Phat Straps Camera Straps & Giveaway

Phat Strap Camera Straps

When I first got a DSLR camera I was so excited to make myself a camera strap cover.  I had seen so many tutorials and etsy finds, and totally thought I could make one.  I am not a talented seamstress, but can hold my own in the basic projects.  Sadly, my DIY camera strap kind […]

Fav Products: Beauty Box 5 April

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Beauty Box 5 My beauty box 5 subscription arrived today.  Its always so much fun getting fun packages in the mail.  Not sure what Beauty Box 5 is?  Basically for $12 a month you get 4-5 beauty products shipped to your door every month.  There is always a new product to try out, frequently a […]

Book Review: Spun by Catherine McKenzie

Spun by Catherine McKenzie

For those of you who enjoyed Spin by Catherine McKenzie (which is EVERYONE I think since it was so great) you are sure to enjoy this short novella about Amber Sheppart, It Girl and celebrity train wreck from McKenzie’s reader-favourite novel, Spin. About The Book: Life has been rough for starlet Amber since leaving rehab. She’s […]

Book Review: Spin By Catherine McKenzie


That celebrity who is all over the news. Hit and runs, DUI arrests, drugs, relationships, you name it. We can all probably tell you all about her life. It’s always on the gossip sites and the story is always so juicy. Kate is a music journalist who is asked to go into rehab to become […]

Spring Theme Picture Books For Kids

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Last Week I shared my favorite spring books for toddlers, and today wanted share some fun spring themed board books for kids. Here Comes Destructosaurus! By Aaron Reynolds.  Watch the unstoppable destructive force of a raging temper tantrum! Tremble at the enormous mess and disrespectful roaring! Despair as no amount of scolding can stem the heedless […]

Cover Reveal: Diamond Rings are Deadly Things

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TITLE: Diamond Rings are Deadly Things Author: Rachelle J. Christensen Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing Page Count: 352 (5.5 x 8 softcover) Release date: July 8th 2014 DIAMOND RINGS ARE DEADLY THINGS (Shadow Mountain Publishing) is a new romantic suspense series.  Adrielle Pyper knows how to plan a wedding, and she is especially good at pleasing bridezillas. […]

Spring Themed Board Books For Toddlers


I am always on the lookout for well written books that have great graphics.  Here are a few fun books that you and your kids are sure to enjoy. A Tree For All Seasons By Maryse Guittet.   A book shaped like a tree goes through each season and what we can see on the tree […]

Tips and Taxes For Bloggers

Tax Tips For Bloggers

Taxes for bloggers can be so confusing.  There are all the complications of self employed business owners, but with the added addition of blogging being a fairly new thing there seems to be a lot of grey area –especially in regards to payments and what to claim. So, What Counts As Payment? Obviously, money paid […]

Predator Ridge Showhome Sunday

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This model is called the Hardin, located at 575 LONGSPOON COURT.  Its listed at $719,000 and built by Wesbild Homes. It has 2708 Square Feet with 4 bedrooms + den and 3 bathrooms. Floor plan: Here This model is called the Preston, located at 571 Longspoon Court.  Its listed at $679,000 and built by Wesbild Homes. It has 2596 […]

Book Review: I Just Want To Be Alone


I Just Want To Be Alone Series: I Just Want to Pee Alone Paperback: 210 pages Publisher: @throat_punch Books (March 22, 2014) Language: English ISBN-10: 098840804X Jen from the uber famous blog People I Want To Punch In The Throat, or PIWTPITT, organized and wrote a book of humourous authors called I Just Want To Pee Alone.  The second volume […]

Reclaimed and Salvaged Furniture in Calgary

Vintage Furniture In Calgary

The amazing stores where vintage finds and architectural salvaged treasures are found seem to only appear on HGTV and in the east coast, in cities such as Toronto and surrounding areas.  I would see amazing transformations from junkyard dump to a vintage gem, only to peruse my local thrift store and see nothing. I found […]

Book Review: Love Letters To The Dead

Love Letters To The Dead

It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though […]

Easy Sharpie Easter Eggs

Neon Sharpies

There is something about a brand new sharpie that screams unlimited possibilities.  At a favorite things party I attended, someone brought a package of rainbow colored “80s colors” sharpies and the entire group swooned over them.  When I saw these neon sharpies I immediately thought of coloring Easter eggs with them. Of course, every single […]

Safe Streaming With Kidoodle.TV

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Kids & Tablets The convenience of technology and tablets to entertain children in times of need is priceless.  When I was pregnant with my twins I had so many doctors appointments, specialist appointments, ultrasounds, etc. that there was no way I could leave my son with a babysitter every time I needed to go somewhere. […]

The Saratov Approach on BluRay


The Saratov Approach Director: Garrett Batty Writer: Garrett Batty Rating: PG-13 Released: 2013 Genre: Action, Drama I spent my Saturday night watching The Saratov Approach, newly out on DVD, with my husband.  I had seen it while on a brief visit to Calgary’s movie theaters, but I wanted to watch it together so that I […]

Tips for an Eco Friendly Home #DEsmarthome


Spring is coming… I think. We have had some fun days out breaking the ice of the driveway and jumping in puddles, but we are now covered in snow again.  The one thing I can say about Calgarians is that they enjoy their sunny weather.  If we get one sunny day after weeks of snow, […]

Imperfect Love by Rebecca Talley


Life Altering Decisions… Literally. Have you had a baby?  Did it take you longer than expected to get pregnant? (It felt like it took me forever).  You might have heard about the optional pre-screening ultrasound, called the Nuchal Translucency Ultrasound,  that they give at 13 weeks to tell you if you are at a higher […]

Game Review: Yoshi’s New Island


The new craze that has whirled through our home is the Nintendo 3DS.   When the older cousins got theirs, Jett was obsessed with watching them so he could learn.  They were really good about taking turns and sharing, so it went over pretty well, but when he turned 5 this month we decided to […]

Vintage Shops in Vernon, BC

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When I was in Vernon to visit the Sparkling Hill Resort, the rest of the group went on wine tours, and I decided to sneak away to find some local treasures.  I was searching for some antique stores in Vernon and stumbled across a couple.  The one that I consider my gold mine is Distinctive […]

Easy Instagram photo magnets

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Instagram Photos On Magnets   I love instagram, and am so happy that having a camera on my phone that can take decent pictures means that I don’t have to miss out on the day to day moments with my kids.  The only trick is to get those photos off your phone and somewhere that […]

Fav Products: Beauty Box 5 March


The Beauty Box 5 March box has arrived Design Essentials – natural curl enhancing mousse Tree Hut Moisturizing Hand Cream Bellapierre Cosmetics Makeup Base  Janes Pick – handmade bar soap Swissco Bath & Body Tools – Dual sided facial pad   I love my beauty box I get every month.  It always has fun and exciting […]

Earls Calgary Tin Palace Reopens


After extensive damage from flooding in Calgary, Earls Restauraunt in downtown’s Mission area is finally reopened.  9 months of restoration and repairs brings an exiting new look to the space.  To celebrate its opening I was able to attend a lunch with some fellow Calgary bloggers and get a sneak peak at the place. A […]

Achieving Modern Simplicity

Modern Simplicity

Do you have one room in your house that you just can’t seem to get right? I am always trying to fix my living room. I have a corner fireplace that just seems to block my creativity and stop me setting up my furniture in a ways that I actually like the room. I want […]

Kourtney Kardashian House Pictures

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The Kardashian Family is like a road side accident.  You don’t really want to care, but when something big happens, you can’t help but slow down and look.  I don’t really like them, but I admire their business talents.  Heck, maybe in real life they are super nice, fun to hang out with, and not […]

Oh Joy for Target

Oh Joy for Target

Have you seen the new collection at Target designed by Oh Joy?  It just came out March 14th and I have been scavenging my local store to find it to no avail.  I wish I had a birthday RIGHT NOW that I could decorate this with.  It wouldn’t look too silly in December would it? […]

Images of Hope 2014 – Sharing Our Stories

Images of Hope

Last weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Images of Hope from the wonderful Generations of Hope.  The purpose of the event is to raise money to help families pay the heavy costs of IVF treatments.  The price of IVF is very expensive (over $9000), and it can be a heavy financial burden […]

The Book Thief Review & Giveaway


The Book Thief 2013 Genre: Drama, War There is power in a story.  Its ability to take you to a new world, forget your problems, remember someone elses.  Leisel learns to read and love stories while living in Germany during World War II.  Her adopted parents take in a Jewish refugee that encourages Liesel to […]

One Little Match by Thomas S. Monson


Title: One Little Match Author: Thomas S. Monson Illustrator: Dan Burr Hardcover: 32 pages Publisher: Shadow Mountain (March 4, 2014) Language: English ISBN-10: 1609078683 ISBN-13: 978-1609078683 A true story, Thomas Monson shares his experience one summer at the family cabin in Utah’s Vivian Park.  One day, while exploring the mountains fishing, hiking and exploring with his best friend Danny, they […]

The Gathering: Ends Beginning

The Gathering

Title: The Gathering: Ends Beginning Author: Randy Lindsay Paperback, 265 pages Published January 14th 2014 Cedar Fort Publishing & Media Robert Williams didn’t expect an early honorable release from his mission, but upon his return home, he sees the reason for the surprise decision. Unemployment, rampant violence, and frequent food shortages have put the United States […]

Tips for a fun easter egg hunt

Easter egg hunt

In our family, there are 7 grandkids ages 2-5.  This is really fun most of the time, but for holidays we need to spend the extra time to plan lots of activities to keep them entertained.  At Christmas we went to the church building and played a lot of fun indoor games.  The biggest hit […]