New year, new me! That’s what everybody are saying at the beginning of each year, right? And then we all end up dropping our resolutions after a few weeks. Maybe we’re doing it wrong. Maybe we’re not setting the right goals. Let’s just all decide to be happier. At the end of the day, this is what really matter.

I wrote down 5 things I want to do this year that will make me happier. Okay, some of them I started in the last months of 2016, but still. I think all of those are positive things, some small and some bigger, that can really make life better.

There’s also a Free Printable Calendar at the end of the article, if it’s something you’re interested in!


Declutter

I have so much stuff. My apartment is filled with useless things I don’t even like and I don’t even know why I keep those things. The overflow makes it way harder to keep anything clean and I have to admit that, even if it’s still decent, sometime my apartment cleanliness is not up to my standards. I’ve known for a long time that I had to get rid of a lot of things, but kept pushing the inevitable to later. Late last year I’ve listened to Mari Kondo’s book and even if I did not agree with her on most points, it still inspired me to declutter my home. I started that weekend and got rid of a full trash bag of things I did not need. I was a great first step! But the one thing that kept holding me back is that I have lot of things that are still good and that I’d like to give away to charity BUT I don’t have a car to take it there, which makes things difficult. After a bit of research I found that there is a few organisms in Montreal you can call and they will come pick up your donations. Amazing! Problem solved! So I’m scheduling a whole weekend with my boyfriend later this month where we’ll go through everything and hopefully we’ll eliminate all those things we don’t need.


Get into something new


I’ve been thinking over the last few months about getting into cocktails and building my mini bar. I’m not much of a drinker, but somehow I think mixology looks very chic and interesting. I started buying a few pieces I really like (and I received a rose gold shaker for Christmas. It’s so pretty!) but will take my time to get things I really like. For me, this year, it’s mixology, but it can be learning more about coffee or tea, getting into baking or painting or learn about the french revolution. Finding a new hobby that might turn into a passion this year is a sure way to make those 12 months more interesting.


Banish negative thoughts


“I’m not good enough”, “It looks great, but it’s not for me, I could never do/wear that”. Really? No, I don’t think so. We are all capable of greatness and the faster we understand it the faster we’ll be able to get what we want out of life. I know, it’s a process and total self-confidence can’t just happen overnight. I’m certainly not there yet, but I’m really starting to think “Why not me? I can totally do that” rather than “I could never reach this goal”. The less you think negative the less you’ll feel negative, right? Well, this year, let’s all make a conscious effort to think and act in a positive way. Let’s be nice to one another too. We all deserve to be happy.


Take a break to figure out what you really want in life


Because knowing what you actually want it the best way to get there. It’s the best way to know what to do to achieve it. Life goes by fast and the first thing you’ll know it’s going to be mid-september and you won’t be any closer to that thing you thought about at the beginning of the year. Take some time off, pick up a pen and a sheet of paper. Write down what you want to achieve, your goals and dreams. From there it’s time to make plans to make sure those things really happen.


Just do it

It’s good to write down what you want. But if you never act on it, you end up at the same place you started at. There’s that one project I’ve been thinking about for years. I remember thinking about it back when I first met my boyfriend. We’ve been together for over five years now, and that project never saw the light of day. I was so scared of things not working out that I just didn’t do anything, which, in the end is worse than not succeeding, because you don’t even get experiences out of it. I’m not going to talk too much about that project right now, because you’ll hear all about it next week. That’s right, I finally decided to go for it. I’ve been working on it for the last months and after years of just thinking about it, it’s all going to actually start next week. And you know what? Maybe I will fail. Maybe it won’t be all I thought it would be, but it doesn’t matter, at least I’m trying. (but to be honest, I’m pretty hopeful everything will be fine)


So there it is. The five things I’m confidently saying I will do to make 2017 the best year so far.

What do you think? Any of these you’ll try out, or are already doing?

You can download the Free Printable Calendar over HERE!

Usually I'm spending all of my weekend mornings alone because my boyfriend is working, so I end up grabbing whatever to eat while I do some cleaning or blogging... Or TV watching. But sometimes it's nice to take some extra time to prepare a nice meal, create a mood and relax while enjoying a nice brunch. And yesterday this is what I've done.

Not that this was anything fancy, but I’d rather not spend too much time cooking if it’s only for me. It’s just not as fun.

So I cooked french toast & an egg, brew some tea and sat down to read a book while eating.

Taking some time for myself to relax actually made me more productive for the rest of the day.

So take some time off too. It can be brunch, a bubble bath, a face mask, go for a walk or browsing Netflix. It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you take some time off once in a while! Because as much as we'd all like to think we're wonder woman, everyone needs to relax from time to time.


There’s not much I love more in nail polishes than neutral tones. I own my fair share of nude shades, but there's more than nudes that can be categorized as neutral.

Here I've picked a few of my favorite, and they will look good with any color of outfit you could be wearing.

A grey

I love a good gray nail for the fall. I think it looks really chic, especially if you add a mat top coat on it. Grey is the ultimate neutral by nature and will really work with anything. This shade is  greige garden (404) by Sally Hansen and it has a purple undertone to it, which makes it even more interesting.

A white

This one might not a shade you expect to see in the winter, but if you think about it, snow is white, so why shouldn't your nails be? Even if it would be the obvious Sumner neutral, I love to use it in the colder months for an unexpected touch. This is sure thing (510) by Revlon gel thing.


A charcoal

A dark, moody color is your best pick to feel warm and cozy when fall and its cold weather comes back. However, a deep burgundy might not look its best depending on what you're wearing (it definitely looks too Christmassy with my forest-green pants. And as much I love Christmas, I'm just not ready yet). So charcoal might be the best dark neutral tone for your nails. The one I choose for this post (An Essie polish, but the name's not on it...) has a slight shimmer to it too, which is usually not my favorite, but for this color I think it works best because it helps making it less dark and serious, if that makes sense..

A terracotta-ish

Okay, so this one might be a bit of a stretch. It definitely has more of a color to it than any of the other polishes I've chosen. It's more saturated than the other ones, but I'd describe it as a toned down red with orange undertones. It is as neutral as a red can get. It would also work just as well for winter or summer. This particular shade is in stitches by Essie.

A gold

A gold nail polish is basically a shimmery nude, right? So if you ever want to get festive, this is the one. There is a lot of variation of golds, this particular shade is penny talk by Essie, so I guess it is more of a copper than an actual gold. I would still categorize it in the gold spectrum though...


What are your favorites neutral nail colors? I’d love to know, even if I really don’t need to be enabled to buy more polish!


Greens. Was there anything worse to eat as a kid? But even if we get around to eating, and even enjoying it as an adult, we can always use some inspiration to make it different and more appealing.

I was browsing Pinterest, as one do, and came across a lot of mouth watering photos of green veggies. I thought I'd share so you can spice up your side dishes too!

Spoiler: May contain traces of bacon.


01. Broccoli Tots by Gimme Delicious

These Broccoli tots are probably the best way to turn veggies into something you’d usually feel a little bad about eating. From breakfast to late night snack, these would be perfect.

02. Green Beans Portobellos by The Wicked Noodle

I absolutely love mushrooms. Any type, in anything and no matter the cooking method. This recipe would make the perfect side dish with a roasted chicken but to be honest, I could probably eat it as a main dish too.

03. Green Goddess Hummus by Hapa Nom Nom

So, hummus is already pretty healthy on its own. But why not switching it up, you wouldn't want to get bored with it, would you? This one is made with edamame and avocado. What else can you ask for?

04. 5 Minutes Magic Green Sauce by Pinch Of Yum

Magic sauce! There's no way not to love something called magic. Just the name makes me happy. Do you know what else makes me happy? It only takes 5 minutes to make and it's good with everything. EVERYTHING.

05. Proscuitto Wrapped Asparagus by Damn Delicious

I warned you there might be bacon somewhere in these recipes. Okay, okay, this is not bacon, but it's close enough. And you could totally change the proscuitto for bacon anyway.

06. Loaded power Salad by What's Gaby Cooking

I love, love, love big salads with little to no lettuce in it. I’m just not the biggest fan of lettuce, whatever. This one has everything you need to stay filled up for a while too. They serve it with a basil vinaigrette, which I’m sure is really good, but try it with the 5 minute magic sauce. You’re welcome.

07. Restaurant Style Chinese Greens by Rasa Malaysia

If you ask me, Asians are definitely doing veggies right. I mean, somehow they make the most boring veggies look mouth watering. Not that bok choy are boring. I really love bok choy. This is a really easy recipe you can make with any greens.

08. Spicy Sichuan Green by Kalyn Kitchen

Green beans are not always my favorite veggie, but I've used the recipe for edamame, broccoli and even radishes before and it works great with all of them. Also, sichuan dishes are just the best. If you like spicy that is.

09. Avocado Pasta by Damn Delicious

Pasta? Yes, please. Avocado? Can eat it by the spoonful. Mix the two to create an amazing guilt free carb dish? I'm definitely in. And I’m sure you will be too.

10. Spinach Wraps by Katie At The Kitchen Door

Look the amazing color these wraps have and try to tell me you wouldn't want to eat one right now… It is a fail proof way to eat veggies without even noticing. Also, the pictures just look amazing.

Bonus: Is your leafy greens always get bad before you get a chance to eat it? Read this article by Whole New Mom.


Stock photo from kaboompics.com








Here are some favorites from the last months.



Rimmel Blush
I'm usually not much of a compulsive buyer, but sometimes I do have that need to buy thing I don't really need. For some reason it makes me feel good. Maybe I'm too much of a materialist. This is what happened when I bought this blush. I ended up using it all month long as it is a neutral pink and it looks really natural on me. It also has that perfect in between pigmentation where it definitely shows up on the skin, but it is still hard to go overboard with it.

Sephora Cleansing Brush
To be honest, I only bought this Sephora Cleansing Brush because it looked cute and I thought it would make a good photo accessory. However I ended up loving it! It turns any cleanser into a soft exfoliation.

Nyx Contour Palette
I know I added this one in my favorites before, but I've rediscovered it this month. I love the highlight shades. Its that kind of in between shimmer that pack a punch, but still look natural, depending on how much you put on. I love the two matte light shades too that works really well as a setting powder. There's also a selection of contour shades. I don't use all of them because some don't really work for my skin tone, but one of them is the perfect not-too-warm color that really makes it look like a shadow rather than a bronzer.

Nyx Brow Pen
It is basically a dupe for the Anastasia Brow Wise, maybe a little more waxy. The color I have is slightly too warm, but I can still make it work. However I know when I'm out of it I will repurchase this one over the Anastasia one because the price tag is way lower.

Revlon Matte Liquid Lipstick
Not a fan of the smell. It is way too synthetic for me. However, I'm a big fan of the color and formula, which is the one lipstick I wore the most this month. This mat and easy to apply. It has a decent wear time too.

President's Choice Sunscreen
The smell of this sunscreen might be the only reason why I use it. I usually forget to put SPF on, but with this one I always remember because it smells so good. Other than its sweet coconut smell, I also love that it is a spray formula which makes it super easy to apply. I even reapply it on top of my makeup in the middle of the day sometimes. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to use it on my face, but it doesn't seem to break me out so far.