The Real Simple Life

I actually bought a magazine this week. Newstand price even, which I can’t stand, but I’m completely addicted to the dream of having my life as organized as my purchase—magazine Real Simple. A special issue written with young families in mind, nearly every page, ad, article and feature held my interest while I stood captive in the grocery checkout lane (the only reason National Enquirer actually sells). Seriously, did they consult my wife about everything I’d like to change or improve at home? We’ve already implemented about 3 of the ideas from the magazine. One idea was having pre-made snack trays stocked with veggies, crackers, cheese and dip ready to go in the fridge. Really simple, but really great idea that even the kids love...

I love being productive

I had a super weekend with Daria while we made some serious headway on ordering and decorating our home. Yesterday, we hit up Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Michael’s, Home Outfitters, JYSK, a health food store, Burger King and Superstore. The credit card was hot! Here’s a list of what we bought in the order we bought it: 3 small wooden boxes and 1 medium sized green candle 1 pack of wheatgrass seeds 3 really vibrantly coloured straw baskets a bunge of fake (or to make it sound better artificial) flowers and greenery: bright gerbera daisies and two types of grasses, and 6 neat star-shaped foam strands to hold wallet sized pictures 1 laser level and 1 hex key set double bacon cheeseburger, gravy & fries, orange/rootbeer pop, and whatever...

Feeling Down

You always hear how great duvets are. In the past I think I’ve even slept under a few as a guest. We bought a duvet this past week at IKEA and let me tell you it is heavenly. We already have a great mattress set, but the duvet takes sleeping comfort to the next level. My wife came up to me today raving with giddy excitement over last nights slumber (I had nothing to do with it besides fitting the bill for the duvet). I zoomed on over to IKEA’s website to grab an image of our quilt and found this odd selling point: Good to Know Down and feathers used by IKEA are never taken from living birds. I had really never given the poor geese much thought but it made me wonder would I rather be sleeping on feathers pulled from a living creature or a dead one? IKEA...

I found it at a Flea Market

It’s been a busy day. First I helped someone move and then cleaned up the house a bit. Then we went to a Flea Market my wife pitched to me as a Garage Sale. Let me say that on this particular day I wasn’t overly thrilled at the idea. We need another dresser for Noah though, so I went in hopes of a deal-and the opportunity to be out of the house with Daria. We walked in and within 2 minutes I had already thought to myself, there isn’t a single thing in here that I want or need. There was some interesting stuff for sure, but most of it looked like the stuff that nobody ever buys at a garage sale. I’m talking knick knacks galore and often tacky knick knacks at that. Table after table all I could see was other people’s junk. I thought to...