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A Teenage Girls Holiday Gift Guide

Posted December 2, 2016 by Anonymous

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I’ve put together A Teenage Girls Holiday Gift Guide to give you some ideas for this hard to buy for age (13-16)! – – – – – – – Teenagers are so hard to buy gifts for…especially girls because they can be very particular about the things they wear and want.  Actually let me rephrase that, if you don’t have a good list they are hard to buy for.  But given the opportunity to provide a list of things they want, I have found from experience that teenage girls are more than happy to tell you what they like! This Teenage Girls Holiday Gift Guide was put together by my daughter who is 14 (grade 9).  And she is a very girly girl so most of the items on this list are pretty feminine!  I think it’s a wonderful list of things and I’m so happy she took the time to put it together for you!  I hope you can find some ideas for the teenage girl in your life! A Teenage Girls Holiday Gift Guide This The Chocolate Shop Make Up Set by Too Faced is high on the list for my teenage girl!  Confession…I kind of want it too.  It comes […]

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Oh She Glows 15 Best Vegan Cookie Recipes!

Posted December 2, 2016 by Angela (Oh She Glows)

Welcome to your holiday cookie headquarters! Can you believe it’s the last month of 2016? I’m having a hard time wrapping my mind around the entire year. This month is extra special because my sister, nephews, brother-in-law, mom, and stepdad are spoiling us with a visit over the holidays. We’re also hosting all the Liddons […]

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A Men’s Holiday Gift Guide

Posted November 30, 2016 by Anonymous

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A Men’s Holiday Gift Guide to help you with shopping for the men in your life! – – – – – – – Today I’m super excited to share a post written by my husband, Tobin!  I thought it might help you to have some ideas for gifts for the men in your lives, because I know how hard they are to buy for.  Seriously, why are men SO hard to by for?  I hope this guide will give you some useful ideas so you can get your Christmas shopping done relatively stress free!  The Hubbys Christmas Gift Guide Hello A Pretty Life readers, I’m Tobin, the husband behind the blog!  I’m hoping that I can shed some light into what to buy for your men this holiday season.   Whoever said it is better to give than to receive never got a custom splitting axe for Christmas.  Being a husband and a father seems to have triggered some sort of auto response when asked for a gift list for the holidays.  “Oh, I could use some work shirts, a new pair of gloves, maybe a new shaving kit…”  I ask for the practical things, the everyday things that we […]

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Comfort & Joy Wreath

Posted November 28, 2016 by Anonymous

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I had some fun with the holiday decor at Lowe’s Canada and created this Comfort & Joy Wreath!  A perfect way to decorate your front door and greet your guests this holiday season! – – – – – – Wreaths are such a lovely way to greet guests that arrive at your home over the holiday season.  But sometimes it’s hard to find just the right wreath in stores, so why not make your own?  The great thing about making your own wreath is the ability to tailor the colours and style to reflect your own home.  And really there are no rules with wreath making because it’s all about what appeals to you!  There are so many options.  I find that once you have a theme and an idea of the colours you want, the rest is easy. I have been busy making wreaths this holiday season because I love them so much, and so far I have made a Winter Wonderland Yarn Wreath, a Vintage Truck Evergreen Wreath, and now this Comfort & Joy Wreath.  The more wreaths the better I say! Making wreaths, especially wreaths with evergreen bases, is so easy.  It’s kind of like decorating a mini […]

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Blog Flog: Cranberry-Orange Cinnamon Buns

Posted November 11, 2016 by Julie

Somehow it came to be November – before I even managed to settle into October – and because I was out of town for much of last month – and because THIS WEEK – I just want to putter around the house and bake. Also – this is the week we usually pack up and head to Jasper for Christmas in November for 10 days – and having spent the past 14 years with that block of holiday fun on the calendar, we’re going into withdrawal. To that end, we’ve planned some fun things to do around here, including digging out some Christmas movies to watch on a weekend morning. And so we pulled out the Christmas box early and rummaged through for the Grinch and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – the Saturday morning classics. And of course The Snowman, a little-known but fabulous movie based on a wordless kids’ picture book by English author Raymond Briggs. It was nominated for an Oscar, even –Continue reading

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Dark Fruitcake

Posted November 10, 2016 by Julie

Yes, it’s time. I decided that Tuesday night was as good as any to take on a large baking project – and particularly one that required me to strongarm copious quantities of batter from bowls to pans, and plenty of chopping. My family has been making this dark fruitcake for years; it’s a low-maintenance fruitcake, not requiring aging or brushing with liquor, loaded with dried fruit and nuts – apricots, figs, cherries, dates, citron – not a green glacé candied cherry in sight. Adapted from The Joy of Cooking, the 1997 edition – the edition is important, as there are completely different dark fruitcakes in different editions. (And no, it doesn’t call for eggs.) We don’t brush it with booze, as my mom doesn’t like things boozy – nor did we as kids, when we used Welch’s grape juice in the batter. But feel free to brush it with brandy or rum and wrap it in cheesecloth, then seal in plastic or a cake tinContinue reading

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Blog Flog: An Easy Party Menu

Posted November 9, 2016 by Julie

Somehow, it got to be November. For the past 14 years, I’ve spent this first week out in Jasper at Christmas in November, and I have to admit I’m going through some severe withdrawal. I made a list of things that have been hanging over my head for far too long to take care of with this time that would otherwise be spend driving/dancing/eating/spa-ing – organize the basement! organize the office! get teeth cleaned! sort out the garage while it’s still nice out! – but while I am making some progress, it wasn’t doing much to fill the hole left by the usual ten days of festivities. And so when I was asked if I might go pick up some things at Willow Park Village and make some party food out of it, I said hell yeah, immediately invited some friends over and went shopping. Willow Park Village is a bit of a haul south for me, but I spent a lot of time thereContinue reading

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Vegan Banana Bread

Posted October 7, 2016 by Angela (Oh She Glows)

  I’m squeaking in before our Canadian Thanksgiving weekend to share this gem of a banana bread recipe with you all. I figured it would make the perfect addition to your weekend breakfast table! We’ve been making this banana bread for weeks and weeks (you may have seen this recipe added to the app last […]

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