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0 CIL Paints Beauty on a Small Budget Challenge

Holidays are coming soon, and there's so much to do. Friends coming to stay over for a few days, dinner plans with the in-laws, family gatherings. So much to think about and plan, and on top of it all, the house just doesn't look the way we'd like. Every year we tell ourselves that we're going to tackle a fix-up project way before the holidays, but we just never seem to get there!

Well, this year we're partnering with CIL Paints to launch a home redesign project which is small enough to actually get done in time for the holidays and will create the perfect pick-me-up to brighten a room. We've picked the room where most of us spend a lot of time in during the holidays—the kitchen—to apply a quick week-end paint project that will add a bit of pizzazz to the room, and won't cost a lot of money (it is the holidays). We've had some shelves in the kitchen for a while now that we've always wanted to do something with, and with a little paint, it should really pop! Follow our paint journey online #CILPremiumBeauty.

We were  stoked to find out CIL Premium paint is free of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), is washable & durable, virtually odourless and easty to apply.

And to make this project even funner, CIL would like to invite everyone else to join us for this mini paint project, so we're announcing in partner with CIL Paints a "Beauty on a Small Budget Challenge"! Pick a small paint project using CIL Premium paint that will be a perfect little pick-me-up for a room, enter the contest, and you will be eligible to win the grand prize—a room makeover valued at $5,000.00 and an expert design consultation! Plus, we are giving away a $250.00 gift card to the Home Depot on Twitter! Details how to enter below.

How to enter for the Grand Prize: 

The Beauty on a Small Budget contest launches on October 13, 2015 and runs through until November 29, 2015. Participants can enter this contest on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook by posting a photo of their finished paint project with their can of CIL Premium paint and using the dedicated hashtag, #CILPremiumBeauty.

One entry is allowed per project, therefore if one person does more than one project they are eligible to enter more than once using the #CILPremiumBeauty hashtag.

There will be two prizes awarded - one (1) for province of Qu├ębec and another one (1) for the rest of Canada.

Once the contests close winners will be chosen via random draw.

The grand prize will consist of a two-hour home design consultation by a design influencer from the program and $5,000 CDN in The Home Depot gift cards.

CIL Premium paint can be purchased exclusively at The Home Depot and costs just $29 for a 3.78 L can, offering competitive market value for a quality product.

Click here to see all the contest rules. 

How to enter for the $250.00 Gift Card to the Home Depot

To enter to win a $250.00 Gift Card to the Home Depot, simply share what paint project you would undertake using the hashtag #CILPremiumBeauty on Twitter, tagging @Poppytalk and a link back to this post.  Enter until Wednesday, October 21st/15 at 11:59pm, and we will announce a winner on the blog on October 22nd/15.  Good luck!

Contest is open to Canadian residents. Recipient will be selected at random and gift card will be delivered via courier to the winner.  

1 Etsy Pick of the Day | Maddy Barreto

Yes, no, maybe so! Today's Etsy Pick of the Day is MADDYBARRETO and her zipper pouches featuring a hand-carved 'YES' block on one side, and a 'NO' block on the other. Love it!  See more of her work at her etsy shop HERE!


4 Monday's Greens + Yellows!


Gorgeous colours are happening in the #poppytalkfallcolours feed for Fall Colours Week which started today. Todays colours were yellow and green and it was fun to see such a great turnout. A few highlights.

0 The Ultimate Halloween Party | One Table - Three Ways

This post is in partnership with Value Village, part of Savers family of thrift stores which includes Value Village stores in the U.S. and Canada, Savers stores in the U.S., Village Des Valeurs stores in Quebec and Unique Thrift stores in the U.S. During Halloween, stores stock their shelves with new packaged costumes, makeup, wigs, accessories and home decor – perfect to combine with the secondhand clothing and accessories. It’s absolutely your one-stop shop for Halloween. Go to the store locators at www.valuevillage.com or www.savers.com to find a thrift store near you.

When asked by Value Village to create a spooky tablescape for their Ultimate Halloween Party on Pinterest, we were so down! Not only is Halloween one of our favorite occasions, but Value Village is an amazing place to visit for all things ghost and goblin—have you been there this time of year? We also love the impact they make on local communities. Value Village partners with nonprofit organizations in each community where they have stores. Last year alone, they paid nearly $200 million to its nonprofit partners for donations of clothing and household goods, and $1.5 billion over the last 10 years. Plus thrifting makes an amazing impact on the environment. Value Village keeps more than 650 million pounds of reusable goods from landfills each year- the equivalent in weight to more than 13,000 Redwood trees!


2 Halloween Party Inspiration for Kids

Guest Contributor post by Hipster Mum

Spooky season is coming!

This year fright night falls on Saturday, 31 October, so you can bet a black cat celebrations will be bigger and better than ever.

While you North Americans traditionally have dibs on the apple bobbing and decking out entire suburbs in Jack O’ Lanterns, Down Under we do things a little differently. As a photographer, blogger and DIY enthusiast I thought I’d share a few Australian tricks - and treats!