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

 

 

 

Well.ca Discount Code

Well.ca Discount Code

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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

 

Tuscan Wolf Pizzaria- Whitby, ON

Tuscan Wolf Pizzaria- Whitby, ON

https://tuscanwolf.wixsite.com/pizzeria
110 Dundas Street W, Whitby, ON, L1N 2L9
(905) 493-5500

Tuscan Wolf Pizzeria is a new pizza joint located in the Heart of Whitby, ON. Located just at Four Corners, Kimberley & Marco sure know their stuff when it comes to Pizza. Marco came from Italy and began creating the most authentic Italian food I’ve ever had. Pizza, Pasta, Crepes, and more.

I was approached by Kimberley to help provide them with the best possible tips to make the food as Celiac Safe as possible. My suggestions were as follows:

  • Separate Sauce & ladle not to be used on GF Pizza
  • Separate pots, pans & Utensils (clearly marked)
  • Fresh ingredients so gluten on hands don’t get cross contaminated
  • Check all ingredients for toppings to ensure they do not contain gluten ingredients

What they were able to accomplish without me even prompting them was:

  • Cook the pizza on separate pans with paper cooked underneath to ensure no cross contamination
  • They make their dough at different times, and have a clearly designated mixer just for the GF dough only
  • They have a very high heat commercial dishwasher that sanitizes & cleans excellently
  • They store the dough wrapped tightly in the fridge
  • Marco washes his hands constantly to ensure no cross contamination, and he came out multiple times to check on us and show us his progress and particular steps he makes.

THE FOOD
We had the Bacon & Egg Pizza (no sauce). I love this option as I am really not a huge sauce person. The pizza was awesome as we ate closer to noon, and hadn’t even had breakfast yet. It was oozy-gooey and the way the bacon cooked on top was heavenly. The crust was flavourful, fresh, and had no hints of “cardboard” like most of the common pizza shells on the market. The fact that he makes the dough fresh is another step above the rest. I was able to dip the crunchy crust into the egg yolk and boy did I eat every last bite.

We also shared one of the weekend Pasta Specials. Il Gamberetto was a Gluten Free Penne noodle in a Smoked Salmon & Tiger Shrimp Rose Vodka Cream Sauce. I cannot explain the level of care this dish had. Each and every bite was better than the last. The flavours were exploding in my mouth, and it had such an authentic seafood taste. I could not believe how amazing it was. There was black pepper in it, and it really enhanced the bite of food. My boyfriend who is NOT Gluten Free declared it to be the BEST GF Pasta he has ever had. This is a huge compliment as he normally dislikes almost all Gluten Free food. I would go back over and over again for this pasta dish. This was a Father’s Day Special, but they do offer weekly specials available for a limited time. If you’re interested you can always call ahead and find out the specials. Request to speak to Kimberley and advise you saw my review. They will be able to prepare ahead of time, and of course, depending on your level of comfort, you can of course just walk in. For me personally when I’m dining out I call ahead to make a reservation so they know ahead of time I am a GF Diner and so someone in charge is aware of what I need.
For Dessert we had Panna Cotta which is basically a Cold Creme Brûlée topped with chocolate syrup. It was absolutely delicious and a refreshing dessert to end the day off.

I really have no pointers for these guys! Due to them reaching out ahead of time to inquire on safety measures, it kind of took care of most of what I probably could have found as a “fault”. I’m super happy that Kimberley reached out ahead of time, it makes my job as a reviewer much easier!

**This review is my personal opinion and experience only. It is your responsibility to notify staff of your diet requirements. Glitz and GF is not responsible if something occurs during your meal.**

Schooner’s Fish & Chips- Oshawa, ON

Schooner’s Fish & Chips- Oshawa, ON

Phone: 905-576-4442

Sunday – 12:00 to 8:00
Monday – 12:00 to 8:00
Tuesday – 11:00 to 8:00
Wednesday & Thursday – 11:00 to 9:00
Friday – 11:00 to 9:30
Saturday – 11:00 to 9:00

If you’re looking for some crispy, high quality fish; Schooner’s is the place to go. They offer Gluten Free folks one of the most extensive menu’s for deep fried heaven. Onion rings, Chicken Fingers, Corn Dogs, Poutine, French fries, and more. Even dessert items are available to complete your meal. I eat here often, and they even offer delivery through Skip The Dishes which is fantastic for those of us that are a bit further away from the establishment. 

If you need somewhere to get all your deep fried cravings answered, Schooners is the place.

Tiffany, one of the owners was so fabulous and extremely helpful! This establishment is 100% safe for celiacs, they have recently undergone renovations so there is now sit down dining available, and they were also Certified Gluten Free through the Gluten Free Food Program, making them 100% safe for Celiacs.

Summer Heatwave outfit

Summer Heatwave outfit

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When searching for the perfect Summer Outfit, a blazer is an absolute must. If you’re anything like me ( cough cough, auto-immune disease fun!)  my body temperature changes all the time. Layers are my friend. So finding the perfect outfit for warm days was easy to find thanks to Dynamite!

I found this beautiful Black Floral Blazer on the sale rack at Dynamite.
Online, it seems they only have the white one in stock– but it is still just as beautiful and at a great price as well!
https://www.dynamiteclothing.com/ca/soft-curved-hem-blazer/p/prod2860029.product

My super cute White Jeans are from American Eagle, To be honest, they are “leggings” aka the most comfortable and trendy thing to possibly be worn!
www.ae.com/women-ae-ne-x-t-level-jegging-sparkle-white/web/s-prod/0431_1283_117?cm=sCA-cCAD&catId=cat20116 ​

On my wrist I am sporting a BellaBeat Urban Leaf – it helps track my steps, workouts, stress levels, period, as well as helps remind me to meditate every day! Its a really cute accessory, yet also doubling as super functional.
webshop.bellabeat.com/collections/urban-collection

And last but not least. The holy grail of comfortable sandals. Skechers Canada really nails the shoe game in terms of comfort in my opinion. These “Meditation- Studio Kicks”  are super comfortable. The sole is created with Memory Foam and the straps are stretchy material that makes working these in a breeze. They actually don’t have to be worn in at all because of how these were crafted.
www.skechers.com/en-ca/style/38615/meditation-studio-kicks/blk

Comment below with your favourite styles for summer!


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