Did somebody say candles?

Feeling stressed? Buy a candle!

If you’re anything like me, you’re one candle away from being a full on Bath and Body Works store. But given the current state of the world, I truly believe a bubble bath, a glass of wine and a great smelling candle can cure anything.

However not all candles are made equal. Some are too sweet and smell like Kool-Aid or others have no scent at all. Today I’m here to recommend 5 candles you need in your life for every occasion – sourced from my personal favourite, White Barn by Bath and Body Works.

  1. Mahogany Teakwood – This fragrance will take you back to a 2008 Hollister store, but hey I’m not complaining. I jokingly call this the boyfriend candle because it does have a hint of teenage boy who just took an Axe shower but it’s cologne undertone isn’t too overpowering. The perfect candle for a cozy or romantic night in.
  2. White Tea and Sage – A classic kitchen scent. Fresh herbs make this candle great for a windows open, sunshine filled day of cooking. I like to light this candle and imagine I’m spending the day in the garden or by the sea. How charming!
  3. Fresh Balsam – Smells like a straight up Christmas tree but it’s never too early to get into the holiday spirit! Fresh and woodsy, this candle is the perfect way to transform your home into a cottage in the woods.
  4. Pumpkin Bonfire – My newest favourite! The perfect fall candle. It’s not sickly sweet like some of the other fall classics (pumpkin pecan waffles – no thank you!) but it does have the slight pumpkin-y aroma mixed with the perfect smoky bonfire scent. Here’s to making the days of apple picking, pumpkin patches and fall leaves last forever.
  5. Rose Water and Ivy – A dip in the pool…a trip to the spa…endless days in my chaise…oh wait. But seriously this clean fresh scent of this candle will make you feel like you’re in a 5 star spa being pampered or lounging by the pool. A great choice for truly any occasion.

Ironically, I wrote a blog post a while back talking about how you can’t buy everyone candles for the holidays. While that may still be true, I do strongly support treating yourself to a new candle or two as the seasons change for the perfect way to elevate any date night in, set the mood for a virtual yoga session or complement a bubble bath. A simple way to lift your spirits and brighten up any room.

Happy shopping!

XOXO,

Paige and the Zillennials

No, You Can’t Buy Everyone Candles For The Holidays

We LOVE candles- but let’s think outside the box this holiday season.

The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year, right?  Who doesn’t love that festive time of year, filled with snowflakes, tinsel, and cookies. But we’re forgetting one thing. Gift shopping. It is STRESSFUL AF to think of what presents to buy for your family, friends, and colleagues. Seriously, how do you buy that perfect gift for your parents with only $40 on hand, when they have literally invested hundreds of THOUSANDS of dollars into your life?!

Yes, it’s the thought that counts, but real talk: it is no longer acceptable to give your mom a “coupon book” she can redeem for a hug or breakfast in bed, and you’re not little and cute enough anymore to get your face printed onto a mug.

So what can you buy that won’t break the bank, but also isn’t a lame and impersonal gift like a candle (seriously, you can do better than that)? We have put together the ultimate gift guide to help you with all your holiday struggles and to make sure you get the perfect gifts this year!

For Mom

Your mom is probably the easiest person to buy for because you know she will “love” anything you get her. However, she probably is the most deserving of a nice gift – so skip the scarves and candles, and settle for a meaningful gift, or spoil her with something she wouldn’t buy for herself.

1. Alex & Ani Bracelet

 If you’re looking for a sentimental gift, Alex and Ani is an amazing retailers. Not only do they create simple and classy bracelets, but they donate some of their proceeds to charity. Each bracelet can be customized with a charm or symbol to represent something special – such a unique and cute gift!

2. Spa Day

She’ll claim she doesn’t have the time, but if you go the extra step and clear her schedule for some ~relaxation and rejuvenation time~, you’ll definitely be her favourite child. 

For Dad

 Is it just me or are dads the hardest people to buy for? What do you buy for the man that has everything and wants nothing? I refuse to buy my dad more barbecue supplies or another graphic t-shirt, and you should too. Instead, look for “experiential” gifts that allow you to spend time together. 


3. Sports Tickets

If your dad is anything like mine – he’s probably a sports fan. If you can, splurge on some hockey tickets, and buy him some drinks and snacks at the game. A guaranteed successful night. If you can’t get your hands on tickets, treating him to a night out at his favourite sports bar during the game is an equally good alternative. 

4. Alcohol

Dads love drinking! Skip the cheap booze and splurge on some expensive whisky, scotch, or wine. Pair it with a fun beer glass like the ones sold by Ritzenhoff and you’re golden.

Your Besties

The holidays are a time to show your love for the people in your life who always have your back, but what do you buy for your equally broke friends to show them you care?

5. Experiential Gifts

Concert tickets. Plays. Movies. Cooking classes. Anything fun you two can do together is the way to go.

6. Food

If you’re strapped for cash but still want to show your friends some love, home baked goodies are never a bad choice – everyone LOVES Christmas cookies. You can find some easy recipes online for things like mint chocolate cookies or candy cane bark – so festive!


Your Boss

Don’t we all love the obligatory gifts you have to buy for your manager/boss? These can be some of the most stressful gifts to buy. You don’t want to come across as cheap, yet you probably have no clue what they actually would like. 


7. Charitable Donation

Your boss probably receives a lot of the same stuff: chocolate, mugs, and wine. As great as these gifts are, this year blow them out of the water with a donation in their name to their favourite cause. Not only is this unique, but it shows your thoughtful, caring nature (it also will put you in their good books right before holiday bonus time). 

Gift giving can be stressful, but with our guide you can spend less time stressing and more time drinking eggnog and enjoying the holiday cheer!

XOXO

Paige and the Zillennials

20 Songs That Will Take You Back

From Avril Lavigne to J-Biebs, these songs will take you back to the good ol’ days.

Do you ever hear a song that just…takes you back? Back to standing in a corner with your friends at the middle school dances, rushing out to Walmart to buy the newest Avril Lavigne CD, and jamming out on your iPod Nano, or even better, your Walkman, what a time.

We may have missed the peak of the Backstreet Boys, NSYNC and Britney Spears era, but we certainly lived through the height of Hilary Duff’s career and the rise of icons like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. We want to remind you of the better days by sharing twenty essential throwback hits from our childhood.

Absolute Bangers

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These are the songs that never fail to fire everyone up when they come on at the bar. Whether it’s Gwen Stefani who taught us all how to spell bananas, or belting out to Kelly Clarkson, these classic hits will never get old.

1. A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton

2. Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani

3. Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson

The Angsty Teen Phase

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If you didn’t start wearing black nail polish, rocking beanies and feeling like a bada$s after these song came out…you did your childhood wrong.

4. Gives You Hell – The All American Rejects

5. American Idiot – Green Day

6. Sk8er Boi – Avril Lavigne

Pop Princes

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These baby faced angels captured the hearts of teens everywhere. There truly was nothing more exciting than getting a new poster from Tiger Beat or J-14 magazine that you could put up on your bedroom walls featuring one of these cuties.

7. Beautiful Soul – Jesse McCartney

8. One Time – Justin Bieber

9. Crush – David Archuleta

The Disney Channel Phase

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Disney channel stars turned singing sensations – all contributed to countless hours of  watching the Lizzie McGuire movie on repeat, fangirling at Nick, Joe and wait- who’s the other brother?, and crying when Hannah Montana ended.

10. Come Clean – Hilary Duff

11. S.O.S – The Jonas Brothers

12. 7 Things – Miley Cyrus

The Middle School Dance Soundtrack

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Those were the days…the sheer panic when a slow song came on and you needed to find someone to slow dance with, feeling like a boss when you knew all the moves to the Soulja boy dance or seeing who could drop it low.

13. So Sick – Neyo

14. Low – Flo Rida

15. Crank That (Soulja Boy)  – Soulja Boy

16. Poker Face – Lady Gaga

The Scandy Soundtrack

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Catchy tunes to sing along to…until you were old enough to realize the true meanings of the lyrics.

17. Smack That – Akon & Eminem

18. Fergalicious – Fergie

19. I Kissed a Girl – Katy Perry

20. Right Round – Flo Rida ft. Ke$ha

We hope you’ve enjoyed being taken back to the better days! To make it even easier, we’ve put together a Spotify playlist of these classic throwbacks.

Check it out:

20 songs that will take you back

XOXO

Paige & the Zillennials

Yes, You ARE a Hoarder: How to De-clutter Your Space

Your room needs some SERIOUS TLC sweetie. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you sort through your mess!

Admit it: as a kid, you were needy AF. No matter what toys or books your parents bought you, you always wanted the next best thing. You would easily toss aside your perfectly good Barbie Dream House as soon as something better came along, (aka Barbie Fairy Princess Palace). For some reason though, you never seemed to get rid of anything, even if it was older and “boring”. The more things you had, the better.

But let’s face it; now that you’re in your twenties, nobody wants to see that mound of stuffed animals in the corner of your room, or the stack of books which you’ll probably never open again. Moving home after living away at school was an eye-opener for me – why did I have so much stuff in my room, considering I was rarely there? Think you’re immune to hoarding tendencies? Check under your bed – I bet you’ll be surprised at the sh*t you’ll find there!

Being a Zillennial is stressful and the world seems to move a million miles an hour, so coming home to a chaotic, junk filled space is not ideal. The first step to resolving your issue is accepting the fact that yes, you are a hoarder. Then, by following our advice on tackling specific spaces,  you’ll be on track to de-cluttering your space in no time!

1. Closets are NOT where dreams go to die!

The first place to start might be the most frightening. I mean there’s no such thing as too many clothes is there? As much as you’d like to think you’ll fit into those two-sizes-too-small jeans, by the time you do (if you do) ..you’ll probably just want to get new ones anyways. If you haven’t worn it within the last year, pass it on to a better home!

2. It’s time to recycle your old notes

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Is anyone else’s desk constantly covered with paper? Boxes filled with old class notes? Let’s be real – if you ever have an accounting question or forget how to say something in French, you’re going to Google it, not dig through your grade 12 notes. Throw them out and only keep hard copies of things you really need!

3. So long company-branded swag!

There’s something about free stuff that fires everyone up. It doesn’t matter if it’s a pen, fridge magnet, or pack of sticky notes, we’re all guilty of stocking up on the swag. Next time you’re at an event, it’s okay to say no to the free swag because how many pairs of cheap sunglasses, tacky lanyards and pens does one person really need? Sort through your “junk drawer” and get rid of those tacky branded items taking up space!

4. Keep your sanity, sort the vanity

One of my worst habits is starting new products before finishing the old ones. How many bottles of lotion is too many? Cosmetics are one of the easiest things to hoard and hardest to part ways with! If anything is more than two years old…chuck it and limit yourself from buying new ones until you finish up the old!

5. You probably don’t need to keep your old iPod

There’s a famous phrase about “saving for a rainy day” – this may be true when it comes to your money, but it doesn’t have to be true for everything. What if your phone breaks – shouldn’t you keep a backup? It’s likely going to happen to you at some point, but are you really going to pull out your old LG rumor? Of course not – you’ll rush to the Apple store and buy the latest iPhone. Donate your old technology to a good cause and feel good about de-cluttering!

We hope these tips will help you clear the clutter from your life (or at least your bedroom). Woohoo! Now you are one step closer to not being on TLC’S next episode of Hoarders!

XOXO,

Paige & the Zillennials

How To Grocery Shop on a Budget

But seriously, why is cheese so expensive?

Whether you’re living away from home for the first time at school or just moved into your own apartment, the thought of not having your parents cook for you, and having to do your own grocery shopping can be extremely daunting. Why are there so many choices? What brands should I buy? Where should I shop? And worst of all…WHY IS FOOD SO EXPENSIVE? We feel your struggle, which is why we have created the ultimate guide to grocery shopping on a budget.

1. Buy What’s On Sale

One of the easiest ways to save money is by buying what’s on sale and planning your meals around it. This does require some work on your part to see what’s on sale each week, and where. If the thought of flipping through endless flyers sounds archaic and unappealing, don’t worry- I’m with you. Instead, try downloading a weekly shopping app such as Flipp. Flipp uses your location to gather flyers from stores near you and lets you add items to your electronic shopping list. You can also search by item to see what store has the best price and get alerts when sales are ending – a lifesaver if you’re looking to save some $!

2. Avoid Pre-Made Food

As a busy student or working young adult, the last thing you want to do is think about cooking. It can be tempting to go to the store and pick up a premade salad or pre-cooked pasta dish for a quick meal, but if you are looking to save money, this is one of the easiest ways to waste it! Next time you’re at a grocery store, look at the price of a premixed salad. They can easily be $7+, yet buying a head of lettuce, and a bunch of veggies will almost always come out cheaper and will provide you with many salads – not just one! If you’re looking to save money – don’t be lazy! Skip the premades and make it yourself instead!

3. Grocery Shopping While Hungry = BAD

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Whatever you do – DO NOT GO GROCERY SHOPPING WHILE YOU ARE HUNGRY! Suddenly, that box of Oreos looks good…and so does the package of croissants and the sushi! You’ll probably end of buying a lot of food you don’t really need – not to mention unhealthy items. Save yourself the trouble and eat before you go, or at least pack something to munch on.

4. Be Careful of Bulk Purchases

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If you’re anything like me and you don’t own a car, you probably try to minimize the amount of times you need to go grocery shopping. Costco may seem like your best friend – bulk items at good prices – what more could you want? Just be cautious – buying in bulk may save you some money, but it depends what you are buying. Unless you’re on some crazy protein kick, no one needs 48 eggs, or 8L of milk. If it’s going to go bad before you can finish it, don’t buy it -save the bulk purchases for hoarding snacks and toilet paper instead.

With these tips, we hope you’ll be able to spend a little less cash on groceries and a little bit more on everything else (drinks anyone?).

XOXO

Paige & the Zillennials