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Happy Monday, you guys! So I wanted to take a time out and chat with you for a sec about the blog. When I first starting writing it in 2010, we were fresh first-time homebuyers and doing project-after-project to transform our house, bit by bit. 4 years later, lots of DIY projects and room makeovers, plus a wedding and a baby, life has changed considerably. These days, I am at home looking after our baby girl and weekends are dedicated… Read more »

So I told you guys how I went to BlogPodium last week… well, I’m at another blogger conference in Toronto this week! It’s funny how things like this end up being one right after the other. I’m at the LINK 2013 conference put on my SheBlogs. I’m having a great time connecting with other Canadian women bloggers and learning about working better with brands, being social media savvy, and growing the blog. We’ve had a chance to hear Jeanne Beker,… Read more »

It’s always such a sweet moment when my blog or any project of mine is featured somewhere online, but seeing shout-outs in print totally get me giddy. In the most recent issue of Canadian Home Trends magazine, the editors mentioned a few of their fave blogs — including this old blog of mine! I’m totally flattered to be mentioned alongside a few of my sweet blog pals - Jen, Tanya, Amelia, and Shannon. A big thank you to CHT magazine! You can check out a… Read more »

I had had business cards made several years ago for the blog, then some for my etsy shop – both using the budget-friendly vistaprint and both designed by me. They were fine, but it had become annoying to have two separate cards. Plus, I had put my phone number on my original cards, which I now wanted to take off (email addy was all that I needed), and neither card actually had my name as the main header. So when… Read more »

Happy Friday, guys. We have a winter storm going on here in Ottawa today (snow in April? COME ON!), and I have a brutal head cold to boot so am at home sick. I think I’m going to sleep the day away, and hopefully wake up tomorrow to a head that I don’t want to chop off and sunny, warm weather. So remember that survey that I asked you guys to fill out over the blogiversary week? Well, I have… Read more »

I haven’t ever been one to set major resolutions at the beginning of each year. I think because I set goals and make lists throughout the year (this girl LOVES a list!), sitting down at the beginning of each year and writing out resolutions just hasn’t done it for me. Plus, I wrote down a bunch of goals and things to do in my 30 before 30 list that I’m still working on hammering out. Better take another look at that bad boy…. Read more »

Happy New Year, guys! Did you have a wonderful holiday? Full of family, friends, food, and cheer? I definitely did. Hubby, my parents, and I all jetted off to St Lucia for a week of total relaxation. Lots of sun, eating (OMG… a LOT of eating… my jeans are feeling a little snug!), reading, and lazing about. It was exactly what we all needed after a pretty hectic fall. I totally unplugged (no cell phone, internet, blogging, nothing!) and it… Read more »

So, I have some pretty fun news. I am CityLine’s “Blogger of the Month” for June! If you’re not from the great white north, you may not be familiar with CityLine. It’s a Canadian daytime talk show that covers topics from food, to  gardening, to fashion, and of course, interior design! And it’s pretty darn fabulous. I have been a fan for years and even sat in the audience once (I wrote about it here!), and did a “video question”… Read more »

BlogPodium. The event that is quickly becoming one of my favourite things to look forward to. The first one, held back in January (which I wrote about here), was so much fun that I was seriously excited for round two. Well I can tell you, it did not disappoint. A room full of sweet bloggers, some high profile speakers, lots of brand representatives, and so much useful information… it was fabulous! I’ll try to recap some of the highlights of… Read more »

So remember how I went to BlogPodium last fall (you can read about that here)? Well the lovely gals behind this bloggers meetup – Jen and Lindsay – have done it again. And this time they have even fandangled a pretty amazing contest ahead of time for the design bloggers: the EQ3 BlogPodium Contest. Here’s the scoop. All of us design bloggers who are attending the upcoming BlogPodium event were asked to put together a moodboard featuring our favourite EQ3… Read more »