Gift Guide for Students and Twenty-Somethings plus a Giveaway

Friday, November 25, 2016 by

Gift ideas for the college and university students on your Christmas list, and the twenty-somethings just starting out on their own.

Once again, I’m excited to be partnering with Ten Thousand Villages on this post. As always, all ideas and opinions are entirely my own.

Well my friends, it's one month till Christmas.  One month.  till.  Christmas.  Yikes!  Isn't it time to get shopping?  So raise your hand if you love a gift roundup... *raises hand*. I personally love them all.  I find them super helpful, or at least super fun.  And I thought I’d put out one of my own. One for students and twenty-somethings, because that’s who I have on my gift-list. So I consider myself a bit of a pro on that age group.

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Must-Have Sugar Cookie Recipe

Friday, November 18, 2016 by

A basic sugar cookie recipe is a must-have in your baking repertoire. Simple, versatile and keeps well, this is a recipe you'll come back to again and again.

If you’re like me and don’t bake all that often, I’ve found it helpful to have a few standard no-fail baking recipes to reach for over and over again. Recipes like ginger cookies and chocolate cake which suit many occasions, and make you look like a rock-star chef.

Sugar Cookies |  A basic recipe in your cookie repertoire, adapts easily to many occasions and events, keeps and packages very well.  Also... incredibly delicious!


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Homemade Gourmet Olives

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 by

Homemade gourmet olives are simple to make. A small batch is perfect for fancy snacking, entertaining or gifting.

Thank you to Ten Thousand Villages for partnering with me on this post. All ideas and opinions are completely my own.

Hello friends! I have two things for you today, one delicious and one beautiful.  First, with the busiest entertaining season of the year just around the corner, I thought I would share one of my favourite appetizers with you.


Homemade Gourmet Olives |  Add gourmet flavors like rosemary and orange to store-bought olives and serve them up at your next party | personallyandrea.com

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DIY Photo Covered Notebooks

Monday, October 17, 2016 by

Detailed DIY instructions for using your photographs to decorate and personalize the covers of plain notebooks.

Hey everyone! Can we talk about how easy it is to take a ton of gorgeous photos all the time? Now that we’re all carrying amazing cameras, disguised as phones, right in our back pockets or purses? And let’s also talk about how hard it is to do anything with all. those. photos. Some will get posted to social media, maybe we’ll print a few, and maybe even frame them and hang them on the wall. Or give them as gifts…

DIY Photo Covered Notebooks | Use your own photos to decorate and personalize your notebooks | personallyandrea.com

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5 Helpful Tips for Buying Succulents

Monday, October 3, 2016 by

Helpful tips for getting started with buying succulents or expanding your succulent gardening.

Hello sweet bloggy friends! Is it really already the beginning of October?  Because my outdoor garden is all but finished for the year #blackthumb, so now I can start to think more about gardening indoors.  If you follow me on instagram then you’ve seen me starting a few succulent gardens that will be coming inside soon.  If you're new to buying succulents, or are wishing you had a few more around, then read on...  I'll share my tips for getting the most bang for your buck in succulent gardening!

5 Helpful Tips for Buying Succulents | personallyandrea.com


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Peach Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Friday, September 9, 2016 by

It’s peach season. Why not preserve the fresh fruit flavour in a a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce with a splash of mellow bourbon?

Peach & Bourbon BBQ Sauce |  Sweet and tangy sauce for grilled meats and savoury spread for an appetizer tray | personallyandrea.com

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Trash to Treasure Denim Look Desk Makeover

Sunday, July 31, 2016 by

I rescued a desk headed for the trash and gave it a makeover with spray chalk paint and a coat of soft wax, plus new drawer pulls and wire storage baskets. Now it has a new life as a denim look desk in a tween boy’s bedroom.  
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Denim Look Desk Makeover |  Chalk paint, soft wax, new hardware and wire storage baskets turn a desk headed for the trash into a stylish and functional boy's desk | personallyandrea.com


Earlier this summer as I was walking the dog around the block, I noticed this desk at the side of the road waiting for the trash, probably a leftover from the day’s garage sales. I convinced Mr. PA to drive the van around and help me rescue it, since I knew it would be perfect in our tween boy’s bedroom. It was a laminated particleboard desk, but solid. The size was just right for the room and I liked the two drawers plus cubbies for storage.

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