Thursday, November 23, 2017

Family Gift Guide [Under $35]

Family Gift Guide
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Every year I find it relatively easy to come up with gift ideas for Little Dude, The Mr. and I, but year after year we are asked by friends and family what they could possibly buy for us that isn't a million dollars. So, I did what any blogger would do... I created this gift guide for my friends and family who are asking for ideas but especially for all of you, my readers, who are looking for ideas for those hard to buy for people in your life. Every single item in the post is under $35 (Canadian) and is something that we would love, and hopefully the people you are shopping for would too!

Here are 5 ideas for each of us, starting off with the Little Dude's list:

Monday, November 20, 2017

Construction Theme Birthday Printables

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Does anyone else out there feel like they have to have a pinterest perfect birthday?! I can't help myself. Before pinterest was even a thing I thrived on party planning, decorating and organizing a cleverly crafted event.

But now, with a two year old running around I don't have the time or the energy to start creating my own printables a priority and am so thankful to all of you that have taken the time to do so in order to make the rest of us mamas look amazing when it comes to event hosting!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Great Big Friggin' Red

Name: Great Big Friggin' Red
Country: Canada (Nova Scotia)
Vintage: 2017 (Canada 150 Special)
Price: $21

Why did I decide to try this wine? The name kind of says it all doesn't it? really though, I loved the name and the label, then found out it was a Nova Scotia wine which I also love and last but not least read the back of the bottle which describes the wine as "friendship in a bottle". I couldn't leave the store without at least one bottle to try! I ended up trying this wine the night before Little Dude's 2nd birthday so thought it would be kind of fun to take a picture of it in his decoration toy dump truck.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Accepting Change {Little Dude is 2!}

Everyone always says time flies. They say to cherish every moment because it goes so quickly. One minute you are waking up in the middle of the night for feedings and diaper changes while the next you are checking the oil in their car before they take off to college. 
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Monday, November 6, 2017

Bloggers of BlogJam Atlantic {let me introduce you}

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Yesterday I had a great day at BlogJam Atlantic in Halifax, NS. When preparing to attend Blog Jam this year I knew I really wanted to take advantage of meeting other bloggers, learning from them and especially getting to know them. So to hold myself accountable and make sure I did exactly that I decided to make sure I met (and photographed) at least 5 Bloggers and asked them two short questions so we could get a quick snapshot about them. 

I photographed their shoes (you knew I would!) and asked them their favourite something and a would you rather question.

Elayna was the first speaker of the morning and she really set the bar for everyone else. She spoke about writing for one person, being vulnerable and provided excellent tips for the group (as fellow Bloggers) to take advantage of in order to make small changes on our own blogs but see big differences. Elayna was a delight to meet and had on some pretty amazing heels! Ladies and gentlemen, meet Elayna:
Elayna Fernandez (@thepositivemom)
What is your favourite movie? The Lion King
Would you rather eat cake or cookies? Cake!
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I have been following Jenna and her blog for about a year now and was so happy to finally meet her in person. She is just as lovely "in real life" as she is online... and, her sneakers are absolutely amazing! They are her family tartan... super fun eh?!
Jenna Morton (@pickleplanetmoncton)
What is your favourite toy? Vintage Fisher Price playhouse
Would you rather stay up all night or sleep all day? Stay up all night
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A few weeks ago I asked you on on twitter what you were drinking for the weekend and an overwhelming number of you answered with "Beer". So this blog is for all of you - pleasure to introduce you to Todd:

Todd Beal (@maritimebeerrpt)
What is your favourite song? Crazy by Patsy Kline
Would you rather have ketchup or mustard? Ketchup
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This was the first time I met Stephanie in person, but you might remember her from the easter egg hop she and I both participated in a few months ago. Well, she was just as lovely in person as her easter egg transformation was online. Be sure to check out her blog for home decor, some DIY and more:
Stephanie McDougall (@mommyzoid)
What is your favourite holiday? Christmas
Would you rather eat a bug or a worm? A cruchy bug
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As it turns out, Lori and I both have similar approaches to blogging. We both blog for fun, we both have full time careers outside of blogging and we are both labeled as "creative" people by our peers. One of my all time favourite posts from Lori is about barn quilts. Never heard of a barn quilt?! Find them on her blog and you'll see what I mean!

Lori Byrne (@farmfreshstyle)
What is your favourite animal? A baby lamb
Would you rather live where its hot or cold? Cold
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Beautiful rooms, home decor and more is what you can expect if you follow Lauren on instagram. I shared her post about her son's bedroom not too long ago and love the idea of a grown up, but still fun space for all of the Little Dude's in our lives. Meet Lauren:
Lauren Hire (@houseofhire)
What is your favourite game? Cranium
Would you rather be able to read minds or be invisible? Read minds (without hesitation!)
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Last, but certainly not least, I met Brittany who has recently started her blog. Her blog is a behind the scenes look into graphic design... kind of like a modern day Mad Men! The design process has always intrigued me and so I can't wait to see what really goes on behind the scenes.

Brittany Pickrem (@brandingbybrittany)
What is your favourite book?"Built to Sell"
Would you rather give up pizza for a year or tv for a year? TV
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There were of course, MANY other bloggers with fantastic blogs at the event this year - If you'd like more introductions or have a topic in particular you would like to find a blog about comments below and I will be happy to recommend my fellow bloggers to you.

Have fun checking out all of these bloggers and their blogs!

My shoes for that: The shoes I wore to BlogJam Atlantic 2017
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

It's Party Time!

It's party time and you're invited!

I am hosting an online Stella & Dot Trunk Show (aka PARTY) on November 8 at 8:30pm ADT (7:30pm EST) and would love it if you could join me! Hopefully all you mamas will have the little ones in bed for the night, but if not just hop in when you some posts and participate to win prizes during the event.

For those who don't know, Stella & Dot sells boutique style jewelry and accessories through in-home and online trunk shows and, here is a fun fact for you... over HALF of the collection is UNDER $60 and 40% of the collection is Versatile (All pieces with a (V) beside them in our catalogue means you can wear it more than one way!) Pretty neat, right?!

I have put together 3 combinations that all reflect my personal style and items that I have on my wishlist to help you get inspired, here they are...

Inspiration Combo #1
Faux fur, pom poms and fun accessories are really what winters were made for! While we will all be hiding under parks for the next few months make sure what is showing is super fun for the whole season.
Stella & Dot Winter Wonders

Inspiration Combo #2
This time of year is always filled with holiday parties, receptions, work functions and family fun! This top is the perfect style to be suitable for any and all of your events, not to mention adding on some accessories to dress it up (or down) as you like! The earrings in particular are worth checking out... they become studs for when you have baby with you and full on statement earrings when baby stays home - fun, right!?
Stella & Dot - black textures

Stella & Dot Black Feather Statement Earrings

Inspiration Combo #3
Last but note least, you all know I travel a lot for my job but also love to travel with the Mr. and Little Dude. Here is my travel chic recommendation all based around the Stella & Dot Getaway Bag. It comes in several prints but I think the elephants are super fun, but still classy.

Travel Chic - Style me brown

Stella & Dot Getaway Bag

If you would like to join the party on November 8 - send me a message on Facebook and I will invite you to the event :)

In the mean-time, the party is open online now so have fun Shopping my party -->

My Shoes for That: Charlotte Russe Brown Booties (as shown and linked above)

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Dining Room Reveal

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With every new home or new project there is always one thing that inspires the entire space. It’s that one item that you see and picture immediately in your space, something that suits you and will inspire the style for everything else to come.

I have followed Addison’s Wonderland (Brittany Hayes) on Instagram for quite a while now and have loved learning about her design decisions in her previous home and now through their historic wonderland. In one of her posts she talked about the chandelier in her foyer as the inspiration for the space, the ombré staircase and really the entire house. I didn’t take it quite as far, but in my case it all started with a dining room table.

I saw this table about a year ago - long before we started house hunting and long before we bought a house. It is one of those pieces that stuck with me. No matter all the other tables I looked at I couldn’t get this one out of my head, and can you blame me?!
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the table in it's natural habitat... at  Carpet Ranch
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I love how it brings elements of nature inside with its living edge finish (otherwise known as freeform), but yet has a sheek modern feel with the acrylic legs. Not to mention all the different tones of acacia wood that accent the kitchen, hardwood floors and style of our home. The acacia wood itself is processed in the traditional Malaysian way by letting it cure in the sun, fancy right?! The table was definately an investment, but so worth it!

I might be the only person who started decorating in the dining room, but that’s where everything began.
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After deciding on the table I knew I didn’t want our open concept home to have primarily rustic feel, so bringing in some other textures and materials would be essential. I spent tons of time shopping online and browsing different chair styles. These were two of my favorites...
Gigi solid wood dining chair
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Harrison Matte solid wood dining chair

After consulting with Cheryl and learning all about the importance of chair heights to go with your table (yes, 1 inch actually makes a huge difference!) we ended up choosing these beauties. I love the modern feel and lightness to the chairs. They are surprisingly quite comfortable and not as cold on the behind as I thought they would be.
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There were two other major elements to choose for this space - the light fixture and the curtains. I’ll tell you more about the curtains when we chat about the living room, so... moving onto the light fixture...

During one of my trips to Carpet Ranch Cheryl pointed out this light and asked what I thought of it for the space. My eyes lit up immediately and I knew it was coming home with me one way or another. The modern and shiny “branch” look was a fabulous way to tie the chairs and the table together and would later be the inspiration for the rest of the light fixtures being replaced in our open concept home.
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I am super happy with how the dining room turned out and can’t end this post without showing you the before, during and after. Quite a difference isn’t there?!
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the dining room - before we bought the house
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move in day
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the day after move in day
And finally... the big reveal!!!

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Shop this room:

Table - Acacia Freeform by Colibri Lifestyle, call Cheryl at Carpet Ranch and say you're interested in Jenna's table to make finding this table as simple as possible! 1-506-548-8881 (and yes, she can arrange shipping to just about anywhere!)

Chairs - Galvanized metal dining chairs by Monarch Specialties, Cheryl

Light Fixture - Modern branch chandelier by Eurohome Lighting, and yes, you guessed it... call Cheryl

Curtains - Drapes by Casa Mia, and for the last time... call Cheryl

Dinnerware - Pacific Collection by Royal Doulton. Plates, tapas plates, tapas bowls & mugs and next on my list to add to my collection are the larger bowls

Paint Color - "Whooping Crane" from Beauti-Tone's National Parks of Canada collection 

What do you think of the dining room? Have you ever used a table as an inspirational piece?

Until the next room...

Xo Jenna

My shoes for that: Tory Burch Minnie travel flats, like the table - they are an investment, but oh so worth it!
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** This post was NOT sponsored, but I love giving shout outs to people who provide great service and advice such as Cheryl at Carpet Ranch located in my home region in northern New Brunswick, Canada **