Time Saving Tips

As a student, I feel like everyday I’m racing out the door, trying to get to school on time because I completely missed my alarm and woke up a half an hour later than I should have. After having read this post by one of my favourite bloggers, and having realized that this will forever be a continuous cycle for me, I had the idea of thinking up some of my own tips that help me get out of the house in time for that 8am lecture.

1. I always make sure that the majority of my bag is packed for the next day. What I mean by the majority is that my notepad, pens, and planner are in the bag I plan on using that day, but I still keep my ipad and phone out charging so that by morning I can just unplug and quickly stuff them in my bag as I run out the door.

2. I used to be a HUGE coffee fanatic. Now don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy a good cup of joe, but I’ve been trying to incorporate more teas into my diet. Not only are they better for me, but I’m not adding terrible processed sugars like that Starbucks PSL would have. For those early mornings I use a tea bag, boil water, and add them into my tea travel mug, and I’m ready to go. This tea even tastes like coffee and even has the caffeine I need –  which is perfect to help start my day in the morning.

20160319_1334313. There are two days a week when I have class at 8am. So you can only imagine how much of a struggle it is for me to get out of the house in time. For those early mornings I’ve been able to narrow down my beauty regimen to a five minute process, taking the minimal amount of time to make, using the most effective products to maximize that time. I start with a tinted moisturizer (which means I can skip the daily moisturizer, because I am oily after all, bonus!!), spot conceal, brush some powder on my t-zone, use a little bit of bronzer so that I don’t look like a zombie, finally I put on a bit of mascara. The secret is keep a lipgloss or lipstick in your backpack/bag so that you can quickly put that on as you wait for your bus, or wait at a stoplight (which you can change up at night).

4. Another way I like to save time in the morning is by making my lunch the night before. Now this may seem pretty basic, but believe me, there have been plenty of mornings where I have spent too much time making breakfast that there was no time for lunch, and I had to buy something at my school. Now I know it’s not the end of the world, but it can get a bit tricky to find healthy alternatives at school. So I completely avoid that struggle by making my lunch the night before, whether it’s a salad or a couple snacks, I’m prepared and even saving some extra money.

5. This may seem a bit basic but because I’m in school, and have a part time job, I don’t really have a lot of time to casually read. But, I’m still obsessed with reading whenever I get the chance. I downloaded the Kindle app on my iPad, and that with the books app, and some downloaded books I’m able to enjoy my daily bus commute to school. I also feel like I’m accomplishing things I couldn’t regularly do with my busy schedule, in a way it’s time to myself.

Advice to my 18 year old self

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The other day, while I was talking to some younger co-workers, I began to reminisce about my years in high school. Back then, I thought I would have those same ride or die best friends for the rest of my life. I thought that I would have accomplished some serious greatness by the time I was 25. I thought my career, and my life in general, would be moving at such a rapid rate, I’d be living in the fast lane. I thought that any small bump in my plans would be a complete crisis.

I’m here to say, at 24, that all those things could not be anymore wrong. I’ve finished high school, I’ve finished university, and now I’m in college. I have a boyfriend, and we are just happy, no rushing to take that next step. I still do have some of my very true ride or dies, but I can also say I have been betrayed multiple times by other friends and have had to let them go. There have been some bumps along the way, but I can’t think of having taken a different route.

It is through the bumps and obstacles that I’ve been able to really understand myself, and maybe understand that it is okay to make changes to your future. There have been so many times that I have questioned if the decisions I was making were the right ones.

If I could give my 18 year old self any advice, it would be to relax. The minute things were not going my way I’d become a nervous wreck. The truth is, the road you’re on is bumpy. And more often than not, you’re not going to know which direction to go in. But relax and trust yourself, because where I’m currently standing, at 24, it isn’t so bad. I promise.

Everyday Makeup

As school is just starting, I couldn’t think of a better time to talk about my every day makeup, the products I could NOT, in a million years live without. They are the few products I know I can use that I know will not fail me, will help me look my best, and the fastest – because I’m always waking up way too late to give myself more than 5 minutes to get ready before I need to rush to get to school.

Starting with the first product I use, I absolutely need a primer to make sure my makeup stays on all day, especially on my longest days – going from school directly to work. This primer, I swear has been a game changer on my skin. Not only does it feel great on my skin, but it looks the clearest it has in awhile, and I think the new products I’ve been using have been helping.

I rarely wear a full coverage foundation, on a regular basis I prefer a tinted moisturizer. It’s lighter and keeps my skin hydrated in the dry weather, without making my skin look and feel oily. This one in particular is great, and I think a reason my skin has been feeling its best. In order for my makeup to stay in place I like to use a translucent powder to set everything, this one is my go-to, it works magic.

I cannot go a day without bronzer. In my opinion, it’s the only thing I need to complete my look. I use this bronzer everyday, and I don’t think I go a day without using it, you can be subtle with it, or contour with it, and can be used by many skin tones, which makes it perfect. If I have extra time in the morning, I will add a bit of blush, usually this one or this one.

For eyes and brows I keep it pretty simple. I use this brow gel, it’s easy to use, and does the job perfectly, which helps to keep my getting ready time down. For eyes, I use two products, this kohl liner by MAC, and this L’Oreal mascara. Sometimes I will smudge out the liner, or just keep it bold, depending on the day. But it is the perfect everyday look. For my lips, I keep it simple with this nude gloss. It’s moisturizing but keeps it light and fresh for a day of school or work.

French Toast Anyone?

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Recently, or maybe about a month ago, I decided to become vegan. I want to state that for a long time, I have not been feeling myself. I felt sluggish and tired, my stomach was always in pain, so I decided to try a more plant-based diet. Since then, I have been doing a lot of research, and have been purchasing some cookbooks to give me some inspiration and ideas on how to cook and what to cook for vegan/gluten-free meals. I bought Made With Love, and knew that I needed to try the vegan french toast. Let me tell you, it was life-changing. There are so many words I want to use to describe it, but really, I just have to say that you NEED to try it, so that you will understand. Plus, it’s french toast, enough said.

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Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
3/4 cup organic raw almond butter
1/3 cup maple syrup, plus more to serve
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon gluten-free all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch of sea salt
4 tablespoons vegan butter
8 slices gluten-free bread
1/4 cup pecans, chopped (or any other toppings you would want)

Directions:
1. In a large shallow dish, combine the non-dairy milk, almond butter, 1/3 cup maple syrup, flour, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and salt

2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of vegan butter and heat until it sizzles

3. Dip the bread into the almond butter mixture, one slice a time, and let it soak briefly, for 10 to 15 seconds

4. Fry the bread slices, in batches, for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until golden brown, adding more vegan butter to the skillet as necessary

5. Serve sprinkled with pecans and drizzled with maple syrup

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Coffee Time

20160529_195431If you read this post, you know that I have made a commitment to try every cafe in my hometown at LEAST once. So, I’ve been thinking why not have you take part in this goal I have given myself this summer, every time I visit a new cafe, you will get to hear first hand. So to kick off this small mission I’ve given myself, I went to Smile Tiger Coffee Roasters, ordered a latte with almond milk, my boyfriend ordered a london fog, and we shared a blueberry square, which we both enjoyed. We relaxed and read, it was a quiet and peaceful environment which makes for a perfect go-to coffee spot, it’s definitely somewhere I want to go back to.

P.S. I’ve already gone back once for an iced coffee, and it was fantastic! Anyone living in the Kitchener/Waterloo area must give it a try
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