Wednesday, October 31, 2012

An Easy DIY

Admittedly I'm not the craftiest person around. I'd love to be, I really would but it's just isn't in my genes. I helped out one afternoon at a craft-er-noon for my best friends wedding in the summer and was amazed at all the goodness these ladies had thought of!

Side note, if you want to check out how that wedding turned out click here.

When I saw this DIY on Pinterest I new I had to share it so people less crafty like me could jump on this.

Right now we have a big pretty bowl that houses all of our to-do papers for our house but I'd love something more organized and unique. When I saw this I new it was something I'd be able to do and I'm pretty sure my mom or grandmothers have trays just like these that I could borrow steal.


We have a stainless steel fridge that I'm constantly wiping finger prints off so I don't want to clutter it with stuff only to have to take it down every few days to clean it. This is a much better alternative if you ask me.
What do you think? Something you'd try in your house?

Monday, October 29, 2012

I Need A Rug!

I recently have this urge to make sure my house looks like a picture from a House and Home magazine before this little baby arrives. I don't imagine the baby will judge us but in my head he or she will!

From painting to pot lights we have a lot to get done / I want done before April.

One of things on my list is a great rug for the family room. Our hardwood is a cedar ash colour, our sofa is brown leather, we have a red bookcase and well that's about it.

Here are a few rugs that I'm loving. Let me know what you think.





Which rug is your favourite?
Basically the only thing holding me back from buying one of these beauties is how pricey they are. I need to get over the price and dive in!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Not Too Spooky Decor

I am pretty much done with Halloween and ready for Christmas. I know, I'm rushing the seasons along but I'm just not a big Halloween person. I've never been big on dressing up and the thought of being asked to attend Halloween parties just stresses me out.

Being that Christmas is still 2 months away I figure I should oblige and participate in the current season.

I came across these great Halloween decor pieces for your home at Style At Home. Aside from some mini pumpkins and fall mums my house is pretty Halloween-less. These would be fabulous additions to help me get into the spirit of ghosts and goblins!

Minus the spider I love this. It's pretty yet still keeping with the Halloween theme!

I have a serious love affair with owls. I have one in my house but it's white and not scary at all.

Such a nice change from your typical orange pumpkin.
All of the pictures are from Style At Home.
So there you have it, some fun not too spooky Halloween decor.
Tell me, do you go all out with your Halloween decor? Is this your favourite time of year?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

How To Tie A Scarf

I'm not a huge scarf person. I love them and have plenty but don't wear them enough. I'm not sure exactly how to wear them which is why I think I tend to stay away from them.

When I came across this I new I had to share it for all the other scarf wannabe's like me.

How do you usually wear a scarf? Do you have a secret way you tie it that you'd be willing to share?

Friday, October 19, 2012

Tomatoe Recipes

YAY we made it to Friday! This week started off slow for me so I'm thankful it's the weekend aka time to relax.

We're having friends for dinner tomorrow night and I have no idea what I'm making. Over the last few months foods I used to like I can't stand anymore which has made cooking more difficult then you'd think.

I came across these tomatoe inspired recipes on Chatelaine and fell in love. Here are my top three favourites:

Heirloom Caprese Salad

Pesto Penne Rigate w/ Buffalo Mozzarella

Fried Green Tomatoe Salad

For the recipes please follow these links: 1 / 2 / 3

Which of these tomatoe recipes has you drooling? Caprese salads are my weakness. I must of ate 20 of them on our honeymoon in Italy. I just can't get enough!

Have a safe and great weekend!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Halloween Party Idea

Are you hosting a Halloween party this year? Thinking about making punch but aren't sure how to serve it? Try this!


How genious is this? You could fill it with a delicious punch or use it as a beer / wine chiller.

Definitely a way to add the WOW factor to your upcoming party!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Big Announcement

I've been keeping this a secret from the online world for a while now and I just keep can't it in anymore...

That's right people, I'm pregnant!

I'm 12 weeks along and finally starting to perk up a bit. I wouldn't say it was a horrible 3 months but it was definitely an interesting 3 months. The whole tired and nauseous thing was a lot tougher than I expected but it's all worth it. I wouldn't change a thing!

The husband and I are over the moon excited and cannot wait to meet Baby P in April.

So there you have it, the reason my blog posts have been few are far between over the last little while is because I just didn't have the energy. Hopefully I'll be back to regular posts from now on.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Place Cards

Are you a place card type of person when hosting a dinner party? Yesterday I showed you my mini pumpkin place cards and thought I would show you a few more I stumbled upon.

Who wouldn't love a cupcake and peony place card? These would be perfect for a baby or bridal shower. 

How amazing would these be at a rustic outdoor wedding?!


This one is lovely, simple and perfect for your next at home party.
Have I made you a place card lover?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Thanksgiving Recap

I hope all you Canadians had a fabulous long weekend. I could totally use another day off but I guess I can't be greedy.

For our family dinner at my parents house yesterday, I was in charge of the table decor. I'm not super crafty in the DIY sense but love a nicely set table.

I headed out to Loblaw and bought 25 mini white pumpkins for the 25 people, a bunch of bouquets of flowers, corn and other decor items. Here are a few pictures of the finished product.

We're not usually a family who has assigned seating but I really wanted to use the white pumpkins as place card holders. They would have been cuter if I had nicer paper but what can ya do!

How was your Thanksgiving dinner? Full for a week?

Friday, October 5, 2012

What To Wear To Thanksgiving Dinner

It's Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and I'm super excited. The husband and I have two big family dinners we're attending on Sunday and Monday which means I need two outfits for this weekend.

Fall weather and fashion is my favourite. It's not too cold that you need to bust out your winter coat and not too hot that you're sweating while enjoying your dinner. It's just right if you ask me. Boots with a fabulous dress is my go to look.

Here are a few looks I think would work great for this long weekend.

A perfect outfit for a casual dinner with the family. How great are the boots! 

 I love the skirt and necklace. Very fall and pretty.


How amazing are these tights!
What's your go to fall fashion look? Will you be trying any of these looks this weekend?
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fall Soups

Are you a soup lover? On a gloomy day like today who wouldn't love a hot bowl of soup for lunch? I came across these 31 recipes on Chatelaine and had to share them.

I've actually never made a big pot of soup from scratch but it's something I plan on doing this fall and winter more then once.

Here are a couple soups I'd love to tackle.

French Country Chicken Soup

  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs or 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
  • 2 900-mL cartons chicken broth or 8 cups (2 L) chicken bouillon
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Dijon
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) dried tarragon
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) each ground nutmeg and white pepper
  • 6 baby potatoes
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 3 leeks 

Squash Soup with Smoky Bacon

  • 1 large butternut squash or 5 cups squash pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 plum tomatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 5 thick slices of bacon, preferably double-smoked
  • 1/2 tsp each dried sage leave, oregano leaves and salt
  • 900 mL carton chicken broth or 2 284 mL cans undiluted chicken broth
  • 1/3 cups shredded fresh basil (optional)

How delicious do these soups look? For the full list of recipes click here.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

White Pumpkin Love

I have a serious love affair with white pumpkins. The husband and I were driving the other day and saw some and I mentioned how I love them and want a couple for our front porch. He immediately replied, aren't they ugly? Um no dear, they aren't ugly! Men :)

Are you a fan of the white pumpkin or are you a traditional orange pumpkin person? If you're on the fence I thought I'd help you out and show you some fabulous white pumpkins.



I'm no painter but these are pretty fabulous!
What do you think, have I converted you to a white pumpkin lover? 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fancy Potatoes

I'm back! I can't promise I'll be back to posting every day but I'm back.

It's been a while since I feature some tasty eats and thought I would today. Potatoes are very fall to me and I love fall, if you haven't already notice. There are so many different ways you can cook a potatoe that will make your guests ohh & ahh.

Gwyneth Paltrow's No-Fry Fries

Jamie Oliver's Perfect Roasted Potatoes

Potatoe Dominos

How delicious are all of these!

Are you a potatoe lover? Are you thinking about adding any of these to your next dinner party?