HOW TO GET A NEW SPRING WARDROBE FOR FREE! (and do the environment a favour at the same time)

During my wild and crazy youth (lol), despite not really following mainstream fashion trends, I used to love dressing up, spending hours (literally) getting ready to go out, experimenting with hairstyles and coveting cosmetics. I am glad to not “be there” now, truth be told, however since motherhood it’s probably fair to say I have gotten myself into a bit […]

BABY CUPCAKE HAS ARRIVED!

I couldn’t be happier to share the news that, at 6:23am on February 9, after 9 months and 2 days of a high risk pregnancy, my little Cupcake was born. She is happy, healthy and has a hearty appetite (to say the least!). I suffered some postpartum complications which resulted in surgery and 4 liters […]

NEW YEAR = NEW HOME, PART 2 (clearing clutter & creating lovely spaces DIY-style)

Peter Walsh‘s “31 Days to Get Organized” challenge has not only proved to be extremely beneficial practically, but it has also helped me meet all my crazy, hormonal, pregnancy nesting needs! The timing couldn’t have been better. And, of course, following a challenge such as this via Facebook is extremely easy/convenient… and FREE! For those […]

CHRISTMAS CRAFTING WITH PAPER SCRAPS & OLD BOOK PAGES (upcycling vs recycling!)

I was intrigued when my local library advertised a pre-Christmas paper crafting night that would feature the use of old books, otherwise destined for the recycling heap. Being a keen recycler and a curious “newbie crafter”, I decided to attend the event and invited a friend to join me. The weather was terrible that night […]

CUPCAKE FOR CHARITY, PART 4 (AKA … and now for some good news!)

We are all bombarded with “bad news” everyday and I cannot allow the chance to share some of “the good” to slip by when it catches my attention. The following story is proof that WE CAN make a difference. We don’t all have to quit our day jobs to volunteer. We don’t all have to become overnight […]

THE COMPLETE BLESSINGWAY ROUND-UP (with LOTS of FREE printables, great blessingway/baby shower activities + links to all recipes & tutorials)

So, Baby Cupcake is due to make an appearance in the world in less than 4 weeks (yes, less than 28 days!). After having had complications from the very start (plus a diagnosed high risk pregnancy condition) and spending months literally counting down the days to full-term, I finally find myself on its doorstep. And now […]

NEW YEAR = NEW HOME (clearing clutter & creating lovely spaces DIY-style)

In amongst the inspirational images on my 2013 visualisation mood board, you may have spotted a couple of pics of extremely well-organised spaces (a pantry and a crafting station) which I added because, as for many others, having an attractive, user-friendly home environments is one of my priorities. Recently I have been bombarded by email notifications […]

PINK LEMONADE (with fresh lemons & cranberry juice)

So, I finally got around to blogging about this recipe (recently mentioned in my New Year’s Eve menu post)! I was so excited to get the opportunity to try making pink lemonade for the very first time in advance of my blessingway/baby shower and I hope that you’ll love this recipe as much as I now do! […]

OUR HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE (+ recipes for Black Bean & Pineapple Guacamole, Veggie Quesadillas, Cornmeal & Pineapple Cake with Whipped Coconut Cream… AND a DIY Sparkle Jar!)

Happy New Year, all! I hope that 2013 is off to a great start for you and that your New Year’s celebrations were fabulous! Being rather heavily pregnant (35 weeks), still on sick leave and having a 21 month-old little guy in tow, I decided it wise to have a small family party at home […]

AMAZING SUGAR COOKIES (and how to decorate them with fondant)

There were 3 things that I offered my blessingway guests as thank you gifts; a scented candle, a choice of accessories (bags, scarves, etc.) and these cookies! I have wanted an excuse to make fondant-covered cookies for some time and this occasion was the perfect one. I am so incredibly happy with this sugar cookie […]