Ola chic meninas! I am so happy that I am finally able to launch a give back project for 2017! Ever since the final chapter of Fluttering Fighters, I made it a mission to continue to give back but in a different way. We are still launching a great initiative hopefully by the end of the year but I wanted to start the year right and dip my hands into something that I know will be lots of fun!
So do you enjoy event planning, crafting and giving back? If so, you’ll be a perfect match for an upcoming project that we would love to launch this summer. We are looking for dedicated, eager and passionate individuals who want to give back in a chic way!
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: 2017 Giveback Project
I can’t wait to hear from you!
Stay chic meninas, xo
Friends and family members sometimes can pull a fast one on us and suddenly announce that they’ll be coming over within the hour or for the more spontaneous bunch – you’ll hear a knock at the door. So what do we feed and do for our unexpected guests who want to embrace us with their pressence? Check out our tips on what to have on hand!
Always keep a stalked bar An idea I am not against! Sometimes you’ll want a glass of wine after work or perhaps you and beau want to cozy up with a nice cocktail on the weekend- so a stalked bar is always key, especially for the unexpected guests. You’ll have a variety of options to offer them on hand.
Veggies, dip and crackers oh my!
Nothing wrong with having some delicious assortment of veggies in fridge because regardless of who comes or (doesn’t) stop by, they will be used. Keep a yummy dip on hand and some delicious crackers to compliment them. My favourite crackers to have in stalk? Mary’s Organic Crackers.
Frozen cookies or cookie dough
In the winter I typically launch my Christmas menu with pretzels, bark cookies and carrot cake. A great tip I learned was freezing the short bread toblerone cookies for my own personal indulgence because already baked- they will last 2 months in the freezer! Saving freezer space? Roll the dough in balls and leave in the freeze, once thawed, bake for 15 minutes! A quick treat for your guests.
A deck of cards or a good board game
Nothing wrong with some good ol’ traditional gaming to add some fun to the evening. A deck of cards, cards against humanity or some jenga? Why not!
Great local take out menus
We have so many great local restaurants here in Toronto that offer delivery. We know from personal experience how delicious their food is so why not order some of our favourite dishes and allow our guests to experience it with us at home? After all, your guests will be understanding!
Dry pasta or frozen ravioli + a great sauce
Dry pastas are staples in many households but it’s extremely important to always have a great sauce on hand too. A traditional tomato sauce or one of my favourites from Classico, roasted red pepper Alfredo will make for a great last minute dish. Ravioli is another great frozen delight that you can have in the freezer for up to 2 months. It will add great flavour to a simple pasta dish to warm up your guests tummies!
So ladies and gents, any other tips and tricks you have up your sleeves when you have unexpected guests drop by? Let us know! Stay chic meninas.
Many of us career gals have the opportunity of working in our dream field with some kick-ass co-workers that sometimes turn into great friends and even family. I’m key on developing relationships at work as it helps with the overall workplace atmosphere and just makes for better days. With most office jobs, come the standard office hours of 9-5 (give or take) with a 1 hour lunch break. A whole hour? Daring! But it doesn’t have to be boring, in fact, it could be quite the opposite.
Today I decided to share a couple of ideas on how you can spice up your work lunches during the fall and winter season.
Do Something Active
Our group of gals at work are fortunate enough to work just minutes from a Go Karting facility, a bating cage, gym and bowling alley. Since it is winter though, we opt for a cardio intense session at the gym or a relaxing yoga session. If the weather is mild, we’ll even take out our runners and go for a nice walk.
Host Themed Pot Lucks Once a Month
A tradition I’d love to start at work. Pick a day every month where you will host a themed pot luck and coordinate with your group who will bring what. Some pot luck ideas? Sandwich Bar, Mexican, Southern Theme and so on. At the present time, we pick random days and pick our best dish and pig out in the boardroom- this works too.
A DIY or Craft Hour We haven’t had one of these in a while but I’m thinking of making this a ritual! Rent out a space at work, if possible, we use our boardroom and just unleash our inner Martha. Crafting can be quite relaxing and can help us get the creative mind flowing.
A Blow Out + Nail Appointment Find a local salon and just go in for a quick blow out. Most won’t take more than 30-40 minutes so you’ll have a boatload of time without the stress of getting back to work on time. I have gone for a quick polish change many times on lunch with tons of time to spare! Not only is it relaxing and refreshing BUT it saves me time in the evening too.
Journaling + Good Coffee
Grab your favourite pen, journal and make your way to a local coffee shop and give yourself some time to plan or just simply, write. I prefer going to a local Second Cup near my work and enjoy my favourite hot chocolate while I jot notes, ideas and goals. I find this to be relaxing, a way to unwind and a great way to sneak in “me time”.
Any local shelters, retirement homes, hospitals or schools that can use volunteers? This is a great way to give back to the community! No places in site? Start your own initiative at work, build a committee and see what you can do to raise money for a cause.
Pretty self explanatory – hit a local mall or boutique and get those purchases rolling!
Enjoy chic meninas and share with us any tips that you do during your lunches to keep them fun and active!
Ola chic meninas! It’s day 2 of 2017 and most of us are getting ourselves back into our normal routines or trying out new ones that incorporate new resolutions or easing off old bad habits. Anytime a new year rolls around, I like to reflect back on the previous year and make some notes. I tend to reflect on my biggest successes, lessons and so forth. Today I decided to share with you, my biggest lesson of 2016.
Ever since I could remember, I have been a creative soul. Once I started experimenting and putting my passion to work, I slowly started providing print services to family, friends and that turned into strangers who would randomly contact me – yay for organic customers! If you browse our instagram account, you’ll see that lately we have been extremely active.
Anyways, I always had a tough time charging people for my services though. I would probably ask 5+ people “is this too much to charge?” , “is this worth it?” and 98% of the time I was told that I am “undercharging” or that the pricing was spot on. I remember once my cousin told me, Amanda, you’re only making $10.00 on this, what the hell is wrong with you! Ha, to go back in time…the things we would change.
It seemed that every price point needed justification, validation and a shit ton of research. Which, in all fairness isn’t always a bad thing.
You research a cost to see how much your competitors are charging. You justify it by the quality, labour and time it takes to create and design. You validate it because you just want a second, third and in my case a 5th opinion just to make sure. But when does that whole vicious cycle of self doubt end? Does it ever?
In 2016, the biggest lesson I learned was that it’s OK to put a price point on your work and NOT feel guilty about it. This goes for everything though. A small business owner, a personal trainer, a blogger…the list goes on. Time is money and our time is valuable.
The problem I constantly faced (and sometimes still do) was understanding that my PASSION and something that I enjoyed doing for fun and as a hobby is now a service and a product that I am providing to somebody else.
In 2017, I decided that I am no longer going to hold back and be afraid of putting a price tag on my work. Not everything is for everyone and if someone does not see value in what I am providing them at the price I am offering, that’s fine.
Wishing you all a fabulous New Year, may everything that you wish for come to you with grace. May be you be challenged, strive and grow in 2017. We cannot wait to see what the year has in store for us, a lot happens in a year!
Ola chic meninas! To think that Christmas has past in the blink of an eye and that I am here writing a post on my 2017 blog goals almost seems unreal. I hate to be the 39823829th person to say it but 2016 flew by, thank God! I have always been a person to set goals in all aspects of my life, career, personal, blog – you name it. I feel as though short term and long term goals are a must and I love revisiting my goals and checking things off the list or reevaluate what it is I am looking to achieve. For 2017, I decided to share my blog goals with you! Why not? I’m a big believer in positive energy and putting what you want out there into the universe.
I have already slowly started tackling the above check list and I’m glad that I found some motivation before the new year! Sometimes our goals and resolutions are put off for a couple of weeks because we have to get into the habit, but this time around, I started before January 1st!
So chic meninas, any career or blog goals that you have set for the new year? We’d love to hear what they are.