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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Before 30 Bucket List!

As I was sitting here today I was trying to come up with some inspiration as to what to write for a blog post…we are still waiting for our kitchen, and while over the next week I will be sewing some throw pillows, and Charles will be making a  large picture frame, I didn’t have any current posts to write about!

I was entertaining the idea of going back through old photos and seeing if there was anything I had not yet blogged about when I found myself chatting with my sister-in-law, Susi, about going shopping in Calgary and perusing some of the designer stores and “dreaming big” because I have this goal of getting a really nice, potentially designer, leather bag before I turn 30.

Boom! Inspiration! I have a short bucket list of things to do before I turn 30, and being that I will be 25 this year, I deemed it fitting to write it all down and share it with you, so here goes! In no particular order…

1) Complete a tough mudder! An 18-20km race riddled with both physically and mentally challenging obstacles? Not everyone’s cup of tea but I dream of the challenge! This year, in only 2 more short weeks, I am taking on my first 5k Spartan Race and while I may not have even completed it yet I already have the thirst for more!

Photo from and courtesy of

2. Get Married – hah! Hopefully…every time I say I want to get married before 30 Charles just laughs at me and says “we’ll see”…he likes to keep me guessing, the jerk hahaha. This year our kitchen came first however and rightfully so ;)

3. Own a high quality, potentially designer, leather bag – Now that we have the two major ones out of the way how about some frivolity? There’s  just something about a “goes with everything”, timeless, leather bag that screams luxurious and grown up to me and I want to be a part of that club hahaha. I’m particularly loving Coach at the moment, however not those ones riddled with the logo, yikes (no offense to those who like them). I’m digging this one…the
Bleecker Sullivan Hobo in Pebbled Leather <3<3<3

Photo courtesy of Coach

4. Get drunk while camping – After one “grown up dream” how about a ridiculous childish one? Having grown up in the city we didn’t go camping much, and certainly not back in my wild teen days. I would love to one day go camping for the weekend, without children, and just drink, have a bonfire, and be slightly reckless ;)

5. Go on a girls vacation – I think it would be so much fun to get together with some of my best female friends and go on a vacation! Be it to somewhere beachy like Mexico or the Bahamas, or going to Las Vegas; some cocktails, shopping, and girl talk is definitely in store! It’s the things movies are made of right?

6. Have our house in decent shape – I dream of finally being able to have our attic done, our kitchen finished, and the kids bedrooms dry walled and painted. The bathroom, basement, and exterior can wait, but I do long for those listed. Then again, even just proper flooring would be nice compared to our plywood! Hahahaha.

7. Get my two other tattoos – At the moment I have two lilies on the inside of my left forearm, and a single snowflake on my right. I dream of expanding on that snowflake tattoo to make it as big as the one on my left. I also have some ridiculous Japanese writing on my left ankle that I want to cover up with a gorgeous owl tattoo!


8. Be well on our way to retiring at 40! – This is a running “joke” with Charles and I and yet we also mean it with dead seriousness. We really do dream of “retiring” at 40; not necessarily doing nothing for the rest of our lives, but being in a position where we are financially set up and stable that we no longer have to “go to work”, do the 9-5, etc. Whether it be Charles having his own business with construction that he just has to occasionally supervise, or even if our spa business builds up it’s clientele and employees so we also just have to supervise that. Perhaps even some other unknown factor will come up, but we are putting it into the universe that it will happen! Just wait till you see everything I want to accomplish in my 40’s once that does happen lol!

Well….that’s honestly about it. While I may only have 8 things left I want to accomplish before I’m 30, I like to think a lot of them are quite grand achievements and, to be honest, I’m extremely proud of how much I have accomplished so far in only 25 years, but that’s another list to come, maybe around my birthday ;)

What is on your bucket list before 30? Or what did you accomplish if you are already 30+? Feel free to share in the comments below!

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!


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….


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!!


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!


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


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!


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.


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!