Thursday, January 31, 2013

Letting that Sparkle Shine Through

Lately I have been trying to be more positive. One way to change my thoughts to positive ones is to think of  happy times and things I am thankful for. I continue to push myself to enjoy life more because it is a very precious thing that you do not want to waste away. Sometimes I just need reminders of what is and who are really important to me. Every day this week I have had something to be thankful for.

Thursday
I’m thankful for being able to take piano lessons 
Friday
I am thankful for having four amazing friends to go out with! (I am also thankful for getting a free burger and for the nice guy toasting the bun for me because he felt bad since it was so cold)
Saturday
I am thankful for being able to enjoy a nice meal out, vegetarian chimichangas
Sunday
I am thankful for my friend being there for me and walking with me at midnight so I could let out all my steam to her.  
And for those snowy days where it literally feels like a winter wonderland.
Monday
I am thankful for having a great relationship with my voice teacher.  She realizes that I am hard on myself and knows how to raise my spirits.
I am thankful for having people who make me laugh and smile.  I am not going to say names, but their presence always gets me happy!
Tuesday
I am thankful for having great workouts with my friend
I am thankful for being able to have more volunteer opportunities
Wednesday
I am thankful for my hot coffee in the morning.

These are just a few things and people that I am thankful for. It makes me realize I have so much and even though people may push me down I just need to think of what I do have. When I think back, this week was great, but I know there were a few rough patches. Those rough patches did frustrate me and I have dealt with them slightly, but not fully.  I am one who gets scared and backs down.  I never want to hurt others, so if someone is upset I usually try and adjust to their wishes. I think it is because I want to make everyone happy, but shouldn't I be doing things to make myself happy?? Obviously I do not want to be selfish and do things just for me, but my happiness is important too. Yes I should think before I do, but my actions should be for me as well. 

Jealousy is dangerous and can lead to people bringing you down and trying to control you.  This situation has happened to me recently. The worst part of it all is when I look back I did not do anything at all wrong I was just being myself.  After I was confronted I felt like I was supposed to change.  But I have come to the realization I shouldn't have to change how I act or what I do.  I should never feel scared about what others are thinking of me or my actions.

Having others in your life (for me it's my roommate Brianna and friend Alea) to help you organize your thoughts can give you the strength to not worry about others. Be strong and be yourself because this will help you become a stronger individual.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Comparison


I know I usually do an outfit post on Wednesday, but you know when you need to get something off your chest. Well I'm having one of those moments right now.  I guess that's what blogging is all about though right? Writing about what you're passionate about, something that you feel is important and needs to be heard.  Maybe just maybe someone else needs to hear it too.  Maybe someone needs to stumble along something that will push them forward a little bit.  So are you ready, well you have to be! Because here comes the deep stuff.

Comparison.   

It needs a line of its own.  Comparison.  We all do it right? We compare how we look, how we think, what we believe.  We compare what we have, what we don't have, our talents our skills, our joy, our life.  It's exhausting.  It's painful.  It's not fun.  Lately, I've been doing a lot of comparing.  I want to be honest on this blog.  Life isn't all sparkle.  Yes, I am a firm believer that we should try to add joy into every second of our life.  But how about those seconds that we look at someone else and we don't feel good enough.  Or that we don't deserve what we have.  In those moments its pretty hard to add sparkle isn't it. 

I feel like we've been forced to compare since we were littles.  We were put into hockey tournaments, math contests, spelling bees, dance competitions.  Who had the best snacks, the best hair, the best pokemon cards (okay, those were SO cool).  It only heightened as we got older though.  Who had the best marks, who made the school teams, who got the lead in the musical.  Then it got worse again, who got the job, who has the best house, and family, and car? Ugh. It's exhausting. 

Then.. there's the girl world. That world is the scariest eek!  The perfect hair, the perfect clothes, the perfect friends.. even the perfect blog!  I always look at other girls and think to myself how wonderful their life looks.  How beautiful their new hair is, their new shade of mac lipstick, their flawless skin.  Sometimes, I even think that I'm not good enough compared to other people.

I'm not naive (well maybe a little) I know some of this is necessary for the world as we know it to function.  I know we can't eliminate this constant comparison.  I guess all I'm trying to say is.  We ARE good enough.  We should be so happy with who we are.  Can we make improvements. Absolutely. Can we better ourselves. For sure! Are there times when comparison pushes us to be the best versions of ourselves? Yes.  But should we try to mould ourselves to be someone else? Someone we're not. Not at all! We're all who we're supposed to be (with a little growing room of course).   

I think sometimes though, we need to hear it.  From a close friend, a stranger, a momma, a fellow blogger.  But you know what.. you won't fully believe it, until you start telling it to yourself.  So, my goal from now on is to stop comparing. Will this work 100%? probably not (I will still envy those perfect top buns, and accent nails).  But I am going to try my hardest, and put in a conscience effort.  Because guess what? I AM good enough, and so are you!

Happy Wednesday, I'll be back next week with our regularly scheduled programming.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

10 Favourite TV Shows

I am not a huge watcher of television (I get really fidgety just sitting there), but I do have a few TV shows that have become quite the addiction! So here it is Top 10 Favourite TV Shows

  1. Full House (I have all the seasons and I seriously watch it over and over again!)
  2. Charmed (This is actually a really good show that my Mom introduced me too)
  3. Big Brother (So sad it is only on in the summer)
  4. Dance Moms
  5. Glee (I am singer and a dancer, so I was hooked)
  6. Two Broke Girls
  7. Cake Boss (I love Cake and dessert hehe)
  8. The Lying Game 
  9. Veronica Mars
  10. Pretty Little Liars (My latest addiction thanks to Netflix)
These are the ones I can think of at this moment, but I'm sure there are a few other shows that I love watching too. I hope everyone has a terrific Tuesday! 

Even if the weather is gloomy (because it is here), remember when you smile you can light up the world! 


Let your smile change the world. But don't let the world change your smile. #Quote

What are your favourite Television Shows!? Do you like Reality TV or sitcoms??

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Monday Inspiration


I think it's official, Monday is inspiration day around here! I think its the perfect time for a little pick me up, right before tackling the week with strength, courage, and a positive "I can take over the world" attitude. 

I shared this quote for my loves at the dance studio.  As some of you may know, I am a proud dance teacher! I never knew I could enjoy something more than dancing, but when I started teaching, that was it. I was hooked.  I love it so much.  There's something about seeing the joy on someone else's face, and knowing that you had a little teensy part of it.  Something about watching little peanuts grow into beautiful young ladies, with grace and poise.  There's something about watching your student do what they love on stage, and getting to give them a big old hug when they come off stage, and tell them how proud you are of them.  It's amazing I tell you! But enough cheese for now..

This definitely applies to all areas of life.  Whether you're applying for a job, hoping for that new promotion, entering a competition, or just trying to leave your mark on this world.  If you're going to do something, do it with all of your heart, give it all you've got, and everyone will be forced to stop and stare.  

Have a marvellous Monday, go out and be GREAT
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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday Social


Sunday social day! It's my turn to take a go at it, yay! We're linking up with "A Complete Waste of Makeup".  

Sunday Social: All About 3's

What is your ideal way to relax: cup of tea, salt and vinegar popcorn, watching parks and recreation (maybe not all at the same time!)
Where is your favorite place to be: At my gramma's house, she's just so cute and loving, and she brings me treats every 5 minutes hehe
Who do you consider your biggest role model: Well that would be my mamma of course.  Cheesy I know, but she's just so amazing, and has the biggest heart.  She's very very selfless 
What does your life look like in 3 years: Maybe in medical school, still teaching all my loves dancing, volunteering like mad, rocking the blogging world, baking up a storm, and enjoying every minute of 2016 ;)
If you could go back and change one decision, what would it be?: I try not to think back too much, but I would've have lightened up in high school (don't we all say that) maybe taken everything a bit less seriously. (I am a type A personality girl)
What is your biggest accomplishment in life thus far: WOW, okay, mhmm, I'd say being able to compete in England to represent Canada in a world dance competition.

So there you have it loves! Now you know some random facts about me, that I bet you've all been dying to know hehe

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Headband Curls

I love playing with hair and trying new hairstyles out on my friends. I remember when I was a child, I wanted to become a hairdresser, but I soon realized that it was probably not something I wanted to do everyday. I love curling my hair, but I do not really like using heat on my hair because I do not want to damage it. So I came across this hair tutorial and I had to try it.  It is a way to have curly hair without heat = headband curls. It is similar to that of rollers, but doesn't take that much time and is much more comfortable to sleep on!  All you need is a thin headband. 


You put the headband on like a crown or hat and push the hair up a little to give yourself a little volume. Then  starting the front section (approx 1 inch) wrap it around the headband and pull it through and every time you bring the hair through again you grab more hair. You continue until all hair is wrapping fully through headband. I usually put a few pins in my hair so it stays really well. Then you sleep on it. Wake up in the morning, take it out and viola you have curly/wavy hair.

Curls right after took headband out.

When I first took it out it was quite curly, especially in the front, but once I let it sit, it relaxed. You may want to touch up some of the curls in the back because they are not as curly, but I left it as it was. I even got quite a few comments on it, so I think it is a winner if you want a wavy hair day.  
Later in the day once I let the curls relax
Enjoy your weekend!

P.S. I am hoping  to do a video tutorial of this in future to make this more understandable!
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Friday, January 25, 2013

High Five For Friday

It's Friday and you know what that means!
We're linking up with Lauren of From My Grey Desk.
Even though we've been breaking some records over here for the coldest weather we have some spectacular things to celebrate

1// Our new header that I did all by myself on photoshop, so exciting
2// My sparkly mani that I got.  Getting my nails done is my guilty pleasure, it's so relaxing and lets face it, what girl doesn't want sparkly nails!
3// pretty snow viewing from the warmth of my room
4// some amazing cupcakes that my sweet cousin made for my other cousins birthday. so. good.
5// continuing the process of warming up to Cali, my boyfriend's little kitty.  It's been 2 years and its definitely a work in progress

Happy Friday Loves!
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

52 Card Workout

Happy Thursday (almost Friday!)

Today we are linking up with "Quite the Blog's" Almost Friday Thursday blog hop!

Sometimes it can be difficult to have the drive to actually "move". Especially with all these distractions we are presented with daily, such as the newest episode of your favourite TV show, the pictures your friend just posted on Facebook, the Tweet that celebrity tweeted on Twitter, or wanting to search the newest pins on pinterest. But I do know once I get moving I feel great!

This workout is great to change up your normal fitness routine. It is called 52 card work-out. All you need is a deck of cards and yourself of course!  Each suite is a different exercise and you can choose whatever you would like. 

I usually choose for each suite:
Crunches (sit ups) for Spades
Push Ups for Hearts
Jumping jacks for Diamonds
Squats for Clubs

So all you do is shuffle the deck, put it face down, and deal one card at a time. Whatever card you pick, you do the number of that card. (Any face card is 10).  Whenever I do this workout and get an Ace, I take one minute to stretch (any stretch of choice).

This is a very fun and versatile workout and you can easily change up what types of exercises you want to do. By the end you end up doing 84 reps of each exercise, plus 4 minutes of stretching!

Do your work-outs at your own pace and don’t give up!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Blues

Sooooo notice anything different? Okay.. I'll tell you, our blog is in the process of getting a makeover!  I told you I was getting hooked to photoshop, oh dear.  I'm still learning, but so far I am so in love with our new header, I am not an expert by far, but for an amateur, I'm pretty proud.  I just love celebrating small accomplishments and learning new things, of course, my boyfriend may have helped just a little alot


Today is also Wednesday, which means I get to share with you my love of fashion.  Here is an outfit that I put together for warmer winter days, because apparently we are in the arctic over here Brrrrr.  I love coloured jeans and I may or may not not wear these at least once a week.  Of course, there are just so many ways to style them and this is just one of my favorites.  Any outfit is not complete without my Alex and Ani charms.  I plan on posting about these very soon, as they are something too wonderful to keep to myself.  In the meantime, check them out, I guarantee you will love what you see!

If you're looking for coloured denim or trousers, I'd recommend H&M.




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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #2 - Winter Love


Top Ten Tuesday at Many Little Blessings

Top Ten Tuesday - 10 Things I Love about Winter


Winter is by far NOT my favourite season. But there are things about winter I do enjoy and could not live without.

  1. Christmas.  This is my ultimate favourite holiday; I have already started the countdown for next year!  Everything about it makes me smile inside and out. 
  2. Hot chocolate! I love coming inside from the cold and warming myself up with a nice mug of hot chocolate.
  3. First Snow falls
  4. Tobogganing
  5. Fuzzy mittens
  6. Christmas lights, I love how it brightens up the streets and makes the everything really sparkly.
  7. Snuggling in huge blankets
  8. Watching Christmas movies. During the holidays, my Mom and I PVR all the Hallmark movies on TV and than spend some quality time watching them together.
  9. Starbucks Holiday Drinks.
  10. Soup and Stews, any comfort food!


As much as I would rather be on a beach somewhere hot, I still enjoy the subtle simplicities of winter.

What are your favourite things about Winter??

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Monday Parade


I saw this last week, and I immediately knew I had to share.  Too often people around us try to bring us down with negativity, hurtful words, and jealousy.  We may be having the best day and one hurtful comment can turn it all around.  I don't think anyone has the right to bring you down, and if you want to celebrate your achievements and accomplishments, you have every right to! So go on with your parade today, you deserve every bit of that sun!

Ps. this is my first photoshop creation ever eeeek! I got photoshop yesterday and I'm already so obsessed.  My homework has taken a backseat today, which I am not too proud of.  This is just way too fun.  I am a bit technologically challenged, so if anyone has any pointers throw them my way.  So excited to explore the world of photoshop.

We are also linking up for the blog hop today, happy Monday!


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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sunday Social: All About 3's


It is Sunday, our day of rest!  We usually take Sundays off but I could not resist doing another link up with "A Complete Waste of Makeup".

Sunday Social: All About 3's

Top 3 Favorite Kinds of Food: Raspberries, peanut butter, and Reese's peanut butter cups!
First 3 Things you do in the morning: Well it does change depending if it is the weekend or weekday... but usually I grab some coffee, go to the washroom, and make my bed (I can't not make my bed, I feel so bad if I don't)
Last 3 Things you do at night: Brush teeth and wash my face, check under my bed (I don't know why, but I feel like I have to make sure no one is in my room!), and check Facebook and Instagram on my phone.
3 TV shows you NEVER miss: Dance Moms, 2 Broke Girls, and Big Brother (This is my favourite reality show in the summer)
3 Places you want to visit: Hawaii, Italy, Los Angeles.
3 People you can always count on: My Mom and Dad, my friend Alea, and Kathleen.  (There are so many people that are there for me in my life, so it so hard to narrow it down!)

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake



Hi Everyone!! 

I am linking up with “Quite the Blog” for Saturday Morning Coffee!

I thought I would share a delicious recipe for you this Saturday morning. It is Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with a cream cheese icing!  It is a tad early to think about eating cake, but I love my sweets and you may have a special event that you are planning this weekend and this cake could be a winner. It was very moist and the perfect amount of sweetness (not to sweet). I made the cake the night before I served it and let the cake sit covered overnight. I iced it the next day and added some sprinkles to sparkle it up.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake
Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 pureed bananas, very ripe
¾ teaspoon baking soda (add to pureed bananas)
¾ cup chocolate chips (can add less or more depending on your preference)
Cream Cheese Frosting:
1/2 stick butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 box powdered sugar (1 lb.)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9x13" baking pan or two 9" layer cake pans.
2.  Cream butter, sugar and eggs. Mix flour, salt and baking powder together in a separate bowl.
3.  Add the milk and flour (alternating, beginning and ending with flour) to the creamed butter mixture,
4.  Add vanilla and mashed bananas (with the baking soda added to the bananas) to the mixture.
5.  Fold in the chocolate chips to mixture.
6.     Bake 9" for 25-30 minutes, 9x13" for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Frosting:
1.     Mix cream cheese and butter until smooth, add sugar and vanilla and blend well.
2.   Spread on the cooled cake and decorate with sprinkles, chocolates, candy or whatever your heart desires.


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I hope you enjoy your morning or afternoon coffee and have a splendid Saturday!!





Friday, January 18, 2013

High Five for Friday


Hello Friday, nice to see you again, we're linking up with Lauren of From my Grey Desk

1. We had my boyfriend's Christmas in January work party on the weekend (which made me sad, since it is not the Christmas season anymore), but we had such a great time.  I also won a food processor! Holy moly, talk about sweet raffle prizes.. oh the possibilities now that I have my very own food processor

2. I had my first ever omelet (that I can remember).  My sweet mama made me the most delicious omelet and I was hooked. If you know me, I used to be a very very picky eater, and even if its just an omelet, I've been branching out lately, yay me!

3.  Some new perfume. So hard to find a perfume that suits you sometimes.  Like come on, you have to love it, because you have to smell it all day long.  This one is so delicious and I definitely recommend. It is Candy by Prada

4. The cutest conversations with my momma ever.  She is an emojii genius and never fails to amaze me. I'm slowly learning though, and one day I will become a master emojii myself hehe

5.  Even though it was super duper cold yesterday (-35 Celsius with the wind), I took advantage of it and wore my favorite hat ever. I also had to add some red lips with the look, it was a definite must.

Happy Friday loves
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Bows and Arrows: Trying Something New

Happy Thursday!!!

I cannot believe how fast this week has flown by, it feels as if it was just the dreaded Monday.  As much as I love when the weeks fly by, it can be scary because that means exam period will be approaching. Anyways, I have always been an athletic person; involved with dance for as long as I can remember, participated in track and field, yoga, Pilates, tried soccer, and cheerleading. I do not think I could live without some sort of physical activity, and that is one reason I always go back to my dance classes

I am always up for trying new things and this week I decided to try a new sport. It really isn't a normal sport you would think of because there isn't any cardio involved or lots of movement.  But it works your muscles a lot!  I tried archery!!
  
If you asked me before, if I considered it a sport or a workout, I may have said no, but trust me now I definitely think it is quite a workout. And if my muscles feel worked than I know they got a workout.  My friend has done archery for many years and she was the first person I have met who participates in archery. I thought it was so different and interesting, which made me more intrigued. So she asked if I wanted to go learn archery and I totally agreed.  

When I got to the range, I was actually a little hesitant because the room was small and it was nerve-racking with other people there. They were able to pull back the bow with ease and almost always hit the target every time. My friend ensured me to not worry about it and showed me what to do.  I got all ready, but I was a giggly mess. I try and pull the bow back and I can't... well was I embarrassed.  I tried over and over, not being able to.  


Finally I got it after the 6th try and let go. Though I didn't hit the target I was so proud that I was able to pull the bow back.  It took me a while to get the hang of it, but by the end I was able to hit the target.  I always thought of my arm muscles being strong, even though my arms are tiny, so I was surprised when I couldn't pull the bow back. It just took some time to figure out what muscles I needed to use. The next day my arms were in some pain, and I did get a little bruising because of the string hitting my arm (didn't realize that was happening until after, I need to work on how I am holding the bow).

I'm proud of myself for not giving up and trying something new. So I challenge you on two things:
  1. Try something new and go in with a positive attitude.   (Hold your head up high and don't care what others think, because at one time they may have been in your shoes too.)
  2. Don't give up because you will eventually succeed.
Have an Terrific Thursday!!
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

What I wore and a little more

We made it.. halfway through the week!
I hope everyone is doing well, and if you are having a gloomy day just remember, it's already Wednesday, you are so close.
We got covered with a fresh blanket of snow last night, which I guess kind of made up for the weird (but lovely) spring weather we got last week.  
It's weird because I like looking at snow, I LOVE when it's snowing, but there's few snowy activities that I like to do (unless sipping starbucks in really cute boots count as a snowy activity hehe)
Any who, I am going to do my first outfit post today.  I titled this post what I wore and a little more, because I knew I would ramble about a few other things today.  There's always so much on my mind!

Here it is, my first outfit.
I may have to start bribing someone to take my outfit photos as this mirror picture just isn't cutting it for me!
In the meantime, I absolutely love this dress which I got at H&M earlier this winter and my bracelet set from Shop Ruche.  You should definitely check out shop ruche if you have a chance, they have the most adorable and affordable jewellery (a perfect combination).

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday! Today I am doing our very first Top 10 Tuesday and linking up to Many Little Blessings. Top 10 Things of my New Year (Thus far hehe)!  

1. I bought a car!!! This was actually one of the most exciting events in my life.  I made the decision to be a new car all by myself... well I did have a little help from my parents because I am very indecisive.  I am very proud that I took this step in my life.

2. I made healthy Mac n’ Cheese last night! It was actually delicious but there would be a few things I would change. So once I perfect it I will the post the recipe 
3.  I went out with my friends (two of the best roomies that a friend could ask for) this weekend. We took tons of photos!  I love taking pictures because it captures a moment that I will never forget.


4. My friend Pam, who is currently on an exchange in France, came to visit us last week.  I haven’t seen her since last April!! 

5. I was able to drive down to London and spend some quality time with my Mother.

6.  I started watching Pretty Little Liars.... and now I am addicted

7. I got my hair lightened up (just a few blond highlights) and a very very small trim to clean up the ends. (Getting my hair cut is a love/hate relationship for me, I love that it looks healthy and all but I hate cutting it since I love my long hair!) 

8. I did extremely well on my Music Theory final, which I was scared I did horrible and came out with a great grade. Though I have decided I will not taking the second part of music theory, but now I have an amazing school schedule, Tuesday and Thursdays off!

9. I treated myself to David’s Tea cookie dough tea on Monday.  I love my tea!

10. And last of all, starting this blog with my best friend Alea. Alea and I have been friends for a long time and it is so hard to be away from her even though every time I go home it is like we never were separated.  We both have wanted to start a blog for a long time together and we finally have made it a reality and I am so happy to be sharing this experience with her!




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