My New Purse!!

September 26th, 2017|CRAFTS, EASY SEWING, For me|

I don’t show a lot of fashion or “girly” things on this blog – not because I don’t like them; my Pinterest boards are full of cute outfits that I wish I wore, but more because this is a DIY and family blog and after doing DIY and taking care of my family there isn’t a lot of time or energy left for hair and makeup.

BUT – I did DIY the cutest purse EVER!

If you have drills in your DIY […]

Tweens and self-esteem – The be.Tween Project

September 9th, 2017|For me, KIDS|

When did parenting get so hard?

Actually, when hasn’t it been hard?

I’m in a household with two “tweenagers” (9 and 11) and each phase of their lives has presented different challenges – from learning to walk, to potty training to letting them assert some independence.

But these tween years – all of their struggles seem to be internal, which is NOT an easy fix.

How they look, how they act, what they wear, what they play with, even what they eat becomes a […]

Cottage dreaming and learning Lightroom

August 22nd, 2017|For me|

We have had the most AMAZING summer!

Hubby was able to take two weeks off and we rented a gorgeous cottage on Lake Huron – as in right on the water.  We shared the cottage with our favourite travelling companions and dearest friends and enjoyed sun, sand, surf (some rain) and savoury meals prepared by the boys.

It was absolutely decadent.

I won’t force you to sit through a slide show of our vacation, but I will post a few images here since […]

AWOL – Absent but with outstanding learning

August 1st, 2017|For me|

I’m sorry I’ve been missing lately – I had the opportunity to attend an international DIY blogging conference in Atlanta, Georgia and I couldn’t pass it up.

Have you heard of Haven?  It’s a conference specifically geared towards DIY, design and lifestyle bloggers and it is HUGE.

Bloggers from all over North America, England and even Australia fly in to meet with DIY giants like Home Depot, Quickcrete, Ryobi, Behr Paints, 3M and celebrities like….

Clint Harp!  (from Fixer Upper if you […]

The Light We Lost – Jill Santopolo

June 20th, 2017|For me|

Looking for some captivating summer reads?

I haven’t covered any books on the blog in ages, but it’s not for lack of reading them.  I spent most of 2016 devouring the Outlander series (8 books with about 1,700 pages per book) – and let me tell you it was totally worth it.

Not everyone is up to investing their summer in a saga like Outlander – so I’ll give you a quick read that you should pick up:

The Light We Lost by […]

Patio Makeover – Sweet William Sewing Style

May 29th, 2017|DECOR, For me, HOME TOUR|

It’s done!

It’s done, it’s done, it’s done! (sung in a ‘happy dance’ sort of voice).

My favourite room in the house is ready – and not only am I going to show it off, but I’m going to go outside and enjoy it once I’m done showing it off.  I’m sorry, I’m too excited to contain the bragging.

Let me preface this by saying that my patio furniture is roughly 9 years old.  It was a cheap set from a hardware store […]

#IMOMSOHARD

May 20th, 2017|For me|

I’m so excited to have come across this that I HAVE to share it with you!

These women are AWESOME.

This is Kristin and Jen and they are my best friends.  Like bestest best.  They do a YouTube show called #IMOMSOHARD

They get me, they feel me, they hear me, they understand me and they make me laugh – like #ILAUGHSOHARD.

(click any of the images to be taken to their site)

#IMOMSOHARD

Spring Desktop Wallpaper (and mobile too!)

May 18th, 2017|DECOR, For me|

By now, everywhere that is going to get a Spring, should be in the throes of it.

Trees and shrubs are flowering, new growth is shoulders-out of the ground by now and we are past the threat of overnight frost.

WAHOO!

I actually planted a week or so ago, so I jumped the gun a bit – as I do every year – in an over-eager anticipation of warm breezes, the smell of freshly mowed lawns and gardens laden with colour.

Did I mention […]

The BEST Mother’s Day gift I’ve ever received

April 30th, 2017|For me, GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS|

The very best gift my family has ever given me, Mother’s Day or otherwise is this:

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A dollar store journal that I attached some vinyl lettering to.

I made this for myself (and a few for friends) back in 2014 and it is hands-down my favourite and the best Mother’s Day gift ever.

But I bought it […]

Grace & Frankie – Jane Fonda’s Wardrobe

March 31st, 2017|For me, Uncategorised|

Have you seen the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie” with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin?

Grace and Frankie

It is SO good!

This ‘older woman odd couple’ has Jane Fonda (Grace) as the uptight preppy and Lily Tomlin (Frankie) as the weed-smoking hippie.  The two are thrown together when their respective husbands come to terms with the fact that they are gay and in love with each other.

It’s about friendship and family and acceptance and denial – all in […]