3 Tips that are making my life easier

Tips via BuzzFeed

Since I have been using metal bottles, I realized that they need to be cleaned after using them a few times, so I am using these bottle bright tablets that have been recommended by BuzzFeed.

Clean and odor free bottles at amazon for 19.99 CDN for 12 tablets.


Black bery Zen Gummies, natural sleep helper at amazon  for $34.99 

Amazon 52.50  Antiperspirant, no sweat, you can take them with you, and use them when needed. 

Hope these work for you my lovelies and make your life more comfortable and pleasant.


Omelet du jour

A most simple omelet can make you very happy my friends.

Since a few years Mason jars have become quite a hit, they are certainly timeless and reliable, virtues that we still appreciate nowadays.

Believe it or not the hip Mason jars were created in 1858 and have been used since non stop.

Now we make Martinis in Mason jars and drink in them at parties and family gathering.

 we even cook in them. This is my favorite Mason jar omelet recipe that I can make the night before and cook it in a split second for breakfast, enjoy my lovelies.



Bigger is better in a Small apartment

Don’t be afraid to use a bigger piece of furniture like a sectional sofa or a generous couch in a small apartment.

Via http://thefullydown.com/65-smart-solution-small-apartment-living-room-decor-inspirations/72/

A very comfortable sectional couch in a tiny space.

We have a tendency to think that we have to use small furniture in a narrow and small space. You can measure your walls and your sofa could be as much as  2/3 of the length of your wall. I assure you that your space will look much better than if your used small  furniture.

Glass tables or tables with a see through base are always visually lighter than a table that is more like a block.

The grey Tone on tone wall and  sofa help make this room feel bigger.

A good size leather couch in a small space can look more comforting than a multitude of small scattered pieces of furniture.

One sectional sofa instead of a few pieces of small furniture can make your room look less cluttered 

If you must have a queen size bed, have one. In such a small space even a double bed would not make this room look bigger. You can always walk sideways like hieroglyphs.

Hieroglyphs walking!! Sideways.

Having a couple of stools can be useful for additional sitting. I always have a couple of ottomans and stools in my apartment.

Dear Lovelies be happy in your small space and make the most of it, it can be quite cocooning and soothing.




Small kitchen big space

GOING BIG in your small kitchen!

Photo via lushhome.com


The most delightful minute white kitchen with face to face counters topped with beautiful bowls and things.  Who can ask for anything more.

Photo via Dwell by Joe Schmelzer


In a long narrow space, try to elongate your kitchen counters as much as you can and top them with very long shelves.

Photo by Kireei.com via http://domino.com/tiny-house-kitchen-ideas#6


Paint your floor white to match your kitchen cabinets, they will like it and feel totally at ease.

Photo by Magic dream life via http://domino.com/tiny-house-kitchen-ideas#6


Adding shelves in a most beautiful way is the thing to do in your microscopic kitchen.

Photo Jenny Steffens via Apartment Therapy


When using open shelves and hanging stuff on walls, make it look good, be parsimonious in your choices.

Photo The everygirl via Apartment Therapy


Long open shelves with lots of gadgets can really provide you with lots of kitchen storage.

Photo via The Style Files


In Germany, they dare to have a vertically big hutch in a tiny kitchen. if you are monochromatically inclined, this mini white kitchen is perfect for you.



Tiny kitchen can go vertical, let it fly, ceiling and walls are great for storage.



Who says you cannot have a blue micro kitchen with an island, not me!

Another Plumber’s tale

I suppose plumbers are a necessary evil, well I know they are not plastic surgeon, but don’t you think they could improve the way they work.

Photos by decogirlmontreal 


I had a problem with my shower, and frankly after being 4 days without hot water I was really looking forward to see the plumber. The janitor of the building came with him and deposited an old curtain on my hallway floor to protect it from the plumbers tool bag,

 I had warned him that plumbers usually are not very particular in general and with cleanliness.

I had to take a picture of the Plumber’s doctor’s bag for you, and I have to warn you this is not a pretty sight.


After taking the shower apart and putting dirty pieces, tool and his filthy glove on my white vanity, I was happy to see him go to get the piece he needed to fix it, I immediately put a towel on my white vanity to protect it from being scratched and stained for life.


He left me with a dangling shower head, saying he might not be back before tonight. when he came back after an hour,he sat on the side of my bathtub working with his two black dirty boots inside my tub, moving them back and forth like if he was on a treadmill.

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This is my White bathroom floor after the plumber left. I had to wash the bathtub right away, I could not even stand to take a picture of it, it was so ”disturbing”. Frankly I wonder why they don’t make horror movies with plumbers as protagonist, I certainly could write a script about visiting plumbers, at least I was grateful that this one did not break my bathroom tile floor like the last plumber did.

So this is my advice, when the plumber comes to your home protect your bathroom floor and bathtub in advance, I think you should put your entire bathroom in a plastic bubble as he won’t spare any inch of it. By the time he came in it was too late and the damage had already started, so beware my lovelies.

iPhone and Rice

Imagine you just dropped your iPhone in water, your life is practically over.


Yes this is an iPhone covered with rice. Well it is a wet iPhone in a rice container.

After you rescue your iPhone from a puddle of water, fill up a container with non cooked rice and bury it. Leave it there for 3 days, you can look at it but you cannot touch it or manipulate it, you can talk to it but do not open it.

Well would you believe that after these 3 days a friend of mine who went through this ordeal, removed her iPhone from the rice after many incantations, she turned it on and it worked, it was so amazing, I had to share this information with you desperate friends with a wet iPhone. Oh I forgot you have to cover the container sealed tight, tupper ware would do.

Have a terrific day and thanks for being so faithful in spite of my sporadic absences.

Beautify your closets with useful storage

Simply closet and a quatuor of storage ideas 

Via http://www.bhg.com/


Small can be beautiful, in your baby’s closet organizing the changing table with all that is necessary, adding a lovely chandelier, bottom shelves with baskets. top shelves for cream etc… Painting the back of the closet to match the color of the room is a good idea, remember, God is in the details.

Via Better Homes and Gardens


A cheerful kitchen storage red and white with a small island on wheels. A tiny space with lots of storage. Use your door for hanging tea towel, paper towel, etc..

Via Better Homes and Gardens


I really like this pantry with all the glass containers, baskets and bowls, you can get lots of glass containers at the dollar store for a reasonable price, and the advantage is that you can see what you store, you can also use file folder labels on your containers.

Via Better Homes and Gardens


Finally in your entryway, organize a colourful storage for your kids sports activities. Don’t forget to paint the interior of the closet, it makes such a difference.

Last minute Christmas shopping in montreal

OOps it is almost Christmas and as usual I am running late for Christmas shopping. I am looking at my list of favorite Boutiques in Montreal and I would like to share my finds with you. Don’t forget to call before you shop to make sure that they still have these items in stock.

Old Montreal http://www.ludovik.ca/ is like the caves of Ali Baba with a zillion things ranging from $5.00 and up. 514-678-6617



Starting with the eternal scented candles, they are a great gift, we cannot neglect the power of smell. The sense of smell is closely linked to memory, maybe more so than any of our other sense and I believe that Christmas is also about memories.

Votive Scented candles $3.99 to $31.99 for the adult ones.


Funky Nostalgic Animal Pillows and others, great for your teenager vary from $18.99


I am thinking of getting this portrait of a Moose for my son louis by Quebec artist

Phuc Nguyen $65.00, anything Moose is very in this year.


Create your own Puzzle Moose or is it a puzzled Moose. Quite a few moose, they differ in prices.


From Haïti dozens of decorative animal heads, price vary.


For my daughter in law Fiona,  an Eiffel Tower, Paris toujours Paris.



For my ex-husband I was thinking of a Jonathan Adler cup $27.95


I could also get my Ex this brain game, they are 2 Pisces that you have to separate, there is a variety of zodiac signs. $14.95, but you really don’t have to buy your Ex a present, no obligation.


(Remember this object) For a writer friend, this adorable typewriter porcelain knob. $5.99


Whales seem to be in also this year. A salt and pepper shaker by Jonathan Adler $55.00

for His and Hers


For me, a Think outside the box paper holder, to remind me that there is a solution for almost everything.


For children or adult, a lovely metal box $17.00


Mobile and tablet scented holder $25.00


For your office door, a ”I am thinking” sign, ”please be patient”


A Zipper Ring for your girlfriend’s Christmas stocking from $20.00 to $40.00


A foxy giant eraser $12.95


The soft stuffed toys for the little ones (if you can pronounce it) a bit of a tongue twister. $28.99

http://boutiquekokoon.ca/ Bernard Street Outremont 514-4901061



For my grand-daughter Ella, a beautiful rabbit bamboo blankie (made in Canada) $31.95


Colourful bibs by Le Baluchon from Montreal $11.00


Incredible crazy socks for the entire family around $14.95


Sock it to me socks $14.95


Moose again, socks $14.95


For little girls rings and necklaces by Baluchon


Little girls Rings from $4.00 Baluchon


School bags and lunch bags from $30.95 (Made in Canada)


Who would not want an O’ Canada musical box, I certainly do $19.95


Hey Jude, Beatles’ music box $19.95


A very girly Alice in wonderland note-book $17.95


For my sister Louisette Quebec artist Lili Graffiti’s nostalgic Poster

” Live winter in Montreal” $28.00


An enormous multicoloured dream catcher by Pop Factory Montreal $80.00


Pac-Man alarm clock $41.95


A Vegan tote for Fiona who is vegetarian


For cookie lovers an owl cookie jar. $34.95

For the Foodies http://lerichmond.com/le-richmond-marche-italien/ in Griffintown




At Le Marché Italien, you can find anything and everything that a foodie can dream of.  Panettone  from $4.99


Sophisticated oil, Oils are like wine now, there is a big range of prices.


Frasier Fir products scented liquid soaps, diffuser anything scented for the kitchen or bathroom.


Reed diffuser is a super gift for host or hostess or your lover or all your Ers $36.95


Jams, sauces of all kinds to enhance your meal.


Chocolat chocolat chocolat


Always chocolat, chocolat Biologique by Chocolat le comptoir Montreal.


Natural soaps hand-made in Canada


Pepper mill made by The Pepin Shop


Salt box by The Pepin Shop $45.00

https://boutiquelachaumiere.com/ in St. Bruno South shore of Montreal




Brigitte Sheddleur $64


Anne-Marie Chagnon $49.75


Anne-Marie Chagnon $75.00


Anne-Marie Chagnon $75.00


Josh bracelet for men $23.95 leather and stainless steel


Josh bracelet $69.00


Meunier Pillows with poems for family and friends $30.00

Boutique La Chaumière carries a multitude of jewels by Quebec Designers for women, men and teenagers.



Don’t forget Indigo, where you can choose marvelous books for all and at the same time you can get very interesting presents such as these Insertia winter gloves that allow interaction on your iPad and iPhone, great for teenagers or me. $13.50


Back to scented candles perfect Host or Hostess gift $20.00

The boutique of the Museum of fine Arts in Montreal boutique@mbamtl.org
514-285-2000, option 6



The Museum has also a great children’s books and educational toys section.


I would recommend that you keep your last minute shopping for smaller gifts, the less expensive ones. For the bigger presents like for the love of your life, you can always buy something at the last minute, but try to scout a few items before so that you are not in a bind and forced to buy something your will regret.

These choices are from $5.00 to $75.00 except for the big puzzled Moose.

To all my last minute shopper friends, ”MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU” and have the Merriest of Christmas

Today’s idea, transform your Ikea Billys

I am a great fan of the Ikeas Billys, 

$69.00 per bookshelf and you can make them up to look like one thousand dollars.

Ikeas BILLY BEFORE fresh out of Ikea.


Prepping Billys with mouldings from Home Depot


I have a small apartment, and there is a natural alcove in the living room, so I chose to install my book shelves in the alcove in order to save a bit of space, don’t forget when your room is small, every inch counts.


Transforming Billys with mouldings on top, at the bottom, and on each side of shelf. I chose not to install mouldings on shelves, I wanted a lighter look.

We used pieces of 2×2 on top of the shelves to secure them to the wall.


I was thinking about adding a cornice on top of the shelves, but I soon realized I had too many books and I should use the space between the top of the shelves and the ceiling to store my books. I stacked them horizontally, this way I could fill up the gap and it is also easier to read the titles.

The lying lion is a Paper Mache sculpture by the Mexican artist Gemma Taccogna.

Image via http://www.loveroffashion.com/2009/11/gemma-taccogna.html


The artist Gemma Taccogna