Author Archive: Keep it Beautiful
Together with my hubby, we're working on renovating our 1920's house that we purchased in 2010 in a downtown neighbourhood in Ottawa, ON. The house was in need of mega love, complete with variations of bad wallpaper and peeling vinyl flooring. However, we were up to the challenge.
I am the Mommy to a 5 year old, a 2 year old and baby girl who keep me on my toes. My hubby is armed with the tools and is the magic in building my crazy design ideas.
In come the realities of renovating, budget, time and kids are things that many of us have to work with. I write about creating beautiful spaces that are everyday friendly, with easy DIYs which then leave room for splurges and I hope to inspire you to do the same.
Let’s talk winter and your home. The holiday decorations are all put way and now what. Sometimes after the holidays and in the middle of winter, it’s nice for your decor to feel fresh and clean so this is an opportunity to focus on getting your closets organized. Gasp! Are you that person that throws […]
I’m always looking for an easy DIY or craft that I can do with my kids. With the school starting, life has gotten busy…really busy. In the early days of September, our big guy was invited to a birthday party where the parents asked on the invitations to bring homemade gifts rather than presents. It’s always easier to […]
I love Valentine’s Day. As a kid, my family was totally into it. Well, I guess it was my mom that was the most into it and by default we all were. Check out this photo. I can’t believe it! The hats? the table cloth? Dad’s moustache? Mum’s hair? Oh my! This is Valentine’s Day […]
It’s been almost a month since school started up again. Wow! Where has the time gone? These days, the weather certainly feels like Fall and we’re back into the swing of lunches, after school programs and homework! Homework? This was new to us this year! When I say new to “us”, it’s true. Our oldest […]
Hey everyone, I’ve got a fun craft/project for you today. I know you have stacks of paint chits hanging around from when you were trying to pick colours for your house. Here’s how to turn those paint chits into an easy piece of art! Here’s What You Need – art canvas (I got mine at […]
Summer days are fun, but they can be long if the kids are bored! Keeping them busy with fun activities outside is a sure way to have happy kids and happy parents 🙂 This summer, I’ve already done “The Dig” twice already. It’s a great activity to keep the kids busy or bring it out […]
With March Break around the corner you may be getting ready to take a trip to the sunny South or a road trip to Gramma’s house. However long your vacation travel is, you’re going to need to be ready to keep your kiddies occupied and happy for the journey. Here are a few tips and […]
Hi everyone! Happy New Year! Do you have a window that needs a little love? I’ve got a fantastic no-sew roman blind DIY that is easy peasy and looks fab! If you don’t need the shade to go up and down for privacy then this blind is for you! With the holidays wrapping up, I’m always looking for […]
I know you’ve been there many times. You’re giving your babe a bath and regardless if your baby is 3 months old or 12 months old, your shirt usually ends up looking like this… This is me and this is what my shirt looks like EVERY TIME I give my baby girl a bath and lean over the tub. […]
From the minute I had my older son, I became obsessed with any kind of jewelry with his name on it. For some reason I felt like the more I wore his name, the closer he was to me at all times. Citrus Silver offers stunning sterling silver pendants and charms that are stamped with words, […]
Saying that my kids went bananas when a giant Hot Wheels box arrived at our door, is an understatement! The Hot Wheels Triple Track Twister was a hit! They have definitely hit the age group at 5+. My five year old loves the toy and the word “AWESOME” seemed to come out of his mouth […]
Well, I’m happy to let you know that our little guy is officially out of his crib and doing pretty well bunking in with his big brother. The bunk beds are a hit and I think they made the transition from crib to bed easier. Our baby girl needed a place to rest her head (she […]
We’re almost finished decorating the new guest room. It’s time to “dress” the room…my fav part. Adding texture and dimension to the room brings it all together. I have a desk that I did a makeover on last year. You can check it out here. It needed to fit into it’s new space so in comes […]
It’s been almost three months now since our third babe was born and while I love that her chunky rolls are growing I’m wondering why mine are sticking around? After I had my first child, it seemed that nursing was a miracle drug. The more I nursed, the more my baby belly vanished. Fabulous. After […]
Choosing paint colours for your walls can be daunting. It’s hard to tell from a 1″ paint chit what the entire wall is going to look like and trying to figure out what the undertones are in a tiny chit is difficult. However, there are a few tips and tricks to help you find your […]
Does your playroom every look like this? That isn’t my playroom but we’ve all been there. This is one side of mine though…total randomness. Mr. Fix-it and I are always revisiting ways to organize the playroom. We came up with a plan… We needed a way to organize and hide all the STUFF! We purchased […]
I’m sure we all have memories of laminate countertops in our parent’s or grandparent’s kitchens. I know my parents have had various shades of colours and styles of laminate in their kitchen over the years and just recently gone the way of granite. This past weekend, Mr. Fix-it and I were on the hunt for […]