2017 Christmas Gift Guide

Captured In Squares Christmas Gift Guide

It’s here! The 2017 Christmas Gift Guide curated by Captured In Squares is finished and we’re so excited to share it with you! 

We have pulled together a selection of items to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, from the little ones to the grown-ups- and maybe even something for yourself! 😉

 

Get inspired for the gifting season ahead and check out ideas from these shops:

Canvas Candle Company | West Coast Leslie Designs | One Thing

Free Reign | SweetLegs Delta with Pippin | White Fox Collective

Kait Creative | CPC Woodcraft | Hugs, Mugs and More

Pacific Coast DIY | Aloha Kai | West Coast Box Company

Little Olive Designs | So Luxury | Marsh&Mallow

Amo Tierre Botanicals | The Sweet Life Apparel | Cedar & Stain

True North Trading Post | JQ Vancouver | Tumble & Roar

Ever Red Fresh Designs | Shop Ava to Zoe

 

A special thank you to these sponsors:

The Handpicked Home | Rainy Day Cookies 

Captured In Squares 2017 Christmas Gift Guide  

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

It’s here: The 2017 Father’s Day Gift Guide in partnership with Ava to Zoe full of ideas to spoil your favourite Dad. If you know the guy who ‘doesn’t need anything’ you’ll hopefully find something he’ll love within these pages. We brought together a selection of products from some of our favourite locals, many of them handmade and made right here in BC. Give a one of a kind gift for a one of a kind Dad (sorry couldn’t help a little corny sentiment because hey, it’s true) and support small business when you shop. 

Enjoy 15% off with most vendors included. 

 

 

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

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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New Years Resolution: Drink More Water! {+ DIY}

Hands up who’s already regretting their new year goals/ resolutions? 😉 I love thinking about how I want to set a year up to be a success but in the past I’ve been totally guilty of setting my goals too high and putting pressure on myself. And of course that just has the reverse effect of achieving anything except stressing myself out. This year I’ve still created goals for myself, but I’ve tried to keep them manageable and realistic. I’ve got a few things that I want to work on- such as continuing to work on health and fitness- but I’m not going for an ‘all or nothing’ approach; instead I’m trying to set little goals for myself to help me reach the overall bigger one. One step at a time, right?

As part of my efforts to keep fitness a priority in 2017 and continue on the path that I set out on last year, I know I have to keep health a priority too. If you don’t put good in, how will you get good out? I’m definitely not a saint when it comes to my diet- and let’s face it, few of us are- but there’s one thing we hear lots about but probably aren’t doing: drinking enough water. How many of us reach for an extra cup of coffee or glass of wine instead a glass of water (definitely guilty on this one!)? And really, what could be a simpler place to start with goals for the year than downing more H2O? With benefits like improving overall health (think: reducing headaches and flushing out toxins) and keeping your energy up and helping with your complexion, staying hydrated is a simple first step to checking off those goals on your 2017 checklist.

So to help with this and keep you hydrated (and healthy!), I’ve got a pretty little DIY to inspire you to drink those 8 glasses a day. I think when you make things fun it inspires you to try a little harder, and if a glitter-y cup puts a smile on your face when you think about getting in your water for the day, it make it feel less like an ‘I have to’ and more like an ‘I want to’. If you saw my glitter champagne flutes DIY, you know this is super simple; plus these would be perfect to make to as New Years gifts for all those ladies you know who over- indulged over the holidays- why not inspire others to start their year off right with a cute little gift? Grab a clear plastic tumbler and glitter (or anything else that catches your eye that can be glued down) and make yourself the perfect accessory for on- the- go hydration. No more excuses people, let’s make this a good year!

Supplies

  • clear plastic cup with lid (I used one I had already)
  • dishwasher proof Mod Podge
  • glitter (and anything else that you think is pretty/ will have you reaching for your cup!)
  • sponge brush

Directions

  1. Using the sponge brush, apply the mod podge to all of the areas you want covered. You can go all- out and cover the whole cup, or leave some of the clear.

2. Pour your glitter over the mod podge until the area is covered (I decided to mix gold & silver because why not?)

3. Shake off any excess and allow to dry.

 

4. Finish up with a second coat of mod podge to seal the glitter and allow to dry according to the directions on the bottle.

5. Add a straw, fill with water & get in your water for the day! Cheers to amazing year!