Best Travel Tips: Round Up

Do you have any fun trips planned for this year? If you are going away for a few days or a huge trip halfway around the world for weeks on end, traveling can be stressful and challenging. But there are so many tips out there to help make it easier – easier to plan, easier to save money, and easier to pack. Read on for my top tips for making travel easier and more affordable!

Air travel is more expensive than ever before, but it is still the fastest way to get anywhere that is too far to drive. Here are some great tips on booking the cheapest airfare possible.

You’ve worked hard to earn your vacation time, so why lose a day or two at either end to jet lag, when traveling well out of your usual time zone? Here are fantastic tips for combating jet lag, so you can make the most of your arrival at your beautiful vacation spot, and don’t feel exhausted when you return home.

Travel can be expensive, even when you are doing it cheaply. The solution? Start planning, and start saving! Here is a great post of how to save up money to travel.

Then when you get wherever you are going, you might still want to travel on a budget – This post has 39 ideas on different ways to do things for free while you travel. It won’t be glamorous, but it will be exciting! Read the full post here.

Packing light is not something that comes naturally to everyone, but there are some brilliant tips out there that even the most well-traveled person might not have tried before! Here are all sorts of great ideas to minimize how much you pack, and keep your bag organized.

When packing light, minimize how many items you are bringing by considering a capsule travel wardrobe. This is a great post with ideas on how to pack fewer items, and combine them in a an almost limitless combination to feel like you have lots of outfits. Check it out here.

Once you get wherever you are going, wouldn’t it be nice if your travel photos were as good as your memories of a place? Here are some great tips on improving your travel photography.

Do you struggle with actually getting any sleep on an airplane? Me too. This post has  great tips for helping you get some rest on that next overnight flight- because after all, they are usually the cheapest! Read the post here.

If you are going to be traveling with kids at all, it’s worth really being prepared to keep them occupied, no matter what method you are traveling by. This post has more than 50 different ideas for occupying a toddler (and really, any kid!) on long trips.

Speaking of traveling with kids, we have a free download full of amazing ideas to make your family travel planning significantly less stressful- you can get it right here!

We are so passionate about travel, we also have Pinterest boards for all sorts of smart travel tipsroad trip tips, traveling with kids, travel guides for near and far, and even a big board just on Paris!

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Valentine’s Recipe Ideas – Round Up!

There are so many fun ways to inject a bit of love into food around this time of year, even if you aren’t really big on Valentine’s Day. There’s something a little magical about expressing love to our family and friends – and seeing happy little hearts is always cheery! Here are my top picks for fun Valentine’s themed recipe ideas:

Heart Shaped Pop Tarts

Does someone you care about love pop tarts? Why not make them these amazing heart shaped ones at home- they taste so much better than the boxed variety, and they are so pretty! The recipe can be found right here.

Rainbow Heart Mini Oreos

If you aren’t much for baking, this is a much easier idea – piping little hearts onto mini Oreos! This is super easy, done with candy melts in the colours of your choice. or you could use royal icing if you prefer! The best part? The hearts don’t have to be perfect. Details and how to are on the original post, here.

Valetine’s Day Icing Palette

If you are doing some icing decorating on your Valetine’s treats, why not consider a colour palette that is fresh and has a bit of a twist on the typical colours? There are great ideas from a real icing master right here, be sure to check it out.

Bacon Hearts

Not everyone has a sweet tooth- but a lot of people love bacon! If you have some bacon lovers in your life, how about making them some heart shaped bacon? It’s easier than you think – and if you don’t have a non stick oven sheet, put down some parchment paper instead, so the hearts don’t stick to the pan. Full details and how-to can be found here.

Bouquet of Bacon Roses

And if you thought bacon hearts were a good idea but you really wanted a showstopper for your special someone, how about bacon roses?  Talk about an unforgettable Valentine’s Day gift for the bacon lover in your life! Full step by step is here.

Sweet & Salty Valentine’s Fudge

With only 5 ingredients, this comes together so easily, and is perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to pick between something sweet and something salty. Find the recipe here.

Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes

If you are making a special dinner at home, this would be a perfect dessert – individual raspberry cheesecakes, in little mason jars (or ramekins!). What’s even better is this recipe only makes 4 servings, so it’s perfect for a small group – or for seconds the next day! Recipe is here.

Drunken Strawberries

These drunken strawberries are so delicious, and definitely the naughtiest of the recipe ideas! Soaked in rosé, frozen, and rolled in sugar, these are a wonderful treat but oh-so-easy to make. Full post can be found here.

Valentine’s Day English Muffin Breakfast

A final savoury idea- cooking eggs in a heart shape! One heart shaped cookie cutter is all you need to either make the whole egg heart shaped, or just the yoke- put the cookie cutter around the yoke, then break the yoke with a fork for it to fill the shape. Find the how-to right here.

Which treat are you most likely to make? Something sweet or savoury? Do you have any go-to Valentine’s themed recipes to share?

We have a Pinterest board full of great recipes and other Valentine’s ideas – check it out here!

 

Galentine’s Gatherings: How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Your Friends

Galentine’s is the fun, modern way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your female friends and take the focus off romantic relationships. Celebrating Galentine’s is a brilliant way to  honour your friendships and make the season a lot more fun and relaxing. This is especially true if you are single, but even if you are coupled up you just might find that your Galentine’s gatherings are far more fun than any romantic night out! Scroll down for our top ideas on celebrating your friendships with a Galentine’s night in.

Galentine’s Tea Party

On the weekend closest to Valentine’s Day, host a Galentine’s tea party! Focus on lots of pink and red foods, like strawberries and jams, and use the prettiest plates and glasses you can find- suggest your friends all bring whatever special occasion serving dishes they have that fit the theme, and celebrate in high style! See more details here.

Spa Night

Have everyone bring some ingredients for a few DIY spa recipes, different shades of nail polish, and host a pampering night in! You can even have everyone contribute a beauty product or skin care item to swap, too. Focusing on healthy drinks and snacks keep the self-care theme strong. There are lots of great ideas to be found here.

‘Chick Flick’ Movie Night

Grab some popcorn, wine, and some cozy blankets for a lighthearted movie night! You can vote on your top picks prior to the event, or make a game time decision when everyone arrives and you look over the choices. See more ideas on a chick flick movie night (and some top film choices!) here.

Craft Night

Pick a project in advance (or choose a couple different ideas if your group has a range of crafting strengths) and have everyone bring a few materials for the projects, and whip up something amazing with your girlfriends. And don’t worry if it ends up bring a crafting fail – sometimes it’s even funnier when a crafting project doesn’t work out, and you can laugh about it together! See more details here.

Pancakes & Pyjama Party

Who says pyjamas and pancakes are only for weekends? Have a low key night in with your girlfriends by encouraging everyone to come in their pyjamas and then serve up lots of pancakes and fresh fruit (or you can do it on the weekend for a brunch, there are no rules!). Maybe combine it with the chick flick movie night? And if your group has the time, by all means turn it into a sleepover! Check out more of this idea here.

Chocolate Tasting Party

For the ultimate indulgence, host a chocolate tasting party! Have everyone bring different types of chocolate, and experiment with different pairings and find a new favourite. There’s a whole world of chocolate out there- why not find something new with your friends? Find more details on this idea here.

Looking for more fun girls night and Galentine’s ideas? We have a Pinterest board full of them right here! Be sure to follow.

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Making Rag Rugs – Tutorials and Tips

Have you ever tried making a rag rug? They are perfect for recycling old clothes and fabrics, and are easy to make. Fall is a great time to cozy up with a new crafting project like this! Here are some of our favourite tutorials and ideas to make your own rag rug this fall:

This is a great no-sew version, and reuses old t-shirts:

If you want to try a crochet version, you can make a beautiful doily floor mat rag rug:

Here’s a colourful idea that uses up lots of bright t-shirts:

Looking for a simple woven rug? This one is probably perfect:

Want a fluffier rag rug? This is a cute version for a kid’s room:

If you have a lot of old denim, you can make some amazing rag rug crafts, like this runner:

Rag rugs can also be done in a limited colour palette, and by wrapping fabric around rope, like in this great tutorial for the rug below:

And who says these techniques can only be used for rugs? Check out this great tutorial on making storage baskets, using the same process:

Looking for more rag rug ideas? We have a Pinterest board full of them! Find it here.

Caring for Your Rag Rug

When you spend time crafting a rug, it is worth taking some extra care when washing it, even with Using Eucalan in your washing machine with a rag rug, set your washing machine to the delicate cycle  and run as usual. You may need to add an extra spin cycle if the rag rug is dripping wet when you take it out. Smaller rugs can be hung to dry, but larger rugs should be laid flat to dry, turning them over regularly to ensure even drying.

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Round Up: Our Top Posts for Summer

As summer winds down, it seems like a great time to round up our best summer posts, in case you missed any of them.  From swimsuit care, keeping whites bright, to making the most of all-too-brief summer weather, you’ll find amazing summer ideas below!

Easy Swimwear Care: Chlorine and salt water can take a serious toll on the technical fibres that give swimwear its stretch. Check out our guide on keeping swimsuits in great condition for years to come.

Planning for Summer Travel and Family Vacations! We have a free travel guide with packing checklists that are perfect for your summer getaways. Find it here.

Summer and picnics are a match made in heaven. When the weather is glorious, having a picnic is one of the easiest, best ways to enjoy summer. Read our guide on how to have the easier picnic ever right here.

We tend to wear a lot more white in summer, but it’s easy for stains or yellowing to creep up. Here’s our top tips and tricks for keeping your summer whites looking bright!

Making the most of summer is important, since it feels like those beautiful weather days and nights are perfect for memory-making. Here are Jen’s top ten ideas for backyard summer fun– it’s not too late!

And when the end of summer becomes official, and the cool fall weather begins you’ll want to read this post again on transitioning your summer wardrobe into fall. Find it here.

Enjoy the rest of summer, everyone!

 

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