She Shed, Diva Den, Lady Lounge, Chic Shed… whatever you call it, it’s all yours!

Hey ladies, are you dreaming of your own private space? One that you can call your own, to do whatever YOU want to do and decorate it how YOU want it decorated? Check out the “She Shed” I recently highlighted on Cityline. This can be your “Diva Den”, “Lady Lounge”, “Chic Shed” counterpart to your hubby’s or boyfriend’s “Man Cave”. Whatever you call it, it will be all yours! So, take a peek at my recent Cityline segment where tell you how you can enjoy a “She Shed” of your very own. ~Shoana Click on the video below to watch the...

Gifts That Give Back

I got such an amazing response from a recent “Gifts That Give Back” segment I did on Breakfast Television Toronto!! I wanted to share it with all of you and include the links for anyone who wants to know more about it! These are all really great gift ideas and you can give back at the same time! It’s a win win, really! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!! ~ Shoana   *** Click HERE to watch the segment ***   List of gifts that I featured: Hallmark greeting cards Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Adopt and Elephant HomeSense Shop for Hope 26 Perfume – Artists For Peace And Justice Apple – (RED) Products TOMS – Shoes, slippers & Bags IKEA – Soft Toys For Education Etsy Cherry T Knit Co. – Mittens Etsy Human Kind – Candles Plan Canada – Scarf FOGO Island Shop – Quilt, hangers & tray KitchenAid Stand Mixer – Cook for the...

Wedding Gift Ideas – Think Outside The Toaster

Wedding season is here and for many people it is a time to try and find gifts that will make the newlyweds feel special, but also ones that are useful and a little outside the box. Here is a list of some of my favourite ideas that I recently showed on Cityline: Travel Gift Card If you aren’t comfortable giving cash as a gift, then in my opinion, gift cards are a step up. I absolutely love giving the gift of travel and it is suitable for almost any occasion. Think graduation, birthdays or even for a babymoon. Why not host a themed bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette party or wedding where all of the guests give a travel gift card? Most people want to really enjoy a honeymoon after the wedding, but the budget is often spent on the wedding. * Just a tip on this, pick a single company to buy from, so the money isn’t spread out across different businesses. For example  Hotels.com . They offer a huge selection of hotels, worldwide. So, the newlyweds can pick where they want to stay without being restricted to a certain hotel brand. Photo Gift Card Help them get the photos of the big day out of the computer and into albums (or on to frames, canvases, blankets, snow globes, mugs, mouse pads… I can keep going the options seem limitless). Companies like Blacks, Costco, Walmart or another local photo shop that have all sorts of options to help the newlyweds cherish the memories from the “big day”. Etsy is a great website for unique gifts. Etsy is a site where artisans and small businesses can sell...

One Pot Pasta!

Yes! I cook! I know most of you know this about me as I share some of my fav recipes with you here. But, you would think it was big news the way Tracey and Jason reacted when I prepared my first ‘On Air’ dish last week on Cityline.   This healthy and quick ‘One-Pot’ meal is a go to staple in my home.  Using just a handful of seasonal and inexpensive ingredients you will have a delicious dish in just 13 MINUTES!! Setting your kitchen timer is of course optional.  I find using this tool lets me enjoy cooking and the company I am keeping. Your focus can be on your guests rather then worrying about your meal timing. Hear the beep, add the next ingredient, reset and relax!! Once prepared, this dish serving is so big it can easily be served warm right away and as cold leftovers the next day! Delish!   Here is a printable recipe to add your recipe binder! Penne with Shrimp, Feta and Spring Veggies...

DIY Easter Eggs with String and Sugar

String eggs You will need: Sugar Water Embroidery string (or any other type of natural fibre string) Balloons of different sizes (I used water balloons) A bowl   Make a stiffener mixture: In a medium pot, combine 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water and heat until the sugar dissolves. Quick Tip: You can also boil water with a kettle. Cool the sugar mixture, so you don’t burn your fingers when you dip the thread. Slowly coil a string into the mixture and gently press it into the liquid. Take an inflated balloon and wrap the sticky string around it making sure to wipe off the excess liquid. Let dry for 24 hours. Once it is completely dry pop the balloon. If any of the ballon sticks to the string pull them off with a pin or tweezers.   Paper-mâché Nest Step 1: Tightly cover the outside of a small bowl with plastic wrap then flip it upside down onto wax paper. In another container, mix equal parts water and clear glue. Step 2: Dip handfuls of shredded paper (I used paper lunch bags) into the glue mixture, then immediately lay them on the bowl; until covered. Step 3: Let dry for 12 hours then carefully pull the wrap off the bowl and away from the nest. Happy crafting and Happy Easter! ~ Shoana Here is the how to video from my Cityline segment...