Our Next Chapter …

22 Sep

I know I haven’t blogged in a long time – to be honest this has been a really hard year for our family. But I feel like I am ready now to share our next chapter with the world again :) so here is to a fresh start and documenting our incredible blessing that we are looking forward to. We are expecting our first child and feel so incredibly blessed to become parents, and just cannot wait to meet our baby for the first time.


We first found out we were pregnant in January of this year. My husband was working away, and the night he was coming home I decided to take a test. After I got 2 positives, my dog Griffin & I jumped in the car and headed to Shoppers to get a digital test – just so that I could really see the results – because it felt so surreal. After we came home we left a note at the door for Daddy … We hid behind the corner to hear his reaction (and record it on my iphone of course :)) when he read the card – it was such an emotional and incredible experience. We felt so blessed and excited to become parents. It was truly the perfect moment.

BabyB annoucement

We had our second ultrasound at 13 weeks – and it was another milestone in my memory. And incredible experience to see your baby forming and growing for the first time.


Baby B @13 weeks


we first announced our pregnancy at 16 weeks ….

babyb kisses


babyberti announce1


babyberti announce4









And now we are going to jump ahead to our maternity photos – at 34 weeks. They turned out great – and I am so happy we documented this growing baby in my belly. Its such a miracle this whole experience and I just want to treasure every moment.




































So here is the start & end of our first chapter – Less than 2 weeks now till we meet our sweet baby. This blog has always documented the positive things in our life and inspiration that I want to share, so get ready. Because this baby has sparked a whole new chapter of this blog xox

Dear Spring: Hurry up!!

15 Feb

I don’t know about you, but I am getting sick of this winter weather…. It just feels as though it is never going to end.

I thought I would post some SPRING inspiration to hopefully hurry it up a little :) or atleast give us something to dream about!












Holiday Home Tour

9 Jan

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas Holiday & Happy New Year. Our family had the best time, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time off. Although I was hoping to post this earlier, the holidays got the best of me and I didn’t get a chance until now. I wanted to share with you guys the progress of our new home. There is so much to show, but I am going to leave certain rooms with the “before & afters” for another time. I am just going to give you the main rooms and let you take a peak into our home decorated for Christmas.

We have done alot of painting, cleaning and re-organizing over the holidays. We also hosted an  Ugly Sweater Party and Christmas dinner for 20 – so I thought I would show you how I decorated for that as well. (I may have gotten a little carried away, but I just love hosting fun parties).

Let’s start with the entry…

fronthall2Here is a few pictures from the ugly sweater party decor :)






christmas tree


One of the first things we did was replace the pendant lights over the kitchen island ….I chose these clear west elm pendants to make the kitchen a little brighter

Now the only mistake I made was buying the west elm bulbs – I loved them in the picture because they gave off that industrial restoration hardware look. However, because our kitchen cabinets are a cream colour, it just gave off a yellowish light that was not flattering for my kitchen, so I just put in normal clear 40 Watt bulbs.

Here is the BEFORE


WEST ELM  http://www.westelm.com/products/lens-glass-shade-w774/?pkey=cchandeliers-pendant-lighting&cm_src=chandeliers-pendant-lighting||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_–_-

And here are the new kitchen pendants hanging in our kitchen – I think they turned out great.


I am in LOVE with my new counter kitchen stool chairs. My parents got them for us as an early Christmas present. They are from restoration hardware.

kitchen chairs







The dining room is off the kitchen – I found this awesome chandelier from an antique store downtown Bowmanville, and I think it brings alot of character to our older home. I was going to paint it white however, once I got it home and saw it with my white slip covered chairs etc, I realized I actually liked the gold and thought it added more character to the house.



  • Chandelier: Antique Store, “Under the Toad Stool”
  • Chairs: Ikea
  • Table: My Grannys, that I repainted and finished
  • Clock: Homesense


The main


One of the best things we chose to do was to paint the brass pieces on the fireplace in the basement. I looked on pinterest (of course) and found some tutorials and before & afters – I used BBQ spray paint because it is heat resistant for high temperatures. I was able to take each piece off and spray them outside which was great. I didn’t realize before then that you those pieces just clip on and off.

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Here is the paint I used:



We started out by painting the basement with Gray Owl – which is exactly the same colour we used in the basement at our old house. Since we had just finished that basement and loved it so much, we thought we would make the new one similar.

Here is a little flashback to what the basement looked like BEFORE:





We bought a new couch for the basement from Ikea in Svanby Gray.






There was another bedroom in the basement – and because we don’t need another bedroom currently we have turned it into a gym until we decide one changing the room more permanently.



And let’s end this big long post – with the prettiest picture of our backyard this winter <3

backyardKT, XOX

Christmas is in the air….

12 Dec

I have some photos coming your way of our new home – decorated for Christmas. However, I am just working on some before and afters right now… so until then I thought I would post some Christmas inspiration to get us all in the mood :) I have been so busy the past two weeks with unpacking, cleaning, painting and getting our house together. I am loving every minute of it though! The house is really coming together, and I can’t wait to share it with you all.

Upstairs I am doing a white theme (surprising I know ;) ) – with silver and gold accent. And in the basement I doing a red tartan theme, a little more rustic. 







Love how simple this next mantle is with the Tartan bows!




Happy Holidays Everyone!!!


I’M BACK & Moving on :)

19 Nov

Well, not even really sure where to begin, as I feel like I have just been in a whirl wind for the past few months. About once a day I would say to myself that I really need to sit down and get back into the blog, but I just felt like I had so many things to share with you guys that I didn’t know where to start. However, today is the day….. I am going to start with a quick recap of our life lately. :)

Mid September we took a trip down to Florida to go visit our friends. The day before we leave, I take a quick peek on mls.ca just to see what houses are available (this is not out of the ordinary as I usually take a look every few days just to make sure I don’t miss out on something wonderful). Now you are probably thinking – were you planning on moving? Answer: Not really. haha. My husband and I had been talking about it for awhile and decided maybe in the spring we would get our house ready to sell and then start looking more seriously. Well, back to the day before we leave for Florida – I message Adam in a panic telling him I have found this incredible house that has EVERYTHING on our wishlist and is somewhat affordable lol. I tell him that I just have to see this house tonight because it is to good to be true!! Adam is working that night and can’t go with me, so I tell him i will go and just see if it’s worth him going to see before we leave for Florida.

I go to see the house….. it is everything and more! I love the kitchen, layout, ravine, pool, hot tub and totally private backyard. When Adam came home from work that night I told him he would have to go see it the next day before we leave for Florida! So fast forward to the next day. Adam works till 6pm, we meet our realtor at the house around 630pm and Adam takes a look around and of course just gives me THAT look and says “Katie, obviously this house is beautiful and I love it – but we are leaving for Florida in an hour, what do you expect me to do here?” At that moment I knew he was right, we couldn’t make such a hasty decision – literally life altering when you are talking that kind of money. (Adam is way more sensible when it comes to finances and big decisions). I told him I knew he was right but at the same time I didn’t want us to lose out on this house and regret it later on. So our amazing realtor who had obviously been through this type of situation before made us feel better by saying “listen guys, you don’t have to make a decision tonight, why don’t we get some more info on the house (age of windows, roof etc) and then as long as you can get to a fax machine we can do the offer from Florida.” That was perfect, I was happy because we didn’t necessarily back away from the house and Adam was happy because he didn’t have to bite the bullet right then and there and buy this house.

So we leave for Florida…we drove down which took about 2 days, then stayed at Adam’s parent’s condo for a night and then headed to see our friends living in Boca. I had just told our friends about this amazing home and how much we loved it when I got an email from our realtor explaining that they had got an offer and taken it right away…. My heart was broken… I couldn’t believe we didn’t even have the chance to put in a bid or anything. Adam was in shock and obviously felt horrible knowing how much I loved the house and I think reality set in a bit of how quickly good things go in this market. Our realtor explained they have a week of conditions and that anything could happen so he will stay on top of it and let us know if anything changes.

Fast forward to the end of our trip. The last night we were in Florida we met up with Adam’s cousin’s family and were having a wonderful time catching up. We got a call from our realtor late that night saying the other buyers are asking for an extension and if we can get to a fax machine within the next hour then we can send them a firm offer which could beat out the extension. Adam and I didn’t even need to think about it – the only problem was we were thinking where the hell can we find a fax machine at 10 at night??? Thank the heavens that his cousin’s wife just happened to be a realtor in her previous career and still had her fax machine! So that was it – we signed the documents and sent them off and within an hour or two our realtor called and said it was ours :) We were so happy!!!

When we woke up the next day reality set in…. Now we have to drive home immediately and go and get our house ready to sell. Talk about stressful!!! Once we were home we spent the next 3 days just cleaning and purging. Then our house went on the market – and luckily we had someone come in firm on the 3rd day! It was such a relief… Neither Adam or I had ever been through anything like this before because our current house Adam had built, so we had never been through this whole process. And what a process it is!! Luckily with a great realtor, it really does take alot of the stress off.

So fast forward to today… I am currently still packing and getting ready for the move. We move FRIDAY!!!! and I cannot wait. We are so excited for this new chapter. I will be sad to leave our home because it is where we started our little family together with our dog Griffin, but I am excited for the new memories we are going to make in our new home.

I am going to share with you a couple of pictures of the house, but believe me – I will be blogging alot more :) I have some much inspiration for this house and ideas, I can’t wait to share them with you!

<<I do apologize, these photos are all from my phone – because I can’t find the cord for my camera… story of my life lately haha)









3 more sleeps!!!!


Healthy Pinterest Recipe Ideas

10 Jul

Can you believe we are already in July? Isn’t that crazy?

Summertime everyone always want to look their best, and it’s great because you are so much busier and enjoying most your time outside. However, in the summer you are also eating out on the patio at restaraunts more, enjoying alcoholic beverages (a whole lot more) and attending a lot more parties (that usually involve both eating and drinking). So this summer I am vowing to make some healthy choices, especially during the week so that I can indulge on the weekends.

I have found lots of great recipes on pinterest and thought I would share some with you!

I am 100% not a breakfast person. Literally I could go until noon with only having coffee, but I know that is so bad. So I have started a new routine that I am LOVING. I prep a morning shake every night before bed with my lovely magic bullet – and down it on my way to work. It not only tastes great, but I now crave it in the morning and it keeps my energy up in the morning!

This is the formula I started with….

My usual shake consists of: A cup of almond milk, scoop of chocolate whey Protein, flax seed and a handful of blueberries, bananas and spinach (I switch up the fruit every so often)

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Although most my dinners consist of quinoa, sweet potato, veggies and chicken – I have been trying to incorporate some new ideas. Tonight, I had fish taco’s with a chipotle sauce with greek yogurt – It was delicious!!! (however, start with only one or two peppers, mine was a little hot).

For the Chipotle Yogurt Sauce:
  • 6 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 chilis in adobo sauce, chopped plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce (I use canned chipotle chilis in adobo sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, zest of ½ lime
  • Salt to taste


You can find the recipe, along with her homemade turkey burger recipe here: http://www.theroastedroot.net/southwest-turkey-burgers-with-chipotle-yogurt-sauce/

Loved this soup!

Heat 2 teaspoons canola oil in a pot; cook 1 diced onion and 2 sliced carrots for 6 minutes. Add 1 pound thinly sliced boneless raw chicken thighs, 1 cup sliced mushrooms, 2 sliced celery stalks, and 2 minced garlic cloves; cook 5 minutes. Add 4 cups chicken broth, 1 cup water, 3/4 cup quinoa, 4 sprigs thyme, and salt and pepper. Boil, reduce heat, and simmer about 15 minutes, till quinoa is tender.

Went to a party on the weekend and made this dip!! So simple and yummy!!

Made these spinach turkey meatballs the other night, Adam loved em!!! (however, I didn’t use any bread crumbs)

Recipes I still need to try……

<<Click on the picture and it will take you to the recipe>>


Hope you enjoy the summer while it’s here!!  :)


Sun & Sand with a drink in my hand

25 Jun

What is up with this weather lately?  This rain needs to beat it!  I have a few vacay days coming up so I am really hoping for some sunshine (even just for a few hours a day)!! I am excited to get away for a few days with my hubby and just relax lakeside with a drink!

This post is all about longing for those summer days on the beach with my toes in the sand….










I hope you all have a good long weekend!!! <<Rain OR Shine :)>>


A colourful entrance….

11 Jun
There is nothing better than a bright & welcoming front door. I am thinking about painting our front door so here is a little inspiration….









ORRRRR….. just go with a classic black :) You can never go wrong with black





Summer Dresses

11 May

Summer Fashion

With all of this nice weather we have been having, I felt like it was summer already! Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get out while it was nice and let my casper skin get sun kissed, so I am really hoping this brisk rainy weather doesn’t last much longer. I thought I would do a post on summer dresses to get everyone thinking about the summer weather and special events coming up.

ASOS – $104

BCBG – $198

ASOS – $95

Cobalt Fluro Maxi Cover Up

Cobalt Fluro Maxi Cover Up


ASOS – $55


As I was doing my weekly read on one of my fav blogs – I spotted an advertisement for LU LU’S

Now… every time I see an awesome new online shopping site, I am ALWAYS disappointed when they don’t ship to Canada. It is such a tease!! But to my surprise, Lu Lu’s does ship to Canada :) Now it is a flat rate of $22, so needless to say you need to make your online shopping trip worth while!

here are a few of my favorite items…

  1. Easy Throw on Grey Maxi $46
  2. Citrus Grove Coral Color Block Shift Dress $40
  3. LULUS Exclusive Forget Me Notch Strapless Red Dress $47
  4. Practice in Posh Black Dress $49

Also my sister shared with my today this awesome fashion blog… I love it because the author also tells you wear she gets everything! And most things you can buy online.

Check it out: HAPPILY GREY


All in the details…

6 May

Here are some lovely ideas on how to dress up your bathroom – It’s all in the details…











Happy Monday!



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