Prepare for Christmas Like A Pro

“Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”

The holiday season is time for family to come together, friends to exchange gifts, people to fall in love and children to believe. Although, for many parents and young adults, this time of year is super stressful.

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You probably have TONS of gift shopping to do, have to still organize plans with family, tons of parties to go to and not enough time in the month. Even for teenagers, the holidays are stressful. We have parties to go to, people to shop for, struggling to get gifts due to lack of money, and not to sound like a drama queen but…we have to find the perfect outfits for every single event.

If you’re like me and have to have everything perfect for Christmas and New Years, then you know how unbelievably stressful this time of year is. You want to destress this month though, make sure that everything is already done and then you can enjoy all the festivities before the big day comes. That’s when planning and a big To-do List comes in handy.

In order to organize for Christmas, I plan everything ahead and set a strict due date by which everything must be finished by. (usually the 15th of December for me) Here’s a list of things that you guys can add to your To-do list and have done by a specific date!

• Making Christmas Cards

A few years ago, I purchased a box of about 1000 different Christmas cards that came with envelopes as well. They have little traditional sayings in them like ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ and I’ve used these for years now, making all my cards for teachers, family members and friends on one day and having them prepared for everybody’s presents!

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• List of Presents

Every single year in November, I ask all my friends and family members what they want for Christmas or I already know what i’m getting them, and I list everybody’s names on paper and put the present and cost next to each name. This way, I know where and how much I need to spend during December to stay extra organized!

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• DIY Christmas Gifts

Sometimes you struggle with knowing what to give somebody, and obviously you want to give them something they’d like and hold special to their heart. That’s when ‘Do It Yourself’ gifts come in handy. Thanks to the internet and Pinterest these days, you can find TONS of DIY’s to make and give away!

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• Two Birds, One Stone

So DIY gifts are wonderful, especially if you can kill two birds with one stone and only make 1 huge DIY. An example of this is DIY bath salts. One year, I bought a huge bag of epsom salts at my local Shoppers Drug Mart, and I made my own DIY bath salts. I placed them into small containers and gave at least 6 people spa baskets and included my little DIY in all of them. PERFECT for kids and women!

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DIY Coconut Bath Melts Blog Post —> Here

• One Thing Everyday

In order to not fall behind on things, I make sure to do at least 1 holiday thing every single day. Whether it’s somewhere to go, crossing an item off a list, making a present or DIY, decorating, planning in my planner. I make sure to ALWAYS do 1 thing every day minimum.

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Thank you for reading lovelies! I hope this helps any overwhelmed people out there to stay on top of things! The key to destressing, is time management and planning!

xoxo

-J

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How To Fall In Love With Reading

“A book is a dream that you hold in your hands.”

Hi guys! It’s Maddy again! As many people know, I am obsessed with reading and reading is something very special to me. I know tons of people who either hate reading, don’t have time to read, or lost their passion for reading.

I think reading is truly something special and everyone should read! There was even a time in my life where I started hating reading and would only read my Magic Tree house books and Allie Frinkles rules for girls (which btw for kids books are pretty darn good!) But I was in grade 5 and moving to middle school soon and my teachers needed me to read more mature books.

It took a while but my teacher gave me a series that I fell in love with completely. To this day, it’s my favourite series (The Hunger Games)

Today I’m gonna give you some tips and book recommendations! Also,I made a list of my favourite series which you should all check out as well -> here

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1. Think about what you enjoy (genres)
There are so many genres out there such as fantasy, mystery, drama, horror, fiction, etc…. try to pick out a genre that interests you!

2. Ask different people on book options and look online! What I like to do to find books is look online like on Goodreads or YouTube! Goodreads is an awesome website because you can save the books you already read, currently reading, and want to read. It also gives you other people’s opinions on the book as well which is always helpful! It’s also helpful to ask friends who read what their favourite books are! Remember the book is really the key to enjoy reading, because if you hate the book then you’re going to hate reading it! Janine’s Favourites

My Favourites

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3. Find time to read
Finding time to read can be a bit challenging because we’re all so busy. What I do is every night before bed I read. I always read at least 30 mintues before bed or if my book is really good then 1 hour before. Reading is good before bed rather than being on your phone and for me it helps me fall asleep faster! Although it can be hard because sometimes I don’t want to put the book down but it makes me tired anyways 😂 Weekends are good too because I have more time so I read a lot more on weekends!

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4. Re-read your childhood books!
Sometimes to get back into reading you need to start reading the books you enjoyed! It can remind you how much you actually loved reading! Or it doesn’t necessarily have to be a book you read when you were younger, it could be book you read a year ago or something. I personally always re-read books!

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5. Watch a movie or tv series based on a book series
Just like the Harry Potter movies or The Mortal Instruments movie and tv show! I know probably everyone loves watching tv so maybe watch a movie that was based on a book! Like I first discovered The Book Theif by watching the movie and I fell in love with it! So I had to read the book and the book is absolutely amazing!

6. Create or join a book club
I’ve never joined or created a book club before but from what I heard, they can really motivate you to read a lot!
7. Try to start off small
Reading a 800 page book may not be the best idea if your just trying to start to read again. 300 I think is a good number of pages because it’s not too short and not too long. Sometimes with long books, people loose interest and start to feel the pressure over the size of the book. So start small and don’t worry you’ll get to the big ones soon.
8. Read at least 3 or 4 chapters
Try to read at least 3 or 4 chapters before putting it down. Remember the first couple of chapters may not be that interesting because it’s just the whole intro of the book and it’s hard to really get into a book with the first two chapters. Just because you may not have liked the first chapters doesn’t mean you won’t like the whole book. You just have to have patience.

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I hope you guys enjoyed today’s blog post and maybe it inspired you to start reading! Comment some of your favourite books below, I would love to hear them and read them! Xoxo – M

My Favourite Jewelry Items – November Edition

“A beautiful necklace really adds the perfect touch to an outfit.”

This post is going to be just a short collection of my favourite necklaces and other jewelry items that i’ve collected over the years. I love all these items so much so let’s get into it!

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This necklace has a key on it, it’s so cute and sparkly and I just love it! The gold just really adds to an outfit, it makes it pop amazingly!

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Oh my goodness, this is probably one of the most beautiful necklaces I’ve ever gotten as a gift. So sparkly and gorgeous, it has a little blue tint to the diamonds and I am in love with it!

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Normally, I don’t wear gold hoop earring’s or any hoop earrings but these gold ones are so pretty and I feel like the good just makes it pop out so much! They look really good with my green eyes and I just fell in love with these ones!

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You guys have probably seen me post about this necklace before, I got it on the site shein.com and I love it so much! It has an amethyst stone on the outer edge and then in the middle is a half moon! It’s so cute and long!

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I’ve had this necklace for really long, and you can’t really see in the picture but it’s super shiny! It has two hearts; a big one that says love and then a little one that has diamonds all around the edge! This is a bit small for me because I’ve had it for long but it fits like a choker which makes it look really really nice on outfits for Christmas or special occasions!

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In the past, I made a blog post about these bracelets if some of you remember! They are handmade pearl bracelets that I made with my cousin and they’re actually very very cute I have the Rosegold one currently and the black one I lost actually. Since I loose just about anything! But the Rosegold one goes so good with pink clothes or white clothes or any clothes like pastels and I’m in love with that!

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If you’re my friend then you will know that I wear this necklace almost every single day when I don’t wear other necklaces! So this necklace I got from my mom for my birthday last year and she got it on this site called Stargaze Jewelry!  I love it because I love rose gold and of course it says my name!

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The story behind this necklace is I found this in my mom‘s jewellery collection actually in October and I’m pretty sure she’s had this since she was a teenager or in college and I just really loved it! This is one of those ones that opens and closes and you can put pictures inside of it so I’m thinking I’m going to do that and insert a picture of my friends!

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Now this necklace is really simple, it’s a plain circle with a diamond in the middle! It’s so simple and dainty! It looks great with anything!

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Everybody needs at least one ring and these rings I wear on one hand but I  usually only wear one of them but for the purpose of the blog post I put both of them on my pinky finger so I could show you them together! They have little diamonds in the middle, the one on the left has purple and then the one on the right has silver! These are very adorable and go with anything!

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So usually for my earrings I just wear plain old Crystal studs but these are so cute and vintage they go with any simple piece of clothing! They just add to that outfit and make your outfit pop!

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Rings are my absolute favourite piece of jewellery item to wear nowadays and this is my favourite ring in the entire world! My mom got it for me on an online website called sunflower jewels and it has a heart in the middle with diamonds all around and then on the two bands there’s  diamonds on there too I think there’s about six! I am obsessed with this ring, I wear every single day especially when I wear fake nails and I just love it!

So there you guys go! These are my favourite jewellery items to wear and I wear just about every piece of this collection every single month and if you guys want to know where I got all of them then I might do an Instagram story on it but let me know!

Thank you for reading!!

xoxo

-J

 

Confidence Talk (Girl Chit-Chat Series)

When I was younger I seriously had all the confidence in the world. I thought I would already be in the movie industry, and winning awards! I was proud of my tall height and just myself in general. But when we start getting older there’s a lot of things we all worry about; weight, acne, makeup, clothes, height, school, grades, tests, job interviews, the future, and beauty.

Fear sucks us in and it’s hard to get out of, it’s something we all face. Someone who lacks self confidence tends to lack in achieving their dreams and believing in themselves. Towards the middle of grade 6 some of my “friends” started telling me I was gaining weight, I had to stop eating junk foods and I had to go on a diet. No one has ever told me that before and I was also just starting to experience issues like this.

I started worrying what other people thought of me and comparing myself to others. But the truth is, we are our own beautiful selves. Who cares if people think badly against us? If we’re happy then that’s all that matters. I don’t care about trying to look good every single day, trying to impress people and not acting like myself. To be honest, I have a very high energy. I’m loud, weird, crazy and talkative personality. that is just who I am. I tried to hide by being quiet and just blending in.

“You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.” -Wonder

Be yourself!! Don’t change yourself just to impress others!

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1. THINK POSITIVE! “When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine.”It’s amazing how much your life can change when you think positive. It can really impact your perspective on the world.
2. Don’t compare yourself to others
3. Be close with people who make you feel good
4. Take pride in yourself
5. Bounce back from your mistakes Remember that no one is perfect. We all make mistakes in life, that’s just life.
6. Avoid “perfectionism”
7. Practice gratitude
8. Self care is key
9. Try to jump out of your comfort zone. Try the challenge “Do one thing that scares you everyday”
10 . Think about everything you’re good at
11. Set small goals and work hard to achieve them!
12. Practice practice! If it’s a test, driving, a job, everything takes practice.
13. Help people! I think when you help others, there’s no better feeling. Volunteer somewhere and get yourself involved!

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“Your reputation in high school doesn’t matter once you graduate anyways so why spend 4 years trying to impress people you’ll never see again.”

School can really make our confidence go down because there’s so much going on. I found this quote on twitter and I love it so much because I think it’s so true and it’s inspiring me to go out of my comfort zone a little bit at school and not care what people think of me and not hold myself back.

Trying to gain more confidence is a battle. It’s something we all struggle with in life. Everyday I’m slowly starting to gain more confidence in myself. But we will never be perfect, no one on this planet is perfect. Try doing this, compliment people everyday! If it’s your friend, parent, sibling, or someone who you don’t even talk to who sits next to you!

When people compliment each other it’s the best feeling in the world. “hey I love your hair today, or “I love your outfit”. Just the little things like that! Why tear each other down when we can boost each other up. Sadly there may be people who do talk about you negatively and judge you but you have to ignore them, why let just that little crowd of people start to tear you down. Always keep your head held high.

Be you.

xoxo

-M

Sleep Stories + Sleep Meditation (For Insomnia)

“Sleep is the best meditation” -Dalai Lama

Hi lovelies! For about 5 months now, I have been using sleep stories and sleep meditation to relax me and put me to sleep. In the summer, I had some trouble sleeping because of how hot it was – so I tried sleep stories and that put me right to sleep.

I fell in love with it and honestly, I think that now that I have been using the app, I can’t even really sleep without it. Because of that, I do some nights without it when i’m super tired and I know I don’t need it. Some nights that I’m stressed or can’t fall asleep, I sleep with my headphones in and listening to either a sleep story or sleep meditation. No addiction is good, but I LOVE this app so much and the sleep stories are my absolute favorite.

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The app I use for this is called Slumber and they explain their app like this: “Slumber is a collection of ultra-relaxing sleep meditations and bedtime stories designed to beat insomnia and help you fall asleep fast.” 

Here’s how it works: 1. Choose a sleep meditation or story to listen to as you fall asleep. All slumber tracks are designed to put you in a state of deep relaxation.  2. Then, adjust the nature sounds and background effects to create the perfect ambiance, and you’ll stay asleep all night!

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For all the different types of stories or sleep meditations, you can choose the sound effects and delayed ending. Sometimes if one of the stories is only like 20 minutes, I delay the ending about 30 minutes to make sure that I will fall asleep deeper. The sound effects I use most are white noise and ocean. The ocean option is so relaxing because of the wave noises, who doesn’t love waves crashing on the shore?

I use white noise because of all the benefits of it. Here’s a list of some:

  • It will lead you towards deeper meditation
  • Babies are crying a lot due to colic. The sound will give them a soothing environment and will be helpful to make them asleep (you can buy a white noise machine)
  •  The sound can be an effective tool for insomnia patients by combating sleeplessness or restlessness
  • Reduces ear ringing
  •  The use of while noise can show results with Children suffering with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) in their attention and learning
  •  It draws your attention without disturbing your emotional quotient
  • It removes your mental disturbances and confusion, thus good for the quietness of mind
  • The sound has the power to enhance your productivity
  •  It improves your work efficiency and concentration by preventing outside disturbances
  • The pleasing sound helps to contend vertigo and dizziness
  • It helps the patients of ICU by combating other sounds of the area thus developing a relaxing aroma
  •  It can be used in flight and hotel rooms to ease from annoying sounds and helps to ensure peaceful environment

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There’s six FREE different sleep meditation and sleep stories, you can also purchase more if you’d like a different selection but personally, I have the free version for now. My favorites are: Leaf In A Stream, The Cat And Mouse (Is a bit childish but I love how calming it is), and The Birds of Yosemite.

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My #1 Favourite is The Birds of Yosemite because it’s so long, I love how calming it is and how relaxing the narrator’s voice is. It’s a sleep story and whenever I listen to it, I fall asleep within twenty minutes, not waking up once in the night. I also don’t need to put a delayed ending on it due to how long the actual story lasts. (Which is great)

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Thank you guys for reading! Comment if you’ll be trying out this app or you have an app like this that you use as well so we can help other people get a MUCH better sleep!

Xoxo

-J

 

Pumpkin Patch Adventures

The pumpkin patch is the place you gotta go when it’s fall! Janine and I, along with our friend Isla all went and got some really nice pictures! So here’s all the pictures we took. We’ve never done a blog post like this where it’s just pictures but I’ve seen different bloggers do it so I thought I would give it a shot 😉

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(Janine’s outfit) Jacket – Wish ( online store) Shirt- BlueNotes, Leggings- Lululemon Shoes- Payless. ( Maddys outfit) shirt- H&M Leggings- Garage, Shoes- Payless –> brunette is Janine and blonde is me!

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Thanks for viewing guys! Comment below if you like blog posts like this one and we’ll definitely do more when we have more photo shoots! (Especially Christmas pictures!)

xoxo

-M

Updated Skincare Routine!

“Beautiful skin begins with good skin care.”

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Good skin = time and effort into skincare + great products!

I consider you guys my friends now because you know things about me that strangers don’t, you know my interests and by now, you should know that i’m a firm believer in good skincare. I take time and effort into my skin and usually it pays off but sometimes, like a normal person, some certain factors mess up my skin and i’ll have to put EXTRA effort into it.

My last skincare routine was working temporarily but then I realized that the products I was using together weren’t quite aligning well, so I decided to change up the products I was using and try other ones. After months of trying, I finally hit the jackpot with my skincare. It hasn’t looked this good in a while and my everyday makeup use doesn’t really help with me trying to fix my skin, but my products i’m using now, are my favorites at the moment!

So, let’s take a look at my current routine!

  • Remove Makeup – Garnier Micellar Water OR Nivea Eye Makeup Remover

Garnier Micellar Water is seriously the best for removing normal makeup and waterproof makeup. The Nivea Eye Makeup Remover is great for removing makeup as well, especially for eyes obviously, hence the name. I use it for all over my face anyways and it works great!

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  • Cleanse – St. Ives Green Tea Cleanser OR Nivea Foaming Cleanser 

St. Ives Green Tea Cleanser is wonderful, it’s so refreshing and feels like it cleanses everything. I use this cleanser with my skincare brush from Precision Beauty and wet it with some water, then rub it around my face in circle motions continuously for about 1 minute. I do this routine every single day with my green tea cleanser but some days I use my Nivea Foaming Cleanser. This cleanser is great to use some days but it does tend to dry out the skin, hence why I use it only about once every three weeks.

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  • Exfoliate -St. Ives Apricot Scrub OR St. Ives Nourished Oatmeal Scrub + Mask

These exfoliate scrubs are always my go-to’s. Some people have been debating whether or not the St.Ives Apricot Scrub is good or bad for you, because of how great it scrubs. It does rip away moisture and break down your skin but you only use this scrub once a week. It does the job and works amazingly, showing results within days! The days I want to use a scrub but don’t want to use a scrub that’s as harsh as the apricot scrub, I use the St. Ives Smooth and Nourished Oatmeal Scrub + Mask. This scrub-mask is amazing and always leaves my skin moisturized and smooth! It can be used as a scrub and mask and I usually end up using it as a mask, to make sure i’m moisturizing my skin for long! I usually apply this with my hands and rub it in with my dampened facial brush as well.

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  • 2nd Cleanse – St. Ives Green Tea Cleanser OR A-derma Emollient Cleansing Oil

Sometimes, to make sure that I’ve cleansed EVERYTHING from my pores, I take expert measures and do another round of cleansing with my green tea cleanser or I use my cleansing oil that reduces dryness and cleanses.

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  • Mask – Elf Bubble Mask

Sometimes, I like to pamper myself and treat myself to a face mask just for extra skincare and moisture. My favorite mask is my Elf Bubble Mask, which I definitely need more of but I don’t regret using it so much! I love it so much and I feel so refreshed after every single use!

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  • Toner – Olay Oil Minimizing Clean Toner 

I am obsessed with this toner because it contains witch hazel which is great for your skin and burns your skin, in a good way though because it’s closing your pores and minimizing oil. Toner minimizes your pores and closes them so that after your cleanse, exfoliate and mask, no oil or gunk gets stuck in your pores which causes blemishes! I love the smell and feeling of this toner so much.

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  • Moisturizer – Garnier SkinActive Moisture Rescue Gel OR St. Ives Collagen Elastin Moisturizer OR Clean And Clear Morning Burst Gel

Due to having dry + oily skin, I realized that gel moisturizer is the best bet for me. It doesn’t make my skin oily but it moisturizes perfectly. My favorites are Garnier SkinActive Moisture Rescue + Clean and Clear Morning Burst! Sometimes when I feel like using actual lotion moisturizer to firm up my skin, I use my St. Ives Collagen Elastin Moisturizer which works awesomely!

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I hope these products help some of you guys if you’re looking for great new skin products or if you’re trying to clear up your skin like I did! I love all of these products and honestly, knowing me, I will change up my routine and find other ways I like to care for my skin because that’s just me!

Let me know what types of blog posts you guys want to see next!

xoxo

-J

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