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Home Decor || A Sneak Peek || My Living Room Redesign

I’ve got spring fever big time, I’m sure this warmer weather isn’t helping the bug. Every spring I get the urge to purge, clean and re-design my main spaces. Weather I’m moving furniture around the house to change the look or changing out key pieces the goal is the same: transformation.

Currently I’m working on a few projects: our master bedroom, dreaming of our patio and our most used area the living room. Before I go completely bananas in the living room I thought I would check in to show you the progress. Here’s a little sneak peek!

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Gold Geo Table: The Brick || Small and Large Log Tables: The Brick

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Gold Lamps: The Brick || Matching Grey Sectionals: The Brick

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White Animal Skull: The Brick (Decor and accents vary from store to store) || Geo Marble Trays: Anthropologie || Furry Pillows: The Brick || Throw: Anthropologie

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Lamp: The Brick || Gold and Marble Accent Table: The Brick || Geo Wood Panelled Accent Table: The Brick 

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Beauty || Micellar Water Ultra with La Roche-Posay #sponsored

We all know I’m a micellar water addict, I’ve been a daily user for years and you’ve seen me snap, post and insta story a million times about it. So when La Roche-Posay asked me to try their new Ultra line I was all in. For those of you whom may not be familiar with the popular micellar water product, it’s basically a gentle cleanser and makeup remover all in one. I first got into these waters when I noticed the harsh reactions my face could have to tap waters when I traveled to different cities. At the time, I wanted to know that my skin and eyes wouldn’t react when I was away from home for beauty campaigns or press tours. Micellar water to the rescue!

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La Roche-Posay has taken micellar water to the next level by introducing three different formulas to match your skin type more accurately and delivery even better results. Personally, my fit was the micellar water for dry to reactive skin. It soothes and cares for my delicate reactive winter skin by enriching it with 5% glycerin, the highest percentage in the ULTRA range. This formula not only delicately cleanses my skin, but also leaves it feeling hydrated.

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Lifestyle || Harper Lee || A very personal piece for my mommies out there… || 3 Month Milestone

Let’s get ALOT personal today shall we? It’s crazy how fast time flies in the world of motherhood… you blink and your new born isn’t a new born anymore. I hear it all the time, hold onto these moments while they last my little guys won’t be little forever. I don’t know about you but those words of wisdom give me instant anxiety. I know time is precious! I find myself wishing I could freeze it constantly but there is a part of me in the moment that wants it to hurry up and be over already. Before you get all mad at me let me explain. Motherhood is AMAZING and trying all at the same time. You don’t want them to grow up but you are also challenged to get through that toddler tantrum in the middle of the mall. It’s that fine line between savouring those baby snuggles but also hurrying to get them in bed so you can have a moment to yourself! You know… so you can bath, or eat or just have a second where you are not taking care of another living human.

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My husband and I laugh… whenever we are away from the kids we enjoy ourselves for a few hours sometimes only minutes before we start talking about them wondering what they are doing right then. It’s been this way a long time, before we had kids we talked about the dog on vacation and constantly wished he was there. “Basil would have loved this,” “Alastair would have gone crazy for that,” or “I wonder if Harper is up smiling away right now.”

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In short, I think I’m trying to find that balance… practicing mindfulness to be in the moment. I want to saviour their childhoods and be present. I will admit this is difficult in this social media world of cell phones and apps that steal our time. Television shows and movies that help us escape. On top of it all that online world is now my job… I find it creeps into time that I know should be all theirs.

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Don’t get me wrong, blogging from home is a dream! It’s not only an amazing job that is both financially and creatively rewarding blogging has given me the means to stay home with these two. Not all moms can say they get to have that daily time with their little ones. This is not a sad complaining post but more a written reminder to myself to take back my time and live it with the ones that matter most. I’m going to try to disconnect daily from the internet world and take some time reconnecting with my little nucleus I call a family. Are you with me?

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Lifestyle || I’m a cheater… || A Netflix #Streamteam Confession

We’ve all been there, your Netflix binge buddy isn’t around and you can’t help but watch a few episodes of your favourite show without them. The moment Matt (my husband) goes to work, the feeling comes creeping in… just one episode turns into a whole season pretty quickly when you’re a work from home blogging mommy. I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone. Netflix uncovered that 46% of global viewers are cheating right now… with their favourite Netflix shows. How do Canadians stack up against their neighbours around the world? Turns out we are a little less polite than you may think, with over a third (37%) of couples streaming behind each other’s backs.  Now you’re probably wondering which shows I feel are completely cheat worthy… Here are my monthly binge picks from Netflix Canada:

Riverdale: If you loved Gossip Girl, you will be hooked to this teen drama roughly based on the Archie comics from our childhood. Too bad it’s a weekly addition, you’ll just have to binge on the first three episode that have currently aired. Watch out this one is very addicting.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events: This family friendly Netflix original series is both kid and adult approved. It’s has constant cliff hangers leaving you wanting just one more episode.

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Santa Clarita Diet: Drew Barrymore is back baby! I “devoured” this comedy in a week. You’ll get the pun once you’ve become hooked.

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Style & Travel || Vacation Wear || My 5 Favourite Maui Spots

When you go to Maui once a year, you start to develop some travel habits. You know where you NEED to go and places to avoid. For me I like to go to the 5 tried, tested and true favourites from there we like to try a few new spots… usually those are suggested by Maui repeat travel offenders. When you only have 8 days in paradise you don’t want a hit or miss process when it domes to getting our to dine and sip.

Here are my 5 favourite spots in Maui you need to try:

1) 5 Palms Restaurant: Located on the white beaches of Keawakapu coastline, this eatery is a long standing hot spot for amazing sips, appetizers and views. They have a famous Happy Hour, either go early or late. From 3pm to 9pm, they feature a discounted menu of eats and drinks. Plus, you can take in the sunset! This fills up FAST, so going early is the key to getting in on a discounted food and drink experience for the sunset. Or go late, from 9- 10pm they have a sushi promo that is not to be missed.

Menu favourites include: Korean chicken wings, ANY sushi, and the Mai Tai.

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2) Paia Fish Market: Now has three locations sprinkled throughout the island, so it’s hard not to try it. This casual food experience is all about the amazing fish dishes and seasoning options. Perfect as a midday snack or lunch spot when you’ve spend the day at the beach.

Menu Favourites Include: Fresh Catch Plates including the Mahi Mahi prepared Cajun style, fish tacos and New England Clam Chowder.

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3) Flat Bread Company: Located in the cute surf town of Paia, which is worth the drive for the boutique shopping alone, this locally soured ingredient pizza experience is a must for any Maui visitor. I love that the majority of the ingredients are not only local but organic! Casual dining environment that is completely family friendly is a big sell for us but the taste is a foodie’s dream as well.

Menu Favourites Include: Champagne Cocktails, Local Beer Selection and the Pulled Pork Pizza.

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4) Lahaina Fish Co. Restaurant: located in the middle of the main Lahaina coastal shopping stripe, this restaurant has a massive menu and boosts gorgeous water views. Plus it has a very affordable kids menu for little Maui travellers.

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