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Burning My Mortgage


Burning My Mortgage


Monday, September 13, 2021 - I woke up this morning on a mattress I have owned for probably ten years. Once upon a time, it was  cloud like and comfortable but now it is well past its prime and it has lumps and bumps and I toss and turn all night and usually wake up with aches and pains. It hit me this morning that I have owned my home for less time than I have owned this mattress. And over the course of my home ownership, I have been so aggressive with my mortgage payments that the idea of spending a good chunk of money on a new mattress has never even crossed my mind. I think it is time to go shopping for a new one though because this morning when I woke up, I woke up, completely mortgage free! Eight years, two months, one week and two days ago we took on this mortgage ...


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Our Nautical Nursery


Our Nautical Nursery


Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - This past year has been a bit of a blur. A ton of stuff has happened. But, for some reason, I couldn't bring myself to write. I was suffering from writer's block. I just needed to live life instead of live life and write about it. I am easing back into the blogger journey with an easy post and sharing my flair for home decor with photos of our Nautical Nursery. We were blessed with the sweetest little baby boy named Orry James and we made sure that he has the sweetest little bedroom. We chose a Nautical Coastal theme for the wee man because Daddy has a real love for the East Coast and we are both water lovers. As much as we love the ocean, neither one of us is too keen on swimming in the ocean, which we both find sort of funny! But decorating ...


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Pet Adoption Themed Birthday Party


Pet Adoption Themed Birthday Party


Saturday, June 27, 2020 - I tend to be that Mom that throws herself into the planning of a kid's birthday party. My daughter Delilah is a total animal lover and wanted to have an animal themed birthday party for the BIG 8th! We tossed around some ideas and did some online research (that simply means I wasted a ton of time on Pinterest!) and settled on the "Animal Adoption Theme"...and we totally ran with it. And when I say ran with it, everything I did is doable and affordable! All it took some trips to the Dollar Store, some online shopping, a favour from a vinyl making friend and a few crafty nights in front of the TV! I had the idea of every child being able to "Adopt a Pet" at the party. I also wanted them each to be able to bring their new pets ...


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Bookshelf Upcycle


Bookshelf Upcycle


Monday, June 22, 2020 - My Mom picked up this boring old bookshelf at a relatives house when she was helping them move. She knew I needed a bookshelf for one of my kid's bedrooms and this one was sturdy and wood, so she figured it would work. And she was right. It worked. It was functionble. It held books and somewhat kept my daughter's little library organized. But it was pretty much as boring as a bookshelf could be! When we moved the girls up to the attic and started the process of turning their old bedrooms into guest rooms, I decided it was the perfect time to take a wee bit of time and attempt to give this super blah bookshelf a little makeover. I knew I could jazz it up with a couple coats of paint. But I wanted to do a little more than that. I had recently ...


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Headboard Throwback DIY


Headboard Throwback DIY


Sunday, June 14, 2020 - One of my favourite types of stores to lose myself in is a fabric store. I become enchanted with the punchy colours and prints. I envision projects that each pattern would be perfect for. I always head to the clearance section first and sift through the fabrics and never really know what I am looking for until I find it. Did I mention I do not sew?? Since I don't sew, I learned how to upholster. Sort of. I do very basic upholstery, like recovering dining room chairs, benches...the simple wrap and staple type stuff.  A project I tackled a few years ago, with assistance from my ex-husband, was a Fabric Headboard for my daughter Izzy. I will say that this project was not the reason for the split, however it may have been a small step in that ...


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I Am 1 in 1,000. I Am Strong


I Am 1 in 1,000. I Am Strong


Friday, February 21, 2020 - I am writing this from the Florida sunshine, enjoying some rest, relaxation and fun in the sun with my girls, at my Mom's place in Clearwater. It was not a planned vacation, I  just booked it on a whim after our miscarriage and my first D&C. I deserved a little getaway and goodness, we just lost a baby and fuck, life is short. (To those reading this: You probably deserve a vacation as well! Take one!) If you are reading this, you have likely already read my past two blogs about us losing our baby and how we were coping with this sad loss. I have mentioned  in the previous blogs that there were some frightening pathology results that came back from my initial D&C. A friend had told me that she went back to work the day after ...


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Post Miscarriage--What Happens Next?


Post Miscarriage--What Happens Next?


Friday, February 14, 2020 - I bought this beautiful antique cradle when I was pregnant with my first child. When I saw it in the thrift shop, with the $60 dollar price tag on it, I bought it without a second thought. I didn't even think of how I would get it home in my tiny little Pontiac Sunfire. The store owner and I managed to squeeze it into the backseat, but it was quite the spectacle! The cradle was in beautiful shape for being as old as it was and I envisioned my future baby sleeping soundly in it like a little angel. I had some new custom made bumpers and a little blanket made to match. My two girls both used this cradle from the time they came home from the hospital and slept in it beside my bed for a couple months, until they outgrew it. Over the years it has become ...


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My Favourite What If


My Favourite What If


Friday, February 7, 2020 - Right now I should be counting the weeks in pieces of fruit and comparing the size of my growing baby to a plum or an avocado or a papaya. Instead my weeks are measured by my weekly blood draws to test my HCG levels and hoping for a decline in my numbers. And my baby is not there anymore. My thoughts are not consumed by the baby supplies we need to buy or the theme to decorate the nursery in. The fun photo idea I had for our family to announce the pregnancy is now just that...an idea. My thoughts are missing this baby I will never get to hold and the scary threat that this pregnancy could actually give me cancer. I was so excited to see those little pink lines. I had thought I was done having babies, but then I found myself in an amazing relationship ...


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The Making of a Home & Garden Show


The Making of a Home & Garden Show


Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - When the opportunity presented itself for me to take over the ownership and organization of the Hanover Home & Garden Show, a trade show featuring local businesses from my town and surrounding area, I jumped in with both feet. My parents ran a very successful Art & Collectible Show, a similar format of the one I would be taking over, and I grew up watching them arrange floor plans, meet with Exhibitors and bring this show to life each and every year for nearly two decades. I looked at this as an opportunity to get to know people in my community and of course I had a keen interest in home renovation and decoration and it just felt like this was a knock at the door that I had to answer. I had about one year from the time I took over the business ...


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If We Were Meant To Be Nude We Would Have Been Born That Way


If We Were Meant To Be Nude We Would Have Been Born That Way


Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - "If we were meant to be nude, we would have been born that way." -- Oscar Wilde My house growing up always had a ton of nude paintings in it...Artsy ones. I remember one with a beautiful naked women lounging seductively on a bed with a sheet draped just over her hips, her legs and bum exposed.  I also remember another one with a woman sitting in a flower garden, wearing a sheer dress that showed off her naked breasts. Because I lived there, I didn't find these pieces of art strange to have in my house, but I do remember my friends, particularly the teenage boys really getting a kick out of them! I never gave them too much thought, and never thought of the models in these works of art being real people.  My Dad made a joke to ...


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The Out The Door Morning Struggle Is Real


The Out The Door Morning Struggle Is Real


Monday, October 7, 2019 - My daughters bring a lot of joy into my life as a Mom. They love me unconditionally and make me laugh and are generally growing up to be sweet and kind little ladies. There are moments when they absolutely suck the joy out of parenting and those moments are almost consistently centered around getting them out of the house for school. The process should be simple. The school provides a "Breakfast Club" so I don't even have to make breakfast for the little angels. All they need to do is wake up, get dressed, brush their teeth and hair and retrieve the lunch that I made with so much love from my "yet to have my coffee" hands and gather their backpacks and walk out the door.   The process becomes anything but simple and my ...


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September 11th--Eighteen Years--Seems Like Yesterday


September 11th--Eighteen Years--Seems Like Yesterday


Monday, September 16, 2019 - Eighteen years ago. When I type it, eighteen years seems like such a long time, yet it seems like it was just yesterday. I was a Nanny, working just outside of New York City. I lived just a few miles from the World Trade Centre. It was a sunny, beautiful Tuesday morning and I was dressed and ready to start my day with Kamron, the sweet baby I was a Nanny for. He was just a toddler and we had plans that morning for a toddler music class, which was really a bunch of two year olds banging on toy instruments and an assortment of Moms, Dads and caregivers singing along and chatting with each other. Every morning I would head downstairs from my Nanny suite in the attic and pick up Kamron in his parent's bedroom. Usually he was laying on the four poster ...


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Epic First Date : Part Two


Epic First Date : Part Two


Monday, September 9, 2019 - We left the patio restaurant and decided to take a walk and sit at the pier in Bayfield to watch the sunset. Of course sitting on a pier and watching the sunset without a fizzy beverage of some sort just didn't seem like as much fun, so we headed to the LCBO to buy some coolers. I had the brain wave to disguise our drinks in some Subway cups (it was a long weekend after all and needed to disguise these alcoholic beverages!) and my date was very impressed with my skills of heading into the Subway and sweet talking the kid working into letting me have a couple cups with ice. We brought the beach blanket to the end of the pier and just sat and talked and people watched. It was an interesting night for people watching! We got quite the laugh when ...


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Epic First Date : Part One


Epic First Date : Part One


Monday, September 2, 2019 - Epic first dates don't come around very often.  They happen in the movies, but in real life? Not so much. I went on a truly epic first date not too long ago and the memories of it are still flashing through my head as if they were scenes from a really sweet romantic comedy. And of course, I wanted to blog about it immediately, but I didn't want to jinx anything. It's been a month since this date and I have the blessing of the guy who took me on it to blog about it...so here goes. When I say "epic" , I am not talking about exotic destinations or events that took a ton of preparation or planning. I simply mean that it was one of those days where it seemed as if the stars aligned, the human spirit was alive all around us and ...


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They Survived (And THRIVED) at Summer Camp!


They Survived (And THRIVED) at Summer Camp!


Monday, August 19, 2019 - I just picked my kids up a few days ago from the summer camp busses. My house was quiet and clean for three glorious weeks. I came and went as I pleased, watched what I wanted on TV, tackled a little to-do list and emptied more than a couple bottles of wine. When people asked where my kids were and I replied that they were at summer camp for three weeks, I got a mix of reactions, ranging from people who couldn't believe I could be without my kids for three whole weeks and people who thought it was amazing that they could be away from home for that long! Camp Walden at Sunset Let me start with why I love sending my girls to summer camp. I went to camp a few times as a kid and I loved it. When I became Mama to two outgoing little girls, ...


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The Heart of the House--My Kitchen


The Heart of the House--My Kitchen


Monday, August 12, 2019 - I remember the tiny galley kitchen in my Grandma B's cottage in Sauble Beach. It was a happy place. It was in this kitchen that I would watch my Grandma bake her famous oatmeal cookies and she always saved me some of the cookie dough. It was in this kitchen that I discovered that I really liked to eat my Zoodles cold, thanks to a power outage. It was in this kitchen that I was bathed in the wash sink as a toddler. Kitchens are the heart of the home and if happy memories are made in them, things like uneven flooring and outdated cabinets really don't make a difference! But cooking in a nice kitchen is quite sweet too! When I moved into my house, I knew my kitchen had some heart...but it needed a bit of paint and fairy dust to bring it to life! ...


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Don't Quit Your Day Dream!


Don't Quit Your Day Dream!


Monday, August 5, 2019 - Working from home definitely has its perks. I love the laid back hours I get to keep while building my home based businesses. I love the wardrobe. It can be anything from my pajamas, to my gym clothes, to jeans and t-shirts, to whatever is comfortable. I can wear my slippers and drink coffee all day long. I can do mindless computer work with a little Netflix as background noise. I can let my dogs outside and run the dishwasher and do my laundry. These are all some of the perks. But also some of the downfalls. It is really tough to be strict with yourself while working from home. Waking up and going for that gym workout at 6am is easy to do when I work at the diner at 11 because timing wise, I simply have to. But on a day off or a work from home day, ...


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Be Scared...Do it Anyway.


Be Scared...Do it Anyway.


Monday, July 29, 2019 - I was scrolling through a friend's Instagram a few days ago and he had posted a poem that caught my attention. I skimmed through the poem and then I stopped the background noise and gave full attention to the words I was reading and read it again. Here is the poem and thank you P for sharing it. It spoke to me more than you possibly could have known it would. I felt each and every line in this poem. I am feeling each and every line right now. There have been so many days recently that I have felt like giving up. There have been days when I continue to place one foot in front of the other and get out of bed, care for my girls, go to work, smile at my customers and wish them good morning. At the end of those days when I am tired and go to bed, ...


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That First Date I Was Nervous About? Yeah....About That!


That First Date I Was Nervous About? Yeah....About That!


Monday, July 22, 2019 - Here is the thing with online dating. We post the pictures of us looking our absolute best. We put our absolute best personalities forward. We match with someone and we make a date to meet. We go into the date with the highest of hopes...AND more time than not our high hopes plummet pretty darn fast, usually by the time the first drink arrives. That didn't happen on the first date I went on a few weeks ago! My hopes were not immediately dashed and I actually ended up having a really good time. We met at a pub and each had a drink. The conversation flowed effortlessly and he was as cute as he looked in his pictures. He thought I was absolutely hilariously adorable (excellent taste in girls it seems....) We closed the bar down and when the bill ...


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Upper Balcony Reveal-Making It So Pretty!


Upper Balcony Reveal-Making It So Pretty!


Monday, July 15, 2019 - I love tackling projects at my home. I love seeing the visions I have come to life. I usually encounter quite a few little bumps in the road along the way, but this Upper Balcony Makeover was relatively simple and smooth. Harriet, my basset hound enjoyed spending some time up there now that it is all colourful and pretty! I talked about a few of my key pieces used to pull this makeover off in a previous blog post that you can check out here Upper Balcony Key Players On their own, the pieces themselves were pretty bland and boring as you will see. But together....wow. I love my Upper Balcony now. It is the perfect place to chill with a book, enjoy my morning coffee or a glass of wine and just be alone with my thoughts. The biggest project I needed ...


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BrookeAbout Me
Writing an "About Me" is not easy. How do I pick and choose the pieces of my life that molded me into the person I am or deem the milestones and memories as important enough to tell you about in this little "About Me"...Well, I often joke that I have Read more about me...


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