Keeping It Real ~ Camping at Beaver Lake

Friday, August 31, 2012

Just a couple of weeks ago we were at Beaver Lake camping with the boys. 
This is one of our most favorite spots!

Beaver Lake boasts a great playground for the kids, tons of trails for bikes and ATVs, a beautiful lake for swimming and fishing, hot showers and flush toilets!!! 
Our only complaints are that the sites can be somewhat dry and dusty and that the road up to the resort is not well maintained and has been know to shake Harley's right off the back of a vehicle.
This was our set up at Beaver Lake.  We like to pick a spot close to the playground and washrooms for the kiddos.  This was site #18 I think.
The boys had fun, walking daily, to a spot where a million little frogs {toads?} were easy to spot and catch.
Western Spotted Toad if I remember correctly from my park interpreter days ;)
The boys spent hours at the playground.
While Darcy and I spent hours perfecting the smore?
Everyone seemed to have a different take on what the perfect marshmallow was.  Cameron and Daddy liked them burnt and charred.
While I preferred to take my time and melt them to golden perfection. 
Isaiah skipped the whole roasting part all together.
Mmmm smores!

I think that this might be our last trip of the summer.  Boo hoo! 
We'll have to keep the memories alive until next year!

xo Heather
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Driftwood Garden Signs

Thursday, August 30, 2012

When Shelley {from Sow & Dipity} shared her Reclaimed Garden Signs I knew that I just had to make some!  With both my mom and grandma being avid gardeners these little signs will make the perfect gift for both of them.
 The boys and I collected a bunch of driftwood from the beach back in June for this Teacher Gift.
 I primed each piece {using acrylic patio paint}.
And painted them all sorts of bright colours.  Finally, using some of Shelley's clever quotes, I painted garden sayings on each one.
They brighten up the garden a bit and add a sense of fun and whimsy!
I can't wait to add them to my mom and grandmas presents, packages and parcels. 
Have you been doing any gardening?
xo Heather
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Inspiring Creativity

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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xo Heather
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Our back-to-school staple ~ Pizza Buns

Monday, August 27, 2012

We have one more week of summer before school starts! 
Even though the boys have another year of preschool before before starting kindergarten, I always look forward to getting back into a routine and cooler temperatures that fall brings.

These Pizza Buns are a must have when wondering what to pack in the kiddos lunches this year.  They were a hit with the little miss last year and were substituted for a sandwich nearly every day!
I use this recipe.  I allow them to cool before wrapping them individually in plastic wrap and throwing them into a large freezer bag.
Then in the morning rush of getting everyone out of the door, I just pull these out of the freezer and toss them into lunch kits! 
xo Heather
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Dresser Makeover

Thursday, August 23, 2012

If you have been following the conversation on facebook then you know that I have been redecorating the Pirate Ship room.  I have a few finishing touches to complete before I can share the big reveal. 

I found this great little dresser at a thrift store for $10.  It's the perfect size to double as a side table / night stand and fits perfectly into the room.

It's amazing what a little paint and stain will do right?! 
I saw that the dresser had 'good bones' and all of the drawers still slid in and out easily.  It's at least twenty years old I would say, made in a time when plywood furniture was sound and sturdy.
I stained the drawer fronts {the same colour as our floors actually} then applied a few coats of varathane.
The whole dresser was pretty banged up and I was worried that staining the drawers would reveal too much of this damage.  They turned out to look even better than my I expected!
I painted the rest of the dresser semi gloss white.  I sanded and primed all of the surfaces first and had little to no bleeding of the previous stain / colour.
I sanded and stained a few patches of the white paint to give the dresser a more distressed look.
I am really happy with the results and can't wait to show you the whole shebang!

Thanks for reading.

xo Heather
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