Guide to preparing for exams in any part of your life

It may be mid November but it is the best time to begin preparing for end of the year exams or any type of exam. No matter if you are in University, College, High School or taking a class for personal development. These main ideas will make sure you can efficiently prepare and succeed in your efforts. So grab a cup of tea and read on.

Prepare Early

This one is a given but is key to getting far. Take out a calendar and plan out your study sessions leading up to your exam. Two weeks for most is enough but if you need more time then plan for it. If you have any type of exam guide have it ready along with all of your course materials. Gather it all together and set it up in a way that you can study at your desk when you need to. If you are anything like me your room looks like a bomb went off, clean up your space so it is easier to focus.

Fuel Up

There is nothing worse than be hangry while you study. Gather up things that have protein and nutrients to help you work. If you are a smoothie person, use plenty of fruits and leafy greens. Then add a bit off protein to fuel your mind. Keep other snack like things such as nuts on hand to keep yourself full. For drinks that help you think try matcha. It will give you a kick that will gradually kick in and fade out (yey for no jitters!). Also it is a relaxing beverage with L-Theanine which is said to reduce stress and anxiety. But if you are a Java drinker try using maple syrup as a sweetener and almond milk. They are all natural additives that do good for the body. For an extra kick of goodness top it off with cinnamon. It’s good to fight off colds, protects the heart among other things.

Schedule your Breaks

To be the most productive while studying take regular breaks. It helps keep you focused and most productive in your efforts. If you have trouble breaking away use the pomdroido app. It will let a timer run for a bit as you work and a beep will go off when it is time for a break. Take this time to take a walk, watch a bit of a show, knit or anything you wish that is not studying. Once the break is over the app will beep again to signal that it is time to work again. If you like that extra kick while you study then schedule in sessions for your exercise of choice. It will give you the vim and vigor to go back to study and also prime your brain to do so.

Get Plenty of Sleep

Studying late into the night eats into your precious sleep time. Which you need to absorb what you were studying that day. Wash your bedding prior to the weeks leading up to your exam to make sure your rest area is prepared. Stop studying about 30 minutes to an hour before turning in. If you have any trouble sleeping try massaging your feet, according to Chinese acupuncture there are points there that prime the body for rest. Lastly, make sure you are getting at least 7-8 hours of rest. Its that magical number that really lets you rest and absorb that information you were reviewing.

These are the magical four things you need in addition to studying your material, to confidently take your exam. I am also preparing for an exam right now and wish you the best of luck. If you are re-writing your notes or want some more guidance for your study sessions check out these blogs for printables and other information.

My Favorite oils to diffuse to boost productivity

Saje is a Canadian wellness company which has made life much more productive. This selection of their oils is what has helped me not only stay healthy but be more productive in all parts of life.

Staying productive can be a struggle without a little help. With so many options for productivity systems sometimes we want something a little simpler. Over the last year I have been experimenting with different oils and have created a collection to help with focus and resetting.

Brainstorm Collection

This set has been on my list since I got a nebulizer. Every blend in this set was curated together will wake you up and gear you up to hustle. Refresh is perfect for breaks (or if you need a kick while under the weather). Quick Study puts you in the right mindset instantly. Exhale will help you clear your mind before a deep brainstorm session (or even a meditation session). Lastly, Energy is a citrusy wake up call to start any project you have on your plate

Saje is a Canadian wellness company which has made life much more productive. This selection of their oils is what has helped me not only stay healthy but be more productive in all parts of life.

#Wellness Limited Edition Collection

When you are working mobile, this is the set to have on hand. Place a drop or so on three finger tips and massage into the crook of your neck or behind your ears. It’s the quick and easy way to use oils but be cautious, check the application area regularly. If there is any irritation, wash it off with a bit of soap and water. If you want to be a bit more cautious, then a slight sniff will be better. But let’s check out what is in here. Calm Down is perfect for when a problem is really stressing you out and you need to clear your mind. Chill Out is for when you really get into your work but need to come back to the real world (and need to relax). Get Going will kick off your work session as soon as you get to your destination. It’s a small kit that will easily fit in any bag or purse, the ultimate mobile oil set.

Saje is a Canadian wellness company which has made life much more productive. This selection of their oils is what has helped me not only stay healthy but be more productive in all parts of life.

Liquid Sunshine Blend

This blend is also called “cheerful diffuser blend”, which is so true as it blasts away the seasonal blues. On days I know I need the extra help to wake up I turn on my nebulizer, with this oil in it that I placed there the night before. While sipping my morning cup, this oil urges me to wake up quicker than usual. Perfect oil to jump on a project earlier in the day (for me that is anytime before 10am) or you have a few minutes to get ready before going out last minute.

Saje is a Canadian wellness company which has made life much more productive. This selection of their oils is what has helped me not only stay healthy but be more productive in all parts of life.
These oils can be used alone or mixed together. Such as Energy Boost with a touch of Refresh gives you just the right amount of balance, relaxed yet with a bit of a kick. Head to your nearest Saje to give them a try.

Why a nebulizer is my favorite seasonal tool


Fighting back against seasonal depression can be a struggle, but with a nebulizer you can finally get ahead. Learn why I use a nebulizer and how it works.

        With daylight savings time ending this weekend and days getting shorter, it is that time again to break out my nebulizer. Last year was the worst I felt in years, seasonal depression hit hard and It took till February to find true solution. That was my nebulizer which puts negative ions into the air, you may be asking what that does so let me explain it’s magic.

Negative ions are not seen by the naked eye but can be felt. When we are near large bodies of water or even in the shower, these atoms are released. They cause us to feel relaxed and at peace, but most of all helps our mood. To do this it relieves stress and anxiety and from that you have more energy to do things that fuel you. As an added bonus it also boosts your immune system and purifies the air. But that is just the techy-science side of it.

The best part of it is I can diffuse oils to set the mood or add a boost to my productivity. No matter what I am doing, even sleep, I can make it more effective with my favorite essential oils diffused.

Fighting back against seasonal depression can be a struggle, but with a nebulizer you can finally get ahead. Learn why I use a nebulizer and how it works.Goddess

This one is on often, I love the blend of citrus, rose and jasmine together. There is something really enchanting about diffusing this oil and having a self care night. It just feels right (especially with some reading socks and a glass of wine or cup of tea).

Mountain High

As a nature lover I had to get his oil. It feels like you brought in a forest into your space. With pine needle, balsam fir, sage and cedar wood in the mix; it really covers many of the tree types here in Ontario. This one will be on when I am feeling extra festive or just need to relax.

Lavender

My go-to for deep restful sleep. The holidays get me restless so on evenings that are followed by a day off this will be on the go. Getting that deep sleep really is key to get through the craziness. On other days it helps for sore muscles ( when applied to the skin) and numerous other things.

Seasonal depression can hit any of us, with the holidays we just want to get through it all. If you have a chance to try out a nebulizer or oils even, let us know in the comments. I love hearing about your journey too!

**This post was not sponsored and was written for my love of health and wellness**

Cozy up with these Delicious Autumn Inspiring Teas

Cozy up with a warmer version of fall, with these autumn tasting teas. They pair well also with pie so we won't blame you for bringing some to Thanksgiving Dinner to share.

Autumn is in full swing, adding a little bit of the flavors of it in our cup is bound to be on your list this season (by the way they are all good for winter too). Each tea on our list was picked for its warmth and delicious toasty notes. Also they go great with a slice of apple or pumpkin pie. So they will be perfect after Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends. Try one or all of them, your taste buds will thank you.

Shuei Xian Oolong

This lovely oolong is from Fujian Province in China in the Wuyi region. This area is known for its “rock” oolongs. All of which have been roasted to various degrees which comes out in the cup. It is definitely a tea you will love to have on hand.

Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong

This is a very unique tea that is best enjoyed on a rainy day. It is made from very special trees in China on Phoenix Mountain in Guangdong Province. It tastes fruity and the aroma and flavor stays even after many infusions. It’s very much a sought after tea by tea enthusiasts and worth every sip.

Cozy up with a warmer version of fall, with these autumn tasting teas. They pair well also with pie so we won't blame you for bringing some to Thanksgiving Dinner to share.

Golden Monkey Black (Red)

First off this is my favorite tea to pair with cookies or any type of pastry. It’s just a pair that makes your taste buds sing. This is because it is not astringent like most other black teas and tastes best plain. It is a classic and on the list of top 10 teas of China. It is from Yunnan Province the home of many of the teas on the market from China. It’s a little bit of history in your cup that you are bound to love.

Dong Ding Oolong

Just had to include a classic Taiwanese Oolong on this list. With its baked stone fruit notes it can very well replace your dessert (or be paired with one if you so desire). With its balled style it is bound to give you many infusions over the full course of your me time.

These three are just a few of many out there that feel like you have fall in your cup. A good way to find other is to look for ones that have been roasted (yumm).

Create a strong foundation for your life with Citizen Tea

   ** This post was sponsored by Citizen Tea by product only. All opinions are my own**

Finding a few teas  start with can be a struggle. Citizen Tea has solved this problem with this (Men's) strong foundation collection. Kick start your tea collection or journey with this herbal trio from Teaopia's former owners.

 

    I get asked about which teas are best for numerous reasons. I have been learning about herbs since before my tea journey began. Back then I experimented in try blends for different reasons, that being for the three main things we all want help with. Sleep, energy and something to combat colds. We all need help with these three, that is why we are encouraged to drink tea to wake up, get better or to help us relax for sleep.
Teaopia was the first place that understood our need for tea for different purposes. While it has been about 4 years since Teavana bought and took over, it lives on again (yeah, totally made a zombie reference there). With Citizen Tea it gained a new life.
Much like with Teaopia they have amazing sets that will fit your needs. I choose one that hit those three main needs, Men’s Collection. The name of the collection is no matter as it has everything to meet those three needs. Very much it is the tool kit to get through the day and be prepared for anything.

Energy Booster

With cold season here this was a saving grace. I was riding out the end of a cold earlier this week and drank this tea to keep awake. It has a subtle sweetness to it that was very pleasing. It cleared the sinuses (read: great for allergies) and helped me get better quicker. Lapacho, the main ingredient, is also a natural antibiotic according to sources online. Normally I would be hesitant to point such a thing out but the fact remains that I am feeling much better after having it (and a detox bath, more on that latter). Cold season or not it gave a pleasant boost that was just right. 

Finding a few teas  start with can be a struggle. Citizen Tea has solved this problem with this (Men's) strong foundation collection. Kick start your tea collection or journey with this herbal trio from Teaopia's former owners.

Fit Active

At Teaopia this was my go to tea at any sign of a cold symptom (or your co-workers were sick). It is loaded with fruits and herbs that contain a lot of vitamin C and also has Raspberry Leaf which acts as a diuretic. Flushing out the illness is necessary for getting better, no one likes being sick. Rose-hip peel has been known to help with when you have the cold mostly in your chest ( this tends to be my problem). Overall most of the ingredients were put in this blend to assist with a cold, while the remainder is for taste. It is a very pleasant tea to have any time but even better when you are under the weather. 

Finding a few teas  start with can be a struggle. Citizen Tea has solved this problem with this (Men's) strong foundation collection. Kick start your tea collection or journey with this herbal trio from Teaopia's former owners.Sleep Well

Most tea for sleep has chamomile in it, which is related to ragweed , so it is a nice change to no see it in this blend. No sniffling here (allergic to ragweed), this tea is great for sleep and also when you have a cold. Lemon verbena, fennel, peppermint and licorice root – are key players in fighting back cold or sinus problems. Having these in here is great as you know you can go to sleep with the sniffles under control. You will feel this tea in your throat due to the licorice root, but with it continually getting colder the added reassurance you’re protected from colds is very welcome.

Finding a few teas  start with can be a struggle. Citizen Tea has solved this problem with this (Men's) strong foundation collection. Kick start your tea collection or journey with this herbal trio from Teaopia's former owners.

Having this set in your tea collection will mean that you are prepared for anything thrown at you. The name of the collection , Men’s Collection, should be taken as it is that cuddly-reassuring sidekick you have been wanting. Don’t let the name deter you from giving it a try, I have already shared a bit of each tea with close friends who were sick the last two weeks. Even they have seen the difference in how it makes them feel. Herbal blends are a great way to introduce yourself to tea or add a new dimension of wellness to your life.

If you were to give this collection a nickname ,what would you call it? Share your ideas and thoughts in the comments below.