Wednesday, 15 November 2017

19 Songs For Fall

Galway Girl 
Round Here Buzz 
Tennessee Whiskey 
Run Around Sue
Home Grown
The South
Fix A Drink
Good Bye Yellow Brick Road
Bennie And The Jets
Philadelphia Freedom
I Fall Apart
Afire Love 

I have been loving these tunes lately 
Whether it's jamming out doing homework or walking to school a good song is always on my favourites list 


Saturday, 11 November 2017

3 Places To Buy Sweaters This Winter

This super cute store carries trendy sweaters that are extremely warm. Great colour variety and cheaper prices make it a score in my books. The sweaters seem to last as well (as long as you follow washing instructions) I will often load up on newer sweaters from here at the beginning of the season and they keep me warm all winter! They have a huge selection of styles and quality ranges making them ideal for a mass amount of people. This cute grey one is super soft and comfy. The oversized like look makes it super on trend. This cosy cashmere one is super funky with the tie sleeves!

This store is my holy grail during the winter. Their sweaters are warm and washable and last for years. I have at least 10 sweaters from here and they have never done me wrong. The gap also has frequent sales (which is always a plus in my book) you can often get their products for 30-40% off. This longer sweater will keep you plenty warm during this cold dyas. And this red cable knit is a great spin on the classic jumper.

If you're looking for sweaters that will stay in your closet for years this is the place to go. The quality of these sweaters is amazing. But you pay for that quality. It is worth it for me, I am a colder person and I rely on sweaters to remain unfrozen in the Vancouver temperatures. The wool they use is top notch, just make sure to follow the washing directions. I have had several sweaters from there last me easy 5 years. Wath for burst sales as they often have weekend deals. This grey sweater is super classic and will fit nicely into almost any outfit. 

Hope this helped you out!
Ps if your looking for further fall inso check out this post !

Friday, 13 October 2017

5 College Study Tips

Midterms are coming and finals may feel like months away but they are really around the corner. Herer are some awesome tips to help you stay focused and study better and improve your grades!

1.  Put your Phone in Another Room 
Often times I will pick up my phone to distract myself from studying. I learned that I need to physically turn my phone on airplane mode in the other room. This takes away the distraction and helps me get as much done as possible. Also when your phone is on airplane mode your text messages don't get delivered. It's a nice change not to have your phone ringing all the time   

2. Start Early 
As soon as you get home from school start your homework. When you start early you are done much quicker and you have more of a clearer head than if you had started at 7 at night. Once you start procrastinating in the evening it will kill your drive. Just sit down and start 

3. No Music 
I always said I studied better with music on, that it helped me relax and focus. What I really was doing was tricking myself into thinking this. I would reach for my phone to change the song or turn the volume up or down, this was distracting me even if I did not like to think it was. The quiet works wonders for your concentration 

4. Remove Yourself 
Now if you live in a dorm this will be a big thing for you, I cannot study in my room. I get distracted by all the things I need to do. Laundry needs to be put away and I still haven't organized those books yet. Just get out. This is especially true in a dorm room. Often time I will wander into another room to study or move location completely and go sit in Starbucks or the library.

5. Switch Location
Often times I feel as though I am more motivated when I go somewhere to study. It must have something to do with the fact that you left your place so you could do work that puts some fire under our bums but it totally works. when I have a big assignment due I will usually go sit in Starbucks and work there. The great coffee and comfy seats are the cat's meow.


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Healthy Tomato Bruschetta !

As the years have gone by and especially as I have gone to college I found myself eating quick things, stuff that is not that great for me. I learned a valuable lesson, quick and easy is not always rewarding in the long term. So I began to try and teach myself new eating habits. This yummy recipe is so delish and fulfilling but is still really great for you!

- 2 tomatoes (plum or Roma)
- 1/2 tablespoon of dried basil flakes
- 1 clove of minced garlic
- three slices of cheese (i use mozzarella but you can experiment)
- Wassa crackers (I use the whole grain ones but feel free to branch)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon of oil

1. start by cutting your tomatoes into chunks. This makes them easier to break down
2. while the tomatoes are on the cutting board add basil, garlic and salt and pepper
3. warm frying pan and add oil
4. add tomato mixture and cook it on a low heat until it reduces... no more chunks
5. grab a pan and put two Wassa crackers in add cheese evenly to both crackers
6. when tomato mixture is done lay it on top of the cheese and crackers and put it into the oven to broil
7. broil until the crackers start to take colour and the cheese melts
8. take out and enjoy!

Hope you like it !


Friday, 6 October 2017

4 Cool Ideas To Do With Kids This Fall

Whether you're a babysitter or a parent the weather forcing children inside for the fall is a common problem. Personally, I do a lot of babysitting, it helps pay for university and pulls me out of the books for a few hours. But when summer ends the weathers turns ugly I am at a loss at what to do with three kids for four hours. Here are four fall crafts that will get you guys busy and active.

1. Pumpkin Carving
This is great especially for younger ones, you may have to handle the knife and the actual carving bit but they can draw on their designs and dig out the pumpkin guts. Maximum entertainment for the little ones. Just make sure you lay down newspapers and clean up really well.

If you feel like being really creative then after the pumpkins have been gutted you can roast the seeds for a snack for the little kids! Just make sure you handle all the cooking and check for allergies. I usually make them drag over a chair and then they stand and watch. I like this recipe it tastes really good!

2. Photo Shoot
This next idea relies heavily on it not being rainy. Take the kids outside and get them to throw leaves around. Take their picture and you have a little fall photo shoot going on. Try and get them to spin, jump and laugh as those make the best picture. Just make sure that if you are not the parent that you ask them for permission to do so. I usually take picture of all my little babysitting minions and send them as updates to the parents throught the day

3. Scarp book
Grab a cheap photo album and some cool leaves from outside and you will be well on your way to an afternoon of entertainment. If you decide to do the fall photo shoot some of those pictures would look really cool in the album. I usually grab some leaves and write out what the kids are thankful for! It adds a super nice touch.

4. Apple cider
This is really easy if you just want something really simple to do with them! Plus a tasty treat for later. Apple cider makes the whole house smell amazing and gives kids tons to do. Ask them to help you measure out the ingredients and feed them apples while you prepare(get that fruit in) Its tons of fun for all ages. I like this recipe it's super simple !

I am sure there are many things you can do with kids during the fall but these are some easy and cheap ways to keep them occupird. You will be the favourite parent or the best babysitter in the world after these crafts.


Thursday, 28 September 2017

5 Tips for Commuter Students

Commuting in Vancouver can be rough... its rough anywhere really. For those of us who live close enough to our respective colleges to not justify staying on campus, it can be an even longer trip. It takes me 2 buses and a train to get to school (which as horrifying as it sounds only works out to be about an hour and ten minutes.) and sometimes I feel like that is wasted study time. Here are some tips to help you maximize the time spent on transit

1. Do your reading
If your class requires you to read a textbook for homework do that on the train. It will kill the dead hours and allow you to get work done while still being productive. It also does not feel like you are doing homework as you are doing something else productive at the same time.

2. Cue Cards
I made cue cards for all of my classes and I carry them in bulldog clips around with me if I need to study. It is remarkably easy to pull them out and do some quick revision on your way to or from school. Here are some of the cue cards I use to study with !

3. Downtime
Sometimes I need to recharge and rest my brain between school and home. At home, I am tasked with the daily mountain of homework that awaits most college students and so often times I will use the train as a bit of a brain break. Relaxing and people watching so I can recharge and start my homework as soon as I get home.

4. Plan
Most time I will whip out my agenda and try and figure out what I need to do with the rest of my day allowing me to plan accordingly and remain organized.

5. Notes
I try and review my notes that I have taken during lectures that day. It allows me to maintain and retain information as well as be better equipped for the next class. However, if you take notes on your laptop this will not work. A notebook is much easier to review with and allows you to keep high-value things in your bag and away from prying eyes.allows your to keep high value things in your bag and away from prying eyes.

For other university woes check out my post on how to be sick in university as well as my post on some essentials that you may need to complete your spot secondary education.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Fall Clothing Essentials

My favourite time of the year is here! Fall has arrived in Vancouver and I am enjoying every minute of it. The colours and warm feelings make me grateful for the change of seasons. In honour of the most awesome time of year (second only to Christmas) I have compiled a list of items that I have seen in my online shopping adventures that I think would be good investments this fall. Enjoy!

On the west coast it starts getting wool coat cold around October, this means everyone is running to the Bay to get some awesome deals. It also means that you could have the same coat as at least three people in your class. Through my travels, I have drummed up some nice ones that based on reviews and my excellent Canadian judgment seem like a good investment. 

This J.crew Trench Coat is a classic and always good for the mixed weather of autumn. Especially in rainy climates, it allows you to stay dry but still stylish. I have a friend who bought this coat this year and every time she wears it she gets tons of compliments
Wool Parka Coats are still styling without leaving you to the cold. Look for one with a hood as it will protect you from rain as well as your ears from the cold. This one from J.crew is really nice and seems to have really positive reviews. (plus tons of cute colours and size ranges)

Military chic seems to be really big this season. Coats inspired by this trend are a nice way to dress up your outfit and also keep you warm. This one from Ralph Lauren was in the Nordstrom every sale (and it also happens to be in my closet) and is super warm. A great investment as far as I am concerned.

Sweaters make up most of my winter wardrobe, to be honest. They are so easy to style and instantly class up your outfit. I especially like them during the school year when I may be a little more pressed for time in the morning. I can chuck one on with some jeans and boots and know that I look presentable and nice for class. Have a look at some cool ones I have run into during my online shopping travels

The turtleneck style allows for you to keep your neck warm but look chic at the same time. Turtlenecks look super cute tucked into a pair of jeans with a wool coat thrown over the top. Think HRH The Duchess of Cambridge (aka Kate Middleton) she rocks basic black turtlenecks like this one from Gap (which on sale at the time I am writing this) with a bright coat. If the Gap one is not to your liking H and M also offers a more oversized version. I would look super cute with some leggings and boots.

 A boatneck sweater is great if you're not one for a turtleneck but still want to rock some awesome knitwear.  This sweater from Zara is really cute. It plays into the oversized trend but still maintains a classy look.

Some cute blouses are really great for fall. On the days that it is too warm for a sweater I often find myself chucking on a blouse and a cardigan. This cute one from Old Navy is already in my closet, the embroidery and the rich navy mix well with the autumnal colours outside.

If you are looking for something a little dressier, this cute top I found on the Zara website should do the trick. tuck it into a skater skirt with some ballet flats or into a pair of jeans with cute booties and you will be set to jet.

Plaid shirts and fall go together like snow and Christmas. These ones from L.L.Bean are pretty famous and after a quick trip through the comments, I decided to purchase one myself!

I feel like it is a given, you can not do fall without boots. They are a staple in my closest, easy to wear yet chic and sophisticated. Sometimes finding the right pair can be a bit of a challenge. My all-time favourite pair are by L.L.Bean, the Westport boots are comfy and classic and you can walk for miles in them Some other cool bots that I have found on the internet this fall are these ones form Roots, these really trendy ones sold at Hudsons Bay and basically anything on the Frye website.

This post is meant as guide to help amp up and give you more options for your fall wardrobe. Hope you enjoyed!
- Emma-Lynn

If the fall cold hit you as hard as it hit me check out my post about beating your cold in university