Love Bugs…

Valentine’s Day with all it’s pink and red hearted glory is one of my favourite holidays.  It’s fun to come up with projects and activities that reflect all the loving we can handle.  Last year E and I kept with a “Love Bug” theme and here are some easy projects to do with your little loves…


Cut out hearts in all different sizes from colored construction paper.  Using a large pink or red (or any color for that matter) upside down heart as the body, glue a smaller heart to the top as a head and then even smaller hearts on the body for the dots.  Add a face and some antennas as desired. We hung ours up on our windows for some festive cheer!


We also spent an afternoon making cute little ‘love bugs’ out of heart-shaped sugar cookies.  I used black royal icing to outline the bug and then pink icing to flood the body.  E had fun adding mini chocolate chips to the cookies for dots (complete with a tractor and trailer haul!).  After the icing had set we packaged them up in little cello bags and made some tags with lady bug stickers for our valentines!




Love is quite obviously a verb.  We feel love and we act out love.  Have you ever thought of love as a noun? To get to that place of true love? Love for yourself, love for your family, love for your friends, love for your foes?  It’s a tricky word, love.  Flippantly used it loses emphasis, yet not used enough and we lose joy.

Finding the love in our everyday lives and cherishing that which we love and treasure is so utterly important. (It’s the base of my blog in all reality.) Valentine’s Day amid all the hearts, chocolate and flowers is a day to truly think about LOVE.  To tell those we appreciate and treasure that we love them.  To find the courage to unabashedly love ourselves.  To forgive and move forward with those who have wronged us. To find the things in our lives that bring us joy, that we truly love.

It’s easy to lose sight of the deep meaning behind the day and get swept up in the glitz and the commercialism of Valentine’s Day but I challenge you all to take a step further and think of love from a different view.  Challenge yourself to release and appreciate your struggles, appreciate the efforts of those around you, to receive the help, kindness, and affection from those in your life who try, and to relish in and appreciate the beauty that is LOVE!

 < I love my little family, especially my little man.  On a lighter note, I love matchy matchy with him… Here’s a couple ways to make matching shirts for the festive day… To visibly spread some love! >


(Bend an empty paper towel roll into a heart shape and dip into acrylic paint mixed with a textile medium for cute little hearts stamped onto plain white shirts and emphasize with a sassy or sweet hashtag! This is a great project for little hands.)


(To match mommy’s striped, puffy heart sweater, (From Old Navy Old Navy Canada   Old Navy US ) I bought a plain navy and white raglan T and sewed a red heart onto the centre…easy peasy and super festive.)

*Stay tuned on the blog for some more fun projects to do with your little (and big) loves!*



Wrapping Paper Roads…


So often some of my greatest ‘light bulb moments’ come out of necessity!  We ran out of wrapping paper the other day and I kept forgetting to pick some up in town.  Today my little guy was stir crazy and I knew we needed a ‘project’.  Here enters my ‘light bulb moment’ and out came the washable paints, a roll of craft paper and you guessed it, little man’s toy of choice, tractors!


This was such an easy craft and I think the results are awesome!  All you do is pour some kid’s paint onto paper or plastic plates (we used red and green for Christmas…and for the Case and John Deere tractors we used), run your tractors through the paint so the tires are coated and then drive them all over the craft paper.  It was fun to use different styles of wheels too and see what tracks they created.  Once the paint ran out, I filled the kitchen sink with soapy water, gave E a scrub brush and we took our tractors to the car wash.  Bonus! It was two activities in one and both were a hit!

I can’t wait to wrap the rest of our gifts in this homemade paper and tie them up with some sparkly ribbons or twine.  I kind of wish we had done this craft at the beginning of the season so all our gifts were wrapped in it.  I’m thinking next year we do this again and create some fun potato carved stamps to use too! Happy Holiday-ing!


Gift Giving: For the Person who needs Pampering!


I love the idea of making gifts by hand. There’s an extra element of love that goes into homemade gifts plus you have the power to personalize them to your receiver’s wants and needs.  With Christmas less than 4 weeks away, here’s a few easy ideas for that person who loves to pamper themselves or who needs a little extra self-love this season!


Mason Jar candles are super easy to make.  I melted down some beeswax, added essential oils and filled these little jars with the hot wax, positioned a weighted wick in the centre and propped it up with popsicle sticks laid flat along the opening of the jar and let them cool.  Once the wax had solidified I trimmed the wick, sealed the jar with its lid and voila!  A beautiful and quick gift to add with a bottle of wine, some bath salts or bath bubbles and a perfect spa-like evening at home can begin for that special someone!


Bath bombs are another extremely fun and trendy gift to make.  They are easily mixed up and let set in your favourite silicon mold for a fizzy surprise for kids and adults alike. I made two batches, one with soothing and calming essential oils; “sunset bath bomb” (think lavender, cedar wood, copaiba, orange, ylang ylang) and the other with more rejuvenating and energizing oils; “sunrise bath bomb” (think lemon, orange, peppermint, black pepper, lemongrass, rosemary, lime).  The recipe that I used this year came from some trial and error!  Here it is:

  • 1 cup epsom salt
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup almond oil
  • desired essential oil blend
  • optional: food colouring to tint
  • Mix up all of your ingredients and press firmly into silicone molds.  Cover with plastic and let “dry” for at least 24 hours.  Remove from molds and wrap tightly with plastic wrap, label and give away!



Another great gift idea are these super luxurious make-up remover pads.  They can be infused with your favourite essential oils (I used a lavender, peppermint blend), are time-saving, all natural and simple to make.  In the jar you wish to use, mix up 1 tsp coconut oil, 1 tsp olive or almond oil, 1/2 tsp of your favourite gentle soap (I used E’s body wash), essential oils and fill half the jar with hot water.  Mix well and add cotton pads until they are all saturated and the jar is full!  These work well for taking off eye-make-up and lipstick especially!  I use them before I cleanse my face at night and love the little aromatic boost they give!


Lastly are these yummy lip-balms that are made by simply melting down 3 parts coconut oil to 1 part beeswax, adding essential oils and pouring the mixture into empty lip balm tubes or dishes.  I bought these tubes on amazon and blended my lip-balms into a simple trilogy for that special someone who is outside a lot in the winter, suffers from dry, chapped lips or plans to be under the mistletoe-toe a lot this holiday season! (Cinna-mint contains cinnamon and peppermint essential oils, orange blossom has orange essential oil and cooling peppermint has you guessed it, peppermint essential oil!) Get creative with your own lip-smacking blends and labels!

A gift basket with all four of these easy spa ideas, a bottle of wine and a luxurious pair of slippers or a bath robe would be a glorious gift to both receive and give!  When you make a gift for the holidays you truly are giving so much love.  You’re thinking of the receiver through the entire process which in turn makes you reflect on so many cherished memories.  It’s a chance to slow down a bit during this often chaotic season and enjoy the simple things!


Fleeting Fall & Hasty Harvest…

…And I thought summer went by fast.  I blinked and here we are with snow on the ground, a few days into November and I’m left with a phone full of pics that prove that indeed, fall and harvest did actually happen!  I have to apologize for being MIA for the last few months.  Harvest on the farm was long and busy and in amongst all my farm-wifely duties I wanted to still get in a few ‘summer bucket list’ items with my little guy so needless to say I was going to bed wiped and waking up hitting the ground running.  Here’s a bit of a highlight real from fall with some easy ideas to create some fun-filled memories with your own family!


We had a riot going on some local hikes.  My little guy powered through a 2.5 hour hike by the lake nearby, a smaller trail through the valley right in our own front yard and the old train bridge hike here in our little town.  We collected leaves and acorns and of course brought home a few ‘fancy rocks’ as our treasures and then later we did some easy and colourful leaf printing art to get in the spirit for thanksgiving.


This craft is super simple.  All you need is some kid friendly craft paint and a sheet of paper, the leaves that you’ve collected and some paintbrushes.  We used two methods to get our fall prints; we painted the backside of the leaves and then stamped them onto the paper AND we painted around the edges of the leaves to create a bit of a colourful outline.  It’s easy for little hands to do and is a fun way to remember the journey to find the leaves!


We also made these cute little turkeys to adorn our thanksgiving table out of some old tin cans, a few buttons and some colourful feathers.  Little hands can help paint the tins and gather up the feathers as you hot glue them to the inside of the tins.  We also had a lot of fun jumping and plowing through leaves this fall and at our thanksgiving dinner upon telling E that I was most thankful for him and his daddy, he promptly told me he’s thankful for chicken!! (It is in fact the simple things isn’t it?!)


Halloween came so quickly this year!  I honestly felt like I just got thanksgiving put away and out came the pumpkins and costumes!  E and I spent a day making this easy candy corn garland.  We painted a ‘bulls-eye’ of sorts on some paper plates (orange, yellow, to a white center) then we cut the plate into triangles, like a pie and taped the pieces to some string to hang over our big patio doors.  Super easy and colourful and a bit of a calorie-free gateway to all the yummy treats that are Halloween!

Left to Right: Tarantula Taco Dip (refried beans, salsa, chopped iceburg lettuce, guacamole, black olive spiders and sour cream web), Spooky Shakes (vanilla milkshakes in mason jars with spooky faces drawn on using whiteboard markers, topped with whipped cream and orange sprinkles), Spider Sandwiches (peanut butter and jam sandwiches cut into rounds with pretzel legs and raisin eyes) with mini mandarin jack-o-lanterns and Soup, and Boo-nanas (made with chocolate chip faces pressed into fresh, halved bananas).

I feel like this post doesn’t do the amazing memories we made this fall justice, it also included combine rides, meals in the swather with dad, yard work (so much yard work!), garden produce preserving, pumpkin carving, costume creating and a lot of time spent outdoors…but like I said, it’s kind of a highlight reel of our crazy busy harvest season.  It is my goal to do a much better job of documenting our winter activities, especially all the fun that Christmas brings…and boy is it coming quick!!!