Decorating With Paint

I’ve been a fan of white interiors for a long time now. Most of my home has been painted in the same shade of warm white since I first moved in. It’s simple and fresh, and creates a great backdrop for whatever furnishings, art, and accessories I’m into. But I’ve been thinking of changing things up, and there’s no easier way than with a bucket of paint.

I’ve worked with colour before, with varying degrees of success. One of my favourite decorating decisions was painting my bedroom ceiling in a shade of the lightest blue. It was something I tried years ago, and stuck with until just recently. It looked beautiful with my white trim, and I just loved waking up to ceiling that looked a little like the sky.

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DIY Chalkboard With My Latest Thrift Store Find

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Who doesn’t love a great thrift store score?

You all know that some of my favourite finds over the years have come from my local Value Village. Remember the dining hutch I turned into a record cabinet for my oldest? And the candleholders and bird bath I made during my recent glue-cool-things-together phase? And then, of course, sometimes I find something that’s perfect just the way it is, like these beautiful vintage bar glasses.

I love all of these things because they’re original. And you can’t beat the price. If you try a makeover and it doesn’t work, you’re only out a few bucks. I can live with that!

I’m lucky enough to have a Value Village nearby, and so I drop in from time to time to check it out. I’ve found some real keepers here, from vintage glass ornaments to a set of beautiful prints of the Roman Forum. And of course I buys many of my props for styling my food photos. My local Value Village has been very good to me over the years!

Thrifting is best when you go with an open mind. Like I did this week when I went looking for curtains I could make over for my daughter’s room, and came home with an ornate mirror instead. That’s the way it goes with thrifting.

The mirror became this DIY chalkboard project, which I think looks spectacular in my daughters curtainless room.

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Two Farm Fresh Recipes Your Family Will Love

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These recipes feature one of my favourite ingredients – eggs. They’re a versatile and healthy ingredient in many dishes, and they make a great stand-alone meal too.

Eggs are the first thing I turn to when I’m in a rush and need something easy. I go through different phases with my quickie egg meals. Sometimes I’m into making a frittata, with some parmesan cheese and whatever vegetable I have handy. Lately it’s all about mashed avocado on gluten-free toast with an over-easy egg on top – something my oldest made up that I love too. Sometimes I throw a hard boiled egg in a salad – particularly good with asparagus, and spinach or other cooked greens. The options are endless, and I’ve enjoyed many healthy and fast egg based meals over the years.

Not only are eggs delicious and easy to cook, they’re packed with nutrition. I love it when I know something I’m eating is actually working for me. Here are some great reasons to feel great next time you eat an egg.

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1. Brain Power
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Why You Need Probiotics

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And not just any probiotics. You need the right ones.

I’ve been a long time user of probiotics, since they play such a key role in digestive health. Antibiotic overuse as a child had thrown my system way out of balance, and I knew probiotics were key to the improvements I was looking for. But I haven’t always seen dramatic results, and recently I found out why.

I was invited to meet alternative health expert and television host Bryce Wylde, the author of Wylde On Health. He gave an engaging and informative talk on digestive health and the role of probiotics, and I realized that many of my assumptions were off track. With a background in Chemical Engineering, I usually like to dig deep whenever I make my health decisions, but I realized I still had a lot to learn about probiotics and their relationship to my health.

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Hit It Out Of The Park For Your Next Party: Easy Bruschetta With Vodka And The Best Vodka Cocktail Ever!

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Summer’s here – time to head outdoors and chill in the backyard with friends. We Canadians know how to make the most out of our warmer months, and Rule Number One is “Keep It Easy”. It’s time for no-stress, no-fuss entertaining, and these two recipes are just what you need to make your next gathering a big hit. You can throw them together in no time, and I guarantee your friends will want to come back for seconds.

Easy recipes for Bruschetta With Vodka and Mint, Cucumber, and Lime Vodka Cocktail - make your next party a hit! via

Easy recipes for Bruschetta With Vodka and Mint, Cucumber, and Lime Vodka Cocktail - make your next party a hit! via

First up – bruschetta. This is a summer staple at my house. All you need is some fresh ripe tomatoes, a little garlic and olive oil, and some fresh herbs. Chop everything up in bowl, toast a few slices of French stick, and you’re done. Well, almost! The kicker in this recipe is a splash of vodka. Just enough to turn this popular appetizer into a Continue reading