a new year’s non-resolution

With the new year upon us, it always seems fitting to come up with a resolution. It happens automatically. Most years, mine is to exercise more and make healthier eating choices (she says while plowing through a bag of kettle corn). This year, I’ve decided not to make any resolutions per se. I prefer to […]

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Book Review: Lagom-The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life

Over the past few months, I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to simplify, slow down and find balance in my life, so I was really intrigued by the Swedish philosophy for enjoying balance in every aspect of life called Lagom, which means “not too much and not too little-just right.” This should be […]

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10 cool space-themed bedroom ideas

by vanessa gillis My kids’ bedrooms have always been a thorn in my side. For whatever reason, I can’t seem to get it right. I’ve pinned a million images and have an idea in my head, but I can never seem to pull it all together. I know, first world problems…Part of the reason I […]

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diy marble contact paper back splash

Our kitchen has been a consistent work in progress. First with painting the cupboards, covering the counters and now, the back splash. I still have daydreams about taking a sledge hammer to the cupboards and starting from scratch, but until that day comes…With much contemplation on what type of budget-friendly back splash to install, I […]

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diy branch clothing rack

With the new year, I often feel compelled to de-clutter, redecorate and start fresh. That is exactly what I was thinking with my dressing room. It’s a small bedroom on our second floor that I was using as an office/art studio, but it had really become a clutter catch-all. So, when my husband suggested I […]

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the unconventional backsplash

Our kitchen has been a constant budget-conscious work in progress since we moved in two and a half years ago. Our three littles make sure that renos will not be a priority for a long time! When we saw our house for the first time, my initial thought about the kitchen was “tired and dated.” […]

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Mama Monday: Be present and play

A few pics of our apple-picking excursion over the weekend. The progression of trying to get a decent pic. It’s honest. It’s us. Scowls, nose-picking, tongue sticking out and all. Outings like this one helps me be more present. Yes, I did get my phone out to do one insta- stories, but that was it. […]

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