Homemade Art Gallery

May 8, 2013

My fridge is always full of Thomas’ art work. It drives me crazy!! I love to keep his work, I just hate it on my fridge. My good friend Heather over at Laptops2Lullabies has a great art gallery hung on her kitchen wall. It’s a series of frames with clips to hold up her children’s work. I LOVE it! but I don’t have the space she has. I went to Pinterest to find some ideas. This one by apartmenttherapy.com really sparked my interest. I love the idea of easy installation.

Pinned Image

My version is a little bit different. I tried to make it accessible to Thomas, easy to install and of course, look nice in the small space I had to put it in.



  • 1, 1×3 pine board from Kent
  • wooden letters (the large are from the Dollarama and the small from Ebay)
  • 4 acrylic clothes pins from Michaels
  • heavy duty double sided stickers by 3M from Canadian Tire. I LOVE these, they hold up to 2lbs. each. They’re amazing and ever so useful!
  • wood stain from Kent (I just Jacobean by Minwax)

Here’s what I did:

1. Cut the board to fit my space. I based it on how much wall I had.

2. Set up to stain the letters and board. ALWAYS use a drop cloth and rubber/latex gloves, staining is messy. You can use a brush but I always use a rag and rub it on. Don’t forget the sides! Allow at least 24 hrs to dry.


3. Measure out your clothes pin placement. I just went by eye… that’s how I roll! and use a hot glue gun to attach them.

4. Prepare the wall. I had to remove pictures, fill the holes, repaint, and rehang the photos.

5. Install the board. I used a 3M sticker on each corner and a level to make sure it was straight. Once those stickers are pressed on they are not easy to remove so be careful.

6. Hang the letters. I cut up 3M stickers and used them to stick the letters on. I also used a pencil and level with a ruler to mark a line on the wall so they are straight. Once they were hung I erased the pencil and touch up painted.

7. Get WAY more excited than your toddler as you hang his artwork.



Oil of Oregano

April 24, 2013

I LOVE oil of oregano, my sister has me hooked. It’s an essential oil if you’re wondering. Used for so many things. Natures Pantry lists some of its common uses to help with

  • allergies – I, apply topically to affected areas
  • antifungal, capable of killing a variety of fungi – T
  • antioxidant/antibacterial powers – I or T
  • arthritis – I/T
  • athletes foot – T
  • bacterial infections and parasites – I/T
  • bee stings, insect bites – T
  • dandruff,  cradle cap – T
  • ear infections – T behind the ears
  • eczema – T
  • immune system boost – I
  • migraine headaches – I/T rub on temples
  • muscle aches and pains – T
  • nail fungus – T
  • sinus and nose problems – I/T
  • skin disorders and rashes – T
  • sore throat – I

Above I have placed an I for ingest or a T for topical use. This should help you figure out the best way to use oil of oregano for you symptoms.

To use it, you can just mix 2 or 3 drops with 1 tsp. of oil (coconut, olive or sunflower ) and rub on the affected area, do this especially if the skin has been broken. It is also safe to rub directly on the skin. You can also ingest it safely, using the above mixture or just placing up to 5 drops under your tongue. It tastes AWEFUL!!! I always mix my drops in a bit of OJ and chug it down. This is a great for when you feel like you are getting a cold or want cold symptoms to subside. It is also suggested that it is better take 2-3 drops a couple times a day rather than 5+ all at once.

My favorite use is to place a few drops on the kids feet when they are having a hard time sleeping.  It is to soothe and really helps calm a cough. Thomas has now started to ask for his foot medicine when he is feeling under the weather… he does his auntie proud!

Give it a try… you might just be pleasantly surprised, but be prepared to smell like a salad.


A Little Nesty Treat

March 27, 2013

Whenever we have people over I try to make something yummy. Last year I had a little baby Easter party and made these adorable little nests.


I found the mini-mini eggs at The Bulk Barn. When I saw them I knew they would be super cute… and knew exactly what recipe I would use to make it. This is one of my favorite no-bake cookie recipes. It is my grandmothers.

Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies

In a large saucepan bring ¼ cup butter, ¼ cup cocoa

powder, 1 cup sugar and ½ cup milk to a boil over

medium heat.

In a separate bowl mix 1 teaspoon vanilla, ½ cup peanut

butter and 4 cups oatmeal (for a gluten free version I have used rice puffs).

Mix wet & dry ingredients together. Use a tablespoon

measure to scoop cookies onto a baking sheet. Press mini eggs into the centers. Freeze

and transfer into an airtight container.

Store in the fridge.


The party spread!


Easter baskets for the Easter Bunny

March 22, 2013

Growing up we had special baskets that each of us called our own for the Easter bunny to fill. Mine had a hand painted Bunny on it with a real cotton tail. I just love that basket! My sisters each had tole painted wooden baskets that my mom painted, they were pretty special too.

For the last two years Thomas has used a generic Dollarama basket. This year I thought I should make both the kids their own. They are not as fancy as the ones I had growing up but I think they are still pretty special.

I bought the baskets from Superstore for $3 each. I chose these particular ones because I like that they are rectangular and that the handles hinge for easy storage. Thomas, of course, was the executive color stylist.

These were very easy to make. I basically searched everywhere for letters small enough. I found these on e-bay. They came all the way from China and cost a whole .99 for 104 (4 of each letter). I’m sooo excited to find uses for the other letters.

Next I painted them with acrylic paints and then topped them with sparkly shellac. Then I glue gunned them on, easy peasy and oh-so-cute!!



Pizza Pizza

March 17, 2013

We LOVE pizza!! It’s not very often that we buy pizza, I usually make it at home. It is so easy and delicious. This is one of our favorite crust recipes. We like it because it is kinda healthy, well on the healthier side of unhealthy. I used to make it ‘Samba Brazil’ style. For all of you Frederictonians you will know exactly what I mean. For others, it is an amazing thin crust filled with cream cheese which is absolutely To. Die. For. Sounds a little freaky, but is totally amazing. We don’t normally make it like Samba Brazil anymore but whenever I make this recipe I think of the good ol’ days!

The Benefit of the Dough

Our goreous party girl on her dads big day.

Our goreous party girl on her dads big day.

Originally from Eat, Shrink & Be Merry

1 c. all purpose flour

1/2c. whole wheat flour

2 tbsp. ground flaxseed

1 envelope quick-rising yeast

1/2 tsp. salt

2/3 c. very warm water

2 tsp. olive oil

2 tsp. honey

1 tbsp. cornmeal

1.    In a medium bowl, combine both flours, flax, yeast, and salt. Mix well.

2.    Measure warm water in a measuring cup, then stir in olive oil and honey. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and mix using a wooden spoon to form a ball. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 2 minutes. Wash out bowl, spray with olive oil and place dough inside. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until double in size, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, spray a 12″ pizza pan with olive oil and dust with cornmeal.


3.    When dough has risen, turn out onto lightly floured surface and, using a rolling pin, roll dough onto prepared pizza pan. Top with your favorite toppings and bake for 425F oven for about 15 minutes.

Pizza for Brad's 30th Birthday Party. There were 3 like this. This one was 1/2 meat, 1/2 works

Pizza for Brad’s 30th Birthday Party. There were 3 like this. This one was 1/2 meat, 1/2 works. The other 2 were veggie and just cheese.



Greek Meatloaf

February 19, 2013

We had meatloaf for supper last night. I’m not a huge fan of ground meat but when Brad showed up with 2 pounds of ground turkey I turned to my good friend Pinterest and found this recipe. It was soooo delicious that I thought I would share it.

My only suggestions are to reduce the salt (actually I’d probably omit it all together) and cook it for 45 minutes instead of an hour.

I made it on a Monday, my sis was here (we have a sleepover every Monday) so it had to be gluten free. I subbed the panko for cooked quinoa. It was awesome! When I make this again, I will definitely use this substitution.


Valentines Recycled

February 16, 2013

What do you do with your children’s Valentines? I usually don’t keep them… who am I kidding? I don’t keep much, I’m a tosser! Tonight we made art, it wasn’t pretty but it sure was fun.

First we cut out all the pictures. Then Thomas glued them on. Next I asked him what was going on in the picture and he told me there was a train driving on the page. From there we added stickers and drawings. In the end, the pink and blue scribbles (I mean trains) travelled to all the different stops (I mean Valentine cut outs). It is very “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”-esque. Winnie the Pooh is going through the beach, the car is in the forest, the mice are in a rainstorm and Thomas (the train not the boy) is in a cave.


Nothing exciting… but something that sparks a kids imagination.