The Best DIY to Help You Accomplish Your Summer Bucket List

May 23, 2016
DIY-Summer-Bucket-List

It's beginning to feel a lot like summertime. Finally, the sun is shining and warm breezes are blowing flowers through the wind. I even welcome the the occasional rainy day, because I know that soon school will be over and the only homework I will have to accomplish will be the self inflicted kind.

Like most students, as soon as I have written my final exam, the school management side of my brain (and all of the actual necessary worldly skills associated with it) sizzle away under the power of my newfound freedom. For the first days, I am happy to indulge in a lethargic schedule of Netflix, brunch, work and more Netflix, but that soon gets old. The problem? The further away I get from the structure of school, the less ideas I have on how to manage my time and actually get things done. Ironically, I've found that during the school year I actually have a bunch of fun activities that I'd love to do but always end up saying, "Maybe in the summer, when I more time I'll do it".

Inspired by that notion, I've created this cute DIY Summer Bucket List. It makes for great decor, and it's a fantastic way to get you in the right summer mindset. So, make the DIY, start brainstorming some ideas and get ready for one jampacked summertime!



DIY-Summer-Bucket-List-Tools

Tools:


  • A big glass jar
  • Sand (mine is from IKEA) or filler beads
  • A blank piece of paper
  • A coloured marker 
  • Scissors
  • Shells

DIY-Summer-Bucket-List
Source: My father

The hardest part of this DIY is actually coming up with a full page of activities to fill up your summer bucket list. Once you've written down the perfect list, snip up each activity and roll/fold the pieces of paper.

Note: To make this DIY even cuter, you can use scrap booking paper from your local art store. 

DIY-Summer-Bucket-List


Now that that's done, take your sand (or whatever you'll be using to fill your jar) and begin to fill up the jar alternating between pieces of your list, sand and shells. And voilĂ ! You're done and ready to start your summer off on the right foot.

DIY-Summer-Bucket-List

Need ideas for your own DIY summer bucket list? Check out these lists below:






~Alexandra


What do you have planned for this summer?


5 Things You Didn't Know About Tea Tree Oil

May 11, 2016

I have mentioned before the various wonders of essential oils. They are a triple threat. Essential oils, especially the right ones, work wonders on your hair, skin and overall mood. For the past year or so there has been one essential oil that has been a staple to my skin care regimen, tea tree oil. A few drops of this stuff packs quite a punch. It's a fantastic antiseptic and it's great for healing insect bites and other minor cuts. However, if your not much of an outdoors man, then it has other excellent properties that are sure to make it  an essential element in your skin care kit.

Bacteria be gone

This is what makes tea tree oil such a essential oil. It's a powerful antiseptic, making it a great multipurpose oil to clean minor cuts, strings and topical bacterial infections.

Not for the faint of heart

It has a distinctive (albeit strong) smell. The con? It can be a bit overwhelming for some. The pros?You grow accustomed to the smell after several uses, not to mention after seeing all of the great results. Also, its acute smell makes it a great cold and flu fighter! Putting a drop or two in your bath or into a pot of hot water for a round of face steaming, will clear your sinuses in a jiffy. Another pro. It has a tingling sensation, letting you know that it's working as soon as you apply it to your body.

Your skin's BFF

I absolutely love using tea tree oil for treating pimples, because it works. Tea tree oil is great and natural alternative to Benzoyl peroxide (the magical ingredient in skincare products that helps to get rid of pimples) to help reduce acne.

Tea tree oil is to me, what Windex was to Gus Portokalos in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. If you pop a pimple, use tea tree oil by putting a dab on it to avoid scarring. If you feel a pimple getting ready to surface, use tea tree oil. Got a minor burn? You got it, use tea tree oil.

Dandruff destroyer

Nobody likes dandruff. Don't believe me? Remember Dandruff Danny from Hannah Montana? No! Exactly. On that note, who likes lice either? Add a little bit (and I do mean a little) to your shampoo when you wash your hair to keep those bugs away and get rid of dandruff!

A little goes a long way

You would think that with all its uses that you would need a jug of it to get it all done, but no! A little bit of tea tree oil goes a very long way, so you get more bang for your buck.

~Alexandra XO


Do you have any other natural home remedies that you love?


Book Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

May 02, 2016
Book Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson


Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson


I generally steer clear of western novels, but I couldn't resist anything that has Rae Carson's name on it. So, I pounced on this book as soon as I got the chance. And boy am I glad that I did. On the other hand, I do love western movies, and this book was filled with all of the elements that make this genre so compelling.

Although it was setting the premise for the rest of the trilogy, there was still enough action scenes, suspense, drama and despicable characters to keep you satisfied until the end, and hungry for the next installment. We follow the story of Leah (aka Lee) Westfall, who is a smart girl, in a small town, who carries a big family secret. Leah can sense the presence of gold, the way metal detectors can find metal in the middle of the ground. Feisty, independent and proud of her life with her loving family, her life is thrown upside down as her parents are murdered by an estranged relative. 

Distraught yet determined to build a better life for herself, she becomes the Mulan of the Gold Rush-era. On horseback, with her parent's murderer at her heels, she makes the treacherous journey to California alone. This results in a harrowing adventure, filled with new friends, old enemies, new loves and old-time traditions, all tied by their desire to get lucky in the Golden State. Rae Carson does an excellent job of depicting the Gold Rush-era from every angle. We see how it was a time where any man could become somebody, yet it was plagued by injustices against women and African-Americans and tense relations between the Indigenous groups and western America. This dynamic backdrop sets the tone for the rest of the trilogy as Leah struggles to reveal her true self and fights for freedom in a society set on keeping her on a leash. 

Rae Carson is an amazing world builder. She creates these landscapes, and depicts them so well that you can practically feel the dust being kicked into your face by the wagons, and recoil at the smell of the oxen pulling the carts. I was thrilled that she created another trilogy where she introduced a strong heroine who wasn't afraid to the question the world around her, had strong values and family ties and was prepared to do whatever it took to take control of her future. Like Elisa in her "Girl of Fire and Thorns" trilogy, Lee took everyone by surprise and used her intuition and ingenuity, to take care of herself when no one else would. I can't wait to see how the series plays out in the next installment (so stay tuned)!
“There's not a place in the whole world where everyone isn't willing--no, eager--to give a girl up to a man.”
― Rae Carson, Walk on Earth a Stranger


~Alexandra

Who's your favourite heroine?


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