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October 21st is #SmallBizSaturday

This past Summer our little family took a not so little road trip across Canada and through the USA for a 14 day (or maybe it was more?) adventure. I lost count it was so lovely being on a road trip with my boys. On our way home, on the last day of our journey, truthfully tired and a little cranky, we stopped in Cooperstown, USA and I experienced what could be only described as magic. A little toy shop nestled on the busy street was filled with sounds of toys whirling and purring. Behind the counter was a shopkeeper, a man who people write about in storybooks, or at least authors base fairy tales on, and he surely had magic dust floating out of his pockets.

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Halloween Party Prep

No. 1 Blood Bag Reusable Drink Containers  /No. 2 Skull /No. 3 Smoke Machine  /No. 4 60″ Skeleton Cutout  / No. 5 Inflatable Spider / No. 6  Rubber Bats / No. 7 Candy! /

Fall was in the air in Toronto and now it’s back to feeling like Summer again. Which is terribly lovely –  as before we know it the temperature will drop, the winds will pick up and the weather starts becoming less and less pleasant (not to mention darker, and darker earlier and earlier in the days). One of our favourite holidays growing up was Halloween as my little brother Peter adored it – and still does. I’m loving it watching it through Oscar, and he’s asked that we host a Halloween party this year. I’m not sure if I’m up to it, but I started to look on Amazon.ca for Halloween goodies and found some of these that have made their way into my cart. The smoke machine would be brilliant for on our porch or, in our garden should we host the party. The Rubber bats remind me of some similar ones I had as a child – and my beloved bat would hang out with my Barbies. So they are obviously in my shopping cart too. Do you host any Halloween Parties? Any suggestions? One Halloween party I recall my Mother gave us all toilet paper rolls and told us to make our teams into “Mummies”. It was hilarious and fun – so if (and that’s a strong “if”) we host a party, I’d for sure do the toilet paper. 😉


Here are some ideas gathered for hosting / celebrating Halloween! 


I’m a member of Amazon.ca’s affiliate program. Affiliate links have been used in this post. 

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health + beauty purchases I love


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I’m a low fuss makeup, beauty routine person. I’ve been itching to dive into makeup and try some natural ways of highlighting features, but in all honesty I prefer the natural glow of skin, some gloss on my lips and at most a flick of mascara on my lashes. Over the Summer I’ve added a few new items to my beauty routine and as we get into the school year and routines, I’m hoping to get into my own routine of health and taking care of my skin. I’ve partnered with Amazon.ca to tell you about things I think you may like, but since I’m such a shopper on the site I can actually share things I’ve purchased, and continue to use. So are some things that I’ve purchased from Amazon.ca over the last year that are a part of my daily routine.

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Partnering with Amazon.ca

Installing our RING Doorbell that I bought on Amazon.ca

I’m partnering with Amazon.ca for the rest of 2017 to bring you some of my favourite finds for you and the home.  I’m a huge fan of Amazon.ca, I’ve been a Prime member for the last year and every week or two make a shop for something for me, or my home. I’m also a member of their affiliate link program – which is a great program to sign up on if you’re a blogger.

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What to get Mom for Christmas … The Breville Tea Maker

There are a few brands that are consistently amazing no matter what they do or create, and Breville is one of them. My Mother introduced me to the line awhile ago - she's purchased their kettle, milk frother and I'm sure a few other items I can't think of off the top of he head. It's the brand that is on her counter at home, and is always gorgeous and fits into her beautifully styled kitchen. The other week she called me up and told me about a new toy she had found while out doing some Christmas shopping - A Breville automatic tea brewer. (I'll get to what that exactly means shortly) She was captivated by the concept and was debating the purchase. She was like most of us would be - is it really worth it to spend a few hundred dollars on a tea maker? Well. I'll spoil the surprise. Yes. It IS worth it. 

I hadn't heard her so excited over something in awhile (other than when she sees me, obviously) so I reached out to Breville to see if Mom and I could review the tea maker. And, we got to! So if you have a Mom like I do, that loves tea and entertains her lady friends, you HAVE to get this. I'm not kidding. You'll think I'm being ridiculous (I mean, I initially thought the concept of an automatic tea brewer was ridiculous) but it's NOT. It's a game changer. I now want one for myself, when I went into it thinking it was just a gadget for the kitchen. Nope. It's not. Ok, so first things first. This is how it looks... This is Mom opening it when it arrived!

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The design is beautiful, from the glass handle to the shape and design of the kettle portion.  Now to make tea. Mom poured the water (cold water, but she's using her kettle as a dispenser here) into the pot.

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If you're making tea you're not to go over 1200 as shown below.

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Next is the tea portion. You put looseleaf tea into the little canister "bucket" that will go into the water shortly. Breville provides you with a sweet little measuring spoon.

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Pop on the lid and place it into the pot, on the rod that is in there. You're not "steeping" the tea yet. The tea is still sitting out of the water.

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You're now going to select the type of tea, black, green, herbal, White, Oolomng or custom - and, the tea strengh and then press the tea button. All of these options determines the optimal water temperature and, how long the tea should steep for. It's serious about making the perfect cup of tea.

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So now the water is reaching it's optimal temperature...

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And when it reaches the temp it needs, it starts to lower the tea basket.

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And you will have an audience, because it's ridiculously fun to watch. 

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After the tea has brewed, the tea leaves raise again so they aren't sitting IN the water anymore and, you have the PERFECT cup of tea. I kid you not. It's perfect.

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So why is it perfect? Once you have one, you suddenly get it. First of all, it brews a tea at what they've researched to be the perfect temperature to brew and, perfect length of time. And how often do we stick a bunch of tea bags in a pot, only to let it sit too long or serve one cup and the the rest are uber strong (and lukewarm) The Breville Tea Maker solves all of that awkwardness because after brewing the perfect pot, it removes the tea, so it doesn't get too strong AND it keeps the tea warm, with a warming sensor. It also tells you how long the tea has been sitting there, since it brewed. This is PERFECT for when your Mama has guests over because she brews the tea, it beeps at her when it's done, and she can serve the tea and then place it back on the warmer - without worrying about it getting cold or, steeping too long.

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Now I'm just going to save up MY pennies because my tea from a regular tea bag dunking ritual doesn't have the same effect. Totally, 100% recommend this and get it for your Mom if she likes tea. xo
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Disclaimer, As mentioned in the post, my Mom was given a Breville Tea Maker for review.
All photographs and opinions are that of my own, and of my Mom. 

In Crafts/ DIY/ Sponsored

Sharpie® Boho Inspired Clutch

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Yesterday I showed you the new line of Sharpie’s that are out – a set of 24 awesome permanent markers with 19 classic colours and 5 limited edition pops of colour. I wanted to show you how you could make some DIY gifts this season, and decided to go the route of fabric, and show you how you could make your own boho inspired clutch. This is totally something I would have loved doing as a teen (and as an adult) but how fun would this be to get a table full of vibrant Sharpie pens, blank canvas pouches, some pony beads and string, to create unique, one of a kind items to either keep for yourself, or, for a teen to give as a gift.

Step 1 / Collect your tools.

1.Sharpie Color Burst Markers

I used the Fine vs. the Ultra Fine for this project, as it was easier to use on the fabric that had a lot of fibers.

2. Cotton Pouches
Find at your local craft store or, various Etsy sellers sell them too

3. Pony Beads / Gold Washers from the Hardware Store 
Sold at your local craft store but also online (see the craft collection on Etsy I’ve curated to help inspire you for this project)

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I started out sketching some ideas on a tester pouch that you can see in the background below. This was good because I wanted to see how the pens reacted to the fabric – there was zero bleeding.  Once you’re ready to go, just start doodling. I did a variety of patterns on a few pouches to show you some ideas.

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To get the boho look on the pink clutch I simply cut off the fabric piece that came with the pouch when I purchased it, and replaced it with some basic string.

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Where to buy // The new, limited edition Sharpie® Color Burst Permanent Markers are available at Walmart, Staples, Loblaws, Deserres, Michaels and Amazon.ca and retail (MSRP) for $5.99 (5 pack) and $28.99 (24 pack)

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This is a sponsored post in partnership with Sharpie®. All thoughts and ideas remain my own.