Wednesday, January 11, 2017

UNIQUE WEDDING PARTY GIFTS!

Hey everyone! Happy New Year!

Are you settling in to 2017? Have any resolutions this year? Typically, I’m not a huge “new year resolution” kindof gal. To me, it’s too much pressure at the start of the year and six months in I usually find myself forgetting what my resolution was that I made on NYE just before midnight (likely a bottle of wine(s) in…whoops. Inside voice!).

This year, my mantra is “own it”. I’m owning my goals, owning my business desires, owning my outlook, owning my faults and owning my strengths. C’est tout. You?

On an exciting note, my brother and his girlfriend finally got engaged!!! Yup, awesome.
We couldn’t be happier. They’ve only been together for over 10 years! What? I know. When they posted their engagement pic on social media, their hastag was #pigsreallydofly! We’re thrilled, I’ve always wanted a sister and so excited for all the wedding fun. Speaking of wedding, Mr. Fix-It and I are heading to Halifax this weekend for a family wedding. So fun. It’s like a mini vacay for us. No kids. Just us. Can I get an AMEN!

With all this wedding busyness that’s been around the last few weeks, one of the random wedding conversations we had at the cottage over the holidays was about bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts.  Not the easiest thing to give.  You want to give something different and something useful. I did some digging and have rounded up a few of my favourites that I think fit the bill of being different and useful.

You can find these gifts at one of my favourite online stores uncommongoods, a collection of interesting products, created by artists. They look for designers that serve a purpose, solve a problem and stun the company with their beauty.  From fabulous products for your home, jewellery, gifts and one of my fav links to click is the “under $25 and $50”. 

And of course, they have awesome gifts for your wedding party! Here are some of my favs for the guys...

1.  Scotch Infused Toothpicks - What?! Mr. Fix-It would love if he got this. Love! 
2.  Neighbourhood Map Coasters - So cool. You can have snippets of your hood on the 
     coasters. 
3.  Beard Pack - It's pretty common for many of the groomsmen to have beards. Why not 
     have those beards looking fab on the big day.
4.  Whiskey Ice Balls - Yup



1. Agate Coasters - The agate is from Brazil. So pretty and girly.
2. Love Birch Cuff - This bracelet is just gorg.
3. Carry-On Cocktail Kit - Just get it. No words necessary! 
4. Wishing Ball - So many wishes and what a better time to give the girls you love a place to  
    store 
    their wishes.
5. Heart Umbrella - This umbrella is just adorable and unique. I would love to get this!


Couple showers are popular and now that the bride and groom have often already been living together, they don’t need the basics to start up their home. They need fun stuff!


1.  Beer Jelly - Craft beer infused. All you need is the baguette.
2.  My Family Cookbook - This is one of my favourite gift ideas. Would be awesome if you 
     could get your hands on the couple's fav family recipes and have them made into their 
     own family cookbook. Too cute.
3.  DIY Hot Sauce Kit - Just get it. This is awesome.
4.  Molecular Gastronomy Kit - This is all the rage in restaurants. Now the newlyweds can 
     have an extra fancy dinner party :)
5.  Water Garden - This is just cool, cute and funny!

Wedding planning can have a list a mile long. If you know anyone that needs to knock gift ideas off their wedding list, I bet they will find them at uncommongoods. Don't even get me started on their kids stuff and easy DIY kits for the win!

Keep it Beautiful.

*This post has been sponsored by uncommongoods. You know how I only promote brands and products that I love because I think you'll love them too. 

Friday, December 30, 2016

FROM NEW YEAR’S EVE TO NEW YEAR’S ZZZ’S, I'VE GOT SOMETHING TO KEEP YOU COVERED

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family and friends. I was so happy when the calm of Christmas eve came. We had a really nice night and Christmas day was super fun. Amazing to see Christmas through the kids' eyes. We had 18 over to our house for dinner that night which worked out great. Here's a peak at my table. 

We'll be spending NYE at the cottage with some friends and Netflix has shared an idea that I know you want to hear about.

Clearly the kids don't get that they should sleep in on New Year's Day because their parents MOST DEFINITELY WANT TO! Did you know that there is a huge spike in kids content viewing on New Year's Day, making Jan 1st one of the most watched days of kids content on Netflix. Surprise! Surprise! In fact, according to Netflix's viewership data, total viewing of kids content on NY Day 2016 exceeded nearly every single weekend in 2015. Crazy eh?

Netflix has created a New Year's Eve 10 on demand countdown for kids. My kids have already started to watch them. They're mini movies. This years countdowns are based on some of kids’ favorite shows: Word Party, Puffin Rock, Luna Petunia, Beat Bugs, All Hail King Julien, Skylanders Academy, Trollhunters, Project Mc2, Fuller House and Chasing Cameron. 

Think that's good my friends, this is EVEN better....


After any good party comes the morning after, with cranky kids and tired (and hungover...) parents. So Netflix is also making parents’ lives a little easier the next morning. Inspired by a strategic playlist of shows kids will jump at the chance to watch back-to-back, Netflix has created The Netflix Door Sign (click on the link for the printable version). WHAT? Yes. 

For sure, this will not stop my monkeys from jumping in the bed, but I have no problems telling the to take the sign off our bedroom door and turn on Netflix till Mummy and Daddy feel human again. This year, having a bunch of friends up at the cottage, there will be that many more kids, which means these shows are a key to survival. 


I wish you and your family a very happy New Year. I hope you take the time to reflect on 2016 - the things that were great, the things that weren't so great. 2017 is a fresh start. You might not be able to control everything the year brings but whatever it is, own it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for continuing to support this blog and support this business. It's a tiny peace of the internet world and it would not continue to be there without you. Thank you, thank you. I would love to share your favourite DIYs, recipes or makeovers in the new year. Just send them my way. From my heart to yours, happy new year! See you in 2017 lovelies. 

Keep it Beautiful.

xo

Thursday, December 22, 2016

CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR + GIVEAWAY!

Merry Christmas everyone! 

This is one of my favourite weeks of the year. Besides the last minute rush-around…that’s brutes. The excitement from the kids for the big day is priceless. They’re filled with so much hope and belief in all the magic – it’s contagious. Here is a peak at our home this year (you can see the past few years here and here). I know yours is decorated beautifully. Decorating for the holidays takes a lot of time but it’s so worth it. Don’t you feel so happy sitting on your couch with a warm drink staring at your gorgeous tree? It brings home my belief that you feel fabulous when you’re surrounded by a home you love.

Here’s a few photos of how the d├ęcor looks at our house this year. I'm sorry I don't have time to photograph the basement Christmas decor or the upstairs but it's a peak. Don’t forget to scroll to the end, I have a fun giveaway that you wont be able to use this year (seeing how I’m super late) but will look oh-so-fun next year on your front lawn!

Remember how I showed you our mantle in November? I really loved it but with all the different ways to decorate, I decided to switch it up a few weeks ago - home design obsessed!

























If you’re looking for a delicious last minute treat, then I recommend my Nana’s Nuts ‘n Bolts. They’re my favourite!

Want to your house to smell fabulous? Try this.

This pin is a popular one from a few years ago over on Pinterest if you want to add some red to your decor.

Need a last minute wreath? This is an easy DIY!

Good luck with all your last minute hustle and bustle. For those of you out there that haven't received our Christmas cards...they're on their way. I might have been on the ball to order them but sending them out has been another story. Yikes! Ah well.

Don't forget the outside! This is Mr. Fix-It's favourite part about decorating for the holidays. Total Griswold! When your kids are little, you just need to go with it. The giant santa was painted by my dad and has been on my parent's roof since I was a little girl. Santa now hangs at our house. Olaf is a new addition. Remember the countertop wine fridge that I talked about last year? We love it! I ordered Olaf from the same company, Hammacher Schlemmer and the kids went nuts! They ship to Canada and the service and products are fantastic. Olaf is 8 feet, happy and adorable.



Want to win this adorable guy for your front lawn decor next year? If you live in Ottawa, I can deliver it to you and you can add it to your lawn just in time for the big man in red to arrive!! Just leave me a comment below and the winner will be chosen on Friday! FUN! Do you wanna build a snowman?


Keep it Beautiful and Merry Christmas lovelies!

Friday, December 9, 2016

CHRISTMAS CARDS IN THE MAIL

TGIF! How’s the holiday prep going? Making your list and checking it twice? There is always something, or more like something”s” that you forget until the last minute and for me, it’s the Christmas cards. Around Thanksgiving, we usually try to gather the clan for a picture with the hope that it could also work for our Christmas card - you never know with little ones if you'll get smiling faces or grumpy-don't-take-my-picture looks.

This year, I actually remembered to get my Christmas cards organized and always order them from Minted because the make the whole process super easy.

Their cards are gorg and they make it really easy to see what your photo would look like on all the cards. You just click on the “Find It Fast” button, upload your photo and VOILA…your smiling faces are on all the card mock-ups.

The foil-pressed cards are beauty. I also love the midnight blues and graphic black and white. You can also add custom stamps, free recipient addressing and your return address to the back of the cards which cuts down on having to write out your info on every envelope.
Oh, and obviously…the pretty factor is huge.

I’ve used Minted holiday cards for two years now and have been thrilled with them every time.


Don’t forget, if you can’t get your cards out for Christmas…all good. Sometimes sending a “Happy New Year” card works even better. Your loved ones will be thrilled to receive your smiling face in the mail in January when they’re in the after-Christmas-slump. As well, keep Minted in mind for your invitations, party planning needs and their fab art.

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