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My Morning Skincare Routine

Jan 30, 2020

I have combination skin, but a little more on the dryer side and it isn't very sensitive. I can go to sleep with a face full of makeup and won't breakout. But that's not a good idea and I do try to follow a morning and nighttime skincare routine to try to maintain healthy-looking skin.

This post is all about my morning skincare routine. I have a different post about my nighttime routine if you'd like to know more about that. When it comes to products, I like to switch it up. I usually just go to Sephora, tell them what my concerns are and let them recommend a product. Some of the brands I've liked using include Clinique, Caudalie, Kiehl's,  Philosophy and AmorePacific.

Step 1: Face Wash

The first thing I do after brushing my teeth is wash my face with face wash. 

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How to Clean Shower Grout Stains

Jan 23, 2020

Keeping the grout between your shower tiles clean can be difficult, especially if you don't do it regularly. Here's what you can do to remove the stains depending on how stubborn they are. 

Step 1: Vinegar

Spray the tiles and grout with white vinegar and scrub the area using a grout brush or a toothbrush.

Step 2: Baking Soda

Make a paste with some baking soda and water. Apply this paste to the grout and scrub again.

Step 3: More Vinegar

Spray the area with more vinegar and allow it to bubble. Then continue to scrub with a grout brush or toothbrush. 

Step 4: Hydrogen Peroxide

If the grout is still stained, spray it with hydrogen peroxide

Step 5: Toilet Bowl Cleaner

I learned this tip from the YouTube channel Do It On A Dime. This will only be necessary if you have very stubborn stains. Apply a toilet bowl cleaner with bleach to the grout and allow it to sit for a few hours. You can also spray the grout with chlorine bleach. Make sure your bathroom fan is on and try...

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Decluttering 101: How to know whether to keep it or toss it

Jan 16, 2020

In order to have an organized home, decluttering is an essential step. But it can be a difficult process because there are many reasons why we feel we need to hold on to stuff. We might feel guilty because of the money that we spent on the item. Or perhaps it was given to us as a gift and therefore we feel like we have to keep it. We'll tell ourselves that we may be able to use it one day or that we'll eventually sell it. Unfortunately, this is why most attempts to get organized end up failing, you simply cannot organize clutter. Here's what you can do to help you with the decluttering process.

Remove everything

When decluttering, it's important to remove everything from the closets, drawers and cupboards so that you can see everything that you have. You also want to be able to hold every piece when deciding what to do with it.  If you're planning to declutter your clothing, then make a big pile of all of your clothes on your bed or on the floor. If you're decluttering books,...

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3 Furniture Pieces that Weren't Ideal for My Small Space

Jan 09, 2020

I've been living in a small space for almost two decades now, so I've learned which furniture pieces work well in a small space and which ones aren't the greatest. Whenever I chose furniture I did try to choose pieces that were space-saving or had some kind of storage element, but it still didn't always work out as planned. Today I wanted to share which pieces weren't the best so that you don't make the same mistakes I did.

1. Folding table

This table could work in some small spaces, but it's not ideal for all small spaces. This table is from Ikea and it's great because it doesn't have a large footprint, yet when it's open, it provides a large tabletop. There are also small drawers that provide extra storage. The problem with this table is that it's very heavy, so you can't move it around. When you live in a small space, it's nice to have furniture that can easily be moved. So what we ended up doing was we put the table on casters so that we could roll it around. The issue with this...

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5 Tips to Help You Maintain an Organized Living Room in a Small Space

Jan 02, 2020

If you have a small living room, it can be challenging to keep it organized. Our living room is also used as our playroom, home office and dining area, so we really had to be creative when planning it out. The following are some tips that will help you maintain an organized living room, especially in a small space.

1. The Coffee Table

We currently don’t have a coffee table in our living room because we have young children and it was proving to be more of a hazard than a useful piece of furniture. Instead, we have an open floor space with an extra-large yoga mat which is perfect for the kids to play on. The coffee table we had has been moved to our storage locker and we will bring it back once the kids are older. I love our coffee table because it’s dual purpose. It can open up and be used to store items. Also, the tabletop can be used as a coffee table or it can be brought up and works great as a desk or place to eat dinner while sitting on the couch. So when choosing a...

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How to Organize Any Space in 7 Easy Steps

Dec 27, 2019

Whenever you organize a space, it’s essential to follow certain steps in order for it to be effective. If you don’t follow these steps, it’ll be harder to maintain and it’s doubtful that the space will remain organized. I will use a junk drawer as an example when explaining the steps.

Step 1: Remove Everything

Take everything out of the drawer and place it somewhere where you can sort through it. You can use a tabletop, counter, the floor or your bed. You will need some space to spread it all out. You must take everything out of the drawer, there’s no point trying to organize with things still in the drawer.

Step 2: Clean

Wipe down the drawer so that you have a clean space to store the items.

Step 3: Sort and Purge

You must now hold every item that you removed from your drawer and decide if it’s worth keeping. Only keep what you value. If you don’t love it or don’t use it often, it needs to go. You don’t want to keep everything...

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Tips on Starting a YouTube Channel

Dec 19, 2019

I decided to stray a bit from my usual posts about organization and minimalism today because I’ve received quite a few messages asking for tips on starting a YouTube channel. Since I’m not a YouTube expert, I won’t be going into great detail about the technical aspects, but I will give you a few pointers to help you get started. I figured the best way to do this is by simply answering the questions that I’ve been asked.

1. How do you start a YouTube channel?

  • YouTube is owned by Google, so if you have a Google account (Gmail), you have a YouTube channel.
  • I suggest googling, “how to start YouTube” and you will find a ton of videos and blog posts that will explain it a lot better than I can.
  • Just start! Your first video won’t be great, but just keep at it and they will get better.

2. What do you use to edit your videos?

  • I use iMovie, which is video editing software that came on my MacBook Air.
  • I should mention that I have an...
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How to Create a Mudroom

Dec 12, 2019

Mudrooms are one of my favourite spaces in the home. I love that they can be set up to keep everyone in the family organized.

Since we live in a fairly small condo, I never considered creating a mudroom for us when we first moved in four years ago. I didn't think of it because there wasn't any space for a traditional mudroom. But now that we have three kids, I’m finding a greater need for a space to keep all of our coats, bags and shoes organized. Especially in the winter, we have so many jackets, snow pants and accessories. Definitely one of the negatives of living in a small space is not being able to have a traditional mudroom. Nevertheless, I did figure out how to create a mini “mudroom” in our main hallway and I’ve shared how I did it in this video:

Whether you live in a large or small space, I think it’s important to have a designated spot for each family member's coat, accessories, bag and shoes. It really helps keep everyone organized and will...

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Make-Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs

Dec 05, 2019

I've been so busy lately that I don't have time to make myself a proper meal for breakfast. So what I've done in order to save myself some time and also eat something healthy, is prepare freezer smoothie packs ahead of time.

I like to use reusable freezer bags to store them because they're durable, space-saving and reusable. I don't measure, I just dump the following into each bag:

- frozen mixed berries

- banana

- chia seeds

- hemp hearts

- avocado

- spinach

- Vega

In the morning I simply dump the ingredients from one of these bags into my Vitamix, add a bit of milk and greek yogurt and blend. I'll then pour it into a tumbler or if I have time, which is rare, I'll make a smoothie bowl. Even baby Josh is a huge fan of this quick, healthy and delicious breakfast.

This week I explained how I organized my freezer on my YouTube channel. This method has been working out perfectly for us for the past few months, so I highly recommend that you check out this video:

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What to Pack for a Planned C-Section: Hospital Bag Checklist

Nov 28, 2019

Planning what to pack in your hospital bag for a planned cesarean will be a little different than what you’d typically pack if you were to have a traditional delivery. I’ve had three scheduled cesareans, so I thought I’d share some checklists to help you get your hospital bag packed.

When you first get to the hospital, I recommend that you leave your suitcase in the car. You will be moving from a waiting room to an operating room and then a recovery room. So you won’t want to lug all of your luggage with you. All you need is a bag or backpack to hold things like your cellphone and your clothing. You will have to change out of your clothes and wear a hospital gown, so having a small bag for those items is useful. I also recommend that you wear socks and slippers. The operating room can be pretty cold, so it’s nice to have some socks on. You also want footwear that’s easy to remove, and that’s why I’d suggest house slippers. You...

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