Do you love Etsy? I could just brown the site for hours without ever being bored. There is just so much to see, so much people with so much talent. Today I thought I could start a new series of post where I share the love and talk about products I found on Etsy, because all those small business owner deserve to be talked about!

Since it's the middle of summer right now, I'm starting with a tropical theme in mind. Also, because palm leaves are so trendy and I really like them. Do I need a better reason? No, I don't think so either.

  1. Tropical Palm Art Printable by Gendots (Yup, that’s me!)
  2. Tropical Mug by MySweetMugs
  3. Aloha Letter Balloons by WildernessSupply
  4. Pom Pom Pillow Cover by InkAndLinenCo
  5. Tropical Pillow by wfrancisdesign
  6. Aloha Vinyl Stikers by beebeacheydesigns
  7. Palm Leaf Necklace by SweetNovemberJewelry
  8. Palm Leaves Lampshade by MyBeachsideStyle
  9. Flamingo Print by DamaDigitalDesign
  10. Tropical Botanical Washi Tape by EllaElizabethShop
*All photos in this post are propriety of Easy Shops owners
I don't know about you, but I'm always on the hunt for a good filling breakfast. Bonus points if I can cook it on Sunday for the whole week. However, I easily get tired of always eating the same things and I will almost never have the same breakfast two weeks in a row. That makes me search and search for fresh ideas (you can find my Breakfast Pinterest Board here), but as much as I love eggs and bacon and the likes, I'm craving something a lot lighter during the hot days of summer.

This is how I came up with this breakfast idea.


This is basically a play on sushi bowl or burrito bowl, but as a sweet breakfast meal.

Based around rice, because carbs, proteins are also added by the greek yogurt and the nuts to keep you full until lunchtime. You can also add as much fruity topping as possible, plus a drizzle of honey for added sweetness is a must.


Ingredients
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp sugar or other sweetener
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup greek yogurt, your choice of flavor. I used vanilla
  • Any fruits you have on hand. I used frozen mango, frozen coconut flesh and fresh blueberries.
  • Nuts of your choice. I used Cashew nuts.
  • Drizzle of honey

Step 1
Cook rice as you normally would, either on stove top or rice cooker, using the rice, water, sugar and vanilla extract.

Step 2
When the rice is cooked, let it cool completely and then add the yogurt.

Step 3
In the morning place one portion of rice in a bowl and add the toppings and a drizzle of honey.


Pretty easy, right? I hope you will enjoy it as much as I am!

Please let me know if you try. You can also tag me on Instagram @gendots if you share a picture of your Sweet Breakfast Bowl!


I had that blog post ready for over a month now, but kinda forgot about it. In the last couple months I've really been focusing on “real life” stuff. I was so behind on keeping my apartment looking good and had many other random appointments to take care of. And, well, since I can't do it all, some things had to be on hold. It happens, it's okay.

So these were technically products I tried out it March, but I don't think my opinion changed that much since then.


Cougar lipstick
It was more long lasting than I was expecting. It felt creamy at first, then it turned out to be drying. However that's to be expected in a long lasting lipstick. I just apply some mat lip balm, like the Nuxe Reve de Miel and it put moisture back to my lips without compromising the mat look of the lipstick. Later in the day it was looking a bit patchy after eating and I had to reapply. I don't think it is a 24h lipstick, unless you don't eat or drink in these 24h (but that would be a big commitment just to wear lipstick) but still long lasting.


Sensationail Pull Off Polish
I had high expectations for this nail polish. I thought it was a really cool concept. I was really appealing to my lazy self. Also, the thought of not having to use harsh chemicals to remove my nail polish was a big plus. However, it didn't exactly go as planned.

First, when applying, you should be very precise and not get it anywhere around your nail (and that is something I'm I'm not good at). Since it's a pull off nail polish the consistency is kind of elastic so when you try to remove those extra little pieces you over-painted it also start ripping away the good job you made on your nails. That sucks. When I was done with that and spent a few hours with the polish on my nails that is when I noticed the tips looking weird. It's like the polish didn't stick to the tips of my nails, but instead of chipping it as just hanging there. It looks fuzzy and was honestly annoying. I ended up taking it all off before the end of the day. And that went just as bad as the rest. When pulling the nail polish off my nails it also ripped layers of my nail with it. Needless to say it's not good to keep your nails healthy. Afterward, my nails felt very dry too. On the bright side the polish was pretty opaque and I love the shape of the bottle. However, overall it was a big fail. Never using on my nails again, but it might be good to paint some DIY projects...


Revlon stick highlight
Very similar to the Clinique Chubby Stick Highlighter. Like REALLY similar. I think it is a little drier at application and the packaging is not as nice. But, it's a very good and cheap alternative.


Mariposa Cream Concealer Contour Set
4$ pallet? Yeah, I wasn't expecting much. And to be honest, I think some the shades are chalky and not great at all. But. But! The contour shade (that look scary dark when first applied) is probably the most natural contour I tried. Ever. The consistency is nice too, it blends easily, but it can dry quickly so it's better to start blending fast. But, I really, really love this contour!








Hey! Hi! How are you? I am very excited today as I am starting a new project I’ve been working on for months! I’m opening an Etsy Shop where I am selling logos and printables (and planning to add more diversity later. I’m working on a few blog templates at the moment). If you didn’t know, my actual job is as a graphic designer, so I should know what I’m talking about. ;)

It is a project I’ve been thinking about for years. Literally years. I thought about it for (probably) the first time back when my boyfriend and I moved in together. That was 5 years ago. But I’m a procrastinator, so I never came around to actually do it. But I decided 2017 was going to be the year I get shit done. At first, I wanted to open my
Etsy

boutique in early January, but endless computer issues made it impossible. Also, maybe, you know, I’ve been procrastinating a little bit. Whatever, I’m doing it now and it didn’t take me all year so I’ll call this one a win. I am very hopeful for this new adventure to go somewhere good. I’m hoping to be successful, and to eventually be able to make this (plus regular freelance) a full time job. 

Ah! That’s kind of a big statement! But I love working from home! (I’ve (kinda) done it before and it was amazing -- except the part where I didn't have enough work to make a living). One of the things that makes working from home really cool? No commute! Right now I’m spending 2 hours a day going to and coming back from work. 2 whole hours! I could do so much in 2 hours! 

Anyway, I digress. Even if this is in part about my hopes and aspirations, it isn't really supposed to be an ode to working from home. 



Here is a preview of the shop and of a few designs I’m selling. So far, there is 15 logo designs and 13 printable art pieces online. I'll be adding more in the next months, but I think it’s a pretty good start. The logos are for sale at $45CAN and the printables are $8CAN. 




But there one more thing! I’m also giving away a free printable art piece for you to download!
Just CLICK HERE

So what do you think? Do you like the designs? I hope this new adventure goes well!


I don't know about you, but I’m crossing my finger for summer to be here as soon as possible. This winter was a really unusual one where I was feeling unmotivated about pretty much everything. Now that we just turned the page on march I’m definitely ready to spend some time outside, wear shorts and dresses, take long walks just because I feel like it and take drinks on the patio while the sun goes down.

That’s why today I am sharing this summer appropriate cocktail recipe. With the citrus and berry flavours and a lot of ice I feel like this is going to be super refreshing for those hot summer days. (Go to the end of the post for the recipe) 

On another note, I decided to post only every two weeks for a while. Like I said at the beginning of this post I’ve been really unmotivated all winter and I feel like I am behind in my blog, my other projects and my apartment maintaining. I also started to work on a big redesign for the blog. You might have realized I’ve changed my logo a few months ago. This was the first step of a big project. I started to design a more professional looking website and plan to move away from blogger and toward something that gives me more creative freedom. I have a lot of idea but right now not much time to do any of it. That is why I think posting every two weeks instead of every week is the logical choice for me. At least until I feel like my to-do list is getting shorter. But I’m so excited for all the changes I’m planning! I’ll also talk more about my new side project in two weeks and there might be something for you so stay tuned! 



Recipe 
1 oz Gin
1 oz Triple Sec
¼ cup frozen raspberries
1 can of San Pellegrino Aranciata Rossa flavour (Blood Orange)
Lots of ice 
Add the raspberries and maple syrup to the bottom of the glass and try to mash it together as much as you can. Add the gin and triple sec. Fill the glass with ice. Add the fizzy water on top. Drink! 

I hope you will enjoy this drink! I will definitely sip a few while I’m working on all those project I’ve been talking about. 


*The idea for this blog post comes from For The Love Of Cocktail, a mixology event happening this spring in Las Vegas that doubles as a breast cancer fundraiser.