Posts tagged ‘holidays’

November 15, 2013

And let the Holiday lies begin!


Have you guys ever heard of the Elf on the Shelf ?
It’s a cute idea that these two ladies came up with to start a family tradition around the holidays.
The basic premise is that you introduce your kids to their own Elf and tell them he/she will be watching them and reporting back to Santa on whether they’ve been naughty or nice. In other words, a clever little gimmick to prod good behaviour!

We decided to give the Elf a try in our house to see how H would like it.
I would say it worked for about a day before he started not to care whether or not the Elf was watching. But it’s still cute to hear him talking about Santa and getting excited about the holidays. Our family likes the idea of the Elf more for adding a cute magical element to the holidays more than as a way to modify behaviour.
So what do we think about the “white lies” surrounding Christmas?
For us, it’s all in the name of fun and encouraging creativity and imagination.
H loves to talk about magic and flying and I love encouraging his mind to stretch beyond everyday reality.

I’ve always LOVED Christmas growing up – the food, decorations, and family traditions.
Ours involved decorating the tree together, baking and stockings and I’m hoping to start some new traditions this year such as the Elf.

What traditions do you celebrate in your home around the holidays?

December 20, 2011

Gingerbread Homes Inspiration

Its been a hectic Holidaze season, though I know that’s no excuse for not posting! ¬†So I do apologize and hope that this post chock full of gingy house inspiration will help to make up for it ūüôā


I know owls are possibly the most played-out animal amongst the handmade crowd but I still love em! ¬†These simple gingy homes are waiting for a big bite ūüôā


If you’ve been following the blog (or know me at all) you’d know that my fave colour combo is red, white and black. ¬†Again, a really cute and simple house here but keeping a consistent colour theme and putting it up on a pedestal really ‘elevates’ the style factor. Ba dum dum.

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Speaking of colour! ¬†The button motif pushes up the cuteness factor by about 500 notches. I don’t know what those red liquorice bush-type things are in the front but I know they look super cuddly and remind me of yarn!

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Beautiful painting and a cool bird-house spinoff make this retro gingy home a major hit. ¬†When H saw this one he tried to lick the screen so I’d say its looking preeeetty yum.

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As if my daily coffee fixes weren’t good enough on their own…here comes a neato idea where you can get your caffeine and sugar fix all in one single fell swoop. Thanks notmartha!¬†You rock.

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As much as we like to hate on the impregnable force that is known as Martha Stewart she has some damned cute holiday ideas and here is another one.

Making a gingerbread house can be a simple and fun project with the younger kiddos – graham crackers and easy peasy candy decorations. While yours may not come out looking as pristine and crisp as the above, having some holiday fun is all that matters.

You may note that my own version does not make an appearance in this post. H is in his crazy toddler, walking/running phase which means its been a joyride getting all the holiday prep done while keeping his curious little mind out of trouble! So, in other words, we didn’t get around to it ūüôā But I’m definitely gunning for next year!

Hope you all have an amazing Holidaze and find some time to enjoy your friends, family, good food, wine and good convo because I know we will!

November 18, 2011

The StylnMommy Holiday Gift Guide

I’m a huge fan of the holidays. ¬†I know some folks start bah-humbugging when the red and green decor goes up on November 1st (as orange and black is cast aside for yet another year) but not this mama. ¬†The festive season really gets the planner in me excited – lists, organizing get togethers, planning parties, figuring out menus…love it.

I had a really tough time figuring out a format this Gift Guide Рwould I do Top 10 items for Women, Men, Kids?  What about Best Fashion, Home Decor, Pet, Lifestyle gifts? Best & Worst?  Under $50? Over $500?

When it comes down to it, the options for Gift Guides are endless – so I figured, why not just find some lovely things that I would want to receive in my stocking and leave it at that! ¬†So if you need help figuring out what to get for a female in your life…hopefully this will help. ¬†Or if worse comes to worse you know what to send over to StylnMommy ūüėČ


Some Christian LaCroix notecards. ¬†As much as I embrace technology (let’s face it, I’m lost without my Blackberry) I’m a strong believer in the authenticity of a handwritten card or note. ¬†These ones will make any fashion-lover smile and are $15.95 at Teatro Verde.


The holidays are about cozying up with fam and friends and a great evening is always had with some STLTO wine. ¬†I held off for a long time on trying this brand since I felt it was super gimmicky but once I did I became a diehard fan of the red. ¬†This gift set is a great hostess gift – for just under $20 you’re getting a bottle of quality vino with a scarf! Can’t go wrong.


Its always fun to dabble with some arts & crafts and one way to let loose your creative juices is on the canvas God (or whoever you believe in) gave ya.  A gorgeous looking eye-shadow set from Stila is worth $366 and is selling at Sephora for the ridonk price of $39.


Before you pooh-pooh my choice of including Uggs in my guide, take a closer look. ¬†These beauts are actually super comfy and cute slippers from the Gap. ¬†What I especially love about these is that you can’t accidentally trip on the stairs while carrying a squirming toddler around since they slip fully on like boots. ¬†$34.95. Just add a fireplace and let the yuletide snuggles begin.


Since we are in maximum snuggle-mode here is the ultimate robe. ¬†I don’t go for gauzy, silky and light robes. ¬†When I want to lounge out we’re talking sherpa, fleece and warmth, baby! ¬†Slippers, robe and hot mug of something. Ahhhh. Oh right, this is $98 at anthropologie. Almost fell asleep there just thinking about the coziness.


Sweet treats are the way to many people’s hearts. ¬†You just can’t go wrong with this Peppermint Bark from Purdy’s. ¬†I did a review on Purdy’s earlier this year and let me tell you – ever since I just can’t go to any other chocolatier. ¬†These are $8.95 and wrapped in a pretty red bow. ¬†Great little stocking stuffer. For stuffing your face.


I love clothing that’s named after people. This is the Owen by Canadian company, Luved Clothing. ¬†I’ve always been a huge fan of stuff you can wear pre-baby, while prego, and post-baby and Luved pieces all fit this criteria. ¬†The new collection is simply divine and each wrap/cardi can be worn by women of all shapes and sizes hence being the perfect item of clothing to purchase for someone else since size really doesn’t matter. ¬†$99 and available online or at the upcoming One of a Kind Show in Toronto.


I actually wasn’t done with my sweet treats suggestions just yet ūüėČ ¬†Here are just a few of the absolutely stunning cupcakes you can get from Bobbette and Belle. ¬†Almost too good looking to eat. Almost.


For the modern girl about town a boring ole nylon bag just won’t cut it. ¬†Check out this leopard version of a laptop bag. $89 will have you carting your techie goods around like a seasoned NYFW-er. ¬†Available at


Sometimes all you are looking for is just that extra little something to add some sparkle (but not too much) to your holiday outfit. Voila – a subtle yet stylish cuff from none other than your fave homegrown Joe Fresh. ¬†Where else but Canada can you pick up some produce and a great outfit at the same time? (Okay, ya got me… NYC…but you get the point) $14. ¬†I also loved many of the necklaces too.


Not sure what to get that finicky teen in your life?  Being irresponsible and fashion-savvy are pretty common traits for many a teen girl.  So replacing her nth pair of lost gloves with these should have you up for Best Mom/Auntie/Cuz.  Available at H&M for$14.95.


This time of year hands (and any other body part covered in skin) get extremely chappy and dry. ¬†And nobody likes to shake hands with a turtle so any lady in your life would appreciate this gift. ¬†It has the lovely smell of something fresh without the offense of, say, a Body Shop gift set. Sorry. Had to do it. ¬†Anyhoo – this brand of hand cream is actually one of the better ones I’ve tried and leaves skin soft and moisturized without greasiness or goop. $40 for this set which is worth $50.


I’ve had the pleasure of taking a cooking class at Dish with Trish Magwood and I thoroughly enjoyed her simplicity and sense of humour. ¬†And her cooking’s not bad either. ¬†Here’s a refreshing take on entertaining at home, something many of us will be undertaking this holiday season. ¬†And she’s Canadian to boot! Available at the Cookbook Store (my absolute fave place to get lost and browse in on a Sunday afternoon) $44.95

So there you have it folks! ¬†Hope this Guide sparked some holiday spirit and gave you some ideas to make that next shopping trip a teensy bit less stressful ūüôā ¬†Because after all – tis the season of giving! And all that jazz.

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