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Tips For Living In A Small Apartment That Worked

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 1 Permalink 0

For me. I need to always always preface that with "for me". What works/worked for me wouldn't necessarily work for others. When I said yes to my current apartment back in December 2012 (move in January 2013), I kept panicking about how the hell I was going to live in a bachelor apartment. The idea of living in such a small space was exciting but also daunting. The usual concerns: where would I put all my STUFF? Would my  bed smell like my dinner? How will it NOT look messy everyday? Blah blah blah. It was a long, trying struggle to find a balance. To make myself feel better when I first moved in, I combed the internet for tips and ideas about how to live in my little bachelor apartment. My savior came in the form of Erin Boyle at Reading My Tea Leaves. Erin writes a beautiful, simple ...

City Living & Home Ownership

Friday, July 18, 2014 5 Permalink 0

I am solidly into my thirties. I have a good job that compensates me well. I have made mostly good financial choices (well except for a few regrettable, expensive fashion decisions at the Yorkdale Mall in 2003). I don't live luxuriously by any means. I don't eat out often. I make my own goddamn coffee most days. And I almost always buy second hand. SO why the fuck can't I even begin to fathom buying a house in downtown Toronto? There is something so demoralizing about the current real estate market in Toronto these days. Shacks are selling for $500,000. A borderline condemned, raccoon infested home two streets north of me sold for over $800,000 (listed at 600,000 so it would come down to a bidding war) this spring because it was a detached home. LIKE WTF? How is that even reasonable? We have completely normalized outrageous prices that 2% of the population can actually ...

Home. Wonderful Small Home.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1 Permalink 0

Working in the children's mental health field, I feel like I am hyper aware to all the tell-tale signs of declining mental health in people and can be quick to worry about others. Loss of interest, lack of motivation, start to disengage from 'others', don't see the point anymore, lack of eye contact (my blog couldn't face the other more 'active' bloggers), worrying about what other's think, can't see the top from the bottom, feelings of over-whelmedness (my word!), poor organization... Etc. Etc. Well. I think I can officially say that my so called 'home' blog was depressed. She was lack lustre. Borderline boring. All over the place. Kept posting that she was gunna 'quit'. BUT GUESS WHAT? Summer's here and SHE'S back! When I moved into my itty bity bachelor in January 2013, I was kind of embarrassed to blog about it. It's small. Has zero storage. I can see my ...

Province Apothecary: Review and DIY Facial Recipes

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 1 Permalink 0

Way way back, my dear friend Leigh told me about this amazing smelling sleep aid (called Sleep Well) she was using from a then small Toronto based company called Province Apothecary. She had met Julie Clark at the Toronto Junction Flea. When Leigh likes something, I know it's gotta be good. Well priced, organic products, smells awesome. And works. What else could you possibly want? The products even have simple, beautiful packaging. Julie has done it well. Extremely well.  Not only does she peddle lovely products, she is also a lovely person. Down to earth, knowledgeable, personable and just a salt of the earth kind of gal. This was my second time visiting Julie for a treatment. I went in March as a birthday treat to myself and decided it was time to treat my face after completing another school year. I love the aesthetic of Julie's studio - all white with hints of natural ...

Camp and Road Trip Food

Monday, July 7, 2014 0 Permalink 0

The idea was relatively simple in concept, not so simple in execution. There were highs and lows: new cooler malfunction, forgotten French press, soggy Quebecois cheese curds and menu planning derailed due to shifts in the weather (remind me never to trust the forecasts ever again) but on the plus side, cheap local strawberries, surprisingly yummy dinners and herbs from my garden on everything. I wrote about my lofty cooking goals HERE last week. Some things worked, some things didn't work. C'est la vie. So let's go through the successes and less than successful meal planning for my 4 day road trip to Quebec. I am going to group it by type of meal.... SNACKS By far, the most successful (no bumps or need to recalibrate after disasters here). I packed almonds, walnuts, cherries, blueberries, tangerines, apples, Veggie Straws, cucumber, radishes and picked up whole wheat morning glory style muffins on route. Next time, I ...

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