{ 2021 Goals}

I haaaaate the term resolutions. I never stick to them. But goals, goals are easier, they are things you are more than likely happening in your life right now. Here’s a list of things I want to work on for myself over the course of 2021 & more than likely a huge source of content for the blog.

  1. Read One Book per month: Call me Reese Witherspoon, cause I’m starting a book club. I have a whole bunch of half read books and I just want more. So this is a fun way where I can meet this goal – look for it starting in January with the 1st book “How to Date Men When You Hate Men“.

2. Start Meditating: a targeted sponsored ad on my personal Instagram gave me a whole year FREE of Balance. I’m really excited to start this.

3. Begin a Gratitude Journal: During quarantine I had purchased this 5 minute journal and I had started it with the best intentions, but in 2021 I want to use it more.

4. Volunteer: The company I do my 9-5 with is very charitable, which has me inspired to do more for my community.

5. Travel somewhere new: Given Covid is still very much happening, and my province is in lockdown till end of January – travel has changed (and I work for a resort). I want more little adventures, random road trips in 2021.

6. Get My $$ in order: My finances are a mess. Always has been. I really want to focus on paying off things, paying things and living a little less paycheck to paycheck. This potentially might be a series on the blog.

7. Focus on my health + wellness: I do not eat healthy. I do not work out. I have mental health issues which are a struggle some days. I want to focus on my overall health in 2021.

What are some of the goals you have for yourself in 2021?

{skin care for the lazy girl}

I’ve put off this post for LITERAL years. Mostly cause if we’re being honest I’m the absolute worst at skin care. Like trash. Full disclaimer. I’m a 30 year old with Tik Tok and the Internet. I am not a skin care guru in any way, these are loose suggestions for what has worked with my skin over the years.

Alright first up Tea Tree Oils. I bought a skin care pack a few years ago from The Body Shop. Still honestly one of my favourite products. I have the toner, cleanser & moisturizer. The website describes the products wonderfully and it works on my combination (but mostly oily) skin. I would do this once a week maybe twice in the winter.

Next up we have the Internet’s favourite The Ordinary. Sephora now has a lot more options then when I originally purchased so in 2021 I will be adding to this.

• Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5: Alright, we are doing this AM & PM. ESPECIALLY IN WINTER. This little baby prevents dryness and with winter and wearing masks it’s a must have and only $7 CAD.

Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG: This is for the dark circles and reducing puffiness under your eyes. We Fu*king love it. I have told everyone who will listen about this. My personal brand is dark raccoon eyes from being permanently exhausted. $7 CAD.

  • 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil: This is a support formula, reduces photo-aging and other skin conditions. Less is more with this product.
  • Lactic Acid 10% + HA: This one is like my back pocket saviour, it helps with uneven skin tones, fine line and wrinkles (too poor for botox) and dullness and uneven texture. All things that I personally have. Botox in a bottle baby. Oh and we do this in our night routine.

The next product I got in a FabFitFun starter box, it’s called Whish Firming Sleep Mask: this tightens and firms and hydrates your skin overnight. My skin always feels great when I wake up the next morning. It’s definitely a more high end product but if you are in your mid 20’s to early 30’s it’s worth the investment.

Last two on the list were gifted to me by Sephora & Influenster. Due to the price point alone I wouldn’t typically pick them up on my own accord. However, when I say the products wow’d me, they did. I use the Belif True Cream Moisturizing Bomb has done wonders for my skin especially during the winter months. I think it might be too heavy for an every day summer skin care but would be great when your getting out of lakes, hot tubs & pools. I was also gifted Youth Creator – Age Knockdown Bomb, the formula is very lightweight and silky, gives a little extra hydration to your skin. I’ve been using it around my eyes mostly and some trouble spots on my skin, due to the price of this object I’m using it as a spot treatment. Seems to be working though, I would end up more than likely purchasing this product alone if someone gave me a gift card.

So this is my personal round up of skin care, we shall call it skin care you need for when you are a lazy person (as I do this maybe on a good week once, but mostly twice a month and we are thriving).

fall bingeworthy movies

I like fall because of the pretty leaves, cooler weather, scarfs, oversized sweaters but most importantly it starts my seasonal movie binge and Hallmark starts Christmas movies on October 23rd this year so I’m quite excited for that.

I’ve complied a list of movies that are an absolute must watch for me in Fall. For the Hallmark movies they are on demand I’ve used Stackd TV through my Amazon Prime membership (12.99/month with 30 day free trial) if you are in Canada, it gets you the W Network among other great channels.

Hallmark Favourites:

  • Autumn Dreams
  • Harvest Moon
  • October Kiss (Netflix Canada)
  • Lead With Your Heart
  • Love on the Sidelines
  • Love, Fall & Order
  • Love, of Course (Lily Vanderwoosen is the lead in this)
  • Pumpkin Pie Wars

New Favourites:

  • Cooking with Love
  • Falling for Look Lodge
  • Follow Me to Daisy Hills
  • Home by Spring
  • Blueprint to the Heart
  • Love under the Olive Tree

Honourable Mentions:

  • A Winter Weekend
  • A Winter’s Proposal

Disney Classics:

  • Halloweentown
  • Halloweentown: Kalabars revenge
  • Halloweentown High
  • Twitches
  • Twitches Two
  • Phantom of The Megaplex
  • Hocus Pocus
  • The Haunted Mansion

I left out the fourth Halloweentown as any OG knows it was trash.

And one more bonus: the entire Harry Potter series

Happy Fall y’all! Get cozy and let me know your favourites below.

f r i d a y f i v e

You know the drill, here’s what I’m loving this week. What are you loving this week?

  1. Netflix for the Grey’s reruns. (baby Mer & Derek = my heart melting)
  2. the recent amount of sunshine
  3. The Thredup (use my link & get $10 off)
  4. margaritas (honestly, I love my margs)
  5. Raelynn’s song “Bra Off” perfect anthem for summer.

easy quesadillas

FIRST OF ALL, I’m just going to say it. I’ve never had a quesadilla in my life to making ten of them and sticking them in a freezer. Yeah, I’m really THAT person. Anyways, no one ever cares about the pre-story of your food, so let’s keep this party rockin’ shall we?

what you need:

  • tortillas (I bought a pack of 10)
  • a thing of spinach in whatever form you want (bagged, plastic container, fresh from your spinach garden)
  • a can of re fried beans
  • cheese (block or shredded, but you will be shredding it)
  • a baking sheet.

As you can tell by the photo that is everything I used. Preheat your oven to at least 375. While that is happening, lay out alllllll your tortillas, open the can of beans, grab a spoon dig into the can and spread the beans on the shells. Then slap on the spinach to your little hearts desire and then add the shredded cheese. Pick up the tortilla shell, fold in half and repeat until you run out of shells.

I was able to fit 4 per baking sheet and I put into the oven for 10 mins and flipping for another 5. Keep doing that until all are cooked.

Put on a plate, let it cool down, put in freezer bags accordingly. and that’s it, you are done.

how to survive corona virus (when you do not get to work from home)

Just like all of you, I see everyone working from home (which is my personal life goal) but unfortunately I am at work as we haven’t been shut down yet.

  1. This should be SUPER obvious by now, but wash your damn hands.
  2. Plan ahead as much as you can. I’m talking, food, bills, work, gas.
  3. Disinfect, disinfect, disinfect.
  4. SELF CARE Y’ALL.
  5. Stay hydrated, HOT fluids vs cold.
  6. Get rest (I went to bed at 630 pm the night before I wrote this and woke up at 9:30 am the next day)
  7. Only go out if you need to
  8. Only buy what you need (You probably do not need 47 cans of tomato soup for yourself, but please ask your loved ones if you can grab things for them.
  9. Social distancing (also great to get out of your dates)
  10. Do your best, be conscious of others, you may be healthy but others are not.

I know a lot of these are super obvious, but if you’re gonna be out in the world because you still need to make an income remember, just cause your careful doesn’t mean others are.

How to have a successful month (and stay organized)

This is one thing I’ve really been struggling with and it’s staying organized and on top of my sh*t. Lately, I have not been and avoiding them at all costs.

Dry Erase Boards

I got mine at the dollar store for $4 and it came with a magnet to put on the fridge. Mine is set up with dates and when things are generally due and what events I have coming up. As this is on my fridge, I personally don’t put the totals owing. But I find it’s great for a quick glance and for those oh crap moments.

Daily Planners

I have my planner just like everyone else in the world. My 9-5 job has commissions involved so I also add those on the days I earn them so I know what to expect on my paycheck. I use my monthly view in my planner for the actual totals due and if I need to split up payments for anything. I also include my paydays for easy reference.

Habit Tracker

This is something I’m trying for the month of March, I found print outs on Pinterest and found one that seems to work for me I’ve listed the tasks such as:

  • water consumption
  • skin care
  • a “five minute” tidy
  • dishes
  • deep clean (once a week)
  • review finaces

Those are just some examples, but I didn’t want to start with an overwhelming list as part of the reason is to also get into the habit of marking it down.

A Budget

Now, this is actually going to be a whole separate post later in the month. Budgets are scary and being accountable is scarier. Start to really look at your fiances. I downloaded the Mint app, and set budgets through the app and it sends me notifications when I’ve over spent in categories.

How do you guys stay on top of things? Leave me a comment below or tag me on Instagram @trustfundbroke!

Friday F i v e

When evaluating the blog and the direction I wanted to take it in, I really missed doing the Friday Five. It’s just five simple things that made your week better and it’s super fun! If you do your own Friday Five, leave it in the comments below or tag me on Instagram @trustfundbroke

ONE // McDonald’s $1 Iced coffee and so is the sunshine. Summer is coming.

TWO // How I Met Your Mother Reruns on Netflix. Legend-wait for it-dary. I’ve been re-watching it and not disappointed.

THREE // Tik Tok. Where are my 30 year old’s on this app? KILLS ME.

FOUR //  YETI; highball cup.

FIVE //  my upcoming trip to NASHVILLE in June.

Jen x Brad, Vanderpump Rules,Very Cavallari & Pilot Pete

So my first post is a big one, but there’s a lot to talk about and frankly I’m too obessesed with pop culture that on Monday I walked into my office and recapped all of Jen and Brad’s relationship and the recent interaction of them.

JEN X BRAD

I have been Team Jen since 2005, I have no shame and I will literally not watch a movie with Angie in it. But huge props to her for the charity work, ya girl can support that.

So Jen and Brad were together from 2000-2005 and ended the marriage when he cheated on her on the set of Mr & Mrs Smith. Bradeglina later had like 7 kids. Three of them biological. Jennifer married Justin something and ended up divorced the same year Brad and Angie split.

This past weekend was the SAG Awards and Brad and Jen both have been in the hot circuit of the Red Carpet. But despite Brad being seen at numerous parties Jen has had (including her 50th birthday), the former couple got the world talking with this picture, which I of course like most of the world freaked out and wanted to know more.

As someone who has a healthy relationship with some of her exes, I truly think it’s wonderful that they can still support each other professionally. So this interaction was huge, I love it. I’m here for it and fully support this friendship. Do I want him to not be in the “We Hate Rachel Green Club” absolutely (but also cause two out three Green sisters are on a new show together).

VANDERPUMP RULES

I am freaking obsessed with this show. I binged the first 7 seasons on HayU over the summer and I live for what these people do. LVP, a freaking QUEEN. Stassi, my OG since day one. This season came to freaking plaaaaay. I’m going on the record now of saying the new cast needs to go. They could of been supporting cast members instead of the title. But whatever, I do not have a Bravo reality tv show so I know nothing.

One thing I want to address is the character development of Jax & Stassi. If you’ve seen the earlier seasons you know alllll about that train wreck, I absolutely adore that they are such good support for each other.

I think the new season will be crazy, the last episode featured Sandvol vs Stassi freaking the eff out about her book tour at Tom Tom. Sheena is still boy crazy (but she once liked my tweet). I need to know about Kristin & Carter (but have totally been there girl). Tom & Katie are still my loves. I can not wait for Brit & Jax’s wedding AND Stassi and Beau’s engagment. Racquel drives me up the wall, but glad to see James sober. I still require way more Peter than is shown on the TV. I also think it’s going to be interesting to have Randal on this season with Lala.

Very Cavallari

In the case of Lauren Conrad vs Kristin Cavallari circa 2004. I will forever Team LC. Do I have a soft spot for Kristin, yes. Do I love her relationship with Jay. Yes. I started watching season one to see the hype, was not disappointed and someone get me Shannon Ford’s phone number.

So this season seems to focus more on Jay and Kristin’s relationship and her fall out with her BFF Kelley and celeb hair stylist Justin Anderson has moved to Nashville and is appearing on the season which I think should be fun.

Peter Weber, the man who can f*ck four times in a windmill...

and have Hannah B coming back this season for more. This season truly is a whaaaaaat just happened. I have a feeling that if a) Hannah B doesn’t make a third appearance at the end of the season to get all up in that Peter Weber windmill lovin’ its going to be Hannah Ann. I also feel like Peter got someone pregnant and that is why the OG of the whole franchise Mr. Chris Harrison is like we just found out.

But you know what they say.. Kris Jenner works hard but the Bach producers work harder.

101 in 1001 recap

So years and years and years ago I started this whole 101 in 1001 I did two rounds of it and honestly fairly successful. It was a part bucket list and part to do this without the stress. I stumbled upon my lists while going through the blog in my reconstruction of it. It was inspired by Mackenzie over at Design Darling. This was a fun thing for me to look back and see how far I’ve come in the little things and now here’s to the #YearOfThirty

Round 1 (due date October 15th 2015)

  1. Create 101 things list (Jan 2013)
  2. Learn to cook
  3. Get an apartment with a friend
  4. Go back to school (Jan 2014)
  5. Guest post on an other blog
  6. Land internship at an Public Relations Firm
  7. Buy an adult bag. (Micheal Kors, Kate Spade maybe?) (September 2013)
  8. Travel somewhere in Canada
  9. Fall in love
  10. Save money
  11. Get my licence
  12. Buy a car
  13. Go to a spa
  14. Buy new “adult” clothes
  15. Have a dinner party
  16. Buy & use a kitchen aid mixer
  17. Do 12 random acts of kindness (/12)
  18. Go to New York City
  19. Attend a brunch somewhere where brunch is a thing
  20. Christmas in New York (different from # 18)
  21. Get a bigger bed
  22. Buy a pair of black Louboutins
  23. Buy a Lily Pulitzer dress (Feb 2013) 
  24. Buy & learn Photoshop
  25. Get new contacts & glasses (Contacts Feb 2013 Glasses April 2013)
  26. Get personalized stationary
  27. Lose weight and get down to 130
  28. Stay at 130
  29. Go to the gym at least twice a week for four months straight
  30. Go tailgating
  31. Develop personal style
  32. Get something for my parents that they’ve always wanted
  33. Buy one of those fancy cameras (Dec 2013)
  34. Actually win at beer pong.(Dec 2013)
  35. Stop biting my nails.
  36. Buy my grandparents dinner
  37. Professional pictures of me
  38. Professional pictures of the family
  39. Complete 10 DIY projects I’ve pinned from Pinterest (2/10)
  40. Re-design my blog
  41. Re do an old piece of furniture
  42. See Taylor Swift (June 2013)
  43. De- clutter closet (Aug 2013) 
  44. Organize my contacts
  45. Write a letter to my self to open on my 25th birthday
  46. Buy “coffee table” books
  47. Do an Ikea furniture hack
  48. Start my Memoir (at least have the draft done)
  49. Get my blog featured somewhere
  50. Attend a blogging convention
  51. Clean up my “social-media-ness”
  52. Attend a Yoga class (June 2013) 
  53. Spend the day living like I’m a Millionaire
  54. Re- do business website (July 2013) 
  55. Start a business blog on my website (Jan 2013) 
  56. Go back to blonde (Feb 2013) 
  57. Buy a couch
  58. Get my finances in order
  59. Come up with a new skin care routine
  60. Buy new makeup
  61. Come up with a new makeup look
  62. Workout with a personal trainer
  63. Bake a homemade cake for someones birthday
  64. Publish an e-book
  65. Take Breakfast At Tiffany’s-esque photos in front of Tiffany’s
  66. Take my brothers to a professional hockey game
  67. Go shop at at a flea market / thrift store
  68. Go to 10 new restaurants (1/10)
  69. Re-watch all the Harry Potter movies
  70. Travel to the southern States
  71. Have a girls weekend in a hotel somewhere (June 2013)
  72. Watch 5 Audrey Hepburn Movies (1/5)
  73. Buy the Gilmore Girls on DVD (0/6)
  74. Finish buying Sex and the City on DVD (2/6)
  75. Clean up e-mail
  76. Do a “No Spend Month”
  77. Buy my first piece  Tiffany’s jewellery (might knock out #65)
  78. Drink 8 glasses of water a day for a month
  79. Keep my office at work organized! (Feb 2014)
  80. Go snowmobiling
  81. Treat a friend for a dinner
  82. Host a Superbowl party
  83. Embrace the curls!
  84. Get up at 7 am everyday for two weeks (May-June 2013)
  85. Re design my bedroom
  86. Take a writing class
  87. See Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert or Tim McGraw live.
  88. Get dolled up for no reason whatsoever
  89. Update my Resume
  90. Buy a printer
  91. Organize and transfer iTunes (September 2013)
  92. Print off pictures and organize them by year.
  93. Invest in some statement jewellery
  94. Get my ears pierced (yes, I don’t have them done) (October 2013)
  95. Learn the sock bun (April/May 2013)
  96. Outfit of the week on my blog
  97. Read 5 new books (1/5)
  98. Collaborate with a brand I love (even if its small)
  99. Meet someone famous
  100. Buy Tory Burch flats
  101. Inspire someone to do their own list

Round 2 (due date: Sept 30th 2019)

Personal ( /20)

  1. Learn to cook
  2. Save Money
  3. Have a financial game plan
  4. Get my licence
  5. Purchase a car (new or used)
  6. Buy and use a Kitchen Aid mixe
  7. Do 12 random acts of kindness (/12)
  8. Attend a brunch somewhere where brunch is a thing
  9. Get personalized stationary
  10. Get something for my parents that they’ve always wanted
  11. Buy my grandparents dinner
  12. Professional pictures of me
  13. Professional pictures of the family
  14. Clean up my social media-ness
  15. Buy a couch
  16. Do a “No Spend Month”
  17. Buy my first piece of Tiffany’s jewelry
  18. Buy Tory Burch flats
  19. Pay off student debt
  20. Read 10 new books

Career (/8)

  1. Land a job in public relations (social media)
  2. Buy professional clothing
  3. Start a freelancing business
  4. Land an exec job
  5. Build an empire
  6. Set up website
  7. Business cards – professional freelancing
  8. Host a PR / Blogging event

Health (  /9)

  1. Go to a spa
  2. Lose weight and get down to 135 pounds
  3. Stay in the 130-140 range
  4. Go to the gym twice a week (or more) for 4 months straight
  5. Stop biting my nails.
  6. Drink 8 glasses of water a day for a month
  7. Workout with a trainer
  8. Work on mental health
  9. Start doing yoga more regularly

Blog (/12)

  1. Guest post on another blog
  2. Get my blog featured somewhere
  3. Attend a blogging convention
  4. Outfit of the week on my blog
  5. Collaborate with a brand I love (even if its small)
  6. Publish five “How To’s” posts
  7. Photoshoots
  8. Blog Social Media pages
  9. Blog Business cards
  10. Domain name
  11. Reach 1,000 blog followers and 1,000 Instagram followers
  12. Be posting at least 3x a week by August 2018

Travel (/6)

  1. Go to New York City
  2. Christmas in New York (different from # 18)
  3. Travel to the Southern States (Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, The Carolinas, Florida)
  4. Travel within Canada
  5. Travel to Ottawa
  6. Go to Mexico or Cuba or Dominican

Fun & Creative (/19)

  1. Go tailgating
  2. Complete 10 DIY projects I’ve pinned from Pinterest (2/10
  3. Go snowmobiling
  4. Write a letter to myself for my 29th birthday
  5. Buy “coffee table” books
  6. Do an Ikea furniture hack
  7. Start my Memoir (at least have the draft done)
  8. Watch 5 Audrey Hepburn Movies (1/5)
  9. Publish an e-book
  10. Take Breakfast At Tiffany’s-esque photos in front of Tiffany’s
  11. Take my brothers to a professional hockey game
  12. Host a Super Bowl party
  13. See Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert or Tim McGraw live.
  14. Print off pictures and organize them by year.
  15. Boots and Hearts round 2
  16. Havelock County Jamboree
  17. Go staking
  18. Have more coffee dates with friends
  19. Go to a pumpkin patch