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Printable Advent Calendar | Squirrelly Minds
It’s advent calendar time! Every year (except I dropped the ball last year) I like to create at least one advent calendar DIY, but this year due to a minimal amount of time with squirrelly baby, I created a bit of a hybrid DIY/Printable instead.

Printable Advent Calendar | Squirrelly MindsI took inspiration from those classic chocolate a day advent calendars, but kept up with my tradition of creating activity based calendars instead. Every day features different activities behind each ‘door’.

Printable Advent Calendar | Squirrelly MindsI created two versions to make this as versatile as possible. One has activities already written for you, while the other is blank so you can personalize and write them in yourself. This is perfect if there are any holiday events happening in your area that you’d like to include on specific days.

Printable Advent Calendar | Squirrelly Minds
As previously mentioned, there is a bit of DIY involved in order to get the doors to open. You don’t need a whole lot to create this calendar – busy infant-mom approved.


Printable Advent Calendar | Squirrelly Minds


1 Download the file and open. Hit print, and select pages 1 and either 2 or 3, depending if you want the activities written already or if you prefer to write your own. Print onto cardstock.
2 Place the first sheet onto your cutting mat. Using a metal edged ruler and exacto knife, carefully cut along three sides of each door. The sharper the exacto knife the better! I find it helpful to line it up across a row and cut the bottoms all at once, the tops, then the side. Cut all but two angles on the star. Make sure all sides are properly cut before going on to step 3.
3 Glue the white space surrounding the tree on your second (activities) sheet. Carefully place the first sheet on top, making sure everything is aligned.
4 Hang and enjoy your daily Christmas activities!

Printable Advent Calendar | Squirrelly MindsDownload the file below and get crafting!
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Printable Advent Calendar | Squirrelly Minds
Happy counting down to Christmas friends!

If you’re looking for more ideas, check out past Squirrelly Minds advent calendars:

From The Christmas Archives


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Home | Gallery Wall + Minted Giveaway

Living Room Gallery Wall | Squirrelly Minds

Prints graciously given by Minted. Affiliate Links are used in this post.

We have lived in our home for just over 2 years and until this past month we were living with almost completely bare walls. No, it’s not because we were lazy, although that would be a very good guess.
In past rental spaces the walls were filled with whatever cute art prints/photos that looked nice in the space – a nice but temporary solution. When we bought our first house we knew every decision would be deliberate and well thought out, especially when it came to art. We weren’t willing to put art up just for the sake of having something on the walls. No. We wanted our art to be meaningful, so we took time to collect pieces we were drawn to and held some sort of significance.

Living Room Gallery Wall | Squirrelly Minds The map reminds us (or me) of how much of the world we have left to see, the first nations pieces pay homage to the people who own the land we are lucky enough to live on. The bison is a watercolour of mine that is a work in progress – a tribute to all the work the mister’s father has put into studying this great animal, and his grandfather (squirrelly baby’s namesake) who raised bison. Yes, we very carefully selected each piece of art that’s up on the wall because we want it all to tell a story of our past and who we are now. I was so thankful Minted granted us art to add to our collection and our story.

Living Room Gallery Wall | Squirrelly Minds
Beauty Inside by Kristi Kohut
The bright poppy colours in this piece are a nice contrast to some of the more somber tones. Given that I’m a fairly bright and positive person, I wanted the gallery wall to reflect this. Plus, the mister is convinced it’s the inside of a birthday cake, which is fitting because we love sweets. However it does make me hungry every time I see it.

First of October by Kelly Money
Moody and full of depth, I could get lost for ages staring into this painting. It reminds me of our stormy west coast skies, and how much I love listening to the rain pelt down on the roof and the wind whistle through the trees.

Living Room Gallery Wall | Squirrelly Minds
Wake II by Lindsay Megahed
I’m not one to play favourites, but……I just can’t get over the colours and strokes of this piece. This is one that might not tell a personal story, but certainly had both of us mesmerized. It reminds me of industrial age London with thick smoke below a beautiful pink sky. Isn’t it fun how art makes everyone see different things?
Marbled Wake by SylvieCeres Designs
Living on an island, I felt it only necessary that water be represented on our gallery wall. I love the movement of this piece. It makes me want to run to the beach and dive right in, which sadly in Canadian waters would lead to certain death.
Golden Gait by Andrew McClintock
The simplicity of this piece really drew me in. Cheetah’s are such a symbol of power and strength, attributes I try to embody.

Living Room Gallery Wall | Squirrelly Minds
One thing I love about Minted art is that it isn’t mass produced in a factory. Each piece is by an independent artists from all over the world, sourced through on-going art competitions. I love that I know the name of nearly every person’s art work on our wall.
I can’t wait to finish the bison painting (whenever I catch up on work and squirrelly baby lets me….never?) and put it in a gold frame to complete our wall. The living room is one of the last areas to get a makeover in the pink bungalow. All we need are new window treatments and a new couch for it to be complete! But even with the old granny curtains and couch that sinks every time we sit, filling our walls with art after a few years of blankness makes our house finally feels more like a home.
Living Room Gallery Wall | Squirrelly Minds
Want to create your own gallery wall? Minted is giving away $250 to one lucky Squirrelly Minds reader! Just in time for Christmas too! Either get yourself a well deserved Christmas present or pick up items as gifts! Click here to enter.
Living Room Gallery Wall | Squirrelly Minds

Milk Glass Cake Pedestals | Mid century Modern Gift Wrap | ‘Trellis Notes’ Notebook | ‘Whisper’ Pillows

Minted has a huge selection of art, stationery, home goods (the fabrics are stunning) and various gift items, only a fraction of which are shown above!
The giveaway for $250 Minted Credit runs until Saturday, November 28th so jump on it!

And hey, if you don’t win/don’t want to miss out, Minted has fantastic sales coming up over the next week!
Wednesday November 25th to Friday November 27th:
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Monday November 30th:
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Home | Mint, Grey, and Gold Nursery

Mint, Grey, and Gold Nursery | Squirrelly Minds
You may have seen my original nursery reveal with the Land of Nod a few weeks ago. I was (am) so excited to fill baby’s nursery with so many adorable Land of Nod items.
Mint, Grey, and Gold Nursery | Squirrelly Minds
I just love their kid stuff – so whimsical and fun, yet some items are classy enough for an adult room too. It was especially thrilling to order through Land of Nod because they’re one of few places who actually ship to Canada.

Mint, Grey, and Gold Nursery | Squirrelly Minds
Yep, it can be a lonely, design deprived life up here north of the border where many companies can’t be bothered to deal with customs and border crossings (I don’t blame them). I’m so thankful Land of Nod has opened their shipping borders though and included us up in the north! It can be hard to get cute, design-y items, so it’s such a relief that there are online options for us.

Mint, Grey, and Gold Nursery | Squirrelly MindsSince originally posting my nursery reveal, I have made a couple slight changes that I wanted to share with you so you could see the nursery in its final state.
Mint, Grey, and Gold Nursery | Squirrelly Minds
The main change was on the north wall. Before it was quite bare, but I added some picture rails to use as shelving for the board books we got at squirrelly baby’s shower (we asked for books instead of cards). I envision it as the perfect place to snuggle up with squirrelly baby on the chair, or later in the teepee, and read a book together.
Mint, Grey, and Gold Nursery | Squirrelly Minds
We also created a mobile. I searched for months for the perfect mobile but nothing really called out to me. Then, upon seeing some plush kitties, I decided that was it! I purchased a few items from Etsy, made a couple plush clouds and got assembling. Sure, it doesn’t totally go with our subtle stars and space theme (hey we weren’t actually planning a theme) but cats are awesome so it works by default. With the cats, clouds, and colourful yarn balls, I fondly name the mobile “dreaming of kitties”.

Mint, Grey, and Gold Nursery | Squirrelly Minds
Along with the Moon Phase Art Print and triangle pillow and Bump Photos I posted last month, those are the main adjustments! I’m so happy with this room and spend as much time as I can in it with our squirrelly baby. I kind of want to camp out here, and may just do that when baby adjust to crib sleeping.

Interested in where I got the items? Check out the sources list below:

Furniture and Accessories
Crib: Kidiway Fresh 4-1 Convertible
Rug: Flokati by Land of Nod
Gold Pouf: Land of Nod
Gold Striped Teepee: Land of Nod
Grey Hamper: Land of Nod
Changing Pad Cover: Custom from Modern Baby
Gold Striped Curtains: DIY
Dresser: Vintage Refurbished
Light Fixture: Zuo Modern
Rocker: Poang chair in Isunda grey from IKEA
Wall shelves: Ribba picture ledge from IKEA
Overcast wall shelf: Land of Nod

Crib bedding: Panda Hug Store on Etsy
Cloud pillow: CutenSoft on Etsy
Swaddle: Super star scout classic swaddle from Aden and Anais
Throw: City Chenille hand woven throw from Jovi Home

Art and Accessories
Sapphire Watercolour Art: Squirrelly Minds Paper Shop
Fig Watercolour Art: By Me (baby’s nickname was figlette)
Moon Phase Art Print: Download
Hooray Flag: DIY
Weaving: By Me
Planets Banner: Land of Nod
Mobile: By me with custom orders from CutenSoft and Sheep Farm Felt on Etsy
Yellow knit basket (not pictured here): Land of Nod

Mint, Grey, and Gold Nursery | Squirrelly Minds

The Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit

The Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly Minds

All interior photos by Squirrelly Minds. All maternity photos by Centric Photography.
This post is sponsored by Snapbox. All opinions remain my own.
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Squee! Today I get to share maternity photos with you guys! I got my photos done at 36 weeks, and the weeks leading up to the shoot I was worried I’d go into labour and miss out on this wonderful experience. Thankfully squirrelly baby decided to behave and stay put!

The Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly MindsI had a wonderful time getting our photos done with Stephanie of Centric Photography, and had fun playing dress up with my various outfits! I knew I would be printing these off for framing, and couldn’t bear the thought of wearing the same outfit in each photo. Yep, I over think these kind of things.

The Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly MindsI ordered a pack of 6 4×4 prints (their square shape make them perfect for instagram photos!). The photos are printed on art paper, giving them a cool textured look. I put the pictures in a 3 pack fotobit frame, but because I ordered 6, I played around with the set up and combination of photos, and where I wanted to put them.

The Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly MindsI normally hate taking pictures in and out of frames. The tabs are difficult to move or the picture shifts each time you take it in and out, etc etc. But I found the fotobit click and snap system insanely easy, so taking pictures in and out and rearranging the frame orientation was a total breeze. Because I wasn’t frustratingly swearing my head off like I normally would, I tried out three different arrangements and photographed each one for you to check out – on a table, on a shelf, and hung on the wall.

The Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly MindsThe first set up I put the frames in a sort of L-shape, and had them standing up on the side table. I really liked this orientation, especially with the cute little teddy bear sitting on top!

The Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly Minds
I only have three boxes/frames so there’s only so many arrangements I could do, but with more boxes you could create all sorts of different shapes. The thick base makes it easy for these to stand up on their own too.

The Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly Minds
We have a couple wall shelves that holds our board book library. I liked the idea of mingling a couple photos in there as well to break it up a bit.

The Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly MindsThe Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly MindsThey easily blend in, and of course being rested on a shelf, you can always move them around if you’re the kind of person who needs to ‘mix things up’ every now and again.

The Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly MindsThe Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly Minds
For the last arrangement, I put the frames back into an L shape and mounted them on the wall. I decided this was the one I wanted to stick with. Paired with the “reach for the stars” print and the gold geo shapes, it fit perfectly.

The Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly MindsThe Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly MindsI decided to only use two photos from the maternity shoot however. Why? Because I have a whack load of ultrasound photos just sitting in a drawer begging to be used! I figured they would work perfectly in these frames, and hooray I was right! How fun will it be for squirrelly baby to see photos of the two of us, my huge bump, and what he/she looked like way back when!

The Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly Minds
Table top, on the shelf or on the wall, what arrangement do you like best?

Frames and prints provided by Snapbox.
Maternity photos by Centric Photography

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