Entries from November 30th, 2012

Friday Thoughts



Happy Friday! Enjoy the ones you’re with this weekend. And the little moments that can become so much bigger when you let them. Did I mention that I have started a photography “class” with the boys? I’ve been told I’m the teacher. I’ll tell you more about that later… it’s pretty fun.

Holiday Gift Tags



As a blogger I find that my holiday spirit arrives a little earlier in the season than it used to, thanks to all of the media events going on. As a result, my tree is already up, I’m half way done decorating, and I find myself illustrating gift tags! I had a fun time designing these to coordinate with all the red & white twine and kraft paper that I picked up at IKEA recently. I’ve updated the shop if you want to download and print these off! Or, I can do it for you!

Design & Photo Credit: © Rosa Pearson


Indigo Holiday 2012 Preview



Tracey, Me, Barbara & Andrea sporting Indigo’s cold weather gear. Photo by Jeff Vinnick.

I was invited to Indigo’s Holiday Preview Event at the downtown Vancouver Chapters location on Thursday night. I always have such a good time when I get to hang out with some of my wonderful blogger friends! And Chapters Indigo is one of those stores where you fall in love with everything you see… and that comes in handy when trying to make and shop for Christmas lists! Us bloggers hammed it up a bit for the camera, donning every warm accessory we could find. 😉

These are some of my favorite things that I saw that night. The Salted Caramels were supposed to be for Jason this Christmas, but they won’t be making it under the tree, oops. I gave them to him as soon as I got home so we could “share” them. Ha! I’ll be heading back to pick up more of those tasty beasts!!! And, I’m currently sitting here with that snood/infinity scarf happily wrapped around my neck… an early Christmas gift to myself. 😉 I’ve been coughing for weeks now, so some warmth is just what I needed!

Are you on Instagram? Come introduce yourself if you are! You can find me here, along with some more of my faves!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!

Happy Holi-DIY Event



Happy Friday everyone! I had a blast crafting with my friend Heather and a bunch of other crafty ladies that were lucky enough to snag a seat at the highly anticipated event put on by Anthropologie and Poppytalk last night. Jan and Earl, of Poppytalk, did a great job leading us step-by-step through two origami projects. The first, and my personal fave, were these little boxes that can be used as covers on a string of mini lights! I have wanted to learn how to make these mini light garlands for a while now, and was so excited that this was one of the projects! (If you’d like to make some too you can download the instructions here.)

The second project was these geometric origami ornaments. These were not easy to master, but I am happy with the results! Thanks to Anthropologie and Poppytalk for a fabulous night! I can’t wait to make some more!

Photo Credits: Rosa Pearson (Picture of Heather & I via grillfusion, thanks Heather!)

IKEA Food & Holiday Decoration Collection



I was invited to a Holiday Tea Party at IKEA last Thursday to see their Food & Holiday Decoration Collection. I have to say that it really jump started my holiday spirit! I love the colors of this season, and the warmth that it brings to the inside of the home. I never have candles lit more than at Christmastime!

On the way out I bought a bunch of fun new items to trim the tree, such a these awesome little birds. I love the colors, and the handmade esthetic of many of the ornaments. They are going fast, so I’m glad that I am thinking ahead this year! Although I suppose that with Christmas being NEXT MONTH and all, I’m not that far ahead, am I?! 😉

And don’t forget that it’s better to give than receive! This year, between November 4 – December 29, 2012, for every soft toy or children’s book bought, the IKEA Foundation will donate $1 to help fund education projects supported by UNICEF and Save the Children.

Have you started prepping for the holiday season?

Carrot Spice Muffins



I first tasted these muffins years ago at a play date with a bunch of moms and kids. I loved them, and asked for the recipe so I could make them myself! Now that life is gluten free, I have recreated them using gluten free flour, but you can easily switch them back just by replacing with wheat flour and omitting the xanthun gum. So yummy, and healthy too! Enjoy!

Also, if you have pumpkins kicking around still, you should try this muffin recipe that I posted last winter!


  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose gluten free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1/2 tsp xanthun gum
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 2 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 cups carrots, grated
  • 1 cup raisins
  • Brown sugar (topping)


  1. COMBINE flour, xanthun gum, sugar, flax, spices, baking soda & powder, salt in a mixing bowl.
  2. BEAT eggs and oil until light. Mix in applesauce.
  3. STIR in carrots.
  4. ADD liquid ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir just until moistened.
  5. FILL greased muffin cups 3/4 full.
  6. SPRINKLE the tops with brown sugar.
  7. BAKE at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, or until top springs back when lightly touched.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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