Grateful For You All

As I get back on track from my 3-week vacation all that I can seem to think about is how grateful I am for every single one of you reading this right now. 2017 was a big year for me in terms of influencing and becoming a blogger, and none of it would have been as successful as it was without each of you. Today I’d like to do a little overview of the past year (even though we’re already halfway through January) and show my appreciation for you with a giveaway announcement!

My blog began in January of 2017 as an avenue to share my journey as a young entrepreneur starting out in direct marketing. I never would have thought that it would turn into my true passion and something that motivates me day by day. This platform became a spot for me to share any of my ideas and thoughts with the world and has helped me learn a lot about myself. I’ve had the opportunity to work with amazing brands this past year and spoke to a lot of inspiring individuals through social media. Blogging has opened my eyes to the beauty of technology and communication more than ever and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. Here’s what I’ve been up to this past year…

Brands I Worked With

Mezzi – FashionxTechnology

Bali Body

Daniel Wellington

Thymes Fragrances

Mirina Collections

Mejuri

iDeal of Sweden

HiSmile

Thai Express

Willow Body

I travelled to Toronto in January of 2017, Los Angeles in July, the Philippines in December, and as you know I started January 2018 in Hawaii! This was also the year that I became legal in British Columbia, started my second year of college, and spent another wonderful year with my boyfriend (officially making it four all together)!

I hit 200 subscribers on YouTube, a decent number to me in my first year and 5000 followers on Instagram. Every single one of those people are appreciated and loved so I’ll be announcing a giveaway on my Instagram this week! On here I’ll share what the giveaway will consist of and when/how you can enter.

HALEY’S 5K GIVEAWAY!

1 Black Mezzi Cosima Tote (Retails for $600CAD)

A $25 Sephora Gift Card and samples of my favourite products for you to test out and try!

As this is my very first giveaway it’s quite small but I hope to do bigger ones in the future. I’ll be posting this giveaway on my Instagram on Tuesday, January 16th and it will run until Tuesday, January 23rd. In order to enter you’ll have to be following me on Instagram, like the post, and tag 3 friends in the comments!

I’m so excited to do this and I thank you all for being a part of this past year’s blogging journey!

xoxo,

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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies – Recipe

To start off this post I’d like to share a fun fact about me. When I was younger, probably between the ages of 10-13, I had a huge passion for baking and that’s all I would ever do in my spare time. I baked everything from cookies to cupcakes to cake pops and more and I spent all of my time decorating my creations too. Up until now I’ve probably tried around 10 different chocolate chip cookie recipes, and yes each one has turned out completely different. I love chewy, semi-sweet, and very chocolatey cookies so this recipe that my boyfriend recently found on a Facebook post is now my new favourite! The original recipe can be found here, but for convenience I’ve copied it below!

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I personally think that these cookies are perfect for an at-home date night of baking, movies, and snuggles!


INGREDIENTS

½ cup sugar

¾ cup brown sugar, packed

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup butter, melted

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1¼ cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

4 ounces milk or semisweet chocolate chunks

4 ounces dark chocolate chunks (or your preference)

PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugars, salt, and butter until a paste has formed with no lumps.

3. Whisk in the egg and vanilla, beating until light ribbons fall off the whisk.

4. Sift in the flour and baking soda, then fold the mixture with a spatula, being careful not to overmix. This will cause the gluten in the flour to toughen, which will result in cakier cookies.

5. Fold in the chocolate chunks evenly, then chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. For a more intense toffee-like flavor and deeper color, chill the dough overnight. The longer the dough rests, the more complex its flavor will be.

6. Scoop the dough with an ice cream scoop onto a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet, leaving at least 4 inches of space between cookies and 2 inches of space from the edges of the pan so that the cookies can spread evenly.

7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges have started to barely brown.

8. Cool completely, and enjoy!


Enjoy the recipe all you cookie monsters!

xoxo,

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C.O. Bigelow or Dior?

Chapped lips can be a real drag, and just like probably more than half of the people reading this write-up, I’ve tried about every chapstick brand out there. For the past few years I’ve been using a C.O. Bigelow rose salve from Bath & Body works. It works better than anything I’ve tried so far and doesn’t break the bank.

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I noticed that I was running very low on my current rose salve so I purchased the Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Balm from Dior Cosmetics. It cost me almost $30 more than the C.O. Bigelow one; it retails for 35 Canadian dollars at Sephora. I was looking for a new product to try out and the packaging was obviously a deciding factor too. The Dior balm is encased in a beautiful off-white plastic container with a CD logo on the front whereas the C.O. Bigelow balm comes in a bright pink tin container that gets scratched up in one drop.

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I began using the Dior balm during my trip to California and I have to say it is not worth your money people! It has a very thick consistency therefore making it hard to apply and it didn’t moisturize my lips at all, in fact I think it made them worse. The Dior balm isn’t as clear as my other rose salve and I didn’t find that my lips were being plumped like it says in the name of the product. In comparison, the C.O. Bigelow balm is a smooth application, leaves my lips glossy, and definitely hydrates them all day long and even overnight.

If you’ve been wanting to try either of these products then I highly recommend the C.O. Bigelow balm over an expensive designer brand. This is proof that sometimes the cheaper products work even better than designer! I’ve left links to the two products right below if you’d like a more detailed description of each.

C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve

Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm

Let me know what your go-to lip moisturizer or plumper is in the comments below!

xoxo,

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