Karen Ballum

8 Gorgeous New Ways to Make Easter Eggs

One of my earliest Easter memories is watching sharp pins being delicately pushed in the ends of an egg and then being shown how to carefully blow out the whites and yolk. We handled the fragile empty eggs with care as we dyed them. I recall we used wax and carefully, though not exactly skillfully, layered on the colours and designs. Well, the adults and older children mostly used the wax but I was able to help with the dipping....more
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7 Green Treats for St. Patrick's Day

One of the things I love about special occasion baking is how it gives us the freedom to get creative in the kitchen. We take treats we love and add a new spin to them. Maybe we change up the colours or add a new flavor. Here are seven dessert recipes that have a St. Patrick's Day twist. Enjoy! Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Dip...more
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6 Fun Crafts for St. Patrick's Day

I've always had a soft spot for St. Patrick's Day. It's probably because I have auburn hair and it's the one time a year people are really into gingers. Sadly, as far as I know, I don't have a speck of a Irish in me. I still celebrate it and while in year's past it may have involved a bit more of a parades and party feel, I'm more of homebody these days. You know what's perfect for homebodies? St. Patrick's Day crafts. ...more
I love the bottle centerpiece idea.  For some reason, glass bottles just always seemed special ...more

How to Build an Awesome Online Community (and Why It's So Important)

When you start a blog, you will hear a lot about how to grow your audience. You will read about gaining readers and followers, and why SEO is important. All of those things are important for page views—but there is something I believe is far more rewarding and important for everything you do online: building your online community. ...more
Kindness. Exactly. I think it's the kindness above all else. Yes, you can have bad days and ...more

9 Pancake Recipes to Make on Pancake Tuesday

This Tuesday is one of the few days of the year when I can guess what all my friends are having for dinner. Whether you observe it as Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, or International Pancake Day, I know that many of you will be observing the day with pancakes for dinner. Here are nine recipes to help you plan your pancake feast. ...more

4 Adorable Valentine's Day Crafts

I don't know about you but I am shocked to realize Valentine's Day is just days away. I haven't done anything. I don't have yummy food planned. Perhaps worse, I don't have any crafts planned. Luckily there's an easy way to fix that problem. A quick search yielded some fun projects that won't take much time and are totally adorable. ...more
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17 Awesome Nutella Recipes for World Nutella Day

Happy World Nutella Day! We thought it would be fun to share some of our blogger's best Nutella recipes with you in celebration but we ran into a small problem -- there were too many to choose from! Sit down and get ready for a chocolate hazelnut sugar rush. Warning: Reading this post may cause cravings. ...more
How do I always miss World Nutella Day?! I must've known subconsciously, because I've been ...more

Make Your Own Girl Scout Cookies

As a Canadian, I didn't grow up with Girl Scout cookies and I honestly did not understand why my American friends got so excited about them. We have Girl Guides in Canada and they do sell cookies but they aren't really something we get all that excited about. When my American friends talk about Girl Scout cookie it's like they are speaking a different language. Samoas? Tagalongs? What? I don't have easy access to Girl Scout cookies I turned to the internet to see if I could make any of them at home. Here's what I found. ...more
Mmm, they look delicious! I'll definitely have to give these a try.more

Why Did Target Suck at Being Canadian?

Is it possible to be stunned and not at all surprised at the same time? That's how I feel about Target's sudden announcement that they are closing all 133 stores in Canada. ...more
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What's On Your Workout Playlist?

It's the time of year when I sit down and reassess my fitness goals. What do I want to accomplish this year? How am I going to meet my goals? What is my motivation? I don't know the answers to all of those questions right now so I'm doing something I do well—I'm procrastinating. I decided to make a new workout playlist but I'm not especially good at making playlists. I reached out to the BlogHer Editors for help. Here are some of our favorite workout songs....more
I love everything from Taylor Swift to P!nk to Kelly Clarkson, but I had a breakthrough last ...more