A Winter Poetry Printable

You might know that I dabble in a wee bit of poetry now and again. I fancy writing a rhyme or two when the mood strikes. In fact, this spring I tried to write a poem every day an share to instagram. You can check those out on my insta by clicking here.

Here’s a few winters words for my readers who love snow as much as I do.

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Click here to download the PDF if  you’d like to print to add some warm winter words to your holiday decor!

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Like this post? Check out my other holiday posts here:

A Very Vintage Christmas

The Quintessential Feminist Gift Guide

Simple and Rustic Christmas Tree in a Frame

100 Movie New York Christmas Countdown

Minimalist Eco-Conscious Alterna-Tree

Best Worst Christmas Movies

30 Acts of Kindness (And a Christmas Printable)

 

Budget Friendly Allergen Free Halloween Treats That Don’t Suck

For the most part, we all know that Halloween is about the C-A-N-D-Y, but it can never hurt to have a few options for those kids who don’t have a sweet tooth. I’ll have to admit, that even when I was little, I was always delighted to receive goodies that were not the typical fun-sized chocolate bar. Houses that offered gum, stickers, or the JACKPOT, a whole can of pop, were always my personal favourite.

These days there are also those wee ones who have an array of food allergies that prevent them from enjoying many of the popular teats. As a lactose-intolerant gal, I totes get it. Still, there’s no reason they can’t also have some super fun goodies to score while trick-or-treating, eh?

First Up, Sweet Treats

I was walking through the aisles of the grocery store, looking for something that was nut free and gluten free but still something that would be fun for the kids to get.

 

I spotted these hilarious “Dinos and Sharks” fruit snacks and they checked a bunch of the must-haves for allergen-sensitive kiddos: no artificial flavor or synthetic colours and they’re gluten free. Oddly enough I’m also kinda pleased that they’re a product of Canada – no idea why though. I got them from a German grocery chain in an American city!

These were $2.99 for 24 packs.

Favourite Characters

It’s been a few years since my babysitting and swim coaching days so I’m, admittedly, a wee bit removed from kiddie culture. Still, I know it’s a generally safe rule of thumb to go with characters that seem to have recent movies.

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Here we’ve got a great mixture of random fun stuff, including:

  • Spider-Man magic towel
  • Notepad with the chick from Frozen – the one with the ice queen powers
  • Basketball iron-on patch
  • 3 Trolls pens – opened to make 3 individual treats
  • Minions sticker game thing
  • A bunch of glowstick bracelets (15) – opened but not pre-snapped
  • Gel cling of the less badass sister from Frozen
  • Shopkins Gel Cling
  • 2 Shopkins erasers – undecided if these should be split up or not

So, here’s the inside scoop: I got all these new-in-package, unopened and unused from…..Goodwill! Bet ya didn’t see that coming!

Some of the thrift stores around Baltimore have a good selection of new, overstock products from stores like Target. This one had a bin of goodies for 57¢ each! It took some digging but I think I have a jackpot of goodies for Halloween!

That makes $5.13 for 25 treats.

Other Inexpensive Non-Sucky Suggestions

  • Halloween pencils
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Sugar-free gum
  • Bubbles
  • Plastic fangs
  • Bouncy balls

Of course, I have a bag of fun-sized chocolate for the traditionalists.

What allergy-sensitive treats to suggest for those on a budget?

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UpCycle that Vintage Bar Cart

This post is part of a Blog Hop featuring other super fun posts on flipping furniture by ECM bloggers. Be sure to check out all the links after reading this post and follow the hashtag #ECMFleaMarketFlip

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I absolutely adore being able to rescue a dated piece of furniture by giving it new life with some simple upcycling tricks. Sometimes pieces need a bit of restoration and sometimes they only need a fresh coat of paint.

When I found this tired old bar cart at the Halifax St. Vincent de Paul thrift shop, Hand in Hand, I was thrilled to snatch it up for only $10.

Now, I love faux bois as much as the next gal but the cheap MDF shelves didn’t exactly scream chic. For that matter, the tarnished brass frame was also crying out for help.

At first I wanted to remove the casters and shelves to paint just the frame. Unfortunately, those shelves were there to stay. Seriously! Try as I might I just could NOT pry them from the frame.

So, onto plan B.

I painted the shelves white and decided to just percolate some alternatives while I went on to spray the frame with Rustoleum Paint & Primer in Copper Rose.

It took three coats in the humidity but eventually that lovely sheen had covered up the sins of this bar cart’s past.

Eventually, I decided to pull

out the big guns: that’s right, découpage. I started by covering the shelves in the same Copper Rose as the rest of the frame. Then, I found these lovely thick scrap booking pages that complimented the colour perfectly.

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This is the best my iPhone could capture the colour but it really does have a lovely glimmer to it.

Enter Mod Podge.

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Mod Podge is an easy medium to work with, even for beginners. If you look closely at the above picture, you’ll see the hint of white starting to fade around the sealed paper. Fortunately, it dries clear so after a few coats, the paper was secure and there was nary a trace of Mod Podge left. The best part is that it also lends a touch of water resistance to increase durability of the over all piece.

By morning, everything was dry and ready for business. I decided to nix the casters full stop since I’ll be using the cart in my home office and not for serving drinks (or hey, maybe I’ll do both!).

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Happy upcycling!

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