Monday, December 19, 2011

The Homestead

So here are some pics of our home! Please don't mind the bareness of some of the rooms, we are still working on putting the house together but at least this will give you a good idea of our home life.

These exterior shots were taken a few months ago, after we found out we got the house!

I didn't realize it right away but apparently 15 is our family's "lucky" number. Jet was born on Feb. 15, Roxy was born on June 15, Matt and I were married on Aug. 15, and our first home is number 15. I should try my hand at the lottery with this number!

Front entrance

 Got these awesome hanger letters from Anthropologie a while ago

 Family room

Got this couch at the Urban Barn outlet in Scarborough; I highly recommend checking out this place. They sell dinged up furniture from their retail stores at 30-50% off. The only thing that was "wrong" about this couch was a bit of threading that had unraveled in the back, for a saving of hundreds of dollars, I'll take it!

I always knew I wanted floating bookshelves. The company that we got our dining table from also made  these shelves for us. The wood comes from an old factory building in Kitchener from the 1890's. I also found out that they source their wood from a guy who also sources to Restoration Hardware - same kind of look, for waaaaaaay less.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our table. To me, the dining table is so much the heart of the home so I wanted to invest in a table that would only get better with age and use.

I got these chairs for super cheap off of Kijiji but they were dirty and ugly. But given a little paint and fabric love, these chairs turned out fabulous. Fabricland is one of my new favorite stores and if you are looking for an easy and inexpensive way to quiet some creaky chairs, I highly recommend Wonderlokem's Tite Chair glue.

Most everything on the mantle (minus the mirror) is either from Bibles for Missions (I scored big time there!) or from Dollarama or Value Village. I love thrifting!

Scored those barstools for way cheaper than in regular retail stores by buying them directly from a furniture warehouse called Trendy Furniture in Markham.

Loving our magnetic chalkboard wall. We like to use it to put up the verse our church is going through that week.

Guest washroom. This bathroom was so dark before so we lightened it up with some textured wallpaper and light gray paint. Would love to change the floors someday down the road.

Roxy Girl's room. I got all our dressers off of Kijiji (Canadian version of Craiglist) and refinished them. Painting a piece of furniture black or white makes it look a thousand times better. All of them were that grandma brown beforehand but I painted them all white then spray painted the knobs and handles a brushed bronze for a nice classic look.

Jet Jet's room

Master Bedroom. 
That is paintable beadboard wallpaper on the wall, I highly recommend it as a cheaper alternative to the real thing. It was easy to put up and looks great.

We are hoping to renovate the bathroom someday but we are loving our room and are so thankful for it.

Sunday, December 18, 2011


I can't believe it's been about 2 months since my last post! It has been soooooo busy these last couple months, due largely to us moving into our new home. We are moved in now and are not totally done with outfitting and decorating it but we have the major components in place and even have a Christmas tree up to celebrate our first Christmas in our first home. We are so thankful for this wonderful gift from the Lord and are still rubbing our eyes in wonderment at God's kindness and generosity towards us. I will try posting some pics of the homestead soon but for now, here's what you've been really waiting for: pics of 6 month old Roxy Girl and 22 month old Jet Man. Will try posting more soon!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Snuggle Bug

Jet is a sweet boy but is not much of a snuggler, Roxy on the other hand likes to be held and loves her cuddles. So thankful that at least one child will let me hug them for more than 5 seconds:) Loving my kids and their unique personalities.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Aftermath

The result of Jet's first time eating chocolate-covered strawberries:

I think he liked it

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Listening To...

I first heard of James Morrison when we were in Italy a couple years ago; a British, Chris Martin of Coldplay look-a-like, this singer-songwriter is a great listen on a nice rainy day like today, or any day at that. Check him out on Grooveshark:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

It took me awhile to find an oatmeal-raisin cookie recipe I really liked and when I finally discovered it, should I have been surprised that it would come from my girl Ina? It's so good, I leave out the pecans and sometimes sub out the raisins for cranberries - either way, it is delicious!

Here's the recipe:

Some tips:

- I typically put less sugar than what it calls for since I don't like my sweets to be too sweet. Rather than have the sugar be level with the cup, I'll have it be a little lower.

- You'll want to pull the cookies out when they look just about done. They'll continue to bake a little out of the oven so if it looks already done before you take them out, you've probably overbaked them.

So good!!!

And here's an oldie but a goodie; I went to one of Ina's book signings with my good friend Stacy years ago at Sur La Table in Santa Monica. I was such a nerd who was so excited to meet her that everything I wanted to say to her, how I loved her cookbooks so much, how I loved her style of cooking, how she inspired me to try new things, all came out in a measly, "It's so nice to meet you." Definitely a Ralphie meeting Santa from "A Christmas Story" kind of moment. If you have no idea what I'm referring to then do yourself a favor and watch this movie! Anyway, Stacy and I had fun meeting one of our foodie heroes - Ina rocks!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Whittamore's Farm

There are quite a few lovely family farms around the Durham region and I have been wanting to visit this one since last year and was finally able to make it happen today with the fam. It was a gorgeous and very warm day and the place was packed! It was like Disneyland, pumpkin-version. We had a great afternoon as a family and I am hoping this becomes a yearly fun family tradition.

Inside this building is a great store that sells local produce, baked goods, preserves, and other goodies. 

Checking out the cow

When the cow finally came up to Jet, he freaked and ran away.

Woke up to get into the pumpkin action

Just ignore where that bag is from:) But come on, don't french fries make everyone happy?

This video is only 1 second long but I had to post it because Jet's joy is too cute not to share

Gang-star Jet