A Spring Bucket List

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Admittedly, this kind of feels like “Bucket List: Before Baby Comes Edition”. Trying to fit in those last tasks and enjoy our last couple of months before life gets turned upside down, in the best way possible. Here are some things I’m going to be working on:

 

Sew a dress.

This tutorial inspires me.

 

Finish our baby shopping list.

Not too much more to do!

 

Make art for the baby’s room.

We want to make a special piece with our little boy in mind.

 

Give the condo a good deep clean.

I want things to be in good order so I can take everything in this summer.

 

Choose an epic cake recipe for my 30th birthday.

And make it for myself. I have my eye on something from Momofuku.

 

Do a huge donation run.

Making room for onesies and receiving blankets in our drawers.

 

Plan a bunch of freezer meals for when baby comes.

I have always dreamed of doing this, as ridiculous as that sounds.

 

Nap whenever I want, because I hear time is limited.

I have become an excellent napper these last months, if I do say so myself.

 

Make something with rhubarb in it. 

I always crave it this time of year. This recipe piqued my interest.

 

Plan something for our first wedding anniversary.

Or maybe we’ll just have a baby that day?!

 

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Recent Obsessions #11

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Look at this Protea bouquet! Save-On-Foods has had them on special lately and they’re a nice way to change things up.

I’ve been super obsessed with all of the JonBenet Ramsey specials lately. I read this article recently and it totally freaked me out…so crazy!

The Oh She Glows Everyday cookbook. I have Angela’s first book so I knew this one would be great, but I like it even better than her first! So far I’ve made the Strawberry-Vanilla Chia Jam, Strawberry Oat Crumble Bars, Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies and the Breakfast Thumbprint Cookies. The Endurance Crackers are next on my list.

Fave fall nail color: Formula X in Obsessed.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Sleeping Mask. I may have mentioned this one before but my skin has been super dry and freaked out lately. One treatment with this and I’m good to go again.

My Minnetonka slippers. I love their flats but this is my first pair of their slippers. I’m a huge fan. They are the coziest things I’ve ever worn on my feet.

Tommy recently surprised me with Hillberg and Berk’s new  Peacock Sparkle Balls. Pictures don’t even do them justice; they are STUNNING in person. It’s strange but they are colorful and neutral at the same time, which I love.

Are you watching This is Us? I’m officially hooked.

What are you obsessed with lately?

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Flower Love

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Flowers make me ridiculously happy. I’ve forever wanted to be one of those ladies who always had fresh flowers in my home and more recently I’ve made it my mission to keep them around regularly. They add such a happy and welcoming vibe to our space. The cost used to be a concern for me but I’ve figured out how to keep my fresh flower habit affordable and thought I would share what I’ve learned.

Shop Around

The most cost effective place I’ve gotten flowers is the grocery store. I’m partial to Safeway and Save-On-Foods. Both stores have a good selection that changes all the time and regular specials, as well as helpful staff.

Choose Well

It’s no secret that different flowers vary in their lifespan. Once I figured out which flowers lasted the longest my costs went way down. For example, if a bouquet of roses is $20 and lasts a week and carnations are $6 and last three weeks, it’s easy to see which option is most cost effective. I’ve found that anything that has a tougher, woody stem usually lasts a long time. Also, use your judgement when looking at the condition of the flowers. If they are already soft and droopy in the store, they won’t last long at home.

Stay In-Season

When something is in-season the store gets more of it so they can sell it cheaper. The flowers will also be in better condition because they are in their prime. Look for the in-season bunches to be displayed in a high visibility area (in front of the till or store entrance) with a sign like, “Market Bunch” or “Special of the Week” and a price tag under $10. I’ve gotten peonies, hydrangeas and sunflowers for just $7.99 a bunch this way. Even if one of those seasonal bunches only last a week (and they have lasted much longer!), that cost is well worth it to me.

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DIY

You know those bouquets that are already put together with a bunch of different flowers? They look pretty but if you want long lasting and budget friendly, step away. Those pre-made bouquets can easily cost $30-40 even at the grocery store but the value typically isn’t great. They usually include a few more expensive flowers (like roses or lilies) which jacks up the cost and those tend to die faster, also decreasing the life of your bouquet overall. You’re better off to choose a few long lasting varieties and put them together yourself. You’ll easily cut your cost in half this way while increasing the lifespan of your blooms. Safeway has a 3 bunches for $18 special that I like for this. The first photo in this post is of a bouquet I put together myself using a mix and match special!

Great Greens

Most stores sell bunches of leafy fillers that tend to be very long lasting. I am STILL reusing the greens I purchased for our wedding flowers; they were $4.99 a bunch and are still in perfect condition two months later! Including greens makes your bouquet look full while keeping costs down and I’ve just been swapping out the flowers as they die. I’ve also had just greens themselves in a vase and they look great. Bunches of mixed greens are inexpensive and a unique way to add colour and freshness that will last a long time.

Clean Them Up

Once you get them home, don’t just stick them in water and forget about them. Trim the ends of the stems on an angle and remove all leaves that will be underwater. If you don’t, they will rot once submerged and the flowers will die faster. My flowers lasted way longer once I started doing this.

Water Works

Change your water regularly to keep it fresh; I change mine every two days and always use cold water. Also, use the flower food; it really does help increase the lifespan of your flowers. I like to ask for an extra packet too.

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What’s your favourite flower?

Mine are peonies, of course!  They remind me of being a little girl, running around my great-grandma’s yard. She had tons of them…it’s a nostalgia thing for me.

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Recent Obsessions #7

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I’ve been having a serious love affair with fresh flowers and every couple of weeks I pick up a new grocery store bouquet for my island. I love the extra life it gives the space. I’m hoping to find a white poinsettia next!

This is random but I grabbed this Sour Strawberry gum at the grocery checkout and I can’t believe how good it is. The name intrigued me and the taste is killer. I’m not a sour fan but this isn’t overdone. Just the smell of the package makes me happy.

These Columbia boots. I decided that this winter I needed some practical boots that I could wear out and about for running errands without ending up with cold, wet feet or the reverse, feeling like my feet would melt off. I am a huge Sorel fan and love my Cate the Greats, but they are SO warm and heavy that I am usually dying of heatstroke the second I step indoors with them. I did a lot of research online and tried on several pairs at a few stores before finding the Columbia Minx Shorty. These are short, waterproof, and SUPER lightweight. They are also the most comfortable thing I’ve ever put on my foot; they feel like a slipper! The sole is very textured and grippy and will work great when walking on slippery spots. I also think the tweedy print is so cute. Love these!

My alligator skin has been needing some extra moisture lately and I decided to try out Body Shop’s Vitamin E skincare line. I am so impressed with every product I’ve tried. My skin actually looks alive again. I plan on doing a separate post about this to share my new regimen soon!

This David’s Tea mug. Tom bought it for me because he knew I’d love the gold bottom. The Nordic mug is the best. They are so convenient when making tea for guests because everyone can choose their own flavors.

Boom Chicka Pop. OMG. A little late to the party, I know. I would be deeply embarrassed to tell you how many bags I’ve gone through since discovering this. I love the Sea Salt and Kettle Corn and I also just saw White Cheddar in my grocery store. That will be happening soon.

Dark Chocolate. After finishing our Whole30, I started getting into dark chocolate because I find milk to be too sweet for the most part now. At a recent trip to the Lindt store in Winnipeg I only bought dark varieties; my favorite is Ghirardelli’s Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Caramel square.

In wardrobe news, I’ve decided to forgo a winter capsule shopping trip. I have a lot of great winter clothes in storage and just didn’t think a shopping spree was necessary, although I will still make a capsule with what I have. I did pick up one party dress for the holiday season though!

This is sort of funny but remember my Pimm’s obsession last summer? I looked at multiple liquor stores and had no luck finding any so I couldn’t indulge at home. Last week we stopped at the new Willow Park liquor store in Harbour Landing and I found it there! This store is awesome and I highly recommend it. They have a lot of unique, hard to find products and even a junk food and mix section! Super smart.

 

What are you obsessed with lately?

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