January Goals

It's a New Year, my friends! With this new year brings new opportunities for great things - make sure you take advantage of it. I know 2017 is going to be quite the year for me already.

January Goals

I've been pretty quiet on social media and the blog recently. I've been enjoying time with friends and family while I've been off work for the holidays or enjoying some quiet time. I think it was necessary for me to refuel for the new year. There's already going to be some changes happening in my life and I needed to make sure I was mentally prepared for them - don't worry, they're good changes! I'll be sure to explain those in further detail in this post or other posts on the blog soon. I want to start writing "life update" posts on here. I love reading other bloggers life updates and I think it's an easy way to seem more human to those reading the blog.

For now, let's see how I did with my December goals.

December Recap

  • Buy Christmas gifts before December 20th - I got EVERYTHING done on time! It felt so good.
  • Get Budget Binder ready for January 1st - I finished this the other night. It actually feels really good to have an accountability system in place for my finances. The only thing I might add is an investment portion to the binder so I can keep track of that as well.
  • Finish reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up- It didn't take me very long to finish reading this. I really enjoyed it and it gave me a different perspective on tidying. I'll be sure to write my thoughts on this in a future blog post!

  • Lose 5 pounds (even with all the holiday meals!) - ... I'm going to guess this one was a fail because there's no way I'm stepping on a scale for another week. I blame the delicious holiday meals and my recent obsession with bagels
  • Make a strength training schedule - Complete! I made myself a 3 day split of Pull Exercises/Push Exercises/ Legs + Glutes. It's all made up of strength training exercises I enjoy, so I'm hoping that will make it easier to stick to
  • Go to the gym once. I haven't been in a loooong time, so even going ONCE would be an improvement - The gym still scares me. I used to go to the gym ALL. THE. TIME. and now I feel super ashamed and embarrassed to be walking in there. This is going to be a real struggle for me, but I'm slowly starting to overcome it. I've been searching for a lot of motivation and my gym bag has made its way closer to my front door - so that's good, right?
  • Make a slow cooker recipe - I didn't end up making one from my Pinterest board, but I did make one. I was looking through a bunch of recipes and realized I didn't have half the ingredients that they called for, so I just used what I had and made me own teriyaki chicken instead. It turned out really well and I have SO MUCH leftover.

Blog/Social Media
  • Finish reading Streamline Your Side-Hustle - I have a few more chapters left to read. What I've read so far has been very helpful to me. 
  • Finish getting ready for my rebrand - Not quite finished yet, but so much closer than before. I just decided what my new logo is going to be (as of 10 minutes before writing this) and have most of my brand colors decided. I'm having the most trouble with my mission statement. I don't want to start this rebrand without one because I feel like it'll be the driving force behind everything that I do here on the blog. I just need some more brainstorming time!

I'd say December was a successful month. I've started writing out these goals and putting them in random places where I'll be reminded of them. It's just the reminder I need when I'm being lazy. 

January is going to be an exciting month for me because January 13th is my last day at my current job. I'll be starting a new job at a new company on January 16th. This new job is going to be VERY different from the one I'm leaving behind (in a good way), so I'm pretty nervous. The job is brand new to the company as well, so nobody is too sure what it's going to look like. How exciting! 

January Goals


  • Lose 5 pounds
  • Take 8,000 steps on weekdays and 10,000 steps on weekends
  • Go to the gym once
  • Come up with 2 new take-to-work lunches

Blog/Social Media
  • Reveal my rebrand on January 22nd (my 1 Year Blogaversary!) 
  • Outline 3 Youtube videos
  • Publish 5 blog posts

What are your January goals?

5 People You're Forgetting to Buy Christmas Gifts For (and the gifts to get them)

Christmas is in 6 days, my friends. 6 DAYS!!! I'm not ready for this. 

I've finished all my shopping but I have yet to tackle wrapping - it's my least favorite part. I try to put as many gifts as I can into gift bags to make the task easier. Those gift bags are super cute too! 

5 people you're forgetting to buy gifts for this Christmas
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Even after I get everything done, there's usually something I'm forgetting. These 5 people can be easy to overlook when it comes to your Christmas shopping list. Don't be caught without a gift for them this holiday season.

Your Boyfriend/Girlfriends Parents //

Getting a gift for your significant other's parents can be tricky. If this is the first Christmas you and your boyfriend/girlfriend have been together than you might not know what their parent's tastes are. I'm not sure if all men are the same, but my boyfriend seems to know less than nothing about what his parents would want for Christmas. I find it's typically safe to get them something to entertain with. More often than not, the parent's house is a place for get-together's, so getting them a cheese board or serving tray could be a perfect gift. My favorite is this small wood and marble board

 Your Boss/Supervisor //

This is totally dependent on the atmosphere at work. If you belong to a bigger corporation, then giving a gift to your boss might not be appropriate. If you work in a smaller office then it wouldn't seem out of the ordinary.

The first year at my current job I totally forgot about buying a gift for my boss. She wasn't offended or anything, but I felt like a huge fail. You don't need to get them an expensive gift (you don't want to look like a suck-up) and depending on how well you know them, the gift can be more personal. I like getting something for my boss that they can actually use at work. I love this Mini Zen Garden and I actually have one very similar on my desk. Desk calendars are another practical gift for a boss or supervisor. You can get a generic one, or if you know what some of their interest and hobbies are, you can get a more personal one - like one with cute dogs, lifehacks, or sudoku.

Your Friends Children //

As you get older, more of your friends might have children. If you typically exchange gifts with your BFF, don't forget to buy something for their children too. They probably got tons of toys from family members to go along with the bins of toys they already have - so try going for a non-toy gift. Books are always a good idea. I love getting a classic Robert Munsch book for my friend's kids. Crafts or coloring books is another good idea for kids and they can be gifted to many different age groups as well. My favorite type of gift for my friend's kids are experience type gifts, like a trip to the movies, an afternoon of skating, bowling, or swimming. 

Your Neighbors //

Being nice to your neighbors can go a long way. If you often engage in conversation over the fence, or they've helped you cut your front lawn, or shovel your car out of your driveway then get them a little something this holiday season. The best treat for your neighbors are some baked goods. Chances are you'll be making them anyways, so just make a little extra and wrap them up nice. Pinterest is great for finding easy holiday recipes. Try out these M&M Cookie Bars, Christmas Shortbread Bites, or Peppermint Bark. You'll be the favorite neighbor in no time!

Your Mail Carrier //

This one is also dependent on the circumstances. If the only mail you get are bills then you probably don't have to worry about getting a gift for your postal carrier, but if you frequently get big, heavy packages and your mail carrier is sure to leave your parcels at the back door where they'll be more secure, then you should show your appreciation this time of year. Postal service providers usually have rules about gifts for mail carriers and there's typically a limit to the cost associated with the gift. Gift cards are a great gift idea in these situations. A Starbucks gift card, or one for another local coffee spot is perfect! you could even include an insulated travel mug, so they could keep their drink hot while on the job!

Have a safe & happy holidays!

Key Benefits of Keeping Your House Clean + Organized

This is a guest post was submitted by Amber Cross. Amber Cross is a small business owner from London. She writes cleaning and home improvement articles.

Key Benefits to Keeping Your House Clean + Organized

Clutter and grime slowly but surely are taking over your home, yet you lack the energy and will-power to do something about it? A bit of clutter here and there is hardly a problem and often is impossible to avoid. Yet, if your hallway is starting to resemble a hurdles racetrack and you find it difficult to navigate because you constantly have to step over things, it's probably time to make a few changes in your lifestyle. Clutter is said to have a negative impact on your productivity and even on your mental health. Don't believe us? These few benefits of a well-organized, clean home might change your mind. 

An Organized Home Improves Your Concentration //

Maybe you have noticed how difficult it is to concentrate on your tasks while in a cluttered environment. When living in a home where clutter rules, you often find yourself distracted by all the items around you, first of all, because they are all out of place, and second – you are plagued by a sense of guilt because you've failed to complete your cleaning chores. According to the ancient Chinese feng shui philosophical system, clutter blocks the proper flow of energy in your home. It also drains you from your own energy, leaving you unmotivated, irritable and emotionally exhausted. Organize and clean your home regularly and you will soon experience the benefits of your improved concentration.

You will Be Able to Find Everything with Ease //

How many times you have experienced difficulties in finding your keys in the morning? Five, ten, twenty? How can you expect to be able to find whatever it is you are looking for, when everything in your home is out of place? Designating a place for everything is the first step towards a happier, stress-free life. Sticking to your decision to keep your possessions in their rightful places is just as important. Once you turn organisation into a habit, things will take a turn for the better and it will be much easier for you to maintain order in your living space. 

You Can say Goodbye to Allergies //

Your lungs will thank you if you spare ten minutes once every two days to dust your furniture and vacuum your carpets. When not maintained, carpeting, sofas, ottomans and other soft furniture can easily become a breeding ground for bacteria and a variety of allergens. These cause irritation, rashes and itching when transferred to your skin, not to mention your breathing will become more shallow when you are exposed to dust over prolonged periods of time, especially if you are an asthmatic. Take our advise - dust and vacuum regularly to transform your home into a healthier living environment.

Unexpected Guests will Hardly Be a Problem //

We all are familiar with the following scenario – a couple of friends decide to drop by on a visit without giving any notice. Of course, sending them away without inviting them is hardly an option, so letting them in your cluttered home seems to be your only alternative. Cleaning and organising your home on a regular basis will spare you the embarrassment and stress such “unpleasant” surprises might lead to.

You will Keep Pests at Bay //

Let's face it – grime, dust, and food residue are practically an invitation to a variety of pests from cockroaches to ants and bed bugs. Each time you skip on your cleaning routine, you're practically saying to the aforementioned pests “Welcome home, guys!”. The solution to this problem is simple - never leave plates with unfinished meals on the table in the living room and empty your trash can regularly.

You will Enjoy More Spare Time //

Please note that maintaining your home in a neat condition is easier and less time-consuming than deep cleaning the entire mess by Super TenancyCleaners Earls Court over the weekends. Spare a few minutes every day to tidy up and finish some small cleaning tasks so you can finally spend your weekends the way you are supposed to, that is resting and enjoying yourself. 

Sure, cleaning is not fun and we often come up with excuses to skip on our daily cleaning chores. Yet, if you spare half an hour a day for a quick clean and organisation, you will become a happier, healthier and more disciplined person, which on its own will improve your overall well-being and mindset.

December Goals + My No Spend November Experience

It's December ... yes, I said that right, DECEMBER! I'm officially freaking out. I'm not ready for it to be the end of the year. 

December Goals

I finished my No Spend November Challenge ... and I actually did pretty well! I only bought two things that weren't on my necessities list: a Christmas gift that was deeply discounted and there would have been no way I would have bought it at full price, and a lunch date with a friend of mine I hadn't seen in way too long. 

This challenge really taught me how little I really need. Sure, there were times that I wished I could have bought a new scarf or a Starbucks latte, but it didn't take long before not buying things just became normal. 

I've found that when I'm walking the mall or my favorite department stores, I'm less likely to make a pointless purchase. The first purchase I made for myself since completing the No Spend November took me more than 24 hours to decide whether or not I really wanted to purchase it. That never would have happened before. 

A No Spend month is something that I could make a part of my regular savings plan for the year. I highly recommend trying it out!

Now on to my other goal for November. November was a pretty busy month for me. I know I've been saying this every month, but my 9-5 has been pretty demanding lately. I also started another business venture that will help move me towards my dream of working for myself, so that took up a far amount of my time.

November Recap

  • Finish going through all the "stuff" in my house - I didn't go through ALL my stuff, so I'm going to say this was a fail. I'm wayyyyy closer than I was before, so I get some points.
  • Get my Budget Binder together - I decided to wait until January to do this.
  • Finish reading The Pillars of the Earth - It's about damn time. It wasn't my favorite read, but I still enjoyed it. 

  • Drink 2L of water a day - I switched to a different water bottle which really helped me achieve this goal. 
  • Lose 5 pounds - SUCCESS!!! I am very happy about this one. I think it was because I was drinking more water, I couldn't go out to eat for lunch or dinner, and I stopped buying junk to snack on late at night.
  • Make a strength training schedule - FAIL! I have no excuses for this one.

Blog/Social Media
  • Finish reading Streamline Your Side-Hustle - I couldn't make this happen this month. I took all my reading time to read Pillars of the Earth.
  • Post 5 times this month - I need to move my blog up on my priority list so this can get done.
  • Get everything ready for my BIG CHANGE! You can find out more about that here - Have I mentioned to you how indecisive I am? There's SO MUCH that goes into a brand identity. Halfway through the month, I told myself it was okay if I changed my mind after this rebrand, because it happens! Once the pressure was off I was able to get a lot of things ready ... but not everything.
  • Gain 100 new Twitter followers - I suck at social media.

Okay, Okay ... this past month wasn't my best. I'm not even going to try and make any excuses for it. All I can say is: let's move forward! 

December Goals


  • Lose 5 pounds (even with all the holiday meals!)
  • Make a strength training schedule
  • Go to the gym once. I haven't been in a loooong time, so even going ONCE would be an improvement
  • Make a slow cooker recipe

Blog/Social Media

My December is pretty light. The most important thing to me right now is concentrating on my health. I've been avoiding developing a healthier lifestyle for a long time now, but I can't avoid it any longer. It really is time for me to put this first. I'll be writing a more detailed post about this soon.

What are your December goals?

8 Cozy Winter Date Ideas

Winter is coming! There's already a decent amount of snow on the ground where I live. I have to admit that I kind of love it. Snow makes everything look so pretty at night time. It also makes me want to do anything but leave the house. 

Even though it's below freezing outside, it's still important for you and your S.O. to spend some quality time together doing more than just hiding under the covers. Date nights can get expensive and when you're trying to live on a tight budget, date nights are usually the first things that go out the window. Not anymore! Check out 8 romantic and budget-friendly date night ideas for those chilly winter nights. 

8 cozy winter date night ideas

1. Find a hot tub //  Hot tubs are great all year round, but they are amazing on those early winter nights. Lots of local spas have a hot tub the two of you can enjoy together. To make them more budget friendly check out Groupon for some great deals! An even cheaper alternative is using the hot tub at your gym. The gym my boyfriend and I go to has a great hot tub that isn't too busy, and since the gym is open 24/7 we can go later in the evening and have the hot tub to ourselves! 

2. Search for the best Hot Toddy //  Winter weather and hot beverages go hand in hand. A Hot Toddy is a classic whiskey drink with lemon, honey, and hot water. There are a dozen different variations of this drink, some with cinnamon, some made with tea, but they are all perfect for a chilly date night out. Stop by some local pubs and see which one makes the best Hot Toddy. Since it's a winter drink they're more likely to be on pub special this time of year. 

3. Have a snowball fight //  Bundle up, go outside, and act like kids again! It's nice to take some time to be goofy with each other. This is something you can do just the two of you, or you could invite some friends over and turn it into a tournament! 

4. Cook a new dish //  Cooking together on date night is always a budget-friendly favorite of mine. Make it a big event - choose a theme for your recipe, decor, and movie pick for the night! Even though you're staying in, still take the time to get dressed up for each other. Make yourself feel sexy. Light some candles and put on that killer red lipstick. 

5. Make some fireplace s'mores //  These tasty treats aren't just for the summertime. You can roast marshmallows over your fireplace at home. Don't have a fireplace? You can heat your barbecue to high and roast them that way instead. Don't forget to pair your s'mores with some creamy hot chocolate. You can never have too much chocolate. 

6. Go ice skating //  If you know how to ice skate, I am very jealous of you. Every time I see a couple ice skating I can't help but feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. This is a great activity you can do together because you can take a slow skate around the rink, or you can speed it up for more of a workout. 

7.  Netflix and stay warm //  I know I said you should do more than just hide under the covers, but common now, sometimes you just need to curl up in a ball together and watch 5 consecutive hours of Breaking Bad. I like to have these type of date nights right after laundry day - that way my plaid pj's and fuzzy blankets smell so amazing and feel so toasty right out of the dryer. 

8. Watch a hockey game //  I think I'd get kicked out of Canada if I didn't mention hockey in here somewhere. Watching live sports is so much more fun than watching them on TV. I'm not a huge sports fan (except for Football), but I really enjoy the atmosphere of watching a live game. Tickets to a college/university hockey game are so much cheaper and still a lot of fun to attend. Also, hockey arena's have the best popcorn ... just saying ;) 

What are your favorite things to do once the weather gets cold?

I've decided to rebrand my blog

Well, friends, it's time for a change. I've been kandypants for 10 months and I will be kandypants no more. My blog is undergoing a rebrand and I'm SO EXCITED about it. 

Why I'm rebranding my blog

Where did kandypants come from?

Kandypants was a nickname someone gave me in high school. I thought it was unique and fun, which matched my personality. Every time I had to come up with a username for something I would use kandypants because it was guaranteed not to be taken. I spelled it with a K instead of a C because my first name begins with a K, but different variations begin with a C. I thought I was being clever.

I had wanted to start a blog for years, but never got the courage to do it. One day I just decided it was finally time. I basically picked kandypants as the name because I couldn't think of anything else and if I waited any longer I would have chickened out. I wasn't good at coming up with anything creative and I didn't want to use my real name either. KP are my actual initials, so I figured it fit pretty well.

Why I'm making a change

I just can't brand kandypants. Every time I try and make a decision about how I want to brand my blog I can't figure out exactly what/who is kandypants. It was supposed to represent me, but it doesn't feel very me anymore. I'm not who I was in high school. I have different views on life, different priorities, different values.

I also want my blog to sound more professional. Don't get me wrong, in real life, I can still be a huge goofball, but I want my blog to have a more grown-up appearance. I'm almost 30. If now isn't the time to grow up, I don't know when is.

I want blogging to be my profession. I want to do this for the rest of my life. That sounds so scary, but I'm finally ready to make a commitment and make this real, so it's important that I'm able to brand it in a way that feels genuine for me.

So, what's the new blog?

I'm changing my blog name and domain to my real name - sort off.

Like I said, my initials are KP. However, my last name is awfully long and kind of hard for people to figure out how to pronounce. I'm going to save people the trouble and just use my first name and middle name.

My new blog name and domain will be Krysta Lynn Blogs.

It was really tough for me to make this decision, but once I did a huge wave of excitement came over me. I can finally make my blog what I think it should be, instead of what I thought kandypants was. The change is going to take place sometime in December. I haven't decided whether or not I want to buy a new theme from Etsy or makeover my theme on my own. Either way, things are going to look different and hopefully feel different too.

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I'm really indecisive when it comes to just about everything, so deciding what colour theme I want to go with, fonts I want to use, and the design of my blog post images I like best is going to be hella difficult - but for the next few weeks I'm going to be searching Pinterest high and low for inspiration.

Regardless of the work that needs to be done to make this change, it needs to be done and I'm so excited for it!

What's your biggest piece of advice about rebranding you could give me?? I'd love to hear it!