Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

On Swimsuit Shopping (and my Swimsuit Find!)


Like many women, swimsuit shopping has always been hard for me. I have always felt uncomfortable in them and had trouble finding a proper fit.

Serious question - why do so many swimsuits (especially plus size swimsuits) not have underwire support?! It just doesn't make sense to me.

I went on the hunt and ended up finding a swimsuit top that I absolutely adore, and I need to share!


I've gotten so many compliments on this swim top! The support is amazing, the back and shoulders are adjustable, it's super easy to find bottoms to match, the design and colour are gorgeous, and it comes in a huge range of sizes.





Have you ever found a "game changer" swimsuit? Tell me about it!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Currently... July 2017




Watching: The Challenge: Dirty 30 started on Tuesday! I also just finished Riverdale and just started Big Little Lies (both so good).

Eating: Cream cheese filled banana bread. This recipe is amazing.

Doing: Enjoying our new car! My 2002 Cavalier kicked the bucket 2 weeks ago, so we purchased a 2016 Ford Fiesta (and finally have working air conditioning).

Thinking: Of a way to kick my summer blues and reminiscing about my amazing girls trip to Niagara Falls.

Planning: A trip up north to visit my family next week. It will be CJ's (now 2.5 years old) first time there. Summer is crazy!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Our Wedding: Simple Gold Save-the-Dates and a Wedding Website


From the beginning I knew that I wanted simple, elegant save-the-dates. I also knew that I didn't want to spend a lot of money, so I decided to make them myself. I brainstormed a lot of ways to incorporate gold (ribbons, glitter, etc.), but when I stumbled across these gold cards at Michaels, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.


I created our save-the-dates using 4 things:

1. Foil cards from Michaels
2. My home printer, with ink via Costco

After lots of research, I realized that ordering business card magnets was significantly cheaper than ordering wedding postcard magnets. Yes, they're smaller, but who really wants a giant magnet on their fridge anyway? Not me.


The business card magnet designs aren't laid out to be save-the-date magnets, so I played around with fonts and designed my own. If you want to save money but aren't willing to give up the idea of magnets, this is the way to go.



After we received our magnets, I used Microsoft word to type out the cards. I was scared about the whole printing at home process, but it went incredibly well. I printed all of the cards in 15 minutes, and then attached the magnets. The Zots glue dots held the magnets on perfectly, and didn't damage them when pulled off the card.


To go along with our save-the-dates, we created a custom wedding website on theknot.com. The wedding website builder is an extremely useful tool. It was extremely easy to design, edit, and customize.

We ended up purchasing our own custom domain www.WigleWedding.com (now expired as we only paid for 1 year) so that we could include it on the physical save-the-date cards. I highly recommend doing this as we had several people RSVP via the website. Check out a preview below!



Click here to see our wedding website.

If you're not into DIY but love the look of our save-the-dates, check out  Wedding Paper Divas. They offer tons of options very similar to ours.

Some of my favourite cards:



My favourite magnet designs:




In the end, our DIY save-the-dates cost a total of $100 and look similar to ones that cost 4x more. I was extremely happy with the result!

Is it weird that I love invitation making?


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

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: Hunt for the Dress
5. Our Wedding: A Realistic Budget
6. Our Wedding: The Venue


Monday, July 3, 2017

Instant Pot Blogger Giveaway! (CLOSED)






It's summer and it's time for a giveaway!

Myself and 9 other amazing Bloggers have teamed up to offer this awesome Instant Pot Prize Pack Giveaway worth $280 CAD. The giveaway is open to residents in both Canada (excluding Quebec) and the USA who are 18+.

This contest is sponsored solely by the 10 Bloggers who have come together to purchase the prize pack for the winner. You will have 3 weeks to enter the contest and show love to ALL the Bloggers who have made this giveaway possible by following them via the giveaway entries.

Prize:


Rules:

The first entry (blog comment) is MANDATORY and must be completed by each entrant. Once you have completed the mandatory entry you will be offered additional entry options to earn additional entries into the draw. These additional entries while not mandatory they are very much appreciated and show the Bloggers you appreciate us putting this giveaway together.

Please note, ALL entries are verified, if your name is drawn and it is found that you did not complete the entry or unfollowed the account you said you followed, your entry will be null and void and a new winner drawn.


This incredible contest begins Monday July 3rd and will end Monday July 24th at 11:59 PM EST.

Scroll down and enter using the widget. Good luck to everyone!



Thursday, June 29, 2017

On Keeping it all Together


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Every year, I get slight summertime sadness. While most people wait all year for it to warm up, I dread it. I hate the heat, I hate how busy things get, and I hate the change in routine. I always find that the warmer it gets, the more tired and unfocused I feel. It's times like these that I start to question myself and feel overwhelmed with day-to-day life.

My car broke down last week, and I lost it. It was a dramatic moment for me, but in the moment it felt all too real. I had to figure out the logistics of getting to appointments and work, worry about the cost of fixing my 15 year old car, and worry that if it wasn't fixable, I would be looking for a new car.

Although I work, my husband's job is much less flexible than mine, so I take on all of the situations like this one. It the grand scheme of life, not having a car for 2 days is nothing at all. Heck, we even have a second car. In retrospect it feels silly, but I cried more in those days than I have in a long time. 

Why couldn't I keep it together? For no good reason, this small bump in the road of everyday life felt like my whole world was crumbling. That, my friends, is stress.

I decided to take a break and breathe - hence why I haven't posted in 2 weeks, and hence when I'm typing this post. My to-do list from last week still isn't finished, and I'm okay with it. These are the times when I'm thankful for my exceptionally supportive husband and my flexible job. These are the times when I need this blog - when I need to type to feel better.

How do you keep it all together?

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

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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

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