Taking Social Media Breaks

Taking Social Media Breaks 3It’s happening, I’m taking social media breaks. Boy is it worth it!

Here’s a look at the importance of social media breaks in our lives.

I noticed I was tired all the time. Plus I recently learned I have to have reading glasses now. As the eye doctor said, ‘just a normal sign of aging”. Ugh.  Thanks for the reminder.

If there is a message that I could get out there, this is definitely one of them.  The importance of self care and taking breaks. We all needs breaks. Isn’t that what vacation is about?  

Below is a picture from our Alberta vacation in summer of 2018

Summer 2018

This is a new topic I like to add to Notefull Living and that is Self Care.

I remember people getting annoyed over 10 years ago of noticing couples on their honeymoon on social media.  That just seems to be the norm now.

Recently I discovered I was super drained from everything. I shared on my music Instagram that life recently has been feeling like I’ve been faced with a difficult piece of sheet music to play.

When I’m drained and worn out, I’m not the person I want to be.

I took an evaluation of all that has been draining a lot of my energy.

Was it my kids? No, parenting has many things that come up and now having 3 I’m not surprised by what comes my way with the kids anymore.

Was it family? We all face life struggles and even though they look different we can still be there for each other.

Then I thought about how much I’m annoyed by my phone.  It’s not so smart considering it’s called a smart phone.  Seriously, it really isn’t.

I had already been deleting apps like YouTube.  That made a HUGE difference for me not wasting time. But something still wasn’t right.

That’s when I had enough and stopped going on social media.

I was in a blogging course and realized the lady I was taking the course with just took a 6 month break from Social Media. But, I noticed just like her business she runs online, as I took a break, my blog grew subscribers and so did my Instagram. It’s always running.

I can now understand and relate to Melissa Maker from Clean my Space when she says she hates cleaning. She has a YouTube channel, book, a cleaning cloth products she sells and owns a cleaning company, and hates cleaning.

I honestly hate being online, but I see the business potential that’s here and helping others online with stuff I’ve learned. It makes sense when she says she hates cleaning, in some weird backwards way.

I did a quick search on this topic and many many people recommend it. I didn’t even search if it was something I ‘should’ do, I just did it. I had a good gut feeling about it and it was worth it.

Have you taken a Social Media Break?Social Media Breaks

Did I get a lot done during that time? Yes, but not on the computer or my phone. I worked hard on the yard and in my house.  Made a flower garden. We got plans ready for another Reno we are doing. Made garden boxes and now have them mostly planted. Did lots of reading.

We just enjoyed life and family time.

Anyways, If you have been researching this topic and considering for yourself to take a social media break, do it. I just did a 3 weeks break on a whim and will definitely do it again.

I see taking a Social Media Break is much needed self care.

Self care is huge for YOU and everyone who comes into your life or is in your life will notice it.

Self care isn’t something I did very much in the past and oddly enough I sell Arbonne Products that’s a big part of self care. Selling the Product now gives me a whole different perspective with letting others know about it. You can find my link below.

As I shared before, if there is one message I could get out there is this one. Aside from my Faith Message, but I’m not here to be a bull horn Christian, just a witness.

I have a small handful of friends who don’t have social media at all. People look at them weird. They don’t care, they love every minute of not having the drama and emotional drain that comes with Social Media.

As of right now, I’m still going to stay on Social Media, but limit my time on it.  Or take the much needed breaks when I feel emotionally drained and overwhelmed.

You need to learn who your close ‘tribe’ is to help you out when you need it. I now use my e-mail list to reach out to close friends or just text them.  I’ve been making a big shift not to ‘lean’ on social media so much.

I want to make sure I can teach my kids how to be a good person and that will reflect that online in the future when they are connected to the internet.  

Hope this blog post was helpful.  

Love to hear your comments on this topic.

Definitely a conversation I think we should be having with ourselves and friends and family.

Carrie

 

 

A new look at Spring Cleaning

A new look at Spring Cleaning

It’s Here, Spring finally came for 2019.

I’m aware you can google this topic of Spring Cleaning and you can find SO many videos on YouTube about spring cleaning.

I’ll be honest, I’ve binged watched and subscribed to a few channels on the topic. My favorite is Melissa Maker from Clean My Space. Not a plug for her, just really like her content and she’s Canadian!!

Hopefully what I have to add that works for me is helpful for you too.

 

I have found the Spring Cleaning has become less complicated. Doesn’t anyone else what that? I know I did.

My Method for Spring Cleaning has finally come down to a task that happens all year round.

 

I have 3 kids, if we don’t attack it all year it’s becomes overwhelming and too much, insert meltdowns, I get frustrated and it’s not fun for everyone. We have finally gotten to a place that our oldest understands and this process has gotten easier.  He’s starting to mature and see what it’s all about, which is wonderful.

Yes, our kids are included. Especially the playroom and their toys.

The Spring Cleaning I want to talk about today isn’t one you would expect. As I mentioned, if you want, you can watch YouTube videos’ of people cleaning. Up to you.

I’ve been doing this and it’s made a world of difference.Focusing on _All Seasons_ Cleaning, Purging and Organizing has made all the difference or it's a mountain of a task in the Spring

We always talk about cleaning our houses or car or closets. What about cleaning the unexpected places that you might not know is dragging you down. I hope you’ve had the wonderful experience of cleaning out an area in your home and feeling a lot “lighter” afterwards and it makes you motivated to clean, purge and organize another area.

Since I do my cleaning, purging and organizing all year, I can focus on specific areas.

Here’s additional items to think about for Spring Cleaning:

Apps on my Smartphone.

I started deleting the apps I NEVER use. Or the ones I’m OVER use and waste LOTS of my time.

Which app could you delete that wastes lots of your time?

My app was YouTube. Yup, I got rid of it off my phone. I don’t like my kids seeing me gripping my phone all day long. YouTube is my zoning out place. Lots of DIY’s, Farmhouse and homesteading channels I can’t stop binge watching.

I noticed I was telling my kids “Mom’s just needing to sit down and take a break”…45 min later, I’m still telling myself I can watch another 12 min video.

When I first deleted the app, I didn’t miss it the first 2 days. Then I found myself trying to go to the usual spot that I had the app in. NOPE, I made a choice to get rid of it.

If your phone is less distracting with deleting apps, getting into the routine of “All Season” cleaning gets easier.

I actually would prefer to be without the phone all together, truthfully. It’s not something I grew up with, but my kids are. I don’t find myself to be any further ahead with one and looking forward to seeing my options once my contracts up. Plus it’s taking me away from the ones who need me most, my family.

Since I’m on the topic of technology. My other spring clean I need to do is my blog, and computer. For my computer I specifically mean our family pictures.

Our dream for our family home was always to have our pictures from our family life as our “Wall Art”.

Cleaning up of pictures and organizing them on the computer will help us accomplish this goal.

Plus my blog needs a spring clean. Now that I have a better flow with how blogging goes, (it’ll probably change again once I get the hang out it fully), I can go back and spring clean my old posts.

What’s another benefit of being in spring cleaning mode all year?

Right now we are attacking a large area in our house, that most people won’t let you ever see. I can’t wait to show you the before and after pictures of this space. I’ve tried making a space work in our home since we moved here as my work space. We finally said enough is enough and are officially making it a storage space.

My husband has more time at home now and wants more space in the garage to do Reno’s and wood projects. Fixing up this old work spot of mine into a storage will make a huge difference.

Since we got our trailer, lots of our camping stuff came out of the garage. Still wasn’t enough space.

My canning jar collection is going to have a new home and we are going to install an official boot room. Can’t wait to show you the reveal.

Again, If I didn’t approach my cleaning all year round , this wouldn’t be possible. Or we would still attack it with lots of frustration from the kids. Plus over spring break I got a new flower garden in and got garden boxes.

Less time wasted on my phone, means more time pursuing LIFE. We can always get sucked into the endless content on our phones OR put it down and get stuff done so you can play more later!!

Do you spring clean ONLY in spring?

What apps would you delete that you don’t use or overuse?

Love to hear what fun projects you are doing in your home to make life that much easier to do the things you love, which space is it?

 

Spring Break Ideas for Kids

Spring Break Ideas for Kids

Since I last shared about being a parent and spring break coming up so quick I had to write this post.

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Since I’m sharing about life with kids today. I’m not sharing cute staged photos just real life. Because we all need to see that sometimes.

Last year my son was part time kindergarten so I still had him home enough that Spring Break and Christmas break felt normal. Now he’s in full time school and Christmas Break is full of family get together’s BUT Spring Break is not.

Some of these Spring Break Ideas for Kids is already set to go in our home all year round.  This really came in handy when my son had almost a full week off for snow days recently.

My time in working in both Public and Private schools as a Teachers Assistant has sparked a lot of these ideas within my home. Here’s my ‘Ready Set Go’ list and ‘Spring Break Wish list’ ideas to help make it Spring Break (or any unexpected school day off) fun and interesting.

Ready Set Go Activities:

These are always available, year round and kids can access at anytime. You may notice a IMG_0080simple look at this list, helps kids be more creative.

As I shared, this is a real life look at what our kids cupboard looks like.

  1. Coloring Books – Fit in the DIY book holder.
  2. Pencil Crayons, Crayons and Felts in easy (Dollar Store or DIY) to clean up containers.
  3. Scrap Paper – Printer paper gets expensive FAST. Can always use the backside of paper.
  4. White Erase Books – I have a mini collection from Usborne Books. Any book section in stores have them. Lots of options out there. We scored a great one at Costco last summer.
  5. Puzzles
  6. Play Dough – Make your own
  7. Spiro Graph
  8. Paints (Assisted and Supervised)
  9. Smart Games – Rush Hour for example
  10. Books – Library or used book store
  11. Play Room full with Toys and Games

Spring Break Wish list:

We made a summer wish list last year and it made summer a lot more fun and easier (manageable for mom). Why not do that for Spring Break too.

Got this idea from Fun Cheap or Free.

Ask your kids what they want to do? Here’s the response I got plus some extra ideas with a FREE printable.

  1. Play Dates – Always, seriously though start planning it now.
  2. Swimming – This was one of my sons top request.
  3. Flying a Kite was his next one. Honestly if the weather is right all outside activities are a GO!
  4. Make larger craft projects. Depends on your kid. Mine soak this up and love making bigger projects. Like a Dinosaur Habitat for exampleIMG_0081
  5. Movie Theater Date Night – All depends on what’s showing.
  6. Find out in your local area what’s happening for FREE.
  7. Print off worksheets, have fun practicing your reading skills with this cute Spring word matching activity! Check out Education.com for more reading activities! My son loves this page!

Here’s the FREE matching list with images_spring!

What would be on your wish list? Comment below with your ideas.

_My ultimate Spring Break wishlist is a vacation, with a beach_

I hope these things are helpful to you? Are you looking forward to spring break?  I know my 3 year old will love having his big brother home. I won’t mind my oldest distracting the other two so I can get stuff done.IMG_0078

What’s on my actual wish list – DIY projects and getting my garden planning started.

Picture above is my last real life moment. Happy I had my camera ready. “Mom look at my heart”.

Happy Spring!

 

 

5 Things for Valentines Day

It’s tomorrow, Valentine’s Day.

I remember this day when I was little and in getting valentines from kids in class. Well things sure have changed as I know have a boy in grade 1 and am learning what it’s like to be on the other side of that.

What I’m about to share may be different then the regular run of the blog posts about Valentines. Personally I don’t make a big fuss.

Have a quick read and let me know what you think?

Here’s 5 things things for Valentines Day!

5: Make your own Valentines cards!

IMG_0072I’m a super frugal person. I just love a good homemade gift. I have hit up the dollar store last year for this day. Plus I was pregnant and wanted to get the ordeal over with. This year my son had a snow day and well, we made valentine’s day cards (hopefully he can hand them out this week).

I used to make scrap books and never got rid of my supplies, that sure come in handy. Plus with a day off from school for a snow day, I wasn’t going to drive to the store AND it used up lots of time.

4. Buy a Thrifted Vase

Thrifted JarFebruary happens to be my mom’s birthday month. For her birthday I wanted to get her a Vase with flowers.  I grew up antique shopping with my parents and I had a particular one in mind. I only went to 2 thrift stores before I found what I was looking for.

I paid $2.70  (Canadian) for this jug. It’s a little smaller than your normal vase. Plus knowing my mom she has lots of flowers from her garden what will fit well in this all summer long.

P.S. Smaller vase means smaller bouquet to buy = less money. Flowers are EXPENSIVE in February. Especially before Valentines day.

3:  Don’t Decorate

WHAT!! I’m a person that appreciates a well decorated space. In February, I don’t decorate for Valentines Day.  Umm, in our home we just had December, the house was decorated for Christmas. January was our son’s birthday = decorated.

I just don’t make a big fuss about the day.

Here I am blogging about it…

Maybe I’m just cheap. Or, I just don’t want to get caught up in the over commercialized day.

OR, I just like what my oldest has done and made little valentines notes on our bedroom doors with pink hearts all over them. I think I’m going to keep them up as long as I can (or as long as our 3 year old will let them stay up).

2: Take time for YOU

IMG_0070Here’s the harsh truth. Someone (maybe that’s you reading this) we know has lost someone they love in their life and being reminded that they don’t have that person to share Valentines Day with anymore, SUCKS.

Take time for YOU. I’ve come to learn to LOVE who I am.

If we LOVE who we are, we have more of ourselves to GIVE.

And then there’s #1.

1: Valentines Day happens EVERYDAY

I’ve always been taught and have come to learn the truth that there is an amazing love story happening everyday. Not unless you believe it will you see that and experience that truth.

I choose to Follow Jesus Christ. His love for us and from God in Heaven far out shines all the commercialized crap that the world sells you today.

That’s the truth I was taught and have come to know. The message I received through a song for 2019 was LOVE.

You are LOVED – Did you know that? Everyday!

Thanks for sticking to the end.

Hope some of this was helpful.

Carrie Lynn

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Reflections of 2018

Reflections of 2018Is it here? The end of a year? 2018!

Next post will be in 2019!!

Many good things and difficult things have happened in 2018.

Life Storms

What a way to end 2018 in the Fraser Valley/Vancouver here in Canada we had a massive wind storm. The Pier that my husband proposed at got trashed by boats, someone had to get rescued by helicopter.

Some life storms we faced this year to do with a job change, 5 weeks early preemie baby and loss of a family member to name a few things.

Despite life storms I’ve worked more consistently at blogging. Switching to a better platform has made a big difference. I’m enjoying the journey, which it definitely is.

If I could speak openly, I’ve never thought much about venturing online and being more public and vulnerable with writing a blog. I’ll share more about that in the new year.

Best of 2018 for Notefull Living?

Top 5 Blog Posts

  1. Trailer RV Tour
  2. Starting a Business
  3. Boys Bedroom
  4. Camping Adventures
  5. August Birthday/Date Night Surprise are tied for 5th.

My FAVORITE POST is: Date Night Surprise.

You may notice I’m still new to blogging and some of my formatting is different from one blog post to the next.

IMG_9634My FAVORITE PICTURE I took this past year was this one. This one I took for my Birthday Post.

It’s not a goal of mine to be some big famous money making blogger.

I felt very strongly on my heart (from the Holy Spirit, yes, I’m a Christian) that I’m supposed to write this blog, knowing this I’m going to be myself.  

I’ve been loving reading other blogs over the years and in 2018 I’ve branched out on different media platforms and have been discovering who the Canadian bloggers are out there.

Are you are a Canadian blogger? Comment below with your blog sites, I would like to follow and find more Canadian Bloggers.

Speaking of different social media platforms my BIG tweet on twitter was this?DiBK70fVAAAR4Me

I guess my love for gardening and plants was appreciated by others too.

I’ve been enjoying connecting with other bloggers around the world.  It’s been great finding a community (you know who you are) online with getting likes, comments and subscribers!  

A big THANK YOU to everyone who is following, reading, commenting and subscribing.  

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Blessings to you in 2019!

 

Christmas at my house

Christmas of 2018 is here!

It actually just arrived a week ago. 2018 in general has been a full year for us. December was quite a ride, full of fun, but a ride and I was trying to keep up. Still am, truthfully.

Tomorrow I get to do a “Christmas at my house” presentation with my son in his classroom. So, keeping in step with that same idea I’m just going to share on here the same thing.

Here’s the deal, I have a huge appreciation for Home Decorating and by no means am I an interior decorator. Do I binge watch on YouTube and Instagram at the beautifully decorated homes, yup.

Enough of that. Here’s our home. I usually decorate more in my home. Christmas is just sticking to the living room.

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I’m excited for the 6 stockings. We are a family of 5, now with our little girl. A student staying with us for Christmas makes 6. Each stocking is marked by a special ornament to represent a member of the family. No – I didn’t make the stockings. I’ve been asked several times. I would like to make them in the future, once these give up.

Our mantel normally has a garland on it. With our kitchen shelf not up, the boys wanted the train out, so the mantel is full of extra fun Christmas trinkets.

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OK, there is a touch of homemade on here. I made my ornament one year, with the intention to finish the other ones for the family. I think I’m missing letters for everyone else. Isn’t the stocking cute? I was happy to find these for my husband and I to hang.

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On the side of our fireplace sits the favorite spot for everyone in the house.  Our big black leather chair. We moved our wooden box for the tree to fit. I won this table runner at a market several years ago and love pulling it out every year. Yes, Style at Home magazine tends to reside here and I flip through it often.

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On the other side of the room I switched up by pillow covers for my DIY pillow cover made from a sweater. Above that our kids make big glittery snowflakes with their Oma this year to hang in the opening.

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Had to add the piano in here of course. This was the first to get decorated. I’m thankful my flute isn’t used as a weapon anymore and actually fits there with the music books so I can still play Christmas chorals (when I can).

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A sneak peak at the Christmas Tree. Had to share this lovely little country girl. The only ornament from my childhood tree as a kid. My initials are penned on the bottom of her shoe. Along with my new favorite Music garland.

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Here’s another snapshot of the ornaments on the tree. It’s real, every year we have a real tree. Yes, needles are everywhere, It’s hard to get the garland to fit just right and ornaments are hard to hang. BUT, we LOVE having a real tree. It’s great fun taking the kids to a local tree farm and cut one down.

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There it is. Our real family inspired Christmas tree. Can you tell where the kids decorated? I keep finding ornaments all over our house from our 3 year old. Or find them moved all to one branch. Either way they are loving having Christmas set up.

December 2018

Is 2018 really almost done? I’m ready for 2019. How about you? I’m looking forward to sharing more with you in the new year.

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Stay at Home Mom

This has been a childhood dream of mine. I wasn’t always a stay at home mom. If your thinking about making the change to do be one, I hope reading my story helps with that decision.

Here’s how I became a stay at home mom.Stay At Home Mom

A dream is a dream, it’s healthy to dream. Dreams do come true, for me it came in the least way I expected.

I actually went back to work after my maternity leave for a complete year (in Canada). My job before my maternity leave was only contract, so I had no job to go back too. I ended maternity leave on a job hunt and thankfully got one. I worked for full year with having our son in childcare.

Here’s what happened next:

Sometimes life circumstances pushes you in a different direction, in the least way you expect.

I kept hearing over and over from family and friends, “you need to work to get that second mat leave”. Peer pressure, lots of it.

Long story short: We wanted to grow our family, we did get pregnant AND then we lost the baby at 17 weeks.

After many long months of grieving and attempting going back to work.  We made the decision for me to stay home. Since growing a family was important to us, I obviously needed to stay home.  My first pregnancy ended with a difficulty in regards to my health.

Life as a Stay at Home Mom, meant a BIG lifestyle change.

It’s a massive adjustment. We did learn I wasn’t really making any money with working and having a child in daycare. We would actually be losing money with 2 in daycare. Good thing on maternity leave I already was doing whatever I could to learn a more frugal lifestyle.

My miscarriage left me in a dark place and it wasn’t how I imagined being a stay at home mom.

Not to get all “listen to my sob story”. But this is a part of my story. It took moving out of our townhouse to a new home to really give a new and fresh perspective for our family, lifestyle and me being home.IMG_4269 - Copy

Being a “Homemaker” isn’t all, home baking and made from scratch, all the time. You can give yourself some grace when something is store bought. Or if you need a day to just REST, it’s OK.

When I mentioned it’s a big lifestyle change. I truly meant it. A big reason you resort to learning how to make things on your own, well it’s a whole lot stinking cheaper. Learning how to make a lot of my own stuff, lead me to reading blogs and watching lots of YouTube videos. I’ve been reading blogs for so long, I feel more confident than ever to be able to share my tips and experiences on here.

I’ve never learned to be more frugal. I thought my childhood growing up was frugal living.

What does my typical day look like?

39973006_425586547964896_1666949040337584128_nWe now have 3 kids.  Thankfully our oldest son is mostly independent, I love watching him learn. Still teaching our second son to potty train (its rough) and our little girl, just loves to give lots of smiles and is super easy going.

Some days I can make the yummy drop cheese biscuits (pictured above) to go with Sunday soup. Other days I grab a bag of cheese buns when I go grocery shopping.

If there was one thing I recommend if you are home like I am.  Invest in a Kitchen Aid. I would NOT bake as much as I do if I didn’t have this on my counter. When I’m in a good mood, and want to bake, I run this thing a few times a week.

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Can I Bake, Cook, Clean, Sew, Mend Clothes, Cloth Diaper, Cut Hair and Have time for myself. Yes, but not all at the same time. I definitely do my best to do all those things but in the end give myself space to take some time “off”.

Being a mom there is no “Part Time or Full Time”, your a Mom “ALL the time”, in a good way.

Allow yourself a break. Even if that means when your husband walks in the door and you hand him the kid that’s been crying all day and walk out. You need to get away from the kids after a long day. I’ve done it, it happened one time that I had to GET AWAY. I’ve learned now how to decompress during the day. Remember when I said it being a big lifestyle change?

It does help that our oldest is starting to shift into helping more around the house. Yes, my husband is a HUGE help too.

Life is sure changing though since I first became a mom. Life with 2 boys is busy. Now there’s a lovely little girl in my life.

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I’m not a perfect parent.  I have friends and family that are parents that I look up to, they think I’m crazy when I tell them that. I’m always learning how to do things to make home life easier or flow better.  There is lots of great advice and NOT great advice out there, be mindful of that. You just gotta figure out what works for you and your family as a mom.

What’s it been like for you?  I grew up with a stay at home mom and it’s such a different world we live in today compared to what my mom grew up with and what my parents had when they raised me. We can always learn something from sharing our stories.

Now I’m making the transition to being a “work at home mom”.

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10 Wedding Tips

I promise the nursery blog post is coming. I’m learning September and “getting back into routine” is a bigger task then I thought.

Until then I’ll share a family post with why September is more special around our home.Wedding Sept 12 359

It’s been 10 years since my husband and I got married. September 2018 has been a wedding month for us, this month is almost over. We have been talking about our dreams and goals that we are currently living.

YES, Dreams do come true.

We even watched our reception video (lots of fast forwarding), made a favorite meal, read our wedding bible verse and discussed our next dreams and goals for what’s ahead.

But, If you have been reading my blog then you know some of those future goals already and I don’t want to repeat myself.

This list I’m going to share are often the things we let our friends or family know when they are getting married.  Everyone gives advice, but we’ve learned couples want to hear from those who have gotten married in the last 5 to 10 years.

So, here’s a list of 10 Wedding Tips:

1: It’s a celebration of you and your future spouse, it’s YOUR day.  Wedding planning can get dramatic.   I was one of three brides living under one roof to know how “dramatic” it can get. I’m just going to leave it at that.

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From experience here’s a few….

“Do’s and Don’ts”

2: Do your research for a wedding photographer. The one we wanted would have costed a good chunk of our entire wedding budget.  Wedding photography isn’t cheap, do your research.

3: Don’t make your own veil. I thought it was crazy what they charged and what you got for the veil itself.  1/2 way through making mine I knew WHY. I love a good DIY , however no matter how much I did my best to secure the beads my veil was coming apart most of the day.

4: Do find a good rental company. We rented our table centerpieces. The rest was made by family or gifted. Our wedding arch is a part of my garden currently. I love decor and decorating but having the same of 20 plus table centerpieces can add up and you have to do something with it after. No, Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of what ours was.

True fact: Pinterest didn’t exist when we got married

Yes, I’m technically a “millennial”, pinterest would have been a great help particularly in this area. However, I do like that we got to use a lot of our own creativity for the decor. Their wasn’t much online back then for “ideas”.

Attention BRIDES: Someone I know locally has a business just for this and I wish her business was running 10 years ago.

If you live in the Fraser Valley, check her website Elegant Decor Rentals

5: Don’t make your own invitations or thank you cards. Just like the wedding veil that was time I could have spent doing other things. We had a “card making” party with family which was fun, but in the end was a big job. There’s lots of great options now that can still give that crafty vibe I was going for.

6: Wedding Car: I’m grateful for the car we got to use. Here’s the thing, it was a MESS. If your ever planning to lend your vehicle for a wedding. PLEASE, clean your car out. We unexpectedly got to borrow someone’s summer convertible before it went into storage.

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A convertible car was fun, but not when your feet can’t reach the floor boards from all the garbage.

7: Remember to write a proper “Thank You” speech for the reception. We didn’t pay attention to this detail and were fully caught of guard when we got called up.

Going to other wedding since our wedding we always joke and look at each other at what a good job the couple does when they list and name everyone, that helped make their day happen.

8: Wedding Cake:

Wedding cakes don’t always have to be wedding cakes.

This was one of my favorite of breaking the “wedding cake” tradition. We had homemade cream puffs done by my mother in law. Every time I see this picture I just want to eat some.

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9: Destination? No our wedding wasn’t, I’m not talking Mexico or Hawaii either. I can’t take credit for this.

One of our friends did this recently. Our wedding guest list hit 200, a lot of that is family. Our friends list easily was 300. So they chose to go to a resort a couples hours drive from where they lived. The capacity of the resort was much less and helped refine the guest list.

Dreams do come true. I’ve said this before. This wedding was BEAUTIFUL. The ceremony was on a frozen lake and it was SNOWING, during the ceremony. The name “Narnia” kept coming up. Just to give you an idea of how to picture this incredible day.

10: This tip isn’t actually wedding related but worth sharing.  This was told to us before we got married, we did this and deeply appreciate the tip.

Go on a DATE just before the wedding.

One rule: No wedding talk allowed.

As I shared before, wedding planning can be dramatic, and obviously busy. This date just brings you back to the one person that you want to be with.

Marriage to my husband and I is a big deal. It’s a day that you start being a family. Your life isn’t all about you anymore it’s the loved one that you get to share it with.

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If your reading this and getting married, congrats!

Relax and Enjoy your day when it comes. 

Have fun, be yourself. 

I hope some of these tips are helpful.

This last picture, is one of our favorites from our wedding day. It’s “US”.

I remember thinking the photographer was crazy to ask me to pose like this, but I couldn’t stop laughing.  First picture we framed and was on our wall right away.

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Boys Bedroom

Here’s is the Boys Bedroom. Here I share some tips to help make a small shared bedroom space work.

Boys Room(Shared)Here’s a look at our boys bedroom. With the arrival of our little girl, we knew we had to put the boys together.

Here’s the thing: The bedroom is 10′ x 10′

We learned, from visiting friends houses with bunk beds in their kids bedrooms, that it wouldn’t be a safe option for our second son.

We were given the matching bed frames, which do stack into bunk beds.  However we are missing the ladder and some important hardware to make the set into bunk beds again.

There’s many things about this room that I love.

With it being small, keeping it SIMPLE was key to making this space work.

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Our oldest wanted the room to be ALL red. So we worked on a compromise. We talked about making a red racing stripe.

While doing our researching we really liked the classic: red, blue and grey “Superhero” colors. 

We have a house built in the 1970’s so we took the red and painted it on the boxed out curtain rob (They are ALL over this house).

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Here’s the “stripe” we made. I can’t get over how great this turned out. The boys call it many things, but not a racing stripe.

The boys think it looks like a super hero cape or a laser beam, and many other creative things.

TIP: Use yellow painters tape if you want to make the same look. 

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Here’s all the colors together. One of my favorites in this room is the artwork on this wall. It can fit in many different spaces in a home. I was hoping it would still work in their room and I think it still does.

What also makes this space great is the bedding and decorative pillows.

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Can you see where the color scheme idea is coming from? The motorcycle pillow originally comes from the first bedding set we bought for our oldest. This has been “driven” all over our home.

We got the bed sheets recently from Costco. The comforters are duvet covers from IKEA.

I fully thought I bought matching bed sheets, nope, matching duvet covers.

It worked out in the end, the boys had different comforters so this helped keep everything matching without buying all new bed sets.

Curtains are still original and work as great black out curtains. Plus the grey worked out. So I’ve kept them for now.

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Keeping a shared space organized can be tricky.

I went to the dollar store and bought these bins and put some in the closet and some under their beds.

Remember my oldest wanted an ALL red room.  You can tell which side is his.

I love these bins. They are easy for the boys to clean up and move toys back down to the playroom if they bring some up. The bins are also great to store, artwork or paper work from school.

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Here’s another angle with the blue wall again.

I’ve purposely not shown the closet, I’m still trying to figure out how to make some kind of system.  This is where sharing a room is challenging.

We are still planning to build and add our own DIY floating shelves. The floating shelves will go near the end of their beds on the wall.

Currently all their personal stuff that would go on them are in the closet.

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Hope you enjoyed this small tour of our sons small shared bedroom.

The paint we used was by DULUX:

  • Fashionable Grey
  • Salty Dog (Blue)
  • Positive Red

TIP on saving money to buy paint: buy the small cans when doing a feature color. Since this room is small that worked the best for us. We had enough to do 2 coats.

Additional tip: Wait for paint to go on sale. We always buy the cans on sale and don’t tint them right away. We wait to tint them when we are ready to paint another space.

Can’t wait to share the nursery next.

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August Birthdays

IMG_9634Sharing a family update today.  The end of summer is more then just busy with back to school, we have birthdays in our family.

Anyone else busy with August birthdays?

It’s a busy month, it’s not just summer holidays in the mix too.

Today is my birthday. A big shout out to all my other birthday buddies in the world.

 

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3 years ago this date was also my seconds sons due date.  He is the only one of my kids that’s gone overdue, so thankfully we don’t share the same birthday. Having birthday’s close in the family makes for interesting family get together’s. I have lots of nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins with August birthdays.

My Aunt and I share the same day!

Does being a year older make me wiser?  That always is my grandfathers question.  He’s 96 years old, I think so.

How I celebrate my birthday today is very different then how I used to. As a kid I counted down the days in August. A teenager, I learned where the present hiding spots where. End of August birthday also meant no one was around for your birthday party as they were all going on that one last holiday with the family.

When I graduated, it meant the first week of college was literally a week away. Just after I turned 22, I was getting married in a few short weeks.

For a short time when we first got married I didn’t want to celebrate my birthday, it’s just another day, NO IT’S NOT. Why bothering sharing this. Believing your not worth it is a dangerous mind set to live with.

Celebrate YOUR day. Your worth it.

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Today, as I said, I’m celebrating differently then I used too.

I texted my husband spontaneously and we had lunch together as a family. Dream come true, that was never possible before. I put on my favorite earrings, summer dress and did my makeup. After lunch we picked out candies at the old fashioned store and sat at the park across the street and enjoyed our treats.

My oldest asked me today when my friends where coming over, “isn’t that what your supposed to do?“. I also bought a bunch of sunflowers from the flower stand in the little village.

“Mom, your friends are supposed to buy you flowers, not you”……

On the drive home I told him I was having lunch with my friends. It’s my hope that when your older you will see me more then just a parent but a friend you can always talk too.

Side note: Fighting in families isn’t fun, it makes for birthdays and other special occasions especially difficult.

The day isn’t over yet, looking forward to what’s ahead.

Again, if your birthday is today, August 28, HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

Remember: celebrate YOUR day, YOUR worth it.

Home Tour update: I’ve learned attempting to photograph the kids rooms on top of regular family life is quite the challenge.  You will see more once it’s done.

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