Tuesday, 18 February 2014

but, of course


Wad up, Peeps. Recently, I said I would tackle a small but manageable project/day to get me semi-organized before I head back to the rat race. (in T minus 2 weeks, in case anyone else is keeping track). Well, surprise, surprise, it's actually kinda working. 
On Friday, I thought I'd attempt an extreme-Walmart-flyer-price-match style grocery run, but at the last minute Vaughn decided it was time for bed. So, I sent Ryan and Lilah on the mission without me. Four hours later (???, I'm still not sure what happened, either), they came home with double the amount of groceries we normally buy for roughly the same (maybe even less) than we usually spend! Woot! Ryan said he was "NEVER" going to do this again, but I'm confident that he somehow overcomplicated it. So, I'm going to try it again this week. 

Anyhoot, while they were gone. I put on Gossip Girl and cleaned out the fridge and freezer (to make room for all the groceries I was about to cram in there!) One thing I did that made a huge difference was to empty everything into freezer bags, and then stack them.

I condensed a bunch of bags that I had opened, and took things out of boxes (like frozen fish, chicken nuggets,etc) and I just wrote the cooking instructions on the label. 

I also emptied out all my bags of frozen veggies (again, I had multiple open bags…Why, I ask you, why?)

I cannot believe I never thought of this before! It's bananas how much space it saves and now I don't have open bags of stuff all over the place. Everything is sealed and organized! 

I feel like this could be one of those things that everyone but me already does, but I don't even care, I'm sharing just in case. It's life changing.

Have you ever organized something and thought "But of course!" and realized you've been missing out on mad organizational potential this whole time!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

What I Wore Wednesday

OK... so I'm going to admit it. My outfits lately have been pretty sad. I'm itching to go shopping and get some new clothes, but I'm determined to wait until I start back at work (two weeks, folks!) to maximize my wardrobe purchasing power. I have been obsessing over checking out Pinterest to get outfit ideas, and I'm already building my wardrobe on-line (I'm a loser, I know). The good news: My WIWW's should start picking up soon :)

*please note: the monkey jumping on the bed. 

Check out my other WIWW posts here and here.

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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Got, got, got, got no time.


In case you haven't heard, I'm heading back to work in a few short weeks. Oh, God. I can't breath. Where has the time gone? Seriously! I had grand plans to finally organize and decorate every inch of this house, you know, in my spare time. Bahahahahahahahahhahahahahahhaahahahhaha. Sorry. Um, yeah so that didn't happen. 

Now it's crunch time to get a few things done before I head back to the daily grind. Things that will help make life run smoother, keep me sane, and let me spend my one-weekend-day-off with my family instead of worrying about cleaning or organizing. Ok, did I mention I can't breath. 

I didn't want to take on anything major. Nothing that couldn't be handled during naptime, or post-bedtime whilst watching gossip girl on netflix. I'm trying to spend our days playing princess, having tea parties (poor Vaughn), reading books, colouring "with markers!", and putting on puppet shows. The stuff I'm going to miss like crazy.

I cleaned out our desk drawers and the drawer in the coffee table. Took like 5 minutes and was so worth it! I was totally inspired to take on small projects everyday and hopefully I'll get a significant amount of stuff organized and less chaotic (though probably not as pretty as I had hoped) before my time as a SAHM (for now) is over. 

Let's start in the kitchen because:

1. An organized kitchen makes mealtime (and making lunches) way less horrific, and makes it easier to see what we are running out of, making grocery shopping easier and more productive. 

*note: I've never brought my lunch to work, but with two kiddos in daycare, I'm going to have to if I still want to be able to afford my work wardrobe (which is essential people, I work in retail!) and I'm hoping to become an expert meal planner/grocery shopper. So... Wait for it!

B. On more than one occasion Vaughn almost lost a toe via a falling can of chickpeas. It's time to make the pantry less hazardous for the curious little man.

Without further ado, here are the hideous before and slightly-less hideous afters.

This is just embarrasing. Essentially a junk-cupboard. There was tupperware, baking items, batteries, medicine...So much randomness I can`t even comprehend. 

So. Much. Better.

Next up, the pantry. The upper cabinet used to have most of the baking items, but now it's the snack stash. One shelf for Salty and one for sweet. i.e. one for Ryan and one for Teri.


Half the stuff in this pantry got moved to the other cupboards, and I took out the empty red bins and cat items. I moved the tupperware in here so if when Vaughn get's in here he can have the time of his life without fear of broken toes. I also added a wire basket for potatoes and onions. 

Usually, when I move things around, Ryan pooh-pooh's it until he gets used to the change, but he was actually pretty happy this time. I guess he was getting fed up with the junk cupboard, too. 

From the photos it looks like I drastically emptied the cupboards, but I only threw out expired food (not even that much), removed the medicine, cat items,and those empty bins. It's just better organized. Perfect for seeing what we have, and being able to access everything I need without getting frustrated.

I know this is not the prettiest pantry overhaul. There is no paint, wallpaper or shelf liner (boo!) but like I said time is of the essence. 

Now. What's next on that list?

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

What I wore Wednesday

Hey-hey, Folks, sorry I've been MIA the last couple of days but this weekend our dance card was pretty full. Read on for the riveting details.

We had friends over both Friday and Saturday night.(Intense, right?) I, of course, stayed up way too late both nights, so props to the hubby for letting me sleep in. (love you.) 

Saturday, Lilah had dance class in the morning, then we dropped her off at the museum for a play date with her cousins. We thought we would use the opportunity to go out for a nice, quiet breakfast just the three of us, but I guess Vaughn didn't get the memo, so after wolfing down our breakfast, we headed over to Quebec to pick up some cheap brewskies before meeting back up with the girls for lunch at Mickey D's. (I told you this was going to be riveting.)

In the evening, I headed out for my first driving lesson(yup, during the snow squall!)with my driving instructor Keith. (don't worry, I put my lager on ice for a post-lesson libation.) I was pretty sure I wasn't going to make it home alive, but it turned out to be incident free. Woop! Woop!

We capped off the weekend with a lively family gathering for my Mother-in-law's birthday on Sunday afternoon. There was cake.

Anyhoot, Here's some stuff I wore. 

Shirt: Old Navy
Jeans: JACOB

Top: Old Navy
Sweater: Old Navy
Scarf: Le Chateau
Jeans: JACOB

Poncho: Old Navy
Bracelet: Clothing swap
Jeans: Old Navy

Tank: Old Navy
Sweater: Joe Fresh
Scarf: Le Chateau
Leggings: Le Chateau

Check out my other "what I wore" post here.

Linking up at the pleated poppy:

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Friday, 24 January 2014

five everyday essentials

I am not a morning person. Like, not even a little. I have come a long way since having two kids, but I'm not going to lie, I still don't get up before 8am unless we have somewhere important to go.(I know. Please don't hate me!) 
Here are five everyday essentials that help make my morning, and therefore the rest of my day, a little more bearable.

1. After having Lilah I looked like I hadn't slept in years. It was awful. Nothing, not even a full nights sleep, could combat the bags I had going on...It was horrifying. Eventually they went away, but when I got pregnant with Vaughn I had my eye out (har,har) for an eye cream that would get me through those first few sleepless months. I tried this, and cannot say enough good things about it! Weeks after having Vaughn my mother-in-law even said I looked like a teenager! If that doesn't make you drop everything and head out to get this, nothing will! I still use it faithfully everyday 10 months later.
2. Vaseline and I go way back. It's been a mainstay in my beauty arsenal since high school. I use it mainly to keep the old kisser looking soft and feeling smooth but in a pinch it's also a great moisturizer, cuticle cream, or frizz tamer. 
3. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. If I could, I would have an iv drip started before I woke up so that I already had my first cup in me before the dreaded alarm /crying child /annoyed husband woke me up. Since that's not an option, I'll settle for drinking my brew out of a super cool mug, like this deer head one, instead. I'm super in love with kick ass kicking horse coffee...it's pricey-ish but so worth it.
4. I bought this eyeshadow palette from Hard Candy because I heard that it was a good substitute for Urban Decay's NAKED which, unfortunately, I just can't afford. I love it. I like that I can get so many different looks from one product. I usually swipe on one of the lighter nudes for everyday, but can also do a nicer eye if I'm feeling particularly chipper or even a smokey eye for a fancy night out!
5. Last, but certainly not least, BB Cream. I've tried a couple different brands and this is my favorite so far. It has less pigment than some that I've tried, which is good for me since I'm the palest person in Canada (it does, however, come in three different shades) I just use it in lieu of moisturizer in the AM and it makes me feel a little more put together all day even if I do just stay in my PJ's. (which I'm trying not to do anymore!)

Do you have any essentials that you just can't start your morning without? 

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

What I wore Wednesday

Is it just me, or is being a SAHM a whole new level of brutal during January? It's WAY too cold to play outside and our local playgroup got cancelled this fall leaving us, literally, with no place to go. Ever. And as such, really, no reason to get dressed. Ever.

I have, however, had the pleasure of the occasional "drop in" visit when I hadn't showered, the kids and I are all still in our pyjamas, and I hadn't done any cleaning whatsoever…in days. If this has ever happened to you then you know how important it is to put in at least minimal effort to getting dressed everyday. I also find I'm way more productive once I'm dressed, so it's a win-win. Come on, drop-in on me, I dare you ;)

Also, I'm heading back to work soon and I need a refresher on how to put myself together in the .2 seconds I'll have in the morning. So, I'm going to start linking up my outfits with the pleated poppy for What I Wore Wednesday. If you've never heard of it you need to head on over right now for a ridiculous amount of inspiration to the age old question "what should I wear?"

Dress: Old Navy
Tights: Joe Fresh
Boots: Le Chateau (similar)

Shirt: Old Navy
Sweater: Old Navy
necklace: Joe Fresh
Jeans: Le Chateau (similar)
Boots: Le Chateau (similar)

Shirt: Le Chateau
Jeans: Le Chateau (similar)
Shoes: Payless

Shirt: Old Navy
Sweater: Gap Outlet
Jeans: Le Chateau (similar)
Boots: Le Chateau (similar)

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Sunday, 19 January 2014

Beavertails and skating fails

This weekend, we headed out for our first skate of the season, and Lilah's first skate ever. There's nothing like getting out there with the snow whipping you in the eye, and the realization that you dressed too warm and you're sweating like a hog, and the smallest children you've ever seen are skating circles around you as you struggle just to keep your balance. 

Nothing a  Beavertail (Killaloe sunrise, of course) and a cup of hot chocolate wouldn't cure. 

Happy winter, folks!

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Changing of the bums

When Lilah turned two she got her first real doll. She named her Dolly.

She also became obsessed with changing bums. So, for Christmas, I wanted to make her a changing kit with mat, diapers and wipes. That way, she could stop wasting the real wipes and Dolly would have some sweet diapers of her own. Up until that point she was being put into newborn cloth diaper covers, but they were huge on her, and I was expecting Vaughn in March so I was gonna need those diapers sooner than later. 

I perused Pinterest for tutorials and there are plenty, but this one was my favourite. Her instructions were so easy to follow for a newbie sewist like me and I was able to eek this out the week before Christmas with only minor swearing. 

Obviously, I'm still lacking in the skill department (ahem, the stitching on the velcro…), but I was still really happy with how these turned out. The only thing I wish I had done differently was to put velcro across the front of the diaper so the tabs would be more adjustable in case Lilah wanted to change someone else's bum like zebra or bun-bun.

I made 3 diapers, 2 wipes and 1 changing pad. the wipes are just white felt cut into a rectangle, and I sewed a large rectangle for the change pad and just added velcro to keep it closed.

She also has a tutorial for a dress and bib. I never got around to making the bib, and my dress ended up more like a shirt, but I digress.

I was so excited for Lilah to open this on Christmas morning. She immediately grabbed Dolly and gave her a quick bum change. I couldn't have been happier. Over a year later she still plays with these on an almost daily basis. Such a cute, easy sew. 

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