pinterest challenge: november '14

Another month has gone by, which means it's time for another installment of my Pinterest Challenge! Every month I choose three pins to try and share my attempts here on my blog! The untimate goal of this Pinterest Challenge is to inspire you to actually try out those pins that you have so many of but have never tried! Check out what I've been up to this November...

Original Pin (left), My Attempt (left)

First off is a cooking recipe! My latest attempt at cooking came from this recipe I pinned to my food board a while ago and finally got the guts to try! It's baked honey garlic chicken that uses Panko bread crumbs. This recipe required a bit of multitasking but turned out great! I'm not quite sure why my version turned out to be a much darker brown than the picture on Pinterest, but my theory is that I used more soy sauce or something? Either way, this tasted delicious and I definitely recommend you try this one out!

Original Pin (left), My Version (right)

Next I chose a pin from my new Christmas themed board! It's time to start getting in the Christmas spirit and I thought this simple DIY would be the perfect not-very-time-consuming way to add a little winter wonderland vibe to my bedroom! These paper snowflakes can be made using coffee filters, which I thought was a great idea because they're already in the perfect round shape! Coffee filters are rather fragile though, so that's my only warning.


Lastly, here is a pin that I actually haven't done this month, but figured it would be appropriate to share to give you all some fitness motivation for the month ahead! My friend pinned this workout schedule the other day and I'm going to do my best to stick with it all December! Print this off, post it on your bedroom or workout room wall and get in shape this holiday season!

What pins have inspired you lately?

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my 2015 agenda and planner

I find each year I'm in university I become more organized! I think the more organized I have things, the less likely I am to get overwhelmed and stressed - makes sense. I just picked up a new agenda and planner from my local Coles book store and I don't regret this purchase in the slightest! I feel more organized already (if that's even possible!)

My favourite features are the full month calendars at the front of the book, the event stickers, and the box to fill in weekly to-do's. An extra bonus is the perforated shopping and to-do lists at the back that I can rip out and bring with me when I go out, or pin on my bulletin board as a visual reminder for things!

I'm definitely taking a lot more care in keeping up with my weekly schedules! This agenda is the perfect aid. I've got multiple lists of things I'd like to get done over the winter break, and now I have it all laid out in my pretty little book! So convenient! You can purchase the same one here, or check out your own local book stores!

Do you keep an agenda or pin up a calendar each month?

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november playlist: favourite Christmas tunes

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Well, there's a heap of white stuff on the ground out there, so I guess you could say winter came early here in Canada! We've had snow for almost a week now! Looking forward to my winter break, there's nothing I'm more excited for than CHRISTMAS!!

Whenever I take a study or work break, I'm playing my favourite Christmas tunes to get me in the spirit. It was a difficult task, but I've pared down my favourite songs to make a "top five" to share with you!

1. That's Christmas To Me - Pentatonix
2. It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas - Michael Buble
3. Mary's Boy Child - Glee
4. All I Want for Christmas is You - Mariah Carey
5. Baby It's Cold Outside - Elf soundtrack

It's quite the random compilation, from jazz to pop to tropical beats, these songs cover a wide range of stylings! 

What's your favourite Christmas song to get you feeling festive?

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I don't know what your current Facebook situation is like, but I'll give you a little insight to what I've been seeing in abundance on my Facebook feed lately: engagements and weddings. Something you may not have known about me is that I volunteer twice a year at the local bridal expos in town, modelling wedding dresses in a fashion show. Through these experiences, I've gathered stacks of wedding magazines and even considered becoming a professional wedding planner. I'd say I'm pretty in the loop with the whole celebration aspect of weddings.

Sometimes it can be hard, being a girl in her twenties, seeing everyone getting married and feeling as though you're being left out. Like I said, you may not be experiencing the bombardment of new engagement photos and announcements that I am, but I'm sure even watching chick flicks and seeing wedding-themed TV shows makes you feel a little impatient for your own big day.

I stumbled across a quote on Pinterest the other day, and thought it was the most perfect advice and tidbit of knowledge I wish every twenty-something girl pondered right now: "You can't rush something that you want to last forever."

Think about it, if you're so eager to get married just to have the big wedding and party, then you're not ready to be married. If you've ever been in a long term relationship, you'd know that dating and being with someone takes work. Marriage takes even more work. Sure, making use of your wedding Pinterest board and getting to throw a big celebration would be nice, but that's not the most constructive attitude to have.

Don't worry about how other people's lives are progressing right now - focus on yourself! Don't rush into anything hoping for it to last forever. If it's meant to be, it will happen in time (just maybe not as soon as you'd like).

Personally, I'm taking this time of my multiple friends' future weddings to be happy for them and excited about their futures!

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recent favourites

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I've been trying out a few new beauty products lately and I wanted to share my first impressions with you! I've picked them up over a few shopping trips and I've been using them for a few weeks now, so I'd say it's safe to say whether or not they're any good...

1. Tea Tree Oil from The Body Shop
I bought this item because I wanted to experiment with using oils during my skincare routine. I know tea tree oil is great for troublesome spots on your face (which I get quite often). I've been using this oil at night because it's not my favourite scent and I wouldn't want to smell it all day on my face. I definitely think it's been working effectively for me, so it's a keeper!

2. Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter from LUSH
This product has been on my Lush-wishlist for a while now. My hands are extra dry now with the seasons changing and I wanted a product I can bring in my backpack to school to use throughout the day. I use cuticle oil at home before bed, but I wouldn't want my fingers slimy when I'm on-the-go, so this cuticle butter is great! A little goes a long way, so I've put a bit into a smaller container so I don't even need to bring the whole pot with me. It's also great for any dry spot of skin - you can try it on your heels or elbows! There are many possibilities.

3. Triple Layer Tinted Balm from Mary Kay
I don't usually wear dramatic colours on my lips, so this tinted balm is perfect for me! I got it in the shade "Pink Again" and I love the subtleness of it. It smells good and is also rather hydrating for my lips. It's a good product to keep in my wristlet whenever I go out!

4. Dry Shampoo by Batiste
I've tried other dry shampoos, but haven't been a huge fan, because I have dark hair and it makes me look grey. I think the hint of colour in this Batiste shampoo for dark and deep brown hair is genius. Yes, everyone has been raving about the Batiste line, and I totally see why! It's the perfect pick-me-up for your day two hair!

What beauty products have you been loving lately?

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halloween happenings

halloween | marlee and you

As Halloweekend comes to an end, I thought I'd share what I was up to the past few days. I'm sure you all had your fill of chocolate and goodies - I know I sure did! Growing up, my family never really acknowledged Halloween, and it's only been a few years now where I've taken part in certain traditions. My favourite part of all (being the artsy person that I am) is the pumpkin carving!!

halloween | marlee and you

My boyfriend Cory's family always does pumpkins together, going to a pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect ones. This year I ended up carving two pumpkins: and average sized pumpkin, and a giant "Starry Starry Night" pumpkin. I think both were a success.

halloween | marlee and you

As far as costumes went, Cory and I dressed up as the classic 90's duo, Garth and Wayne from Wayne's World! I think we pulled this look off pretty well, although it was super weird seeing Cory with a mullet all night!

I'm currently at that state where I've eaten so much chocolate in the last three days that my tongue is starting to hurt... I think this is a sign. Time to revisit my healthy living Pinterest board and start making an effort to be more active and eat better! (Isn't that how it always works this time of year?)

Did you dress up this Halloween?

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