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Our Backyard Makeover

I really love getting to spruce up a space I’ve done a lot of that on the inside of our house but the outside was overdue. Since we have so much backyard the task was a little daunting but we just focused on that patio area by the house. You can see a before photo in my Instagram post here. I’ll put all the links to everything at the bottom of the post for you. Even focusing on one section of the outside can be a big task to pull off, we wanted to make sure that we made it look good. We were recommended patio cleaning services to really get it looking its best.

We thought that doing a little section of our backyard at a time would help us to pay full attention to the task at hand. And luckily for us, it worked. We couldn’t be happier with how the patio has turned out and now it gives us the opportunity to use it more than what we would’ve done before. I’m so excited to finally be able to make the most out of this space, as it’s something that I have surprisingly missed. But I wanted to make sure that it was done right, so that’s when my friend pointed me in the direction of a Concrete Contactor company in her area to see if they can sort my patio out for me. They looked really professional, but by the time she told me about this, we were already well underway with our project. We might consider them for future projects though. But regardless of how it was done, I couldn’t be prouder of the finished product, and I can’t wait to continue using it. We have recently been thinking about what we can do with the rest of the garden, as I said before, we just have a lot of backyard space to use. Our friends told to us that we should think about maybe using decking boards to build our own deck, as they think it would look really good with some more garden furniture on it. They said that it would be great for entertaining. After thinking about it, they could be right but we’d need to have an in-depth conversation about it before giving our backyard a further makeover. For now, we’re just pleased with how our patio has turned out! Now it’s time for us to start looking up some patio poly chairs, so we can enjoy the sun with everyone when the season is here, it’s all coming together now.

My Hair

Before you take this (or any hair colour/cut) to your hair dresser and ask for the same thing remember that styles look very difference depending on the person. As a past hair stylist I feel the need to remind you of that 😉

Pictures are super helpful when explaining what you want so I’ve added some close ups of the colour here.

The general idea of my hair is a balayage – Level 7 at the roots and 10 at the ends, lots of focus around the face. Some blonder pieces thrown in there to add dimension. The full head is coloured (as opposed to a half head which leaves out the underneath layers of your hair.

Olaplex shampoo & conditioner (shown below) was suggested to me since I have quiet fragile hair, so going blonde is a dangerous idea but this has really been helping keep the integrity of my hair, highly recommend! Although all the credit needs to go to the kick ass stylist that gave my ends tender love and care during the lightening process.

When styling my hair is use a 1 inch curling iron (exact one linked below) and will sometimes flat iron over the ends. I’ve also added links to some favourite styling products.

A few playlists for you

Relaxed Worship – This first one is chill. I listen to it when I’m driving alone or I’ll light candles and do a little stretching (I like to call it yoga, but I’m just making up the moves, so let’s stick with stretching).

Kitchen Jams – This one is a staple for cooking with a glass-o-vino. Also good for during dinner, nothing to crazy in here.

Smooth – This one pairs well with a cocktail pre or post dinner, sitting by the fire…

Shopping for glasses with IRIS

I think people have the idea that going to a professional to buy glasses is going to be really expensive, I talked to IRIS about this and they said that it definitely doesn’t have to be expensive.

The benefit to going in to see a professional when getting glasses is that they will always make sure you have the correct quality lenses in front of your eyes so you can have the best vision possible.

I actually didn’t think I even needed glasses, but after my eye exam they set me up with glasses to use while I work on the computer and before wearing them I didn’t even realize it could be so much clearer.

IRIS will work within budgets too, you can let them know what you want to spend and they’ll will give you suggestions based on that. Which is nice, it’s easy to feel like you just have to suck up whatever cost you’re quoted at appointments like that, but they don’t mind working with you when it comes to cost.

I went into IRIS this week to try on frames, which I love by the way, it’s so fun to try the different shapes on your face. I always have to bring David or a friend with me to get their opinion too. You can look here to see all the Canadian locations (everyone is seriously so helpful in there).

The other thing I like about going in to see a professional vs. buying glasses online is that even though I might like a cute pair on my face it isn’t always necessarily the correct fit. Which is easy to ignore at the time but gets super annoying when you’re wearing your glasses and they don’t sit right on your face or they are always sliding down.

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