7.02.2015

Idea Box Link Party: Week #17



Happy Thursday!! And to my Canadian friends--happy groggy morning-after-Canada-Day! I seriously think we need to rally, as a country, for free coffee everywhere the morning after fireworks. Or an extra day off for those of us who party a little too hard (or are party-adjacent and can hear all the neighbours having fun while we're trying to snooze)...


For those who follow me on Instagram, I made a big reveal last night!! More details will be on the blog soon, I promise. In the meantime, here's the sneak peek of my big surprise:

A photo posted by C.Lem (@creativeclementine) on

Now, onto the 17th week of Idea Box Link Party!!

In case you're just joining us now:
Idea Box is a new weekly link party for bloggers to share all of their creative posts---recipes, home decor, DIY projects, gardening tips, good advice... Whatever your creative heart desires. For the first little while, Idea Box will be open from Thursday - Tuesday to give you all plenty of time to link up and tell all your friends.


Make sure you check out the hostess' blogs to see what we've been up to!

Now for the party features!

The Summery Umbrella (for Remodelaholic)
Build a Waterfall on a Budget
http://www.thesummeryumbrella.com/2015/06/build-a-waterfall-on-a-budget/

This is SO COOL guys. It's a homemade waterfall. On a real mini island. And totally worth checking out! 






I used to think I was awesome at packing... but after spending the last month clearing out a garage full of stuff that probably didn't need to come with me three years ago... maybe not so much. Also--I found my teapots! Three years later. In an unmarked box. Make sure you read the full post for great tips on how to not suck at packing.


http://homemakinghacks.com/2013/02/3-ingredient-slow-cooker-fiesta-chicken-recipe.html

I am in love with my slowcooker at the moment, and am super excited to try this yummy chicken recipe. Anything under five ingredients is a win in my books!!  Hop over to the original post to see how to make this chickeny goodness.



I don't know about you, but my headphones are always in my purse and always a mess. I use them at work, on walks, during chores, and even before bed most nights. So. Much. Detangling. Check out the full post for the details on how to have tangle free earbuds!

Make sure you follow your hosts! You may be one of their features. 


Mila @ MilasLittleThings
Google+ || Bloglovin' || Twitter || Pinterest || Instagram || Hometalk

Carole @ CreativeClementine


Cyndee @ MyCreativeHome *new blog link!*



Congratulations to our featured guests! Go ahead and grab yourself a fancy feature button. You've totally earned it!






And don't forget your bragging rights! Click below to tweet your feature loud and proud:




Features are also pinned to our Idea Box board on Pinterest:

  Follow Idea Box Link Party on Pinterest.

Now, onto this week's party!

Simple Party Rules:
1. Please, please, pleeease follow your hosts.
2. Only link up personal content-- there are no rules about the content, as long as it's family friendly!
3. Please, please, pleeease visit at least three other links and leave comments/make new friends. It isn't a party if you link and run!!
4. Please link back to one of our blogs or grab our button below.
5. You can add up to three *new* links each week---please don't link up posts you've shared with us before. 

Remember that by linking up, you are giving the hosts permission to use your images/content on our blogs and/or social media. Proper credit and links will always be given. The link up starts every Thursday at 6am EST, and closes the following Tuesday.


Party button:

Idea Box Link Party



Help spread the word about Idea Box on Twitter:



Add your links:








Idea Box is a weekly Link Party that opens Thursdays at 6am ET and ends Tuesdays at 6am. Idea Box is hosted by:


6.25.2015

Idea Box Link Party: Week #16




Happy Thursday!! Can you believe it's Thursday already?? How about that it's almost July?! Even more shocking is that we are in our 16th week of Idea Box!


In case you're just joining us now:
Idea Box is a new weekly link party for bloggers to share all of their creative posts---recipes, home decor, DIY projects, gardening tips, good advice... Whatever your creative heart desires. For the first little while, Idea Box will be open from Thursday - Tuesday to give you all plenty of time to link up and tell all your friends.


Make sure you check out the hostess' blogs to see what we've been up to!







Summer is all about the lemony sweets! I'm looking forward to trying this yummy, simple lemon bar recipe and letting my lemon loving fella taste test it. Check out the full post for all the yummy details.



Shrimp boils are officially going on my summertime traditions list. If you follow me on instagram, you would have seen that I threw a shrimp boil for my sister's 30th birthday earlier this month. Check out the full post to find out how to host your own shrimp boil.



Can you tell I'm craving summer?? S'mores are the ultimate summertime staple, and I am loving the idea of working it into my favourite meal of the day. Plus: nutella. 'Nuf said. Check out the full post for the ooey gooey recipe.



Make sure you follow your hosts! You may be one of their features. 


Mila @ MilasLittleThings
Google+ || Bloglovin' || Twitter || Pinterest || Instagram || Hometalk

Carole @ CreativeClementine


Cyndee @ MyCreativeHome *new blog link!*



Congratulations to our featured guests! Go ahead and grab yourself a fancy feature button. You've totally earned it!






And don't forget your bragging rights! Click below to tweet your feature loud and proud:




Features are also pinned to our Idea Box board on Pinterest:

  Follow Idea Box Link Party on Pinterest.

Now, onto this week's party!

Simple Party Rules:
1. Please, please, pleeease follow your hosts.
2. Only link up personal content-- there are no rules about the content, as long as it's family friendly!
3. Please, please, pleeease visit at least three other links and leave comments/make new friends. It isn't a party if you link and run!!
4. Please link back to one of our blogs or grab our button below.
5. You can add up to three *new* links each week---please don't link up posts you've shared with us before. 

Remember that by linking up, you are giving the hosts permission to use your images/content on our blogs and/or social media. Proper credit and links will always be given. The link up starts every Thursday at 6am EST, and closes the following Tuesday.


Party button:

Idea Box Link Party



Help spread the word about Idea Box on Twitter:



Add your links:








Idea Box is a weekly Link Party that opens Thursdays at 6am ET and ends Tuesdays at 6am. Idea Box is hosted by:


6.18.2015

Idea Box Link Party: Week #15




Happy Thursday!! I hope you've all had a wildly good week and are switching gears to weekend mode. I've got a family yardsale to look forward to, and a whole lot of house cleaning! Ah, the joys of adulthood.

So happy to be venturing into the 15th week of Idea Box!! I can't wait to see what goodies you all share with us this week.


In case you're just joining us now:
Idea Box is a new weekly link party for bloggers to share all of their creative posts---recipes, home decor, DIY projects, gardening tips, good advice... Whatever your creative heart desires. For the first little while, Idea Box will be open from Thursday - Tuesday to give you all plenty of time to link up and tell all your friends.


Make sure you check out the hostess' blogs to see what we've been up to!







I love reading people talk about their weaknesses. It is so human and awesome. And you know what?? This post is exactly that. I can relate to all of it because it's real stuff happening to a real person!! Oh, blogs, how I love you for that. Read the full post for the full decluttering scoop.



Fruit butters are just straight up delightful. A little less intense than jam, a little more tasty than plain buttered toast, and a whole lot of a good reason to wake up and grab some toast in the morning. Peach butter is not something I have seen a lot of, and this recipe screams MAKE ME. Read the full post for all the yummy sticky details.



Zucchini is my favourite part of summer. It tastes good in a million ways, and somehow I never get sick of it. I throw those suckers into everything---soup, stew, salad, smoothies... Seriously everything. These little adorable roll ups look like a lovely supper app, and I can't wait to try them!! Check out the full post for the recipe.


Make sure you follow your hosts! You may be one of their features. (Plus, you know, it's the rules and stuff... blah blah :) )



Mila @ MilasLittleThings
Google+ || Bloglovin' || Twitter || Pinterest || Instagram || Hometalk

Carole @ CreativeClementine


Cyndee @ MyCreativeHome *new blog link!*



Congratulations to our featured guests! Go ahead and grab yourself a fancy feature button. You've totally earned it!






And don't forget your bragging rights! Click below to tweet your feature loud and proud:




Features are also pinned to our Idea Box board on Pinterest:

  Follow Idea Box Link Party on Pinterest.

Now, onto this week's party!

Simple Party Rules:
1. Please, please, pleeease follow your hosts.
2. Only link up personal content-- there are no rules about the content, as long as it's family friendly!
3. Please, please, pleeease visit at least three other links and leave comments/make new friends. It isn't a party if you link and run!!
4. Please link back to one of our blogs or grab our button below.
5. You can add up to three *new* links each week---please don't link up posts you've shared with us before. 

Remember that by linking up, you are giving the hosts permission to use your images/content on our blogs and/or social media. Proper credit and links will always be given. The link up starts every Thursday at 6am EST, and closes the following Tuesday.


Party button:

Idea Box Link Party



Help spread the word about Idea Box on Twitter:



Add your links:








Idea Box is a weekly Link Party that opens Thursdays at 6am ET and ends Tuesdays at 6am. Idea Box is hosted by:


6.15.2015

Inspiring Reads: For Love and Life





I'm not a very romantic person. In my dark way, I find the best love stories are the ones with a heavy dose of reality or something tragic preventing the love story from really getting started. Case in point: I read Wuthering Heights when I was twelve, and it shaped me forever.

I suppose grouping Love and Life together in this way is my way of saying "these are the stories I find romantic either because they really are romantic, or because they are so goshdarned sad that I can't help but feel love is involved somewhere."

So there you have it. This category is for all the books that either give me the warm and fuzzies, or remind me that I have a heart at all by breaking it a little.




Inspiring Reads: 
Books For Love & Life


Despite being a die-hard Can Lit fan, this is by far my favourite book. I discovered the book for $4 in a bargain bin on campus and only knew to scoop it because it had been recommended by a friend. If you want to read a book that is worth calling in sick to work or bailing on your friends, this is it. I sat in absolute silence for an hour with my eyes closed and head whirring when I closed this one. And if you know me, you know silence is not a typical reaction in any scenario. Simultaneously mysterious, romantic, and just plain beautifully written... this book is a game changer.



I've re-read this book about four times, and am a little more swept away each time. First of all, Margaret Atwood writing an almost-love-story is a bit mindblowing. Secondly, how many novels can embody depression/war era romance, the joys of getting old, and a love affair among aliens all in one package? If you're a fan of language that will make your heart drop, or a story that haunts you, this is a must read.


3. Atonement, Ian McEwan (fiction)

This is one of those stories that makes you stop every once in awhile and stare at the ceiling before turning the next page. A whirlwind of perspectives in the context of age, gender, and era, this book is a kaleidoscope of heartbreak, confusion, and love. If you've seen the movie, be surprised to hear that reading the book won't feel redundant. In fact, I don't personally think the book was put to shame when translated to film. They both hold their heads up high.



This is a story not only about love and loss, but also about taking a swing at life's punches. Like the rest of the books on this list, this is a long read. But it's worth it. And, like the others, you feel conflicted about all of the characters--which, to me, is a great accomplishment by the author. Prepare to be disturbed, conflicted, enamoured and captivated all at the same time.



I love this book for its ability to connect relationships across generations, and for the distinct sense of feeling relevant to the past as much as the present. We are the stories of how we came to exist--we existed before conception, as the path that got us there. It's a truly beautiful story of a dysfunctional family, illness, and the truest of all loves between a parent and child. If you want to feel like you have a perfectly normal family, you may get that from this book.






Do your favourite love stories have happy endings?? Or are you like me, and prefer a little heartache thrown into the mix? I'd love to hear all about it in the comments!