Ahhhh dads: our heroes, the first man in our life and the most important one. I don't know about you, but I always find it much more difficult to choose a gift for my father than for my mother. What does he even need! After years of buying him Canadian Tire gift cards, I made my own little list of things I am 100% sure he would enjoy! I know it's not all about the gifts.. but a little something is always appreciated (Oh I know he loves my gift cards haha!)
Few months ago, my dad found a picture of my dad when he was young, playing hockey with his younger brother and he sent it to me. He was so happy about it and you could definitely tell he loved that picture. Dads are usually not the pro of deco, so I though it would be amazing for him to be able to see this picture in a frame at home! A childhood picture, a random souvenir or even a selfie you took with your dad: Any picture that reminds you of a good moment and you know your dad will put proudly on his desk works!
Crafty and delicious
For beer amateur, you can decide to get him couple of cans that you think he would like but I have better: Beer date! Go to the local brewery (the one opens at the moment of course) and have a fun date with your dad. Most places have games and there is nothing better than having fun with our loved ones! Creating memories has no price.
If your dad is a true woodman, look no further. Book the day off and go for a day in the nature. I repeat: Creating memories has no price. Go for a hike or a bike ride, take the fishing rods and go fish somewhere (Can also be combine with the beer, isn't that perfect!) Father's Day is only for a day, but nobody said you can't enjoy the whole weekend with your dad.
Mother's Day is approaching. I thought it would be a perfect time to help local business while spoiling your mom. I made a list of local businesses and though, hmm.. why not split it in categories: Types of moms. So here it is! Hope you will enjoy it and find great ideas of gifts, you know, just a little something that says: ''Mom, you totally deserve this because you are the best mom in the world''.
For a mom who loves fitness, let her try something she already loves or something new. Yoga sounds like a good fit: moving while relaxing and stretching your muscles. Dieppe or Moncton, you get to choose from both.
Pura Vida Yoga. www.puravidadieppe.ca/en/
Movi Movement. www.movimovement.com
All the moms like to feel pretty (which women doesn't like it?). What a perfect gift for a Beauty-Mom than a beauty day. Either a professional make-up for a special day, a new lipgloss, a body scrub or beautiful nails. Feel like splurging this year? Try the plasma tightening or microblading from Soigné!
Belle by Joelle. www.bellebyjoelle.com
Coffee Beauty. www.koffeebeauty.com
Ahhh! We all know a wine mom. I would say that most of them have a little inner Wine-Mom. This is a no brainer: A bottle, a bunch of bottles or a full day at the winery. Depending on the level of your Wine-Mom!
Magnetic Hill Winery. www.magnetichillwinery.com
Wine Kitz. www.winekitzriverview.ca
Give her all the flowers and seeds! She is the kind of mom who loves to play in the garden and she never has enough plants, so let's go to the nursery or the market to get her the perfect gift. Might as well take a little home-made baked good on your way!
MacArthur Nurseries. www.macarthursnurseries.com
Green Pig Market. www.greenpigmarket.com
Anything zen and natural for the healthy mama. A gift card for either of these places and she will be happy as a little bee. Does she prefer natural products or a day at the spa?
Sequoia Organics. www.sequoiaorganics.ca
Art & Craft-Mom
You know the type of mom who is always in for a DIY or always looking for a new decoration to put in the house. Here is something out of the ordinary for her. This type of gift might take longer to get ready, as most artist will take orders. Check with the artist if they already have some art in stock that you know your mom would totally love! I will let you click on the link to discover all the beautiful things these local artists have to offer!
Birch and Twine. www.facebook.com/birchandtwine/
Birch House Lettering. www.instagram.com/birch.house.lettering
Petals Stitches. www.picbabun.com/poppy.petals.stitches
All of these local business also are great for any other gifts idea or even for you to try! For now, let's get ready for all the Mama's and remember: The most important thing is to be present and do not wait for Mother's Day to tell your Mom how much you love her!
Happy Mother's Day - xx
I love this recipe. I discovered it a few years ago and it's crazy how easy it is. The end product is delicious and so soft. Those rolls are just perfect with any meal or just as is, for a little snack. Once the basic part has been done, you can easily add any kind of cheese and topping you want to it.
First thing to do is to boil the milk. The sooner you do it, the better it is since you need to bring back it to room temperature to be able to mix it with the other ingredients. I usually put it straight in the freezer so it takes less time to cool down. While doing this step, put your yeast in hot water to activate it.
Mix your eggs and sugar together. Once the yeast mixture is fully activated and your milk mixture is cool, pour both in the bowl with the egg mixture and keep whisking. For the flour, make sure you only put 1 cup at a time. Keep mixing and knead with your hands. Form a ball and let rise for about an hour.
Next step is to form your ''cheese balls''. Form balls the size of a Ping-pong ball, wrapping the bread around cheese dices. Put 3 balls per whole in your muffin tray. If you do only 2 bigger ones, make sure you bake it a little bit longer. Brush it with melted butter, sprinkle salt and whatever spice or herb you want on top. Recommended is chives (once they are baked), parsley and grated cheese. Let the rolls rise for another hour.
Once they are ready to bake, preheat your oven to 350°F. Now.. I really love butter so I always add a little bit more melted butter right before baking the rolls, but that's just me. Cook for 15 minutes and remove from tray. If you want to add chives, now is the time. If you put them before you bake the rolls, chances are they will burn. Brush a little bit more butter on top for them to stick and Voilà! You've got your delicious and fresh pull-apart rolls. Easy to share and even easier to eat!
4 ½ cups white flour
1 tsp. salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. yeast
¼ cup hot water
1 cup milk
½ cup butter
½ cup melted butter
1 ½ cup cheddar cheese, diced (Or the cheese of your choice)
Salt for topping
1. In a small pot, bring milk to a simmer, add butter and salt. Let cool in the refrigerator until room temperature.
2. In another bowl, put yeast in hot water.
3. In a big bowl, whisk the eggs, add sugar and continue whisking. Add the cool milk mixture and yeast to the eggs mixture.
4. Add flour, 1 cup at a time while stirring.
5. Cover the dough and let rise for about an hour.
6. Form little balls with diced cheese in it. Put 3 balls in each wholes of a muffin tray. Brush with melted butter and top with salt. Let rise for another hour.
7. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook for 15 minutes, remove from tray, top with chives if desired and let cool.
You've probably heard the term before. It's the attractiveness of the exterior of a property, as viewed from the street. Essentially, it is how appealing your home looks on its own and compared to the other houses on the street. Having curb appeal matters when selling your home: It can increase the market value and makes your home more competitive against other houses for sale. It is what potential buyers will see first, and the first impression is really important, you want to make the most out of it. The good new is that you don't have to spend a fortune to ensure that the outside of your home looks as nice as the inside. Here is how to boost the curb appeal of your home.
Pick-up: Remove all debris from the lawn, driveway and borders. Sweep your steps and porches. Dust your pergola to remove old spider webs. Clean your and downspout and gutters. Dog owners... you know what to do!
Wash: Use a pressure washer to clean first and debris off paths, driveway and the siding. Be careful not to damage any surface. If you don't own a pressure washer, you could probably borrow one from a friend or rent one at the store. Clean all windows, doors and light fixtures.
Touch-up: Patch or reseal minor cracks on the driveway. Repaint if you want an even better look! If you have wooden windows, remove any peeling paint and repaint them. Give your front door, shutters and garage door a little coat of paint if needed. Make sure there is no damage to the fence and if necessary, add a fresh coat of paint or stain on it. Same for your decks and porches.
Refresh: If you have gardens, remove weeds and fork soil around plants. If you are not a green thumb, add potted plants such as annuals. Give your lawn a little treatment to remove all yellow or mud spot.
Repair: Replace or fix any broken windows. If the siding is damaged, you can probably replace the damaged part to avoid water from going in. Make sure that all lights works.
The little extras
Because all the little details matters.
* Install a new doorknob, knocker and doorbell.
* Paint your front door.
* Add a doormat and seasonal decorations/potted plants.
* Add some flowerbeds in front and beside the house.
* Upgrade your mail box or add a front door mail box.
* Update your your light fixture and add landscape lighting.
* Install new house numbers.
* Paint your foundation and concrete stairways.
* Install DIY Shutters.
* Add a pathway to your front door or around flower beds.
No matter what, at the end of the day, a better looking house will get more interest than a house needing work. You want potential buyers to have a first and only impression of your home to be a positive one! OH! And if you are not planning on selling at all, you should definitely use those tips anyway. Yearly maintenance is the way to go to prevent costly overhauls down the road!
Here are few Before & After I found online to show the impact of little changes. Crazy hmm!?
So many colours, yet.. the choice always seems impossible. You want to paint but want to avoid making any mistake? There is no need to panic, here is a little guide on how to choose your home paint colours.
Before we start...
The rule of 60-30-10
It is a classic decor rule that helps create a colour palette.
60%: Dominant colour.
30%: Secondary colour.
10%: Accent colour.
Colour harmony is based on the concept of a colour wheel. That wheel forms a circle in which primary colours: Red, Blue and Yellow, are equally distanced. We are gonna play with that wheel to choose the perfect paint match.
Psychology of colours
Each color has its psychological effect on us. Here's some of them.
Red: Stimulates the mind and makes emotion intensify.
Pink: Tenderness and vulnerability. Reduces anger.
Orange: Helps with the body and mind relation. Friendly color.
Brown: Familiar color: Reliability, dependability and nurturing.
Yellow: Stimulates and energize. Optimist color.
Green: Helps insomnia and reduce nervosity and anger. Related to Peace, growth and health.
Turquoise: Calm and relax after intellectual work.
Blue: Peace and tranquility. Opens the mind.
Indigo: Stimulates the intuition.
Violet: Reduce stress, phobia, fear and violence.
Magenta: Harmonize emotions.
White: Associates with neutral, balance, purity and calm.
Black: Associates with elegance, power and formality.
Tints Vs. Shades Vs. Tones
To choose a colour palette can seem complicated, but is pretty simple if follow the rules. Take a look at the following pictures. These are all 6 Colour Harmony you can choose from. Start by picking one colour that you really like, then pick the Harmony you think would work best in the room or is your favourite. I highly recommend that you borrow a colour swatch book from the paint store for this step. Once this is done, all you need to do is add the rest of the colours by picking paint, furniture or accessories. Ohh, and don't forget to apply the 90-60-30 rule!
Choose the right finish
Once you have picked all the colours you need, all that is left is to choose the finish.
Gloss: Very shiny and very durable. Shows imperfections more than Matte/Flat. (Furniture for a lacquered look)
Semi Gloss: Shiny and durable. (Furniture, Doors, Trims & Molding, Cabinets, Woodwork)
Satin: Ideal for more active rooms (Kitchen, Laundry, Bathroom, Hallways)
Eggshell: Good for any rooms, a little more washable than Matte/Flat. (Bedroom, Living Room, Dinning Room
Matte/Flat: Camouflage imperfections and difficult to clean. (Ceilings)
When choosing your colour palette, always keep in mind the psychology of colours. Colours affects our mind and body more than you can imagine! If you are choosing a different colour than the ones mentioned below, you can always find more information online or ask a professional. Hope this helps and that next time you paint your home, you'll feel more excited about the first step of choosing your colours!