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It’s been a while since I did one of these, which is odd, because I love these little snapshots in time of what’s happening in life. So let’s get to it.

Current favourite activity: Paper folding. It’s pretty much free if you have some paper, some patience and find a cool template online to try. It takes some practice to get comfortable with playing with the paper, but I am finding it strangely soothing (although at times insanely frustrating). I’ve only done really really basic geometric shapes and folds, but I love that this is a relatively easy and fast craft.

 Current best find: This set of vintage bakelite candle sticks I found for $2 while I was dropping off more purge goods at the thrift store (YES!! I know! It is the opposite of purging to bring new stuff home, but it was impossible to leave them). If it’s a shade of peachy-pink I’m sold.

Current makeup obsession: Lip and cheek tint by Rosie Jane. I have been a HUGE fan of Rosie Jane’s scents and candles for a few years now but she just launched these perfectly tinted stains and I’m crazy in love. They’re perfect for these last summer days where we soak ourselves in sunscreen and just need a little something to add some colour.

 Currently Working On: DOG TRAINING!!! We have had a trainer come out to the house to give us some guidance on working on all three and how to keep things under control and it has been life changing. Specially with Ruby and Mr. Bean, who are really smart and need more discipline and can handle more strict commands and boundaries. We have come a long way, but want them to be the best mannered little fur babies so the work continues… (ps: Happy Dog Day!)

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Currently snacking on: This giant candy apple we got at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory!  Caramel+Chocolate+Coconut=Heaven (don’t tell Wren how much I’ve snuck after bed time!!!)

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Currently Wearing: Still crazy about this chambray top I got from H&M this past spring. It’s so easy to pair with skirts or cargo pants, or even fancy jogging pants… I’m glad I didn’t second guess myself too much when I first eyed it.

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Currently on rotation: Miguel’s Wildheart album. I just love his voice, his sound, everything. Damned, Waves, and Deal are my favs but I would be lying if I didn’t say I loved them all. So there ya have it! I little snapshot of my last, carefree days of summer.

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4 Years In.

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Okay, more like 3.5 or 3 and a quarter or something… but the real point of this post isn’t how long we’ve been loving our kitchen reno, but the fact that we’ve had time to live in it, beat it up, and decide what we love and what we don’t (spoiler: we actually don’t have any complaints!). The reason I decided to do this post is because I have gotten so many comments and emails over the last year or two in particular, about how we have liked our Martha Stewart kitchen, and whether we would recommend it.

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We took a long time to plan the kitchen and all we wanted to change or include, which is hard! Because it is always impossible to get EVERYTHING you want on a budget, and specially when you are doing a reno. It’s not easy to just move everything around like it is in a new build. But it boils down to balancing what you absolutely cannot live without and what you can work around.

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When you start learning about cabinetry it can be overwhelming. How much do I spend on the bases??? Do I need soft close doors??? So many previously un-thought of you options and ways to drain the budget!!! Because we were desperate to get this kitchen happening after years of living with the dream, we decided to go for the basic frame. No upgraded furniture-grade wood base. It really is nice, but for us just not worth it.

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Where we did spend some $$$ was on several pull outs. We put them on either side of the sink, as well as a larger one beside the stove for spices and canned goods. We also upgraded the panty units beside the fridge to have pull out shelving drawers. This way nothing gets lost or forgotten in the back for eternity.

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We also chose to spend some of the budget on trim and finishing details. This is just a personal preference but can make the biggest difference between a good kitchen and an amazing kitchen. Finished end panels, crown moulding, upgraded kick plates or baseboards and gables are the details that go above and beyond.

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We saved a little by not doing shelving from the cabinet manufacturer and instead doing them from Ikea. Sounds simple, but the brackets from Martha Stewart were running $150-$500 a piece!!!

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This is a good snap shot of real life! Baby gates to keep dogs out of restricted areas, food bowls and unruly cords.

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Overall, we are realllllly happy with our cabinetry and have found it was well worth the trade offs we made to get the look we wanted. But it does take vision and the ability to convey what you are wanting and the level of finishes you are expecting to the kitchen designer. But with some good communication anyone can make it happen!

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I hope that summarizes our feelings on it all after living with it! (we have no complaints on quality or the product, for the many many emailers who have me asked this!!!) But if you have any specific questions or want more info on anything just leave comment and I’ll be happy to share more!

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Fika!

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I picked up the cutest cookbook at Ikea a couple weeks ago. It is all baked goodies, based on the swedish concept of coffee time (which I’m guessing is similar to our saying ‘tea time’). We’ve tried out a couple of them and they are soooo wonderfully simple and fun to make.
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The colours and simple, fun ingredient layouts are so darling and almost as fun as eating the creations!
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 Our first try were sweet little jam buttons.
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My ingredient pile isn’t nearly as cute as the book LOL.

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Fast, simple, and yummy delicious. A winning combo!

    IMG_0674              The best part was how fast these came together (we’re talking under 15 minutes, then 12 to bake). But the worst is how fast they disappear!

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Just Beachy

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Wren and I tagged along with Sean for a work trip this early this week. It was mostly driving, with little adventures in little towns along the way which was nice. It was the first time I’ve visited many of these little gems so close to home and we made a little memory at each stop. One of our favourite stops was at a little beach island in a quiet lake community.

We spent a warm evening in the sand, all by ourselves. Collecting caterpillars…

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and making a mini rock collection to bring home.

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Fondue Skewer Plant Stakes

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I stopped into my favourite thrift store last week to pick up a couple new books and was browsing around when I saw a plastic bin of mismatched kitchen utensils. Among the all the stainless steel I saw just a few hints of teal, purple, even pink so I dug around and saw a huge pile of fondue skewers at the bottom, obviously all from different sets. But beautiful colours all together, so I grabbed some thinking I could find a use for them! They ended up being 10 cents a piece so it was a no brainer to grab all these pretty colours.

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My first thought was to use them in my pots around the house for herbs. I don’t only keep them in the kitchen window, so this way I don’t forget what’s what.

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They look so fun and happy that I’ve just started sticking them in to random plants even without labelling. I think a couple would also be fun to use to stick a little thank you note on for a hostess gift or string a mini banner across them in a little terrarium.

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Some times things just make you happy for no explicable reason and these little guys just make me smile.

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Fondue Skewer Plant Stakes