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...]

Paleo Butternut Squash Chicken Curry

Paleo Butternut Squash Chicken Curry by The Learner Observer

Are you sick of seeing food posts here yet? I hope not because we still have a bit to go in this Whole30 challenge and I definitely have more recipes to share, like this one! So as usual, I got no photos of the process/making of this dish because to be honest it was a total spur of the moment thing.  Alex and I were having one of those days where we just didn't know what to eat, despite all the food in the fridge.  We wanted something rich, delicious, and still Whole30 friendly, but that seemed impossible.  That is, until I remembered we had curry powder!  Enter the meal … [Read more...]

The Whole30 – Week 2 and Salad Dressing

Super Simple Salad Dressing by The Learner Observer

Well hello good people of the internet! How have you been? Me? Oh you know, I've been trying to stay as far away from anything that even resembles chocolate or bread as possible. Speaking of delicious food, the Whole30 has actually been going surprisingly well!  After the migraines and extreme fatigue of week 1 passed, I actually started to feel better, except that I wasn't sleeping very well. Not sure if that's related to the challenge, but it happened around days 12-14 and it suuuuucked!  All is well now (I hope) and I've started to feel more alert, which is typical of this … [Read more...]

Big News In My Little World

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Hey friends! So I have been itching to tell you some news for the last 48 hours and I finally feel like it's real and actually happening and there's proof of it, so I can share with you. I'm the newest contributor on Decoist. And I'm RIDICULOUSLY excited about it! Check this out... That's my first article on the homepage. SERIOUSLY! Here's the best part: That's my name right there.  See?  Proof! Anyway, I am giddy with excitement, and so happy to be working with such a cool team of people.  Alex and Kate have been insanely helpful and welcomed me with open arms. … [Read more...]

Paleo Cauliflower Cottage Pie

Paleo Cauliflower Cottage Pie by The Learner Observer

Good morning all you good lookin' people! I thought I'd start us off with a little Tasty Tuesday Treat.  How's that for alliteration?   So ever since I started The Whole30 (you can read more about my first week here) I have gotten LOTS of questions from family, friends and readers.  Lots of things like "How are you doing this?" and "What do you actually eat?" Well, here's something we've had twice now in the last 12 days... YUM, you guys, YUM!!! I have no photos of this whole thing in process, so let me just share this with you:  I called this a Cottage Pie … [Read more...]

Styling shelves and The Etsy Giveaway Winner!


Happy Saturday, friends! I don't know what it's like in your neck of the woods, but it's sunny (and freezing cold) over here!  I'm choosing to focus on the sunny part, though... I wanted to share with you today beautiful images from blogs I love love love to go back to again and again and again.  Specifically, I'm sharing a little bit about styling surfaces today because frankly, it's something I sometimes struggle with because I feel limited.  Limited by what?  I don't know... I just feel like I can't do it.  Inspiration always helps, right?  Just so you … [Read more...]

The Whole30 – Intro & Week 1

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Howdy! If you follow along on Twitter or Instagram, you may have noticed some posts about this Whole30 thing popping up.  Part of my quest to better myself is to better my health, and as a long time (try more than 20 years) sufferer of migraines, I felt it was time I made a drastic change in what I eat to see what (if anything) is the cause of my constant headaches.   It was Gabbi from Retro Ranch Reno who even brought the Whole30 to my attention and you can read all about her experience on her blog.  Now I'm going to tell you mine... so far.  Let's start with an intro to … [Read more...]

His and Hers: A Simple Romantic Gift


I never shared with you guys what Alex and I got one another for our first wedding anniversary. It's kind of a funny story... Since the first year of marriage is the year os "paper" as far as gifts go, I had mentioned to him that I got him a paper gift.  And he decided to do the same.  I'm hoping this is a tradition we can keep going, and since this year is cotton, I'm interested to see what we'll come up with... So on our anniversary we had a good laugh when we opened our presents and found these: That's right... we got each other the same gift without knowing it. … [Read more...]

Sweet Valentines and an Etsy Giveaway


February 14th is just around the corner, y'all! Do you celebrate? No?  After this post you might start.  I've never been a big fan of celebrating Valentine's Day myself but last year Alex and I had a lovely dinner at home, which consisted of a craft paper table runner and homemade pizza with heart-shaped pepperoni. It was amazeballs! We didn't get one another anything, and we never do, but that didn't stop me from browsing Etsy for some of their amazing handmade goods!  You know I have big love for Etsy and I put together a Valentine's gift guide.  You're sure to find … [Read more...]

The 6 Best Organization Apps – Guest Post on Dear Life

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Hey peeps! It's Friiiiiiiidaaaaaaaaaay!!! And that's awesome for three reasons: It's almost the weekend, duh! It's my last day at my office job and I am officially JUST a substitute teacher and no longer have to work two jobs (well, running The L.O. is kind of my second job...but I like it WAY more than the other one).  If you know anything about this major life change, you know it's been a tough one, one I had to have a lot of faith to go through with, and a really exciting thing I did before I turned 30 - because I did technically quit before my birthday.  Best of all, I'm … [Read more...]

Shop the House: Bar Cart Style


Hands up if you have seen a brass bar cart on a magazine, a blog or Pinterest in the last 3 months. Ok... that's literally everybody! It seems the bar cart is the new chevron - it's everywhere!  As much as I'd love me a piece of this brass and glass pie, I'm not keen on spending the money on these now expensive pieces, not to mention, I don't need a new piece of furniture at the moment.  Then I thought... I have a lovely console table I can put a tray on for my own makeshift bar cart. You may have noticed a sneak peek on Instagram: The best part about putting this together is … [Read more...]

5-Minute Fix: The Boot Tray


'Tis the season for messy, wet and salt-stained EVERYTHING.  I just had the car washed Friday and today it looks like it was wrestling with a salt truck - my car lost!  There's not much I can do about what happens out there, but I can try to control the mess at home and that was the goal with the ever dirty, ever gross-looking boot tray. There she is... in all her muddy/salty glory.  Such an eyesore, and so not how I like to greet my guests (or myself) when walking in the door.  Even Luther had something to "say" about this situation... I can't stage that, guys... he … [Read more...]