Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Monthly Favourites- July 2015

The amount of times I have changed my mind about what my favourites were over the course of the month is ridiculous. This was a month of work, work, work. As I mentioned, I have finally decided to get my life in order, but the rest of the month was all about swimming lessons. I ended up having a split shift where all I was doing was teaching. I'll admit that I am one of the only ones, but I prefer teaching over guarding any day. Everyone thinks I'm crazy.

1. La-Roche Posay Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF 60


So I'm a lifeguard. I'm in the sun all day. And I HATE sunscreen. I hate the greasiness, and I hate the way it makes my skin breakout. However, this sunscreen for my face has changed the game. I got this stuff a couple years ago as a free sample in one of the small tester kits, and I was sold. I've been using it ever since, so the label is so worn out.This has a matte finish, and it feels so good. You only need a small amount to cover your whole face. And it works. I have yet to get a burn. Please don't forget your sunscreen!

2. The Movies


I'm not usually one to go to the movies a lot, but I ended up seeing three this month. The first was Inside Out. I loved it, but a movie has never made me more emotional. There was one part where I wanted to bawl, but I had to keep it in, and I was shaking. Then I came home and talked to my mom about it, and I sobbing uncontrollably. But I actually strongly suggest this movie. I also went to see Minions. My best friend and I are ultimate fans of the minions. We made a last minute decision to go see it, and boy, it was great. Also suggested: buying the 3D Minion goggles. Last night, I went to see Trainwreck with some staff members. It was cute but also hilarious. Even the boys liked it.

3. Starbucks



I have been going to Starbucks so much this month. It's too easy to pick up a coffee when it's on the way. I've also been meeting friends there quite often. My orders: caramel cafe misto if I want it warm, caramel cold brew coffee if I want it cold, and if I'm looking for a treat then I go for the S'mores Frappuccino or a Mocha Frappuccino.

4. Relish



This is kind of weird to have on my list, but it is barbeque season. Relish was never something I had growing up because my parents don't like it. But we got this guy in a pack of three for an end of year barbeque my sister had, and I have been putting it on my hamburgers and hot dogs like crazy. I love it!

5. Notebooks


I don't know how this started, but I started throwing notebook into the bags I carry around. They have surprisingly come in handy. I take notes of important emails, write out song lyrics for parodies (which is relevant to my life), brainstorm ideas for work, and anything else. I'm one of the those people that geeks out over pretty notebooks. I was in the dollar store a while ago, and I really wanted to get some more notebooks, but I realized that I need to finish these first. Proud moment of self restraint of the month!

I think this month was all about the social engagements. I already know right now that a lot of August is going to be how to recover from a month in chlorine and sun. I see Lush in my future.

What have you been loving this month?

-Daniella

Saturday, July 25, 2015

There's Something You Should Know


My sister is the most important person in my life. We have a weird relationship.

I have grilled cheese every Friday. If we have lunch on a Friday, I’m expecting grilled cheese.
If you make me watch a scary movie, you’ll have to sleep with me for a week, and the light will stay on.
I hate the smell of oranges. If you offer me an orange, I’m probably going to ask you to peel it for me.
I enjoy naps. It is my personal opinion that three naps a day is the perfect amount.
I am pretty much an expert on cheese. I can identity types just by eating them.
I have a happy vein. When I get over-excited, it pops out on my forehead.


It takes a lot to get me truly angry. If I’m angry, you really screwed up.
I was bullied by exclusion in elementary school. As a result, I often feel out of place in social groups.
I’ve been blamed for issues in my household. I often feel guilty for no reason.
I am direct, so I will never beat around the bush. I will call you out, and people don’t like that.
I am highly emotional. My highs are extremely high, and my lows are extremely low.
I am not willing to waste my time. I have no hesitation to cut people out if they don’t treat me well.
I empathetic. Sometimes, I get worn out caring about other people’s problems when they don’t. 

I know the value of good people. If you’re in my life, I will tell you how thankful I am to have you.
I am going to care about you so much. I will show you that as often as I can.
I am an incredibly passionate person. I will go to all ends for something I’m passionate about.
I have a big heart. I will love you completely.
I give everything I have to everything I do. I’m not content with less than 100%.
I live my life without regrets. I choose to learn from everything I do.
I surround myself with the best possible people. I want to be uplifted and do that same for them.
 
-Daniella

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

My Reason to Restart

This is a longer version of what I wrote two weeks ago. As an update from then: I have cleaned my room. And that was today, so that barely counts. I had a spur of motivation today and took control. As my floor become more and more visible, I came to a realization: I'm an adult and I need to start acting like one. I have grown so much this past year, and it's about time that the rest of my life catches up. I'm moving to a new continent by myself in less than two months. Time to be an adult. I'm not going to bore you with my huge game plan to accomplish this. Just let me tell you how this will affect you.

The gateway to adulthood is ahead.

This blog started as a way for me to put some creativity out there. Since then, I think I've lost that. I am more me than I've ever been, but this blog has not been a reflection of that. I'm not looking forward to writing anymore. It feels like a chore because nothing is truly original anymore. So things are about to change. I'll still be posting on Tuesdays and Saturdays. But I'm about to put a lot more me out there. I have so many ideas written down, and I'm going to start sharing them. When a creative moment strikes, you'll see my creativity. I'm going to continue with book reviews and monthly favourites because I love writing those, and they feel more like me. I may throw in a Pinterest Challenge or product review when the mood strikes, but for the most part, you're going to get a good hold of what my voice exactly is.

I know I've written like this before. Realistically, the organization thing is not going to happen the way I want it to. But making this blog more like me is something I can easily get behind. It's something I can stick to because the ideas I want to write about are the things I'm passionate about. I know readers like personal blogs, so this is going to be more about my perspective. Wait for Saturday and give me a chance to show you what I have to offer.

-Daniella

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Pinterest Challenge- Birthday Cake Truffles

Here's my dessert plight: my family hates sweets. I know. I don't understand how I'm related to any of them. I adore desserts. The thing about this treat was that I made it for a work birthday party. And it was amazing. Everyone loved it. And just look at them. They are a thing of beauty. This is the second time I've made truffles, and there is one thing I don't understand: how on earth do the people who make these make them so perfect? Chef in Training nailed the look, and I really don't get it. If anyone has a tip to dipping truffles, let me know.
 
 

 
Ingredients:
 
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup yellow cake mix
- milk
- sprinkles
- white chocolate for dipping
 
 
1. Mix the butter, sugar, vanilla, flour, salt, and cake mix together. 
2. Add as much milk is needed to mix everything together.
3. Mix until it reaches a sticky consistency.
4. Add sprinkles into the dough and mix.
5. Scoop the dough into little balls and place into the freezer for 15 minutes to firm up.
6. Dip the dough into melted white chocolate an add sprinkles to the top.
 
Warning: white chocolate has a low burning rate. Melt in 30 second intervals only and stir.
 
Make sure you stick these in the freezer or fridge until you serve them. I loved these truffles. They were a great way to celebrate a birthday. I just really need to get this dipping thing down.
 
Do you have any tricks to make dipping a little easier?
 
-Daniella

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Summer Scrapbook Saturday #9

I have a day missing. I cannot, for the life of me, remember what I did on Monday. I also went out for ice cream on Thursday with Marlee, but I completely forgot to take a picture. In hindsight, I probably could have used a picture from one of the other times I went out for ice cream. I've been doing that a lot recently. But what else is summer for?

 
 
 
(left to right)
 
1. On Monday, I met up my best friend Julia for our classic date: Starbucks and Indigo. We hadn't seen each other for a while and had a lot to catch up on. We had coffee first and wandered around Indigo for a while. I went in with the mission to get Mamrie Hart's book. I came out with a new journal specifically for England and new note cards. It was all necessary.
 
2. Summer is rough on the skin. I haven't been following my regular skin routine because I'm in the pool for about six hours a day. Because of the sun and chlorine and sunscreen, my skin has become so dry. It feels like it's going to fall off my face. Friday night, I did a moisturizing face mask. Sheet masks are really creepy on your face, but this one felt so good after the long week.
 
3. I had made a red velvet cake on Saturday night, and I spent Sunday night in my backyard enjoying a slice. It was a relaxing way to spend the evening.
 
4. Saturday night was a wine night with a couple friends. A lot of wine was had. It was a wonderful night. We had a classy dinner, and it was amazing to be with the girls.
 
5. I went out for coffee with an old co-worker on Wednesday. We always have a good chat. I love that fact that we can always get together every few months and just catch up. My job is a great place to make friends and keep relationships.
 
So how was your week?
 
-Daniella

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

I Suck at Organization


I have a confession. Organization/cleanliness is my worst trait. Why? Because I am neither organized nor clean. I can fake it very well. In my professional and scholarly lives, I pull everything off. I am always on time. The only time I ever handed essays in late was when I got mono. But the organization lacks in my social and personal life. I am always late for social engagements. I always say that time is my worst math. When I’m getting ready, I misjudge how long it will take to do so. My emails are constantly backed up. I often write blog posts the day of. And, as I look around at the disaster zone of my room, I have this awful feeling bubbling up in the pit of my stomach. I need to pull it together.

I love the idea of organization. Sometimes, I’ll find a new technique, and I’ll stick to it for a week or so, but sooner or later, it all falls apart again. I could not tell you how many times I’ve had moments of inspiration and watching it all crumble around. However, I love the idea of organization. I was in Indigo today geeking out over the agendas and organization notepads. I WANT to be organized. I think I need to accept the fact that I’m never going to be naturally organized. It’s going to take effort. I’m going to have to wake up every day and force myself to do something. That being said, there is no way I am going to change overnight. I’m taking this in bunny hops.
My Kate Spade agenda is an amazing organizational tool.

I am arming myself with my trusted Kate Spade agenda and white board. My aim is to do one small thing a day. Unfortunately, I’m going to need to tackle some larger things before I fix my life. Lists are what will get me by. What are my goals? Totally control over my social life. Organization in my personal life. Planning in my online life. I want to feel cleaner in my life overall. So this summer is my organizational journey. In an attempt to further my growth as a young adult, I am setting myself up for success. I need to do this for me. I deserve to have a positive space around me. And if anyone has any tips, let me know. I am desperate.
-Daniella

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Summer Scrapbok Saturday #8

Apologies for a day late post. Yesterday was crazy, and I was running around all day. You'll hear about it next week. I started work this past week, and I am just feeling tired. I'm doing early mornings (early by my definition), and I have a split shift, and I'm still trying to get out and do things, so my body needs a sleep break.


(moving left to right, top then bottom)

1. There have been so many festivities surrounding my sister's graduation. This is the last one, I swear! Last Saturday, we had a tea party and gave her the presents. She's going into kinesiology this coming fall, and a friend of mine suggested that I buy her a textbook or a book about bones for her. It was great idea, and she absolutely loved it!

2. Sunday night was my Aunt's last night with us. We decided to have a movie night, so we set up downstairs with chips and popcorn and Root Beer. We watched Julie and Julia which is an awesome feel good movie.

3. I started work on Monday. I had to do some preparation for the water aerobics class I teach. So far so good. I'm not into exercising AT ALL, but I am now being forced to do it. I have a short bike ride to work, and I've been biking it twice a day. I'm already feeling stronger.

4. This is my friend Deanna. We eat together, and I love her dearly. We got together for a bit because she left for a month. I'm incredibly sad, but she is doing an exchange and will have an amazing time! And, as she pointed out, I'm leaving for longer.

5. Tuesday night, I went to Sarah's to hang out. Then another friend called to see if I wanted to get coffee. He got to meet Sarah, and I had a great coffee drink.

6. Wednesday was Canada Day. I had plans to go downtown and watch fireworks, but my friend cancelled on me. My mom made a great meals complete with cake and strawberries! It was delicious!

7. I also had plans on Thursday that were cancelled. Instead, I decided to hang out and do a face mask. It ended up being the most relaxing night for me.

8. Friday was a staff party. It was supposed to be a large party, but it ended up being a chill night with the bunch of us drinking on the porch. It was a great night to relax and hang out with my staff members.

I'm not too sure what is in store for this coming week. My goal is to hang out with some friends this week. I'm hoping to be busy. Aaaaaand I really need to clean my room.

-Daniella

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Monthly Favourites- June 2015

Bad quality photos alert. Someone (who may or may not be me) forgot that this was the last day of the month. So I rushed to get some pictures done. Forgive me. I can describe this past month in one word: busy. Weekdays were dedicated to promo team, and weekends were dedicated to recertifications for lifeguarding. I have been unable to sleep in for a few weeks, and I am feeling it in my bones. However, it has been a rewarding month. Promo team is one of my favourite parts to my job. So let's see some other favourites.

1. Microsoft Surface 2



I have my computer back. Due to an unfortunate dropping (it wasn't me for once), I have not had this since my birthday. I love the Surface 2. I have found it very easy to use, and technology does not come easy to me. It has been extremely helpful for blogging, and all my setting are saved permanently. It has been brilliant. Since having it back, I have been more productive with it.

2. Coffee


As I said, I have been busy. On top of that, I am not a morning person at all. Coffee has been my lifeline all month. I have a Nespresso machine at home, and this picture is how I make my fancy coffee. I can honestly say I got through the month due to coffee. I'm not picky. Starbucks and Tim Hortons were frequented throughout the month as well.

3. Subway

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The amount of times I have been to Subway in the past month is ridiculous. It has been a huge promo thing. We have memorized each other's orders. We look forward to lunch with Subway. I think we went at least twice a week. We always joke around and say Subway should have sponsored us. The more I write about this, the more I crave it.

4. SacconeJolys


I have been completely obsessed with watching the SacconeJoly vlogs on YouTube. They have been recording their lives for five years, and just reached 1 millions subscribers. The two kids are the most adorable. I have seen their youngest, Eduardo, learn to walk, and seen Emilia in her ballet class. The daily videos are certainly a bit longer, but I absolutely love watching them.

5. Revlon Nail Files


One of my biggest pet peeves is bad looking nails. Back when I did my nails during the year, I was always repainting because I hate the look of chipped nails. During the summer, the pool completely destroys nail polish. There's no sense in trying, but I always keep my nails looking good. I like short nails during the summer, so I'm constantly filing them down and keeping them in good condition. The Revlon nail files have been the best. I keep one on every floor of the house just in case I need one. I love the rough texture because I think it does a better job.

There was my month! In July, I have a family wedding, and I will be working a lot. I'm still trying to get out and about as much as I can when I have the time, but I also had an interview for a second job last week. Things could get even crazier!

-Daniella