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800 Square Foot Apartment Renovation

May 6, 2021

Spring 2021 One Room Challenge Okay, so technically this isn’t week one. We actually started our apartment renovations back in March when our tenants of 6 years moved out. Because we live 4 hours away from the apartment and need to schedule the larger projects with the board, 8 weeks just wasn’t enough time. That being said, I still want to walk you guys through the process! Where did we start on renovating the apartment? The final walk through with…

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Lifestyle

30 Before 30

January 18, 2021

Wait, what? I’m turning 30!? I don’t feel like a 29 year old… but the math adds up, so I must be! With the crazy year its been, I didn’t even realize my birthday was coming up. Sad, I know! Over the Christmas break John asked me what I’d like to do for my birthday and I know I looked at him like “Why would you ask that, what a wierd question” then I realized oh ya, my birthday is…

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Lifestyle

How a pandemic helped me plan out my goals

January 1, 2021
Goal setting in my digital planner

First we have to chat a bit about 2020 and how its changed my goal setting for 2021 To say 2020 was a very different year might be an understatement. But, the changes that the pandemic forced have brought some positives too! For me, 2020 actually brought a lot of joy! I joined a new office who truely are a team, supporting each other in any way they can. John and I really started to focus on making our house…

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DIY Master Bedroom

ORC Master Bedroom Reveal

June 25, 2020

Master Bedroom with Built in Headboard Cabinet & Dog Bed Drawer It’s finally done!!! No more sleeping in the middle of the living room in the basement. Hallelujah! This was our first time participating in the One Room Challenge, and I have to say, I’m so glad we did! Summer is the busiest time for both John and I at work, and being part of a challenge really forced us to stick to a timeline, which I’m very grateful for!…

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DIY Master Bedroom

ORC Week 4 & 5 – Building a Bedframe with a Dog Bed

June 11, 2020

“Did I read that right? A dog bed?” Yes, you read right! We built a bedframe with a hideaway dog bed. Why? Because I need the best of both worlds! I need Sarabi & Jack to sleep nice and close to me, but also want my room to look clean and tidy. This has always seemed impossible, as they have giant beds. Eventually, I came up with the idea for a hideaway drawer for their beds!  Yes, Jack is half…

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DIY Master Bedroom

ORC Week 2 & 3- Faux Brick Paneling

May 22, 2020

The first step of our master bedroom makeover was pretty simple. All we needed was paint and faux brick! Paint  Let’s talk paint. My favourite brand is Dulux for a couple reasons. First, I love how thick it is! We used the same light greige paint colour throughout our house and it covered the darker beige in just two coats. Not having to prime the entire wall before painting saves a ton of time! Second, it self-levels. After I roll,…

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ORC Week 1 – Planning a room

May 7, 2020
One Room Challenge Mood Board

If you want to learn more about the One Room Challenge, how to participate or how it all started, click on the website link here.  I heard about the ORC from some of the bloggers that I follow who have participated in past challenges and renovated some amazing rooms (you can see past participants on the website). It was great timing for John and I, since we’re in the middle of renovating our bedroom. I can be a pretty bad…

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Travel

Scottsdale, Arizona

May 4, 2020
Scottsdale, Arizona - John & Kait

Why we chose Scottsdale Yes, we could have stayed right in Phoenix, but Scottsdale had some of the key things we look for when traveling. First and foremost, tons of awesome restaurants! This is a must for us! Second, areas that we can explore easily on foot. This is very important because of number one. I still want my pants to fit by the end of the trip, so walking is key! Last, but not least is a good place…

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DIY Office

Office Pegboard – Functional & Flexible Organization

April 30, 2020
Peg Board Shelf - Parking It

The first space we decided to tackle with a DIY plan was our office. John works from home and I was tired of having his work spread all over the kitchen counter. On the flip side, he was frustrated with my craft supplies taking up our kitchen table for days on end. We wanted to prioritize the office space so we could create a division between our work and our home life. Our office now has two sides; the side…

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Recipes

Shelleys Spicy Jambalaya

April 30, 2020
Parking It - Shelleys Jambalaya Recipe

Let’s talk Jambalaya! Typically there are two types of jambalaya: cajun jambalaya and creole jambalaya. It’s my understanding that creole usually has tomatoes in it, so this is probably closer to a creole jambalaya… any jambalaya experts out there want to weigh in? Either way, it’s pretty damn delicious! I can not take credit for this recipe though. I got it from my momma! But seriously, most of my recipes come from my mom. Most of her recipes came either…

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