Saturday, 31 January 2015

Finally - my 2015 Goals


First, sorry about the radio silence.  I had intention to be away from the blog for so long.  Anyways I'm back and want to share my 2015 goals (even though they are a month overdue).

Health & Fitness
I think most people have some sort of health and fitness goal on their resolutions.  My goal is to exercise more and be more fit in general.  I'd like to exercise at least 3 times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes.  And although I don't have a weight loss goal, my doctor continues to encourage me to lose some weight for my general health (okay....maybe my blood pressure is a bit high too).  I will continue to watch what I eat and make smart food choices.

Progress - Unfortunately I have been quite sick for most of the month of January so exercise hasn't been a priority at all.  For the most part, I've eaten well.  Come February - exercise will be a big priority for me.

Reading
I would like to read 2 books per month or 24 books in a year.  

Progress - Not a great start on this goal either.  I am currently reading my first book of the year.

Knitting
My goal is to complete 1 project a month (unless I'm working on a complicated blanket).

Progress - I haven't picked up my needles once in 2015.

Be More Giving
It's very important to me to give back whether that's through financial donations or giving time or supplies.  I currently give to my local United Way each month but I want to do more.  I started this last year - each month I give to a different person or charity/organization.

Progress - This is one of my favorite goals.  I enjoy deciding each month where my resources are going to go.  In January I donated to my brother who was riding his bike to raise money for Parkinson's.

Other Goals
Give birthday cards to all friends and family.
Be more organized.
Tidy on a daily basis.
Continue to make my apartment more "homey".
Get all my photos printed so that I can enjoy them.
Date more.
Grow my Stella & Dot business (more on this later).

I'll be sure to update you as the year goes along.  I'm really looking forward to what 2015 has in store.

How are your goals for 2015 going?

Monday, 29 December 2014

Good Bye 2014, Hello 2015

It's that time of year - the time that I re-evaluate what I want my life to look like and set some goals.  Now, don't get me wrong, I am constantly adjusting goals and evaluating myself throughout the year but there's nothing like having a clean slate at the beginning of a new year.  I'd love to hear some of your resolutions, perhaps I'm overlooking something.  Don't worry - I'll be sharing my goals once I've figured everything out.

What are your New Year's Resolutions for 2015?

Monday, 8 December 2014

Let's Talk Trash - November Empties




As my blog is not primarily focused on finance anymore, let me introduce a new feature - Let's Talk Trash.  Here I will share my thoughts and feelings on different products I finish in the month.  Now keep in mind, I didn't necessarily start the product in the month only finished it.  So, let's get into my trash:

Bath & Body Works Pumpkin Cupcake candle - I LOVE pumpkin, all things pumpkin and this candle was no exception.  It filled my apartment with the scent of a bakery that only baked pumpkin goodies - and I'm okay with that.  I will definitely get this one again!

Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash in Pistachio Cream with Magnolia - Another love.  This body wash was creamy and created wonderful bubbles, and the scent.....oh, the scent - pistachio heaven.  'nuff said.

The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Shower Gel - I like to have two body washes going at the same time - one creamy and one that's not.  The thing I like the most about this body wash is the scent.  It's a true peach scent - not fake.  Would purchase it again.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion - This is my go-to travel body lotion.  While I like the lotion itself, I really love the bottle it comes in.  I will continue to buy this but only when I am travelling.

White Barn Pink Petal Tea Cake candle - I didn't want this candle to finish.  The wax was a beautiful pink, the label had a gorgeous picture of roses and the lid was a matte gold with ornate detail.  It was the perfect combination of floral and bakery - neither over powered.  It was completely balance.  I really hope that this candle comes back in the Spring.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer - I've used this moisturizer for years and love it.  Unfortunately I have been diagnosed with rosacea and have a new moisturizer....which I'm not loving.

Bumble & Bumble Tonic Lotion - One of my secrets to healthy hair.  I spray this on my scalp after every shower and the mix of vitamins and tea tree oil help feed my scalp and hair.  I will continue to buy this for the rest of my life!

Listerine Whitening Original - I love Listerine Whitening Plus Restoring but I hated this.  The taste was horrible and I wanted to spit it out as soon as it was in my mouth.  I will not be purchasing this particular mouthwash again.

Maybelline Full 'N Soft Mascara - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!  This is my favorite mascara - nothing compares.  Unfortunately, I cannot find it in Canada anymore so I have to stock up when I go to the States.  Please Maybelline, bring it back!!

Bath & Body Works Sugar Berry Smash lotion - While I prefer the triple moisture body cream from BBW, I did  love the scent of this lotion.  When I didn't want to wear perfume I would slather this on my arms and chest.  I would buy this scent again but only in the thicker lotion.

Biore Blemish Fighting Astringent - Again, a product I have used for years but with my rosacea I've had to move on to something different.

Bath & Body Works Island Nectar Deep-Cleansing Hand Soap - This is a great summery scent - it's like being at the beach while washing your hands.  I prefer the foaming soaps but I would buy this scent regardless of which soap form it came in.

Have you tried any of these products?  Have suggestions for products I must try?