When I first started my blog, I would write monthly updates as a sort of catch-up on all the things that I was doing, planning, etc. In 2022, I decided to clean up my website; so, I’ve condensed all the original posts into easy (and quick) to read highlights. Here’s what happened in 2016:
January 2016 (Happy New Year!)
We had a green Christmas, but snow came shortly after. Tootsie chewed our couch pillowcases – and I didn’t have any big resolutions. “Let’s look forward to 2016 and all the new things together :)“
DIY Work Division
In January of 2016, I wrote a post detailing how the Husband and I divide all the renovation projects around the house. We gave each other points and I made graphs showing the difference. In the end, it was about 50/50.
Our front door started peeling, I took my first baby bump photo and was halfway through my pregnancy. Almost starting my maternity leave (up until then, I worked a regular 9-5 and blogged on the side). I got a lot of projects done including this popular post.
March 2016 (and New Hair!)
I shared a history recap of all the different hair/colours I’ve had over the years. My baby bump was definitely visible now. We took a road trip, I shared our bedroom tour and debated painting our panelling.
Love for the One Room Challenge
Before participating in my first 6-week renovation (aka the ORC) I shared my favourite spaces from the most-recent event. And some really good tips for anyone participating.
Started our basement bathroom renovation! Had my pink and blue baby shower and made this cute game. Oh, and we could see our yard again so I shared a tour.
Everyone could tell I was pregnant by the start of May! Like the rest of the internet, I was making DIY laundry soap. Revealed our completed basement bathroom and got ready for the baby.
ORC Reveals to Watch
I teamed up with a group of bloggers to share our different One Room Challenge spaces. Our bathroom was in the “industrial and modern” group.
I pre-scheduled some blog posts in anticipation of the baby’s arrival. Zachary was born on his due date and I wrote this cute post about DIY vs. pregnancy.
Added some board and batten to our hallway. Remodelaholic shared our patio table refresh. My parents helped with our sideyard (and other projects, ha).
I was hot nursing a baby in the summer, so we got A/C. We still called Zachary “baby”, like “the baby is hungry” and such. Did some outdoor projects like this firepit surround, mini-fences and filled a crack.
Changes, They Are a Coming!
Announced by rebranding to Madness and Method (reminder: was Q-Schmitz).
I continued talking about minimalism and went to my first antique sale. Sealed the asphalt driveway and gave a makeover to an ottoman (that we still have 5+ years later!).
A Visit Home
I brought Zachary to visit my parent’s house (where I grew up) for the first time. He had seen my parents, but it was his first big car ride (and time in the pool!)
Blog Podium Recap
Blog Podium is/was a blogging conference for Canadians. I attended for the first time in September 2016. My mom met me there and watched Zachary during the day.
So many Halloween projects! This planter, the cereal treat brains, boo sign and silhouettes (among other things)! Oh, and our first family costume.
I had been reading books from this list for a few months now. (Spoiler: 5 years later, and I didn’t finish). Sent out my first email newsletter!
Working on my brother’s kitchen, got ready for winter and did some Christmas things. Also did some updates at the Husband’s work.
Did you enjoy these highlights from 2016? I also have one from 2015 and 2017. Or, just check out my other family/life updates here.