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Oct 29, 2015

Guys Behind the Blog // October


It's time for one of my favorite posts of the month once again...The Guys Behind the Blog!  Laura and I host this little link-up every month and we love hearing from you and your guys!  This month we're talking all about fall, so check out AJ's answers below and link up with us! 



1 // We’re headed into fall, which means cooler temps for most of us…are you a warm weather or cold weather kind of guy?
Cold weather.  You can always put on more...you can't take off so much!

2 // What's the best Halloween costume you've ever worn?

I've never worn a Halloween costume.  The one time I went trick-or-treating dressed like I normally would and I wrote "I'm dressed like someone too poor for a Halloween costume" on a piece of paper and put that on my chest. 

3 // What's your favorite Halloween candy? 

I like Twix, but I have more Halloween candy that I avoid.  Like candy corn.  I look at it and at first I'm like "ew...this is gross" and then I eat it anyway and there's levels....one to five candy corn you're like "maybe candy corn's not so bad" and then five to ten is like "I like candy corn.  Candy corn is good" and then ten plus is like "I've made a huge life mistake."


4 // What are your favorite parts of fall (ex: football, the weather, Thanksgiving, etc)?
The leaves changing and stuff.  I'm driving in the mountains to work every week and it's pretty.  Also football is awesome.  I love football.  


5 // How do you feel about pumpkin spice lattes? 
I feel like if I order one, people think I'm a white girl in disguise.  I think they're overrated and kind of gross.


Make sure you mark your calendars for next month's link up and note the questions below...the link-up will go live a week early on Thursday, November 19th and stay open until Friday, November 27th.  Link up anytime in that week!

1. What sports did you participate in as a child? What sports did you watch growing up?
2. If you could line up your ideal Super Bowl, who would be facing off, where would they play and who would you pick to win?
3. Do you prefer the summer or winter Olympics? If you could participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be?
4. What is your favorite food to eat at a sports party (ex: World Series, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup, etc.)?
5. Who is your all time favorite athlete and why?

Join in with us this month by linking up below!



Oct 27, 2015

Apple Picking


Like almost everyone else on the planet, I. Love. Fall.  Like, a lot.  The weather, the wardrobe, the activities...it's just such a glorious season.  

When I was in college, I was introduced to the wonderfulness that is apple picking.  My mom pointed out that she got the same amount of apples (if not more) for much less than we spent and we had to pick our own, but here's the thing:  there's just something so deliciously satisfying about picking your own apple right from the tree.  That, and getting over 10lbs of apples for $16 really isn't that bad.  

Anyway, AJ had never been apple picking, and so last week, I looked up some local orchards, picked one, and then drug him along with me as I relished one of my favorite fall activities.  (He didn't mind the apple picking part so much as the me taking tons of pictures of him part.)  All in all, though, it was really fun, and a special little fall afternoon date!  

We decided that our favorite apples are Cameos, we love Apple Cider donuts (duh), and Apple Cider slushies maybe give Coke ones a run for their money.  

















DO YOU LOVE APPLE PICKING?  WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE FALL TRADITIONS?

Oct 26, 2015

Home Decor // Adding Some Charm with Vintage Pieces

I'm so happy to welcome Chris from Framestr to the blog today!  Chris reached out to me a little while ago because he noticed my love of all things vintage and offered to take over Heavens to Betsy for a day to talk about adding some charm to your space with vintage pieces!  I love finding cool old treasures and adding that character to our living space.  Whether it be an old crate or a vintage camera, each piece is unique and brings a lot of history into your room.  Enjoy these tips and vendor spotlights from Chris!

A space needs character, adding a touch of vintage will elevate your home and make it one-of-a-kind. Whether you add a few charming knick-knacks, vintage furniture or decorations, the little extra style will make your space stand out.

Vintage can really be anything. It can be a piece your great grandmother has passed down from generation to generation, a reclaimed piece you stumbled across, or even new pieces that provide a modern twist to a vintage era. 

For beginners, it’s best to start small. You can add a vintage flair by displaying small pieces as accents in a room. Consider things you’re interested in, perhaps you have a passion for photography and would like to display some old photos or antique cameras.

One of my favourites is a local vendor from Toronto, Goodfolk Vintage. This unique shop offers a variety of pieces including: vintage posters, hand crafted art objects, tapestries and woodcarvings.  Toronto couple Emilie and Matt started Goodfolk and both have a background in art and design. They travelled the world, rummaged and collected cool things and have now opened a shop to sell all their special items.


One of my favourites is the Cotton Applique Wall Tapestry of Animals, $127.32.


Rustic Metal Oval Planer, $33.35 at Goodfolk Vintage 

In addition to antique pieces, reclaimed items are a great way to mix in a bit of vintage with modern. Everything created by Andrew’s Reclaimed is handmade from start to finish in their Washington workshop, hand-picking each piece and working to a great presentable finish for a gift that will be useful, as well as unique. Each piece is built using wood sourced from dismantling ages-old fences, barns and other structures ready for demolition.


Jewelry – necklace and ring organizer, $33.00 at Andrew’s Reclaimed  


Lastly, one of my favourite off-the-wall alternatives to traditional vintage options is a boutique Montreal shop, Cadeauté. Those who love bold, colourful designs, graphic lines and geometric shapes will fall in love with Barbara’s designs. Cadeaute’s Shop features retro reimagined objects and hand painted furniture. A colourful refurnished piece of furniture can really add vibrancy to a room.



Looking for a night stand? Evelyn’s design is late 60’s inspired, with its complex three-dimensional geometric patterns. The piece can be found here, prices start at $394.56.

Every style is unique and not one is correct. Feel free to share some of your favourite vintage pieces with our readers. Re-using old pieces not only adds a touch of boldness and flavor to the home, it is environmentally friendly and integrates culture from a different era.
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