I Need A Change: My Hopes, Dreams and Goals for 2018




HAPPY NEW YEAR! To say I'm excited for 2018 is an understatement. I will be the first to admit that 2017 was not a great year for me. I found myself struggling a lot. I felt as though I was in a constant rut that I could not get out of.  I lost friendships, although some returned, my feelings for someone crashed and burned leaving me hurt and embarrassed, I lost all motivation to try in school even though I am so close to graduating with a Business Degree and I have honestly just felt lonely.

BUT don't get me wrong, 2017 did have some pretty awesome moments for me! I was able to collaborate with some pretty cool businesses on my blog, I did an internship with a well known Insurance Association, I gained new friends who continually show me their loyalty and support, I strengthened my relationship with my brother and I feel as though we are not only siblings but true friends. I also started my Youtube channel, it was something that terrified me, but I am so glad I got out of my shell and followed a dream.

2018 for me is all about changes. I want to improve my health, happiness, friendships, and my blog. There are so many things I've put off for far to long, and I have learned that life does not slow down and will just continue to pass me by. I don't want to live my life with regrets anymore, the constant 'what if' plays in my head like a broken record... that is about to change! The following are a few of the things I would like to work on, and grow towards in 2018.

Health: I will admit that I am a generally small person, but that does not mean I am healthy. The truth is, I eat like shit and it is catching up to me. I am always tired, constantly sluggish and out of breath and have little to no core or upper body strength. In 2018 I plan on changing all of that. I am making a vow to myself to eat healthier and exercise on a consistence basis. This change to my routine will be hard, but I am up for the challenge.

Graduate: I am currently in my fifth year of University and I pray that I won't make it a sixth. I am so close to being able to graduate, I need the push and motivation to get me through the final courses. 2018 I will make this happen. Endless opportunities await me at the end of this long tunnel, I can't wait to see where 2018 takes me with my career.

Savings: I dream for the day that I will be finically stable to live on my own. The thought of my own place makes me beyond happy.  Cooking, cleaning, decorating, entertaining, oh the fun I will have! Once I graduate I will be debt free as I have worked hard and paid for every semester, not having the financial burden on my shoulders will help me achieve this goal.

Happiness: Some might find this selfish, but if you truly know me, you will understand. In 2018 I want to put myself first. I want to do what makes me happy, and not constantly cater to the needs of others. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing I love more than helping, guiding and encouraging others, but I have to find a balance. I need to do what I love and not worry about what others might think, but at the same time continue to show my love for those around me.

Relationships: Number one in my life has always been and always will be family and friends. I value each and every relationship I have. In 2018 I will continue to strengthen those relationships I am beyond grateful to have all while making new ones.  One thing I would like to work on in 2018 is that I would love to go out and date, I know the right guy is out there... I just have to find him!

Social Media: Although I have many social media accounts, In 2018 I want to focus on Instagram and VSCO. In 2017 on Instagram I only posted THREE times... that is sad and pathetic. I need to take more pictures, show my creativity, my smile and not worry about the amount of likes I will get.

Youtube: One of the scariest things I did in 2017 was start my Youtube channel. It has always something I have wanted to try and I am so glad I jumped out of my shell and took the plunge. In 2018 I want to grow my channel and learn how to make the best videos for you all. To do this I need your help and encouragement. It would mean the world to me if you would subscribe to my channel, that way you will get notified when I get the courage to post more videos.

Blogging: I love, love, love blogging. What started as a hobby years ago has turned into a passion. I may just be a small blog, but I am motivated to change that. In 2018 I plan on growing my audience and connecting with you all. I will admit that I get discouraged when no one comments or reads my posts but I won't let that stop me. If you are reading this or any of my other posts, just say a simple Hi in the comments, you have no idea how much that would mean to me and continue to encourage me. I hope that 2018 will bring me not only new blogger friends, but the opportunity to work with brands, companies and other amazing bloggers.

I need a fresh start and I have a good feeling about 2018. I hope I can accomplish my hopes, dreams and goals... 2018 will be my year.



My Beauty Favourites of 2017



There is something so special about reflecting over a year, whether that be memories, trips, achievements, or in this case my favourite beauty products! Some of the products mentioned are new discoveries, while others are being re-discovered... some even I have titled the holy grail! With out further ado, here are A FEW of my favourite beauty products of 2017!

Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette: Although I have had this palette for years, it remains one of my favourites. I love that I can go for a more natural looking eye, but in the same palette achieve a perfect smokey eye or add a little shimmer for a night out! This palette gives you the ability to achieve a variety of eye looks and is long lasting for all day wear.

Essie 'Lace Me Up' Nail Polish: No matter what season or occasion, this polish is my go to. The perfect pale pink compliments my skin tone perfectly! Not only is the packaging adorable, but it is beyond easy to apply and always turns out looking like I was to a salon.

Sephora Wishes Come True Eyes and Face Makeup Palette: This limited edition palette was a gift to me last Christmas and it has easily made its way onto my favourites list! The super cute packaging instantly draws my attention and the colours inside do not disappoint! My top colours that I always use are Creamy Cashmere, Pretty Pearls and Midnight Magnificence!

Benefit Watt's Up: I received the little sample size from Sephora in my birthday gift a few years ago. It is extremely long lasting, a little goes a long way. Although I do not use highlighter everyday, I find this one to be my favourite. Easy to apply and blend, I hope my sample never runs out!

Sephora Collection Tweezers: I will be the first to admit that I own quite a few tweezers, but none compare to this one I picked up at Sephora.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer: I have used many primers, but I always end up coming back to this one. A little primer goes a long way, leaving my skin smooth and foundation looking natural.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer: The shade Park Ave Princess is my all time favourite bronzer. The shade compliments my skin tone perfectly and this package has lasted me well over a year... you are without a doubt getting your moneys worth!

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush: Although I use many of their blushes, the shade 'Mirage' has been my favourite... I will admit that I have hit pan and I am hoping to one day have a replacement in my possession.  This blush is long lasting, easy to apply and blend and has the most adorable packaging and design!

Essie 'Good As Gold' Nail Polish: When I am feeling a little festive or need a little pick me up, I will paint my nails this beautiful gold colour. Easy to apply and goes with any outfit or occasion I highly recommend this colour! ... I'll let you in on a little secret... I'm wearing it right now!

Warm Vanilla Sugar Bubble Bath and Shower Gel: My all time favourite scent from Bath & Body Works is Warm Vanilla Sugar! I collect all things from the hand sanitizer, candles and body spray in this scent! There is no better way to end a long day then soaking in a luxurious bubble bath!

invisibobble Power Traceless Hair Rings: Some people may not know this about me, but I have very thick hair. It is almost impossible to find hair ties that won't stretch or snap... that is until I found these hair rings. They have an extra strong grip, causes no split ends, is anti-allergic and leaves no trace that it was even in your hair! There is not a day that goes by that I am not wearing one of these!

If you would like to see some more of my 2017 favourites, that may include fashion, recipes, bloggers, youtubers, etc. Let me know in the comments below!

I wish you all an amazing 2018! May it be filled with love, happiness, and the ability to achieve all of your goals!




Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins



Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins are the perfect on the go snack or quick breakfast! Super easy to make, and a delicious alternative to other unhealthy snacks, this recipe will not disappoint!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 12

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips

Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 12 muffin cups with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix mashed bananas, egg, melted butter, milk, and vanilla extract.
  4. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients, until no streaks of flour are seen.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Fill each muffin cup 3/4 full and bake until muffin tops are firm, about 30 minutes.

My 2017 Holiday Gift Guide with Minted.

Happy Cyber Monday! If you are like me, you are taking part of the awesome deals online today, I can say that after today my Christmas shopping is almost complete!

Today you guys are in for a treat! I am sharing my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide with Minted. If you shop today, be sure to use their Cyber Monday Code: CM2017 for 25% off everything. That amazing deal will end Tues 11/28 at 9 am PT.

For those of you who have not heard of Minted, they are a "community of independent artists and designers, located in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. They are illustrators and textile designers, painters and packaging designers, marketers and stay-at-home moms. Some have design degrees, and others are participating in Minted competitions to learn design for the first time."

I could easily spend hours scanning their site looking at all the gorgeous and creative pieces. Below are some of my favourites that would be perfect to gift the special people in your life this holiday season!


Throw Pillows: I'm a sucker for throw pillows, they can add so much detail, colour and personality to any room.  I love giving them as gifts, they are affordable, creative, and something someone might not buy themselves.


Stockings: I love using stockings as an alternative to a gift bag or gift basket. They are perfect to slip tiny gifts inside and it is something that can be repurposed as a decoration in their home or can be reused year-to-year. 


Children's Play Tents: Although I do not have kids, I feel as though these adorable tents are all the rage lately and would make the perfect gift this holiday season. On Minted you can choose from their pre-styled designs or create your own. 


Throws: I have a slight addiction to throws. They are the perfect gift this holiday season and I will admit that I have already bought a few. They are cozy, stylish and much needed by my fellow Canadians this winter! Brr! 


Planners: I live out of my planner, I would honestly be lost without it. No only do they keep me organized, but they are perfect for jotting down notes, thoughts, and keeping my life on track! I know I would love to receive one for Christmas, so why not pick one up today!


I hope you enjoyed this quick Holiday Gift Guide and it gave you some inspiration if you have some last minute shopping to do! Be sure to use the Cyber Monday Coupon Code: CM2017 for 25% off everything, you can score some serious deals with that! 

What is on your 2017 Holiday Gift Guide? Make sure you leave a comment letting me know! xo

*This post is in sponsorship with Minted. 


The Best Homemade Chili




I hate to say it, but the cold weather is fast approaching and what better way to warm up then a bowl of homemade chili. Delicious and super easy to make, this recipe will be sure to hit the spot!

Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1 Orange Bell Pepper
  • 1 Yellow or White Onion
  • 1 (28 oz) Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 Cans Tomato Paste
  • 1 (19 oz) Can Six Bean Blend (Chick Peas, Dark Red Kidney Beans, Black-eyed Peas, White Kidney Beans, Romano Beans, Baby Lima Beans)- Drained
  • 1 (19 oz) Can Dark Red Kidney Beans - Drained
  • 1 Package Chili Seasoning 
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar (optional)
Instructions:
  • Cook Ground beef, onions and bell peppers, then drain.
  • In large Saucepan combine meat mixture, drained bean mix, tomatoes, and tomato paste.
  • Sprinkle in packaged chili seasoning, and brown sugar.
  • Simmer until warm.
  • Serve with sour cream, cheese and for those who like a crunch, Nacho chips. 

thredUP Try On Haul



Happy Wednesday! If you have been reading my blog for a while, you guys would know that I'm all about saving money and am constantly looking for deals ... well I think may have found the best one yet! On my recent order with thredUP I saved $105.03! I have heard of thredUP through other bloggers and youtubers, and I'm excited to say that they now ship to Canada! 

For those who have no idea what thredUP is, let me give you a quick summary! thredUP is a 'fashion resale website for consumers to buy and sell secondhand clothing online.' A few features that I love about the site is you can easily browse stock and can search by brand, size, clothing type, etc. Also, probably the best feature (although I have yet to try)  is that you can recycle your old clothing through them! You can order a Clean Out Bag and fill it with like-new women's and kids clothing while earning a little cash or credit.

As a Canadian, this gives me a way to purchase brands not sold in Canada, and all at a very good price!

Below are the three items I purchased from thredUP! Leave a comment letting me know which one is your favourite!

Puella Pullover Sweater- Original Price $71.00 - Purchased Price $10.99
I love everything about this piece. The fit, the feel, the style, everything is so flattering and well made. Not only can I wear this during the warmer months, I can also pair it with a cardigan or little jacket when the weather gets cooler.


Alya Cardigan- Original Price $45.00 - Purchased Price $11.99
I'm a sucker for long cardigans. This one is perfect for work as it has Three Quarter Length Sleeves so I won't get to hot, but also will be warm as the weather is getting cooler. Paired with a pair of little brown booties, I can't wait to wear this all fall and winter!


Forever 21 Long Sleeve Button Down- Original Price $20.00 - Purchased Price $7.99
Im very picky when it comes to flannel shirts. As a Canadian, it is a staple piece in my wardrobe and I was not disappointed with this one. The quality was as if it was brand new, and fit me perfectly! I love that I can pair this with a cardigan, vest or jacket and no matter how I wear it, I will always look put together!




I am so happy with all of my items, I will absolutely be purchasing from thredUP in the future and I highly recommend you give it a try! 

* This is not a sponsored post, all items were purchased with my own money and all opinions are my own. 


15 THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY TO START DECLUTTERING


Within the past month or so I have become very interested and invested in decluttering and organizing my life. I have come to realize that I have acquired a lot of 'junk' over the years that has been taking up space and collecting dust.

Fun fact about me: I am someone who loves and craves clean space. My counters, desk, and surfaces need to clear of debris and only have the necessities!


  1. Manuals: Everyone has old manuals for microwaves, ovens, toasters, etc. Not only are they taking up space and collecting dust,  but there is a very good chance that you can find the manual online or troubleshoot through sites such as google.
  2. Mysterious Cords: Speaking from personal experience, I know I have cords laying in drawers and to be honest I have no idea what they belong to. If I cannot match the cord to any electronic or device, there is a high percentage that I no longer have the item and no longer need the cord.
  3. Cookbooks: My first tip is to go through all of your cookbooks and pick out your favourite recipes, then compile them into a homemade cookbook. My second tip is to utilize sites such as Pinterest when looking up recipes, this will cut down on the hard copy cookbooks you own.
  4. Mismatch Socks: If you are like me, you probably have a few lone socks laying around waiting for their pair to mysteriously show up, but I can almost always guarantee that it won't be found.  Toss the sock without its mate, its just collecting dust and taking up space.
  5. Dried Out Pens: You'd be shocked at the amount of dried out pens I have. Every few months I like to go through them and toss the ones that no longer work as in the future I would have just picked it up, went to use it, then got frustrated when I realized I would have to find a new one.
  6. Old Magazines: First ask yourself  'Am I going to read this again?' If your answer is yes, then keep it, but if you are like me, that magazine will be sitting around, unread, years from now. I always used the excuse 'What if I need to make a collage?', but lets be honest, I have never had to make one.
  7. Junk Drawer: Although they come in handy, a 'junk drawer' is not necessary. It just becomes a dumping ground and a cluttered mess. Everything I own needs to have a place, if it doesn't then I must decide if I really need it. 
  8. Old/Dried Nail Polish: Guilty. I can admit it. I have dozens of nail polish that I haven't worn in years and they are almost always dried up and no longer wearable. I tend to have a few colours that I always end up wearing on repeat, and lets be honest, if I need a certain colour for a specific outfit or event, I can guarantee one of my friends has one I can borrow. There is no need to hang onto all of these colours, although pretty. 
  9. Shoes That Hurt to Wear: Most people have a pair of shoes that they curse whenever they wear them. Whether they are too small or just don't fit right, toss them. They are not worth the physical pain and heartache of wearing them.
  10. Mismatch Tupperware: I'm not sure how it happens, but I have numerous Tupperware that have lost its lid or the lid has lost its container. Some nights it takes me a few minutes just to find a matching pair. My advice is to empty the drawer, match everything that has a pair and toss the ones that don't. You won't be finding its mate no matter how hard you search. 
  11. Prom Dress: If I was smart, I would have sold it in the years that followed my prom. I always hung onto the dress thinking 'What if I get asked to another prom?', but I'm now 23 years old and can say that I was never asked to another prom and if I was, I would have bought another dress.  6 years later, the dress is now out of style and is just sitting in my closet collecting dust. Now, although I am not tossing my dress at this moment, I will be donating it to my old High School come prom season.
  12. Old School Assignments/Notebooks: I still have notebooks and assignments from high school. Why? I have no idea. I have never once went back to use the information or read them. Unless you know and can guarantee that you will use and need the information again one day, toss it. The same thing applies to university. Unless it a course specific to your degree, you most likely will not be needing those scribbled class notes again.
  13. Costume Jewelry: Jewelry is one of those items I think multiples. How did I acquire 12 pairs of diamond stud earrings? I have no idea. I recently donated almost half of my jewelry as it was items I haven't worn since junior high or I had 3 or 4 of the same item. I only kept the sentimental pieces, the ones I wear daily and ones I absolutely know I will wear in the future. 
  14. Old Textbooks: I have almost a dozen old textbooks in my basement collecting dust. I always told myself that I may need them again, and to be honest, I have never gone back and read them. Heck, I hardly read them when I was enrolled in the classes. One regret I have is not selling them once finished with them. Not only am I now stuck with old, dusty textbooks, but they are now out of date as new editions have been published and I am now out of some extra cash.
  15. Social Media: This may be the easiest yet hardest thing to declutter. Although it is not a physical item, it still piles up and gets cluttered. I recently went through my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and got rid of those people who I no longer talk to or (sorry not sorry) no longer care about. We all have those individuals you knew in High School but you can no longer read their daily statuses that are nine times out of ten complaining or bashing someone or something. You don't need that negativity in your life. Social media can be stressful, get rid of that stress and just keep your close friends and family (and your old high school crush you want to keep tabs on).
Although not all of these items may apply to you, I hope this will give you a start to decluttering and make you ask 'Do I really need this?'.  I would also love to know what items are easy for you to declutter? Mine would have to be clothes. I can now easily weed through the collection and donate the ones I no longer wear!