Monday, April 13, 2015

Terrys Fabrics Designer Insights!

Hey guys!

Hope you had a nice weekend! The weather was really gorgeous in Ottawa. There is only a teeny tiny patch of snow left in the shady part of the yard and I did see a few tulips poking out their little heads. SPRING! I celebrated my birthday this weekend and thanks to Mr. Fix-It, I spent the entire Saturday at Nordik Spa...I've told you about my love for this gem before. I went with my mum, who treated me to lunch and it was all so relaxing and wonderful. Then Mr. Fix-It and I hit the town to my new fav restaurant...I'll tell you more about what and where it is soon and fingers crossed I will have a giveaway to it. It's AMAZING!!

Seeing how I was a party girl this weekend, I don't have much to share with you decor wise. It was a great feeling getting the patio set out this weekend but other than that my house was pretty neglected. Too much outside weather love. However, I do have this really fun thing to share with you today that has added to a fab birthday.

I was featured in the UK company Terrys Fabrics Designer Insights:
"Our designer insights section enables us to profile prestigious designers and design enthuisiasts, gaining a keen understanding of their creative process, their background and what they use for inspiration. They aim to profile not just interior designers but anyone working within the field that has an expertise in design, crafts, home improvements and interiors. These magazine layout interviews also give readers top furniture picks for the season from experts working in the field".

I'm pretty thrilled about it. Thought I would share because I wouldn't have be interviewed if it wasn't for you, my readers. Thank you.

Courtesy of: Terrys Fabrics

And be sure to check out their site for fabric, bedding, drapery hardware...you name it!

Keep it Beautiful.




Friday, April 10, 2015

Fabulous Friday! My favourite things + giveaways!

Hi guys!

Long time no chat. It's been a super busy week here both in the office and at home. I always find the week before and after a long weekend are always bananas. The first week is getting ready for the long weekend and the second is recovering from it. Hope you all had a nice Easter or Passover. We were here in the city for a bit and at the cottage. The egg hunt was a big success and of course our big guy 100% claims that he saw the bunny! He went to sleep on his top bunk, staring out the window into the cottage dark, with binoculars and a flashlight ready for the big moment. I wish I could package the cuteness and keep them believing forever.

After all the chocolate, food & vino last weekend I felt the need to detox. I tried something new this week. Instead of just writing down our dinners for the week, I also made Mr. Fix-It and my lunches for the week and cut up all the veggies and meat for our dinners.

The goal was to not buy our lunch all week and eat well during the day. The goal of cutting up all the veggies and any meat was to have the ingredients ready to go as soon as we got home. All in all, I would say it was pretty successful. It took a couple of hours in the kitchen on Monday afternoon but it was well worth it during the week. Try it out. My bod definitely feels like its indulged in it's fair share of veggie and fruit love, our dinner prep was less chaotic and our wallets were happy. Fingers crossed, the prep happens again this weekend for next week!

Here are a few of my favourite things this week that I think you may like too...

This house...how gorgeous is that garden?

Oh! Wednesday night my friend Marilou of the fab blog Twenty York Street invited me to  attend a fab media event. Canadian Club has released their Chairman's Select 100% Rye that's only available in Canada. The event was at one of my favourite restaurants Social in the Ottawa Byward Market. We learned and tasted a whole lotta Whisky.

Good thing I took a cab there and home :) Mr. Fix-It is a Scotch-Whisky fanatic so he may have wanted to fall on the ground and throw a tantrum on the floor when I told him it was a solo mission for me. Poor guy. Ah well, I brought him home a signed copy of the book Canadian Whisky, lots of cool new facts about whisky and a sipping glass. Good thing we were also fed a lot because I felt a whole lotta happy on my way home. Also, I learned from a Whisky mixologist how to make a Dry Rye Manhatten.

So fun! Who knew that a beer and wine loving girl would love this drink so much. It will definitely be on my drink-of-choice menu this weekend!

Here's how...
  • 2 oz Canadian Club® Chairman's Select 100% Rye                                                    
  • 1 oz dry vermouth
  • 1 dash Angostura® bitters
  • 1 dash simple syrup
  • lemon peel

  • Zest lemon peel over rim of glass.
    Serve straight or on the rocks.

    Tip: Only use ice cubes that are less than 24 hours old. After that they start to take on smells and yuckness in the freezer.
    Tip: South Koreans have the 2-2-2 rule. 2 oz Rye-2 ice cubes-let it sit for 2 mins. Enjoy :)

    Oh and if you want to know everything and anything about Canadian whisky, head over to my Instagram today to win a copy of the book! Woot!


    Pool noodles and popsicle sticks. Isn't this garland adorable?

    Need a great gift for kids' birthday parties? Check out Doodle Post.

    It's a mail order craft subscription for kids ages 5-10. Once a month, the little box addressed to the child, arrives in the mail. In the box are instructions and the materials needed to make two crafts. This is the craft that my big guy made. A cute product for kids that love crafts and getting mail.

    A few things happening in Ottawa this weekend:
    National Women's Show - A great place to head with your girlfriends at the Shaw Centre (aka Convention Centre) from April 11-12th.
    KidsFest - Your kids will love it! Peppa Pig and Splash 'n Boots will be there.

    GIVEAWAY ALERT!! Want to win tix to either of these events? First person to respond in the comments why they want to go to which event and why, wins! Also for the National Women's Show, I have a discount code. Enter in "beautiful" when purchasing tix online.

    Oh by the way, thanks so much for your ideas and input on the basement built-ins. We've decided to go with cupboards all the way across the bottom. Now if I could just find the time to get down there and clean out all the junk!

    TGIF!
    Keep it Beautiful.



    Thursday, April 2, 2015

    Urban Barn WINNER!

    Well, it appears you LOVE Urban Barn, let's be honest...who doesn't? This giveway has definitely been a hot one! Thank you to everyone who entered. Even if you aren't the winner, I hope you all get into Urban Barn this Spring and treat yourself and your home to something fresh.fabulous.sophisticated!
     

    THE WINNER OF THE $80 GIFT CARD IS...
     
    KATE SCRAFIELD!!
     
    CONGRATULATIONS :) YOU WILL HAVE TO LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU DECIDE ON AT URBAN BARN! HAPPY SHOPPING! 
     
    Don't forget, for all of you in Ottawa, the new Urban Barn location in Barrhaven is having their Spring Style Event on April 12th! Call the store to RSVP. Fun!
     
    Keep it Beautiful.








    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    Media Storage - Basement Reno

    Hey everyone!

    As you know, we've decided to take the leap and reno the basement. We've chosen our contractor and Mr. Fix-It is busy tearing down walls, cutting up old drywall and trying to de-tangle himself from all the random wiring down there! The whole space needs to be empty before our contractor can get in there and start working. Right now we're hoping to start June 1st. That gives me some time to go through all the bins of STUFF down there. I went through a couple of bins on the weekend and found some great memories. Remember these? I loved my charm necklace. It's now around our baby girl's neck and I've upgraded ;)

    While it's still a dark, dingy mess right now, we need to start moving on a couple of things. On one wall we're going to do built-ins for the tv, shelving, storage...you know...to hide the remotes, DVDs & randomness that everyone collects. These are being custom built and take about 4-6 weeks. So, tonight Mr. Fix-It and I are going to sit down and decide on what look we want so that we can tell our contractor the plan.

    Here are some that catch my eye....

    I really like how the tv is recessed into this built-in. Our contractor suggested having a panel open for remote storage. Me likey!







    I'm not sure if we should do cabinets all the way across the bottom or shelves all the way down. You'll see what I mean...this is my doodle sketch ;)


    I like the idea of being able to put baskets in the bottom shelves with toys, however, I also know that we need the storage. Let's be honest...having mostly open shelving won't stay tidy all the time. By having cupboards all the way across, it allows us to store more things and hide it! That sounds like a win to me!

    What do you think my friends? Closed cupboards all the way across the bottom or open shelving floor to ceiling? Would love to hear your thoughts!
     
     For now, I'm still staring at this! Okay, there might be a bunch of walls gone but there's still lots of stuff ;)
     
    The Urban Barn contest winner will be announced tomorrow! There's been lots of entries, can't wait to announce the winner!
     
     
    Keep it Beautiful.
     




    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Urban Barn Decor! + Awesome Giveaway!

    Hey guys!

    It may not look like it, but Spring officially arrived last week! It’s still freezing in Ottawa but you know where it’s not freezing? Inside one of my fav stores. Spring has sprung in Urban Barn! Oh baby, I melt in this store because everything is so gorgeous. A couple of weeks ago, I was invited for a sneak peak in the new store that opened up in Barrhaven in Ottawa.  It’s big, it’s bright and filled with everything beauty!

    I'll take this couch please! This is me and my friend Jessica hanging amongst the retro grey and orange.



    Here are some of my favs!

    COLOUR!

    Amen!


     Urban Barn is known for its Canadian custom upholstery, gorgeous accents and beautiful reclaimed wood furniture. My parent’s ordered their living room furniture (more on that in an upcoming post) from Urban Barn and it’s fabulous. While I was in the store all I kept thinking about was what would fit perfectly in the basement when the renovation is done! Oh baby!
    Pefect place to serve a cocktail or in my dreams...breakfast in bed?

    On April 12th they are having a fun in-store style event. If you are looking for ways to style for spring, head over to the Barrhaven store at 11am :) For all the non-Ottawa folks, Urban Barn has events like this all the time. Just go to their website and or a store closest to you and they will let you know what' s going on in their location.

     
    Of course, I wouldn’t just make you drool and leave you with nothing. I’ve got a $80 gift card to giveaway! Wicked. Awesome!
    Who wants to win!??! Enter here. The more times you enter, the better your chances are my friends! Contest closes April 1. Good luck!!
    Urban Barn

    Keep it Beautiful.



    Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    Daytime Ottawa + Hot Chocolate Bar!

    Hey guys,
     
    I'm very excited to be back on Daytime Ottawa (for non-Ottawa residents, it's a local television show) today talking about how to host a "Hot Chocolate Bar Party" as well as getting yourself organized with DIY dry-erase organization boards.

    Have you guys heard of mini parties? They were very popular last year and continue to trend for 2015. A mini party is exactly what it sounds like. We're all busy and sometimes feel overwhelmed at the thought of organizing a huge party with our family and friends. Instead, throw a mini party. With March Break here, why not throw a "hot chocolate bar" party? Hit the hill for some tobogganing fun and then have everyone back to you your house for hot chocolate and nibblies. It's easy, it's yummy and kids and adults will love it. Who doesn't love a cup of hot chocolate? It's love in a mug!

    All you need is a thermos, crock pot, pot full of hot chocolate etc., and any kind of topping you want. If you tune into the show today, you can see how I've organized mine with a few tips and tricks but here are a few suggested goodies:

    Of course, you can't forget the whip cream and a little chocolate sauce, sprinkles etc for added drizzle :) Yum! The kids will love it!

    If you want to add a little something to the adults' hot chocolate, here are a few options to take that hot chocolate to the next level for the après tobogganing!

    Hot chocolate, tequila & peppermint snaps
    Hot chocolate, brandy & Frangelico
    Hot chocolate & rum
    Hot chocolate & Baileys
    Hot chocolate & Cognac
    Hot Chocolate, Crème de Cacao & Irish Cream
    Hot Chocolate, Kahlua & Vodka

    Hope you can tune in. If you have a Rogers account, you can watch the show anytime by clicking here and choosing Rogers Anyplace TV. Or, if you're in Ottawa you can tune into Channel 22 and watch live at 11am or repeats at 2pm, 5pm & 11pm

    I'll have more on the DIY dry-erase organization on the blog soon. Think paint chits and frames.

    Oh, and how can I forget....
    Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    I hope you have a green beer waiting for you in the near future!


    Keep It Beautiful.



    Friday, March 13, 2015

    Fabulous Friday + Giveaway Winner!

    TGIF! Have a good week? For some reason it seemed to crawl by for me. I was busy at the office so usually when you're really busy, the week flies. Hmmm, not this one!

    We lost ALOT of snow this week in Ottawa. You can actually see sidewalk and dare I say it...I saw a grass patch on the front lawn this week. What?! The boys were so sad that their snow fort was melting, me...not so sad.

    Here's what I'm loving this week...

    How adorable are these Easter baskets from Indigo? Cuteness.
    What a great option to have. I'll have a cold one please!
                                                Contemporary Deck by Vancouver Photographers Heather Merenda

    I've found a really fab skin product. It's called Kari Gran. I have been looking to switch up my daily skin routine and I've found a winner. It's a three part system that includes washing your face with a cleansing oil. I've never washed my face with oil before and I'm hooked. My skin is softer, fresher and I totally smell like the spa when I go to bed :) I highly recommend it. Everything you put on your skin, goes into your skin and through your system. This product is natural, organic, hand poured and just lovely, lovely. I can't say enough about it and wanted you to know. Oh and I am also loving their "Lip Whip". Its soft, natural and makes my lips feel delish.
    
    And the WINNER of the GOGO SQUEEZ Prize Pack is....
    Sarah-Journeys of the Zoo! Congrats!
     
    Next week I'll be on Daytime Ottawa to talk about hot chocolate bars and organization walls. Tune in if you can!

    Have a fresh.fabulous.sophisticated weekend. I'm looking forward to a glass of wine tonight and a marathon session of House of Cards :)

    Keep it Beautiful.
     


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