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Sexy Seat

This chair is amazing. I would decorate an entire room in white just so it would be the focal point.

Artist: Danny O'Connor
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Rah! Rah! Raw!

I dipped my toe in the world of raw eating.

I follow Young and Raw on Facebook, and have been intrigued by the whole 'raw eating' thing. Now I'm not talking going all crazy and becoming anorexic looking like Demi Moore did years back - more so just intrigued with what it would be like. I could never be 100% raw, but I do love healthy eating. Do I always eat healthy, no. Why? Because it's so easy to unconsciously eat. Hungry - put food in mouth so you're not hungry anymore, is the stage I was at. Such as many busy mom's can fall prey to.

Young and Raw had a 30 day Raw Food Challenge, but I was hesitant. Then they posted a 3 day High Raw Challenge - I jumped right on it.

Best part - it gives the recipes, grocery list, and tips on prepping ahead. Makes it very easy for even the busiest of us.

Hubby was away for the weekend, so I felt it was prime time to do it. I did this all on a Friday after work...but of course my 1st stop was the aisle with flip flops to reli…

Our modern family

Back in the day, multi generation households were the norm. Then we moved away from that it seems, and by no means do I think it's back to being the norm, I do think there are more and more families who have more than 2 generations (namely parent/child) living under one roof.

About 2 years ago when it was clear my step father's Alzheimer's was progressing unusually fast, my husband came to me and said "I think when he goes into a home, your mother should come live with us". Yes people, my husband initiated the discussion of his mother in law living in the same house - back off ladies, he's taken.

Skip ahead a few months (about 18 months ago now) the move happened.  None of us knew what to expect of course, for many reasons; it had been 20 years since I lived with my mother and 20 years since hubby lived with his mother; we have a preschooler; we have two cars for a family of 3 adults who need to get around.  But, we all jumped in with both feet.

There are a l…

Eager for chores

It's happened. And I'm savouring every moment of it since I know that in a few years just discussing the topic of chores will be, well, a chore.

I brought home refills for our toilet scrubbing stick. On the surface, a pretty routine and boring thing. But. The peanut found them, and was totally intrigued and psyched. So as any sanity-seeking-mother would do - 'natch I went with it and make it the coolest thing ever.  We placed the scrubber on the stick; I quickly showed her how it's done; off she went.

She was tickled pink, and then begged me to let her do the other two toilets. "Well...twist my arm. I GUESS if you really want to you can do it".

Love, actually.

Hubby and I have been together for almost 17 years / married a week shy of 12 years. We've been through more together than some couples have ever and we're not even 40. Granted nothing has been tragic thankfully, but we've hit many a roller coaster and bumpy road (sometimes highway) together.

We got married after being together about 5 years - thought I knew everything about relationships...HA! The one thing I always tell anyone just entering marriage is that you are choosing to live a life with another person. This isn't Cinderella nor Fifty Shades - this is real life. Sometimes you won't like the person, sometimes you'll need a break from each other - but underneath it all, love remains the same (pardon the Gwen Stefani + Gavin Rossdale song title combo there). I like what Gweneth Paltrow's father said to her one day about how his marriage to Blythe Danner lasted over 30 years: "Well, we never wanted to get divorced at the same time".  I think t…

Shifting Gears

When I began this blog, it was all about decor & design. I, as always, had the best intentions and amazing plans to immerse myself in the topic as I did pre-child. Some blogs simply re-purpose content from other sources, which I could certainly do while keeping it on-decor-topic...but I don't think that gives any value to me having a blog, nor a reason to have you read any posts.  I think a blog needs to be true to the person writing it, and represent them in as honest a way possible - or why bother.

Therein lies the gear shift for this blog... I don't have time for daily decor, but I have a daily life that centers around my immediate family (husband, daughter, mother - all under one roof); my extended family (most of whom don't live near); my friends (near & far); and my career...and all the loveliness (sometimes lack thereof) that comes along with it.

I love my family; I love to cook; I love photography; I love to be an ear & shoulder for my peeps; and yes I…

Fabulous Rooms Friday - Nifty Navy

Some may say never to navy when it comes to wall color, likely due to fear of dark walls. For those that avoid this gloriously rich color, I have inspiration for you that may help you overcome your fear.

There are ways to do navy well, in any room. Regardless of which room you're considering, make no mistake about it - painting your walls navy is a bold choice, and leaves you with a dramatic look.

The first room I lean towards when it comes to dramatic impact is a powder room. This is a room that is smaller than any other in your home and people spend the least amount of time in. So if you are hesitant to commit to color in your home yet want to try it out, this is the room to do it in.  You can go dramatic on the walls or ceiling, or both!  Check out this magnificent powder room

You could either do wallpaper on the ceiling, or a stencil. I would likely lean towards a stencil since it's a small space and would be easier to lay the stencil, paint, and be done.

When it comes …