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The Benefits of Living at Home

21/03/2017
Hi everyone, thanks for coming to my blog! Today we're talking about the benefits of living at home and why you should give it a second thought before moving out.  Right when everyone turns 18 or starts post secondary education, they talk about how annoying their parents are and how they want their own freedom. I feel ya! I'm 24 and I still live at home, and although I'm looking to buy something (no rush though... have you seen the Toronto real estate market??), I'm happy with the fact that I still live at home.

Granted, not everyone has the opportunity to stay at home, but for those who can and have the option to do so, this post is for you! Even when freedom is calling your name, here are some reasons why living at home (even if only for a short time) can do you good.




Cash Money

I know, I know, I know. Everyone knows that you save money by living at home, but let’s just dive in a bit further. Don’t worry, I have other reasons too!

Once you include rent, heat, electricity, internet, groceries, phone and cable (and by cable I mean Netflix for us millennials) it adds up fast, and it doesn't even include any fun stuff! Seriously, by the time you pay all of your bills, the next set of them comes in and it's a continuous cycle of bill paying (and then you die).

Money in, money out. 

Even if you're a student, working part time, whatever it may be, every month that you live at home is one less set of bills to pay. Seeing as you're living within your parents home and they're the landlord, you can negotiate the rules that you have with them. Instead of paying, can you cook dinner, wash the car, wash the dishes, mow the lawn, shovel the snow etc etc. This allows you to contribute to the house hold, but you're not taking away from your cash flow/income.

Just because you don’t have a lot of fixed expenditures, doesn’t automatically mean that you have more disposable income. Although yes you do, because technically speaking a lot of your income is disposable, you shouldn't treat it as such. What you should do is act as if you have monthly expenditures and save that money that you would have spent on rent and expenses. 

Save it!

Put it into a bank account and watch it grow. Better yet, invest some of it. Taking the time to learn about an RRSP and a TFSA will be so beneficial to know and start when you're young. Once you learn how to invest and what to invest in you’ll see and understand that your money will make money (obviously there is some risk involved). 

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Time with your family

They annoy us, nag us, complain about us, and yet, it’s still nice to have them around. Trust you me when I say that my parents are so annoying. But, they’re also really helpful, my mom cooks, cleans, and does my laundry and my dad drives me around when I need to. Now that I have my G2, I can take his car and go where I need without having to buy my own car. Granted, this isn’t the same situation for everyone, but I will go out on a limb and assume that your parents do help you out in some way, shape or form when it's needed.  

I remember my old boss saying that she regrets moving out so young because she missed out on spending a lot of time with her parents. Now that she has her husband and is busy with work, she doesn’t see them as often as she thought that she would. I’m sure that many people would agree with this- life gets in the way and before you know it, your full time job, friends, the gym, hobbies, appointments etc etc all occupy your time, and then making time to see your parents isn’t all that easy.  

My parents are immigrants and sometimes they need my help… Understanding bills and phone calls, making appointments, translating certain words and phrases, so by staying home it's not only benefiting myself, but them as well. We tend to forget that as we're growing up, that they're growing old.

Know yourself better

Now, I know that a lot of people would disagree with this, as they feel like the only way to ‘find yourself’ is by backpacking across Europe of moving to a new city without your friends. I disagree. Granted, it might be easier for you to figure out what you want in life and who you are when you’re out of your comfort zone, but your comfort zone is self created. You can just as easily get out of your comfort zone by going to different workout classes, gyms, restaurants, bars, events etc etc while still living at home. It depends on how badly you want it. When you're travelling you have no choice but to get out of your comfort zone because you don't have another option. Living at home allows you to have more disposable income, and although a few paragraphs back I drilled saving your money, you can still spend it on yourself, especially for things that benefit you and help you grow as a person.

Refine your Personal Style

Your taste and personal style will change, but you can at least hone in better on what defines you. When I was in middle school, bright pink and black were where it was at. Move forward to early high school and light pink was my colour skin. Now, I know that neither one of those two options will be in my future home (even though my bedroom is still painted light pink,... whoops?). Within the comfort of your room, you can decorate it and design it how you please. As time passes, you’ll accumulate more ‘staple’ items (both wardrobe and homeware) that will withstand the test of time. Because of all of the money that you're saving, you can afford to spend good money on clothes and home ware that are classics. Once you move out and money is tighter, you'll have to find ways to save and unfortunately, cutting out elaborate dressers and mirrors, or designer purses and shoes is one of the things that are gone.

Once you move out, you can design your new home to be exactly how you want it to look, without the fear that you'll change your mind or be swayed by the next homeware trend that's out there. You'll also already own a lot of pieces that you can just move instead of spending an arm and a leg at IKEA (and then three days assembling it all together)

Understand your Future

Do you want to rent or buy? Who are you going to live with? Where's your job and how long is your commute? Is the area friendly and safe? Is it far from your other friends and family? What's the transit like?

There are so many questions to ask yourself before you move out. When you're younger, your priorities are different. Once you're a little bit older there are a lot more aspects that you didn't consider. Sure, when you're 19 you want to live close to school. But in a few years, once you graduate and your job is on the other side of the city, your current apartment isn't as good as it used to be. Making $90k a year sounds fantastic, buttttt the truth is that when you start working you'll likely be making a hell of a lot less. As time passes and hopefully your income increases, it'll change your home such as if you decide to rent or buy. 



Hopefully this post gave you some ideas for why you should give a second thought to staying at home.You're never to young to think about these things and every dollar counts. 

Do you have any thoughts/regrets about moving out at a young age or staying at home? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this every changing topic! 

Beauty Haul

07/03/2017

Hi everyone, Happy Tuesday!!

Since starting my blog, I've also been reading a lot of other bloggers, ones with large followings, new bloggers, ones across the ocean, other local, some very niche etc etc. By doing so, I get a lot of good ideas and I can see what works or doesn't work for others. 

Beauty bloggers have a world of their own, and seeing as I work a block away from Shoppers, it's hard to not be influenced by what I've been reading and what I 'absolutely need' in my life. So, my beauty collection has grown, and coincidentally, my wallet has shrunk (hahah but in all seriousness... this stuff adds up!)

Here are some of the things that I’ve recently bought (from Sephora and Shoppers) and my thoughts about them.






Caudalie Polyphenol Overnight Detox Oil

When I started working full time after university, I knew that luxury skin care was where I would be liberal with my money because I could now afford it. However, I still had the mind set of a minimum wage poor AF student, so I couldn't justify buying it on a regular basis. Fast forward 3 years later, I'm more than ok with spending money on luxury skin care! 

When searching for a night serum, this one was in the back of my mind and I couldn't find a lot of other products that did what this product did for the same price point. There were a lot of products similar to it, but I don't feel as if they had the same potency to help protect and restore my skin after a full day of that Toronto city life.

The smell of the oil is very natural and organic, it might throw some people off because it doesn't smell like a bouquet of roses, but that's precisely one of the reasons that I like it! The oil sinks into my skin quickly and helps to make it soft and supply (like a baby's behind). Future me is very happy with my choice in a night oil!

Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic

You can’t follow any UK bloggers and not know about the Pixi Glow Tonic with Glycolic Acid. Everyone raves about it being a fantastic buy and how it's a staple in their skin routine, so when Pixi beauty was introduced to Shoppers Drug Mart just a few weeks ago, I snatched it up without a second thought! I currently don’t use any toners so I figured if I was going to use one, then it would be this highly rated one, not only within the blogger world, but also within the annual awards for best beauty products. I haven’t been consistent with using it as I don't want my tan to fade too much, however I am gradually adding it into my routine.

I’ve heard some people saying that it gives a difference when it’s used nightly, other people see a difference if it’s used twice a day or just a few times a week, so this is something that you would have to play around with and learn what works best for you. Something that I have realized is that it gets used up quickly, and at $20 for 100 mL, I’m not 100% sure if it’s worth it or not. Once I stop using it, I'll be able to tell whether or not it's worth it once my skin reverts back to life without Pixi. 

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer

I'm naturally fair skinned, but I learned to accept my pale skin life instead of laying outside in the sun because I’m smart enough to know about the effects of sun on skin cancer and aging. If you don't know the effects of it, then you don't need to worry because I know that you've never left your sheltered house in your life, so it won't effect you. 

None the less, I still don’t mind having a little bit of colour on my skin, however, even after 5 days in Mexico, I still don’t look tanned, I just look more alive than before. As such, I decided to buy the Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer because I figured that it would look better for me to continue to keep up with my current colour, then to try to build up my colour when I don’t have a tan because it might look fake. I must say, after using it for a few days it looks great! Very subtle, not streaky at all, easy to apply, not smelly and the colour is very natural. 

As a pale girl, I’m surprised that I’ve never tried this out before! If I’m going to moisturize my whole body then I might as well do a 2 for 1 and moisturize while giving myself colour at the same time too. However, a few days after using this on my face I realized that it made me break out quite badly so I’m only going to be using it on my body from now one. I do know that you shouldn't use a product on your face if it isn't meant for it, but I figured that it wouldn't be that bad.... Don't worry, I've learned my lesson!

Jergens also offers a version of this for your face but I'm a bit apprehensive to try it out seeing as I broke out before. Has anyone every used it before? What are your thoughts with it?

I mean, how many pictures do you actually need of some beauty products?


Origins A Perfect World SPF 25 Age-Defense Moisturizer with White Tea

As you might have seen in my previous post, I love skin care and I love using a high SPF every day. I decided to spend money on a high end moisturizer instead of something from the drugstore and boy am I glad that I did that! I narrowed down my choice to Origins based off of the SPF (most had SPF 15... if any SPF at all), the fact that it's proactive in fighting against free radicals and pollution, and that it's price point wasn't ridiculous. 

The difference in the quality between a luxury brand vs a drugstore brand for moisturizer is insane! The moisturizer is super soft and it just melts into my skin. If I could change something it would be the packaging. Currently, the product is in a pot, so I can just imagine (even though I don't want to), all of the bacteria that's being spread when I use it. I like the fact that it combats pollutants because I feel like the mix between this product and my Caudalie Overnight Detox Oil makes my skin a powerhouse against the pollutants of the city.

Clinique Superdefense Age Defense Eye Cream SPF 20

 Do you see a trend here with the SPF? I wanted an eye cream with SPF so that I could protect my under eyes a bit more (to be honest, I think I just wanted an excuse to buy something so I justified it by saying that I needed an eye cream with SPF). Anyways, this stuff is good, I use it in the morning and it also gives a very subtle colour, kind of like a base before you put on your concealer. It’s highly rated within the beauty world, but at the same time, it’s quite a small pool when you’re searching for an under eye cream with SPF in it.
  

So there we have it- where I spent my money these past few weeks! It’s safe to say that I should not be returning to Sephora or Shoppers any time soon and that my wallet agrees with me! What do you think of my latest purchases, do you use any of these products? Do you have any recommendations for similar products that are cheaper, or work better? Feel free to let me know, and thanks for reading!
J

Mexico

01/03/2017

Hi everyone, thanks for coming to my blog! As you might have guessed from the title, this post is about my trip to Mexico!! I was in Playa del Carmen (close to Cancun) for 5 days for the Family Day Long Weekend, and for my first time in Mexico, I loved it! The beaches, the food, going ATV-ing, swimming in a cenote, and going into town for a night. See below for what shenanigans I got to!


To start, I stayed at the Platinum Princess Yucatan Resort- adults only, where the drinks flowed and the lack of crying babies was music to my ears. Hahah, just kidding? (Nope, I'm not)

By having access to this one resort, you also gain access to two other sister resorts, however I didn't venture to them because I was more than content with where I was. If my vacation was longer than I would have wandered to the other resorts to see what they had to offer as well. 

Upon arrival, my room was upgraded (WIN!) and I was handed a fresh and fruity welcome drink; off to a great start!

Once I settled int my room, I went on over to the beach so that I could feel the warm sun on my skin (for the first time in months.. thanks Canada) and so that I could potentially get a little bit of a tan. The resort has huts that you can sit under to shade yourself from the sun, and if you walk a few dozen meters away from the beach bar (obviously the tourist hot spot!), you can find a very secluded area with few people and lots of huts that's slightly hidden from the beach. It may or not be a perfect place for you to tan topless...
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Awkward arm

I will say however that the resort isn't the greatest is you want to do a lot of swimming. There are a lot of rocks in the water and algae that washes up on shore, so you'd have to walk further down the beach, past quite a number of resorts to find a nice area that's good for swimming. As a result, I didn't do a lot of swimming, but I didn't really mind that much. 

The atmosphere of the resort was very tranquil, mainly couples with very few (if any) friend groups and the average age being 35+, so don't expect any crazy partys. That would be at one of the resorts further down the strip where they had foam parties and congo lines non stop haha. The drinks flowed easily, the service was great, having a server on the beach was super clutch and there was always more than enough food to enjoy. 

Fun fact- A kilo of avocados in Mexico costs $1. One! For a kilo! Insanity!

You could bet your hard earned dollar that nachos and guac were my food of choice during my trip!

Although I didn't watch the nightly shows, they did have two shows a night and one night they swapped out a show for a casino where you could play poker against other people at the resort.


For an adventure, I decided to do an ATV Jungle Buggy Tour and it was fantastic! You could either rent one ATV for just yourself or you could get it for about $50 cheaper if you split it with someone (which is what I did). You get a bandana and goggles because it’s dusty AF. It was literally the only day where I wore all black and the worst day for me to do it! You drive (up to about a maximum of 70 KM/hour) through the jungle which gets more and more ‘jungle like’ with time as the roads get dustier and smaller. 


You end up in a small area where you park your ATV and then you do a quick walk through the woods until you get to the clearest water cenote that you’ll ever see. A cenote is a hole/cave that was made when that giant asteroid hit the world (yes that asteroid that killed all the dinosaurs) and then the debris that flew back in the air. As it landed, it created these holes that were filled with fresh underground water and that's constantly moving and flowing so that the water never gets dirty. The Mayans saw the cenote as a sacred place and would sacrifice themselves to the Gods. Afterwards, we walked into a very small cave and sat down in complete darkness and silence for a minute. The tourguide asked us to think about things that bring us happiness during that minute and it was a really nice thing to do (if you're not claustrophobic). 

The cenote and the cave are incredible and words can’t describe it until you see it. 11/10, would totally do again. 



The hotel is a short taxi ride from town, so one night I hopped on over and found a bar that was legit one of the best (if not the best!) bar that I’ve ever been to. I believe that the name is El Diabilito, but I’m not 100% sure and I’ve tried to search for it but I can’t find it which is a shame. Their gin and tonics had an additional block of ice in it with three frozen grapes, however the ice was infused with real lemon juice so as it melted, the lemon flavour really started to unfold and the beginning of the drink tasted completely different then when you finished the drink (in a good way!). The music was really good deep house, the service was attentive and even though I had the opportunity to go to another bar or club in town, I was digging this place so hard that I decided to stay for the rest of the night. Before catching a cab I did a walk around town and there are tons of tourists walking around and going between bars, restaurants and clubs. If you go during the day, there are tons of stores to go to.. H&M, Sephora, Swatch etc etc.The town has a lot of beach clubs during the day so you can party, drink, shop, eat and go out afterwards. 

Sounds like a plan!

Being in Mexico for only 5 days (two of those days were spent travelling to/from Mexico) so in reality, I only had 3 full days, and going ATV-ing was half a day, I found it hard to justify going to Chichen Itza (or any other Mayan ruin) because I wanted to relax on the beach and eat and drink to my hearts content (sue me, I'm one of those people). I don't regret my decision for not going, however I would love to do another full week in Mexico where I could spend a whole day going to the ruins including Chichen Itza (the world heritage site that's one of the seven wonders of the world!), Coba, where you can actually climb the pyramid and rent a bike to drive around the site, as well as Tulum which is smaller on size, but located on the beach where you can go swimming. 

I will most definitely be returning back to Mexico sometime in the (hopefully near) future to see what else this country has to offer. 
Thanks for reading, feel free to let me know if you have any recommendations for future places to see or things to do!

😊

Hasta la proxima Mexico! 

Treat Yo' Self

23/02/2017

You work 8 hours a day at work, deal with life, bills, nagging spouses, parents and friends, appointments and gym sessions, so after ‘adulting’ all day, you just want to go to bed at the end of the night, so when do you have time to do something for yourself and relax?
Everyone has 24 hours in the day, (yes, even Beyoncé), so it’s not a matter of making time, it’s a matter of prioritizing your time so that you can do what makes you happy and relaxes you. 

Whenever you feel guilty about the time that you have to yourself, remember;

An empty vessel can’t serve others.

Taking the time to relax and rejuvenate will not only benefit yourself, but also those around you and your career and hobbies.
There are many ways that you can unwind, ranging from very affordable to quite expensive. Whichever one it is that you decide to do, the important aspect is that you take the time to do what you enjoy.


·       If I didn’t say “spa” within this post, it wouldn’t be a real “Treat Yo’ Self” post, would it? You can obviously do this at home or go somewhere and have treatments done to you. Personally, I like doing anything that moisturizes my skin and hair- which means, give me all the coconut oil you have!! I love putting it in my hair and either sleeping with it or putting it in and then going to the gym. YUP- I do that.

If that's not your cup of tea, get your nails done, a massage, a facial or a haircut. It's totally ok to splurge on these services too, if that's what gives you the most enjoyment. 

Or, you can always do at home versions of everything that you do at the salon (except maybe a hair cut) while using natural products or cheaper drug store finds. It helps that you don't have to leave your house either! 

Now that I've experienced a soaker tub in my hotel room... It's a
necessity in my future place

·       Draw up a hot bath (heat level- inferno) and sit your ass down in it. I know that people love the lush bath bombs (which I’ve never used) but my only question it, “who washes the bathtub once you’re done?” Like… does it stain the tub? None the less, plop some coco oil in your hair, run a bath, sit and simmer for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

Once you take care of how you physically look, it’ll start to show with your confidence and your personality, but treating yourself can also come in different forms, not just aesthetically.


·       Take the time to read a book or a magazine while enjoying some tea or coffee and a treat on the side. This can either be at home, or go find a coffee shop that you like, heck make it an alcoholic drink and watch some Harry Potter.. I won’t judge. It's nice to lose yourself in something and take your mind off of life because you’re so interested in the book or movie in front of you.

Give back to your community and volunteer or do something nice for a stranger. Something as small as giving change to a homeless person or buying them food, paying for your friend's coffee or donating blood. I gave blood on a whim a few months ago and I was shocked with how much it boosted my mood for a few days and how it lasted for multiple days.  I had a pep in my step and I’ve been meaning to go back but alas, (like I said before) I have to make it a priority in my life.

So this is from a restaurant buttttt nothing's saying that you can't use it as
 inspiration to try to make it yourself at home 

        Find a recipe that you've been meaning to try out and then gather all of the ingredients that you need for it. When you go shopping, indulge in the more organic and healthy variations of the food that you're buying. Nourish yourself and enjoy the fact that you've made something from scratch and make enough so that you can share or so that you can create enough for multiple meals in the future. Even going out to a restaurant and eating by yourself is something you can do. I know a lot of people would be uncomfortable with it, but if you're not then you can choose where you want to go without worrying about what your friends want. 

      Download some new music and clean up your home! Open up the windows, change your sheets, purge and donate whatever you don't need anymore, do a little bit of reorganization so that you have a fresh atmosphere. Even a bouquet of flowers or a quick reposition of your furniture can change your perspective and mood. I've been meaning to change up my room for a few weeks now, here's to hoping that I can follow my own advice and act on it!

Whatever it may be that you decide to do, make sure that you set aside time and do it consistently so that you don’t burn out! You can do small things every day like enjoying a coffee with a book or watching a show that you like, on the weekends when you have more time you can take a few hours for yourself. It's crazy what time alone can do for your perspective and your stress levels.

What are your thoughts? What do you like to do to relax and recharge?