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HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOUSE SMELL LIKE CHRISTMAS

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THIS PAST WEEKEND we had a small group of close friends over for a Christmas potluck. It was such a special time eating delicious food and reconnecting with friends that we only get to see every couple of months. The party was the exact motivation I needed to get our house fully decorated for Christmas. Our tree is up, the stockings are hung, the walls are decked with boughs and there is a delicious pot of goodness on the stove making our house smell like Christmas.

If you also wanted to make your house smell like Christmas it is really easy: combine your favourite smells (I used rosemary, pine, cinnamon sticks, cloves, cherries, pink peppercorns and some goji berries) with water and a little oil (I used sweet almond oil) and bring to a boil then simmer for a couple of hours. I had at least five comments about how nice our house smelled! I found the pot was fine to reuse for a few days afterwards, making our house smell like Christmas for about four days straight.

DIY ADVENT CANDLE HOLDER

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NOW I AM not one to take on many DIY projects. I used to do them all the time, but as my style has changed from kitschy to minimal and modern I rarely see any DIY projects that would work with my décor. But this project caught my eye since it matches our décor and serves the important purpose of reminding our family about what the Christmas season is all about.

This was an incredibly easy project that only cost me $30 to make and I think it turned out wonderfully. I can't take credit for it, a blogger in germany originally did it and I was reminded of it when Sarah posted it on her instagram, but I did have to improvise how to make it since I'm not fluent in German.

What you need:

1 copper tube, cut into 3 1/2" pieces (this leaves 2" of pipe visible)

4 copper tee brackets

4 copper 90 degree brackets

4 candles

Once I had all my pieces I put them into a stainless steel bowl and added some lemon juice and coarse salt to clean the pipe and brackets (a trick my dad - who is a trained chef - taught me for how to clean my copper pot!). Let them dry, connect the pieces and add the candles. Most standard candle sticks should fit the brackets.

The season of advent is a really special time for our family as we celebrate the "already" of Jesus' birth and anticipate the "not yet" of what that means for us for eternity. Regardless of struggles or challenges we experience during the Christmas season I find my heart is often welling up with thankfulness for all that Jesus' has done for me.

For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6-7

ON MOVING

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TWO MONTHS AGO we moved. Two months ago it was my sweet Phineas' first birthday. Two months ago my husband was working a 24 hour shift.

Mentally, physically and emotionally September 30th, 2015 was one of my hardest days.

Emotionally, I felt like a terrible mother for not being with my son all day on his birthday. I know, I know, everyone and their mother reminded me that he won't remember his first birthday. But I will. Thankfully a dear friend came and took him to the park and played with him during the main hours of the move so he still had lots of fun on his birthday.

Physically, being pregnant and moving was harder than I thought it would be. I am a stubborn and proud woman and like to do things myself, so there I was bent over disassembling couches and bed frames. I have moved 15 times so I am fairly confident in my moving abilities, even though my preggo bod might disagree with me, ha! Then once we were all moved in and everyone left and I was alone I began to unpack the kitchen and attempt to move bookshelves around and do heavy lifting and many other things that I probably shouldn't have done but there was no one else around to do it.

Mentally, moving without your spouse is no joke. Sam keeps me grounded and balances me out in basically every way. There were numerous moments throughout the day where I had to think to myself "What would Sam say/do in this position". I definitely shed a few tears after everyone who helped us move left and Phineas was in bed.

When we were looking for a new place to live we were set on finding a place we could stay in for a number of years, so we are hopeful that this is that place and we can stay here until "moving day 2015" is a far and distant memory.

Within just a few days of living here the house and the neighbourhood began to really feel like home. We have found a few fave cafés and restaurants to go in the neighbourhood, we've met some wonderful people and are starting to feel settled. It's good to be in Toronto. It's good to plant roots.

ON OUR NEW HOME

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TWO MONTHS AGO we moved to the East side of Toronto. Although it wasn't as big a transition as moving from Montreal to Toronto, we may as well have moved to a different city since the East and West sides of the city rarely interact. When we first moved to Toronto we were living in a 2 bedroom, 500 square foot condo in the trendy Queen Street West. It is an amazing neighbourhood with some of the best coffee, restaurants, and shopping the city has to offer. We lived there for five short months and I can honestly say that it never felt like home. Living in 500 square feet with a baby who is learning to move is no joke. We would laugh that you could stand in one spot and touch every surface in the condo. So when we found out we were expecting Baby #2 and they were due in March and our lease was up in May I knew that we needed to get out sooner and settle and nest before the baby came... there was no way I was going to be attempting to pack with a newborn and a 1.5 year old running around.

Our new home is much more suited to our growing family. We have two floors of a town home on a quiet street close to some of the best that the East side has to offer. We have a mudroom AND a private flagstone patio backyard that I am so excited to use next summer. For the first time since we have been married I have a kitchen that is really wonderfully laid out and has enough space to hold all of my kitchen appliances and utensils with space leftover! (It also has a gas stove AND a dishwasher, insert praise hands emoji!)

Phineas' mobility has increased 10 fold since we moved here two months ago and is now going from sitting to standing with no support, he crawls at a running pace and is walking along every piece of furniture in the house, even taking the odd "accidental step" by himself when he's not paying attention. I have a feeling he'll be walking solo very soon!