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CANADA DAY EVENTS IN THE FRASER VALLEY

    Summer has actually arrived!  Of course, that means that Canada Day is just around the corner and I can’t believe how totally unorganized I am on my celebration plans for this year – whoops!  Because I’ve definitely passed the deadline to organize a CD BBQ at my place, I’ve discovered some fun and exciting Canada Day events in the Fraser Valley that are perfect for all ages!         Check them out, and of course, if you know of any FV events, post them in the comments and submit them to our Events Calendar!         Food Truck Festival in Langley…

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DIY CANADA FLAG MASON JARS

EASY DIY CANADA FLAG MASON JARS Happy 150th birthday Canada!  If you’re feeling as patriotic as we are this year, you have to try making these super fun and easy DIY Canada Flag mason jars!  I had so much fun doing this as they are assembled in only 5 to 10 minutes, and I love how they are perfect for decorating both indoor and outdoor spaces!   Check out our easy step-by-step guide which includes some great tips to save a bit of money and add an extra little sparkle to the finished look!         SUPPLIES   1.)  …

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STEP INTO SPRING!

    One thing I love about Spring is finally getting to kick off those chunky winter boots for something a more flattering and more fun. Spring is a great season for shoes before it’s not too warm to only want to wear sandals, so there’s a lot of variety of styles and looks.     So what are the shoe trends for this season? Here are some highlights:       Tie it up. The lace up trend is still really big when it comes to flat for Spring/summer. This ballerina trend is ultra feminine and works great with…

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LUXURY VINYL

            Living with the NEW Vinyl Flooring             From: Mannington.com   For the longest time, vinyl flooring was that horrible stuff our parents put down in their kitchens and bathrooms. As Stimulistas bought homes, we proceeded to rip it out, scrape it up or put new flooring over it. But, like shag carpeting, vinyl is making a comeback in a whole new way.   From: Valleyfloorcoveringct.com   The new vinyl, known as LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile), should really be called LVF for Luxury Vinyl Flooring. It comes in tile or plank shapes…

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BUTTERNUT SQUASH & RED LENTIL SOUP

        In the spirit of Thanksgiving just passed, I have to say that I’m thankful it’s butternut squash season! This delicious vegetable is one of my favourite ingredients to cook with; it’s as versatile as it is tasty, with a richness that’s perfect for Fall and Winter meals. If you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe to warm you up during this cold and soggy weather, this soup is it. Smooth, creamy and full of Fall goodness, it’s a perfect comforting meal you can throw together in less than 30 minutes.          …

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HOW TO WEAR: MAXI CARDIGAN

            If last weekend’s storm told us anything, it’s that fall weather is in full force. This means it’s time to get cozy!                 One of my favourite fall trends is the maxi cardigan. A fun twist on the staple wardrobe piece, the maxi cardigan adds a little extra length, a little extra warmth, and whole lot of style to your outfit. But what’s the best way to pull it off?   Visit Dynamite for this leopard maxi cardigan!   Check out the Nixon from Love Those Shoes!…

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OLD TURNS NEW WITH BARN DOORS

        One of the biggest interior trends to hit homes – and evolve rather than disappear – is the barn door. I don’t know what clever person came up with the idea, or who started making the barn door a trend a few years ago, but it has definitely taken off in all kinds of stylish ways.     Old has become new again – but definitely with some twists. While we call them barn doors, there are no creaky hinges on them. These barn doors are just “slabs” of wood or glass that slide on overhead…

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A VERY DOG-TASTIC BIRTHDAY CAKE

  My sweet little boy recently celebrated his first birthday! Yes, you are correct in assuming my sweet little boy is actually a big, drooling, furry, dog!   As I am always making cakes for everyone in the family, I wanted to make one for Cooper. It had to be special; quality, dog-tummy-friendly ingredients, and still look somewhat birthday cake-ish. I think I was successful!   Coming up with ingredients wasn’t that difficult. I pictured a meatloaf-type construction and went from there. I used canned wild salmon and mixed it with some cooked brown rice for a binder. Then I…

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TREND ALERT: INSPIRATIONAL T SHIRTS

HOPPING ON THE INSPIRATIONAL T SHIRTS TREND Every now and then, we all need little reminders to live in the moment, enjoy life, and keep on keeping on. Now, you can wear those inspirational messages right on your sleeve—literally. It’s a trend that is putting positive vibes into our world, at a time when I think we could all agree we need it most.  Whether it’s a casual night out with friends, a trip to the beach, or a sweaty workout at the gym, these tees are great little reminders to include in your day. Here are a few of my…

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SHOP THE SHOW: FOREVER YOURS LINGERIE

FOREVER YOURS LINGERIE It was a night straight out of the 20’s complete with a Model A Ford, hooch, and sultry lingerie. The annual Forever Yours Lingerie fashion show benefiting Supportive Start took place on Friday night and it was, for lack of a better word, EPIC.   From sexy babydolls to Instagram-worthy swimwear, models of all shapes, sizes and ages walked the runway looking gorgeous in dozens of styles. And the men…well, they were lookin’ FINE!   I was fortunate to have a front row seat and, as always, every piece was stunning and I want everything, but I…

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