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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

A Simple Party with some DIY fun!

Hi everyone! It was recently Charles’ mothers birthday so, since we now have a big BBQ, I decided we would change up tradition a bit and host the birthday bash at our place; after all, I love any excuse to decorate for a party!

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I didn’t want to go too over the top, and I only wanted to use items we had on hand, so it definitely took some creative thought to put together some simple, but beautiful decorations. My first source of inspiration actually came from a sheet of all places! I found this gorgeously patterned fitted sheet at a thrift store a few years back, however, it was a really odd size (not even wide enough for a crib sheet!) so I never knew what to do with it! Finally I decided it would be lovely to turn it into a table runner! Check out how, along with more party details, after the jump!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

How We Planned Our Kitchen

Welcome back everyone! This week I would love to share with you the process that went into planning our kitchen renovation!

We have never renovated a kitchen before so we were more than a little lost when it came to where to start. We had a general idea as to the style we wanted (shaker fronts, dark wood, etc.) but….who do you go to? How do you plan your kitchen? What exact materials did we want? Never mind the biggest question…how much is it going to cost???

We were slowly looking into things, but never getting any definitive answers, until after our Christmas party when we decided we had to rip out our kitchen floors (you can read about that here). This made us realize that we really needed to buckle down and figure things out! To start things off we decided to go with what I think most everyone knows best…Ikea.

Ikea has a really neat kitchen planner which you can access here, that allows you to design your kitchen in 3D. It takes a little bit of work to figure out how the program works, but eventually we managed to somewhat recreate our kitchen and get a basic idea for what we were wanting, along with a starting price quote. My biggest tip with this program is work slowly, as it can be easy to click and move the wrong things, and SAVE OFTEN!

I first will start with showing you some old pictures of our current kitchen for comparison….sigh, I kind of miss our cracked, cold tile floors….I never thought I’d say that but anything beats our current rough, dirty, hardwood! We are so close to new ones though! Just have to wait a little longer….

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Fun Food Art

Welcome everyone! Just this weekend we went on a fun vacation to Medicine Hat, AB for a wedding however I still wanted to make sure you guys got your weekly post, and although it may be short, I think it’s quite fun!

One special thing I love to do for my kids every now and then is create them some food art! I’ll take their ordinary snack and turn it into something extra special! It’s crazy how something that is sometimes so simple, such as a blueberry smile in their oatmeal, can create such joy! I have also found it can make getting them to eat their snacks/veggies much more pleasurable when they are crafted into neat little pictures.

Fun Food Art @ Pink Hammers & Sippy Cups

While sometimes the “art” that I create is a bit more complex….

Fun Food Art @ Pink Hammers & Sippy Cups

Fun Food Art @ Pink Hammers & Sippy Cups

Others can be very simple; the amusing thing is that even though some of them I think are downright ugly or creepy, my kids still are so enthralled and in love with it! So really, give it a try, and don’t stress if it’s not very creative or perfect, your kids will think it is!!

Fun Food Art @ Pink Hammers & Sippy Cups

We’ll finish this post off with one last pretty one to rectify those “scary” smiley faces above haha. Also remember, your ingredients don’t have to be that complex either…here I only used cheese, crackers, apple, and pepper! Plus I’ve never used any fancy tools other than a basic paring knife.

Fun Food Art @ Pink Hammers & Sippy Cups

If you have kids have you, or would you, ever try making them food art? I’ve even debated making some myself but usually by the time I sit down to eat I’m too hungry to bother hahaha.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Garden Update!

Hello again everyone! Can you believe it is July already?? Time is just flying by and the proof is in our garden! Boom!!

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Our garden this year is completely overflowing, it’s almost hard to make sense of! Confused? You can see our original post about planting our garden here! We have already been happily enjoying beet greens while trying to thin them out, tons and tons of kale, radishes, and even two squash!

One main difference this year has been that we have been fertilizing our produce! We picked up an organic, all-veggie type, fertilizer and have been mixing it with water every 2-3 weeks and watering our garden with it. However I really think mother nature is also on our side this year as everything was growing so well even before we started adding the fertilizer!

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Check out our beautiful kale! We have been munching on kale almost every day enjoying it in stir frys, soups, smoothies, and sandwiches!

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

5th Annual Camping Trip

It’s been a while since I shared a more personal sort of post with you all so today I thought I would share some pictures from our annual camping trip we recently went on!

Every year, since I was pregnant with Anna, we have gone camping at Lockhart Provincial Park, over near Crawford Bay, BC. It is such a stunning spot and their is nothing more relaxing than to put away our technology for a few days and just take in the scenery and enjoy time together as a family! We only ever go for a total of 3 days and 2 nights, but no matter what is happening in life we always make time for our camping trip and I truly believe it makes a difference in our sanity!

In order to get to Crawford bay you have to go for a ferry ride; as a treat I decided to walk on with Anna while Charles drove on with Zenith who was just waking up. Anna was sooo excited to walk on to the boat, it was the cutest thing ever!

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Talking about cute things I just love tug boats! For some reason they remind me of childhood stories and they’re just such a novelty to me.

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Thursday, 19 June 2014

Organizing Kid’s Art

Hi everyone! This is very much a “keeping-it-real” post for me, and part of myself didn’t even want to share because of how un-glamorous it is…but the fact is the way I have finally decided to organize my kids artwork is real, it’s simple, and it works.

I had stacks of paperwork piling up on my fridge and hanging off the kids walls (you can see how I display the kids art in their rooms here), but I had no clue what to do with it, and I kept procrastinating at the thought of how big of a job it could be.

You go on Pinterest and find all sorts of fancy binders, photo books, etc. that either takes a lot of time to prepare, or a lot of work to keep on top of. For a little while I was taking pictures of all of Anna’s artwork and, much to my regret,  tossing the “hard copy” because I figured a photobook was a great idea….until we had Zenith and now I can’t even stay on top of our regular photos!!!

I admire anyone who can keep on top of all of that while making it really pretty, but truth be told even if I had the time I’d rather spend it doing something else!

So finally to keep things simple I just went out to Walmart and bought two of these file boxes, one for Zenith and one for Anna; they were approximately $12 each.

Simple Kids Art Organization @ Pink Hammers & Sippy Cups

I then gathered up all of their artwork, including some of their keepsake pieces of paper like Anna’s first potty chart, their Christmas sticker calendar, etc.

Simple Kids Art Organization @ Pink Hammers & Sippy Cups

Simple Kids Art Organization @ Pink Hammers & Sippy Cups

I sorted them first by year, and then arranged each year by month (Jan-Dec), and stuck them in the folders; each slot is a different year. Since my folders were made for taxes or filing they simply had the alphabet on them or things like finances, personal, etc. so I just wrote the year on in marker.

Simple Kids Art Organization @ Pink Hammers & Sippy Cups

Boom. Done. Yes, I wanted to spend hours creating fun little labels and covering up all the other stuff, create a neat little name plate, etc. but once again, I just wanted this project to be done and out of the way so I could, instead, spend that time making more art with my kids.

Maybe one day I’ll let them decorate their boxes with stickers because while it may turn out slightly tacky, honestly, down the road the kids won’t care that everything is super fancily organized, they’ll (hopefully) just care that we spent time together and that I at least have some stuff to show for it. And even if they don’t, when my kids are grown up, I’ll cherish those leftover bits of memories.

Anyway I’m ending this here before I go overboard sappy and start to cry! Feel free to share in the comments below how you have kept things real with your home organization!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

The Great Countertop Decision!

Hi everyone! I’m here today to chat with you about one of the biggest choices for our kitchen…the countertops! Their are like a bajillion different options for countertops nowadays; butcher block, concrete, laminate, granite, marble, quartz….need I go on?

We knew we absolutely did not want laminate, while it can work great in most situations we wanted something more fancy then that, we looked into concrete and butcher block but none of them tickled our fancy either, so we thought we were left with only granite and marble and they both presented quite the conundrum to ourselves.

I personally loved marble; I absolutely loved the colour of it and thought it would work beautifully due to our dark wood cabinets and dark floors, plus, Joni from Cote de Texas wrote an incredible article, here, on choosing marble that was full of eye-candy which had me positively salivating and demanding marble for our kitchen.


(Photo by Ryan Louis on House & Home)