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My Canadian Favorite Treats

June 28, 2013

Canadian TreatsCanada Day is just around the corner and I’ve put together a few of my favorite Canadian treats! I lived in Canada my entire life, but moved to California 6 years ago. We are planning on moving back really soon and I can’t wait to get my hands on some of these goodies! 

1. I use to walk up the street to the nearest gas station form the home I grew up in. They would have selections of the BEST 5 cent candies. I would fill a little plastic bag with all my favorites, one of them being these amazing Blue Whales!

2. While I was going to college, I use to work at a yummy coffee franchise called the Second Cup. Long after I worked there, it became my go to coffee place! My favorite drink was the Vanilla Bean Latte! Yum!! 

3. I’m sure I’ve talked about Tim Hortons before, because it’s so classically Canadian! I love buying a pack of Timbits, which are the most amazing donut holes! My favorites are the Honey Cruller and Old Fashioned Glaze. My mouth waters just thinking about it, especially paired with a great cup of Timmy’s coffee! 

4. I will always remember during high school, a bunch of us would walk to the nearest Mac’s store during break for a delicious slushie! The slushes in Canada are so much better, I find. They are more dense and less airy. They are packed full of flavor too – my favorite was Barq’s Root Beer

5. I can’t get through a movie without a pack of Smarties! In Canada, Smarties aren’t the hard candy rolls. They are delicious candy coated milk chocolate! They are also my dad’s favorite, perhaps that’s where I learned to love them so much! 

6. Lastly, a classic dish of delight: the Canadian poutine! My favorite is from New York Fries, which my husband and I always try to grab while we are up visiting! I’ve made it before for our American friends – some loved it, while others thought it was a little weird. Personally, I could eat a poutine at least once a week! 

So there is my round up of my favorite treats from home! Can’t wait to get a fix real soon! Have you ever tried any of these goodies before? 

XOXO, Lidy

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Thrifty Find: Retro Wood Clock

June 27, 2013

Thrifty Find: Retro Clock

I am loving this wood clock we scored from a thrift store for 75 cents! Can you believe it? It even works! It goes perfectly with the rest of our home decor, the wood is in great condition!

Thrifty Find: Retro Clock

Feel free to hop on over to Casey Lynn Designs Blog for the full post! Thanks friends! 

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Carved Monogram Wood

June 25, 2013

DIY Carved Monogram Wood

I have to admit, I was a little anxious to do something with my hands today. I’ve been sitting around a lot and decided to do something creative and fun! It’s been so hot here lately, the last thing I wanted to do is move around! But I am so glad I did something today. 

DIY Carved Monogram Wood

I think it’s so cute how people still show their love for one another by carving their initials into trees! I don’t know if my husband and I ever did that, but it’s never too late! I know it might seem silly, but I’m a hopeless romantic and like to try things on my own in new and different ways. 

DIY Carved Monogram Wood

I found an old piece of scrap wood and put a quick coat of paint in mint and black to give it some texture and depth. Then, I quickly drew out a rough idea of what I wanted to carve. I took an x-acto knife and started to carve out my design carefully. 

DIY Carved Monogram Wood

I think it’s a somewhat fun and unique. I might want to try it again with another design that’s a bit more modern. This was a sort of test run, but I think I like the idea of carving out your monogram onto wood, even if it’s not on a tree per se! 

DIY Carved Monogram Wood

What do you think about carving your monogram or design in wood for your home? 

XOXO, Lidy

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Adoption Journey - Baby Chronicles - Blog

The Light

Adoption

Well my friends, it’s been a while. Life has been so crazy in the adoption department. We’ve had a few court hearings the last couple months, some I didn’t feel much like talking about. If I am to be honest. Then, this month something crazy happened. 

I let go. 

I decided whatever was meant to be would be. It felt impossible to get there, but I did. And then something miraculous happened! After almost a year in the adoption process with our two oldest, the parents rights were terminated and we were officially moving forward. 

Adoption

Moving forward. What does that even look like? What does that feel like?

It feels like a weight had been lifted! I allowed myself to feel again. There is still that little twang of fear of the unknown. Especially since our little baby (brother to our oldest two) is so early in the process. He could very well (high probability) be going back to his birth mom. But I look at how far we’ve come and I know that everything will work out. It did for our first two, it will for our sweet baby boy. 

Adoption

And IF we lose him. IF we have to let him go, we have loved him hard! We enjoy every second having him in our arms. Hearing his laughter from the other room. Watching his face light up and that grin grow as we speak to him. He is such a blessing. They all are! But we hold on to hope. We stand strong in faith. We love unconditionally. Even when we are still unsure. 

For now, they continue to bond with one another and with us. They are so smart and loving. I am amazed by them. I look forward to days to come as we continue to make memories and grow together. 

Adoption

I am so thankful to have these babies! I am so blessed that we chose to adopt. I can’t imagine not having these little ones in my life. Can. Not. Imagine. 

XOXO, Lidy

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Inspired By The Land Of Nod Wall Clips

June 24, 2013

Inspired By The Land Of Nod Wall Clips

Not too long ago, my husband and I came across some fun vintage clips from a yard sale. For the longest time, we weren’t too sure what we could use them for. They had so much character, it just seemed like a waste to not show them off somehow. Then I was inspired by The Land Of Nod‘s And You Brought a Wall Clip

Inspired By The Land Of Nod Wall Clips

I decided to repurpose the vintage clips and display them as part of our home decor! I bought these great prints from a fun little store a while back. They were an odd shape, so I couldn’t find any frames that would work. These inspired wall clips are perfect for them! 

Inspired By The Land Of Nod Wall Clips

Inspired By The Land Of Nod Wall Clips

I love to find fun ways to display prints and art in our home. Wall clips are great for changing out prints easily and quickly. There is a certain charm to them as well, they are very fun and playful!

Inspired By The Land Of Nod Wall Clips

I think The Land of Nod’s wall clips are fantastic! I love how big they are, perfect for all kinds of fun things in any room. I think they would be great at our back door where we go in and out of the most. I could easily hang my diaper bag, the kids coats, keys and other items. Anything to get up and off the floor!

Inspired By The Land Of Nod Wall Clips

Unfortunately, my vintage inspired ones aren’t as useful. They are a lot smaller and wouldn’t be very good for heavier items, other than displaying prints. However, they have a purpose now and I’m happy with them! They are the perfect size for these two pieces of art for sure. 

Inspired By The Land Of Nod Wall Clips

I love being able to get ideas from some of my favorite stores. You can do your window shopping and easily gather inspiration from some of their amazing products! What do you think about wall clips for hanging art and other items in your home?

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Trophy Jar For Storage

June 20, 2013

Trophy Jars For Storage

You might remember a post I did not too long ago of our trophy cycling jar (which happened to be featured on HGTV blog)!  Well, I had to just share these two with you that we pulled from our storage not too long ago! They were just too fun to disregard. 

Trophy Jars For Storage

I love how quirky these jars are! They are great for storing those random little things. Like our vintage marbles, some antique keys and retro letter cubes. I think it adds some flare to our shelf and it personalizes our space. We found a few vintage trophies and grabbed the ones that were the most interesting, such as our fish and eagle.

Trophy Jars For Storage

 

Trophy Jars For Storage

It’s such an easy project and it is a great DIY to try out! It sure adds a great look to your space. It’s one of those things that catches your eye right away! It’s the perfect mix of bizarre and fabulous! 

Trophy Jars For Storage

Since we’ve been slowly updating our living room, we are going through old boxes of stuff and I am so happy we came across these. They were a lot of fun to make and it would be such a waste to leave them in a box out in the garage! What kind of fun DIYs have you been making lately?

XOXO, Lidy

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Vintage Movie Reels

Vintage Movie Reels

This Thursday’s Thrifty Find is kind of fun! I love the idea of bringing playful elements into the home. These vintage movie reels are great! I love the tin against our new white walls, it’s the perfect contrast! 

Vintage Movie Reels

We picked these beauties up at a thrift store for under a dollar each! What a score! They are great on our shelf, but also hanging on the wall. I could see them being repurposed into something fabulous in the future, but what? I might have to think on that. 

Vintage Movie Reels

To read the whole post, head on over to Casey Lynn Designs Blog! What kind of lovelies have you picked up at the thrift store lately?

XOXO, Lidy

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Painted Door And Numbers

June 17, 2013

Black Door

This past weekend we decided to get some more painting in. We decided to paint our front door black and get rid of the old red. I know, there’s a song about that. For months we’ve been discussing what color to go with, since our house is an odd color to work with. Black seemed classy and the best choice for us. 

Black Door

Now, I’m on the look out for some fun mid century numbers to go with our front door. I’m not sure what look to go for, but I’ve collected a few ideas that I am liking the best so far.

Black Door 

Since our house looks a little plain, I’m wanting some numbers that will stand out. I’m thinking big, bold and beautiful! We are just in the process of figuring out how to display them. It’s just a small change, but it makes all the difference. My hubby and I are big fans of the midcentury design! I am loving these as a choice for our front door! 

Midcentury House Numbers

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Which one do you think would work best? It’s so hard to decide!

XOXO, Lidy

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White And Bright: Living Room Makeover

June 16, 2013

White And Bright: Living Room Makeover

Last week we got so much done around the house! We’ve had a few things on our to-do list for YEARS and we finally crossed them off! The one at the top: paint our yellow walls! 

White And Bright: Living Room Makeover

For the last three years I’ve had a very yellow living room. It was fun for a while. It kind of went with our personality as a young couple. Then, over the years it began to grow old, as most colors will do over time. For the last year I’ve been begging my husband to let me paint the walls. At first, we thought adding wallpaper would help. It did for a while, but it was just time to say goodbye to the yellow walls once and for all.

White And Bright: Living Room Makeover

For a few weeks we’ve been trying to decide on a neutral color: grey or white. I took some votes, tried out some samples and the winner was clear: Cloud White! It seemed boring at first, but white is great for so many reasons. It’s a super easy color when decorating the room. It brightens everything up and makes the space seem more open and a lot bigger. It’s calming and relaxing. I absolutely love it! 

White And Bright: Living Room Makeover

White And Bright: Living Room Makeover

I have to admit, because we had a lot of furniture pieces and prints that were very neutral looking (since a lot can clash with our original yellow walls) the room seemed like it was missing something.

White And Bright: Living Room Makeover

We decided to add some color by bringing in a fun patterned rug we’ve had for years and adding some plants! I think having some green touches really makes the room feel lived in and natural. It feels so fresh! Plus, I am absolutely loving my new West Elm planter I found while in LA a few weeks back! 

White And Bright: Living Room Makeover

Finally, I can say I have a living room I feel happy with! Right now, we are just playing around with decorating and making those final touches! It’s so fun, almost like moving into a new house! What do you think of the white?

XOXO, Lidy

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Goodbye Yellow

June 12, 2013

Living Room + Yellow Walls

It’s been three years since I’ve whined about our yellow walls. Although I eventually got use to the brightness, I have always regretted picking out that color. It was fun for a short time, but now it’s time for something a bit more simple and sophisticated! 

Living Room + Yellow Walls

Let me tell you, I thought picking out paint colors was hard in general. But white especially! Thank goodness for the great employees at Benjamin Moore for helping me decide on the perfect shade! Otherwise, I would still be standing there with 50+ swatches in hand. 

Living Room + Yellow Walls

We started with two choices: gray or white. I asked my Facebook/Instagram friends what their vote would be and I think most of us agreed on white! We sampled both colors on the wall and I think that helped push us more toward our final decision. It was a small section, but the room already seemed to improve a lot with the white!  

Living Room + Yellow Walls

Living Room + Yellow Walls

We are in the middle of trying just a few more samples, then by the end of today we will hopefully have a brand new paint job! I can’t wait to show you the transformation and you can tell me what you think! 

XOXO, Lidy 

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Art For A Cause

June 11, 2013

Sevenly

I am always on the look out for art to put up on our walls. Over the years it changes, like the seasons. I tend to change my mind a lot, which can be a bit of a problem at times. Things can easily become boring, so I’m always changing my walls around! Plus, I am taking down the old and looking for something new and fresh.

Sevenly

I recently came across an amazing organization called Sevenly. Have you heard of them? Maybe I’m the last one to come across this amazing company, but at least I found them, right? What I absolutely loved about them, besides all their amazing products, are their unique stance as a group and team. 

Sevenly

Every week, Sevenly works for a cause. Meaning, for those seven days, anything you purchase, $7 will go towards that weekly cause. Make sense? It’s pretty amazing, which is why if you see a cause you are passionate about you have to go for it! It won’t be there for long. Which is why when I saw the cause for adoption, I jumped on it right away! 

Sevenly

A few weeks ago, for any product(s) you bought, you would put $7 toward helping a baby increase his/her chances of being adopted in China. How? Most of these babies suffer from a birth defect and often end up dying before they are five years of age. Heart breaking! My donation helped bring these orphans one step closer to finding a forever home! 

Sevenly

We can’t save the world in one day, but we can do what we can, when we can. Adoption is so close to my heart, I knew I couldn’t let this one slide. There are so many orphans in the world, I was happy to do what I could to give hope to one of these little ones. Even if it was a small change. It’s stepping into a new direction, helping those who need it. 

Sevenly

I strongly urge you to check out Sevenly! You never know, they might have a cause that is close to your heart as well. Keep your eyes peeled, every week is something new! I scored these two amazing prints for our home. I have one in our living room: ” love the unloved”. The other is now hanging above our bed, I just love the pop of red against our white walls: “family is forever”.

What do you think of this amazing organization? Do you see yourself getting involved in something like this? Check out their site for more information! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Q & A With ezebee.com

June 10, 2013

ezebee logo

Hello friends! I am back from a brief hiatus! I really needed some time away to relax and focus on my family. So many things have happened this past month, but I am feeling rejuvenated and ready to go again! I’m starting this week off with a bang! I had the pleasure of working with a fabulous team of individuals over at ezebee.com! If you haven’t heard of them before, it’s your lucky day! I asked just a few questions you might be asking yourselves right now!

ezebee collage

1. What is ezebee.com

ezebee.com is a marketplace community where anyone wanting to sell online can sign up, create a shop, and offer unlimited products or services, all for free! It also helps vendors more easily market their brands with a variety of social networking tools, not to mention the helpful community of ezebees.

2. How did ezebee.com first get started?

The idea for ezebee.com came up in the summer of 2012 when the two creators, Ossian and Frank, discussed how small, creative companies and freelancers turn to the internet to promote their business in times of economic crisis. Besides running their own website or shop (which for the most part is already a challenge both knowledge-wise and financially), they also know how important it is to be active on social media platforms in order to create sufficient traffic to their websites. Not to mention, spending additional time to optimize for Google and other search engines which takes even more valuable time away from their business. Ossian and Frank searched the web and could not find anything that really combines a working online selling platform with a strong and active social network. So they decided to create just that, and ezebee.com Beta was launched in February 2013.

ezebees at work

3. Where are you based out of?

ezebee HQ is located on the sunny island of Mallorca in Spain. The busy bees here work hard, but it doesn’t hurt to have some sun to make the day more enjoyable ;)

4. Are your users mostly in the US or do you have some from overseas as well? If so, where?

ezebee.com is an international platform for creative minds and business owners from all over the world, where they can talk about common interests and support each other. There are Showrooms from over 55 countries and the site functions in three main languages: English, German, and Spanish (with Italian coming soon!) The community at ezebee.com is a warm and welcoming bunch of vendors and shoppers who work together to communicate business ideas and help each other through sharing on a variety of social media.

ezebee marketplace

5. Do you have any special requirements for selling on ezebee.com?

As a matter of fact, we don’t! ezebee.com does not restrict what you can sell to any specific criteria. If you have a business that you want to share with others, then ezebee.com is the place for you! In addition to a large amount of handmade products, ezebee users also offer their freelancing services, advertise events or anything else they can think of. You can be open at ezebee!

6. How can people get connected and start selling their items online?

Easy! You can sign up in minutes (even quicker by connecting via Facebook or Twitter) Selling on ezebee.com is free and just takes signing up, creating a Showroom, and adding listings. (Link->>)http://www.ezebee.com/getting-started

Bee Happy ezebee

7. Do you have a current favorite item or seller on ezebee.com?

Making me pick favorites eh? Well, like my mother would say “I love all my kids the same”… but we all know she’s just being nice. ezebee.com has started a blog where we interview the owners of Showrooms that really stick out to us. When there is a Showroom owner who is active in the community and posting eye-catching listings regularly, our interest is peeked and we want to know more about them! We will also have featured Showrooms in the future, but for now, be sure to check out the blog for all ezebee news here: http://magazine.ezebee.com/

8. What would you say sets ezebee.com a part from all the rest of the online selling communities?

It’s free! I know, sounds crazy, but at ezebee.com we believe that if you have a business, your work should pay off and you should reap all the benefits! With ezebee.com you don’t have to pay subscription or commission fees and never will.

9. Any tips for creatives thinking about venturing their business in this direction?

Be active, be personal, and be genuine. Opening a business is like growing a plant, they don’t just grow overnight… you have to care for it and maintain it. When you are active in social media, the public sees that and appreciates it. Customers also love when you show your true colors. Shoppers are more likely to trust someone who is open and passionate about their business. Try it, you’ll see the difference!

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XOXO, Lidy

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