Thursday, December 7, 2017

#WinterWonderlandCash Instagram Cash Giveaway


If you haven't yet seen this on my social pages, head over to my Instagram for a chance to win!

Myself and 24 other bloggers have teamed up to give away $250 USD cash just in time for the holidays. 

To enter, all you have to do is head over to my Instagram and:
1. Follow me
2. Head to my original giveaway post, which is shown below
2. Comment and tag a friend to let them know about our giveaway (each tag is a new bonus entry!)
3. Visit the #WinterWonderlandCash tag and repeat the steps for all other participating bloggers for more chances to win

This giveaway is open worldwide and ends tomorrow, so get your entries in now!

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

10 Inexpensive Amazon Stocking Stuffers


This post contains affiliate links and photos, but all opinions are my own. Read my full disclosure statement here.

I've already finished 90% of my Christmas shopping for this year, and I must say that the majority has been done on Amazon. This year more than ever, I've really embraced not having to drive around and visit busy stores for my gifts and I can't lie - I feel significantly less stressed out.

Online shopping doesn't have to be for the big gifts only. I purchased all of our stocking stuffers on Amazon this year too! Here are ten of my favourites:



1. Half Pound Reese's Peanut Butter Cup
My husband actually asked for this for Christmas, and I can bet he's going to eat it all in one sitting.




2. Trolls
My favourite animated movie in years. You get the DVD, Blu-Ray, and Digital copy for $10!



3. Black Light Spy Pens
These are absolutely perfect for kids, especially if you have more than one as they come in packs of 4, 8, 12, etc.


4. Slow Rising Squishies
These things are all the rage right now, but they're ridiculously expensive in store. I bought this exact set (Canadian link) for my kids and they're fantastic.


5. Jet Black Bath Bomb
I'm obsessed with the fact that this bomb makes the water jet black and glittery.


6. Pop Socket
US Link | Canadian Link
I drop my phone on my face when I'm laying down more than I'd like to admit, so I can't wait to get my hands on one of these.
http://amzn.to/2AquC7U

7. Hydrating Lip Balm - Nivea Hydro Care
This is something that everyone truly needs this winter season. Significantly more useful than fruity lip glosses, and the price is great.


8. Classic Card Game - SkipBo
Skip-Bo is my absolute favourite card game, but there are so many similar options (Uno, Monopoly Deal, etc.).


9. BeanBoozled
This game is perfect for adults and kids. Gross, but a great stocking stuffer.



10. Ridiculous Gag Gift - Handicorn
Stockings are the perfect place to throw in a little weirdness. I'm not going to lie, I would love to own a Handicorn.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Do You Send Christmas Cards?


This post may contain affiliate links or banners, but all opinions are my own. Read my full disclosure statement here.

Beautiful invitations, cards, and other stationary are my absolute weakness. With all the technology based methods of contacting loved ones in our current world, a mailed card is a welcomed surprise. There is nothing I love more than receiving a colourful Christmas card and being able to put it on display.

Just recently, it's come to my attention that many people my age (I'm currently 27) don't send Holiday cards.

I get it - there is a high probability that you'll spend money on the cards, spend money on the postage, and your beautiful card will sit on a shelf for about a month before it ultimately ends up in the trash. But there is also the chance that your card will bring someone a smile, remind a distant family member that you're thinking of them, or add to a beautiful Christmas card display.

This year, I'm taking a break simply because last year we sent save-the-dates, wedding invitations, and thank-you cards. Next year I'll be back on track! But, I want to know...

Do you send Christmas cards?


The above pictured Christmas card from 2015 is my absolute favourite. I took the photo myself and made/printed the cards through Vistaprint. Vistaprint is super easy to use and they have fantastic deals on Cards.

If you're willing to spend a little more money, I highly suggest Shutterfly or Basic Invite. Although these sites typical cost a little more than Vistaprint, they have amazing sales this time of year.

If you're more into purchasing premade cards, Indigo carries beautiful and unique options. Amazon also has hundreds of options for Christmas cards of all types.


Even if you don't send cards, please don't throw the ones you receive away. Display them for Christmas! There are so many cute options for cards displays. Even if you're not creative, Amazon has a million holders.

                                               

              
In the end, I really do think sending Christmas cards is a lost art. I think it's a holiday tradition that shouldn't be forgotten... and I would love to get some cards this year!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Third Birthday Construction Site Cake


This post contains affiliate links, but all opinions are my own. Read my full disclosure statement here.

Birthday shirt via Old Navy (Boy version no longer available. Girl version here) | Sea Patrol Rubble via Amazon
As of November 15th, we have a three year old! The past three years watching CJ grow have seemingly flown by, especially in comparison to watching his sisters grow up. Of course, our lives are so different now than when we first had kids, but the past 3 years have been an absolute whirlwind of baby, first home, wedding, and many other things.

CJ is our last baby and our only boy - I can't wait to see where life takes him. 

He is obsessed with "trucks". He goes through phases of which type is his favourite (monster trucks, tow trucks, semi trucks, etc.) but the most consistent is any type of construction equipment. For his birthday this year, I knew I had to make a construction site cake inspired by one I made for a client years ago.



This cake, in it's original post here, was huge and had tons of cute details. It's probably one of my favourite cakes, mostly because it was so simple to make.

For CJ's third birthday, we needed something on a much smaller scale for a lot less people. Here's what I came up with:



To make a construction cake similar to these, you'll need the following:

- Cake - If you choose to use boxed cake, this brand is my favourite
- Chocolate frosting - I use this recipe to make my own. I don't recommend using store-bought as it doesn't seem to hold details well.
- Construction tape (Optional)

After you've assembled and frosted your cake, you can very quickly decorate. Here's what I did:

1. Cover the the cake board in construction tape. This simply adds another level of detail. For the smaller cake, I didn't think it was necessary.
2. Decide where the trucks will go. Will they be lifting? Dumping?
3. Place cookie crumbs. I sprinkled crumbs all around the base of the cake as well as in random piles.
4. Place the trucks. I love when a truck is tearing into the side of a cake (pictured above in the larger cake).
5. Place the rocks. I added some around the base of the cake as well as in the buckets of the trucks.
6. Add details. Pipe a message and add optional extra details.
7. Serve!

Decorating this cake only took 10 minutes, and he absolutely loved it.



I can't wait to see what type of cake he wants next year! Until then, I'll watch him grow. ❤

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