Happy October! 

Happy October, friends! Definitely one of my favourite months. And without a question, Fall is my most favourite season. Beautiful colourful leaves, cozy sweaters, and everrrrrything pumpkin! 😀


I’ve had some fun decor out since mid September and it feels all homey in here (I mean, is there really enough time to enjoy Fall decor before Christmas stuff comes out otherwise?!). The leaves are just starting to get some colour in them and the temperatures have been dropping to the most comfortable degree.



We had our first family outing to a local orchard yesterday and Levi had so much fun.  It’s his first Fall (cannot BELIEVE he’s going to be ONE in November! 😦 ) It was great to take him on the hay ride, and see the pumpkin patch – he was smiling from ear to ear! ❤


  
We got a bag of delicious honeycrisp apples and I’m looking forward to baking with them and making some homemade applesauce for Levi!

Tonight I’m going to be making some pumpkin cookies with cinnamon frosting – I tell ya, all the best eats are in the Fall 😀 ! I’ll be sure to share the recipes. 😉

In the meantime, be sure to check out some of my past Fall posts! DIY wine cork pumpkin, and fall treats! ❤

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend. What’s your favourite thing about this time of year?


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Gender Reveal Photo Shoot

Happy Friday, all! Today’s temperature is nice, cool and comfortable. Which kinda feels like Fall to me, and that makes my heart very happy 😀 . We’ve been experiencing quite the heat wave, so it’s nice to have today to kind of break it up!

Last Sunday we were able to have some ‘maternity’ – like pictures taken. This was such a blessing, as it was a free “Thank you” gift from our real estate agent. We already have maternity pictures booked for the Fall (fave season – remember?! 😉 ) and so we got these professional photos taken for a gender reveal instead! It worked out SO well, as I had been wracking my brain trying to think of a gender reveal idea. We had intentions of having a party, but when you live 3ish hours away from your family and close friends, it can prove difficult for narrowing down a party location!! So this was a great alternative and we’re so happy with the results of the shoot! Melissa from Paper Reflections was so sweet and made us feel very comfortable. She was great to work with!!

We were able to come down to visit our parents again and hand deliver a photo collage ‘reveal’ to them, as well as our siblings. We mailed the rest to our extended family and friends. Here are just some of my favourite shots:

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

Paper Reflections | Photography By Melissa Tran

The shoot was really lots of fun and I’m glad we did it! We met up with the photographer at a former railway station that used to be Ontario’s Grand Trunk Railway. It was a cool place that a friend of mine recommended, which none of us had been to before. It has a museum there, along with a steam locomotive, a restored wooden caboose, and 2 steel ones. I kept my outfit simple, with just a floral dress (and nails to match, of course 😉 ) and picked out a matching polo shirt for Matt to wear. So, we were both quite comfortable. I also brought a couple props along – the ‘K’ for our last name, my antique steamer trunk, a suitcase, and baby shoes and a onesie (for the gender reveal)!

I was so happy for this experience and with the way the pictures turned out. What a neat way to share the news of our baby with loved ones. Looking forward to sharing the gender with you as soon as all our family and friends get their picture in the mail!

Summer Makeup Must Haves

Summer Makeup Must Haves

Some of us ladies go for our regular mani/ pedis, others go and get their highlights for the Summer. For me, I can’t keep up with that type of regular maintenance 😉 . I like to get highlights, sure. Or the odd pedicure is delightful but can be pricey if you keep it up. I prefer to highlight and enhance what I’ve been given by wearing some of these beauty products. And so, without further adieu, these are some of my top fave beauty products this Summer.

1) Revlon “Long Lasting Lipstick” in “Smoked Peach” – Is about $8 and I think it’s the perfect summery shade! And Revlon is a brand that is definitely more affordable. Apparently is a close contender to MAC “Ravishing” lipstick which sells for $15. I haven’t compared these two products specifically but would love to hear feedback if you have!

2) Covergirl “Eye Enhancing Trio” in “Shimmering Sands” – This is my go – to palette. The colours would be flattering on blue, brown or green eyes, in my opinion. Even the name sounds inviting and Summery 😉 .

3) E.L.F. “Shimmering Facial Whip” in “Lilac Petal” is a cheap (ONLY $1!!) highlighter that’s a steal of a deal. It provides a natural glow, and is a close substitute for the more pricier “High Beam” by Benefit. I know they sell E.L.F products at Target (however they pulled out of Canada – sad, right?!) but sometimes you can score them at Winners and Giant Tiger depending on your location. In the U.S. Walmart and Walgreens carries them!

4) This blush is ahh-mazing. NYX blush in “Terracotta” is a total dupe for MAC “Peaches” which is fine by me. I’d rather put my money towards something else other than blush if this is such a close sub! I bought mine at Target on clearance before it closed down in Canada (I know, you don’t want to be reminded 😥 )and it’s lasted me all Summer so far. However, I didn’t leave my fellow Canadians hanging, and did my research: you can purchase NYX products including this blush at Rexall, Pharmaplus and Dell pharmacies. 😀

5) Essence *NEW* “Lash Princess Volume Mascara” – awesome product and makes my eyelashes, dark, voluminous and look like I’m wearing extensions (if I apply more than one coat). It’s brush is designed to lift and separate I buy the waterproof at Shoppers Drug Mart for $4.99. And you really can’t beat that. Every time I see mascaras going for $40 I cringe…

The other mascara beside the first one is another Essence product called “Plump No Clump” and it is another one that’s great for volume. It also retails at $4.99 which is pretty wonderful!

6) The Body Shop “Shimmering Dry Oil” in “Honey Kissed”. Can you tell I like to look shimmery and sun kissed in the Summer? 😉 This product is a bit more of a splurge but you only need to apply the littlest bit to get results. The look is a warm, sunkissed result. I use this on my legs (calves) and shoulders, as well as my collarbone for a bit of bronzing. It has a lightweight, non-greasy finish and goes for $24.00 in Canada and $22 in the U.S. Body Shop locations.

*What are your go – to Summer products?!*

Things I’m Loving Thursday: Signs of Spring

Why, hello there! Fancy meeting you here 😉 . I’ve been MIA lately and blogging has been the last thing on my mind. However, I wanted to share for “Things I’m Loving Thursday” and keep up the new “tradition”!

Life hasn’t really felt … blog worthy as of lately. I guess I’ve been having a case of the Winter blahs. Don’t get me wrong, there’s been many blessings this Winter. Just life hasn’t been too interesting. We’ve been reading lots (me) and Matt has been studying…there’s been lots of tea and hot chocolate. We went to the movies, and we took a trip last weekend to the flea market in the city near us. None of these details really felt like they were worth capturing in my blog. 🙂

We are, however, REALLY looking forward to Spring’s arrival! We had our first meeting with the relocation services company this past Monday. It helped to be able to sit down with a professional and plan things. She spoke with us about our military entitlements as far as the move goes, and it really makes us feel more organized about our first posting. This weekend, I’m going to a “leggings party” at my friends house. It’s a bit of a “good-bye” party for her, too – she is also a military wife. It won’t be a sad good-bye for me, though, because her and her hubby got posted to the same base as us! Next weekend we are driving back down to Niagara for our sweet nephew’s 5th birthday party! I can hardly believe how big he’s getting. I love parties AND I love party planning even more! Speaking of parties, Matt is turning the big 3-0 this Spring AND he will be graduating, so I’ve been in the midst of planning a party for him. I have the location firmed up, the guest list decided/invited, and the décor is “in the making”. It’s going to be a “firefighter” themed party. I’m planning on using more industrial styled serveware (e.g. galvanized buckets, crates, and a ladder among other things). I hope to find a fire engine or extinguisher at maybe, Marshall’s. Of course, Pinterest has some great inspiration. I will be sure to post pictures!

Today, as I sit with my cup of tea, I look out at all the white stuff and wish it all away! I decided to blog about Spring and some of the new fashion pieces I’m hoping to eventually add to my wardrobe. Some staples, like a classic trench. And some fun, bright things like a new floral scarf. A lot of it would be timeless and lasting in my wardrobe. I just want to freshen up my style a little.

Spring Refresh

1. Kate Spade New York “Rain Check?” Umbrella (Not necessary but really cute! Well, necessary if it’s raining… 🙂 )

2. Kate Spade “Jump For Joy” Hinged Idiom Bangle (Love the colours in this bangle.)

3. Stella & Dot Flora Chandeliers (These earrings are awesome! You can wear them 3 different ways – as a stud, mini chandeliers, or combine all three for a more dramatic look. I kinda want to ask for them from Matt for my birthday in April… 😉 )

4. Merona Women’s Woven Floral Print Infinity Scarf (Target. Need I say more?)

5. J.Crew Dulci Scalloped Suede Kitten Heels (I can’t walk in heels but kitten heels are great. The scalloped edges sold me on them.)

6. Essie “Madison Ave – Hue” polish (“A chic upper east side pink” 😉 )

7. Linea Essential 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan (I need a cardigan. Love the pop of colour. I don’t need this EXACT cardi, but this green is awesome. Very Spring-like.)

8. Kate Spade New York Vic Crossbody Bag (I love the simplicity of this bag. I think Kate Spade’s designs are super cute. I don’t remember the last time I bought a purse.)

9. MAC “Candy Yum Yum” Lipstick (LOVE this colour of lipstick perfect for Spring.)

10. H&M  Loafers (I don’t have one pair of black shoes. Not even kidding.)

11. Choies Beige Color Block Double – breasted Trench Coat (I would wear this in the Spring and Fall. I love the silhouette of this. And the price is pretty decent. It’s so elegant!)

12. H&M Denim Jacket (I also don’t own a jean jacket. These go with everything!)

13. Essie “Avenue Maintain” polish (You can buy Essie polish pretty in so many stores.)

14. Sperry Top-Sider Washed Bahama Women’s Boat Shoes (They just seem like they’d be really comfortable walking shoes for both Spring and Summer.)

15. J.Crew Painter Boatneck Tee in “Indigo Stripe” (I forgot to add that there is a Kate Spade New York Gold-Tone Faux Pearl and Crystal Luster Frontal Necklace on that boatneck shirt.)

What Spring items are on your wishlist?

Bathroom Stylin’

I shared the good news that Matt received about his posting late last week. We have been excitedly looking at real estate and are looking forward to being home owners again. Some of the homes are super cute, charming, character homes. Often either bungalows, storey and a half (cape cods), or the odd 2 -storey. I have seen a few that are my favourites, and they have the cutest…bathrooms. One might say, “it’s just a bathroom”, but honestly, a cute bathroom can be a huge selling feature for me 😀 ! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the spa look in a bathroom. The fluffy towels (white or not), the apothecary jars of pretty soaps, the candles…all the touches that say this is ain’t no other bathroom 😉 .

The one house had a claw foot tub that was to die for. AND a pedestal sink. My mind keeps thinking of ways to decorate this bathroom. Of course, I went on Pinterest for some really cute “throne room” inspiration. From small storage space, to bathroom styling, I have pins for all these ideas. Take a look for yourself:

Antique furniture in bathroomI love this flooring in here! The antique table works for storing things on top of, as well as under. I like the cute long basket used for bath towels.

Sarah Richardson design bathroomSarah Richardson is my favorite interior designer!! This bathroom was part of her farmhouse reno. I love that the claw foot tub is painted yellow. So cheery! The curtains are cute and country-like and they match. Simple, and beautifully done.

Wire basket towel storageIf you don’t even have room (in a powder room, perhaps) for any piece of furniture (dresser/vanity) in your bathroom, and have a pedestal sink, consider a wire basket for face cloths or hand towels. Tub caddyI ADORE this tub caddy. Reading with a cup of tea is the best while having a bath. So relaxing. I think the price of this particular caddy is quite $$$, so I would get Matt to make me one 😉 .

Painted IKEA cabinet

I love this cabinet! The colour is so awesome, however I think I would prefer something grey or a shade of blue. A little more spa-esque.  Did I mention this is an IKEA hack? Yup! Totally doable. Just paint it with Annie Sloan chalk paint!- comes in 30 colours. <– LOVE that stuff! ❤Love the step stoolAgain, love the floor. And I also love the wooden stool. A chair would also work well.  Tray with bathroom accessoriesAnother tray used for holding bathroom accessories and for bathroom styling. Shelf over doorwayI think this is an INGENIUS idea- a shelf mounted OVER the door/doorway. Nice to have that option for extra storage. Stand for bath accessoriesGreat use of a tiered stand basket to keep toiletries organized. Stool with plantAgain with another stool for décor. I love the chippy white paint on it. It was probably a flea market find! AdorableBeautiful shower curtain around a claw foot tub.  Bathroom Stylin I love this silver tray on the counter top used to store jars of Q-tips, cotton balls, and perhaps bubble bath or incense oil. A candle would work too, and the flowers look so pretty. If the bathroom had a pedestal sink, there wouldn’t be any counter space. However, a dresser or vanity would work. And you’d even have storage for towels!

Birdbath to hold bath salts, soaps by tubThis is actually a BIRDBATH! How quaint! In this bathroom it’s used for holding bath salts, soap, facecloths and what looks to be lotion. Such a clever idea. I love the bronzed look it has, too.

Ladder shelf in bathroom

This ladder shelf has to be my absolute favourite! I believe this exact one is from Pottery Barn. While I love their home décor, they don’t always have the most affordable items. I found a replica of this shelf on interest and Matt is going to help me build it! It looks pretty simple, and I would also paint ours white.

Do you see what I mean by “CUTE”?! With some vintage touches your bathroom can be charming and elegant too.

For more bathroom inspiration check out my Pinterest board

Things I’m Loving Thursday: Pallet Art

Happy Thursday, friends! I hope your week is going well.

I have collected 4 skids that are propped up in the snow, leaning against our shed and are just calling my name ;). They’re just begging to be repurposed!!! I had hoped to make a Christmas sign with one of them…So today I am featuring pallet art and my love for it.

Pallets (aka – skids) are SO versatile and making signs, or art, from them is just one of the many ways they can be reused creatively. Here are some of my favourite creations:

Welcome pallet sign You have my whole heart

Family Values

Love

I like the rosette that was added to that one (as the ‘O’).

Welcome pallet sign

"Eat" Sign for Kitchen

I  like how this one is entirely different, using the pallet to create letters.

Scripture on pallet

Pallet art can be so unique! I love the ones that look a bit more distressed and rustic looking. The best part is, a lot of people tend to want to get rid of them, and so you can get them for free. I had 2 of mine delivered right to my home – it was awesome!

I made a family values sign a year or so ago out of a pallet and was pretty pleased with how it turned out…

Family Values pallet art

We heard word from a reliable source that we will likely be finding out where we will be posted tomorrow (you can read the story here). I could always attempt this project:

Home is where the air force sends us

Hope you were inspired! Until next time…

Do you like pallet art? Why not share your designs? I’d love to get more tips and see your work!

Cruisin’

Hello bloggy friends! It’s definitely been awhile, and for that, I apologize. Things have been UBER busy and unfortunately I haven’t had much time to sit at the computer to enter a blog post. I did miss it and thankfully, today is the day that we are reunited! So, how are you doing? I hope your month of January is off to a good start. It has been super chilly here today – a rough -35 degrees celsius today! Let’s just say that I was hibernating. My in-laws, however, were boarding a cruise to Hawaii – LUCKY DUCKS!! I can’t help but feel a little jealous as I look out my window at all the snow we have.

I’m reminded of the cruise Matt and I took this past year to the Caribbean! It was in the late Spring, after Matt returned from his basic training. This was our first cruise and was kind of like our 2nd honeymoon. The trip lasted for 7 days and we were able to visit 6 different islands and it was AWESOME!

St. KittsAt the pool

Ready to go for dinnerSt. Maarten

St. MaartenOur ship

Those last two pictures I think are gorgeous and frame worthy 😉 . We were blessed with warm, sunny weather for the duration of our vacation.

Gros & Petite Pitons - St. Lucia

Probably the highlight of the trip was being close enough to view the GORGEOUS Gros & Petit Pitons in St. Lucia. Such a beauty view!!

Barbados

We were able to do a good amount of shopping and sightseeing, along with lots of relaxing , so it really was the best of both worlds! We also did a few excursions. A 4×4 off-road island adventure in Antigua (with a stop at one of their many beaches), and a botanical garden walk tour (where there was a really pretty waterfall and a dip in a hot springs). Our favourite one, though, was parasailing in St. Martin!

Parasailing

We had a fantastic time together on this vacation. So lovely to reconnect after months of being apart. We met some great people, had too much to eat and as you can see from our pictures, the sights were stunning. I pray we are able to go on another cruise in the near future!

Where did you take your favourite vacation? What was most memorable about it?