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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Valentine Gift Guide 2021: For Him

Valentine’s Day will soon be here, just like last year I thought I would create a new gift guide for him for 2021 for some gift ideas if you are in the search of some. I love creating these
If you would like more ideas you can check out 2020 Gift Guide For Him.

2021 Valentine Gift Guide For Him

1. Beard Kit for Men– This is an amazing kit if your partner has a beard or mustache. This unique gift set comes in a gift box with all beard care products. It includes; 60g unscented Beard Balm, 30ml Beard Oil, Wooden Two-Sided Beard Comb, Mustache Scissors, Beard Brush, Shape Tool, Canvas Bag. From Amazon.

2. Isotoner Men’s Slippers– Men’s moccasin house shoe in slip-on closed back design with indoor/outdoor rubber sole. Sherpasoft liner for that extra cozyness and warmth. These slippers offer memory foam and arch support. Non slip, rubber outsole provides weatherproof slippers which can be worn inside or out. A very stylish slipper that’s super comfortable for the men in your life. From Amazon.

3.Divine Venus hand makes beauitful custom pieces. This Picasso Jasper Stone Lion Charm is a great addition to your partners jewelry collection. It can be worn with causal or formal clothing. Divine Venus has many designs/colors to choose from, you can check out all their pieces here.

4. Another great Amazon gift, Cuisinart Grill Set. This set includes chef’s spatula, grill tongs, silicone basting brush, 8 corn holders, 5 skewers, cleaning brush, replacement brush head, aluminum storage case, and digital temperature fork. These are all stain less steel and the Digital fork displays deseired food cooking temperatures (that’s so awesome) It will also alert you when food is done cooking at the tempature you selected.

5. Tom Ford Ombre Leather from Sephora. This cologne smells amazing. This has become one of my husband’s favourite. For all the scent details you can check them out here.

6. How amazing do these chocolate covered strawberries from SanRemo Bakery look? Need I have to say anything more? Treat your partner to delicious desserts from SanRemo Bakery. They have many desserts to choose from and another amazing items too. Be sure to check everything out here.

Which of the above gifts is your favourite? Know of a great gift? Comment below and let us know.

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Halloween 2020

This Halloween will be different for many of us thanks to Covid-19. I have been thinking of ways to make Halloween fun still for the kids and thought I would share some of the ideas with you. A few people have asked and I thought it would be great to share our plans along with some extra ideas from Pinterest. I have pinned many ideas on Pinterest which I would like to do and also some extras for ideas for you all.
Glad Halloween is on a Saturday so I can have time to prepare and bedtimes are no issue here. We have our costumes picked out and everyone’s happy.

The following is what I am planning for this Halloween with the kids,
1. Orange pancakes for breakfast
2. Halloween party- We will be decorating the inside of our house with halloween decorations and get out any “Halloween” serving trays and playing Halloween music.
3. Creating fun baking and snack creations with a halloween theme. (found some good ones on Pinterest)
4. Candy Scavenger Hunt, depending on the weather this may be done indoors. What’s great about the candy hunt is that it can be done indoors or outdoors.
5. Making Halloween theme slime (also found on Pinterest)
6. Colouring some printable Halloween pictures
7. A kid friendly Halloween movie night with orange and black colored popcorn made with food colouring) and some of the treats from the scavenger hunt.

This time is hard for everyone due to restrictions, but we can try to make the best out of every situation. As disappointed the kids may have been with the restrictions of not being able to trick or treat (in some areas) they will be ok. We parents can pull off a fun one at home. We took the time and spoke with the kids about the plan and they are ok about it, they are actually really excited for what we have planned. Hope you all have a Happy and Safe Halloween.

Dollarama and Dollar Tree are great budget friendly places to find decorations, crafts, treats, and so much more.

Another great place that has everything you need and more Party City.

Do you have some ideas to share? Comment below and share for everyone.

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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.

Have you read my previous post? Can you relate?

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2020

This Mother’s Day gift guide is extra special, all the gift ideas I have put together are all from local businesses. I think we should all shop local and support all the hard working entrepreneurs.

  1. Maskcara Makeup– An all in one makeup palette. This makeup palette can be customized with everything you would need. How amazing would it be to have one palette with everything you need to do your makeup, right. Kelsey will be happy to help you pick out the perfect combo of makeup products.

2. This beautiful unique hand finished necklace with block that can be engraved from Karamella Designs. This block is double sided and can be engraved on both sides. A beautiful piece to add to anyone’s collection.

3. Another beautiful piece from Karamella Designs, this heart shaped steel locket. Add a beautiful picture of all the kids and it will be a cherished gift. Karamella also has necklaces to choose from and many more one of a kind pieces in her collection for you to choose from. Be sure to check out her website for all her pieces. All her jewelry is extremely well made and she goes above and beyond and insures all the minor details are perfect.

4. This beautiful painted jewelry plate from BraveArt Canada. Can also be used as a key dish. Want a different color check out all that she offers.

5. Sparkle Resin Cheese Board in Silver & White with added stone details also another piece from BraveArt Canada. If this one isn’t your color or too large not to worry they have custom colors that you can request and also different sizes in the boards. This is a gift that will last a long time and will never go out of style.

6. I am so in love with this Rose Box. This beautiful rose box is from Gigirose Florals. Love the personalization on the box, that extra sweet detail. This would look so beautiful on your night table, vanity etc..

Items on 7, 8, 9, & 10 are all from Klaudyas Closet. She has a variety of gifts, decor, & so much more, to suit anyones taste. She owns a boutique in Bolton. These were a few of my choices, it was so hard to just pick four as there is plenty of great items.

11. Another Rose box from Gigirose Florals, I deicide to another one of her rose boxes so you can see that there are different choices for number of roses and color. This light pink rose is so beautiful and makes a statement piece in any room of your home. This simple but elegant box will fit into any decor style.

I hope this gift guide helped with ideas and vendors. I hope you deicide to shop local. If you end up going with one of these let me know by commenting below or tag me on Instagram.
Which item(s) from this gift guide is your favourite(s)? Comment below and let me know.

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 Family Fun 2020

March break is coming up, are you staying home with your kids & looking for some activities to do with them? I will list some places and links for you to check out for your March Break fun.

CREATIVE FAMILY FUN TIME
Starts February 22nd, 2020 @ Chris Gibson Recreation Centre (Variety of dates to choose from, see website)
Brampton

Family Fun In Toronto
March 9th-17th
The Art Gallery Toronto, ON
Nine days of drop in fun

March 11th-17th
Black Creek Pioneer Village-Take a trip back in time

Until March 17th
Winter fun at Ontario Place

Glama Gal
Offering different fun pkgs for each day of the March Break

Medieval Times
Toronto, ON

Skating Brampton, ON

Cineplex
4 Movies a day playing for only $2.99 each

Top 10 March Break Activities
Brampton, ON
Variety of options and ideas

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.

If you found this post useful comment below and let me know. Do you know of another camp offering that we should share, comment below the details of it.