About Nik

Writer, occasional photographer, common street juggler. I enjoy cooking, crafting, a clean house, animals, and senses of humour. Oh yeah and being the mom of my boy John.

How L-theanine helps my anxiety & more

Plagued by anxiety? It might be worth your while to try L-theanine.

This winter’s been something else, hasn’t it? Hopefully yours was filled with health and happiness. For a while over here my son and I were constantly sick, which we eventually learned were pretty intense sinus infections. After a couple of rounds of antibiotics apiece, we thankfully began to feel better. Winter has always been a bit of a drag (that can’t be just me?), but the Christmas season keeps me quite busy so I can usually push through that bit with ease. January I find … Continue reading

The end of another year!

See ya later, 2017! I’m ready for this year to end (given that either a family member or I have been sick or had allergies for a good chunk of it). The new year is a clean slate I’m told, or maybe it’s just a fresh planner to write some goals in. As for resolutions, I’m not huge on them. I’ve never joined a gym or even wanted to, though I probably should. I did come up with a few things I’d like to do … Continue reading

Happy Halloween! 

Raph for Halloween

Following in my footsteps… I was Raph for Halloween as a kid. My dad and nana made me a paper maché turtle shell by pasting tonnes of newspaper to an oval laundry basket and painting it varying shades of brown. Proportionate to my tiny body, it was not. Memorable, creative and extremely heavy? Definitely. I do prefer the flexy foam shell this kid has, attached by Velcro. Thanks, Value Village! 😀 Happy Halloween to you and yours! Are you dressing up this year? Share the … Continue reading

Best solar lights for Christmas, or any time!

Solar powered LED Christmas lights

Hi there! Hope your summer’s been beautiful. The end of this August means it’s already been over two years since we moved to the place we’re in now! We went from suburban life to country living, which was something of a learning curve. Well water? Coyotes hunting across the street in the bush at night? Spiders the size of your big toe? One unique challenge we had was how we would string up the Christmas lights. There is no power outlet outside our house except … Continue reading

The ONE kit you need if you love to sew

32 piece presser foot set for sewing machines

Recently a friend of mine asked me what he should know in order to take up sewing. Well, that’s a can of worms. It got me thinking of all the stuff I wish I’d known when I first began sewing. Things like: Do not try sewing Velcro onto your very first project without the right needles, or they’ll turn to shrapnel and you could lose an eye Do not attempt to start and finish your first project halfway through the evening before you plan to … Continue reading

Stop your dog’s tummy pain with 1 ingredient


Today I’m going to talk to you about something close to my heart — my best brown dog. Just over a year ago, our boxer, Junior, started having severe tummy issues. He had always had slight stomach problems but they peaked last year with him starving himself and then vomiting bile and specks of blood. It was terrifying. (By contrast, we also have a yellow lab named Casey who once ate a whole box of steel wool pads and managed to survive without much of … Continue reading

2 easy ways to grow your own spider plants — no green thumb needed!

Not long ago in my post about making cute ombre plant hangers I mentioned my love for spider plants. Well, today I’m going to finally make good on my promise to teach you how to cultivate baby spider plants and grow them into big mama spider plants! Spider plants are excellent air purifiers, removing up to 90% of formaldehyde from the air. The fresh air provided by a spider plant promotes better sleep, so they’re great to keep in your bedroom. The reason I chose … Continue reading

DIY: Make a rug into a cute beach tote!

Upcycle a small IKEA rug (or any rug!) into a cute beach bag!

Hey there! I hope you’re doing well. Here’s that beach tote DIY I promised you. This post contains affiliate links. I earn a small commission from products purchased, and that helps keep my blog alive.  The admittedly mild winter and chillier than usual spring had me dreaming of summer early on this year. That’s why, I assume, when we went to our local IKEA during one of winter’s last blasts, I saw an unlikely item and thought “Hey, that’d make a cute beach bag!” And … Continue reading

Make a sturdy beach bag for cheap!

Make a small IKEA rug into a beach bag

Hi again. Not sure about where you are but here in Niagara, it’s been hot! I know that because my makeup is sliding off my face and our young son is a grump without a popsicle in hand. This week may have been the first time we’ve gone to the beach together and done more than dip our feet in the water. The kid really enjoyed ‘swimming’ (AKA lying on his tummy and splashing like mad) and I got to cool off too. Win! AND … Continue reading

DIY: Add some colour with dip-dyed ombré plant hangers!

ombre plant hangers

Oh hey! How are you? I hope you’re well. The weather is warmer, we’re nearing the end of tree pollen season here in Niagara, and it’s nice to enjoy warm fresh air without the sneezing again. Today I wanted to share with you a colourful little process I used recently to punch up my plant hangers. Our spider plants in particular have been sprouting babies like wildfire, if wildfire could sprout babies. If you’ve never had them, you should know spider plants are wonderfully hardy, cat-friendly options. And … Continue reading