Campy Candle #Giveaway!

It's Your Birthday candle by Campy - a giveaway via
I wanted to introduce you to one of my latest finds. It’s the “It’s You’re Birthday” hand-poured soy candle by Campy. I gave this candle to my oldest at Christmas, to cheer up her home-away-from-home room at university. First thing she did with it? Pop it into her drawer to make her clothes smell nice. I asked her to review it for this blog post, and she said, “It smells awesome, Mum!” Basically, an enthusiastic 2 thumbs up.

It's Your Birthday candle by Campy - a giveaway via

What do I love about these candles? They’re soy, which means they’re cleaner burning and longer lasting. They’re handmade, which is something I always love to support. And best of all, they’re cute AND (more…)

My All-Time Favourite Cheesecake

The Best Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake dessert recipe via
This cheesecake is seriously good. It’s so good, I’ve been making it for over 25 years. Did I just type that?

But let’s not digress into how old I must be in order to be baking cheesecakes that long. This post is about cheese.

Cheese is a big deal in our family. We’ve been known to skip the meal and just get stuck on the cheese course. My sis even gave my girls a giant hunk of cheese one year for Christmas. No fooling. We’re a cheesy family.

The most delicious cheesecake ever - Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake recipe via

While we certainly love fancy-cheeses-served-with-charcuterie-on-live-edge-maple-slabs-with-lavender-honey kind of cheese, there’s just something about the classic favourites that make us warm and fuzzy. So you can get all gourmet and make a plate of crazy-good Fontina, Walnut, Apple, and Honey Grilled Cheese Goodness, and it’s delicious, of course. But in my family, there’s nothing like (more…)

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.

Enjoy the (more…)

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 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

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
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
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

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

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
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

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
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

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…)