Sunday, February 16, 2014

Lately. And Some Links!

I've been a little MIA lately... been contemplating a few things, feeling lazy and avoiding turning on my laptop!

For starters, I've been thinking about changing things up around here. I really, really want to change my blog name. I think I have a new name picked out that I like. The only catch is that I will have to put the word 'blog' into the URL. Not quite sure what I think about that.! Hopefully I'll make a decision about this sooner than later.

Lot's has been happening around us. Some, okay all, of which has been making me feel out of sorts and has put me into a funk. As a result, my motivation to do anything has dwindled. 

We also started playing HayDay on the iPad. BIG mistake. We are hooked and are spending too much time playing it. We have also been watching a lot of the Olympics. Another reason why this hasn't seen much love. 

What I'm reading on the WWW....

+ 7 Herbal Remedies for Stress.

+ How to Fall Asleep when Your Mind Won't Shut Off.

+ Why Major Creative Breakthroughs happen in Your Late Thirties.

What I'm cooking...

+ Best Bread Machine Bread.

+ Chicken Broccoli Divan.

+ Roast Beef with Peppers and Onions.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Gipsy Dharma.

Who doesn't love handmade, one of a kind clothing and footwear?!  

I recently I came across a really cool brand from the UK, Gipsy Dharma. Their collection currently includes leather footwear and skirts. One thing I really like about this brand is that each piece is unique and tells a story. Gipsy Dharma is much more than just a brand, it is a passion for handmade clothing and leather footwear.

Here are my two favorites from their website..

01 // Flip Flops - with the warm weather a few months away, I can't help but be drawn to these white flip flops. They are both stylish and look very, very comfortable. 

02 // Knee High Boots - I am loving these brown leather knee high boots. They also look very comfortable (and I am all about comfortable boots these days!). 

Gipsy Dharma also holds weekly giveaways! They are currently on giveaway 18! Don’t worry, it takes less than a minute to enter and the winner will be chosen at random on this coming Saturday, February 16th.  Click here for more information and here to enter!

Good luck! 

*This post was sponsored by; all opinions are 100% my own.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Instagram Favorite // @ifitwags

When my blog posts are far and few in between, chances are you can still find me on instagram! I am addicted to this platform. Currently, one of my favorite instagram feeds is from Gus and Travis (aka the Pointer Brothers). I absolutely adore these guys! I secretly wish I could make my dog Dakota model like them, but sadly, I know he would never go for it (unless you count wrapping his mom's red blanket around him). 

If you aren't already following these handsome fella's on instgram, you should! You won't be disappointed!! 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Food Hack // Freezing Yogurt.

I love making drinking smoothies. 

I also like to buy yogurt and let it sit in the fridge until it is past it's expiry date. I become lazy and never want to put in the effort to make them. So, the yogurt sits, and sits, and sits in the fridge. I hate wasting food, so I am surprised I never thought about his before... frozen yogurt cubes!

Such a simple solution, and a brilliant one too. Using a small ice cube tray, spoon the yogurt into each section, place in the freezer over night (until solid) and transfer into a zip-lock bag (and return to the freezer)!

Oh, and you can freeze these cubes up to 1-3 months.

For Bloggers // Logo Templates.

Every time I view Creative Market's latest goods, I cannot help but be inspired. Tonight, I started viewing all the logo templates on the site, and found myself wishing I was more creative in the logo design department for my blog. The fonts, their layouts - I love it all!

01 // 10 Name Based Logo Templates
02 // 10 Photography Logo Templates
04 // ThePack V Three - Vector Identities

The above links were a few of the many logo templates that really jumped out at me. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Recipe // Roasted Smashed Potatoes.

One word .... delicious...!


1 bag of small yellow potatoes, scrubbed
1/4 cup olive oil*
1/4 - 1/2 tsp rosemary
1/2 tsp mixed herbs
1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp pepper


1. In large pot of boiling water, cook potatoes until tender; approx 12-15 minutes. Drain and let cool for a few minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

3. Place potatoes on foil-lined baking sheet and gently flatten potatoes just until split. Combine oil, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper; brush over both sides of potatoes.

4. Bake 30-35 minutes in the preheated oven, turning potatoes halfway through.

Recipe adapted from

I have been itching to try this recipe for some time now! These smashed potatoes reminded us a lot of the Hasselback Potato, quite possibly because I used a lot of the same spices. However, the next time I make them, I would use less *olive oil, maybe a little less than 1/4 cup. To be honest, when I cook hasselback potatoes, I normally eyeball the spices and olive oil in a ramekin - I will probably do the same the next time I make these! 

Saturday, January 25, 2014


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I took the above photo yesterday afternoon. It's still a little chilly out and we've been having a lot of foggy days, but yesterday, oh what a beautiful day! The sun was shinning and I was able to walk around without my jacket for a bit. Can't wait for summer!

Linking up with rouge & whimsy.

Friday, January 24, 2014

6 Life Hacks Every Girl Should Know!

Oh how I love life hacks..! It was tough to pick only six - regardless, these simple hacks help make our lives a heck of a lot easier. These tips and tricks are not only low-budget, but they also help us organize and de-clutter space, prolong and preserve our clothes and beauty products, or teach us something that we did not know before! 

What are some of your favorite life hacks?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Being Silent.

I have been silent lately, especially online. It's been nice, really nice.

A big part of my silence is because we have had family in town, and still do. My day-to-day routine has slightly changed, and I have found myself turning on my laptop less and less while our house guests have been here... I have hardly instagrammed, tweeted, facebooked, blogged or even checked my bloglovin' account. 

While on the one hand, I feel like I have been slacking, but on the other hand, not being online twenty-four-seven has been a fresh of breath air, I guess you could say. Sometimes it's nice taking a step back from all this technology and enjoying what's in front of you!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Music // What I'm Listening To.

You were gonna come to me
And here you are
But you better choose carefully
‘Cause I, I’m capable of anything
Of anything and everything

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Monday, January 13, 2014

5 Things I am Doing to Sleep Better!

The other day, I mentioned how I have decided to follow along with The Happiness Project. January's resolution is to boost energy. Being happy energizes you; and having more energy makes it easier to engage in activities that boost your happiness.

So ... to be happier, one must boost their energy. And to do that, the physical aspect of energy must be taken into account. That means getting enough sleep and exercise!

Normally, it takes me a long time to fall asleep. I am also easily woken by noise, or having to go pee in the middle of the night (so annoying!). If I don't get minimum 8 hours of good sleep, I am not the happiest person in the morning.

Because my end goal is to be happier (and to have more energy), this is what I am doing to get a better night's sleep.

  1. Turn off electronics. At least 30 minutes before bed time, I am turning my laptop and TV off, and putting my iPhone/iPad away. If I don't, it takes forever to shut my brain off.
  2. Go to the bed at the same time, every night. For example, I plan to be in bed between 10 to 10:30 pm every night. Once in bed, I will usually read a book for 30 minutes, or until I am sleepy. Getting my body onto a consistant sleep schedule really makes a difference. I also try to wake up at the same time every day! 
  3. Avoid Alcohol & Caffeine. I know this is an obvious one. I love soda pop, and often find myself finishing a glass right before bed. Big, big mistake - I don't think I need to explain why! 
  4. Go dark. Light is a big disruptor of sleep, so making your bedroom as dark as possible is crucial! 
  5. Stretch before bed. Stretching before bed helps to relieve aches, but it can also help calm and make for a deep, wonderful sleep! This is something I really need to work on and make a habit!!
Happy sleeping!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

My Go-To Photography App.

I am a loyal app user.

Yes, I have a lot of photography apps on my iPhone, but I do have one particular favorite which I find myself using more and more than any others. I do try to change it up once and awhile, but I always find myself going back to it. I can't help it, its an amazing, easy to use app with some pretty amazing presets. 

VSCO Cam is available as a free app (with in-app filter purchases) for iPhone and some Android devices.

One thing I love about this app is its simple interface - probably one of the simplest I have seen in a while. This app also offers a number of image adjustment tools - exposure, contrast, saturation and much more! Unfortunately, there are only ten filters included in the free app; additional filters can be purchased for as little as ninety-nine cents, or as much as three-dollars for a collection of presets. Sometimes there are a couple of free effect downloads that are pretty sweet!

I am personally in love with almost all of the presets, so I have purchased them all. In my opinion, money well spent. Tonight, I also discovered a few new presets that became available back in December. So far, I loooove them! 

What's your go-to photography app? 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Live Simply.

When I think about 2014, one word that keeps popping into my head is "simplicity." I  have the tendency to make things / life more complicated than sometimes they need to be. As a result, life becomes very stressful and I almost always end up getting my panties in a knot over something very stupid. It's a vicious circle and I don't enjoy it. 

I could live without the stress, my body and my health would probably thank me very much if I could eliminate it. Anyways, along with my own happiness project, I want to dedicate 2014 to making my life more simple. I like simple. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

What I'm Reading // The Happiness Project.

Back in January 2013, I started reading The Happiness Project.

I finally finished reading it just last month, December 31st to be exact (it was one of my four simple goals before 2014!) ... I am really, I mean really, really bad at reading books. I become easily distracted by the internet, television, life and forget all about them.

The book itself was fantastic. It was easy to read and even easier to relate to. If you haven't read it before, go buy it, its well worth the read!

After finishing the last few pages, I decided that I wanted to read the book again and try my best to follow along in 2014. I may not follow everything exactly, might make a few changes along the way, but I think it will be good thing. This time around, I decided that I was going to read a chapter at the beginning of each month - there are twelve chapters, one for each month with different resolutions. My hope is that by only reading one chapter, it will be easier to follow along and to be successful in my own happiness project!

For example, January's resolution for Gretchen (the book's author), was to boost her energy. And to accomplish her resolution of more vitality, she decided to focus on both the physical and mental aspects of energy. For her, these included:

01 // go to sleep earlier
02 // exercise better
03 // toss, restore, organize
04 // tackle a nagging task
05 // act more energetic

Pretty simple when you break it down. As I read each chapter, I also decided to make notes about what I related to, found helpful, wanted to focus my efforts on, etc. I will admit, I have a short term memory. Taking notes will help keep me on track, plus it will give me something to blog about!

Have you read this book before? Thoughts?

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Campus Book Rentals = A Student's Best Friend!

The holiday's are over (bummer!) and a new semester is about to begin. Some would say back to school is the most wonderful time of the year ... especially when a particular website exists that allows you to rent your textbooks! 

Yes, you read the above sentence correctly, you no longer have to pay ridiculous amounts of money to pay for text books, you can now rent your text books and save 40-90% off of bookstore prices. 

Amazing right?!! It get's better ... a lot better ... here are a few additional perks of renting your textbooks through

+ There are NO membership fees, NO hidden fees, and NOTHING unusual whatsoever
+ They provide free shipping BOTH ways (they even provide the return package and prepaid label)
+ You can write and highlight in the textbooks (all they ask is you try to be respectful of other students)
+ The renting periods are very flexible 
+ There's a 21 day return period (in case you drop the class)

Last, but definitely not least, with each textbook rented, they donate to Operation Smile. Operation Smile is an international charity for children. Long story short, their mandate is to heal children's smiles, thus forever changing their lives. I personally think its fantastic when a company gives back and supports charity organizations. 

In additional to all of that, now offers a new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own - If you already own your text books and no longer use them, this service is perfect for you. Every time your textbook gets rented, you make money! 

Happy renting!  

*This post was sponsored by; all opinions are 100% my own.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

photo diary // favorites from 2013!

Twenty-thirteen was a good year.

I would have liked to have done a few more things and accomplished a bit more, but things didn't quite work out as I had hoped, and that's okay. There is always this year! 

What were your favorite moments of 2013?

Friday, January 3, 2014

A Look at the Year Ahead.

Happy 2014!

I'm usually not one to pay much attention to my horoscope, but I happened to stumble upon mine this afternoon and I was intrigued...

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 -Dec. 21)

Take extra time in this first two weeks of January to decide what you really want for yourself. Through the beginning of March, Venus in Capricorn can enhance your assets, your resourcefulness and earnings. Of course, you are likely to spend more too. Be especially careful regarding contract and commitment details during February's Mercury retrograde.

Over the next seven months, Mars in Libra helps you to make good strides in several areas. Firstly, you are getting wiser regarding self care. A big part of this is learning to stay committed to that which serves you best. Secondly, whether it's new or well established, a key relationship will grow by leaps and bounds. Thirdly, Mars can spark new personal interests and income streams. It perks up your social life or community involvement, and keeps you intellectually, politically and creatively well stimulated. Lastly, Mars enhances your professional status and popularity.

Look to Jupiter in Leo, starting mid July, to springboard off the good that Mars does you in the first half of the year.

I know horoscopes are normally written so that all can relate to it, but the second paragraph is basically bang on as far as things I hope for myself / hope to accomplish this year....

+ You are getting wiser regarding self care
+ A Key relationship will grow by leaps and bounds
+ New personal interests and income streams 
+ Social life
+ Intellectually, politically and creatively well stimulated 
+ Professional status and popularity

What is your take on horoscopes? Believe in them, or not?