Oshawa Centre Media Preview Event

Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend the Media Preview Event for the Grand Opening (happening September 29) of the newly renovated Oshawa Centre. The $230 million expansion brings 60 new stores, a new 1000 – seat food court, two brand new full service restaurants: Kelsey’s (which is already open) and Baxter’s Landing (opening December of this year), 250 underground parking spaces and so much more!

Some of the new stores include: Adidas, Forever 21 (which is 20,000 sq ft!), Starbucks (in the brand new food court), Skechers, and an H&M flagship store (YES!) Also, just announced yesterday…a Zara and Browns Shoes, both opening Spring 2017! I cannot wait for the Zara to open. This is going to be very dangerous for me as the mall is only a five minute drive from my work…

Overall I was very impressed with the layout of the new addition to the mall and it’s hard to believe it will be done and ready to open in a week!

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Stay tuned for my post next week on the official Grand Opening!

Pink Lemon Decor

Happy first day of Summer! I figured this was a great post for today.

I am a big fan of supporting local small businesses, especially when the owner is a friend of mine.

I met Amber a few years ago through a mutual friend and clicked with her immediately. Not only did she have a son the same age as Maxton, she had an awesome personality and I could picture a few ladies nights in our future. Since then, she has had another little boy who is also the same age as Everly. It’s fun to watch all these crazy kids play together.

She recently took a huge leap of faith and left her job to be a stay-at-home-mommy and pursue a passion of hers. Let me tell you, this girl has some SERIOUS TALENT. Her and her hubby recently purchased a new home and she has decorated it beautifully with many of her handmade creations.

I asked Amber what her inspiration was in starting up Pink Lemon Decor…

“Painting was always something I loved. I was always a crafter, DIY’er, and loved making anything for my home. When I had my first baby, all of those things were put on hold. Fast forward a few years later and painting has become my passion! I’m now a stay at home mom with 2 sweet boys and have pink lemon as my creative outlet!

I really love bringing ideas to life and seeing them admired in someone’s home. It started with family and friends asking me to make them signs or just something special for their home. It quickly evolved into something much more and that’s how Pink Lemon was born. My style is always evolving… although I just love rustic, farmhouse chic! I’m a perfectionist so a lot of time goes into planning, designing and actually painting. 

Each sign is hand-cut, sanded, primed and painted or stained by yours truly. I always want something to be ‘perfectly you!'”

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How awesome are these pieces?! I told you this girl has talent! She puts her heart and soul into every piece and the end result is the proof.

Check out her Facebook page and follow her on Instagram.

Enter promo code HELEN15 until August 1, 2016 for 15% off your entire purchase.

Happy shopping readers!



Kitchen Desk Organization

Having a desk in the kitchen has both perks and downfalls. Lately, the one in my kitchen has become a major source of clutter and junk collection. Everything from a radio, to a laptop, to notes from Maxton’s school, to mail – you name it. It’s so easy to just toss things and go which often leaves me in a mad panic in the morning as I search for Maxton’s milk envelope, permission slip, or my cheque book. There is no designated “office” in the house, so that doesn’t help matters.

Horrible, right? Well I decided it was time to organize this small space. As you can see, there isn’t a whole lot to work with. The desk is in between the counter, and the floor to ceiling pantry-cupboards so it’s not a true office desk, and I wanted to be careful to not stray away too much from the kitchen-feel. Here is what I came up with:

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Like I said, nothing much, but it has made a world of difference. I’m not a huge fan of having the radio/iPad dock there, but it comes in handy and I use the radio every day.

I picked this up at Home Sense for $19.99 and thought it was a real steal. I loved the colour and the overall design. Each slot sits at a different height to hold various types of paper.

This letter sorter I also got at Home Sense for $7.99! It was a great deal and I love the colour and pattern. It adds a nice pop of colour to this corner.


I needed something to hold a few pens and a pair of scissors so I just used a mason jar that I already had.

Nothing too fancy, just a little organization for under $30. 2016 may just be my year to organize!


DIY Spring Wreath

Back in September I posted a DIY I did for a fall wreath for our front door. I decided it would be nice to have something for Spring (and even summer) as well.

So, off to Michael’s I went to hunt for the supplies I would need for my wreath. I had something in mind, it was just a matter of making it come to life.

I decided to go with the same type of wreath that I used for my Fall wreath for a few reasons: 1. It was only $4.99 2. It is the perfect size 3. It is easy to work with. I found some artificial hydrangea’s that were 40% off, a clip on daisy for $1.29, a burlap rose that was $4.99, that was 30% off and some other flowers for 40% off. The whole thing cost me about $24 taxes in.


I decided not to add a bow, I thought the burlap rose was a good substitute.

I cut the stems of the flowers and arranged them around the wreath, and then wrapped the wires through the wreath.


Lastly I clipped on the sunflower and the burlap rose.


I am really happy with how it turned out and I am hoping it wills Spring to arrive soon!


I hope this inspires you to get creative this Spring!

DIY Fall Wreath

This will be our fifth “fall” in our house, and it has taken me that long to finally make a fall wreath for our front door. I have been meaning to do this every year since we moved in.

Two yours ago I posted the DIY Christmas wreaths I made, and I may tweak those a little this coming Christmas season.

So, off I went to Michaels, in search of the perfect items for my wreath. I knew I wanted it to be a wooden wreath, and found one that was the perfect size for only $4.99! I wanted to put a burlap bow at the top, but didn’t want to spend too much on one. Most of them ranged from $9.99-$19.99. I came across a nice roll of purple burlap for only $3.99 and thought: how hard could it be to make the bow myself? So I did…

I cut the strand of burlap into three pieces. Two longer strands and one shorter strand. A put aside one of the longer strands.


I folded the ends behind, and pinched the center, in order to have one piece overlap the other.


I wrapped a string around the pinched section in the middle of each of the two pieces, making sure the knot was at the back.


Place the smaller bow on top of the larger bow and wrap the third piece of cut burlap on top of the bows and tie at the back. Arrange the two strands to complete the bow!


Not bad, right? Took me less than ten minutes and it was so cheap!

I searched for some flowers that I could add, and found a great bunch that were $12.99 on for $9.99. I also found a beautiful orange flower that had a clip on the back for $1.29. The final touch I wanted to add to the wreath was a monogram. I found the perfect wooden “W” that was already painted white for $6.99, and used a 40% off coupon for it.

In total the wreath cost me about $25, and it was EXACTLY what I wanted.

I drilled a hole in the back of the “W” and screwed in a hook so I could attach it to the wreath with some wire.


I took the bow and attached it to the wreath with string; and took each of the flowers from the bunch and wrapped them through the wreath. The stems were made of wire, so it made it very easy.

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The finished product!


Although we have two front doors, I figured the monogramed wreath would be enough on only one of the doors.

What do you think? I am really happy with how it turned out, and think it’s the perfect fit for our door this fall.

All items were purchased from Michaels for this DIY.