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My Morning Routine – Weekday Edition

07.15.18

My Morning Routine

I love mornings and a good morning routine! I get up early, accomplish a lot, and by the time I get to work I feel I’ve already been so productive. So today I will share with you my morning routine, starting from when I get up to when I reach work!

My Morning Routine - Weekday Edition

It all starts when my alarm clock starts beeping at 5:25. I go to snooze it and the second one I have set for 5:27 (27 is my lucky number) is the one that gets my morning routine rolling. This might be super early for some people, but I actually really want to try getting up even earlier so I can accomplish more in the morning.

One thing I have started doing is pulling up the blinds in our room, and just using the thin white curtains. These bring in a lot of light and in the morning the light starts coming in around 5 am and this makes it so much easier to get up. I don’t even feel like not getting up! This is definitely not going to be the case in the winter when the sun rises later. But you can get those alarm clocks that start brightening up a room the closer to your alarm time it gets (my sister has one of these and loves it). I found this one on Amazon, so it might be on sale for Prime Day tomorrow!

I would love to say that when I get up, I get straight into the shower, however, I do spend a couple of minutes just checking to see if I got any messages/emails. This is one thing that I definitely want to change. It would be great if I had zero screen/phone time in the morning.

Then I head to the bathroom and spend around 20 minutes showering, brushing my teeth and getting ready. Yes, I do take a quick shower, I don’t have the luxury on weekdays for longer showers.  I also start to do my Japji Sahib as I am getting ready and making the bed. This is when I get Gursheel to get up and head to the bathroom.

Then I sit down and spend 30 minutes finishing the rest of my Nitnem. I have been trying to just sit down with my eyes closed and doing my Nitnem out loud and I have been loving it! Before I would do it on the go and didn’t pay attention to what I was saying. But making sure I have the time to sit down is really making a huge difference in my focus. Jaap Sahib is still one baani that I do need to take a peek to make sure I am doing it correctly.

Okay, around 6:20 I head down to the kitchen and get some hot water from the tap and add some lime to it. I have been drinking this first thing in the morning because I have heard of amazing benefits to your digestions because of it. As I drink my lime water,  I start packing our lunches. I have done a post on the Bento boxes we use for lunch and I have to say they are still an absolute favourite! Sometimes I pack the lunches the night before, but it doesn’t take long at all! We always take leftover dinner for lunch and we always have fruit and vegetables cut up in the fridge so it is super quick to just add it to the lunch box!

My Morning Routine - Weekday Edition

My Morning Routine - Weekday Edition

My Morning Routine - Weekday Edition

For breakfast for the past couple of weeks I have been drinking green smoothies/juices! I make it in the Vitamix and usually make 4 servings worth in one go. This means I only need to make the smoothie/juice every other day for both me and Gursheel. This past week I added spinach, kale from our garden, pineapple, cucumber celery and water and it was sooo delicious!

My Morning Routine - Weekday Edition

Once I’ve made the green smoothie/juice, it is usually around 6:30 am and I sit down with my laptop and get to work on the blog. I drink the smoothie as I work for the next 45 minutes. Every day I have a different goal I work towards and this holds me accountable and keeps me focused on one task. I have so many goals I want to accomplish for the blog but I also love my day job so I really need these focused 45 minutes in my morning routine to get things done.

My Morning Routine - Weekday Edition

A side note, as I work on the blog during these 45 minutes, I also use my jade roller. This is something I just started doing and I’ve noticed a little bit of my difference on my face in terms of puffiness and redness. Have any of you heard of jade rolling and do you do it as well? Let me know in the comments below! I have this green one but this pink one is super cute as well!

My Morning Routine - Weekday Edition

Around 7:15 am we get into the Jeep and head towards our bus stop. This is usually a 25-30 minute drive! So, we take advantage of this time and listen to katha. Currently we are listening to Pracheen Panth Parkash katha by Giani Sher Singh. I want to learn and understand more of our history and I have found katha has so much to offer. It also is hard for me to understand completely, so I love listening to it with Gursheel in the Jeep. If I don’t understand something, I pause the track right away and we discuss it. We have been doing this for a few months now and I have been loving it! Once we reach our bus stop, we just stop the track and continue on the next day.

We usually get to the bus stop around 7:45 am and because the bus schedules are so unpredictable, it really is variable when we actually get on. I have to say though it is pretty great that Gursheel also works downtown now, we literally do almost everything together! Usually I get in to work between 8:45-9 am and spend that hour reading on my Kindle! I am reading the Stormlight Archive right now by Brandon Sanderson and I am hooked! He seriously is my favourite author!

By the time 9 am hits I feel like I’ve already accomplished so much, but my day just starts! I love working in research and because I do enjoy what I do my day goes by pretty fast! Let me know if you want me to share my evening routine (it’s not as productive). I hope you found my morning routine useful and inspiring and not too long and boring! Haha! Anyways hope you all are having a wonderful day! Love you all!

Kam Travels

Toronto Fashion District – What to Do and Where to Eat

06.28.18

Hi friends, I just realized I had written this post a year ago but never posted it! Some of you always message me for things to do and places to eat in Toronto and I think this is a perfect post all about Toronto Fashion District. Hope you enjoy!

Toronto Fashion District

This past weekend, Gursheel wanted to go to Graffiti Alley and I wanted to check out some fabric stores that a local fashion designer told me about that are on Queen Street. Little did we know that both Graffiti Alley and the fabric stores on Queen Street were not only part of the Toronto Fashion District (or Garment District), but were on the same street! It was a win win! We parked a bit further away so had to walk in the intense heat to get to Queen street.

But Queen Street was so cool! There are so many garment stores that I was reminded slightly of fabric stores in India (just not as messy). The selection was pretty good and I bought some zippers for an upcoming project. They had brass zippers for $1 (all varying sizes from 3”-12”)! I have bought brass zippers from amazon for $6/each so this is an amazing price! I’m so excited for my next sewing project! Be on the lookout, it’ll be great.

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So, Graffiti Alley aka Rush Lane is an alley that is a few blocks long that was painted by a non-profit organization called Style in Progress. All the graffiti is completely legal and every summer they take over the alley and paint for a 24-hour period. I definitely want to check out them painting next year because the graffiti art is so so beautiful! The good stuff is near the end and so worth it.

 

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Food in the Fashion District

In terms of food, there were a couple of vegan friendly restaurants in the area, but we decided to go to Fresh. Fresh has four locations in Toronto, but we went to the one in the Toronto Fashion District on Queen Street West. I wasn’t too hungry so I got the bread, olives and dukkah which was an appetizer. Personally, I thought the olives and dukkah were way to salty, but I really did like the bread. Fresh is a vegan/vegetarian restaurant with a ton of selection, so I kind of regret not trying something else, because I definitely wasn’t a fan of this starter.

Gursheel, however, ordered a burger and his food looked and tasted amazing! Definitely want to go back and try everything off their menu, they even have a dessert menu. Too bad I was too full to try anything else!

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We also went to the Kupfert and Kim across the street from Fresh, another vegan restaurant that serves quick-serving items like coffee, sandwiches, and their best seller: waffles! I loved the aesthetic of this place and have been to some of their other locations as well.

Happy exploring!

Kamfort Food / Kamfy Living

Donut Themed Bridal Shower with Donut Cake

06.23.18

I’ve been sharing the DIY favours I made for my sisters donut themed bridal shower (sprinkles and chocolate bars) and today I’m back with pictures from the actual shower! We had the bridal shower at Deep Cove on a nice hot day in May, so hot that the amazing donut cake we had started to melt! It was an amazing day and I can’t wait to share with you the details put together by my good friend (and food editor) Manpreet from Simply Sophie Decor!

Just a quick heads up: I took all the pictures (not Gursheel) and therefore they are not the best. He did edit them for me to make them look a lot better than what they were. Also, it was quite windy that day and the balloons just did not sit still to get a good shot. But everything was beautiful! As people walked by they kept saying how beautiful everything looked and how insta worthy it is! I really wish I was able to capture the true beauty of the bridal shower.

Okay, now on to the donut themed bridal shower. My sister Takdeer LOVES anything pink and especially loves donuts. Along with the fact that she loves fun, we thought a donut themed pool party would be the perfect theme for her bridal shower. Originally I wanted to have this party at a pool but those are so hard to rent out! So we decided outdoors, near the water at Deep Cove. I was imagining having a bunch of donut floaties in the pool as we floated in them and just relaxed! This worked perfectly though, no one wanted to get wet so some people just lay in the donut floatie on the grass (by some people, I mean just Takdeer, hahaha).

We had the bridal shower on the grassy part near the water. We just laid down some white fabric and had these really cool tables from our friend that are actually lawn chairs! By adding some tablecloth and a table runner, you have the perfect setup. The food was absolutely delicious and was made by friends and family. We had some really cool donut themed plates, straws, napkins to complete the look.

We had one main table where we served drinks (lemonade was essential this day), displayed the favours, donut shaped cookies, donut cake and the super cool donut peg board made by Parveen from Citrus Hues! She also did amazing calligraphy for different signs, my favourite being the refreshments one! Manpreet also had this really cool idea to have fresh flowers and put them into milk jars with some milk and it looked so beautiful!

We also had games, and my favourite was definitely the classic toilet paper dress game. However, we had a little spin to the classic game and used dollar store finds instead of toilet paper and the dresses were so cool! We also had Takdeer knock down a donut shaped piñata, just because we found a donut piñata and just had to use it. It was fun watching her struggle! Haha!

I had such a great time that day and will definitely look back onto how beautiful everything was. The hardest part was lugging everything back into the cars after the party was over, especially in the intense heat. The donut cake had a hard time too, it melted near the end!

I will link all the vendors and supplies used for this donut themed bridal shower down below! Hope you enjoyed this post and let’s have a moment of appreciation for that amazing donut cake 😛

Donut themed bridal shower - donut cake

Donut themed bridal shower - donut cake

Donut themed bridal shower - donut cake

Donut themed bridal shower - donut cake

Donut themed bridal shower - donut cake

Donut themed bridal shower - donut cake

Donut themed bridal shower - donut cake

Donut themed bridal shower - donut cake

Donut themed bridal shower - donut cake

Donut themed bridal shower - donut cake

Donut themed bridal shower - donut cake

Donut themed bridal shower - donut cake

Donut themed bridal shower - donut cake

Donut themed bridal shower - donut cake

Donut themed bridal shower - donut cake

Donut themed bridal shower - donut cake

Donut themed bridal shower - donut cake

Donut themed bridal shower - donut cake

Donut themed bridal shower - donut cake

Donut themed bridal shower - donut cake

Donut themed bridal shower - donut cake

Donut themed bridal shower - donut cake

Vendors/Supplies – Donut Party

Simply Sophie Decor – aesthetic and execution

Citrus Hues – custom crate & donut board

Just Cakes Bakeshop – donut cake

Paper and Parties – disposable plates, forks, napkins, balloons

Cartems Donuts – donuts

ART of the PARTY – pink tablecloth

Get Kamfortable – sprinkle and donut favours

Party City – extra balloons, donut piñata, gold serveware

Amazon.ca – donut floaties

Sweet Avenue Bakery – donut cookies

Shop the post – donut themed