imPress Manicure- Influenster Review

I just received my first ever Influenster box. Influenster is a company that sends out new products for people to try out and then review. I think it’s pretty cool and a good use of social media.

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Anyways, my box contained two sets of imPress Manicure by Broadway Nails. They are basically stick-on nails. What makes them special is the cool colours and patterns they come in.

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You get 24 nails in 12 different sizes. All you have to do it go through and find the ones that fit your nails best then line them up. You wipe your nails with a little included wipe, then peel the backs and just carefully stick them on. You have to be careful to stick them on the right spot since it is pretty tricky to move them!

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Pros: easy for people who are bad at painting their nails, non-toxic alternative to nail polish, good for people with not so nice nails (me!), really fun colours, cheaper and easier than a nail salon

Cons: a lot of waste (bulky packaging, and extra nails to throw away), tricky to use the first time, a little longer than I like my nails to be

Overall these are definitely not something I would wear everyday since they are a little long for me, but I think for events like parties they are a great product!

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Check out full review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rORiFdOfHag

Everyday Granola

I call this everyday granola because I eat it everyday for breakfast. It’s my super simple, quick pared down recipe for granola. I make a big batch once a week. The method goes as follows:

Dump a bunch of oatmeal into a bowl. Add pumpkin seeds, oat bran, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, ground flax and almonds. Stir it up and then add a couple drips something sweet. I use maple syrup. As well as a couple drips of oil. Stir it up again and then spread it out onto a pan (I cover mine in a silicone sheet) then pop it into a 250 degree oven for an hour. Let it sit until cool. Store in an air tight container.

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You can change this recipe, adding and subtracting whatever you want. It’s is crunchy, healthy and delicious!

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WWF CN Tour Climb: In Pictures

*Note this was a hands-free event so nothing, including cameras (and water…) was actually allowed to go past check in, so pictures are all from before and after

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Train ride on the way to the big climb.

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This is the thing I was about the climb.

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We made it! 144 flights (plus about 10 additional ones that they don’t tell you about at the end). We did it in 35 minutes.

It was horrible at times, but I felt very proud afterwards. As an added bonus my legs weren’t sore at all the next day!

May Goals

Well April was quite a month. We had snow and then we had rain with very little in between. Though we did manage to clean up the backyard a little, it was definitely not as much as I’d hoped. I think by this time last year we had our gardens planted. I’m really hoping for more sun this month.

May is going to be a pretty busy month. We have something planned for every weekend. This weekend is the CN Tour Stair Climb. My Mom and Nana are visiting for one weekend, we are helping someone move another and the only empty weekend we plan to plant the garden.

Because of this and the four jobs I currently have I will be keeping things light (looking back I realized I said that last month…). Some of my goals have carried over from last month because they just didn’t get done.

1. Clean out the garage and have a yard sale

2. Start planning meals again (too many nights of last minute decisions)

3. Clean up and plant flowers in the far back yard (if the tree branch gets removed)

4. Start walking/biking regularly again

Backyard Progress

We have been making some progress on the backyard lately (though when I say ‘we’, I really mean Kurt). Our gardens are nearly ready for planting, our grass is green, and the phase 2 of the pool is underway. I was really hoping to plant some flowers in the far back yard, but a tree branch that fell in the ice storm is occupying most of it still.

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In case you were wondering, that is not my cat in the picture. It is the cat I not so lovingly refer to as ‘damn whitecat’.

We bordered our gardens with concrete slabs from the backyard and filled them with a mix of peat moss, regular dirt and compost. Our region offers free compost from our food waste collection program, so we are using that, along with some worm casings from our worm bin.

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We rented a big saw last weekend and Kurt and his friends cut out some of the metal from the pool. There is still a long way to go, but at least progress is being made. I have hopes that one day there won’t be a giant death hole in the middle of our yard.

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I have dreams that one day our backyard will be a beautiful oasis filled with flowers, vegetables and butterflies, but until then, Kurt is really enjoying sledgehammering everything.

Protein Pancakes

I generally don’t worry about getting enough protein. We very rarely eat meat, but we eat a lot cheese, nuts, eggs and beans. Lately I’ve been trying to train for the CN Tour Stair Climb, so I’ve been trying to eat some extra protein. These pancakes really make it easy. They are pretty much pure protein, but still taste like pancakes.

Whisk together:
1 cup of cottage cheese
3 eggs
splash of vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 cup sugar*
3/4 cup flour (I used a mixture of spelt and white)

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It will look a little gross, but don’t worry.

Cook in a frying pan with a little bit of oil. Make them small otherwise they are impossible to flip.

*I don’t usually put sugar in my pancakes, but otherwise you can taste the egg

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Eat with fruit, syrup or whatever and enjoy the proteiny goodness!

Free Spring Home Updates

We are trying to save money these days. We are getting our windows replaced in August, going on a 2 week trip in July and my car’s lease is up in September. So that’s a lot of big expenses over a few months.

With things starting to clear up and grow outside it’s nice to freshen up a bit inside along with it. Here are some ways to cheer up your home for free.

Bring some nature inside. There are finally things growing outside. Maybe you have flowers, lucky you. All I could find on a walk Easter weekend was a branch of pussywillows. Though they isn’t colourful, they are still beautiful.

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Change out your winter bedding for some lighter and fresher. Now is a great time to switch out heavy blankets and duvets. Choose something you love!

Choose one area of the house (or the whole thing if you are feeling motivated). Deep clean and purge any extra stuff.

Make some free art. Use some of those art supplies I’m sure you have around somewhere. Create something and be proud of it. Hang it on the wall!

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