DIY: Project Playhouse (wood delivery & paint choices)

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The truck pulled up, the driver confirmed our delivery and the crane made it real!

The delivery of our newest project has happened, last week Sunbury Cedar dropped off bundles of delicious smelling pre-cut cedar for our new 6×8′ elevated Playhouse. Poor guy has only had a few weekends off between his last project (our patio overhaul) and now he’s back to late nights working in the garage and weekends that are the furthest thing from relaxing. As much as he loves the idea of putting his feet up, I swear he can’t, physically do it. The moment this guy has free time he is thinking up new projects and filling in any down-time (we all love this character trait of his). 

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20160715_171218-01Sammy and I took this past week to finally make a game call on the playhouse color scheme. Remember when I reached out to you all a few weeks back on Facebook to see what your thoughts had been on 2 color schemes we were throwing around? Well, we finally bite the bullet and chose one. We headed out to Cloverdale Paint and purchased a sealer along with 3 paint colors needed to make these purple-door playhouse dreams come true (DIY’er Tip: BCAA is accepted at Cloverdale Paint and gave a savings of $59.54 in total). We went home feeling like we had made big progress, pretty much like it was done. Yeah! That bubble was quick to pop! Now comes the painting part, where sadly I can be of zero help (Hello! 7-months pregnant).

Sammy will tackle this bit-by-bit after work and into the weekends, working his little heart out trying to make a crazy unrealistic deadline that I have been dropping hints on. Hey! I need to live up to my name of super crazy wife somehow right? We have a house full of kids thanks to a special someone turning 5 this year, having this complete by then just sounds like the logical thing to do, right? Right!

Best be off… someone’s gotta crack the whip and continue wearing the golden crown of nagging wife (in the words of Chandler Bing *whoop-ah*).  

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Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Sunbury Cedar and we received perks for sharing our experience. After researching high and low for the best playhouses with longevity, we made the choice in going with Sunbury Cedar ourselves. All opinions are our own and we stand by what we say. 

FAMILY: I’m A Good Person, I Swear!

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  I'm a rule follower, in most cases. My parents, I respect them, their rules and the reasoning behind them enough to know it was best for me. My school teachers, I aimed to please without going overboard, did what I was asked to the best of my ability, listened in class and respected and appreciated their time and knowledge. My bosses, they said what was expected of me and I would always make sure it was done and a bit more. The cashier at a local u-pick field, not so much. Hear me out, I respect him, his job and his super helpful pick tips, but following his rules of "no eating the blueberries until after we've paid" may have fallen on deaf ears.  U-pick … read more...

PREGNANCY: New Balance Love + GIVEAWAY

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So... remember when I said that Gestational Diabetes was a good thing? I made a list of the things I found that could be looked at as the silver lining to being diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes? And remember when I said one of those things could be a new pair of running shoes? Yeeeeeah I wasn't blowing smoke people, this kid right here, she got a new pair of sneaks... guess what?! She also wants to be like Oprah and GIVE YOU A PAIR TOO! Good right? You see what I did there? Who wants a new pair of sneakers in perfect time for the active Summer months ahead? You know what I'm talking about, the after dinner walks that sound like a bad idea but feel so … read more...

PREGNACY: Making The Most Of Gestational Diabetes

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Finding the best in the worst is something I am working on, so why not now? Getting Gestational Diabetes was not the best of news, actually it was quite the opposite, the shits actually if I can be frank, but I must remember that things could be worst. The pitty-party invites have been recycled, no need for postage stamps, last week I sat down and came up with all the good that comes with being diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes (yes that's right the good things!) and I'm dishing them out for you all today.  So to those who have Gestational Diabetes or have been recently diagnosed with it, turn that frown upside down because I got the goods on why having it is … read more...

FEATURE: Patio Miracle(-Gro) Makeover

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I think we can all agree that a well-done before and after motivates us, has us dreaming about our own spaces, makes us feel all the feelings! No?  I mean seeing a space go from lackluster to hosting perfection in not only a short time frame but on a budget, those are my kinda makeovers; an affordable quick overhaul which we've been calling a Miracle(-Gro) Makeover. It's taken us about 4 weeks and just over $500 to complete, considering the size of our space and the blank canvas we had, it needed a lot of love, but had huge potential. Think dreamy lighting, romantic foliage and flowers that perfume the air as you relax the evening away fireside. … read more...

GIFT IDEA; tea lover

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In most of my travels I make a tea-lovers out of everyone I meet. Someone who doesn't like tea has merely not tried the right cup in my eyes. Oh! the problems I've solved, the woes I've overcome and the many broken hearts I've mended over a good cup of tea are beyond measurable. Tea is the band-aid for our soul. I'm not addicted to tea, we're just in a very committed relationship.  This past weekend was my best friends Bridal Shower and I knew that following suit of the guests, buying from the registry was not mandatory for me. I'm her bestie, friends since grade 3, her maid-of-honor, I knew that I could go on my own with this and give a … read more...

PREGNANCY UPDATE: Week 29 (80 days to go)

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I dunno? What do you think? Are we due for a pregnancy update yet? It's only been 12 weeks since the last one! Many many changes, not only in the size of this baby bump. We're officially not fitting into most of my current wardrobe staples, I was diagnosed officially with Gestational Diabetes (chatted a little about it here) and best of all I've finally managed to make good timing in having both Sammy and Sofia feel baby kicks.  The 3rd trimester sleepies are moving their way into my life, but we're doing pretty good at avoiding mid-day naps. We like to keep ourselves busy most days with crafts, living room dance parties and park visits. We're on Summer break … read more...

BEST OF NETFLIX; All About The Competition

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We love finding random yet surprisingly awesome shows as a family on Netflix, makes for good fun on those down-days that you just can't face another craft, or mess in the kitchen, or acting out of another scene in Shopkins-ville with Taco Terry and Gale Scale (I can't even make this stuff up if I try you guys! seriously!). INSERT NETFLIX HERE. Betcha didn't think Netflix also had games? That's what I'm talking about, a guessing game, a competition of the quickest mind between a 4 year old genius, a over-tired dad and a mom with a horrible case of baby-brain; good times over here people, good times!  Sammy and Sofia stumbled across this show last weekend and ended … read more...