Edible Easter Basket

March 21st, 2018|GIFT IDEAS, HOLIDAYS|

I posted this edible Easter basket idea a few years ago, but since the photos were sub-par and at the time I didn’t know what SEO (Search Engine Optimization) was – the article is lost somewhere in the www universe.  With Easter just around the corner, I decided to get my ‘baskets’ together early and I thought I’d share this simple and inexpensive gift idea.

I wish my kids wanted/needed something for Easter that wouldn’t put them into sugar-shock – […]

Easter Bunny Door from scrap wood

March 19th, 2018|HOLIDAYS, KIDS|

If your kids are still at an age where the Easter Bunny brings almost as much excitement as Santa Claus, then this is a simple DIY you will want to incorporate into your Easter decor/festivities: and Easter Bunny Door!

I had some leftover 1″ x 12″ rough pine from my super-sized shoe rack build I did for my gal-pal Jen Woodhouse, which was perfectly sized for where I planned to place my Easter Bunny door:

Classroom Valentines

February 1st, 2018|HOLIDAYS, KIDS|

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Have you bought/made Valentines for your kids’ classrooms yet?

I received an email from Minted the other day and I had to share the adorable custom classroom Valentines they are promoting this year:

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Quick and Easy Christmas Treats

December 22nd, 2017|HOLIDAYS, RECIPES|

Are you ready?

Except for the cooking that is?

I am!!

Mainly because Hubby handles cooking the main meals, and I handle the baking, grocery shopping, cleaning etc.  (aka: he gets all the glory).

Fortunately for me, my baking has been pared down to a few seasonal favourites that we bring out every year – quick and easy Christmas treats that everyone enjoys and aren’t a lot of work.

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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.

Don’t scroll down […]

Holiday Entertaining and Surprise Guests

December 3rd, 2017|HOLIDAYS, PARTY IDEAS|

You know it’s going to happen…

usually when your house is at its worst, you have laundry piles on the couches waiting to be folded and there are dirty dishes in the sink…

Surprise Guests!

It’s the Season for stop-by’s and pop-by’s and “I was in the neighbourhood”, so I thought I’d share a little trick a friend taught me:

buy bars and treats from Costco or M&M Meats, cut them into squares and tuck them into your freezer.

If you suddenly find yourself in […]

Holiday Home Tour 2017

December 2nd, 2017|HOLIDAYS, HOME TOUR|

It seems like every blogger in the universe is showcasing their Holiday Home Tour 2017.

I’ve been decorating, staging, photographing, moving things around, photographing, editing, photographing – and I cannot come close to the gorgeous homes and images of some of my blogging idols.

Mainly because my house is lived in and messy all most of the time,

partly because my house isn’t white on white on white,

somewhat because I’m not a fantastic photographer,

and a tinch because I don’t notice the little details […]

DIY wood lanterns

November 30th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, HOLIDAYS|

Looking for an easy tutorial on making DIY wood lanterns?

You can check out my blog post on rustic lanterns here;

or you can follow the tutorial from The Stonybrook House and make these adorable white ones from scrap wood.

I won’t steal her thunder any more than to say I made these DIY wood lanterns entirely from scrap wood.

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20 Simple Christmas DIYs

November 28th, 2017|HOLIDAYS|

I’ve written this blog since the summer of 2013, and in that time I’ve written well over a thousand blog posts with DIY, craft, recipe and decor ideas.

But who has the time to surf an entire site to find ideas for simple DIY projects?

I DO!

Okay, I didn’t really, but I do have a ton of simple DIY projects specifically for the Holidays, so I thought I would pull 20 or so out of the depths of the internet so you […]