OOTD - Athleisure

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Athleisure has been my go to lately - I have been living in lululemon joggers and sweaters,

pants: lululemon
sweater: H&M
shoes: Tommy

#podcastofthemonth - The Girly Girl Podcast Carmen Applegate

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

In 2022 I vowed to myself to read more and to listen to more podcasts. So I am kicking off the year with the Girly Girl podcast. I wanted something light and uplifting and this was totally my aswer. Its targeted at teens and young adults but  Carmen shares relatable stories and real life advice.

"What does FaceTime calls with your BFF, TikTok boy obsessions, and late night drives to see cows (yes, I live in Kentucky) have in common? Highschool. Growing up can be a major struggle, but it just got a whole lot easier. This podcast is your one-stop-shop for everything teen-related— dealing with toxic friends, anxiety, and your first period. Host, Carmen Applegate, shares her best tips and advice for how you can survive your teen years. Think of her as your new fairy godmother… she’s about to Cinderella the crap out of you. "

What podcast are you listening to?

Five Questions to Ask in an Interview

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Looking for a job is hard; resumes are hard and than when you get to the interview sometimes it feels more like an interrogation than anything but you want to be prepared to asked the hard questions. I m sure there is ton of questions you can ask but I like these as they give you an insight into the company and its culture. By leveraging these unique interview questions to ask employers, you’ll be able to have a leg up on the competition.

What is your favourite thing about working at this company?

Can you describe the culture of your company in three words?

What is the management style of the person I will be reporting to?

What is the reason this position is opened? is it because your company is growing or because someone left?

Do you have any reservations about my qualification?

Let me know if you used them and how it went.
What questions do you ask of recruiters and future employers?

#bookofthemonth - Off Campus Series by Elle Kennedy

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Last couple years have been a mess and its been a long time since I picked up a book and than could not put it down. I picked up the first book in the resies, The deal, and read it in less than 48 hours. I re;laized thgis is a series and powerd through ALL of them in three week sover Christmas break. I would highly reccomend them, very easy, little steamy and captivating.

The Deal (Off-Campus #1)
“She's about to make a deal with the college bad boy...
Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she's carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush's attention, she'll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice... even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.
...and it's going to be oh so good.
All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he's worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he's all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn't take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn't going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.”

The Mistake (Off-Campus #2)
“He’s a player in more ways than one…
College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…
After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.

The Score (Off-Campus #3)
“He knows how to score, on and off the ice
Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she’s going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.
It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over
Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.”

The Goal (Off-Campus #4)
“She’s good at achieving her goals…
College senior Sabrina James has her whole future planned out: graduate from college, kick butt in law school, and land a high-paying job at a cutthroat firm. Her path to escaping her shameful past certainly doesn’t include a gorgeous hockey player who believes in love at first sight. One night of sizzling heat and surprising tenderness is all she’s willing to give John Tucker, but sometimes, one night is all it takes for your entire life to change.

But the game just got a whole lot more complicated...
Tucker believes being a team player is as important as being the star. On the ice, he’s fine staying out of the spotlight, but when it comes to becoming a daddy at the age of twenty-two, he refuses to be a bench warmer. It doesn’t hurt that the soon-to-be mother of his child is beautiful, whip-smart, and keeps him on his toes. The problem is, Sabrina’s heart is locked up tight, and the fiery brunette is too stubborn to accept his help. If he wants a life with the woman of his dreams, he’ll have to convince her that some goals can only be made with an assist.”

OOTD - Winter Wear

Monday, January 3, 2022

What I love about this time of year is getting comfortable in cozy sweaters. There is something so gratifying about that first day that it is cold enough to wear one of your favorite sweaters. This has been one of my favorite looks to kick off the fall season. I love a cozy all look for this time of year – since Covid 15 is a real thing I have been getting pieces that are a little longer for a more flattering look.

pants: Aritzia
shoes: Call it Spring
sweter: H&M

NYE Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

If 2020 and 2021 have though us anything is that we are way more resilient, way stronger and way more adoptable than we give ourselves credit for. So, going into next year, here are few resolutions that you can make and keep:

Focus on self care.
You are the most important person, if you are healthy, happy and prospering, not only will you benefit from that but people around you. Yes, it’s hard to give yourself the “you time” you deserve so make this next year around you by finding ways to make yourself feel loved and happy. You can start small by taking a relaxing bath, buy yourself flowers, treat yourself to your favorite dessert – just do something every week for yourself. Schedule it on your calendar, have a date with yourself, and keep that appointment.

Read more.
I know reading is not for everyone, and that many of you might not enjoy it but hear me out - commit to one hour a week to reading anything… Physical book, comic book, new paper, a cook book, magazine (so no virtual books/kobo's, blogs etc)... anything that takes you away from your technology. This will do two things - one take you away from so much screen time, and two force you to use a different part of your brain which will make you feel stronger and help with your mental health.

Drink more water.
Drinking 3 liters of water is essential for your health. So, buy a bigger water bottle, set a reminder on your phone to drink water, use a tracking sheet, get an app – do whatever it takes to create that habit.

Sleep more.
I think I spent the better part of the last two years feeling tired or exhausted – combination of lockdowns, stress and way too much screen time messed with my sleep pattern. Somewhere in 2021 I started tracking my sleep (via Fitbit) and started going to bed earlier in order to get 6+ hours, and eventually increased it to 7 hours of sleep each night. It made all the difference – I was more productive; I wasn’t as sluggish and helped with my weight. So try and get more sleep – maybe that means you invest to make your bedroom more comfortable, getting a sleeping app, creating a bed time routine, committing to less so you are not over extending yourself – whatever it looks like.

Decluttering your life – all aspects of your life – is a game changer. In this new year commit to minimalizing your life, getting rid of things, people, situations that do not help you grow, that do not make you happy, and that do not bring joy. Physical decluttering and being organized, where all things have a space and purpose, helps you be less stress and be calmer. Mental minimization is hard because walking way from situations or people can be nearly impossible but you have to put yourself first. If the last two years of the pandemic though us anything is that we can do a lot on our own and that surrounding yourself with positive- strong- and like-minded people is what heled us see the light at the end of the preverbal pandemic tunnel. So, this year commit to doing more of that – add positive things and remove all the negative, useless clutter.

Packing Tips To Make Your Move Smoother

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Moving is one of those trials that almost everyone has to face at some point. It can be stressful, and never exactly fun, but the outcome is usually positive. Of course, how successful your move depends on avoiding mistakes and planning ahead to make the process as smooth as you can. Here’s how to pack to make things as hassle-free as you can. 

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Use The Right Size Boxes
When you pack your books for moving, pack them and your other heavy items in small boxes. Lighter items, like pillows and linens can go in bigger boxes. Large boxes crammed with heavy items is a common complaint of professional movers. They make the job harder, and have a higher change of breaking. 

Put Heavier Items On The Bottom, Lighter On Top
Heavy items go on the bottom of boxes, with lighter things on top. If you’re loading the moving truck yourself, put the heaviest boxes in first towards the front of the truck, for balance. 

Don’t Leave Empty Spaces In The Boxes
Fill in any gaps with towels, clothes, or packing paper. Movers don’t like to move boxes that feel loosely packed or unbalanced. 

Don’t Mix Items From Different Rooms In One Box
If you keep things separated by room, it will make both packing and unpacking much easier. 

Label Each Box
Label each box with the room it goes on and what’s inside. This will help you and your movers know where everything goes. Numbering each box and keeping an inventory list is also a good way to track what you’ve packed and to make sure you have everything when you unpack. 

Tape Your Moving Boxes Well
Use a few pieces of tape to close the top and bottom seams, then use a movers’ trick, and make a couple of wraps all the way around the box’s top and bottom edges, where the stress is concentrated. 

If You’re Moving Expensive Art, Ask Your Mover About Special Crating
Understand how you pack your artwork to keep it safe. Never wrap oil painting in normal paper as it will stick. When you pack pictures for moving, make an x with masking tape across the glass to strengthen it and hold it together if it breaks. Wrap the pictures in bubble wrap or paper and put them in a frame box with a piece of card between each piece. Ask your movers, like Allied Van Lines Canada, for their advice on getting your art there safely. 

Take Care Packing The Kitchen
The kitchen has a lot of different items to pack. To pack dishes for moving, wrap each dish in paper, then wrap bundles of five or six dishes together with more paper. Pack dishes on their sides, not flat. Use lots of scrumpled-up paper as padding above and below them. 

Cups and bowls can be packed inside one another, with paper in between, and wrapped three or four in a bundle. Pack these in dish-barrel boxes.  For glasses, use a box with cardboard dividers to protect them, and wrap them in plenty of paper, to keep them safe.