We're about to enter March, spring is on the horizon. I am craving the sun setting later and later. I miss the flowers rising from hidden grounds (I even miss the dandelions). How did I survive these dark nights and frosty mornings? Although the storms were short, winter seemed to drag on. And on. And on. And, most importantly, how will I survive the spring slump?
I had a few products that helped me survive the dreadful winter days and will keep me out of the slump. These items are newly added to my life and are making my life a little less dreary.
Direct Prints Customized Water Bottle
Going to the gym is not easy. Especially in the winter. There's no parking option at my gym, so I have to throw my snow boots on and tread up a hill. It isn't bad at all, until the winter winds are snapping at your face. And, of course, the gym itself is a place I'd like to avoid. When it's a packed day and everyone suddenly gains motivation, it feels like a competition. Best in show. Days I try to avoid.
The one thing that makes my whole gym experience a little less sucky is my Direct Prints Customized Water Bottle. I absolutely love my bottle. After attending Marketing EDGE, a marketing conference last year, I received a free promo code to customize a bottle online. Over a year later, I found the code, and made my bottle.
I wanted to do a style that would make my gym days less bland. I picked out a matte bottle, added the image of the Rude Boy and Rude Girl, and added one of my favorite song lyrics.
I now have a water bottle that's uniquely me. It's one-of-a-kind. If I lost it, it would be easily returned to me (who else has a Ska water bottle?). Aside from bringing it to the gym, I carry it everywhere and I now remember to drink water daily. It makes me happy and proud to show it off.
Stop and Shop Bagel Chunks
One of the biggest expenses I have is food. It's frustrating and difficult to deal with. I originally had a meal plan for college but due to my own-the-go lifestyle, the meal plan had to go! I was wasting my swipes and eating on the way to and from jobs.
When I go grocery shopping, I make sure I have my rewards card, a planned out list, and I'm searching for the best deals. I'll choose store brand over name brand just to save a few cents. Every penny counts!
Monday through Friday is comfortably chaotic with me. Therefore, I pack lunches and to go snacks. Even scheduling in breakfast can be tough. I found myself spending some serious cash at chain coffee shops to make sure I have my daily bagel and cream cheese.
There's a new favorite breakfast in town.
Stop and Shop bakery offers this strange product I didn't know existed until a few weeks ago. They call it bagel chunks and it's essentially a big bag of slivers of bagels. I love this option because it's $1.50 for a bag and I prefer mini bagels. It's fun and funky and pretty sustainable, too.
Coloring books & Colored Pencils
The newest, growing, funnest trend yet: adult coloring books. Whether you have a coloring book packed with colorful curse words or twisty patterns, this trend is bringing calmness to stressful days.
I really loved to color as a child. I can recall days of laying on my stomach next to the TV coloring in my Rugrats coloring book. This trend is bringing not only nostalgia to my life but that care-free state I had as a child. It's also simply fun to color and a nice way to spend my free time, instead of TV.
Poutine Fries from Rogue Island
Rogue Island. A literal hidden treasure. Farm to table fabulousness with a twist that'll have you returning once more. I could seriously go on for an entire blog post (hint hint).
My new obsession is this uniquely delicious restaurant. I CANNOT get enough of their Poutine Fries. Absolutely genius and I am absolutely addicted. During their brunch hours, they toss a fried egg on them! All I have to say is that you need to taste it to believe it.
I'm not kidding. The library. I used to go on a weekly basis as a child. Picking out books, hunting down the most spectacular story I had yet to conquer, genuinely enjoying reading. The older I've become, the more the library has become a printing station rather than a building full of adventures.
I recently went to the library to take out books and I cannot wait to start reading for pleasure once again.
This blog post is not sponsored and no samples were received to review.
What can we trust anymore? Well, a lot of brands we trusted, we can’t anymore and we shouldn’t. I can’t even begin to count how many times I had a Happy Meal in my life. What we buy is a reflection our personality and our values. If we buy from a brand that supports an anti-homosexual agenda, deforestation, or the mistreatment of workers; what does that say about ourselves?
Keepin' It Clean?
I once worked at a coffee chain when I was in high school. I’ll never forget when my manager made my coworker lay under the shelves and bleach them. His face turned red, he was faint, and he was nearly throwing up. Our cleaning products must be safe and often times, they aren’t or they have a negative effect on the environment or negative outcomes during the production.
Keep It Green, Keep It Clean
I had the opportunity to try ECOS, a dish soup that puts so much goodness in your life, you will be wishing you heard of it sooner!
Ecos is a brand of dish soap created after "nearly 50 years of scientific passion and plant derived goodness".
So what’s so good about Ecos?
Well, A LOT. Let me break it down.
Good for the Environment
Good for You
See the Clean, Feel the Love
During this past Thanksgiving, my mom and I put Ecos to the test! You can only imagine how full of dirty dishes our sink and counter tops were after dinner and dessert! While using Ecos, we found it was easier to put the soap on a sponge rather than filling the sink. Bubbles formed and stuck-on-food came off easily. After cleaning, hands were left smooth rather than some products that dry out your hands after use.
My mom raved about how the dishes "...truly felt squeaky clean".
See for yourself
Ecos is a great replacement to your current dish soap. Why use a product that cannot guarantee a positive economic impact? Ecos stands for bettering the planet and the company's mission and production has led me to being a supporter and consumer!
Check out Ecos here by visiting
Halloween, my favorite day of the year. Where I can wear weird outfits and be an actress, and it to be socially acceptable. My favorite part of Halloween is creating a costume, by myself or with friends, that is unique. Here's a little snapshot of Halloween from the past few years.
Han and Leia - Star Wars
Halloween 2015: My Aunt Jess MADE the Leia dress and the belt is from Savers. Han wore a pair of his own pants, shoes lent to him, a work shirt, and a small vest from Savers. The hairdo is actually my own hair!
Darla - Finding Nemo
Halloween 2014: The WORSE Disney Villain. While going to Disney for Halloween, I decided to make the SCARIEST villain out there. The purple shirt is from AC Moore, my Mom pressed the iron on, the boxers are from Target, the fake teeth were from a party store, and I made the head gear wire myself. The fish was from a toy store and I cut a Ziploc baggie, too.
Melanie Daniels - The Birds
Halloween 2012: The Birds! I purchased the suit off Ebay, the fake birds at a crafts store, and the fake blood at a Halloween store. Heels were from Payless.
Coraline, a book by Neil Gaiman and a film directed by Henry Selick. A creepy and enchanting film that is very underrated. My Aunt Jess. who made the Leia dress, made the INCREDIBLE Coraline doll. I found costume pieces and patched them together to make this costume, years ago.
Other examples of creative costumes
Toga Day In High School
Because if I'm going to wear a bed sheet, it must be DAMN fabulous.
Lady Gaga Concert 2010
My hair can do amazing things
College threw me for whirlwind. With all the stresses and assignments, October hit hard and by the time I checked the calendar, I couldn't believe how close I was to Halloween!
I barely thought of my costume this year. I imagined being Harley Quinn but with the recent success of the film, I didn't want to be another repeat. I decided to think outside the box!
Keeping the same theme, I decided to go as Poison Ivy and Amiclubwear helped me!
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