Graduation Milestone

This Spring I have both jr. and senior proms and graduations. I love a good party, more so I enjoy planning a good party.  I like exploring neat ideas and mostly I get pleasure when my guests have a great experience.  This party was an outdoor picnic theme. We served pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw and kettle chips.  I kept everything very simple and the feedback from guest the next day was very positive.

Enjoy the photo party and easy ideas!



The last few parties I have planned or hosted it has been all about the helium balloons.They are a quick, fun and easy way to decorate. For this outdoor party these large number balloons added to the graduation theme.



This simple balloon bouquet was just the right touch.


Very simple self serve popcorn station.


Another easy self serve idea.



For special events I like to go one step further with the cake. This is a work of art.


You can use mason jars for so many things, such a simple and easy idea.



A great way to end a wonderful evening.


As seen on Pinterest: Teacup Bird Feeder

I had to clean out some dead branches from an area in my yard. The tops of the trees are beautiful and provide lots of privacy but the bottoms of the trees had lots of dead branches. I often noticed little birds hanging out in the trees. I thought these teacup bird feeders would be a great way to add to the empty space and bring more of those lovely little birds to the trees.  I have a few more plans for this space as it leads to a pathway of wild blackberry bushes.


I purchased all the cups and saucers from a thrift shop. I also found beads and ribbons to use for hangers. The glue I picked up at a hardware store. I selected glue that was waterproof.  A glue gun would work as well.





As seen on Pinterest

Our friends announced they are getting married the week we will be away camping at a beautiful beach. They are having a beach wedding followed by a big party in the campground. I have to say it is a first for me but I am looking forward to it. We are all helping with the planning and preparations and I took on the place settings. Now, your not going to take silver and crystal to an outdoor camping event but how about plastic and paper.

As seen on PINTEREST

Now here is what I did…

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As seen on Pinterest

I am starting a new series called As seen on Pinterest. You know how it is. We spend a few hours on Pinterest pinning all these great wonderful ideas that we are never going to do, make, use, create.  Sure we have great intentions. I know I do. But very few projects, meals etc.. do I actually do. So here is my chance to Do


Have you seen this one and thought “so cheap” and “so easy”  but  yet all  your earring are still all over your make up table and night end table. That was me until TODAY!

Found these two ice cube trays with tops! for $1.50 at the grocery store.


It took all of 10 minutes to wash these out and put my jewellery in.



The only question I have is why didn’t I do this much sooner?

The first before and after shots

The contractors moved out a few weeks ago and the new sofa has arrived and I am shopping the clearance weekly to try and find the best deals to decorate all this new living space I have.

Since my son was away on a school trip for a few days I decided to get his room finished as a little surprise for him on his return. He is a 15 year old teen boy and from my experiences thus far his room smells like a guys locker room before game seven of the Stanley Cup. No amount of air freshening can remove that smell.  Finding the floor is often challenging AND no matter how often we tell him not to eat in his room we find dishes in there, weeks later. Although, I read lots about the horrors of a teen boys bedroom it wasn’t until I was actually living with one that it all became a scary reality. Saying that I decided this would be the cheapest room I would ever decorate. I even went to Walmart to get his bedding. I know, its true. I actually did. It was a last resort but one that proved to be successful in colors and price.

Before photos

The existing playroom/games room was gutted and walls were put up to make the bedroom for my oldest son. This new room is much larger then his old room and has a closet. As there was no window in this space ( the window you see is not on an outside wall but the old outside of a wall before we put an addition on our home) we also had to put in a window to make it legally a bedroom and make an exit should there ever be a need and I am referring to a fire not a midnight joy ride with his buddies. He has so many ways to sneak out in the basement.IMG_5467

Walls going up!


After Same view as above

we added a closet


Behind these walls is the new bedroom

You can see the new window and where the medals are is where there was a window.  The bedding from walmart which included a sheet set was $40.00. We reused his dark black curtains because on the weekends and holidays he needs to sleep in until 1:00 in the afternoon and all other times he is in his room he lives as a vampire and the sun burns his eyes out and how else would he contribute to our “whole shit” this power bill is high.


On this photo you can see on the wall where he has created an outline for a skyline that he is going to draw on his wall. He is a very good artist. This will be his Summer project.


A large double closet (his old room in the basement did not have a closet) DSC_0038

A few weeks ago while he was shopping with me at Winners’s he found some pictures he really liked so a few days later I  went back to purchase these for him. These were probably the most expensive purchase in the room. The two pictures were total cost of $51.00.



My son is also very involved in hockey and is quite a skilled goalie. We retired one of his sticks and hung all his metals for him. Personally, I wanted to display them chronically as to the age he was when he won them but my husband said that was being overly organized. What do you think? Cost: Free



Finally, I purchased some bins and labels from the dollar store and created a storage system for his socks and boxers and anything else he wants to “store”. Cost: $6.00


And true to 15 year old behaviour he came home from his trip and his suitcase threw up all over his room and I will look fondly back on these pictures .

Take a look back at my youngest son’s room makeover. 

There ya have it! The first before and after photos.

Blowing out Eggs

photo-1414048512375-319531a5895fSince I have a barking cold I was feeling disappointed because there was no way I could blow out eggs for decorating and use the eggs to make a quiche. “Here have some germ infested quiche sure to give you an evening of hacking.” I hate the thought of wasting all those eggs. But my head must he clearing because I decided to Google Search “how to blow out eggs without using your mouth” and what do you know I found a way. How could I ever doubt Google?  The solution use a baby rubber ear syringe. ( give it a good boil in water)  I think I can get one of these at the drug store. I have been blowing eggs out for years and I also just learned to stir the yoke before trying to blow it out, stirring breaks the yoke and makes it come out easier. Sometimes it is the small things! How to Blow Out Eggs-Modern Mom

Reno Before Photos

Here’s the plan. This is a basement reno since the main floor of the house has been done, in fact I think we are coming back around to the main floor cause the mental list is growing. Anyways, that is for another time. I should also say that we have hired someone to do this work and it is only going to be a small DIY project for us (painting, some design, decorating).

okay, the plan

We are taking out the existing “kids” tv/game room and turning it into a bedroom for my oldest son. His current bedroom is very small and has no closet. The window in the picture is where our home use to end before we put on an addition about 6 years ago.


The extension we put on was for a master bedroom suite (main level) and we never finished the basement portion of the addition. We have just used it for storage and for the kids to play hockey in. Now we are going to turn it into a large family room.

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We are re-doing the bathroom because if I am going to be spending time in this new family room I need to have access to a nice washroom and so do the guests.


Alright-y, here we go. Good thoughts! Happy thoughts!