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the practicalities of living in your dream log cabin

Living in a log cabin is something many people dream of. It offers a relaxed way of living, allows you be close to nature gets you away from the hustle and bustle of busy towns and cities. However, there are some practicalities when it comes to your beautiful log cabin. And as someone who lived in a barn up until recently, I have first-hand experience of this! If you’re hoping to make your dreams a reality, here are some tips to bear in mind.

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Will Your Family Grow?

This is the reason we ended up moving out of our barn in the end. As I explained in this post, when we were designing our home we didn’t account for having children. Or the practicalities that we would face after having a baby! If you’re a couple at the start of your journey together, when deciding on your log cabin this is definitely something to take into consideration. If you’re still set on a log home, make sure you have enough bedrooms and bathrooms if your family grows. And that you have easy access to the home with prams and young children in tow.

Are You Ok With Being Away From Amenities?

You might think that being secluded, and living in the middle of nowhere sounds perfect. Peace and quiet, picturesque scenery and a serene environment. But before taking the plunge, consider it carefully. Are you really ok with being away from shops, nightlife, hospitals, other people? For example surrounding our cabin was simply trees, dirt roads, and a lake- we had a school not too far away and a few neighbors but not much else. Living somewhere permanently isn’t like a vacation, make sure you would genuinely be happy to live ‘off the beaten track’. While it’s an incredibly freeing experience for some, it’s not for everyone. If you’re never lived in a desolate area before and are used to having everything you need a stone’s throw away, it could take some time to adjust.

Are You Ok With Maintenance?

Living in a wooden home is different to living in one made of brick or stone. There are various things that you have to take into consideration to keep it at it’s best. For example cabin staining products will need to be used every one to two years. This will ensure that the wood is kept protected from the elements and in good condition. UV guard products need to be used to prevent damage from the sun, and a range of pest protection products are also essential. Critters such as bugs and rodents are naturally attracted to wood and can cause expensive damage through boring, if this isn’t kept in check.

Despite all of this, living in a log cabin is a wonderful experience. If you get the chance to do so it’s well worth considering! Just go into it with your eyes open and knowing the challenges you may face, so you can be completely prepared.

Would you ever consider moving to a log cabin?

** This was a contributed post.

before and after: remy’s room

remys-room-1Hi everyone! Well, like I posted earlier on Instagram- it only took 7 months and 3 houses, but we finally have a room for Remy!

I can’t believe that we went this long without having anywhere to put her things. Towards the end of my pregnancy, I remember going out for supper after my biweekly doctor appointments, and crying in the restaurant every time because I didn’t have a nursery for our baby-to-be. At the time, I felt like such a bad mother. While I hope to never relive that experience of being so pregnant and feeling so unprepared, I also realize that it really wasn’t the end of the world. However, I am so glad that she has a room of her own! Let’s begin the room tour.

before-roomAbove is what her room looked like when we first moved in. The walls were painted beige, and the ceiling had a cloud design on it. There was an old fixture, dirty blinds, and dated switch plates. (Please excuse the mess of boxes, I couldn’t put anything away until her room was painted.)

remys-room-2-2Geoffrey and I chose a basic white, zero VOC paint for her walls and ceiling. After two thick coats, we were ready to set up her room.

remys-room-4remys-room-11A week before Remy was born, I published a post on my nursery envy. The inspiration for Remy’s room largely came from this room. To me, its whimsical nature and somewhat chaotic state is exactly what I think of when I think of a fun and well-loved child’s room. Plus, I’m notorious for hanging crates as shelving. It was a perfect match.

remys-room-6The white rose was Remy’s baptismal flower, and the little black-eyed-Susan was the first flower that Remy ever picked for me.

remys-room-7remys-room-8Remember the post with her crib? It’s a Jenny Lind, and we made a road trip specifically to purchase one.

remys-room-9-2Her sonogram photos were a DIY project that I shared in November of last year.

remys-room-12Rather than buying a new light for her room, we removed the one in the hallway and turned it from brass to silver by spray painting it. We lucked out with the light, since I was having the worst time trying to find one that would suit a little girl’s room. This one even has flowers on it. I think that it’s so cute now.

remys-room-3We still need to replace the carpet with hardwood flooring, and change the colour of the baseboards. However, that will probably be in a few years from now. Until then, Remy (and whomever else may come along) can have the ugly but soft carpet to play on.



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little bam bam review

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetAnyone who has ever had a child would know that teething is not fun. There are also a vast amount of teething toys on the market.

When Remy began teething at 4 months, I went out and bought everything that I could think of. This included an amber necklace for her, a chewable necklace for myself, teething rings, teething soothers, vibrating teethers, Sophie the Giraffe, Munch Mitts, wooden toys, and countless other teething toys. At 7 months, her teething game has slowed down. I also now know what she likes. This Little Bam Bam teething toy is one of them.

BPA and heavy metal free, this toy is a must-have for any teething collection. It’s big enough that they have a large surface area to chew, but it’s also not too big for their little hands. The body, horns, and legs are different shapes and sizes, which gives them a variety of feelings in their mouth. It’s also an incredibly cute toy, and comes in many colours for both boys and girls. It’s a great gift to give any parent or parent-to-be!

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetTo see more products from Bambeadö, you can find their website here.



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let there be light! why your home needs more natural light

Natural light from the sun is something that many of us take for granted. But it’s something we cannot do without. It allows us to see clearly, which makes our homes safer and more comfortable for our families. The health benefits of natural light include boosting your immunity and strengthening your organs. It’s also been found to increase productivity and energy too. So if your home is not currently as well lit as you would like, you and your family could be missing out. To fill your property with more natural light, here are some improvement ideas you might want to consider.


Tidy up your yard

It will be difficult for the light from the sun to reach your property if there are multiple obstacles in its way. These are often located within your yard and can include things like trees and hedges. The only way of dealing with these obstacles is to remove them. So assess your yard and start tidying it up. Cut back any tree branches or climbing plants which are blocking the sun. You should also reposition any ornaments or plants that are obstructing the light too. This will not only improve the look of your yard but will also encourage more light to enter your home.


Install a roof window

The most obvious way of increasing your home’s natural light is by adding more windows to your property. While there are plenty to choose from, roof windows are often considered the most effective. They can help make even the darkest of rooms feel larger and more spacious. Roof windows come in an array of shapes, styles and sizes to suit any home. Glazing can also be added to them to make your home more cozy and energy efficient. If this sounds perfect for your home, search for roof window specialists online. Another addition you might want to add to your roof is solar panels. These panels can turn natural light into energy which can power your home in an eco-friendly way. For more information, see http://www.sempersolaris.com/.


Use lighter colors when decorating

Redecorating your home is a simple but cost-effective way of boosting your property’s natural light. Using light colored paints and wallpapers can reflect the light that enters your home. This can make a room look instantly brighter, which can benefit your entire family. Paints with a metallic finish can also bounce more light around a room, making it feel larger. When painting your home, always make sure that there is plenty of ventilation. If you have young children, you should also check that your paint is safe to use. To learn more about toxic-free paints, visit http://www.popsugar.com/.

You should also use light colors when choosing which window treatments you wish to use. Dark and heavy curtains or blinds will absorb the light and prevent it from entering your home. Whereas thin and light options can maximize the light while still giving your family some privacy.

These ideas are just a handful of effective methods that can increase how much natural light enters your property. But there are plenty more. For further ideas and inspiration, visit  http://www.houzz.com/.

** This was a contributed post.

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thanksgiving glazed ham

thanksgiving-glazed-ham-3Today is Thanksgiving Monday in Canada. Here is a recipe for a glazed ham that is equal parts sweet and savoury.

Honey Glazed Ham


1 cooked .5 lb ham
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup water
3 tbsp mustard
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
dash of nutmeg


1. Combine the brown sugar, honey, water, mustard, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg into a small saucepan. Melt the ingredients, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

2. Put the ham in a slow cooker. Pour the mixture over top. Set the heat to low. 

3. Baste the ham every hour. Cook for 8 hours.

4. Remove, and devour!

thanksgiving-glazed-ham-2Now to put on Planes, Trains & Automobiles and fall into a food coma on the couch. Happy Thanksgiving, all.



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