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Love. Create. Celebrate. : November 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Holiday Photo Frames

As part of our annual Christmas crafting my husband & I hit up Michael's in search of a craft to do together. We came across some of their standard wooden photo frames and decided to make our own Christmas photo frames. 

We used: 
- wooden frames
- glue
- scrapbook paper
- ribbon
- spray paint
- and random decorative pieces from Michaels and my personal collection

We first spray painted the frames the night before so that all the edges would be nice.  

 My husband cutting out some paper for his frame. 

Me using an x-acto knife to cut our the centre of the frame.  

Getting the placement just right. 

Final products! Awesome holiday frames! I actually LOVE them. And they look adorable in our window now! I just need to print off some holiday photos to fill them up. 

This is my husband's frame :) He added the lights to give it some extra pizazz. 

My holiday frame :) Including specially cut out Christmas trees and a clothespin banner. 

Fun :) Stay tuned for more wonderful Christmas crafts! 

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Healthy ME!

Christmas is on the horizon! With Christmas comes a multitude of great friends, family, parties, crafts, etc. It also comes with massive dinners, turkey, potatoes, Christmas cookies, stocking treats, nuts & bolts, etc. 

In an attempt to maintain my weight over the Christmas season, I've vowed to start being healthier now. That means that over the holidays, if I want to eat nuts & bolts at the end of the day, I have to eat healthy food the whole rest of the day. This is no easy feat for a cheese and carbohydrate lover. 

Anyway, here's a delicious recipe that I found on Pinterest to motivate some healthy meals! 

- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 1/2 an avocado
- 1/3 red pepper
- 1/4 of a cucumber sliced 
- tbsp of lime juice
- dash of minced garlic (I buy it in a ready-to-use jar)
- tbsp olive oil


1. Boil water and add quinoa. Let quinoa simmer for approx. 10 minutes until soft

2. mix lime juice, garlic, and olive oil to form a dressing. 

3. Chop cucumber, red pepper, and avocado. 

4. When quinoa is ready, drain it and add it to your plate. Add veggies (really you can put whatever you want, and whatever quantities you want, but I strongly recommend the avocado!). Drizzle on some dressing and voila! 

It was really delicious the first time I made it. I added on of my carrot muffins to the side of the meal - obviously avoiding starch is not my strong point! lol. This is a start though! 

If I find some more healthy recipes I really like I'll try to post them here too :) 

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Monday, November 26, 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

I'm so HAPPY that the Christmas season is upon us :)
I love love love this time of year
Finding perfect gifts. 
Love love love. 

Here are some pictures of our lovely home after we got all the decorations up: 

 Stockings hung above the door and our fancy tablecloth. 

Our Christmas tree!! Complete with hand-made ornaments, and already wrapped Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers.  

I just like the Christmas blanket - and also there are snowmen hanging from the light fixture... lol.  

Our fireplace garland and stockings (which have now been hung up by my wonderful husband!) 

Our aunt made this amazing runner for us as a wedding gift! It's green so we decided to keep it with our Christmas stuff and bring it out once a year.  

Outdoorsy snowmen.  

The big picture (minus the tree). 

I just love the feeling of being in a room with soft Christmas lights and music. 
Makes me want to drink tea and read a book, or blog. 
I am very thankful this year for the amazing man I married. 
Very thankful for our puppies.
Very thankful for the life we have together. 

Since we leave early for my parents' place this year, we are opening presents before we go. 
Leaving early also meant that I needed plenty of time to enjoy the Christmas decor. 
I'm am currently enjoying it thoroughly :) 

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

5 Things I'm Looking Forward To!

Such a great time of year :) The excitement of Christmas is looming around the corner, there's snow on the ground, my husband's work schedule is slowing down. So much good waiting around the corner!

Here are a few of the things I'm looking forward to as Christmas approaches:

1. Making new Christmas crafts! (we've already bought some materials, hehe) 

2. Buying all my Christmas presents :) I love buying gifts for people. Hopefully I'll be all done in a week or so! And hopefully everyone likes their gifts... lol

3. Setting up all the Christmas decorations! We've been slowly accumulating items, and I can't wait to see it all set-up in the new house.

4. Baking cookies and making nuts and bolts until Mr. A gains 10 pounds, lol. I love holiday baking. Usually I pick out a nice selection of holiday songs to play in the background. Then you can sing while you bake!

5. Flying HOME!!!! I get to go home in about 5 weeks and I couldn't be more excited!! It's gonna be an amazing week and a half of visiting family and friends :)

YAY!!! Love this time of year :)

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Nerd Par-tay

So we didn't have a Hallowe'en shin-dig to go to this year, but we did go to a Hallowe'en-esque event where everyone was instructed to dress like a nerd! There's not much else to tell really.... just a bunch of nerds hanging out, lol. People were very creative with their nerd attire. Value village was probably rampaged by this small group, but it was well worth it. 

There were some nerd themed games... one of which involved a race to finish a word search. Obviously, I finished first! I rock nerdy activities! Mr. A obviously finished last.... he gave up about 2 minutes in and started drawing dragons on his page. That's when I realized how similar my marriage is to my parents, lol. Dad wouldn't have even pretended to start... and mom probably would've won, and she could have defined all the words for you! Funny how we start to parallel our parents lives at some point. 

The night was super fun though. Good chance to hang out with some friends I haven't seen much also. Here are some pictures to tell the rest of the story: 

My nerdy husband.

My nerdy smile! Also.. check out the sweet backpack! 

More nerds. Special props goes to the friend in the middle that actually dressed like a box of nerd candies. Creative! She even made it herself... far exceeds my talents. 

Nerd family.

Nerd friends.

Nerd superbaby. 

My nerdy husband's shoes. 

Nerds playing with a remote control helicopter. They didn't even have to plan this. The naturally nerdy just started playing all on their own! 

Nerdy brother and sister-in-law! Note the periodic table on her shirt! lol. 

Nerd couple. Pants too short. Pigtails. Bow tie. Plaid glasses. Velcro shoes. Classic nerd.