March 27, 2017

spring cleaning check list

You guyssss! It's finally Spring! Even though it hasn't exactly been feeling like it in Toronto, I think we're finally (almost) getting there. Annnnd, with Spring time comes Spring cleaning! (and shopping, lol) I thought it'd be fun to come up with a Spring cleaning check list, mostly so I can use it for myself as well.

I broke it down to four main categories for y'all. These were just a few things of the top of my head, but also things I like to do and plan to do this Spring!

Here's another idea to keep in mind while you're doing your Spring cleaning -- keep anything that you don't necessarily want or need but don't want to get rid of. Save these things like makeup, toiletries, books, magazines, clothes etc and plan a swap with friends! I'm planning a little something with the girls from my work and we're all going to bring in stuff we want to swap. I think everyone has stuff lying around that they bought that just didn't work for them, but they feel they don't want to throw it away so they hold on to it!

So there you go! Plan a little swap with pals and then get on this cleaning list and you'll be feeling pretty darn productive.

kitchen //

  • Clean out the entire fridge! Take everything out - throw out anything that is expired, or just not needed. Take this time to spray down and clean the actual fridge too.
  • Take everything off the counter for a good scrub down
  • Clean out the food cupboard & pantry - throw away any stale, unused food and refresh the layout of the cupboard so that there's more room and everything is accessible!
  • Junk drawer - if you've got one of these take everything out! Throw away any of the random things you've managed
  • Do inventory - what do you need?! Also, what do you now have ROOM for after that big clean out? Stock up on spices, food, and anything other things to make your kitchen dreams come true.
  • Switch out any sponges, cloths and towels with new, fresh, bright ones!

living room //

  • Go through books and magazines! Maybe you'll find something that re-sparks your interest and the time is right to read it now. Look through your magazines to see if there are any articles you really liked and save them (I always do this!) Recycle or donate any magazines or books you no longer want or need.
  • Wash and freshen up your cushions and blankets. Follow instructions accordingly to wash your blankets and pillow cases to freshen them up.
  • Dust those bunnies, baby! I just (finally) bought a new duster for our shelves and books in our living room. Take everything off the shelves for a wipe down and dust!
  • Giving your living room a little update never hurt anyone either. Swap out any candles, plants, dishes, or knick knacks that might add some more Spring flair to your home.
  • Buy some new plants (and fresh flowers of course) to add that extra spark to your living room!

washroom //

  • Get under that sink and go through those baskets and bins! I actually do this every month or so because with limited space (and no linen closet!) this can get out of control fast. Throw away anything you don't want or use and if there is something that's a good product and you just don't want it, save it for that toiletry swap!
  • Scrub the tub and toilet (to the max) because it's one of those things we probably don't do as often as we want to! Bonus -- take a bath afterwards once it's so nice & clean!
  • Makeup overhaul! this is something that can get out of control pretty quick (haha) but every few months it's great to go through your makeup, clean it and throw away anything you don't need. Also, a good time to bust out some of those bright Spring/Summer shades in preparation for the new season!
  • Wash and replace all your towels. Obviously the washing happens often and not every season, but it's nice to start fresh and switch some towels out for a while after using the same ones often! All the more reason to have nice, fluffy towels on the regular.

bedroom //

  • Wash your sheets, bedding & pillows! Because honestly, what is better than snuggling into bed with nice, warm clean sheets?
  • Do a once over of your bedside tables! Wipe them down, spruce them up with new books, sprays and goodies. I always love changing mine up every so often and as the seasons change.
  • Organizer your dresser drawers -- oh my goodness my top drawer can get pretty hectic pretty easily so I always try to go through it every few months
  • Go through your closet and donate anything you don't want or need, as well as switch out your winter gear for your Spring and Summer stuff!
  • Get some new candles and sprays to keep everything smelling fresh, always.
  • Open those windows, let some fresh air in and fill the room with some flowers and plants!

March 25, 2017

travel dreamin'

OH HEY THERE! Happy Saturday Y'all ♥

So, I've gotta say that I'm really feeling the travel itch right now! Pete and I had a chat the other night about our next adventure (which made me SO excited of course) We looked at our schedules roughly for the year to see when can find time to go away.

We're thinking of taking a trip between Christmas and New Years this year - which is so exciting and something we've actually never done before. Pete and I both get the whole week off during this time so we thought it'd be perfect.

So, now the fun part! Deciding where to travel to next! Pete and I have been lucky enough to take lots of fun trips over the years and it's something we always really look forward to. We've just slowly started doing some research about our next adventure but I'm already so excited. We've still got lots of places on our bucket list and I'm looking forward to learning more in the next while.

Where do you want to travel to next?!

(san fransisco)

1 // colombia via style me pretty living
2 // hawaii via
3. // greece via the londoner
4. // san francisco via new york elegance
5. // portugal via pinterest

March 19, 2017

feels like home

Oh hello there! Happy Sunday + I swear I'm still here despite my lack of posts lately! Between the new job, and an abnormally busy February & March, there hasn't been much time for blogging.

Buuuut, here I am! I wanted to share a little "sneak peak" of some pictures of our new house! We've been here for about two & a half months now and things are just lovely. It's truly feeling like "home" which is so great. Pete and I are both ready for the warmer weather so we can fix up our patio and be able to spend time outside!

Pete and I were pretty quick to gets things set up and get settled in. Sure, there are a few things here and there that we'd like to do but for the most part we're nestled in just right. No more boxes or things without a home, things are really coming together.

Since it's almost Spring (omg, finalllllly!) I feel like I will definitely be in the mood for another big clean out and purge. I already started a bag filled with clothes to donate and I am so ready for a nice, fresh Spring cleaning sesh! Also, can we just talk about how excited we are about longer days, sunshine and fresh flowers? YES please!

So, more coming soon for sure - but for now here are a few snaps from our new home. All from our main floor for now! More to come soon, and some more blog posts too - I promise! ♥

March 6, 2017

let's make it happen!

///      m a k e   t h i n g s   h a p p e n
Oh hello and Happy Sunday y'all.  As I mentioned in my last few months, things have been extra great lately! With that being said, I am definitely all about the whole "make things happen" kinda lifestyle. Even more so lately has it been a way in which I look at the things in my life.

I am not going to preach to you guys and say you can do literally anything and everything you set your mind to -- but dammit, you can try! And with that being said, here are a few little tips to help you make things happen (however big or small those things may be!) ♥
  • Write it down! // This is my advice on pretty much everything really (haha) but for real. We live in a world in which we are constantly thinking, moving, exploring and experiencing things on the day to day. I've got a notebook for pretty much everything (because any reason to get a cute notebook..) and I fill these with ideas and dreams and things to look forward to.
  • Ask for help! // I will admit that I am not always the best at this, and should start taking my own advice. This is a big one though and I feel like often times asking for help can help you achieve your goals and also get some clarity. Sometimes all it takes is an outsiders perspective and advice to put you in the right direction.
  • Make new friends & connections! // The internet is so cool because it helps bring people with the same interests and aspirations together. I've been so inspired by people I've met through social media and have realized how special these relationships can be. I'm always on board to make some new friends from new places and open up new doors. One of my goals for the year is to meet some of my internet friends IRL.
  • Keep learning! // I don't always have the time, money and energy to take courses, go to conferences and spend the time to learn a new skill. However, I will always make time to read books, blogs, and surround myself by inspiring people. I am trying to actively make time in my week to learn and read and always take new things in!

  • Set aside time for the things you love! // Even when it comes to this blog, people have always asked me how I have time to keep up with it. And the truth is, I don't always have time, but I definitely do my best to make time, because it's something I really love to do. The same thing goes with so many other things in my life. Sometimes we just need to actively make sure we are setting aside time for the things we really love!

March 2, 2017

Hello March + Goals!

H E L L O     M A R C H ♥

I know I'm a day late, but such is life! Oh what a week it has been. Such a really, really great week. I am feeling so happy and excited about so much right now. (I know generally I always am, but even more so lately)

As I mentioned, it's been a busy couple weeks/months lately with lots of exciting things happening. I am almost three weeks in to my new job and I could not be more thrilled about how it's going! On top of that we've had our housewarming and have been celebrating lots of birthday's and awesome times with family and friends. Also, last weekend I got to play model for the day with some seriously amazing and inspiring women for some new Spring clothes for Smithery Style

It's been a while since I've posted my monthly goals so I thought this is as good as a time as any to get back into it! :) Here are some goals for March, can't wait for Spring!

+ Take my DSLR camera out on some adventures and take some photo's
+ Sign up for a new gym membership (and actually go to the gym)
+  Read a book (or even two!)
+ Work on some hand lettering prints
+ Finish and post my 2017 goals (lol @ the fact that I haven't done this yet)
+ Take time to read through my pile of magazines
+ Try a new brunch spot in Toronto
+ Have a "spa day/night" at home
+ Visit a new coffee shop
+ Spend some time filling up my Day Dreamer book from Thimblepress