Bedroom Makeover: Finding a New Bed with Wayfair Canada

Grey upholstered bed from Wayfair Canada

For the past few months we’ve been updating our bedroom and I’m really excited for the latest addition: the bed! I’ve been sharing about the process since we started it last Fall, including painting and adding wall decals (which made such a difference right there alone- scroll to the bottom of this post for photos of the process along the way) and there are just a few finishing touches left. In some ways it’s great to have those weekend warrior projects that you finish all at once, but sometimes it’s just not doable: not enough time/ budget/ keeping the kids occupied while you try to work, etc., so we’ve been working away as we’ve had the time and budget to do so. 

As much as it would have been great to do everything at once, it’s made the process more enjoyable to take our time and take the pressure off. We’ve checked things off as we’ve had the time and it’s felt good to see everything come together. One of the biggest decisions has been the bed, which I guess makes sense since it’s the focus of the room (it’s not called a bedroom for nothing, right?). I loved our old bed, but it was time for an update, and I did a fair bit of shopping around before I made a decision, ultimately deciding on a grey upholstered beauty from Wayfair Canada. As much as I contemplated a white or bold coloured headboard, I knew I wanted something that would keep the calm feel of the room while also being up for the abuse our little family of four will put it through (morning coffee + toddlers + I’m clumsy… etc), so I went with grey as a happy medium (read: hopefully will hide spilled coffee stains well while still looking good). The bed I decided on (see it here) also came in a charcoal grey and a light cream– among a few others- that I was really tempted with, but am ultimately really happy with the grey one we decided on since it’s a medium shade- not too light and not too dark, and stands out nicely against the light grey walls.

One thing I’m always nervous about when it comes to making bigger purchases online is the quality and not being able to see the item I’m purchasing in person; in this case the colour and fabric were two concerns since I wanted a bed that wouldn’t clash with the new wall colour and a fabric that was durable; I had seen some beds in stores that I really liked, but the poor fabric quality stopped me. After not having much luck with my retail search, I decided I’d try my luck shopping for a bed online. This was by far my biggest furniture purchase online and I didn’t want to jump at the first thing that caught my eye. I looked through a variety of websites, but ultimately liked the variety and satisfaction guarantee that Wayfair Canada offers. It took me a few days to narrow down my choices, but I was grateful for the Idea Board option they have, where you can save items you’re interested in so you can view and compare them all together. There were a lot of beds I liked, so this acted like a Pinterest- like space where I could go back and compare colours, price, and check out reviews without having to search for each specific bed (this was probably my favourite feature of the Wayfair website)

When the bed arrived I was really excited; the colour was true to the website photos and the quality of fabric met my expectations. It’s not as heavy- duty as our last bed was (note: we replaced a full bedframe and headboard with a completely new bedframe and headboard), but I feel like the quality of the new bed is fair for the price we paid. It took a few weeks to ship and arrived a little earlier than expected which was a nice bonus. One piece was damaged, but nothing a little elbow grease couldn’t fix.

We completed a few other projects around the same time as the bed arriving- we switched up the floors (bye bye old carpet!) and added new baseboards- so the room really started to feel complete after these new additions. While we’ve made some big changes over the past few months we’re not planning on changing any of the other furniture, and now there are just a few finishing details to add. It was a little bittersweet to say goodbye to our old bed, but having this new upholstered grey one was worth the time and wait. If you’re thinking of making some furniture updates in your home- anyone else been craving a refreshed bedroom?- I hope this post gives you some ideas! See photos of the new bed and details below plus some more info about Wayfair Canada including the 3 things I appreciated the most about my shopping experience with them.

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Some progress photos along the way 

Step 1: New wall colour (they were previously a medium brown) | Step 2: Wall decals! 

3 Favourite Things About Shopping with Wayfair Canada

1.The selection: Probably the hardest part of this decision was narrowing down my choices! I appreciated the selection Wayfair Canada had and that they have options at a variety of price points. The website is easy to navigate and I could narrow my search by colour, bed size, etc, saving my favourites to my Idea Board which saved me a lot of time (I’ll share some of the other beds I had on my shortlist below). Here’s the bed we ultimately decided on:

2.The Idea Boards feature on the Wayfair Canada website was a really helpful tool- I love that it allows you to save items you want to come back to/ compare all in one place. It was hard to narrow down the choices and this option really helped. Plus when it came time to chat with Will about the shortlist I could show him all of my favourites in one place rather than clicking back through previous searches. 

3.The reviews. Even though this is pretty standard when it comes to online shopping, I liked how easy to find and reader-friendly the reviews were for the items I looked at. For the specific bed we purchased there were a variety of reviews, some of them suggesting buying alternate hardware to help construct the bed. I mentioned this to Will, and even though we didn’t end up requiring different hardware I was glad to know it was a possibility. Sidenote: I’ve spoken to a few people about our online purchase with Wayfair and was told that they stand by their return policy (an item was refunded without issue). We didn’t need to return anything, but knowing this made me feel even better about making an online purchase with them.

About the Bed We Chose (+ similar ones)

After much debate, the bed we decided on was the Goodrich Upholstered Panel Bed in Grey, we thought about sizing up to a King with this switch but decided to stick with a ueen (it’s available in full, queen, king, and California king sizes). We got ours on sale for under $1,000 with free shipping (Wayfair offers free shipping on purchases on orders $75+).

Materials: Wood (pine) frame and polyester/ polyester blend upholstery

Similar beds (as seen in the Idea Boards screenshot above):

Kingsville Upholstered Panel Bed | Godfrey Solid Wood Upholstered Panel Bed | Rosecrans Upholstered Panel Bed | Roselawn Upholstered Platform Bed | Bradman Upholstered Panel Bed | Gibsonberg Linen Upholstered Platform Bed with Shelter Headboard | Darrie Upholstered Panel Bed | Alrai Upholstered Panel Bed

This was my first purchase with Wayfair Canada and we’ve been really happy with the new bed. If you’re looking for furniture, decor, or outdoor pieces for your home, this is a great website to check out. Visit Wayfair Canada online at and on social media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

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Photo credit: Captured In Squares

Disclosure: I received a shopping credit from Wayfair Canada in return for my honest review of the experience and the item purchased. All opinions are my own.

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Easter Baskets + More

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Get ready for Easter with these cute ideas! Countdown the days until the Easter Bunny comes with some fun activities- check out that natural dye kit that comes complete with grass seed (grow the grass to display the finished eggs) for a fun project, play dress up, or enjoy some reading around the theme of Easter (Peter Rabbit is a favourite classic, but there are lots of other books to choose from- see below for some more ideas). Whether you love the classics or want to go for a twist (how cute is that unicorn basket?), there are so many great options out there! 

Even though candy and chocolate are a favourite staple for Easter egg hunts and for filling baskets, things like books, stuffies, cute accessories (like that bunny pouch) and even decor items like that bunny photo frame or flower pot make sweet gift ideas. Bubbles, games, and crafts also make for some fun non-candy ideas.

If you have a little book lover or just enjoy giving books, here are a few other books for kids featuring favourite characters:

Peppa Pig Easter Surprise | Peppa’s Easter Egg Hunt

Paw Patrol: Count on the Easter Pups!

Curious George: Happy Easter

Clifford: Happy Easter

Charlie Brown: It’s the Easter Beagle | Here Comes the Easter Beagle! 

Little Blue Truck: Springtime 

Thomas: Thomas and the Easter Eggs

Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Easter Bunny Adventure

For other books and Easter basket/ gift ideas, click here.

I hope you like these ideas! What are your favourite go- tos to fill Easter baskets?


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Healthy Smoothie Recipe Ideas + Giveaway with Love Child Organics

Healthy Smoothie Recipe Ideas

Hands up whose kids pick and choose what they like to eat on the daily? One day they’ll happily snack on apple slices and the next they push them away with a ‘really Mom?’ kind of look. Kids, amiright?! I totally admit I was a picky eater as a kid (sorry Mum and Dad!) and now with my kids I’ve gone from one end of the extreme to the other: I’ve had phases where they’ll try anything I serve them (yessss!!!) to days when everything I put in front of them is pushed away/ spat out/ thrown on the floor, etc.- and everything in between as part of the crazy yo-yo that is feeding children. Ughhhhhh. Somedays I just throw my hands up and ask for a little more patience and ideas for foods they’ll eat.

I find that my kids take turns being the pickier eater, so I at least (hopefully) have one at any one time who’s easier going. In general there are certain foods that are guaranteed to be a hit, and one of those things are smoothies. They’re win-win because I can pack them full of good stuff like kale and spinach, toss in some fruit and favourite berries so they’re getting a nutrition- packed snack and the kids love them (fun twist: pour the smoothie mix into popsicle moulds to make healthy popsicles in Summer). As both kids get older and we’ve grown out of our favourite baby/ toddler snacks, I’ve been looking for other ideas and have teamed up with one of my favourite baby/ kid’s food brands, Love Child Organics, on this recipe post (plus check out the giveaway after the recipe!). Their food puree pouches were a hit with both of my kids, and if I let them they’d still eat them everyday, but luckily LCO offers healthy snack options past the baby years and we’ve recently been trying out their Lil Shakes (another hit with my kids).

I wanted to find a way to combine some favourites the kids are familiar with along with some nutrient- packed foods for some new snack ideas, and I thought smoothies were a great place to start. I created this smoothie with Moms in mind who have young kids transitioning into ‘big kid’ foods like my youngest recently has done, while also incorporating familiar favourites to ease the transition, without compromising on nutrition. Also, when it comes to babies who are eating solids/ toddlers, items like puree food pouches are a quick and simple addition to a smoothie loaded with healthy ingredients. You can sneak in some of the veggie- packed ones and mask the flavour with things like berries and bananas to help get those healthy greens into your child’s diet (and hey mama, it doesn’t hurt us to snack on a smoothie loaded with good stuff does it?). Even if you want to skip adding the puree pouches in yours, the flavour combinations are a good jumping- off point for smoothie blend ideas.

See below for the smoothie recipe I created in partnership with Love Child Organics and head to the end of the post to enter to win a variety of Love Child Organics products to create these smoothies yourself- perfect for Spring Break snacking!

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1 bottle Love Child Organics Lil Shake (235mL)

1 puree food pouch of your choice (or skip the pouches and use their combinations to inspire smoothie blends)

1 cup fresh or frozen organic berries

1 apple, cored and sliced

1 banana

Optional: large handful of fresh kale and/ or spinach

Tip: if you find the mixture is too thick, add water 1/4 cup at a time to help everything blend together


Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and mix until combined/ smooth. If you want to make popsicles, pour the smoothie mix into moulds and freeze.

Both of my kids loved this smoothie recipe and I love the added nutrients the Lil Shakes add (learn more about them here). I’m looking forward to making healthy popsicles for them once the weather warms up!

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Healthy Meals Made Easy: Fresh Prep Review + Promo Code

How often do you look in the fridge and ask yourself what you’re going to make for dinner? Hop on Pinterest for meal prep ideas only to have those pins sit untried as busy weeks go by?  Sometimes we’ve got the best of foodie intentions but struggle to get from the planning phase to execution; another week goes by and we’ve hit our head against the wall again.

Meal prep and planning is one of those things that I’ve been trying to get into a routine with for a long time now. I go through phases where I’m better at it than others, but overall I haven’t found my groove with it. I’ve found it frustrating since we’re a family that loves food, but admittedly I have a hard time finding the time some weeks. It’s still a goal of mine for the year- right up there with homemade gluten free pasta and sourdough bread- but I’ve learned to not be so hard on myself for those weeks that it doesn’t happen, there will always be days that things just don’t come together.

And that’s where meal delivery services have stepped in and been a big game changer for many. When you still want home-cooked meals (and maybe love cooking just don’t have the time you wish you did for it) and are finding it challenging to think up ideas/ prep/ cook, these services take away a lot of the work and simplify things: pick a few meals from a curated menu, choose your delivery date, and wait for your food to arrive. Simply follow the recipe and enjoy a meal that takes less than 30 minutes to make. You don’t have to compromise on quality, health, or taste, and your family still enjoys a home-cooked dinner.

As I’ve been exploring meal options, the one thing I continue to go back to is the quality of ingredients; it’s been a focus of mine for a while and finding options that are gluten free, organic, non-GMO, etc are at the top of my list. I haven’t found that there are as many options that check those boxes, but one company that does is Fresh Prep. Our family enjoyed trying out some of their meals last Summer and we enjoyed some more meals from them at the beginning of the year. Hands- down my favourite thing about Fresh Prep is the ingredients and that they offer meals that suit our family’s dietary needs (ie gluten free).

We had fun trying out some recipes we may not have otherwise given a chance, and both Will and I enjoyed putting together the meals- the recipes are simple to follow and everything comes pre-measured to shave down prep time. All you have to do is unpack, follow the recipe- with minimal prep needed- and serve. Nothing took more than 30 minutes and even the two monkies enjoyed their Fresh Prep meals. We tried the 2-serving meal option since the kids don’t always eat a big meal at dinner, but I’d definitely recommend the 4- serving meal option for families with older kids and/ or big appetites. We had ours delivered on a Sunday for the week ahead and appreciated having two nights a week that we didn’t have to think about dinner. Sometimes having one less thing to think about can make the day go a little smoother.

Everything comes delivered in a cooler bag, with the meat kept separate to keep it cool, and all other ingredients organized by meal in brown paper bags (fun fact: all packaging is recyclable/ decomposable, just rinse and place back in the cooler bag for Fresh Prep to pick up at their next delivery). Each week you place your cooler bag outside your door for Fresh Prep to swap with your next order, and if you want to add meals or skip weeks, it’s easy to make changes to your account. This is a user- friendly service and I appreciate how Fresh Prep has tried to make it as simple as possible for families to enjoy fresh, healthy meals.

If your family has been considering a meal prep service, this is one I would happily recommend. It’s quick and easy to set up an account and place an order, and you’ll have everything delivered right to your door. Fuss- free and without compromising on the quality of food your family enjoys, yes please! And just in case you’re still on the fence, enjoy 3 plates for free with code HAPPYPLACE17

See my favourite Fresh Prep meal- these yummy Sushi Bowls- on Instagram:


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Hello Sunshine: Kick Those Winter Blues

Anyone else feeling the winter blues? I always get to this time of year and ask ‘is it Summer yet’? Once we get through New Years I wish we could flip a switch and bring back the warm and sunny weather, skip all the grey and rain (hey, the rain isn’t always a bad thing but we get a lot of it here and it can get to you when you haven’t seen blue sky in a few days). This time of year is hard for a lot of people, so I thought now would be a good time to think up a few ideas to try and keep everybody in high spirits. I’m sharing 5 below and would love to hear how you count down to the brighter days this time of year!

  1. Plan a vacation. Even if you’re not getting on a plane anytime soon it can be fun to day dream a little, look at some bright and sunny destinations and ignore the gloom outside. A little distraction can be a good thing, no? Where would you go? What would you do? What vacay essentials do you need? And on that note…
  2. Pretend it’s Summer and buy that swimsuit! Or 2. Or 3… I did this in January and had a good laugh at the irony that there’s plenty of time before it’s bikini weather but it added a bit of fun to an otherwise pretty boring month (anyone feel like that about January?) and it gave me something to look forward to in the mail. Plus now I have some pretty new suits for when I head to the pool in the meantime. Little things like that can make a difference on a gloomy Winter day. And if not a bathing suit, maybe you’ve had your eye on a pretty outfit or pair of shoes. Maybe now’s the time to go for it. You deserve it. 😉
  3. Go green. This is a simple one that I’ve heard a few others suggest: bring the outdoors in and add some nature to your home. Fresh flowers and plants add colour and can brighten a room. There’s something about pops of green in a home that adds a sense of calm. It’s a way to treat yourself but also lift the spirits in the house. Added bonus if it’s stems or a plant that smell nice- aromatherapy anyone? Add some throughout your home so you have a little pick-me-up as you go from room to room .
  4. Go play outside. Living in BC, if we stayed indoors all the time because of the rain we wouldn’t get outside much over the course of the year. So sometimes it just means we’ve got to layer up despite the wet and cold and get out there for some fresh air. To put a positive spin on grey and wet weather, the sound of rain is a calming one, the smell of a forest after it rains is pretty amazing, and sometimes getting caught in a downpour makes for some laughs and fun memories. Sometimes we just have to embrace it and when you get back inside to the warm and dry, it’s a great time to cozy up with a cup of tea or glass of wine.
  5. Get a (new) hobby. I know you’re probably thinking ‘I don’t have time’. But remember the point here is to help kick the Winter blues. Maybe it’s time to make time. Instead of getting weighed down, why not put a few minutes aside to try that DIY you’ve been creeping on Pinterest? (Check out this one for a fun Summer/ beach inspired one!) Try a new recipe. Dare a friend to try something new with you. Add some fun to the grey. Find something to enjoy by yourself or with someone and make it a priority as much as you can. Hitting that refresh button and having something to look forward to- even if it’s once a week- can shake up the monotony of the months where you tend to stay indoors more.

Floral romper: Tobi

Hat: DIY (see this post)

Swimsuit: Zaful

Sunglasses: My own