That Father-Daughter Bond

As I grow up, I’ve been more and more aware of how much my Dad’s personality is part of who I am. If you know my Dad at all, you know he’s a joker and big kid at heart. We’re very similar, my Dad and I and I didn’t realize this until just recently, to be honest.

Growing up people would always ask me, “Oh my God, you’re Dad is hilarious, how do you deal with him?!” and I would laugh and shrug, replying that most of the time we zone him out, lol. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve appreciated my Dad’s humour and ability to make those around him laugh until their cheeks hurt or have tears streaming down their face because of a new story he’s told. The man has the ability to make an entire room zone in on what he’s saying and make people miss his presence when he’s not there.

My memories of my Dad and I when I was growing up revolve a lot around hockey. I remember when I told him I wanted to play – he looked so pumped and I remember him being excited when we went looking for equipment for me. He told me what each piece was for, and was the only person who I’d allow to tie my skates. He had that job for every practice and game up until I was in grade ten or eleven (don’t judge, he tied them just right, and no one came close to how he tied them). Not to mention that he was always on the bench as a coach and was at every single game and practice he could be at.

During practices, he skated behind me to make sure I wasn’t just out for a leisure skate, and would often partner with me during drills to make it more tough. He would also take me aside during “free time” to make me practice my shooting on the boards. I actually used to hate doing this because I just wanted to skate around but I now have a killer wrist shot and I believe it’s because of the time he spent with me to make sure my shot was one worth mentioning. He also used to make me practice my form when I was skating and I have to say that is my strongest skill as a hockey player and probably due of all the laps we would race together.

We never had that mushy, father-daughter relationship but I always loved what we did have. We laughed and joked around, but when I needed him to be there, he was. Going through high school and beyond, I would bring home my boyfriends and he was always polite but never very friendly with them – sometimes wouldn’t even shake their hand, lol. But when Shaun came around I saw a different side to my Dad. Whether he’ll admit it or not, I can see how much he loves Shaun and how much he loves joking around with him. And although a lot of their playing around usually has to deal with making fun of me, I’ll take it just because it’s so cute to see them giggling together.

Always the joker of the family, he never fails to make us laugh or make you realize that family is everything. Thanks for all the hard work you put into making the boys and I happy and giving us opportunities to make memories.

Happy Father’s Day to all the Daddy’s out there, but especially mine. I know you miss me even though you tell Shaun he can keep me and not to give me back.

Our First Year as Roomies

June 14, 2017 marks exactly one year since Shaun and I began living together, and what a year it’s been. There have been so many amazing memories that we created while being together in our condo, but those definitely didn’t come without the curve balls and challenges. I don’t think either of us were expecting it to be all peachy everyday, but what I think came as a surprise to both of us was just how much we would learn about each other. Shout out to all those people who said we would learn so many new things about the other to which I would respond with a giggle and judgemental thought of, “thanks, but we’re well aware of each other after 6.5 years down”. Ha. Ha. Ha. Joke was on me.

Although, despite the waves, this last year has been our best year yet. We challenged each other, comforted one another, and pushed new buttons we didn’t even know existed. But that isn’t to say we had yelling matches of “I hate you” or “you fucking suck”, that’s not our style per se, but we’ve definitely had our turns of sleeping on the couch and just being straight up angry with the other, lol. But in all honesty, I think I can speak for both of us when I say that this past year we just grew closer together, and I’m not even sure I know how to describe that progress or the feeling of it. We dreamed about living together for so many years that I think now that it’s happened we’re both just kinda grateful.

Over the past 6 years, we’ve experienced so many things together; and so many things that we were excited to bring into our home to start our own routines and traditions. This past Christmas Eve for example, we got home from my aunt’s house pretty late but we were so excited it was finally Christmas and we were able to exchange gifts in our own home that we stayed up until 4am that evening having our own Christmas together, just us two. We were so tired by the end of it, but it was a special moment for us (although I’m not looking to make 2am gift exchanges a thing in our house, lol). But it was these small things that gave us some happy “first home” memories together.

So, with it being our 1 year anniversary of living together, I thought it would be a cute idea for Shaun and I to list off some of our annoyances of each other but also some of the new things we’ve learned and love about each other. I’ll let Shaun go first…

Things that she does that are annoying

• gets upset when I sleep in, treating it like it directly impacted her day in a negative way

• illogical way she fills the dishwasher (although sometimes it’s good for a laugh and she has gotten better)

• there’s a certain hypocrisy when it comes to how she wants things put away, yet her things sometimes be all over the place

• she refuses to do some things (certain chores), yet won’t accept it if I say the same

• decorating is basically decided by what she wants to see – she can say that’s not the case, but we both know it is

Things that she does that I love

♥ she’ll just go take care of certain things if they need to get done and won’t make hold it against me

♥ she gets so excited when she finds cute things to add to our home to make it more homely for us

♥ she’s always open to me having my friends over, even if it’s at the cost of her not having plans for the night

♥ she leaves me little notes (some longer than others) – whether to keep me posted on what she’s doing or just to let me know she loves me

♥ she keeps me in check with better eating habits, keeping things tidy, and having respect for our home

♥ she makes sure to think of my family too, when we’re thinking about who to invite over or what our plans may be for the weekend

♥ she helps make sure I stop collecting clutter (and it’s actually helped me be better with getting rid of unnecessary things)

♥ she values my opinion enough to at least ask for it, even if she already knows what she wants the answer to be

♥ she doesn’t always make us watch what she wants and is good about sharing the screen and picking her battles for the remote

♥ she’ll come home with treats for me, even when they weren’t what she went out for and I didn’t even have to ask

Annnnd my turn…

Things that he does that are annoying

• tags, receipts, empty boxes of all sorts…they’re guaranteed to sit in a random spot until I find them to throw out

• he leaves his shoes in front of the front door and in front of the sliding door to the balcony (although he has gotten better)

• his timing is impeccable for when we’re getting ready to leave…”Oh, wait, let me clean and reorganize my side of the closet”

• when we’re cooking together, he has the strongest requests to do things a certain way

• he literally sniffs everything, and no matter the smell, always proceeds with, “Did you fart?”

Things that he does that I love

♥ he always saves me the last few cookies in the cupboard because he knows I’ll go back and eat them later

♥ when I have long days at work or just a bad day in general, he makes dinner for the night so I can come home and relax

♥ when I have to get up at 4:30am for work the next day, he always offers to sleep on the couch so his snoring doesn’t wake me

♥ there’s always milk in the fridge because he knows I don’t adult if I don’t have breakfast

♥ when I’m being a needy girlfriend, he lets me hug him in the kitchen for an eternity and gives me kisses while dinner cooks

♥ he’ll take the initiative to clean when I’m not home

♥ the dishwasher is his thing…mostly because I’m bad at it, but he’s usually the one to load and unload

♥ he has never asked me to wash or fold his clothes – he does all that himself. I can count on one hand the times I did it for him

♥ he lets me take over his shelves in the bathroom and doesn’t get mad about it

♥ when he plays Xbox, he sometimes mutes the commentary so I can listen to music instead of NHL17

I absolutely loved doing this little exercise with Shaun; when we read each other’s lists we laughed and said, “That’s true” to pretty much each point the other had, lol. There were some growing pains this year, but nothing that didn’t make us laugh.

It’s been such an amazing and fun year and I can’t wait for it to keep coming. We’ve finally been able to wake up to each other and spend our Sundays being lazy in our own home, there’s nothing that makes me more happy.

Happy 607 Day, Baby!

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

I don’t think any of us clean our brushes as often as we should – I know I’m guilty of it on many occasions but it isn’t something we should completely ignore. Think of how dirty the brushes get after each use and all we keep doing is reapplying them to our face and better yet, our eye lids. All that bacteria on them…no bueno.

It occurred to me one night that at one point I actually didn’t know we had to wash our brushes and on that note, how to even begin cleaning them. Once I had this thought in my head, it was all I could think about. So naturally, I did what any other girl would do and turned to Pinterest. I begun to research and pin (yes, Pinterest is now considered my “research”) all the different ways to clean my brushes and Beauty Blender. I’ve used numerous cleaning products specifically for brush cleaning but found that out of all the cleansers and such, the way I do it now works best for my little friends and I.

But before you begin to think that I clean my brushes after every use, hold your horses because I don’t. Ain’t no one got time for that let’s be honest, and I unfortunately don’t have an endless supply of brushes either to just “swap” the dirty with the new (although that is one of my small goals in life, lol). So I try to wash my brushes after they’ve had about 3 uses. I feel that for the makeup I use and the little amount that I do, that’s a decent frame. Side note though, I wash my foundation and Beauty Blender after every use, but for all other brushes, once I’ve reached the three use limit, I set time aside to wash them out. Now, what do I use? I use good ol’ dish soap! I personally like Dawn and I make sure that I use the antibacterial one because, well, that’s what we want out. But before I just used Dawn, I did a combo of 2 parts dish soap and 1 part vegetable oil. I kept seeing on Pinterest that it helped keep your bristles soft, but I usually alternate when I use the dish soap and oil, kinda just depends on how I’m feeling that day. Either way though, your brushes come out squeaky clean!

Here’s my brush cleaning process: I get a kitchen plate and begin pouring out the soap in the middle. I give them each a luscious swirl into the soap and place them on the side of the plate. Once they’ve all been dunked and swirled, I like to leave them for about an hour or so to let the antibacterial thing do it’s work. Once time has passed, I begin rinsing them out. This is the most time-consuming part. You want to make sure that all the soap is out of the brushes so that you’re not applying dirt and soap to your face. I used to be afraid to be aggressive with my brushes but over the years I’ve gotten over that feeling and swirl them around until all the suds are gone. The brush will still maintain its shape as long as you dry it that way. Finally, once you begin to see the water run clear with no more soap coming out, the brush is good to be dried. I do this process to to all the brushes, including the BB, and let them dry over night.

Side note: I used to leave them on the kitchen counter but that was driving Shaun nuts so I’ve happily let them dry in the bathroom, lol.

And that’s it! Back in the cupboard they go, ready for the next few rounds. I’ve also heard of people using shampoo to help clean them but I’ve never tried that one although I’m super curious to but just keep forgetting.

How do you clean your brushes, any tips or tricks to share? Maybe I’ll do an update using the shampoo and let you guys know!

Long Weekend Spring Cleaning

Ladies and gentlemen, how about this looooong weekend we finally have! This past week was a wee-bit stressful so I’m happy to finally put my feet up.

These next three days are going to be filled with a little Spring cleaning, some blog planning and Buddy making, and all kinds of chilling out and relaxing in between, and let me tell you, I am pumped.

As much as I don’t mind cleaning though, I definitely don’t want to spend my entire weekend doing just that, but it’s got to get done and heck, who else is going to do it? *Cue in James, our imaginary cook, cleaner, and all-around, go to person to help us adult – where are you, James? We need you!

The condo has been a little neglected lately because of all things life that have been happening around us. I just can’t seem to keep up and at the end of the day, who wants to come home from work and clean?! I can’t be the only one who has cleaning as the last thing on their list and come the weekends, I just want to enjoy my days off and put my feet up. James, seriously, where you at?

But here we are fresh into the weekend with James nowhere in sight, having to do a full-on cleaning spree because it just needs to happen. Just to let you in on how badly it needs to be done, my hockey equipment has been sitting on the balcony since February – Oops!

Now, I actually don’t mind cleaning. Even when I lived at my parents’ I had a routine and didn’t mind dusting away, so long as the sun was shining (I don’t clean on gloomy days, lol.) Once I’m up and finished my breakfast, I throw my hair up, change into some sweats, and press shuffle on my playlist. I also like to clean alone – I feel like it’s easier when there’s no one in the way and I can just do things how I’d like. If I had it my way, I’d ship Shaun out for the morning while I cleaned and he came home with apple pie or something, lol. I-deal.

But before I get started though, I like to tidy up anything hanging around like jackets, books, or lap tops and put them in their designated areas. I hate trying to clean and having to stop along the way because I have to put items away. Once that’s all done, I dive right in. Again, I don’t mind cleaning as long as the sun is out and I can play my music – I’ll get it all done and be even happier once it’s finished. I am seriously my mother’s child.

As for cleaning out my closet, that’s a whole other job in itself and for another weekend to be honest, but if you’re looking to tackle the inner walls of your closet this weekend, check out my new favourite Blogger, Speaking Dee, and her post on some awesome tips and tricks to get your closet looking Spring ready!

You know you’re an adult when the feeling of your home being freshly cleaned gives you so much joy. Since moving in together, Shaun and I love having a clean and tidy place we call home. We love having everything in place while we sip our teas (now coffee thanks to our new Nespresso machine) and start up our computers to get some work done together. Clean home, clean mind.

And of course, it’s not complete without some fresh blooms to top it all off.

What are your long weekend plans? Anything on the go for you?

Things I Learned from My Mom

Happy Mother’s Day to all those hard working Mommy’s out there; thanks for all you do and all the love you give us!

Growing up, I defiantly had my battles with my mom with some uglier than others but after getting out of the teenage spat years we’ve grown to be friends (but moving out definitely helped, am I right, Mom?) Some mothers and daughters are friends from the beginning but between arguments of cleaning my room and just random annoyances of one another, we bloomed a little later and I’m ok with that.

In grade 5 I never understood why my mom made me practice my timetables when I had a pencil that had them on it, or why she would draw endless circles on blank paper to draw different times on each when I had a digital watch; I thought my mom was out to get me, seriously. She knew I hated both math and telling time and I thought she did those things for her own sick amusement, lol. Buuut looking back, I now see a mom who after a long day would sit for hours on end trying to put in extra hours of learning time for her daughter. Now that I’m older and on my own, I see that she only wanted the best for me, always. Below I outlined 5 things that my mom taught me that I didn’t realize until I turned 28.

Be Humble, Be Kind, Be Thoughtful

Since I can remember, my mom has always taught my brothers and I to be nice people; treat others the way you’d like to be treated. We were raised with always saying please and thank you and to apologize to others when it was due. As hard as it is to teach three kids their manners and to grow up to be decent human beings, I think she (and my dad) did pretty good, if I do say so myself. Being a nice person isn’t always easy, but she made sure we knew how to be one.

Work Hard, Even If You Think You Can’t

My mom has always been the hardest worker I know, hands down. She has taught me that if you want something, you need to work for it, and you need to work hard. Everything that I have is because she’s shown me how to get it; how to earn what you want out of life. She once told me, “You want to be the boss’s boss’s boss”, and that was never lost on me, and frankly it’s still something I think of every now and then. From the moment I was old enough to realize, I knew my mom worked her butt off to provide opportunities for my brothers and I when we were growing up, and I’m very thankful for that now. To describe her as a hard worker is a pure understatement, she’s a tank, lol.

People Come, People Go

You know the saying, “Mom’s know best”? I didn’t realize its full effects until I grew up and moved out. I’ve reflected on the things she used to say to me about old friends and boyfriends and it’s funny how she just knew the ones that were good for me and the ones that weren’t. Of course back in the day I thought she was clueless about my life, but turns out she was right…as always. She would tell me which friends were “trouble” and which boyfriends were “nice but not the one”. I used to hate that she would say those things but it’s funny how moms know these things before you even blink. Side note, she tells everyone that when I met Shaun and he picked me up at my parents’ house for our first date, umbrella in hand to walk me to the car, she knew I found a gem.

Clean House, Clean Mind

If anyone knows my mom knows that she’s a clean freak – she’s like some kind of robot that just sees dust and gets grumpy if it’s not taken care of (sorry mom, you know it’s true though, lol). But growing up with always tidying the house (and sometimes at the dumbest times like 8am on Saturday morning) it seems as though I’ve adopted the lifestyle and followed suit. Although I don’t clean at 8am on Saturday mornings because Shaun would absolutely kill me, I do try my best to keep our home neat and tidy (which I’ve also come to learn is a never ending battle and near impossible sometimes). But growing up with that kind of mentality allows me to have a clean and clear mind when other things need to get done. Have you ever tried taking care of your To Do list while the house is upside down? It’s impossible, or at least it is for my mom and I, lol.

Always Choose to See the Best In Others

My mom has always been the type of person to give others the benefit of the doubt, to always try and see their better side. I like knowing that I do that too and that she taught me that. Seeing the good in people is never a bad thing and allows you to be an optimistic individual rather than pessimistic. Also, not for nothing, but why choose to see people’s imperfections when you can see them for all their good? My mom showed my brothers and I that no one is perfect, so choose to see their better side.

Now all of this isn’t to say that my Dad didn’t do anything of importance or teach us any lessons, but you know, it’s Mother’s Day, lol. The list of things my mom has taught me goes well beyond the number 5, but these are the ones that stuck out and reflect who my mom is. She’s always been there for me, even in my most stubborn of ways to help me move forward, and for that, I’m always grateful.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mommy’s out there, but especially mine. Thank you for all you’ve done and continue to do, I love you. 💖👩🏻👧🏻

7 Current Beauty Favs!

In the last few years or so I have grown a serious liking to all things under the beauty umbrella. Whether it’s a new hair product or something that caught my eye at Sephora, I tend to gravitate towards the cute little bottles, almost every time. Below are some products that I’ve been using for a few months now and have grown to love and have become part of my everyday routine so figured I’d share them with you!

Dry Shampoo | Dove

This stuff is gold. If your in-between hair washes and your hair is looking a little dull, give it a spray with this one and you’ll be looking and smelling so fresh and so clean, clean. I’ve tried a couple dry shampoos before and didn’t really like them because they either made my hair feel sticky or felt like they didn’t do anything at all. This one has been the best one I’ve found so far (without breaking the bank). It also smells ah-mazing! Give it a go, you won’t be disappointed.

Liquid Facial Soap | CLINIQUE

This facial soap wipes the day completely off with very little product. I’m serious when I say a small bit goes a long way. The scent isn’t one of my favs, but it defiantly does wonders and is gentle on my skin. I was back and forth about how I felt about this one, but the fact that I kept grabbing for it over some of my other cleansers speaks to my under cover love for it.

Clarifying Lotion | CLINIQUE

I was using the Nivea toner (which is still a fav) before I began using this one and I defiantly noticed a difference. This product really evens out my skin tone and takes away any remaining make up or face mask that I have on even after giving my face a wash. Again, the scent isn’t my favourite but it gets the job done and makes my skin feel nice and fresh.

BB Tinted Moist Cream | per-lisse

This was actually given to me from Shaun’s sister-in-law after she received it in her ipsy bag but let me try it out and it has seriously changed my everyday “no makeup” routine. I never used a BB or CC cream before using this little guy, but wow, where have you been all my life. On those days where I’m looking al little more tired than others, I put a bit of this on and it’s a game changer. It evens out my skin and covers any blemishes without giving any kind of  heavy makeup look – it’s super light on the skin, and SPF 30.

Secret Brightening Powder | laura mercier

For what seems like forever, I have seen Youtubers and Bloggers alike using this powder to set their concealer so figured I’d finally give it a try too, and my friend, it really is amazing. It’s so finely milled and goes on softly leaving no residue or chunkiness on my face. Whatever the secret is, it works.

Radiant Creamy Concealer | NARS

Seems like I’m the last one to jump on this wagon but glad I did! I’ve used some drug store concealers before and the were horrible and didn’t do my face any justice. Again, I would see Youtubers and Bloggers using this product and figured I’d give it a try (I have it in Custard) and I have to say, it definitely lived up to its expectations; it’s very blend-able and smooth. Next time I purchase this one though, I might get it in a lighter shade, but still, no complaints here on this one.

Vinyl Liquid Linder | NYX

Liquid liner is something I’ve been trying to master for a few years now – I’m never able to get that perfect wing even when I would spend what seemed like hours trying to perfect it. However, this little one has made the process so much easier. It has a very fine tip and glides on so smoothly that I’m able to throw it on in minutes. I have some gel liners in the line up to try as well, but this has been true, tried, tested, and loved.

And that’s it! Those are my current 7 beauty favourites at the moment. Have you tried any of these, what did you think?

*This post was not sponsored by any of the above companies*

20 Things About Me!

So with all business out on the table it’s time to have some fun with my posts. I thought I would put a list of 20 things about me that most people wouldn’t necessarily know. I’ve seen some other bloggers do this type of post and it was always fun to read so figured I’d give it a go as well. Let’s get started!

1. Snail Mail is one of my favourite things in life

2. Instagram over Facebook

3. Hair clips can be found anywhere and everywhere around our condo. Ask Shaun

4. Did gymnastics when I was younger and hated it (actually, I liked the balance beam but that was about it)

5. I hated PB&J sandwiches when I was younger

6. What I love most when it rains is that first swipe of my windshield wipers

7. Autumn and Summer are my favourite seasons which is awkward because my birthday is in January

8. When I put ketchup and mustard on my burgers and hot dogs, I put them on in dots instead of lines

9. In grade 10 I donated over 15 inches of my hair to cancer. I also went home and cried right after but knew it was for a good cause

10. Don’t ask me directions unless you’re looking to detour

11. I used to hoard all my expensive make up products and perfumes for special occasions, but when those times came they never got used because I didn’t want to waste them

12. Chocolate over candy but baked goods over chocolate

13. I got my first car when I was 26

14. Mickey Mouse, always

15. My pump up jam is Nelly, Country Grammer

16. I over think every possible thing. Every. Possible. Thing.

17. I refuse to leave my home if my pj pants are on

18. Hard cover books will always be preferred

19. Flying by myself is my favourite

20. First thing I do when I’m home from work is take off my socks. Why? Not sure

And there you have it! I was so weird and quirky growing up but as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to embrace it all. It also helps that Shaun loves me for who I am, quirkiness and all.

Let me know what a random quirk of yours is – it’ll probably make us friends.

Alex’s Bath Buddies: It’s Just the Beginning

Have you ever had the idea that maybe you should start your own business and do your own thing? I never did until just recently and you may or may not have heard of mine that I started up just in the recent months. It was something that was completely unplanned and to be honest, just kind of happened. Alex’s Bath Buddies was born a month or so after the New Year began and am I ever glad it did.

The most frequent question I’ve been getting since I’ve started this project of mine is, “What made you think of doing this?” and I haven’t been giving very honest answers. The real answer for how I stumbled into making bath bombs (Alex’s Bath Buddies) actually derives from Pretty Pink Sparkles. It was around my birthday in January when I wanted to write a DIY post on something that I love doing, and seriously, the rest is history. I started making them right away and gave some to family to try. After the reaction I was getting from those around me, Shaun suggested I sell them, so we quickly began brainstorming ideas of what they should be called and Alex’s Bath Buddies is what I decided to go with! After giving my bath bombs an official name, I created a Facebook page and before the day finished I was over 50+ likes! It may not seem like much to the next person, but that was a big deal for me. So then I went on and created an Instagram profile and that too was very much accepted by family and friends. It was all kind of happening and I couldn’t believe it. I was receiving great feedback and such positive vibes that I began to think that I could really do this.

Now, first and foremost, I have no business background. Zero. Zilch. Nadda. No business degree or any foundation like that, so when Shaun said that I should sell the bath bombs I was making, I laughed. Literally. Who was I to start a business, really? But that’s what Shaun does for me – he pushes me to think outside my box and makes me want to explore worlds I would never dream of touching. So that’s what I did, I jumped into a whole new world (cue A Whole New World from The Little Mermaid) and went with it! It’s fresh and very new, and I’m learning so much as I go. It’s amazing to see what you can accomplish with a little nudge and a “you can do this” pep talk from your significant other.

Once I began to get traction and people started asking me if I had a website, I knew that was my next step, but first, business cards. So I put time aside and created what I thought were cute and vibrant cards and had so much fun making them! I thought it would be such a boring, tedious process but it was far from that and people love them! As for a website, that’s in the making so stay tuned. 😉 But for the time being, if you’re looking for more info on the benefits of the oils I use, check them out on PPS.

The excitement I have for everything to come regarding Bath Buddies stems from all the positivity I’ve been given from those around me  – which has been huge motivation for me wanting to progress. It’s a great feeling that the people around me have been getting excited on my behalf – I have genuine people rooting for me which makes this all worthwhile.

Alex’s Bath Buddies was something I started and thought would be fun to do but it’s turned into something so much more. I’ve had people contact me saying that Bath Buddies has helped with their family members having better sleeps and have been asked about which Buddies would be beneficial for a family member’s arthritis pain. I started this as a way for people to have fun and enjoy while giving a twist on the typical bath, but it’s taken on a whole new meaning of helping people and one that I wholeheartedly welcome. I wanted Alex’s Bath Buddies to have a special touch to them, and I think I’ve achieved that.

To that point, I wanted to say thank you to all my family and friends who have supported me with this. All the likes on Facebook, Instagram, the sharing of posts, buying, and just supporting me have meant everything. It’s one thing to start up your own business, but it’s another to do it with an amazing army behind you. Thank you.

It truly is funny how things happen. If you were to ask me five years ago (heck, last year even) if I was going to have my own gig, I probably would have ignored the question and went on with my day, not even thinking twice about it. But here I am, just shy of one full year of completing school with two new, big projects I’ve started for myself. As my Mom would always say, never say never I guess!

So that’s that! That’s the story behind Alex’s Bath Buddies; just a girl who decided to take the plunge into the tub!

Have you tried a Buddy yet? Leave a comment if you have and what you loved about it!

Ps. Interested in trying a Buddy and want to put your order in? Check out my oil page and see what’s best suited for you. Send your order request in to alexsbathbuddies@gmail.com!

•This post was not sponsored by Artnaturals•

How Pretty Pink Sparkles Became a Thing

Whew, what a crazy last couple days! I finally shared Pretty Pink Sparkles with my family and friends and I feel like the world has been lifted off my shoulders. A big thank you to everyone who showed their support for PPS! It was a great feeling to finally let you all into my new, blogging world.

Today I wanted to share the reasons why I started my own blog. It’s not this crazy, extravagant story, but rather a story of putting your mind to something and following through.

Blogging has always been something that’s intrigued me; a world full of DIYs, beauty favourites, and casual chats from people all around the world. It’s a space where you can go to write literally anything and everything your heart desires. I always knew that I wanted my own little space in the cyber world, but it was just a matter of when I wanted that to happen. Throughout university I thought a lot about starting one up and taking the plunge. And I did – I actually had a blog (if you can even call it that), titled, A Cosmo & A Convo. Blah! I wanted a blog that gave off the Sex and the City vibes, but drowning in my school work, I just didn’t have the extra time I needed to really build it up and begin. So that “blog” went to crap. But the feeling of still wanting one was there – I knew I just had to wait until school was closer to being finished for me to begin.

Soon after that lousy first attempt, though, I started to really dig deep on how to start up a blog. I searched high and low on Pinterest, e-mailed other bloggers who I followed, and really, just Googled anything and everything I could think of that would help me. It was time consuming and a bit challenging, I’ll be honest, but if I was going to attempt creating a blog again, I was determined to do it right. And honestly, thank goodness I waited until I graduated because seriously, what a whirlwind of info! When I decided to look deeper, blogging was like nothing I’d ever seen before, it was so…big. In a world where I thought, “not much happened”, boy was I ever proven wrong. The blogging world is huge! Shout out to the full-time bloggers who still manage to find time to study, be a mom, or work another full-time job all at the same time – you guys are the real MVPs! When I look back to when I first originally started, it would have been fun to blog while being in school, but I know for me, it would have been too much on my plate all at once. I’m glad I waited until I graduated to give PPS the attention I wanted it to have.

For someone who knew literally nothing about short codes, widgets, and all that html talk, it really was a learning curve for me. Shaun was a huge help though, and in those moments of pure and utter frustration of not knowing how to do something (and when Google would fail me), he would come in and save the day every time, and trust me, there were plenty o’ times. There were moments, I kid you not, where I would be trying to figure out how to do something for months on end, to eventually cave and ask Shaun for help, for him to do it in under 2 minutes (the most annoying but relieving feeling ever). But that just goes to show you, I had no idea what I was doing lol. It took me about a year to become familiar and comfortable with all the new information I was learning and here we are about a year and a half later, actually showing Shaun a new trick or two (whether he’ll admit it or not, lol).

I wanted to create a blog that reflected me and things that I believed in. I wanted a space to share my thoughts and experiences and connect with people on a different level. So, the more I read other blogs the more I wanted to put one out there, too. It’s this crazy, unique community of writers and the world sincerely fascinates me. Reading other blogs, I would always think, “why not me,” so I did something about it. Blogging also gives me the opportunity to still write. I’ve been so used to writing papers for school that when I finished, I felt like a part of me was gone. It seemed weird to not be writing something up, for school or otherwise and I missed sitting down to a blank document with my Starbies beside me and letting everything in my mind come out through my fingertips. Blogging gives me a sense of the #StudentLife all over again which I loved and dearly miss. Starting this blog gave me the opportunity to have somewhere to put my thoughts and allows me to put them out there in a creative way. I love everything about this journey and I’m happy and proud of myself that I stuck with it.

I felt inspired by others and did something with that feeling; I created my very own blog. There’s still a million things about blogging that I’m sure I don’t know about, but I’ve started my journey and I’m so excited to see what’s to come.

Pretty Pink Sparkles is a reflection of who I am and what my life is about; join me as I adventure through.

 

Our Thankful Jar

There are so many things to be thankful for in life so why not write them down? Shaun and I started our “Thankful Jar” at the beginning of the year so we can have a good reminder of all things we’regrateful and thankful for.

Starting on January 1st, 2017, Shaun and I have been writing down things that have made us appreciative. I cut up some of my scrap scrapbooking paper (because why not make it cute and  colourful in the process) and whenever we want to remember something that’s happened or simply  just write something nice, we jot it down, fold it up, and toss it into the jar. I must admit, I’m pretty pleased as to how well it’s been going and the fact that we’ve kept up with it seeing as we’re 4 months into the year already.

Since the beginning of our entries though, we expanded the notes to be anything we’re grateful for  along with anything that makes us happy in general, because why limit ourselves, really?  The world is so quick to be judgemental and mean; it was important to me to try and leave those  vibes outside of 607. This year I really wanted to focus on what has been making us happy and when we’re sad, what’s helped lift our spirits. Why fester in those negative feelings and let them eat you up? I owe a lot of this new way of living to Shaun, though. He is the most positive and optimistic  person I’ve ever met, hands down. Always willing to see the glass half full, kinda guy. Since we’ve started living together, I have to say that his mind set has been rubbing off on me, and, hence the jar, lol. I’ve never thought of myself as a negative person, but I wouldn’t necessarily go out of my way to think positive thoughts and I’ll admit that I’m totally guilty of harbouring those negative feelings that
were no good for me.

The jar has helped put things into perspective, as well. When I’m having a bad day, I try my best to seek out something positive to turn my day around so I can have something nice to write when I get home. There may also be a drunk note in there because we’re I’m a happy drunk and apparently love to note how happy I am…? But with all the fun we’re having of writing things down, it really has made a difference in my day to day life. Sometimes during the day I think of what I’ll write down when I’m home and most of the time, I’ll be honest, I forget to put the thought to paper. But it’s helped in the sense that even though I didn’t write it down, I at least still thought of something positive that I would have otherwise put into the jar. And I guess that’s the point of it all, really. Think happier thoughts, and be grateful even on the worst days. Just a side note, though – I’m not the original thinker of this idea, I obviously found it on Pinterest, lol.

Not to wish the year away, but I can’t wait to unfold them all on December 31st and have all sorts of thankful happiness going into 2018!

Do you have things you do to help you stay grateful and positive? Let me know in the comments below and share some positivity!