Prepping for puberty

When I was a kid, I remember my mom trying to explain the finer points of puberty. I squealed, ran from her room in embarrassment and never, ever asked about it again.

I eventually found a dusty old Dr. Spock parenting book in the basement. It had a couple of pages on puberty, and I read them over and over. My friend had one of the “real” puberty books, and I remember sneaking peeks at it when I was over at her place.

B.O. is the pits. (The eyelashes on those guys tho! Nice!)

The thing was, I wanted the information — it was just too embarrassing to listen to my mom say it. We covered it a bit in school, but I mostly remember everyone blushing and giggling and waiting for it to be over.

Our son is turning nine in a few days and our daughter recently turned seven, so while we’re not officially in the puberty trenches … it’s coming.

Continue reading in my weekly parenting column, The Mom Scene …

Here are the books I mention in the article:

Painting the front door can be easier than you think

When we moved into our house, the door was royal blue — and it was fine.

Easter decor + a blue front door

A couple of years later, I painted it red and liked it a lot … until I got sick of it.

Red front door (with smudged sunscreen fingerprints) + Baby C

A few years after that, I painted it — and all the other exterior doors — a nice deep teal.

Teal front door + the screen door my husband refuses to re-hang this year and it’s causing squabbles so it’s best not to talk about it!

I wasn’t necessarily sick of the teal, but once we installed our new smart deadbolt, I realized the paint was pretty chipped and needed to be re-done.

I dreaded the task since I remembered how annoying it had been to paint the door those two previous times. I have done it the right way, with primer and special door paint, and it was awful. The paint felt sticky to the touch for ages, so even after a full day I still didn’t feel comfortable closing the door.

Luckily, I read two separate articles from people who used Fusion Mineral Paint* — my go-to indoor furniture paint — on their front doors and it had turned out beautifully. I’d never done any exterior painting with it, but it was certainly worth a shot considering how regularly I use it and love it.

It’s about $27 after tax for a jar of Fusion Mineral Paint and I knew I’d only need one. (Spoiler alert: I only ended up needing half). All I had to do was choose a colour that would look nice with our beige siding while making sure our new aged bronze deadbolt and handleset popped.

After very seriously considering yellow (Prairie Sunset*) and pale blue (Champness*), I settled on a daring shade: Coral*. My handy husband was not a fan of this bright pinky orange, but it made me so happy.

Have you been wanting to paint your front door, too? Here are the steps I followed to do ours, errors and all …

Continue reading in my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home …

Keyless lock a game-changer

Keyless lock a game-changer | Reviewing the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt {Heather's Handmade Life}

*** Schlage provided me with the hardware for this post. As always, all opinions are my own. ***

“When is our beep-beep lock going to be here?” the kids had been asking me daily.

Schlage had asked me to try out their Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt* (and Front Entry Handleset with Interior Accent Lever*) which meant we were going to be able to lock our door by pushing a button and unlock our door by entering a code. So cool!

We LOVE the matte black Schlage hardware on our interior doors (we have these ones*), so knowing our front door was going to match = ahhhhhh!

It felt like a holiday when the “beep-beep lock” package from Schlage arrived, and we got started immediately!

For full instructions on removing an existing deadbolt and installing a Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt (and handle set), continue reading in my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home …

There’s also this fun little video I did for Facebook …

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Keyless lock a game-changer | Reviewing the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt {Heather's Handmade Life}
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