New House "Before" Photos

Aug 31, 2014

*I know I promised a Breakfast Bars Recipe for yesterday but frankly, they didn't turn out good. Plus I think house photos are much more exciting!*

Last Friday our new house finally closed...and on schedule...yay!































We've been moving in and setting up non-stop since then and we are now FINALLY getting settled away, it's starting to feel livable, cozy and like home.

Our list of criteria to purchase was pretty specific and to be honest, I didn't think we were going to be able to find it in the current market. But the cards were in our favour and we did!

I, of course, wanted a place that I could add my personal touch to and customize without all the hassle of a new build. Tear down some walls here, add a bathroom there, change all the cosmetic stuff like paint colours, light fixtures, appliances etc. We (my other half and I) were both pretty adamant about the part of town we wanted to live in, having a backyard or deck for entertaining and of course, it had to be within our budget.

After only 2 weeks of looking we found The One.

Although just what I wanted, The One has a fair amount of work that needs to be done.

Here are some before photos for your entertainment.
3rd Bedroom























The carpet! The wallpaper! Those curtains!
Main Bath

























Sunroom
























A sunroom?! Definitely was not on the list but I'm taking it! It's the perfect breakfast spot.
Sunroom
























Master Half Bath


Master Bedroom



























































I have big big plans for this place!
Master Bedroom

Upstairs Hallway

2nd Bedroom 
4th Bedroom 
















































Stairs leading to main floor












































Dining Room

























Living Room
























Living Room























I know you can see the potential; behind the floral curtains and dated paint colours there is endless possibility. I left out photos of the kitchen and entry way and the basement, so I'll add those a little later. I already have tons of ideas in mind and have been collecting inspiration for weeks. I'll be sharing ideas room by room in the next few weeks.

Rainy Day Pick Me Ups

Aug 29, 2014

It's been raining here for what feels like close to a month. That's an exaggeration though because July was all sun sun sun and heat heat heat but because I've that, I'm so unaccustomed to the rain, wind and fog that it's really putting a damper on my Friday mood. And it's even a friday leading to a long weekend!

So here's a few things from the web that's helping to put a smile on my face today (the weather forecast for tomorrow is also helping, sunny and 22!).

Wishing I was hosting a lovely end of summer dinner party at this Greek retreat.
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photo credit: Robert Keone















































Sale = happiness always. Apartment Therapy has made a list of Furniture Deals on now at Big Box Stores.
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A great way to start your long weekend, this Overnight French Toast looks so delicious.
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And finally, how can all this sparkle not put a smile on your face?!













































Happy Friday & Happy Labour Day Weekend!

I'll be sharing a recipe for healthy and tasty breakfast bars tomorrow. :)

Mason Jar Herb Garden

Aug 27, 2014

I love cooking with fresh herbs, especially my favourites, basil, sage and rosemary.  I like having mint around too especially in the summer, there's so many tasty beverages to be made...lemonade & mint, mint, cucumber & water...Mojito anyone?).

Although I'd really like to grow herbs from seed in my garden, that hasn't happened yet (hopefully next season!), so in the meantime, these store bought ones will do just fine.






































For supplies you will need:

  • Mason jars (enough for the plans you have and maybe some extra, if you have larger plants it's better to separate them so they don't smother)
  • Rocks/stones to help with drainage
  • Herbs of your preferance
  • Potting soil. (optional: Miracle Gro)






















Steps:

The steps are easy. Just add the stones to the bottom of your jar, I think two or three layers should be lots. Add your potting mix and dampen the potting mix with a small amount of Miracle Gro mixed with water. Next insert your herb. If it seems like your plant is squat, remove some excess soil from around the roots. Pat down soil and give it a good watering then you're all done!














































Mmmmm delicious mint :)








































If you want to preserve your fresh herbs longer, check out this post from The Kitchn for Three Ways to Preserve Fresh Herbs.

Or, if you're ready to try out your newly planted herbs in a tasty dish, I highly recommend this Chorizo Carbonara recipe from Jamie Oliver. It passes all my recipe requirements, tasty, easy and quick. 

Make It Happen

Aug 21, 2014

Make it happen...that's what I've been repeating to myself almost everyday for the last month. So here I am with my first post, making it happen. Like lots of things in life, talking and thinking about starting my blog was easier than actually sitting down and putting writing and pictures together to post. But, also like a lot of things in life, usually the first step is the hardest. So whatever it is that you might have trouble starting, I hope these words help push you along and over that first step hump...!