I hope you have some fun plans lined up this weekend! We had a kid-free trip to Portland (all kinds of awesome!) last weekend. But things like that go way too fast, so I’m glad there’s another weekend here already! I just thought I’d pop in to share a couple of the fun things that are happening here…
I’ve been working with raw wool lately, and the above pic shows the result. I love how it changes the look of the juju. If you are hoping to see one hanging on your wall after Christmas you can send your special someone over to the shop!
Also, I am super excited to announce that I am now working with Houzz as a monthly contributor for their Product Picks! I’ll be showing you 20 of my top products from around the web. If you haven’t heard of Houzz before, it is currently the largest home design destination on the web, with over 15 million visitors a month! The site is loaded with inspiration, so I’m thrilled to be a part of it! You can see my Ideabooks here. I’d love to know if you are on Houzz!
Things have been changing around our house lately… it’s getting tidy! Yes, my kids are doing chores. But that isn’t new. What’s new is that they are excited about it! We’ve been using ChoreMonster for a month or so now, and since it’s working I thought I’d share it with you! To get started we created a list of chores and set some rewards, and the kids are earning points towards their goals with each chore. The real motivator is trying to win the virtual monsters, which are a huge hit with my two monsters! Unless of course our oldest wins a monster and our younger one doesn’t… but then that teaches an important lesson too, doesn’t it.
I’ve tried sticker charts before, and they have never worked for us. We all got bored of them pretty quick. But I’m pretty happy to see that my kids are the ones reminding me about chores most days now. I don’t have to keep them accountable anymore, they are self-motivated! Finally! If you feel like trying it out with your family, you can use this link to get ONE MONTH FREE membership. Let me know what you think if you do!
I only accept brand opportunities to write about things I love and would normally buy anyway.
I received an opportunity through Canopi to partner with ChoreMonster.
We’ve got a visitor on the blog today! Say hello to Sam everyone! This is us at Chelsea Market on a trip to New York. Sam is second from the left, in between Sherri and Claire. It feels like so long ago, and looking at this pic makes me want to jump on a plane! But, now that you’ve met Sam, you really need to take a peek into her amazing dining room transformation!
Isn’t it great! Sam wanted to change up her table and chairs, and with just a little paint that she already had on hand, and some interlocking boards, she has completely transformed the room for only $10! Pretty amazing DIY, don’t you think?
Thanks for sharing Sam!
How is your week going so far? Life has definitely had its ups and downs over here lately, so it’s nice to receive emails that give me a boost. Today I thought I’d share that EQ3 asked me to be their ‘Blogger of the Month’ for October! I love this Canadian company, so of course I jumped at the chance! Over the course of the month I have posted on the EQ3 FB page, and you can pop over to the EQ3 Inhabit blog post where I share more pictures of our latest kitchen addition, the Connick Pendant. What a treat it is to have hanging over our table! It is exactly what I’ve been searching for, simple & beautiful!
And, of course, everyone loves a Before & After, so I couldn’t resist sharing one including our latest addition!
Thanks for having me EQ3!
The Vancouver Home + Design Show is celebrating 30 years! And to help us celebrate with them, they have given me a pair of tickets to the show to pass on to you! And to sweeten the deal, Urban Barn is throwing in a $100 Gift Certificate! Yes, free shopping money people!
I will draw one name from the comments here on the blog next Friday. And yes, if you Tweet about this giveaway you will get a second entry, and if you share on FB you will get a third chance, as long as you leave comments here telling me that you did those things! So all you need to do is…
ENTER TO WIN!
Have a great weekend!
UPDATE: The contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone that entered! I have emailed the winner…
We took our crew on a different kind of family adventure recently. After Saturday morning pancakes, we set off for the Modern Home Tour. I was so excited to have won tickets from Stephanie at Garden Therapy! I was surprised at how much the boys enjoyed the sneak peek into other people’s homes! This picture is of one of the rooms we got to peek into, only one of many rooms on the tour that proudly displayed original art. I love all the white walls and pops of colour! My boys rated the homes based on the Lego collections, or lack thereof, or course… but that’s okay with me if they’re interested!
We have been making changes in Cole’s bedroom, and we are doing the same thing. After painting all the walls white, I framed up some of his art, and found the right spot to display some of his sweet artwork from over the years. I’m loving the little chair I found for his desk, my $5 garage sale find! I can’t wait to finish up his room so I can show you some more!
And speaking of kids bedrooms, we’ve been trying something new to get them to keep them clean… and it’s working! I’ll fill you in soon in case you’re looking for some chore inspiration.
We’re back from Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Well, truthfully we’ve been back for almost two weeks already, but September always seems to get ahead of me. Everyone should visit Tofino at least once in their lives. It’s just so beautiful! The sound of the waves, the smell of that fresh air… brings us back every year.
Yes, this is our eight year old, surfing! He made it look so easy! I’m pretty thankful that hubby is such a great teacher! Lord knows that my feeble surfing skills should not be shared with the next generation.
While we were on holidays the blog was nominated for Top 25 Canadian Mom Blog of 2013! We made it to #14 last year, and I’d love it if you could head over to Circle of Moms and vote for Flutter Flutter every day until September 25th. Thank you!
I love pretty things, and I know that the chances are high that you do too. So, I thought that I’d take a break from my summer adventures to share some pictures that I took at the Indigo Holiday 2013 Preview event this week. One of my faves is this JOY pillow. The contrast of linen and glittering sequins is perfect, don’t you think?!
One of my favorite things from Indigo, besides their books of course, is their gorgeous home decor items. Inspired by the Gilded Age, Indigo’s Holiday collection this year brings vibrant greens and blues and holiday sparkle to the home. The scalloped pillow on this couch is just gorgeous. Bold, graphic and elegant all at the same time! (And the location of the event was nothing to scoff at either… I wish I could have brought you with me to see the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Vancouver waterfront. I would have happily moved in for the bathroom alone!)
I’m always excited to see what new ornaments will be at Indigo each year… this year I took home this little squirrel with his shiny nut. He’ll be right at home on our Christmas tree this year alongside my collection of birch bark stars. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not pining away for winter. I don’t want summer and all its sunny days to end just yet. I must admit that Indigo‘s preview events always whet my appetite for the holiday season. But, I plan on embracing the sunshine while it’s here! So let’s go make this a great weekend!
What a week! Hubby’s been out of town, window installation was in full effect, and I’ve been sick. Thankfully the kids had summer camp this week. So, while they were off having fun, I was able to catch up on work, deal with contractors and spend some time crashed on the couch with a cup of tea and my favorite magazines. But, of course, time spent flipping through home decor magazines is bound to inspire change. So, I brought some pretty pink hydrangeas in from our yard and framed up one of my flamingo posters to finish the vignette. It makes the view from the couch that much nicer.
We’ll be celebrating my lovely sister-in-law’s big number birthday this weekend, and a family reunion too! Can’t wait! How are you spending your weekend? Whatever you’re up to, I hope it’s a good one!
This had to be shared. It’s just that good. It’s like pulled pork and ribs all rolled into one… only it’s chicken. And it only take a few minutes to throw together. You’re welcome.
Honey Garlic Crock Pot Chicken Ingredients
- 2 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- salt and pepper
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1 tbsp soy sauce (I used Bragg’s to make it gluten free)
- 2 diced onions, chopped into large chunks
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp tapioca flour or cornstarch mixed into 4 tbsp of water
- sesame seeds
- Sprinkle both sides of chicken with salt and pepper, and place in crock pot.
- Combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, and garlic. Pour mixture over chicken. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
- Remove chicken from crock pot, but reserve sauce in the pot. Dissolve tapioca flour or cornstarch in 4 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce. Cook sauce on high for until it thickens slightly.
- Add the chicken back into sauce and mix to coat.
- Serve chicken over quinoa or cooked rice and spoon on top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Enjoy!
Photo by Rosa Pearson. Recipe adapted from Kitchen Meets Girl.