Mason Jar Lid Ornament-5

Mason Jar Lid Ornament

If you hang out on Pinterest… or in Michaels… or remotely near most bloggers (or a hipster)… you’ll see mason jars being used in decor.  And I am no stranger to the love of the mason jar. With jars being used for flowers or organization, it’s left me with a lot of snap lids and… 

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Putting the Backyard to Bed-9

Putting the Backyard to Bed: Part 1

 Where we live, Winter takes a long time to come around.  Fall shows up in a big dump of leaves. The trees suddenly want to be naked, so they shake off every. single. leaf. they’ve ever grown.  And they chuck in on my back lawn. Our new backyard isn’t huge, but it’s big enough for… 

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The Basement Project: What we did right, and what I would change

Where we are right now…  I know it’s been a while since I brought up the basement. When I last showed a picture of the basement, it looked like this: We had just finished putting up the SMARTWALL and were heading towards the finishing portion of the basement.  And it was a blur. A frenzy… 

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Boozy Candy Cane Hot Chocolate

We’re getting to the point in December when people start asking the dreaded question, “So, are you ready for Christmas?” The answer is nearly almost “No.” Sometimes there is eye-rolling. Other times, there are sighs. Occasionally, there is a smug, “Yes.” And for all of these times that this question is asked, I have the… 

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Christmas Tour 2014 -

Come over to my house this Christmas – A little holiday tour…

I love Christmas. I decorate halfway through November and keep everything up until after New Year’s. I love the opulence and coziness of the season. I love that you get to merge the worlds of tackiness and tradition and not have to make a single apology. And I love just a dash of things-that-are-tacky. They… 

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Comfort Food, Thy Name is Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

Scalloped potatoes are a perfect comfort food. You have the starchiness of potatoes combined with the creamy cheesiness of the casserole. And if you crisp up the top a bit for some crunch? Welp… you’ve got the trifecta there. For a really long time, I thought scalloped potatoes came from a box. You just added… 

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It’s a Trim The Tree Party! We’re giving away $200!

‘Tis the giveaway season, peeps.  This time, I’m giving away $200 in Target or Paypal Cash. Yes, both of those things prove to be VERY useful come Christmas time. (Especially those last-minute, Oh-no-did-I-forget-Steve? moments.) This giveaway was organized by the uber-fabulous Jenn of Clean and Scentsible. A group of 14 bloggers – and Jenn –… 

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Kids Can Cook- Make your own lunch-7

Kids Can Cook: Make your own lunch

  Now that Lila is in Kindergarten, we’re all about packing lunches in our house.  And because she’s always been home for lunch during the past five years of her life, I won’t lie, it’s been a challenge trying to find interesting lunch things that she will eat. Years of hot lunches and a mother who… 

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I’ve Got 99 Problems But a Fridge Ain’t One

Huge thanks to Whirlpool Canada, for helping us with our kitchen renovation. As always, every word in this post – and the peek into my fridge – is entirely my own.  Oh… Jay-Z. I know that one day I would paraphrase you. And today is that day. I’ve chatted a bit quite a lot about… 

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