Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Winter To Do List

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As per my previous post, this season feels like a fresh start for me. Here are some things I would like to do this Winter:

1. Begin to learn calligraphy

2. Start our wedding album

3. Finish our upper level bathroom

4. Revamp the girls' bedrooms

5. Work on meal planning

6. Restock my coupon binder

7. Take time to bake for Christmas

8. Get my 2017 planner

9. Finish Christmas shopping

10. Blog once a week

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Holiday 2016 Gift List

For the first time ever, I've made an executive decision to do most of my Christmas shopping online - mostly because I'm not brave enough to face the mall during the holiday season.

I've been keeping an Amazon wishlist for months and I thought I would share some of my favourite finds.

This amazing rainbow-sequin dress is only $23 and goes up to a girls size 14. Such a great deal for a unique and fun party dress.

My little guy is currently obsessed with colouring, but I know better than to leave him alone with markers or paint. This colour wonder set is at the very top of my list for him.

Chris recently got a Fitbit Alta, and it's so much cooler than my Flex. Beyond being sleek and functional, there are a ton of options for bands, including silver and stainless watch-type bands that make it look less like a fitness tracker. I'm loving this one.
As obsessed as I am with Lush bathbombs, they are extremely expensive. For only $25, you can snag this set of 6. The Amazon reviews are fantastic and I'm actually considering purchasing it for myself.

 I saw this BeautyBlender gift set on the Sephora website and fell in love. Not only is the colour adorable, the price is right.

I've been hearing the craziest things about this pot, and I really want one. $125 seems like a lot, but it might be worth it according to the reviews.

I have considered the Tile key finder for 2 Christmases now, and I keep coming back to it. This is a practical gift for anyone (ahem, my husband) who constantly loses things.

Earlier this year, I found this planner set at Michaels and its' been growing on me ever since. There are tons of different inserts (also available on Amazon) to fully customize it, which I adore. I'm 99% sure that this will end up being my 2017 planner.

We have two android boxes in our home, and we use them daily. Kiosks in the mall charge upwards of $100 for these, but you can buy an identical version here on Amazon for under $60 with shipping. About 4 months ago, this exact listing went on sale for $29.99, so keep your eyes peeled.

Our girls have been talking about these blankets for over a year now, and elsewhere they are quite expensive. The reviews for this particular listing includes photos, and it looks like a great bargain.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


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On October 15th, Chris and I got married.

After six and a half years together, the day finally arrived. Everything went so well that I could hardly believe it - there was no last minute crises, the weather was beautiful, and everything looked just as I imagined it. We ate, drank, danced, and celebrated all night. I wasn't nervous or scared, I was excited. The whole day was a fairytale.

Despite loving every minute of our wedding weekend, a change occurred in me when I knew it was all over. As the last guest left our home on Sunday, I felt a weight lift off my shoulders. I felt relieved - relieved that all of the insignificant worries that had taken over my life for the last year were gone. I was done missing my kids' bedtimes for late-night vendor meetings. I was done with worrying about who wouldn't show up and who would sit where. I was done running to the craft store on every lunch break I had, and I was done thinking about little details that I knew would mean so little in the grand scheme of things.

Not only did the occurrence of our wedding mean that I could stop focusing on planning the wedding, it meant so much more. For the first time since I was 17 years old, I had no big life events on my radar. Chris and I are now married, have all of our children, have our education, own a home, and have established careers as well as personal lives and hobbies. To be honest, I feel pretty accomplished. I'm exactly where I've always wanted to be at 26 years old, and it feels amazing.

I feel lighter, and for the first time, I feel like our family is starting fresh. A new chapter of our lives has begun where we get to enjoy our home, save our money, and watch our children grow. We get to live and refine our everyday lives as well as focus on our personal goals. I've never been so excited for the future.

In a few weeks, I'll be beginning a series on our wedding. I plan on sharing the process and all of the details that wen't into our special day. I just wanted to share this post first, mostly because my post wedding mind needed a creative outlet.

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