make these: christmas gift ideas

burlap-tree-ornaments-7With Christmas being less than a week away, I’m sure some of you are still in need of one or two gifts (or maybe more) for those special people in your lives. I know that I am. Here are a few DIY gifts that I have featured over the years that will be sure to please come Christmas day!


shortbread6Shortbread Wedges

buttertarts10Pecan and Raisin Butter Tarts

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rustic-christmas-candle-diy-4Rustic Christmas Candles

burlap-tree-ornaments-6Burlap Tree Ornaments

Tell me, are you ready for Christmas this year?



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mommy and me: christmas ootd

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetLast year, I compiled a Christmas outfit list that I desperately wanted to buy and wear. This year, I put together an actual outfit that I will be wearing. 

This OOTD is both practical and coordinated with my littlest. My dress was purchased from Choies. While light grey definitely doesn’t hide any flaws, I just adore the colour.

Remy’s cute onesie was actually purchased from the grocery store. It has a wonderful sparkle to it that makes it look dressier than a regular onesie. Her thick tights are from The Children’s Place.

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetI don’t always match my daughter like this. However, it’s Christmas, and if ugly sweaters are fashionable, then so are matching outfits. At least in my world.

See you next week!



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it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas

christmas-2016-1Hey, everyone! Did you know that there are only twelve more days until Christmas? This holiday season not only marks the first Christmas that we’re celebrating with a baby, but also the first one that we’re celebrating with a tree! Somehow that seems to make it more official.

christmas-2016-2Our home is looking pretty festive. Not as festive as many other homes, but extremely festive for our standards. Since we’re establishing a wide variety of traditions this year, decorating our home seemed like another important one to start. So far, we put up Christmas lights, hung a wreath on our door, and purchased a little outdoor plant.

christmas-2016-7Inside our home is a different story. We set up and decorated a tree, wrapped some gifts, hung tree lights, and put scented candles all over the house.

christmas-2016-6christmas-2016-5We bought a fair number of ornaments for the tree this year, sticking to a white, black, and gold theme. Because we had to start from scratch, we also didn’t want to buy too many. I think that it would be fun to add to our collection each year, in addition to whatever Remy will make us as she grows older.

christmas-2016-8It will also be fun to look back at pictures of our tree every year and see how it’s changed. Honestly, I feel as if life is so much more exciting with a child! Why did we wait so long to have one?

(Early) Merry Christmas, all!



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a christmas tree farm

vsco-cam-7Hey guys! Now that we’re in the month of December, it’s safe to partake in Christmassy things without getting an eye-roll. Last weekend, we threw ourselves into all sorts of festive events. Just like our corn maze, we’re hoping that this year will be the start of many new traditions now that we have a child.

On Saturday we went to an annual craft fair located at an event centre in our city. It’s an absolutely massive space with seating for 7,800 people. I hadn’t been there for over five years, so it was quite fun to return to it. We bought quite a few gifts and ate some really great food. Remy drew in all sorts of attention, of course. She’s such a little stinker.

vsco-cam-9vsco-cam-2She let us sleep in until 8:30 am on Sunday, which is pretty much unheard of. Being well-rested, but with a late start to our day, we went and picked up breakfast and played around all morning. Then we fed her again, packed up, and made the 45 minute trek to the Mason Christmas Tree Farm that is located just outside of the city. Remy slept while we listened to Christmas music. Once we got there, we got directions as to the type of tree that we were after, and then went hunting for the perfect tree to take home.

vsco-cam-8vsco-cam-1I thought that finding a tree would be easier than it was. Given that there were so many different kinds, it was hard to choose just one. Each one also seemed to also have a flaw, from not being tall enough, to not thick enough, not straight enough, or not green enough. After walking the entire distance and not settling on one, we decided to make our way back and be a little less picky. It was hard, but we finally found a tree!

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetOur tree is probably the least straightest of all the trees that were there, but it’s kind of endearing. It was a great size and shape, was full all the way around, and pretty green compared to the other trees. Geoffrey sawed it down in about a minute, and we set it aside. After bringing our vehicle around, I nursed Remy in the backseat while Geoff strapped it down to the roof. We were going to stay for some free hot chocolate and cookies, but decided to make our way back instead given that it was getting quite busy. Remy stayed awake on the ride home, and as soon as we got back, passed out. That allowed us to have a late lunch and set up our tree. The entire day couldn’t have gone any better!

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetSunday also marked the last day of my first semester of schooling, since I handed in my final assignment that day. Now I get an entire month off! I’m so looking forward to spending it with my family, and renovating our bathroom. Hooray!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.



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embrace the winter season by creating a safe and stylish festive home

Feeling a bit down in the dumps as winter draws in? The dark nights, generally bad weather and cold winds don’t really put many of us in a good mood. Even though Christmas is right around the corner, a time that most of us should be looking forward to, the stress of buying gifts and getting everything sorted on time can sometimes make things worse. Plus, due to bad weather and icy roads, many of us stop venturing out after work in the evenings, especially if we live in rural areas. But being cooped up at home is no fun, especially if your home is one of the reasons behind your festive stress. Maybe you have Christmas wrappings everywhere, or perhaps it feels like you are living in an ice box due to the sudden drop in temperature. Whatever the situation, you should want to be able to feel cosy and comfortable in your own home in the run-up to Christmas. Here are some tips on creating a winter haven in which you can melt away any stress around this time of year.

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Make sure your property is safe

You won’t be able to relax at all if you feel in any way threatened or exposed in your own home. The nights are drawing in much earlier these days, and you may find yourself drawing the curtains at around 4 or 5pm. The dead of night can be threatening to a lot of people and it can lead to some of us feeling a bit unnerved even when we are at home. This means that we are constantly on edge, and therefore not in a position or mood that enabled us to truly relax. In this instance, you might want to up the security factors on your house even if it is just to give you peace of mind. Make sure you do have curtains or blinds to draw in the first place, and that they are ones which cover the whole window. Leaving the inside of your property exposed to the street is a sure fire way of attracting unwanted attention that could make you feel self conscious. It may also be worth reading some alarm reviews of AT&T security in case you want to fit your home with a modern security system. Lock all your doors and windows after sundown and if someone comes knocking at the door late at night, never open it without checking who it is first.

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Embrace winter styling

Cold weather can be an excuse to make the most of your home, and dress it in a way that pleases you. When the weather is hot and sunny, we are always being encouraged to leave the house and bask in the good weather. But as soon as the temperature drops, we often find ourselves spending much more time inside the house. This doesn’t mean our lives during winter are a solitary affair though  -the fact that no one wants to go out means that this time of year is a perfect excuse for dinner parties and cozy nights in. Try your hand at embracing the festive season by layering up different fabrics in your home. For example, patchwork cushions can look particularly kitsch, and there’s nothing quite like snuggling up under a fluffy blanket with a good box set. You may also want to set the ambiance with some festive lighting – anything too bright will look out of place, so focus on creating a soft warm glow with a selection of table and floor lamps.

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Keep your home warm

There’s nothing worse than being in a cold house in winter. However many of us are reluctant to have the central heating on for long periods of time due to being conscious about the amount of money it may cost us. If you are going to put it on, however, it is best that you run it for a couple of hours on a low setting, and turn the radiators off in any rooms that you are not using. This helps to keep costs down and is one of the most economic ways of using your central heating system. Or, you may choose to invest in an open fire for your living room to keep you warm. Not only do they provide a great amount of heat, they also look stylish too, if you are going for that rustic kind of vibe. Decorate your fireplace with fairy lights and candles to up the cosiness factor, and you’ll be nice and toasty in no time.

** This was a contributed post.

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