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How prepared are you?

SERIOUS POST ALERT. How prepared are you for an earthquake or a natural disaster?

After the second earthquake hit Mexico City I actually started to panic a little bit because I was not prepared at all. I got home that night and started asking D all these questions because I legit had no clue what to do if there was ever an earthquake.

I live in a new building so I’ve been told it is safe but still.. Do I have to turn off the gas? Do I have to turn off water? Do I stay in the apartment? Do I go in a doorway? All of these questions were running through my head and it was giving me crazy anxiety so I decided to do some research the next day and here is what I learned!

  • First things first! Make yourself an earthquake kit! I just ran down to my local dollar store and to Safeway to purchase a few items to get me started. You can also purchase a prepared kit. So many options online or in stores
    Here is what you will need:

    • Min of 3L of water per day/ per person (3 day supply)
    • 3 day supply of food: Soup(eaten cold), crackers, peanut butter, fruit snacks, nuts, protein powder, canned vegetables, canned fruit, granola bars.
    • First AID Kit: Bandaids, sterile gloves, antibiotic ointment, non prescription drugs (advil, tylenol, tums, etc), thermometer, any prescription drugs
    • Flashlights
    • Batteries
    • Candles
    • Matches & lighter
    • Toilet Paper (remember you cant flush the toilet!)
    • Paper, pencil
    • Cash in small bills, coins
    • Garbage Bags
    • Rope
    • Scissors
    • Change of clothes and shoes (no heels)
  • Next what do I do if I am at home?
    • Drop, Cover and hold! DROP down onto your hands and knees (before the earthquake knocks you down). COVER your head and neck (and your entire body if possible) under a sturdy table or desk. If there is no shelter nearby, only then should you get down near an interior wall (or next to low-lying furniture that won’t fall on you), and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands. HOLD ON to your shelter (or to your head and neck) until the shaking stops. Be prepared to move with your shelter if the shaking shifts it around.
    • If you are in bed-hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow or blanket. You are less likely to be injured staying where you are.
    • Do not go outside – if you are inside, stay inside!
  • What else should I do to get prepared?
    • Get to know your neighbours
    • Make sure you insurance covers earthquakes (mine does)

These are just a few things to better prepare yourself if there is ever an earthquake. I still have a lot to learn but thought this at least was a good start! I hope this quick list can help you become better prepared!

For more information visit PreparedBC

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My dollar store finds! All of this for $40! Backpack not included

 

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fresa: not your average strawberry

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Happy Monday friends! Hope you all had a great weekend. I took a bad fall a few weeks ago so I have legit been horizontal for days!! It has been pretty shitty but I’m using the time to write and rest so instead of pouting and feeling sorry for myself trying to make the most of my time!
Anyways, I have had a few people reach out to me asking me what does fresa.living mean? So I thought I would fill you guys in.
Well, fresa is a nickname that was given to me when I was living in Mexico and although the meaning isn’t necessarily nice or true it’s a nickname that has kind of stuck with me throughout the years.. Fresa literally means strawberry in Spanish but in Mexico “fresa” is a term used for a preppy person. Fresa’s are usually stuck up, have expensive clothes, are above middle class and talk differently than everyone else..
I can still remember when someone first called me fresa and I was like huh what are you talking about?.. why are you calling me a strawberry.. and then they explained themselves and I was like WOAH that’s not very nice and pretty far from the truth. They then it explained its just because I talked a little different and I wore nice clothes, not because I was stuck up..
so there you have it.. fresa.living is my nickname combined with my lifestyle.. if you ever have any other questions or would like to know any else about me just let me know.. Im a pretty open book!
Hope you enjoy the rest of your week.
xo jos
Fashion

Give a girl the right pair of shoes..

Happy Sunday! 

image1-2I know I have probably mentioned this once or twice before but in case you missed it I will say it again. I am obsessed with shoes and have been since I was little girl. My mom said that when I was little I would sleep with any new pair of shoes I got. I no longer sleep with my shoes but I am still just as much obsessed.

I have a lot of girlfriends that love to spend their hard-earned money on expensive bags or clothes but as much as I love a nice bag or an item of clothing I rarely spend over $150 on one single thing.. NOW shoes are totally different! I would pretty much spend my entire pay check on a pair of shoes if I could and trust me when I say there have been many moments where I actually think “F*CK my responsibilities”

Well, with that being said because I am a semi-responsible adult I have been trying to find some great deals and I was super excited when I found these OTK boots at Call It Spring. I was out shopping with Darryl when I spotted these lovelies from across the room. I was trying to give him my full attention since we were shoe shopping for him but I couldn’t stop staring at these boots. I didn’t leave the store with the boots that day because D told me I didn’t need another pair of OTK boots but let’s be honest what does he know about needing a pair of boots. So the second I got home I got online and bought them! They may not be the most practical and I may not wear them often but they were only $109 & they look super hot , so in my mind they were well worth it!

I’m wearing a size 6 so they are pretty accurate in sizing as I usually wear a 5 or 6 depending on the shoe.

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Food

Happiness is hot soup on a rainy day

image1-17Happy Sunday!

Today has been one of the most chills days ever and I have loved every second of it. Started the day grocery shopping with my mom and then spent the rest of the day cleaning, baking and making some delicious home-made soup! Oh I should also mention that I have been watching Nashville the entire day! Gosh, I just love that show; am I the only one that cries every single episode?

Anyways, I decided to make vegetable soup this afternoon and can I just say it was sooo delish. I didn’t use a recipe of any sort – just threw in a potato, some carrots, celery, some chicken stock and some water. I let it simmer all afternoon and then puree’d it until it was nice and creamy! I usually make something similar but with red pepper and cauliflower but thought I would change it up today! So happy that I did.

Oh I should also mention that I bought a gorgeous wool coat today.. Love me a RAINY DAY!

xo Jos

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By Friday, my hair is 90% dry shampoo.

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Yup, you read that right! I only wash my hair once or twice a week! You might be thinking eww gross especially because I work out almost every day but honestly I don’t have much of a choice. I really wish I could wash my hair every day but I don’t have time for that and it’s also not good for my hair! I wasn’t blessed with beautiful wash and go type hair. I was “blessed” with hair that is a lil curly, a lil straight and a whole lot of frizzy! So that is why I have to rely on dry shampoo.

Back in the day I used to use baby powder; I would just sprinkle that shit everywhere and the entire bathroom would be covered in white! I am pretty happy that those days are long gone. Now the only struggle I have is trying to find the best dry shampoo out there!

I’ve tried quite a few different brands but so far here are my faves!

  1. Kevin Murphy – Fresh Hair $29-$35
  2. Moroccan Oil- Dry Shampoo Dark Tones $29
  3. Lush – No Drought $9
  4. Bastiste – Original $6.99 at Winners!

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So there you have it.. this is what I use to save myself from having to wash and straighten my hair on the daily! I’m currently using Moroccan oil Dark tones but always open to new recommendations let me know your faves!

xo Jos

 

 

 

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Sorry Vancouver…

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I have a confession.. Since the young age of 16 I have been having a love affair, yup that is right I have been cheating on my beautiful city of Vancouver….

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico has a BIG piece of my heart.

I can still remember my first time landing in Vallarta.. thinking “WOW, why is it so green? where is the beach?” Shortly after that thought I discovered the beach and instantly fell in love. The people, the beach, the culture.. you name it and I loved it!. I loved it so much that at the age of 22 I decided to pack my bags and move there! For the next 8 years I spent more time in Vallarta than I did in Vancouver. It had become my home. Even when I was technically living in Vancouver I would go back to visit as much as I could.. which was pretty often thanks to Transat, the awesome company I worked for at the time.

My trips have become less frequent but every year when I return my heart and my soul gets a recharge.. I just booked my next trip; Feb 2018 can not come soon enough.. If you have never had the chance to visit Vallarta its a must do.. I promise! You will fall in love with it and all of it’s charm the same way I did all those years ago..

xo Jos

ps. Vallarta, te quiero mucho

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Fashion · life

Sweaters & booties & toques oh my..

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Happy Saturday!

So as I mentioned in my first post I decided to put myself in a little time out for the month of September. I am ok with staying in but I am definitely struggling with the whole “sober September” thing.. Now don’t get me wrong I’m not a total boozer but I do love my vino and I am most definitely missing it.

Now I thought while I was in “time out”  that I would catch up on my reading, get some extra sleep, and maybe binge watch Netflix but instead I have been doing something that I know I should not be doing and that is… SHOPPING! ugh.. I just can’t help myself… I absolutely love FALL Fashion! Sweaters and booties and toques, oh my! I just might have bought myself a “few” amazing things.. Cant wait till they arrive!!

Stay tuned to see what I purchased! Just think pink wool coat, another pair of OTK boots, leather gloves and sweaters galore! This babe be getting ready for Fall!

xo Jos

 

Food

A shot a day, keeps the dr away….

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So I recently decided to see what all the hype around Turmeric was  about and I can actually say WOAH I get it! This sh*t has sooo many benefits!

Here are the top 10 REASONS to drink Turmeric!

  1. Aids digestion
  2. Excellent anti – inflammatory
  3. Awesome anti-oxidant
  4. Improves Liver Function
  5. Helps with Cholesterol control
  6. Improves immunity
  7. Increases brain function
  8. Improves your mood and reduces the risk of depression
  9. Fights insomnia
  10. Cancer Prevention

I have been doing turmeric shots.. Turmeric, Lemon, Ginger and Apple (cold-pressed juice). But not sure what else to put Turmeric in… Suggestions are welcome!

xo Jos

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Sundays are for pancakes

image1-15Happy Sunday!

Growing up my mom used to always make us kids pancakes for breakfast on Sunday mornings and it is one of the traditions that I have kept as a “grown-up”.  Whether I order them at a restaurant or I make them at home, pancakes are a serious must have on my Sunday mornings.

Here is my go-to recipe for the most delicious Protein Pancakes. Egg whites, protein powder and ripe bananas make up these low-fat and low-carb pancakes, for a complete and wholesome meal under 200 calories.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup of dry oats
  • 1 scoop of Vega protein powder
  • 1 large banana
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Optional – Blueberries, Coconut, any other berries..
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In two bowls, separate the eggs carefully so none of the yolk gets into the egg whites. Beat the egg whites on high for 2 minutes until they form soft peaks.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the egg yolks and beat until smooth. Gently fold ⅓ of the egg white mixture into the banana mixture until roughly combined. Fold half of the remaining eggs whites into the mixture and finally the last portion until everything is well combined.
  3. Heat a skillet over low heat. Scoop ¼ c. of the mixture onto the skillet and cook for 60-90 seconds on each side.
  4. Add your favourite toppings and enjoy!

xo Jos

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A new month, a new beginning

image1-13How fitting for me to start writing my blog again on September 1st! September is the month the days gets shorter, the nights get cooler and the leaves start to change colour before they fall – in other words it is a month of change.

Over the past few months I have been having a little “too much fun”, which is fantastic but at the same time I have not been living the balanced lifestyle that I have worked so hard to create. I am all about living life to the fullest and living each day like it could be my last; I am also all about living a healthy lifestyle, so that each day that I am alive I feel good and look good.

So as you can probably guess my current status is this – I don’t feel good; my jeans don’t fit; my skin is sun kissed but looks dull; I am absolutely exhausted and in need of a time out! And a time out is exactly what I shall do. I decided that September is the perfect month for me to lay off the vino, stop eating everything in sight, get more sleep, get back to the gym regularly and just take care of ME! That way I’ll be back to my “normal” self for one of my most favourite months of the year.. October!

Wish me luck!

xo ~ Jos

“Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul… but I must confess that I love you only because you are a prelude to my beloved October.” 
― Peggy Toney Horton