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Book Love: The Trinity Book Sale

Trinity College - My Favourite Book Sale via
Those of you who have been reading Lifeovereasy since the beginning know I write about the Trinity Book Sale every year. It’s one of my favourite events, and I try never to miss it.

Trinity College - My Favourite Book Sale via

I first went as a young student about ….ummm… 30 years or so ago. (It actually hurt me to (more…)

Welcome To My Life, Saeco

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Coffee. It’s the glue that holds my marriage together.

This is because early on in our marriage, my husband developed the lovely habit of bringing me a nice coffee to wake me up in the morning. He leaves it on my bedside table, which makes the enormous effort involved in opening my eyes in the morning just a tiny bit easier.

I’m not much of a morning person.

You may think this coffee thing he does is an indulgence, but it’s not. Things like this are an absolute necessity in a marriage. You can forgive A LOT of things if you get bedside coffee in the morning. My husband is a smart man.

But he might be getting a little nervous, because I have a new (more…)

Easy Weeknight Meals: Salad For Dinner

Easy Romaine Salad With Chicken And Pine Nuts via
Notice the first word in this post? Easy. My favourite word. And when you have a hungry family to feed on a busy weeknight, easy is where it’s at.

Easy romaine salad with grilled chicken and pine nuts via

My second favourite word is delicious. And I didn’t mention that in the title, but this salad is delicious.

I love salads that work as an entire meal. This is one of my favourites. I first had it at (more…)

5-Minute Flower Arrangement From The Garden

Make this easy flower arrangement with flowers from your garden in only 5 minutes! via  #diy #bouquet
This pretty arrangement is fast and easy. And free for anyone who has a few basic garden perennials, or who can steal borrow them from an unsuspecting friendly neighbour. You can make it in 5 minutes flat.

Make this easy flower arrangement with flowers from your garden in only 5 minutes! via  #diy #bouquet

The key here is (more…)

Turn Thrift Store Bowls Into Gorgeous Candleholders

Make these gorgeous candleholders out of glass dessert bowls from the thrift store!
Love these candleholders? You can make some for yourself from a few thrift store bowls.

Make these gorgeous candle holders out of glass dessert bowls from the thrift store!

For these ones, I used 5 bowls and (more…)

The Best Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

The Best Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad via
The weather’s getting cooler and I’m starting to crave some fall dishes. Brussels sprouts are not high on my list, but this happens to be one of my favourite salads. It doesn’t taste at all like the brussels sprouts you’re thinking of, trust me!

I first wrote about this salad after a visit to (more…)

How To Get Healthier Right Now!

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I’m big on health challenges. It’s a sure fire way to get me going in the right direction. I had huge success last year with my family’s gluten-free, sugar-free eating challenge. It started off as a fun bet, but by the end we all realized how much better we felt when we reduced gluten. Big lesson. And it lasted long enough to get us all to drop some bad habits and replace them with better ones.

There’s a new eating challenge I’ve just started this week, and you can join in too. And I kicked it off by finally (more…)

How To Stencil With Bleach

How to stencil with bleach - a quick and easy DIY via
If you’re like me, you find random stains and bleach spots on items of clothing all the time. How they get there, I’ll never know. I blame the house elf.

How to stencil with bleach - a quick and easy DIY via

Here’s a quick and easy way to reclaim some of your favs, and have a little DIY fun while you’re at it. Nads got me on to this trick when she made my girls some sweet tanks for Valentine’s Day one year. It’s an easy craft, even for beginners, and a good way to revamp (more…)

Artichoke and Asiago Fritto


Anyone who knows me, knows I have an ongoing love affair with the artichoke.  They are one of my favorite foods, and I am always on a quest to cook up a new way to enjoy them.  They are usually in season in the springtime. but lately I have spotted them jarred in water at my local Costco.  I toyed with how to use them, and after hearing about an old school presentation where they were fried, I decided to put my spin on the idea.  Results:  over the top deliciousness!  These are the bomb, but beware – you can down them like popcorn and they (more…)

How To Grow Chamomile For Tea

how to grow chamomile for tea via #diy #garden
My grandmother always grew her own chamomile for tea. She used to dry it in her attic, which was a magical place to explore during my childhood trips to her home in Italy. The smell of chamomile still brings me back to those days.

Grow your own chamomile for tea via #garden #herbs #diy

I think my grandmother believed chamomile tea with honey fixed just about anything. She used to mail us some of her (more…)