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! 

DIY Deck Update

Hi Friends! Hope your Friday is going well so far! It has been a while since I touched base about what is happening with our DIY Deck that we are building. With the warm weather and a walking baby we have been really busy but slowly picking away at getting this deck completed. 

Since I last shared what has been completed we have finished all of the railing around the deck and also the entire front balcony. Phew!!!!! Building a deck is actually not physically hard it is just a very detailed process. Making sure you posts are straight and all of the deck boards being properly placed. 

This is front balcony. It is fairly large and only accessible through the living room. In the evening when Dominik falls asleep we love to sit out here. 

Baby D inspecting the hard work. 

The back deck is more for entertaining, outdoor dinners, and once the TV goes up catching all of the baseball games all summer long. 

We also built our very own outdoor furniture, you can see them in the photo above but I plan on sharing an entire tutorial about how we built them!

Come back tomorrow as well, I have a fun Saturday Love post sharing all of my favorite go to Hair and Beauty products! 



Gourmet Mini Peanut Butter Cups

As a kid I was obsessed with Reese's peanut butter cups. Living in the country means you cannot stroll over to the corner store for a chocolate bar when craving one so I had to be creative to make something at home.

I started off with the basic ingredients by using dark chocolate chips made by Hershey's chipits dark chocolate and PC Organic smooth peanut butter. No added oils or sweeteners. Then I thought it would be fun to make them a little more gourmet. I tested out mini m&m's, marshmallows, and banana.  

I melted my chocolate in a bowl in the microwave.The chocolate takes about 1 minute to melt. Make sure you are stirring in between. The peanut butter is easier to spread if you microwave it for 15-20 seconds depending on your microwave. Cut up thin slices of banana and cut your marshmallow as best as you can. Also, from experience the paper cupcake cups were not the greatest. I paid a little more for the Reynolds Mini Stay Brite cups that are foil lined. 

Keep in mind I made a very small batch. To make 3 mini PB cups I used 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 2 tbsp peanut butter. 

Step 1 : Line the bottom of the cups each with 1/2 tsp melted chocolate and then add your choice of ingredient. I used marshmallow, banana, and mini M&M's. 

Step 2: Drop a dollop of peanut butter on top of each one.

Step 3: Cover with 1/2 tsp chocolate. I added a small piece of each ingredient to the top when I was done to identify each one. Once done put them in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes. 

That's it!!! They are super easy to make, fun to do with kids, and I like that it is something you can make in small portions so that you don't over indulge. 

Let me know that you've tried them out by sharing over on Instagram using the #gourmetminipbcups I would love to see what type of different ingredients you try out! 

Cherries and Chickens

Hi Friends! Hope you had an amazing weekend, it was another scorcher here in Ontario. Even though we have a million projects that need to be done(that's not an exaggeration) we decided to a have a full family day on Saturday. 

Our morning started off with a visit to the Creemore Farmer's Market. We picked up fresh bread, homemade jam, a blueberry pie, freshly picked strawberries, and asparagus. We were told that as the season moves on the market gets larger. Once we were done we headed to a local cafe to have breakfast. There is something so special about small towns. We sat outside at a table that belonged to the cafe. I was sure every person stopped to say hello to each other. We finished up and headed home to drop off our purchases. Packed up the car and drove to my parents place for some cherry picking! 

The traffic on a Saturday afternoon heading to the Niagara region is never the greatest. I had to get off the highway a couple of times and take side roads. Thankfully Dominik slept the entire way which was really nice. 

My parents have at least 25 cherry trees and 20 chickens! During the day the chickens run freely all over their property. We spent the day picking cherries, a long walk down to the lake, and "playing" the chickens.  

Our day was perfect. If I can give one piece of advice while renovating a home is to always take time for your family. No matter how much work needs to be done these moments should not be missed out on. 


Supporting Simcoe County Farmer's Markets & More

One of the things I wanted to ensure when moving to the country was supporting the local towns. I grew up in a fairly small town and my parents have had a family run restaurant for almost 30 years. This made me really appreciate how important it is to try and shop local. 

Creemore, ON - If you are every in Creemore you should make a stop Millers Dairy! I've recently started buying their milk that comes in glass bottles. The price is fairly close to the card board box milk. While in Creemore you can stop by Creemore Kitchen, they serve up a delicious menu including lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends. If you follow their Instagram feed every Saturday they show case a new donut! Creemore has a farmer's market that is open Saturday from 8:30 am to 1 pm. 

Alliston, ON - Branko loves fresh bread! Murphy's Farmer's Market is a family run business. They have fresh bread in their little store but some other great baked goods, fruits, and local vegetables! If you are looking for a quick bite to eat check out Just Judy's Chip Wagon!! You can usually find Judy herself cooking in the wagon. The service is fairly quick even though they are always so busy. Alliston has a farmer's market open Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm. 

Rosemont, ON - This little town is more like a village but if you are headed to cottage country you may be passing thru it. They have the cutest little store called Rosemont General Store and Kitchen. You can grab lunch or Kawartha lakes ice cream! Rosemont also has a small farmer's market that runs on Friday until 3 pm. 

Do you have any local stores that you love to visit?? Feel free to share in the comments below!