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Last minute DIY gifts

 3 Last minute DIY gift ideas that take less than 5 minutes to to make each

If you feel like you don’t have time for DIY gifts, but you would love to make something hand-made for a family member that has everything, then I actually have an answer for you: these three super simple last-minute DIY gift ideas that each take less than 5 minutes to make!

Every year I try to make at least one simple DIY gift because we all like to receive mindful gifts right? But since I’m a busy working from home mom, well you won’t see me embedding anytime soon! Instead, I have made a simple coffee mug cozy, an all natural pink grapefruit sugar scrub, and a festive holiday chocolate bark!

First off, the coffee ( or tea) mug cozy: all you need is a pair of scissors, and an old sweater !

Simply cut out the sleeve, pull it on the mug, roll on top and wrap with a pretty festive string.

If you’re feeling extra crafty, you can cut out a ‘pocket” for a tea bag!

My second easy last-minute DIY gift idea is chocolate bark!

I’m, sure you have some leftover chocolate chips in your pantry – why won’t you put them in the good use? I do however suggest you using the best quality chocolate, since this is main ingredient. Melt it in batches, pour on the parchment paper, and top with whatever you have on hands!

  • Here’s what I’ve used:milk chocolate chips
  • dark chocolate chips
  • white chocolate chips
  • dulce de leche chips
  • popkorn
  • sprinkles
  • crushed candy cane

last minute DIY gifts

After pouring the chocolate on the parchment paper I’ve let my kids to take care of the rest – aka sprinkle half of toppings on the chocolate bark and eat half.

last minute DIY gifts

last minute DIY gifts

last minute DIY gifts

Once it’s all set and hardened simply pack it in festive christmas cookie cans and offer as a thoughtful gift!

And the last of my ultimate easy DIY gifts, is sugar scrub. I’ve been making them for year now, and they make for a great gift to any lady in your life!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
  • an essential oil ( I used grapefruit oil)
  • couple of drops of beet juice for the pink colour

last minute DIY gifts

Mix it all together, and pack up in a metal tin or a mason jar.

last minute DIY gifts

And that’s it, your last minte DIY gifts are al done! Now you can sit down with a mug of hot chocolate and rest !

How to make electric fireplace look real

Winter is here, there’s no doubt about that. The days are shorter, sweater weather is in full swing and snow is slowly starting to fall. Some may rejoice, but for me it means one thing: it’s freezing outside so the sozy up season is starting! And what feels more cozy than curling up with a hot tea and a book in a comfy velvet chair in front of a fireplace? Nothing really. Unless of course it’s snuggling up with two little girls while looking at the fire!

make electric fireplace look real

So I wanted a fireplace since the day we decided to sell our old appartement and buy a house, that is four years ago. But of course, we couldn’t afford houses with a fireplace that also had a great location, so we settled on our little city cottage. Without a fireplace.

Fast forward four years and here I was, last month, facing another cold season and desperate for one. I was scrolling through Wayfair, when I discovered that they carry so many pretty electric fireplaces to choose from! . And I have literally made a happy dance because it was just too good to be true!

It comes in a box, doesn’t need any ventilation system, looks amazing and actually heats the space!

I love changing the decorations around it and I just love how it ads the charm and coziness to my living room!

make electric fireplace look real

Now, to make it look even more real I added two cabinets, on each side of it, and the prettiest affordable velvet chair I could have find,  I just love how it looks, and how much bigger my room actually feels.

And if you’re thinking about getting one too, but you’re worried it won’t look real, here are my tips:

  1. Pick an electric fireplace that is at least 40 inches high ( the higher the more realistic it looks).
  2. Add symmetrical cabinets on each side. ( they don’t need to be as high as mine though, but if they are lover then do hang art on each side) or hang 3 shelves on each side of the electric fireplace and put baskets on the floor and accessorize the shelves. .
  3. Decorate it! Add drama with a big mirror or a high piece of art. Just remember to keep it in scale and don’t hang anything on top that is wider then the fireplace itself.

make electric fireplace look real

make electric fireplace look real

And I think it looks really great in any season, even with fresh flowers around- it just adds instant interest to any room!

make electric fireplace look real

I couldn’t be happier with my electric fireplace: I love the look of it, how it warms up the room, and how realistic the flames are. And I love the fact that it’s actually more ecological and more economical choice than a real fireplace would be. Not to mention the fact that I can turn the flames on without the heat, and I don’t need to worry about kids and babies walking around it! I think it’s really perfect for families with kids!

Disclosure: this is a post in collaboration with Wayfair, all opinions remain my own.

 

Chocolate dipped sugar cookies

Chocolate dipped sugar cookies

Every year in early december me and my two daughters we bake cookies together. Some years we try new recipes, but in the end we always come back to my favourite classic: Polish sugar cookie recipe, that makes the best crunchy and buttery cookies in the world. And these cookies are best when dipped in chocolate. It also happens to be the most fun part for my kids: dipping the cookies and decorating them with sweet sprinkles!

For this recipe to shine, you really need the best ingredients, because while it’s quite simple, it’s really all about that melting in your mouth buttery cookie and the best chocolate you can get your hands on!

That’s why I got really excited when I found the new Chocolats Favoris products- from their amazing chocolate to baking gear –because what better way to see how good is chocolate then by making the best recipe you now with it!

Chocolate dipped sugar cookies

Chocolate dipped sugar cookies

Also, imagine my surprise when in inside of their beautiful new cookbook I found these chocolate dipped cookies. Their recipe is all about chocolate ( and suggests using homemade-or store bought cookies) so I decided to try their recipe for coloured white chocolate!

So here’s my old Polish cookie recipe upgraded with the most amazing chocolate drops : aka, melt in your mouth large chocolate chips, perfect for baking or indulging in a little sweet treat! ( My favourite are the milk chocolate drops of course, while my kids are now obsessed with their white chocolate and dulce de leche ones.)

What you’ll need for the cookies:

3/4 cup softened butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 and 1/4 cups flour

Chocolate dipping:

 

 

 

Start by mixing together butter with sugar, egg and vanilla extract. Then add the dry ingredients, and mix it all well. Roll the dough in a ball, and chill in the fridge for an hour.

Then take it out of the fridge, cut a thick slice of the dough , and roll it to cut your cookies out  (while you’re not using the rest of dough, put it back in the fridge). The quantities here make around 2 sheets of cookies. Bake them on 350F for around 20 minutes.

Chocolate dipped sugar cookies

Chocolate dipped sugar cookies

As soon as your cookies are baked and cooled off, it’s time to melt that chocolate!

You can melt your chocolate on the stove or in the microwave, though I prefer to melt it in the microwave for 15 seconds at a time, stir, and then put it back in for 15 seconds- that way it melts perfectly well, and much faster than on the stove!

And to get that pretty pale pink while chocolate dip, simply add a drop or two of red food coloring to your white chocolate. Stir and voila! It’s time to dip the cookies! The best part, according to my kids!

Chocolate dipped sugar cookies

chocolate dipped sugar cookies

Chocolate dipped sugar cookies

Chocolate dipped sugar cookies

Chocolate dipped sugar cookies

Then we decorated our cookies with the Chocolate Favors toppings: chocolate crisp pearls and dehydrated marshmallows, they don’t only look cute but actually taste great too!

Chocolate dipped sugar cookies

My little helpers where so proud of themselves, and I was really happy to avoid them getting horribly dirty ( thanks to these cover-ups) Not to mentions the fact that the cookies turned out amazing! Crunchy yet melting in your mouth with the best chocolate taste ever!

Now, next time I’ll be baking please remind me to make a double batch of these cookies- they disappear way too fast!

Chocolate dipped sugar cookies

Disclosure: this post was brought to you by Chocolats Favoris, all opinions remain entirely my own.

New Christmas Printables

If you follow my blog for a while now then you know that I just love printables. I love pinning them on Pinterest, I love printing seasonal decor printables, I love the printable tags and printable activities for kids, and I just love printable quote prints.

I love how easy and cheap seasonal decor is thanks to the printables, and I love how they can reflect any thought or idea- in a pretty way. And since I love changes, I just love changing my prints. And while changing art prints is a bit more complicated and expensive, changing kitchen prints doesn’t have to be- thanks to printables !

So today I have four different printables for you, all perfect for adding a bit of that holiday cheer into your kitchen! The first one is for hot cocoa lovers! I printed my favourite one out, and have a set a hot cocoa station in my kitchen, but just in case you’d like to add a pop of color to your kitchen , I made two more options for you to choose from.

christmas kitchen printables

And here’s the Hot Cocoa Bar print in red, for the traditional in heart:

christmas kitchen printables

And here is the pink version, for the pastel and all white decor lover:

christmas kitchen printables

Click here to get the all three hot cocoa prints.

I also made this a pretty little reminder: “Have yourself a merry little Christmas” print:

christmas kitchen printables

Click here for the ” Have yourself a merry little christmas” and if now you have this song in your head on repeat, you welcome 🙂

Now, whether you are the Christmas obsessed person like I am and you put the holiday touches in every single room, or if you’re all about simple Christmas decor, I hope that these holiday kitchen printables will bring some cheer and warmth to your home! Happy holidays! 

 

 

Kitchen makeover reveal

Here’s a little secret: if I follow my heart it always leads me to the fridge! Because quite frankly, the kitchen is the true heart of our home! And any healthy breakfast, yummy snack or amazing Holiday feast, they always start right here: in the kitchen. Just like my daughter’s first cooking lessons: the art of scramble eggs, and the romantic dishes-cleaning with my hubby ( because once you’re a parent here’s where you catch up on your relationship). Oh and also the girls night in – well, no who am I kidding? It’s actually the middle-of-the-day  play date. Everything happens in the kitchen.

And even if the said heart of the home is as small as mine, life still revolves around the kitchen.

And it seems like during the Holiday season the kitchen is even more important then ever! Here’s where we bake cookies and decorate the gingerbread house, here’s where we pour the punch and serve our guests the vine, and here’s where we make our DIY from-the pantry gifts!

So here is how it used to look:

kitchen makeover- before

To improve the very essence of our everyday lives we decided it was about time to finally update our dated and not matching together appliances and to add open shelving to this small space! Our old dishwasher was white while the range and the fridge where in stainless steel. Every appliance was a different mark and on top of it, we were missing the over the range fan! And the classical kitchen cupboards just made the space look even smaller then it was.

When I was looking for the new kitchen appliances I knew I needed a good quality first, with the technology that helps families in their every day! And I must say, I we are more then happy now with all KitchenAid matching appliances!

And so here’s how we made our small kitchen feel bigger, and more practical :

kitchen makeover

kitchen makeover

kitchen makeover

So now our kitchen is ready to take on the load of the Christmas cooking, baking and washing! You can see it all and read all about the best appliances for small spaces here, in the new Hello Holiday guide. I’m also sharing my favorite DIY gift idea -made with the ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry- and more details of the makeover!

If you’re looking for Christmas kitchen and dining room inspiration, then I’m sure you’ll love our guide! It’s packed with the Holiday cheer!

Disclosure: this post was brought to you by Leon’s furniture, all opinions remain my own. Photos without a watermark: made by Scarlet O’Neill  

Kicking off the holiday season

must try party

Cheers to the holidays! My favourite season is finally here, and this means hosting, gathering and entertaining! Also, all the yummy food, sparkly dresses and Christmas music!

Though truth to be told, I haven’t been hosting much since we had our second daughter.. and she is four years old now.. You’re wondering why? Well, cooking for a big group of people, while trying to survive in a chaos af the everyday life- as a mother, is just simply terrifying. Not to mention one tiny problem: time. Preparing a nice party for friends, with kids around, basically means that either you ship your kids to grandparents for the day, or you end up ordering food. At least, this is what I used to think.

Until last week, when I hosted the Must Try Party, and with my friends we have discovered the new President’s Choice Insider Collection: simply perfect for entertaining and parties! I have set a table full of food: from delicious gnocchi to mini empanadas, with cheese and meat platters, hot shrimp and scallops gratin and the best bacon in my life: and it took me 30 minutes to prepare! Now that’s a stress free entertaining!

must try party

must try party

must try party

must try party

First, meat lovers rejoice! I have tried hands down the best bacon in my life: Honey and sea salt naturally smoked bacon, and even if I would like to be vegan, after trying this I just can’t. My husband loved the hardwood smoked chicken wings and my friends were obsessed with the Splendido Antipasto Misto– aka the perfect meat platter with mild Genoa salami,Coppa di Parma and  prosciutto.

We have also tried the best smoked flavoured cheddar cheese ever! And the aged 5 years Canadian cheddar was my hubby’s favourite.

Also, if you ever wondered if you should spend an hour on cutting fruit for your perfect cheese and meat platter, then I’ll give you an easier solution: just add some Pomegranate Arils! In a bowl, pomegranate looks beautiful and is a great addition to cold meats and cheese! Not to mention that any drink, even a simple sparkling water,  will look so much more festive with a bit of Pomegranate in it!

must try party

must try party

One of the things I used to do pre-kids, was preparing finger foods for my guest. It would take me all afternoon, and it used to be what I liked to munch on the most too. I can’t imagine spending all afternoon working on hors d’oeuvre now to be honest! Not with kids running around! Soo these Asian Hors D’oeuvres and the Chicken Empanadas from the Insiders Collection have really made me so happy; they were exactly what my guests loved,  full of taste and the best part is they are ready to serve.

The only thing I did prepare, was serving this Oak Smoked Scottish Atlantic Salmon on some crackers with cream cheese. So simple, and seriously, so delicious! Also, we tried the Sweet & Heat Popcorn, and I must say, it’s loaded with flavour!must try party

must try party

must try party

And if you have noticed my pretty new cristal glasses, well they are also from the Insiders Collection! They would be perfect for serving wine ( there are two sizes in the package- one for white wine and one for red) though I think they make my water look pretty fancy too!

must try party

must try party

The best part of my party was realizing that I can invite friends over this Holiday season and we can eat great food and no, I don’t have to spend all day stressed in the kitchen in order to prepare it. Because with all the choices in the Insiders Collection, hosting is really made easy. And for a foodie like me, this is really great news!

Disclosure: this post was brought to you by President’s Choice, all opinions remain entirely my own.

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