Easy DIY Patio Lights  {A Pretty Life}

Easy DIY Patio Lights

String patio lights around your deck or patio space to make a magical nighttime garden retreat! – – – – – – For as long as I can remember I have wanted to string patio lights around my deck but just never got around to making it happen.  I decided to change that this year, and get it done.  And now that the lights are up, I’m sad that I took so long to do it!  I love how my deck looks all lit up at night, SO SO much.  So much. This really is the easiest project I have ever tackled.  It’s almost too easy and embarrassing to share here, but I’m going to because if you have ever considered doing this to your deck space I want you to know you should.  Don’t wait another second because you’ll love the outcome. This is not a fancy project by any stretch, but then again I’m not fancy.  Sometimes I just want things done in a simplistic way, and that’s what I got with this light project.  To string the lights I used 2x2x8 treated lumber poles and stainless steel screw eye rings.  I screwed the eye rings into the centres of the […]

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Summer Bedroom  {A Pretty Life} Feature

Summer Master Bedroom Refresh

Refresh your master bedroom for summer with simple and easy changes like new bedding, fresh flowers and cheery art! – – – – – – – I am a big fan of changing up the decor in my home with each season.  I love the refreshing feeling of updating colours and accessories to match the time of year.  I always update our living room and porch space, but I’m also trying to make sure I update our master bedroom as well.  For some reason master bedrooms get overlooked when it comes to decorating, but I’m trying to make sure that ours doesn’t.  I don’t want my room to be the space where junk goes to hang out, I want it to be a fresh and relaxing space that I enjoy being in.  So I really try to keep this room looking great, even at holiday time.  The last couple of Christmas’s I even managed to decorate this room, but truth be told the evergreen wreaths stayed hung this year until the beginning of June!  Ha!  True story.  Clearly it was time to bring this room into summer, and I couldn’t wait.  I needed to have my bedroom space feel fresh again.  And […]

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Container Gardening with Lowe's Feature

Container Gardening with Lowe’s

I’m sharing tips on how to have your best container garden yet! – – – – – – Container gardens are a wonderful and easy way to enjoy gardening, and garden centres are making container gardening easier than ever with a tonne of great planter options.  You can create your own beautiful planters, but if you want pre-planted pots, you can have those too! To have your best garden yet, today over on the Lowe’s site I’m sharing ideas to put together beautiful planters, plus tips and tidbits to keep your flowers blooming and beautiful all summer long! – Here is what I will be sharing, so please pop on over to be inspired! 3 Steps to Create Fabulous Container Garden Flower Combinations 11 Inspirational Ideas for Beautiful Planter Arrangements 7 Creative DIY Alternatives to Traditional Flower Pots 3 Quick Ways to get the Most from your Local Garden Centre …… Have a great day!  

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Shirley Temples  {A Pretty Life} Feature

Shirley Temples

The classic Shirley Temple is a delicious non-alcoholic drink that the whole family can enjoy! – – – – – – – Shirley Temples are ingrained into my memory as special treat from my childhood.  I remember when my family, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents would all get together at the lake in the summer my Grandma and Grandpa would make Shirley Temples for all of us kids.  In my mind I can still see them standing at the counter mixing drink after drink as all of the cousins lined up to get theirs.  I remember feeling so grown up to be enjoying this colourful and yummy drink…these were special.  I’ll never forget those amazing and fleeting times, because they were some of my best. Now I make them for my kids and they enjoy them just as much as I did.  When you’re a kid there is something so ‘fancy’ and fantastic about a Shirley Temple. Shirley Temples really should be assembled one glass at a time, because you can get the layering of the grenadine, orange juice and soda in the glass done properly.  If you try to make a large jug of it, you won’t get the flavouring quite right.  And […]

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Strawberry Beet Salad  {A Pretty Life} Feature

Strawberry Beet Salad

This Strawberry Beet Salad is a fresh and delicious summer salad!  Roasted beets and fresh strawberries are a match made in heaven! – – – – – – Oooooh do I have something scrumptious for you today…strawberries, strawberries and more strawberries!  It’s that time of year when the markets are full of sweet and flavourful strawberries, and I couldn’t be happier about it.  I buy pints of them and we eat them au naturel as often as we can, but there are so many other ways to enjoy these delectable little summer berries!  They make tarts, cupcakes, sweet buns, salads and cheesecakes mega delicious.  But honestly, the best way to enjoy a strawberry is picking them right from the field, all warm from the sun…we have a couple months until we will be able to do that.  I can’t wait to take the kids out to pick!  For now, I will enjoy our market berries! And now you’re in luck because I’ve teamed up with a great group of bloggers to bring you 15 scrumptious strawberry recipes, just in time for summer!  Trust me, you won’t be able to leave here without wanting to make at least one of these strawberry recipes! I […]

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Strawberry Rhubarb Bundt Cake  {A Pretty Life}Feature

Strawberry Rhubarb Bundt Cake

This Strawberry Rhubarb Cake is amazing.  Theres’s no other way to describe it…it’s tender and full of delicious strawberry and rhubarb flavour! – – – – – – – I finally got my hands on some rhubarb!!  Last spring my rhubarb was amazing and I had more than I needed, but this spring we accidentally removed it when we took apart our garden!  Sad face.  So when spring rolled around here with my rhubarb craving in full force I went on a grocery store hunt for it and came up empty handed…until I finally spied some this weekend, so I bought almost every stalk.  I had to though, I needed to make a rhubarb cake, this rhubarb Bundt cake in fact! Do you love rhubarb?  I am realizing that a lot of people don’t even know what rhubarb is or how to use it which I find kind of shocking.  I think I must just take rhubarb for granted because I’ve had it all my life…coming from a family of farmers and gardeners, rhubarb was always around, big giant plants that never got used up because of the sheer volume.  Oh how I would love that… Anyway, I’ve been wanting to […]

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