September 4, 2017

We are having a baby!!! We are so. very. excited. But it wouldn’t be the full picture without first sharing the part that wasn’t so exciting.

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The truth about being MIA the last few months is that I was absolutely destroyed by the first trimester. What torture that was! I had never felt so sick in my life :(. All day nausea with vomiting (2-3 times a day), dizziness, extreme fatigue, constant bloating, horrible gas pains, and excruciating hunger. It was completely debilitating and I actually felt like I was going to die. While every inch of me was so grateful for this gift, feeling horrible every single day for 7 weeks straight really took away the excitement of the pregnancy for a while there.

The bright side of it all? Other than the obvious little peanut growing inside of me, Chris had been a rock by my side. I had never seen him in this light before. Completely and utterly selfless throughout my sickness and did everything he could to help. I am so blessed to have this man and going through this has made me fall in love with him even more. I have a sneaking suspicion that there will be a whole lot more falling in love as we journey through the ups and downs of life and as we grow and bond deeper with each other with each experience. :) I thank God everyday for you, Chris.

So then the second trimester came like a knight in shining armour! YAY!! All other symptoms have subsided or completely gone away and I am just dealing with fatigue now. I’ll take it!! I’ve accepted that it’s probably going to be a part of me until the 9th month and I’m okay with it. I’ve been able to get back into the groove of things a whole lot more the past few weeks with LOTS AND LOTS of sleep to get me through. :)

We are 16 weeks 3 days today and are sooo over the moon about our little human in the works! We’ll be three in February 2018!! What an absolutely incredible and incomprehensible thing to create LIFE. We are in awe. God is so good and we are so blessed. I can’t wait to capture our journey here as we embark on the next chapter so stay tuned!

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Posted By Charlene Precious @ 7:43 pm

I am sooo sorry for an unexpected, no-warning 3-month hiatus!!! Life got incredibly busy and the blog got abandoned for a little bit :(. I am BACK though. Also so excited to have finally taken the plunge on purchasing a new lens – the Canon L Series 24-70mm f2.8. I realize that sounded gibberish to many of you but it’s not just any lens, it is THE lens. Pricey as hell but also long overdue and a well deserved treat for myself after getting a promotion at work :) (You’re looking at the newest Marketing Manager at General Mills as of July). Yay!!! So happy.

Now onto a decor update!

The linen closet can either be an eye sore or a pretty place :). They can also be a chaotic dumpster or they can be storage (its intended purpose) where you can easily find things. Let’s be honest, no one likes to have to hunt things down around the house. And things are usually easy to find when they’re organized in some way.

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Here’s what we’ve done to our giant linen closet in the upstairs hallway. Organized things into wicker baskets with labels. We’ve been in our home for 2 years now and the closet has stayed exactly like this. Once things are in nice, organized boxes, you can’t help but keep it that way!

DECOR TIPS:
1. Think of your organization categories!

2. Pick up some matching wicker baskets from Michael’s Arts & Crafts

2. Pick up a few accent baskets to add fun and personality to the mix

3. Pick up mini chalkboard signs from Michael’s or Dollarama, label them with your categories, and use a glue gun to adhere them to your baskets


Ashland Bacbac Storage Baskets – Michael’s Arts & Crafts
Ashland Wire Baskets – Michael’s Arts & Crafts
Gartner Studios Chalkboard Labels – Michael’s Arts & Crafts

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 1:58 pm

Cozied up to tea and music this morning while working on orders :). I just love this print so much, I thought I’d snap a picture of it in its packaging ready to be tucked away for shipping. It’s going to a lovely customer in Tennessee!

Happy birthday weekend to my incredible husband! And happy weekend to all.

PS. We’re almost at the finish line with our backyard project!! Right in time for SPRING and it makes me so happy.

art print, beautiful packaging

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 8:02 pm
March 26, 2017

Our backyard oasis is in progress!! Oh how much easier it is for renovations to take place outside of the house rather than inside. Little to no headaches in comparison. If they all could be this painless. :) It looks like it’s all going to be ready right in time for Spring – I just can’t wait to spend all my hot summer days in it. We’re not quite sure what we’re signing up for as far as maintenance goes but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there ;).

Here’s a different shot of the majestic Zion. Big rocks and mountains really get me every time. We were initially planning a trip to Norway for June but given the backyard, we’re thinking of pushing it out to the end of the summer. One way or another though, we will get to Norway! Happy Sunday, everyone!

zion photography, zion print, zion art print

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 11:02 am

It’s a tough one but being able to fly is very appealing :).

Had the pleasure of participating in the 2017 Young Marketers Competition and spent 15 hours working on our submission yesterday! It was so much fun and so incredibly challenging. I loved it. The winner gets to go to Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France. Results come out in April so we’ll have to hold our breaths and cross our fingers for now!

bird photography, eagle photography

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 5:39 pm

Here’s what our other ceiling-high book case looks like, on the other side of this book case. This one’s decorated slightly differently and has got more of a travel theme happening :) because we love to travel!

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DECOR TIPS:
1. Generally, I’d say never to actually fill up a decorative book case with only books! I’m finding that book-filled book cases tend to be beautiful only in home libraries where there are tons and tons of books and together they look masterful. One-off book cases are best decorated with a little more!

2. Carefully handpick the few books that make it onto your decorative book case. Make sure they have pleasing spines with colours that complement each other! The trouble with books we DO have in our arsenal is that they tend to be business books that don’t have the right look and feel. So if like us, you find yourself having to buy books for decorative purposes, don’t be spending full price on them. Head to a Value Village or a second hand bookstore. There are plenty of gorgeous books, especially antique ones, to come by for $2-$3.

3. Keep some books sitting upright in the traditional way and others flat on their cover. A mixture looks great!

4. Then it’s a matter of adding accents like wicker baskets, storage boxes, block letters, clocks, plants, globes, and other such knick knacks that bring the book case to life.

5. Lastly, we managed to throw in a teeny tiny reading nook right beside the book case with super comfy wool-filled cushions and pillows. Right next to it, which isn’t captured in this image, are big windows that bring in tons of bright natural light from the backyard. :)


Propeller Airplane Clock – Wicker Emporium
Books and Antique Books – Value Village
Accent Plant – Homesense
“S” Block Letter – Homesense
Mini Globe – Homesense
Travel Themed Storage Box – Homesense
Wicker Basket – Michael’s Arts & Crafts
Reading Nook Wool-Filled Seat Cushions – The Home of Wool – Etsy

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 7:40 pm

Yay!! So excited. After going back and forth on a few Zika-free options, Norway has ended up at the top of the list, specifically the Lofoten Islands and the Geirangerfjord. Oh my god, the fjords are absolutely stunning. The pictures alone have already taken my breath away. Can’t wait to book in the next couple of weeks! Eeepp!

road trip, california road trip, wanderlust

Posted By Charlene Precious @ 4:07 pm
February 5, 2017

I am so fortunate to love my day job and am privileged to be working on a brand like Nature Valley where I can be a part of its beautiful journey to help others rediscover the joy of nature.

Tomorrow, an amazing campaign is launching on Nature Valley Lunchbox where a partnership with Earth Rangers has enabled us to put a #naturemission on every granola bar wrapper to inspire kids to get outside and engage with nature in simple, easy, fun ways. :)

Here’s one of many gorgeous waterfalls in Iceland because I’m feeling inspired by nature :).

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Posted By Charlene Precious @ 2:53 pm
January 1, 2017

New year, new fun picture :). Thank you to my Christopher for snapping this one! We had a quiet new year’s eve, which is just the way we like it.

Thank you, 2016, and hello, 2017! We look forward to all that you have in store. Gearing back up for work and kind of very excited! January is going to be a crazy month but it’s the really good kind of crazy. :) I’ll certainly miss being able to blog and post pictures as frequently as I did over the break though :P.

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Posted By Charlene Precious @ 7:01 pm