June 15, 2014 • 10:00 am
We all think we have the BEST Dad … of course I would argue mine truly is the best - I can only hope for all of you, that your heart melts the same for your dad the way mine does for mine. MY Dad, I swear is a total gift from above. Although he argues he isn’t perfect … the only flaws I see in him are the ones he passed down to me (so they are totally excusable) A little impatient, a little OCD and a garlic a holic.Other than that - Glen … is perfect. ANYONE who has met my Daddy, always has the sweetest things to say about him “he is just such a great guy” whenever someone approaches me to say they’ve worked with him or know him. He is SO selfless, always helping everyone else, always taking on some sort of project that only benefits him because he loves to see everything perfect for everyone else. He is open minded, unjudgmental & laughs at all his own jokes.Why do squirrels swim on their backs? To keep their nuts dry - a joke I’ve heard about 1000 times but the funny factor never wears off.Being an only child… and a girl - I was a bit of everything growing up. A girly girl and a tom boy. Everything from fishing, to quadding, camping to vehicle repair … if a boy could do it so could I - and that is where my friendship with my dad blossomed. Funny how the older you get - the more you love your parents. I look at mine and think… HOW did I get SO lucky. How did I win the jackpot of parents?I suppose some people might look at me, what they know of me, what they see on tv or on social media and think ‘ahhh… everything must be perfect’ … well it hasn’t always been. Just like most families - ours has endured hardship & adversity. Illnesses & tragedies. There was even a time where my parents were not together… but - somehow we made it - and our family has never been stronger. Its safe to say, my parents are my best friends. I tell them everything, I like to experience most of life with them. And for that - I feel SO incredibly blessed.I remember, when I first came off the Bachelorette … my mom and dad picked me up from the airport and i was EXHAUSTED with the attention, magazines and having to explain to everyone how real or un real the show was. Mom stopped at the bank on our way home to ‘show me off’ to the tellers. I had an annoying childish meltdown and begged to just be taken home. My dad, turned to me and said… Kid - I am so disappointed. I’ve worked with my hands for years. I have buddies who have worked in the freezing cold or as a plumber for years… your JOB right NOW… is to make people happy. So suck it up, put a smile on your face and be the down to earth Jilly everyone loves.It almost made me cry harder - because i realized he was TOTALLY right. How ungrateful I was being and I didn’t even notice. This is just one of the things my dad has taught me - once in a while it takes someone who loves you SO much they want the rest of the world to see what they see - and my dad has always challenged me to be that person. TO be a good person, an honest person, a well balanced person… just like him.Love you so so so so much Dad. I have learned more than you know from you and Mom - I got pretty lucky when the world gave me you as parents. Happy Father's Day Dad!!!!!!!Get the Look: My Top c/o Tommy Hilfiger | My Watch via Michael Kors | My Clutch c/o Tommy Hilfiger | My Sandals via Target | Dad's Top c/o Tommy Hifiger (similar) | Dad's Watch c/o Tommy HilfigerI would LOVE to hear how you feel about your Dad!!! Comment below to tell me why he is the best Dad in the world!!!!AAANNNDDD...we have the lucky winners for my Father's Day Giveway! Congratulations to the four of you, and thank you everyone for participating!!!!!!!$250 Gift Card to Gap Canada - Allison Marie2 Pairs of Lacoste Shoes (up to $250 value) - Heather Timm1 Pair of Ray-Ban New Wayfarers from ClearlyContacts.ca ($225 value) - Kate MukasaScrub Captain Apparel for you AND your papa - ($140 value) - Celina StefanuccixoJillyRead More
June 13, 2014 • 10:00 am
Well, I FINALLY was able to come home to Kelowna to see all the ones I LOOOVEEEE!! And with Father's Day coming up, my Papa definitely deserved a home cooked dinner from his favourite daugher!!!!! Best Father's Day recipe: LOW COUNTRY GRILL! It was sooo delicious, and all the flavours are amazing together.
This might be the easiest yet the most impressive recipe you will EVER try. Its perfect for a low stress dinner for dad that also says, hey DAD, I’m pretty talented and obviously the best lol!!!!
1/2 cup of salted butter
1/4 cup of white wine
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 heaping tablespoon of Old Bay Seasoning
3 large sprigs of fresh thyme
Grill Ingredients (quantities can really be adjusted to taste… the outcome isn’t dependant on the quantities below so for example if you LOVE scallops add more or if you love sausage you can add more of that too!)
3 cups of fresh uncooked mussels (or clams or both!)
2 cups of diced uncooked chorizo sausage
3 ears of corn cut into 2-3 inch sections (pre boil these until cooked but firm)
2 cups of mini potatoes (pre boil these until cooked but firm)
3 cups of large uncooked fresh prawns
2 cups of fresh uncooked scallops
Melt butter & garlic on medium until butter starts to slowly bubble (do not let it brown) Add wine, thyme and then add old bay seasoning. Set aside.
IN a LARGE sealable container, toss ALL of the grill ingredients and pour 3/4 of your marinade in. Seal the container and toss it around a bit to ensure all liquid touches all the tasty seafood. Let sit for about 1-2 hours. THE KEY to this recipe is a GRILL BASKET - i purchased 2 of them so that I could fit all of the ingredients on the grill at once. (I got mine at Homesense/Homegoods but I have also seen these at Target, Canadian Tire & Walmart)
Set the BBQ to Medium/High - transfer recipe to grill baskets and grill&Toss until clams/mussles open up and corn & sausage starts to brown!
Serve in an oversized serving dish, pour remaining butter mixture & SERVE! (we served ours with a little garlic toast!)
LOVE YOU DAD!!!!! HAPPY FATHERS DAY TO ALL THE DADS OUT THERE!!!
June 12, 2014 • 10:00 am
Hello all!!!!! I am SOO sorry I've been slowing down on Love It Or List It Vancouver recaps lately, but I'm back on schedule, so check back every Thursday!!! Michael and Nicola were amazing to work with, and I am still SOO in love with this reveal!! Light, airy, and perfect for a family of three.
There are SOOO many things I love about this reveal...from the wide-plank hickory floors by Mercier, AMAZING penny tiles in both bathrooms by World Mosaic Tile, and all the other little nooks and crannies! Find out ALL details about this reveal here!
Check out more images and resource guides for every episode over on the W Network website!
It's no surprise that Michael and Nicola LOVED it!!!! What would you have done...LOVED IT, or LISTED?! Let's hear your thoughts!!!
A new episode of Love It or List It Vancouver airs next Wednesday at 10pm E/P on W Network.
HUGE thanks to the design team and the talented Janis Nicolay for the photos!
June 11, 2014 • 10:00 am
Ray-Ban Clubmaster via ClearlyContacts | Canvas Travel Tote via Gap Canada | Leather Strap Watch via Tommy Hilfiger | Mixed Media Belt via Gap Canada | LSTN Troubadours Headphones via Experience Headphones | Harry’s Father and Son Shave Set via J.Crew | Abingdon Travel Kit via J.Crew | Lacoste Shoes via Lacoste
Father's Day is RIGHT around the corner, and I don't know about you, but I always have trouble looking for the perfect gift for my Papa! I'm sharing a few of my favourite things for Dads to make your life a little easier!!!!! AAANNNDDD...I can't forget to give you all an amazing GIVEAWAY for your wonderful dads out there!!!
Jillian Harris Father's Day Gift Package
$250 Gift Card | Gap Canada
2 Pairs of Lacoste Footwear | Lacoste (up to $250 value)
Ray-Ban New Wayfarer Classic | ClearlyContacts.ca ($229 value)
Scrub Captain Apparel for you AND your Papa | Scrub Captain ($140 value)
Participants must reside in Canada. The more actions you complete below, the more entries you receive! Contest closes on Saturday, June 14th at midnight PST, and the lucky winners will be announced on Father's Day! Good luck everyone!
JillyENTER CONTEST HERE!!!!
June 10, 2014 • 10:00 am
I can’t hold my excitement back any longer!!!!! I’m soooooo pleased to be sharing photos from a shoot with the BIG LOVE BALL!!!! The lady behind it all, Wendy Williams Watt has an amazing story, and the lovely Sherri Koop and Janis Nicolay captured it all so beautifully!!!!!! I was soooo honoured when I was asked to do a photoshoot with the ball…because HELLO…my favourite word of all time is LOVE!!!! I fully stand behind their mission to send love to places they haven’t been, events they can’t attend and to friends they’ve never met. Truly an inspirational way to spread smiles, laughs, and, most importantly, LOOOOVE!