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Handmade & store bought gift ideas for little ones who love to collect Shopkins and My Little Pony!
DIY Kids Activities, Randoms

Gift Guide 2015: The Wee Collector

Welcome to day 3 of Gift Guide Week 2015! I’m putting together my favourite gift ideas for those hard-to-shop-for people on my list and sharing them with you this week. I hope you find these helpful as you finish your Christmas shopping this year!

Today, we’re focusing on that wee one who loves collecting little toys. For me, this is my 6 year old and 4 year old daughters. They LOVE all things Shopkins and My Little Pony, so I’ve scoured the internet for my favourite little collectible toys and the fun handmade accessories to go with them.  Have a little toy lover on your list too? Here are some unique gift ideas:Continue reading

Gift ideas for techies / geeks / technology lovers on your list!
Randoms, Technology

Gift Guide 2015: The Tricky Techie

Welcome to day 2 of Gift Guide Week 2015! I’m putting together my favourite gift ideas for those hard-to-shop-for people on my list and sharing them with you this week. I hope you find these helpful as you finish your Christmas shopping this year!

Today, we’re focusing on that technology lover in your life. For me, this is my hubby and my brothers. I find them quite hard to buy for, so I’ve scoured the internet for my favourite little techie toys and the fun accessories to go with them. Lots of these are budget-friendly gifts that won’t break the bank, but they’re all rather impressive! Have a computer lover or a “tricky techie” on your list too? Here are some unique gift ideas:Continue reading

Gift ideas for DIY divas / craft lovers on your list!
DIY Parties & Holidays, Life, Randoms, Shopping

Gift Guide 2015: The DIY Diva

Welcome to day 1 of Gift Guide Week 2015! I’m putting together my favourite gift ideas for those hard-to-shop-for people on my list and sharing them with you this week. I hope you find these helpful as you finish your Christmas shopping this year!

Today, we’re focusing on that DIY enthusiast in your life. For me, this are a lot of my close friends – they love to craft just like me. I’ve scoured Etsy for my favourite little craft supplies and accessories perfect for a DIYer. Have a “DIY diva” on your list too? Here are some unique gift ideas:Continue reading

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Collect Moments, Not Things

Collect Moments, Not Things
While this Fall season has been a busy one for us, it’s also been a time of enjoying each moment as it comes. We haven’t been buying as much stuff  this month since taking part in the Interac® 21 Day Credit-Free Challenge, but I’ve definitely felt rich. We’ve been enjoying just being outside together, walking around, and taking in autumn in all its glory. We’ve harvested our little garden together as a family. We’ve played dollhouse, had family dinners, and worked on projects that needed to be done on our home before winter hits. DSC_0187SML

None of these things involved spending a ton of money. As my daughters grow, I’m realizing more and more how precious each day is that I spend with them. They won’t remember the toys I buy them or drawers full of clothes, but they will remember the special moments we share together. I know those are the fond memories of my own childhood – spending time with my siblings outside exploring, and the little daily things like eating suppers together.

It’s no secret that I enjoy designing and decorating our home and doing crafts, but I need to remember why I’m doing these things. Filling our home with sweet moments is more important than filling it with decorations. Teaching my children and spending time with my daughters while doing crafts is more important than making the “perfect” DIY.

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Adhering to a tight budget of money we actually have this month has reminded me once again that we need to collect moments, not things. The stuff we buy will break, get lost, or be passed on to someone else. The moments I spend with my family and friends are precious, fleeting, and they’ll be treasured for a long time to come. Wouldn’t you agree?

The Interac 21 Day Credit-Free Challenge has been a great experience. It’s reminded us that we need to be mindful of our budget and stick with it. It’s allowed me to focus on moments, not things. It’s also stirred up more creativity in me as I came up with different ways to save money while enjoying the season with my family. Thanks for the ride, Interac Debit!

Disclosure: This post was part of a sponsored collaboration between Interac Association and SheKnows

Interac is a registered trade-mark of Interac Inc. Used under license.

Nautical Glam Master Suite design featuring Urban Barn - Western Canada's Next Home Stylist Competition.
DIY Home Decor, Randoms

I Need Your Help! (Western Canada’s Next Top Stylist Challenge #1 + A Nautical Glam Master Retreat)

You guys!! I’m one of the three finalists in an exciting competition: Western Canada’s Next Home Stylist. If you follow me on any of my social media accounts, you’ll probably already know this, but I thought I would officially share it here and ask for your help today.

We just submitted our first challenge – a room layout and a mood board for an awkwardly shaped room – and if you like mine, can you please vote for me?

I would be so grateful!

Here’s where you can go vote for my design: http://nexthomestylist.pgtb.me/Ft7c3c You can vote once each day this week.

This master bedroom design and layout has a nod to the nautical, a hint of glamour and a whole lot of gorgeous texture – the perfect recipe for a restful room. Its infused with lots of soft whites, bright dashes of teal and navy, and accents of metallic gold and chrome. The rustic textures of the driftwood furniture and accessories in the room contrast with the shine of the metallic pieces and the tones of blue are a striking yet soothing touch.

DIY Project Idea: Lay some laminate flooring! Not only is it a fairly straight forward project, but there are some beautiful laminates available, including whitewash looks that would be a perfect fit for this room.

Nautical Glam Master Suite design featuring Urban Barn - Western Canada's Next Home Stylist Competition.

Acadia Street Art | Taryn Toss Cushion in Gold | Oralee Candle Holder | Whitewashed Oak Laminate Flooring | Manhattan Sailor Rug | Prism Side Table | Leyla Lantern in Gold | Noble Potted Grass | Nest Furniture Faster Chair in Bumps Teal | Chevron Toss Cushion in Atlantis | Mongolian Square Toss Cushion in White | Gryffin Link Kidney Toss Cushion in Aqua | Pier Pouf | Fulton Throw in White | Adrift Floor Lamp | Toccara Navy Vase | Flynn Ottoman in Teal | Portman Tray in White | Merca Vase in Silver | Patina Leaf Plate in Gold | Mojave Throw in Sailor | Chalet King Bed in Driftwood | Taza Toss Cushion | Element Chandelier in Silver | Nurez Round Wall Mirror

DIY Project Idea: Build a board and batten accent wall! A white board and batten wall behind the bed would be a beautiful addition to this room, and it’s an inexpensive and simple project if using MDF strips and having them cut at the home improvement store.

I imagine this room is for a young couple that needs a retreat after a long day at work or watching their children. The room’s king-sized bed is decked with white linens, and there is a writing desk placed in the awkwardly angled corner on one side that makes the most of this space. In the large nook of the room, a beautiful Nest Chair fits perfectly and offers the couple a cozy spot to read or sip a morning coffee.

Nautical Glam Master Suite design featuring Urban Barn - Western Canada's Next Home Stylist Competition.

If I win this competition, I’ll be the official spokesperson at the home shows this Fall in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. I’ll get to share some home decor tips and DIYs with a live audience, and this could really be a great way for my blog and my DIY & decor career to grow.

I could not even think to do this kind of thing without the support of my family and friends. Thank you, my dear hubby, for being such a supportive partner in parenting and career dreaming. Thank you, mom, for being such a fantastic example of a loving mother who also continues to develop her creative talents.

Thank YOU, dear readers, for continuing to read my blog and share my DIYs. Your support means more to me than you’ll ever know.

I’ll keep you posted on how it goes, and thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy day to vote for me!

Vote here: http://nexthomestylist.pgtb.me/Ft7c3c

I Have Loved You For This Many Days - Free, romantic Valentine's Day or Anniversary card printable. So sweet!
DIY Parties & Holidays, Free Printables, Randoms

I Have Loved You For This Many Days – Free Valentine or Anniversary Card Printable

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage. Sometimes it’s easy to start focusing more on the kiddos than the hubby, but really love & marriage were what came first before those precious bundles. I made this simple Valentine’s day card for my hubby as I thought about how far we’ve come together over almost 9 years of marriage (in March!) and how many days we’ve loved each other.Continue reading

Free Printables, Randoms

Peace: My 2015 New Year’s Resolutions (+ A Free Printable)

I didn’t write down and New Year’s resolutions last year and I kind of regret it. I know they’re cliche, they’re not usually successful and blah, blah, blah, but there’s something about physically declaring one’s goals that really helps to define a fresh, new beginning. I blogged about my resolutions in 2013, and I thought I’d revisit that idea for this year and do it again. Plus, I missed my annual reflective birthday post this past September like this one and this one. I hope you don’t mind me sharing a little bit of my personal struggles and wishes here today!
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DIY Business & Blogging, Randoms

Work Hard, Be Humble (5 Things I Learned at BlogPodium 2014)

On September 14th, I had the pleasure of attending BlogPodium in Toronto. BlogPodium is Canada’s conference for design and lifestyle bloggers, and when I saw it come up in some of my blogging friends’ feeds this summer, I knew I had to go. It was my first time flying on a plane in 7 years (!!) and the first time I’d been away from my children longer than a day since Little C was born almost 6 years ago. It was a huge step outside of my comfort zone to go to Toronto on my own and attend this conference, but I was sure glad I did. Not only was it a much needed time of refreshing for me, but it was a tremendous day of learning and being inspired.

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In My Diaper Bag Huggies Clutch 'n' Clean stylish baby wipes
Randoms

What’s In My Diaper Bag (+ Stylish Baby Wipes) #HuggiesMomStyle

Let’s play a game. It’s like “What’s in Your Purse?”, but for moms. Let’s play “What’s In Your Diaper Bag?”! I admit that I have a rather large diaper bag right now (it’s a big, brown weekender bag, actually), and I stuff it full of all sorts of things just in case we face any kind of emergency while my three girls and I are out and about. My nursery decor philosophy is “less is more”, but my diaper-bag-stuffing philosophy is, well… more is more. I like to be ready for anything!Continue reading

DIY Crafts, Randoms

Mood Board: A Downton Inspired Vintage Wedding

Let’s take a short break from babies and houses and transport ourselves back a few years to our wedding day. Remember how fun it was to plan? Remember how stressed you felt as you went through your checklist of “to-do’s”? And this was BEFORE kids, people! I have the honour of taking this blissful journey alongside my little sister this summer – she’s getting married at the end of June! We’re crafting like crazy in preparation for her big day, and I thought I’d share some of our wedding DIYs here with all of you.Continue reading

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