Easy DIY Tissue Paper Backdrop Under $20

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If you saw the Cinco De Mayo party post that went up earlier this week then you probably noticed the backdrop that was behind the table. The idea was to create something that was reminiscent of a piΓ±ata, with layers of tissue paper to add a pop of colour. This backdrop is perfect for so many things and you can create one in any combination of colours/ patterns you like using just a few basic materials and a little bit of patience (and Netflix! πŸ˜‰ ). 

I love how the ombre version turned out, but how pretty would an all- white one be for a wedding? Or maybe a floor- to- ceiling ombre? Or stripes? Or…? Ok I’ll stop now… The options are endless, and about as easy to make as they come, you just need to give yourself plenty of time. The one I made was 7′ * 7′ and I made it over two nights with Netflix on in the background. It’s not hard to make, just very repetitive and if you can wrangle some help to make the process a little faster I’d definitely recommend it. If you want to add a wow factor behind a party or wedding table- or want a fun photo backdrop idea- but don’t have a big budget, this is the perfect project (this cost me less than$20 in materials!). See below for the instructions.

Materials

– tissue paper

(To help you estimate how many sheets you’ll need: 1 standard size piece of tissue paper will get you 4 strips approx 25″ * 4″ or 6 strips approx 25″ * 2″ if you prefer a smaller fringe)

– scissors

– tape- regular and clear packaging tape

-glue stick

-craft paper

Directions

Directions

  1. Decide on the size of backdrop you want to create. If you have a certain space in mind, measure how much area you want to cover and add half a foot on each side (for a total of one foot for extra coverage). 
  2. Roll out the craft paper and measure the length you need, again adding half a foot in length. Cut the pieces and tape together using the clear parcel tape.
  3. To add durability to hang the backdrop, add a layer of the clear parcel tape along the top of the craft paper so the it doesn’t tear under the weight while hanging.
  4. Fold your tissue in half lengthwise twice, so that the fringe strips will be approx 4- 5″ in height (if you’d prefer smaller, fold in half a third time so the strips will be approx 2- 3″ in height).

5. Cut along all of the folds to separate the tissue strips. 

6. To create the fringe, make cuts that are roughly 1/2″ wide, leaving about half an inch along the top. To make this go faster, fold the strip in half. Cut as much tissue as you think you’ll need in the colours you like, separating them once cut.

 

7. Starting at the bottom of the kraft paper, attach the fringe strips using a glue stick or regular tape (I used tape every 10- 12″ or so). Trim the fringe to length once you get to the opposite edge. Tip: try and keep the strips as straight as possible, but if they go a little wonky, it’s really hard to notice when the backdrop is finished. Add an extra strip to an area to even it out if necessary.

 

8. Add the next layer of fringe approx 1- 2″ above the top of the strip below. Tip: for fuller coverage and better colour saturation only leave about 1″ space or less between layers (see what I mean in the photos above and below). Repeat (and repeat and repeat!) until you’ve covered the entire surface area of the craft paper. (This is the step you’ll probably want some company or Netflix on in the background). πŸ˜‰

   

9. When it’s finished, use push pins or heavy- duty tape to attach to a wall. Just add some friends and a camera and enjoy!

See more photos from this Cinco De Mayo party here.

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April 27, 2017
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Cinco De Mayo Party

Who’s ready for a party?? Cinco De Mayo is right around the corner and let’s face it, we’re all in need of something bright and cheerful after the grey months behind us. I got together with my blogger gals Janette (Ava to Zoe) and Heydy (Raising Jay and Abel) to put on a Spring Fiesta with our kids and let’s just say I’m doing a happy dance after seeing it all come together. We all pitched in to bring this party together- yay teamwork!- and you can find the links to the posts Janette and Heydy have up on their blogs, plus source info and links at the end of the post (Janette made to- die- for vegetarian tacos and Heyde whipped up some wicked sangria). 

We went for a twist on the classic Cinco De Mayo theme, taking colour inspo from Mexican blankets and muting them down for a more pastel pallette. We opted for a Tex- Mex menu and a few sweet treats to keep things simple, all around a Mexican theme (how cute are those cactus cookies?!). We added some pops of colour to the table with the flowers and cactus, whipped up a cute ‘Taco ’bout a party’ sign (thank you dollar store!), and added a few fun details like the pineapple and tissue garland at the front of the table for finishing touches. A lot of the items for dressing the table were things we already had, simple DIYS, and some dollar store finds and we wanted to show that you can throw one helluva party without blowing the budget (I’ll be sharing the DIY for the tissue backdrop soon).Whether you throw a Cinco De Mayo party, or like the idea of a Mexican themed fiesta, I hope you get some ideas from these photos! Scroll to the end for links and source info. Ole!

 

     

   

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Photo credit: Ava to Zoe, one half of Captured in Squares

Backdrop- OHP (DIY here)

‘OLE’ balloons, party plates, wooden forks, & cactus gummies – Joonie and Joe | Instagram | Facebook 

Glass jug & glasses, napkins, & taco tray- President’s Choice | Instagram | Facebook 

Flowers- Ever Red Fresh Designs

Mac & Cheese, organic blue corn chips- President’s Choice | Instagram | Facebook 

Vegetarian tacos- Ava to Zoe using Veggie Grounds from Big Mountain Foods

Sangria- Raising Jay and Abel 

Cactus cookies- The Cake Mama | Instagram | Facebook 

Nacho flavour popcorn- The Popcorn Bar | Instagram 

Churros- Lola’s Churro Bar | Instagram | Facebook 

 

 

April 25, 2017
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Treating Mom + Giving Back this Mother’s Day

 

There has been a lot about Mother’s Day on the blog this past week or so (don’t miss the Mother’s Day Gift Guide with Ava to Zoe and this Mother’s Day high tea post!). And I’m totally ok with that- any way we can show some love and appreciation to the amazing ladies in this world is ok with me (hi Mum, love you!). Motherhood- parenthood- is one helluva journey and as the saying goes ‘it takes a village’. But what about those single mamas out there doing everything they can for their kids without a partner to help them?

This year The Cake Mama and Ever Red Fresh Designs have teamed up to offer gift ideas that give back. These two ladies have brought their talents together to create Mother’s Day Gift Boxes with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Cause We Care Foundation, a local organization that supports single mothers. Each gift box will contain 6 sugar cookies hand decorated by Izabela (The Cake Mama) and a floral crown or arrangement created by Nicole of Ever Red Fresh Designs. These gift boxes are a lovely idea if you’re looking for something handmade with the added bonus of supporting local businesses and a good cause through your gifting. See below for more info and photos of what you’ll find in these gift boxes!

 

 

 

Details:

Preorders open from April 18- May 6, 2017 

Pick up available in Langley or Vancouver on May 13, 2017

Price: $65- $95 CAD

Please note: cookies will appear as in photo; flower crowns and arrangements will include a selection of Spring colours including white, yellow, pink, and purple. Colour requests not available.

Click here to place your order

To check out more of the work these talented ladies do, check them out online!

The Cake Mama: Website | InstagramFacebook

Ever Red Fresh Designs: Instagram | Facebook

Photo credit: Captured In Squares

April 20, 2017
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Mother’s Day High Tea

 

Sometimes you want to take something you enjoy and make it a little special. A cup of tea and some baked treats are simple pleasures that many of us enjoy, but have you had the pleasure of trying a high tea? It’s like taking the tea parties from your childhood and elevating them to a grown- up version- princess dresses and crowns optional. πŸ˜‰ The finger sandwiches, British- inspired sweet treats, and a perfectly brewed cup of tea are a part of the experience and it’s something that is enjoyable year- round. Whether you enjoy a day out with some girlfriends or include the kids, I thought this was a sweet idea for Mother’s Day. There are plenty of places to go, but you can also enjoy the high tea experience at home with services like those offered by SocieTea Events, where you can select a package to enjoy in your own home or garden. 

Hosting a high tea at home can be as simple or as elaborate as you want to make it- start with a selection of teas and treats and go from the there!- and it’s an opportunity to dress up and have some fun (have you seen all the cute Cake inspired pieces from The Sweet Life Apparel?). The lovely ladies from Sequel Events helped me style and shoot this high tea and we definitely indulged in our girly sides- add in a yummy cake from Hello Cake Co, a few simple DIYs, and some pretty touches like the ones included here from SocieTea Events (they also provide some decor items) and Raggy Girl Vintage, and you’ve got yourself a beautiful afternoon. And if you’ve got something else in mind for Mother’s Day (have you checked out this year’s gift guide?), how cute would it be to host a high tea for a bridal or baby shower? It’s amazing what some pretty vintage- inspired touches and fresh flowers can do. See below for the final results!

   

 

 

 

 

Photo credit- Sequel Photography

Styling- Our Happy Place & Sequel Events

High Tea Service & vintage tablecloth- SocieTea Events

Florals- Sequel Events

Cake- Hello Cake Co

Fabric buntings- RaggyGirlVintage

Rose pink ‘CAKE’ tee- The Sweet Life Apparel

Ari’s outfit:

Dress- Isn’t She Lovely?

Glitter bow- Cutie Pie Boutique

Liam’s outift:

Shirt & shorts- Watermelon Tree Kids

Belt- Monkey & Peanut

Shoes- Minimoc

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April 18, 2017
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Easter Bunting Printables

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Looking for some last- minute Easter decor for this weekend? Buntings are a cute and simple way to add a pop of colour to your home and make for a fun craft project for the kids. All you have to do is print, cut, add some string, and hang (plus a little glue for the letters- easy!)!

I’ve got two different printable buntings below: a solid colour lettered bunting  and a bunting template with stick- on letters (use the shape as a template to cut out your own bunting from paper and then glue on the letters or just print the letters and tape onto twine or string for a cute ‘Happy Easter’ garland). I’ve created each in a variety of colours so you can pick one to match your Easter decor or favourite Spring colour- I even created grey versions in case you prefer a more monochromatic option. See below for instructions. Hope everyone has a happy Easter!

Printing tip: make sure to select ‘fit to page’ to ensure the bunting templates print as they appear. You can also scale the size down if you’d prefer smaller bunting pieces (I scaled down to 35% for letter garland).

 

 

SOLID COLOUR ‘HAPPY EASTER’ LETTERED BUNTING

 

Here’s a sample of what the bunting looks like:

Click on the colour you’d like to print below:

Happy Easter Bunting- Robin’s Egg

Happy Easter Bunting- Mint

Happy Easter Bunting- Yellow

Happy Easter Bunting- Peach

HappyEaster! Bunting- Coral

Happy Easter Bunting- Mauve

Happy Easter Bunting- Grey

 ‘HAPPY EASTER’ LETTERS + BUNTING TEMPLATE

 

Here’s a sample of what the bunting looks like:

 

Click on the colour you’d like to print below:

HappyEaster Bunting Letters- Robin’s Egg

HappyEaster Bunting Letters- Mint

HappyEaster Bunting Letters- Yellow

HappyEaster Bunting Letters- Peach

Happy Easter Bunting Letters- Coral

HappyEaster Bunting Letters- Mauve

HappyEaster Bunting Letters- Grey

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April 14, 2017
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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

It’s here! This year’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide has been a labour of love and I’m so excited to finally share it! My blogging partner in crime, Janette from Ava to Zoe, and I have been working hard on getting this gift guide put together over the past couple of weeks and enjoyed coordinating it as a collaborative effort between both of our blogs. We wanted to share some gifting ideas for those special ladies in all the forms of ‘Mom’ they come in, whether for yourself, your own Mom, or the mamas- to- be, and women who are hoping to one day be Moms themselves. We have gathered a group of brands owned and operated by some talented ladies, many of whom are mothers themselves, and we feel that we’ve got something special within the pages for everyone. 

Mother’s Day is a chance to show our love and appreciation and we hope you find some ideas in this gift guide that help you show some love (or find some ideas you love for yourself so you can drop some hints). As an added bonus, a selection of the brands included have offered a 15% discount code so you can enjoy some savings while you shop. As moms, we often forget about ourselves or have a hard time finding ‘me’ time while taking care of others, but when you get the chance it’s that much more meaningful. We hope you can find a few minutes for yourself to make a cup of tea (or pour a glass of wine!) and have a look through. Whether you treat yourself, drop some hints, or find something for your own Mom, we hope you enjoy reading the 2017 Mother’s Day Gift Guide it as much as we enjoyed bringing it together.

Click on the gift guide below to see the brands featured- enjoy!

 

Photo credit: Captured In Squares

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April 12, 2017
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Quinoa Greek Salad

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All I can say about this salad is yummmm. We think of them as an appetizer, but this one is a meal in itself. It’s delicious and filling, and perfect to bring to Summer potlucks and picnics. I love a good Greek salad and this one delivers. Most quinoa comes from South America but I made this one with a Canadian variety I came across at the Healthy Family Expo and I enjoyed trying something new. It’s a simple salad to make and (knock on wood) one the whole family will love.

Ingredients

For the salad

1 cup of uncooked quinoa

1/2 red onion, diced

1 green pepper, diced

1 onion, diced

1 cup of kalamata olives, pitted (sliced or whole, whatever your preference)

1/2 cucumber, diced (I forgot to add it in this batch, but love it in Greek salad) 

1/2 cup of feta cheese, diced or crumbled

For the dressing

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

1 tsp basil

2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

2 tsp oregano

Salt & pepper to taste

 

Directions        

 1. Cook up the quinoa according to the instructions and set side to cool           

I cooked up two varieties of quinoa to show the difference. The top one is the Canadian variety and the bottom variety is the South American variety. The Canadian variety has a stronger flavour, and the grains are slightly smaller. (This photo shows 1 cup of Canadian quinoa cooked and uncooked and 1/2 cup of South American quinoa cooked and uncooked).

 2. To make the dressing, combine the oil and red wine vinegar followed by the dry ingredients

 3. Combine the quinoa, veggies, and feta in a bowl, followed by the dressing. Mix well until the dressing is evenly distributed.

 4. Serve immediately, or let sit for a little while to allow the flavours in the dressing to come out.

If you want to try Canadian quinoa in your next recipe, visit the Grain wesbite to learn more and see what other farm- direct varieties are available right here in Canada, including lentils, chickpeas, and legumes. 

 

 

 

April 6, 2017
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Backyard Gardening: 5 Books for the Green Thumb Family

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 We’re heading into gardening season on the West Coast and I’m already looking forward to the warm months to come spent outside digging in the dirt. For the past few years we’ve planted edible gardens and last year was the first full season of us planting our two raised box gardens full; everything from kale to peas. Will and I both enjoy gardening and the output from all our hard work, and we’ve enjoyed teaching Ari about gardening and plants the past two Summers. Gardening is definitely a labour of love, but you can enjoy it on as big or as small of a scale as you like. I joke that our back yard is my favourite room of the house in Spring and Summer and soaking up the Vitamin D in our backyard is one of my favourite ways to unwind.

With Ari turning four this year, we’re looking forward to her helping even more in the garden, even if it’s only simple tasks, it’s something she loves and a great opportunity to teach her about growing food and nature. Our goal is to grow organic food and make the most of homegrown eats through the Spring and Summer, while also teaching our kids a love and appreciation for the outdoors and letting them be a part of the process. You don’t need a lot of space to enjoy gardening- pots, containers, and vertical gardens are all great small- space options- and there are methods to make the most of even small garden plots. Even if gardening isn’t a passion- maybe it’s something you just want to dapple in- or want to teach your kids about how plants grow, I thought I’d round- up some reading material to kickstart gardening season. 

I’m sharing 5 books below to help build your gardening library, including a few titles for kids, so everyone in the family can enjoy their time digging in the dirt. All titles available from Raincoast Books.

What Will Grow?

This book for kids teaches about a variety of different seeds and what they grow into- everything from peas and tomatoes to oak trees and sunflowers.  It’s perfect to teach kids about how plants grow from seeds and that they can transform into many things: flowers, trees, fruits, or vegetables. A great intro to gardening for young readers that includes info about seed growth and simple tips to start your own garden, plus four pull- out pages that kids will love. The pages are full of bright illustrations with planting tips for all of the seeds featured at the back of the book, along with the stages of growth from seed to full- grown plant. 

By Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Susie Ghahremani

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt

What happens in the dirt that we don’t see? Lots of things! This kids’ book shows the hidden world of nature below the garden surface plus all the activity that happens above ground through the four seasons. Everything from worms and other bugs, to the animals and creatures that call the garden home. This a great book to teach kids about all of the critters that are a part of the garden world throughout the year and shows how it changes through the seasons- from prepping the garden for planting, to the final harvest of the year. At the end of the book is a list of suggested further reading for little gardeners along with an ‘about the animals’ section to teach kids about the creatures featured throughout the book.

By Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

The Little Veggie Patch Co. DIY Garden Projects

This book is loaded with ideas for garden projects, ranging from simple ideas for kids to all- out garden DIYs. Whether you’re looking for garden space ideas- want to build your own vertical garden, repurpose items to help plants grow, or want to attract garden- friendly bugs to your yard?- or get your kids involved, this book has over 250 pages loaded with ideas, all accompanied by easy to follow step- by- step instructions and photos to help you complete your project. I’ve already got a few bookmarked to try with the kids and I’ve seen a few DIYs I’d like to try making for our box gardens as well. I like that this book can help you from start to finish of setting up and growing a garden, plus has simple ideas to get the kids involved. 

By Mat Pember and Dillon Seitchik- Reardon 

Tiny Garden, Huge Harvest

Don’t have a lot of room but still want to grow some yummy things with your green thumb? This book provides tips for small plot and container gardening with step- by- step instructions for designing, planting, and harvesting. It shows that you don’t need a lot of space, you just need to make the most of it. It includes tips for different garden options- vertical, tiered, pot/ container gardening, as well as what kind of garden you’re thinking of: do you want to be able to harvest and eat what you grow, or simply enjoy the act of gardening? It also has information about gardening techniques and what to do with the food you grow, including garden planning, four- season gardening, succession planting, and how to preserve harvested edibles. At the back of the book is a handy index with information on a variety of edible varieties including some popular herbs. Added bonus: this is a little book loaded with info- it’s about the size of a postcard, making it perfect to tuck into your bag when you head to store to buy gardening supplies and want a quick reference guide.

By Caleb Warnock

Herbs + Flowers

Maybe something on a simpler scale is what you’re looking for? This little book is a great guide for growing more than 32 kinds of herbs and edible flowers (have you seen how pretty a salad looks garnished with fresh flowers?) and has beautiful illustrations of all the plants featured. Each variety is outlined with key information including how it tastes, when to plant and pick, and serving suggestions (ie fresh dill is nice eaten raw or cooked and pairs well with cucumber, lime, lemon, and red peppers, among other tasty combinations). It also includes substitution suggestions, so you can try out different options if a certain plant doesn’t grow well for you (I’ve tried growing basil from a seed unsuccessfully, so have opted to buy a small plant in the past, but other ideas according to the book include mint, lemon balm, and oregano). Another great reference book to tuck into your bag to take to the store when you stock up, and a simple/ enjoyable read no matter what your skill/ expertise level.

By Pip McCormac, illustrated by Louise O’Reilly 

 

All of the books listed above are available through Raincoast Books.

Website: raincoast.com | Instagram: @raincoastbooks | Facebook: Raincoast Books | Twitter: @raincoastbooks

 

March 30, 2017
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Easter Eggs 3 Ways

 

By now I think it’s well known I love a good DIY, and Easter is no different. I wanted to try doing naturally dyed eggs at home, plus a few other simple ideas for decorating eggs: chalk paint and glitter- covered eggs. I thought a variety would be fun plus Ari loved the chance to help decorate them. The chalk paint and glitter eggs are quick and simple to make, but I’ve provided info on how we did the natural dye eggs since there was a little more involved with them. 

I’ve been eyeing up the naturally dyed Easter eggs that I’ve seen others share about and finally thought I’d try making them this year with Ari at home. I’ll admit that it takes a little while to make the natural dyes and you’ll want to put down some paper to avoid spills/ stains, but it’s fun to try and Ari had a blast. For some other fun Easter ideas scroll to the end of this post to see the Easter party I teamed up on with Creative Wife & Joyful Worker (where you’ll find her DIY for making those gold foil eggs) and Discovering Parenthood.

NATURAL DYE EGGS

Making the dye for all 4 colours of eggs starts with the same mixture of ingredients + whatever additive is needed to create the colour. 

For the dye base:

4 cups water

2 tbsp white vinegar

1 tsp salt

For pink eggs- 4 cups roughly chopped beets

For yellow eggs- 4 tbsp ground tumeric

For green eggs-  6 cups spinach, chopped + 1 tbsp ground tumeric 

For blue eggs-  4 cups red cabbage, chopped

Directions:

  1. Combine water, vinegar, and salt in a large pot, followed by the dye ingredient for the colour you want to make. 
  2. Bring to a boil, then simmer for half an hour uncovered. 
  3. Strain the dye liquid from the solid ingredient (for the tumeric used for the yellow and green dye you can use cheesecloth to help strain). Transfer to a large canning jar or other container to cool. Repeat until you have all of the dyes for the colours you want to make (I added some of the tumeric dye for yellow eggs to the green dye mixture because I didn’t think the green dye from the spinach would turn out. I’m glad I added it because the eggs turned out really green). 
  4. Once the liquid has cooled, submerge your eggs and leave over night in the fridge.

Tip: I’d suggest using hard boiled eggs, since they sink and will absorb the dye equally over the whole shell surface. We tried using artificial white eggs plus hard boiled brown and white eggs to see how they would turn out. The artificial eggs didn’t absorb the dye as well and came out more pastel (which is still pretty, just might not be the result you want), plus I found it was easy to wipe the dye off of them after we took them out of the jars, so the coverage wasn’t as nice/ even. I like the artificial eggs more for the other two styles of eggs I made- chalk paint and glitter- covered. 

 

CHALK PAINT EGGS

Materials:

Eggs (we used the artificial eggs left over from the natural dye batch and I liked how they worked for this)

Chalk paint in various colours

Sponge brush

Directions:

  1. Using a sponge brush, paint one half of each egg (either top or bottom) and allow to dry in an egg carton. Flip and repeat.
  2. Apply a second coat if needed (I found the second coat gave nice coverage)

GLITTER EGGS

Materials:

Eggs (we added glitter to some of the chalk paint eggs, but I love the idea of doing this with plain white eggs as well)

Liquid glue or mod podge

Glitter

Sponge brush

Directions:

  1. Using a sponge brush, coat one half of the egg in glue and sprinkle glitter over top and allow to dry in an egg carton. Flip and repeat.
  2. Tap loose glitter to remove. If you want to avoid glitter getting everywhere, add a second coat of glue or mod podge over top to seal the glitter.

 Like I said, I love the chance to make a mess and get a little crafty. I guess it’s about that time to start adding some Spring and Easter decor around the house and these eggs are perfect for that (but I’d maybe just stick with the artificial eggs if they’re going to be used for more than a day or two πŸ˜‰ ). They’re pretty displayed in glass jars and vases or scattered on your table for Easter dinner. See the photos below for some ideas of how to style an Easter table/ party and the links to the other Easter projects included in the Easter collab with Creative Wife and Joyful Worker and Discovering Parenthood

   

 

For other fun Easter ideas see these posts from our Easter collab:

Geo Floral Easter Party Decor– Creative Wife and Joyful Worker 

A Little Floral Easter Party– Discovering Parenthood

DIY Kid’s Carrot Love Ducks Snack– Discovering Parenthood

DIY Gold Foil Easter Eggs– Creative Wife and Joyful Worker 

DIY Floral Kid’s Bunny Ears– Discovering Parenthood (blog post link coming soon).

DIY Watercolour Easter Egg Banner- Creative Wife and Joyful Worker (blog post link coming soon)

Photos:

DIY photos: OHP

Styled party photos- Creative Wife and Joyful Worker and Discovering Parenthood

Location- Ritual Icecream in Fort Langley

Raspberry Cheesecake Icecream + dishes- Ritual Icecream

Kid’s Clothes- Watermelon Tree Kids in Fort Langley

Outfit Styling- Creative Wife and Joyful Worker

Floral Table Runner- Sequel Events

Bunny Rabbit Floral Cake- The Cake Mama

Geometric and Floral Name Cookies: The Cake Mama

Geometric Party Plates, Blush Tablecloth, Wooden Forks: Joonie and Joe

Easter Egg Macarons: Sugar Patisserie

 

 

 

 

March 28, 2017
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Fun in the Sun: Warm Weather Essentials

It’s finally SPRING! And that means longer days, warmer weather, aaaaaaand Summer isn’t too far away! Whether you’re planning a beach- y holiday or are just looking for some cute pieces for the warm months ahead, this post is all about the things to help you make the most of sunny days. So grab the SPF and your favourite pair of sunnies, it just gets better from here!

First up: swim suit. Pretty much a staple when it comes to Summer and a necessity when you’re hopping on a plane to sit on a beautiful beach somewhere. This peachy suit is a 2- piece from The Secret Closet, perfect if you aren’t a fan of one- pieces but still like a little extra coverage. And for bikini lovers like me, you’ll also like that the strap is removable and the bottom is reversible (this one has a pretty floral print on the other side) and can be rolled down if you like a lower- lying bikini bottom. Also: anything with a little bit of sparkle makes you feel kind of like a mermaid, and how can you not have fun when you’re channeling your inner Ariel? πŸ˜‰ You can visit The Secret Closet owner, Nicole, in Maple Ridge to try on the swim suits so you find one that’s the perfect fit and style- the hardest part is narrowing down all the cute choices!

 

Next up: beach essentials. Think cover up, towel, and bag. For travel, I think anything with a zipper is a good option to keep your personal belongings like wallet and travel documents safe. This striped beauty is my go- to for everyday and has doubled as a carry- all when I go away for a few days. If you’re in charge of plane tickets and passports when it comes to vacations, a passport holder is a great idea to help keep everything together and organized. The one below is made by Pecan Tree Creations, and there are a few options available including holders for up to 6 passports, so if you’re travelling with the whole family you can keep everyone’s passports and documents all together. It has an elastic closure to keep everything secure and you can pick from several pretty prints (how perfect would this be to give as a grad gift with some money tucked inside for someone you know planning a post- grad trip?).

If you like to cover up while you hunt down the perfect beach- side ice cream cone, there are so many cute options and I’ve shared two completely different ones below. The first is this pretty cover up from Jammy and Co that doubles as a dress when you wear a slip underneath. It’s lightweight and perfect if you want a light layer over top your swim suit, or want something that serves double- duty when you travel and saves on packing space. I love that it goes with anything and you can take it from beach to dinner with a quick change out of your swim suit and into a light layer underneath (they also make cute options in kids sizes if you’re looking for something for your little lady- how cute would twinning at the beach be?!). 

If you’re like me and love a good towel for the beach, or want a plush one to take on vacation, this wearable poncho towel from LOLL is a great option. Throw it over your other beach layers to stay warm with the ocean breeze, use it dry off, or use it to change in and out of your swim suit underneath. There’s a zip on both sides or pop it on and off over your head. I love how soft and thick it is- plus the hood is a nice added bonus to keep warm. Whether you lie on it to soak up some sun, or throw it over your bathing suit it’s great for the pool and beach (think walking to and from the beach/ pool at a hotel on vacation). If you’ve ever been on a cruise, you know that walking on deck while the ship is moving can make for an extra cool breeze and this would be perfect to stay warm, especially for those late- night dips in the pool. πŸ˜‰ Also- how perfect would this be to curl up in for a fresh air nap? There are several designs available, including Turkish towel options and thick terry towels like this one. Whether for the beach, to take to a sunny vacation spot, or for Summers spent at home, this is a towel I’m glad to have discovered. Now I just need Summer to hurry up and get here!

 

    

OK, last thing I want to mention: I feel like vacations are an excuse to buy a few cute outfits. πŸ˜‰ Or if you’re staying close to home this Summer, now’s the perfect time to start thinking about your warm weather wardrobe. You can’t beat a classic t- shirt, and the great thing is you can wear them year- round. Hawaii holds a special place in my heart and I love Aloha Kai’s line of apparel inspired by the Islands. This ‘You Had Me At Aloha’ tee goes with everything and is super soft and comfortable. Wear it with jeans until it really warms up or pair with shorts or cute skirt (might have to try this with a pretty tulle number as well πŸ˜‰ ) … And then there’s this pineapple skirt from Lone Wolf Boutique– I don’t think it gets more fun than this! (I also can’t wait to wear this skirt with my swim suits this Summer). Owner Stephanie and I actually went to high school together and I was so excited to get to include her in this post (she’s also got a watermelon print skirt I’ve got my eye on that’s super cute). This outfit just makes me smile and I think is a great example of some of the fun things you can work into your Summer wardrobe.  And seriously- just try not to love that pineapple print. Just try. It’s just plain fun and that to me is what Summer/ vacation and the clothes that come with it are all about.

   

  

I hope this post gives you some ideas for the warm weather ahead! BC in the Summer can’t be beat and for those of you lucky enough to be heading on a vacation this year, I hope you enjoy a yummy cocktail on the beach for me. Now it’s just a waiting game until the hot days of Summer get here!

Source info (in order of appearance): 

Swim suit- The Secret Closet | Instagram: @nikkinordli

Swim suit cover up- Jammy & Co | Instagram: @jammyandco

Heart print passport holder- Pecan Tree Creations | Instagram: @pecantreecreations

Poncho Towel- LOLL | Instagram: @lollbeach

‘You Had Me at Aloha’ tee- Aloha Kai | Instagram: @alohakaiapparel

Pineapple print skirt- Lone Wolf Boutique | Instagram: @lonewolfboutique

Photography: Ally Fotografy 

Thank you to all of the brands that provided pieces for this post and to Ally for always being game for my crazy blogging antics (it was snowing earlier in the day that we shot these photos!).

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March 23, 2017
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