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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.

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Tackle That Linen Closet…You’ll Feel Better!

| February 17, 2016 | 7 Comments
Tackle That Linen Closet…You’ll Feel Better!

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 […]

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DIY Crayons…A Perfect Craft To Make Together!

| September 29, 2015 | 14 Comments
DIY Crayons…A Perfect Craft To Make Together!

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 […]

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An Easy Valentine’s Box

| February 4, 2015 | 5 Comments
An Easy Valentine’s Box

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 […]

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Celebrating the “First” of Everything! – A Review and Staples Giveaway~ CAN 10/31

| October 2, 2014 | 90 Comments
Celebrating the “First” of Everything! – A Review and Staples Giveaway~ CAN 10/31

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 […]

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Paint Chits Art DIY

| July 21, 2014 | 14 Comments
Paint Chits Art DIY

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 […]

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Summer Time! Keeping the Kiddies Busy!

| July 14, 2014 | 11 Comments
Summer Time! Keeping the Kiddies Busy!

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 ūüôā This summer, I’ve already done “The Dig” twice already. It’s a great activity to keep the kids busy or bring it out […]

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Tips for Choosing the Right Curtains

| March 18, 2014 | 6 Comments
Tips for Choosing the Right Curtains

I get a lot of questions on my blog and from my clients about window treatments. Curtains and blinds can give a room that finishing touch, add depth, height and drama. These are popular questions that I’ve been asked: How long should my curtains be? – Typically, your curtains should just “kiss” the floor. There […]

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Happy Kids, Happy Vacation Travel – Tips and Tricks

| March 4, 2014 | 10 Comments
Happy Kids, Happy Vacation Travel – Tips and Tricks

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 […]

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No-Sew Roman Blind DIY!

| January 21, 2014 | 5 Comments
No-Sew Roman Blind DIY!

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 […]

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Six Steps to a Fabulous Holiday Urn!

| December 17, 2013 | 16 Comments
Six Steps to a Fabulous Holiday Urn!

Happy Holidays everyone! Don’t you just love holiday urns? I love that they can be decorated for any holiday really. However, decorating them can be daunting. Fear not! I’m going to help you make your urns look fresh.fabulous.sophisticated in just a few steps! It was about time I took out my Fall mums. Oh my! […]

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The SPLASH Towel Saves Mama’s Outfit! #Review and #Holiday Giveaway

| November 25, 2013 | 13 Comments
The SPLASH Towel Saves Mama’s Outfit! #Review and #Holiday Giveaway

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. […]

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Citrus Silver Jewellery LOVE! #Review and $100 GC Giveaway #HolidayGiveaway

| November 25, 2013 | 36 Comments
Citrus Silver Jewellery LOVE! #Review and $100 GC Giveaway #HolidayGiveaway

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, […]

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Hot Wheels are HOT! HOT! HOT! #Review and Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide! ~ CAN 12/15

| November 21, 2013 | 108 Comments
Hot Wheels are HOT! HOT! HOT! #Review and Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide! ~ CAN 12/15

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 […]

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Pretty in Pink Polka Dot Glam

| October 29, 2013 | 4 Comments
Pretty in Pink Polka Dot Glam

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 […]

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It’s a Wrap! Wrapping Paper Goes Chic

| August 27, 2013 | 8 Comments
It’s a Wrap! Wrapping Paper Goes Chic

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 […]

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Post Baby Belly Be Gone! – A Tummy Belt Review

| August 15, 2013 | 8 Comments
Post Baby Belly Be Gone! – A Tummy Belt Review

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 […]

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The Perfect Paint Colour ~ Tips

| June 11, 2013 | 1 Comment
The Perfect Paint Colour ~ Tips

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 […]

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Tip Toe Through the Tulips – Styling 101

| May 13, 2013 | 5 Comments
Tip Toe Through the Tulips – Styling 101

Tulips are not only a sign of Spring, but they have a special place in Ottawa’s heart. The Tulip Festival is on now in the Nation’s Capital and they’re beautiful. Rows and rows of different colours and¬†types of tulips grace the flower beds and draw crowds from all over the world! This is a picture […]

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Operation: Playroom Organization! ~ Tuesday Tips

| March 26, 2013 | 8 Comments
Operation: Playroom Organization! ~ Tuesday Tips

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 […]

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What Countertop to Choose?

| February 7, 2013 | 2 Comments
What Countertop to Choose?

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 […]

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