Happy Memories Lemonade Stand

It’s hot out. You’re thinking nothing could possibly quench your thirst and give you some sort of respite from the never-ending heat. Oh look! Your friendly neighbour has set up the perfect spot to gather and get to know one another. They’re serving pink lemonade (your favourite!), have umbrellas set-up to protect you from the sun’s rays, and there’s good music playing.

Jolly good! Does it get any better than this? Happy memories are being created, right here! As an introvert, I like to have something in my hands, like a drink or something to snack on, when I’m getting to know someone. It’s too hot out for coffee (my favourite beverage), but lemonade? Oh, yes please! My favourite colour combination is mint and salmon, which I used in the image below, in several variations. I can just picture huge trees with lots of green leaves on them, dogs and kids running around in the backyard. . .lots of laughter, and a cool breeze.

 Sigh. I often dream of that kind of a weekend, as I sit here in my apartment in Vancouver. I so crave a lively home surrounded by people I love.  I hope to have my family living close to me soon. 

Happy Memories Lemonade Stand

The Vancouver Home + Design Show Prize Pack Giveaway

It’s that time of year – when you can go to one spot and gets tons of home and design ideas to help you renovate and redecorate your place. The Vancouver Home + Design Show is coming soon, and I’m really looking forward to it! I am especially excited to see my two of my favourite designers, Colin and Justin.

Here’s a bit about the The Vancouver Home + Design Show:

The Vancouver Home + Design Show is where it all comes together for any home improvement project! With big names like Colin McAllister & Justin Ryan, stars of Cottage Life TV’s Colin & Justin’s Cabin PressureBryan Baeumler, host of HGTV’s Leave it to Bryan, and culinary master Chef Corbin Tomaszeski, plus local design and foodie favourites, more than 325 exhibitors and a slew of sensational new features, there’s expert insight, innovation and inspiration for living well at every turn.

The Vancouver Home + Design Show

Because I know you’re looking forward to getting lots of ideas and inspiration for your home, I’m pleased to be hosting this giveaway where you can enter to win products for your home and tickets to the show:

Grand prize ($280 ARV):

Hand Shower Rail

Hand Shower Rail from Save More Plumbing

Runner-up prizes:

2 sets of 2 adult tickets to the Vancouver Home + Design Show (2 winners)

How to enter:

Fill out the Rafflecopter form below. You can tweet daily to get additional entries. Giveaway open to Vancouver area residents only (or those willing to travel), as the Vancouver Home + Design Show is located here.

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DIY Painted Easel Project

This easel was found at my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore for only $10. I love that it was donated by someone who didn’t need it anymore, found a new home in my apartment, plus the money I spent went to Habitat for Humanity.

This easel came to me unfinished and a bit rough looking. . .perfect for a DIY makeover! The first thing I did was lightly sand the easel. I then used Minwax’s Wood Finishing Cloths to add a bit of stain to the easel. You can read about my process and see the post stain before image on my Being Tazim blog.

I wanted to add a bit of colour to the easel to make it look more interesting, so I used Frog Tape’s new Scallop Shape Tape to mask out some sections on the leg and front part.

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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint DIY Vintage Paint Refinish on Chairs

I’d heard about Chalk Paint in the past, and seen the different completed projects online, but I wasn’t sure how well the paint would work for me. Turns out, it’s easy to re-finish and revitalize vintage furniture with Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint! With the French Linen colour I got, I thought I’d paint one of the vintage church chairs I bought from The Habitat for Humanity ReStore last fall.

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Turn Your Child’s School Art Into The Perfect Conversation Piece

Turn that art work into the master piece you and your child feel it is.

When my son was in pre-k his teacher requested we go to an art store and purchase an 11 x 14 acrylic frame. Well, since he was my only child I went a little overboard.

She said “Please purchase a 11 x 14 frame so that you rotate their bi-weekly art work and display it in your home.”

I heard: “Buy a couple of frames because your son is so gifted!”


And gifted he was. Seriously… He saw art lessons from a different angle and fell in love with water colors and the different forms of art mediums. What took other students the allotted two weeks would take my son three to four weeks. Those works would eventually be entered into local competitions. When he went to Kindergarten the art teacher made the same request about the picture frame to purchase.

However, I also heard that I should start taking his art work to be professionally framed. That is what I have done ever since. Let me tell you—those art pieces make excellent conversation pieces throughout my home. I even had him sign them in the bottom corner before framing. So yes, make your child’s art work into MAJOR conversation pieces. At twenty one years old he still delights in the joy we shared by this simple gesture.

Kimberly WrightGuest Post Author: Kimberly Wright is a natural leader, a pioneering renaissance lady, prolific speaker, ardent philanthropist, passionate entrepreneur, avid blogger and community advocate who pursues success, happiness and peace for herself and others. Known for her saying and belief “If I cannot help you I promise not to harm you…” Kimberly is known for bringing a state of sunshine, joy, calm and peace to individuals she meets whether for a reason, a season or a lifetime. Raised in the belief “Service is the rent we pay for living…” being service oriented comes naturally. At the core of Kimberly’s values is her passion for empowering single mothers and their children beyond measure. Kimberly is a multi-passionate entrepreneur and small business owner and author of Keystrokes By Kimberly a synergy lifestyle blog which focuses on how to live a positive lifestyle. Kimberly resides in metro Atlanta with her delightfully humorous son, Jon and two beautiful golden retrievers, Bo & Luke.