Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Monthly Favourites - July 2017

So this is a little late. I've had my monthly favourites list written on my white board forever. I'm also extremely passionate about a few of these products. July was all about working. I didn't do all that much other than work. That comes with its own set of problems which are solved by a couple of these products!

1. Vida Plus Bathing Suit from AdoreMe

 First of all, if you have boobs and you have not been measured, get them measured. It will change your life. Once I got measured, I started shopping at AdoreMe. It's a great online bra/lingerie/pj/bathing suit company. I always find the most amazing deals. I'm a VIP, so they send me a showroom every month. This showed up on it. This bathing suit is adorable. I have never been more excited to receive something in the mail. The shape is really flattering on me (sorry I didn't get any pictures of it on me). The straps at the back are cute, and it really is my favourite thing this month.

2. Overnight Oats


I made so many overnight oats in July. They are all going to make another appearance on a Pinterest Challenge post. I really love overnight oats as a grab and go breakfast. I've probably even said that before. I wish I had thought of this earlier in the year when I had a 6am shift. It would have been very helpful. I don't know what else there is to say about it. Highly suggest looking into this if you're busy but also don't like to wake up early to make a good breakfast.

3. Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara


I received this product for free from Influenster. I don't get to wear makeup very often in the summer because I work at a pool, and I don't do anything else. I got this mascara, used it a few times, and I actually loved it. I am looking for reasons to put mascara on. I'm the first to admit that I don't really know what I like in a mascara. I already have long eyelashes, so I need a product that shows that off. I love the way it makes my eyelashes look. The bottle is not circular like other bottles, and that might be the best part. You can hold it so easily! I'm a huge fan of this mascara.

4. Buddy Coffee Scrub


I was given this as a gift back in April. I opened it, hated the smell, and barely touched it since. Now, I work at a pool. My skin is permanently dry. I needed a fix, and I needed one badly. Enter this coffee scrub. I love it. The smell reminds me of compost (because my family puts coffee grounds in the compost), but it has been a wonder for my skin. It's harsh, so I wouldn't suggest this for sensitive skin. Follow it up with your favourite moisturizer, and you're golden!

5. Wonder Woman

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Have you seen this movie? The correct answer is yes. I loved it. I went with my parents, and I loved it. The only bad thing about it was the woman who sat beside me and wouldn't shut up. The action was great, the woman power was great, and the acting was great. I love reading all the articles about how this film has encouraged young girls around the world to be powerful. The world needs more films like this. I can hardly wait for the next movie!

I guess this month is all summer-themed. I cannot wait for the rest of August. Some BIG changes are coming in two weeks, and that will certainly be on my next favourites list. Things are going to be amazing.

What are your July favourites?

-Daniella

Sunday, August 6, 2017

My Fitness Journey - Month Four

Once again, I thought I was doing better. I have hit my steps on my FitBit practically every day. I have actually gone to the gym or gone swimmer as an active part of my life. I’m still not getting there every day, but I’m doing better than I used to. The only place that really shows is in my calves. I felt disappointed when I stepped on the scale this morning, but I’m proud of what I have accomplished so far. I fully intend to keep this up.

MONTH THREE

Weight
224 lbs.
Neck
37 cm.
Left Arm
38 cm.
Right Arm
42 cm.
Waist
97 cm.
Belly
119 cm.
Hips
130 cm.
Left Thigh
73 cm.
Right Thigh
71.5 cm.
Left Calf
47 cm.
Right Calf
44.5 cm.
MONTH FOUR

Weight
222 lbs.
Neck
37.5 cm.
Left Arm
41 cm.
Right Arm
40.5 cm.
Waist
96.5 cm.
Belly
120.7 cm.
Hips
130 cm.
Left Thigh
74.5 cm.
Right Thigh
72.5 cm.
Left Calf
45.5 cm.
Right Calf
42 cm.















My fitness win is that I definitely feel like I have more muscles than I used to. The other day, I was driving and I felt my arm while I was resting at a red light. And BOOM, I felt a muscle. That’s certainly not something I ever felt before. I still need to shed some fat to get that muscle to show its face, but I’ll get there. I’ve decided that August will really be a month of movement. I’ll be moving to Cardiff soon, and I need to get into the habit of being active and going to the gym so I can make this a part of my lifestyle.

The area where I really let myself down is the food. I’ve definitely not paid much attention to what I’ve been eating. I’ve also been drinking more beverages (because summer) as well as summer treats like ice cream. I need to get over this. I’m going to get back into tracking my food and making better choices. We’ve been going to a farmer’s market and stocking up on so many amazing summer fruits. I’ve had two peaches today alone. I love that aspect of summer. I’m ready to do this for real!



I really need to get better at taking this pictures. Or maybe I should get someone else to take them. That makes more sense. The next time I'll be doing this post, I'll have roommates!

Daniella

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My Fitness Journey - Month Three

When I get around the date of my monthly check in, I tend to find myself looking for ways my body has changed. I convince myself I’ve done a good job. When it comes to the measurement time, I have to be honest with myself. What have I really done to help myself? How well have I really been eating? This past month, I’ve been more active because I’ve been on my feet a lot more. However, I wasn’t doing real work outs. I also didn’t eat all that well. Better than the previous month, but still not good. The two pound loss comes from being more active. That loss on my left arm is definitely some kind of fluke, but I did measure twice.

MONTH TWO

Weight
226 lbs.
Neck
37.5 cm.
Left Arm
42.5 cm.
Right Arm
40 cm.
Waist
98 cm.
Belly
121 cm.
Hips
132 cm.
Left Thigh
73.5 cm.
Right Thigh
72 cm.
Left Calf
47 cm.
Right Calf
45.5 cm.
MONTH THREE

Weight
224 lbs.
Neck
37 cm.
Left Arm
38 cm.
Right Arm
42 cm.
Waist
97 cm.
Belly
119 cm.
Hips
130 cm.
Left Thigh
73 cm.
Right Thigh
71.5 cm.
Left Calf
47 cm.
Right Calf
44.5 cm.















Ready for my fitness win? I passed my lifeguard swimming test for the first time without feeling like I’m going to die in the end. The standard is 400m in 10 minutes. I got it with about 10 seconds to spare. It’s not a great time by any means, but I didn’t feel awful at the end. I feel fantastic about that small win. I know I wrote about this last month, but I did it again and that’s where it came from.


Like I said last month, I got a gym membership. I’ve slowly been getting into it. I’m certainly not about to become a gym rat. My goal is to go every other day. I can tell you right now that I already haven’t been great. I was supposed to go tonight, but things got busy (excuses are bad, I know). I’ve also been eating better. I’m making conscious choices about what I’m eating and tracking my food.


I’ve realized that I have approximately zero arm strength. I can do three push ups. THREE! I’m so disappointed in that. I will get better! Every month seems to have small victories. That’s all that matters right? 


-Daniella

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Monthly Favourites - June 2017

Someone forgot to tell me it was the end of the month, so I was unprepared for this monthly post. June has flown by. I feel like I just got back from England!  So much has happened this month, and I can thank work for that. The good thing is, I’ve done so much that I had so many ideas for what to share this month! Pluuuuus, stay tuned for my big announcement at the end. I’ve been hinting for so long, and here it is!

1.       Graduation


I did it! I graduated on June 13th! It feels so weird to have a degree and think back on the past four years. The most surreal part was actually seeing that piece of paper with my name on it. I worked so hard, and I nailed it! It’s sad to think that I will not be returning to King’s in the fall. It has been the most amazing home with the most amazing community. I don’t think I’m ever going to find a community like that again.

2.       Sephora Cream Lip Stain


I am obsessed with this stuff. I love a good lip, but I’m also super lazy about it. I was on the hunt for something that will stick on. Thanks to reviews on Influenster, I found myself splurging on this. I do not regret it at all. I have used it for a wedding, nights out, and graduation. It really does stay on all day. Graduation is one of the longest days of university, and I still looked great. I got in the shade Pink Tea because I wanted a nude. I’ll probably go back and get more.

3.       Chapmen’s Tropical Wave Sorbet


If you don’t already know, I have a peanut and nut allergy. Desserts are hard for me. My mom recently came home with this Tropical Wave Sorbet, and it is outstanding. Chapman’s has always been the best brand for ice cream (thank you Chapman’s!), and I am so happy to see that they are expanding to other treats. This is a perfect treat because it is tasty, refreshing, and highly satisfying. I just had a bowl, and I don’t feel like I need any more. Also, if you stick it in a blender and mix it with some Malibu, you have yourself a lovely poolside drink.

4.       Slowly Getting Over My Fear Of Dogs


Have you ever read my social media bios? I’m afraid of dogs. Everyone knows that about me. I don’t hate dogs. I want to like them. I like the idea of having a dog, but I’m scared of them. I’ve been trying to force myself out of this. I dog-sit for a family with an old dog who can’t jump, and that has been helping. Recently, my friend starting fostering two puppies, and I got to hold one! Her name is Cleopatra (Cleo for short), and it was a special moment for me. This may seem like a dumb thing to put on a monthly favourites list, but I am so proud of myself.

5.       I’m Moving to the UK – Again!

This is it – my big announcement. I have no way to describe it, and I don’t have a picture for it. I am going back to the UK for school! In the fall, I will be going to Cardiff Metropolitan University in Wales for teacher’s college. I’ve known about this for quite a while (I got accepted on April 1st), but it has been solidified this month. Teaching has been a dream of mine since I was eight years old, and going to Wales to do it is just the cherry on top. It is surreal. I cannot believe how lucky I have been just to have these kinds of opportunities.

There we go! Like I said, June flew by. I’m sure it will be no time at all before I have to pack up my things once again. I’m working as a Pool Manager this summer, so that comes with responsibility and exciting things ahead!

What are some exciting things you did in June?


-Daniella