Tag: Ontario

Wandering in Perth, Ontario

When the kids were little we used to drive into a new area and explore it without a plan or a map and we called these trips 'Adventure Drives'. This summer marked the last time my daughter and I would have any adventures together until she returns from her first 18 months of college. We decided to bring back this old tradition to make fun memories to last the whole school year by visiting a few new places around Ontario. One of our stops was Ottawa where we walked our feet off checking out all the anniversary celebrations - stay…

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Cha-cha-cha-changes and the Green Acres Inn

I have been writing a series about my son living at university in another town. I like to explore his temporary home whenever we go to visit him either for pick ups or drop offs. It is a town our family has grown to love. The series is called #QueensUmum and it is about our adventures in Kingston, Ontario.  I would never have found this lovely place if not for the fact that my son is attending Queen's University. It's limestone buildings are rich with the history of Britain and Canada.  We've stayed in many fine hotels since the summer of 2015. Recently, my…

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Moving in day…AKA the BIG LEAP

(Here is an audio version I recorded of this blog. Feel free to listen as you read through although I have to warn you - I get a bit emotional!) Listen: [audio m4a="http://www.eclecticsoapbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Moving-In-Day.m4a"] or, Read: This was the day I had been dreading for months. The day my first born - Thing 1, moved out of our home to go to school for four years. Guess what? I survived. But it has taken me two weeks to sit down and write about it. The first week I still felt too fragile. Nothing was right when I woke up in the…

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Colourful DIY Plant Stand

DIY Plant Stand Thank you Carin for having us back as a Guest Blogger! Hope everyone has been having a great summer! Today we wanted share this DIY plant stand mini-project. We wanted to do it earlier this summer but life/work has been go go go! Outdated hunter green plant standWe saved this plant stand from a friend’s curbside a while back. As you can see, it was a 1990’s hunter green, a little dirty, and a little rusty but otherwise in great shape. So we knew we could breathe it back to life again. The notion of “reduce, reuse and recycle” of…

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Irish Memorial Monument Big Leap

Preparing for the Big Leap

As many of you may know, Thing 1 is heading off to Queen’s University this fall. #noTears! The Big Leap In order to help get him ready, we’ve decided to take a few trips to Kingston to check out the new "hood". The transition from high school to university will be shocking enough without having to worry about getting around campus, buying groceries, a shirt or finding some decent fries. I can’t do much to help once school starts - especially being as far away as we’ll be. But I can do something now to assist him in preparing for "the big leap".…

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Master Bedroom … bold attraction

Bold Indeed! Guest Blogger:  Rosita Carobelli-Zukowski I know it's been a while ... but as promised I'm back with the final instalment of my Interior Design client's Master Bedroom. Our clients embraced the idea of having an accent wall in their bedroom so we went with Benjamin Moore's Watermelon Red to invoke a bold yet passionate statement as you step into their bedroom. Their surrounding walls are Benjamin Moore's White Cloud; a nice peaceful balance for them to unwind in at the end of a long day's work. Family Photos hang over their bed We found a large horizontal frame with geometric prints…

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A Luxurious Bathroom to Indulge In

Guest Blogger Rosita Carobelli It’s Friday! And it’s been a busy month, folks… between a busy work schedule, March Break and a sick household, I’ll be happy when March is over. Today I want to share with you the luxurious bathroom I decorated for my clients. A small place full of stylish details! My clients chose the sparkling granite countertop to complement their milky 'blueish-greyish, purplish' choice for their cabinets. The colour chosen was Benjamin Moore’s Yukon Sky, part of the Designer Classic Collection. I wanted to play on the purple in terms of accents alongside soft grey and yellow touches.  A purple bathmat, pretty…

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Wide shot of Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario You Rule Me

Have you ever felt drawn to something? A physical thing? Something you can't understand but accept?  I feel that with our lake. I've lived near Lake Ontario's shores my whole life. Playing, sitting, swimming, sunning, walking, snapping pics, throwing rocks... So many options. With my first pregnancy I spent much time just watching it. It soothed my aches and slowed my racing mind. For me it is like coming home. I've been around many other seas, oceans and lakes of the world but this one lures me the strongest. I enjoy being near large bodies of water - Every drop is…

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