Saturday Love

Today I bring to you the American Saturday Love version! I am so jealous of all of the things you can buy in the states that are not available in Canada. 

I have tried these Chobani flip cups before but they have come out with some new flavours! 

You can find Annie's popcorn here in Canada, but we never get the unique flavours like the S'mores or BBQ. If you find the Sweet BBQ buy several bags, it's that addicting! 

Larabars have been a favorite of mine for some time and I have been hoping the mini's would come to Canada but I haven't found them yet! I grabbed a box PLUS these Chocolate Macaroons bites! 

I love my morning cereal, when I saw this Special K Chocolate Almond I knew I had to pick it up! 

Lastly, whenever we head out for the day I always through some baby food packs in my bag for Dominik. I love the limited ingredients in these Beech Nut Baby Food jars plus they came in the cutest little glass jars! 

Do you have any favorite American purchases that you can't find in Canada??? I would love to hear about them in the comments below!  

Summer Nights

Stopping in to share a quick post today on our outdoor space that we have been slowly working on. If you follow along on Instagram you know that we built our very own outdoor furniture that we absolutely love! We haven't had a chance to finish staining some of the pieces yet, so that still needs work. 

We also put up the TV last week, Branko has been waiting all summer to watch his beloved Blue Jays while sitting outside. Even though the days have been really warm the evenings are still nice and breezy. Beyond our DIY Deck we have 50 acres of forest when the trees sway it sounds like ocean waves. 

We have been taking it easy with all of this heat but Branko will be starting on the Geo-thermal soon and he finally moved everything in its proper place in our mechanical room. 

Hopefully I will be back soon with some good updates about Geo-thermal successfully being installed on our third try! Fingers Crossed!! 

 

 

Saturday Love

We purchased two old church doors for $100 almost three years ago to use as our main entrance doors. I came across this Instagram account that has so many beautiful photos including these doors which is so inspirational to me! Go follow this account now! 

I have a couple events coming up and I am looking forward to wearing this dress from the LOFT. 

If you are like me and suffer from GUT problems you will try anything. I caved and bought this drink. The verdict is that it's not that bad! It tastes exactly like dill pickle! 

I recommend these swaddlers to everybody and also love giving them as baby shower gifts. 

Exterior Stone Detail

In about a week we will be going to pick out the stone for our home. I've been looking at stone companies and inspirational pictures for at least a year now so I have good idea of what I really want and I don't want. I love larger pieces of stone and tend to steer away from small ledger like stone. I prefer the rough look of stone and also want to see mortar in between.

All of the photos below were gathered from StoneRox which is one of the companies we are considering buying all of our stone from. We will also use this stone for our fireplace inside our house and will be sticking to the grey tone. 

The last picture is what we are gearing towards. Once the stone is picked out I need to pick a paint colour for the board and batten. If you read this post about our exterior plans you will know that I am still wavering on this as well! It is important that the colours don't look bland together or blend into each other too much. 

Do you have any tips on buying stone or favorite color tones?? Please feel free to share in the comments below! 

Tips for Home Renovation with a small child

Building a home with a small child can be one of the most challenging parts of building this home. Some days when I see Branko working alone I wonder what he is thinking about, is he lonely, tired? In our first home we built everything together from putting up all of our own drywall and installing all the hardwood flooring. We even pulled all of the electrical wire together. 

Things are much different now. We have a one year old which brings all kinds of new adventures. Don't get my wrong, he is the joy of our lives. Everything we are doing is for his future. We have had to become strategic on how to work around his schedule. Today I wanted to share with you some tips on how you can still build your dream home with a baby. 

1. Early mornings and Late Evening have been the best times for us to work. Figure out your babies schedule and when they seem to be OK to have play time on their own. 

Our early mornings usually greet us with these beautiful sunrises. 

2.  Finding one toy that can keep them occupied for a bit of time. Dominik had a jumper that he loved. If we were walking around and working he was highly entertained by just watching us.

4. Work during nap time. If what we were doing was fairly quiet we would try and get work done during his nap. We had a great baby monitor and would keep our eye on him. But we would utilize this time when the work that needed to be done required two people. 

5. Clean, clean, clean. Air quality is important for small children and adults. I try to keep the floor and counters clean of dust. 

6. We use a lot of different tools that are easily turned on by hitting the trigger button. It's important to keep all your tools stored away in a different room that is not accessible to your child. 

7. Lastly, try not to stress. Chances are your small baby won't remember these days of renovation. Even though you may have tones of work to get done remember that putting away quality time with your little one is most important. We have had many days where we didn't do anything at all but spend all of our time making family memories. 

I am hoping at the end of day this post and following our journey will give you encouragement that you can do what ever it is you set your mind too. We are living proof of this, as you can see.  

Exterior Plans

The time has arrived where I need to pick a colour for the exterior of our home.  I have to decide what tone of grey I want and what brand of paint to use. 

The plan for the exterior of the home is stone 3 feet from the bottom with board and batten on the upper part. The nice traditional country look. It is the style we have loved for years back when we purchased this home, we always had a dream of stone and wood.  The below picture is a drawing of our home but instead using the stone as features we have decided to run it all along the bottom around the entire house. 

I wanted to gather some inspirational photos to share but every single photo on Pinterest is stolen content. That's not even a joke. With each picture that I tried to do a google image search to find the original designer I was wasting too much time. With that being said I found one photo which is so close to what we love. This home done by Juanita Interior Design is right up our alley! I especially love the larger stone pieces. 

Here is the current state of our home, the strapping is to hold the boards to the wall. We still have a few other things that need to be done before we start this project but I really have to hammer down and start researching the best product 

Please feel free to leave some comments below on any brands you may have used that weather well outdoors. I have no idea where to even start! 

Saturday Love

Today I wanted to share some of my latest beauty and hair products. I have a few go-to favorites that I would absolutely recommend to anybody. 

1. This shampoo by Cynos is amazing!!!! I've been using it for 2 years strong now!

2. I enjoy using this inexpensive BB cream made by CoverGirl. It has a light tint to it and goes on nicely. 

3. If I am looking for some more coverage I use the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. I have been using this for years but because it is on the expensive side I save it for full day events. 

4. I'm fairly pale and have been looking for a product that would provide me a bit of a glow. I recently purchased this bronzer by Physicians formula. The last time my sister saw me she actually asked if I got a tan! WIN WIN! Both Wal-mart and Shopper's Drug Mart carry the brand. 

5. I always go out with mascara on! This one from L'Oreal has never failed me! I have "thin" eyelashes and most mascara's don't work really well for me. 

6. I found this eye shadow make up palette by Maybelline. I especially loved that on the back it has different variations of how you can wear the colours together. 

Most of these products are fairly low cost and easy to use! Let me know if you've tried any of the above or leave a comment with some of your go-to beauty routines! 

Have a great weekend!