Heart Mobile DIY

Love the use of the buttons and beads in this mobile.  This is a DIY from Paper, Scissors and Superheros.


She has a template and instructions you can download located near the top of her page. OR The pdf includes a template and instructions which you can download HERE .




Time for a Tropical Interlude.



If I ever won a million dollars I would have two homes and one would be in tropical style. To beat the winter blues here is an easy tropical recipe to cheer you up.


Author: The Wanderlust Kitchen
Serves: 4


4 cups cold cooked rice
2 Tbsp. Peanut or vegetable oil
¼ cup cashew pieces
½ cup chopped onions
¼ cup golden raisins
1 Egg, beaten
½ cup pineapple tidbits
¼ cup chopped scallions, divided
2 Tbsp. fish sauce
1 tsp. sugar
Cilantro for garnish (optional)


Use your fingers to crumble up the cold rice and break up any clumps.
Heat the oil in a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat.
Once hot, add the cashews, onions, and raisins. Let cook for 1 minute.
Add the beaten egg and cook for 1 minute while stirring to scramble the egg.
Add the pineapple pieces, followed by half of the chopped scallions. Add the rice, fish sauce, and sugar, and cook, stirring often, for 3 to 4 minutes or until the rice is warm.
Mound the rice on a serving platter and garnish with the leftover scallions (and cilantro if desired).

Floor and Deck Solution


Got an ugly floor?  These click and go wood tiles from Ikea may be your solution. These are outdoor tiles but I’m thinking bathroom flooring as well. They come in 3 colours:  wood, black and grey. Tile size 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 one package covers 9 sq feet. Easy to clean: Use a mild soapy solution. Wipe dry with a clean dry cloth. They vary in price wood is most expensive.

These definitely could be used as temporary flooring easy to take up when you move out.  Great for Renters.

A Timeless Classic: French Porcelain Dinnerware

French Porcelain Laure Selignac

French Porcelain Dinnerware is Timeless Classic

Limoges hand-painted with gold relief - Laure Selignac Porcelain dinnerware exclusively from Laure Selignac

The Empire Collection from Laure Selignac is an excellent choice for couples who wantwedding china which is both modern and classic. It is slightly understated and not overly feminine making for luxurious table setting at Christmas or other large family meals.  Imagine yourself, your family at a table with this fine china from Limoges, France. In addition, Laure Selignac offers a diverse range of home accessories and decorative items, such as the very collectible porcelain eggs from the Empire collection.

The Empire Collection is uniquely French through and through. The Empire Collection is steeped in history as every piece is adorned with the noble symbol of a “gold bee.”
Symbol of immortality and industriousness, the bee is associated with the origins of France’s nobility. In 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte chose the bee over the fleur-de-lys to represent his reign…

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Tropical Tourist.

I just love tropical feel. As in these pictures it’s done very simply with natural materials. Love the white with the browns and greens. Very organic feeling. Or you could go for a more worldly feel with British Colonial style. This can be done with different feels as the British where in Africa, Hong Kong, India and Pacific Islands. So everything from oriental to zebras and Indian to tropics. Here are some examples.

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