Monday, March 28, 2016

Spring To Do List

This new series is inspired by Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere and her seasonal to-do lists. I make to-do lists for myself every week, month, season, and year, so I figured why not share.

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This spring is mostly about improving our home and planning our wedding. Here is it:

1. Have the tree in our front yard cut down

2. Landscape and improve the look of our grass

3. Start a vegetable garden

4. Conquer the ants we get yearly

5. Get back on track with working out

6. Have the ducts in our home cleaned

7. Finish planning our Stag & Doe

8. Finally put the trim up in our bathroom

9. Send out our wedding save-the-dates

10. Pay special attention to our budget and save some money

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser and Cleansing Scrub Review

I was recently fortunate enough to be chosen to test and review Biore's new baking soda skin care line through Influenster. Right away, I was impressed with the whole idea of baking soda as an ingredient seeing as I've tried several at-home acne remedies involving baking soda.

I receive a lot of moisturizers and cleansers to review, but rarely any type of scrub or treatment, so I was really looking forward to the scrub and seeing how the cleanser and scrub would work together on my acne prone skin. 

What I Liked: This scrub comes in powder form and adding water creates a paste that you can then exfoliate with. I absolutely love this idea. It allowed me to customize the consistency and concentration of the scrub. Beyond that, the baking soda become immediately noticeable when adding water, which was very reassuring.

I used this scrub twice a week for 3 weeks and am very pleased with how it works on my acne prone skin. It's not as harsh as many other scrubs I've tried, and I can really feel it reacting on my skin. The baking soda element is definitely there. It left my skin feeling extremely clean, which I absolutely love. Perfect for days where I wear a full face of makeup.

What I Didn't Like: I personally liked everything about this scrub, but I can see how many others wouldn't. As I mentioned, my skin felt extremely clean after using it, but it also felt dry. Sometimes dryness helps with my acne, but this might be an issue for those with dry skin. Also,  the price is not great. At almost $12 CAD at Walmart , it's a bit more expensive than I expected.

Final Thoughts: This is a unique and innovative scrub that I've already decided I'll be repurchasing. I love that I can customize the paste, that it's not too harsh, and that it seems to be helping with my acne. You can purchase it here.

What I Liked: Like the scrub, I noticed the baking soda element right away. I love the light exfoliation in this cleanser and also how clean it left my skin feeling.

What I Didn't Like: Like the scrub, this cleanser is drying and leaves the skin feeling tight. As I mentioned before, I don't particularly mind this, but I can see how other's would. Unfortunately, this cleanser felt boring to me - like 100 other cleansers I've tried. I probably wouldn't repurchase it.

Final Thoughts: I'm not overly impressed this cleanser, mostly because I've tried at least 10 other cleansers that felt almost the same. There's nothing special about this cleanser or the results it gave me. If you'd like to give it a try, you can purchase it here.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Today is the Day - My 2016 Planner

I know, I know - this post is pretty late. I kept meaning to write it and forgetting, but here it is!

This past October, I went back to work and immediately felt overwhelmed. Although I only work three days a week, Chris and I always have a lot going on. Between work, kids, pets, our home, activities, and all the things that come along with those, I need a solid scheduled system to be able to function.

One of the many ways I like stay organized is my planner. I use my planner for everyyyything. Last year, I had one that I didn't like, so this year I was on a mission to find one that I loved..and I found it!

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One day, I was browsing the Chapters-Indigo website when I came across this beautiful planner. It was exactly what I was looking for:

- It's a binder type planner, where I can add/remove pages as I please
- The layout is amazing. There's a monthly section as well as a weekly section, and the weekly section opens to days of the week on one side and a notes section on the other. Perfect for my weekly to-do lists
-There's a pocket for loose papers as well as a pen holder
- It's pink! With gold accents! What else could I ask for?

As I was checking out, I threw these super cute magnetic bookmarks in to my cart. I'm crazy happy that I did, because they're extremely useful in this planner. They're not overly heavy, but they stay in place really well. Not to mention the watercolour and motivational quotes.

So basically, I'm in love with my new planner and accessories. It's full of colour coded plans (I use these pens) and lists, and that's the way I like it.


P.S. I noticed that this exact planner is out of stock online, but this almost identical planner in purple is still available. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

This Week 40

1. A new art project - one I've been wanting to do for a while now.

2. We made chocolate covered pretzels for Holly's friends. I ate way too many during the process.

3. CJ has been teething hard, but he's still his happy self (thank god). Can you believe he's already 15 months old?

4. We had a very non-traditional Valentine's day. One where I got Chris ping pong balls instead of chocolate. He loved it.

5. Monday was Family Day and Chris and I are lucky enough to get it off work. We spent the day playing board games and watching movies with the kids.

6. Chris spoiled me with Lush goodies for Valentines day. Much better than roses.
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