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A Few of My Favorite Etsy Shops Part 1

I think my absolute favorite place to shop online has to be Etsy! With all of the variety and beautiful things that can be found, it’s my go-to place for fun art, paper party goods and more for our house. Here are a few of my favorite Etsy Shops and a small sampling of what… 

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Decor Hack – Fake Coffee Cake

Have you ever seen magazine spreads with gorgeously styled pages full of beautiful kitchens and dining rooms? You know the ones that have scrumptious looking food all perfectly laid out – cinnamon buns piled high on a plate, tea poured and the perfect coffee cake perched on a cake stand. Do you ever wish you… 

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Weekend re-Treat Link Party #72

Hello Friends! Did you know that today my oldest turns 14? So weird and so amazing at the same time! How has your week been so far? Got anything great to share? Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes | DIY Wooden Sandbox | Chicken and Waffles Salad| Creamy Coconut Fruit Dip Britni’s Favorites DIY Stenciled Wall from… 

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WHY EARNED MEDIA DOESN'T WORK FOR BLOGGERS | WWW.AKADESIGN.CA

Why Earned Media Doesn’t Often Work for Bloggers

Please hear my heart. I genuinely want both bloggers and brands to succeed. And I want consumers (that’s pretty  much everyone) to feel good about their purchases. I’m not good at controversy. I don’t particularly like to stir the pot. I adore my blogging friends and I love working with great brands. Capiche? Okay… First of… 

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In the Garden – Sort Of!

I have to show you a really adorable little painted clay pot. It was originally going to go out on the patio, but I loved it so much that I just couldn’t put it out there in the sun and wind and rain. You know to get all touched by the elements. (It was totally… 

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HORNY TOAD WITH A CHOCOLATE KICK | WWW.AKADESIGN.CA

Horny Toad with a Chocolate Kick

I know, I know – the name sounds really terrible! But stick with me here. I cannot for the life of me figure out why such a delightful drink is called a Horny Toad. I mean, really? Who names these things? Just imagine this: a slight hint of orange from the triple sec mellowed with… 

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Thrift Store Bar Cart | www.akadesign.ca

Thrift Store Bar Cart | Trash to Treasure

Way back in December the thrifting gods smiled down on me. Okay, not really. I don’t believe in thrifting gods. But I did find this awesome little run down bar cart for a steal at our local Value Village shortly before the holidays. Of course it came home with me. It was a little grimy… 

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Weekend re-Treat Link Party #71

I have to say that this week has been so much better than last. We are all recovering from having to say goodbye to our dog. Our son graduated grade 8 with a couple of other homeschoolers. We are looking ahead to summer (school isn’t out up here until the end of June and we… 

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Just a Few Girlfriends for a #Pier1OutdoorParty

Yesterday I shared our patio before and after and I mentioned how much we are loving the space and that we can now host outdoor gatherings with style. And host friends and family we have! (photo above by the lovely Lucy of Craftberry Bush) A couple of weeks ago I invited about six girlfriends to… 

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PATIO BEFORE AND AFTER | WWW.AKADESIGN.CA

Our Patio Before and After

Back when we looked at this house (before buying it) one of the things I really loved about it was the cute little side yard behind the garage. Because of the cedar bushes that line the perimeter of the back and side yards I could envision it as a cool and private place to spend… 

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June Giveaway on www.akadesign.ca

June Goodies Giveaway

Did you notice that I totally missed our fun little giveaway in May? The month sort of just got away from me and before I knew it it was the end. So here’s to June and getting the giveaways going on a regular monthly basis again! It isn’t huge, but every item was chosen with care… 

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Weekend re-Treat Link Party #70

This week has been good and bad around here. We’re so ready for summer and looking forward to all that it brings. But tomorrow we have to say good-bye to our doggie. Bittersweet days for sure. I hope you’re having a good week and have some projects to cheer me up! Creamy Lime Popsicles from… 

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MEGAN DRAWING CHALK

Summer’s Coming | Life

I don’t know if I’ve told you all how we’re spending our summer this year. For the last few years we’ve spent it running to and fro from one sport to another. It got really busy two years ago and more than a little insane last year. When January 2014 rolled around, Dean and I had… 

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