Top 5 Posts From February 2017

Hello Lovely,

I can't believe February is already over! I know that February is shortest month of the year, but boy was it short. And short months doesn't translate to less work. With Valentine's Day and my birthday in one month, it was crazy but still so much fun! Here are the five posts that you guys loved the most this month.

1. 3 Cocktails to Try This Valentine's Day: Earlier this month we gave you guys three different Valentine's Day themed cocktails to try and waited for you to tell us which one was your favourite! I heard a lot of love for the Strawberry Bellini. Which one was your favourite?

2. Surf & Turf - Salmon & Petit Steak: Mechelle shared a romantic dinner recipe for two with a unique twist on the classic surf n turf.

3. 27 Never Looked So Good: My 27th birthday was pretty awesome and I loved sharing every moment with you guys. My jumpsuit came from Silhouette Lines for $89 and my heels were bought on sale for under $30 two years ago.

4. Who knew you guys liked Valentine's Day so much! You loved the cool date ideas we shared with the free printable. Did you enjoy your Valentine?

5. How to Make Baobab Juice: After receiving our free sample of Baobab Juice, I was really excitted to try Baobab Juice. A simple combination of carrots and oranges with Baobab powder is a great way to start your day! Get the recipe here.

Currently: How We Spent The Holidays

Hello 2017!

Welcome back! Did you all have an amazing Christmas?

Christmas in Miami is definitely not the same as Christmas back home in The Bahamas. But every year I spend with my boyfriend, is a different experience. If I were home, I would’ve spent Christmas in church, so to spend it doing anything else just feels weird.  I didn’t get to go to church this Christmas season at all. To be honest, I spent most of the season sitting around the apartment either watching various crime dramas or the Mythbusters marathon. When I wasn’t home, I was exploring wherever Uber could take me.

I surprised my boyfriend by coming in a day earlier than I had promised, and whisked him off to watch Star Wars on opening day. We even went shopping in Lush afterwards on a whim. It's been five years since I shopped there so I've missed that store. I treated myself to a new camera this Christmas (it’s been four years since I upgraded) and my boyfriend got me the perfect zoom lens for it! I was also able to get my closest friends and family presents that they loved, so that was a great feeling. I spent Christmas and New Year’s Day with my boyfriend’s family. On Christmas Eve we went to a block party together and we spent New Year’s Eve dancing to J-Lo (don’t tell him I told you that).

My Christmas holiday was full of good cheer, traditional fixings and family visits.  After church, my husband and I, house hopped to family and close friends, visiting the entire spectrum of relatives from grandparents to siblings and god-kids.  The famous pound cake from Freeport was super moist and flavourful as always and our end of day count of fruit cake slices was nothing short of 6! We had just about every cake imaginable, with no shortage of walnuts in sight.  The traditional meal of ham, turkey and vegetables also had an English flair with extras such as balsamic glazed Brussel sprouts, oven baked potatoes and English sausage.  

After a competitive game of Dominos, we teamed up to play Cranium and emerged as the winners of the night after many Charades, Sketching and Brain teaser inspired rounds (Go team Sweeting!).  I must say, I truly loved how I felt the joy of Christmas through sharing time with my loved ones.  It was one of my best Christmases.

How was your Christmas break? Did you do anything or go anywhere exciting? Share with us your Christmas moments in the comment section below.


Hello January

Hello 2017!

Can we all agree that 2016 SUCKED?!I mean seriously, Trump, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, George Michael, Prince? Even Drake finally moved on from Rihanna and hooked up with J-Lo. Like WTF 2016? Going into the end of the year, I was so eager to look at all the positive things that happened over the year, which was made easier by my positive jar. Remember in the beginning of the year when I encouraged everyone to write down positive moments as they happened on sticky notes and put them in a jar to read on New Year's Eve? I went through three different jars because I kept running out of space. It's a great practice, and if you didn't get to do it last year, I would recommend you trying it this year.

So, what are we doing this year on Life by Olivia? I'm so glad you asked! We're sticking to our Monday-Friday schedule for blog posts with more activity on the Facebook page including weekends to keep you inspired all week long. We'll be bringing more workout guides including my personal weight loss journey. You can expect much more DIY projects and tutorials, including DIY beauty treatments. We even have a new project we're working on to bring you guys free online workshops, all leading up to Meet Ups later this year! Of course, you can always expect great healthy, guilt-free recipes all year long.

This year is going to be great, but it’s you guys that make it so awesome! What kinds of posts are you looking forward to this year? Is there anything you want to see more of, maybe even less of? Let us know in the comment section below!