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Brave and Beautiful – What makes you beautiful?

I am brave and beautiful

I am Brave and Beautiful - a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie's song says, "Take your make up off. Let your hair down... Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you... " Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it … [Read more...]

Best Sticker Ever – 0.0 I Don’t Run

o.o I Don't Run sticker, best sticker ever

I was at the grocery store recently and saw the best sticker ever... "0.0   I Don't Run" {you can buy them by clicking on the above link} Total classic for the runner who has tried to train to complete a 1/2 or a full marathon but just hasn't.  Well, more classic for just the complete self admitted non runner! Humour, for me, is found in it because I am one of those athletes who has tried to train for a race and either got injured (shin splints), or simply just lost the mojo. I am in awe of those who do have the 13.1, 26.2, 70.3?, and so on stickers on their vehicles.  But I am in total AWE of this person who put the 0.0 sticker and just OWNS the hell out of not running. Simply put, … [Read more...]

Cover up an old tattoo

Covering up a tattoo, see what this one turned in to. Along with some helpful tips of choosing a cover up

Years ago before even thinking of moving to the States from Canada, I got this little bitty Canadian maple leaf tattoo on my foot. Fast forward many years, it has faded and was just looking like a black outline of something with a pink? filler. One day this past summer, I had had enough of looking at it and wanted to change it up a bit.  I didn't want to do laser tattoo removal, I just wanted to either darken the pink to the original red or change it. The story behind my tattoo... My 2 boys and I are dual citizens.  Wanting to keep in line with my original sentiment of representing my country, I wanted a way to keep this theme.  So, we came with a design that would make the tattoo a … [Read more...]

Decorate with Spray Paint

DIY Spray Paint can change a Goodwill find in less than a minute

I recently took the plunge and redecorated our front room with purple and green walls! I kind of love this room for so many reasons!  Not just the color, but the couch I bought at Goodwill for $15, the art I've made that just goes, the $8 dresser from Goodwill. This lamp pictured below is also a Goodwill find!Wanting to add some extra light, I decided to use a lamp I have had for forever but never used.  The color was a bit off and perhaps a bit too dark. You can see just how easy it is to spray paint something and give it a new life in under ONE MINUTE!!!! This video of me spray painting this lamp shows the before and how quickly it changes. It is just so perfect bringing in … [Read more...]

How to Start Hot Water Heater Pilot Light

How to start hot water heater pilot light. You can do it yourself! #diy

No need to call a plumber or a handyman. You can start your own darn hot water heater pilot light and you know what? It's EASY! How do you know that this might be a problem?  You don't have any hot water in your house ... anywhere.  You look to see if your hot water heater has exploded and it hasn't.  You go back and turn on another hot water faucet thinking maybe it was that one faucet that is broken.  Nope, no hot water.  You return to the water heater and read the directions on how to get the pilot light on.  (Ahem, not that I did that or anything....) I'm here to show you that you will not blow up. You can do this. YOU can Fix it yourself! … [Read more...]

Queen of Caulk

Caulking Tips

Holy Caulk ... ing!!! We recently had our roof replaced with a beautiful asphalt shingle.  We HAD the cedar wood shake covering our roof (hullo, fire hazard), but no more.  We HAD the original 20 year old skylights from when the home was built.  I decided to have the skylights replaces while the roof was being redone.  Smart, right? The old ones were weathered and hazy and needed to be changed out.  I went to my nearby home improvement store and bought 2 new skylights with the flashing kits.  It was a bit of a challenge as our skylights are not standard and we had to have them ordered specific to the size.  I'll tell you that it is hard to measure accurately from the inside and even the … [Read more...]

Craftsy – Up to 50% Off On Sewing, Quilting & Knitting Classes

Craftsy 50% off Sale!

Best-selling Craftsy classes are on sale for one week only!  Save up to 50% off on Sewing, Quilting & Knitting classes taught by some of the world's best instructors. September 9 – September 15 Once you purchase a class, it's yours to enjoy forever. Every class comes with a money-back satisfaction guarantee! disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links … [Read more...]

Top 5 Kids Sewing Books

top 5 kids sewing books

I have a love for sewing, you may or may not have known this, but it's very true.  My oldest has shown an interest in sewing for a couple of years and we have made a few things together in my sewing studio.  It's kind of a win win for both of us, he gets to sew and I get to spend time with him soaking up our one to one time. I've wondered how I could share kids sewing ideas with you as while my son and I are sewing and creating as I don't take pictures.  It is time for us to bond and be creative, so I immerse myself in the time and not take photos that may annoy him and sever our time.  Hope you understand. There are a handful of books that I have found that might peak your interest. … [Read more...]

Need some Inspirational Motivation – Weight Loss

Women's natural bodybuilding

I saw this video on Facebook recently and have watched probably 10 times.  Arthur is changing lives and he's doing it by sharing his own story about overcoming weight loss and health obstacles and not believing what others said to him. Arthur's journey is a true testament of never giving up and believing in one's self.  I am so drawn to his story as it has moved me so much to want to share it with you I have started my own journey to help myself get back to where I once was 5 years ago. Can you believe I had a 7 month old baby and a 2 year old when this picture was taken?  There is obviously no reason why I cannot accomplish my goals after watching Arthur's story. I can make up a … [Read more...]

Be bold with color – on the walls & in your hair!

Bold hair color style

I was just talking about being bold with wall color, but let's take it a bit further and be bold with color on my hair!  YEAH!! My feature wall in our front room is now purple, I cannot wait to share with you the completed project.  I now also have purple in my hair!  What made me do it?  Well, my hair is a point of growing out after shaving it 5 months ago {for St. Baldricks Day to raise money for Childhood Cancer}, and I really needed a style and something different to help me along the process.  You can see the pictures of my bald head and what I looked like just before the clippers touched my head slowly shaving my hair. I haven't colored my hair anything funky or anything that … [Read more...]

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