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Lindsay Stephenson

In shopping

Things I’ve Bought and loved

I’ve been on a home organizing kick lately – I find an organized home helps me think better, so I thought I’d share some of my recent buys that I’m obsessed with. They are little things, but man oh man I’m in love. Actually after doing up my list, some things are non-organizational, but heck, I bought them and legit love them. This post isn’t styled. I didn’t tidy my closet. But, even though things aren’t tidy, they ARE organized, which I can live with. 

DIMMER SWITCHES
Dimmer switches are awesome, and I grabbed these from Amazon so that I could not only dim my bedside lights for relaxation mode, but so that I could turn my bedside lamps on and off without getting out of bed. The long cord means that I can even tuck it right by my bed, so I can roll over, and turn off the light late at night after scrolling Instagram too late into the night. Available here.  (Also on my nightstand – my jade roller (love) and SoLuxury Magnesium Spray for deep night sleeps)

BATTERY OPERATED PUSH LIGHTS
Sometimes a little light does wonders, and these ones that I picked up are bright, and perfect for my shelves in my closet. I try to not keep my lotions and potions in the main bathroom – when you’re tiny house living it’s important to keep things super organized. So the bathroom is saved for necessities (like toothbrushes etc) and my closet is where I keep my goods. These lights are awesome. Buy them here. (I bought the warm white)


BATTERY OPERATED MAGNIFYING MIRROR

This is the perfect small, battery operated magnifying mirror. I love this little guy. The light is SUPER bright and it’s perfect for applying serum on at night or any reason you need to see your face up close. (Insert 1006 reasons here…) Available here. 


DOLLAR STORE BINS
I am the BIGGEST fan of the Dollar store for storage boxes, because they make the best organization helpers on the planet. Again, with small house living when storage, or lack of storage is an issue – finding creative ways of maximizing space is huge. 

Here’s a shot of our closet in our room that houses all of the “medicine” stuff on one shelf. The clear boxes are awesome because you obviously can see everything in them – I tend to write on masking tape the contents so I can easily identify the box I need.

The rest of the closet is towels, sheets etc. But this one shelf I’ve maximized the storage by combining Dollar store bins (also found at Canadian Tire) with some dollar store stackable organizing shelves. 



LAUNDRY DETERGENT
This one is less “home organizing” than it is “home”. I came across the Rockin Green challenge on Instagram – you soak your clothes in a basin with water and the eco laundry detergent and all this gross dirt comes out. It shows you what your regular laundry detergent isn’t getting out. It’s a regular detergent for your laundry (you don’t have to soak all your laundry for it to work) but the soaking “challenge” is a cool thing to do. And I tried it and became OBSESSED. I’ve got my Mom hooked too. My clothes wash better, don’t have a perfume to them and my clothes feel beautifully clean. I think I’ll do a deep soak, like the challenge does, on certain things every so often (sheets perhaps) to get them super-dooper clean. 

Above is the bathtub before, with the dissolved detergent. Below are my cushions from a chair. I did my clothes in another batch, and believe it or not, a carpet my cat had barfed on and stained. In all cases, the detergent cleaned everything. It’s magic. Buy it here. 

Anyhow, that’s today’s fun edition of what I legit bought and loved. 

In Updates

Be kind to yourself

Sorry for the quietness around here. I went through a little detox from social media/ blogging for the last bit.  Sometimes the pace of life needs to shift, and I found myself craving, needing calm, clarity and quiet.

I’m always worried that when these things start to happen – that I feel my moods shift – that it may be an incoming black cloud of depression – which I have experienced in my life. But I found that meditation, self care, saying no to things and keeping life simple seems to have gotten me through that stage, and I’m on the other end feeling lighter and my mind is clearer.

I’m still being kind to myself, and giving myself the permission to not overdo it. I used to think being busy = being successful. That one had to say yes to friends in order to keep friendships. But our priorities in life sometimes shift, and I found myself needing to retreat and enjoy my little man, go swimming as a family after school, go to the cottage with family, take a day off to be with my sister and work at my own pace – which is still sometimes at midnight in bed on my laptop, but it’s not with the feelings of guilt that I had to do something. 

Anyhow, here’s to self care, long hot baths, snuggling with your loved ones, sleeping in on the weekends. I hope that if you ever feel unsure about what direction your life is going, that you give yourself permission to say no to things and let your mind be quiet. I find it’s truly helpful and has gotten me through some gloomy days. xo

In Family Life

Summer Days

I found this wee oak leaf on the ground, passed by it, and then took two steps back to pick it up because I loved it so.

My toes need repainting but that would mean I wouldn’t have as much time at the pool with this awesome guy.

Charlie Pickles

I hope you’re having a lovely Summer. Oscar is in less camps this Summer than ever before – which has turned out to be an awesome thing for us, because he’s getting so much time at my Mom’s pool practicing swimming, and plus have I told you…. But the age 8 is the best. Like seriously, he’s funny, awesome, so fun to be with. So I’m soaking in the days of summer with him, even if it is watching him play video games. I kind of love this Summer. The backyard is still a work in progress, I can’t wait to share more pics. xoxo Linds