Friday Favourites #4: 03.06.15

Well hello there! I definitely took a blogging vacation because my life took a dramatic turn. I moved home, started a new job, and have been learning who to make long distance work with my boyfriend. I cannot say I am back for good but it is definitely nice to be writing again. Onto the good stuff… I am linking up with Heather at Life in Leggings (loving her new website by the way) to share some favourites in my life at the moment!

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The Weather
Holy cow! The weather on the Island has been amazing this past week and a half. It was been 10°C or warmer almost every single day. For those of you who are unaware, the west coast of Canada normally experiences about 8 months of straight grey skys and rain from about September to April. It has been relatively warm and sunny for this time of year and the cherry trees have even started to bloom!

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This beautiful weather is supposed to stick around for at least another week and I will definitely be soaking it up as much as possible!

Running Again
I had my first outdoor run of the year on Monday! I know, I know, it isn’t even cold when it is “cold” here but I am not a fan of running in the rain. So now that the weather has taken a turn for the better I strapped on my Mizuno’s and went for a run. It wasn’t long and it wasn’t fast but it was still a run and I felt amazing after. I was amazed at how good I felt when I was done and it made me remember why I used to like running so much. I am going to try and make running a more regular form of exercise in my routine!
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Kayla Itsines BBG 1.0
I purchased and started Kayla Itsines BBG 1.0 on January 5 and am now 2/3’s of the way done! The workouts are awesome! They are to be completed 3x a week for around 30 minutes plus 3x a week of LISS or HIIT exercise. You can read about my weeks 1-4 here! Weeks 5-8 were definitely harder for me and I am planning on doing a post very soon to review them. I have missed a few workouts but I am not perfect and for the most part I have been very good. I love the fact that the workouts are somewhat fun and they can be done even when you have little time on your hands and with little equipment!
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Sally Hansen Nail Polish
I am a nail polish junky! I have every colour pink imaginable yet I still seem to  want more every time I am at the drugstore and walk by the nail polish aisle. Since Target is closing across Canada (I am super unhappy about this), they have had almost everything in the store on sale. I picked up 3 nail polishes on my last trip to Target and I have not been disappointed.
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The first two were the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish and Top Coat. Because I am working as a server right now, I am constantly washing my hands and this nail polish has been wonderful. I must admit it is not as good as actual gel polish but I have noticed it chips a lot less than any normal polish. I followed the instructions and did two coats of the colour and one coat of the top coat, making sure to seal the top of my nail with the top coat to minimize chipping. This polish allowed me to go about 3 work shifts before I needed to reapply it. I am sure if I had chosen a lighter colour I could have gotten away with a few more days! It is worth the couple extra dollars in my opinion!
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The third nail polish I bought was Sally Hansen Insta-Dry (sorry for the terrible picture). A friend had recommended it to me and basically you put it on your nails about a minute after you put the colour on and it immensely speeds up the drying process! It works and I love it because I hate when I smudge my nails when they are drying!

Funny Photos from Canada
I came across this post last night when someone had shared it on Facebook. Even though I am from Canada, I have never experienced extreme cold so I found these photos insane! Check them out here!

Is anyone else experiencing extreme weather where they live!?

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!
xo Mikaela

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Friday Favourites #3: 12.19.14

Well time is really flying by! It is hard to believe that it is almost Christmas!  I haven’t posted in almost 2 months so I have decided to share some things that have been going on recently in my life and some of my favourite things lately! Thanks to Heather at Housewife Glamour for the link up! (ps. it is still Friday here on the west coast lol)

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– I am moving!
Next week I am moving back to Vancouver Island! I haven’t lived at home in over 3.5 years so
it will definitely take some getting used to! I am very excited to see my family and friends more often but it will be bitter sweet leaving Burnaby!

– I am going to California!
I have been dating my boyfriend for almost 3 years and I still have not gone home with him to California! He is from Northern California so I am flying into San Fransisco in about 2 weeks! I am so excited! I am going for just over a week and am looking forward to meeting his friends and seeing where he is from. Plus I get a vacation out of it too! I cannot wait!

– Sleepy Time Tea
I am a self proclaimed tea lover. I love almost any type of tea but I have to be super careful what type of tea I drink before bed because I am easily affected by caffeine. I bought this sleepy time tea because my brother drinks it and I love the flavour and it is perfect to drink before bed!

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– Oatmeal Bites
These little bites are amazing! Not only do they taste great but they are super convenient. I bring them to work and they are great for when I am hungry but don’t have time to take a break. I used the recipe found here but I didn’t have flax seed meal so I just skipped it. Try these, you won’t be disappointed!

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– Pomegranates
I love winter because pomegranates seem to be in abundance in the grocery stores. They are super tasty and every since I found this video on how to seed them, I have been buying a few every time I go shopping. Pomegranates are high in vitamin C and fibre and make a great snack!

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– Getting my nails done!
Ever since I started serving again my nails have taken quite the beating. I have thin nails that tend to peel so I normally keep them pretty short so I don’t have to worry about them breaking. Last week I went and got my nails done with one of the girls I work with and I absolutely love them!

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That’s all for today! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

❤ Mikaela

Five Things Friday #14

We are well into September and this has become apparent here on the west coast with the sudden weather change. We have had rain for the past few days but we are supposed to get one more warm weekend before Fall really starts and I am quite ok with this. I will be doing another link up with Clare for Five Things Friday and Heather for Friday Favourites. Thanks ladies for hosting!

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5 Things Making Me Happy

1. Football season is back. Three years ago I never thought I would be saying I am happy football season is back but since starting to date my boyfriend I have really grown to love the sport. He is currently working for the football team at the university we both attended and I love going to watch the games (especially when the weather is nice)!

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2. I have taught myself how to crochet! Travis has been calling me a grandma but I actually love it! This is a toque (beanie) I recently crocheted!

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3. I get to see my parents in less than 3 weeks! I haven’t seen them since the beginning of August but they will be coming over for my convocation! I can’t wait!

4. I am going back to high school! I recently finished my degree but right now I am upgrading some high school courses in order to hopefully apply for further schooling in the future!

5. Taylor Swifts song “Shake it Off“. I know I am a few weeks behind on discovering this song but I am absolutely obsessed!

5 Things I Ate/Drank

1. Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Filling. I cannot express to you how good these are! I two batches in three days because my boyfriend kept bringing them to share with his friends because they were so good! I even received some texts from his friends telling me how much they liked the muffins! The recipe I used can be found here and I followed it exactly as it appears. These muffins are seriously the bomb dot com!

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2. Chai Tea. Since the weather has become cooler I have had chai tea every day. Something about chai screams Fall to me.

3. Amy’s Organic Lentil Vegetable Soup. I am a soup lover and this is the perfect chunky soup that is quick to prepare and tasty at the same time. I had this soup with some salt and pepper crackers and some local salsa. It was the perfect meal!

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4. Greek Wraps. This is one of Travis’ favourite meals that I make and we had it for dinner two nights this week because we both worked late and it was easy to prepare. I will probably post a recipe for the tzatziki I make sometime in the future!

5. Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. I posted this recipe yesterday and I have had one of these treats every single day this week! They are delicious!

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Friday Favourites

This week I have one favourite to share!

1. FitHappy Headbands! I recently purchased two FitHappy headbands and I am in love with them! I had seen great reviews on them on Instagram and Etsy so I thought I would purchase a couple to try out myself because I hate having hair in my face when I am working out. Needless to say, these headbands surpassed my expectations and I have even caught Travis wearing my grey one a few times to keep his hair out of his face! I won’t embarrass him by putting a picture up though! IMG_5214                                          IMG_5219

Have an amazing weekend!

❤ Mikaela

Five Things Friday #13

How is it already the last Friday in August!? This summer has gone by waaayyyy too fast! I would definitely not complain if we had a few more weeks of warm weather before the west coast of Canada experiences 8 months of grey sky and rain. That being said, I am excited to see what Fall has to bring in terms of my future! Since it is the last Friday of summer I decided to switch things up! I will still be linking up with Clare for Five Things Friday, but I also wanted to link up with Heather for Friday Favourites (notice how I put the “u” in favourites since I am Canadian hehe) to showcase some of my favourite things in my life this week!

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Five Things Making Me Happy!

1. Having the gym to myself. I went to my school gym last weekend and I was literally the only person in there. It was so nice to be able to do whatever exercise I wanted, when I wanted! That never happens!

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2. I completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and donated to this very worthy cause! I am sure everyone has seen these videos everywhere on Facebook. ALS is a very devastating disease and to whoever started the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge I applaud you for using social media in such a positive way.  I hope that the money raised will help support those affected by ALS, their families and everyone who will be affected in the future. Here is a still shot of me having the water poured on my head!

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3. The new Davids Tea Fall Collection. I got the email the other day that this new collection has launched and I cannot wait to buy it! I am hoping Meg at A Dash of Meg will do a review on it soon because I really value her advice and preferences when it comes to tea! She is definitely the queen of tea! #teawithmeg

4. My two and a half year anniversary with Travis is today! We haven’t seen a lot of one another lately even though we live together. He has been very busy with work because it is the beginning of football season so I am hoping we will get to celebrate in the next few weeks once our schedules aren’t so busy!

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5. Treats from friends. One of my really good friends brought Travis and I goodies that she made. She brought us homemade cinnamon buns, two types of cupcakes, brownies, and lavender bread. Everything was delicious!

Friday Favourites!

  • St. Tropez Self Tan Brozing Mousse! Let me start off by saying I am naturally a VERY pale person. I do not tan easily and I tend to burn if I am in the sun without sunscreen in as little as half an hour. That being said, being pale isn’t in right now, especially in the summer. My go to tanning mousse is this one by St. Tropez. I have been using it for years and it has never left me streaky, smelly, or orange.

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  • Baptiste Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair! I am very lucky to not have super greasy hair for how fine and thin my hair is! However, when I do need an extra “oomph” to my ‘do or want to freshen up my hair I use this Baptiste dry shampoo. I usually put it on before bed and when I sleep it disperses evenly so that when I wake up my hair looks refreshed! Also, because it is for dark hair, you don’t have that dusty whitish look to your hair that can occur with other dry shampoos that are white.

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  • Rivalus Complx5 Pre-workout! I love this pre-workout! Lately, I have been trying to avoid caffeine because I find I am easily affected by it, so I switched to a pre-workout that contains no caffeine. This pre-workout by Rivalus contains 5 main ingredients, sodium bicarbonate, n-acetyl-tyrosine, arginine, beta-alanine, and red ginseng. I would describe it as giving you more of a “pump” feeling than a “burst of energy” feeling, which I actually prefer if I am going to strength train. I purchased the orange flavour but I will probably try the lemon-lime flavour next just to switch things up!

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I hope everyone has a fabulous long weekend!

❤ Mikaela

Five Things Friday #12

Hello! I haven’t been on here in a little while and decided today was a good day to post about a few things that are going on in my life! I will linking up with Clare for another Five Things Friday!

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5 Things Making Me Happy!

1. I finished my undergraduate (hopefully)! I had my last exam on Friday and have received my final grade for the class. Now I am just waiting for the Senate to approve my graduation application. I took three classes this summer in order to complete my degree by the end of the summer and while it was frustrating and tiresome at times, I am so happy I took these courses. I hope to be walking the stage in October at my university’s convocation!

2. I got to go home and surprise my mom for her birthday! While it was a very short visit, it was nice to be home. My mom ended up coming back to the mainland with me and stayed the night. She also got to visit some friends she hadn’t seen in awhile and I know she enjoyed her visit, as did I!

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3. My hair is growing! I got a good couple inches chopped off my hair about two months ago and right around the same time I got my hair cut, I started taking 1000 mcg of biotin daily. I am not entirely sure it is helping my hair grow but it definitely seems to be breaking less which is especially good for me, because my hair is so thin!

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4. I got to be a part of Vancouver’s Pride Parade. (This actually took place the first week of August but I haven’t seen blogging regularly so I thought I would throw it in.) I volunteered with the Canadian Cancer Society and got to actually be in the parade this year. Last year I helped out at the booth, educating the public about the importance of early detection for cancer and the importance of protection. This year, a friend and I decided we wanted to be in the parade and let me tell you it was crazy! I was so tired by the end of it but it was really fun!

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5. Bike rides! Living on a mountain has its advantages and disadvantages. One of the disadvantages is that there is really no place to run or bike. When I was at home on the island I went for a bike ride with my mom and it made me realize how much I love to bike. Not only is it good exercise, but I like the fact that you get to cover a great distance in a short period of time.

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5 Foods I ate!

1. I have been obsessed with Laughing Cow cheese lately so this has been my go to meal for the past week. Laughing cow cheese, homegrown tomatoes, green onions and S&P on a toasted ciabatta bun.

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2. Steak and grilled veggies. When I was home this weekend for my mom’s birthday I got to enjoy barbecued steak and grilled veggies. I do not have a grill or a deck at my apartment so this was definitely a treat!

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3. Zucchini blueberry lemon muffins. These were good but they still need tweaking before I post a recipe! Check back soon for one!

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4. Quest bars. I finally caved a bought a box of the chocolate chip cookie dough bars and a box of the cookies and cream bars and I have been snacking on these ever since I bought them. They are the perfect sweet treat to satisfy my cravings!

5. Homemade blueberry pancakes. Travis has been working a lot lately so I try and get up early to at least make him a smoothie or something for breakfast before he runs out the door. Lately he has been asking me to make homemade blueberry pancakes and I have made them a few times in the last couple of weeks at his request!

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Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

❤ Mikaela

Five Things Friday #11

It’s Friday again! I really have not kept up with blogging lately due to life getting in the way but I am back at it once again. Today I am linking up with Clare for another Five Things Friday!

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I have decided to do this post featuring my favourite things over the past few weeks (because I have neglected my blog) so here they are!

Five Things Making Me Happy!

1. Beach Days! Travis and I both had Canada Day off work so we went to explore one of the beaches near us with one of his friends. The weather was perfect and I was happy that we got to spend some time outdoors!

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2. I got to go visit my family last weekend and I get to go again this weekend as well. I am not so happy about the reason why I am going two weekends in a row (I need a filling on one of my teeth) but I am super excited that I get to go to the island again even if it is only for a couple of days! Travis is coming with me this weekend as well which makes me even more excited!

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(I took this picture of a cruise ship we passed while on the ferry)

3. Gifts from the boyfriend! Travis was away for about 3 weeks, working and then he went back home to California and when he came back he had a bunch of treats for me. His parents also bought me a few goodies and I am so blessed to have them all in my life!

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4. This cute tea holder I made for all my DavidsTea bags! I found the instructions on how to make it here.

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5. Catching up with old friends. When I went home this past weekend I got to catch up with a bunch of girlfriends I had not seen in months! It was as if no time had passed between us and it was great to see them!

That’s all for today! Have a wonderful weekend!

❤ Mikaela

Five Things Friday #10

Well it has been almost a month since I have published a blog post so this could also be titled “Back to Blogging” haha!

Anyways! Since it is Friday and I am finally done classes I figured I would hook up with Clare and participate in another Five Things Friday!

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Five Things Making Me Happy!

1. I finished my two intersession courses on Monday. I am officially done all my in-class classes at SFU. I still am enrolled in an online course at the moment and that one doesn’t finish until the beginning of August but it is so nice to see the end in sight!

2. My lovely boyfriend comes home on Sunday! Travis has been back home in California for the last two weeks and before that he was in the Okanagan working for 3 days. So technically I saw him for about 12 hours two Sunday’s ago but I am super excited for him to come home to me!

3. City views! I took this one when I was volunteering and I cannot believe how clear the skyline was! The picture doesn’t do it justice!

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4. This paint job I did on my nails. I must admit I watched a few youtube videos on how to properly paint your nails and I think I totally nailed it (get it…nailed it!).

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5. Night time walks! I have an obsession with walking right now. I am hoping to start running again soon but there is so much construction around where I live and this has discouraged me a bit. Walking allows me to clear my mind and have some time to myself, which I love!

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Five Foods I Ate!

1. Chocolate Coconut Covered Almonds. These are probably my favourite treats! I had Travis’ parents bring them from Costco in the US when the came to visit in the fall and I haven’t had them since. However, last time we made a trip to our local Costco in Burnaby I found them! I was dancing around I was so happy! They are amazingly good! Definetly a must buy every time we go to Costco!

IMG_43432. Well it is probably obvious that I love eggs and avocados so this breakfast is a no brainer. Garlic avocado toast, scrambled eggs, and extra avocado on the side! So delicious and filling!

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3. Frozen grapes! I had some grapes that were just about too ripe so I popped them in the freezer and had them for a snack before bedtime! The were the perfect “treat” before bed.

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4. Random salads. Since the boyfriend has been away for the last two weeks, I have had a hard time cooking for just myself. Salads have been my go to because I can make them as big or small as I want and I can throw almost anything from the fridge into them! This salad had chickpeas, feta, artichokes, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, and avocado in it. I just put a bit of balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil on it and I was in salad heaven.

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5. Banana bread! Travis’ mom gave me this recipe and I made a loaf will all the extra bananas I had in the freezer! IMG_4431

6.I know there is only supposed to be 5 things but I had to include a funny picture! The other night I got home from work and was super tired so I decided just to have a grilled cheese for dinner. I guess I forgot about it… the picture explains everything! (I did not eat this haha!)

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Hoping everyone has a fantastic weekend!

❤ Mikaela