Monday, May 16, 2016

New Biz & New Job

Hey guys,

Just a quick note to let you know about a couple of things a buzzing. I’ve got two big things that are turning my wheels right now. The first one, is that I’m working on a new biz that I had planned to launch last week BUT a nasty flu virus decided it would hijack my week and delay my launch. But, I am going to launch slowly, and the plan is hopefully by end of week?Whaat? I’ve been working hard on it and hoping that it will be ready to go. Woot! So fun, and so exciting. I hope you'll love it too. Stay tuned, you’ll be the first to know. Honestly, I’m busting excited.

Second, I’ve accepted a new position for my daytime job. The organization is completely new and so are the files. I started last Thursday and it was really great. It's always those first few days where you know nobody and just trying to figure out where the cafeteria and bathrooms are. So far, I've figured out where to get a cup of coffee and the ladies bathroom :)

High heels do powerful things for women. Let's be honest, they make your legs look fab but there is something in the tightness of a high heeled shoe that reminds you to stand tall, be confident and rock it!
So, please be patient with me. It might be a little more hit and miss around here for the next couple of weeks but I’ll try to stay on top of it. I know that you understand that taking on a new full time job is intense. It requires months of intense commitment to listen, learn and feel confident. I’m excited for the new challenge. Please don't forget that this blog, my new launch and you are my passion. Creating beautiful spaces fuels my soul and makes me smile. So, here I go with my high heels on.

Keep it Beautiful. 

Friday, May 6, 2016

DIY ABSTRACT ART

Happy Fabulous Friday!

Our older son is a fabulous artist. He loves to draw, paint, create and he’s very good at it. Our local community centre put out an advertisement that they were holding an art show. Anyone of any age could submit their art for the show. All the art pieces were to be hung in the gallery for the month of May. Our older son was thrilled and knew right away that he wanted to submit a painting. So, a couple of weekends ago, the kids had been outside all day and needed some downtime. I picked up a few white canvases and set up a little art studio in the back room and their paintings turned out gorg.
This got me thinking…
Since I broke the print that flanked the fireplace in December, the wall has been blank. I’ve been keeping my eye out for an inexpensive print but just haven’t been able to find anything that wowed me. Buying a fabulous piece of “real” art would be great but we're not sure what we're looking for, nor willing to shell out a lot of cashola. There are lots of other things on our priority list right now and an expensive piece of art isn't on that list. 

So…I did a painting myself. Gasp! I figured I had the extra canvas, the paint and a blank wall. Why not try it out? I would not consider myself to be artistic in the paint brush-to-canvas type way. I’m a stick-figure drawing type gal, so attempting to create a painting for the living room was out of the box for me.
Here’s what you need:
  • Blank canvas (any size you want) They have them at the DollarStore and larger sizes at any craft store.
  • Paint – I used the kids craft paint (no fancy artist paint here). I also used some leftover wall paint that we had.
  • Brushes – Again, the kids brushes and I snagged a big wall brush from the workroom for bigger strokes.
  • Drop cloth

I propped up the canvas on a chair as my make-shift easel
and just started with a few grey brush strokes using the wall brush. Horizontal and vertical.
I didn’t have too much paint on my brush so it dried really quickly. Then, it’s just a matter of layering. Use whatever colour combo you want. I always add a little black to everything in a room (a decorator’s tip) so why not add it to the canvas?
When I felt the colours were getting too intense, I added brush strokes of white over top. This will give you a softer look. You all know how much I love the white.

Take a step back, walk by it a few times before you keeping adding more. More is not necessarily better.
I casually hung it on the wall and felt really weird about it at first. Who am I to add my random abstract art up there? But you know what? It doesn’t look too bad. The kids loved it, Mr. Fix-It likes it and so do I. It was easy to do, cost hardly anything and why not.  

So, my friends…grab your brushes, canvas and DIY some abstract art this weekend. Happy weekend.

Keep it beautiful.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Personalizing Your Space with Canvas Champ

Most of you know that I love a fabulous gallery wall and surrounding my home in family photos. However, you know what I’m not good at? Updating those photos. It’s the classic first child versus third child syndrome. Most of the photos are of our older son and less and less of our middle and third children. Bad mummy. So, I'm on a mission to update the photos in the house and starting with adding udpated pics to the basement walls. 

Personalizing a space is the fun part about decorating. One rainy afternoon, I gave the kids a blank canvas, paint brushes and let them go to town. I told them their art was for the basement and they each decided to paint a rainbow, given the rainy day. They're in no particular order but you can likely tell who's is who's and I just love how they turned out. 
It was these three paintings that provided the direction for the finishing touches in the basement. They're whimsical, personal, colourful and made with love by their tiny hands. These are exactly the kinds of finishing touches that we wanted in our new space.
Over the couch, we added a picture ledge from Ikea with a few frames. 
We’re a beach-summer loving family so I thought it would be fitting to add in photos from our recent family trip to Mexico. 
However, I haven't decided which photos to put in all the frames, but I knew of one particular beach photo that needed a home on this ledge. It was one of those picture-worthy moments that was unplanned, natural and just happened. When Canvas Champ reached out for me to try out one of their photo canvas pieces, I thought it would be perfect for this photo.

It was really easy to navigate the Canvas Champ website. You click on the size you want or you can customize which is really great if you have odd measurements for the space.
Upload your image and then a feature that I really like is they show you what it will look like in a real space.
The prices are ah-mazing. I have some fabulouso coupon codes below. The product came quickly, I'm impressed with the quality and really like the wrap around of the photo. Some companies glue the design right over top of an existing canvas but this one is the real deal.
The orange in the boys shirts was the exact colour that I wanted to pop. Now the wall flows. The colours work well together, it's bright and my cuties look adorbs. Its a wall of love, a wall of them.



Even better, Canvas Champ is having a massive sale on right now. I mean MASSIVE. 85% off canvas + free shipping. Can't beat it!

Here are some fab coupon codes. Go get em! Personalize your walls, you'll love the result.


50% off on metal prints + free shipping over $25: COUPON CODE - METAL50

Free 16X20 canvas print: COUPON CODE - FREE16

Free 12X8 canvas print: COUPON CODE - FREE12

Free 8X8 canvas print: COUPON CODE - FREE8

Keep it Beautiful.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Netflix Siblings Playlist + a Fun Freebie!

Happy Friday everyone!

Netflix. I wanted to share yet another reason why I love it so much. Honestly, they get it. They just do. You all know by now that we are a Netflix loving and addicted family. We’ve actually reduced our channels to basic cable and Netflix has become how we watch tv shows and movies. Each night our three kiddies watch a show before bed and each night it’s the same fight between them of what they’re going to watch. 


Yup, these cuties are super adorable but when they can't agree on a show to watch...not so adorable.

 Enter in the best.idea.ever. 

Netflix Siblings Playlist. Can I get an amen? This month, kids can choose from “Tale of Two Distant Ages” playlist to the “Sugar and Spice” collection, offering something for every sibling squad to watch and enjoy together.  


  • Tale of Two Distant Ages – caters to your 5 year old and 14 year old.
  • Sugar and Spice – if one kid is sassy and the other is sweet. This is it.
  • Meet in the Middle Playlist – Deciding on a genre is hardest when it comes to watching together. From comedy to action, this playlist has titles that have a little bit of everything for everyone.
So it’s awesome. On school nights, each child has a turn and they get to pick from whatever playlist they want and what show they want to watch. It’s a one-stop shop because it’s taken out the stalling process where they get on each other's nerves trying to decide. Thank you Neflix!

It’s also not just for kids. Mr. Fix-it, my brother and sister-in-law and I are always talking about our fav new shows and its big time trouble if anyone leaks any spoilers. We’re no longer fighting over the remote, but championing our new fav Neflix show to get the other one hooked. It’s crazy this Netflix addiction.

This month the favs have been…
Broad Church – okay so this show is awesome. But it’s dark and twisted yet the acting is awesome and leaves you guessing till the end. Try it.

Downton Abbey – Season 5 has been released. Yes!

Time for the fun freebie.  Remember fortune tellers? 

I remember making these in class, although it was all about who you were going to marry ;) You can use it with your crew to decide what you’ll watch. 


Even better, I've attached a blank template for you to fill out your fav shows and play. My kids love the novelty of it and no more fights...well at least over Netflix ;)

Click here for the fortune teller that is already filled out.
Click here for the black fortune teller. 

Head over to my Instagram and see the fortune teller in action.

Keep it beautiful.

Disclosure: I love Netflix and you love Netflix. It’s a match made in heaven. As you know I’m part of the Netflix Stream Team and I love to share the latest shows and addiction with you. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Fabulous Friday!

Happy Fabulous Friday. Hope you had a great week. Ottawa is finally starting to feel like spring. On Monday I was wearing my snow boots and today, the tulips are starting to peak out. It's supposed to be a gorg, warm spring weekend. Yes! It was my birthday this week so I’m not complaining about my week over here. I took the day off with Mr. Fix-It and we spent it roaming the Market downtown and pub-hopping. My parents came over for dins {Mr. Fix-It made it, which is so nice because he's not the cook in our family}. He apparently has something else planned for us tonight. He’s sneaky that guy J

Here has what has caught my eye this week that I think might catch yours.

One Room Challenge is back and I’m crushing on this home office inspiration

Is the warmer weather getting you excited for those nurseries to open? A few tips before you buy plants. 


A wish has a large impact on both the child their family. It can help strengthen their families, improve mental and emotional health, reduce the fear and anxiety among a wish child’s sibling and give hope, strength and joy to the child. There are so many ways you can be involved.

Ottawa families, mark your calendar for May 10-15th, the Ottawa Children’s Festival is a great event for families. 
The festival takes place at LeBreton Flats Park and its filled with music, theatre, dance and more. Its super fun.

According to the fashion gurus, sneakers and floral dressers is this year's summer combo. 

You guys always impress me with your DIYs. I started this blog in the hopes for others to feel inspired to create beautiful spaces, pick up paint brushes and feel house proud. A loyal reader Carlos, has decided to whip out his label maker, clean out the spice cupboard and doesn’t it looks fab? Clean & organized. He picked up this spice shelving. Great job Carlos.
And...Kelly and her hubby took a dresser they had in their house that was ready for the bin…sanded, painted, added some funky retro legs and hardware. Voila! Fresh, fabulous, sophisiticated. Beauty. I love it. Kelly told me that it's more greenish than yellow that's come out in the photo.

Please keep sharing your DIYs, makeovers & designs. I love seeing them and I'm happy to share them here.
 
This weekend I’m going to organize the front hall closet. You can’t even see the floor anymore in there. My kids are clearly sick of putting their hats and mitts in the baskets and throwing them anywhere in there. I don’t blame them, I’m sick of doing it too. With the snow gone “fingers crossed it stays that way” its time to take it apart, clean it out, find the floor and give the closet room to breathe. Are you feeling the spring clean this weekend?

Keep it beautiful.


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