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These days, it seems like we’re always on the run. I don’t know about you, but it’s rare that I have time to sit down and enjoy a home-cooked meal that my entire family loves. But cooking healthy, family favourites doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. These simple tips will give you more time with your family and might even result in the occasional comment of, “Thanks, Mom!” rather than, “Why do I have to eat this?”

Nothing Beats Pizza for Dinner

Although it’s easy to grab a takeout pizza on the way home from work, it’s much more fun to have your kids help design and build their own. You might even consider a family shopping trip to purchase fresh cheese, meats, and veggies for toppings. If you’re not into gluten, you’ll have a bit more work to do, but a homemade, gluten-free crust can be quite tasty. Consider different sauce choices as well, rather than the traditional tomato-based variety. A pesto or alfredo sauce might be a winner with your family. And the best part? You just pop it in the oven, bake it until crisp, and voila! You have the most delicious homemade pizza within minutes.

Healthy Pizza is Possible

The BBC’s Good Food website paints a gorgeous picture of what healthy pizza looks like. Surprisingly enough, the recipes they list aren’t that difficult. The most important part of eating healthy is to buy fresh, wholesome ingredients, like organic tomatoes, basil, peppers, mushrooms, and even bacon to change things up a bit. Following the recipe is a good choice as well, but I’ve discovered making slight alterations to my recipes can really make the meal, especially with picky eaters in the house.  

Other Fun, Healthy Meals to Prepare at Home

Speaking of picky eaters, have you tried the sneaky trick of adding veggies to your kids’ favourite meals? Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t, but it’s a great way to introduce children to new food combinations and provide the vitamins and other nutrients they need to stay healthy. Mac and cheese with fresh, chopped carrots or peas is a good start. What child doesn’t love mac and cheese?

For a fun twist, why not have the kids help you make zucchini bread with chocolate chips? They’ll learn how to follow a simple bread recipe from start to finish, and they get to clean up the extra chocolate chips they “forgot to add to the bowl.” With all the healthy recipes out there today, it’s not too difficult to find something your family will enjoy eating as much as they enjoy helping you make it.

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The Christmas season is here! Are you ready? For those of you that have embraced Farmhouse decor in your home – you are in luck! There are so many amazing Farmhouse Christmas decorations that you can add to your home this season without changing up your decor style.

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As a home decorator and blogger – I am always looking at social media, TV shows, magazines and well everywhere… I’m always searching for inspiring design and decor for myself and for my clients.  I have noticed through my own social media that my own style has evolved over time and no doubt this is due to all of the inspiring images. I follow so many home decorators and designers on Instagram but I definitely have some IGers that I find so inspiring…

Inspiring Home decor

Lately I am drawn to simplicity, clean lines, neutral tones and accents in blue.  I personally love a mix of styles but I do love a modern farmhouse look. Being a mom of 4 I need ideas that allow for storage and also family life. I love mixing textures, too!

Top 10 Most Inspiring Home Decor Accounts on Instagram 1.The Coastal Oak

The Coastal Oak is a new source of inspiration for me. I just discovered this account and I absolutely love it! Simplicity at it’s best – I love the neutral tones.  Wood and blue accents too – plus how Amy is real about family life!

2. Craftberry Bush

This is just one of the many inspiring photos on Life on Virginia Street. I love Sarah’s taste – and her blog (and Instagram) she shares more than home decor – there’s fashion + beauty, DIY, recipes and more.  Her home yours are so inspiring and she shares her shopping list, too!

4. Project Allen Designs

Ashley is one of my favourite IG accounts – Project Allen Designs – I love her clean and simple style! Her home is stunning and her bedroom has totally inspired my master bedroom update(which I will be sure to update you all on).  I love how she also shops at ‘everyday’ places. I cannot wait to see her kitchen update!

5. Kind+Abell

Kind+Abell is another account that inspires me because Emily has such a strong sense of family and incorporates that in her designs. Family spaces can be beautiful, too! She creates spaces for everyday living which I love!

6. Jonesville Blog

Hailey has a beautiful eye for simple styling and perfecting balance in home decor.  I love her mix of textures and modern lines – her taste is amazing and she is one to follow! She shares her DIY projects and styling tips. Her account is beautiful and i know there is so much more to come!

These are the Home Decor Instagram accounts that are inspiring me these days – do you have any favourites?

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Stools are a kitchen island (or breakfast bar) essential! Much like lighting a kitchen bar stool can set the tone and add that needed dose of style into your space.  Stools should be comfortable (of course) but they should compliment your style and add to the room. We all have different elements on our checklist when it comes to furniture but these farmhouse stools that I sourced (likely) meet all of those expectations.

MODERN FARMHOUSE STOOL INSPIRATION

Photo credit: I Spy DIY

I love a crisp and clean white kitchen and these wood and black stools just pop! The copper accents add a farmhouse element.  But the blend of clean lines, simple styling and lighting choices give this farmhouse inspired kitchen a modern edge.

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Emerald green was Pantone’s colour of the year in 2013 but it seems that this year (at least this fall) it is making a bit of a comeback.  Last week, I dragged my husband into a few home decor stores (I like to browse, he would rather do anything else that look at home decor).  I noticed so many deep and rich emerald green tones. I love them!

Emerald Green Inspiration

I love the luxurious and sophisticated element that emerald green offers to any space. Clean white (or almost white) walls have been the go-to for most home owners and decorators but lately I have noticed some designers opting for deeper jewel toned walls in smaller spaces like foyers and home offices.

Photo credit: The Design Files

This is such a glamorous hue.  It looks amazing when paired with marble and brass.  This dining room is a stunning blend of modern elements and rustic textures (like the flooring and the wall).

Accents for the home

Are you ready to introduce a new accent colour to your home? Simple accessories are the easiest way to do just that.  Here are some favourite pieces to add this sophisticated hue into your space:

Velvet – I love texture in a room.  It adds depth and this colour in a velvet is just the perfect example of luxury.

Velvet pillow cover available on Amazon

Glass – Who doesn’t love fresh flowers? A glass vase is a chic way to display seasonal foliage.

Green glass vase available on Amazon

Hand knotted rugs – I love an area rug with pattern – it is like art on the floor.  And the mix of these super saturated green tones, love!

Earle Hand-Knotted Area rug available at Wayfair

tile – I love the arabesque shape and these tiles are like jewelry in a kitchen or bathroom. This is a bit more of a committment, but aren’t these so pretty?!

Glass mosaic tile in emerald Green available at Wayfair

Art –  this is a way to pull a space together. I love abstract pieces like this one – as they blend green tones with neutrals and that wood frame adds a natural element, too.

Emerald Green Strokes frames art available at Wayfair

towels – If you follow my blog, you will know that I recently posted about these Turkish towels and these cotton hand towels are perfect for the bathroom or kitchen, to add a pop of colour.

Honeycomb %100 cotton hand towels (set of 2) available at Wayfair

Small furniture – I love a bench – in a hallway / entry, end of a bed and in a rich colour like this how can you go wrong?! And those brass legs – so chic!

Upholstered Bench in Emerald Green available at Wayfair

Art – I love how clean and bright this art piece is! It is perfect for a bathroom or a guest bedroom.

Emerald Coast art available at Wayfair

Accent chair – This deep forest green tone paired with brass is so sophisticated.  This accent chair would be a beautiful piece in any living room or large master bedroom.

Fordwich Armchair in Emerald Green available at Wayfair

Pillow – You know I love pillows and they are my go-to when I want to switch up my decor.  Either covers or new pillows are such an easy and affordable way to update your space.

Handmade Green pillow available at Wayfair

I personally feel this tone is rich and so versatile. But I know many have bad flashbacks of the 1980’s when this colour’ was all the rage’! What do you think of emerald green?


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