Monday, 10 June 2019

Amazon Haul: Repurchases and Something New

I needed some pimple patches and some tinkle razors so I placed a little Amazon order and this is what we got!

Pimple Patches - SO good!
Everyone needs these, they suck up all the goop and clear blemishes faster than anything I've tried.

If you want to stock up get the 3 pack for $15.00
72 patches

If your just testing them out get one 24 pack for $6.99

Tinkle Razors!
I could not live without these now.
I use them all over my face, upper lip, chin, forehead, eyebrows, sideburns.
They remove all the dead skin and fuzz and it DOES NOT grow back darker or thicker.

I don't really know what to believe because once I used a men's razor to deal with unwanted facial hair but my hair DID grow back darker and thicker.

I don't know what it is about these little single blades but it's like they don't activate the darker and thicker gene.

My hair grows back just as light and fluffy as before and then I'll tinkle it off again!
Been doing this for over a year!
I can't believe it, time flies when you find a great hair remover.

I go big and get the 12 pack for $26

But you can test them out, $6 for a 3 pack

An adjustable satin eye mask, YUP, NEEDED.

Pick your colour! $11.99

Satin Pillowcases!
About to give these a try since I hear they do wonders for your hair.

Again, pick your colour!
$12.99 for a 2 pack

Irish Spring
2 pack for $7.47

5 pack of Old Spice Deodorant $17.96

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Amazon Hair Must Haves!

I love Amazon, I love cheap, I love delivery to my door in 2 days (if you have prime, everyone who uses Amazon regularly should get prime! I love it).

I love hair accessories!
Here is a few of the best and most affordable you can order off Amazon.
(non spon! I just really love Amazon, I wish they would sponsor me lol)

1000 piece clear hair elastics!
I ordered these back in early January, for both Noelle and my hair.
They're super durable, you can get more than a use or two out of them but at $12 for 1000 you don't feel bad when one snaps.

Click the small Amazon photo below for the link
(all products will be linked below my synopsis)

Scrunchies! LOVE, use daily!
Purchased these all the way back in December, 24 pieces for $16!!

Bunny Ear scrunchie!
These are smaller than the scrunchies above but they have wire inside the bunny ears that makes them easily moldable to fit any updo!
12 piece for $11.29

I am always spending money on small quantities of hair bows for Noelle, only for her or I to misplace them and/or never have the right colour available.

I found a 40 pack of really easy to use (and remove) mini bows for $14.99.
Love them so much!
There are 2 of every pattern so you can use them as a singleton or on pigtails.

All the links above are an affiliate, if you purchase through the link I may get a small referral commission. Super small lol.

But every bit counts when you love Amazon as much as I do!
I promote everything for free because I have an obsession. #guilty

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Super Simple Homemade Play Dough: Only 5 ingredients that you already have in the pantry!

This recipe has been around these parts for a few years now, I already wrote a blog post about it - (Click Here) way back in 2015.

Since it's been a while, I thought I would write down my updated recipe and list some ways for you to customize it in your home.

It's honestly SO simple, the homemade version can be whipped up in minutes and stored in the fridge for a few days.

Plus you can play around with making your own colours OR add no colour at all and use it as is, moldable sand!


- 2 Cups Flour
- 1/2 Cup Salt (I used Kosher salt in the updated photos because that's all I had in the pantry! Worked great!)
- 1 1/2 Cups Water
- 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
- Colour Agent (I use food colouring, especially NEON! see below) 

Mix flour and salt together in a bowl. 
Mix the vegetable oil and water in a pot on the stove, bring to a rolling boil. 
Slowly mix your boiling water/oil into the dry ingredient bowl.
Continue mixing the oil/water into the dry ingredients until it forms a dough consistency (I use all the oil/water mixture).

Flour counter top and knead dough smooth.

Divide dough into as many balls as you have colours.

Have fun making custom colours!

Add scent if you desire.

I considered adding a bit of vanilla for a nice aroma, or kid-friendly essential oils  

I like to keep plastic table cloths from the Dollarama on hand for these messy floor activities, they're larger than a cut garbage bag and if you shake them outside you can usually use them through a few painting/playdough adventures. 

Notes about how to colour your playdough:
Feel free to adapt this!

Use Koolaid packets!

 Or natural dye from veggies/spices (beets, turmeric, cabbage, strawberries) by boiling the veggie for 10 minutes and then simmering for 10-30 minutes until you get desired colour.

If you use the veggie way of colouring replace tap water (in the recipe above) with the veggie dyed water and work your dough one colour at a time.

If you use food colouring try to fold your dough as thick as possible to avoid getting dye on your hands.

Once it's worked into the dough it's fine to give to the kids, it doesn't leave any colour residue beyond regular playdough stickiness!

Throwback photos of Baby Elli!

Current photos of my boy!

We got a solid 30 minutes of silence while these two were playing!
I give them some measuring cups and spatulas and send them on their way.

Honestly, I played too!
It's a very calming activity to roll and shape the dough.

This was second-day dough and I added a bit of fresh flour to the balls if they felt at all damp but overall they hold up wonderfully in an airtight container stored in the fridge.

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Saturday, 2 March 2019

My DIY Dresser: Super Affordable Glass Knobs and Drawer Pulls off Amazon

I'm going to start off by right away giving you the links to this hardware!

Click the link above for the glass drawer pulls, they're 5 for $25.43 (I ordered two sets, 10 pulls total because I needed 9).

They're available for 2-day shipping if you're a prime member, I've been a prime member for 1.5 years and I cannot rave about it enough! I use Amazon TV (like Netflix but different shows) and Amazon music (daily), plus I order a ton of little things off of Amazon itself which always has free 2-day shipping! (Some items are not available for free 2-day shipping but I've never found a product I couldn't substitute for something else that has the free shipping!)

Click above for the knobs!
These are not glass but they're only $13.99 for 12 (!!!) and they're really lovely quality, very sparkly/shiny.

I ordered these all the way back in December and they were also free 2-day shipping.
After visiting hardware stores and specialty knob and pull stores, I am so pleased with my Amazon orders!

They're by far the most affordable I could find and the quality is beyond what I expected!

The links above are affiliate links so if you want to order either I would appreciate if you buy right after you click on my link because I'll get a tiny commission, all of last year I think I was paid out $15 in total (lol) so its barely worth me linking but hey, I'm recommending them anyway, I may as well! ;)

Now onto the makeover!

I spotted this dresser during the Halifax curbside giveaway week, I always participate in these weeks and I ALWAYS drive around picking up. (much to Nicks dismay LOL)

As soon as I saw this dresser I saw its potential!
Notice how clean inside the dresser drawers are, call me boujee but I always take note of the house things are coming from. You still get to be choosey with giveaway items, just because something is free doesn't mean I don't care if your cats been using it as a litter box for 6 months.

Just take a quick peek inside of drawers and circle round the item, make sure its in solid condition.

I love a project, I don't mind putting a little work into an item, I actually love owning 1 of a kind pieces! Sometimes my projects can end up costing half of what something new would cost and a person who doesn't enjoy DIY may ask "why put in all that effort?!"

But isn't it satisfying to have something to work on?? You're the only person with that particular item, maybe in the world! It's like a special little piece that has also helped the earth by being reused instead of going into a landfill.

So much of what we get rid of these days still has life and purpose in it, it just needs a new home and maybe a little TLC. 

You know I've been on a tv stand rampage lately (fireplace debacle!) and I'm trying to declutter the tv stand scene. This has not been easy because we do have a lot of things that need to be displayed, cable boxes, Xboxes, yes, that's a VCR (hehe). I love the idea of clean areas since this is a major cat hair, dust collector but we also have to be practical!

I thought the dresser would be a perfect compromise, Nick would get to store some of his clothes in our room and we would just keep the essentials on top of the dresser (eventually wall mounting this tv too!)

We picked it up way back in October so we were able to keep it outside for the day and sand it, then we went straight in with one of my favourite paint.

I have three wood items in our bedroom painted with this,  2 side tables and the dresser.
I also have a massive armour in Noelles room that's been painted the same.

See the makeovers in this old blog post 2017! CLICK

I would say you can get this paint at almost any hardware store, I always pick mine up at Kent.
It claims one coat and no primer needed but that's not been the case for me.
I'm very fussy, I've never used a primer but I definitely do 2 if not 3 coats for a nice opaque look!

It's priced around $30, which isn't cheap but it will last you through a couple of projects!

I like to roll it on with a mini roller and have a brush on hand to get into corners and creases.

These are some throw backs of the other pieces I've painted, you can see the before and afters in the old blog post I've linked above.

Back to the handles!
They were the perfect fit, they are your typical or average sized handle when it comes to spacing for screws.

The last thing I wanted to do was fill in holes and have to make a new placement for where the handles go. This actually held me up for a minute because there were some other handles on Amazon I really liked but they wouldn't fit where the old handles fit, so I debated what to do.

In the end, I am so happy with this project!
Nick loves it!

He put the handles on in ten minutes flat, they're nice and sturdy, they look fantastic.

The whole project must've cost me just around $100 start to finish (even with getting the dresser for free!)

$65 on hardware
$30 on paint
I always have some brushes and rollers on hand so I hardly ever count that value while working on a project but if you don't own them, add that cost in as well.

But, dressers are expensive man!

I just priced some dressers at IKEA and you're going to pay anywhere from $100-400 easily, plus you know what a challenge putting together IKEA furniture is!

You will probably put more effort into an IKEA piece than what I've put into this and you'll have a copy cat of what everyone else has.

Springtime curbside give away will be coming up (usually May) so keep an ear open and maybe get a one of a kind DIY dresser for yourself!

For FREE, lol, the lie I always tell Nick whenever we pick something up. It's FREE.
Don't mention the cost of DIYing ;)

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Budget and Due Dates: How do I make them work?

If you follow my Insta stories you may have seen my new shelf/desk.

It's a mix of everything I love: use of height, storage area, trinket holding space, wood tones and CHEAP.

It was marked down to $50 from $600 at Winners/Homesense.
My mom originally bought it for herself but she has no room for it so I stole it.

Now, is it a desk you ask?
It could be!

It would be a great desk and I feel like eventually, that's what it will be.
I can see it in a teens room or in our future finished basement with a nice chair.

For now, I'm going to leave it as is with that white stool underneath and I'm on the hunt for a nice big basket to balance the other side.

We use baskets for everything in the newborn stage, I'll fill this one with baby blankets and newborn diapers.

Noelle's diaper basket is on the other side of the red couch and it's perfect because she knows that her spot and anytime she needs a change I ask her to bring over the diapers and wipes.

Parenting hack: Use open baskets for everything and get your children to help out, early on!

Just this evening I asked Noelle to bring over her diapers and wipes to get changed for bed, I then asked her to toss the used diaper in the trash and I asked her to bring her used clothes to the hamper.
She did it all!

I make it out to be a fun/helpful task and part of our routine, both kids are really good about it.

This is the wall before we moved the shelf/desk over.
I've been meaning to take these photos down and replace with some more up to date family photos, it has been almost 2 years and we don't have a single photo of Noelle framed in the house - LOL!

But because I put them up with command strips I didn't want to mess with them until I had picked and printed the new photos, which never happened! (lol again, 2nd child)

The strips came off easier than anticipated considering they were up for four years, yay!

Click the photo below for the exact ones I use, they're velcro for hanging frames.

Amazon Affiliate link

Minus a couple of nails, I still use nails for hard to hang items.

So, now the elephant in the room is my fireplace.
I've wanted to replace this fireplace for so many years but the timing was never right.

Ideally, we will get built-ins on this wall but not knowing how soon or far away that would happen has been holding me back from changing the fireplace.

We do love the look of the lit fireplace, I know Nick is a little devastated that I'm so eager to dispose of it but it's driving me nuts!

I hate the balance of the shelf/desk next to the fireplace, the wall seems too full and everything is sloped towards the kitchen, its seriously bothering me.

SO, I went through a big moment of "I'm going to paint the fireplace!"
Look, I LOVE a DIY, I am not scared of putting a ton of work into something that may not even be worth it.

I love a project and I take as much joy in doing the makeover as I do when it's complete.

But, after much debate, I just don't think paint is the answer to my problem.
The sloping sensation will still be there if we keep the fireplace, painted or not!

This stage of life is hard though, its really hard, I've been stressed with the thoughts of "did we plan the timing of this baby, ok?"

There are so many things I want to do that cost a lot of MOOLA!
- Paint the kitchen
- New shelving for the kitchen
- New light fixture in the kitchen
- Paint Nannys curio cabinet
- Paint Nannys rocker
- New couch
- New living room rug
- Wall Mount living room TV
- New wall mounted fireplace for the living room?
- Some sort of faux mantle in the living room?

And if we do those mini living room makeover points then we will definitely be delaying built-ins because Nick is not going to drop $1000 on all of that just to tear it down and replace with built-ins in 4 years.

But am I ready to set aside my built-in dream for another few years??

It's so tough!

Everyone on Instagram makes getting new stuff look so nonchalant but our reality is, anything over $200 is a large purchase that we will discuss and plan for.

My maternity leave will be 4 months of top-up (93% pay, less if you take the 18-month leave) and since I plan to take the 18 months leave the rest of the time I will get around 33% bi-weekly.

It's starting to freak me out a little bit!
100% of pay down to 33% is a leap and it would've been nice to keep that 100% going a little longer since I have such a 'want' list growing.

But, I have to remind myself that the list is nothing but cosmetic work.
It's not urgent and with this timing, I get the first 18 months of Elliotts School life off work, it is going to be amazing to have time to volunteer andshuffle him to and from school everyday.

C'est la vie!

I'm also stumped with this red couch, its the only red thing in our house but I love the low height and it is SO completely practical, WE NEED THIS EXTRA SEATING.