Wednesday, 13 February 2019

7 Years of Blogging

Hello lovely readers! Today is my blog's 7th blogiversary! I made a banana blueberry chocolate cake to celebrate. It was my first time using my bundt pan, and the cake came out super moist.

I figure that my blogiversary is a perfect time to give you a little life update. In last year's blogiversary post, I mentioned that I was taking a break from YouTube. I actually started posting videos again since October 2018. I definitely needed a break, but I'm happy to be making videos again. You can check out my channel here if you're interested.

2019 has been really exciting so far. Simon and I finally got around to getting our passports, and we have a trip to Cuba coming up in the spring! It will be my first time on a plane, and my first time leaving the country. I've been doing a lot of shopping for my trip, including some fun swimsuits and a really flashy suitcase (I want to be able to find it quickly at the airport). I will be doing a trip haul on my YouTube channel soon!

I also purchased a driver's handbook so I can begin the process of getting my driver's licence. I never bothered with it before because it's not really necessary to own a car the city I live in. I get around just fine with public transportation. To be honest, as a child I use to have nightmares of being in a car alone, and the car suddenly starting by itself... and I would wake up panicked! Some of my friends have been bugging me about getting my license for a long time, "just in case" I would need it. Simon has his full licence, but we don't have a car yet since it's bad for the environment, and gas and parking are super expensive. I thought about it a lot and it's true that it would be good to have my licence. You never know. I'm going to at least give it a try! I'm still planning on taking public transportation even if we do get a car in the future, since I'm cheap ;)

As far as my blog goes, I'm hoping to continue posting FOREVER!! Haha, we'll see. I'm still enjoying it for the time being :) I will have a post with photos from my trip, so keep an eye out for that.

Here's to 7 years!! Thanks for reading! xo

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Dove Derma + Care Scalp Anti Dandruff Shampoo

Hi loves! I have a problem with dry hair and dandruff in the winter months. My scalp was itchy and very flaky last winter, and I was able to fix the problem with an intensive hair mask treatment. Since the beginning of January this year, my itchiness and dandruff has unfortunately come back. I wanted to try something other than the Head and Shoulders anti dandruff shampoo, since I found it wasn't really working for me anymore (hence the hair mask treatment). After a quick Google search I learned about the new Dove Derma + Care Scalp Anti Dandruff Shampoo. I have tried a few Dove hair products in the past and I've been very pleased with them (the Dove dry shampoo is awesome!), so I figured their anti dandruff shampoo should be good as well. Let me tell you, it made a world of difference after only 1 use!
I used this shampoo for the first time two weeks ago, and I was really impressed by how quickly it worked. The bottle says to leave the shampoo on for 'several minutes'. I decided to leave it on for a full 25 minutes while I soaked in the tub, just to let it really penetrate my scalp. I then rinsed it out and used a regular conditioner I had. My scalp was immediately relived, and I had ZERO visible dandruff the next day! My hair was left feeling soft, smooth, and smelling very fresh. Since then, I've been using this shampoo every other time I wash my hair, alternating with a regular Dove shampoo. The Dove Derma + Care Scalp Anti Dandruff Shampoo will be my go-to shampoo for winter from now on!

What are you favorite anti dandruff shampoos/treatments? Thanks for reading! xo

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose 2 Minute Magic Masque

Hello lovelies! I'm excited to be writing my first post of the year! I wanted to share my thoughts on the Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose 2 Minute Magic Masque. I've been experimenting with different hair colors and venturing into bleaching my hair at home since last fall (I went half blonde in October, and I'm currently strawberry blonde!). Needless to say, my hair has suffered a bit of damage, especially my ends. In November, I picked up the Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Masque at Walmart on a whim after seeing an advertisement for the brand in a magazine. I can't say that the cute packaging didn't suck me in as well! This little packet has already given me 4 uses, and I think I can probably get 2 more from it. The masque has a rose scent, but it's not heavy or overwhelming like some rose scents are. The fragrance is actually quite refreshing and light, and lasts in my hair until my next hair wash (I usually wash it every other day). Other than the amazing fragrance, this masque also leaves my hair feeling much softer and healthier looking. I really like its smooth and creamy consistency. It's super easy to apply, versus other hair masques I've tried which were much thicker.
The Love Beauty and Planet brand is committed to producing less waste, and uses 100% recycled plastic for their packaging. Their products are vegan and cruelty free as well! I will definitely purchase this masque again and I would like to try more products from the brand.

Thanks for stopping by! xo

Monday, 31 December 2018

Happy New Year

Hello lovely readers! 2018 was a year that started off badly but ended on a very positive note. I tackled some personal issues that I had been avoiding for a long time. 2018 was a year for spiritual and emotional growth. I was blessed to have the opportunity to grow on a professional level as well this year. For the past 5 months, I've taken on an interim role as the team lead in my department and I've learned so much. I will find out in January if I can continue occupying the position permanently, fingers crossed! This year I have also pushed myself to start selling my Etsy crafts in person for the first time, after a friend had been suggesting it for years. I've put more effort into marketing my Etsy store and it has definitely been paying off.

I haven't written many blog posts this year compared to previous years. I'm hoping to write more often in 2019. I'm looking forward to what the year brings, and I'm sending positive vibes to you all. Remember that even if you have a bad experience, it is an opportunity to learn and grow. We are endlessly creating ourselves. Here's to a fantastic year!!

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Monday, 12 November 2018

How To Undertake Your Dream Bedroom Makeover

Undertaking a bedroom makeover can be pretty overwhelming. After all, you have to spend at least the next 5 to 7 years living in that space. If you’re planning on giving your bedroom that much-needed makeover, here are some interesting décor tips and suggestions for you. Incorporating these tips will give your bedroom that upgrade you have always wanted for it. Here’s everything you need to know:

Flooring Ideas For Your Bedroom
There are so many options when it comes to selecting the perfect flooring for your bedroom that it can be confusing. However, these suggestions make it simple and easy for you to select the correct flooring for your bedroom:
·      Wooden Flooring – If your home is located in a cold and chilly city, then the best bet for your bedroom floor would be wood. Wood helps to keep the surroundings warm and prevents the bedroom from becoming an icebox.
·      Marble Flooring – A marble flooring is perfect if you live in a tropical climatic condition. The marble will remain cool throughout the day and will also prevent your bedroom from becoming an oven in the unbearably hot summer months.

Lighting Plays A Very Important Role In Enhancing The Bedroom Décor
When we say lighting, we don’t just mean the lights that are hanging down from your ceiling, but also the natural light that flows into space. Expanding the size of your windows, or opting for floor to ceiling windows will allow more natural light to flow into your bedroom. When natural light flows into any space, the space automatically looks brighter, happier and larger. In addition to the natural lighting, you can also install modern and contemporary light structures. Pendant lights, string lights, wall lamps or modern chandeliers can be considered for your bedroom.

Artificial Landscaping Products For That Natural Charm
Installing artificial indoor trees and plants can give your bedroom that natural charm. If your bedroom has high ceilings and is large in size, you can get fake coconut palm tree options, artificial Areca plants and other such tropical trees and plants. If you wish to give your bedroom that romantic and dreamy vibe, you can opt for the illuminated artificial palm trees. The best part about installing indoor silk palm trees is that they require no maintenance and care. They are long-lasting, easy to install, reasonably priced and durable. These faux landscaping products look absolutely realistic and can fool even an expert gardener into believing that they are real.

Wall Paint Ideas For The Bedroom
The ancient trend of whitewash on the walls is pretty much history. Most homeowners now want their bedroom walls to look vibrant and cheerful. Here are some ideas of how you can get creative with the wall paint for your bedroom walls:
·      Opting for an accent wall can transform the entire look and feel of your bedroom. The accent wall should be painted in a vibrant shade, while the other walls in the bedroom should be painted with a neutral shade. Colors that are popularly chosen for accent walls include red, yellow, lavender, green and so on.
·      You can always opt for wall art for the walls of your bedroom. You can hire a professional artist to paint a majestic picture on the walls of your bedroom.
·      You can put a bright and cheerful wallpaper on the bedroom ceiling or on a single wall in your bedroom. Nowadays, many beautifully designed and patterned wallpapers are available for you to choose from. You can opt for a geometric pattern wallpaper, a wallpaper with pretty motifs and so on.

Go Minimalistic With The Furniture
Nobody likes to sleep or relax in a bedroom that’s cramped and cluttered. You need to make sure that you go minimalistic with the décor when you go in for a bedroom makeover. Install only those pieces of furniture that you will use regularly. Avoid cluttering the bedroom with unnecessary showpieces and décor items. Keep your wardrobe neat and clean and donate the clothes and shoes that you no longer wear to charity. When you go in for a minimalistic decor, your room will also look much more spacious and comfortable.

Install Wall Art In The Bedroom
If you aren’t keen on going crazy with paint colors on your bedroom walls, you can always use art as an alternate option for the walls. Installing canvas painting, wall hangings, tribal wall masks and other such items will give your bedroom walls that uplift. Always select bright and colorful paintings or wall hangings or tapestries to add color and vibrant to your room. If you have a limited budget, browse through your local flea market for unique, affordable and captivating wall art options. If you have a large budget, invest in a painting made by a well-renowned artist.

Drapes, Curtains, Rugs And Carpets
Installing drapes, curtains, rugs and carpets is absolutely essential for any bedroom. These décor items are necessary for practical and other purposes. The drapes and carpets play a very important role in preventing echoes and sound reverberation in the bedroom. Further, the drapes and curtains also prevent strong sunlight from flowing into the room in hot afternoons and also in the scalding summer months. Lastly, the rugs and carpets also add color and vibrancy to the bedroom. They give the bedroom a homely, warm and completely cozy feel.

Well, you now pretty much have all the décor ideas you could possibly need to be compiled in a list for you. All you need to do is start making the décor changes in your bedroom by incorporating the ideas. These ideas are tried and tested and you will not be disappointed with the results once your bedroom is completely done up and ready for use. You can tweak the suggestions in a way that is more personalized to your styles and preferences. Guests and visitors who visit your home will also be utterly impressed and mesmerized with the décor of the bedroom. 

Disclaimer: I was sent this as a guest blog post from CSI Wall Panels, however all opinions are my own. I was compensated for this post.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Avon Velet Perfume Review

Hello friends! I'm a big fan of Avon perfumes, and I have a few of their scents in my perfume collection. Avon fragrances are great quality and really affordable. Avon recently launched a new scent called Velvet. I was immediately drawn to the name and couldn't pass it up. The bottle actually has a velvet cap, how cute is that?
Description from the box: "Rich with Possibilities. Inspired by the sophisticated yet sensuous touch of velvet, this fragrance is a luxurious blend of luscious fig, sumptuous rose and warm patchouli."

I love to wear spicy, warm scents in the fall and winter seasons. Any fragrance containing patchouli definitely makes me feel sophisticated. I don't really like rose scents on their own, but the combination of fig, rose and patchouli is perfect! Velvet is spicy but not over the top, since the patchouli and rose balance each other out. Although it contains none of the same notes, Velvet really reminds me of Euphoria by Calvin Klein. It's a similar warm, sexy scent. Avon Velvet will definitely be my go-to fragrance for the next few months. I've been reaching for it over and over again since I purchased it.

What are your favorite perfumes? Thanks for stopping by! xo

Saturday, 20 October 2018

10 Questions About Fall

Hi friends and happy Saturday! I was tagged by Melissa over at Castles and Hurricanes to do the 10 Questions About Fall Tag. How fun! So far, fall 2018 has been gorgeous. The crisp air is such a nice change from the humid summer we had. Let's get into the questions, and don't forget to check out Melissa's answers here.

1. What is one candle you MUST light every fall?

I have a candle from Bath and Body Works called Pumpkin Caramel Latte that I only light a few times in the fall. I've had this candle for probably 4 or 5 years now, since I light it so rarely. It smells a bit sickly sweet but I love it! I light it rarely because I don't want to finish it (even though I could always buy a similar one). I actually have a funny story about it. I once lit it when my friend Alicia was staying over for the weekend. I woke up early to make breakfast and lit the candle. She woke up to the sweet smell and thought I was making pancakes. Unfortunately, I was only making scrambled eggs and toast... and Alicia was so disappointed! Oops!!

2. When you think of fall, what does it remind you of?

Crisp air, spectacular colors, sweaters, boots, and happiness!

3. What is your all-time favorite fall/Halloween movie?

I really love Silent Hill. For the longest time I didn't even know it was based on a video game but it's a horror movie I try to watch every October.

4. What Halloween costume do you have in mind?

Helga Pataki! Are there any other Hey Arnold fans out there? :)

5. What is your favorite fall trend?

Sweaters!! I love oversized sweaters and sweater dresses with leggings and cute boots.

6. When you think of fall, what drink comes to mind?

Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte, DUH!!!!!!!!

7. What is your go-to fall beauty product? A must-have staple!

I would have to say dark nail polish shades, and lots of lotion and moisturizer!! My skin gets so dry as soon as the season changes.

8. Do you prefer apple pie or pumpkin pie?

As much as I love all things pumpkin, I prefer apple pie. I'm just not a huge fan of the consistency of pumpkin pie. I love baking with real pumpkins, and last fall I made a pumpkin cream cheese loaf which was so yummy!!

9. Do you have any fall traditions? If so, tell us all about them!

My fall tradition is going to my family's cottage for Thanksgiving. Going to the cottage in October is so cozy.

10. The moment of truth: Is fall your favorite season?

YES IT IS!! What can I say, I'm a basic white girl ;)

Tag 5:

The last part of this tag is to tag 5 other bloggers. Here are the blogs I'm tagging:

Julz' Obsessions
Raining Cake
Veggie Vibe
Sparkling in Style
Fairytale Kiss

This was so fun to write! Hope you had fun reading it as well :) xo