December 31, 2011


Wishing everyone a very Happy and Healthy 2012!
Be safe and have fun tonight!

XOXO
A

December 19, 2011

Happy Monday
Only 6 more sleeps until CHRISTMAS!
I just wanted to share our home with all of you. This Christmas Season is very exciting for us! It is our first one in our home. Our tree is ridonkculous but we LOVE it and now I can't imagine anything but a 9 foot tree in this space. Anyhoo here are some pictures of our house.
ENJOY!


This first set of pictures is our family room/ dining room. As many of you know I have issues with this fireplace and one day it will be gone.... but I have to admit it adds a very cozy feeling to the holiday season.





I found this ornament holder at Ikea and absolutely adore it, I think after the season I am going to uses it to display jewellery.

I tried a new way of displaying our Christmas cards this year.



This next room is our TV/Family/Jamie's playroom
I love decorating with blue and green at Christmas.
 I have many more pieces but had to hold back this year, we ran out of surface space!


 Places holiday baubles in a vase is a great way to add a little something something to a space.
 I just bought this beautiful creature from Superstore, I think he needs a friend.
Beautiful ornament from one of my BESTIES


This ornament is the best one in the house!!! It is Jamie's first handmade one. He is so proud of it, he brings everyone who is visiting over to it and says "WOOOOWWWWW, nice" I love it and look forward to seeing it every year. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
XOXO
A

The Gift of Giving

December 15, 2011

Christmas really is about the GIFT of giving... today is the first day that I didn't feel stressed about what Christmas gifts to get for family and friends, all the family commitments we have to attend or about all the baking I should probably be doing instead of avoiding.

Nope today I felt happy and excited about Christmas and I think it is because I finally understand what it is about. Today I sat down and went through all the mail we get from the various charities asking for donations. I usually don't even look at them because we already have a few that we donate to monthly. But this year I made an effort to hold on to them in hopes of  setting new Christmas Traditions!

I am happy to say that I took the time and sat down on the computer and donated to each charity that send us a request and truly felt the GIFT of giving and it felt AMAZING, like I was actually doing something to help.

I would love for our family to start volunteering with some of these organizations but we will need to wait until Jameson is a little older.


Here are a few Charity's that are located in the lower mainland that could use some gifts of giving!!

Union Gospel Mission



United Way



Share Familly Services


Happy Gift Giving!!!

XOXO
A

It's Starting To Feel Alot LIke CHRISTMAS

December 7, 2011

It's been busy busy around CASA M. This weekend I participated in a Jingle Bell Jog with some girlfriends. It was a great way to start off the Christmas season.



We picked up our Christmas Tree on Monday from  Alouette Tree Farm. It is a U-CUT tree farm.
Although we picked from the front of the lot where all the trees were already cut.....shhh don't tell.
Oh and we practically paid 50% less for our tree than what we had been paying in previous years buying from a  tree lot downtown. INSANE

Searching for the perfect tree




Anyhoo I have to say our tree is a BEAUTY!  A HUMONGOUS beauty.

Johnny- not to sure if the tree is going to stay standing


Lil man checking out the tree

I think we may have to buy some more lights and decorations. What do you think???  :)

I finally finished writing our Christmas cards..... I need someone to help me set up an excel sheet so I can just print up labels for everyones address... my hand is killing me  :)

Hope everyone is having a FAB week

XOXO
A

Wednesday Wants

November 15, 2011

Yay it`s Wednesday and  the hubby is on days off starting today....which means it is my weekend! And this weekend I am wanting to stop by the Cornerstone Cafe which is one of my favourites and order one of these



and then try and organize our office to look like this

VIA
 Wishing to  look like this after running the New Balance Fall Classic 10km on Sunday but I will settle for finishing it
VIA
Happy Hump Day !!!

XOXO
A

PROJECT SUNDAY

November 13, 2011

I love window seats! They make any breakfast nook, bedroom,  and of course window look fabulous. You can dress them up anyway you would like and if you get bored just switch-up the pillows and cushion fabric
 and KA- BAM a whole new look!








So you can only imagine how excited I was to acquire a window-seat when we moved into our house.......


Now you can see that it is a great window seat but a little blah...... I had purchased some fabric over the summer to make decorative pillows for the window but never got around to making them.

 So this weekend I was inspired to spice up our seat......


Not too shabby...eh?



I even attempted my first zipper

I still need to cover the seat cushion, I am thinking a chocolate brown colour trimmed with a natural linen pipping.... I just need to find the right fabric (one that is durable and able to handle a 2 year old's sticky hands)

But for now I love that I can grab a blanket, book and a yummy beverage and snuggle into our window seat and be content on a rainy Sunday afternoon...... Of course it only happens on the odd chance that the hubby has taken our adorable monster out.

For those of you DIY-ers looking to create your own window seat here is a link to Aubrey+Lindsay's Little House Blog where they built their own Window seat CLICK HERE


Would love all and any feed back on fabric choices...

XOXO

A

All window seat photos were found on PINTEREST

Weekend Update

November 6, 2011

Hope everyone was able to get out and enjoy their weekend!
It was a busy one over here at CASA M. We had some friends over for dinner on Saturday night, the hubby was working so it was the lil' man of the house and I sharing the hosting duties. We had a great time

Sunday  started off with J and I making Grandma a birthday cake... we had the best time preparing everything and J loved cleaning the mixers.....sadly we didn't get to eat the cake with Grandma......... You see I should of checked with Great Grandma because she had everything already prepared as usual. All good though just means we have some YUMMY angel food cake for dessert everyday this week :)


 And then we had a great visit with Auntie Claire, she stopped by to see my mom before she and my step dad head off on their annual RV Trip down to Arizona.
 Then we were off to my Grandma's house for a BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION


It was a wonderful weekend, There was even some bull whip practice taking place at my grandma's...you know like Indiana Jones style... That's how cool my Grandma is


XOXO
A

Enticing Etsy

October 27, 2011

I am in LOVE........ with ETSY!
I think this site is amazing.
You are able to find everything &  anything your heart desires!
 And this week my heart goes beep beep for


Gemini Studio
This print because who doesn't love beagles and it also looks like my Snoop a loop the most regal Beagle of ALL

Sarah & Bendrix
Heart the Hearts!! AND IT IS CALLED PRIDE AND PREJUDICE!!!!

Oh Dier
This NEEDS to be in my entry way

Mojo Spa Style
I just plain WANT this

Quality Covers
Practical and PRETTY

Flutter Flutter
I Love the uniqueness of this JU JU Hat. I will be placing one in my home in the near future

If you haven`t had a chance to check out ETSY.....DO SO HERE 
But make sure you have a couple of hours,,,,,,,,,,, it is addictive


XOXO

A
 

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