28 Days Purging Series: Day 2

Welcome to day two of this purging series. Today we are going to be doing the freezer.
If you missed yesterday’s Day 1 you can find it here.

Our goal is to spend 20 minutes or less on this task. Throughout this series there may be tasks that only take 5-10 mins and that is great and gives so much motivation to keep on with the tasks in the days ahead.

With the freezer it depends what kind of freezer you have, if it’s upright and side by side of your fridge the process will be similar to what we did in our day one The Fridge. If you have the bottom drawer style freezer or the top door one it will be slightly different in how I am explaining it in steps, but the process will be to declutter & reorganizing. No matter which you have it should not take long.

If your freezer is the side by side, you can start at the top shelf area and work your way down and then to the door. If your freezer in the kitchen doesn’t need to be done and you have a deep freezer or another kind you can choose to do those instead. Organize items as you go thru putting them in order &/or in their correct spot. If you have a top or bottom freezer I would take everything out and put items back in once sorted. This will make it easier for you to know exactly what you have in there. It will also make it easier to regroup the items you want together. This should not take long enough where items can defrost.
Start with the items that can’t be out long like ice creams, popsicles, etc… You want to look for items that have been there way too long. For freezable meals (frozen pizza, microwave dinners, chicken nuggets), check the expiry date. For meat and fish, look for items that have been there too long or have freezer burn. Depending on how long they have been there, if you decided to keep it then insure you keep it on the top or/& front so they can be used. You can also look for items that you bought, but didn’t enjoy and are still in there, now is the perfect time to get rid of them and make space for things you use. Tip: I have a deep freezer in my garage, before every shopping trip I go thru that freezer and move what I need into my kitchen freezer so I am not one, over buying and two keep a good rotation. Also, when putting away items I have bought I make sure to put it at the bottom &/or back of the freezer and move what was there forward &/or top. This insures that I am using “the older” ones (which is not really old but you know what I mean).

A great organization tip, if you need some structure in your freezers, I use plastic bins from Dollarama, items I do not keep in their boxes can be put in them. It’s organized and easy to find. My freezer has sliding bins which is where I sort my fish and my meats. I have one shelf where breakfast items are stored and the other for things like frozen vegetables, fruit, fries, etc.. Bins work even better for those bottom drawer freezers & top freezers. It’s a great affordable way to have an organized freezer. You can also find similar ones at Dollar Tree.

Also, during these daily tasks for our purging series if there is a day where it does not apply to you or that place does not need it you can select another area to do with the same idea of 20 minutes or less.

Comment below and let me know if you took part in today’s task. I am loving these tasks, keeping it simple without the overwhelming feelings is great motivation.

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Valentine’s Gift Guide 2021: For Her

Of course I would share a new gift guide for her as I did for him, which if you haven’t already you can check out here. If your looking for more gift ideas you can check out my gift guides from 2020 for her or for him.

  1. Enrica’s Creative Design has this custom made puzzle, such a beautiful and special way to have your favourite picture turned into a puzzle. Which you can also frame as seen in the picture above.
  2. Divine Venus Linked Bracelet is so beauitful and well made. This bracelet can also be worn as an Anklet. It is a very elegant and a great addition to anyone’s jewelry collection. Each of her pieces are hand made.
  3. YSL Libre Parfum– I am completely in love with this scent. It is one of my favourites. Avaiable at Sephora. Check out all the scent details here. The bottle is beautiful and a great decor piece when empty.
  4. Bella Florist– This beauitful custom gift is perfect. It has a little bit of everything. They offer many different options you can check out her amazing work here.
  5. Finbury A5 Organizer 2021 from FiloFax is perfect gift for the planner and/or orangizer in your life. This Finury is very well made and will last for years. Insert refills are always avaiable for purchase and this organizer comes in many classic colors.
  6. This custom Rose Box is apart of their romantic collection from Charming Roses. Roses are a beauitful flower which we all know don’t last long. This is a great way to give roses that will last. You can custom these boxes to different color roses or box types.

Which of these gift ideas are your favourite?
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No Spend January 2021

Hello Friends,
Hope you all had a great holiday season and a wonderful New Year. This 2020 holiday season sure was different and I am sure for most of you too.

This January I decided to make it a no extra spending month, meaning other then groceries, bills, and necessities there will be no other extra spending. I have made one exception to this, which is to our take out Friday’s because after a full week of cooking this mama looks forward to a day where I don’t need to cook dinner.
I thought I would take the savings from no extra spending and put it aside. I didn’t really use my credit card much for the holiday season, so I will be paying that off included as one of my bills this month. I also thought this would be perfect as a reset and to print a bigger picture of how much we can save by doing this.

I thought this was a great idea, since we are home more and have time to browse sales, amazon, etc…. we have been spending on things that are not a need. If 2020 taught me something it was that we have so much and only need a little. I also thought no matter how much or little the extra money turns out to be, I will be putting it aside, even if it’s not much it’s better then none and it may even become a habit. A great habit that I am sure my husband will love, lol.

You could also take the extra money to put towards debit from the holidays, credit cards, savings or which ever applies to your life.

I am totally not saying shopping is bad or that you shouldn’t be, because I love to shop. I am sure I will be back to shopping, but if I can do it for the month of January, I would like to continue it for more months on and off. I already started a new habit of not buying so much clothes for my kids unless it is needed of course & for myself. Since March 2020 until today my younger kids grew out of so many clothes, jackets, that they didn’t even wear because, well we know. The most items that totally wasn’t worn was dress clothes. There is no need for so much extras, so this is already a great habit that I believe will continue. Buying when needed and not just because.

What do you all think of this idea? Let me know but commenting down below if you will be doing the same.

Before starting, I would recommend making a list of your monthly expenses so that you know exactly how much money will be coming out and then you can see about how much money you can save without the extra spending. Having that as a visual will inspire you to stick with it. I am not an expert or a financial adviser just sharing what I plan on doing and how I started. So even though we are a few days into January, don’t worry you can still start or you can plan to do it for another month.

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Christmas Gift Guide 2020: For Him

Of course I had to include a Christmas Gift Guide for Him after doing one for Her. I also have a Gift Guide for Kids . These gift guides are a lot of work, but I love doing them and sharing my personal picks for you all. Let me know how you are like these gift guides. As I said in my last post, this year I feel it’s important to support local, more now than ever. Let’s jump right in.

  1. Sandy Vieira Avon Rep– This men’s sporty watch is a great affordable gift. It’s a great everyday watch and looks great on.

2. Treat a great Italian lunch &/or dinner from Antica Osteria, they offer dine in and take out options. A great date idea while enjoying great food and drinks. We love this restaurant.

3. Sockfootageco– These are great quality socks. They have fun patterns and your simple regular colors, so many to choose from. My hubby and son both love fun dress socks.

4. Urbrandapperman– Tie & Pocket square sets. There are so many different options to choose from. A great addition to any mans wardrobe. A great way to build up his section.

5. Ultimate Cards– For the sports lover in your life, what a great idea to get their picture on an Ultimate Sports card with their favourite sports team. Great for men caves or desk spaces, etc.. ULTIMATE cards are the most unique and premium gift for sports fans of all ages! It’s as easy as picking your favourite sport and customizing your favourite design from their online store. Check out their Instagram for more ideas.

6.The Balanced Company– I love a good Subscription box, this Men’s Balanced Lifestyle Box is the perfect gift for him. Filled with luxury products catered specifically for men. This is a great option for the men who have everything and want nothing.

7. Marion House– Beer Opener Wall Mount- great addition to the bar or outdoor space. Love the tin that hangs to collect all those beer/bottle caps.

8. Crated Designs Barrie- My husband loves personal custom gifts from his kids. This custom wood sign is a great piece for his workspace/shop/garage. These are custom so if you prefer something different, definitely check out their Instagram page for more ideas.

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Review:PlushCraft

How cute are these?

Have you heard about the Plushcrafts? Well let me tell you they are a great craft for the kids. There is a variety of different animals to choose from. I got the unicorn and the panda for my girls from Michaels. They even have animal pillow which will be my next purchase for the girls (great Christmas gift). I love crafts that aren’t just for the time being, these crafts the kids can continue to use/play with afterwards.

My girls enjoyed this very much. What parent doesn’t love a craft that keeps the kids entertained. Each box came with everything you need and instructions clear enough for my girls to read and be able to do it on their own (my girls are 8 and 10 years old). My girls continued to play with them once they were done making them. They keep them safe, each of them have them on their dresser in their rooms. I wouldn’t recommend just throwing them in the toy bin/box so the that fabric doesn’t get pulled and start coming off. They are looking forward to collecting more of these to do.

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Organizing & Decluttering

Hello friends,

On today’s post I will be sharing some organizing and decluttering tips that I use and it helps me get to it done.

I love to use bins and laundry baskets to sort piles out like relocate, toss, donate. Relocate can be something found out of place or I would like to use it in another part of the house, I also use that if I am going to hand it down to one of the kids.

Start small, you don’t want to feel overwhelmed, especially if you are dreading to even start. Also, getting those smaller areas done makes me feel accomplished, giving me that feeling to tackle another area.

Before you start on any room or/& space, visualize how you want the room/space to look like. Then you can choose a category on what to tackle first ex; supplies, books, papers, pictures, knick-knacks, etc… When it comes to your clothing and shoes, if there is a lot to go thru split the task. For example, tackle all your sweaters, then t-shirts and so forth. Making it less stressful and getting one category done will lead you to want to continue either at that same moment, if you have time, or on your next decluttering/organizing slot. You can apply that method to shoes too, do sandals first, the running shoes, etc…. I don’t mean all the shoes in your house. For me, we are a family of six, so I declutter by person. So, if I am doing my shoes and clothes I am only doing mine not anyone else. At this time in my life I only declutter clothing, shoes, bedrooms for myself and my two younger kids, ages 8 and 9 years old. My two older kids do their own and so does hubby.

I also answer these questions when decluttering:
1. Does it fit?
2. Do I still like this style?
3. When is the last time it was woren?

For home decor or/& knick-knacks I also ask myself questions, does this still go with our home decor? and is there too much stuff in this area? If it does not belong in that space I move it to where it should be.

If it doesn’t have a home it’s time to go.

I love decluttering and organizing, but I have to admit sometimes when I started full in I use to get overwhelmed, the amount to go thru when decluttering or even with organizing. I use to pull out my entire closet and then half way thru feel overwhelmed and leaving it for later, which later turned into some other time because then I would dread doing it. Or with kids I would have to stop to make snacks, lunch, or attend to them and that gives me less time. With time, I learned a better way, I would try ways to help these tasks become enjoyable and not stress me out. The most rewarding part of decluttering and organizing is having a space you love where your items have a home and you are able to find whatever you are looking for. Also, having a decluttered and organized kitchen, closet, bathroom, makes getting ready and looking for something so much easier with less time spent. I love reaching into my kitchen cupboard and being able to get what I need without having to search for it or take half of the cupboard out to get it. Same applies to my clothing and shoes so much easier to get dressed and know where everything is.

It gives me such peace of mind when I know where everything is. It also helps the whole family be able to get things on their own with simple or no direction.

I keep this up thru out the year. I usually do clothing, shoes, jackets before each change of season. I plan ahead to insure I start earlier, giving me the time to separate by category and family member.
For house decor and knicks-knacks, I do not need to go over so much anymore, as I have been keeping it down to what I like. If I deicide to redecorate or change up some decor, I deicide right there if I want the orginal decor for another spot in the house or it gets donated.

For my kitchen and bathroom cupboards & drawers, I don’t set certain seasons to do it, as these are well used parts in our home, I do those as I see necessary. Leaving it easier to up keep.

Now, onto the last category Seasonal Decor. A great idea is get rid of what you do not use once you have finished decorating for that season. I love Christmas decorations and found it so hard to get rid of any of it at one point in my life, but I changed that. Thanks to one year when my husband bought up every bin and box labeled Christmas and I saw the amount of bins and boxes with decor that I was holding onto for that what if moment which didn’t happen in years. That was when I really went thru everything and got rid of everything I wasn’t using. I also promised myself to not let it get that bad again, so every year what doesn’t get used gets donated &/or tossed. With that experience, I do that method to all my seasonal decor. Not only does this save you time when changing out your seasonal decor, it clears room in your storage space making everything else accessible and neat.

Remember just start some where. You don’t have to do everything in a day, week, or/& month. Plan your days as you go and see when you have time for it. Even with a small grab of time one of the smaller areas or things can get done and marked off your list. The first go at it, you may not let go of much or organize as much, but that’s ok. Once you get into a habit and do it more often thru out the year, the easier it will be and the more change you will see. Organize spaces to best work with you and your family. I learned over time as well that not every way others organize will work. Create organization for you, how you see and feel that it will work. If it doesn’t at the first go you can learn from it and change it to what will work. That’s how I got better at it, trail and error. In one of my previous post, I share my Top Productivity tips and that too was learned as I tried to come up with what works for me.

Do you have tips or advise on decluttering and organizing to share with our community? Comment below. I love hearing new ideas and methods that work with others and I can try. How often do you declutter and organize?

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My Top 6 Productivity Tips

  1. Create a morning routine. Example, open blinds, work out, coffee, lists, etc… Creating a morning routine that works for you is such a game plan to get your day started off right.
  2. Wake up 1 hour before the rest of your household. I stand by this really working. Yes it is hard to get use too, but you can start off slow like 1 or 2 days a week, or half hr before. I wake up between 5-5:30am everyday (weekdays) for years now. It has made such a difference in my day. I can actually enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee and get things done. Things to get done, changes here and there depending on what needs to get done. Sometimes it’s work things & sometimes it’s house/family things normally a mix of both. I can really get a lot achieved in this time. My kids start to wake up at 6:30am and by that time I am already making breakfast for them. I really want to work on adding working out to this early morning routine. See for me that’s hard, but I will keep trying to fit it in until I get it in there somewhere. Since Covid-19 started and kept us at home, I bent the rules on bedtimes and kids routines. It was hard on enough with all the changes, online school, and staying home. Now, I am home full time with the kids and they are on summer break, they do wake up later, but I still on most days get up an hour before they do. This will change September 1st and we will return to regular routines.
  3. Limit online time, set a timer. I can get lost on social media sometimes, watching everyones stories, liking posts, etc… I may post a picture in the morning of my coffee but then I will give myself sometime in the mornings once I am done my morning routine/tasks. I also will go on thru out the day, but not for long. As social media is also apart of my job, I do need to keep up with posts, comments, etc.
  4. Plan ahead, planner, calendars. Always check your planner or calendar ahead of time (daily) to insure you don’t miss any appointments, events, dates. This will also help plan the next day much easier. You don’t want to make a huge to do list or even a little one, but have a task that will take so long that your calendar may interfere with. I love. my planner by Happy Planner, I got mine at Michaels . I also use my IPhone calendar, but just for reminders. I review, add, and plan in my planner every night. I also review it in the morning. My planner is such an important item to me and I feel helps me so much to stay on track.
  5. Make a “Daily To Do” List. If you list ends up being long, make a top 3 or 5 number list. Go thru that long list and number your top musts and get on those first and if you have time tackle the next task. I find that when I have a long list, I choose my must do’s and most of the time I can get those done and more. Making a To Do list is so satisfying and even more satisfying to cross that task off once it’s done.
  6. Create a night time routine, this is the key to get your morning tasks done and also to having a peaceful relaxed morning. We are all people with busy lives and their are evenings that I don’t want to do my night routine and when I don’t the next morning when I get up and see the added things to do, I start hating myself as I am rushing trying to get caught up and onto my morning tasks as well. Having a night time routine that works for you will help you in the morning with less to do and being more productive in the things you wanted to do in the morning. Setting a good bedtime and sticking to it will also help in your early morning wake up call.

What do you think of the above list? Do you have a morning and night routine? Do you have any productive tips that you do? Comment below.

Our School Room

Today I thought I would share our school room with you all as back to school is soon approaching here in Ontario. I deicided to dedicate an area for a school room back when schools were shut down due to Covid-19 and online learning started in April 2020.

At the begining of online learning, we did first start off just on our kitchen table. A day or two later I quickly realized it was not going to work. With our family room right next to our eat in kitchen, with snacks, and lunch breaks, we were always having to move things and then to setup all over again. Also, with having four kids ages 17 years old and younger there were different distractions. I quickly came up with a solution, I deicided to turn our home office (which is a pretty good size) into office/homeschool room. Budget friendly was also in mind when I thought about it, so I took a look at the space and then went shopping in my basement. I took a folding table and chairs, that we use for parties & large gatherings (which clearing we aren’t and wont be using for a while) and I also had on hand one plastic container with drawers. I used a party plastic table cover (from the dollarstore) to cover the table which is perfect and easy to change/clean.
I, then went thru our craft bin and picked out things we can use. After collecting what I had, we put the room together and made note of things I can pick up to add to our room.
I always have a homework bin stored in our main closet with extra school supplies which I refill every August or/& thru out the year as needed so we always have extra for those “in case” things got left at school or for projects that come up. Once I knew what I wanted/needed I took a quick trip to Dollar Tree where I picked up a map of Canada to add to our wall. I got some poster boards I could use for words of the week, days of the week, certain information provided by their teachers for easly finding, etc… I also picked up some extra popicle sticks, clay, wooden cubes, and a weekly calendar (dry ease) so we could write their schedule for the week as the teachers provided it.

Some great sources I used; Pinterest to find some fun activities for them to do and I also saved some learning activities in case I felt they weren’t getting enough from online or simply to change up the way they learned. Though out the online learning I also pinned some great learning material in the subject or area they needed help with. YouTube videos also helped with learning. I would just search and find a kid friendly video example: long division grade 4 for kids. Youtube was also a great pick for kids dance, exercises, kids yoga, etc… and lots of learning videos on whatever you need.

When the girls saw the room complete, they were so excited and it helped them gain a more positive look on doing school from home. They also loved seeing their work on the wall as we went on. A great tip I learned, use painter’s tape to hang these temporary things, they come off so easily and does not peel off the paint on the wall.

I will admit it, we did have our days, it was not always clean and simply. I did learn to accept that it won’t be perfect and we won’t always have great days, but it’s ok and we will get thru it and I too will learn more in areas I myself needed to grow in, in order to better help them. It took a lot of patience some days, there were also days I felt like I couldn’t keep up. In the end everything worked out and we got thru it.

With our current situation here in Ontario, we are in the middle of the hardest decision, to send our kids to school or not to. Which ever you choose I do not judge, this is a hard deicison for parents to make. Every person/families have different situtions, and opinions which should be respected by all.

I personally have decided not to send back any of my four kids back to school this September, we will be doing the online learning. I don’t feel comfortable with sending them and with everything you hear on the news, social meadia, I don’t know how much to believe or not to anymore in all honestly. No one knows enough on this virus and so therefore I deicided to not send them. I also feel that the government is rushing back the return of schools without having things in place. In my opinion, the government knew September would be coming and they should of started putting plans into place and getting schools and teachers ready. Instead they waited and are rushing to get things done, promising to implement things that take more then 3 weeks to do.

There’s things that confuse me, just like we are not allowed to have an outdoor birthday party 10-15 kids, but you can have 20+ kids in a classroom with a not so great ventilation system, where social distancing can not happen, and wearing masks for some but not all. Plus, I think 6 hours with a mask is a lot. I wear mine with simple errands and as soon as I walk out I am so happy to take it off.
Too many do this and not that, then ok you can do this and that in other situtions, you know what I mean? Also, there will be so many changes and restrictions that school will not be the same. Even tho I would love to send them to be with their friends, regular learning, fun times/events, etc… I feel it wont be. I know as well that online learning wont be all fun and games (as I know from earlier this year), but I will try my hardest to help them in any way and try to make the best of it.

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Thankfully I am able to make this deicison because I am home and can help them when needed, more for my younger ones. I will send them back once I am comfortable with it. I am just sharing what we will be doing, not saying at all it is the right way. We as parents want the very best for our children. Every parent as the right to make their deicison without judegment.

Are you sending your kids back to school or will you be doing homeschool/online learning? Do you have helpful resources to share or tips? Or if you would like to share your home school room, comment below.

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Book Review: Girl, wash your face

Have you read “Girl, wash your face” by Rachel Hollis? If you haven’t I am here to tell you go read it, it is so good and gives you that push you need to get up and work hard for that dream.

“Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to be” Rachael Hollis

Rachel Hollis is a bestselling author, TV personality, in-demand speaker, and founder and CEO of Chic Media, the foremost authority on premium digital content for women. Named one of Inc. Magazine’s “Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30,” 

Every dream doesn’t come easy, hard work and fails is how it is to achieve that dream, only you can do it. With every fail and every goal achieved it is you to push for that. Forget about what people think/say, you must overcome that and keep pushing, working for that dream to come true. Believe in yourself. No matter how big that dream or goal is, you can do it with time and working hard. Everyone goes through some fail and it’s hard and it can be a real downer, take a day if needed to feel all those feelings, but then re-group yourself and get back on that dream &/or goal.

In Girl, wash your face Rachael tells it all. The good and the bad. She has so much knowledge and inspiration. This book is so good and what makes it really good is the fact that she shares the good and bad (her real experiences), but also gives you real things that make you think and some that really make you dig deep into for your own personal life. She gives so much inspiration. Dreams take hard work to achieve and sometimes some fails. Rachel shares it all in this book. This book has inspired me to keep pushing for your dream. If you need a good book to wake you up and help you get the right mind set, this is a good one.

I bought mine at Indigo but it is also available on Amazon. I also purchased Girl, Stop Apologizing.

Have you read “Girl, wash your face” yet? What did you think of it? Comment below and let me know your thoughts.

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March Break Camps 2020

Now that Valentine’s Day is over, it’s time to start planning for the kids March Break. Being a working mom myself I thought I would put together some March Break Camp ideas and share them here with their direct links for you to check out.

Simply Play
Caledon, ON
March 16th-20th, 2020

Caledon Academy of the Arts
Caledon East, ON
Offering Full Day & Half Day options.

Tiny Town
Vaughan, ON
March 16th-20th, 2020
Offering Full Day

Studio on King
Bolton, ON
Offering 3 days, March 16th, 17th, & 20th, 2020

Rooks to Cooks
Toronto, ON
Cooking Camp

Brick Work Academy
Waterloo, ON
Offering a variety of types & different age groups

Creative Kids Place
Mississauga, ON
Offering a variety of types & different age groups

Kidnetix
Brampton, ON
March 16th-20th, 2020
Extended hrs available

I will be updating these as I find more or/& am advised on camps I think you may like to see information on. So, keep checking back for updates.

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