Friday Favorites: Jeans + Chick Lit

I’m sharing a few favorite things in today’s blog post.

Mid Rise Classic Straight Jeans from Gap

I recently bought a pair of these jeans (affiliate link) from Gap and I’m really loving them. Finding a pair of jeans that fit me well can be a bit tricky. There have been a lot of frustrated moments in fitting rooms over the years. Trying on clothes isn’t something I really enjoy, and having to do it over and over again to find something that fits properly is tough. I’ve bought this particular style a few times now and they’ve been great. It’s such a relief to find a cut that I like. It cuts down on all of that fitting room frustration. Do you have a go to pair of jeans? Where are they from?

Blue Nail Polish

I put on a new color of nail polish this week – Butler Please (affiliate link) by Essie. It’s been on my nails since Sunday and I’m really liking it. It’s a deep blue that I think would be pretty into the fall and winter too. I found that it dried a bit darker on my nails than it looked in the bottle. I used Essie base coat (affiliate link), two coats of Butler Please, and then a layer of Essie top coat.

Love Your Life

If you’re looking for a fun, quick, and easy to read beach read, I have the book for you! I just finished reading Love Your Life (affiliate link) and I really enjoyed it. In fact, it might just be my favorite Sophie Kinsella book so far. I appreciated that even though it was a light hearted book, it also looked at some of the tough stuff in relationships. I think just about everyone can relate to something that happens in this book. Plus, it features a beagle named Harold. Beagles are my favorite kind of dog, so it was fun to read about one.

This weekend

You know those medical appointments when you leave and are just exhausted? I had two of those this week. I also had to get together all of my paperwork for my bookkeeper to help with my business taxes. It’s always a lot of work no matter how organized I am throughout the year. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to some down time. I don’t have much planned for this weekend other than Father’s Day on Sunday with my family. My brother and I have a fun surprise meal planned for my dad, so I’m looking forward to celebrating my dad and letting him know how much I appreciate him.

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Boy Band Workout Playlist

In today’s post I’m sharing a 90’s boy band workout playlist. I’ve also included a link to the playlist on Spotify.

I was born in the early 80’s and was a teen in the 90’s and early 2000’s. Boy bands were all the rage when I was in junior and senior high. I distinctly remember a classmate in my grade 11 math class saying that she was heading straight to the mall after school to buy the latest Backstreet Boys CD. Throwback to CD’s and when you could buy music at the mall. A lot has changed in music since the 90’s.

I decided to focus on the boy bands of the 90’s for this workout playlist. It’s hard to believe how popular they were, looking back from 2021. Some of those dances, outfits, and haircuts are cringeworthy. I have to admit that the Backstreet Boys were definitely my favorite, with Nsync being a very close second.

Here’s the songs I included in this boy band workout playlist:

  • Bye Bye Bye – Nsync
  • Step by Step – New Kids on the Block
  • What is Love – Haddaway
  • I Swear – All-4-One
  • Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – Backstreet Boys
  • Everything I Do – Bryan Adams
  • Tearin’ Up My Heart – Nsync
  • Good Vibrations – Marky Mark
  • I Want You Back – Nsync
  • It’s Gonna Be Me – Nsync
  • You Got It (The Right Stuff) – New Kids on the Block
  • I’ll Make Love to You – Boyz II Men
  • Don’t Want You Back – Backstreet Boys
  • Tearin’ Up My Heart – Nsync

You can find the playlist here on Spotify. If you’re looking for a different kind of workout playlist, I have all the ones that I’ve created here. I know that boy bands aren’t everyone’s favorite thing. I have everything from playlists from the 70’s to artist specific ones like Britney Spears.

What was your favorite boy band from the 90’s? Share it below in the comments.

How to Plan a Week of Meals

In today’s post I’m sharing some of my tips for how to plan a week of meals. It doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming.

When I first started thinking about meal planning it felt overwhelming. I thought I had to have every single meal perfectly figured out and scheduled, not to mention going to the grocery store to buy every single ingredient I would need. I put a lot of pressure on myself to have things perfect, which kept me from starting in the first place. My meal planning each week definitely isn’t perfect, but it gets the job done and I’m never wondering what to make for dinner.

Curious about what I’m making to eat? Follow me on Instagram. I share a lot of my meals on there.

Use what you have

Before I sit down to come up with meals for the week I take a peek in the pantry, fridge, and freezer to see what I already have. Did I end up not making a meal from last week that I can make this week instead? Perfect. If I have leftover tortillas from the week before, then wraps or tacos are good ideas. Using what I already have available to me to base meals off of makes it easier. I have less food to buy at the grocery store as well as the fact that it’s easier on my budget. I know that my kitchen always has more food in it than I think. It just makes sense to start meal planning with what I already have.

Lunches are typically dinner leftovers. Eating leftovers means that it’s super fast to heat something up for lunches, and less waste. It also means that I have fewer meals to actually plan for too, which is always a good thing.

Be flexible

Once you have your meals for the week planned out, remember that it’s not set in stone. You can switch meals around to suit what’s happening certain days. If you end up running late one day, make that quick meal that you had scheduled for Friday. If you have errands that take less time that you expected, make that meal that’s a bit more time consuming. Being able to switch things up to make life easier is in your control.

Plan ahead

Leaving things until the very last minute will make you feel stressed and like you’re always behind – or at least that’s how it is with me. If I have a plan for the week it feels like it takes a lot off of my plate. I don’t have to try to figure out what to make for dinner at 5:30 pm when I’m already feeling hungry and have zero motivation to cook for 30 minutes.

When I look for recipes to use, I like to go with ones that I know are tasty. Not only do I know that I and my family like them, but they also generally take me less time to cook because I’ve made them before. Having an idea of what I’m doing instead of having to check the recipe for each step is so much easier. There’s no reason to reinvent the wheel when I have a great sloppy joe, beef stroganoff, or taco recipe.

Making cooking easy for yourself

Take advantage of time saving food. There’s no shame in buying the shredded cheese instead of buying a block of cheese and shredding it yourself. Bagged salad mix is better than no salad when you’re short on time. There’s lots of little ways to save yourself time when it comes to cooking. I usually have a couple different kinds of frozen vegetables in the freezer. Not only can I make however much I need – a little or a lot – but it also stays good in the freezer for a lot longer than fresh vegetables in the fridge. Having those items ready to go that are quick to cook make it easy.

How do you plan a week of meals? Share your tips in the comments below.

Summer Accessories

I’m writing about some of my favorite summer accessories today.

Hello and happy Monday! We had a pretty rainy and dreary weekend here in Calgary and it looks like it’s going to continue this week. To be honest I’d rather have cool rainy weather over super hot “I can’t fall asleep” heat, so I’m not complaining. I did manage to get in a walk with my boyfriend and his dog during a sunny break on Saturday afternoon. I have a walk planned with a friend tomorrow, so my fingers are crossed that it won’t be too rainy and we can sneak in some time together between rain showers. I haven’t seen her in over a year due to the pandemic, so I’m really looking forward to it.

Today I’m sharing some fun summer accessories. In case you missed it, you can check out my Summer Outfits post as well as my fashion page where I have all of my fashion posts. You can also check out more of my outfits and beauty picks on Instagram. Leave a comment below telling me about your favorite accessories this year. I’m all about taking advantage of the nice weather because winters here are so long and cold. It makes me appreciate nice weather so much more. Being able to be outside and soak in the sun feels so good!

Baseball cap / Straw hat / Fedora

Black sunglasses / Dark sunglasses / Tortoiseshell sunglasses

Tortoiseshell necklace / Anchor necklace / Teardrop necklace

Blue & white belt / Camel belt / Woven belt

Blue & white bracelet / Tortoiseshell bangle / Chain link bracelet

Blue tote / Shoulder bag / White satchel

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Mini Bedroom Makeover

Today I’m sharing the highlights of a mini bedroom makeover that I just finished.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been giving my bedroom a mini makeover. I wanted to replace my desk and change things up a bit. I added a few shelves on the wall to show off some of my favorite things, did a DIY project with some picture frames, and put together some new furniture. I wanted to stay on a budget and keep it simple, so I used things that I had around the house as well as finding some deals on other things online. I have to admit that Ikea was great for sticking to my budget.

My nightstand is super old Ikea that I bought when I moved into my very first apartment nearly 20 years ago. That makes me feel really old! It’s still available from Ikea – you can find it here. It’s definitely not the same shade of white it was when I bought it. I’m considering spray painting it a nice crisp white. The jewelry dish is from Amazon (affiliate link). The lamp and shade are both from Home Depot. I tried looking for it online but I wasn’t’ able to find it. I did find a couple of similar ones though if you’re looking for the same look.

I bought the brackets and shelves from Ikea. These are the brackets I used and I went for these for the actual shelves. They have a longer version but I thought that the smaller ones would be the perfect size for my space. I didn’t want it to look too crowded.

I bought the hydrangea prints from Divisha on Etsy. You can find the candleholder here, it’s from Ikea as well. I also stocked up on some candles while I was shopping online. I went with these ones. They were pretty affordable compared to the other candles that I found online.

I found the two blue candles online at Bad Bath and Beyond. The darker blue one can be found here and here’s the lighter blue candle. I actually lucked out and found them on clearance for 50% off.

I had bought the two frames that I put the hydrangea artwork in from the thrift store a few years ago for $1 each. I decided I wanted to give them a bit of a refresh so I decided to sand them and then spray paint them. I used Rustoleum spray paint in Satin French Blue. I’m definitely not a spray paint expert by any means, but I was happy with how the frames turned out. I gave them 3 coats of paint 24 hours apart. It was a super easy and quick project to do.

The white candle holder to the right of my monitor is also from Ikea. The white work light next to it is also from Ikea. I bought it probably 10 years ago. I tried to find it on the Ikea website but I wasn’t able to find it.

I got the vase from Ikea as well – it’s available in one smaller size and two larger ones. The white pot with the plant in it is from Amazon. You can find it here (affiliate link). It’s the same pot that some of the plants on my shelves are in as well.

I got my desk from Ikea. These are the drawers and I went with this table top. The table top comes in three different sizes. I opted for the medium one as I tend to spread out when I work. I find a crowded and cluttered workspace distracting. so I wanted to make sure that I had storage with the drawers and room to work. Both the drawers and the table top come in several different colors. I liked the white and birch veneer together. I considered getting a second set of drawers for the other end of the desk, but went with these simple legs instead.

I forgot to take a photo of my bed. but all the bed linens are blue and write. I have this striped duvet cover (affiliate link) and this throw blanket (affiliate link). I also have a few throw pillows on my bed but I wasn’t able to find links for them online.

When’s the last time you refreshed a room in your home?

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