6 Lifestyle Creators You Should Follow

I follow a ton of fantastic content creators that share useful, positive and inspiring content – and these are my favourites! Hopefully this post leads you to a new fav.

All photos courtesy of respective creators.

Toni Hammersley, A Bowl Full Of Lemons

Toni is a blogger, author and shop owner! I follow her for her incredible organization challenge, home inspiration, and gorgeous photos! I am constantly inspired by Toni’s home and lifestyle content.

Blog: A Bowl Full Of Lemons

Instagram: @abowlfulloflemons

Store: French Mercantile

Christopher Allen, Youtuber

Christopher is the guru of all things kindness, positivity and home. I follow Christopher for his Vlogs where he, his husband Steven and their dog Bubbas share their life. They live in a beautiful home which is constantly being re-imagined by Christopher and his love for DIYs.

Youtube: Christopher Allen

Instagram: Cristopher Allen

Carly Riordan, Blogger

I’ve been following Carly for a long time. She started as a blogger sharing her NYC living experience and all things “preppy” and now she has grown up, gotten married and is now expecting her first baby! Carly is classy, elegant and inspires me to be the same.

Blog: Carly Riordan

Instagram: Carly A. Riordan

Nikki Boyd, At Home With Nikki

Nikki was the first organizer I followed. She does amazing organization videos, DIYS and has great tips for entrepreneurs. Nikki has her own home organization business as well!

Blog: At Home With Nikki

Instagram: At Home With Nikki

Youtube: At Home With Nikki

Jennifer Ross, Pretty Neat Living

I have been following Jen for a decade or more! She started out with multiple Youtube channels focusing on organization, planners, vlogs and hauls. She later added a fantastic blog and today she continues to share her journey on Youtube and Instagram. She is honest, open and inspiring!

Youtube: Pretty Neat Living

Instagram: Pretty Neat Living

Blog: Pretty Neat Living

Samantha, Happily A Housewife

Another creator I’ve been following for ages! She is a Youtuber who is all about keeping it real. She lives with her Husband and three kids and shares their lives as they navigate work, school, competitive sports. I mostly love her vlogs and planner content.

Youtube: Happily A Housewife

Instagram: Happily A Housewife

Blog: Happily A Housewife

Make Your Own Recipe Binder

As I have gotten older, I have learned to appreciate the special memories that are formed in the kitchen. So many great moments in life happen while cooking with friends and family, sharing food and learning recipes from loved ones.  

I had been mentally compiling these special memories and realized that I could create a recipe book as a form of memory keeping!  

What you’ll need:

I decided to go the simple route and create my book using a basic office binder, laminated pocket dividers and sheet protectors. I bought everything at Staples – you can also find similar on Amazon:

Navy Blue 2″ Binder (affiliate link)

Tab Sheet Protector Dividers (affiliate link)

Sheet Protectors (affiliate link)

Get Creative

To make your binder extra special, I think it is fun to choose a style theme to use for the cover and dividers. Look for some inspiration for your personal cookbook. These are some that inspired me:

In order to design my binder I looked to google and my favourite user friendly design tool, Canva, to make the dividers and cover. I knew I wanted to have the country-esque watercolour look for my illustrations. I must admit this was the most time consuming part of creating the binder. I scoured the internet for available free use vector images that all matched in style. An alternative to this would be buying a bundle of matching watercolour vectors in your desired style. Here is how it turned out:

Memory Keeping with Recipes

One of my intentions with the recipe binder was to capture some special memories tied to the recipes and dishes. I only have recipes in here that I have personally made, or someone has made and shared with me. If my friend is sending me a recipe, I will put it in the binder in their exact words, it adds to the memory keeping aspect! For each recipe I include a picture of the item when I made it. For example, here is a cornbread I made for my cottage neighbourhood’s annual “Rib-fest” party:

You don’t have to use sheet protectors, but I choose to keep the paper safe in the kitchen while cooking!

This is a simple, effective way to organize your recipe collection – and it sparks a lot of joy to flip through! I look forward to using this as the years go by, and hopefully pass it on down the road to keep these special memories alive.