Sunday, July 31, 2011

Red Rose Wedding Cake


I've been absent from the blog world for a few days, and this is the reason why!
On top of school and being a mom, I have spent the last 3 days completing this 3 tier, rose cascade wedding cake. I will be back in blog mode tomorrow!
xox





Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Current Favourite Lip Products


My lips are in no way my best feature. They are extremely small and have no real shape to them. Although my lips are not as beautiful as some, I still enjoy slathering them with all types of lip products. What you are about to see are my favourite products. I have probably close to 100 other lip products, but these are the ones that rotate in and out of my purse, and sit on my dresser ready to be used.


A pretty silver platter that houses all of the glosses-the ones not in my purse at the moment.


My absolute favourite lip product. Also pictured above, this lip shine is not only a fantastic and smooth lip gloss, but also a breath freshener! Can you say amazing? I can. I currently own the vanilla mint flavour, the magenta mint flavour (tinted pink), and the spearmint favour.


This stuff is a life saver in the winter. For chapped, dry, and red lips, nothing else compares.


These are my fun glosses. Skittles LipSmackers are self explanatory, as well as a raspberry sorbet gloss, a peach gloss, and a plumping gloss from La Senza. 


For a light summer feel, this Aquafina lip balm is absolutely the best. It's ridiculously hydrating for being so light.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Recipe: Soft Pretzels



As everyone knows, I love to bake, and on Saturday morning, the lucky recipe chosen out of my recipe box was for soft pretzels. Here is the recipe I used:


Ingredients:
1 package of yeast
1 1/2 cups of warm water
1 tbsp sugar
4 1/2 cups of flour
1 beaten egg
coarse or sea salt


Combine yeast, water, and sugar. Let it stand until yeast is dissolved and begins to foam.


Stir in salt and flour. Knead on a flour covered surface for 8-10 mins or until the dough is smooth and elastic.


Separate into ropes and shape the pretzels onto a lightly greased baking sheet.


Cover the pretzels and let them stand for 20 minutes. Brush with beaten egg, and sprinkle with salt.


Bake at 425 degrees until golden brown. 

Let cool, and enjoy!

Friday, July 15, 2011

This Week 5

Love, Love, Love.

This week was a very thrifty week for us. I wanted to show off our great finds for the week, so here you go!


This amazing 2-tier silver desert stand was found at Value Village for $1.99. It is by far my favourite find this week. I have tons of silver, but haven't been able to find any 2 tier stands in good condition. This piece will soon be filled with my small earrings and possibly perfumes! I'll be sure to update on what I do with it!


I have been looking for a white victorian-inspired picture frame for a few weeks now. I've found several at stores like Home Sense, only to realize the prices of these frames range from around $7.00 to $15.00. I just so happened to find this frame at Value Village for $1.99, with the Home Sense tag still on it. I will post an update of this frame when it's been filled!



I have been looking for a children's table and chair set for some time now, and saw this one on Kijiji a few days ago. When I contacted the seller, I realized that she had a children's picnic table for sale as well. I ended up getting the picnic table and the table and chair set both for $15.00! The picnic table will be staying outside, but the table and chair set will be part of Holly's room re-design!


Chris found this slingshot at Value Village for $3.99. He claims it can be used for protection. 


We added the scooter on the right to our collection of outdoor children's toys. It was free...because we found it at the side of the road! I can't lie, we are those people that drive around on garbage night looking for free stuff.

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Some Other Loves From This Week


Holly enjoying her new table!


Ice Cream Truck!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Blog Lovin!


Since I saw everyone else doing it,
I decided to sign up for BlogLovin!
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xox

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Recipe: Virgin Shirley Temple


About a week ago, I was walking through the grocery store and spotted a bottle of grenadine. I instantly decided to buy it, because it reminded me of being a kid. My mom always had a bottle of grenadine stored in her liquor cabinet, and every now and then she would make me a Shirley Temple. Seeing the bottle made me crave one, and i've been drinking two a day ever since. I seriously recommend trying (or re-trying) a Shirley Temple, because for one, they look like a beautiful summer sunset, and two, they taste absolutely amazing. It's amazing how a brightly coloured drink can brighten your mood!

Here is how I make mine:
1. Fill a glass almost halfway full of orange juice (I prefer pulp-free).
2. Add Sprite until the cup in almost full. Leave a bit of room for your grenadine.
3. Pour in as much grenadine as you'd like.
4. Drink! :)

Tip- Although it ruins the beautiful sunset look of the drink, stirring it will make all of the flavours blend. If you don't stir, the bottom of your drink will be a lot sweeter than the top.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

New In: Vintage Butterfly Earrings


About a week ago, I wore these earrings for the first time in a while, and was complimented on them twice. I figured that although they are old news, they deserve a special post.

I found these earrings at Value Village for $3.99 about 4 months ago. I fell in love with them because they are not cheaply made, nor do they irritate my ears like a lot of fake earrings do. They weigh about a pound each (okay, i'm exaggerating, but they are extremely heavy), and are very solid. I fell in love with these earrings because of the insane amount of detail around the edges of the butterflies, and the beautiful pearlescent centre.

Just shows you how among all of the trash (80's clip ons) at thrift stores, there are some real treasures. You just have to take the time to look!


A terrible picture of myself, but the only one I could find with the earrings on.

Friday, July 8, 2011

This Week 4

Love, Love, Love.


I've been looking for a set of 3 pearl earrings for a while now. Just so happens that during a recent trip to H&M, I found this amazing amazing deal. 4 sets of 3 different types of earrings....


...for only $6.95. This is definitely my favourite find of the week!


My planner. Ever since I was in high school, i've had a planner. Why you ask, do I still use paper and pen when I own a Blackberry, a Macbook, and an IPod? Because for some reason, I love the way it feels to write down my plans for the day. Paper and pen just seems safe to me.
In case you were wondering, I ended up with a B in Psych, and an A in Music! :)


My new Blogger profile picture. It's not very good, but I recently realized that my picture was from when Holly was about 6 months old. That's 2 years ago. Time for an update!


Ikea ice cube trays. We own a few of these (ValueVillage- $0.50 per tray!), but this one is my current favourite. Seeing a little heart floating around in your juice just makes your day a little better! 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Minnie Mouse Cake


Another day, another cake! Only thing is that I was extremely excited to do this one. I have done a character cake before (Spiderman) but never without a template or shaped pan. I think it was a great success, including smash cake!

The face and sides are buttercream, and the facial features are fondant. As always, my favourite part of the cake is the big fondant bow!


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