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July Favorites

Despite being the lazy hazy days of summer there was a lot of projects, crafts and recipes going on around here. I thought it would be fun to share some of the highlights in a round  up style post. We kicked off the month (Happy Canada Day too!) with a little ribbon-chandelier action and our… 

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Current Art Favorites on Etsy

It’s been a really long time since I’ve written about my Etsy favorites! I love to shop on Etsy because there are so many gorgeous little shops with such fun finds. And art is one of those things I love to buy on Etsy because there is such diversity and creativity in the art available…. 

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How to Build Your Own DIY Vertical Garden Wall

I can think of many reasons to put together a DIY vertical garden. Small outdoor spaces, cooling shade, fresher air (especially on a city patio) and privacy definitely top the list. We built our DIY vertical garden not on an actual wall, but on a arbor that acts a little like a wall. If you read our before… 

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Weekend re-Treat Link Party #73

It is officially summer! As of today our homeschool is out for the summer! Wahoo! Can you tell I’m just a little excited? This teacher-momma is good and ready for a break! What plans do you have for the summer? What fun projects and recipes did you come up with this week?   Pottery Barn… 

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15 rustic patriotic projects and decor ideas

15 Rustic Patriotic Projects and Decor Ideas

With both Canada Day and the 4th of July coming up next week, I thought it would be fun to share some rustic patriotic projects and decor ideas with you to get you in the mood to celebrate! For my Canadian friends, many of these ideas are for the U.S. but could totally be customized… 

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Embroidery Hoop Orbs

There’s nothing new under the sun. A wise king named Solomon penned these words years ago. And he was absolutely right. Just when we think we’ve come up with something new – a quick Google search will tell us differently.  Such is the case with these embroidery hoop orbs! I’ve long-loved the industrial look of… 

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What would you do with $20,000? #GreenYourRoom

So a few weeks ago I talked (a lot!) about Jonathan and Drew Scott and the Scotiabank #GreenYourRoom contest. Remember these two? Why Green Renovations? Why am I suddenly talking about eco-friendly renovations? Well, a recent Scotiabank survey revealed that while two-thirds of Canadian homeowners would consider making their home more energy efficient or environmentally friendly by considering green… 

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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 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

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 | 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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