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Updated: Sep 18


Does this sound like you?


You dread getting dressed because it takes you forever to pick out an outfit.


You agonize over packing for a trip, and you always end up bringing way too much stuff.


You can never find what you need because your closet is stuffed with garments, many of which you almost never wear.


If these are familiar experiences, the good news is there’s an easy way to simplify your life and your closet so that you don’t have to keep wasting time and money managing your wardrobe.



A #CAPSULEWARDROBECALCULATOR lets you keep track of your favourite garments and outfits, helps you plan for travel, and lets you calculate which pieces of clothing are the most valuable in terms of cost per wear.


Plus, a capsule wardrobe calculator takes the guesswork out of dressing. Simply enter your wardrobe items into the calculator. From there you can:


Keep track of your clothing items (so you always know what you have)

Automatically generate outfit combinations (no more hemming and hawing over what to wear)

Highlight your favourite outfits (so you know exactly what to throw in your suitcase for travel)

Calculate how often you wear specific items (so you can invest in quality pieces when you shop)


Embrace the minimalist lifestyle with a capsule wardrobe calculator that lets you live and dress simply.



















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#CapsuleWardrobeCalculator #ClothingCalculator, #ClothingCalculatorTool, #ManageYourWardrobe, #SimplifyYourClothing #SimplySimpleOrg



Updated: Nov 25



When you think about colouring, what comes to mind first? Most tend to automatically define colouring as an activity meant for children to keep them occupied. And there’s nothing wrong with that association--in fact, it creates a poignant segue into why coloring is the perfect downtime hobby for overworked adults.


Just as colouring serves as a mode of distraction for children, it provides the same sense of meditative diversion for the adult mind by redirecting our attention toward colouring rather than being actively receptive to stressful thoughts like worrying about that big meeting tomorrow, or remembering that you forgot to take the trash out, etc.



Multiple studies have found that people who opted to allot designated leisure time for low-intensity hobbies into their schedule exhibited overall lower blood pressure, decreased cortisol levels (stress hormone), a healthier BMI, and more sustainable exertion of energy during physical activity.

Our Societal Need for Conscious Rest & Active Meditation Activities



In the fast-paced lifestyle of contemporary society, it can sometimes feel next to impossible to find a moment of true reprieve that isn’t just nightly sleep. Our brains need both conscious and unconscious rest in order to function in their optimal state. So while a goodnight’s sleep is important, relying solely on that one period of rest to both rehabilitate you from the day prior and also properly prepare you for the next, is always going to result in lingering exhaustion come morning. Conscious rest, which is so necessary for renewed mental clarity, can be achieved through modes of active meditation such as colouring, gardening, going on a walk, knitting, needlework, etc.


Not having enough time is one the most popular and overtired excuses used by those who neglect to incorporate any hobbies at all into their lives. And yet it’s usually these same people who reach for their phones and spend an indefinite amount of time scrolling when they do finally catch a break.


Embracing Digital Minimalism


We live in an age where our devices have essentially become an extension of identities, and it’s doing more direct harm to us than good. Excessive exposure to blue light can actually induce the complete opposite effects that colouring and other active mediation activities have been proven to combat.


The blue light emitted by all screens--computer, phones, TV, tablets, etc.--not only disrupts the circadian rhythm, but wreaks havoc on the body by its spiking cortisol and adrenaline levels. Even just receiving notifications, or anxiously awaiting a response to a message can send your body into the beginnings of fight or flight.


As a biological self-defense mechanism, fight or flight triggers those stress hormones to start surging through your body. That, of course, is a natural response. But where it becomes an issue is if your body enters the state every time you use your device for an extended period of time. Putting your body under unrelenting stress can increase your risk of experiencing heart disease, heart attacks, high blood pressure, and strokes. Opting to colour instead of thumbing through social media could quite literally be saving your life.


Obviously, a comprehensive digital detox is the number one most beneficial thing someone whose screen time is through the roof can do for themselves. But in our day & age, for the vast majority who rely on technology for both work and everyday life, completely unplugging isn’t in the cards.


The next best thing would be to embrace habits that descend from the concept of digital minimalism. Digital minimalism upholds the art of using your incremented time online for necessary tasks and intentional objectives, logging off promptly after. By embracing this method, you aren’t neglecting your commitments for some sort of radical anti-modern technology rally. Instead you’ve reprioritize how much time you actually need in front of the screen, versus how much time you spend with your face buried in your phone


The Great Revival of Adult Colouring During Lockdown



Colouring books designed specifically for adults first made their commercial headway as an unforgettable trend of 2015. After their moment in the spotlight, raking in nearly 12 million dollars in collective sales, the market for adult colouring books hit a rather abrupt hiatus shortly after. But upon the emergence of lockdown, the resurrection of adult colouring books was almost immediate. If a collective yearning for hobbies that keep our minds disconnected while still busy posed enough incentive for adult colouring books to make a comeback nearly six years later, then maybe we had once been on a similar track in 2015.


With the isolation and prolonged period of unknowingness, the pandemic ushered in a revolutionary need for the same sense of distraction that coloring might offer to a mind tormented by daily stress, but on a much larger scale. This widespread resurgence of hobbies we witnessed during quarantine began as a last-ditch effort to stave-off feelings of anxiety and pessimism by returning to ourselves in the absence of others, but subsisted as a light at the end of the tunnel that offered newfound perspectives as the months dragged on. For many, these hobbies transformed from pastimes into passion projects in hardly no time at all. Whether they knew it or not, people were reaping the benefits of true conscious rest by pouring their hearts and minds into a hobby.


For those who were looking for a creative outlet that was both affordable as well as less mentally taxing than learning a new instrument or drafting the beginnings of their first memoir, adult colouring books hit the nail on the head.


Now, as a proven coping mechanism for managing sentiments of stress and anxiety as they arise, adult coloring books have taken a sharper turn toward creating a clear-cut niche for adult coloring as a meditation alternative through a different genre of coloring called Mandala colouring.



Mandala Colouring Technique


According to renowned psychologist Carl Jung, the mandala was a geometrical representation of how we view ourselves in relation to our place in this life. Traditionally-speaking, mandalas are designs that originated from both Buddhism and Hinduism, representing the omnipotence of the universe through their intricate designs. Colouring mandalas as opposed to a conventional adult coloring book can offer more in regard to the meditative and therapeutic experience by virtue of how complex their designs can be. These minute details require true focus, therefore almost guaranteeing that your mind won’t be dwelling on negative thoughts, but rather on the elaborate mandala in front of you.






Adult Colouring Mediums for Beginners



Beginner Artists--

If you’ve just begun your adult colouring journey, the best medium to begin with is definitely coloured pencils. Coloured pencils are relatively no mess (beside their shavings) and far easier to shade and blend with than most other advanced mediums.


The range of brands and types of coloured pencils available for purchase either online or in-store are exhaustive. We suggest that you narrow your scope by two defining factors: price & an anticipated quality. If you don’t personally care all that much about quality and color pay-off, then you’ll probably be able to track down colored pencils for as little as a dollar or two.


*Keep an eye out for brands like: Cra-Z-Art, Crayola, & Sample


Experienced Beginners--


When it comes to coloured pencils, investing just a couple more dollars in the more expensive option can be a night & day difference in regard to the quality, vibrancy, and longevity of your pencils compared to the budget options available.


*Keep an eye out for brands like: Prismacolor, Arteza, & Derwent Procolour


Intermediate/Advanced Artists--


Honestly, the only real reason you should consider waiting to invest in professional markers for your mandalas or adult colouring books is because one small wrong move could tarnish your entire piece if you’re using ink. And while perfection isn’t everything, messing up can still be incredibly frustrating, especially if you’ve already put a decent amount of time and effort into a page.


*Keep an eye out for brands like: Stabilo, Pentel, & Sharpie


Before using markers, you’ll want to know how to best avoid smears, to feel confident that your dexterity can handle using markers in small in-between blank spaces, and to be sure not stain the tips of your markers with residual ink from others in the page.


Last but not least, the holy grail rule that sets apart whether you should be using markers or coloured pencils--blending! DO NOT try to blend with your markers. You’ll end up with the stain of two disagreeing colors on your page, and potentially paper that will start to pill.


Because coloured pencils are a dry medium, blend all you want! You’ll never have to worry about bleeding, blotting, or staining. That is unless you’re using watercolour pencils.



#AdultColouring #DigitalMinimalism #SimplySimpleOrg



Updated: Sep 18




For many people, cooking, eating and sharing meals with family are some of the things that brings the greatest pleasures and strengthens family bonds.

Yet, for many of those who are concerned about the health of the planet, the preparation and consumption of food come with their own set of problems. One of the challenges we face is the sustainability of the food system.


There is no doubt that we love eating fresh food at home, striving to ensure that nothing is wasted. It's also very fortunate for us to have the option to choose what we eat, as many people around the world don't enjoy this freedom. Because of this, we wouldn't want to waste even a morsel of food.


A look at the statistics shows frightening figures when it comes to food waste. Canadian households throw out about $1,700 worth of food a year while their American neighbours throw out about $2,000 worth of food every year. If we take into account other sources of food waste, such as restaurants, grocery stores, farms, etc., these numbers can seem quite ominous.





Why #ThriveLife is the solution – simple, clean food


Some companies are taking the initiative to prevent food waste, ensuring that food waste in homes will soon be a thing of the past. In addition to #ThriveLife offering innovative solutions to preventing food waste, they also ensure that we don't have to spend countless hours planning, preparing, cooking, serving and cleaning up the food we eat each day.


It's interesting to think about how much planning and preparation is involved in the food we eat. When we’re not chopping vegetables or washing fruits, we’re cutting raw meat. We love food but many don’t really like the preparations involved. This was a problem Steve and Jason tried to solve with their company. Although everyone eats, Steve and Jason knew that meals must first be prepared by someone. Eliminating the stress of preparing meals and ensuring the health of our families with meals prepared from #ThriveLife staples was their goal. #FreezeDriedFoods was their solution.


The satisfaction of having a diverse food supply to feed our families is always gratifying. We recommend supplementing fresh, canned and frozen foods with freeze-dried ingredients from #ThriveLife. that provide great options in times of need. It's faster, easier, and healthier!





How did freeze-dried foods come about?

These are some interesting facts about freeze-dried foods...


  • Machines to freeze-dry foods and other products was developed during World War Two.




Are #FreezeDriedFoods healthy?


Freeze drying causes much less damage to food's nutritional value than other methods of preservation.


How are #FreezeDriedFoods prepared?


To freeze-dry any food, it is first frozen solid, the water is removed, usually via a vacuum pump and finally a heat source removes ice crystals. The finished product can retain up to 99 percent of its nutrition while weighing only 20 percent of the original weight.


What’s the difference between #FreezeDriedFoods and dehydrated foods?


Many opt to dehydrate foods at home for a variety of reasons. Dehydrated foods can be used for long term food storage as well as for everyday foods – foods such as Jerky and fruit leathers. The process of dehydrating foods involves removing most of the moisture. The moisture is removed by using high temperatures of heat that circulate around the food. Despite having a longer shelf life than fresh food, the result is an altered shape, texture, flavour, and nutritional value. The recommended storage life of dehydrated foods can vary.


#FreezeDriedFoods, on the other hand, are achieved by flash-freezing a food and then vacuum-drying it to remove all its moisture. As a result, the product has a longer shelf life than fresh food, while retaining the same shape, texture, flavor, and nutritional value.


Foods that are freeze-dried have a shelf-life of up to 25 years, when properly stored. With #FreezeDriedFoods from #ThriveLife, we can be assured that our foods will remain safe to consume for up to 25 years.


As a rule of thumb, if a sealed can of #FreezeDriedFoods is opened, the food ought to be consumed within 2 weeks to 1 year, depending on the fat content.


When considering the different ways to store various foods for both short and long term, #FreezeDriedFoods is a wonderful option.


What are the benefits of Thrive’s #FreezeDriedFoods?


Specially-formulated individual ingredients: Thrive's #FreezeDriedFoods contain individual ingredients so that we can prepare meals according to our own preferences.


No food waste: Food waste is largely caused by the short shelf lives of our foods. With Thrive #FreezeDriedFoods, this scenario is avoided as the freeze-dry process gently removes moisture and locks nutrients, so that our food stays naturally preserved.


Simple meal preparation: The entire meal preparation process is extremely simple. There’s no need for cutting, peeling, slicing, or shopping due to the fact that those processes have already been completed.


Short- and Long-Term storage: Thrive #FreezeDriedFoods can be used for both short-term and long-term storage.





The Tale of Two Bananas


The Tale of Two Bananas is very illuminating. Which one is fresher? The one in your local grocery store or the freeze-dried one sold by #ThriveLife?


Did you know that the bananas (and other fruits) sold in our local grocery store are generally picked extremely early and then artificially ripened, which contributes to its early spoilage so soon after if is purchased?


#ThriveLife picks its fruits from places vetted for their quality and by their ability to grow in their natural habitat. They are allowed to ripen naturally and then flash frozen before freeze-dried, thereby locking in its nutrients.

How does #FreezeDriedFoods help us?


Food Shortages caused by disruptions in supply chains: This was particularly evident during the COVID-19 Pandemic when food shortages sparked panic buying. The shelves of the supermarket were bare. It was largely a logistics issue. To contain the pandemic, shut down measures and transportation restrictions severely affected food supplies. #ThriveLife provides us with options.


Natural Disasters: Most people will be affected by some by type of natural disaster in their lifetime. The #FreezeDriedFoods from #ThriveLife provides us with options and allow us to be in control of our family's survival whenever this happens.


Power Outages: For those of us living in areas prone to power outages, having #FreezeDriedFoods can be a lifesaver when there is no power.


Water Main Breaks: Clean water can be limited commodity during water main breaks. This can greatly affect our ability to cook and prepare our meals. This situation is avoided by investing #FreezeDriedFoods that require little to no water to prepare. #FreezeDriedFoods can be snacked on right out of the can.


Illness/loss of employment: Loss of employment or illness can be one of the most difficult experiences people encounter in their lifetime. The loss of a job can also lead to financial problems, such as not being able to purchase groceries. By investing in #FreezeDriedFoods from Thrive Life Foods, we are providing #FoodInsurance for ourselves.


Busy schedules: Thrive’s #FreezeDriedFoods is changing the way busy professionals eat. The overwhelming demands on our time can make preparing healthy meals challenging. #FreezeDriedFoods is a wonderful alternative to fast food.



What is #ZeroWasteCooking?


The number of creative solutions to food waste is on the rise. With a bit of planning, it is possible to reduce waste from meals at home, helping to ensure a more sustainable kitchen. Zero-waste dining is simply the idea of not wasting anything. The concept means leaving as little food and packaging waste as possible when preparing meals.


Is #ZeroWasteCooking really possible?


Despite the fact that we may not be able to completely eliminate waste from our meals, we can create a sustainable kitchen. Sustainability is challenging in our current food supply chain, owing to the sheer abundance of processed foods. In reality, #ZeroWasteCooking is part of a larger movement to reduce food waste on our planet through sustainable living. In other words, we are choosing a brand that will help us accomplish what we can with the resources that we have at our disposal.



Final Thoughts


#ThriveLife is your premier source for healthy, convenient, and cost-efficient foods. Their #FreezeDriedFoods are the future of the mealtime experience.






#ZeroWaste #ZeroWasteCooking #Minimalism #FreezeDriedFoods #ThriveLife #FoodInsurance #GoingGreen #SimplySimpleOrg