Dear Santa… Christmas Wish Lists Family Night [with Free Printable!]

Can you believe that December is already here?! Christmas is going to be here before we know it! Life just seems to be flying by lately so the other night the brakes were put on, press pause on life as it be, and a slowed-down quality family night came to be. Bring out the holiday catalogs, some stickers, papers, scissors, glue sticks and a few cups of hot cocoa and we had ourselves a family Christmas List evening…

Christmas Wish Gift List for Kids Free Printable    Christmas Gift Wish List Santa Free Printable

Miss L was super excited about her list this year after Continue reading

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It’s… The Final Countdown!

Oh and I hope while reading that title you sung it out in your head, you know “It’s THE FINAL COUNTDOWN! The Final Countdown! Oh, It’s…”. Now good luck getting that out of your head for the next week…

But more to the point of my post! It’s not every day I get to support (A) my hubby and (B) a great cause all in one go, but first a little back story… So it all started a little over a year ago, reading the local news and saw a headline about a marathon event happening in Edmonton in support of the local Children’s Hospital (Stollery) and as the Stollery is very near and dear to our heart this instantly peaked my interested to read more. As I read I found this out to be an annual 25-hr gaming marathon in support of Children’s Hospitals across North America through a fundraising group called Extra Life, and specifically the YEG Extra Life and their marathon event supporting the Stollery Children’s Hospital here in Edmonton. I barely finished the article before running to Dustin saying, how are you not a part of this?! How do you not know about this?! I don’t think there is anything that has more you written all over this than this!!

Since then the hubby, an avid gamer (as I am sure many reading this already know!), has been counting down the days for months now; registering, fundraising, planning his ‘set-up’, his game schedule, and all those other gamer related things that I nod my head along to in anticipation of his first, of many more, events. Well this Saturday is the day – at 12 o’clock sharp on November 5th the 24-hr gaming marathon kicks off in the middle of West Edmonton Mall!

So now where do I come into play here? Continue reading

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Fall Weddings: A few of my favourite finds and DIYs!

Fall is just around the corner, two weeks away to the official first day to be exact, can you believe it?! I feel like just yesterday it was spring, and summer… well you could have blinked and missed that! It has been a whirl wind year here between bridal showers, summer weddings, parties, someones very special first birthday, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

But to the point of this post… with fall just around the corner I wanted to share a few of my favourite fall wedding ideas and, because I love a good DIY, a few DIYs for the DIY brides out there! So here it is… Continue reading

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Nom Nom Nom, A Cookie Monster First Birthday

Hard to believe a year has come and gone already, but what better way to turn one then surrounded by friends, family, and lots of cookies!

If you haven’t figured it out already, Cookie Monster was the theme for this party and, as the little man loves his pancakes, I planned the celebration for late-morning to serve a delicious, kid-friendly brunch menu! From mini-pancakes and cinnamon buns, to DIY yogurt parfait and a cereal bar. Then to top it off, some frootloop marshmallow treats, blue jello, cupcakes, cake and, of course, lots of cookies (and milk!)!

Cookie Monster First Birthday Brunch

#PartyTip – DIY Yogurt Parfaits are a great alternative to assembling individual parfaits… Not only can guests pick and choose their toppings, but leftovers are easy to pack up and re-use without a fridge full of parfaits! 😉

The cereal bar was a hit, not only by the kids but for the “big kids” too, and you want to talk about something easy with minimal work… just grab a few jars, fill with cereal, add bowls, spoons and milk, and voila, done and ready! The cupcakes were just adorable, with the mix of mini cookie monsters with cookies and chocolate chip cookie topping. Then the cake…. one of my favorite, and most delicious, parts…. the chocolate cake, done up like Cookie Monster, had the most delicious layer of cookie dough filling!

The prep for the big day was lots of fun, between the “Nom Nom Nom”, “One” and other banners, Cookie Monster figurines, milk crates, and cookie Continue reading

Father’s Day: A Toddlers Guide to Handmade Gifts

Father’s Day is just around the corner (next Sunday to be exact) and Miss L has been a busy helper scrolling through pin after pin on Pinterst with me and hand picking her ‘toddler approved’ gifts for Dad! Now we better get to it, as it really is just a week away! But don’t worry all these ideas are quick, easy and you should be able to find most of the materials around the home, because if you are anything like me, I am sure we’ll be pushing these out up until the day before!

So here it is, your toddler-approved, top 10 list of handmade gifts for Dad for this Fathers Day… Continue reading

A New Week & A New GIVEAWAY!

HAPPY MONDAY! (do people actually say that?! I am sure now that the day is nearing an end it’s an acceptable greeting now, right? 😉 ).

First off, I have to apologize the blogging is definitely taking a hit with the launch of the Facebook page! But do not fret, I think the hard work is done now and I am still here and lots of fun DIYs, projects and other exciting news coming to the blog soon!

And secondly… WOW! I am Continue reading

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Hello Darlings! A Perfect Breakfast at Tiffanys Bridal Shower

Bridal Showers are already so exciting and fun, but add in the element of surprise and you’ve entered a whole new level of excitement! Like seriously, if you are planning a bridal shower in the near future make it a surprise shower, it does take a little more work but you will not be disappointed!

Breakfast at Tiffanys Bridal Shower Ivitations Champagne Brunch Invite

Planning this Breakfast at Tiffanys themed Bridal Shower for my future-sister-in-law, alongside her bridesmaids, was just too much fun! We went for a Champagne Brunch style with a mimosa bar, brunch themed food, and Continue reading

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DIY Cake & Sweets Stand

I always wanted one of those cute little cake stands for on my kitchen to hold sweets, deserts and other treats (or even those breakfast treats!) like you see in all those fancy kitchens featured in the home magazine, but I have never been able to find one that (a) I loved or (b) I loved enough for the price! So when I was looking for a project to do this past week, I thought this would be the perfect one and off Miss L and I went on the hunt for supplies…

First stop was the dollar store, where we found some cute platters and a few candle stick holders. With the warm spring weather garage sales have been popping up everywhere, so we hunted through a few around our neighbourhood and found a few more trays and candle sticks. All of that, along with a few more pieces we found in the “dreaded unpacked boxes” at home (yes we have been here about a year now, and sadly yes we still have a few boxes not yet unpacked which have been on the to-do list for far to long), a few cans of spray paint and paint we had left over from other projects, the glue gun and we were ready to go! Continue reading

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Earlier this past week our little boy gave quite the tug to my heart strings and then today this big girl of ours decided to give us quite the scare, between ambulance rides and hospitals the day resulted in not quite the Mother’s Day we had planned for… but looking back on it now, we spent the day all together then ended with giggles, smiles and family cuddles, and for that I am blessed and could not ask for more.

 

My arms and heart are full with these two, and I would not want it any other way. Wishing a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the other mommas. grandmas, and all other mother figures out there!

xoxo, AndreaDawn