Last weekend was the start of March Break here, most universities have open houses and it’s a great time to check out schools either before you apply or after.
Last year’s tour VS this year
The mission of the tour last year was to see the buildings I would spend most of my time in and check out some of the residences on campus. Over the course of the year, I decided that residence was not a good idea for me, mostly to save money and because I live close to the school that I want to go to so it would be easier to live at home. This year’s tour mission was much more specific in what I was looking for since everything has been sorted out and I know this is my school of choice. I went to find updated brochures for 2018 admission, to check out the gyms because I didn’t get to last time and look for a locker as a place to keep things on campus.
The open house
I went to a sample lecture as soon as I got to the school. It was pretty interesting and good to see one of the bigger classrooms and what that experience would be like.
After the lecture ended it was very cold and I was hungry so I just went to one of the gyms, took a tour around, saw lockers for rent and then went home, but all in all saw everything that I wanted to and it made me very excited for hearing back from the schools soon!
I was going to post a green smoothie recipe then it turned out to be bitter and the colour ended up brown, not what you want in a smoothie at all. So now it is easy smoothie prep!
The best thing for this is to get lots of discounted fruit that is very ripe and freeze it for future smoothies. Strawberries can be sliced and put on a cookie sheet to freeze, same with peaches or other soft fruit. Berries can be just laid out on a tray or pre-blended. Put the berries of choice in a blender with a splash of water ( or even juice, milk, or milk alternative ) and blend until smooth, freeze in an icecube tray for easy cubes of fruit. I talk about freezing bananas in this post! Cubes and frozen fruit can be mixed and matched for different smoothie flavours.
Greens + avocado
I have recently discovered you can freeze avocado and it taste and look, perfectly fine! It saves a lot of avocados since I was throwing out overly ripe ones but now they can be frozen at prime time before they go bad. Throw a few ( I find 3 whole avocados fill 12 ice cubes ) avocados in a blender, again with a splash of water, and blend until smooth then put into trays. Another option is blending some leafy greens ( like spinach ) until it looks pretty smooth, then adding in the avocado, for quick and easy green smoothies!
Today’s Seeking Style is how I organize to best fit my life and keep my clothing streamlined. I think organizing your things is very important because it can save you time in the long run and you don’t need to think too much about things if they’re nicely organized and easy to find.
How I organize my clothing
Tops and dresses hang up. Bottoms are all in drawers and everything else is in baskets in the closet.
By season. Usually, I won’t be wearing dresses in the winter so I separate everything that is hanging by season. Half for warm weather, half for cold weather.
By colour. Everything is hung by darkest to lightest. It seems extra picky but I like it so if it’s a dark day, I may want to wear something brighter and happier to counteract.
Every piece has a home. This one I think is the most important. You know where each piece goes and where it is when you need it. It’s always in the same spot in your closet or dresser. It also makes everything much faster to put away.
Main points to keep in mind while organizing clothing
Make things accessible and easy to see. I find I forget I own things often so it’s good to have everything where you can see it.
Clothes that you don’t wear that often don’t need to be front and centre, not everyday things can be more away.
Separating by seasons help to narrow things down by what the weather is like.
The initial time commitment to organizing pays off in having everything easy to see.
You can maximize the clothes you own by rotating through all of the outfit possibilities.
A few weeks ago I started to include meditation with my workout routine to help mental health along with physical.
How to get started
Step 1 – find an app or videos
I tried several apps at the same time ( got to check out all the options ) to try to find one that I liked the best. It’s good to have one that has topics that are applicable to you and if they’re guided meditations, with someone who has a voice that you can listen to for a bit. My favourite apps were Simple Habit Meditation – it costs money to subscribe but my friend gave me a free trial – and HeadSpace. HeadSpace is a good starting off point to learn the basics. After using the apps for a bit and once I felt like I knew what I was doing I went to YouTube videos for more options. My favourite has been Boho Beautiful ( it sounds cheesy but she has a very calming voice ), there is a daily meditation playlist which focuses on self-acceptance and love.
Step 2 – fit it into your daily routine
At first, I tried to work meditation in 3 places in my routine, to see if I could do it that often and to find when worked best. First thing in the morning, while stretching post-workout and right before bed. In the morning it’s a good way to start the day being calm and having a clear mind. I find it allows me to stretch better because of being relaxed and focused in the moment. Right before bed is a great way to sleep better and calm yourself down.
Step 3 – be consistent!
Best way to form a habit is to stick with it until it becomes part of your day. This can be hard on days when your mind is racing and it feels difficult to calm it, but that’s when you need it most.
Some benefits I’ve found
My mind feels calmer. The main reason to start meditation. It really helps with anxiety and sleep.
Less negative thoughts, more appreciative, more positive. I’ve been trying to consciously work on this, too, so the meditation didn’t magically solve this, but it has helped. Especially with being present and trying not to worry.
More focus, which also helps during workouts. If you try to incorporate meditation into something you need a lot of focus for or during your workouts it can improve your performance because you’re living in the moment and your mind is either clear on thinking about whatever it is you need focus for.
Feels like you have more control over your mind. If you start thinking negatively you can use meditation as a tool to stop it or at least redirect.
It seems so simple yet it feels like it’s made a substantial difference in how I think and I would highly recommend learning how to meditate. Have you tried meditation?
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Questions from Audra’s Book Blabbing
If you had to change the name of your blog, what would you change it to? I really don’t know what I would name my blog if it wasn’t P.S. It’s Peri. It took me awhile to come up with a name that felt slightly right!
Who was your first follower? It seemed to be a spam blog, looked pretty sketchy.
Who was the first person you followed? I followed myself!
What is your favourite thing about your blog? The nice comments and feedback from all of the wonderful followers.
Do you wish you had done anything differently when you first started? I sort of gave up on blogging last spring and summer so I would try to continue blogging if I had to do it over again.
What is your least favourite blog post on your site? Any of the super early posts, I was just getting the hang of writing.
What is your favourite drink? Tea! Right now pumpkin spice tea, specifically.
What is one thing many people don’t know about you? I am a person of many mysteries. I’m joking, but I can’t think of anything really.
What kind of books do you tend to pick up the most? My favourites have been Anne Of Green Gables and The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer.
What is the main reason you started blogging? To demystify homeschooling high school.
How long have you been blogging? Since December 2016.
What is your favourite band?
What concerts have you been to? ( Why is this all music related? I don’t know )
Hygge has been everywhere lately and I’m all for this trend! Wikipedia defines it as ” the Danish word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. Hygge refers to “a form of everyday togetherness”, “a pleasant and highly valued everyday experience of safety, equality, personal wholeness and a spontaneous social flow”” I think of it as the feeling of walking into your cozy home after being out in the dark and cold winter. Pretty much like a nice warm hug but all the time.
Denmark is often named one of the happiest places on Earth and this definitely helps them get that title. I saw a TED talks ( this one! ) a little while ago about how humans need traditions to feel less alone and just to improve the overall quality of life. Since then I’ve been a little fascinated with the small everyday traditions and how they help make good days. Between hygge emphasizing everyday transitions and the overall beauty and coziness of hygge, it’s an awesome idea to embrace. It creates a more calm and welcoming living space and lifestyle which helps with anxiety and making your home ( or room! ) a calming sanctuary.
Some ways to incorporate hygge into life
Warm drinks. I especially like spiced teas such as chai, apple cinnamon, ginger and liquorice, etc.
Fairy lights and candles! Having a bright home keeps away winter blues. Also, keeping curtains and blinds open to let in the sunshine.
Fire in fireplace or pit outside. Bonus points if you roast marshmallows!
Fluffy socks, cozy blankets, fluffy pillows, rugs to add more warmth.
Soups, stews or any warm comfort food.
Take a little tea or coffee break during the day and really savour it.
Freeze fruit into ice cubes to add flavour to your water.
Iced tea and coffee.
Walks in nature and taking everything in.
Bright and cool living spaces.
Having windows open to get lots of fresh air.
How I’ve been trying to embrace hygge
My favourite part has been adding fairy lights everywhere I can. Luckily, we had a large collection of lights from past Christmases, I would try to get them right after Christmas because that’s when they are cheapest and easiest to find.
Every day around 2:30-3:00pm my family tries to have a cup of tea together. It’s a nice way to have a break and a good time to have cookies!
Playing weekend music differentiates the days. Usually, I play old music or jazz to give a coffee shop feel.
I think being grateful and appreciating the coziness in things is a huge part of hygge and adds to the feeling of comfort. I make lists of all the little things I’m thankful for and try to appreciate things in the moment.
It’s March! Made it through February and it’s one step closer to spring. There wasn’t a huge amount of goals completed this month but the ones I did complete were pretty major.
Goals completed this month
Hit 1,000 followers. There are now over 1,000 followers on the blog and it’s crazy! New goal 2,000?! That might be a bit high but it’s going to happen.
Get my own domain and site. The blog move was a little tedious, trying to figure all of the bugs and switching all the links over, but now the blog has a permanent home.
Set up ads. You may have noticed them on the blog, adding them will help with paying for university!
Post more regularly on Instagram. You can see my posts here!
Start the Newsletter back up. It is a work in progress but the sign-up page is back. Sign up for future newsletters here!
Get everything caught up. Somehow I was a term behind in math and several ahead in my other courses?? A side effect of being homeschooled. I finished my last math courses, started the new one and have caught up there. I’m also almost done half of my courses for this year.
It’s not really school related but I finished reading Tom Sawyer which I was reading digitally and kept forgetting about.
Come up with some backup plans in case I do not get into university. I talk about the process here.
I have been on the hunt for high protein oatmeal. Oatmeal is such a good breakfast on cold winter mornings and there’s room for variety since you can top it with whatever you’d like from fresh fruit to brown sugar and butter ( my personal favourite ) it’s hard to get very bored of it. The problem with high protein oatmeal recipes is that they tend to either require protein powder – which bothers my stomach since it’s hard to digest so much protein at once, not to mention it can make the oatmeal a weird texture – or cooking an egg with it, making the oatmeal rubbery. After eating rubbery oatmeal almost every day last winter ( why Peri? Why? ) I have figured out the trick to quick, high protein oatmeal, a splash of milk! It makes the oatmeal almost creamy and adds a little extra protein.
Makes 1 serving.
1/2 cup applesauce or 1 very ripe banana
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of quick cook oats
A splash of milk so that all the oatmeal is soaked but there’s no extra liquid
Toppings of choice. Chopped dried dates, fresh fruit, brown sugar, etc. I used a bit of maple syrup ( because I’m Canadian ) and topped with some brown sugar and butter.
In a microwave-safe bowl, mix applesauce and oats together ( or mash banana and add in the oatmeal ), add the egg and mix well making sure the yolk is broken. Add a bit of milk until the texture looks moist but not too wet.
Microwave for 1 min 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Just until it looks a little rubbery, stir once it’s done to break it up. Add toppings of choice and enjoy!
This instalment of the Seeking Style Series will be on how to streamline your outfit choices and make sure you’re using all of the clothes you own.
Get everything out and ready
The first thing I do is take all of the clothes out where I can see them so I know what I’m working with. It’s pretty messy and could probably be done in a neater way, but this is what I do. I find that I often forget things that I have or there’ll be a shirt that I don’t enjoy wearing, but once it’s put together with something else I might like it a lot more and start wearing it often. The main point is to get the most out of what you own.
Putting things together
Once everything is out, it’s time to start putting outfits together and taking pictures. I start with outfits I usually wear and from there switch a piece out and see how it looks, sometimes trying on the new combos to see how it feels and if I like it. This way you can get more outfit options out of what you have. I will also look up things like “how to style utility jacket” to get more inspiration and ideas for things to go together that I would have never thought of.
Once there are some outfit combinations, I lay everything out and take pictures of them. Then I create a secret Pinterest board where I pin all of the photos I’ve taken of my outfits. The board can be sorted by season or weather to make finding outfits even easier. With a bit of initial time commitment, you can have quick and easy outfits and not have to think about them!
Scholarships have been a bit of a struggle in the journey to university. They either require you to have done something very extraordinary ( which is definitely justifiable! ) or it seems like the places are just getting you to do their work for them. It’s been overwhelming with the amounts of scholarships available and trying to figure out what ones are actually worth pursuing.
Scholarships in Canada and some websites to find them
It’s worth looking around as early as possible for scholarships. I started looking into them last fall and most of the smaller ( about $1000 and under ) scholarships required it to be the year in which you’d be attending university. I would thoroughly check out the major scholarships but if you haven’t done anything too crazy it’s not worth spending a lot of time trying to find huge scholarships. Apply instead for as many smaller ones as possible! When you apply to universities and if you meet the scholarship requirements, schools will automatically consider you for some of their scholarships.
Scholarship sites for Canada
I’ve been using yconic.com which I like because they send emails with contests in which you can win money for university. Contests are a good, easy and a generally pretty hassle-free way to try and get some school money. I also use scholarshipscanada.com. They do not send email updates of scholarships I qualify for, which would be nice. Generally, you fill out a very detailed profile and they match you to any available scholarships. It’s not too overwhelming and there are quite a few options out there.
Not finding any
I haven’t actually applied for any yet! There doesn’t seem to be a lot of Applied Health specific ones, nor has there been any school-specific ones. The only scholarships I have found so far have been things like “design 3 T-shirts and you can win $25” ( that was legit one of them! ), or a lot of work for very little money. Once I have finished my schoolwork I will spend a lot more time on scholarships, though, because offsetting costs will be worth it!
Are there any fellow Canadians out there looking for scholarships, what sites do you use? Any other homeschoolers struggling with finding good scholarships?