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These are some of my favourite tools:

 

Camera

My cell phone took decent photos, but I needed more features than the phone could offer for this Blog. So Hubby bought me a Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital DSLR Camera.

The Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D is an entry-level DSLR targeted toward first-time ILC users and smartphone upgraders (that’s me). Built around an 18MP APS-C sensor, the T6 offers Wi-Fi with NFC for easy photo sharing when you’re out-and-about, and adds a faster processor compared to its predecessor, the Rebel T5. And, the price-tag was within our budget.

Canon EOS Rebel T6 Camera

Tripod

I use an Optex T465 Pan Head Tripod. It’s very light and folds up into a little bag making it easy to carry around.
tripod
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Floors / Carpets

We have hardwood floors downstairs and carpeting upstairs. When we moved into this townhouse two years ago, we had a clunky old vacuum cleaner (which wasn’t really that old!). We soon realized that it couldn’t properly clean the hardwood floors, especially  in the corners, and it didn’t even fit on the stairs, let alone vacuum the carpet on them.

So we splashed out a bought a Dyson V6 Animal Cord-free Vacuum. What a difference! It’s such a pleasure. I hardly ever have to sweep the floors anymore and it works twice as hard as our ‘old’ one. It’s much easier to store – it simply attaches to the wall

Dyson - V6 Animal Bagless Cordless Stick Vacuum - Nickel/Purple - Front Zoom

 

To wash the floors I use a Vileda Microfiber mop head and a bucket filled with hot water, a drop of dish soap and some white vinegar. The floors look pristine and this cleaning method is very eco-friendly and pet-safe. I’ve since started using vinegar as an all-purpose cleaner. When you’re done cleaning the floors, just pop the mop head in the washing machine. I had the last mop head for about 5 years before I had to replace it a month ago.

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Spot Cleaning – Rugs & Upholstery

I didn’t think I needed this, but when Hubby brought it home, the BISSELL Little Green ProHeat Compact Multi-Purpose Carpet Cleaner has changed my life and saved me loads of time and money ! (Sometimes, I’m not always right! Hard to believe!). We have 3 cats, 2 dogs and a toddler. As you can imagine, quite a few accidents happen and this little machine cleans it all up in minutes.

bissell

 

Carpets

I try to clean our carpets upstairs every 6 months or so, and the Bissell 1548 ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Full-Size Carpet Cleaner does a good job of this with very little effort.

1548_ProHeat_2X_Revolution_Pet_Carpet_Cleaner_Front_View

 

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Organizing

Your House

Click on the image to read my post on how to organize every room in your house.

Organize every room

 

Your Life

I’ve been using Evernote to stay organized this year and it has been a total gamechanger! It’s a free tool that you can use to create notebooks and notes for different topics. Within these notes, you can save snippets from websites, keep track of important documents, etc. so all your research is consolidated in one place. Best of all, you can sync it across different devices too,

There’s also an amazing e-book on how to use it to it’s full potential which I found invaluable. Click here to get your copy.

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Not only does meal planning solve the daily “what’s for dinner” dilemma, it saves a ton of money at the grocery store. Years ago, when I was trying to get out of debt, meal planning changed my life and helped me to budget. It was only after I implemented my first meal plan, that I realized how much time it saved me as well.

You can read my post about what meal planning is – just click on the image below

whats-for-dinner

 

I will have an ebook out in the next few weeks called the Ultimate Guide to Meal Planning which deals extensively with every aspect of meal planning from planning your menus, grocery lists, price books, once-a-month-cooking and more.

Appliances

As you’ve probably figured out, I’m a huge fan of saving time so that I can get on with the fun stuff in life. Not that I don’t think cooking is fun – I do enjoy it – but I don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen after working all day. Over the years, I have bought various appliances, kitchen utensils and ‘gadgets’ to make my life easier. Some were relegated to the “it-seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the time” bin (into the garbage), but others have earned valuable space on my kitchen counter. These are:

Coffee Maker

Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Single Serve / Full Pot Coffee Maker

I’m pretty useless in the morning without coffee. I love this coffee maker because I can program it the night before to brew my coffee in the morning. Or … if I forget, I can make myself a single cup using either the single brew basket or a k-cup of my favourite coffee.

coffee

Kettle

Salton Cordless Electric Jug Kettle 1.7-Liter

I drink a lot of tea (after my morning coffee) and this kettle is almost never cold. The last one I owned lasted 15 years! I’ve had this one for just over 3 years now and it’s still going strong. Besides, it turns itself off when the water is boiled which is a huge feature for me (I get distracted easily!).

 

kettle

Food Processor

Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender with Whisk and Chopper Attachments

When I broke my last food processor (I’m a bit of a clutz – I dropped the bowl and the most important piece shattered – uuugh), I did a lot of research into what I would buy in it’s place. I didn’t want something as big as a full-blown food processor, but I wanted it to do the same thing! Enter the Cuisinart Smart Stick. It’s a cross between an immersion blender and a food processor. The Smart Stick has chopping and whisking attachments and I use it for everything from chopping vegetables to blending the baby’s food to mashing potatoes, homemade soups, salsas and sauces. The attachments and bowl are easy to clean and you can blend right into your pot or bowl to eliminate extra dishwashing. The only con I can find is that the bowl can sometimes be too small if you’re making a lot of food.

chopper

 

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Travel - Good LIfe Saturdays

 

I love to travel and have started with my own back yard. The places to visit in Vancouver, the surrounding Gulf Islands and British Columbia as a whole, are endless and this section was created to share these experiences with you.

Good Life Saturdays aren’t always about going out and exploring. It’s also about taking time for yourself and doing something you love. It might be reading a good book, relaxing on your patio, watching a good movie, enjoying a meal with friends and family – anything that makes you feel good. Some posts are about doing just that.

Click on the image to read what this section is all about.

Good life Saturdays

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Projects & Crafts

 

I love decorating on a budget (that’s because I am on a budget 🙂 ). My favourite stores are the dollar store and thrift stores. But, if I can’t get what I need at these stores, I absolutely adore Michaels. I mainly get all my fabric and ceramic paint there as they have such a wide range to choose from.We repurpose a lot of our own things, or things that other people don’t want, and Michaels always has good ideas as to how to make old things beautiful again.


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