Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween!

Hope that all you guys and ghouls are having a wonderful holiday.

- J

Sunday, 26 October 2014

25 Random Acts of Kindness

This year I decided to do 25 acts of kindness for my 25th birthday. It was challenging but extremely rewarding and really really fun! I've posted the list of acts below to (a) recognize and thank all of my wonderful friends that brainstormed with me, provided ideas, or joined me along the way and (b) to share the acts and links to different organizations for any of you interested in putting some extra positive vibes out there.

1. Cut and donated hair.
2. Donated blood.

3. Donated Voice.
4. Donated Clothes.
5. Donated Food.
6. Officially (and finally) registered as an organ donor.
7. Crocheted baby hats for Victoria Hospital London, Ontario.
8. Corrected the annoying grammatical error on local sign.
9. Brought treats for the Grad Secretaries.
10. Complemented a stranger.
11. Wrote a 'Thank-You' letter to an old professor.
12. Created winter care packages for homeless individuals.
13. Paid for the person behind me in the drive-thru.
14. Put sticky notes with positive slogans on the mirrors in restrooms, around the mall and around campus.
15. Held doors open for people as much as possible for the whole month.
16. Posted tear-off fliers with free compliments.
17. Left loonies on kids’ rides at the mall.
18. Finally wrote/ responded to some of the letters that I have neglected for the last 2+ years.
19. Wrote to anonymous letters for the More Love letters campaign.
20. Gave directions to lost travellers.
21. Left extra quarters for people who need to use the phone booth.
22. Donated to World Vision (Purchased a years’ worth of medicine and antibiotics for 10 children).
23. Volunteered at the local youth centre.
24. Took a friend out for tea.
25. Gave Halloween candy to students studying in the library.

- J

Saturday, 13 September 2014

DIY Inspiration - Floor Cushions

Searching for a cozy place to park your keister? Have ample amounts of floor space? Well look no further my friend!

Here are a couple tutorials for floor cushions. 

1. So You Think You're Crafty - Rollie Pollie Bean Bag Chair

2. Living With Punks - Land of Nod Inspired Floor Cushion

Tutorial: Land of Nod inspired Floor Cushion

3. Britney Makes - West Elm Pouf Hack

- J

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

DIY Inspiration: Tulle Skirts

With spring just around the corner, I'm itching to get back into skirts and ditch my pants for the summer months. Here are a couple tulle skirts that shouldn't be too hard to whip up!

Tulle + bows

(Source: La Vita Mia)

(Source: Anthropologie)

Tulle Skirts
(Source: Who What Where)

Sew be it!
- J

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Thought of the Day

In celebration of completing my first year of graduate studies...
I’m not sure what I’ll do… | seekingextraordinary

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Tried it - Golden Graham S’more Bars

A hybrid cross between rice crispy squares and s'mores, a match made in heaven!

I recently tried out Macaroni and Cheesecake's recipe for Golden Graham S'more Bars and fell in love at first bite.

Here are some shots from my trial...


Thursday, 27 March 2014

Friday, 21 February 2014

Thought of the Day

"We can throw stones, complain about them, stumble on them, climb over them, or build with them." 
- William Arthur Ward

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Prepackaged Freezer Bag Meals

Healthy eating, or even eating in general, is something that tends to quickly be forgotten when my schedule becomes busy. It is easy to pick up fast food and to rationalize it by saying that I don't have time to cook anything.

Over a couple years of extensive Pinterest-ing, I have found many great posted by incredibly organized people who have pre-made their families dinners months in advance.  In keeping with my "Be Prepared" moto for 2014, I decided to attempt to pre-make a lot of my meals for this semester. 

The basic idea is that the individual selects a set of their favorite slow cooker recipes, normally 7-10. They track the ingredients needed for all of the recipes and create a master shopping list. After collecting all required groceries, the items are chopped, sautéed etc. and divided into a series of freezer bags, one for each recipe. Each bag is laid flat and frozen. The night before the meal is to be eaten, the bag is thawed. In the morning, the contents of the freezer bag is placed into a slow cooker and, by dinner time, a meal is prepared. Genius, right?

For my attempt, I used a post by the Busy Budgeting Mama. She does a very good job of listing the ingredients needed and providing step by step instructions. 

Here are some pictures from my experience...

The required ingredients, minus any meat products. 

Freezer bags laid out with corresponding recipes. 

Filling up the bags. For particularly runny recipes, I found it was helpful to stand the freezer bags in a bowl.

Bags laid flat upon each other. Tip: If you freeze your bags like this, they will take up less room in your freezer.

I will post reviews as I try out each of these recipes!
- J