Kitchen Organization Made Easy with the Frigidaire Custom-Flex Fridge #testdrivemoms

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Frigidaire Custom-Flex Fridge Organizing Kitchen Tips and Ideas

Imagine a world with a place for everything and everything in its place – it’s an organizer’s fantasy! And with the Frigidaire Gallery® Custom-Flex™ Top Freezer Refrigerator, it’s a dream come true! A personalized fridge to suit your needs (and your groceries!) with different sized bins that slide, move, and adjust.

When the beautiful stainless steel fridge was installed in my kitchen, I oohed and awed over the shiny surface – and was impressed with the smudge-proof stainless steel! Do you know what that means? That my kid’s fingerprints will not show up all over the door and my kitchen will look sleek and clean almost effortlessly!

Did you know?

  • 63% of consumers find it hard to fit tall bottles in door storage? This complaint is highest among top-mount freezer refrigerator owners
  • 30% find it difficult to organize beverages in their refrigerator
  • 30% find it difficult to organize food in their refrigerator! Food!
  • 30% of top mount owners find the door bins and shelving difficult to move

Frigidaire Custom-Flex Fridge Organizing Kitchen Tips and Ideas

Frigidaire Custom-Flex Fridge Organizing Kitchen Tips and Ideas

Frigidaire Custom-Flex Fridge Organizing Kitchen Tips and Ideas

When organizing the amazing door on Frigidaire Gallery® Custom-Flex™ Fridge, I focused on what my family needs quick access to:

  • Juice and milk for the kids
  • Pelligrino for the adults
  • Lemon & limes
  • Yogurt for everyone!
  • Medicine…?

I needed to keep an antibiotic in the fridge this week for my daughter, and I loved having a small bin to keep the medicine in sight as a reminder, and easy to access for ME but not for my toddler. The Mini Bin on the Custom-Flex Fridge Door makes it easy to find anything small that would usually get lost in the fridge.

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The Frigidaire Gallery® Custom-Flex™ Top Freezer Refrigerator also comes with some great suggestions on how to customize and organize your bright LED-lit fridge. There’s a door for Families, one for Entertainers, and my favourite, the Active door! Check out the video below:

Enter to win your own Custom-Flex Top Freezer Refrigerator from Frigidaire Canada! Be sure to follow Frigidaire on Twitter and Facebook!

Disclosure: I am part of the Frigidaire® Canada Ambassador program with Influence Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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Favourites from 2014

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Hey everybody! I hope you’ve had a great 2014! My year was full of ups and downs, but one of the most amazing things that happened was finishing our house build and moving in!

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// Building Our Dream Home, Pt. 1 // explains all the history behind purchasing our building lot, how we got to the west coast, and how we first started figuring out how to build a house.
// Building Our Dream Home, Pt. 2 // the second stage of our house build – metal beams are in and the ceiling going up – it was an exciting time!

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// Building Our Dream Home, Pt. 3 // the stairs were finally put in – a major accomplishment to be able to go upstairs from the inside of the house!
// Building Our Dream Home, Pt. 4 // much of the exterior was finished at this point – metal cladding, brick, and windows made it feel like a real house!

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// Living in Our Dream Home // I took a few pictures of the kitchen and living area upstairs – we had fully moved in but still had to deal with moving boxes, and living in an unfinished space.

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// The Master Bedroom // showing off our bed and the simplicity of our bedroom. We’ve since added a few things, but I still need to add some furniture and art!
// The Home Office // I was so excited to finally have my own space to work, write, and be creative in!

More Favourites From 2014

+ Is Naptime Officially Over?
+ When You Struggle with Positivity
+ I Have Mommy Guilt because I Stopped Breastfeeding
+ My Yoga Experience at Wanderlust
+ How I Handled My Toddler’s First Broken Bone
+ Our Wedding Anniversary
+ My Toddler Isn’t Talking  Yet – Should I Be Worried?
+ DIY Felt Ball Wreath
+ Things to Look Forward To

I hope you have a wonderful time ringing in the New Year tonight! Here’s to an awesome 2015!

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We Tried It: Simple Human Waste & Recycle Bin #SimpleHuman

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When I need something for my house, the first place I look is always Simple Human. Their designs are sleek, modern, and uber practical, especially for our family. I love the look of their items, with their sleek and fingerprint-proof stainless steel, and the durability can’t be beat.

I was looking for a solution to our garbage and recycling issues. I really wish I had taken a “before” picture to show you what a mess that corner used to be. A garbage bin with no lid and a bright blue recycling box overflowing with cardboard, paper, and cans. It was a disaster! I avoided looking at that corner, and if friends came over I would try to hide everything in the closet!

Solution? The Simple Human 48-Litre Steel Bar Recycler. Durable enough for a family, practical enough to hold all my waste and recycling in one beautiful steel container.

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The steel bar feels strong and is intended to last over 20 years of stepping on it! The lid can stay open with the push of a small red switch found under the lid, so you can easily pull out the inner bins and replace the natural charcoal filter which absorbs odours.

Inside, each 24-litre bin uses the perfectly fitting “G” liners. Each bin slips in and out of the trashcan easily. Once the liners are on you can no longer tell which bin is for recycling or waste, so I’m going to put a small label above each one, intended more for guests than our family.

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I adore the simple look of this garbage can. The base measures at 22.2″ by 14″, and with the lid closed it stands at 25″, so it’s not tiny by any means. However it fits beautifully in the space, adding a bit of shine and an industrial feel (which I love!), while still complementing its’ surroundings. While the price isn’t cheap, it’s definitely worth it, especially when it comes to the durability of this waste can.

 

What I Love About the Simple Human 48L Steel Bar Recycler:

  •  Fingerprint-Proof Stainless Steel. Because who has time to clean and polish their garbage can?
  • Waste & Recycling in ONE. So easy to teach the kids about recycling, and have it all in one place!
  • Odorsorb Filter. Keeps my kitchen odourless and it’s built right into the lid.
  • 48 Litre Capacity. The size is perfect for our family of 4, not too big, not too small – just right!
  • Custom Fit Liners. No garbage bag peeking out underneath the lid!
  • Quiet Closing Lid. Means no slamming sounds!

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It has made recycling things much easier in my house, as well. My husband can quickly throw things in there without thinking about where to put it and my daughter questions almost everything that she’s about to throw out. “Can this be recycled?” is a constant question, and I love that she’s thinking about recycling and reusing items.

The Simple Human 48L Steel Bar Recycler has an amazing 10-year warranty (how many companies offer that on a garbage can?), and it’s really built to last. Its’ practical features are useful and well thought out, while the minimal and modern exterior complements your space.

For more information on products from Simple Human, check out their official website, FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest page.

Disclosure: The fabulous team at Simple Human provided me with the waste bin for review. However I was not financially compensated for this post and all opinions expressed here are my own.

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Home Office Reveal

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I am very excited to share my new home office with you. I have been waiting for a space to call my own for years and am so delighted with the way it turned out!

I spent months poring over home office inspiration, and I was so undecided about whether I wanted to spend a lot of money on a desk or if I should just buy something inexpensive. In the end my wallet won, and a trip to Ikea later, I had most of my home office ready to be put together!

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I knew I wanted a clean, white space, a large enough desk to be able to write on as well as hold the computer, and a minimal amount of storage that worked for me. Jay was quite concerned about storage for some reason, so I compromised by using two large white bins that were large enough to hold file folders for work. This way I got the clean looking desk I was after, and he had his storage solution.

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I also got a little head in this picture. It stays.

It was love at first sight when I first spotted these minimal trestle legs, and I knew I had to have them. The glossy white table top adds a hint of glamour and sparkle, while still being modern. I think the look came together rather well, all white with bits of silver metal.

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I put a picture rail above the desk, however I still have to get some art! It’s not quite the way I pictured it, however it suits its’ purpose by being a magazine and book rack. I hung two containers from the picture rail, one holds pens while the other one holds a living plant. It’s still alive after two weeks of being ignored. Maybe I’ll start talking to it to ensure its’ survival?

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This steel chair is another ‘must-have’ piece for me! The gun-metal chair is the perfect accent piece to this home office by giving it a bit of added edge. It adds a bit of character to the all-white ensemble, but still keeps it monotone. The chair is made by Zuo and can be found at Staples!

I’m still on the look out for some sort of hanging art to place above the picture rail, and the accessories might be swapped out in the future, but for now I really like the magazines as art look. I know this look isn’t for everyone, but I can’t help be obsessed with all the white – it makes a modern space so peaceful to me!

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  • Linnmon Table Top: Ikea
  • Lerberg Trestle Legs: Ikea
  • Zuo Steel Elio Chairs in Gunmetal: Staples
  • Ribba Picture Ledge: Ikea
  • Grundtal Container: Ikea
  • Pluggis Box: Ikea

Want to see more of my home tour? Check out the master bedroom, the upstairs living room and kitchen, and if you missed it – check out the whole building our home series!

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The Master Bedroom (…so far!)

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I have gotten so much love from the last home blog post (thank you!) and many of you have asked to see more! Of course, I hesitate because it’s so far from done! The downstairs living area is currently one large room that contains our sofa, a tv stand and the tv – that’s it. We are working on getting the kids rooms finished first, which entails a ton of purging and storage solutions (books! toys! games! galore!) and leaves little time for the rest of the house.

Here is our master bedroom, as it sits so far. You may remember a few of these items from our previous rental, as we haven’t purchased any new furniture for our bedroom yet. But it’s simple and neat, and very relaxing for us.

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Our queen-sized bed is made of reclaimed wood that was sourced from a burnt down Vancouver Mounted Police horse stable. The wood has burn marks and holes in it, and also tends to smell a bit like a barn every once in a while. We absolutely love it.

We purchased those little white clamp lamps recently from Ikea, as they are currently the only source of light in our bedroom. The side tables are metal, and they are a temporary solution until we can get our dream side tables. They are also safe for outdoors which I think will be perfect for an exterior space idea I have.

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You can see my lovely Mac computer (my third baby!) sitting on the floor, looking sad and forlorn – but don’t feel too bad about it. That’s a yoga mat sticking out behind it, and the current height of the monitor is perfect for doing yoga videos! Honestly, I cannot wait until we can get a proper desk, but it works for now.

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Our duvet cover was purchased from Dwell many years ago, and the grey knit blanket is a gift from my talented mother. Our throw pillows have been in storage so long as I was afraid to use them anywhere else! From the right: a grey velvet pillow with a studded border, a heavy Union Jack pillow, and a grey wool felt pillow with orange antlers on it.

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I found two framed pictures in our storage locker – the orange one is an Amsterdam print, while the dark one to the left of it is a Paris Metro print – and they sit on the floor as I can’t quite commit to hanging them on the walls yet! The only other piece of furniture in the room is the little wooden step stool, the only way I can reach the windows to open them.

I’ve also gotten a few questions about the concrete floors. Firstly, I absolutely love them. Our whole downstairs has radiant heating installed in the flooring, and it is such a pleasure to step out of bed in the morning onto a warm floor. They are very easy to clean and take care of, and we are noticing new cracks in the floor here and there, which adds a certain character to the floor that I adore.

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