goodbye 2014!


I can't believe the holiday season has come to an end and tonight I'll be celebrating the start of a new year! That's crazy! So much has happened in 2014! Countless big and small events made this past year one to remember! Some of my most memorable moments being my 20th birthday, finding my first summer job, getting my wisdom teeth out (yes, it was quite the ordeal), connecting with a penpal, going to EUROPE and spending a wonderful Christmas holiday with family and loved ones!

Looking back on this year I feel incredibly blessed. Things did not always go as planned by any means, but I realized that I have some awesome friends and family members that I can count on to be with me during whatever 2015 brings!

Have a safe and happy New Year!
See you on the flip side!
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pinterest challenge: december '14

As this year is coming to a close, I decided to pick some Christmas/winter related pins to try out this month! I can't believe it's Christmas Eve already! The snow didn't last long here, but I'm still hoping for a white Christmas morning - we'll see! Anyway, enough of this chit chat... time to check out my Pinterest recreations for this December!

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Original Pin (left), My Recreation (right)

First, I tried my hand at arm-knitting. This concept is totally new to me and I thought it was worth a shot. I've knit a scarf using needles before but it took forever and I never really wanted to make another one because of it. This pin lead me to a video that said I could learn to arm knit an infinity scarf in a half hour, so I was up for the challenge! It truly took no longer than 45 minutes to make and I think it turned out great! The yarn I chose is super soft - I love it! Definitely a success!

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Original Pin (left), My Recreation (right)

Next I made a music ornament for my Dad as a Christmas gift. I saw this pin and immediately thought of him, so I tried my own take on recreating it. It's essentially Mod Podge and old Christmas sheet music. I chose to use Silent Night because that's one of our favourite songs. I also used a rub-off "E" for a monogrammed look.

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Original Pin (left), My Recreation (right)

Lastly, a Christmas card! This year I made so many gifts that I ran out of time to make as many cards as I had hoped. I found so many great pins to try, but this was really the only one I made! I think it turned out well! I already had green buttons on hand, and although they're a little too bright-green and not varying much in size, I think the effect is still there!

Have you been inspired by Pinterest Christmas DIY's this year?

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Christmas gift wrap inspiration


I consider myself to be artsy in many different ways. The majority of Christmas gifts I give consist of some sort of DIY element - including the wrapping! This year I was inspired by an idea I saw on Pinterest (here). Picture brown paper wrapping, names written in gold sharpie, and a nice red bow to tie it all together! Genius!

I went for a red and gold theme for all of my wrapping this year. I'm not finished shopping or wrapping all of my gifts, but I'll give you a sneak peak of the finished presents I have so far this year! (right)

My favourite feature of this year's gift wrapping is the eco-friendliness! I re-used the brown paper that served as stuffing from a package shipped to me. Not only am I re-using (and it looks great), but this paper can be recycled after the gifts are opened! Bonus!

I know the wrapping isn't the most important part of the gift itself, but I think the effort and thought can make any present become even more special!

Also, if you're looking for a last minute gift-exchange item for any upcoming parties, I found some really cool treasures at Winners this year!  I got a mug that's shaped like a pig, a pug poncho and a festive-scented Yankee Candle! Pair those things up with some Christmas chocolate and you've got a hit!

Are you almost done your Christmas shopping!?

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student goals for winter break

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Now that I'm stress-free and examless I'm so ready for the Christmas season and all the festivities that comes along with it! We have our REAL Christmas tree up (it smells amazing) and the house is all decked out! Now that I'm able to breath and sleep easy, I'm enjoying my winter break and have a lot of exciting things on the go! I made a list of my own personal goals for this break that I think most students could benefit from...

You're done! You did it! You made it through another semester! Make sure you do your favourite recreational and relaxing activities! I love doing face masks and reading magazines. Have a girls' night, bake Christmas cookies, sleep in! Do a lot of sleeping in! No one can make you feel guilty for having some me-time after you worked hard all term!

2. Read Ahead
Reading for school can be relaxing when you don't have a whole bunch of other projects on the go. I take a lot of English classes where I have multiple novels to read. I'm definitely going to be sitting by the fire with the Christmas tree lights on, reading some novels for next term!

3. Re-Write Notes
I don't know about you, but sometimes when I go back and look at my notes from class, I have a hard time remembering exactly what I was trying to say. While the classes are still fresh in your memory, go back and spruce up notes for your full year classes! You'll thank yourself later! All you're sacrificing now is an afternoon or two!

4. Resume
The most opportune time to apply for summer jobs always ends up being when school gets busiest in the new year! I'm going to be re-vamping my resume this winter break so I'm ahead of the game and ready to go when application season begins!

5. Relationships
Sometimes I get so incredibly busy that my tentative coffee date with a friend gets pushed off to a time where I can actually swing it with all the school things I have on the go. I currently have two coffee dates, an all-nighter games night, a girls' night and a family baking afternoon to plan!Time to catch up with family and friends!

Do You have any goals for the break?
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