• Upcycled Furniture

    Project DIY: Barstool Update

    We love a good DIY project! Not only is it fun to give new life to old things, it is a great way to keep items out of the landfill. Part of a sustainability mindset is finding ways to use what we already have and therefore purchase less. The DIY Project: Updating a Tired Pair of Barstools Why I Love It I picked up these barstools on the Craigslist freebies page because I was looking for a project to occupy my time. I find refinishing furniture to be great for my mental health and a good way for me to relax and get creative. It’s so fun to see something…

  • Frugal Living

    26 Great Ways to Reuse Your Glass Jars

    I love saving glass jars from the recycle bin! They are so versatile for reusing, that I feel I can never have too many–though my cupboards tell me otherwise some days. Mason jars are probably the most popular jars for their esthetic, but I find it useful to keep all types and sizes of jars–everything from pasta jars to spice jars and everything in between. Inspiration for Reusing Your Glass Jars But what to do with them all? Jars can be used for so many things. I’ve got a list of 26 ways to use your glass jars to get you started. 1. Gift Wrapping I love finding creative ways…

  • Upcycled Furniture

    Project DIY: Transforming a Vintage Table

    The DIY Project: Turning this vintage table into a turquoise beauty! Why I Love It Krista and I found this unique little, wooden table and fell in love with the size and shape of it. Vintage pieces always have so much character! The Plan We were so excited to give this wood table a new life! The hope was to preserve and highlight the wood grain on the top, but we decided the walnut top and oak bottom would have been too much of a contrast, so chose to paint the table one solid colour. We fell in love with a turquoise chalk paint and couldn’t wait to use it!…

  • Flashfood Inspirations

    Flashfood: Freezer Meals

    Freezer Meals I had a wonderful, simple-sounding idea to make a 5-10 bagged uncooked freezer meals in an afternoon (with some reasonably priced components purchased through Flashfood) that I could pop into the slow cooker to make dinner preparation time in the late afternoon less of a bottleneck in our house. I was finding that the little people (and sometimes big people!) were often tired and hungry at the end of the day and I was finding it difficult to spend a lot of time preparing dinner in the kitchen. But my well-intentioned bulk food preparation day just wasn’t happening! I tried to make a couple of meals and ended…

  • Money Matters

    Money Master Class: A Year of Financial Guidance

    If you’re looking to learn more about your personal finances, get your finances in order, get out of debt, save more, or any combination of these, bookmark this page! This Money Master Class will take you through a year of financial tasks, advice, and times of reflection–all with the purpose of getting your personal financial life in order. At the beginning of 2020, Gail Vaz-Oxlade came out of retirement to share her wealth of financial advice with the world one last time. She launched her Money Master Class on Twitter, sharing daily tweets with advice, homework, and, questions to start conversations. I’ve summarized all of these tweets into weekly recaps…

  • Money Matters

    #MoneyMasterClass Recap-Week 52

    The year has come to an end! Believe it or not, we’ve made it through 2020! It was a full year of thinking of finances every day and examining how our money is working for us. If you’ve made it through–even partway–CONGRATS! You’ve put in work to get yourself in a better position financially. A Year’s Worth of Lessons This year Gail took us through so many aspects of our lives. Some of my highlights from the year’s lessons were: Focusing on my core values and goals (Week 1) Making my money work harder by choosing better High Interest Savings Accounts (Week 10) Learning about concepts such as Curveball Accounts…