When my husband and I purchased our house we knew that we would have to replace all the appliances in the not-too-distant future. They were original to the house and about 10 years old. None of them were high efficiency and beyond that they just weren't really to our taste.
Those of you who are familiar with my blog know that I love to cook, so it would come as no surprise that I was voting for the kitchen appliances to be replaced first! In fact I had my new fridge already picked out (also Samsung oddly), but then our washer sprung a leak, and since our washing room (aka closet) is on our upper level and we like clean clothes we needed a solution ASAP.
Off we went on a Sunday afternoon to our local Home Depot. Thankfully my husband had done research before (apparently he knew a wing and a prayer wouldn't keep the appliances going) so when we walked into Home Depot we were able to make a quick decision and order our appliances right away. I'd say the one downfall is that we went in on a Sunday and the earliest we could get the new washer and dryer delivered was the following Friday. That's a long time without a washer as a new mom!
We had great service at the Home Depot on Sunday and I excitedly awaited the arrival of my new washer and dryer on Friday. Unfortunately, when the delivery guys got to our house they told us they couldn't take our old appliances because they weren't unstacked. This was rather upsetting as NO ONE TOLD US THAT.
My boss once told me one of my strengths is that I was quick to escalate (compliment?) and that skill came in handy as I started my negotiations. Round one on negotiating didn't go well though, as my old appliances were still in place in the upstairs closet and my beautiful new laundry pair were in my sewing room on the main floor.
That's when I called Home Depot, ready for a fight, and was pleasantly surprised when the manager's attitude was "We'll take care of it, no problem". An hour later I had three really friendly Home Depot employees removing my old appliances and installing my new ones. Hallelujah I could finally do laundry again!
On a side note: I was so happy with the Home Depot associates. It was clear that appliance removal and installation we're not part of their everyday activities but the guys worked quickly to take down my stacked appliances, install the new ones, and even stayed to do tests cycles to make sure that everything worked perfectly. I was beyond impressed with their commitment to making things right. Especially since this was a Friday, in the late afternoon. And as charming as I am I'm sure the guys wished they were at home. However, thanks to their quick action I was able to use my washing machine that evening... A day before leaving on a week long trip... I may have been slightly panicked about the fact that we had no clean clothes and empty suitcases, but with my fancy new machines I was able to make quick work of the heaping piles of laundry I'd been collecting all week.
I really love our new Samsung machines. Our old ones sounded like they were about to take flight when they went through a spin cycle, and I felt like they didn't have enough space to do a full load of laundry. The Samsung washer and dryer are what I consider to be super quiet. Before the washing machine would wake up baby Finnley, now it's quiet enough to that he stays sound asleep.
Also, they're super pretty with easy to use settings. This is important because we basically use the same setting every time (which it remembers), so if I had to do something new I appreciate that it is easy to use. I really love the lint trap in the dryers, it's like a cage/box so it collects all the little bits which is cleaner and likely a huge safety plus (no lint fires). The only thing that I don't love is it's hard to use the dryer settings since our units are stacked and I'm not vertically gifted. But I've got a step stool in the laundry room now so that should help!
This is our washer: https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.48-cu-ft-front-load-washer-in-platinum.1000792494.html
This is out dryer: https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.75-cu-ft-electric-dryer-in-onyx.1000799896.html
This was a rather long post to basically tell you that Home Depot was amazing and saved the day, and I love my Samsung appliances. Any recommendations for kitchen appliances? Leave them in the comments below!
Spring began at the end of March, unfortunately in my neck of the woods the weather didn't get the memo. That being said, I love Spring because everything starts to feel new and fresh. You can open the windows and doors and let out the stale recycled air, I'm inspired to deep clean (kinda), and I start to fill the house with flower and live stuff. It just makes the place seem cheery on the days when it's more grey than beautiful. I also like to update my hand soaps, it's basically the only time of year I stray from my traditional vanilla based scents.
As you may know from my other home posts, I love me some Bath & Body Works, but I do really struggle outside of the fall and winter to find ones I love. this year I was excited to find Sweet Strawberries & Cream and Cinnamon Spiced Vanilla. I admit, Cinnamon Spiced Vanilla really isn't too far out of my comfort zone but I was happy that I enjoyed the Strawberry soap so much.
I tend to like sweeter scents in the restroom and lighter scents in the kitchen. If I'm cooking chicken I don't always want to smell like a cookie in the middle of my chefing. To round out the scents I also got Eucalyptus Mint & Dancing Waters.
I have to ask - what are you guys gravitating towards these days?
I absolutely adore tulips in the Spring, and I tend to get mine at Longo's. It's out of the way (please Longo's peeps if you read this you need to open a Longo's in the Whitby area), but the flower are fresh and totally reasonable. If you read my previous Spring post, you know that I always put a penny in my tulips to make them stand up. Why you ask? Because when I was little my mom told me to, so that's what I've always done.
As much as I love tulips, they are cut flowers, and cut flowers die, so I also got some succulents and a potted arrangement in the hopes that i can keep them alive. To me it doesn't say spring unless you have new life blossoming, and since mother nature wont let us do that outside yet it seems only fair to bring the flowers indoors.
How do you get ready for Spring? Are you interested in hearing about my Spring cleaning tips and tricks?
I swear my intention is to post regularly, but this pregnancy is kicking my ass. That's right I said it. Last week I had my gestational diabetes test and I was ever so confident thinking I would ace the test because I've been really cautious about my weight gain and other than an obsession with jujubes, overall fairly healthy. However last week after going through the initial test and the two hour test, I can confirm I have Gestational Diabetes (GD). I was gonna do a food post but haven't felt like cooking because I don't know what I can eat yet.
Any other women who have gone through GD? Any tips? Go to foods?
In the meantime, I have made myself feel better by my traditional fall trip to Bath and Body Works. I basically stalk BBW during the fall and holiday seasons. I love the warm, cozy scents that they offer and like to stock up on wall flowers & 3 wick candles.
I will be honest, I was kinda disappointed with the candle selection this year. I kept checking online and my local store just never got a great selection. That being said, I got a few candles to get me through the season.
For the Body
These rich, 24 hour formula creams were on sale this weekend for $5 so I got my mom and I each a thin of Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte (bit of a theme if you keep reading). I asked my mom to try it all day and I did the same. I asked for a rating out of five and recommended that she try it in the morning to see how it lasts and then try a reapplication and I would do the same.
Mom says: 🍂🍂🍂🍂/5
Loves the fragrance! Smells like fall without being too heavy and it lasts forever. The cream moisturizes without being greasy. One leaf was held back as the cream didn't make the hands look ten years younger, which would have been a nice perk.
I say: 🍂🍂🍂🍂/5
I like that this has a fall scent without smelling like pumpkin purée. In addition the warm vanilla scent is cozy without being overpowering. I was really surprised at how how long the fragrance held without being overpowering when I first put it on. I didn't give it a five because I don't think I could reapply it throughout the day without the fragrance being too strong and in the winter my skin soaks up moisturizer like you wouldn't believe.
For the Home
I think the thing I was most excited about is Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow. So much so I got a wallflower an almost matching hand cream. I love the the scent is light and sweet and warm and pumpkiny. I like that it has presence without being over powering.
I'm also ver excited about the Golden Cinnamon candle. I love cinnamon but hate when it smells like medicine versus a warm spice. At first glance I believe that this candle will be a new classic and I love the packaging.
I'm excited looking towards their holiday line as well. I read lifeinsidethepage.com for my BBW updates and it looks like very shortly my Christmas candle Vanilla Snowflake will be coming out (so excited to buy a million of them). I STILL want them to bring back Nutmeg & Spice, but in the meantime these candles will hold me over (right now the petition to bring back Nutmeg & Spice is just me, but I'm very passionate about it so I hope to one day see it again).
So, what makes you excited about fall? Any favourite BBW scents?
P.S. I was not paid or given product for this post. Just truly like their stuff. I'd love to try another candle brand so leave a comment in the notes with recommendations!!!
Wow, it has been far too long since I posted, and for that I am sorry! We've had a crazy few months, marked by several major milestones which I look forward to sharing with you over the next several weeks!
One of the biggest things that happened recently, is that we purchased our new home. After months of looking online and going to open houses, we found a house that we are completly in love with. Another bonus is that though there are updates we want to do to make it feel like ours, by in large it was already done in a way that we like.
My favorite part of the house is the kitchen. I love having the big island and see my family gathering around it as I cook and prepare for holidays. I will be posting the before and after pictures of our kitchen shortly for you to see the updates we made there.
I also like that we have room, we went from a two bedroom twonhouse to a three bedroom detatched and I realyl have enjyoed having room to have family come over.
Another perk of our new place is that we back on to a green belt. It's funny, my city loving husband and I really apperciate being in a more remote town with nature, and our backyard makes it feel like you'r eon vacation, which is perfect for when you come home after a hard day.
On our list this year for improvements are: kitchen updates (already done and excited to share), expanding our driveway/landscaiping and painting in the upstairs. I will share all of our tips and tricks that we learn along the way, but as a first time homeowner I really am looking for tips and tricks from anyone who is reading this.
What have you done to make your house feel like home? What special touches are you most proud of?
I have exciting news. It is almost warm. Well, to better set expectations, there is almost not windchill, which basically means it is tropical out. To help better set the mood for Spring, I have been filling my home with flowers.
When I purchase plants/flowers I have to categories: 1) pretty ones you may toss out when they get close to dying 2) ones that don't need me and let me leave them alone.
The first sign of spring to me is always when tulips arrive in the market. Those first bright colours give me hope that very shortly, warm weather will be here. Another perk of tulips is that they tend to be cost effective and come in a variety of colours to spice up your home.
My Mom has always said that a penny in your vase will help your tulips stand up - and I'm not sure if it is just because my mom told me it was so that I believe it, but I have to admit that I do find my tulips look perkier with a penny in the water.
Unfortunately, Canada no longer has pennies, so I have scoured every seat cushion looking for pennies to keep my flowers beautiful. So tip: keep your pennies - they're not just for thoughts. Now I have reviewed the internet, and OI have to say, some people do NOT believe the power of the penny. At the end of the day - it doesn't really matter, a long as you enjoy your flowers that what counts.
Another way I keep my flowers fresh is with sugar or flower food. I find that it really helps keep my flowers fresh. That and chaining the water - a little step that goes a long way. Just don't forget, when you change the water - add some more food, those flowers are hungry.
What do you do to brighten your days during Spring? Fresh flowers? Spring Cleaning? I' d love to hear from you!
Sorry it has been so long since my last pay but the New Year has been very busy and I'm just now settling in to do a few posts and I thought this beautiful party was a great place to start.
My "framily" was hosting a surprise 50th birthday and Karli, Kelsey and I were tasked with decorations. So in early January the girls came over armed with empty alcohol bottles, glitter, glue,tissue paper and anything else gold we could get our hands on.
First, we started cleaning the bottles of all the glue. TIP:To remove stubborn glue spray it with cooking oil and let it sit for a few minutes before washing it off.
We then spray paint the bottles gold and rose gold. We wanted to have 3 bottles per table that all looked different.
They looked great and at the party we ended up putting corks in some for table numbers and decorative twigs in others, we also secured 3 balloons to one of the bottles.
We also made these really cute pom poms that we used as well decor. They were super easy to do:
This site has some great photos on how to make them: http://blog.exclusivelyweddings.com/2012/04/22/how-to-make-tissue-paper-pom-poms/
Overall we thought the place looked great. We had a lot of fun setting it up and the decorations (I think) helped set the party mood.
Only downside is now I'm looking around my house for more stuff to spray paint and I'm looking for another party to bring the decorating crew together!
What parties are you planning for? Any party DIY tips?
As you know from my other posts I love fall and I thought I would show you a bit of what I do to decorate during the season.
I try to put hints of the season around my house staring with my front door. Most of my friends have no idea what my house number is, rather they look for the seasonal wreath.
I try to stick to a common theme and colours that somewhat blend with our decor. I like my over the top decorating to seem like it naturally fits in (as natural as seasonally themed items can fit it that is).
I love having natural pumpkins in the house, but this year I think the fluctuating temperature didn't treat them very well, as we get closer to Halloween there are fewer and fewer pumpkins.
I absolutely love my wreath. I made it with the help of one of my friends in about half an hour. I got the wicker wreath from Michaels along with the ribbon, flowers and leaves. Must admit, nothing fancy, I basically did ribbon first, then leaves, then flowers and once everything was placed hot glued everything down.
Do you decorate for Fall? To me it gets me prepared to decorate for Christmas! Enjoy the fall!
As I have mentioned a lot I absolutely love the fall and Bath & Body Works. Now that it is truly Fall I thought I would share what I'm most excited about from their fall collection.
Full Disclosure: I was not paid to do this, this addiction is all my own :). That being said I feel like I am a master at the Bath & Body Works sales and I always get a good deal.
Candles, Candles, Candles!
I picked up several candles over the past few weeks (mostly on sale I swear) but there are a couple I'm really excited about.
My favourite scent is White Barn Nutmeg and Spice, and while this candles isn't out at the moment, my friend Justin found a damn close second Thanksgiving Morning. I hope to do a review on this soon but you can see it in my photo above.
Some of the pumpkin candles are very sweet this year so it is nice to have a mix of sweet and cleaner scents, I think Autumn is nice combo of being warm and fresh at the same time. The candle burning in the photo is Warm Caramel Cider which is actually subtle and sweet and cozy at the same time.
I find that in all my selections I am finding that the White Barn candles burn longer and better than the Bath & Body Works ones - has anyone else noticed that?
I can't burn candles all the time, so for the rooms that I want to smell extra fresh I love using the wall scents. Admittedly, I do stock up up Nutmeg & Spice so I can use it throughout the house, but I try to respect the fact that there need to be different fragrances in the home that appeal to different likes. That's why I love the man scents that have been launched. We're currently enjoying Autumn Sky in the the bathrooms and man-cave.
We use the soaps throughout the house in all our bathrooms and in the kitchen. My selection for the kitchen is always different then the bathrooms, mostly because while I am cooking I don't want to smell super sweet if I am making chicken, Crisp Morning Air is doing the trick nicely this season.
I picked up a few new soaps and then had to gift some out because I discovered that I had stock piled at the end of last fall and when I brought out my decorations I found three more soaps (I only have 3 bathrooms.......). I did keep Cozy Vanilla Cream because I thought it would transition well between seasons (and truth be told I always prefer the warm scents so in the summer it's nice to have a stock pile).
Are any of you addicted to Bath & Body Works? What do you do to your home to make it smell like your favorite season?
As you may know from my previous posts, I love the fall and I love Bath & Body Works candles, so I was very excited for their fall home line to launch. Officially it launches Tuesday, but they tend to have a few out prior to launch and so I picked up this one while shopping with a friend.
I was really happy with this purchase. It was the right balance of sweet and spice and pumpkin and a great tease of the fall season to come. I tend to favour sweet candles, with my 'signature' candle being Nutmeg & Spice by White Barn, but this was a nice balance. I liked that I could burn it for a long time and not get overwhelmed by the scent.
Only downside is I feel like my older Bath & Body Works candles burned a little longer, I feel like this one will go quickly.
I have a date with my friend to check out the entire fall collection this week - so look for a post on our Fall Haul as we get everything we need to say goodbye to summer and hello to sweater weather!
Do you have a favourite Bath a& Body Works candle?
Pure Radiance by Yankee Candle
CRACKLING Ginger Pumpkin 2.5/5
It may be August, but no one has told the weather that here in the GTA. That combined with the back to school season means that fall items have hit the stores and I love it!
Fall is one of my favourite seasons (second only to Christmas) and I love the scents that come with it. I like sweet and spicy scents, anything warm that makes you feel cozy. I tend to be pretty loyal to Bath and Body Works candles but thought I'd try something new.
Overall my rating would be "meh" with a shoulder shrug. There isn't anything overly wrong with the candle, it just didn't meet my expectations, and for a $30 candle I wanted a bit more.
I love the glass holder and the fact that there is no label on the glass, it looks less cluttered. I also like that it burns at a good pace and evenly.
I was really excited about the crackling feature but it is really really subtle (almost burn your hair/ear as you lean in to hear it subtle). This was disappointing as I love the sound of a birch branch on the fire and thought a wood wick would offer that.
The shape of the holder is pretty but makes it hard to cut the wick (I wish I had got the pretty wick trimmers the store sold). I like the scent but find it can get strong over time.
Has anyone had a wood wick candle that you can hear?