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Happy Saturday Everyone! It’s day 2 of our 12 days of Christmas!

I hope you all have exciting plans for the weekend- we are on our way to sunny Florida for some family time ūüôā

Last night I got a chance to catch up with a girlfriend over a peppermint mocha-one of my favourite holiday drinks!

I also purchased Ghirardelli peppermint bark- another favourite. Do we see the trend here?

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Here are some great recipes- with peppermint! Seasonal and delicious.

White Chocolate Peppermint Covered Pretzels

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Moose Munch Popcorn

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

The are so many recipes in this category! Bonus: with some nice wrapping these all make great gifts!

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wishing you all a wonderful day!

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Christmas Cards

Happy Friday everyone!

The weekend is almost here and we’re kicking off our 12 days of Christmas!

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Day 1 :

This first post is all about Christmas cards.. I’ve posted gift ideas under $10 and gift ideas under $50 but the card has the thoughts- and that’s what matters most, so here’s some inspiration for one of the best parts of gift-giving

Simple yet chic

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Stay tuned for fun festive drink recipes tomorrow!

wishing you all a wonderful day

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dinner tonight- comfort food

Good morning everyone

I hope your week is going well so far.

As the weather gets colder I’ve been making a lot of comfort meals. Tonight i’m making one of my favourites!

Here’s what’s for dinner tonight

Creamy Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup

Tender, Flaky Biscuits

(these cheddar herb biscuits are awesome too!)

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I’ll be starting a 12 days of Christmas special starting tomorrow! Stay tuned for everything holiday related from home decor to recipes!

wishing you all a wonderful Thursday!

holiday appetizers

Happy Saturday Everyone

I hope you are all having a great weekend so far.

As the holidays approach many people will be hosting & attending social gatherings. You may know how much I love having a mix of appetizers at parties, so today I thought I would share a few of my favourite holiday appetizer recipes!

Red Onion & Gorgonzola Flatbreads

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Toasted Ravioli

Loaded Sweet Potato Rounds (I make something similar as a weeknight dinner side- so yummy!)

The Best Beer Dip Everyone loves chips & dip! This recipe is great for Football parties too

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wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

the cookie exchange

Ah it is already December 6th! Can you guys believe Christmas is just 19 days away.

This weekend we are hosting a cookie exchange and I absolutely love this tradition for getting friends & family together.

For those of you who have yet to have one of these parties, you have to try it! It is so much fun and can be done 2 ways.

1. Get all attendees to bring a batch of cookies then set-up buffet style for everyone to grab a few of each and take home a mixed box.

2. Everyone brings a recipe and spends the day baking together- you then get to bring home a few of each type.

Here’s some inspiration

chocolate candy cane truffles

peanut butter pretzel christmas trees

brown sugar oatmeal coconut chewies

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Happy Baking Everyone!

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gifts under $50

Christmas shopping can be tricky! Especially when the person you are shopping for doesn’t really need anything.. I’ve had this problem a few times so I thought I would share some creative gift ideas under $50.00

For those interested in stocking stuffer ideas, check out this post – products I love under $10- great gift ideas

For Her

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For the most part you can’t go wrong with a spa service- almost every woman likes a manicure, pedicure or facial once in a while! They often have great deals on Groupon or LivingSocial for this.

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Most people tend to buy pyjamas but a robe is a nice piece too! This one is Victoria’s Secret- it is super soft and comes in so many colors.

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Take her on a wine tour! Girls love activities and this is a fun date for everyone. Create a gift certificate with a date that works for both of you or purchase one online. It doesn’t have to be expensive and fancy, just a day trip.

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Try a brewery tour! We’ve done this and it’s actually a lot of fun- you’ll learn a lot too!

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This travel scratch map is really cool. It has the same effect as a scratcher lottery ticket. It is completely gold when you purchase it and as you scratch where you have been the map gains color. You can find these online, at uncommon goods, urban outfitters or many bookstores.

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It’s always nice to get something personalized- how cute are these personalized cufflinks? You can get them inexpensively from online retailers on etsy.

Happy shopping everyone!

wishing you all a wonderful evening

coffee treats

hello everyone!

I hope you are doing well.

Last weekend was super busy for me in the kitchen. I was working, preparing everyday meals as well as a brunch for some family visiting ūüôā

We all know I love sweets and coffee.. so today’s recipes are easy desserts which all have coffee flavours! YUM!

Coffee Cake Cookies

Coffee Toffee & Chocolate Scones

Pumpkin-Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Cappuccino Cheesecake

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who’s craving something sweet? I think it’s time for a cookie and latte for me.

wishing you all a wonderful day!

Christmas Tree Decor

Happy American Thanksgiving to all my readers out there in the US! I hope you all enjoy the long weekend with those you love.

For those of you who are thinking about putting up a tree for the holidays- today’s post may give you some ideas!

There are so many ways to personalize your tree or give it a themed decor- check these out!

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Family photos fill this tree, what a cute idea to have everyone remembered.

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What do you guys think about the all white ornaments? I really like the way these pieces come together with some whites, cremes and sparkles!

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I tend to place the ornaments wherever they fit- in no particular way or order. This person had a plan! the diagonal rows of white red and green and awesome!

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a snowy tree- this makes me want to curl up by the fire with a hot chocolate!

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Over the past few years I have noticed a lot of people mixing in new color schemes- this family tried purple!

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And of course, the rustic touch with the burlap!

wishing you all a wonderful day- happy decorating!

wreaths

Good Morning Everyone!

December 1st is just around the corner and it seems the weekends are filling up quickly. I love all the parties, cocktails and get togethers that come with the holidays. Having friends and family over is the perfect occasion to get crafty and creative- today’s post is all about wreaths, a fun DIY project for any age.

Here are some of my favourites!

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hanging a simple wreath in front of a chalkboard is such a unique way to decorate a small area.

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Of course a burlap project- this fabric was so popular with the rustic trends this summer. I like this look for rustic holiday decor! You can find these in most craft stores then personalize them with letters and sparkle.

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Looking to do something different? Snowflake cut outs glued together (or onto a wire outline) is a modern way to decorate the door.

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Who says a wreath needs to be round?

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There are so many online tutorials for creating customized wreaths- this is just a tiny bit if inspiration!

Stay tuned for yummy recipes and some winter wedding inspiration this week!

wishing you all a wonderful day!

products I love: under $10!

Good morning everyone!

I can’t believe how fast the month is going by.. It’s almost that time of year where the malls get crazy busy and everyone is rushing to get their Holiday shopping done.¬†I will be starting mine this weekend!

I’ve done a few posts about products I love and today’s post is products I love: under $10. These are perfect for small gifts or stocking stuffers!

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I love all the Bath & Body Works products- especially the seasonal ones. They are good quality and priced well. These mini candles are 3 for $10 and the foaming soap is $5.50 (or 3 for $15).

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To me, Nivea is a classic product- this lip balm moisturizers and adds a touch of shimmer.

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Essie’s toggle to the top- love this rich red.

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I know so many people who don’t like to drink water (but know it’s healthy)- Mio offers a great flavour with just a drop!

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we all know how much I love stationary- these perfectly girly finds are from Target!

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The Ghiradelli Peppermint Bark Squares are some of my favourites! (all their products are delicious)

That’s all for now- happy shopping everybody!

wishing you all a wonderful day