Month: April 2016

Shame Shame Double Shame!

If you are the author of your own blog, then you know it takes a fair bit of commitment and diligence to keep up a regular post routine. You really have to stay on top of your writing game and exercise willpower to ensure your posts stay up to date. The minute you start taking breaks (or two weeks off in my case) you start to lose motivation and your initial inspiration that makes you write in the first place. I am thinking it was just life’s overall busyness that got in the way but over the last couple weeks, I couldn’t even find time to relax. It seemed every waking moment that my baby girl had, I spent running around keeping up with her. If it wasn’t her it was the endless mounds of laundry or the never-ending housework. Throw in multiple craft and DIY projects that I HAD to start all at the same time for some reason, and well there just wasn’t any free time to write. When kiddo was asleep I was either trying to accomplish some sewing or I was staring aimlessly at Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram searching for inspiration/wasting time. It’s like pure parental exhaustion sets in and the mind is capable of only staring at a computer screen of pictures. I didn’t even try to watch television. That seemed like too much work hah. I feel like the root of these busy days is a slight issue with time management that I will need to rectify pretty darn quick if I ever want to accomplish anything ever again. Unless I am not alone here? Is it a pregnant thing? Is it just too hard to stay organized when you are preggo and kept busy by the world’s busiest toddler? Good gracious I pray I am not alone. I do think if I get back in the habit of lists, using my planner and updating my whiteboard calendar (which is still on March), I might feel that I have a TINY bit of control in this crazy household. July is coming so soon too! Before I know it, there are going to be TWO BABIES needing my constant attention…..and then I am not sure what happens to the rest of that to-do list. Put on hold until they go off to kindergarten I imagine. Because after all, they are the number one’s. I jumped on my laptop earlier today actually thinking ‘ Okay! Let’s get a post done!’. Simultaneously, Hallie took a bit of a turn after her nap and was completely miserable with a fever. The afternoon quickly turned into cuddles, cartoons and anything that would bring a smile to that goofy’s goose’s face. No time for blogging when tiny hands need to hold onto yours! So presently, that is where we are at in the Hayward House. A million projects on the go, tons of things to do, two tiny toddler hands to hold, and not enough hours to do it all in. I am giving myself a bit of homework to get cracking on some posts and STICK TO POSTING THEM! No more falling off the wagon.. For now I am going to share an overload of pictures that can sum up just how busy the last little while has been. Hope you are having a great week and looking forward to a beautiful weekend ahead!

Getting our gardening on! Everyday we are outside it seems. We are working on two giant boxes for veggies and this is my succulent garden on the front porch. Loving how it turned out! Next on the list is some potted plants and flowers for some vintage crates, also for the porch.
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Bathroom Renovation! This was completely unintentional. I had wanted to paint the bathroom white FOREVER! It was the sickening peach color, much like the rest of our house – which I intend to paint before baby boy arrives. Crazy much?! Anyways, things sort of took a domino effect and before I knew it, we had completely changed up the entire design of the bathroom. LOVING it so much! Next I would like to paint the vanity cupboards with some plaster paint, just to tie it in with all of the other neutrals. But overall, very happy with how it turned out.

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This next series of photographs is simply me trying to keep up with my crazy baby girl! Sure keeps me on my toes this one!
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Dreaded 18 month immunizations – took it like a champ!
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If only all days could be THIS peaceful…
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Lastly, parents weekend away to attend a friend’s wedding. I still stand by my theory that weddings are way more fun when you can drink. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful wedding and a really great weekend. Not to mention I had the hottest date at the party. Hellooooooo three piece suit! #love #myhubbyishot
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Fried Chicken

This recipe came from a few weeks ago and I had intended to share it, but forgot all about it. Do you ever get a hankering for some good fried chicken? I LOVE fried chicken. It has to be authentic though. No Shake & Bake for this lady. I picked up this gem of a cookbook, ‘Fried & True’ in the clearance bin at Superstore and it has just about every form of fried chicken you can think of. I am even tempted to purchase a deep fryer to make nights like this happen more often… however then I would have deep fried food that much easier and I am not so sure that is a very good idea after all! This meal was fairly laborious but when it came time to eat, it was well worth the pain and effort.

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After a long contemplation, I decided fried potato cakes were the best side to accompany my fried chicken. Yes, more fried! Can you feel your arteries clogging yet? To balance things out, there is nothing like fresh cut raw veggies. We need to be slightly healthy here folks. I am filing this meal under the so yummy that my mouth waters thinking about it but major pain in the ass to make. All in all, well worth it for this fried-chicken-craving preggo momma!

Instagram Favourites

I am as obsessed with Instagram sometimes as I am with Pinterest. I just love the continuous visual stimulation, not to mention all of the hot leads on baby cuteness available out there! I think most of the accounts I follow eventually lead to online shopping but there are a number of crafty ones that inspire me to create. That may be in the kitchen, in my craft room, often more than not I just screen shot it ‘for later’ and forget to copycat it….. but keeps my creative juices flowing nonetheless! Today I wanted to share a few favourites with you that I LOVE to see pop up in my feed. Check em out! You will love them as much as I do I promise!

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Tiffanie Turner – Crafty friends, check out her Instagram AND website! She is an artist who creates gorgeous flowers out of paper, sometimes on a massive scale! Some of her work will knock your socks off! Oh and how awesome is her name?

Sweet Paul – I love everything about Sweet Paul. I first discovered the magazine when I was working at Anthropologie. It lead me to the website and eventually stalking the Instagram account. Sweet Paul covers everything from baking and cooking to creating and DIY projects. It oozes simplicity and elegance and inspires all! If you have not checked out the site, well it is your lucky day.

Made By Girl – Jen Ramos is the artist behind this beauty and boy oh boy is she just that! Her site is an online store for art and prints and her creations are beautiful! I love how her inspiration stems from something as simple as a pineapple and out pops this brightly coloured breathe of fresh air for your walls. I also am obsessed with her larger abstract prints.

Gray Malin – This photographer takes it to another level. Everything he does is so well planned. I love his larger scale projects in particular where you can’t even fathom the choreography required to get everything in sync. Check out some of his work and you will understand exactly what I mean! I especially love anything he has done with flamingos! Oh and pink striped zebras!!

Do you have any creative interests that you obsessively follow on Social Media? Please share the love!