my one year blogging anniversary

1 year ago I pressed publish on this blog. I didn’t tell anyone about it for a few weeks once I had a few other blog posts under my belt, but my intro post was published December 1, 2017.  When I first started this blog I wanted it to be something to let some of…

the best books I read this month – november 2018

Usually I feel like months move quickly, but in reality it has felt like a lifetime since I have written one of these. With the days getting shorter and the rain having fully come to Vancouver I have really felt the desire to snuggle up on the couch with a blanket and some tea and…

Liebster Award Nomination – My First Award!

I was recently nominated for a Liebster Award by Crushed Caramel which is so exciting, especially as I am coming up on my one year of blogging on this blog, fivestarredlife.  The Liebster Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers and continues throughout the internet. I am so honoured to have been chosen…

the best date night ideas

Today is Nigel and I’s 5th anniversary and over the years we have gone on quite a few dates. Some of these are quite typical while some may be a bit different from the norm. I figured one of the most appropriate things to share on this day is some of my favourites, both recent…

declutter with me: office

Welcome to month 3 of my Declutter with Me series, the series where I go through my stuff and get rid of everything I can, while teaching you some tips that I have learned along the way. For previous posts you can check out my posts on: Makeup and Accessories Bathroom Now because I am…

how to get out of a reading slump

Last month was not a very great reading month for me, I kept abandoning books partway through and there were days when I did not feel like picking up a book at all. For someone who bases much of her life on her reading and her ability to read this was very disheartening. Now my…

how i meal plan

When life is getting crazy and I don’t feel like I have any moments for anything (see more in my post from last week about feeling burnt out) one thing that really helps is having a plan for dinner. Due to our schedules my husband cooks most weekdays as I don’t get in the door…

going through my trash – my makeup and skincare empties

I love watching people go through their trash, specifically their makeup and skincare products. There is something so telling about seeing the products that people actually like enough to finish and whether or not they are going to repurchase them. This products are everything that I have finished since the beginning of August when I…

feeling burnt out

Today I left my house and got to work while it was still dark and almost my entire commute home was also in the dark. The rainy season has started here in Raincouver and my dry days are going to be few and far between. My husband and I seem to be on perpetually different…

helping other people declutter

Throughout my family I have definitely become known for my decluttering and my constant desire to minimize my possessions. That means that I have started being called in to help with the decluttering of their stuff, whether they want to or not (apologies to my husband!) Now over the past few months of helping other…