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How to Make Moving House a Little Easier

Tips and suggestions for making moving house a little easier

Preparing to move house is one of life’s most stressful moments. Hands down. You are effectively attempting to move your entire life from one property to another, and that is an incredibly daunting task. The first step is acknowledging the mammoth challenge you are facing and the next step is to come up with some solutions. So, here are some ideas on how you can make moving house less of a frightening prospect. This is going to be a reference post for the move we’re planning in the spring, I’m only slightly terrified, lol.

Tips and suggestions for making moving house a little easier

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Have A Plan

First and foremost you should make sure you have a thorough plan well in advance of starting your moving preparations. It might seem like a cliche these days but the saying ‘failure to prepare is preparing to fail’ might never ring truer than when you are moving home. Some things that you might want to consider when it comes to making a plan is starting a spreadsheet or document which details where you are putting your belongings and what labels to create.

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5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Garden Space for Children

5 Tips for Creating The Perfect garden space for children

Having an incredible garden for your kids gives them somewhere to learn and grow (Ha! Pun intended!). Not only does a garden look beautiful and spark the imagination, it can teach them so much about plants and crawly critters, and gives them some freedom to play and do what they like. I really believe in having adequate green space for my boys to explore. It’s one of the reasons we are planning a move soon, our yard isn’t quite cutting it anymore. Below, are 5 tips for creating the perfect garden for your kiddos!

5 Tips for Creating The Perfect garden space for children

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  1. Create Different Sections For Different Activities

If you want to create a gorgeous garden for your kids, then you should divide into different sections for different activities. This works well if you have a larger garden and the space to section it off. For example, you can have one section for gardening, one section as a play area, one as a lounging area and so on.

My boys love their sandbox, we could not have a garden without it. In fact, when we were discussing renovating our kitchen, my 4yo suggested putting a sandbox in it. lol! Their sandbox isn’t fancy, it’s just 4 boards nailed together in a rectangle and filled with play sand. But they could dig in there for hours, they love having a section of the garden that’s just for them!

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Zero Waste DIY Produce Bags

How to make diy zero waste produce bags! This is a quick DIY for reusable produce bags. A great zero waste project to help you on your eco journey. There's no more need to use those flimsy plastic produce bags that clutter up the landfill anymore! These DIY produce bags are extremely lightweight and slightly transparent making them perfect for transporting your fruits and veggies.

These DIY produce bags worked up a lot faster than I expected! They take about 15 minutes to whip up, so they are a fantastic last minute gift idea!

I’m continuing to make small changes in our lifestyle in order to reduce our waste output. The amount of garbage one little family can make is fairly alarming! So these reusable produce bags are a step in the right direction. The zero waste movement tugs on my heart strings and I’m always looking for ways to improve. And if I can turn those improvements into a DIY project, so much the better!

How to make diy zero waste produce bags! This is a quick DIY for reusable produce bags. A great zero waste project to help you on your eco journey. There's no more need to use those flimsy plastic produce bags that clutter up the landfill anymore! These DIY produce bags are extremely lightweight and slightly transparent making them perfect for transporting your fruits and veggies.

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I found the cute bee printed ribbon at my local sewing store, it was a great find! I thought it was really appropriate too, you know ‘save the bees, don’t fill their wildflower fields with plastic’. That’s how the saying goes, right?! Haha

I found this ribbon on Amazon, it’s similar to my bees. But you’ll likely find an appropriate ribbon at your local craft store.

Here’s what you need for this project:

Bee Ribbon, Cotton, 3/4 yard per produce bag, at least 3/4″ wide
Satin Ribbon, 1 yard per bag, 1/4″-3/8″ wide
White Cotton Voile Fabric, 1 yard will make 4 bags

use white cotton voile to make diy zero waste produce bags

I found some cotton voile at my local fabric store, it was about $12/meter, which is pretty inexpensive for 4 produce bags!

I used voile because it is super lightweight and you can mostly see through it. So it won’t add much weight to your produce and the cashier will still be able to read the stickers through the bag. 🙂

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Building a Dream Home

We want to move up the property ladder, and our budget is saying no. This is our sorta crazy plan to make our dreams a reality!

Do you ever get the feeling that the perfect house for your family just doesn’t exist? Like there’s nothing on the market that can meet all your needs let alone your wants? That’s the dilemma we are currently facing. We’ve been growing increasingly unsatisfied with our current home, but there doesn’t seem to be any other existing houses in our budget that will suit our needs. Unfortunately the next rung in the property ladder is well beyond a reasonable budget. So we’re getting creative instead!

We want to move up the property ladder, and our budget is saying no. This is our sorta crazy plan to make our dreams a reality!

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My big dream is to live in a cottage by the sea. I want the space and the air and the freedom feelings of country living. My husband would like to live downtown in a big city. Our dreams don’t quite line up. lol. So we need compromise!

Our limitations include maintaining a reasonable commute for my husband (under 30 mins) and staying within our current school district. We love our boys’ school and I don’t think my oldest could handle the disruption of switching schools. 

Those limitations really narrow down the available areas we could possibly move to. 

When we search for listings, we have been nothing but disappointed. The only homes available are either major fixer-uppers (which we’ve done before and no thanks) or are these horrible ugly McMansions that we wouldn’t want even if we could afford them!

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Mini Master Makeover – DIY Bedroom Update On A Budget

DIY Bedroom Update on a Budget! My master bedroom was in desperate need of a re-fresh. But I'm a girl on a budget with a heart for DIY! So I came up with economical ways to spruce things up and create a super cozy refuge.

It was time. Long overdue actually. Our master bedroom was in desperate need of a refresh. Our comforter had gotten pretty ratty, our sheets were thread-bare and the headboard was feeling too busy. I’m a big believer in colour, I know it’s not for everyone, but I actually loved all the patterns I had going on in the old bedroom. But. My health has been struggling lately and I need to do everything in my power to encourage quality sleep. Including making my bedroom as comfy cozy as possible. So for my DIY bedroom update, I opted to stick with greys and pinks and keep things as soft and un-busy as possible. Here’s what I came up with! All on a budget of course. 🙂

DIY Bedroom Update on a Budget! My master bedroom was in desperate need of a re-fresh. But I'm a girl on a budget with a heart for DIY! So I came up with economical ways to spruce things up and create a super cozy refuge.

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I’ve been planning this master bedroom update for a while now. The flip side of not having a lot of money to accomplish projects is that you usually have to do a LOT of advanced planning and waiting. 🙂

Maybe some day I’ll be able to just walk into IKEA and buy an entire bedroom, furniture, decor and the works as is. But today is not that day. So that means being a little creative instead.

All in all, I spent about $85 (cad) of my own cash on this master mini-makover. But in the interest of full disclosure, if I had paid for everything outright it would have cost about $300. Which is still not a bad price for such a cozy bedroom!

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