5 Tips for Creating the Ultimate Reading Nook

At the end of a busy day, once the kids have gone to bed (and perhaps after you’ve gotten some holiday wrapping done), a reading nook is the perfect place to unwind and relax!  A cozy spot with the right lighting to write those last few emails, read a book or sip a cup of…

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cookie swap hack: peppermint white chocolate shortcake cookies.

One of the things I love the most about December, are cookie swap parties. I just love the tradition of a cookie swap. Everyone brings a big batch of home-made Christmas cookies. Preferably the sort that only grandma used to make – because of course noting is as good as an old family recipe passed…

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Five ways to use Christmas lights in your decor

Nothing compares to the  magical  glow of a Christmas trees.The lights reminding us of hope, love and peace. But you can recreate that same beautiful glow in other ways by incorporating Christmas lights around your home. Here is how: 1. Place inside cloche or glass jar Battery operated lights are great to place inside jars…

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Prepping The Basement For Guests

The sectional in our basement has a pretty large role!  It’s the place where the entire family sits for a movie night (that’s five of us!), it’s where the kids and their friends hang out to play video games and it’s also where our guests sleep! Since our family lives out of town, choosing a…

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Portable Gift Wrap Station

Small children have this uncanny way of just always being there. You know what I mean right? Like when you have just closed the bathroom door or when you have just closed your eyes, or when you have just started to wrap their Christmas gifts.  They can sense you are alone, that you may perhaps…

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5 Ways to Decorate the Table with Nature for the Holidays

As Christmas approaches, I’m always on the hunt for new and frugal ways to decorate our dining table, something simple yet stunning and cohesive with my current theme. I have always admired natural displays using all that grows and looms outdoors, the richness in colour, the immense texture and interest those natural elements create when…

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Punch Bowl Ice Ring

When I think about celebrating the holidays I think about opening our home to our friends and family. I think about piling platters full of festive sugar cookies with sparkly red sprinkles, gingerbread men with shiny round candy buttons and shortbread with thumbprints dead center in the middle of them, filled to overflowing with Mama’s…

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DIY Gift: Simmering Potpourri

I don’t know about you, but I struggle with finding appropriate hostess gifts around the holidays. With so many dinners to attend (and I do so gladly because a great cook I am not), I often find myself stumped with how to bring a meaningful and useful gift to those hosting. A beautiful candle was…

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