October Favourites

Whew! Where did the year go?

It’s crazy how fast the months are flying by, I guess that’s what happens when you’re knee deep in a new job. But October has been a weird month of ups and downs. The dating thing is just not working out for me and I think this month I reached my emotional limit with the BS. I'm talking, random girl I've only met once coming up to me at a wine tasting to tell me that the guy I was sorta dating but not really dating has a pregnant girlfriend in Tanzania type of BS. I swear I can’t make this stuff up. Some days really are torn out of a Days of Our Lives script. Luckily I'm surrounded by great people and a job I honestly wake up excited for every day.

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I can’t walk into a classroom without an army of students running up to me for a group hug. Teaching and counselling Pre K-6 is a LOT of work! Even though I love what I do, I was super grateful for the escape I got over midterm break last week. It was so necessary to recharge with my closest friends. In addition to quality time spent with friends and family, I found so many fun things on the internet this month, that I’m excited to share with you.

READING

Life After Coffee
By Virginia Franken

I finished reading Virginia Franken’s Life After Coffee novel and honestly, I have a lot of mixed feelings. The main character was someone who at times I sided with, and other times, thought to be the most pretentious person on the planet. The story begins with a woman about to leave for another business trip. She’s a buyer for coffee and takes pride in it. But it’s her son’s birthday and he resents her for travelling so much, while her toddler daughter has an emotional breakdown every time she leaves. On her way to the airport, her boss calls her into the office to fire her because the business is closing down. She then has to learn how to actually be a mother to her autistic son (never specifically stated but it’s obvious) and bratty toddler. Her husband is utterly useless and her ex boyfriend makes a surprise guest appearance. I’m not sure I would recommend reading this, because seriously, she’s pretentious.

MUSIC

I’m in love with the COLORS showcase, so when I found their playlist on Spotify, I had to hit play. I love so many of the songs and discovered new artists like Tank and The Bangas, Tobe Nwigwe, and Seinabo Sey. My taste in music is always evolving, but there’s usually a particular type of rhythm and message that I look for: Feel Good/Woke.

MAKING (or wanting to)

I’m always inspired. Lately I’ve gotten a sudden urge to make a Fall wreath. I know, I know, it’s practically Christmas, but I’ve never made a wreath and I really want to try. I actually bought a wreath making kit from Joann’s (wreath not included) so I’ll give it a try this weekend and let you guys know how that goes.

My favourite recipes from the month were the Creamy Tomato Soup, Apple Pie Egg Rolls and the Acorn Squash Pizza with Spinach and Feta Cheese. I made a lot of treats for Thanksgiving that you’re going to have to wait until next month to see including a special ice cream that requires no machine! I’m also really excited about Christmas cocktails and I’m trying to figure out what my signature Christmas cake will be this year now that I finally have a stand mixer.

For work, I want to try making something called a worry doll. The process is meant to be a meaningful and creative way to explore themes connected to anxiety and worry. Making worry dolls provides a great opportunity for storytelling, to discuss coping, and the repetitive, patterned nature of wrapping the yarn around the clothespin can be soothing and calming.

WENT

I went to several events this month. It started with a wine tasting at Mahogany House (really didn’t like any of the wines this time). I went with my friend Gary and we met up with our friend Denaricka. This is where all of the drama of the hidden baby mama was revealed. That same weekend I went to the International Food and Culture Festival with my family. I ran into a lot of friends, colleagues and old classmates. I tried sio-mai which are Filipino dumplings and although they’re spicy, they’re still really good. I also enjoyed a smooth slushie called the “Panty Rippa” (my underwear stayed in tact). The following week I enjoyed another wine tasting at Young’s Fine Wine.

TRAVEL

This month I got to travel to Miami for midterm break with my best friend Tiana. Miami isn’t anything fancy. I really only went for the shopping and to catch up with my friends from college. When I say we shopped, I mean we shopped! I got 6 new pairs of pants for work, about 4 new jackets for work, 4 new dresses, 6 new pairs of shoes (including Nike AND Puma tennis), over $100 worth of holiday ornaments and wreath making supplies for only $45 (don’t question my skills), workout gear and at least 15 new short-sleeved blouses for work. Since working out my clothes don’t really fit any more, and my new job has a pretty strict dress code, so I needed to get clothes that I could wear to work.

But shopping wasn’t all I did. On the first day we had lunch at a restaurant called Bolay and honestly, I could eat there every single day! There are so many healthy options on the menu. Everything is gluten free and there’s vegan and vegetarian options. The first day I had Basmati rice, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and tofu topped with Parmesan cheese and carrot ginger sauce. The second time I got the exact same order but with sweet potato noddles instead of Basmati rice.

I didn’t get a chance to go to Wynwood other than Ladies Night at R House, but I did go to the Flamingo Road Nursery for the pumpkin patch, hayride, frozen apple cider and paint a pumpkin. We didn’t paint the pumpkins because we were shocked to see how much everything was really for children. The pumpkins were tiny and there were no chairs at the tables to paint the pumpkins so we weren’t about to bend the whole time. Despite this, it was still a fun experience and I’m looking forward to going to more pumpkin patches (for adults).

I had a lot of fun this month. Even though it was off to a rough start and everything didn’t go as planned, I’m really grateful for everything I did get to do. Did you do anything exciting this month? Share your adventures, favourite blog moments or anything you’re looking forward to in the comment section below!

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.

Most Popular Blog Post

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!

Monthly Roundup: Top 5 Most Popular Blog Posts for June

Hello Lovely,

Today is the last day in June, can you believe it?! June has been a crazy month! There were so many distractions for me, and to be honest, I know I will be struggling with more of the same in July. But it wasn't all bad, and I'm proud of myself for still publishing content that you guys really enjoyed! For the past month, our readers have really enjoyed our discussions on various topics such as healthy lunches, and cool places to hangout on the weekend. As we begin a new month, let's recap our most-read and loved blog posts for the month of June.

Our Top 6 Blog Posts:

1. Brunch and Jazz: Why I'm Super Excited About the Weekend

Brunch is slowly becoming one of my favourite meals, so I couldn't wait to share what and where I ate, and where you could go to hear the best jazz music in The Bahamas.

2. DIY Zipper Ring

When I planned to make this ring months ago, I didn't expect it to take so long to finally make it. But if you've got 10 minutes, trust me you can make this ring too!

3. What I'm Wearing Wednesdays

I was so happy to finally wear my maxi dress that I originally made to wear on my vacation and everyone was wowed by it too!

4. We Made Lunch Exciting with these Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

Say goodbye to boring hummus. These sandwiches make carrying your brown bag lunch cool and in style.

5. WednesDate: Now is Good

It was so cool releasing our newest feature on the blog called WednesDate. Ideally meant for long-distance relationship couples, but still applicable to everyone else, on the last Wednesday of every month, we will feature a unique and romantic experience for all couples. Whether it's a movie, or activity, we'll make falling in love easy!

6. Thirsty Thursdays: Strawberry Lemonade Shandy

Tart, sweet, bubbly, light and refreshing. Strawberry Lemonade shandy just might become your new favourite summer drink.

What were your favourite posts this month? What would you like to see covered on the blog in July? Don't forget we still have an open call for guest contributors on the blog. If you are interested fill out the form below and we'll get back to you for a sample piece!

Free Breast Cancer Awareness Stationary

Happy Friday!

Are you ready for the weekend? I'm so excited because tonight, Potential Church is having it's 2nd Annual Drive-in movie night! Woohoo! The movie is called 'Do You Believe' and is in aid of the women's trip to Fort Lauderdale for the Viva Conference! I get to go again this year and I'm super ecstatic because not only will I be a part of an amazing spiritual movement, but I'll get to see my boyfriend again! The conference is the 22-23 of October!

But onto something a little bit more important than that. I promised my subscribers a free monthly printable just for being awesome. And this month, you guys get not one, but two free printables! (Better hurry up and subscribe)! We're celebrating Halloween and Breast Cancer Awareness this month, and I'm proud to say that I'm participating in the Wear It Pink Campaign. Wear It Pink is a simple message for a complex issue. Asking women and also men to wear pink is a small ask that leaves a lot of room for people to plan their events around it.

International Wear it Pink day is October 23, 2015. And what better way to spread awareness, than with these awesome stationary?

Print these chic stationary cards on any plain white/beige cardstock paper to give or pass along any kind of message to a co-worker or a friend.

Use these to invite others to create an early detection plan, invite others to a fundraiser to provide mammograms for women in need or any other fun and creative way you want to show your support!

The great part is they can be double-sided! Just remember to print it that way, or you can use just one side. It’s up to you!

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Just remember that if you’re going to share this file, don’t forget to credit the original source. Have fun!


The Halloween printables should be ready by next week!


XoX,

Olivia