If I Could Have Any Super Power, it Would Be...

Hello Lovely,

This week I'm teaching my kids about tapping into their inner superhero. Last year we learned about Growth Mindsets so I thought it would be perfect to start the New Year off with this cute Arts & Crafts project made from recycled materials. All it takes to make this cute superhero accessory is one toilet paper tube, construction paper, glue and markers. I made mine first and showed up in costume to get the kids excited. After they got all of the giggles out of their system, I explained what they would be doing. They had to bring in their own toilet paper rolls to decorate, then come up with a super power, a name, a back story on how they got their power, and how they use their powers for good! Since I'm a Guidance Counsellor, I told them that I have the power to heal people from the inside out, my superhero name is Amethyst and I got my powers from the Amethyst stone, since it's my birthstone. 

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How to make Superhero cuffs using toilet rolls tubes

You will need –

  • Toilet rolls x 2
  • Coloured paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  1. Begin by covering your toilet rolls in your favourite coloured paper. You can have your child colour the toilet roll using coloured pencils too. 
  2. Decorate the toilet roll with your child's super hero logo/symbol in the appropriate colours. You could use glitter, feathers, pompoms….the possibilities are endless. 
  3. Once you allow the cuffs to dry, simply cut the toilet roll down the back and fit it over your child’s arm. 

My kids loved this activity and came up with some really creative ideas. I had so much fun planning for this. I was always dressing up as a kid so it felt great to do it for my job! Would you like this try this activity? If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?

Death by Chocolate Star Wars Hot Chocolate

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I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE STAR WARS!!!! Like watching it on opening day in my Star Wars sweathshirt at the earliest showing LOOOOOOOVE Star Wars! I  also LOOOOOOOVE hot chocolate. I'm not the biggest fan of chocolate but I must admit, a hot cup of cocoa in the winter is ideal! I was craving some hot chocolate on Monday and just had to make a cup to help me get through my Monday night planning session and photo editing. I borrowed the recipe from Centsable Momma but tweaked it just a little. I'm completely intolerant to half and half so I substituted that and the sugar for sweetened condensed milk (that thick gooey stuff is sooooooooooo good; also my lactose intolerance is really picky). And although I'm a fan of hot cocoa I still can't have it too chocolately so I skipped the chocolate chip morsels inside and just put it on top with the whipped cream. but left in the recipe for you guys. I was also attracted to the recipe because it reminded me of the song, "Death By Chocolate" by Sia. The first verse goes,

Death by chocolate is myth
This I know because I lived
I've been around for broken hearts and how
Lay your head in my hands little girl
This is only right now

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What happened next was mind blowing! Of course I added my own mini marshmallows and topped it with whipped cream and more cocoa powder because it just wouldn't be hot chocolate without it. So pull out your hot cocoa mix or your unsweetened cocoa and let's warm up with a big mug together!

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Death by Chocolate Star Wars Hot Chocolate

Serves: 4 cups

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chip morsels
  • ⅓ cup boiling water
  • 3½ cups milk
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  1. Combine the cocoa and boiling water in a saucepan.
  2. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir.
  3. Add in chocolate chips and stir until melted.
  4. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in 3½ cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil!
  6. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  7. Divide between 4 mugs.
  8. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.

I Made My First Wig!

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I HAVE NEVER BEEN THE PERSON TO WEAR WIGS! I always grew up with the belief that if you want it, earn it. That applied to my finances and my hair. It was only when I began working after college that I began to experiment with extensions. I first got into it when I bought coloured extensions, and hot glued the tracks to the comb clips so that I can slip them in and out. I'm very non-commital with hairstyles, hence why I don't have locs. When my hair was permed, I liked using the coloured extensions and soon matching extensions that I used to add length and thickness to my hair. I went from have 14" hair to about 18".

Since then I've worn extensions with braids but stayed away from sew-ins, glued in tracks, and whole wigs in general because I found they were too tight. One of my best friends has a wig collection and it's always fun seeing her instagram posts wearing the various wigs, so one day a light bulb went off in my head and I wondered how hard it would be to make one of my own. Although I knew wigs could be costly depending on the type of hair, to be honest I don't know Jack Squat about weave. But that didn't stop me from having a ball wig shopping with one of my bestie's! I've made two wigs so far and I've had so much fun making them. I definitely have room for improvement so I'm going to try again with my last wig. I'm making these wigs to wear whenever I'm having a bad hair day or if I don't feel like fixing my hair. So on my mission to that I decided to experiment with my hair and I really like the results so far!

Don't forget to follow me on Youtube as I will slowly start putting out videos on that platform. I'm thinking about making a video every two weeks. What do you guys think? Do you like following my adventures? Share your reactions to my first two wigs in the comment section below! I love hearing from you.

How to Not Fear Yoga with Emey Robinson

How to Not Fear Yoga with Emey Robinson

Going to your first yoga class at a yoga studio can be an incredibly rich experience.But going to a yoga studio can also be REALLY intimidating if you’re new to the basic practices and expectations that most studios follow. Some people have a few misconceptions about what takes place in a yoga class and can either end up disappointed or enlightened. So this weekend, I took a yoga class at Studio Ohana, then sat down with Emey Robisnon, yoga guru extraordinaire, to talk about these myths and how to overcome any fears you may have regarding yoga.

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Montana and Jess' Stunning Nautical Wedding

Montana and Jess' Stunning Nautical Wedding

On December 30, 2017, my baby cousin Montana was wedded. The wedding took place in Freeport at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club. The dock provided the perfect backdrop for the ceremony. The nautical theme was consistent throughout the decor, down to the anchor that provided the perfect ampersand under the arch to symbolise the joining of two individuals.

The magnetising chemistry between the couple really showed throughout the ceremony. They seriously couldn’t be any cuter together. It was a photographer’s dream to work with such  individuals who were so passionate about one another that it also inspired me with my own emotional journey.

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Holiday Painting Party

Hello Lovely,

Yesterday was a much needed holiday. I know school just re-opened last week, but after threatening to call a child's mother just to get him to stop talking back to me, I think I needed a quick recharge. The holiday we celebrated was Majority Rule Day. Majority Rule Day became a public holiday in 2014. It commemorates The Bahamas gaining majority rule for the first time on January 10, 1967, symbolising the promise of equality, a level playing field, and fair play for all Bahamians. 

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To celebrate the holiday I got three of my girlfriends together for a painting party. I started things off by serving brunch (my now famous Banana Nut Pancakes and coffee with a custom made Coffee Creamer).

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We didn't get to paint half the stuff I had planned for us but we still had fun regardless. None of my friends are really "artistic" so we had a little competition to see whose own would look the most like our inspiration. While three of us really tried, Krista gave up very early and did her own design.

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This is the inspiration photo. We all agreed Meghan's own looked the nicest.

We had so much fun figuring the patterns out. I tried to make mine look exactly like the original but throughout the process realised that I was putting way too much pressure on myself and I should just enjoy whatever I create. It definitely wasn't as hard as I thought it would be to copy this design, and with more practise I think I can get really good at it. I found and online class for painting patterns and designs so I can't wait to get started on that and show you what I create.

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After my friends left I made another picture, this time with markers instead of paint. This was the inspiration photo and beneath that is what I created. 

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I really like this painting, drawing thing. I used to draw a lot in high school but that skill got put on the back burner as I had to prioritise studying and writing papers. Now I'm getting back into doodling and it is so therapeutic!

How did you spend the holiday? Did you do anything with family or friends? Do you like to doodle and create artwork? Share your reactions and thoughts in the comment section below.

Banana Nut Pancakes

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Did you know that this year National Pancake Day is on February 13, 2018? I never really share pancake recipes here. I'll admit I've become very fond of waffles lately, but this weekend I was particularly inspired to make pancakes. I didn't want plain pancakes of course. So I grabbed a banana and got busy! And what better way to celebrate than with banana nut pancakes? These pancakes are the perfect way to use up those lingering bananas on your counter, and with pumpkin flax granola, they are incredibly healthy, light and moist in every bite. If only we could have this for breakfast every single morning!

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Banana Nut Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour (or vegan alternative)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 heaping handful pumpkin flax granola
  • 1/2 cup lactose free milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large ripe banana, mashed
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Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients starting with the dry ingredients then add the wet ingredients one at a time.
  2. Heat a skillet on medium low heat and coat with a non-stick spray.
  3. Pour or scoop the batter onto the skillet, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake.
  4. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
  5. Serve with fresh banana slices, powdered sugar or even vanilla frosting for added sweetness!
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Sail Away Fashion Show Recap

Hello Lovely,

This past Sunday, the remarkable designers, Cardell McClam and Christopher John of Cardellicious collaborated with R.E.A.C.H. Bahamas. R.E.A.C.H to bring The Sailor Boy 2018/2019 Collections. Bahamas is a non-profit organization that aims to provide parents with comprehensive knowledge and tools in all areas of the Autism disorder and other related challenges in the Bahamas. 

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The show opened with a sizzling performance by Patrice Murrell, singing her original hit song, "Your Ting." Patrice's confidence translated superbly as she sauntered around the catwalk, getting everyone excited for the show that was about to come. She was followed by the incredible Chase Fernander who rocked everyone with her smooth Hip Hop song entitled, "Repeat". The last musical artist was Rapp Quelle. I've heard of him for years but never had the opportunity to meet him so I loved hearing him live.

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The show consisted of over 20 dazzling looks! Just like the Cardallicious showcase at Bahamas Fashion Week, the apparel was ready to wear! I loved almost every single piece that graced the runway.

This one was particularly my favourite look. I'm completely obsessed with the duster look right now so I immediately gravitated towards this look! I genuinely would wear this look belted around the waist with a "Cinderella" heel.

I love how this model and the others walked the runway so confidently. I felt compelled to buy the clothes right away! (Not like I need an excuse to shop any way).

Here are some more of my favourite looks.

Areas that I thought could improve were the environmental and runway music, and lighting in the room. Someone kept dimming the lights making it near impossible to get a decent shot of the models. There was a point when the lights were fully up and it was the perfect lighting, however, once they were dimmed, it became a real struggle. Another area for improvement was the direction the models entered and exited the runway. With the media in the back of the room, the entrance of the runway for many models was at the back of the room. This also made it near impossible to get a decent shot of the models as they did not pause long enough in front of us.

But don't worry. I was able to capture the final walk, with Cardell's closing vote of thanks. See the full recap in this video below. 

I was so happy to purchase a R.E.A.C.H t-shirt as well as a pin and car decal. I look forward to volunteering with them in any way I can this year. Which look was your favourite of the night? What do you look for in a Fashion Show? Share your reactions in the comment section below!

Exclusive Deal + Free Shipping on All Wall Murals & Canvas Prints at Photowall

Hello Lovely,

I'm so excited to share this exclusive deal with you! I recently received one of the best Christmas gifts in the mail from my new favourite company! Photowall is a company based in Sweden that provides amazing wall mural and canvas prints. All of their wall murals and canvas prints are environmentally friendly, fire-retardant in accordance with Swedish standards and do not fade in sunlight. Today I'm giving you an exclusive 20% discount on all prints and free shipping on your print to the US, UK and other EU countries! You can chose to use one of their photos or one of your own. I chose to use the photo of when I was at Stonehenge because my first choice of the skyline featuring Big Ben and the London Eye wouldn't work with the crop feature. I chose this photo because not only am I standing in front of one of the most mythical creations on the planet, but that day almost didn't happen because my bus pass didn't have enough money and I couldn't swipe your credit card to top it up. With the help of a generous bus driver who let me ride back home for free so I could swap passes with my friend I was able to get to the tour with only two minutes to spare! It was one of the luckiest moments of my life.

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This is my print here!

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I was so excited when I saw it! I couldn't believe what an amazing job Photowall did with my photo. My photo was 4 x 3 ft, which is the largest size offered. I didn't expect it to be so big, so I'm still looking for a place to hang it, but it is a very impressive print. The colours popped so well. Even the assembly was a piece of cake. No tools required at all. 

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So how does it work?

You can choose any one of the existing canvas prints and wall murals featuring classic motifs divided into various categories, including, for example, citiesforestsskiesanimalsmapsbeaches, and much much more. All canvas prints can be re-sized and ordered with or without tenter. Prints can even be sorted  by room type to help you find the right print for a specific room. If you have your own image, perhaps a photo you’ve taken, a picture you’ve found online or an illustration, Photowall can turn it into a canvas print or wall mural of any size for you! You can order your canvas print with or without their do-it-yourself tenter frame. The frame is 29 mm thick.

You decide what kind of edge you would like. You can choose white, black or printed. A printed edge means the design continues onto the edges. The edge is the part of the canvas that covers the frame around the side of the print. The edge is 29 mm wide and is added onto the dimensions you specify in your order. For example, if you order a print 100 cm x 100 cm, the canvas will be 106 cm x 106 cm including the edge.

Even the frame is easy to put together. I thought I would've needed tools like a hammer, nails and a staple gun, but the frame comes with it's own screws that are easy to twist and turn in place. Then, there's no need for a staple gun to adhere the canvas to the frame because the frame has a tape that peels off to reveal a sticky surface the canvas can easily be adhered to. See?

It's as simple as that!

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When you go to Photowall to place your order, don't forget to use my exclusive code: OliviaRussellCampaign2017 so you can get 20% your order. It's only available for 30 days so you have to act fast! And remember free (and FAST) shipping to the US, UK and all other countries in the EU. What are you waiting on?