April 14, 2014

Final Update on the stairs

Wanted to jump on and give a final update on our staircase remodel.

This weekend my husband his friend were able to replace the newel post which my cat had ruined. Today I painted it and man it looks so much prettier ;) I'm thrilled with the results and hope someone coming in will love it and just buy up our house ;)

So wanted to share my before, during and after here!

So there we have it! Finally fixed and beautiful again! Now need to keep my cat away from it again!

Come on House sell!!!

April 11, 2014

New Cleaning Schedule

So I've been toying around with our cleaning schedule trying to find something that will work better for us. This is what we've come up with. Printing off just 1 sheet can last for the entire month. Once a task is complete we will sign our initials next to it so we know it was completed! Here's an example of it! You can download the full copy over on my printables page here!

April 10, 2014

Fitness! - April Challenge!

Gonna try something new for me, exercise lol

I may have some weight to loose and areas to tone up. I've had a hard time getting motivated, or rather staying motivated. Being a SAHM means I'm on a limited income for "extras" so no gym membership for me, and no expensive Weight Watchers type of thing either. But I've really had enough with how I look and its time for a change!

I've decided to start slow here, I mean something is better than nothing right ;) So I've decided for the rest of April to challenge myself to do Yoga (at least 20 minutes) once a day! I really enjoy yoga, it stretches me out, calms me and motivates me during the day. So I'm going to try and start out with Yoga every morning if possible. I need to find some good online video so I can do it with Lemon on occasion cause shes always there by my side ;)

This morning I tried one out I recently discovered and liked. Its called Morning Yoga - Yoga With Adriene. Its described as "a Gentle 20-Minute Morning Yoga sequence to start your day!" I really enjoy it! Lemon even joined along with me for some of it! She gets bored easily but it kept her attention for at least half of it lol Which is great by a 2.5 year old standards ;)

So check out her videos and get challenged with me! Leave me a comment and let me know what you're doing for your April Challenge!

March 31, 2014

Spring Cleaning!

Maybe I should be calling it More Winter cleaning cause Spring is just not coming here!

Every year I like to do a good spring clean around here, I mean who doesnt! I usually like to follow an online blogger or two on recommendations or lists of what to do but Im finding since we're moving a lot of the stuff is already done during the process of painting and cleaning up for listing our house! Right now Im really in a maintenance stage, but I do have some stuff left to do like cleaning under the sinks and cleaning out cupboards and such.

One big thing I like to do and feels really rewarding afterwards is cleaning out the fridge! I do it a couple times a year and yet I always manage to find a surprise in there. For example I just cleaned out my fridge and found that we had 2 mustard in there, both were expired for some time (we rarely use mustard)... who knew :S

Im glad I set out to do this before grocery day! Man was it ever dirty in there! Its funny how fast you can let it go in there! But I got it all nice and clean and now every time I open the door to get something I think how nice it looks! And Im sure anyone coming in to view the house is going to open the fridge to see inside since its included in the price.

Here's my after since I forgot to take a before! (Ignore the lack of food, its grocery day and we have a storm so I can't get out!)

Next up on my list is our laundry/storage room... and OY! Its a doozy in there... Stay tuned...

In the meantime I thought I'd share my favorite spring cleaning blogs:

March 26, 2014

Dairy Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins!

One of my kids favorite foods is muffins! In fact as I type this my daughter is laying on the floor beside me crying for another muffin (yes I had to cut them off!).

Yesterday I decided to try out a new recipe and alter it to make it dairy free for my youngest two. I tried out a couple recipes together and ended up with these! They turned out great and they are loving them!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

1&1/2 cups of oatmeal
2&2/3 cups of flour
2/3 cup of sugar
4 tsp. of baking powder
1/2 tsp. of salt
2 eggs beaten, can be sub. with applesauce if desired
1&1/2 cups milk or in our case Almond milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup of Chocolate Chips (in our case we use Enjoy Life Dairy free mini chocolate chips)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffin tins with liners.
1. Combine all the dry ingredients
2. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
3. In another bowl combine wet ingredients
4. Add the wet mixture to the dry in the well and stir until it is all moistened.
5. Add the chocolate chips and stir well
6. Place in muffin tins and bake for 15-16 minutes (I always check after 12 and go from there!)

They look to be a bit dense to me. I find when I use almond milk in baking things turn out a bit more dense. But the kids love them and go through them in 2-3 days :S

March 20, 2014

Fancy New Lawn Ornament!

So we got ourselves a fancy new lawn ornament today!

Yeah!! Our house is officially on the market!! Such an exciting day for us! We're really looking forward to the new journey we're on! Bigger and better home, cant wait for the boys to have their own space again!

Wanted to share a few pictures taken for our sale!

Front of our home


Eat in Kitchen:

Boys room:

Lemon's room:

Master Bedroom

Backyard (so hard to get a good shot when we have sooo much snow still!). Its large and fenced in and the snow just doesnt help us give it credit.

We havent finished cleaning out the basement yet, so no pictures yet of the family room down there. And no shots of the bathrooms as our agent doesn't post bathroom pics.

So thats it! We're on this journey, like it or not! lol Button actually cried when we got home and he saw the sign on the lawn. I think the whole process is confusing to him. I think once we find a place and can take them to show them they will be more excited and better able to understand.

So here we go! Lets hope this isnt too long of a journey!

March 14, 2014

Home Improvement: A little bit of paint!

Something I've really discovered lately while renovating is wow can a little bit of paint go a long way!

My style has changed a lot over the years but I really haven't changed much in our home to reflect this change. Main reason is probably because since becoming a stay at home mother we haven't had the money for many upgrades in style. But now in retrospect I had $30 here and there for paint! And what a difference a little paint could make!

I started the renovations with the boys room. Not much needed to be changed in there, but when we moved in the room was a light blue and it was perfect for our little boy once we knew he was a he ;) So its never changed. Lots of wear and tear on the room, including a few spots coloured by 2 year old London and 2.5 year old Lincoln.

So I went to Home Depot and looked for a similar colour to what they had, but a little darker. Ended up getting this really nice blue for them.

Took an afternoon and because it was only a little darker it only took 1 coat to finish their room! They were at camp that day and came home to a newly painted room! They enjoyed it a lot.

Best I could get of a before and after. Has made a big difference!

Now that it's done I wonder, why did this take me so long! I used money as an excuse but this nice little upgrade cost me $35 max... amazing!