Sunday, 1 January 2017

Holla, 2017.

Being Santa took a lot out of me this year. I never felt like I could get a handle on anything and the mom guilt...it ran deep. 

Examples: We missed our usual Christmas Parade, didn't drive around to check out the lights, didn't make it through our book advent (which I put together three days late), didn't go to our usual Christmas tree farm to get our tree and instead bought one from the Canadian Tire parking lot (for shame), squeaked in our Santa visit by the skin of our teeth ON Christmas Eve, the list, she goes on.  I don't know if it was work (super busy), three Christmas' to make magical (basically impossible), or a heart two sizes too small, but I am SO done (and if you know me you know this is nada like me...we have been known to leave Christmas decorations up until February *insert hide face in shame emoji.) Thankfully, I don't think the kids are going to hold it against me.


*Note: Santa's expression says it all...

So, today you will find me packing up all. the. things. purging, cleaning, organizing. Shedding the skin of 2016, and heading into the New Year all sleek and on fleek. (Is that what the youngins are saying?) you know, getting ready for a brand new year. 

So, whether your Holidays were on point, or not, (someone pry the urban dictionary away from my old, uncool hands) I think we can all agree that the backside of 2016 is a wonderful sight. 2017 I have high hopes for you. 

Let's get this show on the road. 




Tuesday, 1 November 2016

WIWW + Halloween Update

When I wrote this post on the topic of Halloween we were planning our Pee Wee's Playhouse costumes. #Halloweenfail #maybenextyear. Many factors lead to the demise of that theme including me being away for the better part of the week for work, lack of toddler sized slim grey suits, and an inability to agree on which five characters we should be (there are so many options to choose from!). So on Sunday, (Yup, the day before Halloween) We booked it to PartyCity and found the strong man shirt, the Women's Ringmaster Accessory kit #poorvaughn, a beard, a mustache, black balloons and face paint. Mix in the cowardly lion costume from last year, add a few pom poms to a sweater and voila...the Muhl Family Circus.

Circus Freak show family Halloween costume.

All week Vaughn was talking about how he was going to be a police officer for Halloween and I was starting to feel mom guilt about making him be our ring leader (and a sexy one at that), but Halloween night he rocked it and was the star of the show. #Ibetterstartsavingfortherapynow

I've also been wearing clothes. These are not the most exciting outfits, but in keeping with the true spirit of WIWW I feel like I need to post them anyway. If I want better pictures I have to wear better outfits...which I think is the whole point of why/how WIWW was created. So with my head hung in shame here is what I've been wearing. 


turtleneck + boots
turtleneck / tank(old) / jeans(old) / boots(old)


blouse + leopard flats
top / jeans(old) / flats


ponte dress
dress / tights / boots(old)

Later Gators,

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Sunday, 30 October 2016

This is Halloween

I'm not going to say Halloween is my jam, because really, it's not. I don't like spooky, gore, or candy corn. I do, however, like to dress up, and thankfully, the rest of the fam is on board with my insistence on a family group costume every year (so far) for the ol' Trick or Treat. 

Last year, Jonas was only a few months old and I didn't think I had it in me (Hence the store bought Paw Patrol costumes), but in true Terianne fashion, I changed my mind at the last minute and threw together the wizard of oz.

Skye, Chase and Chickaletta. Paw Patrol is on a roll.
Paw Patrol

Family Costume 2015. The Wizard of Oz. Wicked witch, Tin Man, Lion, Scarecrow and of course, Dorothy.
The wizard of oz
Thankfully, we had two events to go to so the costumes didn't go to waste, and also, the kids dress up as Sky and Chase about 45 times per week so it's all good. 

2014 was the year of Frozen for us (and the rest of the world, amiright?) so there was no debate on this one. I also made the kids wear their costumes to Lilah's Frozen Fourth birthday party a few days later. #twoforone 

Family Costume 2014. Frozen, Of Course! Kristoff, Olaf, Elsa and Anna.
Frozen
2013 was our first foray into the group family costume spurred on mainly from these bear hat's I found at Dollarama. We all just wore regular clothes, but it was the start to our Halloween tradition and I'm going to go with it as long as the kiddos will be willing participants. #familycostumesforlife

Family Costume 2014. Goldilocks and the three bears.
Goldilocks and the three bears
As I was looking through our photos I found these gems from the days of the couple costume just to prove how cool we were even before kids. 

*note: Anyone know how to Photoshop out that spooky string?

Couples Costume. Kenny and Dolly for the win!
Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

Our first Couple Costume. Airline Pilot and Flight Attendant
Airline pilot and flight attendant
Now, to work on our costume for this year...It's going to be a good one. Happy Halloween(prep) folks!







Friday, 21 October 2016

Mad for Plaid

Lately, we've been working on upping the ante on the dress code at work and I've been putting together some outfit inspirations using key pieces from our newest collections mixed with basics to inspire our staff to be more creative when putting together their outfits. And, honestly, to inspire myself, too. I love these outfits so much that I figured you guys might get a kick out of them. 

*disclaimer: in case you've never picked up on what I'm putting down, I currently work for Joe Fresh although they have absolutely nada to do with this blog or how much I love the clothes. I am not an affiliate and receive no compensation for talking about the product I'm just trying to keep it real with what I'm wearing, and by proxy, that means stuff (and lots of it) from my store.

The basic pieces are all classics that you probably already have sitting in your closet (and if not, it's time to stock up!). Just add your favorite version of a plaid shirt, skirt or dress, you know, in case you don't exclusively shop at Joe Fresh. #althoughyoushould #imightbebiased















Thursday, 20 October 2016

Now THAT Blog is Da BOMB vol.1

In my last post I gave an extensive, but by no means all inclusive, list of all the ways I've been "keeping busy" and therefore letting myself be King Procrastinator on the 'ol blog front BUT I failed to mention the top spot.(Did I mention work and Netflix?) The numero uno way that I spend my time, and that, my friends, is stalking reading other blogs. 

I am always on the lookout for a good blog to follow and I die if the archives are easy to navigate because I lurve going back to post one and seeing how it all started...I've read YHL(who hasn't?), yellow brick home and Vintage Revivals all from post one, to name just a few.

I know what your thinking. Ain't nobody got time for dat. And I will admit, now that I'm back at work, I have less time to read a blog from start to current, but I'm still a sucker for a good post and love seeing my inbox fa-ull with new posts (Yes, I'm a receive new  post by email kinda girl). I figured, since I've done all the dirty work, I might as well share some of my favourite blogs with you fine folks. I'm calling it...Now THAT Blog is Da BOMB.

So here we go with Vol.1





PERFECT 30 MINUTE RED CURRY

I stumbled across this blog when I was looking for 21-day Fix recipes (no, I've never done 21-day fix. Why?), and not only does every dang recipe look mother effing delicious, and healthy (I know, who cares!) but Annie is also hilarious. Food + Funny = A winning combo in my books.

SIMPLE SESAME NOODLES

I don't know about you but thinking about putting food on the table every night makes me a little edgy and The Garlic Diaries has me laughing all the way to the freezer and through the twenty minutes it takes to heat up those chicken nuggets. The recipes are super family friendly, too. #win

30 MINUTE ONE POT HAMBURGER HELPER

I want to make EVERY recipe! And I will, I will, I will...but for now, I'm just enjoying filling up my Pinterest board with all of this goodness! So, if you are adulting better than I (or not, I don't judge), head straight over, but please be warned you will not be able to decide what to make for supper, so you might want to have a pizza already ordered. #justkeepingitreal.


30 MINUTE ONE POT BARBECUE CHICKEN QUINOA SKILLET

Enjoy!

Later Gators, 





Monday, 10 October 2016

WIWM

Hidey ho, everybody. 

Well, I'm sad to say...it happened again. I started back at work and fell off the (blogging) wagon. I don't know how all these people do it, yo! 

There. Is. No. Time.

Well, there's time. 

Time for work, vacuuming, Netflix bingeing, apple picking, beer drinking, brunch going, grocery shopping, running jogging (slow) jogging, party planning, party going....I guess the problem is that I just need to prioritize blogging. 

I'm thinking I'll scratch vacuuming off the list and get me some blog posts up ( like all house cleaning really....anybody know someone I can hire?)

I was out recently with my East Coast posse and those crazy fellas would not pipe down about the ol' bloggy-poo...Thanks dudes, even though you're totally obliged to say FJR is the bomb I still appreciate the love and looky-loo here's a new post. Surprise!

Always my go-to to get things rolling again...a WIWWM. 

I work in retail so pretty much anything goes. Some days I dress up, but I can also get away with being very casual, too. Hopefully, you can be inspired by my boring rad, working mom-of-three style/non-style.  I will link to the outfits but obvs I shop pretty much exclusively from work. I think you could easily recreate these outfits from stuff you already have, or stuff from your favorite store, or heck, just Joe Fresh it up already.



Layered lace collar, camel sweater and silk blouse with basic skinny jeans and black smoking shoes

Sweater//top similar//jeans //shoes similar


Open front cardigan, long tank, skinny pants, sueded pointy flats, and a fab fall scarf.

Cardigan similar//tank similar//scarf//pants similar//shoes

Boyfriend blazer, striped boatneck, Olive pintuck leggings, and leopard flats.

blazer//striped top similar//pants//shoes

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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Remember the playroom reno?

I'll admit it.  I've been a tad bit distracted with all this summer weather.

I may have proclaimed things like, "The world is our playroom!", "who need a playroom when you've got mother nature" and "We'd be wise to do the backyard first!" and then it rains (or is +30), and I'm all, "Where the #%@$ is my @#$%ing playroom!" 

So, rain or shine, this week it's back on the agenda.

The playroom is slowly but surely coming together.  Electrical has been put in, drywall is up, mudded and sanded, and we are prepping to paint ALL the things starting with the exposed ceiling.

The way it works around here is that I will come up with an idea (ex. paint the exposed basement ceiling) and Ryan will be left to figure out the details (ex. how to go about painting the exposed basement ceiling)...which he hates doing.  So, he procrastinates until the cows come home.  Which is never.  We don't have cows.  But I mean, how hard could it be?  It's been done many, many times, and it seems pretty straight forward, right?

Recently, my sister was visiting so we dumped the kids on her let her have some quality time with the kiddos, while we got the ball rolling on painting the ceiling by taping off an area for Ry to "practice" with the paint sprayer.  We are using a compressed air sprayer, which there are minus none tutorials for, so I'm preeeetty sure we are starting off on the wrong foot, but once that area is done we will put all the junk that's in the other corner, and spray that area and then we are one step closer to a finished-ish space. I'm optimistically hoping that the ceiling will be done by next weekend.(I can hear you laughing from here. Stop it.)

For the floor we keep waffling between putting laminate, vinyl tile, or just painting the concrete.  Since we are renting, we really don't want to invest too much money, but I want it to feel welcoming enough that we will actually want to go down there and hang out. I'm still torn on what we should do.  Any thoughts?

Either way, we will need some soft spots to land.  Emily Henderson recently had a great post about mixing rugs in the same room that has given me some great inspiration. 

Here are some contenders.




I'm thinking we will need at least two rugs, maybe three.  But first we need to figure out this whole paint sprayer situation. #wishusluck