Most people know that I am a lover of books and try to read often. This past Christmas I ended up getting 12 books and was pretty excited about it since we’re in lockdown and need something to pass the time.
Therefore, I decided to do a mini, kinda, sorta, book club or rather a book review, however you would like interpret it.
I’ll answer some questions about the book and I invite you to answer the same questions in the comments so others can see your opinion of the book as well! I look forward to this journey and bare with me as life will eventually get busy again and it will take me longer to read the books!
I have seen this on instagram from time and time and always wanted to do it but thought it was sketchy. Then I saw one of my friends tried it and got their medal sent to them, I figured why not then? I decided to try one of the easy ones to see how it goes and if it went well I would try harder ones. Needless to say I attempted a super easy one, finished it in a week and sent my address for the medal. I got the medal a couple weeks later and was very impressed! The medal quality is amazing! They didn’t cheap out and all and have extremely cool designs for whereever they’re from. They had a deal of getting 5 challenges for 15% off so I decided to do that in order to save some money. I’m currently working on the 5 challenges all with different end dates so I’ve been busy with those. I suggest you try it out and see if it helps motivate you!
Ikea Standmon Armchair
As you all know I’ve been slowly working on getting my apartment designed to the way I want it. I have a lot of grey happening in my apartment so now I’ve been working on getting some colour in there. The colour I picked is green and I’m excited. I asked for this chair for Christmas and I did get it for Christmas but I just got it early – thanks Mum! It got delivered to me and I put it together with the help of my mum and I love it. I’m waiting for my boyfriend to get rid of his old man chair so I can move it to the spot it should be in but we all know how men are! LOL. It’s super cute and comfortable. I got it at Ikea for $350.
October was a hard month for me (switch I will explain in another post) but I had time with a friend to head to this farm. It was the cutiest farm I’ve been to in awhile and was excited. Most of the things were closed due to COVID but the store was open so I supported them a great deal! I got muffins, donuts, apple cider, candy and more. My friend also spent some money there in order to help a small business. It was so cute and extremely nice to get out of the house. Springridge Farm is located in Milton (7256 Bell School Line, Milton, ON L9E 0N7) so if you’re in the area go check it out!
HP Pavillion X360
I’m sure I’ve already written about this in previous posts but for this month I was thankfull for my laptop because I was using it A LOT. It’s been clutch for me and I try to take care of it as much as I can. I got this a couple years ago at Best Buy during back to school so there was a sale. It was still expensive but I love HP’s and they’re worth it. If you need a laptop in these crazy times hit up Best Buy! Especially with boxing day coming up!
As most of you know I’ve been slowly buying things for our apartment and am pretty close to having everything for the livingroom. One of the things I needed was a rug. Everywhere I looked rugs were so expensive so I finally looked at structube and found one for $89. I thought that was a decent price for the size I got and it’s a great quality rug, even my dog loves it! The ordering process was easy, we went into a store, asked to order it and once it was back in stock they would call me and I can pick it up. The day I got the call I had to be at work so my boyfriend picked it up for me. Simple. Structube is the best store when it comes to getting simple pieces for your house for cheaper then bigger box stores.
This tree falls in line with things that I wanted for our apartment, we have a pretty big balcony and I wanted to have nice plants for the summer. I’ve tried planting things because of the quarantine but they either did their things or just didn’t work because I don’t have a green thumb. I went to Rona to see what they had and sure enough I got this tree for $15! I was in shock since it was already kinda big but I’ll take it! Now it’s inside since it’s -5 outside and it won’t stop growing. Next summer I think I’ll move it to a bigger pot and see how much that grows since it has to come inside every winter. I wanted more green around the house so the plant worked out perfectly! Plus having a plant around to care for keeps the mind at ease with all this COVID bullshit going around!
National Geographic CF 70mm Carbon Fiber Telescope
For the entire lockdown in Canada (3 months) I spent my nights saying I wish I had a telescope since there was nothing to do and I thought looking at the moon would be amazing! My amazing boyfreind got me a telescope for my birthday and I’m obsessed. The first few nights I had it it was pure clouds so I couldn’t use it but eventually I got to and man was I excited! There is a phone attachment so I can take photos with my phone, looking back my first photos were awful but I’ve gotten much better. There’s too much light pollution in the city so at Christmas when I got up to my dads I’m going to take it with me and hopefully be able to look at some stars and planets!
Oxo Good Grips Pop Containers
If you know me well you know I love to organise. It’s the most satisfying thing anyone can do and it just looks good! Over the lockdown I started to organize my pantry and curb side pick up these pop containers. Before I ordered them I had to see what was in my cupboard and figure out which container would hold the products I had. It was work but I had nothing but time on my hands. Half my pantry is done and I’m slowly working on getting more and planning the next part. You can get these at Kitchen Stuff Plus for different prices depending on the size you get.
Does anyone else hate mop and buckets? They’re awful, you literally just push around dirty water thinking you’re cleaning but when you wipe the floor with a wet paper towel it’s brown! Ew! Everyone who knows me knows I have a dog, a big dog, who I love very much but he’s very dirty! I walk him five times a day so he’s paws make my floors so dirty. My Mum picked this up for me at Walmart for $29.97, when I used it for the first time I mopped maybe the week before thinking my floor was semi-clean. Oh boy, was I wrong! The pad was brown, like the empty pad, not just at the edges. I couldn’t believe how dirty my floors were, even after using it once we noticed our feet and socks were cleaner because it was actually cleaning my floor. Stop using a mop and bucket (unless you spilled alot of water and you’re going to use the Swiffer after to clean the floor), go get yourself one of these and your life will be easier. Now keep in mind, I do only live in a one bedroom apartment, if you live in a 3 bedroom house this may not be the option for you!
Natural Dog Company Paw Soother
My poor dog started to get painful sores in between his toes, we took him to the vet to see what it was. They thought it was a chicken allergy so we switched his food and took antibiotics. The antibiotics were not a guarantee it would clear it up and there was a side effect that made him pee A LOT. Only one mishap inside and the sores cleared up until they came back. They vet gave us medicated wipes that should have helped but his paws just seem to be getting worse. I saw Natural Dog Company on instagram which posted about a dog that looked like was going through the same thing. I instantly bought it and tried it right away. This has been the best product ever as my dogs paws are much better! I use it once a night and it’s been working great. You can get this and other products like it from different stores if you go on their website or you can order online. They have different sizes 1 oz tin for $19, 2 oz tin for $24, 2oz stick for $24, 4oz tin for $36. Check them out!
For years I have tried to find leggings that don’t fall when I simply walk let alone run or do anything else! I’ve tried Lulelemon, underarmour, creap walmart leggings and nothing. Everytime I’d buy them they would be super tight but once I started to move they would fall, it was the most annoying thing. I saw Gymshark from YouTubers that I follow and loved how they looked so I decided to grab a pair along with some other small things. Once I got them and tried them on I wasn’t so sure because they were tight but I gave them a try. That day I decided to run the stairs in my apartment just to get a quick workout in and test them. I didn’t have to pull the leggings up once, it was amazing! They’re actually so comfortable and look great. You can get them at Gymsharks website, they were $90 but they’re so worth it!
In June I offically went back to work but only had 2 masks to wear that my boss provided. Wearing the same two masks for a week straight wasn’t going to be fun or clean so I decided to order more of the masks. They’re pretty comfortble and fit most, I did have to sew mine to make it fit better but they fit perfectly. I liked this company because it’s Canadian, they shipped within the week and they’re good quality. I recently just ordered Christmas masks since masks aren’t going away so I might as well get festive! Usually each mask is $15 or they have a pack of 3 for $45 (which they always have a sale!)
I had gotten this sewing machine awhile back as I was attempting to learn. Little did I know that I would need this to make masks! Now sewing machines and I don’t have a good relationship, nothing seems to work for me, I fix it then it works for maybe five mintues and then I have the same issue all over again. I made two masks with this, I was proud of myself but the anger that came with it was not fun. Singer is a great brand when it comes to sewing machines, my best friends Mum had one for 30 years. They are built to last and are good working machines – needless to say when I use it it’s user error. With anything though it takes practice, you’re not going to be a pro the moment you open the box that’s for sure. It takes me a lot of reading and watching youtube videos to figure some things out! I got this at Canadian Tire for roughly $150. You can get them at lots of stores, just look around and do your research to see what is best for you!
I bought my yoga mat YEARS ago at Walmart for maybe $20, now they’re everywhere. Most stores have their own verisons and colours so it all depends on what you like. I’ve decided I need to start working out because I was getting quarantine-15! As gyms were closed and I was bored out of my mind anyways, I got some weights and found a workout plan and got to it. Boy, was I out of shape and I still am. I remember when I was younger playing baseball and working out like it was nothing, now doing squats makes me break a sweat! My yoga mat was handy as I live in a one bedroom apartment with my boyfriend and dog so that’s not much space to do a full workout. At least the mat made me have a space, preventing noise going to the person below me and saved my knees from the hard floor. Now gyms are open, that that I have gone as the virus is still going around but I want to so the yoga mat is coming back out! You can get yours at most stores and you don’t need to spend a lot of them.
Well this will officially be my last COVID blog as my personal quarentine is finished.
As most of you know if you follow, my place of work officially opened on Friday June 19th. I was nervous building up to the day because of the obvious virus going around but also I didn’t do hair for 3 months. Now I was getting thrown back into it all while the world seemed like it was ending.
Friday morning I had time to get ready, walk Drax and attempt to play with him. As soon as I started to get ready Drax knew I was going back, he went right to his crate and sat in there until I attempted to get him out with cookies. I had to move his crate into the livingroom because that’s where the AC is, once I got him out he went to his bed and just gave me those puppy eyes. I played with him but he just wanted me to hold his head. I had to move and when I turned around he was back in his crate – needless to say I left because he clearly wanted to be in the crate and I didn’t want to make things worse.
I got to work earlier because I wanted to clean my station and my tools one more time before I started work for the day. I sat in the back for ten mintues avoiding putting on the mask. Eventually I sucked it up and put it on, at first it was weird then eventually you got use to it being on your face. The masks however are hot as hell, talking is hard but everyone wants to talk at the salon so I did but eventually I was getting too hot so my hair went up and talking went to a minimum. The first day I ran an hour behind because my last client had a lot of hair and wasn’t booked for the right service but it all workout.
Saturday was a bit better, it was still a busy day but everyone was getting in the grove of things. I was on time for most of my clients, last one only ran 5 mins behind but I made up the time later. All in all it was a good start but still creepy because in the back of your head you know there’s a possibility of being exposed even though we are taking those precautions.
After those first two days I’ve never been so sore in my life. It was all the areas that I haven’t been using during the quarentine like standing for 8 hours so my feet, legs and back were sore. I can home iced my knee and got Dave to massage my back and feet (after I showered) which helped big time (he’s a keeper). Now were back to work on Tuesday for a full week.
It’s still crazy to think that this is going on in the world, who would have thought but we’re getting through it and staying safe. Everyone wash your hands, wear a mask and stay home if you are not feeling well.
That’s it, that’s all. Thank you for all sticking around with me through this! Now I have to get back to regular blogs! Stay tuned.
Today wasn’t very eventful to be honest. Drax and I hung out in the morning, got a couple walks in before it got too hot then hung out. Once Drax decided to nap I worked out, made lunch, got things ready for work tomorrow and watched some tv.
I didn’t feel like going out today, I just wanted it to be calm before the storm. I’m sure I won’t sleep tonight because that’s just how I am but at the same time I will probably take allergy medicine and that will knock me out. My allergies tend to be the worst at night and in the morning, the rest of the day I’m fine, just a couple sneezes here and there.
Now that I’m back at work I’m gonna need to figure out how I’m going to get my workout in. My hours are all over the place so my eating pattern will change and working out will have to change too. It will take time but I will figure it out.
I may write tomorrow about my first day or I may just finish the week off and end it at that, either way I can’t believe it’s been 3 whole months and we’re still going through a pandemic.