Christmas Recap (menu and stuff)

If you missed my posts, here is a recap of my suggestions for your holiday menu

Ideas for…

Merry Christmas, happy holidays and I’ll be back in January!

Take care

In health,

Chantal

Homemade Christmas Decorations Ideas

Create decorations with what you have in the kitchen or in your backyard.

Here are the ones I made this year…

Scented decoration : oranges with cloves. Looks vibrant and smells fantastic. Cut zest of the orange and make a pattern. Pin in cloves. Display as you like. The smaller the room, the more the smell is present.

Decorated candles : decorate with cinnamon sticks and tread. Make or buy a candle, display cinnamon sticks around it and make hold with a tread/rope. If you have ribbons, you can use them instead of the rope.

Center piece : water stems (rosemary, pine, holly). Pick stems from my backyard and add them to water and fresh cranberries. It makes a clean and trendy decoration!

Atmosphere Lighting : mason jar tealight covered fabric. Use an old bed sheet cut out the size I need to cover the jar. I use a rope to finish it and to make the fabric hold. I glue pieces of tree bark pre cut in christmassy shapes. The second one is covered with an old see through shiny fabric I found in my scrap box.

Wish cards holder : rope and small clothespins. I made braided rope with a coton rope that was left from last year. Made it stick on the wall with gum and added small Christmas clothespins bought many year ago.

Have fun!

In health,

Chantal

Unwind while doing something practical

You know when everyone has the same wine glass and, at some point, you don’t know which is yours anymore ? Well, this is a fun and very easy DIY project that solves that kind of mixup. Plus it is the kind of project that enables you to relax and be mindful.

Cutting cardboard and styling your handwriting allows you to focus thoughts on what you do and suddenly, you become mindful and you can relax!

Ready to unwind?

To make wine glasses name tags you will need cardboard. The colour is your choice. Here, I chose black so I can use them again in a different contexts. If you want to make them more christmassy, you can choose red or green cardboard. Whatever you prefer.

Then, take a wine or champagne glass, put it on the cardboard and circle its base with a pencil. Do that step as much has you have guests. Draw a second circle in the middle approximately the size of your glasses stand. I used a small coin to contour, so it can be a perfect circle.

Choose either your guests names or words that you find appropriate. I chose words (in French because my family speaks french) that are also wishes; like Health, Joy, Happiness, Love, Peace and Hope.

Choose either marker or crayon of a bright colour, that contrasts with the colour of your cardboard. It will be easier to read. Write the names / words down in the circles you’ve drawn, limiting them inside. Leave a blank space. Use your best handwriting.

Then, cut along the circle lines as best as you can. Take your time and constantly turn the cardboard so you cut evenly.

Cut a straight line towards the center of each circle. Cut the inner circle using the technique mentioned above.

They are ready to use! Aren’t you relaxed yet?

Decluttering and Giving

In this holiday season, we especially think of families in need. Unfortunately, there are still many.

We live in abundance and it is good for the soul to distribute around us.

It is in this spirit that today we have decluttered kids stuff and donated them.

The children participated in sorting out their clothes, their toys, their books.

We took advantage of the fact that friends and family visited us to suggest things they might need or want.

All that remains (what you see in the photo). we will give to a child welfare center. They redistribute to poor families.

What a feeling of well-being, of satisfaction not only to declutter but to donate. And with that donation knowing that we contribute just a little bit to their needs and happiness.

In addition, we enjoyed good times with friends and family over several cups of tea! This was a day about sharing and giving. It gave me a lot of happiness.

And you? How do you give back to the community, to others?

This for sure should not be a thing we do only during holidays, but year round. We do our best!

In health,

Chantal

Cleaning Products

Multicleaner

Savon noir, water, essential oils

This cleaner is great for almost all surfaces and all kind of uses. Counters, shelves, floors, wood, tiles. It is a simple cleaning soap!

Windows and glass cleaner

Vinegar, water, essential oils

This simple mixture is great for glass, windows, mirrors but also for any other place you need to disinfect and degrease. Like kitchen tiles, toilet seat, water stains on faucets…

Special Scrubbing Paste

Savon noir, argile, essential oils

This paste is amazing on faucets, tiles, and induction hub surface (oven top). Every where you need to scrub a little more!

Where I live, water stains (limy calcareous sediments) are hard to remove. But with this scrubbing paste, the shinny effect comes back easily.