Weekend Links

Friday, February 27, 2015

Another week in the books! It was really hard adjusting to freezing cold temperatures and an endless to-do list, but somehow I managed to pull it off. I plan to spend the weekend sleeping in, indulging in mimosas and crossing some items off of my to-do list!

Here are your weekend links:

Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss
I love this video so much!! Taylor and Karlie are the most adorable best friends, and this game proves it.
Kate Spade Kids
I didn't make a separate post about this because most of my readers don't have children, but I couldn't completely ignore it! Kate Spade released a kids line and the pieces are just as darling as you would expect!

Ed Sheeran Covers Dirty
It is possible for Ed Sheeran to do any wrong? I'm not a fan of 'Dirty' but for some reason I cannot stop listening to this cover. It's jazzy, sassy and soulful. Never change Ed.


Thirdstory Covers Style
Keeping with the jazzy, sassy and soulful covers theme - I love this cover of Style. These guys are so talented and absolutely KILL it. I have played this cover at least 50 times since it's release. I'm also pretty sure I have crushes on them all.


Adult Wednesday Addams
I stumbled upon this web series, and what a happy accident it was. Adult Wednesday Addams is just as witty and dark as you imagine her to be. I also love how she handles modern day situations with her dark sense of humour! Definitely worth watching!

 Have a great weekend!
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Old Navy Spring Arrivals

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I love Old Navy for many reasons. First, when I go into an Old Navy, I almost always leave the store with something cute. Second, the prices are great! You can find great wardrobe staples at prices that won't break the bank.

 I was browsing the website a few days ago and found myself adding almost everything to my cart! The Spring arrivals are super cute and have me longing for warmer weather

Are you an Old Navy buff? 

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Alex and Ani

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I may be very behind with this, but Alex and Ani kiosks have made their way into Canada and I am obsessed. Each bangle is handcrafted in the USA and is infused with positive energy. Whether or not you believe in that sort of thing, one thing you can believe is that each bangle is carefully and intentionally made. You can mix and match the bangles to create your own unique stack.

The charms vary between spiritual, sports teams, sorority, college and religious. This was the first bangle I bought, and I purchased both the Jamaican flag and humming bird (Jamaica's national bird) after my vacation! The bracelets would make an excellent graduation, birthday or Mother's Day present!

Here are some of my favourites

Alex and Ani has also recently expanded their product line to include bags, scarves, men's bracelets, home items and other jewelry to complement their original collection!

Do you enjoy collecting charm bracelets?

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Jamaica (30 in 365 Update)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I'm back from Jamaica and feeling great! I really enjoyed taking an actual break from everything and soaking in the sun! One of the items on my 30 in 365 list was to take a real vacation. I can't remember the last time that I've done this. Between school, work and blogging - it can be really hard to step away from everything. I made a conscious effort to not worry about my to-do list and to focus on the experiences unique to Jamaica. 

I spent some time relaxing at the beach. Saltwater truly can cure anything. The temperature was perfect and the water was so clear. I can't step foot on a Canadian beach ever again!

Coconut water from the coconut itself is a must when in Jamaica! 

Coconut was a recurring theme during my trip. These are coconut crusted shrimp. They were SO delicious. 

The value of the Jamaican dollar is really low. There are many political reasons behind it and I hope that one day this beautiful country will prosper economically again! This $700 (JAD) bottle of Nutella, is equal to about $8 in Canada! 

More beautiful blue water! This time in Negril - home of Rick's Cafe. At Rick's Cafe, cliff divers jump from very high up to entertain the guests. Tourists are also invited to cliff jump - if they dare. It was really fun to watch, but I don't think I'll ever be brave enough to attempt it myself!

The last planned activity I did was to tour the Green Grotto Caves. The caves have a rich history and were used by the Spanish during the British takeover, Slaves and the indigenous tribes of Jamaica. The caves were VERY dark and there are lots of bats! Despite that, I really enjoyed learning some history of Jamaica and seeing nature at work. 

I spent the rest of my time relaxing, walking around downtown and taking in all of the gorgeous views. I was even able to disconnect from technology for a full two days! I highly recommend visiting Jamaica for vacation and hope to return soon! Until then, I will force myself to function in the absolutely freezing temperatures that we are being hit with right now!

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I'm On Vacation!

Friday, February 13, 2015

It's officially Spring break (even though we are still in the dead of Winter) and I'm really grateful for some time off. I am really excited because I am going to be crossing off item #9 from my 30 in 365 list! I am going to Jamaica for a week. which means things will be very quiet around here. I toyed with the idea of scheduling posts, but I think it's better to let my brain rest so that I can return with some great content!

White river, Ocho Rios Jamaica:
White River - Jamaica

See you in a week!

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Dresses for Valentine's Day

Thursday, February 12, 2015

One thing I love about Valentine's Day is the colour scheme. Pink, red and white are such great colours and they are definitely the ones that come to mind on this holiday. A great way to celebrate whether or not you have plans is to wear the well known colours! A chic pink or red dress is a great option if you want to get dressed up but be subtle. 

There are tons of great options that are both chic and festive:

Do you get dressed up for Valentine's Day?

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Kate Spade Surprise Sale

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Rejoice because Kate Spade is having a sale! There are a lot of cute items from past collections and some items that I haven't seen before! 

I have my eye on this wallet, these earrings and this bag!
What items will you pick up this sale?

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How I Learned to Love Cooking

Monday, February 9, 2015

It's no secret that I waste a lot of money on take-out. When you are very busy and don't have time to think about meals, take-out is always there for you. Ordering food on a regular basis adds up really quickly and in an effort to take control of my health and wallet - I've drastically reduced how much take out I order. Sometimes it's inevitable - but I no longer rely on it.

I've learned to love cooking. Knowing exactly what's going into your food is very satisfying. Being able to control flavours, and portion sizes is another added bonus. I didn't always love to cook - but I definitely do now and this is how I got here:

1. Research recipes that are within your skill set
This is a huge one. Pinterest has tons of delicious recipes, but some are either very expensive per serving or very involved. Know what you are capable of and narrow your search down to include recipes that fall within your capabilities. This will keep you from getting frustrated and get you to start enjoying cooking. Once you are more comfortable in the kitchen - then you can expand to more difficult dishes! 

I like to search Pinterest, The Food Network, Whole Foods, and Epicurious for recipes!

2. Make a plan
Once you've found some recipes, make a weekly menu. Once you have a menu set, you can spend some time on the weekend preparing the necessary ingredients and shopping for any ingredients you need. In the past, I would scramble around for ingredients and get frustrated if I couldn't find or didn't have something in my pantry. Now that I plan ahead, I never have this problem and get excited to cook my own meal!

3. Make a grocery list and stick to it
Grocery stores are traps. Literally. Every grocery store you've been to has a specific method to get you to buy things you don't need. Sale items out front? Buy 3 get one free? These are just ploys to get you to spend more money! Make a very detailed and specific list of what you need - and if possible - where to find it in store. Not only will you save time at the grocery store, you will save money and the headache of browsing every aisle for what you need.

4. Try new things
I used to have a very limited palate. If it has cheese and/or chicken - I would eat it. Now that I've switched back to a vegetarian diet, I've been forced to try foods that I wouldn't have in the past. Trying food from different cultures is a great way to mix it up - and a lot of the recipes are very easy to follow!

5. Don't cook when you're hungry
This is the biggest reason that I love to cook now. Cooking takes time and patience. If you wait until you are on the brink of starvation to prepare a meal - it's not going to be fun and you'll most likely want to skip cooking and order in. Try cooking on a Sunday and dividing everything up for the week or set a time where far enough away from your regular meal time to start cooking! Make your food work for you!

I hope these small tips can get you to love cooking! It's fun and a lot easier than you may think!

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Weekend Links

Friday, February 6, 2015

Happy Friday! It's getting close to 'Spring' break here, so the work is really being piled on. I can't complain though, because soon I'll be on my way to Jamaica for an entire week! I can't remember the last time I took a proper vacation - so I'm really excited about this trip. Sun, sand, and no school...what else can a girl ask for?

Here are your weekend links:

We Are The Champions - Jimmy Fallon

I love Jimmy Fallon videos. They are so fun, just like this one! A bunch of super famous singers belting out 'We Are the Champions' is a great pick me up for the worst of days!

Reebok - Be More Human

I really like the message in this video. Pushing yourself to be a better person physically and internally is definitely something I can get behind. It's really easy to stay in a comfort zone, but progress doesn't happen there. I've been taking yoga classes 3-4 times a week and it's a challenge. Some of the poses are very physically demanding and I often find myself wanting to skip or modify a pose out of fear. I''m slowly starting to push myself and seeing results, so this video is a great motivation on harder days.

Saved By The Bell Reunion - Jimmy Fallon

This video has gone absolutely viral...for obvious reasons. I remember watching this show every morning before grade school, so it's great to see everyone back together many years later. Not to mention the references to the show are hilarious and spot on!

HONY x Ellen
This whole story makes me very emotional for some reason. What started as a normal HONY post, has turned into over one million dollars raised and crazy media attention for a small school in a rough area of New York. If you haven't been following this story - I suggest you watch this video and check out the posts on the HONY Facebook account. This story will definitely move you.

Floral Gift Finder

This fun interactive tool is perfect for Valentine's Day! No matter how well you know someone, selecting the perfect floral gift can be a difficult decision. Should you choose a fresh bouquet or a long-lasting plant? Is it better to give her favorite color or something to match her living room? If your head is spinning with options, Pro-Flowers can help! Answer a few questions about the recipient and get a recommendation for a unique floral gift based on their personality. I took the quiz and got an Orchid (pictured above) which is exactly what I would have chosen for myself!

Have a great weekend!


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Breakfast For the Busy Girl

Thursday, February 5, 2015

In the past I have easily skipped breakfast in order to get one last e-mail sent or twenty extra minutes of sleep. I now realize how doing that contributed to my low energy levels and overeating throughout the rest of the day. Since then, I have come up with a pretty simple breakfast that is nutritious and filling.

The key is to devise a game plan that works for your schedule. I like to cut up fresh fruit on the weekend and put an egg to boil as soon as I wake up. Some mornings, I'll skip the egg and go for avocado spread on some toast! Both are appropriate for breakfast and depend on personal preference/your schedule.

My busy girl breakfast: 

Yogurt parfait recipe: 
2-3 spoons Silk or Greek yogurt
1 handful of blueberries
1 handful of chopped strawberries
1 handful of Kashi flakes or any cereal

Scoop the yogurt into a bowl or to-go container as the bottom layer
Add the Kashi flakes on top of the yogurt
Top with strawberries and blueberries

Voila! Serve with a hard boiled egg or avocado spread on toast, and you have a delicious, filling and healthy breakfast!

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Valentine Gifts for Him

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

This is the second post in my Valentine's Day series! If you need to shop for someone this year - I've got your back. Shopping for men can be so difficult since they often don't express the desire for a gift or are super cryptic. 

For Valentine's Day, I don't think it's necessary to go all out unless you really want to. Something small and thoughtful is sure to send the message that you care!
Valentine's Day Gifts for Him
I've picked out some gifts that I think any man will love! Happy shopping!
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Kate Spade New Arrivals

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

If you had the day off yesterday like me, I hope it was super productive! While I was going through my inbox, I noticed that Kate Spade released some new arrivals - which is always super exciting for me. I knew that the collection was going to be great because Karlie Kloss and Iris Apfel got on board to model the clothing for the promo material. 
Photo: Kate Spade

I know that I always say this but I LOVE this collection. Seriously. It was so difficult for me to choose a handful of favourites because I love everything. The soft and bright pinks, the scallops, the bows and hearts - it's all so beautiful. I'm also a huge fan of the new charm bracelet bar. I love charm bracelets because they are easy but meaningful gifts for anyone! All in all, this collection is beautiful and I'm completely in love! 

My picks: 

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How To: Be Productive on a Snow Day

Monday, February 2, 2015

Have a productive snow day with 4 simple steps!

As I draft this post - there is a very heavy snowfall happening outside. As much as I'd love and enjoy a day off - It's pretty easy to fall into the trap of staying in bed with hot chocolate and Netflix all day. I personally like to use snow days to catch up on various tasks (cleaning, e-mail, blogging).

Here are some tips to make the most of a snow day:

1. Go to bed/wake up at the same time:
Snow days (or any day off for that matter) are exciting. When I was in high school I would stay up way past my bed time when a snow day was announced. This resulted in me sleeping in way into the afternoon and essentially wasting an opportunity to GSD. Your body is very aware of your routine, so going to bed and waking up at the same time will keep you on track and at optimal productivity. 

2. Make a list ahead of time/Prioritize:
Most of the time you will not know if a snow day will be called until the morning of. If you suspect that school/work might be cancelled because of the weather - there is no harm in jotting down some tasks that you'd like to complete just in case! This way you end up having a clear vision of what to get done! Prioritizing the tasks will make it easier for you to plan out your time and stay focused. 

3. Work in the morning, relax in the afternoon
I am the kind of person who likes to work until everything is finished, so that I can relax guilt-free. I think this philosophy applies well to snow days. It's definitely nice to relax and have a lazy day - but think of how great that will feel when you know nothing is being neglected! 

4. Don't start new projects
This is a big one! It's easy to want to tackle everything on a day off. It's important to stay focused and complete the tasks you wrote down on your list. If you manage to finish everything completely - congrats - now you can consider taking on a new project. A lot of people feel like they are being productive because they are working on multiple things at once - but I believe that true productivity is working on and completing tasks at hand! 

How do you stay productive on a day off?

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