Potlucks

Hello Everyone!

Summer time, time for long nights out in the backyard, cool drinks, and what else? Potlucks!

Quick backstory. When I started my current job in December, the Patisserie I worked at had just opened, meaning they had to hire two other Full time girls who were new as well. The three of us bonded together quickly as we had all graduated form some type of degree but we were just trying to find the next step for us. All of us were looking for something better but we hadn’t really found anything.

Until! My coworker got a job in her field at the end of June! Which meant the trinity was breaking up!

Together the three of us vowed that we would all still hang out and so we decided to have weekly potlucks so we could all get together and still hang.

So we’ve only had two potlucks so far but the two we have had were awesome! The first was a Taco night, which I love tacos so I was in heaven. The second was a Thai themed night. We did Thai salad wraps, coconut Moscow Mules, I made raw pad Thai (with kelp noodles), and this coconut Thai cake that I was so skeptical about.

The cake had to be made in layers, you steam one layer wait till it’s done then pour another on top etc etc. When I dumped it out one layer stuck to the bottom, but never fear I perserveired and it worked out great!

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My one coworker and I liked it, but the other, not so much. It had a lovely coconut flavor but it was pretty tough. I think the rice and tapioca flour made it pretty dense.

All in all it was a successful potluck!

My pad Thai was awesome (but very spicy) I’ll link the recipes I used down below, if you make the pad Thai just use one tsp red chili flakes and not two! Unless you really like spice…. And I mean really.

Happy eating!

Kathleen

Raw Vegan Pad Thai: http://www.tastemade.com/shows/raw-vegan-not-gross/raw-vegan-pad-thai

Vegan Gluten Free Thai Coconut Cake: https://www.thespruce.com/sticky-rice-layer-cake-3217373

Trip Bucket List

Hey Fantastic Readers!

Nice to see you guys again! Hope you are doing swell on this beautiful Tuesday! If work is dragging on already, then I hope my post helps you today! I wanted to talk a bit about my Trip Bucket List!

Travelling is my life. I wish I could make it my job to around an experience culture, check out history and the hidden spots on the world no one knows about. My life will always be full of travelling, I never want to stop experiencing it. However, I do know that I want to have a family and kids some day, so while I’m young I’m attempting to cram in some of these really long trips I would never get to with kids. I will still travel with my future kids, however, I feel like money wise it’s impractical to go for as long as I normally go for. Anyways,  this means that I have to sacrifice some parts of my life to be able to do this. I mean that I can’t move out. There’s no funds there for that like everyone else has. My money goes directly to travelling. I work 4 jobs to be able to afford a lifestyle of travelling. I’m not saying you do too, however, by doing this I’ve been able to pay off jobs super fast and not have them sitting on my credit cards. Obviously the other option is to go to school for a higher paying job, but I can’t use my degree here really and I’m not interested in those jobs. And last, you have to find a flexible job that will allow you to do this. All of my jobs are jobs that are temporary or that I can leave for a month and still have one when I come back. Anyways, I sacrifice a lot to be able to travel and to me it’s worth it.

SO, that being said, here is my travel bucket list! I’m going to stick with my top ten!

  1. Europe- I know, seems weird I haven’t done this yet right? Well I did not take a year off of school like most people did. I went straight to school and missed out on some of the travelling there (although school did allow me to work in Italy for a year- not terrible by any means!). I do have a Europe trip coming up next May though! We’re hitting all the target places I wanted to! Amsterdam- Netherlands; Germany (Dusseldorf- archaeological reasons…. were going to see Neanderthals, Berlin, Munich); Salzburg Austria- Sound of Music reasons; Zurich Switzerland; Milan Italy (remember how I missed this place- now I’m going!!); Nice, Lyon, Paris France; and London England to finish! Lots of stuff on the list to cross off on my check list.
  2. When I go back to Europe someday, I would love to go to start in Croatia; up and over to Venice Italy, then through to Austria; go through Czech, and end in Poland
  3. I NEED to go to Spain and I would like to hit Portugal while I am there as well!
  4. Britain, Scotland, and Ireland- I would still love to live in Britain, and while living there I would hit these beautiful target areas
  5. And to finish off my Europe area, I would go through Iceland (super cheap flights!) and go through Norway, finland, and sweden!
  6. My Next huge trip like my first would be to do an Asian tours! I would start in Vietnam, and hit places like Cambodia, Nepal, Thailand, go to India, through to China, and end in Japan (most of these places would be best with a travel group, so hopefully at the end I would be able to leave and go to Japan!).
  7. Australia and New Zealand- Hobbits and beautiful beaches!
  8. Egypt for the pyramids
  9. South America- I have never really thought about going there, however, since the Olympics in Rio I think going to Brazil, Argentina, and Chile would be amazing!!
  10. Last trip…. I would go back to Greece and check out some more islands. I would also like to go back to Italy and go through Tuscany and visit Pompeii again, see the leaning tower of pisa, cinque terre, and all that fun stuff. When I come back to it, Italy will forever be my second home and I feel like I can’t stay away for too long

So ya! This is my travel bucket list! I still haven’t talked about places in the US or across Canada, or Caribbean islands. These to me are smaller trips I can do in a week! I would still love to do them though! Again this is just my top ten list!

Let me know what places you want to go to, are going to, or have been!

-Erin

A Fresh (Faced) Start

Hey Everyone!

We’re back! I hope you love the new layout of our blog, fresh faced and inspired to bring you guys some new amazing content! Speaking of fresh faced, I’d love to talk about something that a lot of people struggle with – skin.

Now (thankfully) I’ve never had bad problems with my skin, just the odd pimple here and there (and dryness), but recently I have been breaking out left right and center and the texture of my skin has been very very off.

Personally I think your skin appearance has a lot to do with what you put into your body. I know of quite a few people who have had acne related to dairy products, and once they cut out dairy they have the best skin of their lives!

I don’t feel like my nutrition has been terrible these past few weeks, but if I look back on it I have been eating a lot of sugar (I ate two Kougin Amanns back to back), and my fitness routine has been low to non-existent.

That explains the breakouts, but the dryness is something that I have only ever had to deal with in the winter and now I’m finding that my skin is SUPER flaky and rough. I have an amazing chemical exfoliant from The Face Shop that uses green apple. It is completely smooth when you apply it, but the enzymes attack your skin as you rub it in and it eventually balls up all the dead skin. It is the most satisfying thing ever to see your dead skin just rubbed away, HOWEVER that is the danger with it! When your face is constantly dry and flaky it is easy to reach for the exfoliator and just get rid of it all but that is BAD. Do not over exfoliate your skin or you will just get more dry and over sensitive skin!

Here’s hoping I haven’t been doing that (I try to only using it MAX 2 times a week, I aim for 1).

This weekend I have been trying to drink lots of water, cooking with lots of turmeric, and I’m taking chlorella (which I used to take and then my nutrition plan just went out the window). I am also aiming to exercise four times this week, and clean all my makeup brushes (and quite possibly throw out) my beauty blender. I’m also going to try to stop drinking alcohol which I find hard since it is such a social thing (blog post on this later). I’m tired of having dull skin! Here’s to a fresh faced blog and blogger!

Got any skin remedies I should try? Leave them in a comment below!

Kathleen

She wants to go to the Seaside

Hello Everyone!

Travel Tuesday and since the next trip I’m going on is to Birch Bay, Washington – I thought it would be a perfect time to talk about that lovely city!

My boyfriend’s family owns a little cabin in Birch Bay (2 hour away from Vancouver) and it is absolutely gorgeous there. It’s one of those towns that come alive in the summer time, full of little restaurant and gorgeous beaches.

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When we went last year, it was a big deal for my boyfriend. I don’t think he had been on his own accord before, always with his family, so for us to have driven down there just the two of us was something really special.

I had just gotten back from Italy and I was so incredibly jet lagged, in retrospect I felt so bad for being completely out of it.

On the way back we stopped in Vancouver and ate our weight in sushi and visited the aquarium (because you all know I LIVE for the aquarium). My birthday had just passed and so the aquarium was y present and so was this adorable beluga whale in a hoodie.

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My boyfriend takes on a lot of stress, and so to have him on vacation just chilling was the best feeling! I can’t wait for this year. We are borrowing my parents Honda CRV (he is still convinced he is doing all the driving), and we actually have a full week which means more days in paradise!

That’s all for now!

Kathleen

To Legit to Quit

Hi dear readers!

As you have probably seen this week, neither Kathleen or I posted at all. Well, here is why! I have been having the WORST time with work. I know you guys know, because I wrote about it in my last three posts! I do promise that this is the last one work related for a while, because I finally quit! I’ve only been there for four months and I quit. I had talked to multiple people, and they all said that I had grounds to quit and I wasn’t losing my mind.

But here’s the thing. I hadn’t quit sooner because I wanted the money, and I also felt guilty. I thought I hadn’t been there long enough, I kept thinking well just try harder. then I thought you can’t let your staff down or anyone else related to the job. These thoughts just circled around me for so long that I finally lost it! So much pressure, stress, disciple, etc had built up over the course of a month, that I just lose my mind! My poor, poor parents. The first day I started to lose it, I cried out of frustration. The second day, I got another work message (it’s so hard to have days off with this job) that was negative and I just LOST it. I mean scary lost it. I just started crying and my mom had to drive me around. I went back in the house to get something choking and crying and my dad came running out asking me what was wrong, and I was hyperventilating sooooo badly that I just started to choke cry and couldn’t even tell him. I tried to take breaths and in between I just cried and told him while also choking still. I walked back to my mom’s car and sat down and tried to tell her I was panicking and she finally just understood and did some breathing with me. It was so hard to stop. I was panicking so bad and I felt like it would never end.

In a short three days, I realized that it wasn’t worth it. The money, the experience I wanted- it’s just not worth it. And this is what I wanted to tell you guys today. If you are unhappy in a job, move on. Don’t try to stay for whatever reason. This is the shortest job I have ever done. I’m the kind of person who did the same job for 7 years. Currently, the other 3 jobs I had, I have had for 3 years each. I know I had a lot on my plate, but that wasn’t only it. This job was hard, and horrible. And when you are treated horribly, it takes a toll on you.

After, I quit, people began begging me to stay. And I felt HORRIBLE. I was finally convinced to take a day and reconsider. I kept tossing it around in my head. Maybe I should try harder, maybe I should stay, you can get through this if you want. But you know what? You don’t have to deal with that. Don’t let anyone treat you like crap, or belittle you. And do not feel guilty. YOU come first! ALWAYS. You know what’s right for you. So don’t feel guilty and don’t feel like you owe it to anyone to stay there for a long time. I felt guilty for them spending time on training me and then quitting after, but guess what! It’s actually more of an advantage if you do it sooner than later! Then they can quickly jump onto the next person, and you can move on with your life. It doesn’t affect them as much as you think.

Get out of a position that is making you feel horrible. In the end, you will feel a million times better. I know I will on the day of my last shift.

-Erin

Spider- Man Homecoming

Hi my dear readers!

I hope you are doing well! Currently, I am watching Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and having a great night. Don’t worry, I won’t go on about my love for Harry Potter for pages and pages. Instead, I wanted to talk to you guys about the new Spider- Man movie!

For myself, I was on the fence about seeing it. I truly thought that I would hate seeing another actor play the same movie, and attempt to play Peter Parker. I was thinking- ENOUGH! I cannot see another origin story for Spider- Man! I love Spider- Man so I wanted something new! A new villain! Anything!

Today, however, I forced myself to go for my cousin’s sake, because she wanted to see it. I’m glad that I went! It was awesome! It was the new and surprising I was hoping for!

So, for one, the story is set around Peter Parker trying to impress Tony Stark, so that he can join the Avengers. The story is hilarious, because it shows how bad he is at first learning to shoot his webs and attempting to save people who don’t really need to be rescued. It shows clips of him giving directions to people, etc. Along the way, he gets into lots of trouble trying to show off for Tony Stark, but instead Stark gives him the criticism and discipline he needs. While he’s at a party about to crash as Spider Man, he sees a glowing in the distance and goes to find the source. This is where he spots the selling of illegal alien weapons combined with human weapons, and this is where the story takes off!

It is hilarious. This kid plays Peter Parker so well! He’s the perfect amount of awkward, and I LOVED that he wasn’t instantly good! He had to learn and take his time, I love it! I will say that I do not like that the movie had Tony Stark in it and focused on joining the Avenger’s only because I do not like Iron Man. However, I think that it will be ok in the end when Infinity Wars comes out (Get better soon Jeremy Renner!), and I do think that it ended in away that allows for Spider Man only movies to come out soon too! I can’t wait to see where they go next with it! Truly a hilarious movie!

Also, for the credits: there is a nice little part after the main credits that I loved, and the very end has another small, hilarious clip as well! However, if you do not want to stay for the whole thing, just stay for the first clip before the scrolling credits.

Enjoy the Movie!

-Erin

The Nazi Officer’s Wife

Hey Lovely Readers!

As you may know, I love a good nonfiction book. My dad is a huge history buff, and I feel like that has rubbed off on me a bit! I used to love books like Magic Tree House, and the Dear Canada series or any princess diaries. Even by grade 5, I was reading the diary of Anne Frank. History is a subject I have always enjoyed reading about with a focus on WW2. I have read my fair share of WW2 books. Even a good historical fiction book is good enough for me!

Anyways, one VERY good book I read was the Nazi Officer’s Wife. This is a book on Edith Hahn, a young girl who was in school studying law in Vienna when the war broke out. When her and her mother were forced to move into the ghettos, Edith convinced the officers to leave her mother behind so she could work in a concentration camp instead. When she returned from the camp, her mother and a lot of other people she had known were deported. Edith made the hard decision to seek help from a friend, and ripped her star off her clothes. The story is a record of her life in hiding and how she managed to escape death for being a Jew, to the point where she even married a Nazi.

I hope you read the book, but if you have too many on the go like I do, and no time to read it, I found this really cool documentary you might like instead! Or read and watch like I did!

This book is amazing, and a very good eye opener! Books like this remind you to be kind always to everyone around you!

Happy Reading!

-Erin

Breakfast At Red’s

Hey Guys,

So recently I ventured out to Calgary! It was probably one of the worst trips I’ve ever been on because it was for work and it was a very difficult work trip. However, I will be back to Calgary to have a better experience- because it is a very beautiful place! One of the things I did enjoy about this particular trip was that I came across a very good diner! Red’s Diner is downtown, and has plenty of regular and vegan options as well.

I loved the vibe that it has! It’s a small room, but has a great vibe! A brick room with metal chairs and tables and a large bar, it’s one of those places that keeps you coming back. My friend and I were talking about restaurants yesterday, and we both had mentioned that places like Remedy were great! Anyone could feel free to hang out for a lengthy amount of time and not be rushed out. The food is delicious and they have beers if you are looking to go for drinks with friends too. This place definitely has that vibe!

So I was doing the driving- no drinks for Erin, however, I did get a cappuccino and I can say that is was one of the better ones that I have had! I’ve been drinking them so much that I can now differentiate really well between which ones are good and which places have bad ones! It also came in a mug that looked like I would drink out of at home- which I loved.

I also got an Eggs Benedict! Very good! It’s hard to find a place with good hollandaise sauce! I still would say that I have had better, however it is in the top 5 for sure! The potatoes were extra crisp, and it did come with toast and fruit. Overall, it was a large breakfast, but very good! I so enjoyed it! It gave me the energy to finish up the trip and drive home after that is for sure!

I would recommend this place. The prices were good and it has that great hangout place vibe!

-Erin

Beaches

Hey Lovely Readers!

It appears that we have neglected the blog this week, but I’m here to tell you that I have four new posts going up today! I had some tough work choices to make and now that I’m past it I’m dreaming about one thing in particular. The beach. I really need a beach right now! This time last year, I was living in Italy, and one small train ride would take us to what we so needed- a beach!

So, here is my list of beaches I have been to that I have really enjoyed!

  1. Sorrento, Italy– if you go up to the collapsed ancient roman villa (Villa Pollio Felice)- check out our older post- just remember there is technically no beach to sit and read on. However, I liked this too, because I just floated there in the nice salty water and watched the sky! I seriously miss it. If you want more of the ocean experience, you can go outside and swim through the crack in the wall, however, I found that just swimming on the inside was perfect for me and way more relaxing! I highly recommend!13620881_10154522787770695_2456017493217757636_n (1)
  2. If you do want to be able to read your book, still go to Sorrento’s public beach! It is still very beautiful! The public beach does fill up fast, so it might be nice if you take some extra euros and save them for a private area! There are some really great beach setups! When you are done with the beach, you can climb the long stairs back up to get to the city, and at the top there is an amazing view.13620390_10154522790690695_1467559127934502551_n3. Seiano was another town we went to for a beach. It is a little bit rocky, however just as nice! For us it was good because it was closer and easier to get to then waiting a 30 min train ride from Pompeii. However, if I know you, you will most likely be staying in Sorrento and not in Pompeii (or somewhere close). Seiano is one of those off places that I feel like doesn’t cost as much and is still just a short train ride away from Sorrento! It also has a very nice beach and a gelato place very close to it as well (which is always recommended).IMG_2351.JPG
  3. Over to Hawaii now! Honolulu has a beautiful beach with white sand. The water is pure blue and in places like Hanauma Bay has clear water for snorkeling! Send me your pictures of the pretty fish! Seriously, My finger was in front of the camera I bought for almost all of the pictures. I felt bad for the people that were developing them! Nothing interesting to look at by any means! I recommend a beach day at Hanauma Bay!IMG_0575
  4. Greece is my last place. The ones in Athens are nasty- don’t go there. But I would have loved to go to one right beside Poseidon’s temple! That was the clearest, and bluest water I have ever seen! I also recommend going to some of the islands for a day- for both Greece and Italy! They do have the best beaches and they are not as busy!

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Those are my top 5! I am booked for a Mexico trip in November, and a Europe trip in May (I’m coming for you Nice!), so there will be an updated list I’m sure!

-Erin

A Day Off

Hey Lovely Readers!

I hope you guys had an awesome weekend! I know I did! Especially since I celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday! Happy Birthday Canada!

For my post today, I just wanted to talk a bit about my day off! I haven’t had a dayoff in 16 days…. I know it’s terrible! BUT now I’m feeling way better. I do want to emphasize how important it is to have your weekends off. And I mean completely off. Do not take your work home with you. Leave it there. If you feel like you need to get caught up, I usually give myself a max of 3 hours to work on work or homework, then take the rest of the day off. I normally do this, but the last couple weeks I forgot to do this and give myself time. When I do, do work or homework during this time period, I try to remove myself from my home situation. This way I can fully concentrate and either have some good food, coffee, or just sit at the library working.

Anyways, my day off was amazing. I watched Harry Potter…. again! I did some drawing. I Sorry to all my friends and family, but when my phone died, I took that as an opportunity to leave it plugged in, in my room and sat ignoring it. I had gotten so many crazy emails and texts from work that I decided that I was better without looking at it at all. I also am CRAZY breaking out right now, because I haven’t been doing my full beauty routine, SO I took this time to do a facemask and paint my nails- really relax. I just felt so refreshed and recharged! This allowed me to think deeply about a lot of things and write out my problems. I had free time to myself to feel better and so the next day I could come up with tasks to tackle the problems of the next week. This is super important to do! I cannot stress enough that your mental health is important!

For all you over- workers and school procrastinators- I do not recommend trying to do everything at once. I do this all the time! I do a two week stressful stint, and by the end I felt disgusting from using too much dry shampoo, sick because I spent my whole time worrying and stressed, tired because I hadn’t had proper sleep, and bloated because my diet suffered as well. When you are over- stressed, your body takes a toll to. Remember that. Your work, ideas, and even how you react to things are so much different and more clear when you’ve slept, and eaten properly. I also suffer from some bad anxiety, when I get over- worked, so I recommend making lists. I may make 3 different lists, but it keeps me calm and allows me to have a plan of attack. I feel better when I write it down and remember versus just having anxious and an overfilled brain full of things I need to do.

I hope this helps you! If you need too, copy my day off! Put in a good movie, do a facemask and put your feet up! You deserve it!

-Erin