My Paint Nite Review

If you haven’t heard of paint nite before here is what it is.

“Guests spend two hours creating a one-of-a-kind painting and laughing with friends at a popular local bar.” –

After seeing friends and acquaintances post their masterpieces on social media I wanted to try it out and see what I could create.

Here is what took place:
Before the event

I browsed the paintnite website to find an event in my area.

  •  Make sure it is a painting that you like, what fun is it painting something you don’t really care about
  • Most event sell out fast so make sure you book well in advance, especially if you are going with three or more friends.
  • Check out Groupon! We found one and saved 30%
Day of the Event

Once we arrived to our event they had all the canvas and tools set up and ready to go. There was a very friendly instructor that signed us in and the waitress at the restaurant took our orders as everyone got settled in.

Once everyone was settled  the instructor began the lesson. She was great and went step by step, ensuring that everyone was good before moving on to the next step. She gave good direction and let you know how to mix colors as well as what brushes to use and how to use them.

The instructor came around to the tables to make sure we were doing ok and answered any questions that we had. She also came around and took pictures of us and our paintings which they post on their Facebook page and website.

Once everyone was done the instructor also took pictures of us with our finished products. We were allowed to stay longer and finish up if we were not completely done after the two hours. On our way out we were handed coupons for our next event.

My finished painting!
  • Arrive a little early so you can pick your seat before others and order your drinks and food.
  • if you are messy like me, make sure you are wearing clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty.
My Overall Thoughts:

I really enjoyed the paint nite. I was happy with the outcome of my painting and will proudly hang it in my home. It is great that you don’t have to worry about supplies, set up and clean up. Even if you have never painted before you will feel like an artist by the end. I really liked that everyone’s painting was different and it was a great way to catch up and hang with friends. Would I do it again? Yes I would, but only when I can get a Groupon for it.

Have you done a Paint Nite? How was your experience?

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

I love growing my own vegetables! One vegetable that I seem to always have an abundance of is zucchini. Growing up my mother and grandmother have always made zucchini bread every summer, I was always happy to eat it.

I know I am not the only one that feels the same so I wanted to share my zucchini bread recipe with you.

First I gathered all the ingredients needed


I then enlisted some cute kitchen helpers

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Here is the recipe we used:

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread


  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 2 cup white sugar
  • 2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4-6 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. In a large bowl combine, flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  2. Whisk until combined. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, add white sugar and oil. Mix until creamy.
  4. Mix in brown sugar, eggs, & vanilla.
  5. Add the dry mixture into the wet mixture and stir until combined.
  6. Grate the zucchini and fold it into the batter and then add chocolate chips
  7. Pour batter into a greased loaf pans.
  8. Bake for 45-60 minutes in a 325 degree preheated oven

*** I make a mixture of white and brown sugar and sprinkle it on the top of the loaf after it has been baking for about 10 min to give it a little bit of a sugary crust.

Serves: 4 loaves

Our final product!




What are some of your favourite zucchini recipes?


Easy Low Cost Teacher Gifts

It’s that time of year again. The school year is just about over, do you have a gift for your child’s teacher yet? Don’t worry I put a list together of some very easy gifts that your can put together in no time!

Mini Mani/Pedi Set:

Fun teacher gift for teacher appreciation day or end of school year. Free printable gift tag.



Who doesn’t enjoy a mani pedi!? Click  here to visit the The Resourceful Mama to get the list of what you need to put this together as well as a free printable label to go along with it.





Thanks A Latte:




Super cute and easy to put together. Take a look at the instructions and printable label over at Just Add Confetti




A Gift That keeps on Growing:


Looking for a gift that stands the test of time, then go with a plant! You could do a house plant, flower, or really any little potted plant you can find. Go visit Three Kids and a Fish for the printable



Wine Time:

What better way to say "thank you" to a teacher at the end of the school year than with a little wine present? This free wine label printable makes an easy, yet memorable DIY teacher appreciation gift. Click to download the free printable. |


If you know me, then you know that I enjoy a glass of wine. if you have a teachers that shares my love of wine then here is the perfect gift! I found this printable from the Make and Do Crew




Raise Your Hand?


Grab some of your favourite hand soaps, body lotion, or hand sanitizers and add the printable label from Eighteen25 and you are good to go.





Gift Cards:

Teacher Appreciation Gift Card Holders Hip2Save

This is what I will being doing for my kids teachers because of the simplicity involved. Just head on over to Hip2Save and print the one you like and attach a gift card of your choice.



Do you have any easy teacher gift ideas? Please share as I am always looking for new ideas.

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June Purchases!

I can never get enough shopping. Whether it is online, at the mall or even thrift shopping! I wanted to share some of my most recent purchases.

Dr. Who Leggings!


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These bad boys are from Lotus Leggings. If you are not a Whovian, they have a ton of other designs as well. I am really enjoying them. They fit well, are super comfy, and were reasonably priced.


A Floral Dress


This dress is from Reitmans. I don’t usually shop there but waa looking for a dress that went to my knees so I could wear it to work. Also I fit into a Medium, which I never happens at any other store in the mall, so I was super happy with the realistic sizing!


Cute Flip Flops

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Super cute, and who doesn’t need a new pair of flip flops for the summer! These are from Spring Shoes. I can’t get enough of the little gold bows!



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I love accessories, it is the easiest and most affordable way to change up an outfit. I got these beauties from Spring Shoes as well.


A Zebra Print Top

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I am loving this top! Comfortable and light for the summer, with a cute little zipper on the back. This top is from Suzy Sheir.


Military Inspired Dress



I found this dress on the sale rack which always makes me happy 🙂 You can find it at Suzy Sheir.

What are your recent purchases?

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Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Ok so I am a little late on the Chia seed wagon, however I seen a post on Pinterest on Overnight Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding from the Minimalist Baker and really wanted to try it. I looked it over and it seemed easy enough so I went for it.


Here is my attempt.


I did not follow her recipe exact and used what I had in the house:

  • 1 1/2 cups Silk Coconut milk Unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2-5 Tbs maple syrup if not blending
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt optional
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

I mixed everything in a bowl, except for the maple syrup. Once everything was mixed I divided it up into two portions, added the maple syrup, and then put it the fridge overnight.



When I was ready to eat it, I put it into a bowl and sliced a banana into it.


So it looks really pretty and yummy…. however I wasn’t crazy for it.

It was ok, just not great. It was easy to make, just not satisfying.

I am glad I added bananas to it. Next time to get a thicker consistency I plan to add a little bit of honey and blend a banana or two into it.

What Chia seed recipes have you tried and how did they turn out?

Do You Have PCOS?

About 7 months ago I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome). I had most of the symptoms that go along with it, but it wasn’t until I got bloodwork and an ultrasound done, that we knew for sure it was PCOS. I have never heard of before and was surprised to find out that almost

.  Ever since I have been gathering information to see what it is all about.

Do you have any of these symptoms?:
  • Irregular periods. This is the most common symptom. Can include few or no menstrual periods or heavy, irregular bleeding. Mine have always been inconsistent but when it was MIA for over 6 months, I knew something was not right.
  • Excess androgen. Elevated levels of male hormones (androgens)
  • Polycystic ovaries. Polycystic ovaries become enlarged and contain numerous small fluid-filled sacs which surround the eggs.
  • Weight gain. About half of women with PCOS will have weight gain and obesity that is difficult to manage
  • Fatigue. Many women with PCOS report increased fatigue and low energy.
  • Unwanted hair growth (also known as hirsutism). Areas affected by excess hair growth may include the face, arms, back, chest, thumbs, toes, and abdomen
  • Thinning hair on the head. Hair loss related to PCOS may increase in middle age
  • Infertility. PCOS is a leading cause of female infertility caused by not releasing an egg (not ovulating) or repeat miscarriages.
  • Acne. Hormonal changes related to androgens can lead to acne problems. Other skin changes such as the development of skin tags and darkened patches of skin are also related to PCOS.
  • Mood changes. Having PCOS can increase the likelihood of mood swings, depression, and anxiety.
  • Pelvic pain. Pelvic pain may occur with periods, along with heavy bleeding. It may also occur when a woman isn’t bleeding.
  • Headaches. Hormonal changes prompt headaches.
  • Sleep problems. Women with PCOS often report problems such as insomnia or poor sleep, as well as breathing problems while sleeping
  • Insulin resistance and too much insulin (hyperinsulinemia), which can cause things like upper body obesity and skin tags.

If you are curious to see if you could have PCOS take this quiz and talk to your doctor.

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How Much Does Your Face Cost?

So, I was watching a Buzzfeed video called “guys guess makeup prices“, and it made me wonder how much my normal day to day face cost. So as I love to do I made a list 😉

How Much Does My Face Cost?


Neutrogena® Pore Refining® Cleanser – $9.97

Of course we need to wash our faces. I like this product because it is a reasonable price and does not irritate my skin. I am frugal so I will buy it from Walmart or Shoppers Drug Mart, depending on which store has it on sale.

CLINIQUE Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ – $34.00

This is my all time favorite moisturizer! It is the only one that I can find that does not leave my skin feeling greasy. I usually get it from Sephora unless it is on sale at The Bay.


CLINIQUE Clarifying Lotion 2 – $18.00

My favorite from clinique. This one is not as harsh on my skin as some others that I have tried. Again I will get it from Sephora or The Bay.


Marcelle CC Concealer – $12.95

When it comes to concealers I will usually just buy whatever is on sale, however I have been really enjoying this brand lately. I purchased this from Shopper’s Drug Mart


Marcelle BB Cream – $22.95

This has been my go, especially in warmer weather. It feels light and doesn’t leave my face feeling smothered. In the colder months I will usually get the CC Cream from this brand. I usually purchase it from Shopper’s Drug Mart.


Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara – $30.00

I am in love with this mascara! I do not consider myself to be a huge make-up person but I cannot live without mascara! I recently tried their water proof version and felt it was to thick, so I just use as a small amount as a top coat. I go Sephora to restock.


eos™ Visibly Soft Vanilla Mint Lip Balm – $4.27

Plain and simple. Cost effective way to keep my lips soft, and it smells good too! I will buy these puppies anywhere they are on sale, usually Walmart.


Brow Extender Caryl Baker – $42.50

My newest obsession! This stuff is great. It doesn’t look fake or over the top. It is from Caryl Baker Visage.


Perfect Brow Finish Caryl Baker – $21.00

This is just to finish the Brow Extender (item before this), so that it last all day. Again it is from Caryl Baker Visage.


Neutrogena® Deep Clean® Oil-Free Make-up Remover Wipes, 25 Count – $7.97

I am way to lazy to wash my face at night, so this is my way of getting around that. Simple, easy and it gives me no excuses to clean my face at night. I will buy them on sale from either Shopper’s or Walmart.


Total: $203.61

It may seem like a lot when you add it all up, but to me it is worth every penny. I am curious, all you ladies that wear lipstick, eyeliner, and other make-up, how much does your face cost?

I challenge you guys to take a look at your everyday face and add it up to see how much it cost.

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12 Father’s Day Gifts under $50!

As you may be aware Father’s day is approaching quickly, and if you are anything like me (a huge procrastinator) then you still need to get a gift for your significant other, father, brother, or special man in your life.

I decided to put together a list of things that if I was a dude, I would want for Father’s day. To make it even better every item can be bought for $50 Canadian or less – your welcome


12 Father’s Day Gift’s under $50

  1. Super Hero Cuff Links – $16.07:

Personalized superhero cufflinks, cool gifts for men, wedding silver plated or black cuff linkIf your man is not into super heroes this Etsy store has many different options and can be personalized. You can find the one pictured above at TheBluAgaveStudio

2. A Personalized Wallet – $46.86
mens wallet, wallet, leather wallet, fathers day gift, anniversary gifts for men, personalized wallet, engraved wallet, christmas gift

You need somewhere to keep your cash and cards, why not make is extra special with his initials and a sweet message. Here is the Etsy store where I found it SFdizayn


3. The Gift of Music – $28.79
Legend (Vinyl)

Amazon is a great place to get music, but don’t forget to check your local record stores.

4. For the Book Worm – $45.92

Perfect for reading at the beach, on the deck or lounging around at home. Amazon is where I found this set.

5. For the Gamer – $49.99
Mortal Kombat X

Whether it is a PS4 or Xbox game, EB Games is the first place I go. For an ever better deal you can get their recycled games.

6. Bluetooth Speaker – $29.99

You can take this puppy just about anywhere. To top it off it is water resistant. This is what we use to listen to our jams on the deck or sitting in the hot tub. Click below to get yours.

7. BBQ Set – $49.99

Warm weather is finally here! Start the grilling season with this beautiful BBQ set.

8. Star Wars Car Charger -$26.14
Stormtrooper USB Car Charger

You can never have enough Star Wars in you life. Check out for this item and tons of other fun stuff!

9. Game of Thrones T-Shirt – $26.14

Choose Your House - Exclusive

Ok I may be a little obsessed with GOT (who isn’t right now!) but everyone needs a t-shirt. Which house would you choose?

10. A Cool Phone Case – $38.23

I love Redbubble! If you have a fandom of some sort, you will be able to find something for it whether it is a phone case, t-shirt or even home decor. Also because I am an Android user they have cool cases (they also have iphone cases). Take a look the artist are great.

11. Sports Tickets – $12.00 and up

If your special someone is not into baseball SeatGeek has tickets for everything imaginable, from sports, concerts and plays.

12. Local Brewery Tour – $7/person

Take a look and see what local breweries or wineries near you. The one near us usually has Groupon offers too!

I hope this list gave you some ideas for the men in your life. Let me know your thoughts and what you ended up gifting.

My Summer Bucketlist

I know it is not quite summer yet,but I am sooooo…. ready for it! Because I have summer on my mind I decided to create a “Summer Bucket List”. Tweet This


My Summer Bucket-list:

  1. Go For A Bike Ride


I bought a new bike about 2 years ago and unfortunately I have not used it as much as I would like. Not only is it good exercise but it is a great way to explore where you live. Plus if I actually use my bike, maybe my hubby will stop chirping me about it sitting and collecting dust.



2. Build An Epic Sand Castle At The Beachsandcastle

I am going to be at the beach anyways! Why not try to make a cool sandcastle.



3. Go For Hiketrail

I am lucky enough to live by a great provincial park with beautiful trails. There are also a few that are a short drive. Check out your area, you may be surprised.



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4. Go On A Road Trip With No Specific Destination

Go on a mini adventure with your family and/or friends! See were you end up and just enjoy the views and the time together!



5. Explore Somewhere Newexplore

When you go on that road trip or hike, don’t be afraid to explore somewhere you have never been. Last year we went to Tobermory here in Ontario (pictured above from our visit). It is a beautiful place and would definitely recommend visiting. Check it out here



fest6. Attend A Festival Or Outdoor Concert

Again I am lucky enough to live close to some great summer festivals. Above are some of my favourites that I try to attend. I have also volunteered at a festival, it is a great way to attend it for free 😉


7. Go See A Drive-In Moviedrive in

I haven’t been to a drive-in years! I know the kids would love it too! I really want to scratch this one off the list!


l8. Fly A Kite


I love flying kites and I love crafts, so when I found this DIY kite instructions on Pinterest it just made perfect sense to add it to my bucket list! Visit Inner Child Fun to play along, there is even a how to video!




9. Visit A Farmers Marketmarket

What is there not to love about fresh fruit and veggies!? Go check out your local market and support your local farmers.



10. Find The Perfect Sundress


Ahhhh…. sundresses, so comfy and flowy. Really they just go hand in hand with summer. The challenge is finding one that is right for me. Let the hunt begin!




11. Make Homemade PopsiclesPopsicle, Ice Cream, Treat, Dessert, Holding, Person

Another pinterest find! I remember having popsicle molds as a child, however I have never made them as an adult. My neighbor made them last summer and they looked great, so this summer I want to give them a go. Visit Sally’s Baking Addiction if you want to make them as well. I found some molds on amazon, you can click the link below to get yours!


12. Go Berry Picking

berryOk so I have actually never been berry picking. I now have a place to go about 2 minutes away from me. So no excuses this year, I will be scratching this off my list!



13 .Have A Water Fightwater

To me this is one of the best ways to cool down on a hot sunny day! You can use water guns, water balloons or anything else that can hold water! Have fun, I know I will 😉




14. Plant A Tree

My daughter and I usually plant trees every year and this year will be no exception. My community has tree planting days frequently. Check out your area to see if there are any                                                       events near you.               



15. Attend A Live Sporting Eventspotrs

Whether it is a local team, national team, or the big leagues, go see the action. For anyone that knows me I am not the biggest fan of sports but I always enjoy seeing it live (Mostly for the soft pretzels).




16.Go Star Gazing

Whether it is on one of your adventures or in your back yard, take the time to sit back on a clear night and look into the sky. What do you see?



17. Watch The Sunsetsunset

I think I can kill two birds with one stone. I can watch the sunset and then star gaze! Sounds like a date night idea if you ask me.





18.Patio Drinks

How do you know when summer has officially started? When you drive by patios downtown and they are all full of people enjoy a drinks with friends. Head to your favorite watering hole and make                                                          some memories.



19. Go Campingcamp

We usually go camping every summer at one of the provincial parks. I don’t think we will have time this year but if it comes to it I will just put a tent up in our backyard and camp there.



thrift20. Go Yard Sale Shopping

I love a good deal and the feeling of finding something spectacular. Check your local paper to see what upcoming yard sales there are near you.




Thanks for checking out my bucket list! What is on your list this summer?