TTFN, Ta Ta For Now!

Hello munchkins!
Yes, it’s me again, were you expecting someone else?

I need to make a note to myself to never say I am going to write a post on a certain day or at a certain time, because I never do it (see previous post). But regardless, here we are once more.

As I type this, my eyes are half closed and I should have ended laptop time about an hour ago. A mixture of homework and the sounds of my brother yelling at his video game have kept me awake thus far, so now is as good a time as any for a little chat.

I don’t really have a theme for this post, but just wanted to throw some things out into the world and see where they land. If you have been reading for a while, you will remember that I was anxiously awaiting a once in a lifetime (well hopefully more than once) dream trip to London and Dublin. Well guess what. THAT TRIP IS THIS SATURDAY. AS IN TWO DAYS FROM NOW. At the moment I am a big ball of nerves and excitement and stress and smiles and tears and GLEE. I can’t even really comprehend it all. It still feels kind of like a dream that I’ll wake up from right before takeoff. However, the overflowing suitcase at the foot of my bed and my depleting bank account tell me otherwise. I can’t wait to get this trip started, and I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures every step of the way!

I really wanted to write more, but I just yawned approximately seven times while writing that last paragraph. So rather than blabber on, I think I’ll leave it here. If I have time in the next couple of days I will write something, BUT NO PROMISES. See how I am setting myself up for success here?

I know there are only a few of you that comment here, but I’m wondering, would you rather I do small posts as I have time while in London? Assuming I have any time at all. Or would it be better to do one big post when I get home? Let me know!

Until next time!
Liv xx

How Ya Doin’?

Hello!

Yes, it’s me, Liv. Please don’t hurt me, I know it’s been a while.

Do you ever get this grand, fun idea in your head, but then when you try really hard at it, it’s not so fun anymore? When I started this blog, I had this grand notion of sunshine, lollipops and rainbows all the time. But I got so caught up in writing the right thing, or trying to sound a certain way, that this did not become the case. Blogging kind of lost its appeal because it just became so dang hard!

Here’s what I’m thinking. Who says blogging can’t be unicorns and gumdrops? And why should I ever try to be something I’m not? It’s all quite silly, the stress I put on myself. So, from now on I will continue to write, as 100% me. It might get a little weird, and you might not always be particularly enthused by the material, but I’m going to give it a fair shot.

Get ready world, it’s about to get crazy.

Until next time (and by next time I mean at some point in the next 5 hours),
Liv 🙂

The Big Secret // Beauty Buys

Hello everyone!

Another week gone by that I’ve been slacking in the blogging department, but what else is new? I figure that this is a hobby, so if some time goes by that I can’t spare a moment to blog, then that will be okay.

I have returned to the blogosphere today because I am dying to tell you about a miracle hair product I have uncovered. For years I have been struggle with hair that becomes greasy very easily, and a scalp that itches when you apply almost any product. I have bought many a clinical shampoo, been checked for head lice multiple times, the lot. But I just couldn’t seem to find a product that worked! Of course I must have looked crazy, taking a scratch at my head when I thought no one was looking, and it can become a pain when you have to wash your hair every day. Until about a week ago. That was when it hit me.

*drumroll please?!*

KIDS’ shampoo! When you think about it, it makes sense, doesn’t it? Kids’ shampoo doesn’t contain as many of the nasty additives, is soft on your hair, and usually comes as 2-in-1 with conditioner. Not only that, but it smells wonderful to boot. I swear, I would go wash my hair again right now just to smell it. It left my hair feeling soft, no itchies on my scalp, and I didn’t have to condition, so no greasy hair! The new kind also does not contain any parabens, which is A+ in my books.

I do tend to have some knotty hair sometimes, but no matter: I’ve found the solution for that too.

This stuff works miracles, and the two products combined leave your hair feeling and smelling fantastic. 
You may think I’m crazy, but I have to tell you, this duo really works. If you’re looking for something that won’t weigh your hair down and is easy on the chemicals, go out and buy this now! At $9 for the two combined, it’s a steal of a deal.
Until next time!
Liv xx

First Update // Liv Loses

Hello there!

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have begun the slow and steady journey that is weight loss. Today, I just thought I would give you a bit of an update!

To be honest, the last month or so has been completely horrible when it came to my quest. Since I am living back home for the moment, I’ve filled up my schedule with activities I couldn’t do when away at school. This has been great, but since taking a second job it has been entirely too much. Due to being absolutely exhausted all of the time, I have been constantly sick in some form for at least three weeks now! What a drag. Time management has never been one of my strong suits, and it’s beginning to catch up with me for sure.

So, let’s start again, shall we? I’m still not all the way back up to my starting weight, so let’s get cracking. This is a rather boring update, but I did say I’d be keeping myself accountable on here!

Until the next (hopefully better) time,
Liv xx

Invisible // Music

Hello there everyone!
It’s been a week since you’ve heard from me… That must mean that the semester has officially begun! Back into the swing of things, let’s get rolling!

I don’t know about you, but I tend to find new music by browsing through the top charts of iTunes. And boy, did I ever stumble on a gem this week!

If you read my previous post about how I have a bit of a soft spot for country music, then you might have guessed that I love Hunter Hayes. Hunter Hayes is a 22-year-old country/pop singer from Louisiana, and his music is to die for. I’ve always been impressed with how thoughtful and meaningful his lyrics are, and it also helps that he filmed the video for my favourite song in my little city, IN MY OLD HIGH SCHOOL! But this is not what I am writing this post about.

This week, I was especially impressed with Hunter Hayes. Near the top of the charts was his new song “Invisible”. Basically, the song is about being bullied when you’re young, how he has been there, and a promise that it will get better. As someone who was a victim of bullying in high school, this song made me tear up a bit the first time I heard it. I wanted to share it with you today; whether you’ve been bullied in the past or are going through it now. If you’re facing it now, I promise you that the song is right, and it does get better. It definitely did for me.

So if you’re feeling lost, or just down in the dumps, I would definitely recommend this song to you. It’s so inspirational, and it just might help you get through those really tough times.

The lyric video leaves a little to be desired, but you get the idea 🙂

Until next time,
Liv xoxo

A Creative Outlet


Hey all,
hope you’re having a fabulous week.

Yesterday after work my friend asked for a drive to a city an hour away to the passport office. Instead of simply dropping off the paperwork and going back home, we decided to make a day of it. We thought it would be fun to do something we can’t do at home, so we went to paint some pottery!

    

We both have a lot going on right now, so sitting down for three hours and focusing on painting was exactly the mental break needed to de-stress. She painted measuring cups and spoons, and I painted a chevron mug and measuring cups.

    

I will admit that I do not have very many skills in the slightest. I am a terrible cooker/baker, as you may have noticed from the lack of promised macaron recipe… They weren’t exactly a roaring success. I am not a fabulous writer, and I’m not too artsy fartsy. But this skill level was perfect, and we managed to create some cute pieces! Once they are glazed and fired in a kiln, we will go to pick them up. It’s amazing how the colors actually appear once fired! I will be sure to post some pictures on that day.

What do you do to de-stress? Are you artsy? A baker? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,
Liv xx

Sherlock // Obsessions

Hello everybody!
Happy Saturday.

I am currently buried underneath a mountain of tissues, and my sleeping companion is Vicks VapoRub. But something wonderful happened over the last three days of illness: I discovered Sherlock.

If you’re like me, you probably search regularly through the depths of Netflix, searching for a new movie or TV series to enjoy. In my wonderful, feverish state, I finally gave in to the phenomenon known as ‘Sherlock’. I’ve never been a fan of British TV. There’s nothing wrong with it, I just never got into it. But when I saw this on Netflix, I just couldn’t resist anymore. And let me tell you, I’m glad I gave in.

If you’ve never heard of it (which I sincerely hope is not the case), Sherlock is a show based on the Sherlock Holmes books. But the beauty of it is that it’s reimagined in the modern day. In a few words, it’s nothing short of genius.

It’s clever, gripping, and so perfectly British. Not only that, but it cleverly interprets the classic Sherlock Holmes books and remains quite accurate. All of the actors are dang attractive, to boot. The only thing missing is Sherlock uttering those famous words “Elementary, my dear Watson”.

In my experience, there’s only one show that can release six episodes, take a two year hiatus, and still cause pandemonium upon its return. I will be forever grateful that I discovered it after that break, but now that I have finished I am having some serious withdrawal. How did you people do it for two years?!

In short, if you’re looking to watch a new TV series, but don’t want to take the next seventeen years to get through it, check Sherlock out. I promise you will not regret it!

Until next time,
Liv 🙂
Liv Loses Update: 8 pounds down!

Hotwire, How I Love Thee.

Hey everyone,
hope you’re well! I have just emerged from a frenzy of trip planning. I have never gone on a trip that my mother or a travel agent didn’t arrange, and I am now learning that is very stressful! However, today I wanted to drop a quick line to tell you about a gem I have found on the internet: Hotwire.com

I am sure you’ve seen the commercials on TV, with the catchy jingle. But I am here to tell you, it really works! You simply put in your dates and the area you’d like to stay, and Hotwire whizzes up a list of “secret” hotel deals. Here’s the kicker: it doesn’t give you the name of the hotel until you’ve booked. Yes, you take the chance of getting something you didn’t want, but if you do a little bit of fiddling around on TripAdvisor you can usually determine what hotel it is before you book. Sometimes there aren’t any great deals, but sometimes you strike gold! So as I haven’t slept a full night in about a week due to the stress of this room-booking fiasco, I just thought I would share a bit of wisdom with you on this fine day.

Until next time,
Liv 🙂

PS – this is NOT a sponsored post!

The Beginning // Liv Loses

Hey all,
Happy hump day! We are eight days into 2014, and it’s time to begin a new series: Liv Loses.

As I’ve mentioned before, I want to embark on a weight loss journey. So here goes nothing! I am perfectly happy with how I am, but I’ve decided that I’m tired of being out of breath for simple things and not always being able to wear the clothes I like. It’s time for a change! Tomorrow I start a three-day juice cleanse as a kick start, and on Sunday I begin eating healthy. My gym membership starts on the 15th of this month, so I’m really excited to start the transformation!

However, I must admit something. When it comes to weight loss, I’ve pretty much tried it all. SlimFast, PINK Method, Weight Watchers, Curves, you name it. Sure, all of them work, but I can never seem to find the motivation to stick with it. When you think of losing thirty or forty pounds, it seems like a world a way, and doesn’t seem like enough. But when you actually look at a picture of what that one pound of fat looks like, it’s easy to see that every last bit makes a difference. Since I have the habit of giving up, I’ve decided to do not one, not two, but THREE things to keep me accountable in 2014.

First, I have joined the ShayLoss DietBet! I won’t go into too much detail, but basically you put $30 into the pot, “betting” that you can lose 4% of your body weight in one month. If you succeed, you get your $30 back, along with a cut from the pot of people who didn’t succeed. What a great idea! I encourage you to check it out here.

Secondly, I’m going to stay accountable to you guys! Every week or two weeks, depending on how I progress, I plan to make an update post here on my blog. Whether you read it or not is up to you, it’s more for my sake to keep motivated and truly see the difference!

Thirdly, I am going to be putting together a team to do the Run or Dye 5k colour run this June! If you don’t know what this is, it’s basically a 5k run, where volunteers throw coloured powder at you after each kilometre. It looks like so much fun, and this is going to be my six-month goal! I have downloaded an iPhone app called “Couch to 5k”, which gives you a different running/walking schedule each day for 9 weeks. The idea is that you should be able to work your way from never running at all to running five kilometres in those 9 weeks! Of course, it all depends on how often you do it, so I am going to start at three days a week. My motivation will be completing the Run or Dye 5k with my best friends.

What are your big goals for 2014? Is this series something you would like to see more of? It’s really more for me than anything else, but if it helps anyone else at all it’s even more worth it!

Have a great Thursday!
Until next time,
Liv 🙂
PS: Starting weight and pictures coming soon! Let’s do this!

New Year’s News

HELLO!
Hope everyone is having a splendid weekend so far. Tonight I just wanted to share with you a few little blog-related tidbits that I thought would be best served all at once, rather than in separate little posts. For your sake, I’ll keep the chatter to a minimum and get straight to it!

– Firstly, something I have wanted to do for quite some time is host a giveaway here on Liv Loves. So, I have decided to do a special treat for my readers. Over the next month, I will be doing a “Made in Canada” giveaway, where I will pick a few of my favourite, exclusively Canadian treats to give away. Shipping is expensive so it won’t be anything major, but I thought it was a cute idea. Click “Giveaways” at the top of this page to find out how to enter!

– Second, you may have noticed that Liv Loves can be found at a new address! I’ve ditched the “blogspot.com” tag, and went for the simple “.net”. Just wanted to clean things up in the new year, and as “.com” was already taken, I thought this one sounded just as cool. So, welcome to the new and slowly improving livloves.net!

– Finally, I have decided to feature a select few blogs on my page, by way of advertising. I am offering a couple of different options this year, and you can find out about those by clicking “Sponsor” at the top of this page. The prices are very reasonable, I think. By doing this, I hope to not only help you spread the word about your blog, but also start to build a community of like-minded bloggers, working together for the “greater good”!

Well, I do feel better now that all of that’s out of the way. I hope you all have a lovely Sunday, and you are sure to hear from me soon!

Until next time!
Liv xoxo