perfect pairs

One of my goals this year is to improve my cookings skills. I truly believe that the first step to eating healthy is to cook your own food because you know exactly what goes into it. As I searched for inspiration online, I stumbled upon some amazing dishes. I tend to get lost in the vibrant colours, textures and patterns in each photograph and when paired with a completely different photo, I love how it can make you look at things in a different light. - Amy

1. via Herriott Grace 2. via The Year In Food 3. via Pinterest board 4. via Herriot Grace 5. via Home and Delicious 6. via 100 Layer Cake 7. via Spicer and Bank. Photo credit: Johnny Miller 8. via Lady and Pups 9. via Abigail Ahern 10. via Lily 11. via SF Girl By Bay
 
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trends, moodboards & tips, oh my!

It might not look like it over here but I have been quite busy in the blogging world lately! I've been writing quite a bit for the Chatelaine website along with my regular twice a month posts over at HGTV. Between my one year old, four year old and full time job I have quite a bit to keep me on my toes! Here are a few of my posts from around the blogosphere... hgtv_maymoodboardLooking for some ideas for throwing a graduation party or maybe a new engagement? Check out my May moodboard for HGTV.

lightlocationsOne of my favourite summertime (actually anytime) past times is checking out antique fairs. I always find it easier to go with a few things in mind so I don't get overwhelmed by the selection. Here are the  top five objects I will be looking out for in the next couple of months.

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If you're renovating your kitchen this summer you might be interested in the five trends I've noticed that are on the rise. Can you guess the one above?

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Finally, if you're doing some gardening on your balcony this summer you might want to read this post. I didn't actually write this one but my good friend and gardening expert Sarah of My Luscious Backyard did! Invaluable advice!

Have a good weekend!

 

Image credits:
1) Emma Reddingon (that's me)
2) Light Locations
3) Vosges Paris, A Paper Aeroplane
4) Fantastic Viewpoint

moodboard - flower power

Friends, I think I'm getting there. I feel like I can almost hold my head above water now. The new routine of waking up early, getting the kids dressed and fed, commuting to work and then coming home after a super busy day is finally starting to feel normal. As one person commented to me this week it's really just about getting use to a new schedule. Of course, we've been aided by a small village. Grandparents, friends and even strangers have all lent a hand in the past month and made the transition easier. Next week my plan is to try and serve more than just soup for dinner! march moodboard-1Somewhere in this mix I managed to shoot a moodboard for HGTV. I was aiming for bright and bold florals but somehow ended up with a moodier, romantic palette. I blame it on April showers. I don't know what it is like where you live but here it has been nothing but grey.

Have any of you made a new start lately? How are you working through the transition?