8 it is.

We had a little family gathering this weekend to celebrate our Wrennie's 8th birthday! We've started doing her school friend party in January when it's easier to organize with people's schedules and also WAY easier to book a venue (places like bowling alleys and such are so booked up with office and holiday parties I'd need to plan this thing in June to get a spot). But we always do a little get together with our families and closest friends to celebrate the occasion.

There wasn't a theme, just our birthday girl's favourite colours and things (pink and purple, and balloons and candy respectively). Wren LOVES to bake, so half the fun of her party was that we made the cake at home together. We baked the three layers of boxed funfetti cake on Saturday and got the cake all covered in icing, then on Sunday we topped it off with a few treats in pretty colours.

Wren did most of the decorating with the candy herself, and insists we recreate the cake for all her future birthdays. She says it was her favourite thing about her party this year! Amazing how $15 in boxed cake and candy can mean the world at 8 years old, I guess the best things DON'T come from a store as our friend the Grinch likes to say.

The Birthday Girl and her balloon bouquet!

Recreating UP!, Wren style.

The day was filled with laugher, family, friends, and lots of memories I hope she will cherish forever. I can hardly believe it's been 8 years already...

Things that make me happy

It's been a while, a LONG while, since the last Things That Make Me Happy post! Thanks to the holiday spirit I've shopped a lot more than usual to attempt to finish our holiday shopping early, and to get the house jazzed up for the season. I'm still embracing 'less is more', but there are some really great things out there right now!

The first is my favourite new candle: Golden Afternoon from the new Random Acts of Pastel Shop. It has a very unique floral scent and perks me right up.

The little touch of glitter makes me smile every time I open the jar and light it up ;)

Of course these two always make me smile! But the Christmas tree getting set up has made them so happy. I constantly find them underneath it together, looking up at all the lights.

Pretty, piñata inspired ornaments from Canadian Tire ( you can find them here) are giving me life!!! I can hardly imagine packing these babies away once the holidays are over. 

This is the biggest contributor to my big smile this week: OUR NEW PINK CHRISTMAS TREE! I will show the full tree once we have it all decorated and set up, but for now here's a little sneaky peek (plus, I'm having way too much fun with the GIF maker today LOL).

Wren and I are planning on covering the tree with homemade paper snowflakes for the most part. We've had so much fun experimenting so far and sitting at the kitchen counter with the Christmas music blasting while we work on them. Every Christmas tree needs a personal touch after all.

These poppy holiday crackers have me excited to host get together! The colours are basically made for me.

Happy day Friends!

xoxo Holly