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Reupholstering Dining Chairs – From Old To New!

This past weekend, many of us living in Northern Ontario were hit with some pretty awful weather. Like most, I was house bound this weekend and was going a little stir crazy. A few weeks back I found some chairs that I decided to reupholster and bring back to life, and what better weekend to do it than this past weekend?

There are a few things that I would do differently next time, but for the most part everything has gone pretty smoothly thus far. My first step was to take all of the chairs (this is one thing that I don’t think I would do if I do this project again). The reason I decided to take it apart is because I found some chairs needed a little fine tuning. Most people would have just left it and tightened them as is, but since it was my first time I wanted to make sure I did it properly. I sanded each piece of wood so that my paint would stick better when I get to that part.

I then did some research of where to find decently priced foam, you would be surprised at how expensive it can be. Walmart was actually a lot more expensive than I would have thought. The only foam that they had was too big for one chair, and too small for two chairs. I live close to Hamilton, so I did a quick search to see if there was somewhere close by that I could find some foam and sure enough I came across a great little spot on Ottawa Street. The gentlemen working at the store cut all of the foam for me and measured it to size of my chairs. He made my work much easier by doing so.

Next step was to find the perfect material. I knew that I wanted to have my chairs painted a colour that can be easily matched because if the chairs don’t end up working for us in our home, they would be much easier to sell. I chose a light grey as the base for my chairs. I then found the material at Fabricland on Ottawa Street in Hamilton. I am convinced that when I am done the chairs will look fabulous.

I tested out reupholstering one of the chairs last night and it turned out really well. I have to admit that I am very pleased as it looks much better as a cushion than I thought that it would. I can not wait to see the final product. I still have to paint the chairs and reassemble them, but am very excited to share what the final product looks like as well as any other findings or things that I would do differently along the way.

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Thanks for reading. If you have any questions or want to know more about my experience (do’s and don’ts) feel free to drop me a note.

Donna Marie ❤

Fitness, Healthy Living

Flab to Fab….30 Minute Workout Routine

Ever since my move to Carlisle, I have been less motivated to get my workouts in.  With all of the fast food eating that we have been doing I have to get my workouts in to feel a little better about my current situation.

With an hour long drive home from work, working out when I get home is about the last thing that I want to do until, I do it! The hardest part is getting yourself in the right head space and ready to get that beach body you are aiming for. Luckily, I have a lot of space in the basement where I have set up a little gym for myself. Keep in mind that in order to get a good workout in, all you require is a good attitude and your body!

I tend to like HIIT workouts (High Intensity Interval Training), as I feel that it works best for my personal body type. HIIT in short, is burst of intense excercises followed by short breaks for recovery. These workouts do not have to be long to be effective. They keep your heart rate up and keep fat burning going.

 

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Picture 1 – Moutain Climbers with Gliders, Picture 2 – Plank to V-Ups with Gliders

Below you will find my workout, give it a try. I promise it will get your heart rate going.

Note *Each workout should be 45 seconds of hard work. Push as hard as you can without disrupting your form, followed by a 15 second recovory break. You will complete each of these excercises 10 times total. Give yourself 1 minute rest in between.

Remember that to avoid injuries, you should always do a warm up and cool down. Your body will thank you.

Pod #1

  1. Dips ( I used my workout Bars, but you can use anything that you can find such as a chair or even stairs.)
  2. Shuffle Twists with a weighted ball (if the shuffle is too intense slow down to a walk versus a jump. Make sure your torso is straight and that you are twisting from the hips, while engaging your core)
  3. Mountain Climber using Gliders

Pod #2

  1. Burpee to squat ( If you want to make it more challenging,  use a weight for your squat)
  2. Plank to V-Ups with a Glider
  3. Suicides

Pod #3

  1. Plank Jack with Gliders
  2. Push-Up Plank
  3. Traveling Jump Lunge

Happy Workout-ing!

Donna Marie ❤

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When Life Get’s in the Way!

I have been meaning to blog for some time now, but as my title states; “when life get’s in the way”.

Recently my boyfriend Nick and I have made a big move, we are officially home owners and broke! (A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!!) This move was a particularly big one for me. On top of this being my biggest purchase ever and my first home, it is also a lot further and in the “country” than I thought it would be. Truth be told, it scares the crap out of me. Last night I decided that I wanted to peruse a store while Nick was out so I decided to go to the closest Winners/Homesense which was 14km’s away! ugh….

So why did we move there you ask? Good question! We absolutely fell in love with the house and can foresee the potential that it has. We looked in Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Dundas, Milton , Georgetown and nothing felt the same way this house did when we first saw it. What sold me in particular was the beautiful room in the back.

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We have so many plans for this beautiful space. Nick is a carpenter (in case I have not mentioned that in previous posts), so you can imagine the excitement that we have knowing how wonderful our place will eventually look. I am going to be blogging updates as we do updates around the house. I am always looking for inspiration and furthermore, hoping to inspire others.

We are slowly beginning to find some pretty awesome sports around our area and can not wait to explore some more. In the photo’s below starting from the left are Nick and I cracking some bubbly after everything was moved in. On the right you will see us having celebratory drinks after receiving the keys in a local Brewery in Dundas Ontario called Shawn and Ed. (Great little spot…lager shed if you want to look it up online, http://lagershed.com/ ) Lastly, the very bottom picture is our new home!

 

I have also set up my gym and can’t wait to share some workouts with you. Until then…..wish me luck!

Donna Marie ❤

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DIY Mason Jar Decor

I am always looking for new crafty idea’s, and home decor is an area that I love to focus on. Naturally, during the Holiday season this past year I wanted to come up with something simple yet pretty to craft up. I also wanted it to have multipurpose so that it can be changed and used to match the season.

My boyfriends mother actually found this idea on Pinterest, so we decided to give it a try. DIY Mason Jar Vases. She chose to do a Christmas version, and I decided to try something that could be interchangeable. We were both very happy with the outcome of our project, it took very little time, preparation and money.

Here is what you need;

  • A Mason Jar – You can find these virtually anywhere from the grocery store, the dollar store or even in Nonna’s pantry
  • Chalk Paint – Most websites suggested that we get a more expensive paint from a craft store, but I went to Walmart and picked up the Chalk Paint they had there and it worked just fine. The paint was a bit thicker than the premium product, but that just meant that you don’t need as many coats
  • A paint brush/sponge- Medium size worked best
  • Finishing Wax – I also bought the one from Walmart for this
  • Sand Paper- This is what you will use to give the jar a distressed look
  • Clean Cloth- You would use the clean clothe to put the wax on after you have painted and sanded the jar
  • a box or piece of wood – You can really use anything. Julia used old barn board and cut it down to make it a box and I just used a small piece of barn board as a “platter” to showcase my mason jars
  • Decor- Depending on the season that you want to use your jars for, gather the appropriate decor. For example, Christmas Jars could use Cranberries, twigs, holy, bells and twine. For a summer jar you can get real or fake flowers and greenry

Below you can see what I chose. Now picture these filled with beautiful flowers and greenery, put it in the middle of the table and use it as a center piece.

Hope you enjoy my craft as much as I do! Until next time….

Donna Marie ❤

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Pants That Feel Like Butter

I frequently go to a Yoga Studio chain in the Mississauga/Oakville area called Power Yoga. I have to admit that it took me awhile to warm up to doing yoga as a workout, as I am not naturally flexible I found it. The reason that I took to Power Yoga is because it is in an extremely hot room, which made the movements more enjoyable for me and after awhile, I would even say soothing. I also grew to really like one particular instructor Pino who was extremely motivating and uplifting. His personality was infectious and as time passed, I learned to love hot yoga.

Along with loving hot yoga, came some things that I did NOT love. The biggest being that I sweat a lot! After class I would change into dry set of clothes but due to the stickiness, I was never very comfortable. While travelling back from an all girls trip with my Nonna, mom, and sister I saw a lady wearing an awesome pair of pants. A pair of pants that most of the yoga world are familiar with, the Harem pant. They were the perfect solution for my post hot yoga classes, not to mention great for travelling as well.

I went home and immediately started looking up different Harem pants that I could potentially purchase online. I found a few options, but most were of patterns that I did not particularly love. They were also more of a cotton material, and in my mind the perfect pant would be made of a buttery soft and comfortable pant. This got me thinking that maybe I would design a pants similar to a Harem pant, but modernize them a little. I went to the fabric store and started playing around with different designs and chose materials that felt so incredible soft against my skin. I finally made something that worked, just as I imagined it.

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I have to admit, the hot yoga class that I went to I brought my pants with me. Excited to try them on after my workout, I pulled them out of my pants and threw them on. They did exactly what I had hoped. They  were the perfect thing for me to throw on and not feel gross and sticky after an intense and sweat workout. I also use them every time I travel a far distance, I take them with me because they are so easy to throw on and give you all the room to need to feel comfortable. As I told my friends about it, they don’t me how much they loved the idea. I am in the process of having these made so that I can sell them. I would love some honest opinions about the pants. The idea is that there will be a few different styles, some with more “crotch” than others.

Leave feedback, I would love to hear what you think!

Donna Marie ❤

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Be A Badass With A Good ASS!

Friday rolls around and the weekend is FINALLY here so naturally you allow yourself to indulge a little more than you normally would. You tell yourself that it is ok because you will have a good workout on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday arrives and you are sitting comfortably wrapped up in a blanket by the fire at the cottage and the last thing that you want to do is workout. So how can you make it fun?

Luckily when this happened to me last weekend, I was at my boyfriends cottage which is perfect for outdoor activities. The best part about winter is that if you dress properly, there are so many fun things that you can do that really don’t feel like a workout but trust me you are working out!

Below I have listed some activities that we did while at the cottage, and truthfully when I finally got off my butt and got moving outside, I felt great!

Cross Country Skiing – Depending on a few factors (weight, speed, terrain), you can burn 250 to 900 calories in an hour.

Snow Shoeing: I weigh about 130 lbs, 5″3 and I would burn about 400 calories an hour

Ice Skating: About 350 calories in an hour, if casually but actively skating

You can look up what you would burn based your factors like your weight, height…etc online.

We did all three of these activities on Saturday, so in total I burned over 1000 calories! I can tell you that when comparing it to going to a spin class, or running on the treadmill feels like way more work and a lot less fun.

There are a ton of options at your fingertips for workout alternatives that can be fun things to do with friends, family or even as a date night. See some more idea’s below:

  • Bike Ride
  • Trampolining
  • Rock Climbing
  • Obstacle Courses
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Any type of sport; Hockey, Volley, Dodge-ball
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Surfing
  • Paddle boarding
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding

Moral of the story, don’t let your workouts become boring and routine. Keep them fresh, and try something new. You will feel better, and look forward to your next activity. Most importantly, you will still feel that burn baby!

Donna Marie ❤

Fitness

Saturdays = Quick Cardio

I don’t know about you, but on the weekends I like relaxing. I am only starting to get back into working out after the Holiday break, so it seems like more of a pain than a pleasure at the moment. My solution; pump out a quick cardio workout. Anything is better than nothing in my opinion.

Below you will find the workout that I am doing.

  • 10 Push-ups
  • 20 High Knees
  • 10 Burpees
  • 20 Lunges
  • 20 Jumping Jacks
  • 10 Burpees
  • 20 High Knees
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 1 Minute Wall Sit (Sit lower at 30 seconds)
  • 20 Jumping Jacks
  • 20 High Knees

*REPEAT X4, 1 MIN BREAK IN BETWEEN SETS*

This workout is simple, you don’t need anything other than your body and a small space. If you have to stop because you are winded, than take a break. Listen to your body, but make sure that you push yourself. If you know it is laziness or self-talk that is preventing you from reaching you goals, push through it. #mind/matter

Off I go to get this done. I know I will be happy after I complete it.

Stronger, Better, Faster, Happier!

P.s. Happy Saturday my beautiful, strong friends!

Donna Marie ❤