Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekly Links Vol. 6

1. Happy national coffee day everyone!

2. I just came across this blog and died a little. It might be bad, but we're all thinking it.

3. I officially moved on Saturday, so today will be filled with address changing and unpacking.

4. If I wasn't going to be so busy unpacking, I would totally make these right now. I'm dying for a pumpkin fix.

5. But because I have to unpack, for now I must recommend these cheesecakes. A friend brought them over for me on moving day, and they are simply delicious.

Friday, September 26, 2014

This Week 21

Happy Friday Everyone. This week has been extremely busy for us because tomorrow we move to our new house! Moving being this pregnant is extremely difficult, but I'm getting through it and trying to enjoy the good things:

1. I haven't yet blogged about it, but this was my first week of not working. After being extremely stressed out and not feeling well, I decided to take my maternity leave a bit early. Being off work will really allow me to focus on moving (and all the paperwork), getting Holly into her new school routine, and unpacking.

2. I had my 34 week OB appointment and after a few weeks of high blood pressure, my blood pressure is back to normal. I guess it was a good choice to go on maternity leave early.

3. Our new house needs a lot of work, but for now we decided that a fresh coat of paint might brighten things up. This entire week my mother in law has been painting her life away, and I thank her because the house now looks completely different! Looks for photos soon.

Our new house is a crazy big mess right now, but it's coming along.

Holly is loving her new backyard.


4. Holly's last day of daycare and school at her current school was yesterday. She didn't get upset and she's actually pretty excited to start at her new school - win!

5. Uhm, I'm moving into my very own house tomorrow and I can't stop talking about it!



P.S. This is my first time linking up for the "High Five for Friday" series!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Baby Boy Room Inspiration

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There is just under a month and a half left until baby arrives.

It's flying by and honestly, I'm starting to feel a bit overwhelmed because, uh, nothing is really done. For the past few weeks, Chris and I have been nailing down the elements for the nursery, and I wanted to share our vision. We don't have much purchased yet, but we definitely know the direction we would like to take.

Here are the key elements for baby W's room:

- A grey, navy blue, and light blue colour pallet
- Dark wood to contrast light walls
- A monogram over his crib
- Navy and white chevron
- A few silver accents
- A subtle hockey theme


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Keep watch for how the nursery actually turns out- I plan on documenting the whole process over the next few months.

Also, you can follow my nursery inspiration Pinterest board here.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Weekly Links Vol. 5

1. After seeing their stuff on Zulily, I've become obsessed with Hollywood Mirror's baby items.

2. I love how easy yet amazing this DIY bracelet is.

3. Next time I run over to the US for groceries, I'll be picking these oreos up. They look disgusting but sound so good.

4. Clearly being pregnant makes your hormones rage, so it's no surprise my acne is all around the bottom of my face.

5. I'm so ready to have my first pumpkin spice frappuccino of the year (I'm behind!), but I'm also considering making this one.

Friday, September 19, 2014

We Bought A House!

So last week I posted this rant about how tired I was of renting.
 
I was kind of keeping a secret...

 
Chris and I bought a house!

It's been a few months in the works, but we officially closed yesterday. The process was insanely stressful but at the same time one of the most exciting things I've ever done. There's a lot going on right now, but I am so at ease knowing we will be settled in to a permanent home before the baby arrives in November.



Here are the details:

- The home has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 large living rooms, a kitchen (obviously), a dining room, an office space, and a fairly large fenced in back yard with a giant tree and a shed. It's the perfect size for our little family and we shouldn't be outgrowing it anytime soon.
- The home is located about 40 minutes outside of the city we live in now. I actually grew up in this little town, so I'm excited for the peace and quiet.
- The home has a fully refinished basement, but the upstairs needs a lot of work. We will be renovating the kitchen and changing the flooring within the next year. I  plan on sharing everything with you as it happens!
- We officially move in next weekend. I'm so excited!


I'm so exciting to keep you all updated on how our first home changes and grows!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Julep Plie Wand - First Impressions


 
Ever since I joined the Julep Maven program I have been wanting to try the Plie Wand, so when the time came to select this month's box I jumped at the chance to get not only the wand, but also five extra brushes and the creativity kit.

I haven't had time to test out the wand yet, but I wanted to share my first impressions.

- First of all, I didn't realize the wand would be magnetic. Instead of screwing in each brush option, the magnet on the wand simply connects to each brush. This makes is extremely easy to change which brush or polish you're using.

- I also didn't realize that the reason you can buy extra brushes is to swap out the standard lid on a polish bottle and permanently replace it with the pliƩ brush.

I'll probably be able to give the wand a try this weekend. Look for a full review next week!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekly Links Vol. 4

1. How chic are these DIY'd magnetic letters?

2. These home remodels are unbelievable.

3. A brilliant article about the types of friends to avoid.

4. The season for pinning holiday decorating ideas is upon us. Check out HollyMuffin's holiday decor album here.

5. Such a cool idea in honour of fashion week.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Good in the Bad

Over the past week, we’ve been having some trouble with one of our cars. The battery keeps draining and needing a boost to start again, but only when it feels like it. We thought we had fixed the problem until last night.

We went to view a house and about 5 minutes in to the drive home the car started shaking, all of the lights came on, and the car shut down and slowly rolled to a stop. It wouldn’t even start to turnover, so a jump from another car couldn’t help it this time. I called CAA and they sent someone to come and tow the car. At this point it was 6:15pm.

Half an hour later, I received a call from a tow truck driver. He informed me that they couldn’t find any drivers in our area to accommodate a child, so he was leaving now… from a location an hour away.

As soon as I hung up the phone, I lost it. I’m pregnant and fairy miserable, I had a terrible day at work, it was almost Holly’s bedtime, we hadn’t eaten anything yet, and we would have to wait another hour for someone to come and get us. I wouldn’t call any of my friends for a ride; I always been guilty for turning my problems in to other people’s burden. I just started to cry.  

At that point, Chris took it upon himself to call my best friend and ask her to come and get Holly and I while he waited in the car for the tow truck. Of course, she didn’t hesitate and was there within 10 minutes. She drove Holly and I all the way home and even stopped at McDonalds to get Holly some food. Chris ended up having to wait over an hour for the tow truck driver to arrive. He didn’t get home until 9:30pm.

Reflecting on the night, I notice how amazing the people in my life are. Chris waited a total of almost three hours at the side of the road on an empty stomach and in the cold for the truck to come. He did everything in his power to make sure Holly and I got home safe and sound earlier than he did. My best friend took over an hour out of the only evening she had off work this week to pick us up, bring us home, and drive back. When I tried to give her gas money or even insist she didn’t come, she refused.

Although this wasn’t a huge tragedy or an extremely dramatic event that happened in my life, this incident and the actions that followed really made me sit and think about the people I have chosen to be part of my life and who have chosen to let me be part of theirs.

I am incredibly thankful that I have a boyfriend who will always put our children and me ahead of himself to keep us safe and happy. I am also incredibly thankful that I have friends who will drop everything to help me when I need them.

I’ve been in kind of a slump lately (third trimester will do that to you) and today I feel like I’m looking at a bigger picture- a more positive picture of my life and surroundings. Sometimes it takes the bad for you to open your eyes to the good.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Julep's Jewel Heist Mystery Box

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Uhm...have you seen this?

On Monday I got an email with the above information on Julep's Jewel Heist Mystery Box.

As I mentioned here, I had a $15 credit on my account, so I nabbed this box for only $9.99.
From what I'm seeing around the web, you can score this box for $14.99 with the code "10foryou" at checkout.

It seems absolutely crazy that for $24.99 (or cheaper!) you get $100+ of products and have a chance to will all of these awesome goodies.

I will most definitely be sharing this box on the blog once I receive it.
 
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I would not miss this one guys. Click here to get it now- the offer ends Sept 14th!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

On Renting

Our current rental

In April 2013, we were forced to leave our home of 2 years and move into a townhouse last minute.

Our landlords were an elderly couple who decided they were tired of the landlord grind, so they sold our house. We lived in the house for as long as we could dealing with showings and open houses because it was an amazing house in an amazing location and the rent was affordable.

So because we stayed as long as we could, we ended up being forced out pretty quickly when someone purchased the house. In the 8 months the house was up for sale we searched and searched for somewhere to live, but the rent prices had sky rocketed since the last time we had signed a lease.

We ended up finding our current home only 2 weeks before we needed to be out. I was, and still am, extremely disappointed with it....as have I been with every place I've rented since I was 18.

Over the years, I've had endless problems with my landlords. From not not fixing things to not following landlord/tenant privacy laws, I've grown tired of the renting game. I know many people have great experiences with renting, it just hasn't been that way for me.

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We are fortunate enough to live in a city where mortgages are actually significantly less than rent, making buying a house a very feasible option. The only problem is saving for a down payment which has proven to be incredibly difficult.


 I'm ready to have my own space. I'm ready to be able to decorate how I want, change what I want, and not feel violated.

Chris and I are currently working as hard as we possibly can to make buying our very own house a reality. I'll keep you updated!

In the mean time I'm curious to know- has renting been this bad for everyone?


Monday, September 8, 2014

Weekly Links Vol. 3

1. I came across this post and thought I would share because it's exactly how I've been doing my hair for years.

2. I'm obsessed with school lunch Instagram pages and I'm currently trying to decide which box to try for Holly's lunches next. This round-up review is the most helpful resource I've found by far.

3. In case you missed the news of the day- It's baby #2 for William and Kate!

4. How cool is this Julep mystery box? I definitely just purchased it (and got it for only $9.99 with a $15 coupon from referring a friend). Look for a review soon.

5. I'm beyond excited that one of my favourite bloggers, Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere, is expecting her first child. I can't wait to see how her blog grows and changes because of it.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Have You Heard of Superpoints?

If you know me, you know that I'm partially a crazy coupon lady. I'm also obsessed with websites and apps that can save me money.

Have you ever heard of Superpoints?

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A few years back, Chris and I discovered it. Basically the idea is you gain points by clicking a "super lucky button" every day, recruiting new members, and completing surveys among other things. The points you receive are then redeemable for gift cards and other prizes. Amazing.

A year or so ago, Superpoints shut down and we were extremely disappointed. Just last week, they started up again in Canada (also available in the US) and I instantly started using it again.

I promise you that no one has asked me to write this post - I simply think everyone should know about sites like this because who doesn't love free money? 

If you're interested in joining Superpoints, you can sign up here!

If you know any other websites like this (Canadian friendly please!) comment and let me know- I'll love you forever.






Current Beauty Wishlist

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Basically, this pregnancy has caused me to have terrible acne so I've been scouting out products I haven't yet tried to tame it. Beyond that, I tried Julep polish for the first time this month and now I'm obsessed.

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