Gallery Wall

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 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–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×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

Happy Reading


January Meal Ideas / Meal Plan

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

My January Dinner Plan

  1. Pork Roast and Chicken Noodle Soup. I like to make soup as part of a meal prep for the week for my lunches as well as for Daycare and kids school lunch. I make it from scratch and freeze the broth for other soups I will be making that month. You can see my soup recipe here
  2. Chicken Stirfry
  3. Pork Tenderloin Marsala. I will be serving it over cauliflower mash and a salad
  4. Baked Chicken Caesar. I will be serving the chicken with a side of roasted vegetables and a salad. For the kids I will make rice to put the chicken and sauce over it.
  5. Korean Chicken Thies. I serve this with and Asian Slaw and rice for the kids
  6. Meat Loaf with side of roasted cauliflower and mashed potatoes for the kids. As well as a salad
  7. Low Carb Chicken Cordon Blue with pasta and butter sauce for the kids and My husband and I will have zucchini with the same butter sauce (melt butter add garlic, red pepper flakes and parmesan) and a salad
  8. Home made pizza and Lentil Soup
  9. Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken
  10. Chicken Alfredo I serve kids with penne and for us I will some zucchini and salad. The sauce I use is
  11. Hungarian goulash
  12. Fish and Chips with coleslaw. For my husband and I I use turnip fries and the kids get regular potatoes fries.
  13. Butter Chicken I will make rice for kids and cauliflower rice.
  14. Chicken cacciatori I make it with pasta for the kids and cut up veggies like peppers and zucchini for us
  15. French Dip. I use buns for the kids and lettuce for us. I will also have a salad.
  16. Cream of Cauliflower Soup
  17. Thai Lettuce Wraps
  18. Instant Pot Garlic Sesame Chicken with rice for the kids and salad for us
  19. Buffalo Ranch Wraps With salad
  20. Taco Casserole
  21. Fried chicken with roasted potatoes and turnip fries and salad
  22. Spaghetti over pasta for kids and spaghetti squash for us
  23. Salmon and salad
  24. Chicken Burritos in a wrap for kids and over salad for us with roasted veggies
  25. Schnitzel with home fries for kids and salad for us

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.

Happy Reading.

10 Kids approved Easter Activities

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

Easter Science Activity

Pasta Easter eggs

Salt Painted Easter eggs

Toilet Paper Roll Bunny Stamps

Shaving Cream Marbled Paper Easter eggs

Easter Sensory Bin

Spring Movement Games Using Plastic Eggs

Bunny Collar Hop for Toddlers

Q – Tip Painted Easter eggs

I tried to include activities that won’t require you to shop for anything and most likely you have all the materials at home



Rustic Wood Lantern diy

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)

1 1x2x10

1 1x2x8

1 1x10x4

The Paint I used I did not buy I had on hand

Rust – Oleum Linen White Chalk paint

Rust – Oleum Charcoal

Annie Sloan French Linen

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


Chalk Paint Tutorial | Weathered Wood Look

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… Annie Sloan Dark Wax and Clear Wax… Annie Sloan Wax Brush… Paint brush I used I can’t find a link to it so here is a similar brush…

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

Happy Painting



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

Happy Decorating


March Monthly Meal Plan

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

January Meal Plan

Cajun Shrimp Pasta with a spicy and rich cream sauce



Cheesy broccoli bake recipe (I will be adding cooked chicken to this)

Korean Pork Chops

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Hope you enjoy these and find this post helpful

Happy Cooking


Spring Cleaning Checklist

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)

  • Vacuum, dust and wash under all the furniture and appliances
  • Wash door mats, carpets, rugs
  • Spot clean furniture and fabric chairs
  • Wash all the curtains
  • Clean out all the cupboards by taking everything out and wiping them down on the inside and outside in the kitchen and bathrooms
  • Clean on the top of kitchen cupboards and also wash the greenery that sits on top (this is specific to me)
  • Defrost freezers and clean them out.
  • Wipe down both pantry’s
  • Deep clean the oven
  • Wipe inside walls and floors in all the closets (bedrooms, linen and coat closets) 
  • Wipe down all the baseboards
  • Clean all the light fixtures
  • Wash all doors, trims and walls
  • Deep clean washer and dryer
  • Vacuum, rotate and flip mattresses
  • Wash vents
  • Wash all the bedroom pillows
  • If you can wash all other decorative pillows or spot clean them
  • Wash all the duvets
  • Clean all banisters, railings and stairs (wash the carpet on the stairs to the basement)
  • Wash all the windows inside and outside

Spring Cleaning Checklist (outside)

  • pressure wash the front porch, back deck and patio
  • Pressure wash all the furniture and planters
  • Clean out BBQ (husbands job)
  • Add new mulch
  • Get rid of dead Plants
  • De weed
  • Clean out gutters (husbands job)
  • Organize outdoor toys for day care (I run a home daycare)
  • Clean out fire pit
  • Fertilize grass 
  • Plant flowers
  • Clean out and organize garage (pressure wash garbage cans)
  • Clean patio/sliding door tracks
  • Replace welcome mat or if you can clean it up
  • Inspect Lawnmower, trimmer (husbands job)
  • Clean out dryer exhaust 
  • Wash outdoor lighting. 

If you would like to see my first Spring Cleaning video of 2020 you can watch it here

Happy Cleaning


What’s In My Planner Bag

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=””> <a href=””></a&gt;

Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner (daycare planner) <a href=”http://<a href=””>40% off all Dated Binder Planners<a href=””>40% off all Dated Binder Planners</a>

Leuchtturm1917 (youtube and blog planner)

Recollection fitness planner

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 

Create 365 planner bag

Happy Planner stickers ( I usually pick couple to take)

All my pens and highlighters that I use everyday as well as

Paper Mate Flare set

I put all my planners, stickers and pens in this planner bag.

I place my planner bag inside Thirty one Double Take Tote 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

Happy Reading


How to Decorate Tiered Trays for any Season

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


And my Two Tiered tray came from Amazon

Creative Co-op Decorative Metal Oval Two Tier Tray with Zinc Finish

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.

Happy decorating


Valentine’s Day DIY Home Tour 2020

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


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