Blog Podium: What I took away

I had the absolute honour to meet and listen to some incredibly inspiring people this past weekend. I attended BlogPodium at the Hyatt Regency in Toronto with a large group of very talented bloggers from all over Canada, and the United States. There is so much I want to talk about, but I’ll leave the nitty gritty stuff to the other bloggers. I want to focus on something a little more personal.

The following three women whom I met at Blog Podium, really left a mark.

Firstly, I met Sarah Richardson. Yep – the HGTV host, interior designer extraordinaire. A group of 9 other bloggers and a few special guests had the opportunity to tour her studio, chat with her about life, and see all her gorgeous new fabrics. Sarah is sweet, funny and quirky – in the best way possible, of course. I felt like she was the perfect person to be the keynote speaker the following morning. Her perseverance is really something to be admired. I also met her fantastic PR lady – Deb McCain. She really is the definition of boss lady. If I could be an ounce of what she is today – I think I would be happy.

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Sarah Richardson dishing the names of the artists featured in her studio

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One of the fabrics in the Sarah Richardson line of fabrics by Kravet

And Meredith Heron. I’ve never really been star struck – but she definitely did it for me. She’s just as hilarious and unapologetically confident in real life as she is online, which is refreshing. I had the opportunity to sit in her session about how to make social media and business work together. It was good to know that what I’m on the right path in my own career.

Which brings me to a whole other topic, myself. I realized that I need to be more confident in what I do. I only graduated a little over 2 years ago, but I really do know my shit and I’ve been selling myself short.

So, here’s the plan:

• complete blog redesign (thankfully I have an incredibly talented boyfriend who can give me honest advice about this – because I’m certainly not a designer. He’s the best for giving me constructive criticism.)
• probably a blog name change – i feel like i can offer so much more that just a ‘mom’ blog
• more frequent posts about things I’m doing, seeing, interested in, uninterested in, cat photos, etc etc.
• maybe going back to school

This weekend kicked me in the ass. And hard. And I’m really stoked to see what comes of this. Fingers crossed. This may be a bumpy ride.

Road Trip

Road Trip

This weekend, Ryan and I are headed up to my hometown. And it’s a hell of a drive. I couldn’t be more excited.

Google says we can make it in about 9 hours. I would like to tell Google that they clearly have never driven Highway 101. I’m hoping we can do it in less than 12 hours. All I can say is THANK GOD we’re not taking the kids. Hopefully the opportunity will come that we can take them up for a week or so. I would love to be able to take them to my favourite places growing up.

Why all this driving? Wedding season! Which I cannot wait to attend. I haven’t seen any of my hometown friends for nearly 4 years! I’m excited and nervous all at the same time.

Wish us luck! Anyone have recommendations on sights to see on the way there? :)

Welcome to the world of charcoal grilling

Welcome to the world of charcoal grilling

So, I’m incredibly lucky to have a boy that likes to cook. He’s creative and incredibly talented in his day job and it absolutely translates over to his food.

Anyway, for his birthday, he picked up a Weber charcoal grill. One of those big black kettle ones. I thought it was pretty intimidating to be honest, but it’s actually super easy. We’ve done burgers, kebobs, chicken and salmon. He’s also been experimenting with smoke and coal placement with the help of Cooks Illustrated.

Needless to say, I think he’s converted.

Smokehouse burgers. Recipe in the Summer Grilling Guide of Cooks Illustrated.

Smokehouse burgers. Recipe in the Summer Grilling Guide of Cooks Illustrated.

Salmon and Asian Inspired Salad (his photos are so much better than mine.)

Chicken! Yum! (this is one of his photos too!)

Gratuitous photo of my boy George.

Gratuitous photo of my boy George.

 

ps. I wasn’t compensated or hired by Weber to write this post. I just really like them.

Painting is supposed to be relaxing, right?

What a crazy couple weeks it’s been. We’re officially nearly a month into living in the new house, and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve never felt more at ease and happy living in Belleville. I think a huge part of it has to do with the fact that we’re no longer renting. It’s all on us now; which I’m sure will bring a whole new level of stress, but at least I know I don’t have to deal with shitty landlords.

Anyway! Fun stuff.. I’ve been painting a little bit. Literally a little bit each night. I mean I’ve probably been doing cut-ins in my hallway all week. It ain’t going to paint itself, right? Here’s a little before:

This is what happens when you use flat paint in a high traffic area. Tiny little black finger prints EVERYWHERE. (and not washing your walls apparently for 3 years – ugh)

Thankfully, it’s a pretty easy fix. New paint! I picked out Smoked Oyster by Behr Premium. Here’s what it looks like in the can.

AND on the wall.

Slow but steady!

I fully plan on finishing this whole space over the weekend. Wish me luck.

Moving update

Holy fuck. Pardon my language. What a shit show of a weekend. I’ve never been so disappointed/stressed/happy/excited all at once. 

I don’t really have much to say about this whole experience except, lesson learned. 

Onward and upward, right? Next few things to tackle are: cleaning, unpacking and painting. I cannot wait to do the painting part. The house needs it *real* bad.

East Hill Home: Marley’s Room

This is probably going to be the toughest room in the house for me. I want to be able to keep it girly, but not kid girly. She’s turning 13 in December, so I want something that will last her through highschool. She’s got a beautiful white steel bed frame that is perfect for my (hers, who am I kidding) vision.

Here’s the colour palette we’re working with:

French inspired, pastels, gold and a little understated sparkle.

She wants a chandelier too. I kind of said no, but the more I think about it, the more I think it’s probably the right thing to do. I certainly won’t be telling her that though.

As much as I’d like to do something huge and sparkly, I feel like something smaller, like the one above from Lightinthebox.com, would suit the room size better. (click photo to purchase – no I’m not affiliate with them)

And maybe one sparkle wall?

Too much sparkle? Not enough?

Also, apothecary jars. Lots of them.