tasty ways to make breakfast time for fun

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Breakfast time is a big deal. It’s the first meal of the day and it sets the tone for how we’re going to start our day. It can set us up for success or failure, depending on what we eat. So, why not make it fun? Why not make it something that we look forward to because it’s so delicious? Let’s take a look at some ways that you can make breakfast time a little more fun and exciting – without having to stress about what you’re making or how much sugar is in it!

Why You Need to Shake Up Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s a great time to get some healthy food before you start your day. But sometimes it can be hard to come up with new ideas for breakfast. The key to a successful breakfast is variety. Try different breakfast ideas and shake up your routine with something new!

Some of the most popular breakfast foods are cereals, eggs, and toast, but there are plenty of other options to consider!

1. Pancake Topped with Fruit

Pancakes are a classic breakfast food that can be made in many different flavors. The most common toppings for pancakes are butter and maple syrup. However, there are many other ways you can make your pancakes healthier and more exciting. One of the easiest and healthiest options is to use fruit as a topping for your pancake.

2. Morning Glory Muffins

The muffins have a light, fluffy texture and a subtle sweetness. They are perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon snack. They also come in a range of ideas like blueberry, chocolate, and banana muffins with nuts. Morning Glory Muffins are a healthy alternative to traditional muffins. They have a light, fluffy texture and a subtle sweetness. The muffins are perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon snack.

3. Oatmeal with All the Toppings

Oatmeal is one of the most popular breakfast options. It is high in fiber, low in calories, and a great way to start the day. Oatmeal can be made with milk or water and then topped with a variety of ingredients. Some people like adding fruit, nuts, honey, cinnamon or cocoa powder to their oatmeal. There are also many different ways of cooking oatmeal so that it isn’t too thick.

4. Healthy Fruit Yogurt Parfaits or Smoothie Bowls

Yogurt parfaits and smoothie bowls are a great way to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables. The best part is that you can customize them depending on your taste buds. You can add any kind of yogurt you like to the parfait or the bowl. It is up to you whether you want plain yogurt, greek yogurt, or flavored yogurt. For toppings, you can add granola, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, berries, honey and a lot more.

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gifts you should get yourself this christmas

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With the holiday season on the horizon, quite a few people are starting to think about presents. While you’ll have a few people to get gifts for, there’s one person you mightn’t have thought about; yourself.

Many people overlook getting themselves Christmas presents. It could be more than worth it, however. After all, who knows what you want better than you do? You’ll need to minimize the chances that you get yourself something that a loved one will, however.

If you already know what other people might get you, that can cut down on this. You still need to wonder: What Christmas gifts should you get for yourself? You could consider quite a few.

Christmas Presents You Should Get Yourself

Sleep Tracker

Many people have difficulty sleeping during the year. For some, that can get worse during the winter months. If you’re in this position, you might want to improve your sleep schedule. Using a sleep tracker could be a recommended option.

While these would be one of the more practical Christmas gifts, it’s still one worth considering. What could be better than getting your sleep schedule back to normal? A sleep tracker will analyze your sleep patterns and give you suggestions for improving your sleep quality.

After a short while, things should be back to normal.

Sandals

Sandals are one of the more reliable footwear that you can pick up. They’re something that many people might overlook. While you mightn’t wear these often during the winter months, they can be a wise investment once the spring and summer months come around.

Sandals could also be the more stylish and comfortable present to get yourself. With the wealth of brands on offer, such as Birkenstock, you shouldn’t have an issue finding a pair that fits your style.

It could even be worth picking up a few pairs to make sure you have options for any outfit.

Cosmetics Brush Collection

If you wear makeup a lot, then your brushes might look well-used. That’s going to be the case regardless of how well you take care of them and how often you clean them. It could be time to pick up a new brush collection.

Like some other potential Christmas gifts, there’s a wealth of options to choose from. These could be one of the more affordable options to choose from. It could be worth going for a larger brush collection that includes pieces of different sizes.

You’ll take your makeup game to the next level once you’ve got yourself a new box.

Loungewear

The holiday season isn’t exactly the warmest. There’ll be more than a few days where you’ll want to stay in and relax to enjoy the heat. Why not do so in some comfortable loungewear? There are more than a few outfits you can put together that’ll be warm and comfy.

Depending on your style, you could even add a robe to this. Putting comfort first means that you’ll have no problem relaxing over the holidays. Add in a new pair of slippers, and you won’t have to worry about the colder weather.

Perfume

Perfume may be one of the more obvious Christmas presents you can get yourself. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get some, however. There’s quite a large price range of options, but it could be recommended that you go for one of the more expensive options.

After all, who wouldn’t want to smell great this holiday season? While you might want to go for the tried-and-true favorites, you could go with something new. Since many retailers have samples on offer to smell, there shouldn’t be an issue finding a fragrance you like.

If you’re planning on getting a few new outfits this Christmas, why not complete them with a fresh fragrance?

Why You Should Buy Christmas Presents For Yourself

You might wonder why you should buy Christmas presents for yourself. After all, the holiday season is supposed to be one for giving, so it might be strange to buy for yourself. It’s a lot more common than you’d think, however. There are a few reasons why.

Better Gifts

Nobody knows what you want for Christmas better than you do. As a result, you’ll be the best person to buy your gifts. You may already have an idea of what presents you’ll want to get. While people will get you some of these, they mightn’t get you all of them.

If there are some Christmas gifts that are really important to you, then it’s worth getting them yourself. That way, you wouldn’t have to be disappointed if you don’t get them.

Less Stress

Just because you’re getting yourself Christmas presents doesn’t mean that you have to wait until then to use them. You could use them beforehand to help relax. If you get yourself a spa treatment, that’s especially true.

Taking the time to relax could help with the stress that many people feel over the holidays. It can be quite hectic, after all. There’s nothing wrong with taking the time to look after yourself, so why not do so with some Christmas gifts?

Indulge Yourself

Everyone needs to pamper themselves sometimes. When’s a better time to do so than Christmas? Buying yourself a few presents to enjoy over the holiday season could be the perfect way of doing so. Depending on the gifts you get yourself, there could be multiple other benefits.

One of the best ways to indulge yourself is by getting a few presents to look after yourself. That could include some loungewear and a facemask to relax or a holiday to take the load off. Regardless, it’s a great way of indulging yourself.

There are multiple reasons why you should get yourself Christmas presents. At a minimum, you’ll be treating yourself to something nice. If there’s something that you want and you think nobody’s going to get it for you, then why not buy it for yourself?

Any of the above Christmas gifts could be more than worth the price. There shouldn’t be anything stopping you from picking them up.

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renovating our bonair pop-up camper

Last month we bought a vintage pop-up camper off of Kijiji. The ad seemed like we wouldn’t need to put a lot of work into it, and the pictures were few and shot from afar. After speaking with the owner, she made it seem like we would be able to pick it up and go camping right away! How misleading that all was.

My husband went and bought it on a day off and I stayed home in order to take Remy to a birthday party. It was listed for $2000. He told me not to negotiate a price until he arrived, so I didn’t. When he got there, he said that it needed work. He offered her $1000 and they settled on $1500. When I heard how much he paid for it I thought that she was getting the short end of the stick and I felt a little guilty. Then Geoff came home with the camper, set it up, and I realized that $1500 was a more than generous offer. 

The owner was not truthful about a lot of things. She said there were no leaks when there were leaks, that the fabric was all in good condition when really every cushion was ripped and had holes, that the canvas was in great shape when it wasn’t, and so on. On top of it all, it was missing the sink and faucets, the propane stove was in hideous condition, the furnace didn’t work, and there was no water tank, among other issues.

Above is a “during renovation” photo. In one month, this is what we ended up accomplishing:

– installed new screens

– curtains + hooks

– bedding

– wall plates

– furnace

– fridge

– cabinet knobs

– hinges

– lighting

– plumbing

– propane tanks

– water tank

– door handle

– stove

– sink + faucets

– countertop 

– table

– dinnerware

– rug

– peg shelf

– scraped the ceiling 

– mended the canvas

– ccclllleeeaaaannnneeeeddddd

I’m tired from just recounting and writing all of that! But in all seriousness, it was a lot of work. We certainly could never have just picked it up and gone camping with it. However, it was worth it. We were able to keep her vintage qualities and yet make her new again.

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happy halloween

Happy Halloween (well, in three days)!

How will you be celebrating it this year? Remy will have a Halloween party at her preschool on Tuesday, and on Thursday I will take her and Wilder trick or treating at the mall. We absolutely love this time of year!

My little family is going as “Peppa’s Giant Pumpkin.” I think that I’m converted to themed costumes now. All the heart eyes for these two.

Be safe and have fun!

Emory

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make this : tree stump succulent planter

WoodSucculentHolder0In the past, I have dedicated quite a number of posts towards DIY plant projects on Hello, Scarlett. You can view some of the results herehere, and here. I can’t help it. I take so much pride in seeing my little succulents grow, and finding new ways to display them is a hobby of mine.

I first came across these succulent planters on Pinterest. Having already made several do-it-yourself crafts out of tree stumps, as seen here for example, it was a natural decision to find wood, cut it, drill it, paint it, and ultimately turn it into yet another succulent project. These are probably my favourite planters to date.

Wood Succulent Holder 3Materials

Dead/fallen tree/branches
Saw
Drill 
Drill bits
Spray paint
Succulent(s)

Wood Succulent Holder 2Steps

1. Using a saw, cut the dead tree or branches into at least a 5″ x 5″ stump. Make sure the bottom of the soon-to-be planter rests firmly on a level surface.

2. Using a large drill bit, drill halfway down the centre of the stump, hollowing out a sizeable hole. This will hold the succulent.

3. Using a much smaller drill bit, flip the stump over, and repeat on the bottom. Drill until the bit passes through the entire stump. This is a drainage hole.

4. Once the stump has been hollowed out, it is time to paint it. Spray paint is the quickest and easiest paint to for the job. I prefer waterproof spray paint.

Wood Succulent Holder 65. After the planters are dry, it is time to fill them with succulents. Voila!

Wood Succulent Holder 5Wood Succulent Holder 4Another option is to use air plants. They were my first choice, until I remembered how easily I kill them. However, I think that they would look beautiful in these woodsy planters!

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  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to four (three on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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