I have been wanting to create a gallery wall in my Living room for several years now and something has always prevented me from doing it. Not this year. It was my NEW YEARS resolution for my home to create this gallery wall. With my 13 year old golden passing in October it gave me even more reasons to do it since I wanted him to be a part of it. I got some gift cards from Michaels for Christmas and decided I was going to put them towards the frames. Wow frames can be expensive. I ended up going with their cheapest ones since they were the look that I was going for.
The frames that I got are these https://canada.michaels.com/en/black-styleline-poster-frame-by-studio-decor/M10118042.html?dwvar_M10118042_color=Black&dwvar_M10118042_size=22.375%22%20x%2034%22 When I got them they were 50% off so that was a great deal.
Than it was time to pick out the matting for the frames and these were even more expensive.
The one I got was https://canada.michaels.com/en/double-mat-11in-x-14in–8in-x-10in-opening/10084042.html?productsource=PLPRV. This was not on sale so I only got one and used 40% off coupon.
I than bought Poster board https://canada.michaels.com/en/22×28-white-poster-board-by-creatology-10ct/10176772.html?productsource=PDPRV and cut out my own. The poster board was acid free and leak proof which is good for the pictures. I got my pictures printed at Costco which was very inexpensive. The hardest part was narrowing to six I wanted to put on the wall.
I decided to create a memory wall for a summer cottage that we vacationed for almost ten years at every summer. Not only was it our favourite place to visit and relax as well as enjoy the lake as much as we could, It was my golden’s as well. He spend hours and hours of swimming in the lake. Once I got all my matting cut out and picture frames assembled it was time to put it up on the wall. I used the paper that came inside of the frame to map out my wall and figure out where I wanted to put up the frames.
I attached the paper with a tack and used that hole for screw guide. I also used a level to make sure that all the frames were levels and tacks in the right place. I also used drywall mounts (it think that is what they are call ) to put the screws in and hang up the pictures. One last thing I did is used a measuring tape to make sure everything was evenly spaced out. I could not be happier with the way this gallery wall turned out. Now I have my buddy looking down at me all the time and I get to look at a place that made me happy for so many years.
If you would like to watch this tutorial you can see it here
I am back with another month of meal plans. This is a first one for 2020 and My goal for 2020 is to provide my family with variety of meals as well as serve up healthy and delicious meals. My family has several dietary needs and I strive to provide clean made from scratch meals as much as possible. Since most of the meals are lower in carbs I do let you know different carb options you can add to your meals since sometimes I do add them for my kids depending how many carbs they had that day. I also like my dinners to have plenty of vegetables and I always serve them with a side salad even if I don’t list the salad in my Monthly Menue.
Here is my meal plan for the Month of January
I will include the list of meals and link a recipe to any that I have. I would also like to invite you to join me on my Youtube Channel where I share many recipes, meal prep, what’s for dinner and other cooking / kitchen related content. You can subscribe here https://youtu.be/75uuF9U6Qy8
My January Dinner Plan
Just a side note my kids will eat all the salad and veggies that I serve in case if I didn’t write it in. The only difference is my husband and I eat lower carb most times.
Hope you find these meal ideas helpful and they help you with your meal planning.
During this time you must be at your wits end trying to figure out what to do with your kids. We are now on to our third week of quarantine (COVD19) and let me tell you I feel your pain. I have put together some of my favourite activities that I have done with my daycare kids previous years for you to try out. These are kid approved meaning kids age 2-6 approve it.
Printable Easter egg Matching Game https://viewsfromastepstool.com/homemade-easter-egg-games-kids-printable/
Easter Science Activity https://busytoddler.com/2017/04/easter-science-activity/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=300278646_8412770_280899
Pasta Easter eggs https://www.thebestideasforkids.com/pasta-easter-eggs/
Salt Painted Easter eggs https://onelittleproject.com/salt-painted-easter-eggs/
Toilet Paper Roll Bunny Stamps https://www.craftymorning.com/toilet-paper-roll-bunny-stamps/
Shaving Cream Marbled Paper Easter eggs https://typicallysimple.com/marbled-paper-easter-eggs/
Easter Sensory Bin http://twinmomrefreshed.com/easter-sensory-bins-for-toddlers/
Spring Movement Games Using Plastic Eggs https://www.tobeakidagain.com/spring-movement-game-using-plastic-eggs-free-printable-action-cards/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&am
Bunny Collar Hop for Toddlers https://www.toddlerapproved.com/2017/03/bunny-color-hop-for-toddlers-and.html
Q – Tip Painted Easter eggs https://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2013/03/q-tip-painted-easter-eggs-fine-motor-art.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_smartloop&utm_content=smartloop&utm_term=21647564
I tried to include activities that won’t require you to shop for anything and most likely you have all the materials at home
Here is another DIY project. I absolutely love the way this lantern turned out. It wasn’t hard to make and the materials all together came just under $25.00. Much cheaper than buying one this size at the store.
The materials that I used are
Wood (I got all mine at Home Depot)
The Paint I used I did not buy I had on hand
Rust – Oleum Linen White Chalk paint https://www.homedepot.ca/product/rust-oleum-chalked-ultra-matte-paint-in-linen-white-887-ml/1000842661
Annie Sloan French Linen https://www.anniesloan.com/annie-sloan-products/chalk-paint/french-linen-chalk-paint
brushes and jute rope came from Dollarama and screws I had on hand
First you want to pre cut all the wood. I had my long pieces cut in half at Home Depot so I could bring them home
Here are the cuts that I made at home
1x2x10 cut into four equal lengths so 2.5foot
1x2x8 cut into 4 – 51/3inch, 4 – 71/3inch and 4 – 1 inch pieces (for the legs)
1x10x4 was cut into 2 10 x10 pieces. You will have some leftover for another project from this one
Once all your pieces are cut it is time to assemble your lantern. I used a screw gun and screws. I would recommend pre drilling the holes especially if you are doing this by your self. (advice from one of my followers). I didn’t do this but I recommend you do it.
You attache the 2.5f pieces to the square pieces on the top and the bottom at each corner. Once your lantern is assembled glue on the legs using wood glue at the bottom of the lantern in each corner.
Now I move on the small cut pieces and create a box for the top by gluing it and I also insert the small pieces in between the wall sides at the bottom to box it in.
Now its time to place something heavy on top of the lantern and let the wood glue cure. I left it until the next day. Than I painted my first coat of paint. I used Linen white, painted the whole thing but I didn’t go overly heavy with the paint because I wanted some of the wood color to bleed through. Obviously this is a personal choice.
Once the paint dried I dried brush the Charcoal and French linen. If you do not know what a dry brush technique is it is when you use a small amount of paint on a brush to achieve a unique depth on your surface. You remove paint from your paint brush so you are essentially using a dry brush to apply your paint. It creates shadow and depth on your piece.
Once the paint has dried the last thing I did was hot glue Jute rope as a handle on top. And that is it. Love how Coastal Rustic Farmhouse it looks and it will be a great addition to my front porch once all the snow is gone for good.
If some of my instructions are hard to follow you can always check out a full video tutorial.
Happy DIYing and let me know in the comments if you are going to be trying it. And if you do try it and make it I would love it if you share your picture on Instagram and tag me in it. Domestic Diva 76
If you are at all familiar with my blog and my youtube channel you know I love to makeover furniture. My most favourite way to do so is with chalk paint but I do love using stain as well. I have lots of different tutorials here on my blog as well as on my channel. If you wish to watch some of them here is the link to my playlist
In todays blog post I will share how I created a wood weather look on my old sofa / console table. I love the style of this table but was very unhappy with the finish since I had this furniture for last 20 years and the finish was peeling off. So instead of running off and buying new furniture I spend $50.00 on supplies and refinished not only the consulate / sofa table but a matching coffee table and side table and I still have tons of paint and wax leftover. I did not buy wax since I had it from different projects. Here is what the table looked like before I finished it.
The products that I used were
Annie Sloan Coco Paint https://www.anniesloan.com/annie-sloa… Annie Sloan Dark Wax and Clear Wax https://www.anniesloan.com/annie-sloa… Annie Sloan Wax Brush https://www.anniesloan.com/annie-sloa… Paint brush I used I can’t find a link to it so here is a similar brush https://www.amazon.com/ideas/amzn1.ac…
First thing I did was give the furniture a good cleaning. I also sanded with a light sand paper just some areas that were chipping for smoothness. You also want to do this if you have sticky stuff on your furniture. Furniture has to be all clean otherwise paint won’t stick. After I was done I painted the whole piece in Coco.
Than the fun part starts. The real transformation. I applied dark wax. This is not a protective wax but an antiquing wax. I use the wax brush and brushed it all over and than take a lint free rag and take some off.
I do this to the whole piece and let it dry for couple of hours. Now its time to seal the piece and I use a clear finishing wax to do this. This will give it an ultimate protection. I apply it the same way as the dark wax. Little goes a long way you do not want to go heavy with wax. I let this cure for a day or so and than I came back with another lint free rag and gave it a light buff. And that is it
I could not be happier with the way these pieces turned out. I love working with chalk paint and can’t wait to work on another project.
If you would like to watch a video tutorial you can do so here
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to create a beautiful flower arrangement for this Spring season! Let me show you how I put together an inexpensive faux flower arrangement for Spring with dollar store items.
It’s great to have pretty flowers, but arranging them can be intimidating for some. Today I’m sharing a simple trick to getting your flowers to stay exactly where you want them in the container and can be rearranged at the same time. No glueing necessary.
First step is deciding what type of florals and greenery you want to use. I picked up all of mine from a Dollarama and Dollar Tree. My focal point were Peonies and they came from Dollarama.
Once you have decided which florals you will be using you need to pick a bucket or a vase that will be the appropriate size. I choose this one that came from Dollarama and I absolutely love the farmhouse French rustic look it has and for $4.00 it was a steel.
Next you need to pick up some floral foam or styrofoam squares. These can be found in both stores.
Once your foam is in place it is time to add your flowers. I am not a professional florist but have done enough arrangements to know what works for me. I start with my focal point in this case it was my Peony and than I work around it. I add similar size items and usually try to add in odd numbers.
Than I follow with flowers that are smaller and fill in the place.
Last thing I add is greenery and this goes pretty much anywhere where there is room for it to go. You can add height with it or some to drupe down if you want. It really is what you want. There is no right or wrong way of styling it. If you love it than it is the right way.
I could not be happier with the way my arrangement turned out. It is such a great way to add some color to your Spring Decor
If you would like to see my full video tutorial you can watch it here
I also have a tutorial on how to make a lavender arrangement and you can watch it here
March is here and so is my Monthly Meal Plan. I am carrying over some of the meals that I didn’t prepare last month and they are all in the first week. I am also including couple new ones and those recipes will be linked down bellow. Let me know in the comments what you think. I am excited about this meal plan and looking forward trying out some new recipes. I have severals videos available on my channel for February meal plan if you want to check them out.
What’s for Dinner
And This Months Meal plan is
Here are all the new recipes that I will be trying out this month. You can see a variety of recipes in my previous months, I share lots
February Meal Plan https://domesticdiva76blog.com/2020/02/03/february-meal-plan/
January Meal Plan https://domesticdiva76blog.com/2020/01/03/january-meal-ideas-meal-plan/
Cajun Shrimp Pasta with a spicy and rich cream sauce https://selfproclaimedfoodie.com/cajun-shrimp-pasta/
21 DAY FIX EASY LEMON CHICKEN https://confessionsofafitfoodie.com/21-day-fix-easy-lemon-chicken/
THAI BASIL BEEF STIR-FRY https://iheartumami.com/paleo-thai-basil-beef-stir-fry/
Cheesy broccoli bake recipe (I will be adding cooked chicken to this) https://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/cheesy-broccoli-bake
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken https://www.wellplated.com/slow-cooker-butter-chicken/
Hope you enjoy these and find this post helpful
I can’t believe it is almost March. The time is flying by. I have spend last ten weeks decluttering clutter from my whole house and now it’s time to move on to some Spring Cleaning. I like to start first week of March even though there is over 30cm of snow on the ground right know since we got the biggest storm of winter last night. Perfect time for me to write this post.
It usually takes me a while to get through the whole house because I clean couple spaces a week since I don’t have a whole weekend to dedicate to Spring cleaning my whole house.
I also like to clean my windows inside and out during spring cleaning but for now I will only be cleaning them on the inside since my cleaning supplies might freeze if I spray them on the outside, so I will do the outside windows probably closer to the end of April.
And I would not be Spring Cleaning without a check list. I will also have a free printable checklist for you that you can print out for your own use.
Spring Cleaning Checklist (Indoors)
Spring Cleaning Checklist (outside)
If you would like to see my first Spring Cleaning video of 2020 you can watch it here
In today’s blog post I wanted to share with you some of my Planner travel supplies and show you how I pack my travel planner bag when I go away on a working trip. I don’t necessarily travel for work, but often travel for kids tournaments and dance competitions and tend to work during those weekends away. With Youtube channel, blog, Disney Travel Planner and a full time home daycare provider my work doesn’t have a set schedule and weekends are crucial for me to stay on top of things.
When I travel I like to take all my planners with me as well as my notebooks so I know exactly what I need to be working on.
The planners that I am currently using are
Erin Condren Life Planner (for everything)<a href=”http://<a href=”https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1042078&u=1956410&m=71368&urllink=&afftrack=”>https://www.erincondren.com/lifeplanner-learn-more <a href=”https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1042078&u=1956410&m=71368&urllink=&afftrack=”>https://www.erincondren.com/lifeplanner-learn-more</a>
Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner (daycare planner) <a href=”http://<a href=”https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1492179&u=1956410&m=71368&urllink=&afftrack=”>40% off all Dated Binder Planners<a href=”https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1492179&u=1956410&m=71368&urllink=&afftrack=”>40% off all Dated Binder Planners</a>
Leuchtturm1917 (youtube and blog planner) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FWRVTMO/?ref=idea_lv_dp_ov_d&tag=aiponsite-20&linkCode=ic6&ascsubtag=amzn1.ideas.1Q0HGWM39QO8F
And my gratitude journal (dollarama)
I bring my fitness and gratitude journal because I feel it is important to stay on track while travelling as well.
The planner supplies I take with me are my
Happy Planner stickers ( I usually pick couple to take) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NYH6YTH/
All my pens and highlighters that I use everyday as well as
I put all my planners, stickers and pens in this planner bag.
I place my planner bag inside Thirty one Double Take Tote https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075GGPG46/?ref=idea_lv_dp_ov_d&tag=aiponsite-20&linkCode=ic6&ascsubtag=amzn1.ideas.1Q0HGWM39QO8F and I also add my computer, charging cables, reading material, headphones and vlogging camera (just in case). This ends up being pretty heavy but I only take it from car to the hotel and wise verse. I like using this bag because once I am at the hotel I unpack it and when going to the pool or dance venue I can just take what I need in it. Nice thing is it has a cooler built in so I can pack lunches or snacks in it as well or just put water in it depending how long we are there for.
With all this with me I am confident I can stay on track with my work and still enjoy whatever activities we are partaking in as a family.
Hope you found this post helpful
Decorating is one of my favourite ways to pass time. Lol. I do love decorating my house but I especially love decorating it for different seasons. I know for some it is too much but for someone that works from home and can’t really leave (run a home daycare) I get sick of things and often seek change. One way to achieve that is through decor. Especially when it is time to bring sunshine into your home after a long winter. I have just finished decorating my trays for Spring and Easter and I can’t be happier with the way they turned out. You can watch full video here
After extensive search last year I have purchased my trays and trust me it was not easy finding these trays where I live. My three tiered tray came from Home Depot https://www.homedepot.ca/product/hampton-bay-3-tier-galvanized-metal-tray/1001187931
And my Two Tiered tray came from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ME8CUX6/?ref=idea_lv_dp_ov_d&tag=aiponsite-20&linkCode=ic6&ascsubtag=amzn1.ideas.3CTHZY5G6LFLI
I love both of these trays and I always decorate them a bit differently. My three tiered tray is much bigger and I like adding a lot of greenery to it. I keep this tray in my family room.
I usually pull all the colours that I use on this tray to decorate the rest of the house. This tray ties all my decor together. Here are samples of some of my other seasonal decor in this tray.
For my two tiered tray I usually stick to more simple decor. And I try to have it kitchen related as much as possible, since this tray typically stays in a corner in my kitchen.
I hope that this post gave you some inspirations to decorate your tiered trays.
I am so excited to be sharing this blog post with you. I have finished decorating my home for Valentines Day with all the DIY’s that I have made. This year my goal was rustic farmhouse with very toned down pinks. I thinks I have achieved this look and love it.
Lets start with my entry way and my Bombay chest in the front hallway.
I have included my heart with a key DIY that I made, as well as my Love pillow. I love both of these DIY’s and you can check out all of them in my Valentine’s Day DIY and Decor playlist on my channel
Moving on to my Formal Living room. I feel that I have decorated the most here. And I love how subtle the decor is. I focused all the decor to my Mantle
I also love to decorate with pillows so I have included my larger LOVE pillow here as well.
For my Family room and eating kitchen I kept it very simple again and try to make the decor blend with the other decor as much as possible. I love including the soft pink roses that you can see here on my coffee table. It was a bouquet that my daughter had at my sisters wedding. In the kitchen I added just a few decorations for that bold pop of color! All the decor is very simple but timeless and makes me happy when I am around it.
You can also watch my home tour on my channel
I hope you enjoyed my Rustic Farmhouse Simple Valentine’s Day Decor Home Tour. Do you change things up for each holiday and season? I would love to hear in the comments below!
Happy Valentin’s Day