Monday, 20 March 2023




A part of me feels like its too soon to make this announcement and another part of me feels like its been in the works for my entire life.

To sum it up - I have always kept a diary. I have my Barbie diary from 31 years ago when I was 5/6 years old writing about what I did that day. I can remember going to the book fairs at school and yearning to buy the notebooks and journals - I did buy a few I have them in my closet now and I still feel the same heart beating excitement I felt back then when I see the beautiful cover designs and the pages filled with memories. 

Teenage hood, young adult, engagement, pets, wedding, babies, trips, PTO, book club, birthdays, TO-DO lists. You name it, I have a journal for it!

Many years ago on a trip to Gros Morne Newfoundland (2015?) I purchased a sort of travel notebook. It was very thin, did not have the cutest cover and it didn't have much room for notes but it became our vacation journal and we filled it with memories, costs and stories.

I remember saying to Nick way back then how this could be a great journal if they only made some improvements! And why didn't anyone make journals the way I envisioned them in my head?
It couldn't be that hard to make a cute notebook that met all my needs! 😂

Anywhoo, years passed and I kept my notes, letters, editing blank notepads to fit my needs and even customizing them with vinyl letters to turn them into my dream journal.

Then in 2020 I finally got the gall to act on my fantasy. 

If the Journals weren't being made, I would make them myself!!!

I took a course from my brilliant friend Rebecca at Lucky Sprout Studio 

I chatted with my other brilliant friend Ms. Suzi Fevens!

Among many other brilliant friends and I began my journaling Journey!!

Honestly thinking of it all, it really isn't that big of a reach since I had been journaling for a lifetime and even self published a Cook Book back in 2012.

Titled Recipes and Memories this project began in my heart just for me, then expanded to be a Christmas gift for my sisters and it eventually turned into a book I had printed for many extended family members. 

I made this version on Blurb and its still one of my most treasured books. (Don't worry there's a R&M in the works for you!!) 

Like so many of my dreams, the Journal business fell through the cracks with babies needing care, covid shut downs and whatever else has been going on these last few years!

So in 2023 what got me back on track?

To be truthful I think I owe it to my Book Club babes for re lighting my journal fire!

While reading our monthly book, I found myself reaching for scrap papers, odd notebooks, post it notes or whatever was nearby to jot down pages and paragraphs that I wanted to remember. 

Well that simply wouldn't do long term so I am very proud to introduce you to the first @HollysHousewifeLife Journal.....


It is a beautiful matte cover, creamy lavender, 12 month Book Club Journal (with a couple extra book slots and loads of room for note taking!)

Reading is a great way to relax, unwind, practice self love and care. With this journal, you’ll be able to keep track of your annual reading, make note of special moments from your favourite novels. When you are a busy bee like I am, it’s important to take time to journal, even jot notes or page numbers, in order to help you make the most of out of your reading memories!

This book journal includes:

- Monthly Titles, Authors: so you'll remember your favourites and can look up more by their names.- Notes: Lots of space for thoughts and feelings.
With My Favorite Book Club Journal, you’ll meet your reading goals in no time! This journal is perfect for anyone who wants to hit their reading target and hold close to those special paragraphs to read again and again.

It also makes a wonderful gift for family & friends.

It is available to purchase from Amazon, at only $9.51 I feel its a steal of a deal! 😂💜

Click the link below to see the Journal on Book Club Journal

Another exciting announcement is that: THIS IS NOT MY ONLY JOURNAL AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!!!

Oh, no, no, no!
I set myself a goal that I would like to have 6-12 journals available for purchase by the end of 2023 but as it turns out.. once I got started I enjoyed making them so much I already have 6 (ish! could be more by the time this goes live 😂) ready to roll!

I have no lack of imagination for Journals so this will be an ongoing project, truthfully I am just trying to keep up with my own personal Journaling needs right now!

I wanted to get the Book Club Journal out since its set up to be a 12 month notebook but I do have another version for Book lovers who don't want the monthly prompts. 

I also have a passion to encourage children to fall in love with writing, drawing and journalling. 
You know I set my kids up with Journals every summer and I encourage them to keep diaries. 

For our own dream vacation I have been working away on some Travel Journals for kids.

You can view those here:

You can find all the Journals I've been working on under Holly G Clarke on Amazon (Just search Holly G Clarke and they should pop up). 

I am still familiarizing myself with selling through Amazon but so far so good and prime shipping - YaY!

I will be sharing more in depth info and demos very soon but for now I wanted to share what's been keeping me busy and excited these last few months!

If you have any Journal requests please sound off in the comments or on my social media because nothing would make me happier then to create a beautiful book for you to share your thoughts, hopes, dreams and adventures with!! 💗

- XOXO Journal Girl
Sunday, 29 January 2023

We have some big news!



Look, I am honestly as shocked as you are right now. 

This happened very, very quickly & the universe forced me into it!😂

I kept saying, no, no, no, too soon.

But the universe KNOWS. I trust her and she just knows. 

She dropped this little puppy right into my lap and now we're all SO excited. 

I swear to you I had no intentions of getting another pet right now, we are still grieving Marley and we have a lot on the go, it wasn't on the to-do list to get any animal.. let alone a little baby pup. 

But here we are 🤷! 

In about 6-8 weeks we will be taking home a little baby Sheltie pup and we are all so in love already I can't even begin to convince you, just trust. 

We have very, very briefly been thinking of names. When I asked for pet names on my instagram just last week that was because we had started thinking maybe we would be adding a dog to our home possibly in the fall. I had no idea that our plans were going to move up 6+ months sooner.

So now our "we have forever to come up with the perfect name" timeline has been majorly adjusted and I'm scared I won't know what to name him/her!

Today when we went to see the mama I heard the kids talking afterwards and Noelle wanted to name the pup snowflake. 

Then this evening when Elliott was talking to my mom I heard him tell her that he and Noelle had already named our pup and its name is....


I asked.. "Whattt???"

And he says 

Oh Yeah, Noelle wanted to name her snowflake but we discussed and because it was a nice sunny day, I suggested Sunny and we both liked it.

So there's that..  hahaha 

I actually LOVE the name Sunny or Sonny but I am not sold until I meet this little pup and see its sweet face and personality. 

So here are some other names we have thrown into the idea bank:


Lady (this is a dog my grandparents had and she was an angel)



Dixon/Dixie (this is a family name)

Mckinley/Mac (this is a family name)

Wilkinson/Willie (this is a family name)

Rich/Richie (this is a family name)

Oz/Ozzie (this is Buffy inspi)

Rupert Giles (this is Buffy inspi)


Millie (this is Marley and Billie my dogs who have passed on)

I am desperately trying to find the perfect Taylor Swift name but I can't seem to find something I love 😆

Ok, Keep the dog names coming please!!! This is sooooo tough, its naming a living thing and you know how often you say your dogs name.. it has to be perfect!! 💗

XOXO Gossip Pup

Saturday, 21 January 2023

2023, Marley & Me, a Breast Biopsy, an Ulcer & Covid

 Happy 5 on Friday!! 

I don't even know where to begin with this one 😆

1. This week I ended up back at the hospital. 

I really did not want to spend any more time at doctors/hospitals but after speaking with the receptionist on the phone she said my Doctor would like to see me in person. 

I haven't fully summed up my journey but basically in August I developed a rash on my breast, it went through some changes and I went to have a biopsy in December. 

I had no reason to believe that anything was up with my biopsy spot, I just assumed all biopsy incisions are that large.. I started to get worried about it not healing properly but honestly I was scared to go back to the doctors. 

I have felt a little insecure that everyone is thinking I overreacted about my original breast rash so with this one, I seemed to do the opposite.. its ok, its ok.. I won't bother the doctors with this. 

But it wasn't ok.

I seem to have a rare reaction to a biopsy. I have developed a skin ulcer, it is the worst. 

That is all. 

2. As if that wasn't enough medical news for one blog post, I did end up with C.ovid last week and it was not pleasant but I am so thankful it was less eventful than the first time I had it. 

3. Our Sweet Marley passed away 2 weeks ago and even though she was a 14 year old Golden Retriever and she really did have a wonderful life, we are all struggling to move on without her. The house seems so still and there's not as much love in the air, it just doesn't feel as home-y. 

I was cuddling with our cat Annie on the couch the other day and I caught myself after I said it: 

"Ok, Mar hop up. I have to go tidy the kitchen" 😔

Marley and I were the biggest couch cuddlers. Annie has really leaned into us as she's missing Marleys presence as much as the rest of us and every time I look I find her cuddling with Elliott (mostly but I've also seen Noelle and Nilah which was unheard of before!). 

4. Some shows you should check out this week: 

That 90's Show - Netflix

Ok, what do you think about this one?!?!?! 

I like it just fine but I feel like its too polished. The 90's were nitty gritty!! Give me something more! The fashion needs to be pumped up 1000% more than what it is. 

Derry Girls - Netflix

Derry Girls is hilarious and very, very gritty so check this one out! Also based in the '90s and I just love all the characters so much. They are so heartwarming, I feel like we all know one or have been one of them at some time or another. 

OH and Liam NEESON was in the first episode of season 3! hahah

Bake Squad - Netflix

The kids and I have started watching Bake Squad and its great! We can't get enough baking shows hahah the whole family loves them. 

And Ashley was on Cake Boss!! I immediately recognized her and googled it. 

5.  Nick gifted me the most beautiful early Valentines Day gift and I am so excited. 💘💗💖💕💝

Stay tuned for more basement reveals, coming soon!!!

Have a Great Weekend!!!!    

XOXO Gossip G

Saturday, 14 January 2023

5 on Friday!


Well, well, well. . 2 weeks into 2023 and this has hardly been the simplistic start to the year that I had hoped for but none the less I can't complain! Life has been chugging along and I've enjoyed so many things lately, let's take a peek at them and can you help me out with something???

1. Our basement is done! YAY, it looks gorgeous, the above photo is my new office. Just out of frame there is a large but very slim+ sleek/minimal in depth rounded top mirror hanging on the wall. 

An arched mirror (? is that what to call it? 😂) 

And I'm looking to mimic the arch look on the wall behind my desk, using PAINT. Has anyone done an arched mural? How should I go about getting the perfectly arched look?

I thought this would be the perfect way to incorporate some colour but keep things really fresh & clean. 

I am SO SCARED of this DIY. Usually I just dive in but this arch has me incredibly intimidated! Any tips appreciated. 

Heres an example of what I am looking to do ->

2. Book Club Month!

It's book club time! whoooo

Reading is hitting the top of my priority list again and to hold myself accountable we are starting a small in person book club.

The first read is called, Every Summer After by Carly Fortune.

Feel free to read along and we can catch up in an online book club!

I am also reading It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover, a classic must read suggested by so many people but for whatever reason this is the 3rd time I've had to start it! I just couldn't get past the first couple of chapters but this time I am into it and will be finished soon - no spoilers, I've managed to stay away from any information and I am so excited for myself because I love spoiling endings 😂

3. My friend Nichole dropped these Amazing Cinnamon buns off yesterday and they're SO GOOD. 

Nick asked me to bring him a second bun last night while we sat down for some tv time and Nick is not the sweet tooth that I am, he will always take savoury over sweet, in fact I usually have to coax him to get dessert (which sucks BTW lol) so for him to ask for a cinnamon bun when I wasn't having one, means that theses are the worlds best.

Nichole is fundraising and selling Valentine Cookie Boxes in February so message her to order!

@heyitsnikki33 Part2 Final product! #saltedcaramel #chocolate #chocolatecake #homebaking #happybirthday ♬ Delicious - Pabzzz
@heyitsnikki33 New Arrivals are now live! #inclusive #fashion #summer2022 #halifax @shopincandescent #CapCut ♬ Top Off - Gunna

4. I have been watching soooo many throw back TV shows and I'm loving it!

Boy Meets World - Disney

Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Disney 

One Tree Hill - Amazon 

The OC -Amazon

I would love to know what you're watching and more specifically what reality tv you're watching? 

Elliott and I even watched 13 going on 30 last night and he loved it. So excited to share some throwbacks with him, we love watching things together. 

Did you see Jennifer Garner and her 17 year old daughter out together lately? They're TWINS, & they're both gorgeous!! It's unreal how much they look alike, so sweet. 

5. I have some good news about my biopsy if you've been following that drama 😂 

My doctor called today while I was at Hockey with the kids so I missed the phone call but she said she's received my first biopsy results back and it looks good, I shouldn't worry about them but she will call me on Monday to discuss. Still no results from my separate biopsy but that was just done a couple of days ago so hopefully in a few weeks all of this will be behind me. yay!

Alrighty, have a GREAT WEEKEND. PARTY HARD. 💜

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