I barely slept last night. I finally processed what is happening and the new world we live in. Although scary and uncertain, there is beauty in what the world is going through.
Life is busy. Life is unpredictable. I cannot control what curveballs will be thrown at me each day, but one thing’s for sure, if my home is in chaos that energy trickles into my work, my parenting and how I care for myself. Keeping a (fairly) clean and organized home is so important.
I’ve recently been on a mission to get a head start on my spring cleaning. Every year I have these grand plans of actually completing everything on my spring cleaning list. This year I thought, why I am a waiting for spring to get started? I am now a woman on a mission to give my house a really good deep clean and spruce it up!
I began my pre-spring cleaning craze by touching up all of the paint on my walls in the main areas of my home. If you were wondering, the paint is Grey Whale by Para paints. It’s the perfect neutral grey that has a hint of colour, but is timeless, fresh and so very bright.
Next, I pulled my fridge out and cleaned behind it, plus wiped down the entire outside of my fridge. I hate to admit it, but it had been a very long time since I had done this. Yuck! It was so satisfying cleaning up all of that dust and grime.
This past week I decided that it was time to deep clean the inside of my fridge and my freezer. But most of all, I needed to address the awful smell in there. But first I had to go through it’s contents, tossing out anything that was expired and combining items I have multiples of.
Do you ever wonder how you can accumulate so many condiments when you are cleaning out your fridge? I do. So many duplicates too. This is a bad habit I am going to really try to change this year as I perfect my meal-planning and grocery shopping technique.
Once I finished deep cleaning my fridge it was time to tackle the smell. I had found this super simple Pinterest hack that was worth a try.
Just take some baking soda, pour some into an open dish, add a few drops of lemon essential oil and place it in your fridge.
Guys, it totally works! Within hours the smell was gone (this was also after I deep cleaned) and my fridge smelled like lemons. A follower suggested I take this hack one step further and put this mixture into a small mason jar, taking the lid off and replacing it with a cut out piece of coffee filter, then securing the coffee filter with the rim of the lid. This will keep the deodorizer from spilling. I am definitely trying this hack!
You can watch my fridge deep clean and deodorizing hack hack here…
You can catch up on Part One of my spring cleaning journey on my YouTube channel.
Do you feel it? Spring is coming… This past week we have enjoyed a couple of really mild days here in Ontario, Canada and it made me feel like spring was saying, “don’t give up hope, winter can’t last forever.” It’s kind of funny because as I write this I am looking out my office window at a full-blown snowstorm.
Recently, as I organized my closet, I realized that my wardrobe had a huge hole in it as we move from winter to spring. Although I’ve got an athleisure wardrobe that makes me feel so good when I do CrossFit at my gym, and I have an extensive business-casual wardrobe that I’ve built-up over the past few years, I didn’t have much when it comes to streetwear.
I decided that I wanted to pull some ideas together, so I went to Pinterest and added to my Spring Style Inspiration board.
From there I pulled together this capsule wardrobe, including these five looks. I used a mix of what I already had, vs some new items I picked up to fill in the holes. I am beyond thrilled with every outfit!
Watch my YouTube video to find out where all of the pieces are from!
We’ve hit that awkward time between Christmas and spring. The Christmas decor has been put away, and it is was too early to pull out the spring decorations.
I don’t know about you, but my house was looking a little bare. I decided to really embrace winter here in Canada and have our home reflect the current season.
So, while avoiding anything too “Christmasy” I pulled decorations from around our home and Christmas bins, while avoiding any greenery and red and pulled together a cozy, modern winter look.
I was able to achieve this look by mixing textures, including a ceramic pitcher, wooden candlesticks and a cool glass vase. Then I brought warm in by draping my mantle with a chunky knit table runner. Bringing the outdoors in by placing delicate branches in the pitcher, laying birch tree branches flat and pulling in a pop of green with shhhh… faux greenery really brought this look to life.
I am so happy with how it turned out and I pause every time I walk by. Watch me pull the look together here…
We are so close to Christmas mamas!
Just a little reminder… if your kids are all hyped up and having extra meltdowns and are fighting with each other more than usual, that’s totally normal leading up to Christmas (and Halloween and birthdays).
It took me a few years of parenting to see this pattern, but once I did and realized most kids get like this leading up to an exciting holiday or event I totally relaxed.. and popped in my AirPods and poured myself a glass of wine.
We’ve got this, hang in there!
Are you doing anything for you?
Over the holidays you are going to be giving a lot of yourself! You don’t have to burn out. Remember to carve out time for you, and in turn everyone around you will get a better version of you!
Have you been following along on my CrossFit journey on Instagram? I have been sharing my new life-changing fitness journey and how much it has impacted all aspects of my life.
I encourage you to make time to do something for yourself in 2020, because you will never just find time.
You deserve it!