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October 24, 2014

Fall Crafts with Acorns #DIY #crafts

As the leaves fall off the trees and we start getting ready for snow, other things are also falling...like acorns! Crafting with them can be as simple as collecting them and filling a bowl for a centrepiece, but there are so many other things that you can do with them!

 Clockwise from Top Right

Personalized Acorn Christmas Ornaments from My Nearest and Dearest
Acorn Cap Candles by Create for Less
Acorn and Leather Napkin Holder
Acorn Tea Set by Red Ted Art (hello, adorable for a little fairy tea party!!)
Bell Shaker by Mini Eco

All it takes is a little creativity, and what I love most about using these elements is that your little ones can help gather the acorns, and prep them by sorting and washing them. Full prep instructions here!

My favorite project from the collection above is the acorn tea set. These little projects for fairytales and imaginative play are so awesome for little ones, and they definitely make me yearn for a little girl. I've seen fairy gardens and homes all over Pinterest, so this tea set would be perfect if your daughter loves all things fairies.

So get out there and collect your acorns, sort and wash them, then prep them for crafting. No matter what project you choose, it'll be a great, hands on experience for you and your children.

October 23, 2014

Summer to Fall #Fashion Transition #trends

Take one dress and one bag, then transition it from the warm summer months to the cooler, crisp autumn evenings...what do you get?

Summer to Fall Fashion 2014

Metallics and pastels have been really hot through Spring and Summer 2014, and there's no reason that they can't be appropriate for Autumn...it's all in how to do them, and what you pair them with.

For Fall, pair a pretty champagne dress with floral blocking with a dark denim jacket, suede booties and nude tights. Pretty easy, but definitely gorgeous. Instead of sparkly bangles and pretty rose gold pearl drop earrings, pull your hair up into a messy top knot or side bun, and let the textures of your clothing and the details on your booties do the talking.

Happy Fall!

October 22, 2014

Welcome a Cure with #CarpetOne #giveaway #breastcancerawareness

Did you know that this year, Carpet One is celebrating 10 years of breast cancer research support with Welcome a Cure?

The breast cancer awareness campaign dedicates 25% of the purchase price of each Pink Ribbon welcome mat sold through the Carpet One Floor & Home Welcomes Your Support Campaign is donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. So far, the campaign has raised nearly 1 million dollars for a variety of breast cancer research charities. source

How will  you welcome a cure in 2014? For me, it means showing my support on my front porch with one of the beautifully designed Pink Ribbon welcome mats and telling every man and woman that I know to go and get their tata's checked!

These awesome Pink Ribbon welcome mats are machine mashable and backed with rubber, which means that they are perfect for indoor or outdoor use. We chose to put ours outside on the front porch for a couple of reasons.

First and foremost, the teal color pops with all of the beige and grey around it. It's a great addition to our somewhat monochromatic color scheme, and compliments the pumpkins and gourds that we have on the porch for fall!

I also really love the cheeky message on the Pink Ribbon welcome mat. Well, hello! Welcome to our home! Come on in! It is inviting, sincere, and playful, and definitely needs to be on the outside of a home. The pink ribbon shows that we care and that we support the girls, which is the overarching message in this entire campaign.

It's a message that needs to be prominent in our community, and not just because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It needs to be there, all the time.

And, oh, hello! Now's your chance to win one for your front porch too!

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* Disclaimer: I received my Pink Ribbon welcome mat from Carpet One for the purposes of this post. All opinions expressed are my own.


Apple Spinach Strawberry #juice #recipe

Another iron rich juice recipe, that gets balance from fiber, calcium, and vitamin C!

2 handfuls baby spinach
2 cups strawberries
2 apples

Sweet and simple, and this juice has a bit of tang from the strawberries too! Start by juicing a handful of spinach, followed by a half or quarter of apple. Repeat, then juice the rest of your strawberries and apples.

Strawberries have a pretty strong flavor when they're juiced. It's nice and sweet, but can be a little tart as well so be prepared for a bit of tang!

October 21, 2014

That Time I Set a PR #running #swtm

I knew it would happen at some point, but I didn't expect it to happen this weekend.

This weekend, my bff's and I ran in the Scotiabank Waterfront Toronto Marathon 5km. Surrounded by 9000 people, all huddling together with our free McCafe coffees, waiting for the sun to come up, we ran in the largest running event in Canada this year.

We ran along Lakeshore Drive, toward the Rogers Centre, with the sun coming up over the Toronto skyline. Not being a huge fan of the city (moreso of driving in the city), it was really eye opening as to just how beautiful it is with its tall buildings, bridges that cross over one another, and pedestrians that cheer on the runners.

Now...I don't know if it was because of Mercury being in retrograde, but my phone just outright shut off. 80% battery and poof...off! And it wouldn't turn on. I got super nervous, and my bff Tiff kept assuring me I would be fine. Then...about 20 seconds until our corral was to start...it started working! Yahoo! Off I went, to the sweet sounds of the Foo Fighters.

The course was awesome...slightly downhill in the spots where I was feeling fatigued, then up some small hills, but relatively flat compared to the races that I've done so far this year. I was so proud when my first mile chimed in my ear...my pace was 13:47! I was pumped, and kept running with a big smile on my face.

Then it hit me...I gotta pee! Damn that free McCafe! Oh well...no porta-potties were in sight, so I just had to keep running...if I stopped to walk for a bit, that I gotta go! feeling intensified so I just kept running. Then I saw it...400m To Go...300m To Go....the signs were everywhere, so I sprinted.

My last mile was at 12:14...I'm not sure I've ever done that, and when I finished 3mi with a time of 41min, I was SO EXCITED! A PR! I just got a PR! My overall time per the chip timing was 45min or so, which I am totally ok with as well since it's my best race time for 2014!

To those that have stood by me in this crazy running journey, everyone who clicks LIKE or comments on my Nike status to give me a cheer in my ear, and those who underestimate me...thank you. You make me run harder, you remind me that all I can do is try. And this smile? That time? It makes it all worth it!

Next up...MEC 5km on November 15th!

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