Do’s & Dont’s of Working From Home

Do’s & Dont’s of Working From Home

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For those of us that live and work at home finding a balance can be very tough. It can take years to get into a proper work/home life rhythm and without being very strict on yourself it can take even longer.

I’ve been working at home for coming up on 3 years now, after getting in a car accident of December 2016 and migraines became constant, I was able to work and do my job from home. My day job is in a call centre, so I work in my in home office taking customer calls daily.

Over the years I’ve found things that do and don’t work for me, so I figured I would share them below.

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The Do’s:

  • Set up your home office to be as comfortable as possible. If you prefer lots of sunshine, or plants, make sure that your setup is functional and comfy for you.
  • Ensure everyone in your household respects your work hours. While my schedule is set for me, and I have bosses to answer to throughout the day, you may not. If your self employed then you must set out specific work hours, and let everyone know when you will be unavailable.
  • MEAL PREP! I still live off meal prepping even working at home. It’s not like you can run out and grab some lunch so make sure your fridge is stocked with healthy, easy to grab snacks and meals. I’m a snacker so I just make sure to have lots of fruits and veggies, crackers, cheese, etc type of snacks on hand.

The Dont’s:

  • Don’t forget to shower every day. It can be hard to feel like you “have” to as its not like you’re out sweating or doing a physically taxing job.
  • Don’t let others interrupt you when you’re working. I have a hard time staying on task, my ability to focus has deteriorated a lot since my car accident and it becomes very stressful and overwhelming for me if my mind gets away by a distraction.
  • Don’t sleep in, or have any reason to be late. It’s literally the worst thing if you work at home and are late for work. Set alarms, write start times down, just don’t be late!
  • Don’t drink too much caffeine. I’m the worst for this as I have a tendency to overdo it, but I’m trying. I’ve purchased half-caf coffees to try and consciously cut back.

I hope these tips were helpful to you, and that you can make your work from home job the best it can be. Those of us that can work from home are extremely lucky to do so, and its important that we take care of ourselves and our time.

XO, Erin
Erin@glitzandgf.com

 

 

 

Top 5 Tips & Tricks for Welcoming a new Puppy into your family

Top 5 Tips & Tricks for Welcoming a new Puppy into your family

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Well. Here we are, exactly ONE WEEK away from bringing home our new puppy from Ottawa! We’re getting a Mini Dapple Dachshund and we have decided on the name Rei (Portuguese for King) for our little man.

It’s been nearly a decade since I had a puppy last (Rex will be ten in April!) and so while preparing for our puppy, I realized creating a list of all the things to remember and purchase before the puppy arrives is important. This was a great refresher for me also, and really helped me to feel 100% ready for next week.

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  1. If you’re a first time dog owner, it is a good idea to get some books on the breed of dog you’re getting. Ask your vet for suggestions, or even local animal trainers may have suggestions for good books. Researching the ins and outs of the breed you are going to be living with is really crucial. Every breed has different temperisms and mannerisms and its important to become comfortable with them ahead of time.
  2. Crate training!! It is so important to buy a crate for your puppy. With Rex, I crate trained him until he could be trusted and now he never goes in his kennel ever. He would sleep in his crate as a puppy and also would go in when I would leave the house. It became a safe place for him and I do feel it helped him become a better dog. Amazon has a great selection of dog crates of all shapes and sizes.
  3. Research local dog trainers. It’s important to take your puppy to at least a handful of training sessions, because you are learning too. I know it seems like a lot of money, but often there are coupons for Petsmart and even maybe in local papers or check Facebook marketplace. Training sessions will be helpful for both yourself AND your puppy learn.
  4. Decide ahead of time who your vet will be. Even if that is your current vet its best to let them know and get quotes for things like shots and fixing surgery. The sooner you have that idea the sooner you can mentally work it into your puppy budget in order to make your purchases in order of importance. Often vets will offer free puppy packages, or coupons for a local pet store. Be sure to ask what they have available for freebies!
  5. Be ready to open your heart up. I am literally bursting every day waiting to be with our puppy. Dogs and I have always had a special bond, and I truly find dogs the most loving creatures on the planet. I’ve been searching and attempting to get a second dog for quite a few years. This situation just literally fell into our laps and we could not say no. To say we are excited is an understatement- but we’re very ready to love our little Rei!

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Fall & Thanksgiving Amazon deals

Fall & Thanksgiving Amazon deals

Hello my fine Fall friends.

Since you have all been so excited and happy about the Amazon finds I’ve been posting & blogging on- I figured I’d compile another list of some current deals that will help save money for Thanksgiving, as well as just some of my recent favourite purchases. Enjoy!

And don’t forget to sign up for Amazon Prime for free 2 day shipping:

FOOD:

    

**HOT DEALS**
Club House turkey gravy – $1.47 and 50 cent off coupon! Lowest price I’ve seen, even cheaper with Subscribe & Save
Betty Crocker Icing – $.97 CENTS!

  

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS:

             

 

That’s it for now! Happy shopping

 

XO,

Erin
erin@glitzandgf.com

Fruition Berry Farm – 29th Birthday

Fruition Berry Farm – 29th Birthday

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In honour of my 29th birthday last Thursday, we checked out Fruition Berry Farm, located just off the 401 & hwy 15 in Kington, ON.

A great place to take your family, spouse, or even take your friends. The farm is quite large, with lots of picking to be done. At $11 per large container, that’s quite the steal for local, fresh, in season strawberries. There is also a $1 charge if you need a basket. I got a really awesome travel tripod for my birthday from my boyfriend (he’s always supporting the blogging dream I have) we were finally able to get my first official YouTube Vlog completed.

They take debit and cash, there is also a small barbecue food stand thats serving Hot dogs, burgers, etc as well as drinks. However, there are no Gluten Free options so be sure to eat ahead of time or bring some snacks (try not to snack on the berries even though I’m guilty of it a couple times haha) and definitely stay hydrated. It was about 30 degrees with a very extreme humidity level that day so it wound up being a pretty quick trip but overall it was very fun and great to get outside exploring. Since then I have made a delicious Strawberry Vanilla cake and it was amazing.

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So, with all that being said, here is my very first official Youtube Vlog! I hope you enjoy, please hit the subscribe button and leave your comments, suggestions, feedbacks, etc! I’m definitely doing a lot more vlogging this summer so stay tuned.

xo, Erin
erin@glitzandgf.com

Natural Cycles – Non Hormonal Birth Control

Natural Cycles – Non Hormonal Birth Control

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Birth Control. We all need it, am I right? As I inch closer to 30 I have realized hormonal birth control is absolutely not for me. I already struggle with imbalanced hormones, so continuing my journey of keeping my body as organic as it can be is always on the forefront.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that almost 2 years ago I stopped hormonal birth control entirely. I switched to using the Caya Diaphraghm (female condom) and it has helped tremendously. If you’re interested in knowing more about it, checkout my Vlog HERE I have loved using Caya thus far and wouldn’t change its effectiveness at all. They last a few years at a time, and are really easy to use.

 

Further to these two methods I also ensure to use Organically based condoms. Sustain is my favourite brand, and they can be purchased from Amazon. They use all organic ingredients, which has a much lower risk of affecting your lady bits. I’ve always used Organic feminine products to ensure I don’t have any negative side effects from conventional feminine products, and condoms are most certainly included in that.

Click to order Sustain Condoms from Amazon –

 Once again, click here to order your thermometer & plan with Natural Cycles! You get a discount from me! Feel free to email me if you have questions,

XO,

Erin
Erin@glitzandgf.com

Learning To Love Myself Again

Learning To Love Myself Again

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I’m in need of a savior, but I’m not asking for favors
My whole life, I’ve felt like a burden
I think too much, and I hate it
-Silence; Marshmallow ft Khalid

It has been a really long time since I’ve had the guts to write a blog so personal.

As you all know, I recently moved from Whitby to Kingston which was a really big change. I didn’t think I had it in me, even with so much support. Mentally it was hard to wrap my mind around even though I knew Kingston was the better spot for me to settle down and grow old in, it was still a little bit foreign. I grew up here, and all my family is here – but in most ways my LIFE is in Whitby. Toronto is also home to me. It’s a strange feeling that I’m constantly going back and forth between which feels like home. I guess they are both home, for different reasons.

So there was a lot of reasons I left Whitby, but a big one was the fact I was in dire need to get back to my roots and dig deep in finding “The Old Erin”. These past 5 years have been nothing short of traumatic, and in turn I have had some incredible changes and emotions. Mental health really took a forefront in my life in these last 5 years and I was under a constant cloud of self hate, anger and depression.

First my dad got Cancer- that was incredibly stressful and really hard to wrap my mind around. I’ve written blogs about that before so I won’t go into too much detail but the struggles of going through that brought up uncontrollable anxiety and panic attacks. It was extremely tough on me personally, I had zero coping mechanisms. Everyone deals with it differently and for me it was really hard to manage. Even now, it is a difficult topic I have trouble vocalizing as it just brings me back to a dark place. If I talk about it I choke up, because it was just such a dark and uncertain time. What is even more ironic is we are coming up on the 5 year mark in 2019 which is considered Cancer Free. Its a big hurdle to overcome and while I am the most proud of my dad, I am also proud of myself for not letting that situation bury me over the years.

In the last two months since moving to Kingston I have really had to learn to love myself again. After being in an incredibly toxic relationship over the course of three years, I was drained of any amount of self love. Toxic relationships truly change you, in the worst ways. I am so incredibly thankful to my good friends who stuck with me even when I wouldn’t leave because I was too stubborn. They loved me and hugged me while I cried and never left my side or did not have my back for one second. I hope and pray anyone else going through a toxic situation has friends to lean on. I would not be alive if it weren’t for those friends today –that is for certain.

I spent years loving someone who did not know how to give respect or love. I don’t doubt for a second that this person did not love me, I just think he was never taught about love and respect. No matter how much I was open about my feelings of rejection and hurt, he was unwilling to look in the mirror and make changes. I was blamed for every problem and told it was my anxiety, or my lack of self confidence. Even though I didn’t see it then, it was the constant criticism that causing my anxiety and self hate. At some point I got lost in the atmosphere and just fell apart. I believed the horrible things I was told about myself, and I punished myself for being that way. I was too skinny, I was too pale, I didn’t eat enough, I wasn’t fit enough. I couldn’t cook food right, nor could I dress in a way that was appreciated. There was absolutely no acceptance of who I was as a person and instead of leaving the toxic relationship I stayed. Anyone who has experienced this I think can understand the feeling of truly loving someone with every piece of yourself and wishing they could love you the same. I would have done anything for this person, and wished every day I would be accepted, loved, and embraced for who I was.  I knew if I could just be accepted and loved the relationship would improve. What I didn’t know, was that he was incapable of giving me what I needed. So instead I stayed, and continued to fall deeper and deeper into hating myself. I really felt if I couldn’t get him to love me, that I wasn’t worthy period. I was told so often about what I lacked, what I couldn’t do, how I couldn’t do it, and why I wasn’t doing it right.  This went on for 2+ years of constant back and forth. With each day that passed I just wanted to be loved, and with each hurtful thing said to me it just cut me deeper and made me hate myself more. Every day I could call my girlfriends, crying, and wondering why he couldn’t see me the way they did and everyone else around me. Most days, I felt like I would rather die than be alone. As dramatic as that sounds- unless you have been in a relationship where your mind is so controlled by the other person, it is all you think. I didn’t think I could live or breathe without him.

Eventually, at some point things really fell apart and I guess that is the silver lining to this (Cue “Dancing With our Hands Tied- Taylor Swift;; this song is the literal explanation of the entire relationship). I don’t remember the exact moment, or event that occurred. I just remember things starting to not add up, trust issues set in (which surprisingly we never had trust issues, up until the end), and we both just knew it was over. My friend Rachel was there to pick me right up and help me through that incredibly dark time. She was able to keep me laughing, busy, and moving forward. I had to push on, I had survived an extremely traumatic situation, and made it out. The hard part had just begun though. On one hand, the immediate feeling of relief washed over me. To finally breathe, and not worry about being criticized for every single thing I did or did not do was overwhelming. It was a freedom I had never felt before in my whole life. There is nothing worse than hating yourself (from the years of hearing and believing it) and then being left alone by that person. The breakup was mutual, don’t get me wrong. But I still had feelings of emptiness and like I failed because he wasn’t there.

Over the next 6 months I not only managed to move to a new city, but completely start my life over. I have worked so hard through therapy and practise to love myself again. A lot of self care was practised, and a lot of doing exactly what felt good to me was what helped me get past all the negativity that was engrained in my brain. At no point will I ever date a person who shows signs of being abusive and toxic. I can spot the red flags very easily now, and the clarity I have is nothing short of a miracle. I am so proud of the progress I made and how I got here. I am proud of the fact this move solidified my three best girlfriends. You know who you are, and I wouldn’t be the confident, beautiful, loving person I am today without you three. My friends build me up, and I don’t feel guilty for accepting compliments from them. At no point should anyone feel guilty for compliments but thats just how my mind has been trained up until this point. Most people aren’t lucky enough to have one good friend and I have been blessed with three of the best girlfriends anyone could ever need. They all bring different perspectives to my life and for each I am beyond thankful and grateful for. With the help of them, I have been able to build myself back up, and move to a new city. Friendships are incredibly important when rebuilding your self love. You need to have people who see you the way you are and know when you need some confidence.

As I dip my toes back in the dating world it’s an interesting thing. I am almost 29, at the age where I certainly know I want to get married and have a child. Finding someone who wants the same things, and is a good person is the most difficult task. Learning to trust again is a challenge, I don’t really trust anyone is good anymore and I have all these fears of letting someone in, only to have them wind up putting me through the ringer again. I think I am certainly OK with winding up alone, it is not the end of the world. I just feel that the current state of Dating in 2019 is a hot mess, in which no one is clear or kind. It’s been a struggle, but I’m happy to say I can laugh now. I can laugh when a guy wants to say something hateful to me. I’m better than that. At no point have I ever been the person to put someone else down (Probably because that is what I am used to dealing with.), but I find it’s very common. It means a lot of duds, and ghosting. It’s hard to not overthink every single thing going on, do you talk too much or too little? It’s getting easier to just be myself though and the person can either take it and embrace it, or leave. Either is fine, I’m just finally at the point where I am who I am and it’s not changing. I love myself, I am an incredibly good and loyal friend. I will never intentionally hurt someone nor do them wrong. The cool thing is though, when you love yourself, you don’t look for acceptance elsewhere. I am the only person who needs to love me and I am finally there again. Months of therapy, lots of books, and tons of writing. So many of my emotions I was able to write and journal about. Just like this blog here is something I’ve been putting off for a while because it’s just nerve-racking. But it is incredibly freeing and empowering to be able to finally speak out on these past few months and what I’ve been going through. I’m finally able to LOVE my blog, and be proud of the work I do.

I was able to overcome some absolutely wild hurdles, and come out on the other side better than ever. I am thriving, I have great friends, and a family who loves me. 2019 is not off to a bad start..

xo,

Erin

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Use code Glitz10 for $10 off your order! Valid until Dec 26, 2018.

Well.ca sells a variety of Gluten Free pantry staples, Organic hard to find items, beauty products and more. Some of my favourite things to buy are listed below!

Free 2 B Peppermint Dark Chocolate Candy

Castle Kitchen GF/DF Mint Hot Chocolate

Munkfruit Sweetner

Wholesome Sweetner Candy Canes

Renew Life Ultimate Flora Ultra- 100 Billion

Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Overnight Lotion

If you’re looking for a specific suggestion, or recommendation please Email me erin@glitzandgf.com and send your request. Happy to Help!

xo, Erin

 

Flourless PB Muffins

Flourless PB Muffins

These muffins are simply, tasty, and quick to make! Doesn’t get much easier. I tweaked a few items based on my preference, but again— so darn simple!

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Stay tuned as I start posting some of my favourite baking recipes.

All of this is done in my Kitchenaid Mixer & baked in my Copper Bake Ware. I prefer Copper bakeware as they are less toxic than other ways.

Preheat oven to 400F

In your mixer, combine the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup All Natural Peanut Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Raw Honey
  • Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (preference based! Add as many, or as little as you’d like.)
  • 1/2 cup of Protein Powder – I used Quattro Peanut Butter Chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon of Vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 2 Ripe Organic Bananas

Combine together until smooth- place into muffin tin and bake for 12-14 minutes.

They are great because they’re simple to make, full of protein, and super simple. They are flourless, and a great quick breakfast on the go!

Sound off below with how the recipe worked for you.

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Full Moons + Migraine

Full Moons + Migraine

Any of my fellow migraine sufferers been struggling this week? I have. This entire week I’ve been battling a never ending migraine and I couldn’t figure out why. Yeah the weather has been terrible, which is really what I was blaming the migraine on. But then I read the news this morning and this evening we are expecting a Full Moon. A strawberry moon to be exact.

So how exactly does a Full Moon cause migraines? Well Scientists and doctors aren’t sure of why migraines can be triggered by the lunar cycle however a certain number of theories are floating around:

  1. The full moon can disrupt sleep; for me personally, I can’t ever sleep very well. So the extreme lack of sleep this week has definitely not aided in kicking this migraine to the curb.
  2. The full moon can change levels of serotonin. Serotonin is a big factor when it comes to migraines; when the levels of that neurotransmitter change, a migraine is often triggered. 
  3. Some women’s menstrual cycles revolve with the moon, and I’ve been expecting mine this weekend, so probably a double whammy for me!
  4. We are about 70-80% water.  Changes in barometric pressure affect me heavily: when the weather is hot and humid I’m definitely plagued with a migraine. When it is overcast and cloudy, prime time as well. Weather is so unpredictable in the past year and this has been a huge problem for me.


So what have I done this week to try and help this migraine? I say that, because how often do friends, family members, or even strangers decide to say “Hey have you tried this?” And all I can think is that I have tried virtually every drug, treatment, natural remedy, etc. At this point its just about acceptance, and making it work when I have one.

  • I have been taking Tremadol, and Tylenol 3 consistently to combat the pain (I have had to work all week due to the long weekend so I could not afford to take a sick day to recover)
  •  I have been taking large amounts of Magnesium & Melatonin at bed time to try and get my body to sleep.
  • Long walks with a hat, sunscreen, and as much  coverage as I can. Although sun can make it worse, for me, it is important to get fresh air, and move my body. The more I sit, the worse I truly find it gets because the blood isn’t moving in my body and I can just feel it swooshing around in my brain.
  • Ice, Ice, Baby. Yep, good old ice packs! Neck, Shoulders, temples, etc.
  • I had Acupuncture & Osteopath on Monday, as well as had my weekly nerve blockers, B12 & Iron shot on Tuesday.
  • Coffee, and Coke. I find the caffeine in Coffee when I wake up might make the pain a little less severe, and the cold carbonation and caffeine from Coca Cola can temporarily release the pain. Plus, any form of hydration is good (in my opinion). 

I hope you all can find some relief tonight if you have been suffering this week! Let me know how the moon affects you!