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Patio Cutlery Holders – Whimsical Watermelon DIY

This is a fun post - forget the rules of elegance and sophistication and instead make your next backyard party FUN with these "Whimsical Watermelon Cutlery Holders". You'll need to invest in some watermelon, lemon, orange or lime coloured paints - I bought tester pots at Home Depot, but most of the colours you'll find at a dollarama store - and as long as you seal your jar afterwards, craft paint should be fine. No step by step needed here - just paint your green and watermelon pink on some jam/mason jars and let dry. Add a few coats of [...]

DIY Garden Markers

Did you get planting over the long weekend? Did you get your planters styled and veggies dug in? Now all you need is something bright and cheerful to mark what's where right? I gotcha! How about some (free) paint stick garden markers? Easy-peasy and bright and cheerful. First, steal obtain some paint sticks from your hardware or paint store.  I'm kidding about the stealing, they usually let you have as many as you want. Paint on a coat of outdoor paint - any leftover colour - and let dry completely. Next, apply adhesive vinyl stickers to each paint stick.  These can [...]

10 Must-read Books of Summer 2016

To help you with your patio, beach, vacay and/or evening reading, I thought I'd compile a list of the latest, and soon-to-be-released "Must-read books of Summer 2016". I haven't read a single one, some won't even be out until August, but I did a bit of research and compiled the top 10 (eleven really) books that all of the sites seem to be recommending.  When I write "all of the sites", I'm including heavy hitters like the Washington Post, Huffington Post, NY Times, PopSugar, Boston Globe and Publisher's Weekly - so we're not talking strictly 'Authors' Moms' here. The book [...]

Book Review – Me Before You Jojo Moyes

Did everyone have an amazing weekend?  It was absolutely SPECTACULAR here in SW Ontario - sun, sun and more sun. The weather found me on the patio with friends, with the kids, by myself, with the dog - any excuse to sit outside and enjoy our long awaited Summer/long weekend. Which got me to thinking - it's about time to send out a tip for summer reading isn't it? I actually finished "Me Before You" a couple of weeks ago - in one sitting - and I can totally recommend it as a light, fun and somewhat teary summer read.   Me [...]

DIY Plant Stands

If you want to add height, dimension and movement to your porch, patio or deck - you'll want to include some plant stands to elevate and create interest in your plantings. You could buy several different sized pots and group them, or you could take your existing planters (of any height) and build a DIY plant stand to give height. I opted for building - and I'd been eyeballing a pin I saw that showcased "West Elm inspired plant stands".  I checked out the instructions, but found they were a bit vague - no measurements, and a cut or two [...]

“Who Am I?” Printable

My friend Amazing Amy posted this poem on her Facebook feed awhile back and I absolutely LOVED it: Who am I, you ask? I am made from all the people I've encountered and all the things I have experienced. Inside, I hold the laughter of my friends, the arguments with my parents, the chattering of young children, and the warmth from kind strangers. Inside, there are stitchings from cracked hearts, bitter words from heated arguments, music that gets me through and emotions I cannot convey. I am made from all these people and moments. That is who I am. ~ [...]

Purse First Aid Kit (just in time for summer)

Spring brings the onslaught of extracurricular activities in my family... most families, I suppose. We have soccer and cheerleading, bike riding and rollerblading, beach visits and track and field, camping, road trips etc - any of which can bring on bug bites and boo boos while you're away from home. You could carry around your full-sized first aid kit if you were motivated (and a far better mother than I am) or you could collect a few of the key components and make a purse first aid kit that doesn't take up much space, but will get you through until you [...]

Slate Cheese Board / Slate Cheese Tray

If your backyard get togethers are more wine-and-cheese than hot dogs-and-lemonade, this project will fit the bill.  This slate cheese board / slate cheese tray was made from an old roof tile and some etching cream! Supplies: roof slate – can usually be found on Kijiji or Craig’s List - the more rustic, the better. two handles stencil of your wording and/or image glass etching cream and applicator brush sandpaper drill and concrete drill bit food-safe mineral oil (optional) (Note – the glass etching cream is an acid and as such can burn your skin. Please remember to wear protective gloves while working [...]