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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Faux Fur Stool DIY


Who else agrees- Pinterest is a dangerous place?! I'm always coming across project ideas I want to try and today's post is 100% inspired by some pins I've come across of faux fur stools. Call me a girly girl but I think these fluffy accents are a cute/ fun addition to a room. I'd love to pair mine with a pretty vintage chair or vanity- what do you think??? I found a set of vintage stool legs and knew they'd be perfect for this project and I opted to not sand/ re- stain them but I updated the metal details and hardware with some gold spray paint for a touch of glam. This project did take a little while, so I'd give yourself and hour or two, but the results are worth the effort! Also be warned- working with faux fur can be a little messy, so be prepared to find bits of it everywhere after you're finished! ;) Now who's ready for some crafty fun?!

Materials:
- faux fur 
- upholstery foam (available at fabric/ craft stores)
- wood cut to size for seat base (I made mine 1' * 1')
- legs (great for a repurposing project or find new)
- spray paint
- scrap fabric to line the underside (optional)

Additional supplies/ tools:
- glue gun
- nail gun
- drill
- scissors
- saw
- painter's tape
- measuring tape


Directions:

1. If you're like me and are repurposing pieces or just want to add some metallic detail, tape off the part you don't want painted and spray paint everything- I also painted the hardware to match. Set aside to dry.


2. Cut your piece of wood to the size you want- I cut mine 1' * 1', followed by cutting the upholstery foam to size. I used 3 layers of 1" foam to get the size of cushion I wanted; you can make yours larger/ smaller based on preference, just make sure you have enough faux fur to wrap around it.



3. This step is optional, but I glued the first layer of foam to the wood base to help hold it in place while I secured the faux fur. This is up to you, but I found it really helped.


4. Cut your faux fur to size. I also cut a piece of scrap velvet to 1' * 1' to line the underside of the wood base so the bottom looked finished as well. For the faux fur, make sure you have enough to wrap all sides with 1- 2" extra on all sides to secure it to the base. For mine I used a piece that was 14" * 14".


5. If you're going to line the underside of the stool base, use a glue gun to secure it. Make sure it's glued down well on the edges. Stack your upholstery foam on top of the base and flip it upside down on the backside of the faux fur (make sure it's centred!). Now for the tricky part: For the corners, trim the corners of the fur away  (see photo), so that when you fold the fur down, the edges/ seams overlap by approx 1/4"- 1/2" (any more and the corners will be bulky). Use the glue gun to glue the pieces together, making sure the raw edges are tucked in (I pinched the seams together for a tight/ clean seam). If you prefer, you can also secure with a needle and thread.


6. When all sides and corners are glued, use a staple gun to secure the fur to the wood base. I put a staple in each corner and in the middle of each side. 


7. When your legs and hardware are dry, screw them onto the base. I measured in 1/4" from the edges based on the hardware I had. If you lined the underside of your base with fabric, make sure it doesn't wrinkle/ pucker as you drill in the screws.


8. Brush off any dust/ fur trimmings etc and...


Enjoy!









Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Diaper Genie Expressions {Review + Giveaway}


OK hands up, whose kid's rooms are better decorated than their own?! Haha I know that's true in my house!!! And while we're being honest here, it isn't hard to get carried away with all the cute everything you can decorate with nowadays. And that goes for everything from furniture to accessories and finishing touches- and now thanks to Playtex, it also applies to your diaper disposal system!

Meet the Diaper Genie Expressions system: all the features you know and love about the #1 selling diaper disposal system in North America along with customizable covers to help it suit your nursery style! You can keep the Diaper Genie Expressions in neutral white or pick from one of the designer sleeves (sold separately) to make it as eye- catching as it is functional. A diaper pail that locks in odour and germs and looks cute while doing it? YES PLEASE! Plus it's simple to pull the sleeves over the pail in just 3 easy steps (see how easy it is in the video!):

1. Pull down the fabric on the pail with the inner tag towards the bottom
2. Push the fabric into the top slot
3. Pull the fabric down and insert into the bottom



How cool is that?! And guess what??? I've got the chance for 10 readers to try out the Diaper Genie Expressions system with all 5 sleeves plus have the chance to win a $100 gift card to Babies R Us! In return all you have to do is publish a review on the Babies R Us website!

Want in? Here's how:
Send me an email to kpetrunia@hotmail that includes:
--- Your name
--- Mailing address
--- Preferred email address for contact purposes

In return all you have to do is:
- Try out the Diaper Genie Expressions system along with the different sleeves
- Write a review on the Babies R' Us website and send me the link to your review by October 19, 2016

That's it! Then you'll be entered for a 1 in 10 chance to win a $100 gift card from Babies R' Us!










More about the Diaper Genie Expressions system:
- all the odour control found with all Diaper Genie systems
- easy operation
- Push N' Lock clamp system to lock in odour
- disposal bags made with 7 layers to lock in germs and odours
- holds up to 50 newborn diapers so you won't have to change refills often

Retails for $34.99 and individual sleeves for $12.99. Available exclusively at Babies R Us October 1, 2016 and coming to Amazon.ca January 1, 2017.

To see my other post with Diaper Genie, click here.

Disclosure: I received product and compensation in exchange for this blog post. The review and opinions are my own. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

I Fell in Love With a Truck!... {Review}


Will and I have driven Ford vehicles for years. Between the 2 of us we've owned 4 since we've been driving and have joked that our driveway looks like a mini Ford dealership. The first vehicle I bought and paid off was a Ford Ranger and the day I sold it to buy my current vehicle- a Ford Escape- was a little heartbreaking. When we decided to jump at the chance to preemptively buy a more family- friendly vehicle, I had to say bye- bye to my baby. I loved that little truck, and have never given up on the idea that I might own another one again...

And then I got the chance to test out an F- 150 this Summer. I literally jumped for joy (see Instagram for that photo). I got to try it out for daily use (how much room for car seats and all our stuff? how difficult would it be to park?) and drive it to beautiful Bowen Island for a girls weekend getaway (how much stuff could we pack into this thing?!). I'm not usually the one to offer to drive, but this baby practically purred and it was such a pleasure to drive I was excited to get behind the wheel as much as I could.

For all of you that follow the blog on Instagram and saw my blog post about my girls weekend getaway, you have probably seen photos of the F- 150 I got to enjoy driving for a week. Ford Canada trusted me with this beauty to use and abuse for 7 days and it was really hard to give it back. Really. Seriously. Hard. We've discussed what our next vehicle will be if we decide to have a 3rd kid and/ or want to buy something that will suit our lifestyle as our kids get older- think camping, hunting, road tripping, etc- and this was a great chance to see if an F- 150 would suit our needs. Our Escape is great, but we know that we would eventually like a bigger vehicle and we both love the idea of an F- 150.

Having the chance to drive this truck for a week gave me enough time to get comfortable driving it and testing out all the features. At first I was a little nervous driving such a big vehicle, but within minutes of driving it I felt right at home. This truck was a bit of an ego- boost for me- I loved driving it and it was such a smooth, quiet ride. Sitting up high is a fun way to drive and it makes parking easy- you can see all around the vehicle, and if you need it, there is back- up assistance. This had been another thing I was curious about and while I think it takes a bit of practice, this truck wasn't so challenging to park that I had to take up 2 stalls (at least not after a few tries! ;) ). I prefer to back into a stall and the benefit of a truck is you can see the back end when you reverse, so I was more comfortable parking this way. And of course, for those of you who prefer, you can use the back up assist for extra help. See below for photos and vehicle features!










What I loved:

The fuel economy(!!!)
This was one of my big questions I had about moving up to a truck: what would it be like on gas? And I was really impressed with the answer I got. I expected to have to fill it up after only a few days of driving (I've heard horror stories about how some trucks are on gas) but I didn't have to until I returned it after 7 days of driving, including a 120 km round- trip drive to Bowen Island. And the low- tank indicator hadn't even come on yet. Thank you Ford for the 3.5L EcoBoost engine!

The comfort
This baby was spacious! Whether it was us with the kids, or the 5 gals heading to Bowen, there was always plenty of room to spare. And the seats were so comfortable. Ford has really thought of everything when it comes to driving in comfort and it didn't hurt that this truck was gorgeous inside and out (the twin panel moon roof made for some beautiful Summer driving). When I would get in and push- start the engine, the driver's seat would slide into my preferred position and we were off! 

Everything else
It's hard to narrow down everything I loved about this truck, because I really loved it all- from grille to tailgate- and it was such a pleasure to drive. The other things I appreciated were the touch screen that managed everything from my phone, music, GPS, and back- up assistance, (the list goes on), the heated/ cooled leather seats that were as comfortable as recliners to sit in, and the spacious cab and box- you can fold up the rear seats for extra room or store items under them, which is great for families looking for a practical option. This truck also had manners- when you opened the doors, the side rails would automatically come out so you could step up into the cab, and would automatically withdraw when the door closed. I know this is a novel thing to mention, but I appreciated features like this- especially with two little ones to pack in and out!

When the time comes to buy another vehicle, an F- 150 is definitely at the top of our list and this experience helped us see what owning a truck like this would be like and answered our questions regarding things like fuel economy, space, and features we would appreciate in our next vehicle. Whether for function or pleasure, there's a reason F- 150s are such a popular choice. For more vehicle features that come standard on the Ford F- 150 Limited, see below.

Standard Features on the Ford F- 150 Limited

Pro Trailer Backup Assist with Hook- Up Light
Simply turn a knob to indicate how much you need to turn the trailer and the system will steer the truck to turn the traler to the desired amount
8" LCD Productivity Screen
All the information you need right in front of you including furl usage and towing data with a customizable home screen
Seasonal Comfort
Stay comfortable no matter what time of the year with heated/ cooled front seats, dual- zone electronic automatic temperature control, and a heated steering wheel
Safety First
Collision warning with brake control if sensors detect a potential collision with the car ahead of you. Adaptive cruise control detects traffic slowing and decelerates in response using sensors in the grille
Seeing is Believing
Class exclusive 360 degree camera with split- view display stitches images together from 4 cameras (in the grille and tailgate, and under each side mirror) so you can see all sides of the truck
Voice- Activated Sync 3
Make a call with the push of a button and the sound of your voice
Voice- Activated Navigation System
Hands- free, voice activated technology helps you find your destination while keeping your hands on the wheel
Blind Spot Information System
Sensors detect traffic in driver's blind spot and provides a visual warning 
Power & Efficiency
3.5L Ecoboost engine delivers 6% higher city and 11% higher highway fuel efficiency over previous model for an efficient and durable driving experience
Reverse Sensing System
Provides audible alerts to help you avoid obstacles while backing up
Twin Panel Moonroof
Extends over the front and back seat to allow for beautiful overhead views and fresh air with the push of a button
Fully Flat Load Floor
Flip up the rear seats in SuperCrew models for extra space 



A big thank you to Ford Canada for giving me the chance to drive this beautiful truck! 


For more information about Ford and their current vehicle line up, visit the Ford Canada website and find them on social media:
Facebook: Ford Canada
Twitter: @FordCanada
Instagram: @fordcanada

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Keeping Organized In Style with Victoria Senges


How's everyone doing getting back into the school routine? Even though Ari isn't in school yet, the Fall always marks a change in routine as new activities start up and we look for fun ideas for things to do inside. And I know September can get a little crazy as parents ramp up with school and activities- I have to write everything down to make sure I keep organized, and we don't even have field trips and bake sales to keep track of yet! (hello Mom brain!).

I'm old fashioned and still prefer to use a day planner and a calendar to stay organized and have used a giant poster- sized one for years so I have lots of room to write everything down. It did the trick, but it wasn't a thing of beauty. Purely functional. And then this beauty came along! This month, Victoria Senges has launched a beautiful 16- month calendar- just in time for the new school year!- and I'm loving that she created one that's big enough for everything I need to write down and that it's got a clean and simple look. It does the job and it's  pretty too! No matter what your decorating style, this calendar will be a stylish addition to keep you organized. It works great both to hang (like I do) or to use as a flat desk calendar. She's also included a side column so there's room to write notes and extra info you don't want to forget. If you need a way to keep everything organized in one place, this beautiful calendar is perfect! Check out this beauty below and don't miss the PROMO CODE at the end!!!






Want one for your home? Shop the 16 month calendar hereUse promo code PAMPEREDBABY15 to get 15% off when you order one between September 13- 20, 2016!

Calendar Features:
Perfect to hang on walls or as a desk calendar
16 months: September 2016- December 2017
Large spaces for each day to write event/ appointment info, etc
Side column for notes
Beautiful monochromatic design to suit any decor style
Dimensions: 12" * 15"
Includes important Canadian & US holidays and observances
$25

To see all the other beautiful products available, visit Victoria's website & check her out on social media:

Instagram: @victoriasenges
Facebook: Victoria Senges Design Co.
Pinterest: Victoria Senges

Monday, September 12, 2016

Fresh Air & Fun at EcoKeepers Discovery Day


Who doesn't love a little fresh air and sunshine? We're so lucky to live in beautiful BC and there are so many amazing ways to share about nature with our kids. I loved being outside as a kid and I want mine to grow up with the same love for the outdoors as I did. There are plenty of opportunities living where we do, and I'm excited to try out geocaching for the first time this weekend with Ari at EcoKeepers Discovery Day (have you tried it???).

EnviroKidz  wants to help get families outside and are hosting a fun geocaching event this Saturday (Sept 17) at Stanley Park: EcoKeepers Discovery Day. In addition to a little competitive fun out in nature, there will be prizes up for grabs and some treats from Nature's Path! Plus the first 50 participants will receive a swag bag filled with organic goodies from Envirokidz, a trackable ladybug, and a $50 gift card from Whole Foods. 

Geocaching is a free activity and whether you're experienced with this fun activity or a beginner like me, it's a fun way to get your kids out in nature looking for hidden treasures! The goal of the new EcoKeepers program is to get kids outside and discover the natural world around them and help them develop a lifelong relationship with nature through free school and camp programs. To learn more about this program or request it for your kid's school, visit the EcoKeepers website. Want to come try geocaching out for yourself and enjoy a fun day out with the family? See below for all the details, hope to see you there!

Event Details:

When: Saturday September 17th from 10am- 2pm
Where: Ceperley Playground (Second Beach) in Stanley Park

What to bring: a GPS or mobile device & running shoes, and you're good to go!

Prizes:
Grand Prize: $250 gift card from Whole Foods & a Nature's Path gift basket
Runner- Up Prize: Gift basket from Nature's Path

Check out the EcoKeepers Facebook event page to RSVP & make sure to invite others you know who'd love to go! 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

#PlayTestShare Fun & Games with Raincoast Books {+Giveaway}


It's that time of year when we start to spend more time inside and have to get creative with keeping the kids busy. It's not always easy (is it ever???) keeping them entertained when the weather isn't so great and everyone is getting restless. Who else can relate? Crafts, reading, games, and puzzles are some of our favourite indoor activities and I try to have a variety on hand to keep Ari occupied on days when we're stuck inside. 

I had the pleasure of working with Raincoast Books earlier this year (see here, here, and here for other posts with them) and they have organized a great line- up of fun books & activities to make the cooler months when we get cozy inside a little more entertaining. I'm sharing about 2 of their games/ activities from their most recent #PlayTestShare collection plus get to give a lucky reader 2 games/ activities of their choice (see below to enter!). Check out the 2 we got to try and get some fun ideas to keep your kids entertained this Fall! 

Herve Tullet's Zazazoom! A Game of Imagination 
This 3- in- 1 open- ended game helps kids improve memory skills and use their imaginations. One part matching, one part dominoes, and one part memory, take your pick based on your child's interests and abilities with Matching Game, Road Builder,  and  Pattern Grower. This popular children's author (titles include Press Here, Mix It Up, and Let's Play!) has created a fun set of games that encourage creativity and constructive thinking.

I love that you can pick the game(s) suited to your child's interests and how each one encourages kids to use their imagination and creativity a little differently. We're big fans of Herve Tulle in our house (see this post) and this set of games is perfect to accompany his books. I like that each game posed a different challenge and Ari and her friends really had fun playing them (I think Road Builder was the biggest hit). 






Punch Out & Play Book
Loaded with 10 puzzles and 13 classic games including Memory, Go Fish, and Dominoes, this book is full of fun for kids of all ages. With art and designs by Laura Ljungkvist, the book comes with punch- out envelopes to easily store all of the games and puzzles your kids punch out.

This book is loaded with activities and kids will probably want to help punch out all the pieces (the 3 girls definitely did!). I've seen ideas on Pinterest for busy bags and this book reminded me of them- simple ideas to keep kids entertained with the added bonus of them using their brains at the same time. This would be perfect to bring on a plane if you travel with your kids and need to keep them entertained for a long period of time, or pack a few of the envelopes in the car on days when you run errands with the kids. With 23 games and puzzles, you can switch up the selection at home and in the car so your kids don't get bored playing with the same one all the time. 






To see all of the games/ activities included in Raincoast Books most recent #PlayTestShare selection, click here. And for more ways to enter, visit my friend Tamara's post on her blog Discovering Parenthood! Click here to see her #PlayTestShare post with Raincoast Books.

Want to have some fun indoors this Fall? Enter below for your chance to win any 2 of the 9 games/ activities from the most recent #PlayTestShare selection!