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5 Ways To Make The Most Of The Holidays

The holidays are many people’s favourite time of year, but the season also comes with the potential for major stress.

Between social commitments, family squabbles, gift-giving responsibilities, and preparing for everything, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and get off track from your normal routine.

Instead of getting stressed out by all the pressure, make a conscious choice to enjoy yourself more and worry less. Keep reading to find out how.

 

Set an Intention For the Season

This should include what you want to do and how you want to be. For example, you may want to go on vacation or choose to be more present during the holidays.

 

 

Have Realistic Expectations

People tend to put added pressure on themselves during the holidays to get the right gifts, the right decorations, the right outfits, etc.

Setting unrealistic expectations only leads to disappointment and FOMO (fear of missing out). Instead lean into JOMO (joy of missing out) this season. Appreciate the moment you’re in and don’t worry about the rest.

Feeling relaxed and happy is always going to feel better than perfect and pressured.

 

Make a Holiday Fun List

Write down the holiday activities that are most important to you and refer back to it throughout the season. Keep it to around five items, although you can include more if they are small and easy to accomplish, or fewer if they are loftier and require more planning.

 

Be Creative with Scheduling

Get your calendar ready and make a note of all your “can’t miss” activities so you can keep in mind what’s coming up and how much time you’ll need to prepare.

Don’t try to get all your errands and to-dos done during primetime hours. If you want to bake cookies, try doing it on a Thursday night or a Sunday morning instead of busy nights like Friday or Saturday.

 

Create a Calm Environment

During this time of year, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with bright lights, decorations, and loud festive music, so be sure to keep your personal space a bit calmer.

When you’re at home, play soothing music (even if it’s still seasonal) and try to set the mood for relaxation with candles and some greenery.

Remember that the real meaning of the holidays is to spend time with those who matter most to you. As long as you are nurturing your loved ones and yourself, what more do you really need?

 

Find more great tips on the COVE™ blog now.

 

 

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Do’s and Don’ts of Gifting Cannabis This Holiday Season

With the holidays right around the corner, cannabis can be an exciting and unique gifting option. That said, there are many things to consider before wrapping your favourite strain and tucking it under the Christmas tree.

Keep reading for our dos and don’ts of gifting cannabis.

Do’s of Gifting Cannabis

 

  • Cannabis-related stocking stuffers are a great place to start. Small accessories such as rolling papers, lighters, cones, etc. can make the perfect holiday gifts.

 

  • Upgrade your recipient’s essentials! Vaporizers, glass pieces, and even high-quality grinders are used frequently and can be expensive, so upgrading them for someone special is an amazing gift idea.

 

  • Make sure your gift is labelled. Include as much information as you can on your gift, especially if it’s a cannabis product.

 

  • Buy gift cards! Cannabis can be a very personal gift, so opting for a gift card is also a great way to give some green.

 

Don’ts of Gifting Cannabis

 

  • Don’t mix cannabis and alcohol. Cannabis can be a great alternative to traditional alcoholic gifts, but they are best kept as separate experiences.

 

  • Don’t gift old, dried flower. If your friends and family are new to consumption you don’t want to create a bad experience for them.

 

  • Don’t gift edibles without talking to the recipient about them first. Edibles give everyone a different experience, so it’s best to let someone know what to expect from this gift beforehand.

 

  • We also wouldn’t recommend gifting a variety you haven’t tried yourself! And never give anyone an edible as a snack or meal without them knowing what it is and that it’s in their food.

 

  • Don’t assume everyone will like what you like. Be mindful of your recipient’s tolerance and experience level!

 

  • Don’t expect to return anything. The return policy for cannabis and accessories will be different than most other gifts and will vary from retailer to retailer.

 

No matter what your cannabis gift giving plans are, keep these in mind and head to the COVE™ blog for more great tips!

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10 Profound Quotes to Ponder

We all need different things to help inspire us on the toughest days. While it can be challenging to work through hard times, there is plenty of inspiration that can help lead you to be more productive.

Uplift yourself with these profound quotes that can help you think in new ways.

 

“Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.” Edgar Allan Poe

 

“The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of life is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give.” – William Arthur Ward

 

“Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots.” Rumi

“He who is untrue to his own cause cannot command the respect of others.” Albert Einstein

 

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” Martin Luther King Jr.

 

“Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”Maya Angelou

 

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”William James

 

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams

 

“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”Oprah Winfrey

 

“Limit your always and your nevers.”Amy Poehler

 

Inspire yourself with these profound quotes and follow our blog to discover more wellness tips to help fuel your days.

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How to Design the Perfect Morning Routine

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The idea of the perfect day is nothing new and as many self-help gurus and authors will tell you, it all starts with your morning. You’ve probably heard the saying, ‘Got out of bed on the wrong side today’, so there is some truth to the idea that the morning can help set you up for a good day. However, if mismanaged, it can also set you up for a bad day.

 

If you’re looking to give your routine a facelift, we recommend starting with small changes. Steve Corona, known for his 30-day self-experiments, recommends you build your routine with a number of habits. On his blog, he outlines his method by having readers choose four habits to make up their routine and start them the following day.

 

Corona says to pick four habits from the following list:

  • Wake up at 5AM
  • Drink a tall glass of water as soon as you get out of bed
  • Make your bed immediately
  • Do 20 pushups as soon as you get out of bed
  • Eat a protein and fat rich breakfast within 30 minutes of getting up
  • Run a mile every single morning
  • Take your multivitamins everyday
  • Floss after breakfast
  • Do Blue Light Therapy to wake yourself up
  • Take a bath in the morning
  • Take a cold shower in the morning (it sucks but you feel AWESOME after)
  • Write a blog post every single morning
  • Write down 10 ideas
  • Write a journal entry
  • Write 250-1000 words on any topic
  • Keep a daily gratitude journal
  • Plan your entire day in 15-60 minute increments
  • Lay out your clothes for the day
  • Dress your absolute best for the day (EVEN if you work from home)

 

From here, you should take these four habits and do them for 30 days straight, no matter what. If you forget or miss a day, do 31 days of the routine instead.

After this experiment, you’ll have a better idea of what your morning needs. Maybe you loved the exercise aspect, but you do your best writing in the afternoon. Pivot the routine so it makes sense for you and what you need out of your day.

 

Developing productive morning habits is easier than you think! For more lifestyle design tips follow our blog.

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COVE™ Guide To Dried Flower Vaporizers

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What is A Dried Flower Vaporizer?

These devices heat up dried cannabis flower to create a vapour from the plant material. During this process the flavours and aromas are extracted, and users can inhale the vapour to enjoy their cannabis. While there are certain types of vaporizers that use cannabis extract in a cartridge, these vaporizers work with dried cannabis flower placed into a chamber.

 

Types of Dried Flower Vaporizers

There are two main types of dried flower vaporizers, portable (e.g.. PAX vaporizers) and desktop (e.g. Volcano vaporizers).

Portable vaporizers  are lightweight and perfect to bring with you on-the-go in your pocket or purse. These typically hold a small amount of dried flower and are best used solo.

Desktop versions are larger in size and generally need to be plugged into a power source. Most people use this type of vaporizer at home as it can hold a larger amount of cannabis. They also tend to be more suitable for longer sessions or sharing.

 

How Do They Work?

Dried flower vaporizers heat up the cannabis buds in the chamber to create the vapour. There are two different methods to do this: conduction and convection.

Conduction uses direct contact to heat the herb inside the chamber. Conduction heated vaporizers usually include an open flame heating plate that combusts the flower into vapour.

On the other hand, convection heating vaporizers use gas or liquid to expedite the movement of heat. The hot air circulates in the chamber each time you take a hit. This method does not combust the plant matter. Convection is considered the optimal option for vaporizing dried flower because it’s less likely than conduction to overheat the chamber.

 

Benefits of Dried Flower Vaporizers

Some of the benefits of dried flower vaporizers include better taste because the flower is being vaporized instead of burned, a weaker smell that makes usage more discreet, and environmental friendliness as the only waste is left over cannabis, which is naturally biodegradable.

 

Tips

Grinding the dried flower will help create a consistent result when heat is applied. Finely ground flower that isn’t too tightly packed will work best.

Try different temperatures based on the strain you’re vaporizing. Do your research to see what the optimal temperature is for the strain you’ll be consuming.

 

Dried flower vaporizers can be a user-friendly way to consume cannabis and help you enjoy the effects of the plant. Check out the COVE™ blog for more great cannabis content.

 

 

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4 Reasons to Learn a New Language

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Verbal communication is how we connect with each other. Being proficient in your native tongue can help you make local connections but knowing different languages can help you better engage with the rest of the world. Continue reading to learn how you can broaden your horizons by learning a new language.

Professional and Career Advantages

Learning additional languages can expand your access to job opportunities. In Canada, being bilingual in English and French makes you eligible for a variety of professional roles including federal job positions.

Having more than one language in your repertoire can also help you explore work in additional cities throughout the world.

Expanding Your Education Globally

Learning another language makes it easier to study abroad and earn a degree in another country. Depending on where you’re located, it may be more cost-effective to study outside of your home country.

Travelling to Foreign Countries

One of the main reasons to learn a new language is to smoothly navigate a foreign country when you visit. Being able to speak to and understand locals expands your social skills and can help you make some new friends. If you can speak the local language while travelling it can be easier to accomplish basic tasks such as ordering food at a restaurant, calling a cab, asking for directions, and reading street signs.

Only 20% of the world’s 7.5 billion people speak English and travelling overseas can easily cause a language barrier.

While travelling isn’t a priority right now because of COVID-related restrictions, having some extra time at home may give you an opportunity to pick up a new language before you travel to your next dream destination. Online language courses and apps, and travel dictionaries are a great place to start.

Discovering New Recipes

Being able to read another language will help you better understand recipe instructions and ingredients, helping you learn new dishes and add them to your cookbook.

There is delicious food from all around the world, so the more you understand, the better you’ll eat and appreciate food from different cultures! Check out this list of popular dishes from across the globe that you can try cooking at home while you wait to take your next travel adventure.

Try to pick up some new phrases using an app like Duolingo as a starting point for learning a new language, and follow our blog for more COVE™ Crafted articles.

 

 

 

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The COVE™ Guide To Meal Prepping

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Making better food choices can be difficult, but a little preparation can help simplify the process. You can choose healthier alternatives while leading a busy life thanks to meal prepping. Learn how you can get started below.

What Is Meal Prepping?

Meal prepping is the practice of preparing dishes or whole meals ahead of time. The purpose is to prepare meals that have healthier unprocessed ingredients for the week, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It can also help prevent you from eating fast food.

What are the Benefits?

Meal prepping can save you time and money. Setting a budget for your grocery shopping based on your weekly needs can help lower your costs and avoid dreaded takeout meals.

Preparation is typically done on the weekend, which can save you time throughout the week. Getting into this habit can also help you with weight loss goals as having pre-made healthy and delicious meals can improve your eating habits.

How to Get Started

Storage – Find a container that can store your food safely and allows for proper portion sizes. Glass containers are not only better for the environment, but better for you. When you warm up your meals you won’t have to worry about chemicals leaching into your food. They are also more durable. Containers with sections can help you portion your meals.

Decide What To Cook – Create a meal prep plan and decide what types of meals you’d like to prepare. Common ideas include oatmeal, baked goods, breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes.

Grab Your Ingredients – Shopping can be fun, but it’s important to stay focused and make sure you get all the ingredients you need for the week ahead while leaving out impulse buys.

Execute Your Prepping – Now that it’s time to prep, take two to four hours out of your schedule depending on how many meals you plan to cook. Organize your food into containers for storage. You can freeze the bulk of them and keep a few handy in the fridge for one or two days.

Meal prepping can lead you to your health and fitness goals in an organized way.

Follow our blog for more tips to help get your  wellness goals on track.

 

 

 

 

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7 Pantry Staple Recipes

 

With many of us staying at home and cooking more frequently, more people are digging into their pantries to cook quick and easy meals. . Thankfully, we’ve found some home cooking solutions with these pantry staple recipes.

What Are Pantry Staple Recipes?

Pantry staple recipes include items that are usually stashed in the back of your pantry or fridge and often go unused. They are convenient for impromptu cooking, especially when you are low on groceries.

 

Keep reading to see our favourite recipes below.

Breakfast

 

Pantry Food: Eggs

Veggie Filled Frittata – This delicious frittata recipe uses a skillet and can be cut into slices for easy sharing.

Pantry Food: Quinoa Flakes

Warm Quinoa Breakfast Cereal – A combination of nutritious seeds and quinoa flakes can be served in a bowl for a healthy breakfast cereal.

Lunch / Dinner

 

Pantry Food: Pasta

Canned Tuna Pasta With Olive Oil & Garlic – Spice up dinner with another easy-to-make recipe that includes canned tuna, garlic cloves, olive oil, and your favourite pasta.

Pantry Food: Canned Tuna

Avocado & Tuna Salad Wraps – Tuna can prove to be one of the most versatile pantry ingredients in any home chef’s arsenal. Try these fresh-tasting tuna and avocado wraps if you still don’t believe us.

Snacks

 

Pantry Food: Old Fashioned Oats

Oatmeal On-The-Go Bars – Oatmeal bars can make the perfect on-the-go snack  when cut into squares for easy transport.

Pantry Food: Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter Buckeyes – This creative and nutritious recipe is shaped like a buckeye and uses a combination of protein powder, peanut butter, and chocolate.

 

Pantry Food: Chickpeas

Crispy Jalapeño Chickpeas – This snack is made by combining an assortment of spices to a bowl of chickpeas and then baking the mixture into a crispy treat.

Expand your horizons with these essential pantry recipes. When you’re short on ingredients, our guide can help unlock your creativity in the kitchen.

 

 

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