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A traditional take on Holiday décor || Red || #AD #myCANVASstyle #CTChristmas

Here is my final holiday home reveal of the season. With December here in full swing, I’ve finished my decorating for the season with A LOT of help from Canadian Tire. If you’ve followed me for a while you know I love this Canadian retailer. Supporting Canadian brands is very important to me as a main theme of my blog messaging throughout the years. This is why I’m so excited to share our dining room and mantel space with almost EVERYTHING from Canadian Tire’s CANVAS Collection. They have a wide assortment of stylish, on-trend décor to make your Christmas feel fabulous. What I love about holiday decor shopping with Canadian Tire most? They organize décor in colour coordinated aisles! That’s right! You pick the colour trend that you are feeling for your home, and browse that aisle for all your holiday needs in one spot. It takes out the guess work and you don’t need to be an interior designer to put together a trendy look. From entertaining needs to this year’s must-have toys, to of course, holiday décor, Canadian Tire is truly Canada’s Christmas Store and I’m so excited to share this partnership with you.

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CANVAS Galvanized Potted Tree Mug, 24-in (Favourite Item Alert) || CANVAS Noel Felt Decorative Cushion

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CANVAS Stripe Knit Stocking || CANVAS Red Nordic FA LA LA Banner (Only $10!) || Antler Stocking Hook (In-store Find)

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NOMA Outdoor Christmas Fairy Lights || CANVAS Assorted Lanterns, 22-in || CANVAS bows and ribbons for presents (In-store Finds)

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CANVAS Red Natural Acorn & Pinecone Set

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NOMA Pre-Lit Berry Flocked Festive Wreaths

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We have the tradition of setting up a Christmas Village every year in our dining room. Each week in December we pull a house out of storage and add to our little holiday town. The kids love to look into the windows and see what the family is up to. We found this cute Yoga studio at Canadian Tire to start off our set up this year.

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Holiday Family Traditions || #hannaJams #giveaway #gotitfree

I said to my husband two years ago that I was feeling like we didn’t have many holiday traditions. I loved growing up with consistent events and activities this time of year. It was something I looked forward to and now look back fondly on. From Christmas morning hikes, to oranges as the final piece to our stocking; I loved the little festive details my parents created. When Ally was born, I would consider our first Christmas as a family a completely write off. He was only a few months old and I was just trying to survive the new born exhaustion. But now that the kids are getting bigger we wanted to start our family traditions for them.

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One of the traditions I loved is our Christmas Eve Pyjamas. Each year in the evening on the brink of Christmas day, we let the kids open one family gift. It’s always new matching family jams. We then lounge together. I love this holiday tradition. The cozy feeling, matching makes us feel like a unit and it helps to transition to bedtime!

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Thank you Hanna Anderson for sending us this matching set. They are such great quality. I will say, that has been one of the struggles this fast year is a) trying prints in all sizes b) finding material that I’m actually okay with on my kids sensitive skin. Hanna is by far the softness and most durability family jams I’ve tried. Plus they are crafted with the very best organic cotton.

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What are you traditions

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DIY White Christmas Village || How to paint your way to a minimalist holiday

When I first shared this concept on my Instagram Stories in October, I had tons of interest in how it went but I also got a handful of concerns. So I thought I’d address those right off the hop, no I am not painting family heirlooms or priceless collectables. We do have a lite Christmas village that I would never think of painting and YES it’s my biggest pet peeve when influencers paint everything white… including things that are of value or priceless vintage finds. I assure you these houses are cheap and not collectable! With that being said, let’s chat about my DIY spray painted white minimalist christmas village project. When I say more neutral houses spring onto the decor scene last year from Pottery Barn and Homesense, I knew they would fit our mantel so well. BUT the price tag was too steep and unfortunately they didn’t go on major clearance after the holidays last year. So I decided to find a few cheap tea light christmas houses from Kajiji to paint myself. I bought these for $5 and under… but I know if i had been proactive I could have probably found a few in garage sales over the summer for less. Less detailed options can sometimes be found at your local Dollar Store too.

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I used half a can of Rustoleum Painter’s Touch 2X in a flat white / satin finish. I felt not using gloss kept them more modern and minimal in appearance but that’s just my preference. These are sprayed in “blossom white” or a flat white. 2 coats were applied.

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Feel Wonderful || Tips & Tricks for the holiday style season

Kira Nov 17 2018 0059 Kira Nov 17 2018 0060 Kira Nov 17 2018 0052 Kira Nov 17 2018 0055With the holidays just around the corner I’ve partner with Wonder Bra Canada to talk holiday style, feeling wonderful and comfortable at all your holiday events. Let’s face it, when attending a holiday function you want a bra that deliveries the BIG 3: fit, support and comfort. Here are my tips and tricks to finding the perfect bra for any holiday function this year:

1. Flatter Fit: Try the bra on! Even better? Bring the dress, top or sweater you’ll be sporting to see the fit it provides. Some dresses can be more revealing, so find the right cut of bra to suit your needs. Basically you want to pick a bra that won’t be showing. Strapless, convertible, halter.

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3. Support: This one is so personalized. You know yourself what you may need, but I love to ask a professional instore for help. If your holiday occasion doesn’t involve a 30 minute run you may bot need the support you’d get from a sports bra. But in order to feel wonderful you can to feel supported. For myself, I prefer a lightly padded structure cup with no underwire. It’s just my preference, once you find the bra that fits like magic you’ll know too. Kira Nov 17 2018 0068Kira Nov 17 2018 0067Kira Nov 17 2018 0066

Be your own kind of wonderful this holiday season and find the perfect bra BFF for all your holiday events. A bra that fits perfectly is a game changer. Happy shopping and season greetings!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Wonder Bra Canada, but my thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Style || Feeling Festive and Warm || Welcome to the plaid party! #Look #OOTD #MiniAndMeStyle

We have so much to be thankful for this year… among the many things, our health is one of them. Maybe it’s the time of year or the fact that the C word hit one of our beloved family members early this year. Either way, I’ve been reflecting hard. Honestly, all I want for Christmas this year is good company, quality time and the opportunity to make memories with the ones I love most. For the second year in a row, we’ve decided not to do gifts for the adults. Only a choice few for the kids and stockings. And donate our time to organizations that fill up our gratitude cup. Last year felt so carefree removing the gift stress for both our little nucleus and the extended family. With that said, in years past I’ve done many gift guides but this year I’m going to focus on functional gifts, family experiences or low price finds. Hopefully this inspires you to take a page out of my book and focus on what really matters this season. Time! Time to be present, listen and share.

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Red Coat || Scarf || Sweater || Socks (Proceeds go to the Bissel Centre) || Boots c/o Cougar 

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With all that said, here’s my first gift suggestion… instead of a gift guide. If you live in Canada the gift of winter boots can be such a blessing! Very functional, as you’ll likely enjoy them for over half the year. As a family, I recognize the financial burden winter boots can bring. Kids grow fast, love to be outside and need warm non slip boots! They can need several pairs a season due to sizing or wear. Plus, functional boots are always a welcome donation for many organizations working to help keep the homeless winter ready and safe. Consider a warm pair of boots as a gift for a loved one or as your holiday donation because they are so appreciated by so many. It’s really giving the gift of the outdoors in a way, I love that.

Thank you Cougar for sending these pairs to help us get winter ready, we have loved them! Both pairs are waterproof and so warm for our legit winter weather. Plus, they are a Canadian company. If you’ve followed me for quite some time you’ll know supporting Canadian companies is super important to me and they’ve been at it for over 65 years!

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Camo Jacket || Jeans || Boots c/o Cougar 

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