Things that make me happy

It's been a while since an instalment of Things That Make Me Happy!! Only a couple of the items were purchases on a whim for the house, most of them are on the more useful side and generally in line with my mission to de-clutter, reorganize and buy quality over quantity. 

I might as well start with the items that came home just because I liked them (and the price tags definitely swayed me from "do I really need that?" over to "how can I leave that?").

The first is the generally adorable little handmade pot I found for $1 at the thrift store while looking for a couple things for my Mom and Dad's house I've been decorating.

I love the imperfect glaze job and bit of speckling

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My second unnecessary purchase is this blue pillow I fell in love with. I see these everywhere, they're obviously huge right now, but I just couldn't bring myself to buy one that was real wool since they are usually $$$ (faux options are usually much more reasonable though). I spotted it while sourcing clothes for an upcoming job I've taken (more on that soon!) and it was laying at the bottom of a clearance bin at Winners for $18 and that was the start of our love story. 

It's insanely soft, the perfect blue and a killer deal. What's not to love?

Some of the things that make me happiest are about to follow. Why? I LOVE a clean house and good AND pretty cleaning products. Dare I say I actually enjoy cleaning when it involves natural products that leave the house looking sparkly and smelling fresh? I've been a long time fan of Common Good & Co., but you can't just grab them at the store here so I stock up semi annually.

You may have seen this little bowl on my instagram, as it's been hanging around the house for a month or two already, but I am obsessed. It's not that big, but just perfect for a bag of cherries or a handful or apples or peaches. 

It's a cute little statement piece that puts a smile on my face overtime I come into the kitchen.

Speaking of also making me happy in the kitchen... my new dutch oven is pretty much the crown jewel of the whole room. I've wanted one for AGES and this pretty pink beauty makes the most amazing dishes. I love doing single pot meals and this one cooks so evenly. The best part is how easily it cleans up! I was shocked at how easily it wipes clean.

Finally, a couple new organizers for the laundry room I found at Ikea recently:

These coated canvas bags with little leather straps are not only cute but super functional. We have hooks all along two of the walls in here so I have a couple hanging there as well to collect things like random mittens and hats. Between their good looks and ideal size they are basically the perfect organizer. 

Thanks for tuning in to this instalment of Things That Make Me Happy, feel free to share what's making you smile in the comments! I'm always looking for new and fun products, specially in the cleaning/organizing area.

Things that make me HAPPY

Well, the holidays obviously make it an extra happy time of year! But a couple little touches are adding even more cheer to our VERY short days. 

The first being fresh flowers. A few people have given me birthday arrangements, even though the big day isn't until tomorrow (I'll officially be 33! EEek!). I love breaking up the arrangements in to little groupings around the house and the bedside is my favourite spot.

These little stickers I designed and ordered through MOO.com are probably my favourite little touch to our gifts this year. They are perfect for sealing shut the little paper bags I've been using like crazy!

Our pink christmas is still putting a wide smile on my face! Wren's grandma gave her a pink Santa hat and it's been getting a bunch of milage, specially at bedtime for some reason LOL.

I don't usually do too much redecorating this time of year because it's already a busy time and things are shuffled for holiday decor, but I couldn't resist shaking up the kitchen sitting area a little when these little stools from Serena and Lily showed up last week.

Mr. Model Dog making it hard to get a clear shot (you will see his modelling skills in full force next summer in our Style at Home cabin feature, he brought his A game!)

They might be small, but they are so sturdy and solid, these babies are perfect for so many spots. I'm sure you'll see them migrate all over the house.

So, I guess this is officially my last post as a 32 year old! Not sure if I'm happy or sad about that, maybe a little of both, but either way I'm REALLY happy to be spending my big day tomorrow helping at Wren's school and having dinner with my family, including my Grandma who flew in from Vancouver which is a huge treat. If I don't have a chance to post again before the holidays, have yourself a safe and merry holidays!