Today I went to my first ever baby shower & it was a lot of fun! I don’t have a lot of friends in Toronto who have kids so I don’t really get invited to a ton of baby showers!
The radiant mom to be and CAKE! OM NOM NOM!
It was a baby shower for one of the nicest, kindest souls that I have the pleasure of being friends with. Emily I love you so much and you are going to be an incredible mom!
I met Emily about 4.5 years ago now through twitter. She is a Toronto based jewelry designer and all around awesome lady! Check out her creations —> HERE <—
It’s blurry but just LOOK at me having a really good time :p
One of the many photo ops
Up close and personal with the cake because that’s just how I roll!
gaaaah how cute are these straws?
Baby shower favours for everyone to take home – handmade soup that says from Ruby Shower to yours! How cute!
If you haven’t guessed by now, the theme of the shower was flamingoes and it is a girl! Congratulations Em and Alan! I can’t wait to meet your little bundle of joy and babysit her!
P.S: We played games and I actually won one of them! HUZZAH!
For those of you who know me personally, you know that I
love loved sugar. Yup that’s right, about two months ago, I quit the white stuff. I am still eating fruits from time to time but no refined sugar whatsoever. Two days ago at an event, I had 2 mini cupcakes because well it was a major event and afterwards I felt like I was drunk. In short, it was awful.
I am really proud to say that now I don’t even crave sugary treats and would rather opt for vegetables or water.
How did this come to be you ask? Well my friends you are in luck because I am about to share some helpful tips to quit sugar for good (I hope). These tips will not be things like, “oh consume f***ing stevia” because YUCKS!
- It is all about the Why
Yes, the why is so very important. I have tried to quit sugar several times before this but every single time I tried to do so, the main reason used to be the fact that I wanted to lose weight and fit in a dress. I would quit sugar for a few weeks, then go back to it as soon as I fit in a dress and the event where I had to wear it was over.
This time, however, things were different.
I quit because I wanted to live healthier. I have recently found out that almost all of my grandparents had diabetes and that it skips a generation. That in itself was enough for me to want to be healthier.
So let your why be a healthier lifestyle. It is fine to have weight loss as one of your goals, tweak it a little and make it “MUST LOSE WEIGHT TO BE HEALTHIER!” and see wonders happen.
- Reward yourself
Yes, I said it. You have to reward yourself but not with sugary stuff! Instead choose a different reward system. In my case, I am an avid book reader, so all the money I used to spend on candy, chocolates, drinks and other stuff now goes towards buying books.
How I derived the magical number to spend on books? Mostly it is an estimate but I know that I used to consume chocolate bars, condensed milk and sweet treats from Starbucks every single day so the number comes up to roughly 60 dollars a week.
I usually get my books from used book stores so $60 is enough for at least 3-5 books a week and it helps me nourish my mind!
Also, I don’t buy 3-5 books a week so I am actually saving some money.
- Don’t go to places that serve sugary treats (at least for the first few weeks)
Admittedly the first few weeks of quitting sugar are really rough. I had the shakes and could not sleep well, which to be honest scared me a little because I felt overly reliant on sugar.
I found it incredibly hard to resist the urge to pick up snacks if I was looking at them, so I stopped going to places that served sugary treats, which included cafes and restaurants. C was also doing most of our grocery shopping so I did not have to worry about facing chocolates and other cakey goodness in person. (Thank you so much C!)
When I did go for grocery shopping, we called the sugary aisle “The Aisle of Doom” and avoided it all together.
- Don’t talk about quitting sugar when you are trying to attempt it
Quitting sugar is like being in fight club, we don’t talk about fight club. In the past, every time I had tried to quit sugar, I would tell everyone about it and everyone would praise me. As a result, I would get so much satisfaction from the fact that I was getting praised that I would not actually end up doing it.
This time though, I only talked about it after a few weeks of trying to decrease my sugar intake and since I was already on the path, it was much easier to keep going on it.
- Do it with friends
I am not refuting point number 4. What I am saying is that tell one friend about it and have them help you. C has known for a while that I have wanted to quit sugar and as a result has been cutting it out of my morning tea for a year or so now. I didn’t even know this!
At first I thought C just really sucked at making tea :p but then when I found out, I was actually really happy because now when I actually did quit it, at least my tea in the morning tastes normal! And that my friends is a blessing!
- Don’t overthink it
There is tons of stuff out there talking about how sugar is bad for you and causes a ton of diseases. I found that reading all that made me depressed and made me crave sugar more. So I would suggest not to overthink it.
I hope this helps you in quitting whatever you are trying to quit. I would love to hear your tips and tricks on how you have quit something. Let me know!
Image from Fit Girl Secrets (It has some tips on quitting sugar too!)
Happiness to me is a warm cup of tea in the morning…
A smile on the faces of those I love… The rain on my face on a hot summer day…
A good book……….
It’s ironic that while we get busier with this funny little thing called life, sometimes, just sometimes, we forget to live it. We forget that in order to really live we have to savor every moment and be thankful for each day.
My awesome sauce friend (I was going to say dear but awesome sauce sounds far more awesome!) Casey is currently taking part in the 100 happy days challenge on his site, which you should totally check out because you will get to see his adorable little baby Isaiah amongst other awesome things!
So… he is taking part in this challenge, which I highly recommend that you check out, and I thought to myself, hey! this sounds great! I should do it too! because ever so often I feel low and I don’t want to!
In high school before blogs were a thing, I used to keep a journal which I called and still refer to as my ‘happy book’.
It has little notes from people that I love and care about. Needless to say it made me and still makes me extremely happy whenever I read it. The little book also goes wherever I go!
It was given to me by my sister when I was 18 as a New Years’ present but it ended up becoming much more than that. Thank you sisbug! I love you so much!
P.S: This post was going to be about meeting a friend but this seems more appropriate as a start!