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Here’s the truth – working out can be expensive. From the gym or studio memberships to the fancy workout equipment to the nice workout attires. To give you an idea, back when I was a member of Pure Barre, I was paying nearly $90/month, plus fancy sticky socks that range from $15-25 per pair. But, barre was the one workout that I truly loved after leaving the gym so I maintained my membership until the pandemic hit.  Given how expensive my barre membership was, I opted to save money on activewear when it came to getting something new. I’m someone that believes a good pair of workout leggings can help motivate you to hit the gym! Here are a few…

I don’t like spending a lot of money on my services, I mean, c’mon, a girl gotta save for better things! However, I do believe in investing in good services such as my education and yes, my personal trainer. I feel extremely high maintenance to admit that I have a personal trainer but I know I needed one. I’m not particularly aiming to lose weight or change the way I look. I joined the gym because I realized how unfit I was and I wanted to gain weight (which in this case, is muscle mass) to be 110lbs so I can donate blood. I have friends that are bodybuilders and gym rats but I feel it’s a lot to ask of…

Located on 1901 Rosser Ave #106b, Burnaby, inside of Madison Centre, Tendon Kohaku, a tempura donburi restaurant, is still relatively new to the Brentwood neighbourhood, having opened only a year or two ago. After selling my Nintendo Switch, Dan and I thought it’d be nice to treat ourselves to a dinner out. We settled on giving Tendon Kohaku a shot since the last two times we tried to eat there, they had a long wait time. At one point, we were told the wait time would be about an hour and a half! The third time’s the charm, right? When we arrived, we were pleasantly greeted by the host and asked if we wanted to sit at the bar, otherwise,…

Another year of success graduates crossing the big stage! Congrats to all those that finished high school earlier this summer! It’s been years since I graduated from university with a Bachelor’s in Human Resources and Labour Relations but I’ve been reflecting on academics again as we approach the back-to-school season.  As mentioned earlier, I’m a Human Resources professional but did you know I was majoring in Marketing Management when I first started university? I remember falling in love with marketing back in high school and wanting to be a Director of Marketing for a company. I remember unleashing my creativity and learning how big-name brands target the mind. I remember all the group projects that required us to promote a…

Last year for my birthday, I decided to get a Dior book tote! It was a bag that caught my attention but I never found a pattern that I loved enough. I could’ve gone with the classic oblique or Toile de Jouy design but I knew it wouldn’t spark joy. I eventually found the small (now medium and will refer to it as a medium book tote going forward) bayadere embroidery design (from 2020) that I fell in love with because I found the design to be simple, timeless, and not to mention, neutral beige!  Unfortunately, it sat in my closet for the remainder of 2021 up until early this year, Dan and I went to Las Vegas after two…

This review is not sponsored by Burt’s Bee. All opinions are my own. Guess who finally finished her first Burt’s Bee lip balm?! I ended up going to Target to get a new lip balm but unfortunately, they ran out of the peppermint one that I used last time (yellow stick above) so I ended up grabbing the ‘Ultra Conditioning’ because I can’t stand the grapefruit scent. The ultra-conditioning is said to give you at least 4 hours of moisturizing. Whenever a product claims to do a certain thing for a certain amount of time, I tend to look past it. However, the lip balm did do about 4 hours of moisturizing (and then some) BUT to be honest, I…