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Simple Summer DIY with CBC Life Hi! Mercedes here, I know it’s been a while and I miss you tons. Sharing this simple floral pineapple DIY with you for your next party!  Here’s what you’ll need: Heavy duty kitchen knife Cutting board Large bowl Water Floral foam block (can be found at stores like Walmart and Michaels) Fresh florals and leaves […] OPEN POST Leons Hello Sunshine is here! If you follow The Party Parade on Instagram you’ve probably seen my sneak peaks of the she shed TJ and I created for Leons Hello Sunshine Magazine. Well today, beautiful copies are available at LCBO locations (with Food & Drink)! It’s obvious how much love and hard work went into the magazine from the creators (Autumn […] OPEN POST Outdoor Living Room with Jysk I posted some details on our dining space the other day, and want to share a little about our outdoor living room, too. Here’s the before: Because the space between the garage and fence is so intimate, I designed it to feel like an outdoor living room. After: Hanging a graphic fabric or tapestry add’s […] OPEN POST Backyard Dining with JYSK When we bought the house, the backyard was a major factor in our decision. Most of the homes we looked at had tiny, condo size yards if any.  Tj especially, is very attached to, as he says, “puttering around in the yard.” If by puttering he meant tons of hard work and constantly being told […] OPEN POST Bauli USA – Spring/Summer 2017 I was super excited when contacted by Bauli USA to shoot their SS2017 photos. The products used for this were the Mini Lemon Custard Croissants, as well as the Limoncino and Cappucino Italian Flavour Cakes. I always enjoy styling and making these products look pretty and yummy! These 3 themes would be super cute for […] OPEN POST Sideboard love with JYSK If you’ve been following along my journey on IG and the blog over the last few months, you know that TJ and I are renovating our Toronto bungalow with the help of some of our favourite brands.  I am going to be sharing more details soon, but I wanted to show you two of my […] OPEN POST Sugar Cookies! It’s no surprise that I LOVE baking! One of my favourite things to make is sugar cookies and it has been for years. Not only are they extremely yummy, they are perfect for any occasion. I’ve made sugar cookies for engagement parties, weddings, baby showers, house warming parties, birthdays, styled shoots, every single holiday and […] OPEN POST Kids Imagination Corner With CBC Life I created this fun little corner for my Design My Space series produced by RTR Media for CBC Life. The canopy is made by using strong clips to attach a curtain to IKEA’s LATTJO hula hoop.  I used a thin wire to attach some silk blooms, and a heavy duty rope to hang the hoop from […] OPEN POST Mini Easter Brownie Cakes Yesterday Ellia and I made some brownies and I decided to make mini Easter cakes with the leftovers! It is super easy to do, and I think they would be really cute on a place setting at Easter dinner or on a dessert table! I’ve had a tradition since Elle was born that every year […] OPEN POST Sudio Regent Wireless Headphones Last week I had the incredible opportunity to spend 5 days in Mexico photographing the wedding of a lovely, totally rad couple. It was such a dream come true for me, seeing as the beach and tropical destinations are my absolute favorite place to be! I brought Mercedes with me as my second shooter/assistant and […] OPEN POST 3 Party Backdrops with CBC Life  I’m sharing another video tutorial projects with RTR Media for CBC Life.  Which backdrop best suits your next party?  Check out the simple instructions for each in the video below. Do you know making balloon animals is SO easy? Neither did it! YouTube has tons of simple tutorials.  Don’t forget to tag us and hashtag […] OPEN POST Edible Centrepieces with CBC Life Hi beautiful people! I teamed up with RTR Media to create some fun video content for CBC Life. These edible towers are easy and fun to make, and could work for any occasion. Add some bunnies to the table for easter? I’m thinking yes.      *It’s always best to use organic/pesticide free blooms or […] OPEN POST 1 Mantle 3 Ways with HomeSense When we first moved into the house last summer the mantle was the first reno project we did. It was an ugly old fake wood with stones that looked like bird seed. We painted it white, added marble tile, and voila. I fell in love with it. I’ve always wanted a mantel to decorate and […] OPEN POST JYSK Tiny Room Makeover I failed here and forgot to take a before picture of just how awful it was. We had a queen size bed taking up most of the room which had piles of junk on it because there was no space to hang out in there anyway. It was essentially a useless space. My main focus […] OPEN POST Grandmas Ravioli These images are as close to our hearts as it gets. Nat and I come from Italian parents, and grandparents on both sides of our family.  We grew up living near our mom’s mom, Josephine, who occupies an impeccably clean home always filled with the scent of something delicious. Her garden is bigger than my […] OPEN POST
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