Mother's Day Cards

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

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Now, more than ever, small businesses need our support. Since we're all staying indoors for the coming month, I decided to order my Mother's Day card off Etsy well in advance this year.

Head over to my Mother's Day Etsy Favorites page to check out 25 of my favorite Mother's Day cards. All are from sellers either in Canada or the US (where most of my readers are located!), so shipping should be a breeze if you shop local.

Together, let’s #standwithsmall.
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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

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As we enter week three of working from home, I wanted to share some tips and tricks on how I've transitioned to #remotelife and social distancing. I know everyone is in the same boat, but these are the little things that have helped me survive! I don't know how long we'll be in this but I am sure there is light at the end of the tunnel, and everyday personally gets a little bit easier for me.

1. Get up early!
We don't start until 10, but I really try to wake up that extra bit early every morning to get a workout or virtual coffee hang in. One of my best friends has been hosting workout classes for us to join via Google Hangouts, and our team at work has put in 30 minute daily optional coffee hangs, where we discuss life, movies... anything NOT covid related. I swear this helps so much!

2. If you're in the mood to shop online, support small businesses
... and I'm not just saying this because I work for Etsy. Now is more important than ever to shop small! If you're looking for a Mother's Day gift, my last purchase was a gold necklace (not for Mother's Day, but for a friend!) from NovaRoma and the quality is so good!

3. Take the dog for a walk
Or if you don't have pets, just go for a walk. It keeps me sane and I am more motivated when I come back to my laptop.

4. Use technology to stay connected
Zoom, Slack, Google Hangouts.... these are all SO important when it comes to feeling connected as a team, but also with friends. Don't forget to have virtual wine nights with the girls or download Houseparty to play games like cards against humanity and trivia over video.

5. Do fun, indoor activities
Puzzling, making a TikTok, learning a new recipe... there's still a ton of things you can do indoors. You can bake the same recipe with friends on Facetime, or even watch a movie at the same time via Netflix Party.

6. Don't forget to call Grandma

7. Only eat during designated work breaks
I found myself snacking away all day and since I've put this new plan in place, I am feeling a lot more energized and not as sluggish.

8. Wear real pants
I'm not kidding, I'm about 500x more productive when I am wearing jeans and not leggings. This might just be me but it seems to work.

9.  Try something new
Read the murder mystery that's been gathering dust on your shelf, pick up running outdoors or brush up on a language - German grammar has always been a personal struggle of mine, so maybe I'll finally nail it! The current market crash could also be an opportunity for first-time stock investors – so research those stock picks and download Robinhood.

10. Embrace the Coronavirus happy hour
Seriously, pour that glass of Malbec. You rocked social distancing; you deserve it.
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Brooklyn Bedroom Tour

Sunday, 16 February 2020

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Welcome to my bedroom makeover! I was on a really strict budget when it came to redecorating my room. My style is pretty contemporary mixed with a little bit of a tropical vibe - which you can see in the plants, jute accents, etc. I managed to keep this entire room under a $1,000 - which I think is pretty good, considering I purchased a bed frame, mattress, dresser, pillows, accessories, plants and more.

My favourite piece in my room is my dresser, which I got from Wayfair. It's currently on sale for $220. It looks so much more expensive than it is and I absolutely love it. I also snagged this trendy platform bed from Amazon for under $150, and the mattress from All Modern for $240 (on sale down from $1k). I have slept on really expensive mattresses in the past and this one is hands down my favourite. The rug is from Ikea!

I'm very happy that I've managed to keep my plant baby alive, and he lives in this cute, little wicker basket. The other flower pots in the room are from HomeGoods and William Sonoma

The twinkle lights and accent pillows are from Indigo, and the bedsheets are also a steal at $85 from Wayfair. The Ubud print above my bed (which used to hang in my old living room) is from Society6 and lucky you - it's also 40% off right now!

The hurricane candle is from West Elm, and the other ones are Diptique. All of the other bedroom accents were either gifted to me (thanks little bro for your old TV) or I owned them before!

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