Trip to the Falls!

Niagara Falls – connecting Ontario, Canada and New York, USA is made up for 3 waterfalls.

– Horseshoe Falls

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– American Falls & Bridal Veil Falls

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Niagara Falls was created approximately 1000 years ago with glacier activity.  Niagara falls produces the highest flow rate of any waterfall on earth.  Every time I visit Niagara Falls, I feel a bit nostalgic.  Every time someone visited us from anywhere, we would take them to the falls, have a picnic, walk around, watch the fireworks, and have the most wonderful time.

A few of my favorite things to enjoy in Niagara Falls are:

– Walk around by the falls

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– Walk on Clifton Hill

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– Ride the Ferris Wheel

– Lunch at Queen Victoria Place Restaurant (finger licking burgers)

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– Dinner at Antica Pizzeria & Ristorante

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– Stay at Embassy Suites, Hilton, Marriott or any hotel that provides a falls-view room

(it makes a difference!)

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Other fun activities:

– Journey Behind The Falls

– Hornblower Niagara Cruises

– Zipline to the falls

– Whirlpool Adventure Course

– Primal Swing

– Bungy Jump

– Skylon Tower

– Plan a day trip to Niagara-on-the-lake

So much to do! Such little time!!

Have you tried any of the above activities? Which is your favorite?

Have fun this summer!!

~ Jap

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Lessons I Learned!

Last month I had the opportunity to attend The Kit Connect Conference at the historical venue The Great Hall!! This place is so stunning; I still cannot get over it’s beauty!!

As soon as I walked through the grand wooden doors onto the red carpet with lights sparkling through the crystal chandeliers creating an energetic environment, I knew I was in for a sweet treat. I’m not only talking about the delicious flavors of sparkling water, coffee, tea, donuts, & muffins, but also the jam-packed agenda with secret tips from the amazing panelists:

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Kimberley Newport-Mimran (Pink Tartan), Shiseido Team, Joanna Griffths (Knix), Dani Roche (Kastor & Pollux), Christine Faulaber (Faulhaber Communications), Lesley Hampton (Lesley Hampton The Label & Robust by Lesley Hampton), Emily Ramshaw (Bumble (Bizz)), Roger Gingerich (Fashion Group International – Toronto), Gillian Singerman (Creative Circle).

The panel was facilitated by the wonderful The Kit Team including Laura deCarufel (Editor-in-Chief), Katherine Lalancette (Beauty Director), Giorgina Bigioni (Publisher), and Caitlin Kenny (Digital Director).

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Me, being my enthusiastic self, ran to get my seat in the second row (first row was reserved for panelists!).  I was ready to learn, connect, and take in as much as I can so I can share it all with YOU.

“Sharing Knowledge” was one of the key messages delivered at the conference, so here I am sharing the lessons I learned with you:

How to achieve your dreams?

Never Giving up

Resilience is key

Hard-work

Understand WHAT you want to ACHIEVE

Learn as much as you can

Make a to-do list

Be passionate

Get started

How to achieve balance in life?

Try to make everything work, instead of aiming for a perfect balance.  We are ambitious, we want to be leaders, we want to be successful, but at the same time, we want to be with our family, cook a great meal, attend children’s school events, and spend time with family and friends.  That’s a lot packed into our lives, so aim to make everything work, don’t aim to achieve every single item on your list.  Prioritize your tasks, and work out a balanced life!! A life that makes you happy!

How to get hired?

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Positive attitude

Well rounded personality

Appropriate social media accounts

Be unique and proud of yourself

YOU ARE A BRAND!!

What are some key tips for a good resume?

Clear/Concise

Highlight key points & strenghts

Simple fonts, appropriate spacing, no spelling, and accurate content

Show progression on resume

1 page for every 10 years (1-2 pages maximum)

Include concrete numbers, company names, and deliverables

Save the resume file with your NAME

How to shine in an interview?

Do your research

Know about the company

Know the tasks required for your position

Go above and beyond

Offer your unique skills

Believe in yourself

What are some key interview questions?

What do you think the role entails?

What does the Company mean to you?

What is your day-to-day responsibility?

What would you do differently in your current role?

What are your long-term goals?

Where does this new role take you?

How to prepare for an interview?

Practice answering questions with a family member or a friend

Be confident

How to negotiate your salary?

Do your homework

Know the salary grid for the position

Explain the reason for your desired salary

Provide salary guides for the position

Practice negotiations with a friend

Add a clause in contract to review salary at the 6 month mark

How do you start building a business?

Build one piece at a time

Turn negatives into a positive

Every set-back is an opportunity

Learn from your mistakes

Learn from others mistakes

Work for something bigger than you

How do you fund a business?

Grants & subsidies

Create a budget

Reduce your overhead costs

Get creative

How do you build your network?

Volunteer with the organization

Do an internship

Join Facebook groups

Attend events and network with others

Go for a quick coffee

Be kind: a little kindness goes a long way!!

The panelists answered every question before I even had the chance to ask them!! The Kit team pretty much READ our minds, was extremely PREPARED, and delivered BENEFICIAL messages.

After the panel, we had the OPPORTUNITY to connect with the panelists and The Kit team.  It was a venue filled with passionate and energetic women trying to make their dreams a REALITY!! I’m so GRATEFUL for the opportunity to attend this conference, and to LEARN from & MEET so many INSPIRATIONAL women!!

If you have any questions, please leave me a comment or send me an e-mail!! I would love you hear from you!!

~ Happy Learning ~

Jap!!

 

Dream Closets

Every time I visit one of my favorite stores, I always wonder if I could display my clothes, jewelry, shoes and bags in a similar fashion.  Of course I can, why not? I ordered myself a few items from Amazon, and organized my closet!! Love organizing, I found so many pieces that I had forgotten!! Now that I have my closet organized, I can actually wear everything I like, and give away anything I do not!! I’m sharing some of my closet organization tips with you:

#1: Sort by category: I sort my clothes by tops, skirts, dresses, jeans, cardigans, blazers, & other.

#2: Sort by Color & shades: I start with black, grey, white, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, brown, etc.

#3: Invest in Good Hangers: I use a uniform set of felt hangers so my clothes do not slip off and fall on the floor. The same hangers also give a very clean look to the closet.

                                               

#4: Fold chunky sweaters: I fold sweaters by size, largest at the bottom, to stack them on shelves for easy access.  (PS: you can spray paint the shelves any color!!)

                                        

#5: Categorize shoes: I use stack-able shoe boxes to save space and protect my shoes from dust.  Marilyn Monroe once said “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” So go on, protect your shoes, wear them, and take over the world!!

                            

#6: Organize Purses/Bags: I keep my designer bags in original packaging, or stuff them with bubble wrap, or dust bags to maintain their shape.

                                         

#7: Display Jewelry: I organize my jewelry in separate compartments for easy access and keep the jewels sparkling!!  It’s so easy to tangle your necklaces, mix up your earrings, and forget about those pieces at the bottom of the box.  These compartment boxes keep them all separately displayed.

               

How about a sunglasses organizer?

#8: Highlight Favorites: I showcase some of my favorite pieces on my dresser, or closet shelves for inspiration.  Some of these pieces are presents from special people in my life, and seeing them on display makes me happy!!

    

I hope these tips were helpful!!  How do you organize your closet?

Share your secrets and tips in the comments below!!

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A Very Good Morning!

A bunch of us were hanging out and the question about “What’s the first thing you do once you’re awake?” came up!!  A lot of people responded with “Check my phone!” or “Check my Instagram!! Obvi, what else would you do?!”

I don’t! Shocked?! Yup, that’s exactly how everyone else reacted! If I were to check my phone the first thing in the morning, I would be on my phone for a very long time, and probably not get out bed for the rest of the day! And there is no time to sleep-in when you’re trying to accomplish a million tasks in a day!! Here a few ways I learned to have an energized morning and a productive day:

Gratitude – set the tone for the day first thing in the morning with a little gratitude list in your head of all the wonderful things in your life!

Water – drink water (cold or warm with lemon) early in the morning to hydrate your body and skin for a fresher glow!

Workout – release those endorphins into your body early in the morning to trigger a positive attitude for the rest of the day!

Breakfast – eat a good breakfast filled with all the goodness to fuel your body for an energized day!

Prepare – decide on your breakfast, pick your outfit, pack your lunch, make a to-do list the night before to save decision making early in the morning! This will save you time in the morning, you won’t be running around looking for stuff or changing in and out of outfits, or trying to remember all the items to pack for lunch!! It’ll be an easy breezy smooth morning!!

Bed Sheets – sleep on comfortable bed sheets!! This makes all the difference in getting your beauty sleep.  I purchased the Bamboo Rayon bed sheets a few months ago, and absolutely LOVE them (not kidding at all!).  This is  honestly the softest and comfiest bed sheet set I’ve EVER owned.  Click the link below for more information!

How do you start your morning? Share your secrets in the comments below!!

Have a wonderful day!!

 

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Self Care

Self care is a very important part of your life.  You probably already know that but here I am still talking about different ways of Self Care: exercising, eating healthy, meditating, and relaxing.  I discovered this new mat and pillow set on Amazon the other day to add to my relaxation process.

How do I use it?

1. Neck Pain Relief: We sit while driving, working, watching TV, using our phones, and all the other time.  To relieve neck pain, I lay on this mat for 10 minutes.  The acupressure from the mat & pillow releases endorphins that block pain and relaxes neck muscles.

2.  Back Pain Relief: Slouching in chairs, lounging on couches, and sitting in traffic for a long period of time can harm our natural posture.  This could result in back pain and stiffness. To relieve back pain, lay on this mat for 10-15 minutes to massage pressure points that help release tight muscles and reduce stiffness.

3. Increase Circulation: Individuals invest thousands of dollars and hours in obtaining acupuncture treatments.  This mat allows you to incorporate regular acupressure & massage to your daily routine.

Please read instructions in the package prior to using.

 

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Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

It’s a new year, and this year I’ve decided to work on making both my body and mind Healthy! I plan on accomplishing my goal with the following tips:

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1. Eating Healthy: Each grocery store is designed in a very similar way. Check it out the next time you go!! Fruits, vegetables, poultry, dairy & baked goods are all around the edges.  All those delicious chocolate bars, fizzy pop, salty chips, etc. are in the middle aisles. My goal is to only buy items around the edges – the fresh items, and avoid the chips and cookies (that are always calling my name!).  Walk around the edges, pick up the fresh food, and walk out.  Efficient and healthy grocery shopping done!!

2. Meal Prep: My goal is to have more home cooked meals and less restaurant food. In order to have a balanced diet, I am trying to incorporate servings of vegetables, protein, fruits and some carbohydrates. This article is quite helpful when deciding on meals. 

3. Make a list: Going grocery shopping? Remember your grocery list!! You’ve figured out the grocery store route, planned your meals, and now it’s time to buy only the required items. This will not only save you money, but also help avoid buying unnecessary junk food items. 

4. Exercise: Incorporate a workout 2-3 times a week into your schedule. This can include going to the gym, running outside, playing sports, swimming, yoga, etc. Pick your favorite and make it happen!!

5. Relax: We live extremely busy lives.  We’re either trying to meet deadlines at work, attending fun events, or completing house chores.  Take half an hour each day to relax.  Whether it’s by watching your favorite TV show, reading a book, meditating, or going for a short walk.

Making 2018 Sparkle!!

New year, new beginnings!! Did you make a new year’s resolution this year? I didn’t! I made a little promise to myself to improve on anything I wanted to improve. Here’s to 2018, and I’m starting with getting things done!!

I have a million ideas running through my head, and then I’ll pick up my phone to either message someone or research something. Instead, I end up catching up on my Whatsapp messages or spending hours on Instagram.  And there we go, I’ve lost the idea and totally forgot the reason for picking up my phone.

In 2018, I’m trying the following ways to avoid intentional/unintentional procrastination:

1. Lights, Camera, Action: Write down (old school, I know! You can type it up!) your goal, and the ACTION required to accomplish the goal. Main focus is the ACTION.  What steps do you need to take in order to achieve your goal? How do you get started? What’s the first step you need to take?

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2. Get On With It: Determine the first step, and actually get started. I’ve read this quote “just get started” in so many places.  I wanted to start my blogging journey many many many years ago, but I always “couldn’t find the right time…”.  All I had to do was get started, and just go with the flow. So one day, I posted a picture on Instagram, drafted a website, and here I am today sharing my passion for fashion and photography!!

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3. Distraction, who?!: Figure out your distraction and eliminate it.  Turn off the TV, put your phone far away and concentrate on your task. It may be tough at first, but you will accomplish your task with efficiency and excellence.  I always put my phone at a walking distance when I am trying to accomplish my tasks.  This helps me stay focused, and the phone is too far to reach.

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4. Details, Details, Details: Be specific about your steps.  Instead of “I will write a blog post today!”, turn it into “I will write a blog post today at 9 AM about Accomplishing Tasks and post it by noon.”  The more details you add to your tasks, the easier it will be to accomplish them.

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5. Magical Moment: Are you a morning person? Or do you work best after lunch? (All I can think about is food!) Or do you work best at night when the rest of the world is dreaming? What is your magical time? Work during those hours to get the right results!!

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Leave me a comment and let me know your tricks for accomplishing your goals!!

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Cheers to 2018 and making this year sparkle even more than the previous!!

Wishing you a wonderful 2018!! Happy New Year!!