Shows I'm Currently Watching

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

It's 2019 and with that comes new seasons of my favourite shows, or a new show i've discovered and binged watched. The following shows are ones i'm currently watching that I think you should check out. I have been recommending these to everyone I know., so why not share with you guys too!
Good Girls Revolt- This show came out in 2015 and I just found it. I binged watched the whole first season. On IMDB it doesn't have an end date so i'm hopeful there's a second season in the works. If there isn't I will be really sad. The show is a  look at the personal and professional lives of employees at an American news magazine in the late 1960s. 

Vanderpump Rules- A new season just started so catch up and keep watching, this season has just as much drama as ever. Don't judge me I love trashy reality tv and this is one of my favourites. 

Kim's Convenience- The new season just started. I love this show it's about a Korean Canadian family that run a connivence store. I like that this show is Canadian, and I can totally relate to it and it's hysterical. Check it out. 

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo- This Netflix show is amazing I am obsessed. This show helps people tackle their stuff and helps them organize their stuff. 

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina- This is a reboot kind of, there's Harvey, Sabrina, Aunt Zelda and Aunt Hilda but that's where the similarities end. The new show is about Sabrina's 16th birthday, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends. This version is also darker.

What are you watching? What should I be watching?

5 Under-the-Radar Towns You Need to Visit

Friday, January 11, 2019

I absolutely love to travel, in case you haven't figure that out about me yet, and hitting all the must see spots is awesome. I love me a big city, all things happening kind of place but finding those under-the-radar places is amazing. The smaller yet buzzing metropolises and quaint towns that consistently offer out delicious food and drink, quaint places to relax, or breathtaking views to take in; you know those great places without the big-name reputation. So, we went on a hunt, to find best places, who’s names you know, but never considered them. 
That is, until now. Who knows? You could find your next vacation spot.
We rounded five places you should visit - we'd love to hear what you think!

Norrkoping, Sweden
Norrkoping is nicknamed “The Manchester of Sweden” because of its historical role in the paper and textile industries. Those industries were powered by the Motala river, which runs through the city. City is filled with gorgeous architecture, many places to eat and drink and lots of places to explore. If you are looking for a relaxing, charming place to take it easy - Norrkoping is for you.

Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Located in Northeast part of Bosnia and its mostly known for its Salt mines. The Ottoman empire architecture can be spotted everywhere. Tuzla is home to man made salt lake, called Panonsko Jezero, great parks to explore and small family owned restaurants with delicious food. Tuzla is also home to a great little airport that offers super cheap flights to assortment of places around Europe.

Kotor, Montenegro
Located on a beautiful bay on the coast of Montenegro, is this hidden beauty called Kotor. This port town located between mountains and the bay is filled with Venetian inspired architecture, and breathtaking views. From scenic beaches, to gorgeous trails to explore and charming places to stay and eat you should definitely add Kotor to your must visit list.

Manarola, Italy
Manarola is a small, but charming place, on a hill side. With delicious and romantic places to eat and drink to views you wont believe. If you are looking for a romantic getaway, or place to relax this is a place for you. 

Pamukkale, Turkey
Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli in southwestern Turkey. The area is famous for a carbonate mineral left by the flowing water. Its gorgeous, pristine white cliffs tower over this recently revitalized spa town with its Sacred Pool and calcium-rich mineral springs. This is on my must see list - just google it. The photos are AMAZING.

Review: HP Sprocket 100

Thursday, January 10, 2019

My Christmas present this year was a portable photo printer. Our budget was $100 so finding one in this price range was hard but my secret Santa did it, perhaps with a little nudge from me. I've only had it for a few days but I already love it. 

My mother in-law gave me magnet photo holders and I love them. Printed a couple photos for my brother in -law, a couple for myself and one for my husband to take to work. 

Here is a picture from my phone and how it looks printed. You can see the photo quality is amazing. 

 left is a picture I took with my phone the right is the picture I printer and placed in the magnet. 

If you watch for sales you can find a good deal and buy this for just under $100. 

What do you think of the HP Sprocket? What photo printer do you recommend? 

#BeautyFavourites : January

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Winter is so hard on my skin and face. I have been on a hunt to find best products that will make an impact in short amount of time. While not everything that I have tried has worked but here are three products that I have seen fast results with. 

Winter reeks havoc on my skin and lips, so when I found this scrub I fell in love. Not only do my lips feel soft and aren’t cracking, but exfoliating your lips before putting on your lipstick will help it stay on longer too!  Its made with real sugar and a special butter blend,  which works like magic to gently scrub away flaky, chapped lips and revel a sweet and smoother finish, and it smells so good too. 

Before this product I have tried couple of drug store brand mists and didn’t notice much difference. Since winter is mean and my face tends to be drier during than normal, I gave it a shot. I have used this now for about a week, and spray it on in the morning before putting on make up, and that couple times during my work day. My skin feels soft and its not as dry, I have also noticed by using it during the day (even over make up) my t-zone is less oily too. It does have a small floral fragrance once first sprayed, but that goes away shortly after and has not bothered my (sensitive) skin.

If I am being honest, I have never heard of Devacurl before Tristan asked for it as Christmas Gift but I had to see what the fuss is all about. Even though, I do no have curly hair, this mask is freaking My hair feels so soft and its shinny, to a point that people are commenting on it. This product is so moisturizing and it doesn’t weigh down my hair. Totally worth the $30+ price tag. (Also, Canadian friends, it is totally sold at Sephora).

I must have tried a dozen different body creams and finally broke and bough the bum bum cream. This cream not only moisturizers well and smell incredible, it absorbs super fast into the skin and doesn't leave that nasty sticky residue. My skin legs feel soft, smooth and firmer, I would totally say its worth the price!!!

How are you combating dry skin this winter?

Lets talk fitness!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

“A goal without a plan is just a wish” is a quote that my bosses boss uses a lot – but it has a point. Committing to getting more fit in 2019 is not going to happen without a plan. So, I did some research, okay a lot of research, talk to my fit/healthy friends and came up with a 3-month plan. I had no idea that you have to change things, like your exercise routine, up every 3-4 weeks… did you guys know that? I also didn’t know how much of a time commitment this is actually going to be (hint: like double than what I thought it would be in theory)

And what would a journey be if we all didn’t get to learn from it; I will share my monthly plan and do a progress report, because if one person can benefit from it, it will be worth it.

Let me prefix this with a fact I am extremely lazy, have a job where I sit for hours at a time, don’t not have time to commit to work our 5-6 times a week or meal plan week worth of meals. I m one of those people who never “forget to eat” or people who will be able to cut out a meal and eat once or twice a day (legit what my nightmares are made off!). At this time and stage of my life its just something that is not a possibility, but I will work with what I have.

So here we go, month one plan:
Goal: Build an exercise routine/habit. Work out 2 or 3 times a week. Begin intermittent fasting.

I asked 10 people made up of friends, co-workers, personal trainers and athletes to help me come up with a plan. What I learned from them is that it takes about 4-6 weeks to build a habit. So this is where I start – building good habits. One thing that many people I talked to had in common, working toward a goal that’s more than just weight (# of pounds) you wanna lose yield better results.

Funny enough, event tho they all agreed that bodies are made in the kitchen, not one of those ten people mentioned the word diet, and most suggested intermittent fasting as a better way to learn how to control my eating habits. If you read this post you know that we tried it our before, so I am going to do a 12-8 plan as before.

Since January will be a zoo at all gyms, I m gonna start at home with a program called SWEAT. I love the idea that I don't have to leave my house in order to get in a great workout and this app have a build in coach/training every day without having to pay for one.

Wish me luck! 

How do yo stay fit? I would love to hear from you.

2018 In Review

Friday, January 4, 2019

2018 was a big year for me, it had many ups and downs and I'm glad it's over. The highs were high and the lows were low. Some great things that happened as you saw in Nermisa's post I got married! I eloped in Croatia and fulfilled everyone's dreams. Seriously, the amount of people that told me they wished they had done that was insane. I thought I would regret it, since I'm East Indian and we are all about the big weddings (if you need a frame of reference Google Prianka Chopra), but I have to say it's been 5 months and I don't regret a thing. (Well maybe one thing, having more time to get ready, but it all worked out) My dress was beautiful and made by Nermisa. No matter how many people told me I was crazy, I believed in her and I was right she did an amazing job. She made sure I was comfortable and looked like a bride.
Dubrovnik, Croatia (yup that beautiful view is where I got married) 

The second big thing in 2018 was our #tripofalifetime to Europe. We did a 3 week trip where we went to Italy, Bosnia and Croatia. It was an amazing trip, and now my husband understands why I love travelling so much.

2018 also had me moving positions at work, I call it moving positions vs. a promotion because a promotion is moving up within the same role. I moved into a completely new role. I was scared to start my new role it was very overwhelming, but I love a challenge.

2018 taught me that I have anxiety and putting a name to what I feel is actually helpful in dealing with it. I now know how to better deal with the feeling and am better able to communicate my feelings to my husband.

2018 taught me to apologize when I'm wrong. I know what you are thinking that's common sense Zahra, but it's really hard for me to admit when I'm wrong. So this is a huge step for me.

2018 taught me that you may think you know someone until they do something that completely changes your view of them. You can't let your shaken view of one person, affect other relationships. I choose to still believe in my view of those closest to me until I am proven otherwise.

Lastly, and funnily enough it taught me the same thing as Nermisa. Things work out exactly as they should. I don't always like the outcome and some things I find truly unfair, but its happening for a reason.

So here's to 2018, the growth I have achieved and the memories created!

How was your 2018?

#YEG Event Guide - January

Thursday, January 3, 2019

How are you spending your January? Are you working on your New year's resolutions? If you are in mood to get out and explore, or need a fun date idea here are few events around Edmonton and area we think are worth checking out.

January 24-27 & January 31-February 3, 2019 come and check all the icy creations, Experience amazing ice carvings, music, art, food, beverages and special activities throughout Old Strathcona during Boardwalk Ice on Whyte.

Step into the ultimate winter wonderland when you visit the giant Ice Castles. This enchanting acre-sized castle is crafted by hand using only icicles and water. Dec 31st to March 01st 

January 12th to February 3rd -  For a group of life-long friends, a night at the local bar is the balm against a hard day on the factory lines. When tensions rise at work and picket lines are formed, their bonds wear and the strength of their connection is tested in the struggle to stay ahead. See all sides in this powerful examination of a community that is formed and dissolved amidst the changing landscape of America.

January 1st to January  6th catch all the magic.  This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. A show with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportion