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Merry and Bright Christmas Home Tour

Merry and Bright Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to my Merry and Bright Christmas Home Tour, I’m so happy to have you here!  My home tour is 1 of 29 Canadian Holiday Home Tours hosted by the lovely Christina of The DIY Mommy!  29 homes…isn’t that amazing?!  I hope you can take a moment to visit more gorgeous holiday homes…I have the links at the bottom of my post.

So today is my day to share, and I’m so excited that you are here!  The halls are all decked out, the fire is lit and our mugs are full of eggnog.  It’s a magical time of year isn’t it?  Welcome to my holiday home.  It’s Christmas all up in here y’all!

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And just in time for your visit, it decided to snow.  I can’t even tell you how excited this made me!  I’m one of those Canadians that absolutely LOVES the snow and the cold, so this was a welcome site to wake up to!  And because I love you, I wanted to make sure you saw the snow too…I even barricaded the door for a few hours so no one would put footprints in this picture!  True story.  You might have seen my picture over on my Facebook page?  LOL  Since then I changed a few things and added my Winter Wonderland Bottle Brush Wreath to the door, and hung my Vintage Truck Wreath on the light fixture.

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So I begin my tour on our front porch…while we may not spend any time out here during the winter because it’s just too darn cold (in fact at this very moment as I write this it’s – 21 degrees C with a – 31 windchill!), but I like my front porch to welcome family and friends to our home in a festive and comforting way.  With lights, greenery and plenty of pretty!

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Merry and Bright Christmas Home Tour

This year I have once again embraced traditional colours of Christmas…reds, greens, white…with plaid, faux fur, birch wood and fresh greens.  These are the elements I remember from Christmas’s of my childhood, and it makes my heart happy to surround my family in them for Christmas this year.

Now, come on in where’s it’s cozy and warm.

Come on inside…I’ve got a fire going and hot chocolate to warm you up!

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First, let’s stop at the office. Last year we had a gorgeous flocked tree in our living space which we absolutely loved, but this year the consensus was to once again have a real tree in the living room.  But because I adore my flocked tree SO much, I decided to put it up in our office and I love love it.  It’s the nicest lighting to work by…so festive and pretty.

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This tree is all decked out in red and white with candy cane ribbon…I just love it.

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And as sit in my office this is the view I have of our staircase.  Staircases were meant to be decorated with festive garland weren’t they?  Now let’s head into the living room where it’s definitely Christmas!

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I can’t resist bottle brush trees, so I thought why not put a few out on display?  They’re the cutest.

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But my favourite space in my Christmas home this year is this little corner in our living room…I love everything about it…our tree, the mantel, our stockings, the plaid pillows…love love love.

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And I actually decorated our mantel for Christmas this year!  With all the Christmas decorating I do, I tend to overlook my mantel.  I think it’s mainly because the tree is such a focus in this room, and I never really knew how to balance it with decorating the mantel…I just didn’t know what to do with it.  But this year I had a vision and went with it…and it all started with those adorable skate stockings!

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But seriously, these stockings.  Aren’t they the cutest?!  Why I’ve never hung them on our mantel before, I’ll never understand!  They need to be hung because they’re the best.

Pretty Evergreen Wreath. Just add fresh evergreen sprigs to a faux evergreen wreath to make it look more authentic.

Then to tie everything together I hung the Simple Evergreen Wreath I made last year, but updated it by stuffing in some fresh evergreen sprigs and added a Buffalo Plaid ribbon.  Love.

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Then I added more fresh evergreens right onto the mantel ledge…everything is more festive with evergreen branches!  And it smells amazing.  I love how it came together.

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And of course our tree!  This year we decided to go back to tradition and get a real tree, and I’m so happy we did.  It smells wonderful and looks right at home again in our living room.  Our tree is loaded with ornaments of all different shapes, colours, and themes…some are from mine and my husbands childhood, some are the kids, many are homemade by the kids over the years and some are new that I have found and loved along the way.  It’s eclectic, meaningful and perfect.

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Now it’s time to cozy on up to the fire with a hot cup of tea and enjoy the season.

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Merry and Bright Christmas Home Tour

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I love all the lights at night…so does Miss Molly…

So that is my holiday home tour, I hope you enjoyed it and maybe found some inspiration to deck your own halls this season!  If you are looking for more ideas for your own space, I hope you can take some time to check out these beautiful Christmas homes that are part of this years Canadian Bloggers Home Tour!  I love this tour because I really just enjoy seeing how everyone decorates their home for the season…everyone has such a different style, but they’re all amazing!  Another great way is to follow the hashtag #CBHomeTour on Instagram!

Now Let’s Go On A Canadian Bloggers Home Tour!

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Monday

northern  //  style exposure   //  The Learner Observer  //  The Uncommon Law
Heather In Heels  //  Clean and Scentsible  //  The Sweetest Digs

Tuesday

Amidst the Chaos  //  Brooklyn Berry Designs  //  lemon Thistle
Suburble  //  Life is a Party  //  PMQ for two

Wednesday

Love Create Celebrate  // Satori Design for Living  // A Pop of Pretty
So Much Better With Age  // VinYet ETC  //  Woman in Real Life

Thursday

The DIY Mommy  //  Fresh Crush  //  Time With Thea
A Pretty Life  Me!  //  Home To Heather  //  Nalles House

Friday

This Little Estate  //  Craftberry Bush   //  The Happy Housie
Kimpowerstyle  //  Elliven Studio

Have a very Merry day!

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5 Minute Christmas Mason Jar Candles

These 5 Minute Christmas Mason Jar Candles are a simple and quick DIY!  They’re perfect for a Christmas table setting!

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I really love projects that are simple to make, require really no time and barely any supplies, but are cute, like these 5 Minute Christmas Mason Jar Candles!  With our dark winter nights that basically start at 5:00PM, I find that candles are a nice way to brighten up the night.  I love the soft glow they give off.  I also like to add mason jar candles to table settings.  If you get the candle down far enough into the jar you don’t need to worry about setting your sleeves on fire as you reach for dishes across the table! Ha!

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This year I’ve embraced traditional Christmas colours like red and green, around my home.  These are the colours of the Christmas’s of my childhood, and I’m really happy to be surrounded by them this time of year.  Also because red is so outside the norm for decorating around here, it’s actually a nice change…I appreciate the pop of colour in winter!

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So continuing with my theme, I decided to make these simple mason jar candles for my table setting.

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I used the most simple supplies ever…mason jars, floating candles, twine, Buffalo plaid ribbon and sprigs of fresh evergreens.  SO easy.  And what’s great about this project, is that you can tailor it to your own home decor.  Use ribbon of your colour choice to match your own home, use a sprig of berries…the choice is all yours.

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Supplies for your 5 Minute Christmas Mason Jar Candles:

  • mason jars (I use the 500 mL ones)
  • twine
  • ribbon (I used Buffalo plaid ribbon)
  • sprigs of fresh evergreen
  • floating candles

How to make 5 Minute Christmas Mason Jar Candles:

  • Wrap your mason jar with the Buffalo Plaid ribbon, and secure it to the jar using a bit of twine.
  • Tuck some fresh evergreen sprigs into the twine.
  • Fill the jar with water, leaving about an inch or two from the top.
  • Add the floating candle.
  • Done!

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SO adorable.  And easy.  Love that!

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For more Mason Jar Christmas ideas, visit these easy DIY tutorials!

Bottle Brush Mason Jar Candles

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Simple & Pretty Christmas Centrepieces

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DIY Mason Jar Snow Globe

DIY Mason Jar Snow Globe

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Have a very Merry Day!

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A Teenage Girls Holiday Gift Guide

I’ve put together A Teenage Girls Holiday Gift Guide to give you some ideas for this hard to buy for age (13-16)!

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Teenagers are so hard to buy gifts for…especially girls because they can be very particular about the things they wear and want.  Actually let me rephrase that, if you don’t have a good list they are hard to buy for.  But given the opportunity to provide a list of things they want, I have found from experience that teenage girls are more than happy to tell you what they like!

This Teenage Girls Holiday Gift Guide was put together by my daughter who is 14 (grade 9).  And she is a very girly girl so most of the items on this list are pretty feminine!  I think it’s a wonderful list of things and I’m so happy she took the time to put it together for you!  I hope you can find some ideas for the teenage girl in your life!

A Teenage Girls Holiday Gift Guide

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This The Chocolate Shop Make Up Set by Too Faced is high on the list for my teenage girl!  Confession…I kind of want it too.  It comes with 21 eyeshadows, luminizer, bronzer, blush and primer.  So pretty.

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One thing I have noticed about my daughter and her friends is that they are all really into make up.  I have no idea why they need so much and so many of the same things, but I don’t ask.  This Anastasia Maping Shop Beverly Hills GLOW KIT (it’s a highlight powder kit) is also on my daughter’s list this year.

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Another thing you may also have noticed with teenage girls, is that most really like to do their hair.  This Ceramic Curling Wand would make a great gift for those who want to create curls with no kinks.  If this ends up in our house, chances are that I will use it too…curling wands make great curls and beach waves in long and short hair!

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This Aritzia Lakeview Hat in Black & White is also on the list.  I’m not much of a hat person, but hats on my daughter are adorable.

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More make up.  This Kylie Cosmetics Mini Kit of Matte Liquid Lipsticks is a hot gift this holiday season. This is the make up line from Kylie Jenner.  Also I’ve noticed that matte lipsticks are all the rage and I actually really like them.  I included one on my Women’s Gift Guide as well.

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I find clothes to be the hardest thing to buy for when it comes to teenage girls.  They are very particular, and I wouldn’t dare buy any item of clothing without approval!  But this 21 Pilots Blurry Face T-shirt made the cut on my daughter’s wish list this year.

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I don’t really know much about Melanie Martinez, and I don’t ask.  But I do know that my daughter likes her music, so this Melanie Martinez Pacifier Necklace is on the list.

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My daughter is on a mission to update her bedroom this year and has put together some really nice ideas of things she’d like to see in her space.  Wall tapestries are really popular right now, and this Mandala Wall Tapestry is the one she has picked for her room.  I actually really really like it.  She plans to string some white lights along it as well.  Ahhh to be young…I had similar decor in my university days.

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But #1 on my teenage girl’s wish list this year is a new bed frame!  She is hoping this white steel bed frame from IKEA ends up under the tree this year!  I like it as well because it’s pretty and the price is really reasonable.  We’ll see what Santa has to say.

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Now here’s a really fun one!  A trampoline is actually on all of my kids wish list this year, and fingers crossed we end up with one!  We currently have a trampoline but it’s a complete hazard with no nets, no pads, nothing.  It’s actually quite frightening haha!  But it’s well loved and gets used almost every day.  It’s time for a new one, so this Springfree Trampoline is on our whole family’s wish list this year.  This Springfree Trampoline has the tgoma digitally interactive game system designed to engage every member of the family…there’s even a program for us moms!  Come on Santa!

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So there you go!  I hope this list of ideas has helped you out with your holiday shopping this year!

For more gift guides and holiday shopping ideas, visit here:

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Men’s Holiday Gift Guide

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Women’s Holiday Gift Guide

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Have a very Merry day!

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A Men’s Holiday Gift Guide

A Men’s Holiday Gift Guide to help you with shopping for the men in your life!

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Today I’m super excited to share a post written by my husband, Tobin!  I thought it might help you to have some ideas for gifts for the men in your lives, because I know how hard they are to buy for.  Seriously, why are men SO hard to by for?  I hope this guide will give you some useful ideas so you can get your Christmas shopping done relatively stress free!

 The Hubbys Christmas Gift Guide

Hello A Pretty Life readers, I’m Tobin, the husband behind the blog!  I’m hoping that I can shed some light into what to buy for your men this holiday season.  

Whoever said it is better to give than to receive never got a custom splitting axe for Christmas.  Being a husband and a father seems to have triggered some sort of auto response when asked for a gift list for the holidays.  “Oh, I could use some work shirts, a new pair of gloves, maybe a new shaving kit…”  I ask for the practical things, the everyday things that we need…BORING!  Sure the shaving kit is something I need but let’s be honest, I am just going buy it anyway.  Do you want see your guy light up like a Christmas tree?   Give him something he wants, but would never buy…let’s do this!

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For the Outdoorsman

I love to go camping.  One of my favourite things to do when we camp is split wood for the fire.  Most axes out there are run of the mill, big box store axes.  Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with the mainstream axe – they cut wood just fine.  But when you pull up to the group campground and your guy can pull out an axe with hand forged steel and an American Hickory handle, he is going to chop wood like a champion and be the envy of every firestarter in the campground.  If your guy already has an axe, you can never go wrong with a camping hatchet.  If your guy splits wood in flip flops you may want to skip this one…I’ve added one of these Gransfors Bruks Axes to my list this year.

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JORD Men's Watch

For the Every Man

Guys either love watches or hate them, there is no in between.  If your guy hates watches, I am sure we can find him something else…unless he splits wood in flip flops, then he is on strike two.  For the rest of us, watches are an indulgence.  Most guys will have an everyday watch that works well but never the fancy one because we’re either just too practical or we don’t want to spend the money on ourselves.  But really, a great watch is a nice way to round out an outfit and make a guy feel good.  I think we need to view watches as a great accessory to an outfit.  We need to look and feel good too!  And there are amazing affordable watches if you know where to find them.  I was recently introduced to a brand called JORD, and not only are the JORD watches very stylish, they are made of wood, which I think is so unique and awesome.  JORD watches are hand-crafted wood timepieces that come in a variety of colours and styles.  I chose this Ebony and Rosewood Jord Watch, and I love it.  It’s classy, unique and goes with everything.

If you want a chance to win your own JORD timepiece, you can enter here.  And when you enter you will instantly be emailed a $25 coupon code. You have until 12/18/2016 to redeem your code. The code will expire on 2/28/2017.


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For the Cook

I love to cook and have been using an old set of knives we got over 15 years ago as a wedding present.  They work fine and I could probably use them until I either cut off all my digits or get so old I only eat mushy food, but where is the fun in that?!  If I find Japanese handcrafted steel under my tree this Christmas, I am going to be happier than Godzilla rampaging through Tokyo.  Paring knives are a good start and chef knives are over the top.  For the guy who already has a good set of knives, try a pair of kitchen shears.  This is one of those win-win gifts, your guy is inspired to cook more and you can enjoy the spoils of his labour!  I’ve been eyeing up knives from Knifewear.com!

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For the Fashion Conscious

Guys can be horrible to buy clothes for.  A safe bet for things that always fit are socks and underwear.  Now I know what you are thinking, socks and underwear are boring.  Not so fast, you can make them exciting…and not in an edible, weirdo kinda way.  Online sock stores have come along way from the knee high 80’s gym sock special…unless you are a hipster, they pay a premium for those.  For the rest of us, nothing beats a funky pair of socks, the wilder the better!  My kids gave me these socks from Sock It To Me this year and I love ‘em!

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Next up is underwear.  Gone are the days of Dad opening up the old 3 pack of tighty whiteys.  No child needs to sit through that 5 minutes of uncomfortableness.  Give your guy the gift of comfort and joy.  I was put onto Saxx this past year and they are without a doubt, the MOST comfortable and life changing underwear in the universe. Plus, they have a lumberjack print that goes great with the Axe.

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For the Shoe-a-Holic 

Does your guy have 50 pairs of sneakers?  Does he come home with a new pair of kicks everytime he goes shopping?  Are his shoes carefully showcased in your closet?  If you answered yes to any of these questions you have a Shoe-A-Holic on your hands.  If you want to Mic Drop the Shoe-A-Holic this holiday season, go online and order a pair of custom shoes.  Many top brands have custom options where you can take your guys favourite shoes, pick unique colors and patterns, add text, and essentially make a one of a kind shoe that no one else on the planet has.  Nike and Vans, both have pretty cool custom options!

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For the Time Crunched Guy That Needs Some Exercise

This one is near and dear to my heart and a gift I gave to myself.  We have three kids and our family is always on the go, between work and family commitments there is barely enough time in the day to stop and think.  I needed exercise but wanted to do something fun, fast, and as a total body workout that I could drop into anytime.  Seems like a lot to ask right?  Well, I found 9Round 30 Min Kickbox Fitness and it is AWESOME.  9Round is a 30 minute kickboxing themed workout consisting of 9 different stations that you do in 3 minute intervals.  I get to sweat hard, get a great workout, and punch and kick ALL my stresses away in 30 minutes.  The stations change everyday so no routine is the same, and the trainers are amazing!  Again, a win-win gift.  Your guy turns into a chiseled stud…or at least is a lot less stressed and can swing the axe a few more times without breaking a sweat!

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For the Garage Guy

Everyone knows that one guy who has a garage that is immaculate.  You could eat off the floor, he has every tool known to man, and his garage is his man cave.  If you don’t know this guy, you should find one, he is super handy.  One thing the Garage Guy usually neglects though, is the garage door opener.  How could a garage door opener be unique and cool?  Let me tell you.  I have a Ryobi garage door opener in my garage and every single guy that comes to the house marvels at it.  The Ryobi opener is super quiet, like sneak-into-the-house-at-3AM-and-not-wake-the-baby-ninja, quiet.  The Ryobi opener also comes with several optional attachements…retractible cord reel, laser parking assist, fan, bluetooth speaker…this thing is like the Swiss Army knife of garage door openers and the accessories make great birthday or Fathers Day gifts.  Another cool feature that I love is that I can open my garage door from my phone, from anywhere.  I can also get alerts on my phone if the door is open too long or if my kids are trying to sneak in at 3am like ninjas.  And if you ever forget your house key and are locked out of the house, and your garage door is locked on vacation mode because your kids fiddled with the opener, leaving you stranded outside in minus 10 degree weather, but you have your phone, you are saved because you can disable said mode with the app.  Ask me how I know.  Best garage door opener ever.  For real.

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For the Beer Drinker

Part of the reason I need to go to the gym is my love of craft beer.   An easy gift for craft beer lovers are  large format bottles (think 21 ounce/650 ml), these are great as stocking stuffers.  Check out your local breweries, they usually  have unique seasonal offerings that most Beer Guys will be happy to try.  To take your Beer Guys tasting experience to the next level you can put a set of tasting glasses under the tree.  The Spiegelau glass set will tickle any beer geeks tastebuds and have him blaming the turkey for his post dinner ”nap”.  IPA, Stout, and American Wheat Beer Glasses are a good start for any Beer Guy.

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If you really want to spoil your Beer Guy, help make his favourite brew portable.  Most Craft Breweries have growler bars.  For the non beer type, this is essentailly a tap where you put a bunch of beer in what looks like a moonshine jug.  The problem is the beer is usually only good for two days in the usual Growler format.  But not with the ManCan!  The ManCan utilizes CO2 cartridges (awesome), stainless steel casing, and threaded fitting and gasket seal (super awesome) to give you 30 days of crafty beer freshness (mind blowingly awesome).  You can also order online and get it personalized with logo’s, graphics etc to make your Beer Guys ManCan a one of a kind!

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And with that, I leave you to find that special gift for that special someone…assuming that special someone is not a flip flop wearing, watch hating, underwear avoiding, non drinker who hates exercise.  If that is the case, soap on a rope might do the trick.

 Happy Holidays,

Tobin  (AKA the blogger husband)

For more gift guides and holiday shopping ideas, visit here:

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Women’s Holiday Gift Guide

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Teenage Girl Holiday Gift Guide

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Disclosure:  We received the JORD watch and Ryobi Garage Door Opener for review, but if I didn’t love them there’s no way I would have included them in my holiday gift guide!  Only things we love and use end up on these lists!  And my kids bought me the socks…they’re awesome like that.

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Comfort & Joy Wreath

I had some fun with the holiday decor at Lowe’s Canada and created this Comfort & Joy Wreath!  A perfect way to decorate your front door and greet your guests this holiday season!

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Wreaths are such a lovely way to greet guests that arrive at your home over the holiday season.  But sometimes it’s hard to find just the right wreath in stores, so why not make your own?  The great thing about making your own wreath is the ability to tailor the colours and style to reflect your own home.  And really there are no rules with wreath making because it’s all about what appeals to you!  There are so many options.  I find that once you have a theme and an idea of the colours you want, the rest is easy.

Comfort & Joy Wreath {A Pretty Life}

I have been busy making wreaths this holiday season because I love them so much, and so far I have made a Winter Wonderland Yarn Wreath, a Vintage Truck Evergreen Wreath, and now this Comfort & Joy Wreath.  The more wreaths the better I say!

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Making wreaths, especially wreaths with evergreen bases, is so easy.  It’s kind of like decorating a mini Christmas tree.  Christmas ornaments are just the right size and shape for hanging on wreaths, not to mention the many different options to choose from!  For this Comfort & Joy Wreath I chose ornaments from Lowe’s Comfort & Joy holiday decor line and had a great time putting it all together!

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I love the rustic look and traditional colour scheme of this wreath!  The Buffalo check plaid, the vintage truck, wooden snowshoes and holly berries, all come together perfectly in this pretty, and easy to make wreath!

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Supplies Required to Make A Comfort & Joy Wreath:

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How to Assemble

  • Hang your wreath base on a wreath hook and fluff the branches so the wreath isn’t flat, and the branches are as full as possible.
  • Hang the ornaments in groups of 3 for the best visuals.  Spread them out almost in a triangle pattern from each other, so they are equidistant.
  • To hang the ornaments I used the twine hanging loops that came with the ornaments, because the twine tied in nicely with the theme of the wreath.  To secure the ornaments, instead of hanging them on the branches, I tied them on.
  • Continue to tie on the ornaments until you feel that the wreath is full enough.  I wanted this wreath to be quite full, so I added quite a few ornaments.
  • I also tucked in some sprigs of holly berries that I cut off from a holly spray that I also bought at Lowe’s.
  • Then to finish the wreath off, tie a large bow at the base of the wreath, making sure to leave some length in the bow so it hangs low.
  • Step back and admire your masterpiece!

 

I hope I have inspired you to make your own wreath this Christmas season!  Just have fun with it, and you will end up with something you love.

For more inspiration, follow Lowe’s on social media / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Pinterest

Have a very Merry day!
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Disclosure:  I am working with and am compensated by Lowe’s Canada, to bring you some decor projects for the holiday season.  All ideas, projects, thoughts, opinions and such are my own.  I just really love making wreaths!

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Bottle Brush Mason Jar Candles

Make these adorable Bottle Brush Mason Jar Candles for your holiday table in just a few minutes and with a few simple supplies!

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Ok, I confess…I still love Mason Jars.  I know, I know they’re so last year.  But I don’t care.  I use them as drinking glasses at home, I love them to serve up desserts, I love them to store dry goods, and I love them as centrepieces.  And recently I made some adorable Christmas candle holders with them, and I love how they turned out!

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My mind has been spinning with little DIY projects since I started decorating my home for Christmas.  I’m dreaming of creating wreaths, putting together table settings, and decorating my porch and home.  I feel very inspired this time of year…my goal always is to create a cozy and festive holiday home.

Bottle Brush Mason Jar Candles

One project that has been on my mind for a while now are DIY mason jar candles.  A couple of years ago I made these simple centrepieces and so many of you loved them as much as I did, so I thought I would create an updated version to include one of my favourite little holiday decorations, the bottle brush tree!  With a few supplies I had on hand, I brought my simple little vision to life.  Aren’t they adorable?

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And the best thing?  They’re SO simple to make, you could make 5 or 6 of them to sit at the centre of a holiday table, or on your fireplace mantle…they’re so cute and they give off the prettiest soft lighting.

Supplies for your Bottle Brush Mason Jar Candles:

  • mason jars (I use the 500 mL ones)
  • bottle brush trees (what ever size you prefer)
  • fresh cranberries
  • floating candles
  • glue gun

How to make Bottle Brush Mason Jar Candles:

  • Make sure your mason jar is dry.
  • Add a dab of glue to the bottom of the bottle brush then place it at the bottom, and in the centre, of the mason jar.  Let it sit for a few minutes to let the glue set.
  • Fill the jar with water, leaving about an inch from the top.
  • Add fresh cranberries, and the floating candle.

Tips, Tricks & Tidbits:

  • Over time, you may notice that water might turn green from the bottle brush tree.  You can just refresh the water as needed (I only had to do this once).
  • You can use any colour of bottle brush trees that you like!  White ones would look adorable.
  • If you like, tie a pretty ribbon around the top of the jar.
  • Display them on your table for dinner or brunch.  Or place them on your mantel or side tables.

Bottle Brush Mason Jar Candles

I just really believe that things do not have to be complicated to be beautiful.  And often times we have just what we need to decorate, right at home.

Have a very Merry day!

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Holiday Drinks with the Saeco GranBaristo Avanti!

I am working with Saeco in reviewing their new GranBaristo Avanti espresso machine.  I honestly have never had better coffee than what this machine makes.  And we’ve been having some fun creating some holiday drinks with it!  I wanted to share with you, and show you one of the many holiday drinks it is capable of making.

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I do officially declare that it’s holiday season over here!  Next weekend we are going to decorate and put up the tree, I bought our first container of eggnog, I’ve been making wreaths, and the Christmas tunes are sneaking into playlists!  I love love this time of year.

And now that it’s the holiday season, pumpkin spice everything has moved on out, and eggnog everything has moved on in.  I especially love specialty eggnog drinks this time of year, and now that we have our new Saeco GranBaristo Avanti espresso machine at home, we have been making so many delicious holiday drinks.  No more trips to the ‘Bucks for us.

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If it’s possible to love my GranBaristo any more, I especially adore it during the holiday season because I can brew Eggnog Lattes, Eggnog Flat Whites, Steamed Eggnog, Hot Chocolate, Mochas, coffee and Bailey’s.  SO many delicious holiday drinks!

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Look at that beautiful steam!

In particular, we are especially loving Eggnog Lattes and Eggnog Flat Whites.  There is just no coffee drink more delicious than one with creamy microfoam over a shot of espresso…I’ll take mine with extra foam please!  😉

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The mix of steamed eggnog and smooth velvet eggnog foam is holiday season in a mug.  Want to come over for coffee?

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I’m looking forward to having friends and family over for brunch so we can program our Saeco with delicious drink orders and sip them alongside a Baked French Toast.  Sounds like a perfect gathering.

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Make an Eggnog Flat White and sprinkle it with cinnamon!  Delicious!

If you’re considering adding a Saeco GranBaristo to your Christmas list this year you should (I love it so much I added it my Favourite Things Holiday Gift List)!  With this new model you can make coffee right from the app on your phone. So you can be lying in bed and with the press of a button, your coffee will brew!  Plus if you have a number of guests stop by for coffee, you can program your machine with all of their orders!  And the machine is small enough that it will fit in seamlessly in your kitchen…it’s really not much bigger than a regular coffee maker.  So awesome.

Have a very Merry and delicious day!

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Disclosure:  Saeco generously provided the GranBaristo Avanti Espresso Machine for this post, and I was paid for my time, but as always the ideas, recipe, photos and opinions stated here are mine.  We are loving our GranBaristo Avanti!

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