Monday, November 28, 2011

Lighted Porch Trees- An Easy Revamp!

Although it wasn't Thanksgiving here in Canada this past week, we still got the benefit of having black-friday-like sales all weekend long. We bought some extra christmas lights, some clothes for the girls, and my favourite purchase of the weekend- these fabulous lighted porch trees.

Canadian Tire had the set of two on sale for $24.99. According to the flyer, the sale was 75% off regular price- a fantastic deal.

When we set up the trees, I realized that they looked a little sparse. Also, I am fully aware that because of the ridiculous sale on them, everyone on the block will have the same trees, so I wanted to make ours look a little different.
Using decorations from Dollarama (mini pinecones, red and gold bulbs, and a star for each tree) I decorated the trees as mini Christmas trees to make them a bit more festive.

Finished product!

On either side of our front door.

Fa la la la la, la la, la la!

Friday, November 25, 2011

A Fresh Coat of Paint...

I've been hinting for a few weeks now about how we painted the entire open area of our home, and promised that I would post pictures. My boyfriend's mom was a fantastic sport and did most of the painting (he and I helped out when we could) and I couldn't be happier with the results!

I forgot to take some of the before pictures, but the kitchen/dining area were bright orange (ick!), the upper living room was white, and the lower living room and play area was bright yellow (double ick!). Also, the final results look almost white in some of the pictures, but in reality, the colour is a very warm beige (called "Brazil Nut" officially), so picture it a bit darker. I finally got around to taking the after pictures, so here there are:

P.S. We decorated for Christmas right after painting, so you get the Christmas version of our home :).



Thursday, November 24, 2011

Winter Wonderland Nails

Some of us are already in that Winter blues stage of the year (and by "us", I mean me). Last night at around 8 PM, I decided that I needed some Winter sparkle, and I found it in a nail design.

Pure Ice's "Frosted Ice", L.A. Colors Silver Glitter and China Glaze's "For Audrey".

One coat of "Frosted Ice".

Polka dotted ring-fingers with "For Aundrey".

One coat of silver glitter.

Two coats of silver glitter.

Winter Wonderland

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American readers!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Redecoration Inspiration

After painting our entire house (pictures up by the end of this week, I promise!), we have been scouting out our favourite stores for some new home decor. Our upstairs living room is in need of a lift the most, so the following are some ideas that are in consideration for the space:
A black, metal key hook. We are ditching our old plain white boring hooks for some fancy ones. We're looking for something like this to place near our front door.

I am currently obsessed with finding an entry table for a big blank wall we have near our front door. It needs something, and I have faith that that something is going to be a table like this one , which I found on the Meijer website (must have drawers!).

Since we painted the walls a nice warm beige colour, blacks, whites, and other beiges seem to fit in. Black picture frames are gorgeous and I am highly considering combining this look, which I found on a blog called Caro Thrift, with the next idea to make a blank wall beautiful.

I have an idea that involves turning maps like these black and white and using black frames (like above). I have no idea if I'll actually do it, but I have it in mind.
Stay tuned for updates on the redecoration process!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Twix Trifle

Looking for some recipe inspiration on Pinterest, I came across this yummy looking Twix bar trifle.
I decided to recreate it, but put my own spin on the idea. The recipe in the link calls for a salted caramel mousse, but because there is a lack of love for caramel in my home, I decided to switch it up and go for a double chocolate! Here's how it went:

I used 1 box of milk chocolate instant mousse mix, 1 box of instant chocolate pudding mix, and about 10 Twix bars.
Next time I make this, I'm going to put a hold on the Twix bars. 10 bars made for an uneven ratio and I would recommend 6-7 Twix bars if you decide to try it yourself!

I made my mousse and pudding in separate bowls and let them stand for the required about of time (I put the mousse in the freezer for a while to speed up the process). While letting the mousse and pudding set, I chopped up the Twix bars into small pieces.

When all was set and ready, I found a dish. This was not an easy task. I had been looking for a trifle bowl (similar to this gorgeous one) everywhere for about 3 days, and gave up when I realized I could use a massive vase. It worked out wonderfully, just so you know!

So, I started out with a layer of pudding, followed by a layer of mousse.

Next, I tossed on a layer of Twix, and decided to drizzle on some caramel sauce to make up for the lack of caramel mousse. Like I said, I later realized that the amount of Twix I used was way too much, so use this picture as a guide, but subtract a little.

Repeat the process until you are all finished.

Because I only made enough for my family, and used a massive vase, I ran out of the good stuff about halfway up the vase. For an event or holiday party with more people, I would definitely use this vase again, and fill it to the top- the wide neck opening is perfect for scooping. 

Twix Trifle = love.
Seriously. I had the pleasure of enjoying it later on, and it was absolutely delicious. I'm glad I swapped out the salted caramel mousse for the milk chocolate mousse. So good.

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