Category: Holidays

Nine years of L-O-V-E

It’s funny how holidays make you more aware* of time passing. *totally sappy Everyone was very excited to wake up this morning. Sleepy but excited!

The (6th Annual) Freelancer Christmas Party

The 6th Annual Freelancer Christmas Party {Heather's Handmade Life}

Working from home as a freelancer can be lonely, so I always throw myself a Christmas party … for just me!

The pressure of ‘believing’

The pressure of believing {Heather's Handmade Life}

Welcome to Veggie Village, the very boring column where we talk about forcing our kids to eat vegetables because we’re mean. Today I’m going to share my favourite methods for steaming broccoli and how to … OK, that should guarantee any kids have stopped…

DIY Harry Potter costumes

DIY Harry Potter costumes | DIY Quidditch broom craft | Hermione Granger costume | Rita Skeeter costume | {Heather's Handmade Life}

And so, after spending a year feeling guilty about dropping waaaaay too much money in the stupid Halloween store — and coming to the conclusion that DIY costumes aren’t always cheaper — I present to you … our sorta-bought, sorta-DIY Harry Potter costumes ……

DIY Halloween costumes for kids

DIY Halloween costumes for kids {Heather's Handmade Life}

This is our EIGHTH year of going trick-or-treating with at least one kiddo, and we’ve had a lot of fun costumes over the years. Many have been handmade, but many have also been store-bought and maybe modified a lil’. (Er, some more expensively than others.)…

DIY costumes aren’t always cheap

DIY costumes aren't always cheap {Heather's Handmade Life}

Last week, I told you all about my epic Halloween mistake: bringing both kids into a Halloween store when I had a headache and caving to their pleas for ridiculously overpriced, cheap costumes. This year, I was determined to do things differently. I wasn’t…

Halloween costume regret

Halloween costume regret {Heather's Handmade Life}

I made a huge mistake last Halloween. I agreed to take the kids to one of those pop-up Halloween stores. It might not have been a total disaster except … I was tired and had a headache. They caught me at the ultimate weak…

The 12 days of Christmas vacation

The 12 days of Christmas vacation {Heather's Handmade Life}

On the twelfth day of Christmas vacation, my family sent to me Twelve snacks served daily Eleven whiny demands Ten wicked tantrums Nine loads of laundry Eight spills a-spilling Seven rowdy neighbours Six frantic deadlines Five Mommy meltdowns Four broken Wii remotes Three Advil…

The (5th annual) Freelancer Christmas Party

The (5th annual) Freelance Christmas Party

I’ve been a freelance journalist unofficially since 2010, when I went on maternity leave with our son and made the decision not to return to full-time out-of-the-home “real” work. It took a few years for me to realize I was missing out on some…

The mom who hated Christmas

The mom who hated Christmas ... and how she fixed that. {Heather's Handmade Life}

Every mom in the neighbourhood liked Christmas a lot . . . But one mom — the one with the scowl — she did NOT! This mom disliked Christmas! The whole Christmas season! (Perhaps therapy would one day uncover the reason). It could be…

How our family celebrates Christmas Eve

Our family's Christmas Eve traditions {Heather's Handmade Life}

Ho, ho, ho! Today we’re talking about our family’s Christmas Eve traditions as part of the #MaritimeChristmas Blog Hop. Thanks to Heidi of Itsy Bitsy Haligonians for organizing it! Grab a handful of those addictive After 8 chocolate mint sticks (mmmm) and prepare to dive…


HEATHER’S HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Gifts for kids {Heather's Handmade Life}

The following holiday gift guide (gifts for kids) contains affiliate links. If you purchase a product from one of these links, I may receive a small commission from the supplier. As always, all opinions and weirdo children are my own.  *********************************** I’ve written before…