Tuesday, 27 January 2015

:: How I Keep My Blogging Life Organized ::

Hello lovelies!
It's no secret that both blogging and going to school/ work can take a lot out of you. I've started trying to be more organized with my blog as of late, and I would love to share how I'm doing it. But before we begin, I want to say that whatever works for me might not work for you. Go with whatever feels right for you!

What I Use:
A notebook:
I find it really helpful to devote a page in my notebook for every month. At the top of the page I write in my goals for the month, and I use the rest of the page to jot down ideas. I find it really helpful to write down any ideas that I have, you never know when they may be useful!
A planner:
I use my planner all the time and find it really helps me get organized. In most planners there will be a calendar at the beginning of the month, and I like to jot down a loose post schedule in it.
A second notebook:
I use this notebook to sketch out any ideas for DIYs I have. I find this to really help my creative process.
Sparkly Gel Pens:
Writing with these make everything so much more fun! I love using the bright colours to cheer up a boring page.

The Posts Themselves:
I find it really helpful to start working on your posts a few days before you plan on publishing them, and schedule it for the day you want it published. I love waking up in the morning with a new post already up!

The Attitude:
Remember, you don't have to post everyday. If you do, that's great! But I find it really hard to make my best content if I post everyday.

What do you do to keep your blogging life organized?

~Amy~

Items from the photo: notebook2nd notebook (similar)plannererasergel penslip balm.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

:: This Week ::

I Love:
1. Making people smile
 2. Curling on stage because you're so tired  
3. Drinking tea and eating a meringue cookie
4. Staring at the sky while curled up in a fuzzy blanket
 5. Being cocooned in a blanked watching a good show 

Blog Posts I Love:
1. Coconut and Toffee Bars from A Beautiful Mess
 2. 101 Reasons Coconut Oil Miracle Stuff from Hello Natural

This week me and my Youth group did something really neat: we got three $5.00 gift cards for Starbucks and gave them to three different bus drivers. It was wonderful to see the smiles on their faces! It's great to see what random acts of kindness can do.

~Amy~

Lyrics from Wonderland by Taylor Swift

Friday, 23 January 2015

:: January Recent Buys ::

January Buys
Hello Lovelies! 
I thought I'd give monthly buys posts like these a try. What do you think?
I'm not going to show any clothes in this post because I've totally been taking advantage of the January sales. I've got a lot of clothes for the new year, including lots of sweaters. Spring may be coming soon, but Canadian winters last into April! Anyways, let's move onto the products.

Herbal Essences Honey I'm Srong Shampoo and Conditioner
Herbal Essences Honey I'm Strong ShampooConditioner
 I had tried this shampoo before, and when I ran out I thought that I'd replace it and try the conditioner, too. I really like them both! My hair is feeling a little stronger, and I don't know if it's just from this but it probably helped. They also clean my hair really nicely.

The Body Shop Dolly Pastels Eyeshadow and Polar Bear Bath Sponge
Dolly Pastels Palette:
I picked this up from The Body Shop's holiday sales and I was not disappointed. The packaging is so cute, and the mirror in it actually works really well! I also really like the angled side of the brush. I would call the shades cream, lavender, chocolate, and a rose-brown. I actually haven't worn the lavender shade yet, but I love the rest and they are perfect for everyday wear. I'll include a swatch below!
Polar Bear Bath Sponge:
I just had to get this little guy, he's so cute! He also works really well and lathers quite nicely. The only problem is that it takes at least a week for him to dry on his own, which a find really long. But I was hanging him in my shower and maybe he was getting a little wet from that?

I couldn't find these on The Body Shop's website anymore, but you may be able to find them in store.

Essie Cocktails & Coconuts Nail Polish
At first when I put this on, I didn't really like the colour. But it definitely grew on me! I think that this is a really nice nude polish. It also has a little bit of shimmer if you look closely. Essie is one of my favourite polish brands and this did not disappoint!

I've heard really good reviews of this both from my friends and other blogs, so I decided to try it. It worked ok on me but seemed to be a little rough on my super-sensitive skin. I may retry this one later, though!
Mint Geometric Necklace:
I saw this on a $2.00 rack when I was passing by Claire's and knew that I had to pick it up! I've been looking for a necklace like this, and I love the colour and geometric shape. I couldn't find a link for it, but you can check out similar ones herehere, and here.

The Body Shop Dolly Pastels Palette Swatches
Here are the swatches for the Dolly Pastels Palette. I'm sorry that you can't really see the colours that well! However, this is pretty much how they would look on your eyes. In order, the colours are the rose-brown, the lavender, the chocolate, and the cream. The chocolate brown is a kind of matte eyeshadow and goes on really smooth. The others are more shimmery and light, but that makes them work well for everyday wear. You can also build them up a little more if you would like.

Did you like this kind of post? Please let me know if you would or wouldn't like more of them!
Have a great Friday, and a relaxing weekend ♥

~Amy~

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

:: My Favourite Winter Teas + A Recipe ::

Hello lovelies!
It's no secret that I love tea and drink it year round. However, I do think that there's something about it that makes it perfect for winter. You can still find me drinking holiday tea, and you probably will for the next month or two! With that confession out of the way, let's move on to the teas themselves.

1. David's Tea Sleigh Ride:
This tea smells amazing to start with! It's made up of a medley of delicious ingredients and smells like the holidays. The only downside of this is that it's made of quite big chunks so it runs out quite fast.
This tea is festive and fruity and just tastes like something a fairy would drink! On weekend mornings I usually make this into a sugarplum latte which is absolutely delicious. The recipe and instructions are below!
This tea is perfect for the winter cold season. The mix of ingredients keeps a cold at bay and is quite relaxing. I've actually forgotten about this tea a little and rediscovered it while making this post. Needless to say it's going to be seeing a lot more use as I seem to be fighting off a cold!
This tea tastes like liquid gingerbread! It tastes cozy and is perfect for curling up with warm blankets and a book.

Sugar Plum Latte Recipe:
On my previous post I mentioned a sugar plum latte and some of you seemed interested in it. This can me made with any tea, but from my experience it works best with the Celestial Sugar Plum Spice Tea. 
You Will Need:
♥ About a cup of your desired milk
♥ One Tea Bag
♥ Boiling Water 
♥ About a Teaspoon of sugar 
1. Pour a little less than a quarter cup of boiling water over the tea bag and let steep for 10 minutes.
2. Warm up the milk however you would like. I usually foam it, but I'm sure that warming it up on the stove would work just fine. Now pour it in your favourite mug!
3. After your milk is warmed up and your tea is steeped, pour your tea into the milk. Add sugar to taste, and enjoy your latte!

What is your favourite winter tea?

~Amy~

Sunday, 18 January 2015

:: This Week ::

I love: 
1. Good friends and pumpkin pie  
 2. The fresh feeling you have after getting a haircut  
3. When it's still dark in the morning and the snow starts to sparkle 
4. Looking out at a gorgeous sunset across snow while petting your cat
5. Weekend mornings with a sugar plum latte and Harry Potter book curled up in bed
Blog posts I love:
 1. Creating Catchy Headlines from Elle & Co
 2. DIY Geometric Prism Necklace from Curly Made
 3. How To Finally Beat Procrastination from Michelle Phan
4. The Twenty Best Beauty Hacks from London Beauty Queen
5. 5 Ways to Keep Your Blog Life Organized from the Nectar Collective

~Amy~

Source
Lyrics from Wonderland by Taylor Swift

Friday, 16 January 2015

:: The Body Shop Coconut Festive Picks Review ::

The Body Shop Coconut Festive Picks
Hello lovelies! 
I'm back with another review for you. I hope that you like these type of posts.
If you know me, you may know that I am obsessed with the Body Shop's products. I also quite  like coconut scents, so I was really excited when I got this for Christmas. As you can probably tell, this review is a little late, but better late then never, right?

This set includes a 250 ml Coconut Shower Cream, a 50 ml Coconut Body Butter, a 50 ml Coconut Body Scrub, a Coconut Soap, and a cream mini bath lily.
The Body Shop Coconut Shower Cream, Coconut Soap, and Mini Bath Lilt
Coconut shower cream: this, like all of the set, smells amazing. I find that it lathers really well and does a good job of cleaning.
Mini Bath Lily: This is adorable! It also works very well as it makes everything lather quite nicely.
Coconut Soap: I think that is a really nice soap! I don't really know how to review soaps, but I do quite like it.
The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter and Coconut Body Scrub

Coconut Body Butter: I love all of the Body Shop's body butters, and this is not exception! It's really moisturizing and leaves my skin smelling good long after it has absorbed.
Coconut Body Scrub: I also really like all of the body scrubs I have tried. This is a nice and gentle exfoliator and is also pretty moisturizing.

And if you would like to try this, they are now discounted!

Have a great weekend everyone! 


~Amy~

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

:: My Dream Living Room ::

Hello lovelies! 

I am by no means an expert on decor, as my room is made from a jumble of all sorts of things. But I decided to make a little collage of a living room. I thought that it would be fun to give it a try, and make a little wishlist.

I used items from Modani.com. I have no idea where to look for furniture, and it has a really nice selection of both fun and professional pieces, and a great selection of sofas. These are some of my favorites! 

My style is usually focused around more vintage like pieces, but I like this style, too. Especially the pops of bright colour!

What is your type of decorating style? 

~Amy~