Madonna Lyrics in Real Life





"...And we are living in a material world..".These Madonna lyrics have never been more true than they are today. With apps like Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and yes even blogging we are constantly bombarded with the newest and shiniest things. Seeing all these items can spend a surge of greedy or what I like to call "wantieness". However, why do we do it? Why can we not look at something and say that's nice and move on? I know some of us can, but I know there are times we are at fault on this.

The other day I was at the grocery store and was brought to tears. A gentleman in line had a loaf of bread and a package of pre-sliced bologna. At first I thought nothing of it until his total came and he paid the lady in dimes and nickels, even having to search for a few extras to come up with the amount needed. Soon as he found the extra dimes he needed he was gone so fast. My heart just kind of broke.

We take so much for granted in our lives, forgetting that there are people in this world and even just in our hometown that are making due on a lot less. It is so easy to come online and ogle at all the shiny things that we do not need. Actively look your life, if you have food in your belly, clothes on your back, and a roof over your head it is a significantly a better life then some. Now add in all the extras we have in our lives and it makes our living look pretty darn good.

Now I am not trying to guilt you about your shopping. I am bonafide shopaholic. I just ask you to look around your life, be present, and be grateful for all of the blessings you do have in your life.

Easy Last Minute Costumes





For Halloween, I am a huge fan of creating my own costumes rather than purchasing a costume specific outfit from the party stores. I think you can get more unique and creative, while still being stylish when you create your own. Plus, it can help to save some money. It is pretty ridiculous how much some of the costumes in the store cost! So this Halloween, save some money and get creative!


Last minute Costume Ideas

If you are struggling to create a costume, take a look on youtube for some makeup inspirations. To go with the skeleton costume, you could attempt to recreate this look. For a flapper girl, you could take inspiration from this video or this one for a mermaid. Last year, I was the tooth fairy for Halloween which was a huge crowd pleaser to the trick or treaters! I purchased my wand and wings from the dollar store. I used glitter glue to draw a sparkle tooth in the centre of an old cotton shirt and paired it with tights and skirt I had. My total costume costed me $4! Dressing up and being festive does not need to break the bank! Using makeup and fun items, like shells and jewels for a mermaid for example, can help to to add a little piazza to the costume! I cannot wait for Halloween it is by far my favourite holiday of them all! What are you dressing up as this year? 





10 Date Ideas this Fall






1. Picnic amongst the foliage. 
Pack some favourite soups or delicious finger and your favourite sweaters. Find a beautiful area to sit on a warm cosy blanket and enjoy nature's natural beauty. Ps. Wine will warm you up!

2. Head to the pumpkin patch. 
I truly believe that pumpkin patches are not just for kids. Patches are perfect date idea, especially when they have hayrides, corn mazes, and a petting zoo. There is so much to do spend the day and pick out your favourite pumpkin to come home with you for date #5.

3. Go apple picking. 
Apples are so crisp and fresh right off the tree. Find a local "pick your own" orchard and go pick a bushel of goodness together. One for the basket, one for your mouth!

4. Make fun of raking leaves.
Raking leaves does not need to be a chore. For this date, grab 2 rakes and a whole lot of leaves. I'm sure your neighbour won't mind you stealing some of theirs. Rake them into a giant pile, and....well, you guessed it: JUMP! Play together like children it can be so fun and carefree.

5. Carve some pumpkins.
From your pumpkin patch date, create a pumpkin carving contest! Get creative and spooky. Each carve your pumpkin and turn it to show the other when finished. Pop those seeds in the oven with a little butter and salt, then enjoy!

6. Marathon some screams.
Create a collection of your favourite Halloween or horror films and snuggle up together to watch. My favourites: 1, 2, 3, & 4.

7. Go to a football game.
You do not need to dish out a couple hundred dollars to attend a football game. Find a local high school team to cheer on.

8. Bake some spiced favourites. 
Bake some fall inspired recipes that will fill up your house with the scent of deliciousness. This recipe that is delicious and easy. You could find the pumpkins at the patch! Or try any of these recipes.

9. Drive and take in the foliage.
Take a drive together listen to your favourite tunes and take in the beautiful colours of fall. Drive aimlessly without caring where you are, you never know what you may find off the beaten path you didn't know about.

10. Host a costume party!
Halloween is around the corner. So, host a costume party for family and friends. A little bobbing for apples, music, food, and favourite drinks you are all set!

Lessons from an Only Child





That is right, I am an only child. AKA my parents got it right the first time, kidding (but not really!). As a kid everyone thought it was the weirdest thing, pumping me with questions like "who do you play with"? Which obviously I would look blankly at them responding, "well, I am playing with you aren't I? Duh." I was sassy, and by "was" I mean "am". As adults people still ask me the strangest things about growing up alone and whether or not when I have a family if I will follow the same strange path for my offspring. I am really not sure why. I just don't understand the fascination and the mystery that is the solo child.

As an only child, I learned to entertain myself. If I was home and without said friends, it was up to me to entertain myself. I got pretty good at it and was never bored. I was the boss and had to answer to no one telling me how to play my own game. I was able to let my creativity and imagination soar without feeling embarrassed or bossy towards other people.

I learned to be independent. Again, alone means you learn to like it or at least deal with it. I learned how to do a lot on my own without the pressures of other siblings. In addition, sometimes I also got all the glory from those achievements (bonus!). By the time school came around I was able to work independently without fawning over the teacher. I was and still am able to work independently while finding this fulfilling.

I learned to share my own opinion. I never had to listen to sibling pressuring me into thinking a certain way about something. I had my own mind, ideas, and opinions that were 100% my own. I learned to share them openly with anyone.

I appreciate myself. After spending so much time alone with myself, I know myself pretty darn well.  I know my faults, weakness, and strengths. I have always been in self reflection mode which has helped shape me to who I am today and how I carry myself.

I didn't need to share. Yup, there it is. This as a child was a bonus to me. I got to choose when and with who I shared with. And because of my lack of sharing, I learned to appreciate and care for my things. My toys, clothes, and whatnot were mine and only mine. I was in charge of all the things and took this responsibility very seriously. Although, I didn't need to share, I do know how (thanks school).

Responsibilities weren't a shocker. Not only was I raised as an only child, but I was also raised by a single mom. Responsibilities were just part of my daily life, even from a young age. I enjoyed responsibilities and still do. I learned that I couldn't blame my mess on some younger sibling. It was only me. Therefore, I knew I couldn't get away with anything, so honesty became the only policy. 

All in all, the life of a only child isn't fascinating as most people think. We learned lessons similarly to those who have siblings. No, we all were spoiled rotten. Yes, we learned to share. Yes, we may have even liked it.

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Etsy Community Post & Giveaway!




This month I have teamed up with bunch of blogger friends to promote some of our favourite Etsy shops. Plus, since holiday shopping is quickly approaching this post will help you gather a different and custom ideas that you may not find at your local shopping mall. I love to give personal gifts, which is why I like Etsy so much. Most of the gifts I purchased for people at our wedding were from Etsy! In addition you getting a shopping list essentially done for you, we have giveaway for a Etsy gift card so you can purchase a gift for someone special or save it for a little self spoil. 


I launched my Etsy shop this month and cannot wait for Christmas Card Sales to start. If you haven't been to my shop yet, you should take a trip over there and see what it is like. I thought I would give you a sneak peak into the Christmas Card Photo choices I put on my Etsy shop! Come order your holiday cards and use the coupon code "christmas" for 20% off. I also take custom orders!

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I'm a HUGE supporter of buying or creating handmade for holiday gifts, and I think it's such an important movement to get behind. Why would you give more money to giant corporations when you can support someone who is building something unique and filled with love? For example, my best friend from high school settled down and married the love of her life in Savannah, GA. They threw caution to the win and quit their day jobs that they hated and started working really hard to live entirely off of their passions. He writes for a living (you can actually snag his two scary story anthologies right in time for Halloween HERE and HERE) and she works non-stop days to both take care of their 2 year old and create handmade geek goods for kids at her shop Growing Up Geeky. Buying from them would ensure that your money is going to supporting passion and the lives of real people who are struggling to get by, and not billionaires who pay their employees poorly. So you get good karma points PLUS a beautiful and unique gift for your loved ones.



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With the holidays quickly approaching, one of the most common and relatively inexpensive gifts to give are pictures. Pictures help to capture a special moment or memory we want to share and pass on to the other person. One of my favourite Etsy shops I will be purchasing a few gifts from this holiday season is PhotoMediaDecor. Their shop allows you create custom canvas or wood prints to capture those special moments in a beautiful way that can add a special touch to any home. Plus, their prints range in sizes and prices to fit any budget or creative idea you think of!



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4 Ways to Beat a Cold





It is officially upon us, cold and flu season! For past week, I have been fighting an awful cold and it has been kicking my butt. I am also someone that tries not to take medication unless I absolutely have to and have exhausted the possible more "natural" methods I could find. Thankfully, I have come up with 4 ways to make my cold a little bothersome and beat it away.

Garlic 

Now I am not taking about taking a clove and just chowing down. I mean by all means it actually might work, but some of us aren't that daring. I make a bowl of chicken soup with limited noodles and just before I take it out of the pot to eat it I load it with finely chopped garlic. Garlic is known as a natural flu-fighter, so as you chow down it is beating off the virus and germs!

Wine

Red wine more specifically. I know what your thinking woohoo another excuse to become a wineo. Although you still get to drink it, to fight off a cold you must boil it thus removing all the alcohol. Red wine contains antioxidants and helps to reduce the production of mucus. This is an Italian remedy my husband's Nonna taught me. Just boil the wine until it is hot, drink, and feel better! You can even had an orange peel to the mug for some added vitamin C.

Vicks Disks 

As a kid, I would have when my Mom would lather on the Vicks every time I got a cold. I hated how my clothes would stick to it and my eyes would almost burn. But, as an adult I have learned to love Vicks. I now find it so soothing and helps clear my nasal congestion. Recently, I made a batch of these  disks for the shower. I turn the shower on ensuring the hottest water is coming out, drop in a disk, and pretend I am in a steam room at a spa.

 Zinc

I try to take this as a preventative measure before the cold happens, but if the cold takes a hold of me I keep taking 1 a day. Zinc helps to build up your immune system and helps treat common cold. Some 1 little vitamin each morning can help to keep you going about your daily business without a cold getting you down.

And of course when all else fails, a trip to the doctor for some antibiotics it is! 

From Scratch Pumpkin Pie





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People the season of pumpkin everything is upon us and what better way to embrace it then with a warm slice of homemade from scratch pumpkin pie. If you don't like pumpkin pie, you need to leave, like now...just kidding. You can stay, but I am seriously throwing you some shade and urge you to try this recipe for pumpkin pie before you say your not a fan.

This pumpkin pie is not from a can. It is it from, like you would think, a pumpkin pie pumpkin or also known as sweet pumpkins. The recipe calls for a delicious selection of spices that are a must to creating the most mouthwatering dessert for your holiday table. Not to mention that this recipe makes for a light pie fillings, which help when you want seconds! This pie recipe is a show stopper when it comes to taste so it also requires an adorable pie dish like this one or this one.

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I hope that you enjoy sharing this recipe with loved ones as much as I do. And for those who normally do not like pumpkin pie, I recommend you give this one a go before you make any hasty decisions. For my fellow Canadians, Happy Thanksgiving Weekend! No matter where you are be thankful for everyone and everything in your life. 


Affordable Autumn Decorating









Decorating for the holidays is one of my favourite things to do. In my day planner, I plan a year in advance when I want to have my different holiday displays or lights up. However, as much as I love it, it can also be costly, which isn't up my husband's alley. So, I had to get creative and do a little hunting for some good deals and pieces that can create the look I was going for. I created this door display for under $25, which most is reusable for the future years ahead as an added bonus. 

The adorable scarecrows and leaf vines were purchased from my local dollar store. They last through last year, even through the ridiculous rain we had. For an extremely low cost for a dollar or two, you can find these great decorating accents! The leaf lives add a pop of colour that compliments the mums. The Indian Corn is also reused items from last year! I purchased the corn stalks and haystack from a local farm supply shop for a few dollars. The most costly items in my display were my mums, which were $4.50 each. 

Overall, I wanted my display to look festive, include a few of my favourite autumn colours, and be cost effective. Done and Done! 

Check in tomorrow for my homemade from scratch Pumpkin Pie Recipe!! 




Creativity Flowing for Homemade Card Making




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As some of you may know, the Canadian Thanksgiving is quickly approaching...as in this weekend. So, throughout this whole week I will posting tips, tricks, recipes, and ideas to get you feeling thankful, grateful, and positively infused with pumpkin spice! For my American friends, this gets you almost a month ready for your holiday celebrations!

Over the weekend, I began making thanksgiving cards that I will be attaching to my homemade pumpkin pies. Now, obviously I want to give pumpkin pies to every person I know, but it just isn't possible unless I was a full-time baker, which I am not. So, I made a list of people I am thankful for in different ways. I tried thinking of people who are not in my family, they get the pleasure of my hugs and love all long weekend to show them my thankfulness for them. I tried to think of people outside of the box, if you will. People who make my life a little easier, a little brighter, and a little more blessed every time I see them. These are the people that I felt I needed to send a little delicious reminder to to tell them how thankful I am for their presence in my life.

Now on the the fun part, handmade cards! I stopped by my local Michael's craft store to pick up a few things. To create a good card, no matter the season or holiday you must have the following:
A clear colour scheme to choose the various papers 
I usually use 2 different colours and patterns of paper to add dimension to my cards.
Letter stamps or stickers for any words or phrases you will you 
These should be pre-thought of so you know you have enough letter.
Any themed images, stamps, or stickers to add some pizazz 
There are so many to choose from, but the goal is not to overload your card or else it will look busy. 
A good pen or markers to write your personalized message
For added style, use decorative scissors to the edges of the paper like these here

After you have planned out what your card will look like in your mind, lay it out. Make sure you have everything you need to begin before you take any scissors to the paper! After you are sure you like your design, let the creativity flow and begin the creative process of making the cards. 

Want to create your own cards here are few essentials for the perfect autumn inspired cards:
Stickers: 
For Halloween, these & these, but especially these
Thanksgiving themed, I love these and these. 
Stamps: 
This one is beautiful and could be use for multiple card ideas. Or, these
Letters: 
My favourite are these, which is what I used for my cards.
Paper: 
This one and this one are great packages for autumn inspired cards. 

Happy Card Making

Saving the Tatas & Fighting the C word





Breast Cancer Awareness

Even though the leaves falling, the fall scented candles are lit, and we are decorating like mad for the season, we need to not forget it is Breast Cancer Awareness month! Even if you do not know someone who has or has had breast cancer, the big C in general touches the lives of each and everyone of us in some way. Cancer has effected my family twice in the past few years, one beating it and the other not, which I have written about before. Cancer sucks in every possible way. It is heart wrenching to hear the word in connection with anyone you know, let alone love.

In case you were unaware....

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. 
Breast cancer is the leading cause of death among women. 
An estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year
Mammograms and self examinations are key to early detention of the disease. 

It is ridiculous how common cancer is becoming. Needless to say something needs to be done. We all need to become "boobie fighters" and fight against the big C. Why should anyones life or family feel this heart break? 

So for the month of October, I am hosting an online fundraiser to fight against the horrible disease and to bring awareness to early detection. 

From today until October 31st you can help to save the boobies!

 Once you make a donation here, tweet me @trailofsprinkle using the hashtag #BoobieFighter!  On November 1st, will pick one boobie fighter that will receive a $25 gift certificate at Victoria Secret! 

Other ways to support breast cancer awareness month: 
Wearing pink
Supporting a pink ribbon 
Encouraging a family member or friend to get a mammogram 
Making time to do a self examination 



October Goals





September turned out to be much busier of a month than I initially had planned. Before I knew it I was filling up my day planner with appointments, meetings, and just life in general. Earlier in the month I posted these goals for what I had aimed to accomplish in September. Although, I stuck to my list and tried to hold myself accountable for as many as I could I didn't succeed on all of them, which are re-listed in purple. But, that is perfectly fine because thankfully October is a new month to start over and plan some new steps for myself! 

Since it is October and the Canadian Thanksgiving is around the corner, I decided to keep my goals based around gratitude and thankfulness....

Marriage
Tell my husband something different I appreciate or am thankful for in our relationship and with him each day. 

Friendship
Continue to grow new found friendships. 

Personal
Spend more time with family.

Fitness
Go to the gym or a fitness class once a week. 
Stop drinking soda. 

Blogging 
Create a fall make-up tutorial. 
Host a giveaway. 
Become more active on social media platforms: instagram, twitter, and pinterest

Home 
Finish decorating our home office. 
Decorate for Thanksgiving and post a autumn home tour. 
Decorate for Halloween. 

Keeping Up with Life





Life can get hectic in the blink of an eye. Sometimes I feel like there is a calm and then all of a sudden the wind of life picks up and messes my calmness right up! As a very type-A person, I need schedules. I need and thrive on organization. So naturally, I have established amazing ways to organize my life to ensure I have full control of it. I am currently in the process of organizing and decorating our home office, so I have been loving stationary purchases.

Staying Organized
Paper Clips || Swarovski Pen (sold out), other favourites here ||Post-it Notes or Note Pad

The first thing I must have and buy in advance of the year ahead is a planner. A good planner has a space to write things for each day PLUS has a month view calendar with space for the day. I use both to schedule appointments and meetings, but use the daily sections to note chores or important notes. I can not go anywhere without my planner near by. I know a lot of people us the calendar on their phone, but for some reason it just doesn't cut it for me. I need a paper and pen planner to feel organized. When filling out my calendar, I use these multi coloured pens. Each colour attributes to a specific life event or person. For example, orange is banking and bills while red is my husbands schedule and blue is mine. Colour coding your schedule helps to ensure that at a quick look you know what is going on and nothing gets mixed up.

I have also mastered list making. I use list pads for things I need to pick up from that day or at the grocery store. Lists can also be helpful for daily tasks for those who do not prefer to take around a day planner. I always have note pads like this one around for jotting down notes and ideas for my lists.



Getting My Grape on at the Festival




As I have mentioned here before, I live near an abundance of wineries. A mini northern Napa Valley if you will. This past weekend was the highlight of any wine lovers year, the annual Niagara Wine Festival, also known to locals as Grape & Wine. This festival draws in tons of tourists and visitors, in addition to making locals get off the couch and out on the town. The festival is fun-filled with live music, delicious food stands, and of course tons of wine. Over 40 different wineries in the region participate in the festival. The large local park fills with herds of people both intoxicated and not, often dressed in purple.

This weekend we headed down to the park to enjoy the festivities and get our grape on....


My Fav Wines of the festival: 
Tawse Winery - Riesling 
Rockway Vineyards - Patio 9 White
Fielding Estate Winery - Cabernet Merlot





Hair Tips & Tricks from a Control Freak






When it comes to my luscious locks, I am the biggest control freak. For me my hair is my security blanket that requires a lot of trust when put in the hands of others. When I meet a hair stylist for the first time, you would think I am interviewing them to be president or something from my interrogation. But, if I am going to hand you over a piece of me I need to know everything about you, your Mom, your cousin, in addition to your skills. Just kidding...but not really (ha ha). I freak right the heck out walking into a salon, my heart pumps and my eyes are on high alert as if I am walking through a dark and scary forest. Thankfully, my anxiety has diminished a little now that I have committed to my stylist. However, since I am so controlling of who and what touches my hair, I have also tested out numerous products that help to keep my hair in tip-top shape.

Washing

I try to wash my hair about every other day, since over washing can cause breakage! My trick to keeping my blonde locks bright and luminous is the "purple-people-eater", or as normal people call it purple shampoo. Purple shampoo ensures that your blonde locks stay blonde and don't turn brassy or yellow, essentially acting like a toner. Even if your a natural blonde, using purple shampoo will help keep your hair brighter. My all-time favourite, cannot live without is this purple shampoo for every other wash and this one on a regular basis.

Conditioning

Once a week I use a hair masque to help build moisture and restore strength from my years of colouring. This masque also keeps my hair shiny without buildup or giving my hair any greasy feeling some masques leave. For conditioner, I like to use this one or this one which are both for colour-treated hair. I like to leave it on for pretty much the whole shower really concentrating the product on the ends.  After I get out of the shower, I spray a few squirts of this leave-in conditioner to help detangle my hair, so I can get a brush through it more easily. 

Protecting & Styling

Protecting your hair from heat damage is huge for happy and healthy hair. I use this Living Proof Heat Protection spray, which smells so delicious. I apply this prior to using any heated styling tools or  if I am going to be laying in the sun as it also protects against UV rays! Before I blow-dry, I apply a pea size amount of this thickening serum to add some volume and fullness. One thing about this serum, you must blow-dry to see results. After a complete my deserved look I like to finish off with a  this Aveeda Dry Remedy oil or with a spray of this hairspray. I mainly use Dry Remedy oil to create a smoothed luscious after a blow-dry. 

Brushes

Good brushes are essential to creating your desired hair looks. I use the Tangle Teezer and a wide-toothed comb on my wet hair. You do not want to be using a regular brush that you will try ripping through your knots - that my dear is causing all your breakage and is darn painful! As I blow-dry I use a paddle brush like this one to give some backing and direction to the air from the blowdryer. Sectioning your hair off using sectioning clips to ensure all your hair, even at the root, is dry. Around the crown and face I round brush my hair to add more volume. I prefer using a ceramic round brush to reduce any frizz. Also, a little blowdrying trick is to use heat to bend the hair and using the cool function to set that bend you created! 

Happy Friday Friends! I hope you have a fabulous weekend full of good hair! 

Autumn Ready in Fashion, Home, Beauty




Autumn has officially arrived! I have packed away my sandals, brought out my hunters and favourite booties. Closed up our swimming pool and traded it in for snuggly blankets and fall inspired candles. My bright pinks have been traded in for masalas and deep purples. My fashion, home, and beauty essentials are ready to rock and roll this Autumn. Now to buy a rake!

Autumn Fashion

Cardigan || Woven Poncho || Plaid Poncho || Cheetah Flat || Hunter Boots (Cheaper version here) 

Autumn in the Home


Autumn Inspired Beauty

Bachelorette Shenanigans






A few weeks ago we had this stunning wedding. But, the week before that we took the bride-to-be out on the town with a bunch of girls planned by her maid of honour. 

Now, many of bachelorette parties I have been to end with the bride completely incapacitated as the result of shots from a bar or off some sort of body part from a male strippers body. To each their own. Our group decided to keep things rather PG, minus a small stint of my hoping on a stripper pole in the limo, which if you say was a lot less rated R and more so a Family Comedy. 
(My legs respect every adult dancer out there. People, it is not joke.). 

We started our day at the most adorable flower farm. When I first heard we were doing this- I wasn't exactly on board considering the heat wave we were having at the time. But, once there I got my head around it and thanked the owner for the air conditioned room we were led to. We made these stunning flower crowns all by ourselves from the farm's selection of fresh scented stems. We let our creativity shine....



With crowns in hand, we headed over to a local winery for a private tour and tasting. Simply delicious. My favourite of the day was this perfect wine for a summer day! 


As the evening began to set in, we went to the hotel for dinner and were joined by a psychic who did a reading on each of us. Such a cool and different experience. After a few games, we all climbed into our pjs and call it a night. I love girly get-togethers whether for a bachelorette or not. Being with a group of girls can be rather hectic or chaotic, but girl time is always much needed in my book. 

My lesson from this day: its okay to think out of the box, let loose, and I need to work on my leg muscles AND should probably keep my day job! 


(Photography by S. Murrel)

3 Me Time Must Haves





I love a little "Me" time every now and then. Sometimes between daily chaos and chores, life stresses, and lack of personal alone time Me time is calling my name. I am an only child. Some of you may be thinking I'm lucky I have had to deal with the pestering of siblings or your thinking I was spoiled. I had to deal with neither of those scenarios. But, what being a single child taught me was how to be alone and enjoy it. As a kid, as much as I loved playing with my neighbours and school friends, I craved alone time and still do today. My husband even can notice when I just need an hour of spend with myself and my own thoughts.

So, I thought I would share 5 things I need have to create a perfect pampering alone time...

1. Remove it all. 
I love facials. I find they can be so relaxing whether it is at a spa or in the comforts of your home. A facial helps to remove any impurities in the skin. And, I like to think it helps to eliminate impurities of my mind and energy. It is so relaxing to lay there with a facial mask on with maybe a few cucumbers over the eyes. I love this facial mask to help unclog pores and leaves my skin so soft, relaxed and beautiful.
2. Tea, Please. 
Especially in fall and winter, nothing is better than curling up with a soft and cozy blanket with a warm glass of my fav tea. Just like my facial, I like teas that aid in purifying, like a detox tea. But, it must be delicious. None of this hot water with cayenne pepper drink, thanks but no thanks. Lately, I have been enjoying this Kusmi tea in the flavour Sweet Love. Sometimes, I will just sit and reflect on life. Other times, I will snuggle up with my detox tea and watch a movie or catch up on my favourite blogs.
3. Pass the Vino. 
I am a huge lover of wine, especially since I live in the Northern version of Napa Valley, which you can read about here! Nothing is more delicious than a perfect vino in a beautiful glass in a relaxing bubble bath. If you are looking for a wine, I highly recommend trying either this or this.



What Starts Your Engine?




If you are feeling sluggish or just a little mediocre about your days it may be because of a lack of motivation. Motivation is what draws us to something, creating the urge, the want, the desire for something. In order to achieve a goal we have to be motivated to do it. We can not simply make a goal because it will be good for us (even though it might). Let's be real, there are so many times I have said I am going to do something in life and quickly take it back. Why is that? Well, after sitting in deep thought in my pjs at 3pm due to lack of motivation (or pure laziness on that day) I began thinking about what motivates me. What drives me. What inspires me.

I established money for me isn't a motivator. Now, it is not because I have some magical money tree in the backyard(if you have one, hook me up!) nor is money just thrown in my direction, but it is because I don't find happiness in it. I know what some of you are thinking, "She said what?". But, its true. I find money to be annoying, complicated, vengeful, greedy, among a whole lotta other things. Money does not motivate me because I believe that not everything we need in life has a price tag. Instantly Jesse J's song Price Tag popped into my head: "It's not about the money, money, money….". Sorry, back on topic. Money is great to have. Does it make things easier? Yup. Can you do a lot with it? You bet. Would it be great to have oodles and oodles of it or a said money tree? YES! But, it does not in fact make the world go round, contrary to popular belief. 

For me, love is a motivator. It pulls me to do what I need to do, especially for the people I love and value in my life. The urge to want to inspire and ingrate life into others also starts and ignition in me. Relationships are a motivator. Challenges are a huge motivator - especially when you over come them. Faith is a motivator that pushes me to dream and believe that life no matter what will be okay. 

What inspire you in life? What motivates you to reach your goals? 

You Joined, What?




Often when you tell some people you have joined a network marketing company, it is often met with a lot of questions, comments, and hostility. Many times you may get these responses because they are uninformed or feed into the rumours that surround network marketing companies. The most common responses are: it is a pyramid scheme, you will never make money, your just paying someone else's pay cheque, the products are garbage, and I'm sure the list goes on and on.

To begin, is there pyramid schemes out there? You betcha. A pyramid scheme is defined as an investment that is often a scam run through an illegal business. Thus, you spend your hard earned money and get diddly-squat in return. News flash: most network marketing companies are legitimate businesses that are worth investing in, as long as your do the foot work.
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joined Arbonne. But, before I did I had every excuse about it in the book, until I did my research. I realized that Arbonne was a legitimate company that has been in business nationally in the United States and expanding into other international markets for the past 35 years. In addition, they are part of the Direct Sales Association (DSA) and are a BBB Accredited Business. They offer extensive complimentary training and leadership to their consultants. As an even bigger bonus, especially since they are in the field of beauty and health, they are supported by the Mayo Clinic. My conclusion after doing my research - it was not a pyramid scheme.

Next, I looked at the products. Everyone showers, most people I know wear makeup and/or use health products, so it was a realistic product I could offer people. Arbonne products are Swiss formulated that follow a holistic approach to health and beauty. The products are developed without: animal products or by-products, parabens, formaldehyde, petroleum, synthetic dyes, artificial flavours or sweeteners, or trans fats. So, I sampled the products and fell in love. They actually worked beautifully on my very sensitive blemish proved skin.

Then I looked at the compensation plan, I could have just shopped online from another consultants store, but thought why wouldn't I just shop from my own and essentially get paid to shower. The compensation plan works and allows for growth in the business. Not to mention, bonuses, travel rewards, product rewards, and Mercedes Benz reward for those who fully grow in the business. Yup, I saw opportunity. I began turning my household expenses into an income when I started my Arbonne business. Arbonne's opportunity allows you to redirect your own spending to support yourself, home, and business. It is not about "selling", I do not see myself as a sales person because I would fail horribly. I help people shop from their own store at the comfort in their own home and a few days later the products arrived right at their door step.

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Fall in Love & Giveaway




Fall is probably my favorite season and guess what..it is here! I joined with my lovely sponsors this month to share a few recipes and favorite drinks to try on a chilly fall day. We hope you enjoy getting to know us and trying our favorites.

My favorite fall drink is called the Blended "PPS" (protein pumpkin spice) Frap. It's my variation on an PSL frap (pumpkin spice latte). 

In a blender add crushed ice, 1/2 cup of water, 2 scoops of Arbonne Vanilla Protein Powder, 1 scoop of Arbonne Fiber Boost and 1 packet of Starbux Via Pumpkin Spice Latte (instant) and blend well. Top with whip cream or sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon for a healthier and delicious protein frap.  


"My beverages of choice are all over the place. I don't know if I have a favorite, but I always love when drinks look like they're ready to party! There's a restaurant near me that garnishes their drinks with little faces made out of fruit. A strawberry wearing sunglasses and a mini umbrella? Yes! My favorite from this place is their frozen strawberry margarita. So delicious any time of year."




I don't mean to be boring and cliche...but....I can't resist a good pumpkin spice latte...I usually get it decaf with nonfat milk, 2 pumps of pumpkin and no whipped cream.  I know...I took away the best part, but it is still YUMMY!!!!!  



I'm a PSL girl all the way, and who could blame me that thing is liquid goal.  But I recently tried Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Coffee and holy moly I'm in love.  Y'all it is flat out amazing.  In fact, I think I'll go get myself another one today.  Blame it on the middle schoolers, this girl runs on the good Lord and lots & lots of coffee.


My favorite drink is simple-I like a nice glass of white wine, as long as it's not too sweet.  These days I've been leaning more towards Chardonnay.  I feel like it's part of growing into Wine, because I started out drinking super sweet candy wine like Moscato and Lambrusco, and then I gradually have worked my way back up to the more tart and crisp wines.  Now when I go back to the sweet ones they feel like syrup and it's too much.
My favorite fall drink would be a hot caramel macchiato from Starbucks. Although it’s not specific to fall, during the summer I mostly get cold drinks so when fall rolls around, I start getting hot drinks… so to me, it’s somewhat fall. I’ve never been into the pumpkin spice drinks, but definitely willing to try it again this fall!
I am obsessed with hot apple cider in the fall. There is something so soothing about the warmth of the apple flavor that is comforting and perfect for snuggling into a blanket with. It's even better with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a small shot of caramel. I've even made my own batch for parties in the crockpot with store-bought spiced cider; just add a few cinnamon sticks, dash of nutmeg and a few orange peels. Mmm...





My favorite fall drink is Butterbeer (alcoholic)! It's super easy to make and it's especially great for those Harry Potter marathon weekends on ABC Family! You need: Butterscotch Schnapps, Vanilla Schnapps + Cream Soda. Just mix them together and BOOM. Magic :) 

I love to feel warm inside on a chilly day. I go to the local coffee shop and order the Toasted Marshmallow Mocha. It is so delicious. It sounds like it would be super rich, but its not. It takes like a roasted marshmallow from the camp fire. 

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