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Sunday, 26 July 2020

Girls room Makeover: Paint and decals

Eeeekk!

This has been such a long time coming and it's still not done but I cant wait to share.
I am taking my time to complete it and really consider what will work well and make the transition from baby/toddler to young children for my girlies.





I LOVE a navy room but it just wasn't working for us anymore and honestly, it was looking worn and chipped.

Noelle's favorite color is PINK!
So I knew it would be some form of pink but I wasn't sure if I wanted to go pale blush, I feel like I have so much blush in the house, I wanted something a little different.

Primer, primer, primer!




It was going to take a few coats of primer!
We did 2 but we could have done 3.




I gave Nick some colour inspo and asked him to send me the closest thing he could find, he sent this colour trio from Kent Building Supplies Sico line and I love it!

2 walls in Cherry Bubble Gum
2 walls in Cherry Parfait




2 coats of primer and 3-4 coats of paint, it looks amazing!
Even better in person in my opinion :)



I had wall decals in mind from the start, I have often used Urban Wall decals and they have been amazing quality and low to zero damage when removing from the wall.

We have used these Triangles in Elliotts room (click here) $29 USD

This PLAY in the playroom (click here) $59 USD

We have this cutie, HELLO on our exterior garage door (click here) $10 USD



I initially thought I would like the gold hearts, I've seen them used in many homes and they're so cute but the more I browsed the better choice seemed to be the pastel dots.

I went with the full-size pastel dots (click here) $45 USD

They pull colours from the rug and pillows, they're 'something' for that wall but not too, too busy of a backdrop.

Plus the girls can grow into them for many years while changing the colouring of accessories if they get tired of all the pink!

Although I doubt Noelle will hahaha.




The dots are also great because you can freehand apply them, I didn't need to measure or line anything up.

They're peel and stick decals so they could not be more simple to apply.

I started with one colour and used one of each then back to the first colour again.

My goal was to not have many of the same colour side by side.










A TIP:

To make your decals look more custom, almost wallpaper-like.

Cut some decals in half, 1/3, 2/3

And place in the crease of where the wall meets another wall or window or ceiling.




If you look to where the wall meets the ceiling you'll see what I mean by cutting some of the decals to fit that area and it really does make it look more professionally done.


via GIPHY

More DIY's to come!

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Trash Tuesday: Garbage stool makeover

I have no shame in digging things out of people's garbage piles.

There is so much life left in items & maybe the owner cannot see it but with a fresh set of eyes..
you can turn trash into treasure!

The kids and I did a little drive around trash hunt last night and I found some great things.

My mom is always giving away fantastic items so that's where this love came from.

She will give away something better, just to pick up something worse sometimes.

But isn't that the fun of it?!
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!





My first find was a planter but that's not finished yet so let's show off this adorable step stool.



It was at the end of someone's driveway and it was rough man.
ROUGH.

Covered in cobwebs, dirty and icky.

You may want to drive around with some work/gardening gloves in the car for when you find these dirty things.




But I could see that it had good bones and it could be used for so many things.

First off, I sprayed it with the hose outside and left it overnight to dry.



Then I sanded it down a bit.

This is the sanding block I use - CLICK HERE affiliate link

Then I washed it with some TSP and water.
Tsp is a multipurpose cleaner and it works sooooo well.

Click here for TSP - CLICK affiliate link



 

I wanted to paint it in a pop of colour but I knew a darker shade would hide any imperfections so I went with the Fusion Mineral paint from our Local spot: The Painted Attic Click here for FB page

The Painted Attic is awesome and will help you with all your paint needs.
I have used fusion mineral paint on a handful of projects now and its suppose to hold up really well, indoor and outdoor.

This is the shade Liberty Blue.



While I was grabbing paint from the basement I saw this drink tray that I haven't used for years due to the style not fitting in with my current style.

But I had always loved how large this tray was so I could never bring myself to toss it.

Why not paint it??!





I had nothing to lose so I gave it one coat and I will keep you posted as to how it turns out!





I didn't have any rollers on hand so this was all done with a small sponge brush but I am off to the dollar store right now to grab some rollers and I will keep you posted over on instagram as to how it turns out.




After 2 coats I think it looks beautiful!!

Turned out even better than I had imagined and now I can't decide whether to use ut as a flower pot stand out on our deck or whether to find a cozy spot inside.

It's so cute!

Saved from the landfill <3 <3 <3




Wednesday, 8 July 2020

H&M Try on Video Links

Hi Guys,

I have a history of being a procrastinating perfectionist but that sucks for everyone so I pushed myself, cringing all the way.. to screenshot my try-on video so I can link the dresses here!

I wore one today and I LOVE it!

To watch my try-on video -
CLICK HERE


Let me know if you buy any of the below items XO





BLACK AND WHITE SMALL FLORAL PRINT $.29.99 - CLICK HERE

I bought the XL hoping it would shrink but I absolutely could have got large.




BLACK AND WHITE LARGE FLORAL PRINT $29.99 - CLICK HERE

I bought the XL but could have got large.



BLACK COMFY DRESS $29.99 - CLICK HERE

Same as above for sizing.





BLACK BUTTON DOWN STRAP DRESS $39.99 - CLICK HERE

This dress is just the cutest stinking thing.
I got an XL and its perfect.
Pair it with a jean jacket, a t-shirt over the top or a scarf/shawl.



BATHING SUIT COVER-UP $34.99 - CLICK HERE

This is a bathing suit coverup that I would absolutely wear as that or as a layering piece on those super hot days when I'm wearing a strapless or thin-strapped top/dress.

It seems to be sold out online but check in stores!
This is a size S/M so you have lots of flexibility in sizing, S/M or M/L would have worked for me.



NAVY/ORANGE/PINK FLORAL PRINT $49.99 - CLICK HERE

I think this is the most gorgeous print and colour combo ever!
I can imagine this super dressed up or dressed down and I think, I really think I tried to buy this in the emerald green but its sold out online!

We had a fall wedding to attend and I'm certain I looked at this dress for that but it was sold out online and sadly, now the wedding has been postponed.

I am wearing a large and it's perfect!
I tend to go up in sizes because I prefer the room to move but I am so thankful I sized down in this because if I ever do wear it someplace with a more formal atmosphere I like the slim fit of it - it doesn't look sloppy, sometimes I can look sloppy due to the LOOOOVE of oversize. hahaha



BLUE CRINKLE DRESS $29.99 CLICK HERE

I bought a large and its great.
Unfortunately, this dress seems to be sold out online in most colours.
What I wouldn't give to get my hands on that purple one!
I picked mine up in-store at the Halifax Shopping Centre.




V-NECK CAMOSOLE $19.99 - CLICK HERE

I bought an XL but I should have gone with a Large.



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I popped by @shophsc maybe for the first time this year 🙀 • My oh my, doesn’t it seem like we were just there doing our Holiday shopping blissfully and now all of a sudden it’s July and the world has been changed 🌏🌍🌎💛 • I went for my @nespresso.ca pods but I came out with a haul! • I had a real need for long flowy dresses to wear to the kids sporting events. • Cool and casual for summer but comfortable enough to allow carrying of gear AND a 10 month old in my arms 😅🙋‍♀️ • @hm did not disappoint! • If I’m being honest, @hm is probably in my top 3 favourite if not favourite of them all, spots to shop. • Really happy with my haul! I blew my entire summer wardrobe budget 💸 • Worth it! 💕 • • • • #tryonhaul #plussizetryonhaul #plussize #plussizefashion #plussizemodel #plussizedresses #hm #hmhaul #fashionblogger #dressestryon #summertryon #summerfashion #halifaxblogger #halifaxshoppingcentre #hsc #ecmmedia
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Monday, 16 March 2020

I almost gave up on potty training but we decided to keep going...

I don't follow many methods when it comes to my kids but something I am a firm believer in is:

wait until they're ready.




Like when Elliott didn't want to walk everyone starting freaking out and nagging me about it.

"is he walking yet?"

I mean, who cares? especially if you're a casual acquaintance.
Like, his prospect of becoming a successful adult just got axed because he was too stubborn to walk until he was 17 months. hahaha

OOP, Elliotts a write off!
Done.
Didn't walk until 17 months will be the headline on all his future resumes.

People sometimes ask parents weird intrusive things.

"sooo, are you breastfeeding?"
"what type of birth did you have?"
"baby led weaning?"
"are they walking yet?"
"talking yet, why not?"

^ I know some of those things may seem minor and we can't be afraid to ask questions that we feel are completely harmless but...

Why not ask things like:

"are you guys in need of anyting?"
"can I do anything for you?"
"Do you want an xxxxXXXXXXL coffee dropped off?" lololol

Err on the side of caution where I can. :)



We didn't potty train Elliott until he was 3 because I knew he wasn't ready.
My boy is stubborn and I wanted to wait until it would be easier for both of us.
It actually went super well and he picked it up fast, I don't think he ever wore pull-ups.
He went straight to underwear and even got up through the night and started going to the big toilet to pee on his own. (this led to some crazy mornings where I found pee on the floor in front of the toilet but for the most part, he was good about aiming. sometimes I think back and realize he was better about aiming when he was 3 than now that he's 5 :/ )




Elliotts used the portable potty but Noelle really wanted to use the regular toilet, we got this seat and its awesome! Click the little photo - affiliate link^^

Noelle is 2 years 9 months and I knew she was ready or so, so close to being ready to train.
She hates wearing diapers she wanted to be changed immediately every time.
But she's also a new breed of stubborn.
So, so stubborn. lol
Elliott was stubborn but he was also pleasant and could be talked into most things.
Noelle is full-blown, drop-down, drag-out, take no prisoners kind of stubborn. :)

We started and went all-in: if accidents happen, they happen.

It went well the first little bit because it was exciting for her, I always bribe with small toys/treats for this kind of transition.

Then we hit a snag.
The kids got sick and did I mention I've been trying to wean her off the sookie for months now??
This girl LOVES her sookie.

A lot of people suggest cutting the sook or throwing them out, donating to a sibling, etc but Noelle is SO attached (Elliott has his taggie bear, Noelle has her sooks).

We were down to using sooks only when sleeping.
I thought about all the tips and tricks but I knew she would steal Nilahs sook and honestly, we're hanging on by a thread here, three kids eep.

So everyone got sick, Noelle started taking out the potty training frustration by needing us more, crying a lot, whining a lot, wanting her sooks.

It was 3 whole days of her crying and me crying to Nick
"maybe she's not ready?! maybe we should shelf it for a bit?!"

Nick was skeptical because he didn't think the outbursts were from the potty training but little does Nick know, Noelle is my exact clone.

When I am upset or crying its usually because of something unrelated to the reason I say I'm crying.
There's a lot more to my tears than the SPCA commercial alone... well most of the time.
And other times those SPCA commercials are just so heartbreaking.

But she was doing SO well!
If I had to put a number on it, she was already 70% trained.
Why give up now?!

That was about 2 weeks ago, we did decide to push through and I would guess shes 85% trained now. She wears pullups at night and is good throughout the day.
Her mood is back to Noelle normal hehehe.

And I'm super happy we pushed through because two kids in diapers is the worst for so many reasons! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

I mentioned Elliott was 3 years old when we trained him but he may have been a whole year older than Noelle because I can't remember the exact time frame.

Every kid is so different, listen to your instincts and potty solidarity sistas!







Saturday, 14 March 2020

I am feeling fragile right now.

January was alright.
Full of those new year hopes and dreams.
Motivated and energetic, I was ready to take on the world!

February was meh.
Not as shiny and new as January was.
I was starting to fall behind on things.
Hmm, it seems hopes and dreams not off to a great start.

March.
Well, March is just a real B*#$^ isn't she?



I was feeling blue anyway.
In fact, I was plotting this post and going to name it something like:

I'm 33 years old and still don't fit in. 

Who knew the cool kids table would show up in adulthood?

She doesn't even go here! - and other mean girls quotes that fit my life.



I promise this isn't a pity party post, it's more "this blog is my outlet" kinda thing.




March has felt crummy in all the ways.

Its been a year since Nicks dad passed.

Business in blog land has hit a lull after blowing up my blog-confidence, September 2019-January 2020.

In fact, I've just felt small in blog land this month.
Like a child pretending to adult.
I feel like whenever I try to express things about blogging people scoff behind the scenes.
Like, "what an idiot question"
or "why is she doing that?"

I know my bloggy friends are going to say that's not true ^

But entrepreneur doubt vs. entrepreneur ego is tough.
You almost have to pretend to have it all together (or maybe people really do have it all together, I dunno) to make this lifestyle work but I don't have it all together and I don't want to pretend to.

So when people advise me on how to navigate this business I push back, rebel.

Me: "that way may have worked well for you but I am not comfortable doing it that way."
Blog professionals: "idiot. amateur."

^ This conversation is fabricated but its what I sometimes feel is happening bts.

It's not that I don't have the confidence it's that I want to do it my own way.
Everyone has a different definition of "success".
Usually, success being money or power.

And I want those things but I want them on my terms.

I want to talk about where I am, where I am going and what my definition of success looks like but it makes me feel small and unknowledgeable when people who have reached "success" see my questions, feelings, and thoughts.

I'm the weird middle child blogger.

Speaking of the middle...

I went to a business meeting, it was plus size fashion-based. It went great/fine but I left feeling like I usually do...

I'm not really plus size enough to be respected as plus size but oh, hey, regular sizes don't want me either. #storyofmylife.

Nilah hasn't been sleeping great.

Potty training Noelle is tiring.

I am failing my health and fitness goals.

I am failing at my no-spend/ low spend.

(those last 2 I feel worse about for failing you guys! I have always been a roller coaster of healthy living/spending but I hate saying I will do something and then immediately falling off the course.)

There's not enough time in the day.

Yadda, yadda, yadda.

It's all the same old song and dance.

We all have these issues or our own problems, personal struggles we deal with on the daily.

I know we do because I have loads of friends going through trying times.

Some things are worse than my issues, some things are lesser, a lot of people don't like to talk about the weight they're carrying but that doesn't mean they don't deal with that strain privately.



Sometimes the biggest smile is used to mask the most pain, right?

That's what I do.
I hate focusing on the bad.
It stresses me out even more.
I like to break down and then get up and keep going.
Putting the day to day laughs on Instagram and leaving the ugly nights in the privacy of my own home.



That works for me.
And I enjoy being a comedian, an entertainer.
But, I'm not tough enough to use humor 100% as my shield.
No, no, I have this stupid 'ol empathy holding me back.

You know what I mean?
You have to have thick skin to make it in comedy.
Especially as a female.

Not plus size enough but not regular size.
Not asshole funny but not dull.
Not working mom enough but not stay at home.
Not pretty enough but not hideous.
Not smart enough but not dumb.

Not, Not, Not, Not.


I've been feeling so not enough lately.




And then...

 BRING ON THE CORONAVIRUS. 

Now I get to feel stressed and scared and overwhelmed about a whole new thing on top of my other things.



And watch it all unfold in the media and get all strained and awkward on social platforms.

Talked about CO-VID 19 too much.
Didn't talk about it enough.
Shared meme.
Doesn't think memes are funny.
Bought too much toilet paper.
Didn't buy toilet paper.
Shares photos of empty aisles.
Complains about people sharing photos of empty aisles.
Leaves house.
Doesn't leave the house.


It's all just a bit too much for me.
I'm tired and scared and anxious.

I am feeling very fragile. 


And I bet a lot of you are too.

I don't really know how to end this post because no matter what I say it feels cheesy:
Spread positivity!
Lets all support one another!

But I do hope you're all safe.
Full bellies, Netflix on repeat, maybe a book in hand or tea brewing.

Do what makes you feel safe and cozy.

This is a reminder to check on my friends more, maybe send some happy mail or a quick text.
Share more of my blog friends' work so they know they're doing awesome.
Call my Nanny.
Play some board games with the kids.
Give Nick a little squeeze.
Rest and recharge.





Friday, 28 February 2020

Replacing a vintage mirror..




I remember when I was super young, 7,8,9 years old and playing in front of my Nannys makeup vanity.

I always hoped someday it would be mine but having a large family I was highly doubtful it would trickle down to me, the middle of the pack grandchild.

When my Nanny passed away in 2012 somehow it did get offered to me!
I was living in Newfoundland but I snatched the opportunity and would end up storing it at my other grandparent's house for a couple of years before we moved back to Nova Scotia and I moved it into our new home.

Unfortunately, when my uncles were carrying the vanity downstairs the large middle mirror cracked in half.



(see the background for empty mirror space ^^^^)

So 4 years after being on display and 7 years after my Nanny passed, I am finally replacing that middle mirror!

As much as I love projects... especially DIY, I hateeeee complications.



The way that this mirror was inserted seemed too complex for me so I ignored it for a long time but cleaning up our room and having it look incomplete started to annoy me, so I brainstormed.

It looked like we might have to remove that top lip and slide a mirror in but I don't want to tear it all apart and not be able to get it back together.

This set is very, very old, I should have looked for a date on it before writing this post... But the back of it is all sealed with wood paneling and paper.

To tear it all apart would be a disaster.




I looked at the mirror space and asked myself,
"what if I use command strips to stick a mirror in there and fake the look of custom?"



CLICK HERE TO VIEW OR BUY COMMAND STRIPS ON AMAZON




So that's what I did!

I called a couple of mirror places and this spot - Pars Glass Burnside click here
seemed as good as any.

I gave them the dimensions and they cut it for under $35.

I went and picked it up but before I was able to hang it with command strips Nick put it in with Gorilla tape!



YUP.
This $7.99 tape lol

Click here for Gorilla Tape - Amazon

Was I super thankful he hung the mirror? - yes.

Was I also like, well I wanted to use command strips because they're thicker and would have given the mirror a more flush custom look as it would have matched the frame in depth.

Also, yes.

But es ok.
es ok.

All that matters is how amazing it looks!
And how after 7 years all it cost me was $40 and 10 mins.



Also hung my Jilly Box print and it looks amazinggggg.

I just checked online to see if you could purchase it but it seems you cannot.
Since this was a JillyxKaitlin Hargreaves exclusive I know they only made 10,000 copies.

But if you're interested  I will link Kaitlin's website and she does custom work.

Click Here for Kaitlins website!

I had actually looked into getting my sister a custom pet portrait for Christmas but they start at $325 and my sister has 2 dogs... LOL.