21 July 2016

A Reminder: One, Two, Three...Switch!

Sometimes you have to switch things up. I always find that moving gives you fresh eyes for your home. What's working, what's not. It gives you the chance to try furniture in a different arrangement, and to try using your decor in different ways. You can place things in other spaces, reconfigure a vision, and try something new. 

I got this frame a while back. I loved the shape, but not the dark colour. After a fresh coat of white paint it went up on the wall to showcase our "F".

It actually didn't end up on the wall at our last place as I went a different route with our "F".

Anyways, I found the frame when we were packing things up. Of course in the midst of chaos I thought it was a good time to give it a makeover:

It has now found a new home in E's room. I love the pop of colour it brings!

Just remember, things don't have to stay the same in your home (whether you move, or not). Give yourself permission to move, paint, and switch things up! Try it. You just might like it. 

18 July 2016

Yogurt Pops

If you're looking for a simple summer treat, this is it. Instead of buying sugary popsicles for our almost 16-month old, I decided to pick up some popsicle moulds to make my own. And while I have whipped up a smoothie mixture and divvied it up into the moulds, this is even easier. 

Just take whatever yogurt you like, place it in your popsicle moulds, pop them in the freezer for a few hours, and you're good to go! As you can see I layered a couple of different kinds of yogurt in some of the moulds for a flavourful mix. And who's kidding who? It's also prettier :)

I know that yogurt can have sugar in it, so this definitely isn't a "sugar-free" pop. But we try and stick to "low" and "no sugar added" yogurts in our house. Yogurt is something E eats everyday and the moulds that we have don't even hold a full single serve container of yogurt - so she's still getting her yogurt, just in a cold treat form! 

I'd say she approves.

Simple. It's the theme of the summer. At least in our house.

15 July 2016

Simple Summer Activity For Your Toddler

Aside from walking to the park down the street, which is geared more for older children, there isn't much to do within walking distance of our apartment building. Thankfully there is a grass area right outside our building and that's nice for letting E run around. But another thing we've been doing lately is simply filling a bucket of water and letting her play in it with water & bath toys. 

Who needs a water table?? And, why didn't I think of this sooner??

Seriously, fill a bucket with water, grab the bath & water toys and head to the patio, front porch, back yard, or wherever you have outdoor space (obviously, with adult supervision!).

It helps to break up the afternoon, especially if she hasn't napped. It even gives me a chance to just "sit" for a few minutes (and maybe enjoy an iced coffee!). To be honest, she will sit and play for almost an hour doing this! We'll see if the novelty eventually runs off, but for now it works great for those hot days when we're stuck at home.

As you can see, our little patio is great for sidewalk chalk too!
What simple summer activities are you doing with your toddler? Spill the beans, I'm in need of more ideas!

13 July 2016

Feels Like Home (Mostly)

It's been a chaotic couple of weeks, but things are finally starting to slow down. It's nice to finally be moved and only semi living out of boxes. We are mostly unpacked and our apartment is feeling more like home. 

I mentioned here that this is the first of two moves. We'll be in this apartment until the new year (date to be determined), and then we have a slightly bigger move. There are still some things up in the air, but it'll all fall into place in the months to come. 

Since we won't be here very long we've debated how much to unpack. I even debated not putting things on the walls. There are things we could do without that we could leave in boxes and pile in the closets or in the corners of rooms if need be. In the end, I decided that I wanted to avoid that as much as possible. We still have some things packed, but for the most part I decided that I wanted us to actually live here and enjoy this current season of life. Plus, I wanted E to have plenty of space to roam about and not have to live in a maze of boxes. And thankfully, we have some wonderful friends who are housing some of the things we don't need at the moment and can live without until the next place. 

As you can see things have gone up on the walls. I just had to. I know it'll be a pain to pack everything again in about 6+ months, but that's OK. Like I said, I wanted us to fully live where we're currently at. We're kind of living in limbo at the moment, but I wanted our limbo to be homey. 

And since it's summer, and we have a little patio, you can bet we've created a happy little space outside to enjoy! And speaking of patios, remember this one?

There's more to come, and I'll have more to share soon!