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Posted on December 13, 2017

Apartment Living | Small Kids Bedroom Ideas & Must-Haves

It takes a certain amount of imagination and designing to make the most out of living in a small space like an apartment. Especially when you have 3 children sharing 1 bedroom in a 2 bedroom apartment! But we’ve made it work with these small kids bedroom ideas.

Small Kids Bedroom Ideas And Furniture For Small Rooms Edmonton Blogger Lifestyle

Small Kids Bedroom Ideas & Must-Haves

1. White Bunk Bed | 2. Loft Bed | 3. Crib With Change Table | 4. Crib To Toddler Bed | 5. Bins | 6. Changing Table with Drawers and Shelves | 7. Changing Table | 8. Closet Organizer | 9. Wall Hooks | 10. Wall Sconces | 11. Rocking Chair | 12. Shoe Rack | 13. Area Rug

None of our children share beds or sleep on the floor – but we had to get creative because when our youngest daughter was born the other two girls were 3 and 1 year old. How were we going to fit 2 toddlers and a newborn into 1 room?

The key is to use height and storage. Depending on if you have 2 children or 3 children there are two room styles that optimize free space and storage options.

2 Children Sharing 1 Bedroom

By positioning the baby’s crib (#4) under the loft bunk bed (#2), either directly underneath or in a “L” position, you are saving bedroom area for your littles to use as a play space.

Then choosing between what type of changing table storage you prefer – if you have many little accessories (hats, bows and headbands), baby shoes, and diaper changing supplies you would find the change table (#6) with baskets (#5) helpful. It can be frustrating searching high and low for 2 baby socks, they always go missing when you need them!

Or if you are looking for a traditional change table (#7) with drawers, consider using the top drawer for diaper changing supplies only. That way it’s close by and the wipes are within arms reach when there’s a diaper blow out.

3 Children Sharing 1 Bedroom

The more children the more clothing storage you will need!

For our 3 girls we have a bunk bed with stairs and drawers (#1), it’s perfect for both the older kids clothes since all the drawers are within their reach.

Then using a crib with a built-in change table (#3) for your baby will lower the amount of furniture and the crib converts to a toddler bed! 

More Small Kids Bedroom Ideas For Storage

In my opinion you can’t have enough storage, ever. And in my experience with 3 children they have a lot of clothes and shoes. A lot.

If your children’s bedroom has a closet you need these closet organizers (#8)! They’re great for sorting clothes, burp clothes, towels, bathing suits, shoes, mittens – everything that children need to get ready for the day.

Once the older children have seasonal shoes – sandals, rain boots, winter boots, runners, dress shoes – and keep in mind there are multiple styles for each child, using a shoe organizer (#12) inside the children’s closet keeps them out of the front foyer/coat closet when not in use. 

Last but not least, you will need some wall hooks (#9). We use ours for wet towels or our seasonal coats. This keeps them off the floor and protects them from being trampled on by tiny feet.

Cozy Touches For Their Bedroom/Nursery

As a new mom, you need a comfy rocking chair (#11), whether you’re nursing or bottle feeding! You want to be comfortable because in truth you will be feeding your new baby for a long time. 

I wish we installed sconce wall lamps (#10) a long time ago, for both levels of the bunk beds and by my rocking chair. Floor lamps take up so much space, plus then the girl’s could have quiet reading time in their own beds with their own lamps. Especially for whomever is on the bottom bunk because there is very limited light.

I’m now obsessed with the area rug (#13) we put in our girl’s bedroom! Like the lamps, I do not know why I waited so long to do it. It pull the room together and provides warmth where our hardwood did not.

Downsizing Is Possible

Whatever your reason for needing to house 2 or more children into 1 room, know that it is possible!

Matt has been in University for the past 7 years and the location of our apartment building is too close and convenient to move. But living in an apartment did not postpone growing our family – we wanted our children to be close in age and once our first daughter was born the ball started rolling while Matt was in school.

Feel free to email or message me if you have questions or need help with your own small kids bedroom ideas!

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on October 28, 2017

Cozy Fall Pillows | Mix Up Your Textures

TARGET FINDS

ruffle pillow | nap queen pillow | knit pillow | woven accent pillow | lumbar fringe pillow | woven pillow | pom pom pillow | love pillow | geometric pillow

cozy fall pillows with texture from Target

Matt will never understand why we have so many pillows on our bed. He almost asks me every night “why do we have so many pillows?”. 

Because they make our bed feel and look inviting, of course!

I am constantly searching for textured pillows to add that extra something-something to our space. Mixing textures and patterns is a great way to enhance your aesthetic.

It’s days like today when I’m scouring Target’s 50 pages of pillows, I truly miss having Target in Canada.

Even though when Target was in Canada it was no where close to the greatness of Target in the US, but it still was very unique compared to the current stores we have in Canada.

Thankfully, Target online ships to Canada! So, you know I’ll be ordering a bunch of their gorgeous Christmas decor!

How many pillows (decorative and functional) do you have on your bed?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on October 17, 2017

Instagram Moms & Toddlers | Edmonton Fall Home Show 2017

Take a second to imagine this scene: a mom is trying to rallying the members of her family to take a family portrait around the magnificent dinner she prepared.

Her 2 toddlers are rambunctious and naturally being toddlers are finding it hard to sit still while she fits everyone into the photo to showcase what a beautiful meal she made – no one is to touch the food until the photo is taken. The toddlers are ticking time bombs of emotion and now are starting to fight over what forks the other one has.

Sensing the tension and irritability of the youngest children, the mom quickly takes 50 high speed snaps of the family hoping 1 will have everyone looking or have their eyes open.

That is what blogging and capturing my children on camera feels like, most days. It takes about 50 photos to find 1 photo that meets my standards.

And taking children to Instagram worthy cafes, I will be honest, they are not the perfectly poised children. You should see the mountain of crumbs they create by eating a cookie or scone. 

This week we visited Juniper Cafe & Bistro and Sorrentino’s to taste some delicious local Edmonton food.

Juniper Cafe & Bistro had the best little play area for children inside their restaurant nestled in the Hollyrood community. We ordered a pumpkin scone, giant peanut butter cookie, angel food cake infused with lavender with strawberries and whipped cream, and carrot cake with caramel drizzle.

Peggy Adams, the owner of Juniper, used to be a Starbucks district manager so you know she can make a delicious latte!

Later in the week we went to Sorrentino’s, the original Italian restaurant. They have 6 restaurant locations and 1 cafe in the Edmonton and surrounding area.

I have driven past the cafe location for the last 15 years of my life and have never been inside, and I am so glad I took my little family. We ordered carrot cake cheesecake (yes, you read that correctly and it was heavenly), ganache layered cake, paninis, checkerboard cookies, chai lattes, and caramel steamed milk.

When Chef Chris Hrynyk joined Sorrentino’s he worked as a catering manager, catering chef, cooking class instructor, and is now the company’s corporate chef. 

I can’t wait to go see both Peggy and Chris on the Cooking Stage at the Edmonton Fall Home Show this weekend, October 20-22th! I’ll see you guys there on Friday!

The best part? I have partnered with the Edmonton Fall Home Show to giveaway a pair of tickets (2 tickets) to the Edmonton Fall Home Show, and a meet and greet with Tiffany Pratt, and front row tickets. It’s amazing giveaway for any budding designers, bloggers, or home design fanatics to meet the inspirational Tiffany Pratt.

To enter:

  1. Subscribe with your email to Honey & Betts’ list, in the sidebar or at the bottom of the page
  2. Comment below with your favourite food.

That’s all!

This giveaway ends Thursday, October 19th at 8:00pm. Open to only Edmonton and surrounding area residents.

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on August 28, 2017

Neutral Nursery Reveal | Olli & Lime Giveaway

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crib bedding: Olli & Lime | soother: WubbaNub Lamb | wood crib: Similar one here | dresser: IKEA | changing mat: Munchkin | rocker: Fisher-Price | rug: All Modern | wall art: Etsy | frames: IKEA | photo ledge: IKEA (on sale!) | floral swaddle blanket: Margaux & May | moses basket: Tadpoles

Can you believe it has taken me 4 years and 3 babies to finally decorate our nursery?

In all honesty, I put decorating on the back burner because we live in a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment in downtown Edmonton. It’s hilarious that I started nesting/decorating because this is the last year and last baby we’ll have in this apartment.

Come September it will be Matt’s last year in Law School and we will hopefully be moving into our first home in 1 years time. Which is super exciting!

The first question I usually get when people see that we have 3 little girls and hear that we live in an apartment is: soooo, how does that work with sleeping arrangements for the girls?

The older girl’s share a single/twin bunk bed with stairs (opposed to a ladder to reach the second bunk), with Annaliese on the top bunk and Abigail on the bottom bunk. Then Adeline will sleep in her crib when she can sleep longer through the night, right now she sleeps in a bassinet outside our room.

It’s the perfect sibling sleeping system, and who knows if we’ll have them all continue to share a room when we buy our first house! More space for me!

One of my favourite things about their neutral nursery decor is Adeline’s matching Olli & Lime black cross bedding set (crib sheet, crib skirt, pillow, and blanket)! I’m a sucker for everything matching – trust me I basically buy all the girl’s clothes in 2’s so they can match outfits.

And the best part is I have partnered with Olli & Lime to giveaway and for those who just can’t wait to get their hands on a set here’s an amazing deal with the promo code: BABY33

The giveaway is open to US and Canada residents, the giveaway will end September 8th, 2017 and the winner will be announced on Instagram on September 12th, 2017. Now the fun part! To enter:

  1. Follow @honeyandbetts and @olliandlime
  2. Tag 3 friends in 1 comment on the original giveaway post
  3. For an extra entry, tag another 3 friends!

That’s it! Good luck, darlings!

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on July 30, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | Beauty & Bedroom Haul

How to find the best deals at Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I can’t get enough of these sales! All year long I debate and negotiate with myself to justify buying products for myself, and then when I see them for $90 off I know I cannot pass up such amazing deals. So, here I am again sharing with you what I ordered and what is still on my wishlist from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

I hope you find something that is exactly what you need for a little pick-me-up, retail therapy!

And if you’re wondering what the makeup mirrors, pink Clarisonic, and pink Foreo eye massager are – check out these links for what they do to transform your beauty routine!

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Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on January 12, 2017

DIY Felt Flower Crown | Flower Girl Inspiration

How To Create Those Cute Etsy Felt Flower Crowns

Flower Girl Inspiration Flower Crown

You will need:

2-3 sheets of white felt

glue gun + sticks

headband of your choice

fabric scissors

rhinestones and dark green felt are optional

Flower Crown Tutorial

Felt Flower Crown DIY

Step One | Sit down, put an awesome movie on, get a drink, and prepare yourself to cut a lot of little flowers. The best part? The flowers you cut out DO NOT need to be perfect. The imperfections will be hidden in the folds.

I started by cutting the sheet into 3x 2 inch strips and then cutting those strips into 3 rectangles. Take the rectangle and cut a simple flower out.

 

If you are a math person the approximate amount of flowers you will be cutting out goes something like this:

Each BIG headband flower = 6 mini cut out flowers

Each filler headband flower = 2 mini cut out flowers

There were 3 big flowers + 4 filler flowers = 20 mini cut out flowers

DIY Felt Flowers

Step Two | After you’ve used the above diagram to create 3 big flowers from the little cut outs then it’s time to place and secure your flower placements.

I first centred one flower in the middle and then gave the width of my finger to measure the next flowers to the left and right of the centre.

Once you’ve glued those into place use the remaining cutout flowers to fill those gaps between the main flowers on the headband. I liked the look of adding two cutout flowers on the outside of the outer main flowers.

It created a fade effect for the headband, instead of 3 random honking flowers on top of my toddlers head.

OPTIONAL LEAVES | If you cut out leaves this is where you would add them into your arrangement.

Flower Girl Felt FLower Crown

Step Three | I added a piece of felt to secure all the bases, this also makes it so none of the flowers will snag when my toddler repetitively takes off and puts on this headband.

Flower Girl Sparkle Headband

OPTIONAL RHINESTONES | This headband was for a wedding so I wanted a bit of sparkle for the flower girl, so I tucked sticky rhinestones into the centres of the flowers. It’s super easy!

TA-DA! And you are done!

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moccs: Freshly Picked (Platinum + Ivory) | flower girl dress: Nordstrom (similar one here)

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