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A few months back I spotted this desk in my grandparents’ basement while storing a few things and I immediately fell in love. When I learned that it actually belonged to my mom when she was a teenager I knew that I wanted to restore it and turn it into something that I can use in my new home. I decided that a fresh coat of paint and colour update was exactly what it needed and decided to use Premier Paint from Canadian Tire to bring it back to life!

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The desk was so pretty but definitely needed a little bit of TLC to fix it back up and restore it to how lovely it used to be and I knew it would take a little work. I decided to go with the Premier Active line because it has primer built in, which means less work in the long run, and great coverage. It’s also stain resistant, something that will definitely be useful for a desk.

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Looking for a fun DIY project of your own? Follow these steps to paint an old desk (or other furniture)of your own; you can use a piece you have kicking around or try checking out garage sales and buy & sell groups on Facebook to find something that will fit into your home.

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  1. Sand! The desk that I used already had paint on it, so I had to remove this before I could paint. Use a coarse grit sandpaper (I used 80) to break through and remove the existing paint or varnish. An electric sander is great for this and definitely makes the job easier. Afterwards, I went over everything with a fine grit (220) sandpaper to finish and prime the wood for painting.
  2. Clean the desk up. I used a vacuum to remove sawdust from the area so I wouldn’t have to worry about it getting into the paint and used a damp cloth to wipe down the desk and remove any dust from it.
  3. Prep the area! Make sure you cover anything nearby that you don’t want to get paint on so you don’t have to worry about accidents. Garbage bags work great for this in a pinch!
  4. Paint! I got to work with my Premier Active Paint from Canadian Tire in three shades (I used the shades Shy Rose, Powder Room & Charming Rose). You don’t need to prime the surface with this paint so I could get right into it. Make sure you paint all visible surfaces, including the top of the drawers and sides as they’ll be seen when pulled out. I went with two coats to maximize the look of the paint and it turned out great!
  5. Apply hardware to finish the look off. I picked up these great jeweled knobs at Canadian Tire and decided to keep the original handle for the long drawer as a nod to the original desk.

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What do you think of my desk makeover? Do you have any fun DIY projects in the works? If you decide to try to paint an old desk I would love to hear about it!

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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Canadian Tire but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo

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Lately, I’ve been on a bit of a health kick. Between getting ready to head to Costa Rica for a few weeks (helloooo, I’m going to basically be living on the beach), coming out of winter and just generally trying to focus on myself a bit more, I’ve been trying to make some changes for a healthier and more positive lifestyle. Of course, part of this means eating properly and adding foods into my daily life that nourish and give benefits.  If you’re in the same boat, you’ll love this post, because I’m talking about how to make the perfect smoothie bowl (with a recipe!).

I love smoothies, and turning them into a bowl full of goodness is super easy – and fun! I really like having them this way, as it turns them into a fun snack. You can add different ingredients to get exactly what you want out of it and to make it taste the way that you want, and if you feel like getting creative, you can turn it into a bit of an art project.

I recently had a chance to get some insight into what makes the perfect smoothie bowl from Joy McCarthy, Holistic Nutritionist and the brains behind Joyous Health. In order to maximize the potential of your smoothie bowl, it’s important to ensure you have a combination of protein (which helps with things like metabolism, muscle recovery & healthy hair/skin/nails), good fat (to build healthy cells & regulate sex hormones), fiber (because your body needs to detox) and phytonutrients (for improved short and long-term health).

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And now, because I’m sure you’re all itching to have your own benefit-packed smoothie bowl, check out this recipe from Joy + a few of my favourite add-ons to make it even better!

Funky Monkey Smoothie Bowl Recipe

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 medjool date
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 scoop Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Proteins+ in chocolate flavour (because this powder is fermented it is more easily absorbed for better nourishment – and it doesn’t cause bloating!

Blend all of the ingredients until smooth and pour into a bowl, then top with your favourite ingredients!

What do I like to add on?

  • Strawberries – full of polyphenols and Vitamin C to give my immune system a boost
  • Pumpkin seeds – packed with zinc and magnesium
  • Pomegranate seeds – antioxidant-rich
  • Hemp hearts – protein for improved metabolism
  • Raspberries – full of vitamins, antioxidants and fiber
  • Coconut – protein and fiber
  • Kiwi – high source of Vitamin C and helps improve skin and digestion
  • Dragonfruit – rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients
  • Genuine Health greens+ Extra Energy – jam-packed with phytonutrients with a clean, natural source of energy – you’ll honestly notice a change with regular use!

What would you add in for your perfect smoothie bowl?

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Disclaimer: This post contains PR samples sent for editorial consideration, but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo

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Today I’m going to be sharing a few easy tips for better blog photos. These are quick ideas that you can put into action fairly quickly to take your blog and Instagram photography to the next level! Watch the video below and read on for more details.

Tips for better blog photos:

  1. Perfect your flatlays!
    • This means playing around with different props. I love the dollar store for finding different items to fit in with a photo’s theme or to give it a quick little boost. I find that they’re treasure troves of fun little items that you can use to accessorize or add a little character – think things like fake flowers, gems and home decor.
    • Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box! Play around with the layout of the products you’re focusing on. There’s not set way or formula to lay out your shot, so have fun with it and find something that works with your aesthetic.
    • Floor tiles make great backgrounds for photos and can add nice texture to the background of a shot. Habitat for Humanity ReStore locations, other reuse centers and hardware stores carry tons of different options and are usually pretty inexpensive. Other items like scrapbook paper, coloured construction paper and cutting/serving blocks are great for this as well. Try playing around with a couple different options at the same time to create a unique look!
  2. Play around with lighting!
    • Natural light is the best lighting your going to get. Try shooting in the morning when the light is pure if you live somewhere with access to lots of it!
    • If you don’t have a ton of natural light, like myself, you can purchase decently priced lighting sets online to make things easier for you. I use umbrella lights for my product photography and a ring light for face shots – they brighten your skin and give it a nice glow.
  3. Edit your photos before they go live!
    • Photoshop is  fantastic resource and one of the most in depth ways to edit your photos. Play around with your shots to make them as perfect as possible before you share them. If you’re new to Photoshop, there are tons of tutorials available online to help you learn how to properly edit your photos.
    • If you’re on a budget, there are many free alternatives to Photoshop that will give you great results. Try programs like Picasa, PicMonkey and GIMP to clean up your photos.
    • Shooting from your phone? There are many great photo editing apps available that allow you to edit directly from your phone. I’m a big fan of Snapseed, Afterlight and Color Story for my mobile editing.

How do you make your blog photos even better?

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I’m going to start this off by letting you know that I’m an absolute Halloween fanatic. October 31st is, hands down, my favourite day of the year, and I usually start choosing my costume for next year as soon as the holiday has passed. This year, I’m finally being a mermaid, and completely DIYing my costume (I can share deets on this if anyone’s interested!). In the meantime, I wanted to share this subtle Candy Corn Manicure. I do realize that not everyone gets as worked up about Halloween as I do or prefer to take a more subtle approach to Halloween beauty; this easy nail art will give you a chance to get into the spirit without going overboard.

Oh, and did I mention it’s easy? Because it really is. My dad could probably pull this off.

Start off by prepping your nails with base coat to smooth (Formula X Color Corrector is perfect for this) and one-two coats of white polish (I used OPI Alpine Snow for this one). Prep your cuticles with a hydrating moisturizer or apply white glue or a cuticle guard to make clean up easier.

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Next, take a triangular cosmetics sponge (you can pick these up at the dollar store) and trim it to get a piece that’s similar in width to your nails. Starting from the top, apply a wide stripe of polish in white, followed by a soft yellow (I used OPI Infinite Shine in Bee Mine Forever) and finished with a stripe of a soft orange shade (Essie Gel Couture in Looks to Thrill), layering them like a neopolitan ice cream that will fit from base to tip of your nails. Dab on a piece of paper a couple of times to blend the colours together a little, then gently dab onto your nails to transfer the polish and create the candy corn look. Reapply the polish to the sponge as needed, and try to do a couple of coats to build the colour. Once finished, apply a top coat (Seche Vite dries quickly and locks in colour) to blend the polish even more and secure the look.

Will you be trying this Candy Corn Manicure or any Halloween nail art?

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Caffeine addict? Today marks national coffee day, and Sally Hansen’s Global Colour Ambassador Madeline Poole created the perfect mocha mani in honour of it, using Miracle Gel polishes. Take a look at the mani and learn how to get the look below!

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Start by applying 2 coats of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Birthday Suit to all the nails.

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Using a striping brush, outline a semi-circle shape on the pinky nail using the color Sally Hansen Miracle
Gel in Totem-ly Yours. The shape should resemble the shape of a coffee bean – oblong and round.

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Fill in this semi-circle and repeat this process in a flip-flopping manner down the nails. The feel should be
organic and random in placement.

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After painting the coffee bean outlines. Allow the nails to dry a few minutes and then apply one coat of
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat.

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The look is super chic, and can easily be worn well past National Coffee Day. The nude look is timeless, or you can try switching up the shades to create your own colour combination. What shades would you try?

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