How to Clean Your Room.

How to Clean Your Room How To Clean Your Room And Keep It Clean

You wake up in the morning and the first thing you see is your bedroom. It is important that this space is stress-free for you. A messy room can start your day poorly. An overwhelming feeling is often created when seeing a large project. So you should find a way for how to clean your room. Often people will ignore the problem to prevent dealing with it, which will make it worse.

Here are some tips on how to clean your room:

Tip #1 It All Starts with Clothes. Check out Closets Edition.

Tip #2 Trays. I have serving trays all over my house. It is the best for giving purpose to anything. Next to my bed on my nightstand. Which is actually a step stool. Weird I know.  But seriously I have my necklace given to me by my boy, my ring box, lavender oil. I just put stuff on it that I want to stay out, and bam. It now has a purpose.

Tip #3 Put it on the Wall. Do not hesitate to put your stuff on the wall if you can. Put up shelves to display your aesthetically pleasing items. We all have ugly stuff too, so put that junk in a basket. Have a guitar? Mount that bad boy on the wall. Storage and decoration.

Tip #4 Rugs. Weird I know. But put a rug on the wall and your room looks instantly more put together. Plus it is super cozy and I think it looks really pretty.

Tip #5 Keep it Simple. If you stick to a colour pallet or your furniture to a certain style your room will look less cluttered before you add anything to it in terms of accessories.

Are Posters Real Art.

Are Posters Real Art Are Posters A Real Form Of Artwork

My personal opinion of wall posters is a positive one.  I love movie, music, art posters. They are a completely valid form of artwork for your wall. I have on of my favourite pieces, a 6″x4″ version of A Starry Night by Vincent Von Gogh. I have it put up above my bed as if it were my headboard. Other than that I have a Rosie the Riveter 3″x2″ poster. It is framed for a more professional appeal. Personally, I prefer a colour scheme for rooms, so I have an eclectic feel with retro primary colours. But poster are pretty rad.

Here are my favourite posters at the moment:

Poster #1 Starry Night*. I absolutely love the painting. So much so that I got it in a 6″x4″ print. The poster to please those with a taste for more elegant or fine art.

Poster #2 Rosie the Riveter*. I am a big fan of showing off girl power. Rosie was a character created during the Second World War as a way of encouraging females to join the workplace because men were away at war.

Poster #3 Nuka Cola*. This is a vintage looking cola poster from a video game, Fallout, that I love. It fits my colour scheme and is more along the pinup style of portraying females.

 

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Must Have Shoes.

Must Have Shoes A Minimalist Guide To All The Shoes You Need

Ladies, you understand the reputation for women to have too many shoes but let’s get real. It is nice to have a variety. I have myself a list of must have shoes I would like to have. If you haven’t seen my clothing guide check out “Must Have Wardrobe: An 80 Piece Closet“.

This is my list of must have shoes:

  • 1 Snow Boots. A pair of practical black snow boots velcro for sure, perfect for that Canadian winter. Snowmobiling, snow fort building, heavy duty outdoor activities. The warmest boots in the world. Winter walking boots. Totally different from snow boots. Lightweight yet warm boots practical for walking around. I am still currently a student, and walking across campus then spending hours in clunky boots is not desirable.
  • 1 Winter Walking Boots. Probably tan with laces, or zippers on the inside but looks laced. Totally different from snow boots. Lightweight yet warm boots practical for walking around. I am still currently a student, and walking across campus then spending hours in clunky boots is not desirable.
  • 1 Rain Boots. I live on a farm, and muck is everywhere. Therefore, I need some knee high, black rain boots for those muddy, messy days. I need another practical pair of shoes for yet another weather environment.
  • 1 Fall Boots. I am going to put my cowboy boots here. Not necessary for everyone, however, to ride horses, which I do, it is important to have a heeled boot. Plus they look pretty nice with a fall outfit if kept clean.
  • 1 Active Runners. I have the best running shoes that I have ever owned. Nike, dark grey, gold check mark. I love them. I am not the most active, but I love to work out on the treadmill. An occasional trip to the gym, but I never seem to have the time. Again I think it is something you should have.
  • 1 Street Runners. I have a pair of Converse for when I want to wear sneakers that are not chunky but give me the same coverage and some support. Personal I don’t think it is a necessary shoe item, but I have them anyway.
  • 1 Casual Walking Flats. I have two on my list. Probably don’t need two pairs, but whatever. I live in my burgundy Toms during the summer. It is my all time favourite pair. But I’m a bit quirky so my mom a few years ago got me some bowling shoes from a thrift store. I can not get rid of them, it is my most unique clothing item despite the fact that I don’t need them.
  • 1 Dressy Flats. Black round toed ballet flats. I have very narrow feet, so point toes are a complete no go. If you have a formal occasion in which heels seem over the top or inappropriate flats are perfect. I also thing flats go best with summer dresses.
  • 1 Walking Sandals. I have a pair of Birkenstocks, they are not prettiest sandals. But the arch support is what I was looking for. A bit clunky again, for my taste, but I like sandals for an option.
  • 2 Heels. If you hate them then cross them off the list, but I like to have two pairs. One in black, one in nude. Both very classy, but goes with a wider variety of outfits. Black is a fall/winter feel, but nude keeps it light and bright for spring/summer. One can easily be used for both, but it’s my taste.
  • 1 Party Heels. A strappy black pair, or if you are less casual even glitter. Even thigh highs. New Years is the vibe. Or a club if that is more your style. But I love to go a little less classy in these environments.
  • 1 Flip Flops. The easiest to slip on, and usually super cheap. Take to the beach or camping. Even bring them for the gym showers. It is not a splurge by far.
  • 1 Slippers. My house is entirely floored with hardwood, tile in the laundry and washrooms upstairs, and the basement is a heated concrete. Some extra support and comfort is a must. I like using moccasins as slippers, but I only get them from reservations. I like supporting my community that way.
  • 1 Casual Boots. I love combat boots. Not the military grade ones, the more casual interpretation of them. They are heavy duty enough for everyday use without me needing to be concerned for wear and tear.

Is there anything on your must have shoes list I missed?

Curing Your Black Thumb.

Curing Your Black Thumb How To Get Rid Of Your Gardening Black Thumb

I have a massive love for plants. It is probably overwhelming the amount of plants I have in my home. They are always happy and healthy, however, the same can not be said for some members of my family. You know someone with a brown thumb, but we are talking black thumb, kill on contact, sad plant creators. I, as a lover of plants, find it easy to watch and care for them, but they love plants even more to the extreme. I have determined they must be cursed. It is the only possible solution.

Here are my tips for helping:

Tip #1 Don’t Buy Plants. This is for those who no matter what just can’t find the time or willpower. If you want some greenery buy face plants. Fake flowers for vases and fake trees for corners. Just avoid them.

Tip #2 Easy Plants. If you kill plants because you forget to water them succulents and cacti are your new best friends. They require little water and not often.

Tip #3 Fresh Cut Flowers. Can’t even remember that, only get plants that will eventually die and look great while doing it.

Tip #4 Location. Only put the plants where you will see them. If you walk by them every day then you can see when they need to be watered or start to look unhappy.

Tip #5 Quantity. Start off slow. Only get a few, then when you are successful only get a few more. Do not start by overwhelming yourself.

Bonus Tip: Set an alarm for when to water your plant or mark it on a calendar.

Hopefully, this helps cure your black thumb. Do you have any tips?

How to Sleep Better.

How To Sleep Better 5 Tips For A Better Sleep From An Insomniac

If you know nothing about insomnia just remember that it sucks. I have searched frantically for how to sleep better. It has been over 7 years now and let me tell you it is not easy. I only recently discovered that it is considered severe once it continues past a month. Woah. I’m 83 months past that. Boy. At first, it felt like a blessing, being able to stay up super late without the feeling of sleepiness. After a week it got old. After a month it got exhausting and after a few more it felt like a state of being. I don’t know why it started and neither do the medical professionals that helped me understand what me having insomnia means.

Basically, I don’t sleep, and when I do I don’t sleep well. There are various stages of sleep, and I do not enter deep sleep. That is when your body repairs itself and you feel well rested when you wake up. If I had to compare it to anything I guess it feels like being a zombie. Always dragging yourself around. There are good days of course but they are so few and far between that it never really changes anything. However, I am incredibly grateful that it is my biggest problem.

Here are some tips for how to sleep better:

Tip #1 Have a Comfortable Bed. I love my mattress. It is firm with about an inch of squish on t0p to make it feel like like I’m sleeping on a board. Investing in your mattress is really important. It can be the main cause of your poor sleep. I know they are expensive so I recommend waiting until the mattress you want is on sale. Usually, September Labour Day sales are the best time. While in be do not have any electronics or pets. These distractions prevent your bed from only being a place of sleep.

Tip #2 Drink Plenty of Water. Your brain is made up mostly of water. During your sleep, the brain goes through your memories, and if you are dehydrated it can affect its ability to do so. This can make you sleep poorly and feel exhausted throughout the day.

Tip #3 Eat Healthy. If you can’t eat healthy all the time, whether you have no time, or money, at least eat healthy before bed. If you feel like dirt you will likely sleep like dirt and eating healthy can help with this.

Tip #4 Exercise. If you lay in bed at night and can’t fall asleep it may be because you have too much energy. This can be prevented by exercising at least an hour before bed, to get the energy out, but not be unable to sleep since you are energised for a while after exercising.

Tip #5 Lavender Oil. I didn’t think that an essential oil could help me sleep when medicines could not. However, when I put a very small amount behind my ears and on my ankles, it created a scent that relaxes you.

Bonus Tip: White Noise. While I did not find that it helps me, my friends swear by white noise. Whether it is the sounds of the ocean or the audio of a non-exciting show it prevents you from getting lost in thoughts that could very easily be the reason you are not falling asleep.

Do you have any tips for how to sleep better?

Why Music is Important.

Why Music Is Important Integrating Music Into Your Life

This is my personal explanation of why music is important to me, and why it could be to you.

I have never really gotten into musical instruments for my entire life. In grade 5 we needed to go out and buy a recorder to play during ‘music’ class. I sucked, no one can make a $10 recorder sound good. Plus it was unusual to make a kid go out and buy an instrument for exclusively school purposes. Then in grade 6 I got a guitar and hated it. Not because I didn’t want to play guitar, I did. I have always had small soft hands and the strings absolutely shredded my fingers and it was too big to play comfortably, so good bye guitar. In grade 7 and 8 I played the saxophone, now that was neat. It was an alto so it wasn’t too big, however incredibly impractical for an everyday instrument.

I thought about why music is important. SO, finally a year ago I decided I would try once again. This time I bought a ukulele. It was somewhat inexpensive and I think it is straight up ugly but it sounds really good for the price. The only problem is staying tuned, which once I bought a tuner is a simple fix. I am absolutely awful at playing it, but I love it. The size is perfect, the sound matches my personality and the fact that it only has 4 strings is a life saver. It has taken me so many years to finally find an instrument I enjoy, and I would recommend to anyone that you try and find one for you. It can be very simple and cheap, but finding a creative release is priceless.

Finally a year ago I decided I would try once again. This time I bought a ukulele. It was somewhat inexpensive and I think it is straight up ugly but it sounds really good for the price. The only problem is staying tuned, which once I bought a tuner is a simple fix. I am absolutely awful at playing it, but I love it. The size is perfect, the sound matches my personality and the fact that it only has 4 strings is a life saver. It has taken me so many years to finally find an instrument I enjoy, and I would recommend to anyone that you try and find one for you. It can be very simple and cheap, but finding a creative release is priceless.

What you can do:

You don’t even need an instrument to create music. You can sing. I sound awful, let me tell you. But, I enjoy it. If not signing then listening. The benefits of music that I gain are an increase in creativity when listening and an increase in memorization. Also, music is a great, and free mood booster. I am instantly in a better mood upon listening. Playing the radio in the morning wakes me right up.

If you can, I would suggest finding an instrument, but if not, finding music elsewhere. Because this is why music is important.

Skincare Musts.

Skincare Musts My Morning And Evening Skincare Routine

I have two separate skincare routines for morning and evening. These are my skincare musts. My skin is very dry and it can be sensitive sometimes. I have blemishes more often when I have an increase in hormones. In order to combat against the likelihood of me having ver unpleasant skin, I have narrowed it down to a very simplified version to eliminate irritation.

Morning Skincare Routine:

Step #1 In the morning I wake up and have a shower, while in the shower at the end I wash my face with Fresh Soy Facial Cleanser using the Sephora Collection Precision Pore Cleaning Pad. The pad allows for very gentle exfoliation without causing any skin abrasions.

Step #2 Once I’m out of the shower I use Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner on any generic brand cotton pad. It is gentle enough to use twice a day and helps remove any makeup I may have missed.

Step #3 I then apply Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil Light liberally to my face. I am very dry, so adding oil is not a frightening idea for me. However, oily skin can occur if I use the original during the day.

Step #4 I then use Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream. It has an odour I am not fond of. Honestly, it smells like something my grandma would use, but it works very well.

Evening Skincare Routine:

Step #1 At night I dampen a cotton pad and wet my face, then use the same steps for cleanser and toner. More time is added to washing my face if I wore makeup that day. To be more thorough.

Step #2 After I apply Josie Maran 100 Pure Argan Oil, the original. It is more intense and concentrated so my face soaks in the moisture while I sleep.

Step #3 I use First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. It is far too heavy for the day. The thick cream can be used all over the body and is great for scaly patches in the winter.

On rare occasions I use face masks, should be more often, they can be quite expensive. My favourite is the Glamglow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment. It is quite expensive so I only use it on rare occasions and use it overnight to get the full effect.

Essay Writing Tips.

Essay Writing Tips University Essay Tips For First Years

I hate writing an essay with a burning fiery passion. I’m not great at articulating my words in an academic manner. The vocabulary simply does not come to me naturally. I like speaking casual and writing the way I speak. To try and construct an argument leaving opinion out and only keeping facts in seems boring. So I thought it might be helpful to share some essay writing tips with you.

I have one tip that I find helps me when I write essays. I write down absolutely everything I know about the topic and have it beside me before I start. When I begin I write the sassiest introduction you have ever seen. This gets changed later, but I find it really helps me get into the mood of writing.

I do my research before hand and in smaller sections, but when it comes to the essay itself I like to sit down during a single solid chunk of time. Keep in mind the essays I am working on end up being only about a dozen pages long, which is considered small in later university years. I don’t know if it works for me exclusively, but who knows.

Essay writing tips:

Tip #1 Pick Your Topic Not Your Thesis. Narrow down the topic you want to write about and research the heck out of it, but do not go in with a final result and piece everything that way, instead put your argument together with facts then choose a thesis it supports.

Tip #2 Write Everything Down. If you see a piece of information relevant write down where and when you found it because going back to find a source is a pain in the butt.

Tip #3 Make an Outline. My favourite TA preached about outlines. I love them. If you need 10 pages, it is approximately 10-15 paragraphs. look at the research you have done and assign specific information to that paragraph. And it can always be more than one.

Tip #4 Use a Variety of Sources. I know that online sources are so easy to find, but it hurts your grade if you don’t use a variety. Schools love hard copies of books and peer-reviewed journals.

Tip #5 Use Your Resources. If your school offers academic advising, use it. Does your mom have the ability to look it over for spelling mistakes, use her. If your friend loves History, and you are writing a History essay, ask them to read it.

Bonus Tip: Write a super sassy intro before you write to get excited about arguing or explaining it. Just don’t forget to go back and change it when you are done.

For more helpful tips for university check out “Time Management Tips“.

Lifestyle Must Haves of February

Lifestyle Must Haves Of February My Favourites For The Month Of February

As of February, I have added some new favourites to my possessions. These are my must haves of February. I am focused on a more minimal lifestyle in terms of possessions. I have always preferred quality over quantity. As a kid, I would get one nice shirt when my sister would get five of the same cheap shirt in different colours because she liked quantity. As an adult, I try to simplify my life by not over cluttering my home, wardrobe, and life in general.

Must Haves of February:

Clothing and Accessories: I spent forever trying to find a perfect leather jacket. I finally found one that I’m really happy with. It’s faux black leather with an asymmetrical zipper. One thing that I absolutely can not stand for when I wear leather jackets is when it is asymmetrical when undone. This means that the fabric ends where it zips, instead of matching the shape on both sides.

Makeup: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light. I love a hint of glow, probably more than i should, but with dry skin it makes me look more lively. If you want a highlighter this as not it, however, if you want an overall subtle glow it is great. It isn’t chunks of glitter, that’s not a look I like to go for.

Home: I finally got another dream catcher. All of mine were eaten by mice when I moved and had all my possessions put into storage. I don’t know if they actually help, but it’s worth a shot. I don’t know if I believe in them, but it is reassuring.

Miscellaneous: I will be honest, I got back into American Horror Story and am diving right back into the deep end. I don’t know what it is but I enjoy it. I think what I like most is that every season is completely different except for the actors.

How to Be Happy.

How To Be Happy Tips On How To Be A Happier Person

When I am feeling down I like to do a few things in order to boost my mood. I wanted to know how to be happy or more happen when I felt down. It feels nice to be happy. Maybe you might find it helpful too.

These are some ideas for how to be happy:

Idea #1 A Comfortable Outfit on the Day You Need it Most. Speaks for itself, if you aren’t comfortable then you are already more likely to be in an unpleasant mood.

Idea #2 Listening to Your Favourite Music. My medium of choice is vinyl, it always makes me want to dance along.

Idea #3 Plants Indoors. Looking after another life besides your own is motivation in itself. It also adds to the quality of air in your home.

Idea #4 Cuddle Your Pet. I am never without a dog, and they make the absolute best cuddlers. I always recommend a pet, but if dogs are too much responsibility then cats make a great alternative.

Idea #5 Go for a Hike. Getting outside to clear your head can be a game changer.

Idea #6 Lay on the grass and watch the clouds. Staring up at the sky and trying to find shapes is a way to bring back youthful joy.

Idea #7 Car Rides Don’t Just Put Dogs in a Good Mood. A fall afternoon drive can make you feel like nothing could go wrong. Summer drives with the windows down blowing your hair in the breeze. It’s an amazing feeling. If dogs can figure out how to be happy with such a simple thing maybe you can too.

Idea #8 Listen to the Rain. When you can hear it hitting off the roof all other sounds disappear as you float into relaxation.

Idea #9 Go Out and Play in the Snow. If it’s packy then you better build a fort. Who cares if it’s childish, you and I both know it’s a blast.

Idea #10 Have a Bonfire. Invite some friends over and roast some marshmallows. It is a memory maker.

Idea #11 Have a Marathon of Your Favourite Movies. Invites some friends, your partner, or by yourself. An old childhood classic is my usual choice.

Idea #12 Light Some Candles. Watch them flicker. The warmth they bring to a room is inviting and some scents can have a soothing effect, such as lavender.

Idea #13 Play Some Video Games. I tend to go for lighter games, something that I played when I was young.

Idea #14 Make a Private Comfy Corner. Stack a bunch of fluffy pillows and plush blankets and just get cozy. Smaller spaces can have a peaceful effect.

Idea #15 Drink Plenty of Water. Drinking lots of water always makes me feel fresh and awake. Try leaving a glass next to your bed to drink when you wake up. Besides, it’s so good for you.

Idea #16 Take Pictures. Take them of anything. The scenery, yourself, those you care about. Everything can look beautiful if you find the right angle.

Idea #17 Write Something Down. That new story idea you thought of. How your day went. Create a bucket list.

Idea #18 Blow Some Bubbles. Self-explanatory.

Idea #19 Tidy Your Room. Creating a refreshing environment requires that you put in some extra effort beforehand, but the results can be really helpful. Sometimes the act of tidying itself can put you in a better mood.

Idea #20 Go Somewhere You Can be Alone. Sometimes you just need space to breathe when you are feeling down.

Idea #21 Grab a Blanket and Snuggle Up. In bed, on the couch. With your partner, pet, or no one at all.

Idea #22 Breathe In. Breathe Out. Deep breathing exercises have a way of relaxing you. Maybe ever try some yoga.

Idea #23 Watch Fish. A tank at home can help. But, my favourite is going to an aquarium and watching the sea life.

Idea #24 Solve a Puzzle. I feel way more triumphant than I should admit when it comes to solving a puzzle, even if it’s not that difficult.

Idea #25 Go for a Swim. It can be in the ocean, a lake, a pool, or even sitting in a hot tub. My personal choice is salt water pools.

Idea #27 Take a Special Bath. Whatever makes it special for you. Put in your favourite bubble bath, light some candles, and watch a movie in the warm frothy water.

Idea #28 Doodle. Doodle big or doodle small. It can be little stars or flowers in the corner of a page or a full on masterpiece. Colour in a colouring book. I prefer digital art.

Idea #29 Go for a Run. I prefer going out on a trail, but a treadmill works just fine. It helps to release some steam.

Idea #30 Read a Book. It can be something new, or an old favourite. You can even read a book out loud for someone else. If you don’t have time, some people like audio books.

Idea #31 Bake Something. 20 minutes for basic cookies, or hours for an extravagant dessert. I like make salted caramel cheesecake, and always lick the spoon.

Idea #32 Be One with Nature. If you can get outside then open up your windows. But don’t forget to take some time every now and them to really enjoy the world in which we live.

Idea # 33 Call Someone. Texting is easy, but actually talking to someone has emotional benefits. A friend, your parents, your partner. Anyone you wish to talk with. Hearing someone happy can make you happy too.

Idea #34 Look up Quotes. Sometimes you just need to find the perfect arrangement of words to motivate you.

Idea #35 Smile. When you don’t want to smile you still should because you can actually make you feel happier. It releases endorphins that trick yourself into thinking you’re happy.

Idea #36 Visit a Museum. It can be any kind, art or history. It all depends on your tastes. I like both, but art usually cheers me up better.

Idea #37 Eat a Healthy Snack. When you are in a bad mood, people tend to eat junk food, it’s fine as a treat, however, you really shouldn’t when you are already in a bad mood.healthy snacks can add a feeling of freshness to your day.

Idea #38 Sleep. When it all comes down to it sometimes you just have to sleep the day away. It shouldn’t become a habit, but we all have those days when we just need to lay in bed all warm and cozy.

Hopefully, these ideas help you in your search on how to be happy.