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{Bethany} This Little Estate  Canadian Design&Build renovator w/@artthislittleestate |Tamer of tresses@bethanythislittlesalon |Living+loving w/our three littles ⬇️

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Shout out to my parents who didn't bat an eye when I spray painted furniture neon pink, indoors, on brand new carpet, or modge-podged my walls with music sheets or painted all of our basement trim turquoise. If it wasn't for your enthusiasm for my creativity this little corner wouldn't be about to make its hard working weekend debut!
I spy an old table painted new again, a lantern spray painted, a pouff revived with outdoor paint and a laundry basket painted and used as a planter. It's a wonderful thing to see that everything has possibility!

Though, now I have taken my spray-painting-make-over tactics outdoors where it should be. πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰πŸ’™ What's the weirdest decor decision you ever made? Can it trump Modge-podged walls? Where are all my creative doers at?

It's raining and pouring out today but in here the coffee is brewing, the fire is turned up and the window is cracked just a smidgen to let in the cool breeze that's presently dancing about our home with the sweetest lilac fragrance. Counting my blesssings today in the form of bloom bearing Lovelies (looking at you @pardonmypositivity @ambersparklez!!) and being reminded that small acts of kindness can sometimes make the biggest impact. Just ask my kids who keep sneaking in @bethanythislittlesalon to plunk their noses into this πŸ‘†unbelievable sweetness!!
#theporchproject lives on. 🌸
Have you played yet?
What flowers are in full bloom where you are? πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ

Glorious sunshine past 8PM? Yes please! πŸ‘‹
Summer is so close I can almost smell it!! πŸ™Œ
Are days stretching longer, tree buds growing bigger and warmer days happening where you are too??

When I was a little girl I got lost in my imagination more times then was found adorable. Just ask my grade school teachers. 😌I was often caught mentally deconstructing the classroom bulletin boards until perfection and day dreaming out the window about nature exploring until the bell went. You could say I wasn't a diligent student and boredom was the bane of my existence when confined between four walls.
However, when the school bell rang and classroom hours were over, when the sky was the limit, I would somehow be found with pen and paper in hand. My childhood was spent enjoying countless hours writing-writing-writing until I suddenly filled up giant overflowing totes with my stories. Luckily, we didn't have Netflix then and today I'm left with a basement full of my innocent imagination put to paper. This weekend I remembered all of that.
How could I not with my world coming full circle and my own littles writing and reading their tales from the backseat like I use to.
It's humbling and fascinating to hear their imagination in all it's childhood glory. I'm always shocked, stopped in my tracks, because this mothering thing borders on constantly being magical right when you least expect it to be. One minute I'm yelling at them to stop pinching each other before I turn this car around and put them all to bed immediately and the next I am welling up with pride over their creative and encouraging spirits as they take turns reading and supporting each other with enthusiasm.

Mamas, do you ever have those full circle moments? The ones you want to capture forever in time? Is it when your child follows in your footsteps or when they resemble your baby pictures or when the teaching and nagging pays off in a moment of parenting glory? Do tell. Sometimes we need to recall the good times and put them at the top of our memory pile. Am I right? 😊What moments make you stop, drop and capture?

You guys keep asking when we will do a kitchen reveal and I keep saying "soon". But the truth is, and every parent knows, kitchens are rarely ever photo ready. There are crumbs on the floor, pots on the stove, kids underfoot and dishes in the sink. Real life happens here! After all, three meals a day, and seven additional kid friendly snacks a day are created and devoured within these walls. However, I wouldn't change the happy chaos for a Pinterest worthy kitchen any day! πŸ˜‰
One of these days I will share our total do-it-yourself kitchen and share all of our tips and tricks with y'all, but today I simply snapped this picture of our kitchen being used and loved and I kinda really like it in its natural state. #keepitreal We've got a batch of kombucha brewing and a blog post brewing to go with it. You guys asked for it, so that's currently easier than getting a kitchen picture perfect. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚ So tell me, what do you want to know about brewing? Do you want to know all about its health benefits? What type of teas to use? How to get the perfect champagne taste? How to flavour kombucha? OR, should we just have another kombucha workshop -- THIS time in my humble and happy kitchen? 😌😊#TLEKitchenReno #TLEBuildandDesign

I feel most at home with my bare feet touching the earth and nothing but blue skies separating heaven from me.
Because of that, this spot "in" the house is my absolute favourite right now. πŸ’›

Are you nature obsessed like me? Is your favourite day spent outdoors too? Is "Swiss family Robinson" your family goals as well?
If so, come over, we should talk. ✌️
#sneakpeek (SOURCE: Jonathan Day Bed: @leonsfurniture)

Blooms and clean counters, is there anything better?? βœ¨πŸ‘Œ Heading off to hang with my brother @matthewgrieve and family tonight but had to document this rarity. After a busy work week my only worry tonight is what we will order in for dinner and which wine to chose to accompany it.
Currently taking recommendations if you have any. πŸ˜‰βœŒοΈWhat are you guys doing this #may24weekend ?? Whatever it is I hope it includes the ones you can put up with the most! πŸ˜‰πŸ’›#TLEKitchenReno

New phone, new camera, same old treasured laugh lines!! For those of you who don't know I work as a full time hair stylist at @bethanythislittlesalon and I hear way too often that women are sick and tired of chasing after perfection. We are bombarded by it and tired of portraying a perfect life and self, so let's just stop.
I for one am embracing the fact that I rested this morning instead of tackling my long to do list before work. I'm giving myself permission to ignore my sink full of dishes and my messy hair and my overdue roots. I'm embracing myself and my life in it's present state with no expectations of a perfect tomorrow. Just now.
Messy, imperfect and uncoiffed and invite you to do the same.
So, this is your gentle reminder that your worth isn't skin deep or superficial. It will never be found in your flawless skin, your picked up home, your perfect children or when you reach your goal size or when you land that great job. You will be remembered, captured always, not in a pretty picture, but in the way you make others feel when they are in your presence.

The formula is simple. Create new laugh lines and the memories will follow. ✌️Who's ready? It's the weekend after all!!

Nine stores later and I finally have a copy in my hands! πŸ’›(Special thanks to @artthislittleestate for going on a wild goose chase for me!!) This is the @thebirdspapaya who is not only a local #Guelph girl but a dear friend and one of my first ever hair clients!
I've had the pleasure of watching her transform her life into what she only dreamed possible and now here she is front and centre on the cover of a national magazine, proving to the world that dreams can come true if you work hard and stay humble!! Can you believe she's lost one hundred pounds naturally and at home?! Can't wait to share this with every beauty that walks through the doors of @bethanythislittlesalon today! We have been dying to read her story and I know you will too!
Check news stands for @oxygenmagazine to learn more about her inspiring story. πŸ’•#supportlocal #womenempoweringwomen #girlgang

What is it about Thursdays before a long weekend? There is so much anticipation and excitement in the air, no?πŸ˜€ Today there is also long awaited WARMTH in the air! Hallelujah! πŸ’ƒ

So, with warm sunny days here finally, I've been truly breaking in our patio as promised. I can't wait to show you the finished area!! To see a glimpse of how we have been enjoying the space check out a glimpse of a real life web series we are involved with at @wildandlightstudio (coming soon!) in conjunction with @leonsfurniture πŸ’›Look for our littlest on film maker @shawnlovering page and that's the clip!

For now, here's a little list of all the DIY elements in this vignette ⬆️ if you are hoping to spruce up your outdoor space this weekend!
1. Painted striped deck with @benjaminmoore new outdoor line.
2. Painted table turned drink station
3. Spray painted lanterns
4. Revamped wicker pouff
5. Hacked indoor curtain rod with mosquito netting drapes
6. Faux wood pillars!

Expect a whole blog post soon showing you how we turned this dumpy space into a little retreat. Are you guys working on your outdoor spaces?
Have any questions about revamping tired sun soaked items with paint and/or color?
I'm your girl!
Shoot me your questions here and I'll let you know what have worked for us!! β˜ΊοΈπŸ˜€#TLEBuildandDesign
Are you guys planning to spend lots of time outdoors for the long weekend?

There's something so introspective about birthdays. When they are your babies' birthdays, it's even amplified.
You can remember the first time you saw them. The exact moment when your eyes and hearts locked simultaneously. You can recall their first laugh, the way they felt against your skin, the worry, fear and complete astounding joy that came along with bringing them home, when you knew they were yours forever.
There's something sweet and so incredibly emotional about watching your baby huff and puff at each year's candles a top a cake too. You know?
Our youngest baby is a whole handful now. I can hardly believe it. The smoke from his candles proved just that as their dark smoke swirled and whirled and danced a pretty celebratory jig with the air today. It was almost the loveliest dance of the day until I scooped him up in my arms, close to my heart where he belongs, and whirled him around the yard tonight while the sun shone down on us.
Birthdays mean more than they use to. They don't just mean the arrival of a new number, not to Mamas. Nope. Instead they mean the completion of a new year and the locking away of a million beautiful memories to archive until you need them most. When they are small enough to fit on your lap and in your arms, beside your heart, where only you can recall where you first grew together. ✨

The sun shone, the kids mostly smiled and the magazine making magic that is @autumnhachey and the moment collecting genius that is @scarletoneill captured our spaces for #leonshellosunshine πŸ™Œ

Today was a jam packed day full of goodness. There was sweetness too with the addition of our little man's birthday and of course cake. πŸ˜‰I'd be lying if I said I wasn't filled with emotion over the fact that time is flying by and I just want to savour every second. How is our baby FIVE?! So, after filming tomorrow with the @wildandlightstudio crew we are making plans to sit right here and work in our @leonsfurniture patio furniture and cross our fingers that patio weather lasts on and on. Then I'm going to count my babies new freckles from now until at least July. β˜ΊοΈπŸ‘Œ PS: Would you believe this deck was black with mold when we first bought our house? It was. But thanks to @benjaminmoore and the power of paint this deck has turned from dreary to delightful. πŸ‘ŒThis new space is going to be our favourite summer spot. πŸ˜‰ Who's coming over to break in this space with us first? Should I chill the drinks now or brew us a nice hot pot of tea? Home is best when shared, isn't it? ☺️#sneakpeek

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