HOW TO QUIT MOM GUILT FOR GOOD THIS FALL

HOW TO QUIT MOM GUILT FOR GOOD THIS FALL

The fall season means all kinds of new habits for moms and kids alike – and if you are already feeling like you need a little help not constantly feeling overwhelmed and burdened by mom guilt, here are my favourite tips and products to get you through this season of...

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How to make more time for yourself

As a mom of 6 little kids and a business owner, time management is basically a necessary survival strategy! Without it I perish! OK, that's a little dramatic but I definitely have had to increase my ability to manage my time as my family size, and business...

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How to get over a bad day

Bad days- we all have them. There are days when I get out of bed and everything seems to be against me from the start. I am sure you know what I mean- I'm talking about the kinds of days where things don't seem to go your way, where disappointment and...

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The best books I read in 2016

The best productivity hack I discovered in 2016 was audiobooks. The ability to consume information while cleaning the house, driving, and running errands has been a total game changer for me! Last year, I consumed a few books that really challenged me- here they are...

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It’s a boy! Welcome baby James

We are thrilled to share the news that just before Christmas we welcomed baby James, our 6th baby, into the world! It has been a whirlwind of an adjustment period- so much joy, so much chaos, so many children home from school (!!!) and so many cuddles with this...

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HOW TO MAKE 2017 YOUR BEST YEAR EVER

If you've been following my blog for a while you know I love to plan. When you have almost 6 children, ages 7 and under, and you're an entrepreneur, it's not really possible to get through life successfully without a little planning. But don't think I...

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Last Minute Stress-Free Holiday Guide

Are you overwhelmed and feeling behind with holiday prep this year? Do you have a Christmas shopping list so long you don't know where to begin? Are you feeling the pressure of time as Christmas gets closer and closer?   Well I have your back! I have created a...

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How to keep it simple and stress free this Christmas

This year we are keeping things really simple for Christmas. Mainly, it is out of necessity as I am incredibly pregnant with baby #6 (36 weeks!!!). But it is also out of principle. I just want to enjoy the holidays, and not be stressed in the preparations for...

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Why You Should Write Your Own Obituary

I can remember the day clearly. I was sitting on my living room couch, reading Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkevy's newest book Living Forward on my iPhone. I had just finished writing one of the exercises in the book and I could not believe the words I was...

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How to pick the best appliances for your family

Renovating is hard. Part of the reason renovating is so hard is the sheer number of decisions that need to be made - many of them costly ones. So to help you navigate one part of the decision making process and hopefully make renovating a little easier...

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How to make Halloween fun and stress free

I love Pinterest. I use it all the time for inspiration- however, my schedule doesn't allow me to do many of the labour intensive DIY projects that come up around the holidays. And in truth, even if I attempted them, I can guarantee that many of them would be an...

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How to keep going when you have run out of steam

When you tackle a big project- like renovating a house, or creating a new product- you know you are going to face opposition. Regardless of how great your team is, or how strategic your plans are- it can still be really tough. Life can have a way of putting up...

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How to create the coziest bedroom ever

The transition from Summer to Fall is probably my favourite- I just love how crisp the air gets and the changing colours of the leaves. It also presents my favourite time to swap out decor- when the furs, knits and cozy textiles come out. If you're craving a...

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Saying goodbye to summer

It is hard to believe the summer has come to an end. For my family, it was summer of being stretched- I stretched my design muscles by redoing our backyard,  we were stretched to trust in God when our third child was in hospital for 5 days with a stomach...

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4 ways to be a better wife and mother

After the summer we have had (which included a sick child in hospital, a car breaking down on our way to Florida, altered vacation plans, increased expenses, and a general necessity to rely on God and be flexible), I've been reflecting a lot on what it means to be...

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How to make a small living room feel large

Let me tell you how I live- I live in 1290 square feet on my main floor with 5 kids, one husband, and a baby coming in January! It is small- so if you live small too I FEEL YOU. And fear not, your living room can feel super large with a few strategies. Here are a few...

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5 EASY WAYS TO UPDATE YOUR KITCHEN

We all strive to be healthy... right? If you're anything like me, you put working out and eating well on the goals list, eat healthy for a period and then it's right back to old habits again (poutine is my kryptonite).  After working with...

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How to decorate your room on a budget

I started my career designing a house on HGTV for a whopping $30,000 for the ENTIRE house including the kitchen. It was intense. I dove into dumpsters and flexed some serious DIY. Fast forward almost 10 years and it's not difficult for me to spend $30,000 on a single...

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How to plan the best family vacation

As I have mentioned on the blog before, I love traveling with my family. It's not always easy (I would not call 24 hours of driving in a car with small kids "easy" by any means), but the results are so worth it. If you're itching to go somewhere with the remaining...

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4 podcasts that will change your life

My work takes me all kinds of places- which means I spend a lot of time in my car. While I love singing along to some Bruno or some Taylor when it comes on the radio, I honestly spend most my time in the car listening to podcasts or books on tape.  If the summer...

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Super Easy Ways to Make Family Road Trips Amazing

I love to travel- and when I became a parent a part of me thought my traveling days were done. How do you pack for a baby? What if you forget something at home? Forget one baby, how on earth will I manage traveling with multiple babies?!?! Fast forward 7 years...

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How to plan your outdoor renovation like a pro

My backyard! It is done! And I cannot wait to share the full reveal with you right here.  I approached my backyard in a similar way to how I design my interiors- with strategic and practical solutions customized to my family's unique values and...

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Why you should care about interior mouldings

Special thanks to Metrie for partnering with me on this post.  When I was just starting out as a young designer, I did not understand interior mouldings. Crown mouldings, baseboards, trim, chair rail- it was all very confusing to me. The vast number of options...

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How to reduce overwhelm when you are a new parent

Today's post topic makes me laugh out loud because I really need to be reminded of this advice. If you follow me on instagram (or you heard it from my mother) you might know we are expecting baby Canning #6! New life in our house is a really exciting thing- I...

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4 essential questions to help you focus on what matters

At the end of 2014 I experienced a really low point in my personal life. My career was on a crazy high- I was earning money, I was feeling fulfilled, but the trade-offs were taking their toll. I was leaving the house before my children would wake up, coming home...

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How to create a gallery wall as unique as you

I love a good gallery wall. They can tell a really compelling story, and for this reason I love putting them in the homes of families I work with. But creating a gallery wall can be difficult- what goes in one? What colours do you use? Or do you do them all black...

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REVEAL: COTTAGE KITCHEN IN 6 WEEKS

Well 6 weeks certainly flew by! So excited to share this little cottage kitchen project I have been working on for the 6 week #oneroomchallenge hosted by Calling It Home. I had so much fun working on my home gym, and my laundry room in past challenges, I thought...

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How to dramatically improve a dated kitchen: ORC Week 4

I love designing kitchens- they are like a fun puzzle, especially when you get to start from scratch like I did in this recent kitchen above (photographed by the lovely Valerie Wilcox for Style At Home). But it's not always necessary to start from scratch....

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Why stopping social media was the best thing ever

For the last 30 days I have been without social media. And I survived. When my husband challenged me to the concept of a sabbatical that included zero social media for 30 days I knew it was going to be hard. And it was really hard.  For the first 2 days I had...

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What happened to renovations being easy? ORC WEEK 3

Every time I have renovated some kind of drama has ensued. Sometimes, it's happy drama, like how emotional I got when my new window was installed in my living room. (I cried, you can watch the waterworks here). Other times, it is dramatic drama, like how...

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ORC WEEK 2: BUILDING A DESIGN SCHEME

As I mentioned last week, I am taking part in the One Room Challenge, a really fun design experience where designers and bloggers create a space in 6-weeks and capture all the antics week by week. The whole thing is put together by the lovely Linda at Calling It...

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ORC Week 1: How to renovate a cottage kitchen

If you've been following my blog over the past few weeks you know I just recently took a full month sabbatical from work and social media. You can read why I did it here. It's great fun to return back to the land of the internet with another round of the One...

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Video: my basement and home office renovation

My basement was covered in paneling and cedar shingles. Seriously- who decided putting roofing on a wall was a good idea?!? You can catch the third instalment of a video partnership I have with Style At Home, my basement and home office makeover here. The before and...

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VIDEO: MY MASTER BEDROOM AND BATHROOM

Wow wow wow I have to start this post with a great big thank you for the love and warm wishes on my video collaboration with Style At Home. If you're just joining me, I recently completed a renovation of my Toronto semi-detached home which took so long I had not...

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Why I suddenly checked my relationship with social media

For the next 4 weeks I am doing something I have never done before- I am taking a sabbatical.  For 4 weeks I am taking a planned sabbatical not just from my work- I am also removing all social media accounts from my phone.  If you know me well, you will know...

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Video: My living room and kitchen

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know we embarked on a pretty ambitious renovation of our Toronto semi-detached home in 2015. We started it when we were a family of just 3 kids- and finished it as a family of 5! You read that right- designing and...

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5 ESSENTIALS TO A MODERN HOME GYM

Physical fitness has recently become a big time priority to me, as I revealed in a blog post last week. So much so, that for the last One Room Challenge, I decided to makeover my home gym. If you're going to exercise, which let's face it, is hard...

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How to balance work around a busy family life

I posted this article to my Facebook wall that garnered some great discussion- the topic was balance, and if it exists.  The article argues that of these 5 things: family, sleep, work, friendships and exercise- you can only do 3 well. The other 2 will suffer....

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WHY IT’S WORTH IT TO TIDY UP

I used to think I would always live in chaos. Hello- I have 5 children. But then I discovered what happens when you tidy up. Don't worry, this isn't another blog post applauding the KonMari method (although don't get me wrong, I am kinda obsessed with her tidy folded...

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WHY MY HUSBAND’S DEPRESSION IS A HUGE GIFT

When I met depression first hand in my husband for the first time in 2012, I did not think it was a gift. We had 2 small kids, I was pregnant with our third, money was incredibly tight, I was hustling like crazy to build my business. And then depression...

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5 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR HOME DECORATING MORE AUTHENTIC

Last week I shared about my struggles to be authentic both online and off, and shared a concrete tool you can use if you'd like to meet your authetnic self. It's been quite the week, as I sat with the cotnent and actually did the Post-it note exercise...

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HOW TO BE AUTHENTIC ONLINE

A friend of mine shared this article to Facebook and it really rocked me- 17 Successful People Show How to Become Unmistakable. Particularly, this quote by Jon Acuff really challenged me: “I think to be unmistakable is to live out who you are in all your...

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3 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF TO MAKE RESOLUTIONS STICK

Resolutions are great- but not if they don't stick. Are you with me? You swear that this time will be THE time that you'll pray more, get up early, finally work out, finally learn French but a week goes by and the Bible has dust on it, you still hit the snooze...

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15 BEST BEFORE AND AFTER TRANSFORMATIONS OF 2015

I really can't believe this year is coming to a close! I'm currently working through Michael Hyatt's 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever and it's always a great exercise to celebrate past wins and evaluate how I can improve. This past year saw the arrival of baby #5, I...

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CHRISTMAS AT THE CANNING’S

From my family to yours, a very Merry Christmas!!!! I hope your celebrations have been amazing. We are still partying on and feeling quite indulgent. Speaking of indulgent, we had the lovely opportunity to celebrate my mom's birthday at my house just before...

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HOW TO DECORATE FOR THE HOLIDAYS USING NEUTRALS

I am so excited for the holidays this year for a couple reasons 1) I am out of a cast- having 2 hands for Christmas is basically the best gift ever and 2) it's our second Christmas after our massive #canningreno so it's super fun to feel more at home and...

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GIFT GUIDE: WHAT BUSY MOMS WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

If you're following me on Instagram you know I've had a bit of a health issue recently- through either a scrape or a bug bite on my left hand I developed an infection called cellulitis, which for some reason would not heal, which led me to being on days...

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Style at Home

Home makeover with Lisa Canning Interior designer Lisa Canning makes over her living room, home office and son's room, giving her home a fabulous facelift. Watch the video

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