Monday, September 15, 2014

Winners - Face of Pink Ink 2014/15

If you are a regular reader of this blog you'll know that I was a team member for the Face of Pink Ink 2014.
The reason I wanted to be part of this program was because of what it did for women;
Women of all ages, cultures, shapes and sizes.
Women that walked in with their proverbial 'tail between their legs', and walked out tall, poised, proud and feeling good about themselves.
I was honoured to be part of this program.

Part I of the program was to write a brief essay on what beauty meant to you.  The essays were beautiful, and very synonymous in that they each spoke more of inner than outward beauty.

The second part - and I participated in this as well - was the makeover….
You literally handed yourself over to a team of hairstylists, makeup artists, wardrobe specialists and even a professional jewelry consultant and they took care of you so that your outward beauty matched your inner.
Participants were given a bag full of goodies to take with them as well.

Part III was the photo shoot.  You were posed and lit and photographed to capture the new you - and you were able to keep a photo from the session.

Finally, the voting;  
Albums, broken down into three age groups, were put up on 10 different Facebook pages for public voting.  The top 9 were selected out and then a panel of professionals finished the task.

Today, I'm thrilled to announce the 3 winners of the Face of Pink Ink 2014/15:

Kathleen Mundy!

When I think of beauty I think of the glow from confidence. As women, we often shame ourselves into believing we aren’t good enough or tall enough or pretty enough or young enough... but what I’ve learned in my 63 years is that when we have confidence we are all of these things and more. Confidence, no matter the source, can help us walk taller, speak first when meeting people and take the first step into a world of future possibilities. I gain confidence from all things feminine, not frilly. I love beautiful make-up, shiny hair, a crisp white blouse and a great pair of stilettos. These outward traits of societal beauty help us blossom to the point of seeing the true beauty of a soft smile, a kind word or a helping hand. Beauty is knowing you are loved and honored for what you give to the world. True beauty is the gift of experiencing joy as we pay it forward to the next heart.

Mary-Ann Cuglietta Fougere!

Beauty is not just the outside, but the inside. Being kind, generous, friendly and a good person makes you a beautiful person. I believe when your inner beauty is in place, you exude outer beauty. 

Shaunacey Bonneville!

 I have struggled with confidence because I mistakenly associated beauty with looking a certain way. I finally became more confident when I started to realize we all have the capacity to be truly beautiful and appearance has little to do with it. It’s about knowing, accepting and loving yourself. It’s about being brave, confident and standing up for what you believe in. It’s being able to laugh, even in the hard times. The most beautiful people I know not only love themselves, but truly care about others and work very hard to fight against injustice and oppression and do it all with a genuine smile on their face.
(click on their names to learn more about their businesses)

From Jen and Rita of Pink Ink:

The 2014-2015 Faces of Pink InkWhat a whirlwind of a summer.  We had a fantastic time with FOUR Face of Pink Ink photoshoots this year.  We have to thank all of you for helping to choose the three women who will represent Pink Ink as well as our sponsors for helping to provide the ladies with an experience they will not soon forget.  We are so excited for them AND for us.  We have a social worker, teacher and business entrepreneur!  They are diverse, beautiful and we are honored to have them.  They will each be featured on our blog in the month of November.  Thank you to our judges - Denise PelleyMichelle De Corneille Sullivan and Carmina de Young our guest judges for helping make this difficult decision.  

Denise Pelley
Michelle De Corneille Sullivan

Carmina de Young

Last year's winners





For more information on The Face of Pink Ink or to learn more about next year's contest check their website here.

Love and gratitude to all of the sponsors of the program and the team members that made it all happen.  Please send some love to Gold Sponsor: Lynn at ENJO Canada and click any of the ad links at the bottom of the blog to shop/consult with the other businesses involved.

Congratulations to everyone that participated in the program - we truly hope you all feel beautiful.

Have a great one!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Scotch Expressions Paper Crafts

I mentioned the other day that Lovely Lisa, Amazing Amy and Creative Christine were coming over to play with the Scotch Expressions tape I received from a friend.

Well, we did.

Amy added accent stripes to her dry-erase board.

Lisa finished a scrapbook page of her boys;

Christine whipped up a couple of cards;

I covered a few butterfly clips;

Then I made all of the ladies help me create bookmarks for Madison's class;

I copied Christine and made a few birthday cards to have on hand and

Lisa showed us how to make gift card holders by simply folding in one edge of the card and using the Scotch Expressions tape to both decorate and hold it in place.


Chicks, chai and chatting - my favourite things!

Thanks ladies!

Thank you again Mark & Irene!

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Have a great one!

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Pumpkin Decor

One of my favourite stores to attempt knock-offs from is Grandin Road.
They have beautiful stuff, but most of it looks make-able, and their prices are through-the-roof - so it's fun to try.

Case in point - their new fall pumpkin display:
image courtesy of Grandin Road

Really cute right?

But $144 cute? (and that's without the stands)

Not in my budget.

But these were:  
$2.50 each from Dollarama.
I know they're not the same quality as the ones above, but I'm willing to forego quality for the one month that they'll be on display.

I printed out some polka dots on adhesive vinyl  - but you could easily stripe using just painters or masking tape.

Put them on the pumpkins and made sure the edges were pressed down tight.

Top with a couple of coats of whatever spray paint you have on hand.  I had black, so that was a bonus.

They look better already!

I left them in the garage to dry overnight. In the morning I removed the vinyl pieces.

Not too shabby eh?

I'm pretty pleased with these, and even if you had to buy spray paint - the grand total would only be $14.50… still CONSIDERABLY less than Grandin Road.

Just an FYI, I checked out pumpkins at Walmart as well, just to see if they had better pricing - and they didn't.  Dollarama was the cheapest.  Just wanted to save you a trip.

Some options in case you don't want to try your own:

Have a great one!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Homemade potato chips and cheesy garlic dip

I saw this photo on Pinterest;

image courtesy of
and I suddenly had a craving for homemade potato chips.

Oprah's recipe is good, but I found it a bit much, so I changed it up slightly.

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees farenheit.
  • Lightly oil baking sheet with extra virgin olive oil or cooking spray.
  • VERY lightly - I liked the olive oil version better, but I used WAY too much the first time around.  1 tsp will be enough for an entire baking sheet.
  • Put the oiled pan in the oven and let it warm up while you slice your potatoes.

Slice your potatoes very thinly.  The recipe suggests about 1/16th of an inch, but I liked mine a bit thicker than that.

(I used the guard this time, so all fingers remained intact!)

Pull pan out of the oven and lay the potato pieces out in a single layer - lightly season with salt and pepper.

Bake for ~8 minutes then flip the potatoes to their other side.
Bake for an additional 10 - 14 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

If you went with thicker sliced pieces, you may have to go 12 and 15 minutes.

For the cheesy garlic dip:
You will need…

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/3 to 1/2 of a garlic clove, finely minced  (Oprah calls for a full, large clove - but I found it too strong)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. 
Serve with warm potato chips.

For the original recipe, please click here.

They were a hit!  My first (soggier) batch and my second attempt.

In fact, even the crispier ones - not burnt, just crispier - taste pretty good!

Two potatoes will fill two baking sheets, but you'll want to do two - they really are good! 

Have a great one!