Halloween is right around the corner and if you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids, this easy DIY ghost garland is a perfect activity to get everyone in the spooky spirit. It’s simple to make and you just need a few materials that you probably already have. It’s perfect for little helpers who are getting excited for Halloween and it’s a fun way to kick off decorating for October 31. All you need is some tissue paper, glue, and twine and a little bit of glitter if you like a bit of sparkle.
white tissue paper
styrofoam balls (I used 1 1/2″ ones)
1. Place 2- 3 sheets of tissue on top of each other. With about 8″ on all sides, put a dab of glue between the sheets of tissue paper (since Ari helped we just used a glue stick but a glue gun would work as well), plus one on the top sheet for the styrofoam ball.
2. Place the styrofoam ball on the glue and wrap the tissue paper over it.
3. Cut or tear the tissue paper about 6- 8″ around the ball. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, it just adds to the look of the ghost.
4. Use a permanent marker to give the ghost a face.
5. If you want a bit of sparkle, dab some glue on the ghost’s face and sprinkle with glitter. Tap to remove excess.
6. Repeat to create as many ghosts as you want and tape some twine or string to the backs of the ghost’s heads. Hang & enjoy!
Fall is officially here. It’s that time of year in between Summer and all things Halloween… and then Christmas. And before we get out the bats, witches, and jack- o- lanterns, it’s the perfect time to put out some pretty Fall greens and pumpkins. And gourds (can’t forget about those!) ;).
For about $30 we picked up some pumpkins, gourds, and plants for our front porch and added some throughout the house to bring a little bit of Fall indoors. I also clipped some fresh greens from the garden for some pops of colour and arranged everything into little groups using colour and texture to create interest (I went with mostly white with pops of orange and green). Decorating for the seasons doesn’t have to burn a hole in your credit card to look good- especially when you can add a cute free printable into the mix!- and you might already have more than you need, you just have to get a little creative. One of the things I’ve been wanting is a sign that can be used year- round as I switch things up for Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. I didn’t want to spend a lot on it since I like to change things up throughout the year, so I decided to make one. All you have to do is print and pop it into a frame (I used one from good ol’ IKEA), and decorate to your heart’s content.
You can find the click + print link for this ‘Welcome Home’ sign at the end of the post, plus check out these tips for easy home decor (even though this post is about decorating for Fall, they are good year- round):
use colour and texture for visual interest (these mini pumpkins and gourds cost around $15 for all of them)
pick a colour scheme and carry it through- it can be lots of colour or just one or two, but keeping the colours consistent will make a big impact (like I said, I went with white, orange, and green before the black and orange of Halloween come along)
layer items/ prop up against each other to add depth/ height
get creative- use items you already have and set a budget for items you want to buy; if you’re really lucky you might a few things that will work year- round so you only have to add a few seasonal accents
when all else fails, make it yourself (like a sign you can print right at home 😉 )
It’s beginning to feel like Fall… And in less than two weeks the season will officially be here. Bring on all the cozy: the sweaters, boots, scarves, hats, hot apple cider (call me old fashioned but I like it better than PSLs), Fall decor, candles, baking……. all of it. I’ve started adding some Fall touches around the house and as much as I love LOVE candles, I wanted a flameless option to add a seasonal scent to the house.
This little DIY was inspired by none other than the food dehydrator that has been a staple in my kitchen for the past few weeks as we pick fresh herbs from the garden to dry (we have a round one like this one and love it). I’ve seen lots of cute ideas with dehydrated oranges (warning: this may not be the last one you see here 😉 ), and this DIY is a great way to add to the coziness of your home for the Fall by making it smell amazing. You can choose any scent combinations you like, but I really like the smell of coffee and added citrus essential oil to help keep the house smelling fresh. I opted to make a sachet that I can tuck out of reach from the kids, but pouring everything into a jar or vase would also make for a pretty home made potpourri to display (those dried oranges just make everything look pretty). This is also a great option if you’re trying to avoid artificial air fresheners- simply switch up the scents for the season to keep your home smelling fresh.
1 large navel orange
Citrus essential oil
Piece of paper towel or tissue paper
1- 2 cups coffee beans
Lightweight fabric bag (or use a piece of fabric tied at the top)
Begin by cutting the orange into slices not quite 1/4″ thick
2. Place slices into a food dehydrator (or you can preheat your oven to 250 degrees and dry the slices for 2- 3 hours)
3. When the orange slices have dried, allow to cool. Add a few drops to a piece of paper towel or tissue paper.
4. Pop all of the items into the paper bag- the dried orange slices, coffee beans, and paper towel/ tissue paper- and wrap it up so nothing can fall out. To be extra secure tape the seams so no coffee beans fall out.
5. Pop everything into the fabric bag and tie at the top. Pick where you want to have the scent in your home and place the sachet. You can tuck into a closet or add it to a Fall display/ vignette.
As I mentioned, you can also dry the orange slices in the oven at a low temp for a few hours, but I love the option of a dehydrator and the round one we have gets a lot of use. If you’re thinking of buying one, this one is similar to the one we have and works great.
Even thought it’s still Summer, the first day of September always feels like Fall to me. And with it comes a switch in the style department towards more layers and cozy additions (think scarves, hats & booties for starters). It’s a great time of year to shop your closet and maybe add a few key pieces that you’ve been missing or had your eye on.
But just because Summer’s coming to an end doesn’t mean you can’t wear some of your warmer weather items in the cooler months. Getting a bit creative can extend the wear you get out of certain pieces like shorts and tank tops and can stretch your style budget. Things like tights and sweaters are definitely Fall favourites and can mean you don’t have to put away some of your favourite lighter pieces just because the temperatures are cooling.
Since this time of year marks a change in seasons I’m sharing how to take a few key pieces from your Summer wardrobe and transition them to Fall, along with some footwear ideas. Booties are a favourite item that go with so many things and can get dressed up or dressed down. I’ve also included a pair of runners in this post that are great for errands or taking the kids to and from activities without compromising on style or comfort.
Starting with a few key pieces, shop your closet for different items to create a variety of outfits, and make note of items you’d like to purchase. Think of how you can pair the same piece with a variety of others you already own, only adding something to your shopping list when you identify something you know you can wear in a variety of ways (this will help you save money and ensure the pieces you buy will work well with what you’ve already got). I started with a Summer outfit of a top, shorts and flip flops, and shopped my closet for different pieces that could be mix- and- matched to create several outfits.
I created the outfits in this post with items most of us already have in our closets to show how adding just a few new pieces can be all it takes to inspire some Fall #ootds (jeans, tights, a denim vest, sweater, jacket, a scarf, hat, and footwear). The good news: it can be a as simple as adding layers and accessories to bring your Summery items into the Fall. If you want some ideas to transition your style into Fall, I hope you’ll find these tips helpful!
I started with this floral outfit: a light sleeveless top & shorts with my favourite flip flops…
Perfect for days when it’s cool vs cold and you just need an extra layer to keep your legs warm. Tights look really cute paired with booties and you can throw on a sweater if things really start to cool off. Mix and match shorts and tights with some favourite tops for a variety of looks (I love the combo of different patterns/ fabric textures). I definitely went for a casual outfit here, but how cute would heels be to dress things up?
2. A jacket (+ scarf)
Need a little extra warmth? Swap out a sweater for your favourite jacket. Stay warm without feeling like your outfit is too heavy. And if things are really starting to cool off…
…add a scarf for a little extra warmth/ style. Cool Fall days are a perfect excuse to add an extra layer and add contrast/ interest to an outfit (I love the combo of different patterns like stripes and florals).
Great year- round, no? For those in- between days when things are cool but not cold, a denim vest is a classic item that works with lots of wardrobe pieces. It can add a different texture/ colour to your outfit and is a great piece for those days where it’s cool but still warm enough to skip sleeves. And who doesn’t own a pair of jeans? I liked pairing this floral top with my white jeans but classic blue denim goes with pretty much everything. Also- a cute excuse to rock a Canadian tuxedo with denim on top and bottom. 😉 I went with black lace runners for this outfit but booties would look super cute too (see what I mean about how easy/ interchangeable everything is when you have the right pieces?).
4. A hat
Hats are the perfect finishing touch to many an outfit and add an extra element of style and personality. Dig through those ones you put away for the Summer or treat yourself to a new one (or a few!) for the Fall to help keep cozy. A cute pom pom toque is a fun option on colder days, with a wide- brimmed beauty being a great choice that you can wear throughout the seasons. Just a little warning: once you become a hat person there’s no going back. 😉
How do you change up your beauty routine for Fall? Do you opt for darker lips and go a shade darker with your hair? Or do you have staples that carry you through the year mixed with a few seasonal items? I’m a little from Column A and a little from Column B- I have some trusted go- tos that I use all year, but love switching up some products for different seasons (think bright pinks and corals for Spring and Summer and moody blues, purples, and greys for Fall & Winter). Shoppers Drug Mart has released their Top Picks for Fall that includes top selling favourites, new finds (who doesn’t love finding a new product to love???), and some hidden gems to share with shoppers and I’m excited to share a few of my top picks for the season that I brought home from their recent #SDMTopPicks event (some lucky shopper will win a $5,000 dream vanity just for shopping at the event- lucky lady!).
Shoppers Drug Mart has been a favourite place of mine to stock up on my personal essentials for a long time and coming home with a bag of goodies to try for my Fall beauty routine has me pretty excited. After spending plenty of time in the Summer sun, my skin and hair are ready for some TLC in the Fall and I’ve got 2 new products to try just for this purpose: this leave- in conditioner from Schwarzkopf to help repair and hydrate my brunette locks and these Revitalift brightening peel pads from L’Oreal Paris to help exfoliate and refresh my skin for the cool weather ahead that tends to dry my skin out (did you know exfoliating is actually really good if you have dry skin? It helps remove the dry/ dead skin cells to bring the healthy skin to the surface).
I’m also planning on continuing my workout routine that I started in the Summer and even though the weather will be cooler, I still want to stay feeling fresh before, during, and after a workout. Thank you to Dove for being my go- to when it comes to anti- perspirant. I’ve tried countless products but Dove always seems to work the best for me and their Go Fresh Cool Essentials line is a personal favourite. I also love the light cucumber scent- it’s not too overpowering but perfect when you’re concerned about odour protection (especially after a workout!). I was happy when I saw this made Shoppers’ list for Top Picks for Fall because even if it isn’t the most glamorous part of your beauty routine, it’s definitely an important one!
Aside from these 3 products I’m including in my Fall beauty routine, lips, hair, and nails tend to be the other things I switch up and there are so many ways have fun with your look. I prefer natural- looking makeup, but love trying out different lip colours for a pop of drama and taking my hair a shade darker once the beach days are behind us. Fall also usually has me going from bright colours on my nails to darker, more dramatic shades. As a Mom, I like to keep things fairly simple, but that doesn’t mean I can’t still enjoy trying out different looks! Switching up your beauty routine can be a lot of fun and there are so many options available at Shoppers the hard part will be narrowing down your choices!
For some fun ideas to switch up your beauty routine for Fall, check out all of the Shoppers’ Top Picks for Fall and enjoy stocking up with them this season. Added bonus: when you purchase any of the items from their Top Picks List before October 7th, you’ll receive bonus Shoppers Optimum points! Perfect to help you load up on points for all your beauty needs! What’s on your beauty shopping list this Fall?
Products Shown in this post:
From the Shoppers’ Top Picks List for Fall:
Schwarzkopf essence ULTIME Omega Repair 11 in 1 Leave in Conditioner
Dove Go Fresh Cool Essentials Cucumber Scent Anti- Perspirant
L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Peel Pads
Other fun ideas to switch up your look for Fall:
Quo Colour Spectrum Refillable Lip Gloss in Pinky Promise
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour in HD Infatuation
Essie Nail Laquier in Bobbing for Baubles
To see the complete list of the #SDMTopPicks for Fall, click here.
Who else is going to be rockin’ shorts into September??? I found these cuties at The Rag Machine and even though I’m a Canadian girl, I couldn’t resist the stars & stripes. Even when the weather starts to cool off you can pull on a pair of leggings and extend how long you can wear them. Paired with some closed- toe shoes like these ‘Drop It Like It’s Yacht’ Shoes from Sanuk (how awesome is that name?) and it makes for a cute outfit.
And what goes better with a cute pair of shorts than a classic tee? Another wardrobe staple that transitions through the seasons effortlessly. Pull on a cozy sweater when it starts to get chilly and you’ve got everything you need for a late Summer evening. Get your hands on a pair of Sanuks for yourself & make sure you enter below!
Can you tell I’m really just about having some fun with style? That tee from West + Wind is so soft and one of my favourites. I know these boat (excuse me, yacht shoes) will get a lot of love and I think it’s great how they go with so many things. They’re the perfect transition shoe for heading into Fall and would be super cute for you lucky people going on vacation soon. Even if you just dig flats & booties for Fall, why not pick up a pair for next Summer so you’ve got them? Yay for thinking ahead! 😉
Happy hump day all! It’s Wednesday which brings me to the third outfit in my style series with Sanuk. Hands up who pretty much lives in jeans most of the year? I love everything from a slim- fit dark wash to a distressed, relaxed pair. Basically I have a thing for denim and I’m not ashamed to admit it. The pair I picked up at The Rag Machine in this post are super soft and comfy and are perfect for shifting outfits from Summer to Fall.
I swapped in a couple of things with this outfit to take it from Summer casual to Fall cozy (plus it shows how simple it is to change the look of an outfit). As much as I hate saying goodbye to Summer, jeans are a favourite staple I’m looking forward to bringing back. I paired this outfit with the Yoga Sling sandals from Sanuk and love how comfortable everything was- proof that style doesn’t have to be tricky or uncomfortable. See all the outfit details below and make sure you enter to win a pair of Sanuks for yourself!
I love how simple swaps can change the look of an outfit. Pop on a snapback on a messy hair day for a cute casual look, or layer on a sweater to stay cozy. Jeans are pretty much fool- proof and I love how well this distressed pair from The Rag Machine goes with the Sanuk Yoga Slings. Kinda surfer- chic, dontcha think? Oh, and that bag was just plain fun for me. It was a super simple DIY project I whipped up and I love how it turned out (check the link to the DIY below).
It’s Day 2 of my Summer to Fall style series with Sanuk and before I go too far I have to tell you something about the sandals I’m wearing in this post: the soles of these babies are made out of yoga mats! I have never worn something so SO comfortable and I feel like I’m wearing slippers when I have them on. They’re seriously just. that. dreamy.
I’ve paired them with a denim skirt from The Rag Machine and shopped my closet for a long- sleeved shirt for a Fall- friendly topper. Before I bring out the booties and closed- toe shoes for Fall I’m going to rock these yogi sandals as long as I can. And heads up to all of you lucky people who are planning a vacation for the cooler seasons: you’ll want to pack a pair of these in your suitcase. And pick up another to wear on the plane. Basically, you just should just treat yourself. 😉
And don’t forget to enter to win from Sanuk at the end of the post!
I think it’s a great feeling when you can shop your closet and mix existing pieces with new ones. I’m guilty of hoarding clothes, but at some point they always get rotated through and worn. Classic pieces like a striped top are so versatile and go with pretty much anything (I’m looking forward to pairing this one with dark skinny jeans soon). These Yoga Sling sandals are amazing and as much as I love how cute they are, I’m even more thrilled with how comfortable they are. And that fact that they’re made out of yoga mats just makes my inner yogi smile.
When it comes to Summer winding down I’m a pretty big baby- I never want it to end. I love the warm weather and light nights, and all the fun things that come with the season. But then I start to think about cozy sweaters and boots and layers and it’s not so hard to make the transition into the cozier months. And just because August is coming to an end doesn’t mean Summer’s totally finished (even though it still reminds me of back- to- school as a kid and feels that way), right? Right!!!
I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty excited about this post and the next few coming up this week (there will be one each day Monday to Friday!). With help from The Rag Machine and Quinsco along with a few of my own pieces I’ve styled 5 outfits inspired by 2 pairs of shoes from Sanuk to help you transition your style from Summer into Fall. Starting off with today’s outfit that pairs a fun romper with a pair of boaty shoes, I’ve got an outfit a day for you this week! It’s not time to put away your Summer clothes just yet & let’s face it, rompers are just plain FUN. Oh and did you see that there’s also a GIVEAWAY? I get to give one lucky reader a promo code for any pair of Sanuks they want (your feet will thank you & you will love them!). The contest will be open all week and you can enter in all 5 style posts that will be on the blog this week. See below for outfit details & to enter!
I love that these shoes are a fun way to keep a little spirit of the Summer in an outfit as the cooler days return. As with all Sanuks I’ve worn, these are super comfortable and go with so many things, even when it’s not the middle of Summer. I scooped up this romper from The Rag Machine in Vancouver (an awesome used clothing shop that sells clothes by the pound– yes you read that right they sell their clothes by weight!) and stacked some pretty bracelets from Quinsco on my wrist. It doesn’t get simpler than that and added bonus: it’s super comfortable!
Want to see the other posts in this style series with Sanuk? Check out the links below!
I owe credit to my Mum for teaching me many things, including how to care for my skin. Growing up she helped me create a regime that I carried through my teen years and it wasn’t until my twenties that I began exploring different products to switch up my 3- step program (you know the one, it’s French & starts with a ‘C’). As I’ve shifted towards more natural products, I have reconsidered what I use on my skin and have had a hard time finding products that I love as much as those from that famous French brand until recently. I stumbled upon Studio Aroma at my favourite farmer’s market this past Summer and have been trying out a few of their products including the Moisture Balm, Multi Purpose Balm, and Eye Serum. Founder Jen is a certified aromatherapist and is an advocate for using natural products, both for the benefit of our bodies and the environment. Her products are made from natural and raw ingredients, making them a great choice for individuals with sensitive skin in addition to regular daily needs.
Jen started creating her own skincare products as a teen struggling with acne after being told the product she was using contained a steroid that was affecting her body. With no commercial options available, she successfully learnt how to blend essential oils and use them to treat her acne; she was soon creating unscented products for daily use. This experience led her to further study in aromatherapy and essential oils where she learnt how to formulate skincare products, receiving feedback from family and friends she shared them with. After years of trying products that simply didn’t work for her, Jen realized there was a gap in the market and Studio Aroma was launched in 2014.
Hands down, the Moisture Balm is my favourite face cream of all the ones I’ve tried, and what Mom doesn’t need some help with those fine lines and wrinkles around their eyes? This brand specializes in holistic personal products for the face, lips, skin, and body that are made in small batches from high quality ingredients sourced from around the world. I like that the products don’t include harsh chemicals and my skin agrees. I also love her mantra: Passion and motivation are a basic foundation of starting a business. To help you get through the colder months ahead, Jen has offered some tips to help us care for our skin.
Skincare Tips for Fall & Winter
Exfoliate regularly– In Winter, a lot of people think their skin is too dry for exfoliation, but this isn’t the case. Regular exfoliation helps to clear dead skin cells and prepare your deeper layer of skin to absorb moisture.
Moisturize more often– Depending on how dry/ chapped your skin is, you’ll want to moisturize more often. Try adding soy milk and/ or a few drops of almond oil to your cleanser to help. (Starting in December we will be offering custom skincare for customers based on their unique skincare needs).
Adjust your skincare regime– No matter what your skin type, you may have to adjust how you care for your skin in the Fall/ Winter. In the Summer we have the heat and UV rays of the sun to contend with; in Fall/ Winter we deal with elements such as the cold air and wind (but still have to think about the sun!). Now is a great time to transition into a skincare routine for the cooler months.
3 Questions with Jen (founder)
Why do you think it’s important to use natural products? A polluted environment, plus the chemicals/ artificial ingredients in many personal care products can affect our health and weaken our immune systems. We can’t always change our environment, but we can change the products we use.
What is your favourite product that you offer & why?
Hydrosol Tonic would be my choice. Hydrosol (also called hydrolat) is a co-product of essential oil distillation, with similar effects but more gentle and non-oil based. Hydrosol itself can be used as a cleanser, mask, body spray, and as a natural toner to help balance and improve the condition of the skin. We distill hydrosols in our studio from raw natural ingredients that are free of artificial additives, alcohol, preservatives, or colouring. The Hydrosol Tonic is usually blended with up to three hydrosols according to the customer’s choice or with our consultation to match their skin type or special needs. This is a product I use every day.
What is your most popular product?
The Eye Serum is one of Studio Aroma’s signature products and is the best seller. Customers from different age groups purchase it and I am glad to see women as young as their twenties taking care of their skin to help prevent wrinkles when they’re older. I have several customers who are flight attendants and need to put on make up almost everyday; they’re also working in planes with recycled air which can be tough on skin. They found that our eye serum effectively soothes and hydrates their skin after working in a dry environment all day and after removing their makeup.
Studio Aroma products retail for $11- $30 CAD and can be purchased online and at various locations in BC.
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