Saturday, April 22, 2017

Life Updates - Again

Hi everyone! Don’t mind me – I’m just digging myself out of the hole I created. This year was really hard. I’m not quite done school yet (two more exams to go), but I am so ready for it to be over. I’m currently working on getting my life pulled together again, so I thought I would share some things that have happened to me these past few months.

1.       I am currently in the process of getting my tonsils out.

This has been the true definition of a process. Do you remember at the beginning of my time in England when I was in the hospital for tonsillitis? Well, this week marked the fourth time in two years that I was in the hospital for the same problem. Basically, I have abnormally large tonsils. I’ve been trying to get referrals, but it’s been hard. An ENT specialty guy looked at my tonsils this week, so he’s trying to push a referral for me. I am so desperate just to get these things away from my body. I’m fine by the way. They did a full test on me and there is nothing actually wrong right now. I just woke up on Thursday and couldn’t swallow.
2.       I am now 22 years old!
Woo birthday! I kept my birthday low-key like normal. I had a wonderful dinner with my friends and family, and went out for drinks with what ended up being all work friends. I also have a new favourite spot to go. It was perfect for me. I had a great time, and the food was fantastic.

3.       I really have been trying to be healthier in my life.

I was doing really well on this for a while. Then I got off track the past few weeks with the end of school. I’m trying to get back into it (including blogging about it). I got a FitBit for my birthday, and I wanted to utilize that a little more. Plus, I want to go for more walks since the weather is getting nicer.

4.       I’ve started a new way of journaling.

I’ve been struggling with my mental health this year, and I recognized a need for being more positive in my life. I hadn’t been journaling in a while and also wanted to pick that back up. One of my favourite podcasts is Let it Out with Katie Dalebout. She has a book about journaling and mentions it a lot on the podcast. I picked up a few notes, and I now write with subheadings or categories in mind. I have what’s on my mind which is my opportunity to do the oh-so-important ranting, the highlight of my day, something to look forward to tomorrow and something to look forward to in general, something I’ve accomplished in the day, something someone did or said that made me smile, and the best thing I ate that day.

5.       I have some great friends that I’ve been spending all my time with.

We were going out a lot in March, but that slowed down. We recently had a wine night, but we’ve been going to yoga and stuff like that too. I finally have the group of girls to hang out with. I’m so happy and lucky to have them in my life.

6.       I got into teacher’s college!

This is the best thing that has happened to me. I’m not going to share too much about it since I haven’t quite made a decision. It’s been a long process, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me. The best part about this is that I can shop for some teacher clothes! It’s so exciting!
That’s pretty much it – short and sweet. I want to expand on some of these posts in future posts. These are pretty much the biggest things I have going on. I’m in the process of writing a month’s worth of posts, so I will be catching you up on even more exciting things in my life in the near future. Stay with me!

What is the most exciting thing that has happened to you since we last spoke? Share in the comments!


P.S. I’ve been considering getting a new blog theme, but I don’t know how to go about it. Any suggestions?

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Pinterest Challenge - January 2017

I’m starting this off as a lie. These are all things I did in fall of 2016. But we’ll go with it. As you can tell, I got into some good breakfast routines. For a while, I didn’t work until Thursday evening, so I didn’t have anything to do in the morning. I was really into waffles for a while which is why you see so many here.

1.       Baked Bananas Foster Oatmeal

This was one of the best by far. I’ve been meaning to make it again, but it takes a long time, and I just have not had the time. It makes two portions, so I made some for my mom and myself, but you could 100% stick it in the fridge and warm it up the next day. Highly suggest this meal from Culinary Ginger.

2.       Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins

Since I work in the mornings, I like grab and go breakfasts. Muffins and some fruit are perfect for that. I made these muffins, and I didn’t think I liked them at first. This recipe from Little Sweet Baker is actually better the next day in my opinion. I couldn’t resist having one fresh from the oven, but it was so sweet that I started regretting making it for my breakfast. However, when it came down to it, these were perfect. They’re maybe (definitely) not the healthiest but still delicious.

3.       Brownie Batter Breakfast Bake

Now THIS was a great breakfast. I’m a huge fan of chocolate, but having too much for breakfast is not a great idea. Running with Spoons suggests minimal chocolate. You get some cocoa oatmeal with the choice of adding more chocolate on the top. Actually, their recipe is good for vegans too! I’m not vegan, so I ignored all of those tips. I also added more chocolate chips on top than necessary. If you want to incorporate more chocolate into your life, try this recipe.

4.       Pizza Grilled Cheese

This originally came from Pinterest, but the domain has since been removed. Anyone who knows me well knows that I coined Grilled Cheese Friday. I rarely make grilled cheese on Fridays anymore due to scheduling issues, but I managed to pull it off one day to make pizza grilled cheese. All you need is bread, oregano (or Italian seasoning), pepperoni, mozzarella (or provolone) and a little bit of pizza sauce. I spread a little bit of the sauce on the inside of the bread and add the seasoning on top of that. The rest is all thrown together – definitely one of the best #grilledcheesefriday creations.

5.       Vanilla Cake in a Mug

This came out of a major craving for cake. Are mug cakes even a thing anymore? If they aren’t, why not? They’re perfect for satisfying those little cravings. Bitz and Giggles has a great recipe for an easy vanilla mug cake. It was delicious and fun and quick to make. The vanilla icing is definitely the best part, and sprinkles are necessary. It’s so moist and yummy, and not too sweet either (I’m starting to sound like my dad). I wish this picture turned out cuter, but oh well.

6.       Apple Butter Waffles

I love making waffles because they are so easy to make. My mom happened to have some apple butter in the pantry, and I thought of this recipe from Sugardish Me. I did not do the cinnamon topping they suggest. This was not my favourite recipe. I added cinnamon to the batter, and it needed more. The flavour from the apple butter didn’t really come across. Maybe it would have been better with the sauce, but I’ll pass on this in the future.

7.       Pumpkin Spice Waffles

These waffles from Just a Taste were pretty good. You can’t get through fall without doing something pumpkin spice related, right? The only thing I would suggest is adding pumpkin spice to the recipe. I added about a teaspoon, but you could go with even more. The way the recipe is simply does not have enough spice.

8.       Salted Caramel Waffles

This was a bit of a mix. I took the batter recipe from Cooking Classy and the sauce recipe from The Hungry Mum. I thought the sauce could have used a little more salt, but my dad disagreed. However, I LOVED the sauce. I put the leftover stuff in my coffee for a few days after. The sauce is completely versatile. The waffles were okay. They tasted more egg-y like a pastry than anything else. I’m still looking for the perfect waffle recipe (any suggestions?).

I was clearly all about the food last year. I want to try a few more things this month once I get this all going. I want to learn how to cook a little more. My dinner/lunch board has remained relatively untouched for a while now. I’ll get to it.

What have you tried from Pinterest recently?


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

16 Things in 2016

I guess it has been a while. I needed some time. I don’t know what it was, but last term was difficult. I know it happens to everyone. This seemed to be an epidemic (which I’m telling you right now is an over-exaggeration). I thought that maybe it had something to do with coming back from a year abroad or “senior-itis.” As it turns out, it wasn’t just me – it was everyone. It didn’t matter what year they were in, or what program they were in, but everyone had a rough time. As I found out near the end of December, one of my professors mentioned that students seemed to be more “on edge” this year.

This term is so far so good. I’ve been working out every day (save for a few where I had a nasty cold), and I’m relatively on top of my work. I cut down my hours at the pool so I can manage my time better. I still have a few things to touch up, but I’m feeling better. To start off a new year of blogging, I’m going to do a little reflection on last year. Yes, I’m aware that it is the middle of January. Anyway, I think it was the coolest year of my life. On a global scale, it will go down in history as one of the worst years. Personally, I think it was one of the most monumental. This isn’t anything deep. My sister came up with this idea with her friends in 2015, and she brought it to our family this year (last year?). So here it is: 16 things in 2016.

1.       I went to five different countries (France, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Canada).

2.       I booked a hotel for the first time by myself.

3.       I booked plane tickets for the first time.

4.       I hiked through the Yorkshire Dales.

5.       I went to the Canadian war memorial in France.

6.       I saw the British seaside.

7.       I did the most difficult walk of my life up Arthur’s Seat.

8.       I got to have a beer with my sister for the first time.

9.       I hosted a bachelorette party (and this will be the only picture surfacing from that).

10.   I stood in my best friend’s wedding.

11.   I was an Assistant Pool Manager (this is the pool cat we named Cairn).

12.   I sophed for my final o-week.

13.   I celebrated Brianne’s 19th birthday.

14.   I had the best visitor from England.

15.   I did a winery tour.

16.   I got to see Walk Off the Earth twice.

That was my 2016! It has been absolutely amazing to see what I did last year. I hope this year will be just as eventful and exciting.

What did you do in 2016?


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Life Updates

Hi there everyone! It has certainly been a while. I took a hiatus – don’t hate me. Time seemed to have slipped away from me this summer. There was such a rush, and I didn’t quite seem to follow along. I worked right until the end of August and then spent hours cleaning the pool out. After that, I had only a handful of days to get things set for school before I started training for my position as a soph. You will find no complaints from me – I had an amazing summer. I loved my job, I had a great time seeing all my friends again, and I had some awesome opportunities to do some fun things. The point of this post is to let you know exactly how I’m doing and where I want to take this blog for the future. I’ve made some much needed changes in my life, so why not share them?

1.       Drinking More Water
My actual trick for this will be saved for my monthly favourites because I am actually obsessed with it. I’m not exactly sure why I started doing this, but I did it and I have been nailing it. You hear all the time that drinking water helps your skin and overall health. I feel like no one drinks as much water as they actually need. I start my day with a glass of water as I’m waking up and checking my phone, and it has made me feel energized. I thought that was just a fluke, but two days in a row I didn’t have a glass of water right away, and I found myself feeling more groggy. No one likes a groggy Daniella.

2.       Sleeping for Eight Hours and Waking Up Early
This is a big one, I know. I only started this recently. It’s difficult, I must admit. The reason I started this is due to the latest iPhone update. Under timers and all the nonsense, there’s a “bedtime” option. With this, you can choose when you’ll be waking up, and they’ll not only tell you when you should go to bed, but they’ll set an alarm and wake you up gently. I have two days a week where I have to wake up early, but the other five days, I’ve been waking up at 7:30. For someone who has never been a morning person, this is shocking to me. However, after getting the full eight hours of sleep, waking up at 7:30 isn’t so bad. Plus, 11:30 isn’t that early a bedtime.

3.       Yoga
If you have followed me at all this summer, you’ll know I started a fitness journey. How did that go you may ask? Well, it was sporadic. I kind of did some great things at the end of the summer but then o-week hit. Then after o-week, I was sick. I am now at this point where I have actually worked out via yoga videos for about a week now. The turning point for me was coming home one day and actually doing a video then. Typically, I don’t do things when I come home for the night, so putting in the effort to do it is a great step for me. It also means it’s becoming more of a habit.

4.       Reading List
What this really means is that I am staying organized for school. I have made my lists for readings, planned out when to start essays, and planned around big events. I feel good about this year. I have a lot on my plate, so organizing is going to be key. That being said, I’m behind already. That’s the one issue with o-week – it sets you back from the beginning. I’m not too far behind at the moment, and I believe I’ll be fine by the end of tonight. Then, after that, I will be organized and ready to take on the world one cute agenda at a time.

5.       Rest Day
Now here’s the thing I never thought about before – rest day. People who work out all the time know the advantages of rest days. Rest days are so important not only for physical health but mental health as well. Working X amount of hours a day seven days a week drags on you. Over-working yourself can lead to so many more issues that tend to consume you. This year, I made it so that Sundays are me days. That doesn’t necessarily mean I won’t do work. It can also be a day to catch up on my weekly goals so that I’m not falling ever more behind. For the most part, I plan to read, spend time with my family, see friends, and play volleyball (also a very new thing in my life). Even if you schedule in a little bit of “me” time, it can be extremely beneficial. 

6.       More Lifestyle Posts
And now I am finally getting to the blog. My perspective on life has changed a little bit. I’m getting older, and I’m starting to make better decisions about my life (clearly). When it comes to this blog, I realize that I have things to share. I have experiences that feel unique but definitely aren’t. The whole point of starting this blog was to connect with people who share similar thoughts and views and experiences – instead of wasting my time on something that feels like a burden (outfit posts), I want to focus more on opinion, favourites, and lessons learned.
That’s about it. I’m not going to promise you a post on Saturday. I need some time to catch up on school as well as plan these new blog posts. For now, I’m going to continue getting my eight hours of sleep, doing yoga, eating healthy, and staying organized (I’m already failing at this one).

Do you have any big life updates?