October 28, 2016

Fall Printables

With fall's arrival, I like to decorate my home for the season as well as decorating for Halloween. I actually really dislike Halloween cause I am a bit of a scardy cat {I have had a fear of gorilla costumes since I was about 5!}  but since I have young kids who really enjoy it, I feel obligated to decorate for Halloween. And of course I decorate with "happy" decorations, as opposed to scary ones {my youngest is only 4}.

I have always enjoyed making my own decor, crafts and artwork, and in the last 3-4 years, I have discovered printables. I actually love making my own printables! It is very personal and is absolutely limitless! So for fall, I decided to create two sets.


I purchased 4 black frames with mats at Wal-Mart for $12 a piece. I chose to hang them in the front entrance where my kids' school pictures used to be {don't worry, they have a new home in the living room!} 

I inserted my printed DIY printables and voilà!



Along with the remainder of my pumpkins and other seasonal decor, I call this house ready for the season!


To download the printables, click here.

How do you decorate your home for the season? And do you have a fear of gorilla costumes too?

Happy Fall y'all!




October 26, 2016

Growing out my pixie cut

I don't normally write about things like fashion and beauty, but I have found that giving advice on such topics is kind of fun.

For the last couple of years, I have kept my hair fairly short.In fact, since Luca was born in 2011, I have found that I kept going shorter and shorter. Well, this summer, I had asked my stylist to cut it all off for the warmer months, and I am glad I did. It was awesome to just add a bobby pin to pull my little bangs back, or throw on a wrap head band to pull everything away from my face. It was a stress-free no-hassle hair-styling summer.

However, I have always longed to have long, shoulder length hair, to be able to pull it back into a pony or a top-knot {which I love and have never been able to do!} but am never patient enough to let it grow. This time I am determined. But how do you get through the awkward pixie-cut growing-out stages? Simple: with a lot of hair products, a bit of imagination, some frustration at times, and a lot of patience.

This is from fall 2015 {loved this haircut, would go back in a heart beat!}:

This is from August for our 6-year wedding anniversary this summer:

And this is this fall:

Hairstyle 1: a bit of flare.



Hairstyle 2: pull back with bobby-pins.


Hairstyle 3: braid on the one side and tucked behind the ears.


Hairstyle 4: the headband! This one I find can be hit or miss. It depends on how clean my hair is. I find the dirtier my hair, the better! Ha ha ha!


{FYI-I hate taking selfies and only did it for this purpose!}

My favorite tools and accessories? Most were purchased either at Shoppers Drug Mart or Wal-Mart {unless otherwise stated}!

Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Volumizing Mousse by John Frieda:


A mini 1/2" flat iron from Revlon:



Playful Pommade from Got2b:

Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray:

Bobby Pins {of course}:

Wrap Headbands {my best friends this summer} I got mine at Claire's:


Summer hat:

Fall and Winter corduroy hat {this one is from Ricki's}:


I also took inspiration from this awesome video, as well as Pinterest of course!
https://youtu.be/tYybjuXRZH0
By Christmas, I am hoping to be back to where I was in Fall 2015, and just keep growing from there. My hair grows close to 1" per month, so I figure if I am patient and keep struggling through the different stages, I should be able to make a pony-tail by Fall 2017 ?!? Or is that just wishful thinking!

I will get regular trims, especially in the back, to avoid "the mullet" look! But I am definitely on my way to longer hair.


October 19, 2016

House Tour

I have been wanting to give a photographic house tour for a long time, but just never got around to it. After 5 years of blogging and 4 years in my new house, here it is: my house tour.

Exterior

2012



2016



Powder Room
2012

2016










Kitchen from Side Entrance

2012

2016







Kitchen and Living Room Entrance {Hi Jon!} and side entrance from garage

2012

2016




Kitchen oven wall

2012

2016

This little area beside the fridge is seldom discussed, but I would love to eventually have a coffee area on this counter space.

For now, it is adorned with a lovely wine rack.








Dining Room from Kitchen

2012

2016


Growth Chart




Kitchen from Dining room

2012

2016


Hallway

2012

2016




Fireplace in Living Room

2012

2016




{My mom drew those pictures of my sons!}


Living Room East Wall

2012

2016



That clock is meant to be hung on the fire place. But I need to find a length of oil rubbed bronze chain to hang it from.

Living Room West Wall

2012

2016








Front Entrance

2012

2016












Main Washroom

2012

2016












Luca's Bedroom

2012

2016

My office didn't last as Luca ended up asking to move back into his own room, and I couldn't say no... I so regret painting over that striped wall cause now his room looks so plain...

{Warning: Luca made his own bed. My OCD-self had to straighten his blankets a bit, but I didn't want to touch it too much!}


Luca tucked those pics behind the other items himself, and I don't have the heart to remove them!


Master Bedroom

2012

2016






Nico's Bedroom

2012

2016

Again, Nick made his own bed, so I only straightened things a bit. He also placed the items in his shelves himself {he was so proud!} Those shelves were added to display completed legos. So far, they display everything BUT completed legos.




I also painted over the black magnetic primer in the pale blue color cause I was finding it a little dark. It is actually more magnetic now that it is painted. Nico picked his dark blue accent-wall color himself.

Basement Play Area

2012

2016 IN PROGRESS

{Another warning: this is the kids' zone, so I didn't bother picking it up.} As you can see, my navy and coral accents are still in place until the guest bedroom is finished as I want to use that color scheme in that room. Although the navy seldom changes, I am still deciding if I want yellow, gold or even red as another accent color.



Basement Bar Area

2012

2016 


Basement Office

2012

2016

We have installed one of these two windows {the other one is on the floor}.





And the only rooms that have yet to be touched:

Basement Guest Bedroom

2012

Basement Washroom

2012

An area that I have never photographed before is the breezeway {the enclosed hallway between the garage and the house}. It has seen little love even though it is the first space people see when they come over.



After seeing all of these current pictures along with the before pictures, it makes me realise just how far we have come since the beginning. We still have a way to go but I am sure we will get there in time.




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