Foodie Friday: Soup Season

It's soup season! I recently made this potato kale soup and I'd definitely make it again! Even if you're not really a fan of kale, I dare say, you'd like this soup. It's quite delish and relatively quick to make. It'll be a recipe I tuck away to make again, and again.

Head over here to get the recipe.

By the way, in case you'd like to know, making sandwiches using croissants is total yumminess.

Oh, and since it's the season for pumpkin everything, it's the perfect time to make my favourite pumpkin soup! Head over here for the full recipe!

What's your favourite kind of soup to make this time of year?
Happy weekend-ing & happy soup making!

$7 Side Table

Now that we're living in a bigger place, one thing we're lacking is furniture. We basically have two empty bedrooms (well, there is a bed in one, and that's pretty much it), and a partially empty extra living space. We're working on creating these spaces bit by bit and picking up furniture here and there. But we're also trying to focus on getting the spaces we're living in right now functional. There's been lots of furniture shifting going on.

A few weeks ago we went into the Habitat Restore to look around and found a side table that I thought should come home with us. A side table for $7 is hard to pass up! Obviously, my main goal was to give this piece new life. After we used it for a couple of weeks in "as is" condition, I decided it was time to get the paint out. 

What initially drew me to this piece: 
1. The sturdy legs
2. Lots of surface space
3. The fact that it's a little bit unique in shape & we didn't have anything like it

The paint I used was paint I already had on hand from this little project (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg). Can I just say, that this paint goes a long way {Tip: I added a bit of water to the paint to thin it out and stretch it a bit further}. To start, I sanded the small rough patch on the upper surface, then wiped it down with a damp cloth. I then took the piece outside and sprayed it with a few coats of shellac sealer. I did this because I've read that some wood furniture with varnish on it can bleed to the surface after you put a coat of paint on it. I didn't want this happening, so better safe than sorry. The table took two coats of paint and then I put a coat of wax on top.

It really took no time at all and it looks one hundred times better:

I love how I can easily store some of baby E's books on this table without taking up all of the surface space. 

I'm sure it won't stay in our living room forever as it has great potential to fit other places in our home. For now though, it's a great host to books & cups of coffee. Oh, and cute little white pumpkins! 

What projects have you been working on lately? 

Pumpkins, Mums & Everything Fall

Since we've now rolled into September I don't feel so bad about mentioning pumpkins, mums, and everything fall! The air has already shifted here, and I'm looking forward to this new season.

Comfy sweaters, boots, soups & stews, cool air mixed with the warmth of the know the drill.

While we're still trying to get our house in order from our move, I'm also trying to make my home fall cozy at the same time & prep for a different season. Here's a look at a few ways you can do the same.

If you are ready for everything fall, like I am, you can check out my Everything Fall Pinterest Board for loads more ideas. And do share, how do you like to cozy up your home for fall?

The First Few Months

We just hit the five month mark over here with baby E, and I'll say it again: I can't believe how fast this is flying by!  I thought it might be fun to round up a few of our favourite things that helped us out greatly in the first few months (and let's be honest, we're still using these items!); perhaps it will help out some parents to-be. So here's some items that made things a little easier for us with the new babe:

1. My Brest Friend - This nursing pillow is seriously awesome. We hadn't purchased a nursing pillow before the babe was born as we weren't quite sure if nursing would work for us or not - why purchase something you may not use? And many people said to just use your own pillows. Well I'm here to tell you that while using your own pillow works, this nursing pillow just makes everything so much better. I was even able to try this pillow at our mother-baby clinic before purchasing it and after trying it out I went right out and bought one! I love how it wraps around you, giving you back support & how it holds your baby at a good height. Plus, it's not too soft so your little one isn't eventually sinking down into a pillow. I'm a fan.

2. Life Factory Water Bottle - I don't think I've ever been so thirsty in my life! I think all you nursing mommas know what I'm talking about. I always need water on hand and this water bottle is a go-to water bottle for me. I like that it's glass, and well, it's cute too! It was always full of water while I was pregnant as well.

3. Cotton Muslin Swaddles - I love these swaddles! I think what I like most is that they are multi-functional. These are essentially a large, light weight, blanket that get softer each time they are washed. Since they're a good size and so light weight, like I said, they can be used for whatever - a swaddle, receiving blanket, stroller blanket, a make shift nursing cover, anything. Plus they have been the perfect weight for summer!

4. What to Expect the First Year - As first time parents we've enjoyed reading through this book. Yes, I realize you can find pretty much anything on the internet, but we wanted a book that we could go-to, and we've found this one to be helpful.

5. Nursing Cover - This particular brand, Bebe Au Lait, is great! It's a great length as I've never felt like I'm fighting with too much or too little material. Although now, with a baby that's a bit more fidgety, it can become a small battle; but that's not the cover's fault! It's also great because it has a piece in the top that holds the neckline away from you, making it easier for you to look in on your baby. Plus, they come in so many cute fabric options!

6. Mamaroo - This thing was a great help at times (and still is!). It was worth EVERY. PENNY. Sometimes it's the only thing that could get baby girl to take a nap for more than 15min at a time, and still is. The kid hates to nap. It has 5 different motions, speeds, and sounds. I like how it plugs into an outlet, so there's no running out of batteries!

So there you have it. Just a few of our favourite things for the new baby in our life.
What would you add to the list?

*This isn't a paid post. These are just some products that we love & wanted to share with you all!*