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Life, Lately: Growing Mint, New Shoes, & Affiliate Links

It’s been a while since a life update! I should probably do these a little more regularly, though I do have the tendency to stockpile things.

First off – I’m going to Toronto again! This time I’m staying for a month over Michael’s winter break, and I’m so excited! Luckily I can get away with bringing less clothing with me since he has a washer. Definitely bringing more makeup so I can continue doing all sorts of crazy things with them. And this blog… I’m thinking of taking a lot of pictures at home, and bringing them with me so I can edit and write there, too.

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Dvsn finally released Morning After, a new album! Michael and I were wondering when they were going to drop a new album, since they released a few singles here and there earlier this year. Some of my favorite songs from the album are Keep Calm, Morning After, Can’t Wait, and Claim. It seems like they’re gaining more and more popularity and I’m so happy for that!

I’m trying for the third time to grow and take care of mint. My first one died of mildew. My best friend and I got our mint plants together (my second, his first) and his is thriving off his balcony to this day. Mine grew these super tiny leaves and then stopped growing altogether. He snipped off a few cuttings for me so I can try growing them again. Maybe I need a bigger pot with more sunlight? Or maybe move into an apartment with a balcony? Perhaps move my plant to my bff’s place so he can take care of it for me?

white converse

When it comes to trends, I’m probably the last person to follow them. And then all of a sudden, I wanted a pair of white shoes. I have a ton of black boots in my collection, so getting a pair of white sneakers is a big deal for me!! It only made sense to get a pair of white Converse – they’re such a classic shoe. I have to admit that they look okay after getting dirty, too – please tell me I’m not the only one?

I’ve always wanted to cook more. Now that I’m literally home all the time, I have no excuse not to (oh yeah, I quit my job lol). The things I’ve been cooking and baking are fairly easy to make – no new recipes from me yet. Either way, it’s so nice to have homecooked meals all the time now, and especially since I’m spending a lot less on food outside!

Lastly, I decided to start using affiliate links. Blogging as part-time job of sorts has always been a little dream of mine. A tip I often hear from bigger bloggers and influencers is to never start with the intent of making money. I actually disagree! Many small businesses started with the dream of making money doing what they love. As long as blogging is genuinely something you want to do and succeed at, why should it be any different?

Of course, I think there’s a right and wrong way of doing it. I already link the products I talk about out of convenience to easily find it. So why not make a little bit of money doing it? I wrote up a little disclaimer if you’d like to read it here.

What’s happening in your life, lately?

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  • Yiotou_La

    I want to start using affiliate links too, my blog needs to support itself haha!! Any tips on where and how to start?

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

  • Have fun in Toronto! I’d love to visit there someday. I can’t grow plants to save my life, but I’ve always wanted to grow different herbs like mint and such. And I totally agree with you Becky! If you can make money doing something that you love and enjoy, then I say decitnely go for it and make that money!

    • so far, rosemary is the only plant that’s survived for me out of mint, chives, and basil so maybe that’s a good place to start! toronto is one of my favorite cities, it reminds me a lot of new york city but nicer and less crowded. i know you probably have a lot of things going on in rl, but i miss your posts a lot! <3

  • I haven’t start using affiliated link but I did signed up with Impact Radius so started having ads on my blog. I love cooking and if it’s up to me, I will cook something new everyday. Thankfully both my husband and son are good eaters too and they are not fussy even though some recipes were quite the disaster. LOL!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • oooh, that’s a good next step too! hahaha, lucky you – my bf has taste buds so he’s pickier, but to be fair so am i – once he brined like, 4 slabs of pork with 2 cups!!!! of salt overnight and it was a nightmare to eat.

  • Hope you enjoy Toronto! I’ve always wanted to visit there 🙂
    And I use affiliate links for fashion posts in my blog, they’re so useful!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

  • Sam

    oh hey I also started sort of (ish) using affiliate links! sometimes I just forget because I’m terrible with linking, unless I have something specific in mind. but with products, I end up forgetting 😮 I’m looking for a white sneaker too! I JUST started hoarding all the black boots (got a new pair earlier this month I’m looking forward to wearing a lot over the fall/winter) because I was always a gray converse person. I only recently threw out the pair I’ve had for probably like, a decade, haha. woo, have fun in toronto though!!

    sam / My Beauty Cloud

    • yay, glad to have someone else who’s new to it too! i had grey converse for the longest time too, mine are so beat up haha. it’s a little ridiculous how i don’t even notice how beat up they are until i get a new pair. i have five pairs of black boots, though i only really get regular use out of one of them. two of them are heels which i never wear???? but they’re so frickin cute i can’t bear to get rid of them haha.

  • I agree with the making money on internet! And I’m always okay with the affiliate links, if they are done right. I hate when people spam them everywhere! I don’t like it at all, it makes the blog look cheap. But yeah! I haven’t done anything with my life recently, just enjoying!

    Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner

    • i don’t like when people do wishlist posts with affiliate links tbh – makes me feel like they put the post up there just to post something with affiliate links you know? but with product reviews and overviews and mentions and stuff, i don’t mind. glad you’re enjoying life, sometimes kicking back and relaxing is good enough!

      • I know! I don’t like it at all. Sometimes wish lists are pretty nice, but I just hate it when it’s done like “I want these, here is my affiliate links”. Like, I want to know why she/he wants the item.

  • Cool to have a mint plant. I’m planning on getting a plant too. I’m so in for the white shoe trend also, great choice with the white converse shoes. They surely are a classic.

    Joy to the World

  • Emily

    Credit on you for at least attempting to grow something – I kill everything I touch! It’s nice you’ve got a bit more time to enjoy cooking, it’s something I’ve gotten more into recently too and it’s so satisfying!

    Musings & More

  • Ohmygosh yesss mint is amazing!!!!

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

  • Love that you’re trying to grow mint again! I tried and failed lol! Killed him off 🙁 I need to get some more to start again – mint water is my absolute FAV! Great post lovely. Followed you on bloglovin too xx Imogen

    http://www.imogenrose.co.uk

    • oooo yes, mint water and tea is so good! glad i’m not the only one here who can’t seem to grow mint – i discovered la white powder on these mint cuttings yesterday and had to throw em out 🙁

  • Ahh growing mint how cool! Oh and I’m all about those white Converse. Such a great shoe.
    xx
    Ellie
    http://www.citybrewed.com

  • Great post! I can’t grow anything, so you’re one step ahead of me haha. I half agree with the making money thing. I think most bloggers say that because if you’re just in it for money, then you’ll lose the passion when the hard times come. You have to be in it for the love of it to keep you going. Though I do think you can be passionate and start out wanting to make money!

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

  • Ohh Toronto will be looovely! I just bought my first house plant and I’m SO scared I’m going to kill it!! x

    jasmincharlotte.com

  • I’m pretty bad with plants, nothing seems to grow, they just… remain the same lol. I don’t know what that says about me, ha! I’m heading to Canada in a couple of weeks as well, but to the cold side :S so scared I’m gonna freeze!

    I know what you mean about cooking – it’s great to have comfort food and not worry about ingredients you won’t like cause you’re the one putting everything in. This weekend was the first time in a while I didn’t eat out and it definitely saved me quite a bit (which I can then spend on other things LOL)!

    Cherie ✿ delicately.xyz

    • aw, i hope you’ll have fun there! where exactly are you going if you don’t mind me asking?

      hahaha, mine always either remain the same if i don’t pluck them off for seasoning, or they’ll just…. die lol. it’s crazy ridiculous how much a meal is marked up when you buy outside versus cooking at home, though i think there are some things you just can’t make at home like sushi, unless you’re trained in that.

  • Ugh I struggle with the SAME problem when I try to grow mint! I dunno what I’m doing wrong?!

    Sharni xo
    A Girl & Grey

  • Man I’ve been meaning to revisit Toronto ever since I moved…17 years ago, haha. It’s one of my favorite cities and it’d be fun to see how things have changed since I last lived there!

    I feel the same way about homecookied meals, something about eating them is just so comforting and satisfying! I actually don’t mind cooking, but I find the prepping and cleanup such a pain in the butt, haha.

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

    • woah, that’s such a long time ago! i just love toronto so much because it reminds me of new york city, where i’m from. except people are a lot nicer, cleaner, and less crowded. i wouldn’t trust putting my bag down on the streets of new york but i’d probably do it in toronto LOL

      it’s definitely easier cooking at home with a partner, haha – my bf and i prepare everything together, then he cooks and i clean up. then after we’re done eating we usually do the dishes together, too. i’m hoping this isn’t just some kind of honeymoon phase because we’re long distance, haha!

  • That’s awesome you’re coming to Toronto for a month! It sounds like you’ve been before but if you want any tips for places to eat/things to do or if you want to hang out let me know! 🙂

    I never wore sneakers of any kind until Christmas last year when I got a pair of white Converse. I’d wanted them for a while and as soon as I got them I wore them all the time because they go with everything! Now I’ve got a pair of Vans Old Schools as well and I love both of them and get so much wear out of them. And I totally think the Converse look fine when they’re dirty. I travelled with mine and they got pretty dirty and they look more like a dirty cream colour than white now, but what can you do? From afar I doubt anyone can tell anyway.

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with using affiliate links as long as it’s mentioned somewhere on your blog. The only thing about affiliate relationships that I don’t like is when people become so tied to a brand (ahem, Morphe) that everything they put out features that brand because they make a tonne of money that way but it’s at the cost of varied, interesting content. I unsubbed from pretty much everyone that does that on YT though because I got so bored of it. But I don’t see anything wrong with affiliate links when you’re going to link to the product anyway, because they don’t really change the way people blog or the content they talk about since you can affiliate link to anything you like, so why not? I don’t use them because I can’t be bothered but it’s no different to when people use ebates or whatever, right?

    littlehenrylee.net

    • those tips would be great! my bf lives in brampton and doesn’t go to toronto often, but it’s just so much easier to call it toronto because it seems not a lot of people know what the gta is, lol. we’re planning to go to the rom to see the vikings exhibit so anything within walking distance (that’s around 20 minutes for us) would be great! i’m quite shy in person LOL so it might be a little awkward (i do a lot better when the other person is chattier if I don’t know you super well hahah) but if you’re up for hanging out, so am i!

      i just kind of assume that all links are affiliate links haha, and i also assume that reviews are put out with some affiliation with the brand or company. it’s definitely so much easier to give something a positive review when you’re receiving the item as PR versus buying it with your own money. honestly i’m fine with the people that are straight up about their codes saying that they make a commission off it, because i feel like a lot of the time people don’t… realize that they do? of course the influencer is a person who has bills to pay, and if i were in their shoes i’d… y’know, like my bills to be paid with some extra pocket money on the side too.

  • I’m with you on liking my converse dirty – I love the worn in look a lot! My current pair is riding maybe 4ish years so I think it’s time to retire them and get a new pair. But breaking converse in is probably my least favorite task ever – I had so many pairs back in middle school/high school and they are the most comfortable.

    I’m with you on cooking more. I moved out and I’m trying my best to cook more and learn new recipes! I’ve been on Pinterest pinning like a mad woman and I think I’ve found some recipes to make over the next few weeks.

    And that’s good that you’re trying to make a little side money from your blog! I think there’s nothing wrong with that. I do agree with you that starting off without the intentions of making money is the best way to go about it. It’s a hobby that you spend a lot of time investing in and there’s nothing wrong with making a little side cash on the side to help support that hobby! I’m so glad that people support me with my blog which helps me pay for it (hosting sites, domain, giveaways, etc.)

    Hope you’re enjoying your funemployment time and have fun in Toronto!!

    Cindy | http://www.cindyhyue.com

    • HAHAHA I love that you’re calling it a funemployment – i think that’s exactly what it is! I’m planning to go job hunting after i get back from toronto since it doesn’t really make sense for me to work somewhere else for 2 months and then haul off to toronto for the next month. so yeah, i’m just focusing on my hobbies right now and it’s a lot of fun!

      those are all valid points! i was so afraid of monetizing my blog or doing ads on instagram because i was afraid i would look like a sellout or that i was just doing it for the money – but in all honesty i feel like it’s such a practical thing to do. it’s something we’re doing anyway, might as well make a bit of pocket change while we’re at it you know? and maybe someday, it’ll flourish into something we’ve never imagined!

  • Glad you’re coming to Toronto again! I hope you enjoy your visit 🙂 I love that Game of Thrones mug by the way! Hope you’ll share some recipes that you enjoy making on the blog too!

    Stephanie | theFantasia.com

    • haha, it’s actually my boyfriend’s mug – I don’t watch GoT, even though everyone loves it, it’s honestly not really my kind of drama :p

  • have fun in toronto! take many photos so i’m jelly (in a good way) pls! <3 i feel the same way about converse. and sneakers in general. they look better once they gotten dirt on. all white shoes (except leather) kinda icked me a bit i don't know why!

    it's great you're trying to do affiliate links. you do you <3 and i hope your mint thrives this time!