Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Littlest Farmhouse

I haven't done any big DIY's like this for so long... like before I was even pregnant with Theodore! So to say that I'm super excited about this latest project is an understatement! 

I wanted to find a playhouse for the kids but wasn't really into the brown cedar versions I kept seeing and I really didn't want to spend a small fortune on a little play space either! After hunting on Kijiji for months, I finally found this little house for super cheap and so began the revamping process.

It took about three days to complete and that's including endless nursing and snack/meal making breaks. Given that we get quite a bit of moisture in the winter, I wanted something that would cover well and wouldn't need a lot of maintain. Enter the white stain! I am still pretty amazed it took only 2-3 coats and that the cedar doesn't show through. I honestly was afraid I'd be out painting for weeks! As for the trim, I simply spray painted it all black. Do you know how satisfying it is to spray paint stuff? Oh my word, I actually rummaged around my house, trying to find more things to spray paint because it was just so fun! Maybe that's just the fumes talking...

After all that painting, spider-killing and sweating up a storm came the best part: DECORATING! I did buy the chalkboard, wreath and the planter but everything else was from my little stash here at home. It really goes to show that it doesn't take a whole lot to make something beautiful or special, just a little elbow-grease and a heap of creativity!

I am so excited for this place to change throughout the seasons....Sophie and I have already started taking about our decorating plans for September and October! Give us all the pumpkins please!

Megan xo

Monday, July 16, 2018

Our Summer Playlist

Our days are FILLED with music! Whether we are driving around in the car or cleaning up or hanging out on the patio, there is always some kinda jam playing.

I did try going music free, just so that we had some quiet time. But the girls would have none of it!
"What happened to the music?"
"Play the Spirit song, mommy!"
"It's soooo quiet!"
When I tried explaining that we were having some quiet time, Sophie just suggested we listen to some "quiet Josh Groban songs". Insert eye roll.

Each time I play a certain song I like to think I'm creating a soundtrack of our lives. It might sound funny, but it's true! Which is why I'm sharing our list of Summer time favorites plus the perfect activity to do while listening to said music! 

Julia's theme, Alexandre Desplat- A must-listen while you are preparing a garden (or market) fresh salad.

Fun, Fun, Fun, Pharrell Williams- The best song to kick off a summer road trip.

 Feeling Eiffel, Michael Giacchino- For curling up on the porch swing with a glass of wine and a great book. 

 My Moon, My Man, Feist- To play while you serve your dinner party guests something from a casserole dish, preferably while swaying precariously in time to the beat.

Fly Me to the Moon, Frank Sinatra- For those dusky-late night picnics.

California Loco, Ludwig Goransson- Best to play when you actually need to clean the house but you'd rather be at the beach. I listen to this song quite often as you can imagine, given that I live smack dab in the middle of Alberta...

La Vie en Rose, Louis Armstrong- When it's raining outside, and you have no where to be except dreamland.

Wasted Time, Keith Urban- Only the best for when you have to pull weeds, cut the grass, or you know, waste perfectly fun time doing yardwork.

Do You Believe in Magic?, The Loving Spoonful- This song is perfect for any montage-worthy activity.  Activities like learning a secret handshake on a dock, piercing your long lost twin's ears, going over said twin's house blueprints. Wait a minute...

Brighter Than the Sun, Colbie Caillat- I love listening to this while splashing around! Equally as good in a kiddie pool as in the Mediterranean...hmmm okay maybe its a tiny bit better on an Italian coast, but it is a fun song!

What's your go-to Summer jam? Let me know!

Megan xo