easy DIY rope coasters

I have a really easy little DIY project for you guys today. It’s one of those ones where you need very few supplies and can do in front of your fave Netflix show in an evening. Speaking of Netflix, what are you guys binging on these days? We just started Wentworth (like the Australian version of Orange is the New Black). Sans Dan, I’m re-watching all of Party of Five. DAMN I love that show. Loved it when I was 14, love it now. Nothing like a good, angsty teen drama, right? I’m always on the lookout for new good shows to watch though, so give me the scoop. Anyway, back to the project: easy DIY rope coasters. What you’ll need: // some thick sisal rope (you can get this from any hardware store – it’s the stuff you’d picture boaters using) – you could use 1/4, 3/8, or 1/2 inch .. depends on [Continue Reading…]

life lately: end of summer, a sick toddler & comfort foods

Can you guys believe we are coming to the end of the summer? It’s always that way, I find. Zips by in a flash. We have been trying to keep a balance of soaking up the season with fun activities and outings to our family cottages, mixed with some weekends at home dedicated to exterior projects around the house. We have had a stone pathway to lay, our porch to work on, a deck to build, etc. Lots going on – all of which I’ll update you on soon! We did our annual summer holiday down to Dan’s family’s cottage in the Adirondacks (where we got married). Maya LOVED getting to hang and play with her cousins every single day. Even though we’ve been back for a few weeks, she still talks about each of them when she’s going to sleep at night. So funny. While we were there, we [Continue Reading…]

wallpaper hanging tips from a beginner

So I know I said I was focusing on getting our bedroom closer to done, but I got side-tracked with Maya’s closet. “Oooop-ieeees” as Maya would say (apparently I say “oopsies” more than I realized…ha!). All of our closets have been pretty much a disaster since we moved in. We made sure there was a rod and a shelf in Maya’s closet, but then just shoved things in, including two small dressers we had from the old house. In all honesty, it was still probably the best closet in the house so far – some don’t even have shelves in them yet. Mine just has plastic drawer units and some old clothes racks. Anyway, I wanted to do a few things in tackling this closet: 1 // Make it functional. We need smarter storage in here. Baskets, shelves, etc, with a dedicated spot for everything. Right now, random stuff is just shoved into [Continue Reading…]


Guess what, you guys?!!?…………………………… Yep, that’s right! Dan and I are expecting another little bean sprout – due on February 4th, 2016!!! We are super thrilled. I am 4 months pregnant now (16 weeks) and feeling great. The first 6 weeks or so (from week 5 till 11ish) were harder to get through. I had that insane hit-by-a-bus tired thing going on, plus a good ol’ case of the nausea, so I just didn’t feel like myself. Oh and did I mention that that happened to coincide right at the time that Dan was away in Poland for 3 weeks and I caught a cold? Plus the whole solo parenting of Maya? Yeah, it was awesome. [mad respect for single parents!!!] I’m sure all you second and third time mamas out there can relate, but man do you ever show so much faster the second time around, huh? It’s like your [Continue Reading…]

some news: launching The DIY Style Co.

I have secretly been working behind the scenes on a new venture, that I am really excited to share with you guys today: my new business, The DIY Style Co. offering DIY workshops in Ottawa. Let me back up for a sec, and give you the full scoop. I met Caroline through a good friend (thanks Courtney!), when we were both pregnant. Not only were we due about a month apart, but we quickly realized that we both loved re-purposing, creating, all things DIY, entertaining, and design. She and I together ended up styling Courtney’s wedding, had so much fun, and were fast friends. Back of limo shenanigans on the way to the wedding… Fast forward a year or so, and I asked Caroline if she’d like to host a pop-up shop with me at my place. She agreed and we had a wonderful time hosting a well-turned out event for [Continue Reading…]

our guide to surviving roadtrips with a toddler

I don’t know about you guys, but for us, summertime is the season of road trips. Not epic, long ones to the other side of the country, but we do a 2-4 hour trip pretty regularly during July and August as we head out to family and friend cottages. We actually just got back on Friday from our usual family week in the Adirondack Park, NY, which is about 3.5 hours (no stops). Here is our guide to surviving roadtrips with a toddler. It used to be that Dan and I could throw a few things in the car, grab a coffee to go, and just hit the road. Daaaang, it was easy. Adding a kiddo into the mix definitely makes it a bit more of an ordeal. Little people seem to require the most stuff (is it just me, or does going away for a weekend look like you’re moving [Continue Reading…]

DIY bar cart: an old bookcase transformed

Have you spotted the chic bar carts all over the DIY blogosphere? From IKEA hacks to industrial looking carts made from plumbing parts, there are a huge variety of them out there that have all had me inspired. I recently said yes to being a part of the #LoveYourWood challenge. The scoop? 8 DIY bloggers across Canada were asked to re-furbish or build something out of wood, using two Varathane products and 3 (of 5) “mystery products” that would be sent to them in a challenge box. I figured that this was the perfect opportunity to tackle this project that had been on my wish list for a while, turning an old bookcase into a DIY bar cart. Here is how things started out. I already owned this bookcase, which had seen better days. It was made beautifully by my Daddio for my University dorm room, when I needed a [Continue Reading…]

my 3 quick “go to” everyday hairstyles for summer

This post is part of the YummyMummyClub.ca and Goody #GoodyTips sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors. Let’s chat hair today, k? I don’t know about you guys, but summertime for me is all about easy-going hairstyles. I’m not really one to spend much time on my hair to begin with. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a girly girl through-and-through and love to straighten, curl, or do an updo on my hair from time to time, but the everyday routine calls for fast and easy. Frankly, I like to get as many minutes of sleep in the morning as I can, and having my daughter going through my makeup drawer while I’m trying to get ready in the morning (making a mess of EVERYTHING) means I go REALLY fast. So, my go-to [Continue Reading…]

DIY bedroom makeover: picking paint and bedding

A progress update on the status of the master bedroom makeover is on the books for today, guys. Well, I’m not sure I can really call it a “makeover” since the before is just total lack of anything other than 4 walls and the floor? Anyway, you know what I mean. To remind you, this is the general direction of the design scheme for the bedroom (full scoop in this post)… And this is what things were looking like at last glance… To start with, we got our butts into gear and painted all of the trim (baseboards, window trim, door trim) in PARA paint’s “Jo Jo Whitewash” in their ‘ultra trim & door’ paint line. The colour is a nice bright white and the coverage was decent. Bare trim just sucks up the paint, so ultimately it took us 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of top coat. With some [Continue Reading…]

how to: frame kids artwork in a shadow box

Art is one of those things that totally personalizes a house. I love to walk into somebody’s pad and see personal photos, pieces picked up during travels, their own paintings maybe, and artwork that just feels like them. It can really help to turn a bland house into a unique home, you know? We have been slow to put up much in the way of artwork in our house since the reno, because so many of the walls remain un-painted. We’re chipping away at it, but I can’t wait to get a big gallery wall going up our new staircase and Dan’s office covered in some old family oil paintings. One of the things that I’m incorporating more of now (obviously!) is kids artwork. Maya churns out paintings and drawings like crazy, so I plan on making sure these are dotted around the house. For Mother’s Day, Dan took Maya [Continue Reading…]