Life with Amazon.ca

Posted On: Wednesday, 28 June 2017 |
If there was ever a technology to embrace, this is it. My life has changed thanks to amazon.ca.

Recently I needed a stacked cupcake holder for one of my daughters' end of the year school party. I could have schlepped all over town looking for one. Well, I tried two places.... Then it occurred to me to just look on amazon.ca. There it was. Staring right back at me. Two day shipping. I didn't have to leave the comfort of my own home!


I work. I have kids. I have pets. I volunteer. I have aging parents. ANYTHING (a n y t h i n g) that is going to save me errands, stress and time is tops on my list.

From there it's gotten a little crazy. My husband got me a new apple watch for my birthday...amazon.ca for lots of new straps! Father's Day....amazon.ca. We just put up the badminton net but the racquets are so old the grips were giving everyone black sticky hands.  I'm now waiting for the new grip tapes in cute colours (as well as the LED birdies that I didn't know I needed!)


I'm still a little miffed when I see cooler stuff on amazon.com but if I'm patient even the great stuff will come too. Canada has come a looooong way in what we can get our hands on.

Thank you Amazon.ca and thanks for making life in Canada more accessible! To all, happy canada day!

Pink Up For February

Posted On: Saturday, 4 February 2017 |
It was the reason I wanted plain white plates when I was just 21...you can do so much with a blank canvas! Well the same goes for my all white and grey home today. When February 1st comes along,  I can't help but to add touches for Valentine's Day. In my case, that choice is pink as I'm not a big red fan except in certain circumstances.

This year I bought some gorgeous, rich magenta velvet and had these gorgeous throw cushions made. My West Elm linen ones are in the kitchen.


A few other touches just add that little bit of "holiday spirit" for Valentine's that I love and my girls of course love. 

Holiday Treats To Make With Your Kids

Posted On: Thursday, 1 December 2016 |
Fast forward - I can't believe we zoomed from Halloween to Christmas so quickly! Here is a great video of all sorts of fun things you can make that are easy! A trip into Pinterest is so inspiring. If you want to teach your kids about giving, pay special attention to the #TreatsForToys initiative and get busy making some Rice Krispie mixture.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVkjqcNOxJ0&feature=youtu.be








Rice Krispies #TreatsforToys Holiday Treats with Kids for a Good Cause

Posted On: Saturday, 12 November 2016 |
Once in a while something really resonates with me. This is one of those times. I love to spend time and do things with my kids but when we can do that AND give back, help others less fortunate than ourselves...it's a winning combination and that is what Kellogg's Rice Krispies #TreatsforToys is to me. 

#Treatsfortoys is a partnership between Kellogg's and The Salvation Army to make sure kids in need wake up Christmas morning to a gift under they tree.



·       Whenever a Canadian makes a toy-shaped treat out of Rice Krispies cereal and shares a picture on TreatsForToys.ca or social media using the #TreatsForToys hashtag, they’re helping to give a toy to a child in need. For every photo received before December 21, 2016, Kellogg’s Rice Krispies will donate $20 to The Salvation Army to buy a real toy for a child. 



So how does it work? Roll up your sleeves but there is no baking required. Simply grab a box of your favourite Kellogg's Rice Krispies and whip up a batch of rice krispie square mixture (you know -butter, marshmallows...).  Have your kids shape it into a favourite toy, decorate and photograph. It's Make. Share. Give. 


Here are some that I made with my daughter Jill. Stand by though - we have a professional day on Monday so we are having a houseful of kids coming to make their own creations so we can help take this fun and meaningful cause viral.  Get busy creating in your home and tag someone else to make one! We made a yoyo, a drum and a spinning top (at least we TRIED to make a spinning top!)



 






For everything you need to know about the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies #TreatsForToys program, check out the fun video at: http://bit.ly/2fw87UY 


To see what other Canadians are creating, families are encouraged to visit the gallery on TreatsForToys.ca



·       This is the fourth year for the #TreatsForToys holiday program. Since 2013, the program has contributed more than $100,000 to make the holidays brighter for children in need across Canada.


S   So let's get creating Canada!

Just Do It

Posted On: Tuesday, 25 October 2016 |
It's the famous NIKE catch phrase but it's as true as ever...JUST DO IT. We get bogged down in "oh I'm too busy" and so many other excuses but I have to say, when it comes to summoning the energy to do something fun with my kids - it's always worth it. Halloween is just around the corner and my kids wanted to bake and make things more than they wanted to carve a pumpkin last weekend. So I threw the notion of my nice clean kitchen to the wind and away we went, attempting to create a bunch of fun things we saw on Pinterest and the internet. Here are some of our creations. You too can JUST DO IT!
This fun "bark" is really white chocolate (or you could use melties) that I hit with some lime green food colouring to make it look extra icky. Piled in the candies and it's fun and colourful.
I bought lots of candies and threw in some eyeballs too.


This beauty is just a chocolate cupcake with a store-bought meringue on top garnished with some spooky eyes. You can get black food colouring from a gourmet food store or Michael's. It's a halloween essential.

It's not a baking day until we get to no-bake good 'old stand by's - Rice Krispie squares....dressed up to be monastery good.
I used coloured melties from Michael's instead of colouring a bunch of white chocolate. It's easier and they microwave so easily!

Oops - the chocolate is starting to crack but these were fun. Just mini pretzels dipped in chocolate and then a little creativity to make them look halloween-y!
Last but not least - 2-bite brownies from the store with a marshmallow dipped and decorated on top. Lots of impact with these and they were so easy. Again no baking - just cheat! 

Halloween Cookies

Posted On: Thursday, 13 October 2016 |
The storm is coming. So have some fun with one of the most entertaining holidays of the year. Halloween. I made up a batch of sugar cookies and the kids are so excited by the neon green and purple icing to add to the orange and black. Sprinkles are ready...now all we need are little fingers!

You might be thinking "who has time!?" Make a double batch of dough and freeze it or roll out xmas cookies and freeze them for a month from now!

Cool Pool Perfection

Posted On: Wednesday, 27 July 2016 |
It was a long time coming and the City of Vancouver sure didn't help but this gem is up and cooling crowds off! The sport court pool is shallow on both ends and deep in the middle if the original plan had worked (City - grrr) and the hot tub was out of the pool. Ahem. That is just part of life's rich pageant when planning and executing on projects like these.

I especially love the thick, simple, modern coping and the basic white tile. The grass that comes right up to the coping keeps the yard from feeling like a parking lot of cement.

Possibly my favourite feature is the "renovated tree house!" I had a slight extension done on the roof line to add a curtain rod. The treehouse turned change room adorned with a thick, marine stripe made for outdoors is perfect in the yard. Inside is a bench covered in astro turf for an indoor-outdoor look and of course, lots of hooks! The upper deck and former main treehouse houses pool noodles and floaties!

A cement pad was laid to perfectly fit the sectional that seats tons of guests. Love the greek key umbrella!
The treehouse turned change room with fun outdoor stripe curtains. Inside is a fun bench in faux turf and lots of great hooks. The upper deck and former main treehouse houses pool noodles and floaties!
The upper deck was supposed to be "B" seating but the overhead view of the pool works!
A new side set of french doors allows kids (and big kids) access to a washroom in the basement instead of squishing through the house in wet feet. The bathroom is new and large with great big hooks and benches.