Monday, October 31, 2011

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Hello all you ghouls and goblins!  Hope everyone had a safe Halloween weekend with most the adult parties going on Saturday.  Hope you found my DIY printables useful!  Tonight is all about the little ones.  I love seeing them come to the door in their cute costumes.  Steve and I took a walk last night as it might have been the last nice weather night we have (snow this morning?!?!).  Here is a collection of photos of just s few houses in our neighborhood that were decorated for tonight:

This house had cool picture frames in the window with old spooky black & white photos!

Love the entrance to the door...these houses used to scare me as a kid though lol

This one gets my vote as best house on the block!

A little garden pumpkin patch...

Cross if you dare!

Coming out of the grass...BOO!!


XOXO
Suzana

Monday, October 24, 2011

Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite picks available at www.pinkribbonshop.com.  Almost every store you go right now you'll see many of these pink ribbon items with portion of the proceeds going to breast cancer research.  We may not be able to always donate a large sum of money but even purchasing a small item can help and also shows those going through it your support.  Here are some of my favorites right now:

Pink Ribbon Nail Jewels, $3.95

Think Strong - Think Pink Reusuable Acrylic Cup, $11.95

Fight Like a Girl - Bottle Koozie, $12.95

"Survivor" Pendant/Necklace, $12.95

Fight Like A Girl - Scrapbook Kit, $16.95

Xoxo
Suzana

Friday, October 21, 2011

Pumpkin + Flowers = Cuteness

Today's post is a collection of photos I found on the internet that incorporate flowers with pumpkins.  I just love the colors!





Source: www.bhg.com

Have a great weekend everyone!

xoxo
Suzana


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Halloween Printables

Freshly designed for Halloween...an elegantly spooky Halloween Party Invitation with matching tags that you can use all over!  Enjoy!!





xoxo
Suzana

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fall Dinner Party Centerpiece

I believe the heart of a good dinner party is your centerpiece, setting the mood for the event.  Here is an easy centerpiece I came up with perfect for Fall.  It can easily be used for Christmas as well, I would opt to add some twigs of berries here and there.

Supplies List:

·         Pillar Candles, $8.99, IKEA
·         Candle Dish, $6.99, IKEA
·         Drawer Liner Paper, $1.00, Dollar Giant
·         Pine Cones, $2.00, Dollarama


Cut the drawer liner paper to the height of each candle and long enough to wrap once around each. 



Make sure the lines of the “wood grain” are vertical to get the best effect.



Once candle is wrapped, arrange them in their varying heights on the candle dish.  Add the pine cones (mine were cinnamon scented!) around the base on the dish.



Enjoy!

Xoxo
Suzana

Friday, October 14, 2011

Zucchini Bread

Here is my receipt for delicious Zucchini Bread.  I love how moist the cake is inside.  I always use chocolate chips because well, I have a slight chocolate addiction, but raisins or walnuts can be used to.  I made them in two loaf pans so that I could give one to my mother (reason 124 why I’m her favorite) and keep one for our house…which was gobbled up quickly.



Ingredients:

3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tbsp vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1 cup chocolate chips
1¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups grated zucchini

How to:

1.       Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease pan(s).
2.       Mix the wet ingredients in a bowl and gradually fold in the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined. 
3.       Pour the mixture into greased pans.
4.       Bake at 350F for 1 hour.


Enjoy!
Xoxo
Suzana

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Edgy Nails

The girls and I decided to do our nails the other day with a new product I purchased from Avon.  You may have seen the ads for Crackle Nail Polish from a few different brands such as OPI, CoverGirl, China Glaze, and etc but for upwards of $6.00.  While I was eager to try out the trend, I was not willing to spend that much on something that may not work out.  Then while browsing through the latest Avon catalogue (yes, I’m an addict), I saw they has a version that they call “Mosaic Nails” and for only $3.99.  Needless to say it was meant to be mine.  Here’s how we used it:

Supplies:

·         Bottle of Mosaic Nails (Avon) or your own crackle nail polish
·         Your favorite color of nail polish
·         Nail file
·         Nail polish remover


Once you have filed your nails and removed any old polish, give your nails a base coat using your favorite color.  Depending which type of polish you use, you may need just the one or maybe two coats.



Once that has dried, you’re ready to use the crackle polish.  You will only need one coat per nail and move fast.  Don’t gob to much on the brush either.  Once you have brushed on a coat on the nail, wait and watch the “crackling” begin.  Awesome!  I used lavender as my base coat but one of the girls used hot pink and looked great too.  I’m excited to try more colors just for fun!



Xoxo
Suzana

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend (or at least all us Canadians who were celebrating).  You are likely reading this blog while feeling the effects of a turkey hangover.  Since my wedding decor company is still busy with Fall weddings I had to skip the big family dinner but was able to get out and enjoy a nice walk at Carburn Park (local Calgary area) with the family.

Look at those beautiful colors! 
There was actually a small wedding ceremony taking place just off to the right when we were there.

A random wind chime in the secluded park area

I love days like this...

xoxo
Suzana

Thursday, October 6, 2011

What He Said

We have all been a little touched by the passing of Steve Jobs, Apple innovator, yesterday.  There have been many of his quotes circulating around Facebook and Twitter and they are all so inspiring.  I cam across this one on the internet that made me want to share with you all.  When I decided to start my own business it was the intention that I get to wake up everyday and enjoy what I do.  Even though it's not always smooth sailing (what job is!) it's all worth it to me and brings me much joy.



xo
Suzana

Product Review - My Favorite Nail Polish

Confession:  I have been obsessed with nail polish for longer then I can remember.  My mother always had some in her medicine cabinet and I would beg her everytime we went to the pharmacy for a new shade (she was pretty good at not giving in).  Then I finally started having money of my own, first from Christmas/Birthday presents and eventually from my first job at a fast food joint.  My own collection quickly grew to what I have now which is over 20 bottles at any given time. 

I have learned that as you get older, you sometimes have less time to do your own nails nor the patience to wait for it to dry...inevitably smudging your nails as you race out the door.  But I have finally found a nail polish to solve that problem.  Sure, there are alot of "quick dry" polishes out there (believe me, i've tried most of them) but this one actually works!

Insta-Dri Fasty Dry Nail Color by Sally Hansen



The claims:

"One coat, one stroke for quick and easy application"
  • Dries in 60 seconds - yup, it sure does
  • One coat coverage - you literally only ever need one
  • Instantly irresistible shades - i like them all
  • no DBP, Tolene or Free Formaldehyde - that's gotta be good right?!

I have found the cheapest place to get them is Walmart but they are available from most pharmacies and beauty stores that carry Sally Hansen products.

I currently have Lovely Lilac and Flashy Fuschia...thinking my next shade will be Mint Sprint...

xo
Suzana

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

It's Crunch Time

Autumn…it’s an enchanting time of the year.  The air is crisp, the sunrises are gorgeous, and the leaves on the trees are changing colors into a beautiful sea of yellows, oranges, reds, and greens.  But they don’t stay on the trees very long after that.  They one by one trickle down to the ground… and then it’s CRUNCH TIME!  As kids we used to run and jump into piles of leaves and I LOVED the sound of crunching leaves.  And now I love going for walks and stepping on those leaves to hear that sound…

CRUNCH, CRUNCH, CRUNCH


Photos taken at the South Glenmore Park in Calgary


This is my first blog post here and I welcome you to stay around and enjoy my future posts.  I also welcome all your comments and suggestions!

xoxo
Suzana