Cards + Organization

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If you are anything like Rebecca and I, you LOVE receiving cards.  We have trained our husbands in this department and I can honestly say that the words Matt writes in a card mean so much more to me than any gift he gives.  I am usually left teary eyed and feeling even more in love with my man after a good card.  The problem with cards, is what do you do with them?!  They are too special to me to throw out, and I really love re-reading them from time to time, so this DIY is an organized way to keep these precious keepsakes.ImageImageImageImage

On a thicker piece of scrapbook paper I cut out a cover-page for my cards, and glued on a title.  I have Birthdays, Anniversaries, Wedding Wishes, Valentines day and Miscellaneous as my categories.  I then hole-punched in the corner of the title page and added a metal brad to reinforce it so that it wouldn’t tear the paper, and added a binder ring.  Now, whenever I receive a card, I just add a hole punch to the card, look for the category, open the clasp and add it on.  I find it such an easy and organized way to store my cards, and they look cute to boot.  

And now a prego update…I am just over 29 weeks and feeling GREAT!  It has been amazing watching the bump grow and grow and feeling my boy move and roll.  This whole experience has been incredible and the hubs and I cannot wait to hold our little man in a few months time…

 

 

 

 

 

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xo 

Jillian Marie

 

I had a birthday this last week. I am officially a quarter century young. I’ve been having some mixed feelings about turning 25. I know it’s still a young age, however for the past LONG while I had actually believed I was turning 24 this year, so when Jordan corrected me I felt like I had missed an entire year!

 

My husband and friends made me feel so special on my birthday, and I’m so thankful that I have been blessed with so many wonderful people in my life. My family also plays such a big part in my life, that for every special occasion it is a little difficult to be so far away from them all as I’m just so used to always having them there. However I have had so many birthday cards come to my mailbox as of late, it almost feels as if they were here. Plus because each card comes at separate times, it feels like my birthday for more than a week. I try to drag our my birthday as long as I can!  Last year’s birthday was a little more lonely as we had just moved out to Cairns and for a while there it was just Jord and I. This year, I said because we have friends now, I wanted to have a bug party with everyone there! So Jordan took me to Hartley’s Crocodile Farm. No, they are not the friends I wanted to spend my birthday with but it was still fun! It was our first croc experience. Honestly if your ever in Cairns, you have to go. They put you in this boat with your tour guide who cruises you around a swamp. Then he stops in the middle of the swamp and feeds the crocodiles right beside you!! Seriously-unreal. I felt so out of my element but it was amazing. Then he had planned a beautiful dinner at Il Forno the cutest little pizzeria in Palm Cove with all my friends! It was a great night. I just love birthdays! It’s a reason to get together with friends and celebrate. What could you not love? Another good thing about your birthday is that you can wear anything you want and get away with it. This year, I wore my favourite dress and rang in my birthday with a bit of sparkle!

 

Dress – Theme via She She / Shoes -Kensie / Watch – Michael Kors / Sequined Blazer – Kensie / Bow Tie Ring – Colette 

Hair – Dresser

It’s Monday!  Life has been clipping along and the hubs and I are finally starting a more relaxed time of our school year.  He has been able to help me re-do the house in order to fit in our little bundle of joy in 13 short weeks, and we have been having so much fun.  We have successfully transitioned the storage closet off of our bedroom into a nursery, and I absolutely love how it is turning out.  It really goes to show that we don’t need that much space…like the world tells us – a bigger home will make you happier – pffff…my little family is going to be living in 625 sq.ft and we will all fit just fine.  I’m not sure when I will break it to baby T that his first year of life he slept in a closet, but I am sure he will understand, and I know he will never remember.

Part of our house transformation was selling some pieces from our bedroom, and replacing them with more space saving and functional furniture.  One thing we did and I don’t know why we didn’t do it years ago, was raise our bed.  At Bed, Bath and Beyond they sell these wooden blocks that raise your bed a good 4 inches.  This new space has created so much extra storage in our room, and for some strange reason, it feels like a more elegant and comfortable bed.

After our room reno we were missing just one piece of furniture – a tall skinny dresser with multiple drawers.  When I was in Kelowna for Easter my mom reminded me of a dresser that she had kept since I was a baby, and it was up for grabs.  It was an off-white color and the new furniture in our room was white, so I wanted to paint it and freshen it up.

Instead of picking one color…i ombre’d it – just like I am planning on doing my hair when it gets long enough, and I am tickled with the results.

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Who says ombre is only for your hair?

More home reno’s and crafts to come…I hope you all have a great week!

xo

Jillian Marie

It has been awhile since I have posted and to be honest, it feels so good to be back!  Life has been clipping along and the hubs and I are starting a more relaxed time of our school year.  He has been able to help me re-do the house in order to fit in our little bundle of joy in 13 short weeks, and we have been having so much fun.  We have successfully transitioned the storage closet off of our bedroom into a nursery, and I absolutely love how it it turning out.  It really goes to show that we don’t need that much space, like the world tells us.  A bigger home will make you happier – pffff…my little family is going to be living in 625 sq. ft and we are absolutely thrilled about it.  I’m not sure when I will break it to baby T that his first year of life was spent in a closet, but I am sure he will understand, and I know he will never remember.

Part of our house transformation was selling some pieces from our bedroom, and replacing them with more space saving and functional furniture.  One thing we did and I don’t know why we didn’t do it years ago, was raise our bed.  At Bed, Bath and Beyond they sell these wooden blocks that raise your bed a good 4 inches.  This new space has created so much extra storage in our room, and for some reason, it feels like a more elegant and comfortable bed.

With our new room we were missing just one piece of furniture – a tall skinny dresser with multiple drawers.  When I was in Kelowna for Easter my mom reminded me of a dresser that she had kept since I was a baby, and it was up for grabs.  It was an off-white color and the new furniture in our room was white, so I wanted to paint it and freshen it up.

Instead of picking one color…i ombre’d it – just like I am planning on doing my hair when it gets long enough, and I am tickled with the results.

Before:

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After:

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Who says ombre is only for your hair?

xo

Jillian Marie

It has been awhile since I have posted and to be honest, it feels so good to be back!  Life has been clipping along and the hubs and I are starting a more relaxed time of our school year.  He has been able to help me re-do the house in order to fit in our little bundle of joy in 13 short weeks, and we have been having so much fun.  We have successfully transitioned the storage closet off of our bedroom into a nursery, and I absolutely love how it it turning out.  It really goes to show that we don’t need that much space, like the world tells us.  A bigger home will make you happier – pffff…my little family is going to be living in 625 sq. ft and we are absolutely thrilled about it.  I’m not sure when I will break it to baby T that his first year of life was spent in a closet, but I am sure he will understand, and I know he will never remember.

Part of our house transformation was selling some pieces from our bedroom, and replacing them with more space saving and functional furniture.  One thing we did and I don’t know why we didn’t do it years ago, was raise our bed.  At Bed, Bath and Beyond they sell these wooden blocks that raise your bed a good 4 inches.  This new space has created so much extra storage in our room, and for some reason, it feels like a more elegant and comfortable bed.

 With our new room we were missing just one piece of furniture – a tall skinny dresser with multiple drawers.  When I was in Kelowna for Easter my mom reminded me of a dresser that she had kept since I was a baby, and it was up for grabs.  It was an off-white color and the new furniture in our room was white, so I wanted to paint it and freshen it up.  

Instead of picking one color…i ombre’d it – just like I am planning on doing my hair when it gets long enough, and I am tickled with the results.  

Before:

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After: ImageImage

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Who says ombre is only for your hair?

xo 

Jillian Marie

Hair – Dresser

It has been awhile since I have posted and to be honest, it feels so good to be back!  Life has been clipping along and the hubs and I are starting a more relaxed time of our school year.  He has been able to help me re-do the house in order to fit in our little bundle of joy in 13 short weeks, and we have been having so much fun.  We have successfully transitioned the storage closet off of our bedroom into a nursery, and I absolutely love how it it turning out.  It really goes to show that we don’t need that much space, like the world tells us.  A bigger home will make you happier – pffff…my little family is going to be living in 625 sq. ft and we are absolutely thrilled about it.  I’m not sure when I will break it to baby T that his first year of life was spent in a closet, but I am sure he will understand, and I know he will never remember.

Part of our house transformation was selling some pieces from our bedroom, and replacing them with more space saving and functional furniture.  One thing we did and I don’t know why we didn’t do it years ago, was raise our bed.  At Bed, Bath and Beyond they sell these wooden blocks that raise your bed a good 4 inches.  This new space has created so much extra storage in our room, and for some reason, it feels like a more elegant and comfortable bed.

 With our new room we were missing just one piece of furniture – a tall skinny dresser with multiple drawers.  When I was in Kelowna for Easter my mom reminded me of a dresser that she had kept since I was a baby, and it was up for grabs.  It was an off-white color and the new furniture in our room was white, so I wanted to paint it and freshen it up.  

Instead of picking one color…i ombre’d it – just like I am planning on doing my hair when it gets long enough, and I am tickled with the results.  

Before:

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After: ImageImageImage

Who says ombre is only for your hair?

xo 

Jillian Marie

 

Crafty With Colleen

colleen blue bottles

vintage mouth wash

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Hello friends,

apologies for the delay in posting. I’ve had quite the week dealing with pest control. Some tropical bug (I swear I hear of a new one every day) was infesting our carpets and eating away at them. The tenant before us was apparently very untidy and had had this issue before we came in. It wouldn’t have been so bad if I didn’t have this extreme phobia of creepy-crawlies. So what this week meant for me was numerous breakdowns, sleepless nights, and coaching myself along. I know I’m a big baby when it comes to this sort of thing – clearly. Now with my hubs being so involved in his study and then working on the days he has off (bless his sweet soul), this means my “womanly duties” had to be stretched to the max and it was up to me to take care of these nasty critters. My limits were very much tested and pushed. Needless to say, this blog post is long overdue!

On the bright side, bugs are gone and we got a Nespresso machine this week – Hallelujah! I can’t believe we tried to convince ourselves for over an entire year that we were sipping a good cup of joe. It was instant coffee. I guess this is the life of a student.

I wish I could tell you that the pictures above were of my home, but they’re not. This week I wanted to introduce you to a dear family friend, Colleen Sawatsky. Colleen is a very gifted interior designer and has an amazing eye for taking anything vintage and spicing it up to be used as something functional for your home and/or decor. She specializes in vintage wood furniture. Her blog, Vintage Home, has inspired me to think outside of the box. With ideas like an old decanter transformed and renewed into a funky mouthwash container for the bathroom, her ideas will change the way you think to decorate or re-decorate. Wait until you see the rest of her abode. I urge you ladies of the house, check out her website!

Rebecca Janelle

xo