Kitchen & Dining Room Inspirations for Thanksgiving

“Thanksgiving is an emotional time. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often”

Johnny Carson

You GUYS! I have been both mentally & physically prepping my body, mind & soul for the obscene glutinous journey it is about to embark on this Thanksgiving Weekend. All of my stretchiest of leggings & my flowiest of shirts have been laundered, pressed & packed for the cottage & I’m literally counting down the MILISECONDS until 3:01pm this coming Friday afternoon! The excitement is literally so real. Now… I wanted to do something a TAD bit different on the blog this year to commemorate the holiday, & because Thanksgiving IS heavily centred around food & that infamous big Turkey Dinner – AKA you’ll likely be spending a TON of time in the kitchen & dining room – I thought I’d share a few of my favourite kitchen & dining room inspirations, accompanied by some of my personal kitchen entertaining tips for Thanksgiving!!! (more…)

Tips for Decorating a Small Condo for Thanksgiving

“I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage”

Erma Bombeck

There are many warranted concerns people have when transitioning into condo life; small living space, loud neighbors, high utility fees, & minimal storage are all GREAT examples of such completely warranted concerns. Being filled with sheer & utter dread that you won’t be able to decorate said “small living space” for the holidays? Yeah… not SO warranted! However this concern was legitimately at the very tip top of my list when Andrei & I signed the lease for our 600sq. foot condo in Toronto. I am obsessed with any & all holidays (although Halloween undoubtedly comes in at number one) & the mere thought that a perfectly carved Jack-O-Lantern or a neutral, rustic Christmas tree would not be within the realm of possibilities was just way too much disappointment to bear. No… this little scenario was simply NOT an option. I therefore made it my MISSION to find pieces that work in small spaces, yet still TOTALLY accomplished that nostalgic, holiday vibe I was so, so SO, craving! First up on the holiday list? Thanksgiving! Enjoy! (more…)

Fall & Thanksgiving Nail Picks

“A woman is helpless only when her nail polish is drying”

Quotes Gram

New season… new nail trends, & because I’m positively OBSESSED with having my nails done every second of every minute of every day [chips are most definitely NOT tolerated], I wanted to share my top three picks for Fall & Thanksgiving appropriate nails. (more…)

Mike Wazowski Pumpkin Tutorial

“On Halloween night, the Great Pumpkin rises out of his pumpkin patch & flies through the air with his bag of toys for all the children”

– Linus, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”

Every year our lake hosts an annual pumpkin carving contest on Thanksgiving weekend & it’s by far my favourite part of the entire holiday. Competitive is a gross understatement to describe these people (myself included) & we don’t exactly play clean (think bribery, stolen carving utensils & on one occasion, a stolen trophy from a child… cough – dad – cough). But don’t worry, everyone has been friends for years (they were all best friends in high school during the 70’s) so there are no hard feelings & it’s all in good fun. Some of my ‘notable’ pumpkin achievements are a Shark Week pumpkin & Burger & Fries pumpkin: (more…)