Vivid 

This peacock’s vivid colours fit right into this week’s photo challenge. This picture was taken in Havana, Cuba. One of the most beautiful place I have been to.

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Fail – natural remedy to unclog sink

Our kitchen sink gurgles for no reason and it is loud. Sometimes the water won’t drain either.I’ve asked my husband to fix it but he is a typical guy who says yes but puts it off.

So I took matters into my own hands in hopes to search for a cheap and natural solution. I read many posts and I keep seeing baking soda with vinegar. Easy enough so I tried it.

#1. Pour hot water in the sink

#2. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain.

#3. Pour 1 cup vinegar down the drain. (I added lemon to it to kill the bateria)

#4. Plug the sink to let the chemical reaction do its thing.

#5. After 5-10 minutes, pour hot water down the drain.

Tada! Nope, no tada. Gurgling still there.

We then tried Draino and still didn’t work. So now we are out of options except calling a plumber. Not sure why the drain is clogged. Anyone?

A day out exploring 

The weather yesterday was amazing for a hike…or two. We drove to the Hamilton, ON area and found two great waterfalls.

The first one was Boundary Fall. It was small but still beautiful.

We walked for a good hour saw tons of amazing breath taking scenaries.

The second hike we went on brought us to the Albion Falls. It was so much fun climbing on the rocks and seeing the falls up close and personal.

After a full day of hiking and exploring Hamilton, we decided to drive by The Docks (just recently closed its doors) in downtown Toronto. It is always nice to visit places you already live in. We are so busy with our lives and don’t always look at what is aroud us.

Shiny boots with coconut oil

Bought a jar of coconut oil last week. I made a coffee scrub with it and it is the best scrub I have yet tried. 

I read somewhere that you can use coconut oil to shine your boots. Since I have a giant tub of coconut oil…why not! 



All you need is a little coconut oil and a paper towel. Make sure the shoes are already cleaned. I had to clean all the winter salt off before rubbing in the oil.

Then rub away. 



Here’s the difference. 



Left = coconut oil 

Right = untreated

Not too bad right? What else can I do with coconut oil?

Tell me your success story please!

I am hoping you can share your story with me and give me the ‘Ah-ha’ moment I need to figure out what my next steps should be. I’m a 30 something woman who works in the marketing department in the print industry. The industry is shrinking drastically with all the free contents online. And quite frankly, I do not want to sink with the ship.

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I want to help people!

j0321063When I ask myself what I want to do, I do not have an answer. All I know is I want to help people. Any shape or form. Doesn’t have to be helping people directly like a doctor or teacher. I just want to make a difference somehow (and I already volunteer regularly at Meals on Wheels).

What’s my passion?

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If I do not end up with a job that helps people, I am thinking at least I should do something that I am passionate about. So what am I passionate about? I don’t know either. Yeah, I’m not a lot of help to myself. I have this conversation with myself and others regularly and nothing comes out of it.

If you build it, they might not come

j0289379I love success stories and always wish I can be one of them. I read $100 Start up and all the success stories reminded me of what I learned in marketing class. It is better to sell something that is in demand than producing a product and then try to sell it. It is especially true when I am the worse sales person on the planet. I don’t even know how to bargain! So what kind of success story can I make for myself?

How did you figure it all out?

AA002733So what do you do for a living and how did you figure out that is what you wanted to do? What steps did you take to figure that out? What questions did you ask yourself? What is your personal success story? Let me know.

Thank you everyone. Looking forward to read your stories.

Scratch map decor

I love to travel to different places. There are places I return to year after year. Like on Tuesday, I will be returning to St. Maarten! Cannot wait!

I know I really should travel to new places to experience different cultures. But how do I turn down the caribbean sun? This is when I bought a scratch map! By looking at the map, I realize how many countries I have not been to.

Where do you want to go next?

Spring Cleaning Part II. Organize: Documents, nicknacks & stationary

Now that you have purged and cleaned up your wardrobe, it is time to organize your mail. Surprisingly, in this day and age where technology is taking over every part of our lives, we are still receiving physical mail.

Documents & Letters

Sort them into different piles – bills, taxes, personal, shred pile (whatever categories suits your need). 

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Once you put them in the piles and decide which ones you need to keep, put them in different boxes. No decorative boxes on hand? Use empty shoe boxes, cereal boxes or even magazine holders. Don’t put them all in one box. You’ll just have to sort them again later or dig through the other ones to find what you need. Putting them in different boxes will make it a lot easier to store. And with proper labeling, gives you easier access if you also sort the mail by date.

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Even if you already have them in boxes, it is a good idea to go through them again. Unless you are very organized, you most likely didn’t throw out old bills and documents during the year.

If you do not own a shredder, remove your name, address & account numbers and tear it up. I usually dump it in two different garbages. This is to prevent identity theft. But think about investing in a shredder.

Nicknacks

Beside files, we put a lot of nicknacks and stationary on our office desk. I want to say most of the nicknacks are my husbands. He is a hoarder but I think I am slowly getting to him. How? By asking questions again.

  1. Do you even remember owning this?
  2. On a scale of 1- 10, what kind of sentimental value does it have? If it is below a 6, it is gone.
  3. If it is a 6 or above, ask where are you going to put it? If the answer is ‘I don’t know’, figure out a place to keep it or it goes to storage. But by the next purge, if you still do not know where to put the piece, consider letting it go.

Pens and other stationary

We all have a collection of pens that we collect from gifts, trade shows, hotels etc. And we often just put them in a jar and forget about them…until the day when you need a pen and 5 out of 10 of them do not work. But you still put them back into the jar! Sound familiar? I don’t do that myself (ok…maybe a few times) but my husband does. photo So, take the time to go through each pen/highlighters/Sharpies and toss out the ones that do not work. Make room for a new batch of pens!

More to come. Stay tuned… How do you start your spring cleaning? Share your tips and tricks.

Spring Cleaning Part I – Purging your closet

Tips & Tricks on what to keep, give away and donate from your closet.

It is spring cleaning time already. Feels like yesterday we just did the last one. It is a daunting task but it must be done. I love how ‘light’ the home feels when it is all complete. The purging, organizing and cleaning is satisfying. But before that, things will get a little messy. Yes, even messier than it already is.  You have to ignore the extra mess and look toward the finish line, it is worth it.

Clothes & Accessories

I usually start off with the closet. I go through all of my clothes and see what I want to keep and what I know for sure I won’t wear. It’s not easy to decide what I should get rid of. Here are a few tricks I learned. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. When was the last time I wore this? If it is more than a year ago, perhaps it needs to go.
  2. Does it fit me still? If the answer is no, then do not hang on to it. You might lose that few pounds in a few months, but if you do not, it is just a reminder that you didn’t. Let’s treat yourself when you do lose those few pounds by buying a replacement outfit.
  3. Is it still in style? If it isn’t, the chances of you wearing it is quite slim. Put it in the donation pile.
  4. If you are still not sure, then use the backwards hanger method. Hang the piece with the hanger backwards. If you wear it before the next purge, you will hang it the right way. If the hanger is still backwards in the next few months, it is time to donate the piece.

Put all the clothes for Salvation Army donation in a pile. I like to put it in a room that is used often…just in case you decide to stop the cleaning and leave the pile in the corner for another few weeks. By having the pile in a high traffic area, you will be more likely to take it to donate in the next few days as it will be an eye sore.

You don’t have to donate everything. Just make four piles: Donation pile, Friends & Family pile, Selling (online / consignment) and ‘This cannot be saved’ pile. The ‘This cannot be saved pile’ can be anything from clothes with holes to intimates. Not even donations will take your clean undies.

Once the clothes are complete, I continue with shoes, purses and accessories. Use the same method as above. Ask youself when you last wore it and if it is in style.  

More to come. Stay tuned…

How do you start your spring cleaning? Share your tips and tricks.