Pop the Champagne, I’m Changing My Last Name!

Pop the Champagne, I’m Changing My Last Name!

So, I haven’t been blogging in a while, or loading as many photos as I once intended to. I just recently started an online degree program, and a full-time job, which is taking away every little bit of “extra” energy I have lately. I also recently got engaged! That’s right, I get to marry my best friend and the man of my dreams, and I could not be more excited!

Josh and I have been together a little over four years now, he asked me to marry him just three days short of our four-year anniversary on November 1, 2017. When I asked Josh, what made him choose November 1 to ask me, he had let me know that it’s because November is “our month”—and now always will be one that we celebrate!

HOW DID HE DO IT? Joshua, the perfect human being that he is, planned every single detail tailoring the entire proposal around things that I love, including himself. I walked in the house after work, to see my future husband dressed in a suit and tie, candles lit, a bouquet of white roses, my best friend and now maid of honour with a camera (she was in on all of this and didn’t tell me anything, love you Jill), a bottle of premium champagne, The Weeknd on vinyl and the icing on the cake… Mexican for dinner. As soon as I walked in the door, I immediately knew what was going on and froze completely! Josh was expecting me to burst into tears, instead I was shocked, speechless, and had a smile from ear to ear. It was about ten minutes later that everything sunk in, and I started bawling ha-ha! Stay tuned and I will be posting engagement party, and wedding ideas throughout the next year and a half of our engagement journey! We’re planning on getting married in August of 2019, so lots to keep updated with!

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Love always

 

Taylor xox

Step out of your comfort zone!

Step out of your comfort zone!

I don’t know if you’ve ever been in a slump, but I have a time or two. And lately, it seems I’ve been in a slump for what feels like ever. Judging based off the fact that I posted to this blog weekly religiously for a little while, then I fell off the wagon for a month or so.

Every single day I would say to Josh, or Jill or anyone in my friend circle “oh yeah, I have to work on my blog for a bit today, it’s been awhile” but…. I didn’t. A week went by, then two weeks went by, then added stressors in my outside life just put me and my blogging at bay for a little while. How could something that makes me so happy bring me so much dread? Thinking of writing a post brought me so much stress, and for absolutely no reason. Or not really, it wasn’t “no reason”. I was just not happy and hadn’t taken any time to realize that or find out why. What have I been doing to get myself out of what feels like a forever slump?! Well, I’ve started making minor tweaks in my everyday life to get a little more organized. I’ve also had a few major changes and I’m now working on getting back into a routine… for now.

First off, I didn’t want to beat myself up for not working on my blog. I do this for fun right now, it isn’t a job for me. But, it definitely helps spark some creativity into my life, and assists me with getting away from Netflix every now and again. I get a lot of enjoyment out of being able to write and share my opinions with people, but this isn’t my full-time job- although one day that could be a possibility. I am still holding myself accountable without beating myself up. I took time to reflect as to why I couldn’t make time to work on it.

Speaking of this blog not being my full-time job…. Work was something that had been stressing me out for a long time. I’ve been in retail for over 5 years and as much as I love chatting with people and getting to know them, I like to do that from a more personal level rather than from behind a counter being yelled at—if you sense a little passive aggressive tone there you are probably right, ha-ha.  What seemed like the end of my world was when my store decided to sell to different owners and not keep all of the same staff—I would be jobless, or so I thought I cried. I hadn’t been unemployed since the day I started my first job. Having a job was something that I identified myself with. I sat around feeling sorry for myself for a day and then I realized that it wasn’t going to get me anywhere. So, I picked up my laptop and applied for jobs. I needed to remain positive. That positivity manifested itself into something because I am now working as a receptionist which is sooooo different from retail. Scary. Almost borderline uncomfortable because I have no experience with actual office work as I’ve only worked in store settings. But guess what, I’m loving it so far. Like I said, what felt like a crappy situation at the time, ended up to have a huge silver lining. My only regret, not doing this sooner. If I hadn’t been happy for so long, why did I stay at the same job? Simple… comfort. I was comfortable and I didn’t want to jump into something new. My point—STOP BEING SCARED! DO SOMETHING NEW.

I am now doing something completely new to me, which makes me completely happy. I feel stressed only from learning my new job, which is less actual stress and more anxiety of failing. But, I’ve been talking myself through that as well by creating lists, and scheduling out my weeks using a Bullet Journal—which I’ll be discussing in a new blog post within the next couple of weeks.

I think overall, getting out of a slump requires you to do some deep personal reflection and find out why you aren’t achieving what you want/need to be. If you aren’t happy, find out why & do what you can to change it—but do so within reason! “Life Is Short” is so cliché, but if you think about it has so much meaning. Stop spending your life unhappy and make changes that allow you to step out of your comfort zone.

Have you done anything completely out of your comfort zone? What was your experience like?

 

 

Peppermint Halo- My Life Saver

Peppermint Halo- My Life Saver

Headaches suck- I know this because I suffer from headaches anytime it’s going to rain. I get them so bad that I can’t open my eyes and I need to place the heaviest pillow I have on my face for some pressure. That was until I discovered Peppermint Halo, from the one and only…… you guessed it… Saje! I swear they don’t pay me to promote their products- I’m just OBSESSED with them. This stuff sells itself, but I’ll explain how to use it/why you need it!

What is Peppermint halo? Peppermint Halo is a rollerball product from Saje Wellness, you apply it around your hairline in the form of a “halo” – see what they did there? The scents of peppermint, lavender and rosemary blend so well together and instantly work to relieve the pressure of my headaches. The peppermint is very strong but very soothing, when applied to the skin it gives off a great cooling sensation that provides instant relief! One of my best friends rolls hers on her neck in the summertime to cool her down, I’ve started doing this and it really works! Thanks Kelsey!

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I love this product because its travel friendly! Meaning I can throw it in my purse, even the smallest purse I have and always have it on the go. All products from Saje are also not tested on animals, plant based & vegan with no synthetics. It is always so reassuring to know you are using a product that is good for you- and the planet!

Please do your research before trying out this product or any essential oils as some oils are not beneficial for those who are pregnant or have health concerns. It is always best to check with your doctor first, or even have a chat with some of the employees from Saje who are sooooooo knowledgable and willing to assist you!

Have you tried any other rollerballs from Saje? What’s your favourite?! Comment below!

 

5 Things I’m Grateful for

5 Things I’m Grateful for

Gratitude- meaning to be thankful, show appreciation and reciprocate kindness to one another… I’ve always been thankful for things, but I have never been truly thankful for things until recently. I started putting some deep thought into things that I am thankful for in order to live a happier, more fulfilling life. Previously, all I would ever have in regards to any situation– was negative thoughts. You could tell me I won a million dollars, and I’d probably find something to bitch about, I’m not even kidding, it was insane. But, then I decided for the sake of myself and everyone else around me, I needed to change that.

Thats when I started to think differently. I would turn whatever negative thought I was having into a positive one. Here are five things I’ve been taking for granted, but seriously could not be more thankful for.

  1. My Job — I honestly do not like working, but instead of thinking about how much going to work sucks, and how much I’d rather be doing other things… I’ve now chosen to be grateful that I have the job that I do. There are so many people who struggle to have a job, I am lucky enough to have one that treats me well. Ever since I’ve started thinking this way, work has been much more enjoyable.
  2. My Friends — Cheesy, I know. But seriously, I used to get so frustrated listening to my friends problems. It would make my blood boil, but now, instead of getting annoyed when my friend is upset about a boy, or a stupid situation, I appreciate that they feel like they can confide in me, and I listen 100% (most of the time), and I’m not afraid to give my advice, wether its nice or not. I’ve noticed since I’ve given more attention to my friends instead of giving the same generic advice, that my relationships with friends have become much stronger.
  3. My Relationship — I’ve been with Josh for almost four years now, and we’ve lived together for pretty much four years. In that amount of time, we start to lean on each other to do things. A few weeks ago he left for a week and I realized how much stuff he does. Since then, I’ve eased up a little bit on asking for help– and I also appreciate everything he does for me that much more. I’ve always appreciated him, but that was just a little reminder that he does a ton for me, and is my biggest support, so for that I am grateful xox.
  4. Family — this is obvious. I am a very family oriented person, more so than anybody else in my family really… but I dont mind that. NEVER TAKE YOUR FAMILY FOR GRANTED. Please show your parents love every single day, you never know when you will lose them– SHOW. THEM. LOVE.
  5. My blog — This is a new outlet for me to share my ideas. I was so nervous to do this at first, and for the first few months I kept it a secret and had posts sitting there, never being read. Now– I’ve become so thankful for it. Writing this blog gives me something to do when I’m not working, it allows me to constantly educate myself, connect with people, and its a bonus that I love to write + share my experiences/reviews. Either way, I’m thankful for the blog, even though its small right now!

This is just a reminder to everybody, that even though life sucks sometimes– that if you manifest your negative thoughts into something more positive you will start to notice small improvements in your life– which can relive tons of stress in the long run! Whats the worst that could happen? You become a little more thankful for those around you?!

 

Lets Wine About It…

Lets Wine About It…

I have five or six girls that I spend pretty much every day with. Its great, I have Josh who I live with, and then I’m accompanied by my friends all the time. When everybody is away at school, I seriously lose my mind!

But, for my friends birthday– Jillchella (yes, she coined that term for her birthday, and I love it) which happened about two weeks ago, we got to spend the entire weekend together. It was one of the nicest weekends I’ve had in a long time!

We spent the first two days of the weekend hanging out and relaxing with some celebratory drinks! Then, on the Sunday we took a trip over to Holland Marsh Wineries in Newmarket, Ontario for a wine tour and tasting! It was supposed to be crappy weather, but it ended up holding out for us and being nice!

The tour started off in the wine store that they have at the winery, it featured their bottles of wine, glasses, charcuterie boards, truffles, jams, etc. they have the cutest things in this store, every time I go there I buy things!

Then we went in to their production facility– where we were educated that because they are such a small winery, you can only get their wines in house, as they do not produce enough to distribute! There was a wedding going on that day…and it looked stunning! So, we didn’t get to tour the outside grounds but we could walk around the front which was very nice! Naturally, we ended up getting a ton of pictures!

The tour ended with a tasting of six wines, three red and three white. I enjoyed all of the wines! The semi-sweet white was a fave of mine! As well as the Gamay Noir. The Gamay Noir is so lovely because its “the wine wine drinkers” red. Its very light and sweet, which is very different than any other red I have tried.

All in all, it was such a fun weekend! If you are looking for something fun and inexpensive to do with your friends, look into a wine tour and tasting near you! This one was about $15 per person! You can also get awesome deals on apps like Groupon!

 

 

So…We Adopted a Dog

So…We Adopted a Dog

About a year ago, my mom and I went on a vacation to California with my boyfriend Josh to visit his family. We had to put our dog in a place that does overnight boarding. But, we seriously treat our dog better than we treat most people, so before we just placed him anywhere, we searched around for somewhere we felt would be safe and fun for our dog Dallas to play for a week. Yes, we’d never left him before and we decided to put him in camp for a week– I felt terrible. I actually cried, real tears (which the staff of the wonderful Camp Cookstown assured me is very common).

SO ANYWAYS, Dallas went to camp. He played with an upwards of 30 or 40 dogs, every single day for a week. He loved it. He came back, had whats called a “camp hangover” — which consisted of a lot of sleep and very little movement. We noticed that he seemed a little different after camp, almost like he craved and missed all of the socialization. So, we pondered the idea of adopting a dog afterwards.

The idea of adopting a dog was overwhelming at first. I hated it. We had got Dallas from a breeder, and I love him to pieces so I do not regret it. However, the second time around I thought it would be nice to adopt a dog who needs a home, and who is a little bit older (like 2 years), so we didn’t have to go through all of the initial puppy training. I thought adopting would be easy. It was the farthest thing from it. I was having a hard time finding a dog that would suit our family, and when I would think we would suit a certain dog, adoption agencies would tell us otherwise. It was very discouraging, and we left it.

Then one Monday morning, I was sipping my coffee, scrolling through Facebook, and saw a picture of this sweet little Chihuahua-mix who was 2.5 years old and looking for a home. My dog Dallas is 5 years old and 95 lbs. Otter (now Rico), is 7.5 lbs., the size difference is hysterical. I tagged my mom in the Facebook post of Adoptable Dogs/Pups Finding Them Homes-  James Bay Pawsitive Rescue, she commented “go for it”, I filled out the application form, and same day we had a in home inspection. I was terrified for an in-home inspection, because even though we are very clean people– we didn’t know what to expect. But, it went very well. After the in home visit, we scheduled a “meet and greet” for Dallas to meet Rico, and it went well. We went forward in going through with the adoption.

I filled out the adoption form on Monday, we had Rico sleeping peacefully in his crate by Friday. I know this doesn’t always happen for people, and that we were lucky. However, I am so grateful for this dog. He is sweet, and he has been fun to train. It is so interesting seeing him and Dallas run around the house. I was apprehensive and sad at first because they didn’t get along right away– I felt like we had just ruined Dallas’s life (I often tend to over exaggerate things). But, a few days later and they were both initiating play with one another, it made my heart full.

Now, we just have to work on how he barks at every single dog that passes by– he thinks he’s a lot bigger than he is. As for Dallas, he’s adjusting very well to having a new addition in the house, even if they are no where near close in size. It is so amazing to me to see how gentle Dallas is around Rico when they play.

This was probably one of the best spontaneous decisions our family has made.

I have an Instagram created for Dallas and Rico- @dallasandrico if you want to check out some of their adventures! I will try and keep up to date with how Rico adjusts to the house! It is quite an adventure.

My Latest New Gadget!

My Latest New Gadget!

Hey guys!

So the other day I headed over to Chapters, which is my absolute favourite thing to do when I have some time to kill. Grab a coffee, walk around and look at books, fun home decor… you get the deal. They had some marketing scheme going on that I totally fell for, and have absolutely no regrets whatsoever. Basically, if I bought a greeting card (for Mother’s Day), and presented this “secret pull card” I could end up winning between 5%-100% of my purchase. So, naturally the shopaholic in me needed to purchase anything she wanted to that would normally never discount. Why? Well, because of course there was that small chance I could win. $180 later, and 5% off. Haha, I’m a sucker for that stuff.

Anyways, side tracked a little, but now you have some background knowledge. Mother’s day was coming up, and I could have gone with my normal flowers, wine, a card and maybe some fashion accessory like a bag or sunglasses. But, this year, I decided to move to something a little more “techy”. My mom is notorious for not being able to find her phone or keys, or anything for that matter (I say that with lots of love if you are reading this). So I checked out this lovely little gadget online a few weeks back called TileMate. I thought it was cool, and also thought it was something you could only exclusively order online…so I did whatever the online version of window shopping is called, and forgot about it. THEN, I saw Chapter’s carried them. So, because of this marketing scheme at Chapter’s, I spent the $89.99 on a pack of 4, even though I wasn’t sure they would hold the value. But, like I said previously, no regrets.

I can assure you, TileMate is 110% worth the value if you can never find your phone or keys in the house. So, heres how it works. You open the cute little box that it comes in. You turn your bluetooth on, on your phone. Download the Tile App in your app store. Make an account. Follow the instructions to pair. Put your tiles on anything you want! *** If you want to attach a tile to a computer/tv remote or something, purchase the adhesive strips on the website *** I put mine on my keys. So, when I cant find my keys, I open the app, press a button, and they ring! Easy peasy, and I’m not stressed, swearing and blaming everybody in the house. Same thing goes for my phone. If I cant find my phone, I press on the Tile attached to my keys, and my phone rings– even if its on silent! Loud enough that I can hear it in another room.

This thing seriously sells itself. I did not know about them for the longest time or else I would have purchased one sooner. My mom is OBSESSED with hers, she shows everybody, and so do I. At work, I demonstrate it to customers all the time! (I work in the telecommunications industry, so I’ll bring up cool apps that I use with customers). I am not being paid to tell people about this awesome product, but its something I truly think is cool!

Online, you can purchase single tiles if you dont feel like you need 4. I admit, for my mom 4 was a lot, so luckily I scored one– thanks mom!

These seriously make great gifts for people, and are a great little gadget for yourself!

Check out their website below:

https://www.thetileapp.com/