Home renos: closet addition with Stor-x Organizing Systems

When my husband and I moved into our house in Squamish 3 years ago we decided to forgo the closet upgrade… we later learned this would be one of the biggest mistakes of our marriage. Here is a little before picture of our closet – a mess of wire hangers everywhere. Clutter, unorganized, and I definitely didn’t have enough space ( I mean questionable if I ever will) but it was a big contention in our marriage.

And so when we decided to make some changes to our house, the closet was first on both of our lists. Being a big research guy, he looked around at different options – not to name any names, but may of the more popular closet companies didn’t quite fit the bill. Very expensive and not enough customizing options to make full use of our space.

After days of searching, he came across Stor-x Organizing Systems and Stor-x Sea to Sky. In his words “it maximized space and organization and was modern and clean looking.” Also as parents of a newborn, we didn’t have time to do the work, and Stor-x would come and install everything. My response was something along the lines of “As long as it will fit all my clothes I am on board.”

The whole process was quick and easy. The team came in for install day and it took just a few hours for them to completely transform our closet. See below.

 

After a few days once all the glue had dried we were able to hang up our clothes and I have never been happier. I finally feel inspired to keep my side of the closet organized (and if you know me you know that is in fact a very big deal) on top of that it has added a lot of value to our space.

This was one of the first renos that we did in the house and we are excited to continue to make the house a home with these customizable options.

xo

Mia

 

 

How hard is it to get clear skin?

For years I struggled with my skin and terrible breakouts. I think it had a lot to do with playing tennis outside all day and the combination of sweat, sunscreen, and of course teenage hormones really did a number. I tried everything from creams to prescription medication to fancy facials, and many skincare routines. 

Throughout my struggles I found a few tricks that really worked to give me the best skin possible and I wanted to share some of those with you.

Work Out Your Skin Type

The first step in any skin care routine is to work out your skin type. Do you have normal skin, or is it on the dry or oily side? Maybe you’ve got combination skin that can be hard to work out? Whatever type of skin you have, it’ll form the whole basis of your skincare routine. You’ll be able to pinpoint beneficial products a lot better, and select the right antioxidant rich essential oils to give your skin much more of a barrier. 

 

Stay Hydrated

One of the best things to do (and also the easiest), is to drink more water. If you’re hydrated inside, you’ll be hydrated on the outside, and that makes skin sheds and repairing a lot easier to handle. Your skin is much more likely to bounce back after a stressful week or a messy day, and you won’t need so much of your moisturizer to keep things feeling smooth. Moisturizing creams can be a little too heavy sometimes, especially if you already have oily skin, and topping up a water bottle can really help. 

 

Change Your Pillowcase

This is one of the simplest and yet most overlooked tip to help your skin. When you sleep, a lot of dirt and debris can fall out onto your pillow case. Not many people realize it, but that’s where a lot of your spots can come from if you don’t change your bedding often enough. And if you suffer a lot with acne, the oils from your skin are much more likely to seep in and clog up your pores during the night. So try changing your pillowcase every other day, if you don’t have time to strip your sheets more often than on a weekly basis. 

 

Think About a Cosmetic Procedure

If you still seem to be struggle with blemishes, there are different none invasive skin procedures that take things a step further. I for one have tried a few different procedures when my skin was really acting up and I really loved UL Therapy. Light therapy for skin care is a good way to dial back on things like sun damage, which can prematurely age your skin and make wrinkles appear a lot sooner. If you’re always investing in anti-aging products to help give your skin much more of a glow, this could be a good consideration for you. But be sure to do your research and get more information before fully leaning into your decision – your skin might just need a new moisturizer! 

Getting that TV ready skin (which is something I aim for but alas at least there is always makeup to help on those PMS days) isn’t impossible but it does take work and effort and a consistent routine. I hope that these tips help you reach your skin care goals my friends

XO

Mia

Why VIIcode beauty eye mask is my must have beauty product

I haven’t had a proper sleep in 7 months, hello new mom life. While it is slowly getting better and now I am having one 5am wake up instead of a 1, 3, 5, and 7 – it is still an adjustment. Oh and on top of that I then am required to entertain a tiny human for an entire day. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job as mom but it sure is exhausting.

While pre baby I would find the time to take care of myself, that has now been put on the back burner. Gone are the days where I would have time for a facial, I mean I barely have time to wash my face twice a day anymore, and it was starting to show (the bags – oh the bags). That is why I was excited when I came across VIIcode eye masks.

About the VIIcode Eye Masks

I ended up getting the VIIcode 02M Oxygen Eye Mask for all night repair. You apply these gentle eye pads under your eyes and they go to work right away. The best part is, is you put them on at night and can leave them overnight for the best results so it doesn’t take away anytime from playing with my son.

The pads are made up of natural antioxidants that help  nourish and rejuvenate the skin. They are safe for the eye area and can be on for up to 8 hours. I woke up the next morning noticing such a difference in my eyes. The skin around them was soft and smooth. And since using them for the last 3 months I have felt that my eyes just look more awake – even after a sleepless night.

You can find out more about these eye masks on their website: https://www.viicode.com/ but from one mom to another I have to say this is one must have postpartum beauty item

xo

Mia

Investing made simple: The basics you need to know

When it comes to investing, I used to have no idea what I was doing. I would give my husband access to my funds and put my trust in him. However, I recently decided I should start to learn a thing or two about investing, since it is one of the smartest things anyone can do with their money.

 By investing in assets that will produce income, you are setting yourself up for a more secure future. However, before you start investing, there are some basics you need to know. I wanted to share some important concepts that I have learned about investments and a foundation of knowledge that will help you make an informed decision about your money. 

Compounding

Compounding is the process of earning interest on your investment, as well as on the interest that has been accumulated over time. This can be a powerful tool for building wealth, but it only works if you reinvest your earnings back into your investment. For example, let’s say you have an investment that pays you $100 in interest each year. If you reinvest that $100, then the next year, you will earn interest not only on the original investment but also on the $100 from the previous year. This can quickly snowball into a large sum of money over time. Compounding is one of the most important concepts to understand when it comes to investing, yet it is often misunderstood or overlooked by novice investors. When you are first starting out, it can be tempting to cash out your earnings and spend them. However, if you want to build wealth through investing, you need to let your money work for you by reinvesting it.

 

Risk and Return

All investments come with some degree of risk, which is the chance that you could lose money. In general, the higher the potential return on an investment, the higher the risk. For example, investing in stocks generally has a higher potential return than investing in bonds, but it also comes with a higher degree of risk. Before making any investment, you should always consider your risk tolerance. This is your ability and willingness to lose money in pursuit of a higher potential return. If you are someone who is comfortable with taking on more risk, then you may be willing to invest in assets like stocks that have the potential for high returns but also come with a greater chance of loss. On the other hand, if you are someone who is not comfortable with taking on much risk, then you may want to invest in assets like bonds that have a lower potential return but also come with a lower chance of loss. No matter what your risk tolerance is, it is important to remember that all investments come with some degree of risk.

 

Diversification

Diversification is a risk management technique that involves investing in a variety of assets in order to offset the risk of loss. By investing in a mix of asset types, you can minimize the impact that any one investment may have on your overall portfolio. For example, if you invest only in stocks and the stock market crashes, then your entire portfolio will lose value. However, if you have a diversified portfolio that includes stocks, bonds, and other assets, then the crash in the stock market will not have as big of an impact on your portfolio’s value. Indices are a type of investment that can offer diversification and help manage risk. Diversification is an important tool for managing risk, but it is not a guarantee against loss. Even a diversified portfolio can lose money if the markets decline sharply. However, diversifying your investments can help to reduce the overall risk of your portfolio and make it more likely to weather market fluctuations over the long term.

 

These are three key concepts that every investor should understand. Compounding, risk and return, and diversification are important tools that can help you build wealth over time. By understanding how these concepts work, you can make informed decisions about your money and invest with confidence.

 

4 Reasons to go into business as a young parent

Becoming a new parent has definitely changed my life in many different ways. It has brought unconditional love that I didn’t even know existed, but at the same time my life now completely revolves around the needs of another human, which can be tiring and difficult, and has made me appreciate  working parents especially those momma bears even more ( I know my mat leave will end eventually so I need some serious tips). I have barely found a way to balance sleep and feeding myself, let alone balancing your job with your child and the emotions that come with that. It has been such a blessing to be able to spend every minute of the day watching my son grow, but the thought of daycare and then school and not having this time is definitely guilt inducing.

The thing is, it’s a really good thing that your children can see you achieve. It’s good for them to grow up with a family that has a strong work ethic as well as parents to care for them. Financially, it’s not always possible for parents to stay at home, but if you went into business as a parent that could be different. Choosing to startup your own business with homecare101.ca for example is going to help you to be more flexible with your hours. It’s going to allow you to be present while still working hard for something to develop. So, here are 4 reasons you should go into business after parenthood.

There’s less at stake 

There are high stakes in every business, but when you are a young parent, you don’t really have to worry about failing too hard. Most parents who go into business will start a business alongside a secure job. This means that while you’ll be working hard to bring your business into profit, you’re still bringing in an income. 

You have something to profit for 

As a parent, you have children to think about. You have their health and education and their future wedding, and all of the ways that you’re going to support them to become healthy and functioning adults to consider. When you are a parent, you have something to work for, so while this is going to take a lot of your time and you’re going to get very little sleep (what else is new?), you’re going to push yourself to the limit and you’re going to be determined to achieve. 

You are more calculated 

 When you’re a parent, every decision you make is crucial. You’re going to be more calculated in all of your decision-making so that you don’t make the wrong decisions. You know that you can’t just be frivolous, which means that when you are working towards something in a business, you are going to have your children in mind the whole way.

The idea of early retirement becomes a real goal 

If you have an epic idea and you manage to make it profitable, you can retire early and spend more time with your kids!