Hello! It's been a busy couple months, and while I've been regularly updating on Instagram and Instagram stories, I've barely had a minute to sit down and write much here. I just started a new renovation last week that I will share a little more about hopefully this week, so planning and organizing that (it's been in the works since last Fall!) before the demo began was busy and exciting! 

We had a final blast of Winter this weekend and while it was still busy with a diving competition Wren had and picking up a few orders for the new reno, I enjoyed a cosy Sunday afternoon in the kitchen freshening up. 

Over the past year I organized and purged the drawers and cupboards in our kitchen, tackling each one sporadically. It felt like a more manageable job to just get through one drawer over time. But still, even trying to maintain it once it was organized there were occasionally a few things put in the wrong spot when cleaning or baking, so I gave it a quick touch up this weekend!

It didn't take very long now that I have a pretty good system and it was a good chance to give all the drawers a good wipe down. Love the season of Spring cleaning!

For me, the biggest maintenance issues are in the pantry since there are always more groceries coming in and sometimes you buy things that you don't regularly use for a recipe, plus kids are always rifling in there for a snack with little concern for my dreams of an Pinterest worthy pantry. Before you know it the whole thing looks like a bomb went off.  I have reserved one pantry drawer for just snacks and treats (and it usually looks disheveled), but the rest have been sorted and grouped as Baking, Cooking, and Misc. drawers

The baking drawer used to be the most overwhelming, just due to how many things were in there and how often I bought duplicates of something not realizing I already had some. These glass food storage jars from Dollarama only cost $1.25-$3 each and they are AMAZING!!! I also use them for the cooking drawer to sort pasta, rice, polenta, etc. The variety in sizes they have make them perfect for smaller quantity items like Baking powder, shredded coconut, cocoa, and everything else from chocolate chips to oats in bigger jars.

I love being able to see everything and exactly how much is left. I honestly never thought I could be someone with an organized kitchen. Taking the time to sort through it all and find storage solutions for the pantry to get it where it is now makes me happy every every time I go to bake or cook! And all for under $50 in organization supplies.

... In the frosty air.

This morning Wren officially opened his first gift from the pile of Advent items! It was a little plastic toy dog figurine, she adores trinkets like that and was thrilled. As soon as we dropped her off at school the snow started coming down, so I guess that signals the official start of the Holiday Season!

I have abandoned my usual latte the past week or so for piping hot mulled cider, that smell filling the house bright and early of all the cinnamon and spices just adds to the Holiday cheer I can't help but feel this year.

I am a holiday baby (December 23, I actually came home from the hospital in a stocking!) so I sometimes feel an internal struggle to not be TOO Christmas-y until we hit the Birthday week since Wren is also a holiday baby and I always want her to feel like her day is not an afterthought to the holidays. But both her and I have been decorating and crafting in full Holiday style, with carols blasting and baking treats like it's going out of style. It just feels like it will be a VERY merry Christmas,  and most of all I'm so impressed that for a nearly 8 year old girl she's barely made mention of what gifts she wants or expects and she actually surprised me by putting the very first wrapped gift under the tree! (I'm guessing she made it herself since she doesn't do any shopping LOL).

So we will continue with our trimming and baking and singing and spreading of cheer, and if you feel like joining in, well the more the merrier!

A clean kitchen

The title says it all. The kitchen was a miraculous level of clean recently so I snapped some pics to update our Home Sweet Home tab further. It had a deep cleaning for the Flare shoot in early January and it has stayed impressively tidy. I think it is all our purging paying off. When there isn't a pile of miscellaneous stuff piling up everyone is more responsible about putting things in their proper place  (keys, mail, coins, batteries, etc. the stuff that quickly piles up without even thinking about it).

If you are new around here and want more info on the cabinets and our kitchen reno click here for an updated review after living with it for a while~.

The comfiest corner of the kitchen, where we replaced the eat-in nook with a little sofa. We hang out here daily and it was the best use of the space for us!

I'll be continuing to update the home tour tab over the next week or two, thank you for your patience if you're tired of the updated home tour that's been ongoing!!!