Making Mondays Marvelous… or Less of a Drag!

Off the top of my head, I cannot count the amount of times I have heard the phrase “I’ve got the case of the Mondays” from my colleagues, friends and even from my own lips. Mondays are notorious for being the one day of the week that most people dread. It is the first day after a weekend where sleeping in does not exist anymore and one’s carefree attitude is put on the back burner for the next five days. Even though it offers a new beginning after the previous week (which can be quite refreshing), Monday’s reputation remains intact as the bad day of the week.

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For years, I was a full-fledged member of the “I hate Mondays” club. I would wake up more tired than ever – probably from my glorious weekend sleep and setting my body clock off the weekday schedule, not enjoy the “new day, new week” outlook, and count down the hours to the end of my Monday, whether it was at school or from my desk at work. I don’t know what happened to me once I became a partner of a PR firm and business owner. I became grateful (well, kind of grateful) for Mondays and what they have to offer. Still unsure whether it is the fresh start to a new week or being a positive cheerleader for my business, Mondays have become less painful.

Here are ways to make your Mondays as marvelous as possible… or less of a drag!:

1) Set your alarm earlier: You might think I am crazy for suggesting this, but on Mondays, a lot of us are more fatigued in the morning. If you set your alarm earlier, you have more time to relax in bed as you wake up or you have more time to get ready as you work through your sleepy fog to get to an alert state.

2) Put protein into your breakfast: Even if you are a coffee and fruit kind of person or a quick muffin on the go, try to add an egg on your plate. If you don’t have time to scramble or poach in the morning, boil up a bunch of eggs on the weekend, put them into a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. As long as you keep them in the fridge, they are great for the week. Don’t like eggs? Replace that with peanut butter or other great forms of protein that are breakfast-friendly.

3) Create a list once you hit the desk: There may be emails already waiting, upcoming meetings and calls to prepare for or deadlines to worry about. Before you do anything, make a list of things that you need to get done on Monday and need to finish up during the week. You may not remember everything but it is a great way to organize your week and keep you as balanced as possible.

4) Make time (and room in your budget) for that extra coffee break: Monday is the first day of the week, so it is good to pace yourself and squeeze in that extra break when and where you can. If time allows, feel free to get that extra caffeine jolt or for individuals who are not coffee fans and are more organic, bring out your favourite tea. Take 10 minutes out of your day to enjoy a hot beverage or to step outside for fresh air. It can help to reenergize yourself.

5) Schedule your social plans for the week: Work and school is important, but make sure to add in the fun! If you are a planner and love booking plans in advance, send your texts and emails to family and friends on Monday to arrange fun dinners out, movie dates and more to enhance your week.

6) A new Monday; a new start: Yes, it sounds cheesy but Mondays symbolize a new week. This is a wonderful concept because if your previous week was bad or things happened that you didn’t expect, you can always start fresh come Monday and have that positive outlook take you through the next 5 days until you hit Friday at 5pm.

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Did I miss anything? Comment below! It is always nice to add more to the list to make Mondays great. 

 

June’s Favourite Food Pics

As some of you know already, I am HUGE into food – both cooking it, eating it and discovering a great restaurant and indulging in it. Since the day when Instagram became the next coolest thing in social media, I jumped on the picture-taking train and started to capture my favourite dishes and palette pleasures on a regular basis with a click of my cell phone. After receiving a ton of positive responses to my food pictures, I decided to take it to my blog and share some of my best food photos from all of my eating adventures of the previous month.

Here are some of the best things I tasted and devoured in June:

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Stuffed Brioche French Toast with fresh berries, vanilla bean cream cheese and maple vanilla syrup

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Caesar Salad with lighter creamy dressing and bacon strips, with parmesan cheese sprinkled over top. Accompanied with a garlic crisp.

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Penne alla Vodka 

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Chocolate and Vanilla Buttercream Cupcakes

 

 

Florals with Fashion Sense

There is nothing that can truly pinpoint it, but there has always been something about the summer that brings floral fashions to life – both on the runway and in the stores. Colourful prints such as florals fit perfectly into this season. The gorgeous hues are highlighted by bright sunshine and the shades always look good against the refreshed sun-kissed glow.

When it comes to florals, there is a TON of options to choose from to add to your wardrobe. Here are some of my favourite floral picks for this summer:

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My floral findings come from the following stores/brands:  Watercolor Floral Y-Back Romper from Forever 21, Floral BOBs from Skechers, Tea Party Floral Printed Scarf from Ted Baker, Bouquet Floral Kimono from Garage Clothing, High Waist White Floral Midi Pencil Skirt from Express, Adelaide Purse from Aldo, and Floral Print Sleeveless Tunic from Le Chateau.