recipes I've tried this week

This week marked the end of grade 1 for Isabella. Her report card was fantastic as always. Didn't get a chance to cook much this week. One night we went out to dinner to celebrate the end of school, one night was leftovers and one night I had a bad migraine so cooking wasn't happening. This is an extra long weekend for me - tomorrow is Canada Day and I took Tuesday off since it's Isabella's 7th birthday! 7!!! Crazy!!!

I made a couple of super delicious meals this week. The first was a meal I made one night when we had my parents over for dinner - saucy Italian drunken noodles. A definite keeper.

the cozy apron

I also made this AMAZING chicken - easy honey mustard baked chicken. I made it with mashed potatoes and green beans. YUMM-O. And easy peasy.

good life eats

We're having Isabella's birthday dinner at my parents' house Tuesday and I plan on baking chocolate cloud cupcakes.

heather christo

I've been meaning to tell you all about this salad that I've brought for lunch every day for the last month - it's a watermelon and peach salad. Unfortunately, I don't have a photo of it but trust me, it is refreshing and the perfect lunch for work. I cut up watermelon and a white peach. On top of that I crumble up feta cheese and rip up a bunch of fresh mint. Then I sprinkle a ton of pepper over the top. The dressing is olive oil and red wine vinegar. THE PERFECT SUMMER LUNCH. My mom had served this as a side salad with a meal of flank steak and potatoes and I've been in love ever since. Thanks mom!


our new front hall wardrobe

Ever since we moved into our house 6 years ago, the lack of storage has driven me nuts. I am always finding clever ways to store all our things and our front hall was long overdue for a facelift that involved WAY MORE STORAGE. A few months ago, I started looking for storage ideas for the front hall and when I came across the Ikea PAX wardrobe, I was instantly sold. The wardrobe comes in a narrow 14 inch depth which was just perfect for our space. I loved all the options for doors - especially their high gloss sliding doors (Hasvik). We went with a black/brown wardrobe frame to match the floors and here is the outcome:

our new Ikea PAX wardrobe

And here is what the front hall looked like before:

I still need to get baskets for the inside of the wardrobe to have it more organized. I filled it with extra baskets I found around the house and we bought some shoe shelves and clothes rails from Ikea:

We decided that since we were losing the drawers from the table we used to have where the wardrobe is, we needed a little unit beside the front door. Again, from Ikea, we found the Raskog kitchen cart in dark gray was the perfect size for the small space next to the door and perfect for throwing keys, sunglasses, etc:

While I was taking the photos above, I snapped some more shots of the living room:


little liberty kids' spaces

I came across the portfolio of the very talented Nicole of little liberty and immediately fell in love with her design work in kids' rooms. I love her use of colour and funky accessories. Here are some of my favourites (which is alot, I know...I couldn't help myself):


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