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A Taste of Home: 3 Key Destinations for Foodies in St. John’s 

Hello, lovelies!

Today I thought I’d switch up my blog post and feature some local favourites. I rarely mention my hometown of St. John’s, Newfoundland. Newfoundland is a small Canadian province in the middle of the Atlantic. (which happens to be a small Canadian province in the middle of the Atlantic). The warm, sunny weather this weekend inspired me. Today I share my favourite destinations for foodies living in, and visiting, St. John’s.

Newfoundland Chocolate Company

I adore chocolate. The Newfoundland Chocolate Company, founded in 2009, combines delicious chocolate with local flavours. Chocolates are filled with wildberries, seasalt caramel, almonds, and other ingredients. The fresh, handmade chocolates is my chocolate-loving dream. The company crafts a delicious Gelato using many of the same flavours found in their single chocolates. Gelato flavours include vanilla bean, sea salt caramel, and partridgeberry. You’ll find the Newfoundland Chocolate Company in two prime downtown locations – Duckworth Street and Signal Hill.

Bagel Cafe

I frequent Bagel Cafe. The cozy atmosphere offers a slate for hearty breakfast options. I favor the crisp, fluffy Belgain waffles loaded with summer berries. The cafe is located in the heart of the downtown core. It is sandwiched between colourful buildings and ocean views.

Starbucks 

Though Starbucks is not local to St. John’s, I placed it on my list. Most of the coffee I drink is bought from one of the Starbucks locations in the city. I enjoy the bright, flavourful blends of the company’s iced coffee, iced tea, and other specialty beverages.

What part of the world are you from? What is your favourite local food destination? Let me know in the comments below! 

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3 Easy, Effective Tips for Better Time Management (Even When You Think It’s Impossible!)

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We all have days where we have a growing list of tasks – and it seems like there isn’t enough hours in the day to complete them. How we manage our time to complete those tasks is time management. I use these tips daily, but they are especially useful to me during a new semester. 
 
1. Complete the most important tasks first 
 
This is prioritizing. Prioritizing is the golden rule of time management. Determine which tasks are the most crucial, and complete those first. Once you complete the essential tasks, you can move on to those which are not as crucial. 
 
2. Start early 
 
It’s tempting to hit the SNOOZE button. I’m writing this post while watching the sun peek into my bedroom window. I decided to get an early start and complete one task before my day fully begins. For example, I wake up  at 6:30 on mornings I publish blog posts. You can surprise yourself at how much youdoh during the rest of the day! 
3. Use a calendar 

Using a calendar is important to time management. If carrying a paper calendar or agenda is not your style, a range of online software exists to create one! A calendar can simply list each day of the week. Most agendas, in comparison, are useful for planning hourly tasks.

 

 

 

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In Celebration of National Rose Day… The 3 Brands of Rose Wine I Adore Drinking Right Now

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Saturday June 10 was National Rose Day. Anyone who knows me will know that I am an avid wine drinker. This will be a short and sweet blog post, as I’ve been stuck in bed with a cold since Friday. To commemorate National Rose Day, I’m sharing my favourite types of rose. *clink!*

Barefoot Bubbly 

Barefoot Bubbly wine is technically a white wine, but the wine holds a bright pink hue. Sparkling wines are crisp. The brand’s White Zinfandel wine is my go-to. I enjoy light, refreshening wine flavours. This bottle contains notes of strawberry and peach. The addition of a bubbly texture gives the wine a crisp, delightful taste. I choose this wine most often due to its light taste (and the bubbles, of course!)

Yellowtail 

Yellowtail Wine hails from Australia. This wine is prominent during my family’s holiday celebrations, especially Christmas and Easter. Pink Bubbles (I love that name!) is another sparkling wine, but it contains more carbonation. The flavour of this wine is bright. This Yellowtail carries strawberry tasting notes with hints of lemon.

Jacob’s Creek Moscato Rose 

This type of wine is a delicious mix between Rose and Moscato.  Jacob’s Creek Moscato Rose  is a true summer beverage – tasting notes include fresh summer berries. This wine is created “frizzante” style, meaning it is gently sparkling.

What is your favourite type of wine?


 

 

 

 

 

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Erin Angela’s Morning Routine – How I Organize Myself for a Bright, Productive and Energetic Day

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I love reading about other bloggers’ morning routines. This inspired me to share my own. My morning routine changes throughout the year, depending on if a semester is in session. I’ll share my current morning routine. This routine is more relaxed now that my summer season is here.

6:30 A.M. | Publish blog posts + Tend to cat 

I hit ‘publish’ on each blog post at 6:30 local time. My cat tends to wake me around this time each morning, so I naturally wake up. I feed him and sort through any other needs he may have. He settles back into bed with me.  I’ll briefly check social media. I make note any comments or notifications that I need to respond to.

8:30 A.M. | Post on social media

schedule my social media posts at 8:30 AM daily. Scheduling my posts saves time and effort. By this time, I’m ready to take on the day ahead. I spend about a half hour responding to comments, posting, and scrolling through my feed.

9: 30 A.M. | Get out of bed + Make breakfast 

I coax myself out of my warm bed. Anyone who knows me will know that I am consistently cold. It often requires some effort to leave the warmth. I throw on a robe and slippers before heading to the kitchen. I brew coffee and whip up something for breakfast. The coffee provides an energy boost for the day. My typical meals include: A smoothie, an omelette, or a bagel with cream cheese.

10 A.M. | Check e-mail + Monitor blog post 

With breakfast in my stomach, I settle in to my laptop. The first thing I do when I sit is respond to any e-mails in my inbox. I read any newsletters I’m subscribed to. Light reading in the morning keeps me focused. I monitor the status of my blog post and respond to comments on the post. I also begin drafting the next post.

I like to keep my routine quick and simple. What does your morning routine look like? 

 

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A Sneak Peek Into My (New!) Handbag: Erin Angela’s Daily Essentials – Beauty and Lifestyle Items

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Hello, lovelies!

I bought a new handbag this weekend. It is a sand-coloured tote from my local Aldo Shoes & Accessories. I searched for a handbag with more structure. My Kate Spade handbag is softer. A complete review of this new accessory is on the way. For now, I’m sharing a peek into the essentials I keep in my purse on a daily basis.

1. Blog Notebook 

I keep my blog notebook or a notepad in my purse to track ideas for blog posts when they strike. This small, square notebook fits well into the purse, and I like to carry it with me. I began this shortly after I started my blog.  Its been efficient for those moments when inspiration and ideas spark into my head. I track post ideas, dates, and titles in this notebook. This organizes my ideas effectively.

2. Wallet 

One of my favourite aspects of the purse is the size. My new Kate Spade wallet is wider than my previous wallet. The wallet fits nicely into the purse, while still leaving space. I, of course, keep my wallet with me wherever I go.

3. iPhone Charger 

My phone charge never lasts for longer than a few hours. I rest my charger into the bottom of my handbag. My iPhone is a staple in my handbag, and I prefer to have it on hand all the time.

4. Lipstick 

Lipstick is one makeup item I reapply throughout the day. If wearing a matte lipstick, I don’t worry about fading as much. My cream and satin lipstick colours tend to fade with eating and drinking. I reapply the colour during the day to brighten my lips.

5. Pens

A spare pen never hurts. I stash an extra pen (or two!) in my purse for taking notes in class, or when filling out any types of forms. I run through pens quickly, and like to have extras in my bag when the one I’m using dries up.



What items are staples in your handbag? I’d love to see them – tag me on Instagram (erin_angela_xo) with the hashtag #handbagpeek!  

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My (Refined) Skin Care Routine 

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I previously wrote about my daily skin care routine. As part of my New Years Resolutions, I decided to refine my daily routine. I have modified some of the steps in my routine, and added new products. The core steps in my routine include: Cleansing, exfoliating, and brightening

Monday-Saturday: 

I cleanse my face with Noxzema anti-blemish pads to banish any imperfections. I follow this step with moisturizer. My skin tends to be drier in the winter. To overcome this dryness, I switched my moisturizer to Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost moisturizer. This formula is lightweight and non-irritating. 

Sunday:

At least once a week, I use products suited for a deeper clean. I recieved a sample of Fresh Cosmetics Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boost face mask recently, and it is a perfect product to use for this purpose. The mask contains crushed citrus fruits and has a grainier texture than my Noxzema pads. I use it weekly to remove excess dirt, oil, and dead skin cells. The gentle exfoliation creates a good balance for my skin.  (Stay tuned for a full review of this mask!) 

I remove all makeup with a gentle, cleansing makeup remover wipe. I often switch between makeup remover wipes and Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

Tips and tricks

4 Reasons Why You Should Keep a Journal

Journaling is useful for stress-relief. Keeping a daily or weekly journal allows you to log your experiences and reflect. Journaling also helps you achieve mindfulness.

1. Keep a notebook nearby 

Having a notebook nearby often compels you to write in it. To ensure you continue to use the journal, keep it in an accessible spot. I use a notebook to track my blog post ideas. Keeping it within reach motivates continued use.

2. Don’t focus on perfection

A journal should be a place to organize your ideas and spark creativity. Journaling with the right expectations will help diminish ideas of perfectionism. It is not meant to be a manuscript or work of perfection. A journal is a place to jot down thoughts, ideas, and insights. Journaling takes on many forms, and there’s no right way to journal.

3. Integrate journaling into your routine organically 

Journaling is often relaxing. Taking a few minutes in the morning or night to jot down thoughts is an effective way to unwind. Allow yourself a specific amount of time each day or week to free-write. This often increases creativity.

4. If you prefer a structured routine, set a goal 

I get little done if I don’t have a specific deadline in mind. Maintaining a specified time to write keeps me focused on each task. This also applies to journaling. Aiming of a specific number of pages or a certain time may increase your motivation to write. A habit of writing may also form this way.

A question for my readers: Do you keep a journal? If so, what are tips you use to maintain the habit of writing in it?

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