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Great Stocking Ideas for His & Her

 

Even more than presents, I love opening my stocking each Christmas. Equally, I love filling stockings with a good mix of fun, apparel, beauty and treats! Below you will find some of my favourite stocking stuffer ideas for men and women.

I have been on the hunt for a great hairbrush forever. I hadn’t found a decent one until a viewer kindly recommended the Wet Brush Pro. Game-changer. This hairbrush is lightweight, can be used on both wet and dry hair and is budget friendly.
Find Wet Brush on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Price $8-12.00 (Purchase via Amazon US and Amazon Canada)

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Including sweet treats in stockings is a given, at least for me. Chocolate is always a safe bet. This year I am loving the Laura Secord Recipe in a Jars (available in Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, Brownie and Molton Chocolate Cake). I am also loving how many varieties of Hot Chocolate, Laura Secord offers because there’s definitely a variety for everyone (my top picks are Mint, White and Creamy Chocolate). Both of these recommendations make for a fun stocking stuffer, but equally, a hostess gift!

Price – Hot Chocolate $5.99, Recipe in a Jar $14.99
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Keeping with the treat theme, dessert-like teas can make for another wonderful addition to a stocking. TeaPigs has such great and unique flavours (seriously, Popcorn Tea) that set them apart and offer uniqueness. Specifically for the holiday season, I love pairing their Apple Cinnamon and Roobios Creme Caramel. Also, another great hostess, teacher or neighbour gift.
Price $10.00 per box
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A pocket size game is a safe bet for anyone, especially one as entertaining as Left Centre Right. This game is great for a group of people and can be enjoyed from ages 6+. It is really compact because it is only played with dice that come in a convenient carrying case. For anyone who enjoys playing games, this is a wise choice!
Available by Hasbro at all major retailers (Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, etc)
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Beauty items are also something I never forget to include when I’m filling stockings. Little splurges make for a thoughtful and appreciated gift(s). It’s also easy to find nice products for both men and women. Many of my recommendations this year all come from Vichy, as it’s the brand I personally use most frequently.
For women, a wonderful stocking addition is the Vichy Purete Thermale Makeup Removing Wipes. They easily remove all makeup, but also sooth skin and leave it feeling fresh. A pricer suggestion, is one of my favourite skincare products, the Idealia Peeling. This nightly peel is gentle enough for daily use and leaves skin notably more fresh and even.
For men, an easy choice is the Vichy Homme V Body & Hair Shower Gel. It smells so good and is safe for even sensitive skin.
Price – Purete Thermale Wipes $10-14.95, Idealia Peeling $39.95, Homme Body & Shower Gel $13.50 **All items on sale now via the Vichy Website

For the bath lover, I highly recommend the Buck Naked Soap Company‘s Naughty + Nice Bath Bomb Set. This gorgeously packaged gift set comes with four individually wrapped bath bombs. The two ‘Naughty’ bombs are deliciously jasmine scented and the ‘Nice’ is a refreshing mint. The combination is just heaven!
Price $19.98
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Of course every stocking needs a snuggly surprise. Pook‘s Thigh High Socks are a trendy, unique and practical gift (especially if you are a fellow female, Canuck). I love that I can wear these around the house and be cozy, but also that they’ll keep me warm under pants. The Thigh Highs are so incredibly soft too, one pair may not be enough!
Price $17.99

A gift that one may not think to give themselves, but they’ll instantly fall in love with is the Hubalou. Made of sustainable, ultra-absorbent and soft bamboo the Hubalou is the ultimate hair wrap. It won’t cause hair breakage or frizziness like other terry cloth or microfibre wraps can, travels easily and cuts down on drying time!
Price $24.00
Learn more about Hubalou on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

 

I’d love to know what your favourite things are to include in stockings! Be sure to stay tuned for my upcoming Kid’s Stocking Guide and Toy Picks for 2017!

 


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The struggle can be so real this time of year! Balancing Christmas fun with kid’s toys and gifts that will be enjoyed past January 1st. To help you with buying for the special little ones of your list, here are my top picks for gifts worth giving! These recommendations are inspired by the KonMari approach of buying with intention and mindfulness toward Sparking Joy!

 

2017 Children’s Gift Recommendations

 

Any gift that encourages family fun, in my opinion, is a win! My Gnome on the Roam is a wonderful present that provides families with a focused activity to be enjoyed for years to come. Developed by mother and middle school teacher, Anne Armstrong, the My Gnome on the Roam is a customizable adventure that comes with everything you need to get started. Included in the trunk is the gnome, storybook, notebook, pen and instruction booklet.
Price – $29.97
Discover more on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube
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A toy that offers parents organizational joy and kids a cozy place to snuggle up – yes, please! Creative QT‘s genius Stuff’n Sit Stuffed Animal Storage Bean Bag gets a huge stamp of approval from me as both a KonMari consultant and parent. Any product that encourages organization, responsibility and fun is a safe beat for a present that will be utilized and enjoyed for years to come. Simple in concept, the Stuff’n Sit allows for all stuffed animals to be neatly tucked away when not in use – win! When filled with stuffies, the Stuff’n Sit becomes a comfortable bean bag style seat to enjoy movies, reading and relaxing – second win!
Available in two sizes: Extra Large (holds approx. 90 stuffed animals) $39.99 Standard (holds approx. 50 stuffed animals) $34.95
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Sometimes simple fun, is the best fun. The Hape Happy Bucket Set has been a bath time favourite toy for the last couple of months. All three of my children, at ages 2, 4 and 7, enjoy playing with these. The three buckets allow for silly spilling, endless filling and easy cleaning. They are well made of sturdy plastic with no small parts to be concerned with.

Price $16.99 (Amazon US, Amazon Canada)

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Another great Hape toy recommendation is their All Season (Furnished) Dollhouse. I have been looking for awhile for a well-built and gender neutral dollhouse for a few months now. I wanted to invest in a dollhouse that my two year old and her older siblings could all enjoy together. The Hape All Season (Furnished) Dollhouse met all my criteria and then some. I know this a quality toy that is well worth the investment.
Price $229.00 (CAD via Amazon ) and $114.15 (USD via Amazon)

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If the little ones in your life are anything like mine, they love fun clothes! Pook‘s unique Pook Toque is a piece of true Canadiana – plaid, wool, one-of-a-kind and made to last the cold winter months. My seven year old is going to be given a Pook Toque this Christmas and I know it will be an instant hit. From a parent’s perspective, I love that it will keep his head toasty warm and from a child’s, it’s reversible and silly! Sizing fits from ages 4+ so I also know this is something he will get a lot of use out of in the years to come.
Price $24.99
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I have recently fallen in love with Mom created Peekaboo Beans. Since my kids have acquired a few of the brand’s pieces each, I am finding it nearly impossible to buy them anything else (never mind that they don’t want to wear anything else). The list of pluses for why Peekaboo Beans is so great is a long one. Their clothing is preshrunk, made with integrity and ethically produced, free of hazardous chemicals, designed with kids in mind (zipper covers, thumb holes, roomy hoods) and made for play! The pieces are pricer than some children’s clothing but given that it’s designed to grow with your child and last, they’re actually better of an investment.
The company also offers the opportunity to create your own business as a Peekaboo Bean Stylist. Shop from Canada here and the US here.
Learn more and fall in love with everything Peekaboo Beans on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

 

There are certain things I am not willing to compromise on when it comes to products for my children, anything to do with their hearing is one of them. Our oldest son spends quite a bit using headphones. We had tried cheaper, “safety” headphones without much success for him. We decided to go with PuroSound headphones this Christmas knowing he will make good use of this gift and we can be assured he is using the safest children’s headphones on the market. The BT2200 headphones are wireless, stylish, come with a carrying case, block out 82% of background noise and limit volume to 85dB.
Price $99.99
Find out more about PuroSound via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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What’s Christmas without some creative toys? ORB‘s Elasti Plasti is goopy, silly fun that expands 100x its size. Less mess than I expected and keeps my kids endlessly entertained. One container is enough for my three children to each use a good amount and combined, plenty to get creative and stretch the super soft plastic as far as they can! Definitely makes for lots of entertainment and giggles!
Price $16.00
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For the budding artist, Blendy Pens by Chameleon Art Products allow children to create colour combinations all their own. Blendy Pens come with Fusion Chambers that are used to fuse two colours from the pens together to create different colour shades. While the child is having fun they are also learning important artistic values such as depth, dimension, colour gradient and composition. Great for ages 4+
Prices range depending on set ($5.99 – 24.99)
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From the heart gifts are a wonderful treasure to be found under the tree. Luhvee allow you to create your own one of a kind books for children and other loved ones. We created a book for each of our children and it truly was a wonderful experience. Rob and I took our time with developing each book to share unique stories, photos and messages for each child. The ease of the customizable template and the flexibility to create our own text allowed us to really make the books about each child. I know this is a present that will be treasured now and for years to come.
Price $45.99 (soft cover) $52.99 (hard cover)
SAVE 20% with promo code JANINE20
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If you haven’t yet, check out my free downloadable KonMari Kids Gift Guide Checklist.

I would love to know if you have any unique gift recommendations for children, please share in the comments. If you would like to see my picks for adult gift ideas you can read via here.

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I have been working on this list for a long time. As in, since really, last Christmas. I wanted to create a well balanced list of gift suggestions that met the criteria of: unique, serviceable and budget-friendly. With the final selections made, I couldn’t be more pleased with how this came together!

 

My Picks for the Guys & Gals on my List this Year

 

This Jord watch is the perfect blend of classic design with a twist. I love the feminine style with the modern feel of wood. I have been wearing this watch nearly every day for the last several months and it still looks pristine. The attention to detail, from the trendy rose gold face to the mechanical window of the back plate is what makes this such a special piece. I get compliments on my Koa and Rose Gold model almost every time I wear it.

Price $275US  Save $25 using promo code: young mum (exp. 31/12/17)
Stay up to date on Jord news and sales via their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

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A gift that allows the recipient to customize it into a one-of-a-kind belonging is a safe bet for a stellar gift (IMO, of course). The Halifax Paper Heart’s Wanderer Map is something I have been raving about for nearly a year. I love that this artistic map allows you to mark locations according to places you’ve traveled, where you have family living or any other purpose. It’s trendy, but equally a classic wall hanging. Available framed or not, the gorgeous Wanderer Map retails for $120CAD (framed) and $60 (unframed). It can be shipped anywhere in Canada and the US
Check out Halifax Paper Hearts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

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If you’ve been with me awhile, you already know I’m a huge PurseN fan! I have several pieces of their toiletry and jewelry cases and they’re simply amazing. Stylish, well made, easy to care for, they make staying organized while on the go effortless. The new PurseN Stylist bag is an absolute guarantee for pleasing any lady on your holiday list. The top compartment of the Stylist features a heat resident liner for your styling tools with plenty of room for a straightening and curling iron. In the main portion of the bag is a zippered top pouch for smaller items and brushes to keep things contained. The largest section is lined in nylon which makes clean up a breeze, 7 individual compartments to organize cosmetics and/or toiletries vertically and an open section for anything else. The sizing is perfect to house all your essentials and styling tools in one easy to transport case! Genius!
You can find PurseN on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter

 

Not only can women appreciate the ease of traveling with their toiletries organized, but so can men. The PurseN Dopp is the best men’s toiletry case I have ever seen. It is handsomely stylish and sophisticated. Designed with the same key features of PurseN’s other bags, the Dopp provides five interior pockets for toiletries and one large section for additional items. I really like the two additional pouches for a razor and toothbrush/toothpaste. The Dopp is a great size and perfect for at home and travel.

Price $58US

Of course I needed to include something snuggly and warm, it is the holiday season after all! The Pook Onesie is the perfect adult size wearable blanket. I can’t begin to tell you the struggle I have when it’s time to take mine off! Unisex in design, the Pook Onesie is a great option for both men and women and makes for an awesome couple gift. I’m honestly not sure who wears theirs more, Rob or me. The Onesie is a nice weight of fleece and offers a cozy hood, zippered front and classic back flap! This is a unique, fun and practical gift that will be enjoyed all winter long. Sidenote, stay tuned for lots of cute pictures of all of us sporting our Pook Onesies!

Price $64.99 (Adult) $44.99 (Child)

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Give a fun and unique gift that the recipient can enjoy receiving again and again! Sock Panda is a subscription service can be purchased monthly, semi-annual or annually and is available for men, women and children. They also offer two styles of socks, Pattern/Prints and Wild/Crazy. I love Sock Panda’s social consciousness in providing a pair of socks to someone in need for each pair sold. The quality is great, too making this an all around solid gift choice!
Subscription options include choosing one or two pairs monthly and payment can be made monthly, semi annually or annually. All info can be found here.
Keep up with Sock Panda’s happenings on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

I love giving beauty gifts sets for the holidays. Often they sell at a reduced cost, come beautifully packaged and allow the recipient to try products they may otherwise not have had the opportunity to.

The Vichy Dynamic Hydration Set comes with two full size products (Purete Thermale One Step Cleanser 100ml & Day Care Rich Cream) as well as two sample sizes (Mineral 89 and Aqualia Thermal Serum)
Price $39.95 (value $55.32)
Discover more of Vichy Canada on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

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Roger & Gallet‘s Fleur de Figuier set is a beautiful trio that any woman would absolutely adore receiving. The smell (seriously, the smell) is beyond beautiful and neutral enough for any age. The set comes with the Replenishing & Nourishing Body Lotion, Hand & Nail Balm and Perfumed Soap
Price $30 available at The Bay

A great idea for a smaller gift is the AUKEY Mini Portable Charger 5000mAh (US Amazon link). Perfect for any busy person on the go, this great power bank allows you to charge any USB based device typically seven times. We use ours mainly for our iPhones and iPads. It has come in handy countless times!

You can discover more Aukey products via their Website, InstagramTwitter, Facebook
Price $24CAD/$33USD

Over the last year, I’ve become completely obsessed with essential oils. They’re a wonderful and healthy way to fragrance your home, balance your mood, and combat sickness. Gifting an oil diffuser is a thoughtful way to introduce someone to the benefits of diffusing. Pair the Aukey 200ml Diffuser with a couple of your favourite oils or blend for an added touch!
Price $39.99CAD/37.99USD

We have been using the Outdoor Tech Big Turtle Shell almost every day for nearly a year and its met every expectation, perfectly. It is rock solid in construction – both water and dust resistant. It produces crystal clear sound at concert level volume. The handles on the bottom of both sides allow the speaker to be strapped on to a backpack, bike or anything else. For the music lover on your list, this is a perfect gift!
Check out Outdoor Tech on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Price $149.00 via Amazon

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LifeFactory water bottles have been on my favourites list for years now. I enjoy the glass construction, silicone sleeve, handle and mouth spout options. I have a 24oz bottle, but have been favouring my 16oz for the last few months. The smaller bottle allows for easier portability and fits comfortably in any holder. A LifeFactory water bottle is a great gift for anyone who doesn’t already know how truly great they are!

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I’d love to know what you’re buying the special people on your list this year, please let me know in the comments! Stay tuned for my two other guides, coming soon!

I’m doing a bit of blog hopping with this post! Over on my KonMari consulting blog, I recently shared how I have adapted a simple rhyme to make buying Christmas gifts for my children really easy and meaningful. A lot of you really liked this concept and so I wanted to create a coordinating checklist to make things just that much easier.

For your reference, here is the rhyme. You can also read more on each of the categories with examples here.

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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE CHECKLIST

I hope this helps to make this year the simplest yet; so you can spend more time with those that make the holiday season as special as it is!

 

*This post is sponsored by Johnson’s Baby. All opinions are my own.

My family’s evening routine is something I rely heavily on to maintain balance between what needs to happen and spending time together each night. It can be really hectic trying to juggle schoolwork, extracurricular, supper prep/cleanup, housework, bath and the wind-down for bedtime. Thankfully, with a well established evening routine everything manages to get done because we are all so accustom to the order of our evenings.

If you haven’t yet implemented an evening routine, I strongly encourage it!

 

Here are some considerations for creating your own routine:

  • After school fun! – Allowing children time to disengage from school and enjoy play proves so useful during the later part of the evening as they’re able to focus on schoolwork and chores.
  • Fit in family time throughout the evening – Visit while supper is being made, have a dance party after supper, read a family story after bedtime. Little moments together as a family keep everyone feeling connected even when time isn’t plentiful.
  • Keep suppers simple! – A quick search on Google and you will be able to find lots of nutritious, but also easy and fast to prepare meal options. Time saved on meal prep allows for more to get done in the evenings.
  • Delegating tasks – Establish jobs and give responsibility to each family member. For example, in our home my husband and I make supper together and he handles cleanup while I focus on the bath routine.

An important component of our evening is winding our children down for the day through their bath time routine. Since our first baby, we’ve always used the JOHNSON’S® BEDTIME® line of bath products. I have found they work so well to create a calm environment, the scent is soothing and has such a relaxing affect. Equally as special, is the assurance of Johnson’s® gentle and tear free formula.

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  1. JOHNSON’S® BEDTIME® baby bubble bath– A treat that I enjoy just as much as my children! Just 2-3 capfuls under running water and it’s bubble heaven!
  2. JOHNSON’S® BEDTIME® baby bath– Such a wonderfully lathering wash with the signature calming scent of the Bedtime line.
  3. JOHNSON’S® BEDTIME® baby lotion– The perfect way to complete a relaxing bath routine. This lotion works wonderfully for massaging babies and children; preparing them for a sound sleep.

You can learn more via Johnson’s Website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Check out my Morning Routine here

*Please note this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
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I recently had the opportunity to work with Canadian Tire  in using their Premier Paint for updating my home office. Not only did this project provide a much needed refresh for the room, but I learned a great deal on how to make sure you choose the right colour. See the thing is, while a colour may look fabulous and like the perfect fit on a swatch, in actuality it may show entirely different on your wall. There are lots of factors that play into this, but some of the main ones are: age of the home, amount of natural light in the particular room and decor choice.

For this particular project, I knew I wanted a bright, neutral and fresh shade to offset the size of the room and it being in the basement. After receiving my Premier kit of products, including the entire catalogue of Premier paint colours, I picked my new colour. I held up the swatch against all walls of the room during different times of the day.

However, this all changed once I got to Canadian Tire. For the first time in my career of buying paint, the sales associate asked all kinds of questions to better help me. Through conversation, she told me that the colour I thought I wanted, was actually a “warm” shade. Going with this color would have created the yellow tone I was desperate to avoid. From there I had a mini lesson on how to avoid taking home the wrong paint colour.

The takeaway tips are:

  1. ,Predetermine: The amount of natural light the room has, the tone/decor of the space and whether you want the feel to be more cool or warm.
  2. If you are unsure of any of the above, discuss this with a knowledgable paint sales person.
  3. Ask for a colour breakdown of the shade you are interested in. This will ensure there are no undertones that will affect the appearance of the paint. For example, the initial colour I picked, which I thought was a cool tone, has browns and reds in it which are actually warm.

The most important lesson I learned, was to have a conversation with the sales associate. This way, you can be sure that what you think you are choosing for your paint colour is actually the correct shade for the project and/or room.

Once I had the colour right, the actual painting was a breeze. We are now self-proclaimed (major) fans of Premier paint. The formula is beautiful, application was the best we’ve ever experienced and the colour is rich. I’ve even put it to the ultimate test of having to wash the newly painted wall with no issues! Simply put, I can’t recommend the brand enough.

While we still have a fair bit to do in the way of finishing my home office, I have to share the before/after of the paint job. The shade I used is ‘Snowy Night’. Changing the colour alone has made such an amazing difference!

I am so in love with this gorgeous paint colour that I painted our ensuite bath with it, too! ‘Snowy Night’ is such a neutral shade that it transitions equally well no matter the light situation. It also provides a fresh backdrop to easily compliment any decor.

Big thank you to Canadian Tire for allowing me the pleasure of trying their Premier Paint. This has come as a much needed update!

Last week was a busy one with squeezing in the last bit of summer fun before both boys went back to school on Thursday. We enjoyed a lazy long weekend Monday, managed one last trip to Halifax with our best buds and spent time with the grandparents! Hudson started grade two and Loic begun his school school career in primary (aka. kindergarten). We were also treated to an awesome meal at our local Boston Pizza ahead of their grand opening on Monday.

Admittedly, as much as I would have liked or benefited from, I wasn’t able to fully switch over my brain from summer to school between Wednesday and Thursday. I forgot to pack the boy’s lunches the night before, no meal plan in place for supper, behind on laundry, half a days worth of filming deleted… you get the idea (#reallife)!

Now, moving into our first full week back into normal routine, I am getting myself sorted today so things run smoothly come Monday. Meal planning, prepping clothing and lunches, having all the food we need on hand and a tidy house all contribute to helping things run smoothly.

If you’re new to my Week at a Glance posts or forget what they’re about (since I totally dropped this over the summer), welcome/welcome back! I share photos from the week before and the meal plan and project goals for the week ahead.

Project Goals

  1. Finish what I can in our master bedroom. I’ve already painted, but have the wallhangings and curtains to go up.
  2. Paint my home office. I’m really looking forward to making some good headway in this area. Stay tuned!

Meal Plan

Monday – Spaghetti & Salad

Tuesday – Slow cooker Pork Tenderloin (credit: East Coast Mommy)

Wednesday – Sweet & Sour Citrus Chick Stir-fry

Thursday – BBQ chicken, grilled veggie packets

Friday – Baked fajitas

Saturday – Homemade grilled chicken pizza 

I’m working on incorporating new recipes into our weekly meal plan and am always looking for recommendations! If you have a favourite go-to meal, please let me know – I’d love some new meal options.

Wishing you all a wonderful, easy week ahead!

Hi friends,
After a whirlwind summer… I’m back on the blog! My plan is to resume regular posting moving into the fall, but I’ll share that plan in another post. For now, let’s talk about back to school. I’m feeling quite ahead of myself this year having everything bought and ready to go – and it’s still a week before school lets in (I’m not naive enough to think this will be the standard for the rest of the year). In the video below, I go into full detail with each of the items shown – check it out!

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  1. EcoVessel – I love the practical size and durability of this BPA free Scout water bottle. The convenient handle and no-tilt design will serve the boys well as they use these in school.
  2. Skechers – We are huge fans of Skechers footwear; good quality sneakers are well worth the investment. The boys love that their styles light up and I love the convenience of velcro. Loic’s sneakers. Hudson’s sneakers.
  3. Wildkin – Both boys will be heading back to school with Wildkin backpacks. I opted for these based on their solid construction and practical design. The wide openings, padded straps, bottle holders and front porches are solid wins!
  4. Mabel’s Labels – Investing in well-made, durable labels is an absolute must for me. Losing and mixing-up belongs at school is almost inevitable, but with everything labeled it makes it so easy to identify what belongs to your child. I ordered the Ultimate Back to School Combo and the Little Kid School Combo for each of the boys.
  5. Re-play Snack Stacks – These aren’t just cute, they’re beyond convenient! Being able to use individually or connect multiple containers means I will be able to easily put together veggies/dip and yogurt/granola.
  6. Mi-fold – This is such a neat concept that really warrants a full review (coming soon). Suffice is to say for now, that being able to send the boys to school with a safe and portable booster is going to make a huge difference for us. After school change of plans where the grandparents are on pick-up duty will no longer mean a shuffle around of booster seats.




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I recently discovered the online organizational company called, Tidy Living and I am in love with their website, products and prices! It makes it so convenient, especially living in an area with limited shopping options, to be able to order everything from one site.

To remedy several areas of organizational issue in our home, I ordered five different products and each worked perfectly in correcting the issue. For the full reveal, please see the above video.

 

TIDY LIVING ORGANIZATIONAL PRODUCTS

  1. Under the Bed Storage Bag  I used this storage bag to house off-season linen. Being able to tuck away our large duvet and winter coverlet under the bed frees up significant room in our master closet.
  2. Utility Tote The best pool/beach tote ever! This trendy printed, sturdy, 3-pouch tote is the perfect size for family outings. We can comfortably fit towels, swimming gear, supplies and our cooler all in this one easy to carry option.
  3. Round Basket The look of this basket is what got me first – it is so trendy and in keeping with the existing style of our home. Given it’s roomy size, it serves as the perfect solution for our kid’s blankets, stuffs and books in our family room.
  4. Small Woven Basket I’m not sure who loves these woven baskets more, me or Rob! They are trendy, sturdy, well made and roomy. We decided they were too attractive for our back closet storage. Better choice is to use them for house outdoor accessories in the front closet.
  5. Rolling Wire Under Bed Rack This rolling wire under the bed rack is the perfect storage solution for really anything, but to remedy the issue of clutter on my bedside table, I opted to create a mini office. I use this rack for storing my laptop, planners and accessories. This makes it so easy to work from the comfort of my bed and freed up so much space.
  6. Removable Liner Hamper Such a practical investment! This standard size hamper removed the need of two separate ones in the kid’s bedrooms. Creating one easy to use system for our children to put away their dirty clothes and for me to transport the laundry to the washer is a game changer. The removable liner means there will always be the main portion of the hamper in place. No more dirty clothes on the floors!

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TOP PICKS FOR SUMMER 2017

 

1. Tiny Twirl Skirt: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheTwirlShop 2. OshKosh Rashguard Swimsuits: http://www.oshkosh.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-Carters-Site/default/Search-Show?q=rash+guard&prefn1=brand&prefv1=oshkosh 3. Kamik RainPlayLo Boots: https://www.kamik.com/b2c_ca_en/toddlers/toddlers-shoes/toddlers-rain-boots-s17/rainplaylo.html#color=blu 4. Crocs: http://www.crocs.com 5. Kamik Rainboots: https://www.kamik.com/b2c_ca_en/toddlers/toddlers-shoes/toddlers-rain-boots-s17/stomp-62866-3.html#color=bka 6. Skechers: -Twinkle Toes: https://www.skechers.com/en-ca/girls/all?brand=/twinkle-toes -S Lights: https://www.skechers.com/en-ca/style/90293/s-lights-flashpod-scoria/bklm   1. Hasbro Perfection Game: http://amzn.to/2rA6H2o 2. Summer Scrapbook (Idea): http://amzn.to/2sHG2jX 3. Beaver Books Exercise Books: http://amzn.to/2tbvyH0 4. Body Doodlers: http://amzn.to/2rF2aa6 5. Catch and Learn Game: http://amzn.to/2tb3hAj     1. TeaMoy Wetbag: http://amzn.to/2rAaMnl 2. Brita Filter Kids Waterbottle: http://amzn.to/2rAg7eq 3. Reusable Snack Bags: http://amzn.to/2rF2W70 4. TotLogic Natural Sunscreen: http://amzn.to/2roKEHY 5. Croc Bloc Insect Repellent Towelette: https://www.staples.ca/en/Croc-Bloc-6-Hourr-Insect-Repellent-Towelettes/product_1942089_1-CA_1_20001 6. Peapod Mat: http://www.peapodmats.com 7. Logan and Lenora Daytripper Bag: http://amzn.to/2tb7sfF 8. Mabels Labels: http://mabelslabels.com

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buying-light-fixture

Our kitchen is my least favourite part of our house. There, I said it. I spent the first four years of living in our home trying to determine what exactly the issue(s) were. I finally established that the main problems were the wall colour (yellow/beige… need I say more), orange/yellow undertone in both the cupboards and countertop) and the basic finishes that were used. We tackled the first issue this past fall by changing out the  original paint colour for Benjamin Moore’s Moonshine and it made a significant difference. In addressing the countertop/cupboard issue, I really think a bright, fresh subway tile backsplash will help to neutral out the tone, but that’s a ways off from happening (or is it? *hint* Rob). To remedy the last struggle of the basic, builder’s grade finishes, I decided the solution would be a noteworthy chandelier above the kitchen table.  (more…)

konmari toys
In the video above, I share my experience with toys pre and post KonMari Method. Since completing the process, the only real change has been the toys that I now invest in. Prior to the method we brought home new toys on impulse. Now we look for toys that meet certain criteria, to read more specifics on that, please click here.

Below are my six top choices for toys that are worth your money! Toys that are made to last, will grow with your child, encourage creative and active play and offer a variety of fun to any playroom!

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1. Plasmacar – A new addition to our toy collection, the Plasmacar has become a quick favourite. As a parent, I love that it gets my kids moving, will grow with all three children and is built to last. For my kids, they love that their own body weight is what gets them moving and the ability to easily steer in a glided motion. Check them out: Website, Website 2, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter

2. Bilibo by Moluk – What’s not to love about this open-ended toy?! The Bilibo is a seat, a climbing structure, a water activity, a snow/sand shaper and more! The possibilities are endless and so is the age of play. This toy is being included in collaboration with QHouseKids. Check them out: Website, Instagram, YouTube channel, Twitter

3. Vertiplay Treetop Adventure by Oribel – A toy that virtually takes up no storage room, is well made, and definitely cute! The Treetop Adventure toy is wall-mounted yet can easily be repositioned. While it is is primarily played with by our two year old, our four and six year olds both enjoy this toy. There is something almost calming about watching the wooden caterpillar descend down the tree ramp (always a solid bonus). Check out Oribel here: Website, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

4. GeoSmart – My boys simply cannot get enough of their Geosmart sets. With limitless possibilities for play, this toy is one that provides hours of entertainment. Geosmarts are small and portable enough to take just about anywhere. They are built with a patented double safety system so I never worry about them breaking or small hands getting ahold of one. Our oldest, Hudson has specifically enjoyed the Mars Explorer set and having the additional component of robotics.
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Check out Geosmart here: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Purchase through Amazon

5. Lego – How could I not include this classic? Lego has not lost it’s hype since I played with it as a child. Seeing my children sit on the floor around their box of Lego makes my heart happy because I can see their creativity at work. Lego sets provide the opportunity to follow and build according to instructions, but also the ability to construct based on your imagination (win/win!). Lego is made to last; I know this because my kids play with pieces from the 80’s!
Check out Lego here: Website, Facebook, Instagram, Purchase through Amazon




6. Mio by Manhattan Toy Company – Aside from being downright adorable, these wooden sets have proven to be a go-to by all three of our children. The chunky construction is perfect for our two year old’s toddler hands and the solid construction has stood up to her not-so gentle play. The boys have enjoyed creating play scenarios and setting up the Food Truck at various locations around our house and backyard. Of all the wooden toys we’ve ever had, this line is by far our favourite.
Check out Mio here: Website, Purchase through Amazon

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meal plan april 2017

I’m back sharing my Week at a Glance. If you’ve been out of the loop, I had to take a couple of weeks off of posting this series while we settled into our new schedule. Recently we joined our local YMCA and have been taking advantage of the awesome programs. With this, the kids are on the go a lot more than usual which has meant tweaking our meal plan. Instead of larger meals almost every night, we have been favouring lighter options that do not require a lot of prep time. If you can relate, this week’s meal plan may serve as inspiration!

Quick recap… Last week, while busy, was steady and productive. I managed to get some videos uploaded on my YouTube channel  and work on my first ad video (yay!). The boys had a great dentist appointment and I booked Mairi for her first check-up in May. My parents arrived home from Florida on Monday and the reunion could not have been sweeter. The kids missed their Meme and Boppy so much! We capped off the work week with a trip to Truro’s awesome library and got social on Saturday night with friends at a 90’s themed house party. As I write this all out, I’m realizing how awesome of a week it really was.

Admittedly, I have been a bit behind with my spring cleaning, but not enough to affect my timeline. If you haven’t had a chance to download my checklist, you can get it here. I really want to ensure by the end of April everything is finished, so that’s what I’ll be prioritizing this week. I plan to share this on my channel and on the blog – so stay tuned! We also have a fun overnight planned for Friday in Halifax, which is a little surprise for the kids. I’ll be vlogging this trip and uploading the footage early next week. Then of course, Easter!


 Weekly Meal Plan – April 9-15

Sunday – Baked ham, potatoes & root veggies
Monday – Chicken wild rice casserole
Tuesday – Baked spaghetti
Wednesday – Pork chops, side salad & oven roasted potatoes
Thursday – Pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches, apple slaw & sweet potato fries
Friday – Dining in Halifax
Saturday – Dining in Halifax


 Wishing you a wonderful, short week ahead!