood i’m in, who i’m with and my age. but, yes i would consider it!

10.  What is the first thing you notice about people?  eyes. always their eyes.

11.  When was the last time you cried?  friday night at the book store in the kids section. i was reading this “the sad book” by michael rosen and illustrated by quentin blake. had to buy it!

12.  Any current worries.  all i do is worry, so let’s see… i’m worried about lion’s lazy speech development, i’m worried about what kind of mother i really am for my kids, i’m worried about the future, i’m worried about the weird thing happening on my right big toe nail… i could go on and on.

13.  Name 3 drinks you drink regularly.  coffee, water and vodka tonic.

14.  What’s your favourite book? oohh, tough one, i have so many favourites. “fall on your knees” by ann-marie macdonald has always been a fave, although it’s been over 10 years since i read it. last winter i read, “the book of negroes” by lawrence hill and it changed me. all north americans, especially, should have to read this.


15.  Would you like to be a pirate? absolutely not. pirates are mean, cruel people who kill and terrorize the seas still to this day.

16.  Favourite smells.  karma perfume by lush. fresh baking, curry, and lilacs.


17.  Why do you blog? i started blogging a few years ago, as a way to release the tension and stress life had thrown our way and i needed a way to let go. i recognize the human connections sharing my experiences creates. i try to be brutally honest in my blog, sometimes that is really hard to do, but it keeps me real and grounded.

18. What song do you want played at your funeral?  i want john lennon’s “imagine”. i always cry when i hear this song. always.


19.  What is your least favourite thing about yourself. i am too sensitive and take everything to heart. 


20.  Favourite hobby.  sewing. i don’t do it enough, but when i am in the midst of a project i feel tremendous joy. and, i love gardening in the warmer months. i’m not very good, but each season i learn a little more. 

21.  Name something you’ve done, you never thought you would do? i followed a boy i barely knew and moved to china to be with him. that boy became my husband.

22.  What do you look for in a friend.  loyalty, a sense of humour, honesty and mad drinking skillz!

23.  Favourite fun things to do?  hang-out with my family and friends at the cottage, take photo’s, 


24.  Pet peeves. people who speed when driving, lack of table manners, and when other’s are late.

25.  What’s the last thing that made you laugh? my kids goofing around. they can be so silly!


ok, and i passing this questionnaire to FIVE other bloggers. new blogs i have discovered and people i would like to know a little more about… mrs. fun, first time mom, the artful mama, kristin, and heather

xo, mama lola

and the liebster award goes to…

and, the winner is… ME!!!!
wooohoooooo!!!

I've Been Awarded a Liebster

The Liebster Award is given to a new or up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The award is then passed along to other bloggers in the same category to help spread the word and support one another. 


i was awarded this award by the lovely and hilarious kari, at a gracefull life. a big thanks to her and go read about her life over at her blog.


the rules:

1. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.

3. Choose 11 new bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to pass the award to and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them about the award.
5. No tag backs.



11 random facts about me:

1. i have an extra bone in my arch of each foot. they are each the size of a pea. 
2. i love winter.
3. i am a book snob.
4. i got my driver’s license 4 years ago. (i was just 30.)
5. i am bilingual in english and finnish.
6. i am sarcastic
7. i am a capricorn.
8. i drink coffee like a 16 year old girl. cream and sugar, yes please!
9. i try to support local  everything. sometimes it’s tricky, sometimes it’s easy!
10. i am halfway through my women’s studies degree. thinking about returning to uni in the fall.
11. i enjoy being creative.


kari’s questions for me:

1. Fave website: bear & lion, and the weather network. 
2. Fave song: “promise” tracy chapman
3. Fave ice cream flavour: hagen daaz, rocky road.
4. Fave pizza topping: mushrooms
5. Fave blogger: i have a long list of faves; one for each mood, food craving and craft project!
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. Fave Twitter friend: this is too tough…
7. Fave blogging subject: how i suck as a mama! haha! my search for my best myself.
8. Fave holiday: x-mas
9. Fave concert you have ever been to: definitely the beastie boys!!!
10. Fave city: helsinki. overflowing with culture, art, good food, fun times and it’s home.
11. Fave restaurant: gusto, the albion and the greenroom. all in my current hometown.



my questions for my recipients and i am following kari’s idea of one word answers! quick n’ easy! let’s play!

1. fave flower:
2. fave colour: 
3. fave season:
4. if you could have dinner with anyone dead, who would it be:
5. fave vacation destination:
6. how many hours do you sleep a night:
7. how many hours do you spend blogging a day:
8. fave chore:
9. which do you prefer to drive, standard or automatic:
10. fave book:
11. least fave kinda music:


my 11 liebster award recipients are:
(puh-lease go check out these blogs, the point of these awards is to introduce new, interesting blogs to others!)

this list is compromised of bloggers who have been friendly on twitter, come my blog and left comments or advice, and or blogs i generally like to read and follow.

1. lillian at it’s a dome life
2. jen at life on the SONnyside
3. kelly at de bie hive
4. dani at suburbia interrupted
5. mama at live. lafe. love.
6.  a mama at giggles & screams
7. sarah at sadder but wiser girl
8. samantha at this heart of mine
9. kelly at kelly naturally
10. michelle at michelle mossey
11. mandi at all my happy endings

and done. phew.
that was a lot of wok, but well worth it!

xo, mama lola
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