Things To Consider Before Moving Out On Your Own

Whether you’re about to graduate high-school, university or just ready to move out on your own, make sure to consider these few things before making your move. Moving out is a big step and at first, it can seem fun and free but sooner or later you will realize your dirty laundry doesn’t magically end up in your drawer clean anymore.

Get Some Tips

Before actually moving out, a great start would be to ask your parent/guardian to show you some of their famous cooking recipes, or teach you how to do household things that you have never done like what to use when cleaning the bathroom or living room, or the best products to use in the washing and drying machine. These tips will definitely help you in the long run when the ‘holy crap I’m living alone’ hits you.

Find A Place Well Before You Plan On Moving Out

Finding somewhere that is the perfect fit for you is really important before you move out. This way it will give you a little bit of time to pack what you think you will need and be able to shop for things that would fit well in your new living space. Like pictures, posters, furniture, decorations, etc. because let’s face it, bare walls are depressing. It also gives you time to ask around your family and friends to see if they have any furniture hand-me-downs they would be willing to pass on to you to save you some money from buying new.


This is a big section when moving out. Remember if you’re living by yourself that you need to start shopping for one person, and I hate to break it to you but you are not going to survive on mac and cheese and ramen noodles. Buying vegetables and protein like chicken and pork are good. But, remember that unless you really love carrots, don’t buy a bag that has 20 carrots in it. It will go bad, trust me. Also, keep in mind that vegetables and fruit can go bad way quicker than you expect, so don’t buy more than you need. Don’t forget, a family member or friend is only a phone call away if you need advice on food preparation or recipes for a good meal.

Remember To Budget

One last thing to take into consideration is that you are going to have to start budgeting. You will have rent payments/mortgage payments, bills for hydro, electricity, internet, cable, cell-phone and if you have a car you will have insurance payments, plus you need to eat as well. Depending on your job, you may not have to worry too much about budgeting but it is always something to consider. No one wants to be late on paying a bill, rent or not be able to buy groceries, but don’t forget that going out and having a little fun every once in a while is perfectly healthy and something you should definitely do. This is one of the hardest steps to learn and it will take some time to become good at budgeting your money.

I am sure there are many other things that other people would say you should consider, but everyone’s moving out experience is different. These steps helped me when I decided it was time to move out and I hope they will help you. Moving out can be scary and make you realize how much you don’t know about ‘adulting’ but it can also be a really fun experience. You will learn a lot about yourself and learn a lot about things that you can take with you in the future. Take these few things into consideration and you will be on your way to moving into somewhere that is yours.


Adopting Or Buying? It’s Up To You.

With places such as the SPCA and Small Animal Rescue Society, with considerable amounts of animals, why are people still buying? With many logical reasons behind buying instead of adopting, why are people still adopting? Almost every family across the planet has at least one pet, what influences their decision to either buy or adopt? These questions can come with many different answers that can make some people choose to adopt and some people to choose to buy.

Why Are People Buying?

Many families will choose to buy a pet instead of adopting one, one main reason is that they want to train their animal from when it is a child, and you will very rarely find young animals in shelters. Just like having their own baby, they want to create a personality for their animal and adopters find it hard to do that with an older pet. A study by Samuel Nieves from shows that another reason why people are purchasing pets is because they want to know exactly where their animal is from. The reason being, they might want to breed their animal later. If the dog (for example) isn’t purebred or doesn’t have champion dogs in their pedigree they may not adopt them because if they breed their dog they want to make sure they make a good profit. Some other reasons for not wanting to adopt are:

  • The animal could have behavioral problems.
  • The animal could be unhealthy.
  • Adopters know nothing about the animals past. *

These are logical reasons to want buy a pet instead of adopting and with the overflowing state of shelters and animals from rescue groups, it seems that this is the route people usually take.

Why Are People Adopting?

There are quite a few reasons why people choose to adopt an animal over buying one. One of those reasons is expenses. Buying an animal can be anywhere from $100-$1000 or even more. When adopting a pet it could be as little as $20 depending on the shelter. Another reason why people are adopting stated from is that when people would buy an animal from a store or from someone who bred the animal, they are on their own. When adopting from a shelter or rescue group, the shelters/rescue groups usually have a backstory of the animal and will help if there are any problems or questions that surface with the pet.

The last reason people usually want to adopt is because they want to save an animal’s life and give them a better home than what it probably had before. Many people will agree that adopting an animal is important and that everyone should adopt at least once, but if this is the case then why are our shelters/rescue groups overflowing with unwanted animals?

Both of these decisions have logical reasoning behind them but also have many unanswered questions. Many families will just adopt, just buy, or do both, it varies. Some people will agree with everything that goes behind adopting and some people may feel more comfortable and agree with everything that goes behind buying a pet. Have you ever thought about adopting or buying? Which one would you choose? The route that you decide to take is up to you.



How To Make Your House Look More Inviting On A Small Budget

This one’s for anyone who feels like their house looks empty/boring but doesn’t have a ton of money to put towards decorating (I’m talking to you students!).

Are you renting a house/apartment or living on campus in an unfurnished home? This blog is for you!

I don’t know about you, but when I have company over to my house I want it to look warm and inviting. These quick inexpensive tips could help you achieve this goal. I’ll be talking about some things that I have done personally and some other tips and websites that could be useful to you.

Step 1:
Double check your rules for decorating the house that you live in. Most of the time you are allowed to decorate but if you are hanging things on the wall you have to avoid the use of nails and other things that could leave the walls looking worn out.

Also, check the spaces you have to decorate. How much wall space do you have? Do you have tables to put decorative pieces on? And, if you are living with roommates, make sure they are down to decorate and agree with the ideas you have in mind.

Step 2:
Do some research! What are the most inexpensive places in your city to buy decorations? I know it may sound hard to believe but the dollar store is a great place to start! Are you crafty? You could also go to your local craft store and get some supplies (like paint and a blank canvas) and create some of your own artwork to put around your living area.

DIY is always a good idea and is usually pretty inexpensive. Does your school have anything that could help you? I know every September my school hosts a large poster sale that sells every size and styles imaginable for a very do-able price.

Step 3:
Take action! To start, go to your local Walmart and pick up some 3M velcro/sticky hangers. They are great for hanging anything you want and never leave a mark. Amazon usually has great deals on different things to hang on your wall like canvases, clocks, you name it.

Also, check out your local dollar store! A great idea would be to make a flower piece out of all the fake flowers they have available, pick up a vase and you have a cute flower piece for a table in your living space.

Did you get a lame hand me down couch from your parents or grandparents? Walmart or your local dollar store could have some really cute pillows to throw on to make your couch look more attractive.

Another great way to make your home seem more inviting would be to pick up a few candles to light when you’re expecting company. It makes your house smell great and it will be a great first impression for when your guests arrive.

This is a great start to get your living space look more exciting and inviting. I know for a fact that you will get a lot of compliments and good things said about your space if you follow these simple steps! Hope I leant out a helping hand to everyone out there!

Bell Let’s Talk

Today is ‘Bell Let’s Talk’ day so I thought I’d write up a post about how important it is to be aware of mental health disorders and treat them as a serious matter because they are. Mental health disorders can happen to anyone; whether you’re female, male, young, old, in school, employed, etc. And it is happening to everyone that is why we need to get talking about it! For years, mental health has been put on the back burner and people who did have depression, anxiety, etc. wouldn’t talk about it because it was almost embarrassing and no one would ever believe them. These people would receive comments like “you’re just having a bad day”, “stop being so stressed out!”, “you’re no fun when you’re like this”, etc. and that just isn’t okay. Today is the day to speak up and tell people they are not alone. This is the first year I have ever felt the effects of mental health disorders and it has really opened my eyes. Just remember that there is always going to be someone there for you, there will always be people that love you and there will always be people that are going through what you’re going through.


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How To Start A Conversation With A Stranger

Have you ever found yourself in an elevator with a complete stranger or been forced to talk to one in class or even in the workplace? There is actually a great way to go about talking to someone for the first time. I am a communications student and I’ve been taught the correct way on how to communicate with a complete stranger and I want to share it with you.

The first thing I was taught was to remember that everyone’s favorite topic to talk about is themselves. Whether they like to admit it or not. So when meeting someone for the first time the best way to start is by introducing yourself, then asking them their name. Pretty simple right? This is the ‘business card‘ step. Once you have gained the information of the person’s name, try to say it in a sentence a few times afterward to really embed it in your brain because a person’s name is important to them. The next step you are going to want to take is the ‘house‘ step. Ask them if they are from town, if not, where they are from. After you have reached this step you can move onto the ‘door‘ step (ha).  Ask them if they have kids/siblings or even if their family is from town, etc. If you have run out of things to talk about, the next step is ‘chimney/smoke‘ this could include anything from movies or television shows, etc. After that is the ‘baseball glove/sports equipment‘ stage which you could ask them if they watch sports/play sports and if they don’t do either of those you could ask them what their hobbies are or what other things they are interested in. The final stage is ‘airplane‘ this is when you can ask them where they have traveled or where they would like to travel.

I know for a fact that this strategy works and you will have a full conversation with this person and this person may not even ask one thing about you. Which is good, because like I said earlier, everyone’s favorite topic is themselves. Another great thing about this strategy is the person you are talking to will most likely feel like they are in control but you are actually in control of the conversation. I promise you that when you are done talking with this person they will definitely have a good lasting impression of you after using this strategy.

Lastly, always remember to avoid ‘PSR‘. That stands for politics, sex, and religion. These three topics are very touchy subjects and can cause the person you are talking with to feel uncomfortable, so stay away from those three! I hope I helped any of your awkward encounters with strangers to come in the future. Remember; business card, house, door, chimney/smoke, baseball glove/sports equipment and airplane. And don’t forget to stay away from PSR!


Happy (Stressful​) Holidays

There are two types of people during the holiday season. The ones that will ‘rock around the Christmas tree’ every chance they get, and the ones that would rather drill their brains out than participate in anything holiday related. Whether you’re type A or type B, the holidays can be stressful no matter what. You’ve got the whole family to shop for and maybe even a significant other that you need to impress as well. I totally get it. I am on the same boat my friend.

But, something that I’ve learned the past couple years (being a student) is how important family is during the holiday season. Since this is the second year of me living away from home, it has made me realize that the one thing that really gets me in my holiday spirit is sitting around the fireplace staring at the beautifully lit Christmas tree, catching up with the people I love.

I guess the main point I’m trying to get across this holiday is, remember how much your loved ones do for you and care for you. Unplug for a couple hours and catch up with what you have been missing in everyone’s lives. The best gift you can give this Christmas is the gift of being there with your loved ones. And I don’t just mean physically be there, I mean mentally be there. Show your love this Christmas and always be thankful.

Have a great holiday season!

What To Do In Autumn In Kamloops!

This video was made by my classmates Beth, Veronica and me so we can help you if you are visiting our town and not sure what to do first! There are lots of great places to start and even more great things Kamloops has to offer that we didn’t get the chance to cover. But, if you’re visiting our town, here are some great ideas!

This One’s For The Parents

This is a tutorial for the parents that have children in university/college. We love you, you mean everything to us. That is why you should know the truth about the stuff that we encounter as students. I know some of you may have attended post-secondary at some point but I can assure you that some of our experiences will be different.  To start off, I’d like to clarify some things.

  • We (as fullsizerenderstudents) are busy 24/7. Whether that be busy with school, busy with friends, busy with work, etc. So please don’t be upset if we don’t get a chance to talk to you every day.
  • We’re going to spend money on stupid stuff, even though you’ve told us not to like a million times. I’m sorry, but it will happen.
  • We have no time to worry about nutrition. If I have time, I will cook a nutritious meal but if I’m loaded with homework; pizza and Kraft Dinner is where I’m probably going to turn.
  • We look up to you, so when we ask you to proofread our four-page essay (I know it’s boring and long and you probably don’t want to read it) please at least skim it and let us know what we can do to improve.
  • Don’t worry too much about us and how were doing living away from home. Times can be hard but this is our learning stages in life and we know we have been taught from the best.

I could go on with more but I think you kind of get the idea. Being a student is difficult, especially when we live far away from you. And I know some parents are reading this and thinking, “but what can I do to help! I want to help!” I have a couple ideas for you!

  • img_9501When we do get a chance to come home and visit, a few home cooked meals or even some meats, treats, and other things that are taking up room in your fridge; we will definitely take those.
  • If for some reason you happen to come across gift cards to grocery stores, or anywhere else, we will muchly appreciate those as well (considering we are very tight with money).
  • Another great idea that I have seen online is care packages. If you don’t see your child much a care package could be a great way to show that you’re thinking of them and hoping things are going well. A care package could include simple things like cleaning supplies, toiletries, snacks, really anything that you would want to put in a little box and mail to your child in need.

That pretty much sums up my advice/tutorial for parents who have children in university. The main thing is to remember we love you and miss you! And we know that no matter what you will have our backs with whatever may be thrown at us. Special shoutout to my family back home for being so supportive and loving, you guys rock.

How To Stay Happy And Healthy While Attending University

This one is for all the students out there like me that have put on the ‘freshman 15’, felt totally overwhelmed and depressed at times and find themselves glued to the couch.

As a full-time student, I totally understand the pressure and emotional  upheaval University can put you through. Whether that means that you’re drowning in assignments or you’re not and you feel like you’re missing something, you spending 24/7 at the school or you don’t and feel like you should be, or any other reasons, this post is here to help.

Eating healthy while on a tight budget can be tough. I’m sure as all of you have noticed when you walk into a grocery store all of the healthy produce is crazy expensive and Mr. Noodles is like 87 cents so what’s the obvious choice here? Am I right? Eventually, eating too many Mr. Noodles catches up to you. In April you’re looking in the mirror and asking yourself what the hell happened?. I’m sure many of you have been there before. I definitely have. Now in my second year, I have started to plan my meals while shopping, choose healthier options of easy go-to foods (for example: instead of a grilled cheese sandwich, try making a tuna sandwich instead). Try to incorporate at least one vegetable in your dinner or lunch, and most importantly, never skip a meal. Staying healthy also means eating when you’re hungry! Don’t feel like you can’t eat if you want to be healthy, because that is very untrue. The internet is also a really great place to find healthy recipes and other tips. Here are some helpful links I found.

Staying active is another huge part of staying healthy but also staying happy. I’ve learned through many trainers and just from experience that laziness will eventually lead to depression. Some tips to staying active would be to ask your friends to go on a walk on a nice day, somewhere that you have never been in town before or if hiking is popular in your city (like in mine), find a good hiking trail! It not only is great exercise but could also bring you to a beautiful scenic point which can feel very rewarding. Another activity you can do is look into if your school has intramural sports! They are inexpensive, fun, and non-competitive and usually offered for almost every sport! Some schools even offer free workout classes for the students at different times of the day to keep you in shape! And of course, working out at home is always great because you’re on your own time and it’s free! Here are some helpful websites about staying active.

Everyone who’s attended/attending university knows that sometimes you get overwhelmed and stressed and it makes you unhappy. Finding the balance between your busy uni life and finding time for yourself can be hard but it’s necessary! Take at least a couple hours on a Saturday or Sunday to do something you love doing. Whether that be reading, watching a movie, going to the mall, whatever! You have to remember that your happiness is what is most important to you and that happiness will keep your wheels turning. Juggling student life and just life, in general, can be hard so, surround yourself with friends and fun times and I guarantee that you will get a fulfilling experience out of going to university. Here are some websites I found interesting.

I created this post to help students like me get over these bumps in the road. These tips would be helpful to me (well they are), because University can be one of the toughest times in your life, but you also want it to be one of the greatest times of your life and that my friends, is what I hope to help you accomplish.