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Bedroom Refresh Reveal

This past month we teamed up with Canadian Tire for the CANVAS Room Refresh in our bedroom using all furniture and decor from their fall/winter Living Collection. Changing up spaces in our home is something I do on the regular, so I was pretty excited to tackle this space. Our bedroom has this nook in it that I use as my office and it never got set up properly because it wasn’t a priority since I was the only person using that space. Now that we’ve refreshed it with CANVAS I feel like it better reflects my style and it’s a space that I really enjoy being in! Let me share the details with you on what we did.

First we covered up that old fake wood paneling with a shiplap wall, and left its natural wood colour, which ended up going well with the wood details on the furniture. It took us a while to decide if we wanted to stick with the wooden theme. At one point a peel and stick mural wallpaper was on the table, but we fell in love with how this shiplap blended into the room. We used 1X8 pine boards screwed into the wall. Honestly, this has to be the easiest way to do a feature wall, especially since we decided not to paint it. We just added moldings on the sides to keep it looking tidy.

Then the furniture was moved in. Storage space was a priority to me so I chose the CANVAS Copenhagen Desk and 2 CANVAS Copenhagen Bookcases to arrange together almost like a unit. This gives me tons of drawer space and the shelves fit my printer perfectly (not included in the picture because it’s not photogenic haha).

I had my followers on Instagram vote on whether the CANVAS Rope Mirror should hang by a rope for a more rustic look, or if it should be more modern without. The majority decided it should have the rope and I love it!

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The other area in our room that we wanted to refresh is the wall opposite of our bed that has the TV on it (I would take the TV out altogether, but David likes to watch movies here every once in a while). If we’re going to have the TV in our room we can at least have it on a nice looking unit and CANVAS had one we both really liked that is super practical with all of the storage for electronics and cords.

Before, we had this coffee table and rocking chairs here that I liked but they just weren’t practical. We never sat in them and they took up a lot of space. Taking them out so we could bring the TV lower onto the unit made a lot more space in our room.

We covered up the pocket door with a curtain which makes the area look cleaner and more relaxing. Also, because we need a light in this corner of the room, I feel like it’s not as weird to have a floor lamp in front of a curtain, whereas before it felt a little strange to place a lamp in front of a door.

I decorated with more of these CANVAS Market Baskets because, well, I love the look of them and they are great storage for remotes and other things we want to hide.

This area just feels cleaner and more modern now. It was some simple changes that really made us enjoy our bedroom a lot more!

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You can see more CANVAS Room Refreshes with Jillian Harris at CanadianTire.ca.

This blog post was sponsored by Canadian Tire, I’m always pleased to get to work with companies that I’ve loved for years.

Skookum Festival

We spent this past weekend at SKOOKUM Festival in Vancouver with Virgin Mobile. It was the first year for this 3 day festival and it was such a fun one! A great lineup of bands, lots of art installations, a kids zone, vendors, and tons of options for food from legit local restaurants.

What really made it top notch was being there as a Virgin Mobile VIP Member. It let us skip the lines, have a private bar in the Member’s Lounge which was covered from the rain and had an awesome view of the stage. Also free pedicabs to and from the festival (which was a long walk to parking) basically just the royal treatment. So now I’m spoiled and won’t be able to do a festival without it 😉 Now I’m convinced it’s definitely better to be a member.

David and I have always been into music and seeing bands live, he is in a band and lots of his friends were performing so that made it extra fun to go spend time there seeing everyone.

We decide to bring the kids on Saturday and they had a blast! It was totally a kid friendly environment, room for strollers, games to play, and obviously lots of room to run around. We’ll be back next year for sure!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Nice Cream

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough “Nice Cream”

So nice cream is just a banana version of ice cream, basically ice cream you don’t have to feel guilty about.

For the Nice Cream:

3 Bananas Frozen

1 tsp Vanilla

Chocolate Chips

-Break apart 3 bananas and freeze.

-Once frozen blend bananas + vanilla until smooth, you can add a touch of milk if your blender needs help. I blended mine in the Vitamix (using the tamp) without any liquid no problem. I let the bananas sit in the blender 5 minutes before blending.

-Stir in a handful of chocolate chips, you can either eat immediately or freeze it in a container.

For the Cookie Dough:

-I just followed this cookie dough ball recipe with a couple modifications (Replaces butter with half the amount of greek yogurt, and added less sugar)

-But instead of rolling into balls I flattened it on a cookie sheet and froze it.

-Once frozen I cut it into small squares and topped the ice cream with it.

Trust

I often share quotes from books I’m reading on my instagram feed, this one was a far too long to put in a caption but I just thought it was so good! So here you go, this is from Ruthless Trust by Brennan Manning.

“Today I double up with laughter whenever I realize that I have started “managing” my life once more – something we all do with astounding regularity. The illusion of control is truly pathetic, but it is also hilarious. Deciding what I most need out of life, carefully calculating my next move, and generally allowing my autonomous self to run amuck inflates my sense of self importance and reduces the God of my incredible journey to role of spectator on the sidelines… One of the most arduous spiritual tasks is that of giving up control and allowing the Spirit of God to lead our lives. 

On the other hand, presumption is such an insidious perversion that trust is not merely tainted but corrupted by it. In presumption, we assign God the task of doing for us what we should be doing for ourselves…

…Father Martin says, picture a guy who comes and says, “Father, I am a hopeless alcoholic. I’ve been drinking a quart of vodka, a gallon of Chablis, and a case of beer every day for the last twenty years. I’ve read a lot of the miracle stories in the Bible lately, and I know that Jesus is the master of the impossible. So pray over me and tell Jesus to set me free from Bondage.” And Father Martin responds, “I’ve got a better idea. Go to Alcoholics Anonymous, attend ninety meetings in ninety days, find yourself a sponsor, diligently work the Twelves Steps under his guidance, and read the Big Book every day. In other words, do the hard work.” 

The most common form of presumption is the expectation that God will directly and secretly intervene in human affairs. We presume that by saying “Lord, Lord,” the cancer or bankruptcy or infidelity will disappear. We presume that God answers prayers by assuring good outcomes, that food for the widows and orphans will fall from heaven, and that the Holy One infallibly guarantees a baby’s safe delivery…

The theological arguments that support an interventionary God are many and varied. Frequently people report that they have experienced a physical cure or an inner healing. And they have. “Yet,” as John Shea writes, “one brutal historical fact remains – Jesus is mercilessly nailed to the cross and despite the Matthean boast, twelve legions of angels did not save him from that hour. No cop-out redemption theories that say God wanted it that way explain the lonely and unvisited death of God’s Son. This side of the grave Jesus is left totally invalidated by the Lord of heaven and earth.

Trust in God does not presume that God will intervene. 

Often trust begins on the far side of despair. When all human resources are exhausted, when the craving for reassuranes is stifled, when we forgo control, when we cease trying to manipulate God and demystify Mystery, then – at our wits’ end – trust happens within us, and the untainted cry, “Abba, into your hands I commend my spirit,” surges from the heart…

…It seems that the Master had something more in mind when he said, “Trust in me””

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