Tuesday, March 29, 2011

3 Keys to Happiness

Did anyone see this post from Apartment Therapy?


It made me laugh because I always tell my husband Scott those are things that mean the most to me and sometimes I have to really enforce this into my husband so he can understand me better.
I LOVE a clean house, I get grumpy when it isn't clean. I can't even enjoy an evening all alone when Scott is at school and Boston is asleep, unless I first pick up the living room.
I also love to be social. My husband laughs at me because I have these HUGE desires to be social, I crave interaction, BUT I am a very shy person. It is a huge struggle for me to go up and talk to someone. If they talk to me first, I am instantly engaged into the conversation... but so hard for me to make that first step.
As long as I can remember I was always trying to do furniture arrangements in my bedroom as a child. Now a days I still do it. Scott laughs at me because I can spend hours trying to rearrange everything and in the end it ends up right back where it started. I guess that is the problem with living in small spaces, there really is only one place for everything. But it still makes me happy to try! In fact I spend a few hours just on Sunday afternoon while Scott was at school, playing around with everything trying to see if I could find a better fit especially with a 11 month old climbing into everything. Scott called me and I told him what I was up too and he says, I like the way everything was... haha, still doesn't get that I need to at least try!
I thought I would post some pictures of my trying over the course of 4 years to change up my surroundings but like I said, couldn't do much in a small space (and a one income family since Scott was in school).
First week of moving into my new place (April 2006)
After a few months
Almost one year and now married (Feb 2007)
In the selling process (June 2010)
A lot happened between the last two pictures. I was working at Pottery Barn for a fun extra job and added some nice furniture into the mix (lamp, rug, coffee table, side table, accessories). I would show my current place, but it has gone in the wrong direction since we moved here. It went from super nice and accessorized to looking very bare. Well more like the bottom half of everything is bare... Boston is a bad kid ;)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Sweet Potato Fries

I love Sweet Potato Fries and so does my hubby. We indulge in a batch every couple of weeks. While I was vacationing at my parent's house, I made a batch for my family. I promised my mom I would send her the recipe... so here it is mom!


Ingredients:
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 pounds sweet potatoes, sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil


Directions:
Preheat oven to 425F. In a small bowl, toss together the spices. In a large bowl toss the potatoes with the oil, then with the spices mix until evenly coated.


Transfer the potatoes to a large baking sheet and roast, flipping occasionally, until tender, browned and crisped in places, about 25 minutes.


Next time I should change it up a bit and find a good sauce for dipping! Anyone have one they want to share?

Baby Room Art

I was watching Sarah 101 and was inspired to do an art wall in Boston's room. The art she used for that episode I already had and was planning on using the same art, but once I started looking around I decided I already had too much art in his room. Just before Christmas we did a photo-shoot of Boston and I decided those pictures would be perfect. 
I used frames I already had, they were purchased at Ikea many years ago at a really good price. This was the art work that the frames came with.

I originally purchased them to displayed graphic paper in the den/scrapbook room of my old condo.
        

I played with the layout and the paper selection. Since the walls in our apartment are light, I decided I wanted to mat the pictures onto scrapbook paper. I even re-used some of the paper that I originally used in the frames.

Next I hung the pictures!


A little secret... I applied masking tape to the back of the frames that didn't hang right. The frames are cheap and well... the hanger on the back wasn't always in the right spot. Check out this post by Becky Higgins for an easy way to hang a grid of frames. I personally didn't have the extra money to use those Picture Hanging Strips but it would have been way easier.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Easter and Spring Inspirations

I am back from a long holiday to visit my family! I was amazed at the amount of snow in Sherwood Park. It's been years since I remember that much snow in the backyard. My sister and I bundled up Boston and took him outside to try and grab a few cute photos. He wasn't interested in sitting, just crawling into the endless snow.


My email inbox is full of emails... sent from myself! As I go through the blogs I follow and see something I love, I just email myself the link from my iPhone to my iMac. Then when baby is sleeping and I am sitting down at my computer, I have all the inspiration on my computer waiting for me.
Here are a few wonderful spring and easter finds that are getting my creative side all excited for the snow to go away! 











My friend told me it was too early for Easter decorations... what do you think?
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