gift wrapping station

One of my early childhood memories, is sneaking in on my grandmother wrapping gifts, always last-minute on the Xmas eve, in her tiny little bedroom. She would keep all her gifts hidden there, underneath the bed, and the bed itself would be all covered in colourful papers, ribbons and gifts. And when she would spot…

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Super Simple DIY Ornament Storage

Storing ornaments has to be one of my least favourite things. I’ve done everything from wrapping them individually in tissue paper to keeping them in their original bulky boxes (that just end up falling apart) to tossing them in a shoebox and hoping for the best. Truthfully, none of those worked out too well for…

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3-in-1 Ottoman

I firmly believe that ottomans are one of the most versatile pieces of furniture that you can own.  If you have space to include an ottoman in your room makeover, then don’t pass up the opportunity!  When it came time to makeover our family room, one of the first things that I added to my…

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Holiday Dining with The DeKonings

When growing up, I remember how exciting Christmas Eve was, it was almost just as exciting as Christmas and it still is something I look forward to every year. My Mom and Mother-in-law that bring Christmas to an whole nother level, it’s that these women are INCREDIBLE cooks! In my parents household, my mom fills…

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How To Make Your Christmas Tree Fuller

Let me tell you a little about my Christmas tree. It cost $38. No, it wasn’t on sale. No, I didn’t get it second hand. That was the full price at the store when I got it. See, I got married in September 4 years ago, and we weren’t exactly in a position to spend…

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Bedroom, the mom-oasis of calm

We all need a place where we feel relaxed the minute we get there. For some, it’s their home in general, for others it may be the beach or the forest, while for me, a working-at-home-mom, it’s my bedroom. Though it haven’t always been that way. I used to study in my bed as a…

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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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