It’s been a while since I featured Minted – one of my absolute favourite stationery store. Since my birthday is less than one month away (hooray!), I thought it would be the perfect time to feature five essentials that set the backdrop for¬†a pretty celebration.
This Sunday is Father’s Day. Does this mean that you’ll be spoiling your dad with a crafty¬†tie greeting card or¬†golf accessories? I’ve given my dad a variety of gifts over the years, some of which I rounded up in this post (just in case you’re looking for a last-minute gift idea). I’ve been a student forever, so naturally my¬†Dad has a collection of university t-shirts, sweatshirts, and mugs from a variety of Ontario universities. It’s¬†been a really convenient gift to buy since I¬†could shop in between classes. Luckily, dad loves them (or pretends to) and wears them all the time.
My dad seems to like anything that has the¬†letter “B”¬†on it (to match his first name, of course).¬†Because of this,¬†I’ve given him loads of “B” presents like the ones below (though not necessarily in white – my dad likes colour).
To be honest, I¬†don’t actually watch the games, but I do like to follow along from the sidelines. My dad and a few friends keep me in the loop. I know, for example, that Brazil won against Croatia yesterday. I always end up cheering for Italy or France.
Will you be¬†watching any matches? Who are you cheering for?
My second nephew is 4 years old today! He loves pasta carbonara (without the peas or bacon, which basically means pasta noodles), making everyone laugh, milk, and climbing just about everything. One day I know my sister and brother-in-law might just have to install a climbing wall in their house.
Easter is just around the corner. While my Easter revolves around chocolate eggs, I know others out there enjoy decorating their homes with any and all types of rabbits. Here’s my round-up of rabbits that are easy to grab a hold of.
My oldest nephew is 5 today! He loves tornadoes, books, forts, printing words, and Nutella. His most recent love, just like almost every other kid out there, is the Disney movie Frozen. Here’s the whole Frozen gang – Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and Kristoff.
p.s. For those readers who are looking for a Frozen art project – have a look at Jen’s Frozen peg dolls.
p.p.s. Is it odd that I know the names of the characters, considering that I’ve never seen the movie/commercials/ads, and I don’t have kids. Is this normal?
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Do you have any plans? Have you created a Valentine’s Day wish list? I think the traditional gifts of chocolates ¬†and flowers are just perfect. Beyond these things, gifts from the heart (or with hearts!) are irresistible now or at any time of the year, so you can scoop up goodies like the ones below and gift them to your loved ones (or yourself) throughout the year.
As you may have noticed, I’ve taken a few days off from the blog to celebrate the holidays, have some downtime, and continue to do work around my home. I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with friends and family and that you’re now ready to welcome in the new year!
Will Martha Stewart be coming to your home for Christmas this year? She can if you first head to the Home Depot and stock up on some of her holiday decorations. Here are some of the items that caught my attention in the Arctic¬†collection.
Halloween is just a few days away. I’ve been enjoying reading about amazing Halloween DIYs and cool costumes but I have had zero time to focus on Halloween this year.¬†I’ve got my pumpkin and that’s about all I’m going to get.
What about you? Are you dressing up? Did you already go to a Halloween party or two? Still looking for an easy costume? Here’s one for you…
In addition to great music and delicious food, festive decor is a must for any party. From invites to balloons to signs, the decor helps to set the stage for platters of appetizers, dessert tables, and the drinks station.
Today’s round-up of party supplies are from Minted – perhaps one of the best stocked online party supply retailers.
I recently received an order for a party-in-a-box (essentially) and it is SO pretty! I was completely impressed with the colours, design, and quality of printing and paper. Stay tuned for an official review of my party package!
For the first time in, gosh, I think all of my life, I’m actually working on my birthday! I think I’m still in shock about this fact. It’s exciting though. And I have a great dinner with family and friends tonight Uptown to look forward to. I’m eager to discover all the new-to-me restaurants in my new ‘hood.
Okay so – yeah – I have pretty exciting news to share. Ready? Here it is – I will be presenting at this fall’s BlogPodium! (Did the above logo give it away?) BlogPodium is Canada’s conference for design and lifestyle bloggers and I couldn’t be more happy and proud to be involved in this wonderful event.
Me and Giulia are co-presenting a session about work-life balance. Our session will be full of great tips and tools that we use to organize our blogging lives and to expand our knowledge of this creative field. You can view the full schedule here. As you’ll see, Sarah Richardson – The Sarah Richardson – will be the keynote speaker!
Past BlogPodium events have left me energized, engaged, motivated, and excited and I have no doubt that I will, once again, be amazed by the people I meet and the things I learn. Bloggers of any stage of their blogging careers will surely enjoy the full day event. I encourage you to attend and if you do, please be sure to say hello!
One of the best parts of summer in Ontario, in my opinion, are barbecues. When I was little it was all about hot dogs and hamburgers. Nowadays I love grilled veggies and shrimp. The barbecue has grown to be a sophisticated cooking machine and accessories such as veggie trays and rib racks make grilling that much easier.
Random fact – Duke thinks I am going to send him a tray of meatballs. Yes – quite the imagination at 4 years old! I’m not going to be the one to tell him that I’ve never actually made meatballs and I doubt Canada Post would mail them to NYC even if I did make them. The little cutie definitely keeps me entertained!
My youngest nephew is 1 today. I have so much love for this little guy. I hope he eats like a champ and has many fun walking adventures today (as has been his routine for the last little while…why change what works?).
Happy Birthday Holt!
Holt in December 2012; photo (and onesie) by Jordana
While I think Valentine’s Day is wonderful holiday to celebrate love between friends, couples, family, and children, I’m also one of those people who thinks that it should be celebrated beyond February 14th. Perhaps this is because I used to work at my mom’s flower shop every February 14th and I really just wanted to tell everyone who came through that everyday is a good day to buy someone flowers – why limit one’s generosity to red roses on one cold day in February?
Anyway – you may already know that in addition to flowers I am very keen on stationery. Giving a card is one of the easiest things one can do to show any kind of emotion or good will. Here’s a round up of some great cards for this lovely occasion.
I almost ended this day without celebrating White Cabana’s fourth anniversary! Where has the time gone? I guess when there are so many projects on the go these kinds of things happen (Shame!). I really need to take a cue from my own birthday and start planning blog anniversaries the day after one ends.
So, thank you readers for coming to visit us each day for your dose of white goodness. I hope you’re having as much fun as we are! Perhaps we’ve surprised you with some quirky objects or injected a sense of calm into your day with serene spaces this past year. Thank you for engaging with white, for sending me photos of whiteness in your lives, and for emailing and tweeting me with links to interesting things that have caught your eye.
Thanks to the White Cabana contributors – Johanne, Troy, Mackenzie and Corie – who take time out of their busy lives to share some white moments with the rest of us. I am beyond grateful to you all for sharing your very different perspectives of white!
Needless to say, I am looking forward to continuing the celebration of the beauty of white for another year and to sharing with you my current obsessions with this colour (or non-colour, some would say). I hope you continue to visit as often as your busy lives permit.
I’m starting off this week with these beautiful hand-crafted cloisonne boxes. I love the simplicity of the white scales and copper outlines. So pretty…and a perfect gift for your mom, sister, or friend!
Cloisonne Jewellery Boxes, from $18.16 (on sale!), Pottery Barn
Ikea is making it pretty easy for us to bring a good Jul (holiday season) into our homes this year (and every year, right?) what with its super selection of holiday items that are less than $20. For a very special edition of 20 Below, I am featuring not one but five¬†great white decor items from Ikea that can be used during – and after – the holidays.
Well, okay, tomorrow is December 1st so I guess it’s appropriate to start the Christmas countdown. When I was growing up the only advent calendars that I ever had were of the chocolate variety – yum! Has an advent calendar been part of your Christmas tradition? Have you crafted one this year or do you have a store bought one?