DIY Gifting: Animal Bookends

Make these fun and easy DIY animal bookends for someone special on your list! via
Want to add a fun and quirky touch to your gift list? Make these quick and easy and extra kitschy animal bookends! Because who wouldn’t want a moose and a polar bear hanging out on their bookshelf!

Make these fun and easy DIY animal bookends for someone special on your list! via

Adorable, right?

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DIY Gifting: Homemade Honey Lip Balm

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We’ve got easy DIY gifting on our mind this time of year, and here’s a sweet one we wanted to share. DIY Honey Lip Balm – what could be more fun for your Christmas stockings? And you can’t really get any easier – throw a few ingredients in a double boiler and you’re basically done!

Make this fun and easy DIY lip balm next time you need a homemade gift! via

I love the clean and natural ingredients in this recipe, and the smooth and tingly feel when you put it on. It sets up firm, but softens when you apply it with your fingertip. And it includes one of my favourite ingredients – coconut oil. It’s almost good enough to eat!

Make this fun and easy DIY lip balm next time you need a homemade gift! via

You can find many recipes online, and I looked at a few to decide what the best ratio was for coconut oil to beeswax. The beeswax is what makes it harden up. Too much, and the balm won’t spread easily. Too little, and it’s (more…)

Rustic Vintage Christmas Wreath

Make this easy rustic vintage Christmas wreath with bottle brush trees and a toy car via
When it comes to Christmas decor, what’s a sweeter mix than bottle brush trees and vintage toy cars? I thought this would make the perfect vignette to add to my Christmas wreath this year. One other bonus – this is a fast wreath to put together! Who doesn’t love that bonus this time of year?

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And when I say “fast,” I really mean fast. This project should take no more than (more…)

My Dust is Busted!

rowenta_vacuumFall is here, and with colder weather and shorter days, there seems to be a need to nest a little and get ready for the snowy days ahead.  In our home the cold weather brings another welcome benefit, the end of the fall allergy season.  We are a little allergy sensitive in this home, myself with seasonal allergies and very sensitive skin, my hubby with allergies as well but also the occasional asthma attack.  We also have an adorable furry member of the family, and while he loves to nest all year round, his love of cuddling up anywhere we are adds to the allergy sensitivity and overall dust bunnies in our home.

Needless to say, we are a little ‘dust’ conscious in this house, so when I heard about the new Rowenta #DownWithDust campaign, I was immediately interested.  Anything that would help me deal with the almost daily dust grind around my house was a welcome subject.  And the promise of a solution to make that job easier and more effective was definitely worth a try.


We currently use the usual collection of rags and dusters to deal with dust in our house as well as the trusty old central vacuum.  While it has always done it’s ‘job’, I can’t tell you how often I opt to grab a rag or a broom to get at those dust bunnies and instead of making the trek to the basement to haul out 30 feet of hose and a big carpet accessory.  When we first installed the central vac it seemed like 30 feet of hose was such a great convenience, but the fact is that lugging all that equipment around the house is a bit of a pain, and dealing with a long and tangledl hose that loves to pick up dust bunnies along the way poses its’ own challenges.

So to my delight, a package from my friends at Rowenta arrived the other day.  I was curious about all the stated benefits, because let’s face it – exactly how silent is 4 times more silent than it’s competitors.  Is that enough to really notice?

Well, the first thing I noticed when I unpacked my shiny brand new Rowenta Silent Force Extreme Vacuum was the amazing selection of accessories and attachments.  These guys have really thought of everything you might need to get your vacuuming and dusting done!  They all pop on or off with ease, and they have really thought of the best way to deal with every surface in your home.


The unit is light and very portable, beautifully designed with true ergonomics in mind and in fact is surprisingly quiet!!!  The different attachments make it easy to deal with carpeting and hardwood, and the assortment of accessories make it easy to reach hard to get to corners.  I especially love the animal care settings which let me get into the furniture and carpets to remove any hair and pet dander.


The vacuum comes with a three level filtration system, designed to leave your home 99.95% free of dust and allergens.  As well, it is specially designed to be super easy to empty with one easy click, and it comes with three levels of suction so you can right down to the base of your carpets.  In our house, that’s enough to make this a keeper!  Can you tell we’re in love?

Rowenta is giving away a personalized dust busting session with their cleaning crew just for you!  One lucky reader will win an in-home visit.  Click here to enter!

You can find your Rowenta Vacuum at the following retailers: Hudson’s Bay, Sears, Home Outfitters, Bed, Bath and Beyond and London Drugs.

DIY Gifting: Make Your Own Tea Blend

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Are you a tea lover? Get a thrill every time you walk into David’s Tea? Why not try making your own spicy tea blend that has health benefits too? It’s the perfect gift for a fellow tea lover on your Christmas list, or even as a treat for yourself!

Easy and quick DIY Gift - make your own tea blend using healthy spices via

I’ve been experimenting with (more…)