The End (for now)

I'm about 9 months too late on this little note. The last post entered was September 20, 2017 and it's now the end of July 2018 so it's clear I've been neglecting this little corner of the internet. That's because while I've always adored this spot, the bread and butter of daily life has been full and wonderful this year. In the order of important things in my life, logging the amazing experiences and memories of the past year here just hasn't been a priority. I'll forever cherish the years and years of archives (going back all the way to 2008!) I've amassed. I'll cherish the friends, the opportunities and the visual record this blogging adventure has created. But blogs, specially good blogs, take energy, time and real dedication to maintain and I am lacking at least 1/3 out of those things these days. So I think it's time to take a pause.

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This was the perfect place to celebrate the little slices of happiness in the chaos of being a mom to a young child and running my own business, but these days the little slices feel more like an entire cake. I am amazed and grateful every single day for the people in my life who have taught me to dream big and then go out and bring my dreams to life. If this blogging thing has taught me anything it's that there is no limit to what your words and vision can create. 

Maybe some day I will make a return to daily/weekly updates here, but in the near future my big dreams have me quite busy (Season 2 of Vacation Rental Potential is underway!!) and when I'm catching my breath it will be to enjoy that cake of happiness with my favourite people. Of course, you can still find me on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter etc, don't be shy, say hello from time to time!

THANK YOU for reading, commenting, sharing my posts here. The archives will remain up for any new faces who want to explore, and hopefully someday for Wren to cherish.

Stay cool, friends xoxo

Holly

September Candle of the Month

Yup, it's been a minute since I last said hello! Life is busy and wonderful and full and I will be able to share what myself and a dream team of people have been working on very soon! It involves a lot of travelling, and so while I've been back home the past couple weeks I've been gearing up for the very LONGGG Fall and Winter season here. Which means: Candle Season. 

I know it's very trendy to go Hygge these days, but there is something magical and amazing about lighting a candle on a cold afternoon. So I've been stocking up! I've grabbed a wide variety to try as I see ones that excite me, but this is by far my favourite:

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I picked up this cutie at Little Brick locally but you can find them online directly from Salt Water Tea right here.

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The Lavender scent is fresh and lovely, and the good vibes aren't just in watching it glow! There is a natural crystal in every candle to up the good vibes it gives off and to cherish once you are all done with the candle. I also love that is a local Alberta made product, supporting cool makers around us makes me even happier as I enjoy it this Fall. 

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I'm slightly sad Summer is over, but I couldn't be happier about candle season kicking off. Hope you are gearing up for a good candle season in your home as well!

xoxo

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.