Natural Ways to Get Rid of Blackheads

I get approached fairly regularly by companies that want me to share their products, images, stories etc. and while I believe that everyone needs a helping hand, not all the products fit with the meme of my blog (eg. “eyelash extensions imported from China”, “hot Russian chicks just for me” and a plethora of diet programs that I would never attempt myself)

Since I don’t use eyelash extensions, I’m not much into chicks – no matter how hot these Russian women are – and I […]

February 24th, 2017|HEALTH/FITNESS|0 Comments

Spring Vignette – Using Faux Flowers

I’m going to start by saying this Spring vignette is NOT a sponsored post – not that it matters, I only accept sponsored posts from companies I use and believe in – but for the record, this one is not.

With Spring-like temperatures basting our Vitamin-D deficient bodies here in SouthWestern Ontario – it has everyone hoping, wishing and thinking SPRING!

I’m right there with you – bring on the sunshine and flowers!

I know this is just a tease by Mother Nature. […]

February 23rd, 2017|DECOR, HOLIDAYS|0 Comments

Locker Magnets – Solving Gym Mayhem

I’ve searched Pinterest and, believe it or not, I can’t find a single image showing a neat way to identify your locker when you’re at the gym.

There’s decorating your locker for high school and refurbishing old lockers for home decor pieces – but nothing to help you in this situation:

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This is approximately what my gym’s […]

February 15th, 2017|CRAFTS, ORGANIZE|0 Comments

Strawberry Brownie Kebabs – an Easy Valentine’s Treat

These strawberry brownie kebabs are an easy treat that you can whip out in minutes (especially if you buy two-bite brownies) to make for Valentine’s day at school.

There’s not much to it really, you will need:

  • large marshmallows
  • two-bite brownies (or bake-your-own and cut them into 1″ bites)
  • kebab skewers
  • fresh strawberries – washed and hulled
  • semi-sweet chocolate chipits

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Skewer […]

February 11th, 2017|HOLIDAYS, RECIPES|0 Comments

How to Organize Manuals and Warranties

A couple of years ago, this was how we stored all of our product manuals:

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Yup, that was my kitchen drawer and I had no idea what was in there.  It became the drop-zone for product manuals and parts when we made new purchases.  You know, those manuals that you “HAVE” to […]

February 8th, 2017|ORGANIZE|0 Comments

Easy iPad Charging Station

The photos, and this post itself, is an oldie – but given that the number of ‘screens’ in this house has only increased, it seemed a good time to revisit our original iPad charging station solution.

Not to make redundant the USB outlets I installed last week, but instead to show you an easier and cheaper way to corral cords and electronics, I give you my brilliant (and cheap) iPad charging station…

from a magazine holder!

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February 5th, 2017|ORGANIZE, REPURPOSE|0 Comments

DIY Bird Feeder – $4 and 20 minutes to make

It seems every February I get the ‘feels’ for the poor birds.  Last year I showed you how to make a super-simple bird house to help keep our feathered friends warm, this year I’m adding to my garden with this easy ($4) DIY bird feeder.

DIY Bird Feeder


  • 1 x 6 cedar board at 6′ long
  • wood glue
  • 1 1/4″ wood screws
  • mitre saw
  • drill
  • rope for hanging
  • bird seed
  • optional:  all-weather caulking

A six-foot 1×6 cedar board will run you about […]

February 4th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, KIDS|0 Comments

50 of the Best Ikea Rast Hacks

Ikea carries a small dresser – just about the size of a large nightstand – called the Rast.  It’s an insanely popular product on Pinterest for both the price ($35 US, $49 Cdn) and for the million-and-one ways people have “hacked” it (aka – changed it from boring to BLAM!)

I have a craft room update on my mind, and in searching out affordable options I came across these gorgeous (and brilliant) Ikea Rast hacks that I had to share.

I give […]

Crafty Crates Subscriptions – Try Before You Buy

Crafty Crates Subscriptions is a brand new subscription box company – like brand-spanking new – but with a BRILLIANT concept…

crafts for ADULTS (and/or older kids).

I know, you’re subscription-boxed out, but hear my argument; if you read this blog chances are you are a Crafter/DIYer or at the very least a Wanna-be-Crafter or Wanna-be-DIYer…

however, making things is expensive.

There are supplies to buy, tools you need, shipping, taxes, coupons – it’s all very cumbersome really, unless you LOVE what you do.

What […]

February 2nd, 2017|CRAFTS, For me, GIFT IDEAS|0 Comments

Home Improvement: Upgrading to USB Receptacles

Upgrading my plugs to USB receptacles has been on my wish list for MONTHS – but I was too nervous to attempt any electrical work (you know my habit of “learning things the hard way”).  Well, the girls got wireless headphones for Christmas, and Chloë recently bought her own iPod (yup, she saved up her birthday money and allowance to get one), so my house is overflowing with USB cords in every plug you can imagine.

Which means nothing else can get […]

January 31st, 2017|DIY|1 Comment