Best Ways to De-Stress

It’s important to remember to take care of ourselves, especially in today’s busy world. Whether or not you notice it, we’re always on the go and a lot of people forget to take breaks or give themselves a breather. For me, there are small things that I try to do daily and weekly to de-tress and relax. Most people don’t have time to go on regular vacations, or even weekend trips, so daily de-stressing tasks can come in really handy! Here are my personal favourite ways to relax and relieve stress.

1.Listening to the “Calma” playlist on Spotify. I love to listen to this playlist when I just need time to myself. Sometimes that’s in the car and other times it’s when I’m working at home. It creates a really relaxing environment and helps to keep me calm.

2. A cup of chamomile tea. I usually only drink this in the evenings when I need a breather after a long day. The tea works wonders for helping you relax before going to sleep.

3. Hot bath with epsom salts. Epsom salts are known to relieve muscle tension and relax the body, which makes them perfect de-stressors. Below is the brand of epsom salts that I use!

4. Diffuser with eucalyptus oil. Before I sleep or sometimes while I’m working later in the day, I like to turn on my Saje diffuser with eucalyptus oil. Just like the epsom salts, it helps the mind to relax and calm down! It also really helps if you have trouble sleeping.

5. Pedicure. This one is not something I do weekly, but when I have the opportunity to get a pedicure it always helps to relieve stress. It’s just a great pick-me-up activity! I mean, who doesn’t love getting pedicures?

6. Creating a list. When I am extremely stressed out about multiple things, it helps to create a list of everything that’s stressing me out. Beside that list I write down possible solutions that will help to relieve the stress that I’m holding. For example, if I’m ever stressed about deadlines, it always helps to write down everything I need to do and schedule in the priority tasks.

7. Working out. I try to workout 4-6 times a week because while I’m exercising I’m not thinking about anything else! It’s 100% ME time and I always feel refreshed and focussed afterward. I prefer to workout in the mornings so that I start my day off right.

8. Putting my phone down. Since my job is to always be online, my phone often causes me a lot of stress. It’s taken me a while to understand when I need to put it down, but now whenever I feel overwhelmed, it helps to put it away and spend time with family or friends.

9. Staying away from social media. Only over the past month or so have I learned that social media should not rule my life and I do NOT need to be on it 24/7. It is my job, but there needs to be a boundary between my daily life and my social media accounts. Whether it’s scheduling time to be on my phone during the day, or just staying off of it for a weekend, it helps relieve some of my stress.

10. Going on walks. I don’t do this very often, but when I do it really helps. This in combination with the Calma playlist on Spotify are great for clearing my head and re-focusing during the day.

What do you do to de-stress?

xoxo,

Haley

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Fool Proof Ways to Tone for Summer

It’s that time of year again when we all want to tone our bodies for summer and get leaaannnnn. If there’s one appearance goal that I have it would definitely be to tone my body and cut down on stubborn fat. It’s easier said than done, but with consistence and dedication it is definitely possibly. Here are a few ways that help me to tone my body for summer!

#1 Reduce Your Calorie Intake

The body needs to be in a calorie deficit in order to truly burn fat cells on its own. You can do this by eating and drinking less calories than you burn off in a day. When you burn more calories a day than you’re eating or drinking, your body will begin to shrink fat cells for energy!

The best way to figure out how many calories you should eat/drink a day is to use a fitness app or website. It’s all based on your gender, age, weight and height so they’re pretty accurate. Once you know your target calorie range, subtract 500-1000 calories a day, to get into that calorie deficit.

#2 Cardio, cardio, cardio!

This is an easy one to understand. Cardiovascular activity simply burns calories! Whether you’re a runner, swimmer or love to skip rope, any type of cardio daily will help you tone for summer. This is especially important if you do regular strength training in the gym or at classes.

#3 Drink tons of water!

Thousands of calories are consumed through sugary or alcoholic drinks. Water is your best friend this summer girl! Drinking water, at least 2L a day, keeps you hydrated, flushes out toxins and tightens the skin. When you do want a sweet drink or alcoholic beverage, make sure you drink lots of water at the same time so your body doesn’t retain a lot of water.

#4 Eat your greens and fruits!

If you’re in a calorie deficit, you’re going to need energy from something. Try to increase your vegetable and fruit intake daily so that you’re getting all of the nutrients and vitamins your body needs. Pass on the potatoes and get the carrots 😛

#5 Stay Consistent

One of the easiest ways to stay consistent is by planning out at least one or two meals a day. For example, I eat the same thing for breakfast every day! Two eggs and a sausage patty right after my workout provide the protein I need to stay strong and grow muscle.

I hope these ways help you to tone your own body for summer! If you have any tips of your own feel free to share them in the comments 🙂

xx,

Haley

Guide to Glowing Skin

Here is how I keep my skin glowing 24/7!

Spring is here and summer is not too far away, and one of my favourite parts about the warmer seasons is bodycare. I love a good shimmer mist or body cream that makes my skin glow. So today I’m sharing my guide to glowy skin, so that you can shine all spring and summer long.

The underlying cause of glowing skin is hydration, so to start off this guide, my first tip would be to drink enough water on the daily. I aim to drink at least 2 litres of water a day and something that helps keep me on track is my Healthish WB-1 waterbottle. Staying hydrated from the inside, will ensure a brighter and radiant glow on the outside.

My next tip for glowy skin is to moisturize twice daily, with an intense body moisturizer. My personal favourites are listed below because they penetrate deep into the skin to ensure that the moisture lasts a long time and they help with the appearance of smoother skin.

#1 The Body Shop Shea Body Butter

#2 Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Body Replenish

Another great way to hydrate the skin, especially during the daytime is to use a body oil. I say during the daytime because I find that using a body oil makes the skin look much more glowy than a regular moisturizer, and they usually smell really good so it’s a win-win! My favourite body oil right now is the OUAI Rose Hair and Body Oil. It’s got an amazing rose fragrance and doesn’t leave a sticky residue on the skin after applying.

My final tip for glowy skin in the spring and summer time is to use a shimmer mist! Recently, I started using this and it has made a big difference in how my skin looks in person and in photos. It’s particularly amazing for photos where you’re showing a bit more skin, aka the legs, chest or arm areas. The mist that I use in the OUAI Hair and Body Shine Mist. It has a really unique scent and can be used on hair and your skin. I love it because you don’t need a lot when you apply and it gives a very natural glowy look.

How do you keep your skin glowing all spring and summer long?

xoxo,

Haley

1-Week Celery Juice Cleanse

Here’s what happened when I drank celery juice every morning for a week straight!

A couple of weeks ago I decided to try out the pure celery juice “cleanse” that’s currently all over the internet. Ever since Kylie Jenner revealed that this is what she drinks every morning, tons of blogs and websites have been covering the benefits of it. I’m a fan of celery and my skin wasn’t doing super well at the time, so I decided to give it a shot.

Lots of people don’t do the cleanse because they think it involves a juicer, but that’s definitely not necessary. It’s totally do-able with a blender and a strainer. To my surprise, preparing the juice was actually super quick! I’ll go over the ingredients and instructions below.

Benefits

Celery juice does more than just clear up your skin, it also detoxifies, is anti-inflammatory, promotes better bone and heart health and more.

Celery is high in Vitamin K and Vitamin C making it a great way to boost the immune system too. The anti-inflammatory properties reduce bloating, acid reflux, acne, eczema and other inflammation issues. I’m not a scientist but I do know that most of these things are true from personal experience!

How to Prepare the Juice

Ingredients: 5-6 sticks of celery, 15-16oz of cold water

Prep Time: 5 minutes

  • Rinse the celery and chop the ends of the sticks off. Cut the sticks in half and throw them in a regular high speed blender.
  • Add 15-16oz of water and blend until smooth.
  • Pour the celery pulp and juice into a large strainer over a bowl. Wait for most of the juice to be released then take a spoon and push down on the pulp to release excess liquid.
  • Pour the pure juice into a cup and voila! The celery pulp is great in soups, or you can chuck it in the organics bin.

My Results

I drank this first thing in the morning for 7 days in a row and from start to finish I saw a huge change in the balance and texture of my skin. I decided to write a blog post on this a few days into my cleanse so unfortunately I don’t have photos, but I’ll try my best to explain the differences I saw. Keep in mind that I didn’t change anything else in my routine and I was using the exact same skincare as always!

#1 My skin became smoother over the course of 7 days. I often get small bumps on my forehead and chin, and with this cleanse those began to vanish. Texture of my skin is something that I notice the most. When I say I’m having a “bad skin day” that usually means that I’ve got more texture than usual, pores are larger and blackheads more visible. The celery juice, IMO, helped clear this stuff up.

#2 My skin became brighter! This is a tricky one to explain, but basically I saw a change in how my skin looked when I woke up. A lot of mornings I’ll wake up and my skin will be dull and it’ll take washing my face and putting on a new layer of skincare to “wake it up”. While doing this celery juice cleanse, my skin was brighter and almost glowing as soon as I’d wake up.

What’s next…

When I stopped drinking celery juice every morning (during my trip to LA) my skin went back to it’s normal self, which is why I’m going to continue drinking the juice every morning! I will say it’s not a pleasant drink when the celery is bitter so buy it in smaller stocks. I think it’ll take a while for me to properly tie it into my daily routine, especially when I’m away, but it’ll be worth it.

If you have any questions regarding the celery juice, feel free to comment below or DM me on Instagram (@haleyestradaa)!


xoxo,

Haley

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How to Prevent Sugar Cravings

I’ve got a sweet tooth, there’s no doubt about that. It probably comes from my Dad’s genetics and most of the time I’m OK with it, except for when I’m trying to tone up and eat healthier.

My sweet tooth is what gets me in trouble whenever I try to “diet”. Whether I’m trying to get in shape for an upcoming vacation or simply burn off holiday calories, I always need to work extra hard to prevent my sugar cravings.

So today I thought we’d chat about how these cravings can actually be prevented! It’s always harder in the first week of cutting out sugar, but after that it’s usually smooth sailing. I actually find that after about 3-5 days of not eating sugar I no longer crave it or feel like I need it after a meal!

Tip #1 Drink Lemon Water

Throughout the day I find that lemon water helps to curb any sugar cravings I might have. It’s different for everyone but it’s been proven to keep blood sugar levels down and the pectin fibre in lemons actually helps fight cravings.

#2 Cut Out ALL Sugar

The type of sugar I’m talking about is processed sugar. In your coffee, tea, cookies, ice creams and even some sauces! I’ve tried the “eat in moderation” bit and it does NOT work nearly as well as cutting it ALL out does. It sucks for a few days but once your cravings are gone, they’re usually gone for good.

#3 Eat enough during your meals.

If you finish a meal feeling unfulfilled then you’re obviously going to want something sweet afterwards. By eating until you’re full (not overly full) you have a better chance of avoiding dessert.

This is what works for me but I want to know what works for you! Do you have any tips on how to stop sugar cravings?

xoxo,

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What 2018 Taught Me

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you were all able to celebrate NYE in your favourite way last night!

As the new year quickly started approaching this past weekend, I found myself constantly reflecting on 2018; the good, the bad and the ugly. So today I’d like to share some of the things last year taught me.

Some of them will sound silly to you because maybe you’ve already learned these things on your own journey but each of these things stood out to me this year. Whether it was through a good or bad experience, travel, or having to let something go, this is what 2018 taught me…


  1. Communication is everything in a relationship and the way I communicate with others will affect any outcome. Communicating in a positive, calm and caring nature is always best.
  2. Faith is important. My faith in my abilities and my faith in God were tested this year in multiple ways and I’ve come out of it understanding that faith is absolutely necessary, in the good times and the bad.
  3. Material things only promise temporary happiness. There were points this year where I felt like I had everything I needed materially and when that that happened  I started to really focus more on what truly matters; family, friends, love and happiness. These are the blessings that keep on giving.
  4. Sticking true to your values makes you who you are. I met some people this year who had completely different views on human dignity and life values and at points I questioned my own thinking they weren’t “the norm”. I realize that everyone has their differences but sticking true to your values does make you who you are.
  5. Quality over quantity, always. This lesson was taught to me mainly through friendships this year.
  6. Life should not be rushed. Since I was little I’ve been a planner but this year taught me that not everything needs to run on a schedule. There should be room for uncertainty and spontaneity.
  7. When one door closes, another one always opens, but not always right away.
  8. There will always be something great on the other side of my comfort zone.
  9. Comparison is never positive. Self-belief conquers comparison to others.
  10. Relationships are not always smooth sailing. Yes we all think we know this when getting into a relationship, but until a relationship is tested you can’t truly understand it. I’ve learned that issues are best solved together and head on rather than left alone and “let go”. They’re never really let go..
  11. A caring helping hand will always work better than an ambitious and aggressive helping hand.
  12. How much money I make does NOT define me.
  13. Passions are meant to be pursued. I pursued mine in 2018 and I have no regrets. I hope everyone learns this lesson some day.
  14. I am always a work in progress. The best version of me will continue to be a work in progress until the day I die.
  15. Good things take time, sometimes a long time.
  16. Self care and pampering is not something to be ashamed of.
  17. It is difficult to love someone else if I do not love myself first. I only just realized this within the past few months actually.
  18. Traveling is a great way to open your mind and make changes.
  19. Working out for the feeling afterwards motivates me more than working out for a better appearance.
  20. Uncertainty is healthy and normal. There is no “book of life” that sets you on one straight path.

What’s something that 2018 taught you?

xoxo,

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7 Ways to Start Off the New Year Right

As cliché as it sounds, the New Year is certainly the right time to start working on those things you said you’d do a while back…and never did. It’s the best time to start fresh and focus on what’s really important in your life.

You probably already have a list of “goals for 2019” and that’s always a good thing, but you should definitely have a game plan as well! After all, you do want to check off those goals right?

Think of the new year as a new day. You don’t want to start your day off slowly and without a task-list! It’s always best to start the day with a clear mind, a clean workspace and a task list that will keep you going! So that’s what this post will help you do to start off 2019 the right way 🙂


#1 Clean up your home/workspace/bedroom.

Clutter is not welcome in 2019! Get rid of old papers, unwanted clothing, shoes and random items around your home and workspace.

#2 Get your budget straightened out.

Figure out and finalize your weekly and monthly budget! You’ll step into 2019 prepared and ready to take on those bank statements.

#3 Create a workout schedule.

If one of your goals is to live a healthier lifestyle or workout more often, be specific and make a proper schedule so it actually happens. Make sure you create your workout schedule before the New Year starts. This will prevent you from saying “I’ll start tomorrow”, “I’ll start next week”, and so on.

#4 Detox.

Another part of living a healthy lifestyle is eating well. Detoxing right before or during the start of the New Year will get you in the right mindset to better your eating habits. This could be a one week diet cutting out sugar and processed foods, or it could even be a juice cleanse!

#5 Do a yearly review.

This one is a little time consuming but will leave you feeling confident about your new year goals. Review the past year and figure out what worked and didn’t work for you, socially, personally, health-wise, work-wise, etc. Ask yourself some of these questions:

Why didn’t I reach (x) goal last year?

What did I cut out that made me happier?

How did I improve my health?

What went well for me last year?

How did I improve my relationships?

#6 Finish what you started.

I feel like we all have a to-do list in the back of our mind that never actually gets checked off. If you’ve got one of these and the tasks can be completed within one day or maybe even a few hours, dedicate one full day to them. These tasks are usually centered around the following:

  • house chores
  • repairs (home, clothing, shoes)
  • car (oil change, brake check, clean)
  • purge/donate unwanted items

#7 Create a list of daily habits.

Think of a few small tasks that you want to accomplish each day and keep the list handy. It could be drinking 2L of water per day, working out for 30 minutes, or even praying for 10 minutes every morning!


How will you be starting 2019 off right? What are some of your goals for the New Year?

xoxo,

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How to Give Back This Christmas

Christmas is all about love and although there are many different things going on during the holidays, giving back should definitely be on your bucket list. Not everyone is as fortunate to be surrounded by loved ones, receive gifts or even have a Christmas meal around this time of year. Giving back is a wonderful way to spread happiness and positivity to others. So I’ve put together a list of ways that you can give back within your local communities this season.

There are so many ways to give back and they’re not always right in front of your eyes. It’s the lonely seniors waiting for visitors on Christmas Eve or a child waking up to no presents on Christmas morning that are often overlooked. Through these ways of giving back, we can share some Christmas joy with them this year.

  1. Bake treats for your neighbours or a local shelter. I always love to bake at Christmas time because it feels extra special. Baking for a local soup kitchen or shelter will feed hungry people and hopefully give them that warm and fuzzy feeling when they see homemade cookies and treats!
  2. Donate money to your local women’s shelters or for youth in need. Do a bit of research before you choose the charity you donate to. Try to choose one that really resonates with you. Maybe you know a few youth that are currently struggling, or a single mother who needs a bit of help. Don’t just donate what you can though. Service is about sacrifice, so try giving a little more than what’s in your budget.
  3. Visit your local seniors homes. Every year my family visits the seniors home that my great grandmother resided in. We sing carols and dance with the seniors and the smiles on their faces are what make it all worth it. Many seniors are left alone during the holidays and many of them don’t actually have family to visit with. Stay a while, have a cup of tea and get to know some of the seniors in your community. Maybe you’ll even spark a friendship 🙂
  4. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. If you really want to get hands on this holiday season, contact a local soup kitchen and ask when the best time is for you to visit and help serve the hungry.
  5. Donate toys and clothing. Find a local charity that gives back to less fortunate women, children and families and donate a box of new (or even gently used) clothing and toys.
  6. Coordinate a food drive in your neighbourhood. Almost everyone has canned food in their home. Walk or drive around your neighbourhood collecting canned food! There’s probably more than one organization in your community that accepts these food donations and distributes them over the holiday season.
  7. Visit children in the hospital. So many children spend their holidays in the hospital and don’t get the Christmas experiences that they deserve. It’s easy to visit your local hospital and bring a few toys (new or used) down to the children’s wing. Maybe bring a couple board games and play with them too!

For my local Vancouverites, below is a list of local charities and organizations that you can help out this season:

Greater Vancouver Food Bank

Blanket BC

Union Gospel Mission

Covenant House

Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau

How do you give back during the holidays?

xoxo,

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Tips on Working from Home

Find out how to make the most out of working from home!

As someone who is constantly working from home, I’ve been able to figure out how to make the most out of my day. Most people think it’s working in your pjs from bed all day, but that’s definitely not the case. For me, a lot of thought is put into working from home because it’s THAT easy to curl right back up in bed.

I’ve tried sitting in bed all day working to get my task list checked off, and let me tell you now, it doesn’t work. I’ve also tried sleeping in and working later, but that wasn’t ideal either. In order to get my work done I need to wake up earlier, start my morning off with a boost of energy and tackle a to-do list one by one. Here are the ways that I get all of my work done at home.

Wake Up Early

This might mean something different to you, depending on when you usually get up, but for me it means 8 to 8:30am. I find that setting my alarm even an hour later than this (9am) prevents me from getting up right away. Being up with the rest of my household at 8am encourages me to make my bed, change my clothes and start the day.

Workout Right Away

I used to convince myself I couldn’t do this because I’d wake up hungry, too tired, etc, etc. However those were excuses and I’m glad I’ve put an end to them because working out as soon as I’m awake gets my blood flowing and helps me be more productive. Once the workout is over I can focus the rest of my day on what’s important. It doesn’t need to be a long workout, even 20-30 minutes will do you good!

Shower

If you workout you should probably shower too, but this is a win-win situation. If your sweat sesh didn’t wake you up, then a shower surely will! You’ll also be ready for the day in case you need to go out.

Prepare a Checklist

I find that physically writing down my to-do list the evening before really helps me to get things done the next day. Whether it’s on my whiteboard or a notebook, being able to prioritize and actually check things off throughout the day allows me to get more done. I also write down ideal times for getting things done, see my example below.

8am – wake up, workout, shower

9am – emails

10am – content creation for (brand)

Make Your Own Schedule

Every work shift has a start and an end time, so I try my best to do that for my own schedule too. If I’m waking up at 8am, having a workout, lunch break or running errands, then I’ll end my day around 5-6pm. However, in this industry your work is going on 24/7, so you just need to know when to stop answering your emails 😉 Knowing how to do this comes in handy when you have family or significant-other time planned.

I hope these tips help you get more done while working at home! If you have any other suggestions for increased productivity and organization please share them in a comment below! 🙂

xoxo,

Evening Skincare Routine

You all know I’m a skincare junkie, I love buying, testing and reviewing products but that also means my routine is constantly changing. With the recent season switch and new products arriving all the time my evening routine has changed a little since I last shared it!

My evening routine is what helps me wind down after a busy or stressful day and it’s something that I NEVER forget to do. Even if I’ve had a couple drinks, even if I’m dead tired or not feeling well, I know that my evening care is what keeps my skin from freaking out.

I have a naturally oily face (in my t-zone) and normal in the other areas so I like to use gentle products. Below are my go-to skin treats in order of my routine! 🙂

  1. Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution – Oily Skin: I start my routine by removing all makeup with this water and a cotton pad. It’s amazing at getting (mostly) every bit off, even waterproof makeup! micellaire.jpg
  2. Olay Oily Minimizing Foaming Cleanser: I continue with this super gentle and non-drying foaming cleanser. I love it because you don’t need a ton of it for a good clean and it leaves your skin baby smooth. olay
  3. Rodan + Fields Unblemish Clarifying Toner: This is the only toner that I use because I find that it really helps to shrink my pores and give my skin a deep clean if there’s any leftover bacteria. untj125-unblemish-clarifying-toner-lg
  4. Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate: I received this serum as a gift 3 months ago and haven’t stopped using it since. I’m even going to buy the serum in-store once I run out. That’s how AMAZING it is! I honestly believe that this serum is what prevents breakouts and keeps my skin hydrated and plump 24/7. 3605533117217_1.7OZ_ADVANCEDGENIFIQUE
  5. Summer Fridays Jetlag Mask: I now use this mask as an overnight under-eye treatment because it visibly reduces my dark circles in the AM! It’s also very hydrating which is going to be great during these dryer fall and then winter months. s2071322-main-zoom
  6. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask: I hate having chapped lips so I always apply this last and right before I sleep. It’s a really nice thick consistency and smells like fruity bubblegum! I wake up with SUPER moisturized lips every time. zoom_263e9a674cf11988b0edd6af94da81dd41db8879_1520356136_33733_Laneige_LipSleepingMask_Classic_WEB

Voila! My 6-step evening skincare routine! If you have any questions about this routine or the products feel free to contact me 🙂

xoxo,

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