This Weeks Mood | Spring

Spring has yet to bloom in the North, and we have had what has felt like a 4 day snowstorm. Not even kidding. But, I am so determined for spring I have just ignored the cold snow and decided that this week, no matter what, I will dress like spring has started to bloom. I am desperate people!

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Photos: Pinterest

 This week I am feeling so inspired with light nudes and taupes. Baggy, oversized tops are so in right now and I am in love with how they are styled in these photos! Blazers and trousers are also killing it at the moment and are definitely becoming a staple in my wardrobe!

 

// What is your inspiration this week? //

3 Things You’ll Always Find in My Shower

Hola! How is everyone on this Easter Sunday / April Fools Day? I’m currently cooking my breakfast and eating chocolate while I wait. haha!

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If your anything like me, you love to know what people are up to. My favourite youtube videos and blog posts are the ones that show the little things in someones life. Like doing laundry, cleaning time-lapses, and those that are titled “what’s in my…”. So, today I have gathered the 3 things you will always find in my shower. Enjoy!

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1. SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER // I have never really ‘LOVED’ a brand of shampoo before. However, this one by Love Beauty & Planet has my heart! I use the Tea Tree infused one because it’s great for scalp health, and I tend to have oily hair. I also love what the brand stands for, they are cruelty-free, vegan, organic, ethically sourced, and have no Parabens, dyes, or Sulfates. The bottles are also made from 100% recycled plastic and the formula is a ‘quick rinse’ formula so you don’t have to use so much water.

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2. BODY WASH // I also use the Love Beauty & Planet body washes. The scents are to die for, and they follow all of the same guide lines as the shampoo and conditioners! They leave my skin feeling heavenly, and lathers my skin in a rich, guilt free feeling. I’m just waiting on a lotion! Hopefully soon! haha.

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3. FACE WASH // I don’t always wash my face in the shower, but I do get lazy every now and then. It’s better washing it in the shower then not washing it at all. However, whether I am washing my face in the sink or in the shower I always use my ‘Soy Face cleanser by Fresh. It cleans my face, even water proof mascara, without leaving a film on my face and doesn’t completely strip my face and dry it out. This is a must try if you have oily to combination skin!

// WHAT ARE YOUR SHOWER MUST HAVES? //

Stop and Smell the Oils!

All I have heard people talk about in 2018 is essential oils and their beloved diffuser. It got me wondering why everyone was so obsessed with such a simple thing. After doing some research about the uses of essential oils and their benefits, I too must admit I am hooked!

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Some of my favourite uses of essential oils are:

1. Headaches // I have never really liked taking medication for something as simple as a headache. But lately I have been caving into it as I have been getting them more and more. SO ANNOYING!

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Until the wonders of essential oils came my way. I put a little lavender oil on my temples as I find it works best for me. When I am home I also like to make up my own concoction of rosemary, lavender and peppermint oils in my diffuser and it works wonders!

2.  Sleep // I find my headaches are often a sign effect of my insomnia. I have tried many, many ways to help it and nothing seemed to work.

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Until now. About 30 minutes before I go to bed I put a few drops of lavender in my diffuser beside my bed. By the time I roll over, it takes me another 30 minutes to fall asleep. And for someone with insomnia, 30 minutes is record breaking for me!

3. Relaxation // With everyday hustle and bustle I sometimes find it hard to just sit down and relax. When I do, I love putting different essential oils in a diffuser to make sure I reach maximum relaxation! haha. Some of my favourites for relaxation are Lavender (again I know), Ylang Ylang, Rose and Chamomile.

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4. Waking up // I am usually a morning person, but lately I have been wanting to sleep in later and later. I don’t no what it is, maybe it’s the never ending winter here in northern Canada, or the fact that I’m only 3 months away from graduating high school and have  a bad case of what my family studies teacher calls ‘senioritis’.

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The one thing I have found helps me get my mornings started is putting a little orange, lime, lemon and linaloe wood oils in my diffuser when I wake up and am getting ready for my day.

Photos: Tumblr

// WHAT DO YOU LIKE USING ESSENTIAL OILS FOR? //

 

6 Tips for Spring Cleaning

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Winter is slowly, but surely coming to an end. HURRAY!! Meaning we can finally come out of hibernation! haha. Along with hibernating all winter, I find myself not letting go of much, and my room tends to get over-crowded and nothing has been given a good, proper clean.

But to be honest, spring cleaning hasn’t always been something that excited me. In fact, I never really did a full spring cleaning up until last year.  And after I did it, I noticed such a difference in my mood. Cleaning the winter grime away completely changed my mind from hibernation mode, to spring mode! So, I decided to give my top 6 tips to make spring cleaning a little more bearable.

  1. OPEN WINDOWS : After having your windows shut all winter it tends to make your home feel stuff, with stale air. Opening the windows brings fresh air into the home. I also love to light some floral scented candles, or putting some nice essential oils in my diffuser.

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2. ROOM BY ROOM : When stepping back and looking at your entire home, cleaning it ALL seems daunting. But tackling one room at a time makes it so much more bearable! I also find I clean a lot more thoroughly when I do it one room at a time.

3. REMOVE EVERYTHING : It’s such a task to clean around everything, and move everything one by one as you clean. So, remove everything other than the big furniture in the room! Not only is it more convenient, you’ll also give everything a deeper clean. This is also a great time to throw your sheets in the wash and give them a deep clean.

“Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to go through your belongings”

4.SORT AS YOU PUT BACK : After you deep clean, don’t just put everything back the way it was. Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to go through your belongings and get rid of anything you no longer like, use or wear!

5. DONATE : Instead of just throwing away all the things you no longer want and letting them go to waste, donate it! One mans trash is another mans treasure after all! Donating is also a great way to shrink your carbon foot print. And while your at the thrift store look for some new things to decorate your home for the spring!

Screen Shot 2018-03-18 at 10.49.42 AM6. PLANTS : Plants are all the rave atm! And there is no better way to bring the spring into your home then adding some house plants and flowers!  Not to mention the mood lifter having colour and greenery in your home is!

Who Run The World?

GIRLS!

Today is International Women’s Day, a day that stands for women’s rights. It feels like this years is more important and relevant then ever. With everything happening in the United States, the #timesup and #metoo campaigns I feel as though this day means so much more this year.

Before I go any further I just want to say sorry. To any women who I called pretty or beautiful, before I complimented the thing that matters. Before I told you that you are smart, intelligent, brave, strong. Before I told you how extraordinary you are. I am sorry I automatically put your worth to how you looked.

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I’m gonna say it. Women are bad a**! And when women support each other, incredible things happen.

We fight for the future, not the past. 

We fight for our children, for our own futures. In the last few years I have never been more proud to say yes, I am a Millennial. Cause what we are doing is going to make history books, we’ll make sure of it. We hold world wide rally’s. No matter what city, or country or time zone. We make it happen, we have voices and they are going to be heard.

I know this may seem a little all over the place, but I am just so proud to be female and be apart of a time that has so many advances, with so many strong women. I am female, and I am proud.

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Photo: Kimoji

“Women don’t need to find a voice, they have a voice. They need to feel empowered to use it, and people need to be encouraged to listen.”

~ Meghan Markle

First Day Back

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Hola my friends! My bubble has burst, Christmas break is over and it’s back to school for me. I have enjoyed my time away from all the stress of finals coming up, but I am now panicking over the fact that I somehow forgot everything from this semester over the 2 weeks I had off. Great.

These past 2 weeks have really changed my way of looking at life. I honestly don’t know why, but they have. I have struggled with anxiety based around school most of my life. And I will for the rest of my school career, and probably into my working career as well. But, over these past 2 weeks of being home alone, stress free, I have had time to think about why I feel it most with school. 
I realized that I let anxiety take all the control of me. I never tried to stop it, I always thought that if I just ignored it, maybe it would stop. But you can’t ignore anxiety. It is an emotion that demands attention, and will stop at nothing until it has your attention. I realized I let so many opportunities run past me because I never took charge. I just submitted to the anxiety and let it control me. 
With the ending of this semester and the beginning of the next soon, I am going to work on controling anxiety, instead of letting anxiety control me. Will it work the first time I try? Probably not, or the second and more than likely not the third. But it will eventually, and thats what matter to me at the moment. At least I am going to try.
“Fall down seven times, get up 8.”

B.xx
P.S. this got a little more deep then i thought it would when i sat down to write it. sorry.

This Weeks Thoughts & Favourites

Hola my friends! I can’t believe the first week of 2018 is already over. How is a year already going by fast when it just started? This was my last week of Christmas break from school, so back to real life on Monday I guess. I don’t want to go. Anyways, here are some favourites and moments from this fine first week of 2018:
  • The thought of the week:  That wanting to be alone is okay. After spending so much time around people during the holidays I started to feel guilt when I didn’t want to go to another family gathering. But, I realized that was my brains way of telling me, ‘Hey, slow down, take some me time’. And I did, and all of a sudden it was me who was wanting to go visit some family. Me time is important and self care is important. 
  • Craving of the week:  Quinoa salad… I know, its kinda random. I don’t know if it’s because after all the heavy, big meals over the holidays, but I can’t get enough of a big bowl of quinoa, chickpeas, black beans, corn and lemon and oil salad. 
  • Favourite series:   A Netflix original series called ‘Rotten’. It talks about the behind the scenes things that go on in the food industry and all the things that big companies and the food industry don’t want you to know.  
  • Favourite moment:  My sister came home yesterday and we all went out for supper, and had a really great time. There was lots of jokes, laughing and just good old family time.
  • Favourite song:  ‘This is Me’ from The Greatest Showman soundtrack. Actually, the whole damn soundtrack is my favourite and on repeat at the moment.
  • Want of the week:  I recently tried out a moisturizer from OleHenriksen… I am running out and it’s my new holy grail skin care item!
  • Quote of the week:  “Don’t let yesterday take up to much of today” – Will Rogers
What are some of your favourites??
B.xx