front porch; fall decor
Monday, October 16, 2017

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! 

Ours was busy yet relaxing at the same time, does that even make sense? We spend all day Saturday working around the house and Stephen building a fence. We absolutely love living on the farm but there are so many more aspects to daily life that we are still getting used too. For instance, building fences to keep the neighbors cows out (anyone see my instastory from last week?) or the massive amount of mud that is constantly tracked through the house by my favorite four legged fur babes. 

When creating the plans for the home I knew I was going to have a large deck out back for summer nights, however I also wanted a little porch at the front entrance. I have always admired rancher style homes which is what ours is inspired by. In this post you won't be able to see the entire front, we have  9 large white pillars that line the front of the house, but I am saving the grand reveal until we have a little less dirt and mud. For todays post, I am displaying the front door and steps! Each season I look forward to updating the decor. 

How amazing are these large black lanterns? I picked them up before we moved from Arizona at Kirklands (found some extremely similar ones online!) since I already had inspo pinned for my dream porch. You can see my entire home decor holiday board here. It is funny as an adult what gets you excited, for me these days its literally anything and everything home decor. 

Hope you enjoyed my Autumn decor, now lets hurry up Winter because I am getting excited to decorate again! Our winter wonderful is right around the corner with the weather we have been having this week. 

Happy Monday!


burnt orange and ghost pumpkins
Friday, October 13, 2017

top c/o Chicwish // jeans (old - similar) // shoes (similar) // crossbody (similar) // sunnies 

Happy Friday! 

I am so excited for the weekend, it is the first weekend in a long time where I have no shoots or weddings scheduled! I get to catch up on house work (please explain to me how living in 800 sq ft still requires so much work?!) and finally organizing our storage area. Allllso we should be landscaping i.e. getting rid of all this mud and planting grass for next spring and if you caught my front porch peek on Instagram you'll notice I am doing some planing as well. I love Fall florals!

I am crushing on the burnt orange color of this top (and these sleeves deserve a 100 heart eye emojis) it is the perfect pumpkin patch picking top! Deep Autumn colors really have a soft spot in my heart this season, it must be with change of scenery or the actual feelings of the crisp Fall air either way I am enjoying it. 
Also, can we take a moment to give leopard print the attention it deserves? Re-discovering my leopard slip ons I found while finally unpacking my clothing and shoe boxes made me unbelievably happy. Who else is with me on leopard never going out of style? When looking to add any spice to your outfit it is always the perfect print. 

Have a wonderful weekend!


Fall Uniform
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

jeans (old - similar) // tank // cardigan (similar) // boots (old - similar) // bag c/o Coach

If I could collect every color Autumn leaf there is I would have the most wonderful color pallet! We are slowly adjusting back to a regular week after a long Thanksgiving weekend up here in Canada.  With lots of turkey and of course cranberry sauce we are stuffed and moving slowly to say the least. Thank goodness for the season of oversized cardigans to keep us warm and cozy as we struggle to pull our life together bit by bit. 

This outfit has definitely been a go-to for me these past few days. Jeans and a white top is typical mom uniform (honestly it's almost always what  I choose!) and can be paired with many different accessories or layers for fall. Knee high boots and a cardigan adds a level of comfiness to almost any outfit, and white out running errands it makes for a suer easy yet chic look. 

Thats all for me today, short and sweet for this hump day. Stay tuned for some fun home posts coming up next week or check Instagram for a few sneak peeks!

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5 tips for dressing your daughter
Friday, October 6, 2017

Happy Friday!

This is kind of a different post for me today but if you have been following on Instagram Stories  you would have seen these photos popping up each morning. Since I have been getting a lot of questions and feedback I thought I would give it a full post. Sofia has taken a liking to photographing her school outfit of the day. I am so lucky to have a little one who really doesn't care too much what I 'dress' her in and luckily she seems to love everything I pick out.  

I started really thinking hard about Sofia's wardrobe when we knew we were leaving Arizona and moving to small town Canada. Options aren't easily accessible and clothing in general is much more expensive so I decided to think ahead. 

Today I have written 5 tips for dressing your 7 year old daughter

Tip 1: buy on clearance after the season is over
Uh, what now?! Yes, this might sound crazy and its not always what I do BUT typically at the end of season stores like H&M and Target have an amazing clearance sales on kids clothes. When living in Arizona I purchased a ton of winter clothes last Spring. I am talking $3 pants, $5 jackets and vests, $2 long sleeves... I mean how can I not pass it up?! I usually buy Sofie's clothes a bit bigger as is, so I gage a size in a half to two sizes larger for the next year. And if for some reason it's too small? You only paid $5 so you'll live!

Tip 2: chose a color scheme
This I learned the hard way a few times over but I think I have it down to a science now! I used to buy anything I thought was cute, green, orange, hot pink, red.... any color at all. Then I had nothing that matched and ended up with a bunch of random items she never wore. So I set a color scheme that I follow and this allows for almost everything to be mixed and matched. Our favorite colors are: pale pink, navy, gray, white, and maroon. 

Tip 3: It's all about layering
We layer layer layer! This allows for different pieces to be worn for multiple seasons, for instant a denim skirt. Wearing leggings underneath the skirt for Fall or alone for Spring and Summer allows for one item to be worn almost a full year. We also love layering tanks, long sleeves, and hoodies. It is also keeping her warm at school in the mornings then by recess or lunch she's ready to pull some layers off!

Tip 4: Keep it Simple
 This one is more for me than for Sofia. I like to buy basics, a lot of basics! When I find something that she wears often or is versatile, like black leggings I stock up. Simple long sleeves (or short for summer) simple leggings, solid color pants I'll stock up in our color scheme so she can mix and match. This also allows you to spend more money or go a little crazy on unique accessories!

Tip 5: Have fun!
Most importantly, HAVE FUN! Kids love fun so allow them to have it. Pictured above is Sofia's favorite hoodie ever! I found it online last winter at Target (on black Friday weekend with target red card + cartwheel... I paid $6 for this hoodie!) and instantly fell in love with it. It's a simple solid color that she can layer with AND it's fun?! Boxes 1 - 5 checked! 

Favorite stores to purchase clothes in Sofias age range are: H&M, Old Navy, the Jack & Cat line at Target, Walmart Canada has AMAZING George line, The Super Store has the cutest Joe Fresh for Kids line and of course we always hit up Marshall's or Winners to see if we can find any good steals!

Hope you enjoyed this post! Happy Weekend!

super easy and simple peach pie for the non baker
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

I am so excited to write this post today! I accomplished a real life adult task, one I never thought I would but COULD do all on my own. My grandma was an amazing pie maker, her specialty was blueberry and it was incredible. Bake a pie you ask? Who has the time or the knowledge to do such a thing?

Here in the Okanagan it is not only wine country like I mention in this post but the hills are also full of orchards. Apples, Peaches, Pears, we have strawberries and raspberries and lots and lots of cherries. Farmers markets are every weekend and the orchards are also available to have u-picks.  Last week you saw this post where Sofia and I went peach picking,  and today I am going to show you what we did with all those peaches! 

I decided I was going to bake a pie, so naturally I turned to my best friend Pinterest (follow me if you aren't already!) and searched peach pies. I was determined to make it all from scratch, I mean how hard could it be? I found this easy and simple recipe which also had a link to an easy and simple pie crust recipe as well.  Confession: I have never baked a pie in my life, cookies yes, cake from a box? yes! a homemade pie and pie crust.... this will be a first!

I started with the pie crust and followed this tutorial and post. Reading the directions I wasn't too sure I was on the right track and silly me, I didn't think I needed to watch the extremely easy to follow you-tube tutorial. So once I had finished my crust I watched the video (duh!) and I had done it correct. Yay! The key is to not handle the dough very much. I probably added a little too much sour cream and I was so scared of handling the dough so I barely touched it.  Instead of baking the crust like the tutorial calls for I put mine in the fridge until I had the peach mixture ready then I baked it all at once. PS my crust turned out AMAZING!

The peach mixture for inside was easy. People, I mean EASY! First I peeled the peaches (i googled that if you put peaching in boiling water for 30 seconds ( or up to a minute) then transfer them to ice water the skin virtually falls off.  Next I followed the steps and ingredients from this post and within 5 minutes my filling was ready to go. PS careful on the amount of cinnamon, a little goes a long way!

Here is a tip: do not fill your pie too full. It will spill over and then you will have one really smokey oven! I also put a baking sheet under neath my pie pan but some still spilt while I was putting it in the oven. I had the smoke alarms going off for the first 30 minutes. Please imagine the amount of backtalk I received from my husband when I told him I was not only baking a pie but when the smoke alarm was going off.... yes please imagine! Confession 2: I was so scared during the baking process, please oh please let this turn out or I will NEVER hear the end of it!

I did it! I successfully bakes my first pie and pie crust plus when it came time to eat I got to huge thumbs up from the fam. YES!! Super easy and super simple, you must give it a try!

Ingredients needed

Peach Filling: follow this recipe
- lemon juice
- sugar 
- brown sugar
- cinnamon
- nut meg
- salt
- corn starch
- peaches

Pie Crust: follow this recipe
- flour
- salt
- sugar
- butter
- sour cream 

Enjoy! xo

a little street style
Monday, October 2, 2017

 dress: old - similar // jacket c/o // shoes

Autumn has always been a favorite season of mine ever since I was a little girl. For the last 20 year (man, typing that makes me feel old!) I haven't gotten the chance to enjoy Autumn as living in Arizona there is no difference between Summer and Fall.... the temperature is still 100 degrees. THIS year is so different and we are so excited to be enjoying the weather change and even better the outfit changes. 

With the change in temperature jackets have become an everyday staple. Adding different styles like this embellished denim jacket adds a little something extra to an everyday outfit.  To me denim jacket will NEVER go out of style, especially here in Canada we rock the Canadian Tuxedo like no other!

We are so excited for October, now that our home is complete (thank you for all the love on last weeks post. An updated post will be coming shortly!) we will be getting settled enjoying Autumn weather, sweaters, and Sunday football with bonfires!