I’m trying Really Hard to be a Minimalist But…

Flea Market Selfie

Obligatory dirty mirror Flea Market Selfie.

So I am trying really hard to be a minimalist but you would never know it by looking at my home. It is really hard to embrace and try to carry out a new kind of lifestyle when everyone in your house isn’t on board and refuses to read Marie Kondo’s book. The kids have too many toys regardless of how many I purge. They barely got any toys for Christmas, I tried to focus on things they needed, or would be useful than toys this year and we are still drowning in them. The husband has a lot of clothes and stuff that always seems like it is scattered around even though he has use of  half the closet, a dresser and basically the entire front entrance closet. It’s a no win situation of endless circles.  Continue Reading

Some Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas For Everyone

You know who you are. You are currently sitting at home and starting to sweat because you know that you are rapidly running out of time. I used to be you but I didn’t do it this year. I was that person who was running to the mall a day or two before Christmas scrambling around to complete my Christmas shopping. I know that feeling of frustration thinking you won’t find the right gift or you may not even have a clue what to get yet. I am going to give you a list of gift ideas from kids up to grandparents that may help if you are stuck.

If you are Canadian you will see that most of these items are from Chapters Indigo and since it is too late to order online, it’s easy to just run down to your local store since they all carry the same merchandise. If not you can look around and see if you can find them in other stores. Most of these are fairly easy to find elsewhere or at least something similar. I am officially done shopping except that I need another roll or two of wrapping paper. Did I mention that Tom guessed his Christmas gift? Ugh. The kids ended up giving it away unintentionally :( Happy last minute shopping!

*I have personally seen all of these items in store within the last week. I even bought three myself. Remember too that people love gift cards and they are available for everywhere.


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On the Hunt for a new Couch

We are in need of a new sofa. Desperately need might be more accurate though. I like our current one. It was sold to us by a friend of Tom’s and was a pretty expensive couch when it was bought brand new. It’s yellow, leather, and only fits  1 1/2 people on it comfortable. That might even be pushing it. When Tom lies on it (like he does when watching tv) that is the only person who can fit. We don’t have any other seating in the living room so either I sit at the computer desk, which I watch tv on anyway, or in the bed. It’s not very conducive to family living. The couch  served its purpose when it was the second couch in a larger living room. When we moved here we knew we would only have room for one couch and a chair if need be but we have not yet got around to buying one. Condo living means that you can’t have a huge L-shaped couch so our options are more limited than standard houses. Every time we go to Ikea I gravitate towards the couch that I have had my eye on for a while now. The Friheten convertible sofa bed. It has a chaise section, but also converts to a double bed which is really convenient when you live in a small space. It also has room for some storage which is also a bonus. I am indecisive to the colour I want. I think a more neutral grey would be the best but there is a similar couch also at Ikea called the Lugnvik (for $100 cheaper) and it brings out the flamboyant side of me because I really likes the red. Grey will probably be the winner though because Tom is much less flamboyant than me ;)

frighten sofa bed with chaise IkeaFriheten Sofa Bed with chaise via Ikea in Skiftebo Dark Grey  Continue Reading