Jen’s Top 10 for the Holidays – Best Holiday Baking!

Isn’t it funny how the holidays sneak up on us? Suddenly it’s less than a week until Christmas, and we are already in Hannukah! If you are planning on bringing something to a holiday gathering – or hosting people at yours – I thought I’d share with you my top 10 holiday baking ideas. All of them are total crowd-pleasers, and lots of them are super quick!

1. Festive Shortbread Bites

Who doesn’t love a small cookie? Hard to resist, and just so cute, these will get snapped up in no time. Recipe can be found here.

2. Candy Cane Brownies

Chocolate and a refreshing candy cane crunch- a perfect combo! These are wonderfully decadent, and if you like chocolate and mint together, there’s really no other time of year to make a recipe that is as appealing as this. Recipe can be found here.

3. Soft Baked Gingerbread Cookies

With a sparkly sugar coating reminiscent of fresh snow, these gingerbread cookies are incredibly soft and hard to resist. What are the holidays without a bit of gingerbread? Find the recipe here.

4. Peppermint Bark

It doesn’t get much easier than this wonderful chocolate peppermint bark! Melt chocolate, swirl on wax paper, sprinkle with finely crushed candy canes and cool. perfection! Recipe is right here.

5.  M&M Christmas Cookie Bars

Cookie bars are one of those baked treats that seem to instantly conjure up childhood memories. With all the best bits of a cookie but in a thick cut squares, these are sure to go really quickly at your next get together. Recipe is here.

6.  Christmas Sugar Cookie Truffles

If you are looking for a giftable food item, these would be a perfect hostess or holiday gift.  a wonderfully soft sugar cookie truffle center, dipped in white chocolate (or you could do dark chocolate if you prefer!) Recipe can be found here.

7.  Eggnog Cheesecake Cookie Cups

For something really special and decadent, you must try these eggnog cheesecake cookie cups. Rich and incredibly delicious, they are perfect for a special dessert table. Find the recipe here.

8. Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

What is fantastic about this recipe is that you could easily substitute any kind of cookie (even slice and bake store bought cookie dough!) and then dip them in white chocolate and finely crushed candy canes. They look perfect for the season, and taste amazing! Recipe is right here.

9. Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark

For those who loves their treats to be sweet AND salty, this salted caramel pretzel bark ticks all the right boxes. Find the recipe right here.

10. No Bake Thin Mints

This is a great recipe for anyone who says that they ‘don’t bake’. Starting with store bought wafer cookies, you really just melt a bit of chocolate melts and start dipping! Find the step-by-step right here.

These are my favourites, but we have loads more recipes and last-minute holiday ideas over on our Holiday Cheer Pinterest board- check it out! Have a wonderful holiday season, everyone!

How to Host a Gift Wrapping Party

Everyone is busy buying presents at this time of year, but wrapping  them can be another chore on a long list of to-dos that crop up in December. Thinking of planning a get together to see your friends before everyone starts disappearing for holiday travel and family time? Why not host a gift wrapping party, and turn a chore into a fun, festive gathering with friends?

Step 1: Set a Date

Ideally, you want to set it at least a week before, so that people have a chance to do some of their shopping in advance. It’s unlikely everyone will have ALL their shopping done, but it doesn’t hurt to get a jump on all the wrapping!

Step 2: What Guests Can Bring

Suggest everyone bring a roll of wrapping paper, one type of gift label, and one spool of ribbon. If each guest brings a little bit of the wrapping supplies, everyone can share and have a wide variety of wrapping paper and ribbons to use on their gifts. Oh, and of course they should bring anything they want to wrap! You can even make it themed – wrapping paper and labels need to have snowflakes on them, or focusing on blue and silver paper and ribbons, for example.  This will make it easier to coordinate ribbons, bows, labels, and paper all together, even if you only brought one or two things.

Step 3: Clear the Decks

If you have a large dining room table, clear it off and set out as many pairs of scissors and rolls of tape that you have. Don’t forget pens or markers for labeling! Also bring out your contributions for wrapping paper, ribbons, and gift labels.

Step 4: Snacks &  Drinks

Keep the snacks simple, people are going to need clean hands for wrapping. A festive drink like hot chocolate or a cocktail is a great idea, as well as snacks like pretzels, veggies, and cookies. Be sure to have a lot of napkins on hand!

Step 5: Organization

Put a basket or two in the center of your table, and keep all the tags in one, and all the ribbons in the other.  You might even want an extra basket for other fun gift topper ideas, like pom poms, bows, or decorations. If you have room to keep the wrapping paper together, that’s great, too!

Step 5: Cue the Music!

Put together a fun festive playlist, or use a service like Spotify or Google Music that already has lots of holiday playlists to choose from. Or you can turn on the radio and let luck be your guide!

And that’s it! A fun, festive gathering that not only helps you get your holiday wrapping accomplished, but you’ve had fun with friends, too.

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Ideas for Celebrating Valentine’s Day With Friends

Valentine’s Day … totally overrated, right? Even if you are in a relationship, over the years February 14th starts to feel stale. So why not do something different this year and celebrate with your girlfriends instead? Our girlfriends have been there for us for years, and likely even longer than any romantic relationship. Take the day that’s meant to celebrate love by celebrating the love you and your friends share, having an adventure or spending time doing something fun! We have lots of memorable ideas for celebrating valentine’s day with friends, so read on!

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Craft Night In. Gather the supplies to make a craft or two and put those Pinterest boards to good use. Everyone chips in on supplies, and you order some take out and have a crafty night in! Hopefully, it goes a bit better than in the photo below.

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Clothing Swap. Have all your girlfriends bring any great condition clothes or accessories (like purses, costume jewelry, etc.) together and see what kind of outfits appear! Anything that doesn’t go home with a friend can be donated to a local women’s shelter.

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Movie Date. Go out to the movies together and see something fun! Doesn’t have to be a romantic movie, either. Decide which film you’ll see at least a couple weeks in advance, so one of you doesn’t end up seeing it ahead of time.

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A New Workout or Dance Class. Try something fun together! Adult tap, spinning, kickboxing, whatever activity would be a break from your typical exercise routine. Working out with friends is great for getting motivated, and you can laugh about how tough (or ridiculous!) it was afterward.

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Zero-Stress Galentine’s Dinner Party. The secret to this idea is to divide the grocery list in advance. All guests bring their assigned items so that you can cook the meal together. Pick out a menu, make a grocery list, and then give everyone a few items from the list to bring. Chatting, having wine, and cooking as a group will be even more fun than sitting down to the meal.

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Go For Coffee Somewhere New. Obviously, the restaurants will be packed- but there will be some great local cafes that you can visit for a specialty coffee or a dessert. Less busy and still a special treat!

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Old School Slumber Party. Doesn’t dancing in pajamas, watching movies, eating chips and popcorn and snuggling in sleeping bags sound like the best idea ever? You probably haven’t had a slumber party since you were kids, so why not revisit the fun – especially now that you can have all the wine and chocolate you want!

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Volunteer. Contact local food banks, soup kitchens, or a charity that you are passionate about in your area and see how you can help.  Senior citizen care homes often have a shortage of people to come in to chat or play games with the residents. Helping others to feel less lonely is a surefire way to contribute more kindness to the world.

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Don’t Forget Long Distance Friends. Schedule a Skype date, or record them a personal message to let them know how much you miss them. It will be a heartfelt gesture from you to your friend, and they are sure to appreciate it.

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What are you waiting for? Get in touch with your friends today and make plans to have the most memorable Valentine’s Day ever! Let us know some of your plans in the comments below.

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Jen’s Top 10: Favourite Things About the Holidays

There are so many wonderful things about this time of year, but sometimes it can be hard to appreciate them when we are all rushing around trying to get one more gift or attend one more party! Here’s my top ten things that are bringing me joy this time of year:

1. Peppermint on Everything – hot chocolate, mocha, cookies, crushed candy canes.

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2. Frost-covered wonders. Isn’t nature amazing?

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3. Christmas music – I love classic crooners like Diana Krall, Anne Murray, and Michael Buble. And this underrated gem: Barenaked Ladies “Elf’s Lament” with Michael Buble:

And this utterly Canadian Classic is really my favourite Christmas song of all time.  Here is a wonderfully charming animated version:

4. Sparkle & Glitter are so perfect for the holidays:

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5. Dogs in costumes:

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6. Christmas babies!

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7. Beautiful tea gifts:

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8. Knitted headbands and ear warmers:

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9. Baking! So many wonderful treats and recipes!

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10.  Poinsettias Everywhere:

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So many wonderful things to celebrate this time of year! I hope that wherever you are and whatever you celebrate, the holidays are filled with peace, cozy moments, and joy for you and those you love.










Caring for Fabric Holiday Decorations

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Pulling out our treasured holiday decorations, many of which are handmade or have been passed down through generations, really brings out the love of family and togetherness this time of year. But sometimes fabric decorations- like stockings, soft ornaments and tabletop decorations – can begin to show their age (or some smears of chocolate)  more than we would like. Here’s how to care for all of your fabric holiday decorations, even if they are very delicate or very old.

Take a close look at all of your holiday decorations.  Sometimes it can be hard to notice water spots or other discolorations until they begin to yellow with age and being shut in a box for most of the year.  Or maybe some little ones got into the holiday treats and then picked up the knitted snowman that was on your coffee table display.  Whatever the reason that your decorations need a clean, read on!

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  • Check for any loose threads, beading, sequins, or any parts that might not be fully attached to the decoration. Take the time to reattach any loose bits before cleaning will help ensure that your precious pieces don’t loose their decorative details over the holiday season.

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  • Fill a clean sink with tepid water and a capful of Eucalan in your favourite scent.  Submerge your decorations, being careful not to put too many in at a time- you want the water to have good circulation around each item.  If they have some stubborn spots consider using a Eucalan stain treating towelette to help get the marks out.
  • Hang items to dry somewhere away from sunlight (which can cause yellowing).

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  • Iron any items that need it, such as tree skirts, table linens, and stockings. Make sure that the surface of your iron is very clean. Using a spray bottle to spray the fabric’s surface to ensure a smooth finish.  If your piece has any applique,  beading or sequins; use a light heat setting, in case the applique is made from polyester or other man-made fabrics. We recommend using a white pressing cloth (or clean white tea towel) to protect delicate fibers.
  • Enjoy! And remember,  give your decorations a clean again when the season is over before putting them away, and wrap them in white tissue paper to help prevent moisture and colour transfer from one decoration to another. This can help protect your decorations for many years to come.

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And if you are looking for fresh ideas for celebrating the holidays, we have a great Pinterest board full of stunning crafts, patterns, and great recipes!


Gifts for Dads & Grads

Father’s Day is just around the corner and lots of new graduates are about to make their way into the world. Why not surprise dear old Dad  and your favorite grad with a gift you know they’ll use? Today, we share some top picks for both!


  1. Food Gifts: Whether your dad has a sweet or savory tooth, you can probably find gourmet goodies to suit his appetite. There are also plenty of DIY ideas on pinterest such as these DIY Popcorn Salts or this recipe for Cowboy Spice mix. New grads (especially those heading off to college!) will appreciate gift cards to grocery stores where they’ll be heading.
  2. Beverages: Does your dad love coffee, beer, wine, or whiskey? Chances are, there is probably a monthly subscription club for that, or you could just surprise him with a few well-chosen bottles or beans! Depending on the age of your grad, this might also be a great option to explore.
  3. Washi Tape Holders: Use our easy DIY idea for upcycling empty Eucalan bottles into pen, pencil  and paperclip holders! Pick a washi tape print you know your dad or grad will love, to make a one-of-a-kind gift just for them – click here for a free tutorial.
  4. The Getaway Gang: Our all-in-one kit is perfect for students who will be on their own for the first time ever! It contains single use pods of each of our 5 scents, our Stain Treating Towelettes, and even a nail file and small sewing kit.
  5. A Picture Says 1,000 Words: When in doubt, a framed photo of one of your favorite memories is a heartfelt gift that will always be appreciated.

Need more great ideas? Click here to join us on Pinterest!

Last-Minute Valentine’s Gift Guide

Did Cupid sneak up on you this year? Here are some last-minute gifts to give & get for Valentine’s Day 2016, plus a few sweet DIY ideas we’ve spotted on Pinterest, too!


Marlies Dekkers’ Le Train Blue Wire Padded Plunge Balcony and matching bottom are a romantic choice, featuring superior shaping and craftsmanship in a delicate powder pink hue that makes us think of the 2016 Pantone Colour of the Year, Rose Quartz.

Wrapture Fragrant Balm is a travel-friendly moisturizer featuring the romantic scent of night-blooming jasmine, a natural aphrodisiac. This balm is great for moisturizing rough skin (especially during the dry winter months) and does double duty as a perfume, too.

Slip on a pair of Vienne Milano thigh highs to add a romantic flair to your Valentine’s night out. Shown here is the Elisabetta style which features an exquisite Italian lace band at the top that is not only beautiful, but ensures a no-slip fit.

For the hard-to-shop for man in your life, treat them to the ultra-comfortable Saxx Ultra Boxer Fly in a bright red stripe pattern (trust us, they’ll much prefer stripes over a more overt Valentine-themed print)!

If you’re feeling crafty, whip up this knit Valentine Pouch or crochet Valentine Treat Bag, both of which are available as free patterns on Ravelry. They’re perfect for packaging sweet treats, small treasures, or even a tin of our Wrapture Fragrant Balm!

Make some sweet treats such as these chocolate-covered peanut butter hearts (click here for recipe on the Baker by Nature blog).

Finally, include a Eucalan Gift Pack with your gift to ensure that they care for specialty items properly. Each pack includes 100mL bottles in each of our five scents, making this a great choice for virtually everyone on your list.

Top 10 Holiday Favourites

We all know that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear (see #2 below), but 24/7 caroling isn’t always possible. On today’s post, we’d like to share a few of our favourite ways to add more fun to your yuletide celebration – singing optional.

  1. Ugly Christmas Sweaters – they’re almost so bad they’re cool at this point! Even if you don’t plan to host or attend an Ugly Christmas Sweater party, you can wear one proudly throughout the holiday season. Keep it clean with our easy-care hand washing instructions for sweaters, located here on our website, so that your can enjoy your sweater for years to come!
  2. Elf quotes! This silly holiday movie has achieved cult status (if you don’t believe us, just type “elf quotes” into the Pinterest search bar to see all of the pins and related searches which come up), and sharing your favorite Elf quotes is a great way to treat every day like Christmas.
  3. Handmade Ornaments: you don’t have to be a professional crafter to get professional results! Click here for plenty of easy DIY ideas from PopSugar.
  4. Celebrate Festivus! Frank Costanza celebrated Festivus on December 23 to “get a jump” on Christmas. The holiday was inspired by one of the Seinfeld writers, whose family actually did celebrate Festivus (although it was a “roving holiday” with no set date).
  5. There are so many fun, creative treats you can eat: snowman on a stick, chocolate pine cones, and rice krispy treats which look like tree ornaments?! We’ve collected plenty more ideas here on our Pinterest board.
  6. Christmas Jokes! Make up your own,  check out these family-friendly jokes here on, or use this free printable from Spread the Joy to share a little Christmas cheer!
  7. Wear a funny holiday-themed hat…or put one on a furry friend! You can craft one for yourself or buy a ready-made; either way, you’re sure to spread some smiles!
  8. Host a Grinch Party to celebrate everyone’s favorite green curmudgeon – there are some great grinchy ideas here on the Totally the Bomb blog, or see our holiday pin board for more fun ideas!
  9. See some crazy light displays (or channel your inner Griswold and make your own!).

    Image Source: Flickr user abbey*christine

    Image Source: Flickr user abbey*christine

  10. It’s not a holiday without Grumpycat: share your favorite meme with a friend to make their day less grumpy! We’ve collected a few of our favourites here on Pinterest.