This is Halloween

 

Are you ready for it? We did our Great Pumpkin Carving Competition once again.

Some of us took our work very seriously.


Others were available to the paparazzi.

Then SOME went next level with the tools. 

Of course it remains to be seen whether the fancy tools bore  out in the final product. Pun intended.

Ladies and gentelman, here they are:

First up  – Cat

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2. Harry Potter 6B4BF2D8-E12B-4283-9AA9-DF5E24882B1C

3. Smiles

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and last up… Dracula!

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I know, they are all  BOO-tiful but which one is your favourite?

Leave us a comment letting us know which is your favourite!

 

Voting has already begun!

Happy Haunting

Getting Ready for Halloween

This was Halloween weekend but Charles and I stayed in. Lame.  Charles doesn’t love dressing up for Halloween, so he tends to give me our party invitations a little late. Like after the party starts.

But, I did get him out a few years ago and got him to dress up for the party.  I think his participation was only because I gave him his favourite costume to wear.  Hunting gear:

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We spent time this Halloween weekend getting ready to give out treats to our Trick or Treaters.  We bought Chocolate Bars and Chips…and I want them.  I just have to resist for two days.  Sure, no problem.

Tonight we have our annual pumpkin carving contest where my sisters get embarrassed and beaten every year. I’m not really sure why they continue to participate, but some people are suckers for punishment.

Stay tuned tomorrow for our pieces of art and the Winning Pumpkin!

Happy Halloween!

s.

 

Boo-tiful Costumes!

Niamho here-

Woooo it’s haunting season and I don’t think Ais could be any happier. Halloween is such a fun time with spooky stories, candy and of course awesome costumes!

Every year Ais starts taking about her costume in December, sometimes earlier, she is constantly scrolling pinterest page after pinterest page trying to find the perfect costume.

I too love Halloween and I absolutely love an excuse to dress up yet I am never able to commit to a costume or take the time to make it.

So every year on Halloween night, I call Aisling and she graciously offers to help choose my costume, or make it or you know give me hers!

Seriously best sister award, amiright?!                 Sooo what am I going as this year Ais?

Here is a pic of some of my staff with a student on Halloween last year. I must say our class won best costume!

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Friday’s are awesome because we get to link up with Erika who has been talking about some of her family fall favourites and I just can’t get enough!

I am so behind I can’t even start thinking of a costume for Niamho!Every year no matter when I’ve started prepping this is always a jam packed week!

So many more decorations to put out!

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I have to get back at it! Here are some of my most recent costumes!

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Tin Man from the wizard of Oz

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Terminator and The Wicked Witch of the West

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Little Red Riding Hood who met the big bad wolf

Ais xo

S here.

Not to be outdone by my sisters, I have a fairly good costume repertoire myself. I date it back to my stage days as panda number 17.


It was a strong start.

As the years went by I channelled my inner royalty and went for a more sophisticated look. 

Dad went for sophistication as well.

Until I found my favourite costume of all time. Something about my hair and my nose make this costume so…me.

This costume is a fit for me purely because of the aesthetic. I will not actually melt if you throw a bucket of water on me.

Halloween, thanks for the memories.

S.

 

 

The Good Human Experiment

 

Can simple acts of goodness everyday for 30 days, make you a happier person?

This is the question Mum and I have been asking since we started…

The Good Human Experiment!

The Good Human Experiment is a 30 day pledge, to do good deed each and every day.

This is an online community that offers encouragements, prompts and ideas to practice goodness everyday! They have a great presence on facebook, email and instagram, where all the pics are from.  This community is a wonderful supportive group that reminds you of the simple pleasures in life and the importance of sharing that with our neighbours.

It seems  a simple enough quest yet sometimes it can be difficult some days, especially when it is rainy or you haven’t gone out and seen anyone.

The GHE is such a wonderful reminder to engage in the world around us, be kind and empathetic.

The GHE team offers a list of ideas, which I know my Mum likes, especially coming up to the 30 days.

Well, I am coming up to my 30 days of the GHE and I must, it was tough some days, to think of new ideas, to put myself out there, to be conscious of my good deeds. However, with that in mind I am so unbelievably happy that I engaged in this online pledge. Early enough in the pledge, I started to get a little addicted to my  good deeds and I was constantly thinking about my next good deed!

It has been such a fun and beautiful experience, that has opened up my eyes to those around me and as well as my inner eye. It has reminded me to look inward to see how  I am navigating the world.

Encouraging time for inner reflection so that we can better offer our gifts to others.

We all know that doing good things will make us feel good, but the GHE was a reminder and offered a boost when needed. I believe that even after I finish this month’s pledge I will continue on.

As GHE says…

Do good stuff. Feel all the feels.

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkinferno

My sisters and I have some mad skills when it comes to pumpkin carving. People come far and wide to be able to check out our creations.

We are the talk of the town!

The modern day Michelangelo  if you will.

We have an annual pumpkin carving ‘competition’  at mum and dads every year…. We give ourselves 30 minutes to clean and carve the pumpkin. Then we have the non bias judges (our parents) come and choose their favourite.

I’m just going to throw it out there that I am the 2 year running champ ( prove me wrong sisters)

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okay okay , maybe I hyped up our skillz a bit BUT what I’m not hyping is the true talent and skill from the amazing carvers of Pumpkinferno.

My mouth was catching mosquitos all night. My chin was on the ground, I was amazed by the talent. My amazing little gang took a tiny roadie up to Upper Canada Village to bask in the awesomness of Halloween and take in all these pumpkins!

For those readers who aren’t aware of what this is, its a kilometre walk along a beautiful path lit by over 7000 glowing pumpkins carved into amazing pieces of art.

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Each section had a different theme whether it be music, nature, emotions or Halloween, sports, art and so much more.

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I still can’t believe how realistic some of these pumpkins are!

 

They all range from small intricate designs to life sized  pieces!

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I loved this tunnel because it gave me ideas for my own ‘creations’!

Although my favourite of the entire night were the bewitching witches who were chanting and giggling …

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.
– William Shakespeare

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Sisters, I challenge you both to a pumpkin carving competition.

Rules are as follows:

  • 30 minutes
  • No stencils or templates
  • No peeking
  • No help from additional people
  • Non winners ( losers) have to treat winner to Le Nordik within 31 ( get it?! –  Halloween !) days of losing.

BRING ON THE COMPETITION

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My sister is going to be so Angry at me…

My sister is going to hate this post, but I have to be honest. As much as I like a Pumkin Spice Latte and a nice walk to look at the fall leaves… 

what I LOVE is:

Christmas!

Give me all the Christmas decorations, festive big, craft fairs, shopping malls filled with Christmas shoppers and 24/7 Christmas filled radio tunes. I LOVE it. 

So here is my confession: I have skipped past pinning fall and Halloween ideas and gone straight to the festive good cheer. And Aisling is NOT going to like it! 

Sorry! #notsorry

Here’s just a few things I’m looking forward to. 

1. Santa!


2. Decorating the House


3. Gingerbread Houses


4. Christmas Lights


5. Christmas dress-up


So, sorry sister, but I’ve got dreams of sugar plums dancing in my head. 

So, Christmas, here I come. 

S. 

Twist the bones and bend the back

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Not only do I love how they are all about eternal life, they’re all about their sisters!

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Winifred

 

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Sarah

…. and boys

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They sing, they dance, they go on an ‘adventure’ to get Book and  look fabulous doing it!

 

 

These sisters ARE Halloween for me, I can’t wait for this weekend so I can decorate my house and watch Hocus Pocus and channel my inner witch-y sister!

I did a quiz on Buzzfeed to find out which sister I would be… I got Winnifred!

Which sister did you get?

 

Ais xo

Teach me how to Hygge: Take 3 Tuesdays

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This week’s Take 3 topic is: Hygge.

As we understand it, Hygge is the art of creating sanctuary and community.  It creates well being, warmth and closeness and celebrates the everyday.

All three of us try to apply hygge to all aspects of our life. Our homes, our work, our play.

So here are some tips on how to create Hygge in the everyday.

S.

My first tip is creating a comforting ritual and one of my favourites is a good coffee ritual.  To me, its not totally about the coffee, but about meeting a good friend (or a sister), watching the barrista make the expresso, froth the milk and put a flourish on the latte. The calmness of the coffee shop, the process or preparing the coffee, and the company create calm, peaceful and contentment for me = Hygge.

Quitters Coffee is Stittesville, Ottawa, is an excellent place to practice Hygge.IMG_0899

My second tip is furry friends.  Furry friends can be great for Hygge.

At home, we live out in the country, so I try to embrace our surroundings, switch off and follow one of the central Hygge essentials, which is pets/furry friends.

Here was a visitor to our front yard this Winter.

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And here is my best furry friend.

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She is central to almost all my Hygge at home.

My final Hygge tip: create a comfortable spot and read.  Reading on our porch is that spot for me. I just need some tea, a blanket and my bookclub book and I’m ready to Hygge.

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Wishing you warmth and hygge.

 

Ais’ Hygge Life

When S first explained to me what Hygge “hoo-gah” was I instantly knew that this was something I could get down with. One way I have a Hygge lifestyle is by making sure I find some time for self care and unwinding. I rarely have trouble celebrating life and others achievements but I do tend to forget about relaxing and recharging.  I love being comfy and find I achieve better things and more things when I take some ‘me time’.

I try setting the mood by doing several different things.

I lower all my lights and light my candles. I find that candles can transform the room from bright and busy to warm and calm in mere moments. Whether they are scented or not it will calm your space and allow for a flickering break in the busy days. It is so calming. I have been using drip candles so that they also make pretty cool bottles with all the different colours!

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Once the mood has been set I like to continue by making myself a fancy hocho.  I make it slowly by boiling milk on the stove so that I can slowly smell it floating in the air. I always put it into a special mug to add that Hygge life into each choice. I top it with ‘Ais’ Special Whipped Cream ‘ which has a drop of doTerra Peppermint essential oil to add a minty taste that slowly releases its flavour into the hocho! It is brilliant if I do say so myself.

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As a side note, I have recently added essential oils into several parts of my day to day life and have noticed a big difference! I will be sure to tell you more about the ones I use and the oils I want next in another post soon.

Once my treat is made, my candles are lit I curl up on the couch and pick a movie that I have seen 100 times. I love rewatching movies and finding new reasons to love them. Whether it’s a missed joke or remembering a favourite line.

Today the movie I’m watching is one of my favourites.

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She’s The Man.  It’s a 2006 teen rom-com with Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum about a girl who pretends she is her brother in college to be able to play soccer. Niamho and I have watched it more times than I care to admit and I think I laugh harder each time. I quote it on the regular and love how that when  I watch it I laugh real belly laughs every time so that I can fully encompass a Hygge lifestyle by celebrating the small and happy things in life!

How do you hygge?

-Ais


Niamho’s Hyggely Afternoon

Hearing the word Hygge for the first time brought visions of Hermione Granger correcting Ron “it’s Leviosa, not Leviosaaaaa!” I just couldn’t get it.

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Hygee or Hoo-gah or Heu-guh?  

Meik Wiking, writer of The Little Book of Hygge recalls the time when Winnie the Pooh is asked how to spell love and he responds “you don’t spell it, you feel”,  so is the same with Hygge. However someone chooses to pronounce Hygge is unimportant, but rather the feeling it creates is where the importance lies. It has been described as the coziness of the soul, togetherness, comfortable mindfulness or even cocoa by candlelight.

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Here are my three Hygge prompts

 

  1. Engage the Senses.

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For my hygge time, I had ready to bake warm White Chocolate Cranberry Scones from Thyme and Again, topped with butter, honey and cream  and a homemade a latte. I then found the perfect place on the porch at the cottage, from where I was sitting I could see the lake and three bird feeders. I was lucky to be surrounded by nature’s beautiful music today, when I get back to the city I will be sure to use calm.com to fully get into the hygge mood.

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  1. Cozy and Comfortable.

This summer has been frightfully cold, which also makes it perfect hygge weather. My cozy look today came from a big woolen blanket, my uncle’s old sweater(shhh he doesn’t know I have it) and the perfect cottage socks!

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  1. Mindful Moments and Memories

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A great way to Hygge is by writing in a journal. This is a great way to remember past hygge moments and to be mindful of the present moment. I have been making my way through the Happiness Planner, which S gifted me a while ago. It offers wonderful prompts and advice that fit the hygge feeling, it is great planner especially for those who are new to journaling.

Turns out, hygge is definitely my cup of tea!

Ps. here was my view. Can you see the loon? Très hygge!

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My Ottawa

Who else is loving all this Canadian 150! This year has been such a blast with all the celebrations, including KontinuumInspiration Village, and Red Bull Crashed Ice!

One of my favorite events this year though was MosaiCanada 150.  The Jacques-Cartier Park hosted a horticulture triumphant event for 107 days. The exhibit reflected Canadian history, values and arts.

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It just ended this past weekend and I hope that it returns next year!

What a cool expression Canadian art!

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I have a feeling this was my Mum’s fav!

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Here is one for S!

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I love all things Anne!

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Here is one for Dad.

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Thanks MosaiCanada for a special afternoon!

 

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th! ahh!

I love everything fall and that includes halloween and all things scary!

but be sure to be follow the rules below to have a successful Friday 13th!

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Some of my favourite things about this month are the smells and these are my favourite smells this season!

Starting off the week was my mums AMAZING thanksgiving turkey… smell this cook through out the day was heavenly

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Thanksgiving 2017

well… the dessert was fantastic too; pumpkin pie and apple crumble made by Niamho mmmm..

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Nights in wouldn’t be complete without creating a hygge room with my fall candles especially my Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin from Bath and Body Works… ( which is on sale right now! )

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I also found my new fall scent which I am totally stoked about and have actually been complimented on several times already! Oakwood Vanilla  Bourbon Tuberose- ya all of that in one beautiful smell!

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Elizabeth and James-Nirvana

 

Ais xo