Day 2: A Few Tips for Decorating Your Home

I’m no interior designer or professional decorator. But, it is something I enjoy. You wouldn’t believe how any House & Home, Style at Home, and HGTV magazines I own. I’m not the most creative person, but I can take ideas from these magazines and put my own spin on them. And that’s exactly what happened with Rosalie’s gallery wall which you can read about here.

For day 2 of Blogging Every Day in May, I’m supposed to educate you all about something I’m good at. So, I’ve decided to pass along a few tips I’ve learned about decorating.

1. There’s no rush. It’s better to take your time, and decide what you want, than to slap something on a wall just to fill it, or to buy furniture that isn’t what you really had in mind.

2. Get yourself a level and a stud finder. These will be two of your best friends for hanging pictures, shelves and art.

3. For God’s sake, and your own, don’t be lazy. Use your measuring tape. Don’t just hang things haphazardly.

5. Have a little fun with photo collages. Everything doesn’t have to line up. But don’t go overboard. There’s a thin line between having things all over the place with style, or having a mess.

6. Find your own style. Its your home, you have to be happy and comfortable there. Decorate to suit you. Not magazines or anyone else. But don’t use this as an excuse to have no style.

7. Mix in pictures of nature or architecture, or frame different items. Not every picture should be of people. And don’t hang pictures of people, unless they are truly worthy of being on a wall (the pictures, not the people).

8. If you don’t have the money to replace furniture as trends change, buy quality neutral pieces. Add some color and infuse trendy styles with your accessories such as pillows, throws, rugs, etc.

9. Don’t be afraid of grey. It doesn’t have to be cold. There are a lot of warm grey’s out there now, as it has become the new go to color for neutrals.

10. We all have favorite colors that we like to decorate with. Be careful not to go overboard. Too many of the same color accent can take a room from tasteful to tacky. Also, consider when you buy clothes, not every red top is the same shade, and if you wear different shades together, it can look pretty terrible. The same goes for home accessories. Mismatched shades can take away from a space.

Why I missed yesterdays post

Its no secret to those who know me well, that I am just a little bit obsessed with home decorating.

The first 18 months after I moved home from Alberta, I lived with my cousin Rosalie in a house she had just bought. As with every new home it can take a while to find a place for everything and decide how you want to decorate. The bare walls everywhere were begging for my help and I had tons of ideas for how Rosa should fill them. But we have different styles, and she wasn’t as determined as I was to decorate.

Eventually, she asked for my help figuring out what to put on her dining room wall, and we came up with a plan. But good decorating plans take patience and time to pull together. And even though I don’t live there anymore, I still had full intentions of following through. So, last night, after 6 months of dreaming about that wall, we got started. And I couldn’t be happier about how well it has turned out so far. It’s a work in progress, and is going to take a little more time to finish up, but we’re off to a great start.

1. We picked up these wooden letters at Walmart for a buck a piece.

2. Painted the letters with black, shiny paint we picked up in the craft section at Walmart for $2.00.

3. The letters turned out pretty good. The paint covered well. And dried very fast.

4. I like to lay my photos out on the floor to get an idea of how I want to arrange them, and figure out the spacing that I want.

5. Our blank canvas.

6. Trusty level. Never would have gotten through the project without it.

7. The wall slowly coming together.

8. The finished product.

9. One of my favorite pieces. “”What I love most about my home is who I share it with.”

10. A picture of Rosalie’s dad (my uncle Wade), a drawing by our Uncle Herb. And one of Rosalie’s favorite pieces, “In this house we…” Google it. I bet you’ll love it as much as she does.

11. The wall from another angle.

12. A picture I took of Rosalie and her daughter Victoria walking through the park last fall. An cute owl we picked up at Walmart for $5.00 (what a steal). And a wine bottle we frosted.

Believe it or not, this wall came together really fast. 2 hours and 15 minutes, painting of the letters included.

So pleased with how it has turned out so far, and looking forward to adding more pieces to it in the future.

Day 1: The Story of my life

Soooo I challenged you all to blog every day in May, and I skipped the first day. Booo. But in my defence I had a pretty good reason which I will share today in another post.
But without further ado The Story of My Life
I’m a twenty something steel saleswoman with a slight obsession with real estate, home décor, clothes and shoes.

I was born and raised in out port Newfoundland.

Blessed with an amazing family.

I love sleep and therefore have never been a morning person.

I love hockey! I played from the ages of 7-19 and last season I joined an adult female league.
I actually enjoy winter. I love to snowboard, even though I’m not very good. And I love to ride skidoo.
I moved across the country when I was 19. It was supposed to be just for the summer. But I got myself a boyfriend and stayed. We broke up. But deciding to stay wasn’t such a bad thing…I began a career I enjoy and made some really great friends.

Speaking of friends, I still have a lot of the same friends I had growing up.

I’m going to be a bridesmaid at this girl’s wedding next summer.
I am an extremely sarcastic person. And I tend to swear a little….

I love to travel. I have a list as long as my arm of places I want to visit.
I’ve been to Florida three times, and I happen to think that Disneyworld truly is the most magical place on earth.

Challenge: Blog Every Day in May

I came across this idea on one of the blogs I follow on Bloglovin, Story of My Life. The challenge is to blog every single day in May, weekends included.

It’s kind of an intimidating challenge for me, because I don’t have the most interesting life, so I don’t always have a lot to say. But that’s the whole point of a challenge isn’t it? You’re supposed to push the limits.

So, I’m challenging you and me both, to blog every day in May. And Jenni at Story of My Life has made it a little easier for all of us by outlining the rules and coming up with some great topics for us to blog about. Most of the information below comes from Jenni, but I’ve tossed in a few points of my own.

Here are the rules:

1. There really aren’t any rules. If you miss a day, you can make it up or skip it. The blog police will not come knocking.

2. You are welcome to leave links to your posts in the comments of my posts for others to peruse if you wish. 
3. I’d seriously love you if you also include a link to my blog either on your sidebar or at the end of your posts, but again, the blog police will not come knocking. My main goal here is to inspire some interesting posts, and help all of you who get writers block like me, not to gain a million new readers (though I wouldn’t mind that). 

4. Here are the topics. You can be as creative and awesome or as boring and bland as you like with these. Take ’em and run with it. Use creative post titles. Interpret each “prompt” however you like. There’s no wrong way to do it. Have fun.

5. You don’t have to use the topics below, if you have something else you want to write about on a given day, that’s okay. And you know what else is okay? Blogging about the topics below AND the other things you want to write about. Yup, I’m talking multiple posts in one day people. BAM! That’s even more exciting.


Day 1, Wednesday: The story of your life in 250 words or less (or one paragraph… no one will be counting your words… probably)
Day 2, Thursday: Educate us on something you know alot about or are good at. Take any approach you’d like (serious and educational or funny and sarcastic)
Day 3, Friday: Things that make you uncomfortable
Day 4, Saturday: Favorite quote (from a person, from a book, etc) and why you love it
Day 5, Sunday: Publicly profess your love and devotion for one of your blogger friends. What makes them great? Why do you love them? If you don’t have blogger friends, talk about a real-life friend or even a family member
Day 6, Monday: If you couldn’t answer with your job, how would you answer the question, ‘what do you do’?
Day 7, Tuesday: The thing(s) you’re most afraid of
Day 8, Wednesday: A piece of advice you have for others. Anything at all.
Day 9, Thursday: A moment in your day (this can be just a photo or both a photo and words)
Day 10, Friday: Most embarrassing moment (s). Spill. 
Day 11, Saturday: Sell yourself in 10 words or less
Day 12, Sunday: What do you miss? (a person, a thing, a place, a time of your life…)
Day 13, Monday: Issue a public apology. This can be as funny or as serious or as creative as you want it to be.
Day 14, Tuesday: Ten things that make you really happy
Day 15, Wednesday: A Day in the life (include photos from throughout your typical day – this could be “a photo an hour” if you’d like)
Day 16, Thursday: Something difficult about your “lot in life” and how you’re working to overcome it
Day 17, Friday: A favorite photo of yourself and why
Day 18, Saturday: Tell a story from your childhood. Dig deep and try to be descriptive about what you remember and how you felt.
Day 19, Sunday: Five of your favorite blogs and what you love about them
Day 20, Monday: Get real. Share something you’re struggling with right now.
Day 21, Tuesday: A list of links to your favorite posts in your archives
Day 22, Wednesday: Rant about something. Get up on your soapbox and tell us how you really feel. (a pet peeve, a current event, a controversial topic, something your husband or roommate or neighbor or boss does that really ticks you off)
Day 23, Thursday: Things you’ve learned that school won’t teach you
Day 24, Friday: Your top 3 worst traits
Day 25, Saturday: Something someone told you about yourself that you’ll never forget (good or bad)
Day 26, Sunday: Something you read online. Leave a link and discuss, if you’d like.
Day 27, Monday: A letter to your readers
Day 28, Tuesday: Only pictures
Day 29, Wednesday: Five songs or pieces of music that speak to you or bring back memories. Use Grooveshark or YouTube to include them in the post
Day 30, Thursday: React to this term: Letting Go
Day 31, Friday: A vivid memory




Will you join me WEDNESDAY, May 1st, to BLOG EVERY DAY IN MAY?! We can do this!




Mmmmm Smoothie Time

I’m making an effort to eat healthier. I had this yummy Strawberry Banana smoothie for lunch. It was homemade with my Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker (love this thing).

Recipe:
8-10 strawberries (I use frozen. They last longer in the fridge and are cheaper.)
1 banana
1/2 cup of fruit juice (today I used Tropicana Orange Juice w/o pulp)
2-3 scoops of vanilla frozen yogurt
I blend up my strawberries first. Then add the banana and juice, and blend it. Then lastly I add in the frozen yogurt.
Yummy.

Finally…

I am finally finished the diploma program that I have been working on for like five years. Yes, I know that’s a long time to finish what should have been a two year program, but I did it while building my career. I’m starting my degree program this fall hopefully. I’m definitely a sucker for punishment. But I do get the next four months free from the stress of school.

And since I apparently don’t know how to operate without stress in my life, I decided to host family supper at my place this coming Sunday. Which really wouldn’t be a huge deal except, I’m going to visit my parents for the weekend, so I’ll be out of town Friday – Sunday afternoon. And, since I’ve been studying for the last few weeks, I haven’t done much house work (I’m no Martha Stewart remember). So, I’ve got one night to get the groceries I need, and clean my place before I head out for the weekend.

I don’t cook for other people often. So I should probably apologize to them in advance. It could be a questionable meal 🙂

So You Fell Asleep with Gum in Your Mouth

We’ve all had those nights where you go out for a drink with the girls, and A drink turns into quite a few and the night turns into a blur.

You know one of the nights where you stumble in through the door, kick off your shoes and hopefully make it to the bed.

If you’re lucky, you managed to change out of your “Going Out” clothes, and if you’re really lucky, you remembered to spit out your gum.

And if you weren’t that lucky, your morning after goes a little like this:

“Ugh….I don’t feel so good
OMG! Where is my gum?
Puhleeeeaase let it be on the sheets.
Oh no….It’s in my haaaaiiiirrr!!!!”

And then quite obviously panic sets in. How on earth will you get it out?

Have no fear. Last night, a friend of mine was the unlucky one. And today, I was unfortunate enough to be the one helping her find a way to remove it. After some googling, we decided to try the Peanut Butter Method. And I happy to report that it worked, was super easy, and quite quick.

If you ever find yourself in this truly unfortunate situation, don’t panic, put down the scissors, and follow these steps.

Step One

Do yourself a favor. Cover your shoulders with a towel to protect your clothes from the peanut butter.

Step Two

Do your best to separate the gummed section(s) of hair from the rest of your hair. May as well do what you can to minimize the mess.

Step Three

Take a spoonful of smooth peanut butter. Do not use the crunchy kind. Its not oily enough. The oil is what helps soften the gum.

Step Four


Smear the peanut butter onto the gum.

Step Five


Massage the peanut butter into the gum.

Step Six


When you feel the gum soften up, gently pull it from the hair. And voila, all you’re left with is some peanut butter residue.

Step Seven

Wash your hair thoroughly and your good to go.

A shout out and special thanks to my wonderful friend for letting me document this traumatic experience. I’ll be kind and not name her because being hungover and having gum and peanut butter in your hair is enough misery for one day. I’ll spare her any additional embarrassment.

TGIF (Yesterday)

Friday is quite possibly my favorite day of the week.They’re full of so much potential for weekend shenanigans 🙂

But yesterday I woke up to this…

It’s the middle of April. I should not be driving to work through freshly fallen snow.
I also, shouldn’t see people parked like tools at the mall. Especially when they’re driving an old model truck. Seriously people, this isn’t necessary. If you don’t want your doors dinged, I suggest you not park in the third spot from the mall entrance, and perhaps park at the end of the parking lot where no one else will want to park next to you.

And to end the day on a positive note, there were a few shenanigans. It was girls night out and I got to hang with my cousin Jen.

What you can’t see in this picture is that I’m rocking a fab faux leather jacket that I bought in Calgary a few years ago. I’ve only worn it a few times, because “leather” requires a certain level of confidence to pull it off, and I’ve never really had it. But last night, I said “Screw it” and wore it. And I’m so glad I did. It gave my outfit just the edge it needed. Plus, I’ve been dying to take it out dancing ever since I bought it. We had so much fun, I think I’ll take it again next time.

Those Neighbors

I live in a basement apartment. And my upstairs neighbors are the worst.  Not joking. 
They blast their tv and music.
She wears her high heels on the hardwood floor all day long.
She thinks midnight is a great time to turn on the mixer, and blender, and every other loud, annoying kitchen appliance.

But most of all, they think 2 am is the best time to argue. And they argue A LOT (at least twice a week). Like full out screaming matches. Complete with an extreme amount of profanity and throwing of things.
And while most of the time I find it extremely annoying, I’d be lying if I said that didn’t find it slightly entertaining.  She’s the kind of girl I love to roll my eyes at. You know, the one who breaks down sobbing about 30 seconds in. And it’s the most pathetic sob. (so funny in fact that I love to do impressions of her when I’m hanging with the girls). And she only does it to try to manipulate him. And he knows it so he just spews curse words.
When they get really into it, I can hear most everything they’re saying.
And sometimes, when I can only hear muffled arguments, I wish I had a set of bionic ears so I could hear the entire thing. Because I bet it would be more entertaining than television.
Here’s to be thankful that as of right now…I haven’t had to listen to them “make up”.