Dreaming of Ikea

Excited is an understatement on how I am feeling that Ikea is coming to Dartmouth Crossing this fall. For years I have loved Ikea products, although I do not own any of the bigger items because it would cost me more in the long run because of shipping, but lo and behold, Ikea heard our cries in Atlantic Canada and is bringing one of their full size stores to us and even though the store is still a distance away from me, I am happy that it is driving distance and that we actually have a drop off location near our house and can get anything shipped here for only $59! So it’ll be great for those bigger items that I can’t fit in my car 🙂

I have always been an Ikea fan to the point that any city that we visit, I look up the location of the closest store. If they have an Ikea within driving distance, I make hubby spend an afternoon walking through the store with me as I dream of having pretty much everything there. Over the years I have dreamed of ordering everything and anything from there website and have compiled a list must haves.  A lot of these items I am sure you are familiar with and have seen in other blogs and social media platforms, but I wanted to share with you some of my favorites that I have a feeling will be entering my house pretty soon.

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Thank you for stopping by and seeing what is on my dream wish list for ikea 🙂 Do you like to shop at Ikea? What is in your dream wish list? I would love to hear, so please leave me a comment in the comment section. Take care everyone 🙂
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The struggle of making a decision

The struggles of decisions. How does one decide what to do with what one has? See, we bought this house 8 years ago. 8 years ago I was (very) pregnant with my first. He was due to come on September 16th and we had a closing/moving date of August 24th. So, you can imagine the stress of moving and only having 2 weeks to get everything in and organized was just not happening. I put little thought into the placement and organization of all the rooms (except his sweet nursery, that was all set up and ready to go- you can read about that here). To get back to the point, we have this one room that has really been the “catch all” room. It has went from TV room, to playroom, to office space, back to a playroom and now I call it the “messy room where things go to die”.

I have really been thinking about the direction and focus of my blog and YouTube channel lately and how having a dedicated space for writing and filming my be helpful, especially when the children are home. I just am not sure if this would be considered “greedy” or “selfish” for me to choose a room to have just for myself and not give that space to my whole family or my children.

Why do we as mothers always put the needs of others ahead of ourselves? I know I have written about making sure that we take time for ourselves (which is something else I still really struggle with) but when it comes down to getting something for us versus using that money or space for our children, our children usually win out because it feels wrong to think about ourselves before them. Am I making sense? I think we need to let go of this stigma and remember that we are important too and (as I have said in the past) we are the glue that holds the family together and sometimes, just sometimes, we need to put us before others.

I am still on the fence on what to do with this room.

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This is the room when we first moved in. We made it into a TV room. (2009).

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This is what the space looks like now. (2017)

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Another view of the space as it is currently. (2017).

It would make an amazing home office space I know. I have so many ideas (and I promise to share if I decide to do the room). Let me know if you have your own dedicated space just for yourself, whether it be a home office or just a “mom cave”. Are you guilty of putting the needs and wants of your children or others ahead of your own?

Take Care and Hugs,

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ORC 2017 : Bedroom Budget Breakdown

As promised, a few weeks ago, I mentioned that I would do a budget breakdown of our master bedroom from the one room challenge.  Honestly, if my life would be more organized, then maybe I would remember where I put those dang reciepts (but what fun would that be) So it took me a while to find them, and guess what?! I finally did!! So here I go on the breakdown on what I spent to complete this (what I consider) major transformation of our master bedroom during the April 2017 One Room Challenge 🙂

The room started off being this boring beige color that the previous owners had painted. I have no idea what the color was called, and it worked well in the beginning with my bedding but I was ready for something brighter and lighter. I went with my favorite brand of paint, Benjamin Moore and decided on a color that I already had in the house and loved, Grey Owl.

Next I wanted new furniture, but that just wasn’t in  the budget. I had to work with what I had and that was this dresser that were 30 years old, 2 night stands that were too short and another cream color dresser (that I actually really liked as it was).

A few pieces of wood, a light sanding and some My chalk paint, Benjamin Moore’s Chelsea Grey and some chalk paint wax and BAM! You have what looks like new furniture and looks so nice against the light color walls.

(Side note, I purchased this wax brush from Michael’s for $20 and it was a complete waste of money! The bristols came off as soon as I used it in one stroke!)

You may also notice that the end tables have some nice, simple new lamps on them. I scored those at Wal-Mart (again) for only $17.97 a piece (can you say major score!!)

The bed was another thing that we had to work with, one day we will get a king size bed but in the time being we worked with what we had. I bought this new bedding from QE Home/Quilts.

It was on sale for $30. Then I picked up a bed skirt from Wal-Mart, along with 4 pillowcases (2 solid white and 2 solid navy) Those were pretty inexpensive, each were only $10.97 for the 2 blue and $14.97 for the 2 white. The headboard was another DIY project that I completed, some foam ($35), fabric ($42) and a free headboard I found on the side of the road. Voila, a new bed!!

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The drapery was another score from Wal-Mart (and no this makeover was not sponsored from Wal-Mart, I just happened to find a lot of great deals there) They were just putting out a new line of drapery and I found these, a pair of 2 panels for $24.97!! (Amazing deal if you ask me!)

There are also a few accessories around the room (but not too many as I was trying to keep the room pretty simplistic)

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This box not only looks pretty but…

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it is practical and hides our TV remotes (Winners, $12)

The wooden box on the dresser ($7) and candle holder ($2) both were clearance items from Wal-Mart and the plant was free from my parents.

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The picture above the television was a Winner’s find for $9.99 and the farmhouse inspired art was from Michael’s and I used a 40% off coupon, making it $22.

All the accessories on this dresser I already owned 🙂

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So that is a complete breakdown of how much I spent to complete this bedroom makeover.

  • Fabric- $42
  • Foam- $35.05
  • Headboard- Free
  • Bedding-$34.50
  • Blue Pillowcases- $12.61
  • White pillowcases- $17.22
  • Bed skirt- $20.66
  • Paint/brushes/wax/My chalk powder-$81.86
  • Legs on bedside tables- free
  • Wood on dresser -$ 26.07
  • Accessories- $25
  • Lamps- $41.33
  • Curtains- $57.43
  • Art- $33.48
  • Total: $427.21 (this includes our 15% sales tax)

I was able to finish this project for under $500 and I believe that it is a major difference and looks like I spent more than that.

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Thanks for taking the time to read and take care 🙂

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Striving for Perfectionism

It’s been a while since I posted and maybe it is because I feel that I have nothing of importance to say or it is just that I am so consumed by this fear that I need to “get it right”. Perfectionism, I struggle with this quite a bit. I want everything to be perfect, whether it’d be with this blog, YouTube channel or my own personal life, I just want to succeed and I want everything to be perfect. No room for error. The thing is, life isn’t like that, there is always going to be something. I really feel as a mom I strive to be perfect, to have the perfect “pinterst-y” parties or make that perfect snack. I don’t want people to stop by or come over because of that fear of being “judged” because my house doesn’t look like a show house. It isn’t staged, it is very much lived in. Kid toys in the living room (as much as I want them to stay in my playroom it just isn’t happening), the beds might not be made and the sink may have a pile of dishes in it. I’ve always wanted to please everyone, make others happy. I need to let go of this fear and come to terms with the fact that not everything is always going to be perfect, that life will throw you curve balls and sometimes there is going to be dishes in the sink or the beds will go unmade but what you will always find in this house is love. You may see a messy house, with toys everywhere but you will also find kitchen dance parties before dinner, you will hear laughter from my children, you will smell freshly baked cookies (and the mess from the dishes in the sink). You will always find a friend if you need one, someone to talk to and listen when times are rough. What you will find is me, and yes I am not perfect, I am sometimes a mess and well I am me and happy to be 🙂

Take Care,

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ORC Week Six: Master Bedroom: The Final Reveal

downloadWell it is finally that time the final week of the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling it Home. If you haven’t stayed up to date on my progress, go and check out the five other posts that I did following my journey.

ORC Week One: Inspiration and Ideas/ORC Week Two: Changes/ORC Week Three: Painting walls, painting furniture/ORC Week Four: Bedside Table Dilemma/ORC Week Five: The last few things

While I felt like I would never finish, I did. Although, I want to be completely honest with y’all right away. I am not done. I started this process 6 weeks ago and while I was taking on this project I am also going through my Kon Mari Journey (there will be more on this process soon) and one thing that I am taking from this journey is that I no longer buy to simply fill a space. There are still a few things I am looking for that I just couldn’t find. It was either I just do not have the funds to purchase it or I couldn’t find it. This space in front of the window seems empty. I wanted a nice, comfy chair or a sleek, simple vanity with a ghost chair. I couldn’t find either, so instead of buying something I didn’t love, I decided to just keep it like this. Honestly, a chair would probably be a dumping ground for clothes, but in any case I am liking the “empty” zone.

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So let’s dive right in and see how I transformed my Master Bedroom into a calm, peaceful retreat for myself and my husband.

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I can’t even believe this is how my room used to look like. It lacked personality and it simply wasn’t me. It was beige on top of brown on top of black- it was BLAH!

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Look at this space now. To me it doesn’t even look like the same room. The great thing was I was able to re purpose a lot of furniture pieces I already owned.

I made the headboard by using some foam, fabric and an old headboard and painted the existing bedside table and dresser.

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Have you seen the bedding? I just fell in love with it as soon as I laid eyes on it. I knew I had to use it in my new room and in reality it was the thing that jump started the whole room.

You will also see I decided on white curtains. I tried the navy blue but the white just gives me that farmhouse feel I was going for and I am so glad that I stayed with my original plan.

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Let’s take a look at the dresser and you will not believe the transformation…

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and now this is what I see every morning!!

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Another new addition to the bedroom are the beautiful lamps I found at Wal-Mart, can you believe that. They were only $27 each. Sweet score 🙂

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So now I am just going to show you a bunch of pictures of the room because I k now that is why y’all are here 😉 Enjoy!!

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Sign above TV from Winners

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This box not only looks pretty but…

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it is practical and hides our TV remotes (Winners)

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Love this farmhouse sign from Michael’s Craft Stores

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So there y’all have it, my farmhouse simplistic master bedroom. I love everything about this room and it brings me so much joy when I walk into the room. It just goes to show you that you do not need to have a lot of money to get the bedrooms of your dreams. Stay tuned for posts on how I made my own fabric headboard, how I transformed bedside tables and a dresser and a budget breakdown on how much the room actually cost!!

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ORC Week 5: Master Bedroom: The last few things

 

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WEEK 5? Already? So many things are rushing through my mind, I still feel like I have so much left to do and actually I really do have a lot left, but let’s forget about what is left to do and focus on what I have accomplished. If you are unfamiliar with the One Room Challenge it is a challenge hosted by Linda at Calling it Home. Twice a year, October and April, she invites 20 fabulous bloggers to transform one room in their home in a 6 week time period. She also invites all bloggers to be “guest participants” and do the same. I am so happy to be a guest participant this year and can see many, many more years of this in my future.

Check out my other four posts with my weekly updates

ORC Week 1: Inspiration and Ideas/ORC Week 2: Changes/ORC Week 3: Painting walls, painting furniture/ORC Week 4: Bedside Table Dilemma

So to recap what I did this week, really to be honest wasn’t a lot. I bought the supplies for my headboard and found the perfect head board to re purpose for FREE! Yes, you read that correct, someone was getting rid of it and I said it would be perfect.

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We are planning on upholstering it and that will be in a whole other post of its own, so stay tuned for that one.

Then I finished off my bedside table transformation. I can not wait to share how I did the transformation but until then I will show you a little sneak peek of them.

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I am so happy with how the room is coming together, the new curtains are hung and I can’t wait to show you what color I decided on, but you will have to wait until the reveal on week six.

I wish I could show more pictures of the room but honestly we seem to be living among the mess of decorating. It has to get worse before it gets better, right? (Please say yes) ORCToDo3.jpg

It is so nice to have everything but the headboard crossed off my list but I still have a lot to accomplish and I still have to photograph the room. So I hope you continue to follow along on my first attempt at the One Room Challenge. I hope I can pull this off 🙂

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Less Stuff, More Time: My journey to adapting a minimalist lifestyle

With summer approaching at very quick speed I want to really focus on what is important and what I want our summer break to consist of. This past weekend we spent most of the day cleaning and as I look around at everything we have, I truly feel blessed. We have a beautiful home and a lot of beautiful things and for the most part these “things” make me happy, they bring me “joy” but with all this being said there is room for improvement. I am currently partaking in my Kon Mari journey with the help of a Kon Mari consultant and dear friend, Janine Young. (You can find her on YouTube channel A Young Mum or her blog A Young Mum, she also has a business page My Joyful Home). I am going through all I own, inch by inch and only keeping what sparks joy, what makes me happy every time I see or use it. I, in no way, shape or form want to be what some title a “traditional minimalist”, I like stuff too much but I do not want my life to be consumed by all this stuff. I want to explore, make memories with my children. I want to travel, introduce them to new things and to see some other parts of the world.

I do not want to spend my time off cleaning, being so overwhelmed with all these things in my home. Currently, when I enter some rooms in my home I feel anxiety, to the point I do not want to enter the room, I do not even know where to start. What I want is to feel calm and at peace with myself and my home every time I enter the front door or a room.

So for the next while I am going to be reevaluating everything we have in the home, getting the children involved in the process as well because they, just like myself, have too much stuff and I want them to love everything they have as well. Here is a little story that  pulled on my heartstrings.

The other day I gave Madeline a doll that I found at Value Village. She loves American Girl and Wellie Wishers and this doll was a Heart to Heart doll and she was beautiful. I picked her up and gave her to Madeline. With one puzzled, expressionless look, Madeline replied “Thank you”. I looked at her and explained that we do not need to keep everything, that there are other little girls that would love this doll. So she agreed to part with the doll and donate her. I brought her to school and gave her to one of my students (I teach in a high needs learning center) and the little girl loved the doll. I came home and told Madeline how happy the little girl was with the doll. With the biggest smile and love in her eyes, Madeline jumped in my arms, giving me the biggest hug and said ” I am so happy that your student loved the doll!!!”

It was at that moment I knew that I had taught her a valuable lesson. So over the next few months I will be sharing my journey to adapting a minimalist lifestyle, not only for the stuff in my home but also emotionally as well.

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ORC Week Four: Master Bedroom: Bedside Table Dilemma

Oh my! How can it be week four already of the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling it Home and so much has happened already. To refresh your memory if you are following along, I am redecorating our master bedroom. In case you missed my other updates I’ll link them below:

Week One/Week Two/Week Three

20170405_205900Can you believe this is what my room used to look like? It was the colors from the previous owners and I was not thrilled with the color scheme. We painted everything: walls…dresser…you name it, we painted it!

Without showing too much of the room (which I obviously am saving for week 6) I have purchased and have started to put together the room. I feel like I have accomplished quite a bit but yet I feel that I still have so much to do.

This weekend will be the nail biter, I have a few big projects that I have to start and finish in order to start the fun part of decorating and staging the room for photos.

ORCToDo2.jpgI changed my mind on the shiplap wall treatment. As much as I would have loved it, time and money played a huge factor in my decision, but I am feeling good about it. I’ll show you my design board again.MasterBedDeisgnThose bedside tables have been the bane of my existence. I seriously do not like them one bit, the scale is completely off for the bed, but I can not go out and purchase two new ones that I would love because of money at the moment. I can’t wait to show you what I ended up doing, it saved me money an it made these tables look brand new again!! (That will be in another blog post after the ORC ones)

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Look at these horrible bedside tables!! The handles are dated, the paint is chipping and they are super tiny!!

So I hope you have been enjoying my journey through this process. I can see why bloggers keep going back and completing these one room challenges, they are fun for sure. Make sure you check out all the other guest bloggers doing this challenge as well!!

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Take Care,

xoxo,

Jen

My Fitness Journey

During the month of July (2016) I started a journey with Weight Watchers. I was following the program on my own and tracking points using the Smart Points program. I enjoyed this, it was a good fit for me. August rolled around and I decided that I didn’t need to follow this program, that I would be able to keep myself in check and maintain the weight that I lost while on WW. Not surprisingly , this was not the case.

While I was on the program I was able to lose 15 pounds. It really kept me focused on healthy, clean eating and choosing the right foods to fuel my body. I am in no way over weight. I do not have a lot of weight to lose. Actually, if I had of kept off those 15 lbs I would have been happy to maintain, but really I need to focus on being fit and healthy.

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I have 2 children. A boy who is 7 and a girl who is 5 years old. I care what they see me eat. I want them both to want to choose healthy foods. I want them both to not care about the scale. I want them to associate  fitness with fun. I want my daughter to not worry about the number on the scale, but rather to be strong and healthy.

You see, while we were on our family vacation to Walt Disney World I took my daughter to the washroom. While we were in line waiting, I overheard a lot of conversations and one that stuck in my mind was of 2 young teenage girls, not older than 13 or 14 years. They were both really thin and they were both looking in the mirror. While one was fixing her hair, the other was commenting on how she was so fat (she could have only been 105 lbs or so) All I could think about was “I really do not want my daughter to be that girl.”

It’s hard in our society when there is so much focus in the media about being thin. We need to empower our children (both boys and girls) to not worry about their weight and being thin but rather to be strong and fit. Okay, back to my original point of this post…

I will be going back to tracking my meals in my planner and following the Weight Watchers Smart Point program. Along side with tracking my foods, I am going to try and eat as clean as possible. Healthy fats and lean proteins. This program worked for me, along side with exercise and being active.

Have a great day everyone and thank you for taking the time to be here 🙂

xoxo,

Jen

 

ORC Week Three: Master Bedroom: Painting walls, painting furniture

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I can not believe I am at the half way point of the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling it Home. Seems like I just started the whole process yesterday but in reality today marks the update of week 3, the half way point!! If you missed by weeks one and two updates I will link them below 🙂

ORC Week One Master Bedroom Inspiration and Ideas/ ORC Week Two Master Bedroom Changes

I actually had a lot accomplished this past week, really having  4 days off from work really helped. I accomplished so much in those 4 days it is unbelievable.

For one I painted the entire room. I had to do 2 coats of paint. I was going back and forth between Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter and Benjamin Moore Grey Owl, and in the end the Grey Owl won the battle. One issue though was I only bought one can and guess what, I ran out of paint!! I sent hubs to go and get me another can and when he got there the paint store (a small local store) was closed all weekend long!! I couldn’t believe it. Not my luck. So I went to the only other store that carried Benjamin Moore paint (Central Building Supply) and they didn’t carry the eggshell finish that I had, so I purchased a Pittsburgh Paints Eggshell and thought it would be fine. Well boy was I wrong!!! It was a slight shade darker and the worse part was I didn’t notice that until I touched up 3 spots on a finished wall 😮 Luckily, I had a tiny bit of the original paint left and was able to squeeze just enough out!

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Next I started on my dresser. We are working with a budget (and a very small one at that) so as much as I want to be able to go and buy a new dresser I just can’t at the moment. The one we have is old but in fine working order, so I decided to just paint and update it a little. So I bought this My Chalk powder and a small  can of Chelsea Grey by Benjamin Moore(half tint) and started painting. I also updated the dresser a little. I’ll have a full tutorial coming up later on the blog 🙂

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I have been struggling with curtains and lamps, I just can not seem to find “the ones” You know, the ones that spark joy every time I enter the room. I feel that is going to be a downfall of this challenge, I want to finish but I also do not want to buy just to buy. I want every item in my room to spark joy and bring me happiness every time I enter the room.

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So onto week four. I hope you continue to follow along and I hope that I find some of these pieces that will pull the room together 🙂

Take care,

xoxo,

Jen