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“One” Cake Topper Tutorial

A few birthdays are coming up. My friend’s baby, Isabelle, is turning one in a few weeks and my fur baby, Truffle, is turning three in May. I was planning on ordering a cake topper from Etsy, but with the short time frame, I’m afraid it won’t get delivered in time for Isabelle’s birthday. I decided to make a DIY cake topper and went to Michael’s to buy some glitter paper. I found this Recollection gold glitter paper for $3.49 per sheet. The paper came in a clear plastic wrapping with a thin card board liner. The glitter paper itself is not that thick, so I used and glued the card board liner with the glitter paper to strengthen the cake topper structure.

Gold glitter paper, $3.49 per sheet at Michael’s

To make the cake topper, you will need the following tools (I feel the glue gun is very crucial and also help provide a strong structure).

  • Glue gun, scissors, cutting mat, x-acto knife,  pen or marker and regular printing paper to trace the template from computer screen (optional).


See below for the step-by-step to make the cake topper:

  • Font – I used Angeline Vintage font from 1001 free fonts website. You can either download the font or just simply use the “custom preview” section directly on the website.
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  • TemplatePrint your letter template. If you don’t own a printer at home like me, you can trace the letters straight from the computer screen. I used regular printing paper and then transfer it to a thicker card stock paper. You can by pass this step if you can print straight to a thicker paper.
Don’t have a printer, no problem! Trace your template directly from your computer screen
Transfer and trace your paper template to a thicker card stock paper. Cut out your card stock template – this will be part of your final cake topper.
  • Glitter Paper – Glue your card stock template to the glitter paper. Make sure to glue the top part down (reverse). Use scissor and x-acto knife to cut out the glitter paper to match the template.
Glue your card stock template (top side down) to the back of glitter paper. Using a glue gun will provide a stronger structure and dry out faster.
  • You can then use a glue gun to attach the cake topper onto wooden dowels, ice cream sticks, skewers, or paper straws.


Using a glue gun, attach wooden dowels at the back of the cake topper. You can also use paper straws, ice cream stick or attach ribbons for hanging.

After a few hours of tracing, cutting, and gluing… I’ve made 6 cake toppers from one sheet of glitter paper ($3.49). I think I’ve got all birthdays covered for this year ;)

My cake topper collection for this year’s birthdays and the next two for Isabelle!



While I was browsing at Michael’s store, I also found these paper bows ($1.50 for a set of 6) which I will use for a cupcake topper. You can use glue to attach the bow into a toothpick.


Paper bows bought at Michael’s store, $1.50 each package for a set of 6 bows.


Using a glue gun, attach toothpicks at the back of the paper bows. These will look great as cupcake topper.

Foxy’s Gentlemen’s Hair Studio

With being new in the city and only less than a month living in Barrie, we still figure out our way around and discovering new places. When it comes to finding a hairdresser, we are not picky but a the same time we want to find a place that we can become a regular. We found Foxy’s Gentlemen’s Hair Studio from Google search and it was on our way home from work. The studio is located on 559 Essa Rd Unit D5, Barrie.

We called first to make sure we don’t need to book an appointment in advance. The lady who answered the phone was friendly and welcoming our walk-in request. When we got there, we were impressed with the decor and waiting area. It was well decorated and equipped with comfortable lounge chairs, sofa, magazines, TV and Keurig coffee machine. The place was busy for a Friday evening and we waited for about 20 min – which we didn’t mind at all while enjoying complimentary coffee and Easter egg chocolates. You also can order sandwich and beer while you wait. Yes B-E-E-R! You hear it right! Men’s haircut is priced at $19.99 plus tax and you are automatically entered in their loyalty program. After your 5th cut, you will get your 6th for 50% off.


We were happy with the services and will definitely come back again. Maybe next time for beer and haircut!

It’s Caramel Popcorn kinda day

I love making caramel popcorn! It’s easy and your house will smell so nice with caramel and vanilla in the air. I always use this caramel recipe I found on All Recipes. Making caramel popcorn is simple, you can see the main ingredients below:

  • First step is to pop your popcorn and have them ready on a sheet pan. I like use the pop up bowl Orville buttery popcorn. It only takes a quick 2 minutes and 15 seconds in the microwave.
  • Second step is to make your caramel sauce. Please follow the cooking methods from all recipes website. It only takes about 10 minutes when you have all the ingredients ready.
  • Lastly, drizzle your caramel sauce all over your popcorn. Coat them well, bake in the oven at low 250•F oven, stir and flip them every 15 minutes for one hour.
  • Baking the popcorn will slowly set the caramel coating and make your popcorn nice and crunchy. If you under-bake them, your end products will be soggy and stickier.


May I have some buttery popcorn pleaaase?

Real Ice Cream! The Kawartha Dairy Company

Before we move here, every time we are in Barrie area we always stop by at the Kawartha Dairy Company. Now that we actually live in Barrie, it has been very hard for me resisting not to go there everyday. The shop is located on 10 Anne Street South which is only 15 minutes away from our house, and they open late until 9 pm and 11 pm in the Summer. The shop also offers a drive-thru (more excuses for me in the cold winter day to still get ice cream). Kawartha Dairy doesn’t just sell ice cream, you can get their other take-away items: milk (skim, 2%, homogenized), heavy cream, buttermilk, butter, and of large tubs ice cream with a variety to choose from. You can also find other local products like the muskoka coffee, pecan tart, jams and jellies, cheeses, and even breakfast sausages. It’s truly not just your regular ice cream shop!

Drive-thru menu

My favorite ice cream are peanut butter and chocolate, and sometimse I can’t decided between the gold medal ribbon or just a good old vanilla ice cream. The ice cream comes in three different sizes:

  • Baby – 1 Scoop
  • Small – 2 Scoops
  • Huge – 3 Scoops

You can order the ice cream in regular cone, waffle cone, cup or make it into milkshakes. I always get mine in the waffle cone as I feel I get bigger portion and fit more ice cream that way! But their scope are pretty big, see photos below:


Puppy cone VS Baby cone
Chocolate and Peanut Butter
Moose Tracks – vanilla ice cream with chocolate peanut butter cups swirled in fudge

 Your pups are welcome.. just like any most places in Barrie. It won’t let you bring the dog inside the store, but make sure you ask for a complimentary puppy cone for your furry friends.

Complimentary puppy cone, plain vanilla ice cream
Our dog enjoying her ice cream!

Lunchdate at Chaopaya

We had a great lunch meal at Chaopaya today. The restaurant is loacated near downtown Barrie on Dunlop street. It has a patio and we can’t wait to be back in the summer to enjoy the lake view. We both ordered the lunch special which come with soup and springroll. Here are some photos from today’s lunch:


Springroll and soup, lunch special complimentary
Basil beef with rice
Chicken pad thai

Thai tea


St. Patrick’s Day at Redline Brewhouse

We decided to go out for drinks on St. Patrick’s day and went to Redline Brewhouse. We were lucky to get a table and beat the crowds. They have an amazing live music by Memphis Mudd and offer $5 pints all day. We enjoyed sitting upstairs and sipping our beers, enjoying the live music. I ordered the flight and my favorite was their seasonal beer, 396 IPA Big Block series. It was a perfect beer in getting ready for the summer!


396 IPA, Check Engine, Clutch, 5:01 Golden Ale
live music by Memphis Mudd, $5 pints all day – what a great combo to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

We also visited the gear shop and bought a few cans home. I love their growler-can-size beer “crowler”.

Crowler size 960ml

I hope you had a great day celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! 🍀 Happy March 17th!

#tbt Our puppy (circa 2013)

Succulents Love

First time I heard of “succulent” 🌵was when my coworker took me plant shopping to decorate her new office desk. She just occupied a new corner desk and would like to get an office plant to brighten up her work area. She decided to buy a Jade plant, since it is pretty easy to maintain, all you need is water, some love, and sunlight. And that’s how I learned about Succulents! Jade plant (Crassula) is a type of succulent and a very popular houseplant – it’s also known as a friendship tree, money tree and lucky plant. I bought my Jade plant from IKEA Vaughan for $9.99 and three other mini succulents for $3.99 each.

Jade plant (Crassula) $9.99 each at IKEA


Succulent plants (Haworthia Pumila, Echeveria Lilacina, Echeveria Peacokii) $3.99 each at IKEA


The IKEA plants come with a basic instruction sticker on how to care for them.

Since this is my first time caring for succulents indoor,  I’ve done some researches and reading gardening tips/tricks online. Here are my compilation of the basic care treatments for my succulents:

  1. Light – succulents love lots of light and will thrive in a sunny, dry, and cool weather.
  2. Water – only water the succulents when the top soils are becoming dry to touch. Although succulents enjoy enough water, excessive water will cause rot problems.
  3. Soil – coarse, dry, and airy soil. Succulents are just like us, they hate wet socks! It’s important to have a well draining soil – this can be done by mixing perlite and sands to your regular gardening soil.
  4. Pot – while it’s possible to grow succulents in pots without drainage, it is recommended to choose a pot with drainage holes to decrease the plants’ risk of disease and death. Gravels can also be added to the bottom of the container to help increase drainage.
  5. Love – just like anything else, your love and care will keep your succulents alive :)

I hope you enjoy my post and photos! Happy succulents and happy Spring! 🌷

Wallpapering 101

I’m going to share with you my first experience of hanging wallpaper. Moving to a new place was an opportunity for me to redecorate and learn something new. I always wanted to install a wallpaper, but never had the chance or guts to do it. Since my new place’s wall was not newly painted and had lots of nail holes.. I thought, why not covering them with wallpaper, while at the same time adding new décor to the house. I went online and to multiple stores before decided on purchasing these two vinyl wallpapers from Rona. I chose these for two simple reasons: pre-pasted for an easy install and textured which is perfect for covering holes/non-smooth wall. Each roll costs me $29.99 and covers about 56 sq ft (plenty for my purpose of covering only a few walls/creating a display wall).

  • Left image – Bluemountain Brown Wood wallpaper
  • Right image – Bluemountain Brick Effect wallpaper

I heard that hanging wallpaper is a two-people job, but I was able to do it by myself since I was only doing a few small areas. No matter what, you must have the right tools for a smoother installation process. Here are some basic tools you will need:

  1. Wallpaper plastic scrapper (a must! To help sticking, smoothing, removing bubbles – it costs less that $5)
  2. Scissors
  3. Metal scrapper (You can probable get away without it, but it definitely help me with corner and guide cutting the excess paper)
  4. Exacto knife (Make sure to always start with a new blade to neatly cut the excess paper and avoid tearing)
  5. Water bottle spray (I sprayed water to the pre-pasted backing, instead of soaking the rolled wallpaper in water)
  6. Ruler or measure tape
  7. Step ladder

Here are the results!

Main foyer – wood wallpaper


Powder room – brick effect wallpaper


Lovers Creek Ravine

One of the reason we moved to Barrie is the nature, lake and many of its available hiking trails. Lovers Creek ravine is located on the South-East end of Barrie and is  accessible only 5 minutes walking distance from where we live. According to website, all of the lands within the Lake Simcoe watershed ultimately drain into Lake Simcoe, via one of the tributary rivers. Lovers Creek is one of three main watersheds that make up the Lake Simcoe watershed (Kempenfelt Bay).

Lovers Creek’s land area is split between Barrie and Innisfil. The part we went to was only a small portion of the creek which we accessed it from the walkable community. It was quite a scenic walk with the snow covering the river banks and our dog loved it!


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