A Few Highlights from our Camping Weekend

We spent the weekend in the mountains… our bliss!! Jasper National Park is our happy place… nature, mountains, no cellphones, hiking… we love it! This weekend we went along with a couple of friends, did some new (and old) hiking routes, saw a bear with two cubs… numerous elk and angry squirrels, just relaxed and had a good time!! I’ll do more “in-depth” posts on a couple of the hikes we did (pyramid lookout, fort point loop, lac beauvert loop, whistler trail etc), but in the meantime, here are a couple of those special moments…

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Painting our Dining Room

Way back in February 2014, we started the process of changing our new house… One of the first things that we did, was paint our Dining Room area (today, we no longer use this as our dining room area).

I say dining room AREA, because technically we have no designated dining room. When we just moved into the house, up until about October of last year (2015), we used the upper room (which is basically an open area where the kitchen is – see the photos below), for our dining room. But since October-ish of last year, we have moved our dining table into another big unused space – more on this later.

First, here are a couple photos of the kitchen-dining room area when we just moved in… White floors, white walls, white doors – white everything!! … As always, excuse the mess!!

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My, how things have changed!!! If I look at what it looks like now!! (Help, I have SO much to update on this part of the blog!) 🙂

So, one of the first things we did was paint our dining room area!! … Colour? The darkest Gray we could find!! 🙂 And we still love it!! Excuse the light in some of these photos… As you can see, we painted this area litterally in bits and pieces (I am a little embarrassed to mention that we still have not gotten to all the spots!!)

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It seems dark, but I should mention, that we have since installed half lites into our doors and replaced the yellow fan bulbs with daylight bulbs, changed our kitchen (completely) and upgraded the floors! It makes all the difference!! If you haven’t already, here is a glimpse into what this looks like today, and here!! (well, not really, but almost)!

The biggest change you can make to a room (on a budget), is paint. Paint, paint, paint!! Just do it – it is easy to change if you don’t like it!! 🙂

Sulphur Skyline Hike

Hiking in the beautiful Canadian Rockies is one of my and Hubby’s favourite things!! Hiking the Sulphur Skyline Trail in Jasper is by far our favourite hike ever!! (Follow this link for the first time we hiked the Sulphur Skyline trail.) It is a pretty challenging hike, but the views make it SO worth that exercise!!

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So, when my mom visited us last year, naturally we wanted her to see this beautiful hike as well!!! I am not going to lie to you – it is a pretty tough hike! It is about 4 km to the top, and you are basically walking uphill the ENTIRE time!!!

Here is a short video that I put together 3 years ago on the first time that we hiked the Sulphur Skyline Trail…

This gives you a very rough idea about what you can expect, but I promise you, if this hike is not on your list – it should be!! Here is another link to some info on this trail. And of course, some more photos from our hike from last year…

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Happiness is…

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The mountains – and these three!!! (Cant wait to get into the mountains this summer)

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Receiving flowers from your husband!!

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Basement renovations!! Turning our basement into a deluxe master suite!!

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Spring/Summer barbeques – or just spring/summer in general!

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Gardening (even though you are no good at it!!)! (more to follow soon!)

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Spending time with my favourites!!

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DIY Key Holder

Way back in 2013 one of my first little projects was making a key holder for our keys. I was inspired by the yarn art projects on pinterest and missing home something viciously… and so our key holder was born!!

When we moved into our current home a couple months later, naturally this guy moved with us. I was not completely satisfied with it in the sense that what was holding the keys in place was short little nails. Many times we found our keys on the floors, or requiring extra focus to hang them up – which resulted in keys being misplaced a couple of times…

Here is a before shot of the key holder – you can see how short those nails are that the keys are hanging on!! We were also over-crowding the five available spots… A few changes to be made! In the following shot you can also see where this little guy was hanging in relation to the doors  and walls etc.

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DIY key holderIf it was not for the updated entry wall, we would probably still be using (and struggling) with these few issues… But thankfully, the updated wall forced me into updating this key holder!!

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Without further ado, you can have a look at the steps I followed to fix the issues, and make this key holder fit into our brand new fancy wall!!!

Steps of updating our key holder:

  1. Removed the yarn and key holder nails
  2. Filled key holder nail spots with wood filler and sanded down entire surface
  3. Spray painted everything with a high gloss white spray paint
  4. Attached Everbuilt cup hooks for the new key holders (I couldn’t find silver anywhere, but decided it was no biggy since there would be keys attached to it most of the time!)
  5. Re-yarned the South Africa heart
  6. Placed onto wall

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What have you got lying around that needs an upgrade?