The Single Girls Recipe Roundup

I've been living alone for awhile now, and according to any government document, that makes me "single". I also hate cooking. Those are two new facts you're learning about me today! 

Recipe Roundup for Single Girls

Over the years I've tried to learn how to cook (my mother would disagree) but the amount of recipes that are available for a single serving are difficult to find. Unless I want to be eating leftovers all week every week, I need to start experimenting a little with what I make.

I've collected some recipes that I typically turn to when cooking for just myself. These recipes can be easily paired down for a single serving. All the recipes are based around 3 main ingredients: Eggs, Spaghetti Squash, and Chicken

Egg Recipes

Egg Recipes

Eggs are SUPER CHEAP! When trying to stick to a budget this is so helpful. They aren't just a breakfast food either. Most of these recipes listed below I actually use for dinner. Eggs and Egg Whites are a must in my kitchen. Anytime I'm in a rush I crack some eggs in a pan, add whatever I have left in my fridge at the time and BAM - I have a beautiful omelette. 

Spaghetti Squash

spaghetti squash recipes

To my surprise, I actually like Spaghetti Squash. I didn't think it was possible, but my friend Laura was right, it tastes pretty good. It's also really simple to make. Spaghetti Squash is something that I make almost every week and then I freeze it in individual mason jars for a quick meal anytime. I don't like to freeze most foods because they never taste the same again, but since you're adding more seasonings and sauces to Spaghetti Squash after you take it out of the freezer, it makes a huge difference!

Rotisserie Chicken

Rotisserie Chicken recipes

Rotisserie Chicken is the Holy Grail for lazy girl (me) dinners! You can do so many things with Rotisserie Chicken. You don't even have to cook the damn thing, you can just buy it from your grocery store already cooked - halleluiah!! If I'm having a hectic week I can always just add some Rotisserie Chicken to my mason jar salad.

How to Get a Better Night's Sleep

Getting a good night's sleep isn't always easy. Recently I've been having some difficulty winding down at the end of the day and getting some decent shut-eye. After doing a little research and good old fashion trial and error, I've found these 7 steps that lead to a better night's sleep. 

this post contains affiliate links 

1. Journal Before Bed

If you're the type of person that has a hard time shutting off their mind before hitting the hay - this one's for you! Often time I'll lay awake trying to remember a task I had to do the next day, or replaying an important conversation I had inside my head. Having a journal on your bedside table is a great way to process the day you just had and prepare for tomorrow - without it keeping you up all night. Make a habit of writing down all the thoughts going through your mind before ending your day.

2. Stick to a Sleep Schedule

Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, really makes a difference to our natural body clocks. I know a lot of people (myself included) have a normal sleep schedule during the week and then as soon as the weekend hits we're up late and in bed until noon. This may feel good on Saturday morning, but come Sunday night our bodies sleep-awake clock is all messed up. I used to have a hard time falling asleep every Sunday night, which started me off on a really groggy start Monday morning - that's not how I want to start off my work week! Now I try and go to bed the same time every day and it's really helped. Of course, there will be those nights when I stay up a bit later than usual, but I try and stick to one night a week for this, so my body doesn't get too confused.

3. Create a Bedtime Routine

Speaking of consistency, doing the same few tasks before bed every day also helps tell your body that it should prepare for rest. Every night, an hour or so before bed, get into a comfy pair of pj's, make your lunch for the next day, put your overnight oats in the fridge, wash your face and brush your teeth. If you do this every night before crawling into bed your body will learn that this is winding down time. The favorite part of my bedtime routine is my cup of tea. Lately, I've been drinking Sleepytime tea from Celestial Seasonings. I used to drink plain chamomile tea before bed, but that wasn't doing the trick. Now that I switched to Sleepytime, I find myself dozing off twenty minutes after I take my last sip.

4. Add Some Exercise to Your Life

Exercising regularly will help you sleep better and feel less tired during the day. Studies show that regular exercise can reduce symptoms of insomnia and sleep apnea, and you'll spend more time in a deeper state of sleep. Make sure you're not doing vigorous exercise too close to bedtime, though, or you could have a difficult time falling asleep instead. Try doing some gentle yoga or stretches before bed instead. I have a Pinterest Board with some yoga poses you can even do in bed - now that's the kind of yoga I like! 

5. Disconnect

This step is the most difficult one for me. I've made a habit of bringing my iPad and Android phone in bed with me every night. This is a huge no-no for a good night's sleep. The blue light that's emitted by our phone, laptop, and tablet is very disruptive to our eyes before bed.  It's almost like we're staring into the sun while trying to go to bed, it's just not going to work. Try to avoid using your electronics 2 hours before bed if you can. A great way to avoid using your phone before bed is by making it harder to access while you're in bed. Have a charging station somewhere else in your room, out of reach. That way, when you're all comfy in your bed you won't be as tempted to get out from under the covers to check your inbox one last time. 

6. Make Your Bedroom a Haven

Your bedroom should be a place that you look forward to sleeping in, so make it your own little sleep sanctuary. Make a habit or tidying up your bedroom, and making your bed every morning. Install some room darkening roller shades and some luxe curtains to keep your room nice and dark when it's time for some shut eye. Change your comforter or duvet with the weather - use a heavier one in the winter one and a lighter one (or none at all) in the summer. Keeping cool is essential for having a comfortable rest. Light some candles (lavender scent is great for the bedroom) and hang some nice artwork. Indulge in the beauty that is your bedroom - your sleep will thank you for it!

7. Play Some White Noise

I've mentioned in my latest obsessions post that I highly recommend the Relax Melodies app for Android and IOS. Listening to a calming sound, or white noise helps lull you to sleep and helps you sleep longer without interruption. If you often get woken up in the middle of the night by the neighbour's barking dog, or the car alarm down the street, try to listen to some white noise. You might be surprised how effective it is. 

Do you use any of these tips to get a good night's sleep?

September Goals

Well, it's officially the end of summer holidays. I'm a little sad about it since it means the warm weather won't be around for much longer, but I'm also super excited because I LOVE FALL!

Let's get into my goals ... 

August Goals Recap

  • Get out of the house once a week to blog/read - I may have only gotten out for about an hour or so, but it's better than nothing!
  • Paint home office - I ended up changing my mind on what paint colour I wanted, so I'm back to square one
  • Use my snazzy new planner - I love my planner!! I have this one, in case you're wondering :) 

  • Go to one fitness class - This was a super awful experience. I picked the wrong class to go to. Ooops. 
  • No more pop (soda) - unless I'm at a restaurant, then I can have ONE glass - I'm actually really proud of myself for this one. I wasn't a huge soda drinker, but when I did drink one I would crave more and it's just unnecessary. 
  • Only eat out twice a week (once for work lunch, once for a dinner date) - HUGE FAIL. In all fairness, I had a lot of work meetings that required me to go out for lunch, but still.
  • Make a meal plan for each week - I'm really not good at this. 

Blog/Social Media
  • Post 5 times this month - Again, I'm really disappointed that this didn't work out. I have more blog posts plans for this month, so I'm hoping to do MUCH better 
  • Gain 100 Instagram followers - I was 15 away! I feel like I've finally broken down the mystery that is Instagram and I'm really excited about it.
  • Finish reading Building a Framework and create action plan - so much success with this one!! This e-book was really enlightening and taught me a lot.  
  • Update 'About Me' page - No luck. I've done a lot of research and 'pinned' a lot of posts on the subject, so I'm ready to crush this goal now.

Using my planner has made me more accountable and I've been better at scheduling tasks to help me reach my goals. This month is going to be a crazy busy month at my 9-5. My job can be mentally draining at times, so when I come home all I want to do is relax and unwind. I'm trying to turn this into the motivation I need to work harder at my side hustle so I can quit my 9-5 and do this full time!

September Goals

  • Paint home office
  • Make a cleaning schedule for the house 
  • Put together a budget that includes savings 

  • Only eat out twice a week (once for work lunch, once for dinner date)
  • Meal prep at least two days in advance 
  • Drink 2 liters of water a day 

Blog/Social Media
  • Post 5 times this month
  • Gain 100 Instagram followers
  • Update 'About Me' page

What are your goals for this month?

My Home Office Must Haves

I'm redecorating (or should I say, decorating for the first time) my home office, so, of course, that means I need to make a must-have list!

*this post contains affiliate links*

1. This is my dream chair. It's so gorgeous and would go perfectly with my white desk from Ikea. I like how high the back of this chair is - I have horrible posture, so having a high back chair will be a reminder to me that I need to sit up straight.

2. Motivational prints are a must have for a home office. I like how this one will be a reminder that I can achieve whatever I set my mind to!

3. A chalkboard is great for writing notes or to do's, calendars, or just to decorate with pretty doodles or drawings. These are peel and stick sheets, so you have more freedom to make them look how you want. Why didn't anyone tell me there were chalk markers?! These are SO MUCH more convenient.

4. This wall clock would look perfect against my grey walls (as soon as I can commit to a shade). I currently don't have ANY clocks in my house. I think analog clocks are so classy looking and the fact that this one is marble makes it that much better.

5. I like the idea of having your lighting be more of a statement piece. This flower pendant light is the perfect way to add a little more excitement to the room. I was originally thinking about string lights for the office because let's be honest, who doesn't like string lights? But since I'll be doing a lot of writing and reading in this room I want to be sure that the light is bright enough.

6. I'll confess, I have A LOT of bookshelves already - but I NEED this one. I have a cat, that likes to jump on everything, so whenever I try to make anything look pretty and organized she destroys it. The glass doors on this would be the perfect solution. It's also great if you have little ones at home who would normally try and pull everything down from the shelves.

7. Anyone that knows me knows why I would love this mug. Etsy is full of personalized items, including mugs, that are perfect for adding a touch of your personality into your home. Reading a quote or funny saying while you're pouring your morning coffee can also help you start the day in a better mood!

What are your home office must-haves? 

" width="213" />

The Meaning Behind My Tattoo

If you follow me on Snapchat you probably noticed I got a new tattoo. This would be my second tattoo and I absolutely love it. It's so simple looking but has a lot of meaning to me.

The first reason I decided to get an arrow tattoo was as a reminder to myself that I get to choose which direction I go in my life. I need this reminder for a few reasons. 

I'm the type of person that wants to do what I should do. I'm always worried about what is expected of me, versus what I actually want for myself. When I look back on a lot of decisions I've made I'm not 100% sure who I made them for - me, or somebody else. I feel a lot of pressure coming from a lot of different places: society, family, friends, my own assumption. I've mentioned this in another post before as well. 

I need to remember that I have to live with the decisions I make and I need to do what makes me happy - period. 

This tattoo is a constant reminder that I need to rid my mind of all the clutter that's coming from other judgements or expectations about my life, and just do me

After I decided to get the arrow tattoo I decided to do a Google search for the meaning behind an arrow tattoo. That search led me to this....

This couldn't be any more perfect for me. In my life, I've had to overcome some obstacles. There have been times when I didn't think I had a future ahead of me, but I set my mind straight and like the quote says, I focused and kept aiming forward.

I truly believe that everyone needs to go through difficult times before they can feel real happiness. Nothing good comes easy. Even now there are things I want in my life that come at a cost. I can't complain about the hard times I have to go through because they will be worth it when it's all over. Take blogging for example. If I want to do this full time and hope to make this my career, I have to go through the difficulties first. I have to write posts, even when I don't want to, I have to sacrifice plans with my friends sometimes to catch a really helpful webinar, I have to lose some sleep over the wonders that are social media. This isn't going to be easy, nothing is.

This meaning also relates to my first tattoo ... but that story is for another day.

Do you have any tattoos? Tell me about them!

August Monthly Goals

I'm taking part in the Monthly Goals Linky Party

August is here! It's crazy to think that fall is just around the corner. To be honest, I'm ready for cooler temperatures.

Let's see how I did with my July Goals.

July Goals

  • Book an appointment for my next tattoo DONE! I got my tattoo on July 28th :) 
  • Get out of the house once a week to read/work on my blog - I was about to make it out twice this month and I got SO MUCH stuff  done, but I was unable to push myself out more than that. 
  • Make decor plans for one room in the house (the friend I have coming to visit will help with this) I finally picked paint colours for my bedroom and home office, YAY!
  • Go fishing Success
  • Go to the driving range - FAIL. The weather has been way too hot for me to willing stand in the heat. 

  • Take a minimum of 8,000 steps on weekdays and 10,000 steps on weekends I am very proud to say this was a success
  • Go to a fitness class - Nope. Just nope. 
  • Make a meal plan for the following week every Sunday - Also, nope.

Blog/Social Media
  • Get to 500 Instagram followers - I'm still learning a lot about getting engaged followers, and engaging with people I follow. 
  • Write 5 blog posts - I'm actually really disappointed I didn't make it to 5 posts this month. I was hit with a big case of writer's block.
  • Finish reading Building A Framework and create action plan for my business - I suck.

I didn't end up scheduling things like I said I would last month, so obviously, I wasn't successful with my goals. Lesson learned. I bought an adorable planner that I'm absolutely in love with!!! This will help with my scheduling.

August Goals

  • Get out of the house once a week to blog/read
  • Paint home office
  • Use my snazzy new planner

  • Go to one fitness class
  • No more pop (soda) - unless I'm at a restaurant, then I can have ONE glass
  • Only eat out twice a week (once for work lunch, once for dinner date)
  • Make a meal plan for each week

Blog/Social Media

I'm feeling a lot more positive about these goals this month. Last month was another 'blah' month for me and I'm finally starting to come out of my slump. Wish me luck!

What are your goals for this month?