Halloween Throwback...

In case you're wondering, yes there is a snowsuit underneath my costume. That's how we roll in Canada. I always remember Halloween being so freezing cold, and how annoying it would be to have to find a suitable warm costume.  I loved it though.  Halloween seems so different now. I'm not sure if it's just me, but doesn't it seem like kids just aren't enjoying it as much as we used to?

I can remember trick-or-treating being such a huge deal... something that you prepared for and mapped out the best streets to hit for the best candy.  We would stay out for hours, filling our pillowcases to the rim with goodies, until our feet were just too sore to continue.

Sometimes, we even had parents drive us around to different neighborhoods.  The next day at school was always so much fun... bragging about how much candy you scored and having your mom pop a few little chocolate bars into your lunch every day following Halloween.

Over the years, I haven't seen this kind of enthusiasm from today's kids.  Back in my day, the streets were packed with children running all over the place.  Now, we're lucky to get more than twenty trick-or-treaters, and they all seem to stop at about 7:30pm.

Where is the spirit!?  I can't wait until I have kids and am able to take them out. Darn right we'll hit every single house, and stay out until their little toes are frozen!

Am I the only one who has noticed this, or is it common nowadays for trick-or-treating to be less fun?
Either way, I wish you all the best and most fun Halloween yet!

(Oh, and you may have noticed I have a brand new blog design! Hope you like it!)

AND you can still enter the $600 giveaway for another week! get to it!


Halloween Spook Fest... My Top Scary Movie Picks!

With Halloween quickly approaching, I thought it was time to get you all into the spirit!  Dustin is a horror movie buff, and since I have to live with it, I've grown quite accustomed to watching them... every. single. night. 

Being a complete wimp myself, I normally would not choose to watch a horror flick... especially if it is full of gruesome, disgustingness.  I decided to compile a list of the ones I actually liked and definitely recommend for you all to watch over these next couple of days.  These are not your average "Nightmare on Elm Street" type flicks... in fact, you may have never heard of some before.  That's right, no "Paranormal Activity" on this list! (really, I still have so many questions after the 3rd one...) So without giving too much of the plots away, here we go!

The Loved Ones
This movie is simply twisted. It's about a psycho girl named Lola who does unimaginable things to boys who wouldn't give her the time of day and she has no regrets.

Brent is the main man of this film and he is played by Xavier Samuel (hello, he was in Twilight!) and I might add that he's not too bad to look at ;).  He recently lost his father and is in a depressed state of mind.

Lola's family relationship is pretty odd and stomach turning, and her father does whatever he can to keep her happy... even if it involves lobotomizing innocent victims. Lola just wants to be the queen of her own twisted ball and will do whatever she has to in order to wear the crown.

I found myself looking away at some parts, but the storyline was done so well that I was kept on the edge of my seat and definitely recommend watching this film!!!

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
For the more lighthearted, this movie is pretty hilarious and can be enjoyed by everyone.  Best friends Dale (Tyler Labine... anyone remember Breaker High?!) and Tucker (Alan Tudyk) finally obtain their dream cottage and are stoked to start fixing it up.

On the way into the country, they meet some stuck up college kids who automatically stereotype them as murderous hillbillies. Tucker and Dale just can't catch a break when the kids start accidentally dying off in an attempt to save themselves from their own fabricated murder story.

This movie was a great change of pace from the typical pee-your-pants scary movies we watch so often.

Attack The Block
If you're more the alien terror type, then Attack the Block is for you!  It's about this group of delinquent kids who are used to terrorizing their block and think they're unstoppable.  After frightening and robbing a young woman, karma does them in when they discover an alien being, murder it, and flaunt it around town.

These kids are not so tough when the entire city starts crawling with creatures.

Things get interesting when they are forced to team up with the woman they previously mugged to take on a city full of extra terrestrials.

The only thing that bugged me about this movie were the kids. They are so cruel and heartless that you kind of just want to walk in and slap them.  Other than that, great movie!

The Woman
This movie is about a huge douchebag father/husband who has no respect for women. He finds a feral woman living in the woods and decided to kidnap her.  Chaining her up in their outdoor cellar, he finds ways to torture her throughout the film.

He enlists the help of his reluctant wife and daughter to take care of the woman when he's not around.  There is much more to this family than you could imagine, and when his wife threatens to leave him things get really messed up.

Yet another movie where the characters just get under your skin.... however, it wouldn't be the same movie without them!

Let The Right One In (Let Me In)
You may have seen Let Me In, a movie that was released more recently. Let The Right One In is the original version of this film. It's in a different language but with subtitles, it's excellent.

Oskar is a young boy who is constantly bullied in school. He soon meets his new, somewhat strange, neighbor... a young girl named Eli.  Oskar soon realizes that Eli is a vampire and is responsible for the recent string of murders in his town.

Instead of being afraid of his new realizations about his friend, he sees her for who she truly is and does his best to help her.  Not really a "scary" movie, but still a fantastic one to watch. You can't help but feel a little emotion towards their friendship.

The most terrifying, disturbing, all around skin crawling movie I've ever seen.  This one plays with your mind, your emotions, and tests your ability to hide your face.

There is so much to this movie that I don't even know where to start. Lucie and Anna are BBFs, even though Lucie had been psychologically damaged from past abuse.  Anna is the only one who can seem to reach her and she takes care of her until Lucie finally loses it for good in a bloody gun show.

Soon after, Anna begins to discover the reasons for Lucie's nightmarish tendencies and falls victim to the same trap that took her best friend.

This is where part two of the movie picks up.  What you once thought was terrifying is now sickly disturbing and I admit to completely skipping through certain scenes that were too much to handle.  There is no way I can explain any more of this movie without giving it all away, so my advice to you is to just watch it!  Bring a pillow to cover your face though and don't expect to sleep well for the next couple of days!

Eden Lake
Oh, you thought you were going to have a romantic getaway with your woman by the lake? Sorry, that would be too easy.  Jenny and Steve's quiet weekend alone gets interrupted by obnoxious gangsta teens.  If that isn't annoying enough, the kids start stealing their things and vandalizing their car.

Steve does what any grown up would to and tells the kids to shut up. That's when things get ugly. The unruly brats begin tormenting the couple, and what was supposed to be a happy vacation turns into a fight for survival.  Jenny turns into a powerhouse of a woman and kicks some butt, but the ringleader of the group just won't give up.

You can't help but want to teach these kids a lesson, and just end up hoping that they'll get what's coming to them by the end.  Watch it!

So there you have it, friends! My top picks for your Halloween movie viewing pleasure!  Watch them and let me know what you think!!

Don't forget the popcorn!


Excitement all around

Hi friends!  How are you liking the $600 Wonder Forest giveaway?!  I am still super excited about it. You have about a week left to enter so hop on over and DO IT! I am so incredibly happy to have such wonderful prizes donated from some of my fav ladies.

Yesterday was a BIG DEAL. We had our immigration interview for Dustin to hopefully get his permanent resident card.  We woke up super early (actually, I pretty much didn't sleep a wink... which always happens when I have somewhere to be the next day!), gathered our documents and off we went! 

For those of you that haven't been following the story of Dustin and I (you can read one of our troubles here), we have been dealing with immigration for years... so this was a very very happy occasion!

When we arrived, it was just a small office with three ladies working. They were all so super nice.  We waited for one older couple to finish their interview and then it was our turn!

All we had to do was sit down in an office with a lady who basically asked us three simple questions and they said those magic words to D... "You're now a permanent resident!"  YIPPEE!! If you knew how long we were waiting to hear that!!!  She went over a couple other things with us, but the whole thing only took about 10 mins. Now my man can work here and we can look forward to planning other things, like our wedding!

Dustin outside the Service Ontario building, obviously ecstatic haha.

It feels soooo good to have some assurance and I am beyond thrilled that this is over!!

p.s. I still have some small sponsor spots available for November!

xox Dana


1600 Facebook Fan Giveaway! Over $600 in Prizes!

This contest is now closed! Stay tuned for a winner!

A while ago I mentioned that once I reached 1000 Facebook fans, I would do a huge giveaway.  I'm a little late (I'm now naming this the 1600 Fan Giveaway) but I promise you, it was worth the wait!

I have teamed up with a group of outstanding girls who have generously contributed to this giveaway which is valued at over $600! I can't thank them enough for being so kind! 

Let's get on with it shall we?!  Hold onto your computer seats because here is what one lucky person will win!!!!

Pretty amazing right!?   

This contest is now closed! Stay tuned for a winner! 

- To enter you must be a follower of this blog. If you are not, head on over to the left side of my page and click the Google Friend Connect "Join This Site" button!  (this is how I contact you if you win!)

- STEP ONE!  Visit the Facebook pages of each of the amazing vendors above (their links are under their photos) and "Like" their pages! Please use your personal Facebook page to "Like" since fan/business pages are not tracked.

- STEP TWO! Once you have liked them all, come back here and leave one comment telling me you did so!  Your comment is your official entry into this contest! (if your email address isn't attached to your Google Friend Connect profile please leave it in your comment)

- Want an EXTRA entry?  head on over to your Facebook wall and write "I want to win the Wonder Forest $600 Giveaway because ___________________! My favorite prize is the _________ (item name) from ____________(one of the vendors)!!" *Please TAG Wonder Forest and the vendor of your choice in your post!* Leave a second comment telling me you did this! (to tag a page, just put the @ sign before you type their name... i.e. @Wonder Forest and the page name should pop up for you)

So for example, "I want to win the Wonder Forest $600 Giveaway because I deserve an early Christmas present! My favorite prize is the Fat Quarter Bundle from Fabric Shoppe!!

- For a THIRD entry, Share this giveaway on your Facebook profile, Twitter, or Blog then leave a third comment telling me you did so!

**Entrants who do not follow the rules will have their comment entry removed. Please use your personal Facebook page to "Like" since fan pages are not tracked.  These ladies have been extremely generous and were all hand-picked by me, simply because I love their stuff, so please show your support! Winner will be chosen on November 7th!!  p.s. un-liking a page afterwards is mean :(

Good Luck Everyone!!
xox Dana


Prepping for the Holidays...

Quick note... There are some new things up in the shop!!! Check them out:

I was trying something new with those two sketched prints. I'm not sure how I feel about them yet, so feel free to lend some input!  Visit my shop here!

You'll want to check out my blog tomorrow! I've been working on a HUGE giveaway and tomorrow holds all of the surprises!

xox Dana

oh, you want a reply?

Hello blog owners! I haven't done one of these Blog Tips posts in a while, but I have been noticing something more and more often that I wanted to mention!

PLEASE put your email address in your Blogger profile!  When you comment on someone's blog, did you know that you could be missing out on their possible reply?  Or if you enter a contest on a blog and leave a comment as your entry, you might have missed an opportunity at winning if you don't have your email address linked up to your profile.

For example, see how my profile has a "Contact" section in the sidebar with a link to email me? That email address is attached to every comment I leave on every person's blog because it is in my Blogger profile.  If you ask me a question via commenting on my blog, there is no way I can reply to you if you don't have this set up.

I get all of the comments you leave me straight to my email address. To reply to you, all I have to do is hit REPLY and it automatically sends an email to that associated Blogger email address. If you don't have this set up, there is no "reply-to" email address for me to write back to.

So how do you do it? It's SO EASY. 
  • Go to Blogger.com and login.  
  • In your Dashboard, under your little profile picture thumbnail you will see Edit Profile
  • Click that and then all you have to do is check the box that says "Show My Email Address". 
  • Voila! 
(If you're using the NEW blogger interface, just click the drop down arrow on the top right of your screen then choose Blogger Profile. Click the blue Edit Profile button on that page instead, then check the box.)

PLEASE PLEASE do this if you comment on other blogs!!
xox Dana

p.s. the winner of the Sponsor giveaway is.....



Messy chunky beach waves... Easy tutorial!

I'm one of those people who was cursed with stick straight thin hair that hates to curl. I used to do the traditional "braid your hair before bed" and rag curling tricks to get nice beachy waves, but they never ended up turning out right the next day.  I didn't like the fact that the process took a whole night, and I had no way of knowing what my hair was going to look like when I pulled the braids/rags out.  Do you know how nerve-wracking that is, especially if you have an event to go to (*cough* my brother's wedding)?  Would the curls be too tight? would they end up in funny places?

I developed my own way of doing nice randomly chunky waves.  I actually don't even know if this technique has a pre-existing name or anything... but I do know that it is my favourite way to curl my hair, and I always love the results, no matter what!

Here's how to get some nice messy random waves, without sleeping on a head of uncomfortableness. All you need is a flat iron and some hair spray!

I absolutely LOVE the randomness of these curls. No piece of hair is the same, and it doesn't look as if you sat there with a curling iron perfecting every wave. 

Have you seen this method done before? I'm so curious to know if it's an actual "thing" haha.

"How do you put your hair in the flat iron without burning your fingers?"
Answer: Be careful! Try rolling your curls a bit bigger so you have more hair to hold onto when sticking it into the flat iron. Also use the tips of your fingers. It takes some practice, and yes I've burned myself a couple times... but just be careful and it will all work out.

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Have shorter hair? Also try these messy waves for short or medium length hair:

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Boho Side Braid Festival Hair Tutorial
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Holiday Eyes - Gorgeous Golden Tutorial
Mermaid Eyes
9 Step Smokey Eyes

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If i dream it, maybe it will come true

I want to own a beach cottage. There, I said it out loud. It's been something that has been more of a recent goal in my own mind. Not for myself though, to rent out to other people.  We live in the most perfect place now, where there are hundreds of cottages and tons of people that visit.  It would be a great little investment I think.

I love dreaming about how fun it would be to fix up and decorate.  I can't count the number of times I've seen a decoration or a piece of furniture and thought "that would be perfect for a cottage!".  There are so many unique things you can do with a cottage space... and for other people to be able to enjoy it as well... that is the ultimate reward.

*sigh* maybe one day...
What's something you dream of doing?

xo Dana

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Make a vase out of sticks! Tutorial time!

I have been feeling extra crafty lately!  Did you guys like yesterday's tutorial by my fiance?! This project is so easy, your children could do it... and the result is adorable!  Here's how to make a woodland chic fabulous vase!

You will need:
  • Sticks and twigs
  • An empty coffee can
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hand saw or something to cut the twigs with
  • Dark paper

First gather some sticks. This was pretty easy for me, all I had to do was go outside.  Grab your coffee container. I don't drink coffee, so I used this empty Nesquik container for my vase!

Next you'll want to cut all of your sticks.  The height of the sticks should be about an inch higher than your container.  Some of them I was able to just snap, the others I had to use my trusty little hand saw.

Cover your can with dark paper. I used some scrap black card stock and hot glued it all the way around.  This is so that you don't any of see the can peeking through the sticks when you're finished.

 Then just start gluing!  This works best if your sticks are pretty straight.  I found that using some thinner/more bendy twigs helped fill in spaces and bend around some of the curves of other sticks pretty well.  Make sure that they are all pretty even around the bottom of your can, so it sits flat.

Once I was done gluing the sticks all the way around, I went back in and filled some of the tiny spaces with little extra bits of twigs to hide the can a little better!

That's it! Can you believe it?    I tied some natural twine around mine and filled it with some autumn inspired fake flowers and things.  I had found some funky twigs outside while gathering my sticks and added them to the arrangement too :)

How cute would it be to make a bunch of these in different sizes!?  Soup cans and stew cans perhaps?

Give it a try and let me know how what you think of the final product!!

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