my brain is on fire

For the past couple of days, I've been working pretty much non-stop on getting our shop, Fawn & Flora completed. I have no idea what sparked our sudden urge to redo the entire website design (and ALL of the product photos), but that's what happened, and it's finally done and live!

We started collaborating with some indie artists, so you can expect to see some new things in there from a bunch of awesome people! We also added a bunch of new product, so be sure to check it out... and head on over to our blog for a special discount coupon!


above the trees

Thanks to my new tiny camera, I can bring you guys along with me anywhere! D and I went for a bike ride just now. He took me to this little peek "so we could take photos". The guy knows me too well. He even carried my camera in his pocket for me. A true gentleman! 

I don't know what it is, but when I am able to take some photos somewhere, my worries and anxieties go away, even for a brief moment.  I'm still trying to battle this, one step at a time. I even popped on my bicycle shorts for the occasion. They are pretty comfy, I must say. Next step: riding even farther away.

Where do you like to go to get away?


DIY Frozen Pet Treats

We can't forget about our little friends this summer! They enjoy the sunshine just as much as you do, unfortunately they can get heated pretty quickly. Why not cool them down with some easy to make frozen treats? Your pup will love you a million times more once he gets his paws on this yummy delicacy. The version I made is also great for cats, because let's face it, they tend to get jealous if I spoil my dog more than them! I'll include another recipe just for dogs at the bottom of this post!

You will need:
Ice cube tray
Can of tuna
Some water
A mixing bowl or Magic Bullet
A ziploc bag

Start by mashing up the tuna in your bowl or stuffing it into your food mixer. Don't drain the tuna water, it helps with the freezing. Add about half a cup of water to the mix.

Then mix up that tuna! I used my Magic Bullet, because really, it's my go-to kitchen appliance and takes 10 seconds. Yum... doesn't that just look delicious?...

Fill your Ziploc bag with the mix and cut a small hole in one end. This helps save you from making a huge mess while filling up the ice cube trays. Fill your trays and place in the freezer for a couple hours.

Let pets lick the bowl.  When they're nice and frozen, you can pop them out and let your pets have a taste! I recommend letting them chew on these on a tile floor or a plate, because I'm pretty sure you don't want tuna bits all over your house. You can store these in a plastic bag in your freezer for up to 6 months, so if you make a bunch you can always have some on hand!

Bear was super excited about this new treat! He snatched it right away from those pesky kitties and gobbled it up! Here an an alternate recipe for your pups only:

32oz. plain low or fat free yogurt
1 ripe banana
2 tbsp peanut butter (natural and salt free is best)
You can also add in other fruits like blueberries or anything that is safe for dogs to eat!
Mix it all together and follow the same steps above!

If you don't want to use yogurt, other freezable bases you can use are chicken broth, beef broth, water (like I did), fruit juices (natural or "no sugar added"), and baby foods (natural/organic fruit or vegetable blends). *make sure nothing has onion in it.

Do you think your pet would love these?! Give it a shot!

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top 10 things to do in the summer

Go for a bike ride
Bikes are not only an added exercise benefit, but they are great on the environment... and also pretty fun!  Hop on and take a ride to wherever it leads you. Summer should be all about getting lost and experiencing new places you might not have been able to find if you traveled by car.

Pull out that green thumb!
Refresh your home with some new plants and flowers. I love adding new pretty blooms to my garden and cleaning up overgrown or messy looking areas. If you don't have an actual garden to tend to, grab some cute pots and whip up a summer inspired arrangement! Don't forget about adding some pops of colour to the inside of your home as well! Flowers are an instant way to brighten up a room.  Grab a vase and get creative with floral combinations. Nothing says "it's summer" like freshly picked flowers on display.

Summer-ize those nails!
It's time to pull out those bright colours and splash them on your nails!  All of those shades that just weren't right for fall/winter can now be proudly displayed on your finger tips. Experiment with different application techniques, like this gradient effect I did this weekend with aqua and yellow:

Pick your own strawberries!
Heading to some strawberry patches for the day will take you back to your younger years. You can't help but have a good time filling up your own basket with hand-picked strawberries. If you have kids, this is a great summer activity for the day as well! Just a word of advice... don't wear white!

Go to the beach!
This one is pretty much a give-in I think! Especially in places like Canada where we only have a few months of summer per year. Grab your suits, towels, drinks and sunscreen and spend a day in the sun enjoying the open water. Just the thought makes me want to head on over there right now!

 by me

Take a day off
I feel like this one is overlooked often. I'm completely in support of taking a day off from work or other obligations and just having a YOU day. Other things can wait. Summer only comes around once a year ;)


Have a picnic with your lover or a group of friends
Picnics need to happen more often, I think. Find a quiet spot in a park or on the beach and just enjoy your time together. Bring a cute blanket to sit on and pack a basket full of yummy treats and plenty to drink. If you want to add a little entertainment to the mix, try packing a board game, or some magazines if you're hoping for more of a quiet time.

Hit up a carnival
I don't know about where you live, but here the carnival only comes once in a blue moon. Take the opportunity to check one out when it comes to your town! They are such a fun way to spend the day and make for some great photo ops! 

 by me

Make yummy drinks
Now's the time to get creative with fruity combinations and plenty of colour! Mix up some summer inspired drinks, and try experimenting with new types.  This Strawberry Watermelon concoction sounds delish, but I might skip the alcohol for a more refreshing day time thirst quench!

Have a bonfire
Maybe it's just the country girl in me, but I love a good bonfire. I like to have them often too. There is no better way to end the night than with cozy clothes, marshmallows, and old fashioned entertainment (i.e. talking and laughing). 

{What are your top things to do in the summertime!?}


things i'm loving this friday

photography by Julie de Waroquier

 pomsky pups! pomeranian + husky!!!

cutest laundromat ever!

 this photo <3

this entire outfit!

this hair!

 new photo apps <3 (follow me on instagram!)

+ Bruno Walpoth makes some of the most amazing, intricate human wood carvings I've ever seen!
+ I made these free printables into wall art
+ I made a super easy beachy hair spray DIY if you missed it!
+ Also this super simple lip gloss from just two ingredients!
+ Heather opened up her Love Club subscription service and I am swooning!
+ Leonora at Yellow Heart Art shared some really great tips on designing your own logo!
+ Loving the new Wildfox "Star Crossed Lovers" collection and shoot
+ I reached 3000 GFC followers on my 1 year blogging anniversary month. :) yay! 
+ On a sadder not-so-loving note, my grandpa passed away yesterday. I'll always remember him as the nicest, most independent and active 97 year old ever, who was stubborn right until the end! I used to try to explain my job to him (web design) and he always acted so interested... even though he had absolutely no idea what I was talking about or what the internet even was, haha. RIP gramps <3

{happy friday, friends!}
what are you loving lately?


summer essential: maxi dress

dress: c/o oasap
denim vest: c/o romwe
sandals: by ecote from UO

It's days like this that I am happy I am a girl. It's thirty-four degrees celsius outside today, which is a definite call for an airy maxi dress. I have to admit, I didn't really wear dresses until this year. I'm not really sure why, but MAN had I been missing out!  These are perfect for a day at the beach, or just relaxing by a pool (if you are ever so lucky).  I would give up half of my closet for a pool right now. Which is a little strange, considering I live right by the beach... but it's just not the same... and there are no sea monsters in a pool ;).  What do you prefer, lakes or pools?


DIY sea salt spray! Beach hair here we come!

top: c/o romwe

Summer is upon us and what a better way to celebrate than a new blog series!  I'll be creating a ton of summer themed posts over the next little while and there was no better place to start than with this easy hair DIY!

I'll show you how to create your own sea salt spray so you can look like a beached mermaid! It's so simple to do and works on any length of hair, or any hair type! I'm talking a lot of texture here, people!

You will need:
Empty spray bottle
2 cups of warm water
2 tbsp of sea salt or epsom salt (note: do NOT use table salt!)
2 tbsp of rubbing alcohol (you can also use vodka!)
a glob of hair gel for staying power
*optional: coconut or essential oils for that summer scent!

Mix all of the ingredients together in your spray bottle and you're set!  The alcohol helps the mixture last longer and also combats oily hair. We don't want oily, we want texture! You can add a little conditioner to the mix if you like as well if your hair is super dry. Spray it onto damp hair, scrunch, and let dry. Remember to shake it up before every use. I don't recommend using it every day because it will dry out your hair if you use it all the time. Now go on and hit the beach!!!

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