3 Ways to Get the Most Use Out of Your Daily Planner

Hello, lovelies!

I love using a planner to track important events, due dates, and birthdays. A planner is an ideal tool to keep everything scheduled throughout the year. Here are three ways you can get the most out of a planner!

1. Always keep it close

One of the reasons people fail to use their planners is because they don’t use it regularly. Keep it close to you throughout the day, and you’ll always be able to check it.

2. Make a to-do list

I often write a to-do list when I begin my work day. Writing a smaller list will help you track your daily accomplishments and goals. I typically write my list beside each day in my planner to organize each task.

3. Use the monthly and weekly views

I love this feature in my planner. Writing general reminders in the monthly view (e.g. vacation dates, due dates, birthdays) is a great way to encapsulate an overall view of my month. A weekly view lets me easily schedule daily, everyday tasks.

Do you use a planner?

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3 Simple Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Your FitBit

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always wear my FitBit to track my daily steps, nutrition, and sleep. It can be tricky to understand all of FitBit’s features, but I’ve learned a few simple tips I’m sharing with you to help you maximize the use of your fitness tracker.

1. Try out the FitBit Coach feature 

Your FitBit is more than just a step tracker. The FitBit dashboard includes a feature called ‘FitBit Coach‘ that features over 100 guided workouts and complete fitness programs. This program is customizable to suit your fitness goals, weight-loss plan, or current exercise routine.

2. Scan your barcodes 

Tracking your daily nutrition is easy with FitBit’s Food Tracking feature. It is often tedious to enter the macros and micros for every food you eat throughout the day, so my favourite way to track my nutrition is by scanning the barcode of my food packages before eating. This feature includes a camera function that allows you to scan/photograph the barcode.

3. Increase your battery life 

To increase the time between charges, it’s a good idea to turn off the ‘All Day Sync’ feature on the FitBit app. Another option to preserve battery life is to disable the amount of reminders and alarms you have set on your device.

Do you have any tips to get the most out of your FitBit device? 

My Recent MAC Haul & First Impressions

Hello, lovelies!

I recently placed a MAC order to replace my empty bottle of Fix+. While placing my order, I decided to try a new lipstick colour. I’ll review each product separately, but here’s a peek at the items I purchased!

MAC Fix+

I bought my first bottle of Fix+ while in Toronto last summer, and I apply it daily to finish my makeup. The first item I placed in my cart was another bottle of Fix+ to replenish the bottle I just used the last of!

Matte Lipstick in Russian Red

I always buy a new lipstick when I go to a MAC store. The colour Russian Red is a beautiful deep red. I decided on this colour after browsing the red shades available. I’m excited to wear this red shade throughout the summer.

Cremesheen Lipstick in Nippon

I’ve never tried a cremesheen lipstick from MAC before, but the shade Nippon is a gorgeous nude colour with pink undertones. This shade will be a pretty nude pink shade to wear this season. I typically wear bolder lipstick colours, but this will be a perfect summer shade!

What have you bought from MAC recently?

3 Things I Always Do in the Morning for a Productive Day

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How you start each day is a predictor of how the rest of it will unfold. I implement specific activities into my morning to ensure that I maximize my productivity. Here are three activities that I suggest doing to maximize your productivity in the morning:

1. Write a to-do list

I often create a to-do list when I start my work day, or my weekend. Writing out a list of the items you must accomplish each day is a great method to stay organized. I like to keep this list on my desk, or another highly visible place.

2. Drink coffee

My family usually jokes that I take my coffee through an IV. I always start my morning with a cup of coffee, and it has become an anticipated part of my morning. Both the caffeine, and the routine, help ensure I’m completely ready for the day ahead.

3. Organize my workspace

Whether I’m blogging or working, I take a few minutes to organize my desk. Organizing my workspace each day helps clear my mind before I start my work. This trick is very helpful when I spend an evening blogging.

What things do you always do each morning to stay productive?

3 Unique Advantages of Blogging

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Starting and maintaining a blog may seem overwhelming, but there are many advantages to blogging. I’ve compiled my favourite advantages of having a blog below!

1. It helps you learn about your readers

By writing a blog, you are sharing your ideas. You can learn a lot about the type of readers who engage with your blog, and their interests. This information helps me determine post ideas.

2. It refines your writing skills

The more you write, the better you become at it. Most bloggers write on a regular basis, and constantly proofread and refine their writing. Becoming an excellent writer is not a blogging ‘must’ but the act of blogging will certainly help your skills!

3. Blogging consistently helps you increase your blog’s traffic

Blogging regularly increases the likelihood of your content reaching search engines. This helps increase organic search results to your blog and in turn, increases traffic to your blog.

If you are a blogger, what do you feel are advantages of blogging?

4 Secrets to Becoming Body-Positive That Nobody Shares

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Body positivity  is a wonderful thing, and becoming body positive is a journey that is achieved differently by every single person. I was recently inspired by ‘body positive’ posts on my Instagram feed to write a post about five little secrets to body positivity that may not be apparent, but are important to achieve a body-positive mindset.

1. Becoming body-positive does not happen overnight

Becoming body-positive is not always a quick, or easy, process. Learning to love the skin you’re in takes baby steps and you’ll repeat the process every day. You’ll have days where you’ll love your body; and other days you’ll revert to less-than-positive comments about your body. I’d like to think of myself as body positive, yet there are still days when my skin breaks out, or I’m bloated, and I think ‘Here we go again’. Body positivity is a continuum that changes daily, and that is okay.

2. It starts with changing your mindset 

Often, the struggles you have with your body stems from your mind. Finding body positivity will help you connect with yourself and your true emotions. A positive mindset will lead to positive thoughts!

3. Ditching the scale is a powerful motivator

I haven’t looked at my scale in over a month. It is a lot easier to stay attuned to your body and how you feel when you aren’t hyperaware of the number glowing on your scale. This small change is a powerful motivator to focus on how your body and skin feels, as opposed to how much you know it weighs.

4. Remember that beauty is not ‘one-size-fits-all’

Bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Beauty is achieved differently by everyone, and your beauty (and body!) is unique to you. Instead of degrading yourself for not looking like an Instagram model, focus on what makes you beautiful and gain inspiration from those around you. Beauty, and bodies, are unique to everyone!

Erin Angela’s Updated Makeup Routine for Spring and Summer

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I like to update my makeup routine each season. I’m a little late transitioning into my spring makeup, but I’ve begun wearing softer colours and wearing more lightweight products. Today I’m sharing my updated makeup routine for the spring and summer seasons!

Face

I prepped my face with Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer to create a smooth base for my makeup. I applied Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation in the shade ‘Porcelain’ to add warmth to my skin. Next, I covered blemishes with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Chantilly (this concealer has been my go-to for the past few years!). I applied bronzer along my hairline, and underneath my cheekbones. The bronzer I used for this look was Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer in the shade ”Rich Amber’. For my blush, I dusted Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush in the shade ‘Party’ across my cheeks. I completed my face makeup by applying Aurora Glow Kit as highlighter. I mixed the shades ”Lyra’ and ‘Orion’ together to create a unique combination.

Eyes

I love experimenting with bright, smoky, or glittery eyeshadow combinations. I kept my eyeshadow bright but subtle for this look using Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette. I started by blending the shades ‘Rustic’ and ‘Dusty Rose’ into my crease. I pressed ‘Sienna’ along my entire lid before adding a touch of glitter with the shade ‘Glistening’. I applied this shade to the inner half of my eyelid. I finished my eye makeup with Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara to add volume to my lashes.

Lips

I kept my lipstick soft and neutral. I applied the shade ‘Kiss’ from Anastasia Beverly Hills Nude Matte Lipstick Set. This shade is a soft nude with a peachy undertone.

3 Interesting Lessons I’ve Learned in 3 Years of Blogging

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As I approach my three-year blogging anniversary, I decided to reflect and write a post about the lessons I’ve learned along the way.

1. It’s okay to take time to reset 

I’ve blogged consistently for the past year and a half. In that timeframe, I’ve taken a few breaks. One important lesson I learned from these breaks: It’s okay to step away from your blog, as needed! Instead of feeling down about not posting as usual, a break provided me time to reset and develop new ideas, content, and inspiration.

2. Developing a blogging schedule is a good motivator

Determining a schedule for my blog post topics has been a great way to stay motivated. I know exactly what to write on each day, and it has kept my ideas flowing.

3. Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers

Everyone has their own path to success. It is easy to get sucked into the competition surrounding blogging, but it’s important to remember that there is no formula to achieve success. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved so far in my blogging journey, and recognize that everyone achieves different levels of success. (Reaching 1, 000 subscribers has been my biggest accomplishment to date!)

What lessons have you learned since you started blogging?

What I Eat In a Day: Blogger Edition

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This is a different post from what I normally write, but I’m always inspired by ‘What I Eat in a Day’ videos and blog posts. I’ve recently started to incorporate more water, healthier meals, and less refined foods into my diet. Here is what a typical day looks like on my plate:

Breakfast

I start each day with two essentials: a cup of coffee and a glass of water. I like to drink a tall glass of water after waking up to hydrate. I then brew a coffee with my Keurig. Currently, my flavour of choice is Starbucks Caramel-Flavoured Coffee. My breakfast usually consists of a homemade breakfast sandwich – made with an English muffin, egg whites, turkey bacon and mozzarella cheese.

Lunch

My lunch varies from day-to-day. Sometimes I’ll favour a salad, or other days I’ll make my favourite pasta dish. One meal that I’ve eaten often in the past two weeks is naan bread packed with veggies. After toasting a naan bread, I add a heap of lettuce, red pepper, cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette. The veggies keep me full and satisfied for the afternoon so I don’t snack throughout the day.

Dinner

I have an eternal love for pasta. Fettuccine alfredo is one of my favourite comfort foods, and I recently began making it with fresh pasta. (Fresh pasta tastes much better!) On the day I photographed these meals, I knew pasta would be my final dish of the day. I crafted this one with alfredo, fresh pasta, and a lot of mozzarella cheese (you’ll see a trend in each of these meals…)

What does your daily plate look like? If there are specific recipes or foods you eat on a typical day, let me know in the comments below! 

4 Simple Productivity Tips for Busy People

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It can seem tough to complete every task on an endless to-do list. There may never be enough hours in the day to complete everything, but with a few simple tips, it is easy to increase your productivity.

1. Complete the least desirable task first 

Starting your day by completing the task you dread the most will encourage you to complete it faster so you can move on to more enjoyable tasks. Completing the hardest, least-desirable tasks first will make your day better.

2. Create a daily ‘to-do’ list

love creating daily lists of tasks. A daily list enables you to visualize the tasks you must complete throughout the day. Also, it is a helpful tool to prioritize each of those tasks. Are some tasks urgent? Does it have to be completed by the end of day, or end of the week? A ‘to-do’ list provides you with a framework of what must get completed on a daily or weekly basis.

3. Stay positive, and take breaks

A positive outlook will help you stay on track. Working hard is easier when you are happy and positive. One way to increase your positivity is to take regular breaks throughout the day – breaks help you refocus.

4. Schedule everything 

My planner is attached to my hip, and I believe that if something doesn’t get scheduled, it does not get done. Scheduling every appointment I have or task to complete helps me stay productive and on-time.

Do you have any time-management tips? If so, leave a comment below, I’d love to hear about them!