Wednesday, December 3, 2014

DIY Holiday Gifts Round-up

There's nothing quite like getting crafty at the holidays. It's the perfect way to spend time with your kids (or grandkids) and strike a few gifts off your list!

We've scoured the internet for some of the best wallet-friendly DIY holiday gift ideas - we hope you enjoy them!

  1. Oreo Snowman Treats from The Idea Room - these are a fantastic gift for teachers or treats for end-of-year class parties

    Image: The Idea Room

  2. 10-Minute Peppermint Soap from Happiness Is Homemade - don't know what to get Aunt Elizabeth? Try this...

    Image: Happiness Is Homemade

  3. Reindeer Cocoa Cones from Mommy's Kitchen - everyone loves hot chocolate on a cold day, so make it extra special with this cute DIY kit

    Image: Mommy's Kitchen

  4. Holiday Coffee Sleeves from Better Homes & Gardens - great for any hot drinks, they'd make a fun complement to the Reindeer Cocoa Cones!

    Image: Better Homes & Gardens

  5. Custom Pebble Magnets from a.steed' - you can use pictures of the kids, printed papers or bits of comic books - the options are limitless!

    Image: a.steed'
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday's Featured Blog Fans (November 21, 2014)

We're sending a huge thanks to our latest featured fans for commenting or liking our blog posts - Anitha Kuppuswamy, Barb W, Emily, Jacqueline Jacobs, Lynsie A., Sarah Gordon and Theresa.

Each time a fan interacts with us on social media, we add a sticker to our Great Wall of Friends and donate $1 to Sick Kids. Click here to find out more about our #GreatWallofFriends initiative.

Thanks to all of you for your support!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Decorating with Room-eez™

I'm a bit of a decorating nut... I love changing my color schemes from time-to-time, adding new accent pillows and throws, swapping out the art on my walls - you name it.

The only part I dislike? Putting holes in my walls!

So when Oliver's Labels first came out with Room-eez™ - our line of beautiful, easy-on / easy-off wall art - I was giddy to try it.

From the start, I knew I'd love Room-eez for many reasons:

  • its lovely texture - it's matte, not shiny and slippery like vinyl
  • durability - we tested our Room-eez material and it stood up to us removing and repositioning it many times before it was adversely affected
  • lots of beautiful designs to choose from

My kids have had personalized Room-eez name decals in their rooms for awhile now, but recently I had a fantastic idea for using the initial wall decals in a fun way.

So here's some inspiration for an easy, inexpensive and impactful way to decorate with Room-eez!

Giving Our Lockers Some Love

We recently added a mudroom to the back of our home, complete with individual lockers/cubbies for each family member. This is what they look like...

I decided I wanted to customize them somehow but didn't want to mar the beautiful new cabinetry with screw or nail holes. Then the perfect solution came to me... Room-eez!

I ordered Room-eez letter decals online, choosing from 20 designs, over 20 fonts and infinite colors. Since my son is obsessed with camo, I knew which letter decal he would love!

They arrived a few days later and I set about putting them up. I started by reading over the instructions (just a little refresher!), then taking off the backing paper and positioning each letter where I wanted it to go.

Always read the instructions :)

This is how the package arrives,
showing me on the front what my initial will look like

STOP! A little reminder to read the application instructions :)

Gently peel away the backing paper

Position the initial wherever you'd like it.
The sticky paper on the front helps a lot!

Next, I made sure it was positioned exactly where I wanted it; had to move it a bit so it was entered, then peeled off the front and... voila!

My son's camo print initial in "Plain" font
(Tip: install USB charger outlets in cubbies to
keep smartphones & iPods from cluttering your counters!)

I repeated these steps for all four of our initials and this is how it turned out...

Using different fonts & colours/patterns lends an air of whimsy to the room

Our cubbies - personalized and ready to hold all of our stuff!

Personalized cubbies in less than 15 minutes! Room-eez truly are a breeze to put up and, hey, if you make a mistake, they are easy to reposition until you get it right.

We'd love to see how you decorate with Room-eez! Share your pictures on our social media pages
(using hashtag #Roomeez) and you may just get a surprise. ;)

Happy decorating!

Click on the links below to view more Room-eez Wall Art products.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Happy Howl-oween...

Halloween is such a fun time of year - a time for everyone to act silly, scary or a mixture of the two!
If you love Halloween as much as we do, you'll want to check out these fun recipes, crafts and activities we've rounded up for you and your kids to enjoy.
  1. We love these Vampire Cake Pops from Moms & Munchkins (designer: Deanna from Dee's-licious Desserts)

  2. Easy-to-make Toilet Paper Roll Bats from MollyMoo

  3. Fun Pumpkin Picture Holders from The Canadian Mother Resource (designer: Chantelle from DolledUp Design)

  4. Adorable Halloween Treat Cups from eighteen25 (designer: Rebecca from Simple As That)

  5. Chic Pumpkin Black Cats from

  6. Easy Pumpkin Pretzels from Inspired Dreamer

  7. For a fun, reusable decor idea check out our line of Halloween (and fall-themed) Wall Decals... kids can even put them up!

    We would love to hear about your favorite Halloween activities and recipes, so share them with us below, or on our social media pages.

    Wishing you and your family a safe, fun Halloween!

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Friday, September 19, 2014