Getting Ready for Back To School

Aug 24, 2016

It happens so suddenly, doesn't it? One day you're enjoying icy drinks and planning your summer weekends and the next thing you know it's the end of August and darkness falls before your little one's soccer game ends. How can the start of school be only two weeks away?

As a kid, if there was one thing that made this time of year bearable it was the promise of new school supplies. I remember how exciting it was to pack my backpack with retractable pencils and white rubber erasers, lined paper and binders. Do you remember when you were young how you wanted to fit in and how important it was to have cool-looking 'stuff'? That's still pretty true today which is why Chloe gets to pick her own back to school gear. This year, we got to try out the latest Home Collection from Real Canadian Superstore. Rather than me tell you what's so cool about their products, I let Chloe do it:

For a girl going into Grade 2, apparently having matching gear is really important so I like how the Home collection is easy to coordinate. The JKW Kids backpacks, insulated lunch bags, and food jars come in styles and colours appealing to boys and girls. Chloe had a purple water bottle last year similar to the pink one in the video and we can attest that these products are durable too and really stand up to daily use.

Chloe's favourite thing by far was the Everyday Essentials™ 6 pack of Patterned Pencils. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree... I find I'm much more productive (and happier) to work if I have a pretty pencil and cute notebook at hand. I mean, who wouldn't want a pineapple pencil on their desk?? Instant happiness!

As a mom, two things I do look for are ease of use and suitability to a child's size. Does the backpack fit properly? Can she open and close all of the compartments easily? Does the bag have supportive straps and strong closures? Is it well constructed? This one looks to check off all those markers and it's at a great price point as well. The bag is a good size, roomy enough to hold lunch and her agenda with enough 'secret' compartments to house the countless rocks, melty bead sculptures, random pieces of paper, and found objects that somehow always make their way home.

Picking the back to school gear was the fun and easy part. Now I'm stressing about what to put inside that bag. A week into the new school year and I'll probably have run out of school lunch ideas!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored Real Canadian Superstore. Thank you for supporting the brands that I love and bring into my own home, who make this blog possible.

Etsy Art Guide: For The Modern Country Home

Aug 23, 2016

As we start to finish off some of the rooms at the cottage, I've been on the search for art to dress up the walls and add life to these spaces. Etsy is my go-to source for art. It's been a while since I've done an art round-up (like this one for the bedroom and this one on affordable art) so this time around, I thought I'd share an Etsy Art Guide for a Modern Country Home. Barn paintings and farm animals might come to mind when you think country art, but lean to the abstract, the minimal, and to fine art photography to bring a modern edge.

etsy art guide for the modern country home |

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The Love List

Aug 19, 2016 +

Sophisticated, cool, yet beachy. I'm ready to move into this summer home.

A cute vase idea for your summer table (and you get to eat the fruit!)

Speaking of florals, I'm so inspired by this arrangement! Love the blackberries.

I talked about this hair product in my latest Instagram story. It seriously has given my thick, heavy long hair a boost and lasts for days!

Love these Parisian bistro indoor/outdoor chairs (and they're 20% off today)

How can it almost be September already? Only a few more weekends left to enjoy nights out on the porch with the string lights aglow. Enjoy your weekend, friends.

Weekday Musings

Aug 17, 2016 +

Have you noticed things have been quiet in blogland lately? There's a lull that happens in the summertime, when we step away from our computers more often, heading out on vacations or just spending time enjoying the beauty of the season. Days at the beach. Dinners outdoors. Weekend walks exploring the city or driving down country roads. Those are all things I'd much rather be doing than sitting in front of computer.

But this all feels a little different. It's like many long time bloggers (myself included) have decided to give up the editorial calendar and instead blog from the heart. Blog when you want, about the things you want. I've seen many of my favourite bloggers slow down their pace and blog less often. It hasn't impacted their quality and I still enjoy reading their posts. And then there are those like these old friends, and these ones and this one who found their way back to their blogs and make me smile whenever they pop up in my reader. Like running into friends on the street, you catch up for a few moments and then go back on your way.

This new way of blogging has been freeing as a blogger and a reader. Because the stories - the ones we are compelled to write even if the blog is dusty and neglected, the stories of life's realities and challenges that seldom get told by DIY bloggers - those stories are getting told now moreso than ever. Maybe it's Snapchat and the unmasking of less than perfect lives, but I love reading these kinds of stories...

... of Lauren's crazy year and the most incredible Before and Afters that came out of it
... of Michelle's new venture
... and Cassie's blog changes
... of Rachel's vulnerability
... and Julia's new found confidence
... of Jenna Sue's transformative year
... and Kristin's lessons learned

It's been a challenge to write my own story lately. BlogPodium is a month away and that has taken all my focus. But the end of summer brings back old routines and I look forward to doing more DIYing and blogging and sharing it with you all. This blog continues to be something that brings me joy and I appreciate each and every one of you who spends a moment here and reads along.

The Love List

Aug 12, 2016 +

You knew Chris and Julia's basement would be amazing

This warehouse Before and After is impressive

Yes, I want to go here too

True talk on sponsored blog posts (and rates!) on YHL's podcast

Melissa's DIY Macrame Plant Hanger looks super fun to make

A delightful Vancouver home

Brilliant kitchen cabinet hacks

Need blog design inspiration? You'll want to see this

A creative space for back to school


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