Je t’aime, Paris!


So we left off with a less than exciting view of France, but I promise, this post will change that.  Like last time, this is filled with photos - even more, actually, because we spent a few more days in Paris than in London.  Be warned: this post is over 2000 words and has more pictures than any other post ever! Alright...let's get to it! Paris Day 1:  We arrived in Paris in the late afternoon and promptly took a train to the center of the city. Upon arrival, we quickly realized we were lost! Finding our apartment was not easy, and it took us about an hour, but in … [Read more...]

I see London, I see France…


...but don't worry, you won't see any underpants. Take that whatever way you want. I realize it can sound a little bit scandalous, but I assure you this post is family friendly! Friends, get ready for a picture-filled post. My apologies if it takes a long time to load, but I think it'll be worth it. London Day 1: We promptly went to the London Eye. Waited in line for about 2 hours because we didn't know that Easter Break in Europe is two weeks long! Tip #1: look into that before you go! The wait was worth it, though. The trees were in full, beautiful bloom and there were carrots … [Read more...]

New Linen Chest Goodies and the Giveaway Winner!


Hey friends! Quick update here on what I picked up at Linen Chest on a recent visit. I should preface this all by saying that you will notice a trend in what you see... and it will come as no surprise to you all!  As you may remember from a previous post, this was my wish list. Lots of black and white and drinking utensils, remember?   Well, this is what I actually got: Ok, so just one item from the wish list, but that's because I fell in love with new stuff once I was actually in the store! These tea towels screamed my name as soon as I walked in. They're … [Read more...]

Checkin’ In – And a Little LC Giveaway!

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Hey guys!  Gals! People of the internet! It's been a quiet few weeks here at The L.O. because we've been oh so busy with some big DIY projects around our house - and I mean that literally! We're landscaping the front, side and back of the house and have been digging for a few days to get started on this massively huge job. To anyone who landscapes regularly (lookin' at you, dad!), I bow down to you and your mighty strength. This stuff is HARD, you know?! Anyway, I figured it'd be good to let you know I'm still here, still alive, in case you've missed posts on Instagram and … [Read more...]

A Thrifty Thursday Full of Shiny Things


I love shiny things, don't you? Duh, who doesn't, right? Well I have a slew of shiny for you today, my friends. This week I got busy looking for shiny, though I didn't actually mean to. I just thought I'd hit up some of my favourite thrift shops, and I happened to get quite lucky! Here are some of my best finds this week: The glass candlesticks are hand blown and were $1.99 each. I know... Crazy. There was no way they were going to stay on the shelf very long at that price and I am so happy I snatched them up! The set of three brass candlesticks ranged from $1.99-$3.99 each, so all … [Read more...]

Backstage Pass: Insights Into Blogging Take 3

We're baaaaaaack! It's time for another round of Backstage Pass. Are you ready? Ever wonder how your favorite bloggers do it - cranking out posts consistently, managing their social media and answering comments, all while being fabulous and charming? "Backstage Pass" is here to help answer your questions! In this series, we take you behind the scenes to show you how blogging works; what motivates us, what is important in blogging, how do we juggle it all? Come join us to find out!Who is "we", you might ask? Well, let me tell you!   Blog | Twitter | Bloglovin | … [Read more...]

A Quick Makeover – Or A Lesson In Patience


Hey friends! I'm here today with a quick post about a quick makeover. Though I will make no promises that this post won't be wordy because well, it's me. And I'm wordy. You get that. Here's what you're in for: Oh my gosh seeing this picture bring so much stinking joy, you don't even know! I feel like this is one of those things I should have done so long ago and yet it just stayed the same for two years. TWO YEARS! Here is where I started: You surely recognize these items if you have seen ANY picture of my living room, or if you happen to remember this really embarrassing post from eons … [Read more...]

Free Spring Printables at Sew Woodsy

Hello friends! I'm guest posting over at Sew Woodsy today and I made some fun Springtime printables just for the occasion! There are lots more, so make sure you pop by and download some free files! While you're there, congratulate Katie and Jon on their bundle of joy and check out their awesome blog!! They're a husband and wife DIY team and they seriously ROCK! Happy printing! … [Read more...]

DIY Vinyl Tassel Keychain


Can you believe it? I made something! It feels like a long time since I did something crafty, and this weekend I made the decision to change that. This mint green vinyl had been sitting in my craft pile for months now, and I had intended on making these keychains when I originally bought it but for some reason I did what I do best - I procrastinated! Saturday morning I was reorganizing and pulled this out to make what I believe is the easiest craft ever. Ok, slight exaggeration, but it was pretty dang easy! I have a lot of this vinyl (I think 2 meters), but obviously this project didn't … [Read more...]

The Truth Is…


Hey there friends! I hope you're ready for a wordy and image-less post. It seems like I'm back. I mean, I'm posting a DIY project and a guest post all within a week, and now here I am, posting on a Sunday! It's kind of amazing because lately it feels like The Learner Observer has been on the back-burner, and that's not a good place to be, you know?! There are some good reasons for it though, and no they are not excuses. It's just that real life happens sometimes - yes, even bloggers have real lives! I know it's hard to believe, but it's true.  After we came back from our … [Read more...]

Makeover Inspiration for Found/Thrifted Pieces

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Hey, remember me? I'm that girl, with this blog, who hasn't written in what feels like weeks? Yep... that's me! Apparently going on vacation takes a lot out of a girl, you know? That reminds me - thank you all for the sweet feedback on my obscene and excessive pictures of the trip, which was AAAAAAMAZING, BTW. Posts will be coming to  blog near you soon. Let's get to the matter at hand today. I have been thinking a lot  about what to do with my office and the spare bedroom and I recently cleared some of the clutter and moved a few things around, so the rooms … [Read more...]

Newly Updated Gallery Wall Around The TV


Bonjour mes amis! Greetings from Paris! How is it over here you ask? Uhhhh... I don't know yet because I'm writing this post on April 6th, but you can see for yourselves what our travels are like on Instagram, and by checking out our hashtag #MurraysInEurope!  Alright, time for this gallery wall! Get ready for a lengthy (and full of images) post!! You might be thinking... "ANOTHER gallery wall?" Nope... this is the same one! Just freshly updated after weeks of looking like this: I mean.... whaaaaaat? That TV is covering up your chalkboard, Thalita. Can't you see that? Yes, you … [Read more...]

Painted Frame: A Total Mess, or a Genius Idea?


Good morning readers!! As you read this, I am getting ready to land in beeeeeeautiful London, England! Get ready for picture-overload on Instagram VERY soon! Shockingly, I did think to write a couple of blog posts to schedule while we're gone, so I'm not completely ignoring you and the blog because I love you too much! K let's get going on today's post... Every now and then I get these crazy ideas in my head and I just start picking things up, taking out paint, and getting messy with stuff that has been sitting around the house for ages. That is the story of this frame. Here's … [Read more...]

A Little Euro-Inspiration


Yep... it's true. Oh... you already knew? Right... you follow me on Instagram. Or Twitter. Or Facebook. And I am an over sharer, so you know like, all the details of my upcoming trip... such as: I have not yet started packing (and I am leaving Monday). Or how crazy excited I am.  Yep, you already know all of that. [source] If this is all new to you, here are the deets: my husband and I are going to London and Paris for 11 days. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?!?!?! I am so freaking excited!  I luuuuuuurve London and I have never ever been to Paris, so I'm like over the … [Read more...]

20 Under $20 – Spring Colours

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It's been 10 days. TEN DAYS! Since my last post. Is that insane? Am I a terrible blogger? Should I be ashamed of myself? You probably answered: YES. YES. YES. But I'm feeling like... no. It's actually perfectly ok because you know what happened? My life got really busy and I did a few things I haven't done for a while like go to the gym (!!!) and take my dog for a long walk. And let me tell you, it was worth all the not-blogging to live life a little. I felt guilt, and I missed interacting with people here, but Social Media (hellooooooo Instagram) makes interacting with all … [Read more...]

Homemade Laundry Soap That Smells Amazing!


Oooooooh yes, I went there.  How many of you have pinned an image of homemade laundry soap? Yeah... that's what I thought. Basically everyone! Well, I pinned several, read a gazillion blog posts about it, and Googled the crap out of anything and everything to do with good-smelling homemade laundry soap (because the #1 complaint was that Fels Naptha and Ivory don't exactly smell great).  So why did I do this? Several reasons: I was curious. What's the hype all about? I wanted to save some $ and not have to buy laundry detergent all the time. I love the idea of using more … [Read more...]

Organize Your Medicine Cabinet for $4


It's the time of year when being cooped up inside thanks to either the ridiculous cold or the immense amounts of snow outside starts to make me feel like I have ants in my pants.  I just want to get up and move everything, organize all the things and just turn everything upside down! So what do I do to keep me from going absolutely insane? I take control of the small things that CAN be changed without needing to be spray painted outside or any major power tools. In comes the medicine cabinet. I opened it up one day and let out a big sigh. Why was this little space so underused in a … [Read more...]

The Whole30: It’s Over! Plus, a Savory Burger Recipe


Aaaaahhh choo! Excuse me. Please excuse the Kleenex everywhere as I cough and sneeze my way through the March Break (that's Spring Break for you Americans out there). I'm writing this from my couch as Luther sleeps (twitching like crazy) right beside me and I'm surrounded by my best friends in the world right now: water, tea, tissues, Buckley's and Season 3 of Project Runway All Stars. Be jealous... be very jealous! Ha! Anyway, let's get to today's post... So... what about this Whole30 thing? Well, the 30 days are over and we survived! I know I've said this before, but I will say it … [Read more...]

5-minute fix: Conditioning Wood Cutting Boards


That's right, folks... conditioner isn't just for your silky soft locks, but you actually need it in your kitchen! I learned this when, after a couple of months of owning two wood cutting boards, I started to notice them getting a little dull... like so Look at those cracks and scratches! These are some seriously sad-looking cutting boards! So I went on a mission to find the best way to condition them and lo and behold... the internet has about half a million ways you can do this, and I got a little overwhelmed. I thought about maybe trying something with coconut oil, which I use for … [Read more...]

31 Days of Serving My Husband by Ashley Urke

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Ashley Urke doesn't need much introduction on this blog.  I've shared some of her beautiful work with you before (here and here), and she's truly a masterful home decorator and vivid writer and you can see more for yourself over at Domestic Fashionista.  Hers is one of the first blogs I ever started reading, and I remember thinking: "I want to be like her!"  What I want to share with you today is Ashley's heart, which is SO big she wrote a book about servitude to her husband. This book is based on Ashley's 31 Day Series from last year, and even if you have already read it … [Read more...]