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

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

Friday Favourites #2: 10.24.14

Happy Friday! I have not been able to keep consistently blogging because life keeps getting in the way! I recently graduated (read about it here) and have been working 5 days a week as a server ever since. If anyone has ever worked as a server, you will understand when I say how exhausting it is. Between the split shifts, dinner rushes, and weekend shifts, I find my main priority for staying sane is sleep and exercise, so blogging has been put on the back burner. I hope to create a schedule in the next week or so to organize my life to make it a little less chaotic! Anyways…I have decided to link up with Heather at Housewife Glamour on this fine Friday for some of my Friday Favourites!

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– Turkey Bacon
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This stuff is delicious! I don’t know why I haven’t bought it before! I originally tried it at one of my girlfriends places two summers back but haven’t eaten it since. I decided to buy some the other day and I love how crispy it get when I make it in the microwave!

– Dinner Dates
IMG_0075Travis and I finally got to go celebrate his birthday this past weekend! His birthday was almost a month ago but between me working and him being away with football we barely see each other! We went to Red Robin (not my choice lol) and Travis was in heaven with the stack of onion rings and the burger he got! I will be very happy to be able to spend more time with him once football season ends! This weekend is their last away game and after that they have three home games. So there is about 1 month until the season is over!

– Hair, Skin and Nails Formula
IMG_0121I love this stuff! I was taking only biotin before I got this product and I can definitely see a difference in my hair and nails since I have started taking this! This has biotin in it, along with other vitamins that are beneficial for hair, skin and nails. My nails are growing like weeds and are much stronger than they have ever been! I have the type of nails that peel and are very thin and this has helped reduce the peeling and increase their strength.

– Wheat Thins Popped

IMG_0120Anyone who knows me, know I love chips, crackers and just about anything salty. I have seen these Wheat Thins Popped floating around the blogosphere and was super excited to try them when I saw them in my local grocery store the other week! There are a definite win! They are a cross between a cracker and a chip and the flavour was great! Even Travis liked them and he isn’t a huge chip fan!

– NuGo Bars
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I popped into the drugstore near my work to see if I could pick up a protein bar to snack on during my shift. I ended buying a couple  NuGo bars, mainly because of the price, but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked them. This flavour, chocolate pretzel, was my favourite because it was salty and sweet! I will be buying some more of these to keep on me whenever I need a quick, convienent snack.

– Mind Over Matter
IMG_0041I personally love this picture. I had a nasty stomach flu a few weeks back and I feel I am just starting to return to my normal self. I wanted to sleep in everyday this week but instead I knew I needed to get up and have my life return back to normal. I was able to complete all my workouts before work this week which made me super happy because I know I most likely won’t workout after my shift. To a certain extent, your mind dictates whether or not you can do something. This picture is simple, yet straight to the point!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

❤ Mikaela