September Favourites

Hello Lovely,

Oh yeah, look who’s bringing back the monthly recaps! We've made it to the end of September and I am exhausted! Starting a new job brings so much anxiety but from my first day, I felt welcomed and appreciated, which I didn't have on my last job. The teamwork between myself and the others in my department was stellar, so I'm really looking forward to rest of the school year. Can you believe I now teach a grade SEVEN class???? I was terrified for my first class, especially because we didn't have an actual classroom, but it went well and I became less anxious over time.

This has definitely been the month of recipes! I shared 11 recipes with you guys this month! WOW that is a lot! But ultimately my favourite recipe was the Eggs Benedict Casserole from the Magnolia Table cookbook!

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Who knew something as luxurious as Eggs Benedict could be so easy to make at home!

My most talked about post was this photo that I shared about my weight on Instagram:

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The outpouring of support was absolutely incredible! I really think the more we begin to accept our bodies and stop shaming each other for the tiniest imperfection, the happier we all can be.

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My most popular blog post this month was actually a very personal post about why I chose not to get too personal on my blog. The truth is, everyone doesn't need to know everything about your life, but you also shouldn't be so ashamed of the truth that you create a completely false life just to please others who are probably struggling with the same shit as you. So I shared some of my biggest insecurities and it felt great to be heard, understood and accepted.

I had a lot of fun with my hairstylist on re-creating this hairstyle from Tamera Mowry. I got so many compliments on this, it just may be added to my regular rotation of hairstyles!

I want to thank you guys for being so patient with my schedule shift to 3 posts per week instead of 5. My new job is much more time consuming so I definitely don’t have the time to write and create like I used to. Thanks so much for the support! What was your favourite post this month? Share your favourite moments in the comment section below!

Letter From Olivia September: Back to Life, Back to Reality

Hello Lovely,

It’s officially back to school in a BIG way! I never thought that I would ever be excited about back to school shopping, but this past month, I spent a lot of time prepping for my new job as a guidance counsellor in an elementary school, hence why August saw so little posts and updates. So far I’m almost done with week one of school. I honestly thought that I may have over-prepared but now, within the first three days of school, I can clearly see that I have under-prepared! So if you’re like me, September is going to be all about acing this back-to-school thing! Whether it’s getting and staying organised, meal prepping, outfit planning, or somehow managing to stay in shape through it all, we’re going to talk about it! I’m also excited to share with you some of my activities that I have tried already with the kids. If you are a teacher, counsellor or play therapist, you’ll definitely want to tune in for those posts.

Here’s the rundown:

·       Mondays are for getting your head in the game! So we’ll bring back Motivational Mondays (I know that was a crowd favourite). This can take the form of a devotional, meal plan for the week or simply a lesson plan (play therapy) idea.

·       Tuesdays are for style! While I like to start my week with a bang, some people just aren’t that ready. So you may not look your best on Monday. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make up for it with awesome outfit ideas for the next seven days!

·       Wednesdays, which were usually reserved for “What I’m Wearing Wednesday”, will now serve for hump day motivation! That’s right, FITNESS TIPS are back! We’ll be sharing health and wellness tips and tricks, and a fitness video on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

·       After that you’ve got to be thirsty, so it’s time for Thirsty Thursdays! CAUTION: Drink recipes may not always be kid-friendly.

·       And Fridays are for winding down. We’ll be answering any questions you may have about the week, or the upcoming week as well as recounting our favourite moments of the week!

Of course I didn’t forget about your freebies! Your monthly freebie should be here next week. I can’t wait to start sharing with you, so stay tuned!