Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Currently... June 2017

Watching: Orange is the New Black, and we're almost finished Shameless

Eating: Ice cream - it's hot!

Doing: Working on our yard. I have dreams of having a vegetable garden, but not sure I'm willing to put in the work.

Thinking: A lot about how to let myself enjoy the life I've created. Sometimes it's hard for me to get out of my own head and just be.

Planning: My first girls trip ever. My best friend and I are heading to Niagara Falls for a weekend in July. We just booked the hotel and I'm beyond excited.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Ebay Find: 99 Cent Beauty Tools

This post contains Ebay affiliate links, but all opinions are my own.

I love a good deal, and along with Amazon, Ebay is my go-to for discount beauty products. There's a wide selection of items for less than $1, which makes me smile oh-so-big.

What I purchased:

What I Liked: The price cannot be beat. I found that one eyebrow brush goes for at least $3.99, while sets of eyebrow razors are $5+. After I received them, I actually found the exact same set of razors at Winners for $7.99.

The quality is comparable to local stores. I'm not talking Sephora quality, I'm talking Forever 21/Claire's/Dollar Store quality. Regardless, the items are a fraction of the cost when purchased on Ebay. The eyebrow razors work perfectly, and the angled brushes are soft and exactly what I needed for my eyebrows and winged liner.

What I Didn't Like: There's only one thing I don't like about $0.99 products from Ebay - the wait. I usually make sure I'm not in a hurry for the items I order because unfortunately, the wait for them to come from China can be up to 3 months.

My #1 tip? Pay attention to the date range for your item's arrival. The second the items are late, file a complaint with Ebay/Paypal. Every time I've done this, I've received my money back (and still receive the items eventually!).

Final Thoughts: If you're not in a crazy hurry to get your items, ordering cheap beauty products from Ebay is a win-win. There's minimal risk in ordering crazy and fun beauty products when they cost so little.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Links Vol. 23

1. This closet organization has me inspired to tackle some closets in my house.

2. I want this water bottle SO bad, especially for summer.

3. My current favourite face mask. It's inexpensive and does the trick for oily skin!

4. I just bought this adorable journal for Brooke's birthday. I love a good monogram.

5. Dying to own this Tarte palette, but having series sticker shock.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Currently... May 2017

Watching: One Tree Hill (for the first time ever!) and Shameless.

Eating: Feta cheese and turkey sandwiches.

Doing: Enjoying the first bits of summer. I got my first s'more of the year this weekend!

Thinking: About creative ways to upgrade our home without spending money. This is a difficult task, but I'm determined.

Planning: A major home upgrade - new windows! Maybe not now, but eventually. We're gathering quotes.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

AdoreMe Review

Finding bras that fit correctly has always been an issue for me. Recently, I went on the hunt for the 15th billion time in my life and found nothing. I decided to get remeasured, and was informed at two separate stores that what I needed wasn't readily available for me. My band vs. cup measurement didn't exist on their size chart. I tried on the best they had to offer, and it didn't fit. Finding a band that fit was no issue, but finding a cup that I didn't spill out of was seemingly impossible.

A lovely sales rep at a plus-size store recommended I try out a specialty bra store, so I did. Bras there were upwards of $130. I left feeling extremely discouraged, so I went home and scoured the internet for options.

I had seen commercials for Adore Me on TV, but never assumed that they had much of a size range. When I stumbled across the website, I was surprised to see that Adore Me carries sizes 30A-46G, offers flat rate shipping and returns, and even has a VIP program for discounts.

I took a shot and ordered. I picked a style, measured myself, and decided to order a size up just in case. About a week later, the package arrived. It turns out I had ordered a size up for nothing, it was slightly too big. I followed the return process and had the correct size within a week.

Here's what I thought about the process and product:

What I Liked: First of all, the selection of bras is amazing (unlined vs. padded, balconette vs. full coverage, etc.). They even carry swimwear, sleepwear, and lingerie. Second, the items are true to size. The measurement guide online turned out to be perfectly accurate (rare when purchasing things online!). Third, the quality is outstanding. The bras are made better than most I've seen in stores, especially for plus size girls. The straps are thick, the band is sturdy, and the fabrics are beautiful.

Beyond the actual bras, the service is beyond what I imagined. I got a deal on my first set, and returning was so easy. Adore Me provided a shipping label and even let me order a replacement before they received the return.

What I Didn't Like: If there's anything I don't love about Adore Me, it's the price and currency. Although $49/$59 for a set isn't outrageous compared to local stores, those are USD prices. I really, really wish the website displayed in Canadian currency for us Canadian shoppers.

Final Thoughts: This service really surprised me. I haven't signed up for the VIP program, but I am strongly considering it. I highly recommend this website to anyone who has trouble shopping for bras, and even those who don't!

You can join Adore Me through my referral link here!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Spring To Do List

This Spring's to-do list is small, but doable. I'm trying to improve our front yard before it gets too hot, so most of my goals revolve around that. What do you have planned for Spring?

1. Find a swimsuit

2. Have our eavestrough replaced

3. Create a new front walkway

4. Replace the back door on our house

5. Reduce my sugar intake

6. Grow a plant, any plant

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Amazon Find: Glitter Iphone Case

I found this glitter iphone case on Amazon.ca and needed to have it. The photo online made it look so pink and sparkly, and for such a great price I couldn't resist.

Image Via Amazon.ca
What I Liked: First, this phone case is only $8 CAD and shipping is free. The case is "jelly", so it's soft and bendable, not hard. Beyond that, it's extremely pink and glittery, just like the photo. This case also comes in 6 colours (blue, green, purple, pink, gold, and silver)! A great deal all around.

What I Didn't Like: If there is one thing I don't like about this case, it's that essentially the case is a pink jelly cover with a silver glitter cardboard underlay. You can remove the glitter layer at any time, so I can see it getting ruined in certain situations.

Final Thoughts: I've received more compliments on this phone case than you could imagine. The glitter looks incredible in person, and it's definitely worth the $8. I'm already considering purchasing the case in another colour!

This post contains Amazon Affiliate links, but all opinions are my own.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Currently... April 2017

Watching: Black Mirror (so crazy, I highly recommend it!), Shameless, and wayyy too much Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors playoff games.

Eating: Easter chocolate, both before and after Easter. Oops.

Doing: Jumping on our new trampoline, starting to garden, and working on small home improvement projects. For some reason I feel extremely productive lately.

Thinking: About how much I hate summer. The warmer weather is a reminder that it will be scorching hot soon. I absolutely hate the summer time. Fall forever!

Planning: A fun weekend for my step-daughter's 9th birthday. Side note, I can't believe shes already 9. Where does the time go?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Our Wedding: The Venue

For years, I had wanted our wedding at a hotel overlooking the Detroit river (the place Chris asked me to be his girlfriend and also proposed to me). Of course I had to be responsible and make sure we explored all options, so we received quotes from over 20 venues near us.

Right away, it became overwhelmingly obvious that we were in trouble. My first choice locations were wayyyyy over budget. I'm talking over budget in base fee alone. Of course, that's not including drinks, bar fees, and all of the other crazy fees. Did you know that there is a fee to play music in a hall in Canada? or a cake cutting fee? I didn't.

Those who know me know that I'm the last person in the world to ever consider a tent wedding, or even a barn wedding. I wasn't willing to sacrifice the formal feeling, and I was heartbroken.

Trying to shed some of my stubbornness, we began looking outside of the city. After looking at a few places, we decided to call a hall about 5 blocks from our home. We met with the coordinater to discover that this little club was actually more beautiful than most of the huge venues in the city, for half the price. I'm really glad that we explored our options, because this venue ended up being the perfect fit.

Take a look at some photos of the hall, entrance, and bar below:

Basically, moral of the story is don't rule anything out. Be diligent and don't overspend just because you don't think you can find what you want. Explore many options. Dont give up.

The truth is that if we would have chosen the venue that I was set on, we would have been way over our heads in terms of debt. I don't regret the decision at all, because in the end...this is all for just one day.

Other posts in Our Wedding series:
1. Our Wedding: Our Engagement Story
2. Our Wedding: The Date is Set
3. Our Wedding: Inspiration
4. Our Wedding: The Dress
5. Our Wedding: A Realistic Budget


This post contains an affiliate banner for www.tinyprints.com, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Last Minute Easter Gifts (That will actually arrive by Easter!)

For Easter this year, I decided that we weren't spending tons of money on chocolates that would be gone in 2 days. Instead, we took the leap and bought the kids a trampoline!

I looked everywhere for a trampoline under $300 and ended up settling on this one, which is sold at both Walmart and Amazon. Initially, I decided to purchase through Walmart to collect the rewards on my Mastercard... that was until I realized they were going to charge me an additional $50 for shipping. Since when does Walmart.ca charge for shipping on orders over $50?

Seeing the additional charge completely changed my mind, so we purchased through Amazon, and guess what? Shipping was free and it arrived to my front door in 2 days.

Basically, this got me thinking about how quickly Amazon Prime items arrive, and how there are probably so many busy parents (like me most years), who have yet to worry about Easter.

Check out my list of easy Easter gifts that are Prime eligible and can be here just in time for the weekend!

This post contains Amazon.ca affiliate links, but all opinions are my own.

1. A giant bag of chocolate is a win for anyone - $13.59

2. If you have no time, a premade basket might be a good option for you - $48.50

3. This adorable bunny is actually cotton ball storage for the bathroom - $16.98

4. A chic copper ring-holder is an unexpectedly cool gift - $10

5. Shopkins are always a safe bet in our house - $14.95

6. If you need several small gifts, these Skittles eggs come in a pack of 12 - $15

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Empties 1

Review Key: Horrible, Not Good, Just OK, Good, Great, Amazing

1. Maybelline FitMe Matte + Poreless Powder in 110: Amazing | The FitMe product line is one of my favourites, and this powder is fantastic. It has great staying power, is matte, and sells for a great price. My only complaint is that the lightest shade in the Matte + Poreless collection is still too dark for me. I prefer the Set + Smooth collection.

2. Maybelline FitMe Set + Smooth Powder in 115: Amazing | This is my current favourite powder. The 115 in the Set + Smooth line is actually lighter than the 110 in the Matte + Poreless line (so confusing). The price is great, it seems to hold me makeup in place all day, and it doesn't make my skin look dry. I use it every single day.

3. Ralph Love by Ralph Lauren fragrance sample: Good | The scent is lovely - sweet, feminine, and contains hints of cotton candy. My only problem is that it smells similar to several other fragrances I've tried, so there was nothing telling me I needed the full size version.

4 & 5. Bath & Body Works RoomSpray in Fresh Linen and Caribbean Escape (not currently available online): Just OK | The packaging is chic. Both scents are very strong and work well to cover any nasty smells, but these room sprays are far too expensive for me. Companies such as Glade and Febreeze make similar products for a quarter of the price.

6. Bath & Body Works Cozy Vanilla Cream Gentle Foaming Hand SoapAmazing | BBW foaming hand soap is a staple around our home, but this scent is probably my favourite during winter. You can smell it on your hand hours after washing.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Links Vol. 22

1. Holly collects cool pillows, so I would love to make this awesome donut pillow for her!

2. Literally not sleeping tonight. I hate spiders.

3. I've been reading up a lot on how to grow my blog. This site has really great resources.

4. I got these insanely cool cat-ear headphones for Holly's birthday this year. She adores them.

5. I've recently discovered how great AmazonBasics is, and this tripod is no exception.

This post contains affiliate links, but all views and opinions are my own.      Spring Sale: Up to 70% OFF, Don't Miss It!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Blog Changes!

Today you'll notice some exciting changes on the blog, most obviously a brand new header/logo!

I've been wanting a more personalized logo and header for a long time, and when I wrote out my monthly goals for March I took the plunge and added it to the list.

I found Flower Moon Designs on Etsy and she designed me this beautiful pink/gold watercolour logo. I'm obsessed!

I also cleaned up the sidebar, took away the background photo, and changed my mobile layout. I've got more small changes coming, but for now I'm super happy to share my progress!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spring Cleaning with Pinesol #YesItsPinesol

Spring cleaning is a big deal for me. I associate it with feeling lighter and starting fresh. There's a relaxing feeling in knowing that your house is refined and refreshed after a whole year of build up.

Earlier this month, Chris did a massive overhaul of our under-the-stairs storage, our storage closet, and our mud room. He added some new shelving, pulled out everything, and started from scratch. I came home from work and he was dying to show me what he had done. He had made space for me to easily access my professional KitchenAid mixer (which isn't in our kitchen simply because it takes up a lot of room). When I saw it, I absolutely melted.

This is exactly why I love spring cleaning - it's a chance to consider how life has changed in the last year and make adjustments.

My big spring job is to deep clean everything, especially before it gets hot. Here's a bit of what my checklist includes:

- Clean windows, interior and exterior
- Move all furniture and clean baseboards
- Move appliances and clean underneath/behind
- Clean kitchen cabinet fronts and reline all cupboards and drawers
- Wash and deodorize all garbage cans

This year, I was given the chance to try Pine-Sol Spring Blossom. I was extremely surprised when I received the bottle and it was bright pink, and even more surprised when I opened it and the room filled with an amazing floral scent. Spring Blossom is a combination of Jasmine, Magnolia, and Orange Blossom, and it blows me away every time I open the bottle.

Not only is PineSol Spring Blossom deororizing and degreasing, the scent really lasts. I'm obsessed with using this stuff in my kitchen and especially in my bathroom because hours later when I return, the smell is still there. Dare I say...it actually makes cleaning more enjoyable.

Priced at $4.49 CAD for a 1.41L bottle, I would buy it over and over again simply because I feel like when I purchase the cleaner, I get a bonus built-it air freshener. It's become a staple in my cleaning cupboard.

I still have a few items on my list left to tackle, but I'm well on my way to revamping for the year.

Spring cleaning doesn't have to be a dreaded chore! Make it about improving the way your life functions, and you'll thank yourself everyday.

Happy Spring!

This post contains sponsored content, but all views and opinions expressed are my own.

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