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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Jólabókaflóð (Jolabokaflod) – A Christmas Eve tradition worth practicing

December 19th, 2017|GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS, HOLIDAYS|

I first came across the term Jólabókaflóð (Jolabokaflod) on Instagram.  It means “Yule book flood” and is a Holiday tradition in Iceland (you brilliant Icelanders) and it refers to the Christmas Eve tradition of  gifting a book and chocolate to friends and family.  The evening (after dinner and gifts) is then spent reading your new treasure and enjoying your treat.

BRILLIANT!

I need this tradition in my life!!

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Gag Gift Ideas for Christmas

December 5th, 2017|GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS, HOLIDAYS|

It was only a year or two ago that I first heard the term “White elephant gift”.  I didn’t realize it was a tradition that some people participated in?  I’d heard of (and have both given and received) gag gifts, but to create a celebration around the gross and inappropriate…

sounded AWESOME!

I have a twisted sense of humour.

Today I decided to showcase some of my favourite Christmas gag gift ideas from all over the internet – homemade and manufactured.

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Christmas cards (and wrap) in a click!

November 12th, 2017|GIFT IDEAS, HOLIDAYS|

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Have you got your Christmas / Holiday cards ready?

Have you updated your address book to make sure you have current mailing addresses for everyone?  Have you written your annual newsletter and tucked a family photo into the envelopes of special loved ones.

Nope, me neither.

BUT, I did myself a huge favour and went online to Minted.com to have them take care of this Holiday stressor for […]

Easy DIY Leash Holder from Scrap Wood

September 8th, 2017|DIY, GIFT IDEAS, ORGANIZE|

I’ve been puttering in the garage lately trying to come up with some simple scrap wood projects that would be both interesting to you, my readers, and useful to my family….

Did you know that there are an estimated 78 million dogs in the U.S.?  The statistics suggest that 44% of Americans own at least one dog.  (In Canada it is estimated that 35% of the population own a dog)

We have a dog – my gentle Lacey Mae – and I […]

Back-to-School treat bag tags

September 1st, 2017|CRAFTS, GIFT IDEAS|

Today’s post is just a quickie, but it came about because a friend stopped by the other day to ask if I could set up a word document for her to create foldable labels for some back-to-school treats she wanted to give to her class.

I figured if I was making treat bag tags anyways, I might as well share the template in case you want to create your own for your little back-to-schoolers.

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DIY Jewelry Holder – PVC Pipe Project

May 7th, 2017|CRAFTS, GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS|

If you don’t follow me on Facebook or Instagram (which you really should) then you wouldn’t have seen my DIY spray paint tent I made the other week.

I invested about $150 in PVC pipe and elbows and followed a Pinterest tutorial on how to make a collapsible paint tent…

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This is my friend Helena who came by just as I’d started to wrap […]

Teacher Gift for Teacher Appreciation Week

May 1st, 2017|GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS|

Someone on Instagram recently posted a card they’d made for Teacher Appreciation Week.  Immediately, and in a panic, I Googled to find out when Teacher Appreciation was in my neck of the woods (just in case it’s different in different countries) and sure enough – Friday, May 5th is designated as Teacher Appreciation Day here in Ontario.

I’m still trying to get my act together in time for Mother’s Day coming up, but my girls have been so fortunate to have amazing […]

The BEST Mother’s Day gift I’ve ever received

April 30th, 2017|For me, GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS|

The very best gift my family has ever given me, Mother’s Day or otherwise is this:

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A dollar store journal that I attached some vinyl lettering to.

I made this for myself (and a few for friends) back in 2014 and it is hands-down my favourite and the best Mother’s Day gift ever.

But I bought it […]

Mother’s Day Gift Idea – Custom Sun Hat

April 28th, 2017|CRAFTS, GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS|

Do you remember Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress?  From her third marriage?  The one where the kids doodles were incorporated into the gown itself?

With this and Mother’s Day in mind, it got me to thinking of a neat Mother’s Day gift idea that the kids could do.  A crafty gift that I’d actually use…

like perhaps a sun hat?

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The vacation doesn’t look too bad […]