Starting 2017 Off Right

Hello and Happy New Year!

First of all, I apologize for the radio silence. This post was intended to go up a week or so ago, but I was having some technical difficulties. In any case, it’s here now and as they say, better late than never, right?

I feel as though I only hear about people expressing relief at the fact that 2016 is over, but I have to be honest, 2016 was a pretty good year for me personally! Amongst other things, I got a permanent teaching job and married my best friend. All in all, a fabulous year that I definitely look fondly back on.

With that being said, I do look forward to 2017. There is something funny about the start of a new calendar year that forces us to reflect on the past while at the same time considering the future. I am not big into New Year’s resolutions, but I do often like to reflect and think about ways I might be able to make positive changes to my life in some way. So here you have it, my resolutions for 2017.

Spend more time with family. 

My husband and I are lucky enough to live in the same city as our immediate families and in his case, many of his relatives as well. While we do see our families fairly regularly, I would like to make an effort to spend even more time with them, and particularly host people at our home more often.

Spend time being creative and doing things I enjoy.

This might sound silly, but lately, more often than not, I find myself spending my free time using technology in some shape or form whether it’s on my phone, my laptop or watching Netflix. I really want to make an effort to spend more of my time actually ‘doing’ things that I really enjoy whether that is baking, taking photographs or completing some DIY project for our house.

Actively work to finish furnishing and decorating our home.

We have been in our house almost a year and a half and I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that in some rooms, it looks like we could have moved in last week. On the one hand, furnishing a house is a very expensive endeavour (!!!), but on the other, I think things just get pushed to the side, doors get closed, and people are none the wiser. My goal for this year is to move beyond just looking to Pinterest for inspiration, but to actually take those ideas and put them into action. I am excited to share our progress along the way!

I hope you’ll come along for the ride. I’d love to hear your new year’s resolutions as well.

Here’s to a fabulous 2017!

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My Cup of Tea

I am someone who firmly believes that a cup of tea can fix just about anything. Settling down for an evening of relaxation? Make yourself a cup of tea. Stressed about work? Make yourself a cup of tea. It’s Monday? You guessed it. Make yourself a cup of tea!

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I think I must have picked this up as a habit from my mom, who I enjoyed many cups of tea with over the years. My love for tea started when I was young and enjoyed fruity teas that I secretly piled sugar into when my mom wasn’t looking. Maybe she noticed how quickly I drank my tea or how much I thoroughly enjoyed it. One night, she asked for a sip and I knew my days of sugary tea were over.

Despite this minor setback, I still rarely go a day without a cup of my favourite tea. You should try it, too!

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This cup of tea I’m suggesting you make is not just any cup of tea. I have to admit that I am a bit of a tea snob. By that, I don’t mean that I only drink the fanciest of teas. What I mean is that when I’m feeling like a cup of tea, about 99% of the time I will go for only one type of tea: Twinings Earl Grey tea. Not only is it the best, it’s always available at Costco for an amazing price.

As far as I’m concerned, there’s only one way to enjoy a cup of Earl Grey and that is brewed strong and with a dash of milk. I suggest you try it out, and come back to let me know what you think!

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What is your favourite kind of tea?

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