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Love Has No Labels

Love Has No Labels - a gorgeous video by the Ad Council on diversity and inclusion
Let’s just take a minute out of our day to feel a little warm and fuzzy. Here’s a video by the Ad Council on diversity and inclusion. I love this song, and I love the message.

Let’s believe love, and let’s not believe labels.

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The Easy Way To Install A Faucet. And A Faucet #Giveaway!

The easy way to change a bathroom faucet using the American Standard SpeedConnect!  The is an easy and quick DIY that even beginners can do! via http://lifeovereasy.com/This is the story of how I finally got a new bathroom faucet. This story turns out fine in then end– quite beautiful, in fact. But the first part is not very pretty. I’ll be hanging my head in shame as I write it.

You see, my bathroom sink faucet broke a while ago. A LONG while ago. Maybe about 2 years ago, actually. In all that time, we’ve had no hot water at our bathroom sink. Our main bathroom. That 4 people use everyday. As well as guests.

True story. No hot water.

The easy way to change a bathroom faucet using the American Standard SpeedConnect!  The is an easy and quick DIY that even beginners can do! via http://lifeovereasy.com/

When the hot water faucet first broke, my husband optimistically said he would fix it and added it to “The List.” This is the list of things that need attention from my very non-handy husband. And while he is a fine man with many great attributes, fixing things on The List is really not one of them. Now, he has probably brought me about 10,000 coffees in bed during our marriage, so a girl can forgive a lot. But I was still pretty desperate for a (more…)

Fireball-Spiked Spice-Infused Orange Tea

cinnamon orange tea

There is always a good time for a great cup of tea.  First thing in the morning, little moments throughout the day, while driving in your car and especially in the evening, curled up and trying to unwind.

We pride ourselves on being picky about our tea, choosy about the ones we like to brew and even choosier about the right flavor for the the right moment.  I think we hit the jackpot here, this particular tea combo takes the cake.

spiked tea

I was asked to look at developing a little tea-cocktail from (more…)

World’s Best Valentine’s Dessert

Delicious Peppermint Schnapps Brownies With Fireball Whiskey Icing And Dusted Cinnamon Hearts recipe via http://lifeovereasy.com/
Do you have anything special planned for your Valentine? I suggest skipping the last minute gifts and making your love this decadent dessert instead.

It’s one from the archives created by my sis, Nads, who is known for her over-the-top recipes. The name says it all – Peppermint Schnapps Brownies With Fireball Whiskey Icing And Dusted Cinnamon Hearts. Doesn’t the name make you want to whip out the mixer and try it right now? It’s like the best brownie of your childhood memories with an adult splash of booze. That’s what I call a win–win!

Nads has been perfecting the art of (more…)

DIY Upcycled Wood Panel Quote Art

DIY upcycled wood panel quote art via http://lifeovereasy.com/
I love a good upcycle challenge, and when it’s a curbside find – even better!

This wood panel wasn’t actually a curbside find. It was more like an in-the-trash-behind-the-kid’s-school find. I was in the parking lot at the school one day and noticed this gorgeous, distressed wood panel IN THE GARBAGE. Can you imagine? It looks like it must have been used in the art studio. I rescued it pronto, knowing I’d be able to do something fun with it one day.

DIY upcycled wood panel quote art via http://lifeovereasy.com/

You can imagine how happy I was when Decor-Art asked me to use their Americana Multi-Surface Acrylics to upcycle a surface. This scrap wood panel was perfect for an art project. And I especially loved that it came from my girls’ school, which would make the artwork even more special.

DIY upcycled wood panel quote art via http://lifeovereasy.com/

I love the current trend of using graphics to create personalized art because you can choose a message that really resonates with you. I knew I wanted a song lyric, since we are big music lovers in my house. It was actually hard to choose – so many of the songs I love have beautiful lyrics. I settled on an old favourite, Van Morrison’s Into The Mystic. Because what suburban housewife doesn’t have some gyspy soul inside that needs a little rockin’?

Here’s what the wood panel looked like (more…)

Coming Up: #RBCFirstHome Twitter Chat

#RBCFirstHome twitter chatI’ll never forget the day we bought our first home. It was a small bungalow, on a lovely street. We bought it far too quickly, and with far too little money. We really had no business buying a home, but luckily our bank stood by us and helped us figure it out.

It was the place where we started our marriage, and later became a family. My girls spent a happy childhood there, and we made lifelong friends. I became who I am now in that little bungalow. And a lot of life happened in those 4 little rooms.

Your home is the biggest purchase you will ever make, and the first time can be a little terrifying. This is where you depend on your financial institution to help you through the process. Any potential home buyer is full of questions, and the experts at RBC will be available to answer all of yours during their twitter chat on January 20, 2015, 8:30–9:30 pm ET.

Join the chat and submit all of your home buying questions using the hashtag #RBCFirstHome. RBC has invited experts to join in – a lawyer, a realtor, a designer, home builders, home experts, and mortgage experts. And participants have a chance to win 1 of 5 $100 gift cards!

I’ve been a homeowner a while now, but (more…)

5 Drinks That Help Flush Away Fat

These 5 drinks will help your body flush the fat!  via http://lifeovereasy.com/
Hello. Remember me?

Today I’m going to tell you about my favourite drinks that I use to get healthier. These are the drinks I always turn to when I need to feel better after eating too much chocolate.

These 5 drinks will help your body flush the fat!  via http://lifeovereasy.com/

But first, I must apologize for my long absence. I’ve been gone for weeks now.

I have no excuse. At all. It kind of just happened. First Christmas got in the way, then chilling out after Christmas got in the way, then life just got in the way.

So I dropped the (more…)

Mini Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Cakes – A Gluten-Free, Healthier Dessert

Delicious mini chocolate banana ice cream cakes for dessert!  Recipe via http://lifeovereasy.com/
Making memories.

That’s a big part of parenting some times. Stashing the good times away in a memory bank somewhere, to draw on when you need them. And you need them a lot when you kids hit their teens – just sayin’ ;)

mini chocolate banana ice cream cakes for dessert, recipe via http://lifeovereasy.com/

What’s a better way to make great memories than to bake something delicious with your kids? My girls know their way around the kitchen, and we’ve whipped up some great things over the years. Desserts are a favourite, and I can always (more…)

5 Amazing Drinks You Can Make With Frothed Milk

5 Amazing Drink Recipes You Can Make With Frothed Milk
If you’ve been visiting lately, you’ve read all about my love affair with my new Saeco Minuto coffee machine. We have permanently packed away the old stovetop espresso makers, and joined the modern age of fully automated, freshly-ground coffee at your fingertips, just the way you like it. Our coffee standards have gone (more…)

Crispy Crusted Great Lakes Pickerel

ovenbroiledfish

For as long as I can remember the official kick-off to the holidays at my house has been marked by serving a multi-course smorgasbord of fish and seafood on Christmas Eve.

Now if you’re like me, someone who actually prefers fish to any other kind of protein, this is like a dinner dream come true but for many sitting around the table, eating a meal consisting of multiple courses of fish does not appear very high at the top of their holiday wish list (it’s been described to me kinda like a visit to the dentist; yes it’s a tough crowd sometimes).

As the cook, the ultimate satisfaction is achieved when you create a menu that (more…)