Category Archives: Life

7 Ways to Relax on Your Day Off

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hanging chair

Since moving to Portland from Los Angeles last year, I have been re-introduced to a long, cold and rainy winter. With that, I’ve been cooking more of these comfort food recipes, finding rainy day activities in Portland and drinking A LOT of tea.  I drink a lot chamomile tea because I love the taste and the relaxing health benefits.

It’s a nice and comforting thing I look forward to when the weather is just miserable outside. We broke records in Portland for rainfall in the months of October, February and March so far! (more…)

5 Ways to Be Your Best Self During Allergy Season

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allergy season

I have been an allergy sufferer all my life.

I am allergic to cat hair, pollen, and dust to name just a few of my triggers. I definitely feel it more in the spring when things start blooming and floating around.

Sometimes my allergies are triggered when I’m invited over at a friend’s house for dinner, but then I encounter their cat. Which triggers my allergies so badly that I either have to leave early or it just ends up ruining my whole night as my symptoms leave me miserable. I once went to a horse show and the dust and hair was so bad, I had to leave within 30 minutes of arriving. (more…)

Weighing In: The Fitbit Aria Scale

fitbit scale review

I finally made the jump to the Fitbit and I’ve become obsessed with my Fitbit Alta fitness tracker. I’m aiming to get 10,000+ steps a day and have started making these small changes. I know I don’t hit it everyday, but it’s important to me that I’m trying.

The next step was investing into a scale that I was excited about and was accurate about my progress. Which is why I chose the Fitbit Aria Scale. If you’re already an active Fitbit user, the scale might be a great next step (pun intended). Here’s what I thought of the scale: (more…)

Review: Whitney English Day Designer

day designer

I’m a paper planner sort of person.

I’ve been eyeing Whitney English’s Day Designer for a long time, but couldn’t bring myself to drop the $60 it costs for this giant day planner. After purchasing her more affordable and smaller Target version for $16, I knew I was ready to make the upgrade.

I am SO glad that I did. First off, the Target version was just a little too small. It was great for slipping into my backpack, carry-on or purse – but there wasn’t enough room for me to really create a proper to-do list and schedule. (more…)

7 Unique Gift Ideas for New Parents

meal delivery service for new parents

I have definitely hit that point in my life where all of my friends are having babies!

Since Paul and I are in Portland, it’s hard to be helpful from afar. I can’t drop off meals or offer to baby-sit, but I definitely want to let my friends and family know that I’ve been thinking abou them. So I’ve been stocking up on cute shower gifts and wanted to put together a curated list of fun gift ideas for new parents that go beyond the onesie and baby gift registry.

Here are my favourite unique gift ideas for new parents:

 

1) Meal Delivery Service

This is one of my favourite and most well-received gifts. New parents don’t have time to shower, let alone cook a healthy, from-scratch meal. I like to seek a local healthy meal delivery service or use a nationwide service like Munchery or Freshly that delivers fully prepared meals to new parents directly to their doorstep.

You can choose a gift certificate or opt to send a one-time delivery of maybe 6-12 meals in one go. Shipping is usually included and most of the meals freeze well if they don’t get around to eating all of them. (more…)

5 Effective Ways to Speed Clean Your House

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bathroom windex

I am most definitely a neat freak.

However, like most busy women – I don’t have time to put in a ‘second shift’ after a long day of work to deep clean my house. If your schedule is anything like mine, you’re probably in the same boat.

You want your house looking neat and tidy so you can relax in your space when you get home, not face all the chores that need to get done.

I definitely subscribe to the ‘clean-as-you-go’ camp. Letting things pile up just gets overwhelming that you don’t know where to begin which makes you not even want to start. So here’s what I suggest for an effective speed clean: (more…)