Gift ideas for Mom

May 6th, 2018|For me, GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS|

May 13th is Mother’s Day this year and so I’d like to offer up a few gift ideas for Mom that I’ve been tossing around for my Mom, my MIL (and for myself) in the hopes that it might inspire you to do something a little different this Mother’s Day.

Gift ideas for Mom

  1.  Free labour.  Yup, what Mom doesn’t want her “honey-do list” wheedled down?  Fertilize her lawn, till a garden, paint a room, pressure wash her deck or take […]

Tips for Bloggers: How to streamline your social media

January 15th, 2018|For me, Uncategorised|

*This is a sponsored post in that I received a discount on my Cinchshare membership and am part of their ambassador program.  I will tell you that I approached Cinchshare after having tried their service for a couple of months and being thrilled with the amount of time and work it has saved me.

I know a lot of you come visit me to laugh at my antics, check out a DIY project or perhaps even learn a new craft – […]

Prolonging the life of your tulips

January 11th, 2018|DECOR, For me, GIFT IDEAS|

It’s tulip season! (Wahoo!)  At least it is in the flower shops.
While not my favourite flower, they are certainly in the running because they bring to mind Spring and sunshine and bring colour back into my oh-so-white, winter world.
I hesitate to buy tulips however because their lifespan seems so fleeting, and who wants to waste money on something that will only make you smile for a day?

Tulip care, extending the life of your tulips, [...]
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Dream Vacation – Westmoreland, Barbados

December 16th, 2017|For me|

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen a few non-Christmasy photos of a dream vacation we took the other week.

Barbados, dream vacation, WIMCO, vacation rentals

That’s the view from our patio.  Truthfully, the only photo editing I did was to adjust the exposure and add the text to the bottom corner – it really was this spectacular!

Have you heard of WIMCO (West Indies Management Company)?

It’s a vacation […]

My New Purse!!

September 26th, 2017|CRAFTS, EASY SEWING, For me|

I don’t show a lot of fashion or “girly” things on this blog – not because I don’t like them; my Pinterest boards are full of cute outfits that I wish I wore, but more because this is a DIY and family blog and after doing DIY and taking care of my family there isn’t a lot of time or energy left for hair and makeup.

BUT – I did DIY the cutest purse EVER!

If you have drills in your DIY […]

Tweens and self-esteem – The be.Tween Project

September 9th, 2017|For me, KIDS|

When did parenting get so hard?

Actually, when hasn’t it been hard?

I’m in a household with two “tweenagers” (9 and 11) and each phase of their lives has presented different challenges – from learning to walk, to potty training to letting them assert some independence.

But these tween years – all of their struggles seem to be internal, which is NOT an easy fix.

How they look, how they act, what they wear, what they play with, even what they eat becomes a […]

Cottage dreaming and learning Lightroom

August 22nd, 2017|For me|

We have had the most AMAZING summer!

Hubby was able to take two weeks off and we rented a gorgeous cottage on Lake Huron – as in right on the water.  We shared the cottage with our favourite travelling companions and dearest friends and enjoyed sun, sand, surf (some rain) and savoury meals prepared by the boys.

It was absolutely decadent.

I won’t force you to sit through a slide show of our vacation, but I will post a few images here since […]

AWOL – Absent but with outstanding learning

August 1st, 2017|For me|

I’m sorry I’ve been missing lately – I had the opportunity to attend an international DIY blogging conference in Atlanta, Georgia and I couldn’t pass it up.

Have you heard of Haven?  It’s a conference specifically geared towards DIY, design and lifestyle bloggers and it is HUGE.

Bloggers from all over North America, England and even Australia fly in to meet with DIY giants like Home Depot, Quickcrete, Ryobi, Behr Paints, 3M and celebrities like….

Clint Harp!  (from Fixer Upper if you […]

The Light We Lost – Jill Santopolo

June 20th, 2017|For me|

Looking for some captivating summer reads?

I haven’t covered any books on the blog in ages, but it’s not for lack of reading them.  I spent most of 2016 devouring the Outlander series (8 books with about 1,700 pages per book) – and let me tell you it was totally worth it.

Not everyone is up to investing their summer in a saga like Outlander – so I’ll give you a quick read that you should pick up:

The Light We Lost by […]

Patio Makeover – Sweet William Sewing Style

May 29th, 2017|DECOR, For me, HOME TOUR|

It’s done!

It’s done, it’s done, it’s done! (sung in a ‘happy dance’ sort of voice).

My favourite room in the house is ready – and not only am I going to show it off, but I’m going to go outside and enjoy it once I’m done showing it off.  I’m sorry, I’m too excited to contain the bragging.

Let me preface this by saying that my patio furniture is roughly 9 years old.  It was a cheap set from a hardware store […]