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{Bethany} This Little Estate  πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦DIY Dreamer+Doer+Sharer=BloggerπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸ’» πŸ› Simple projects+living+recipes πŸ‘‡πŸ» βœ‚οΈGirl Boss @bethanythislittlesalon πŸ’Œthislittleestate@hotmail.ca

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After a whirlwind week, I'm ready to snuggle into some comfy clothing, nestle down into the couch with my famjam and raise a glass to surviving another week! πŸ˜„
Sometimes this whole full-time-working-full-time-Mama-life mimicks a tornado and I'm left dizzy more often than I wanna admit. But, honesty is the best policy and perfect is boring, so I thought I'd just say that here, for you all to read. πŸ˜ŒπŸ˜…πŸ’› .
Maybe you feel like that too? Like the days are passing faster and the responsibility of life is overwhelming and still always mounting. That you too would sell your best purse (that's lined with cheerio crumbs anyways) for an uninterrupted potty break. πŸ˜…πŸ˜‰ If you can relate, just know you're not alone. I get the pleasure of speaking to people all day long at @bethanythislittlesalon and we are all in the same exact boat. Just riding the waves and trying not to crash!! πŸ˜‰β›΅οΈSome just remember to wear more lipstick. πŸ˜‰πŸ™‹πŸ˜˜ .
So, I hope you get to put your feet up tonight and snuggle up with your favourites. I'll be doing so with a hot off the press copy of the soon to debut #LeonsHelloSunshine πŸ™Œβœ¨ . Picked it up off the prettiest patio last night at the magazines launch party at @sweetescapecreative pad. πŸ‘†πŸ˜(More in my story!) .

Currently there may be a big five year old baby on my lap, and he's crushing the pages as I flip, but I also have to admit that I love that it's a Friday night and I know right where these kids of ours are. 🏠

Here, by my heart, that they make race like crazy and mostly for all the good reasons. πŸ˜‰πŸ’• Cheers to doing our best Lovelies! 😊 What are you getting up to on the first weekend of the summer? β˜€οΈπŸŒ± (Tap to see who was a giant part of this summer #LeonsHelloSunshine 2017 edition!)

I know it's only Wednesday but I'm jealous of this sweet thangs permanent slumber. πŸ˜‰πŸ‘†BUT, on the flip side, today IS the FIRST day of summer, which means my future is bound to be full of wide eyes, because hello beach days, flower bouquets and endless sunshine!! πŸ˜‰

Also, speaking of sunshine, it means Hello Sunshine: a guide to your bright and happy home, is coming to newstands soon! #LeonsHelloSunshine πŸ‘‹

Just look for the floral wall in the summer edition of the FOOD&DRINK magazine coming out ANY second!! ✌️🌸 Now, I'm off to get a DIY tutorial up for you guys to replicate this little sleeping beautyπŸ˜πŸ‘‘πŸ’•. AND I might just do it with my toes in the sand somewhere to celebrate #summersolstice before that whole work-all-night-thing! #priorities πŸ˜‰
It's here guys! It's finally here! Summer, we missed you!! How are you celebrating summer's arrival today?? πŸ§πŸ»πŸ›ΆπŸπŸ¦β›ΊοΈπŸŒŠπŸŒ³πŸ’??

Today wouldn't be complete without a moment captured where his babies eyes lit up beneath his stare.
He does that to us.
Whether with excitement or laughter, the twinkling green eye around here are plentiful.

Tonight, after a giant and ferocious rain storm, the sky also lit up with pinks and golds and parted, just so, so that the sun gleamed from behind the kaleidoscope of colours.
It made me stop and stare out the window.
Eyes wide and eventually gleaming.
It made me wonder how many daddies in heaven were sending a sweet and gentle nudge.
A reminder of the times wee little eyes looked up in awe.
A reminder that time can separate but bonds can never be. πŸ’—πŸ’› Happy Father's Day to all the great dads. Past and present. The ones who light up rooms and skies and eyes and hearts. πŸ’•
Did you see it? Did you think it too? πŸŒ…Thoughts and love to those who didn't get to squeeze their Dad today and wish to. Thinking of you tonight. XO

He's the type of guy that makes dreams come true. Literally. From the birth of our three babies to the building of our home, he's got the undeniable ability to make the world around him a better place. I always said I wanted to marry the nicest guy I knew and I'm reminded of that every day when I hear him answer to the name Daddy. πŸ’•
Also, he's the king of turning lemons into lemonade. Again, literally. βœŒοΈπŸ‹Happy Fathers Day babe @artthislittleestate may you always know how much we adore you and all you do for us. πŸ’—

What do you guys think of our color selection for our latest #TLEBuildandDesign creation? In the end we did go with the blush color from @benjaminmoore and have decided to keep the turquoise for another fun project. πŸ˜‰We so LOVED having all of your opinions but in the end let our daughter decide the final selection; this sweet rosy tone was her absolute favourite! πŸ˜‰πŸ’•Doesn't blush make sense though when you see it next to our custom pink lemonade? Apparently, by the clinking change in our babies pockets, it didn't matter the colour, their lemonade brought alllllllllll the people to the yard. πŸ‹πŸ’•βœŒοΈπŸ™‹ This summer is looking up. Thanks hubby. XO

When I was a little girl my Dad entrusted me with a corner of our families yard. He granted my wish and let me have a precious piece of backyard real estate to grow vegetables in. Ever since I dreamed of having my own backyard edible garden!
Last year @artthislittleestate made my dreams come true and built me a raised garden (after all, I didn't get the nick name Bunny for any other reason then because I can often be found eating lunch from any unsuspecting garden.) ✌️Now, this will be our second summer growing produce and it is still just st as magical as when I saw my first green bean sprout. 🌱
Except now, besides gleaning lettuce upon lettuce, I'm also learning its best to glean information from everywhere, including from my very smart gardening friends, (you know who you are!!) βœŒοΈπŸ‘ŒπŸ’› I've learned a lot about getting the most out of our yard (Because, hello property tax!) and have even mastered container gardening (Because optimizing space is crucial!) and feel a blog post brewing (Because caring is sharing.) πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Œ So on this Father's Day weekend I have gotta remember that without my Pops and his yard sharing I wouldn't be the crazy plant lady I am today. AND I am pretty sure our grocery bill would be wayyyyy more. πŸ˜‰πŸ₯— What gardening tips do you have that are worth a share? I would love to hear YOUR tricks! Also, I'd love to master herb gardens next. Any tips? I can't grow basil to save my life. πŸ˜‰πŸ™ˆ

Happy Friday party people! Hope your day was a fab one. Around here, I've got a steamy date with our washing machine tonight in hopes of climbing the laundry mountains that are up to my eye balls. 😳Its not gonna be fun, but some dance music and a glass of red will certainly help.πŸ˜‰πŸ’ƒπŸ· In the mean time I'll be asking myself some riveting questions all Mamas ask themselves at least once while doing laundry.
Like, 1. How do these little people make sooooooo much laundry?
2. Did they really wear all 55 of these pants this week or am I just rewashing everything that made it to their reject pile after trying it on and concluding it was too tight, itchy, scratchy, uncomfortable or the wrong shade of pink?😬
3. How come two of my husbands sweaters take up the whole dang washing machine -basically?πŸ€”
4. When did the kids spill paint and try to clean it up with my good towels? 😳
5. I really hope this giant red stain is actually in fact ketchup and no one around here hurt themselves and needed medical attention. Because I am known to predict that a bandaid can fix about anything and I'd hate to start being wrong. πŸ˜πŸ€žπŸ»πŸ˜‰βœŒοΈ Have anything to add to my list? C'mmmmon, give me something. I've got a long night ahead of me and all the time and tiny socks in the world. πŸ™ˆπŸ˜ŒβœŒοΈ
PS: swipe right to see this space before.
#TLEBuildandDesign

The other day I realized our oldest will be of university age in six years. 😁He's only almost 11. πŸ˜…πŸ˜‰ Then I realized how quickly the last six years have gone and it all had me a little panicked.
Like stop the car, and quit my job and homeschool them and seize the day kind of panic. πŸ™ˆ
Six years will fly by after all and I want to squeeze every little ounce out of their childhood.

That's why this summer I've decided to change things up. I'm not going to overschedule and shuttle and plan. Instead we are going to spend our time together pursuing our individual summer bucket lists. Oh, if you could only read them! ✏️✌️ We've already caught snakes 😳 (NOT on my bucket list.) and collected a million caterpillars and now we are moving on to growing their wishful entrepreneurial sides. πŸ‹

Check out my story (before it's gone!) to see a sneak peek. I'd love to know your opinion too! Thank you to those who have already weighed in. I love you guys. 😘You know I adore knowing what the masses think!! πŸ˜‰βœŒοΈ
Are you a team blue or team blush kinda person?? πŸ’—πŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ‹If you're confused, check out my story for he deets. πŸ‘†
I've got a feeling this summer is gonna be the longest, slowest summer yet and that makes me smile so big, my cheeks hurt.

I didn't know it was possible, but I like you guys even more! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜β˜ΊοΈ
After my story yesterday (you can still catch it!) you guys messaged me all night long about your book collections! Who knew we were such like-minded, book-sniffing nerds? πŸ˜‰πŸ’› Now I'm off to make my summer reading list because of some recommendations from you cool cats 😽 but it won't be complete without asking you Lovelies here too.
Sooooo, do share.
What books should we all be hunting down this year and immediately adding to our summer reading list? Have any awesome book clubs we should be stalking? Any classics that are perfect summer reads?? Any tips to add to the ones I shared in my story?? I would love to hear your suggestions! Apparently we are all more kindred spirits then I thought and I just luurrrrvve that. πŸ˜ŒπŸ’›Can't wait to kick off my shoes, find a shady spot and put my nose in a book. πŸ“š
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It's hard to believe I wanted to tear this patio down last year. It was rusty and decrepit with peeling paint and mouldy wood everywhere. But with a lot of sweat, work and paint this space miraculously got revitalized!
You'll be able to see the whole reveal in the upcoming @leonsfurniture magazine #leonshellosunshine but for now I want to share this little view in hopes of inspiring your outdoor projects. 😍

When designing this space, I wanted to ground our new outdoor sectional with a piece of art or something similar, but just couldn't find what I was looking for. So, hubby @artthislittleestate and I did what we do best, we made it up!! I sketched out a faux oversized window pane that I wanted him to create and then we painted it with outdoor water resistant paint. (thanks @benjaminmoore !) To finish it off, and most of all, to make it functional, we installed small lanterns to it and filled them with citronella candles! πŸ™…πŸΌ Now we have an interesting conversational piece who's bug fighting ways will allow us to enjoy late summer nights on this new extension of our home. πŸ’›
I may just have a gal pal coming over right now for hot tea and baby free time after a day of messy gardening, sprinkler jumping, lots of sun and early bed time! πŸ™Œ

I'm sitting here, beneath the glow of these candles, with dirt under my nails and it already feels just like summer. 😌✌️ How did you guys spend your Sunday?? Whatever you got up to, I hope you get to put your feet up this evening bug free. πŸ˜‰ PS: Any mosquito repellent tips you want to share?? I'd love to hear!! πŸ’› #wishyouwerehere

Some of the prettiest things happen in this space, of course other than makeovers. People share their hopes and dreams here, their failures and setbacks, their triumphs and goals.
I'm continually humbled to witness first hand the human spirit open and raw over and over again from my view behind the chair. In a world where facades are common, I'm eternally grateful that I can bear witness to the beautiful and brokenness that bonds us all by the sharing of genuine souls who crave community.

Call it cheesy, but I dig people, and in these four walls, people often show me that we all share the same highs and lows. I'm certain the world needs more real and raw, pretty or not. ❀️ I wish you could be a fly on the wall here. If you've ever felt alone, hopeful, lost or enlightened. You'd fit right in and join the conversation.
Open hearts are the prettiest.

#thislittlesalon (Swipe right to see the before.There is beauty everywhere. ) #RawBeautyTalks

Who's your go to for heart to hearts? When was the last time you told them you appreciated that connection? I'm trying to live a life where I let others always know when I'm grateful for them and I am so thankful for the ones I've connected with here, between these four little walls. β€οΈπŸ’•

Happy Friday Lovelies!!! It's here, it's here!! We are SO excited to finally share one of our favourite DIY projects and makeovers of all time! ✨

You guys keep asking about #theporchproject and our subsequent surprise makeovers and so we are sharing alllllll about a very special one on the blog today!! #linkinprofile 😁

One Mama was VERY surprised! Yahoo!
We pulled it off in the nick of time! πŸ˜ƒπŸ’ƒ Read all about the behind the scenes drama, how it almost DIDN'T happen and watch a new #Youtube video sharing the reveal!! πŸ’•#linkinbio
This project was made possible by @officialmetrie and @theartofhome along with the expertise of my fav handy hubby @artthislittleestate #TLEBuildandDesign
We can't wait to create MORE surprise makeovers for you!! πŸ’•βœŒοΈ
Feel free to tag a friend in the comments who would love a room makeover and tell us what space in YOUR place could use some love!! The more momentum we can get behind this giving back initiative the better! ❀️Couldn't we all use more happy surprises and happy endings in our lives?! ❀️ Who knows, we might be coming to a porch near you NEXT!!

When the nicer weather rolls in with sunshine and warmth, my little crew and I leave our nest and head for the hills. Literally. I take my role as Mama-the-Memory-Maker seriously after all and I want their childhood to be dotted, as the path is with tiny white petals, with the prettiest glimpses into the great wide somewhere.
Now of course there will be whining, and falls, and way too many potty breaks, but I hope we can all remember the beauty along the way.
Life isn't perfect and motherhood isn't always glamorous. (Have you ever wiped a tiny bottom on the side of a rural trail with a leaf or carried a mud covered child up rocky hills? πŸ™‹) BUT I hope, when they look back at their messy childhood, that they remember all of the naturally radiant and humbling things this world has shown them around every bend. And, I pray, they learn from them. After all, a flower will always look for the light, even if no one is watching. 🌸 (more from our hike in my story for a limited time πŸ˜‰) Where are your favourite places to visit with your families? Do share! We plan on squeezing every drop of sunshine out of this summer.

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