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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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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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5 Tips For Working From Home

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Many people are currently adjusting their lifestyle to work from home for the first time, so we’ve decided to bring you our five best tips for staying productive when you can’t make it to the office.


1. Set up a home workstation

Using a home workstation is a great way to stay professional and efficient, even if you didn’t get dressed before you clocked in for the day.

Take advantage of a spare table or desk and create a separate space in your home specifically for work, which will help you psychologically differentiate your home life from your professional one.

Research has shown that combining workspace with personal space can cause employees to feel that they don’t have to work or deprive them of sleep or relaxation as they get too immersed in their job.

Creating a separate workspace can also help family members or roommates understand when you are available and when you need to tune out the world and focus on that day’s tasks.

2. Use Technology To Its Full Potential


Gather your computer, phone, pens, paper, a comfortable chair, and any other essential tools you may need for the day and make sure to take advantage of video and group chat software such as Skype and Slack to keep organized and up to date with the rest of your team.

Using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides is another great way to collaborate from home.

If you’re working on a laptop, plug in an external monitor, mouse, and keyboard. They go a long way during extended periods of focused work.

3. Keep your daily routine


It can be easy to get out of your daily routine when working from home, which can negatively impact your results.

To stay sharp, do your best to keep the same habits you would on a normal workday. Wake up at the same time, take your lunch break, make those important calls, and emulate as many other aspects of a regular day as possible.

4. Stay Active

Being in a more relaxed atmosphere can make it harder to stay active. Use the extra time you saved from your commute to make a healthy breakfast, get in a quick workout, or try an early morning yoga session.

If you don’t know where to start, there are a variety of apps and Youtube channels dedicated to keeping you on the move.

Try MyFitnessPal and Pocket Yoga on your cellular device or check out videos from The Fitness Marshall and Blogilates.

5. Be Understanding

Let’s face it, working from home has its ups and downs. It’s easy to get frustrated when you miss a deadline or you can’t sit down for an important meeting.

Be sure to remain understanding as everyone does their best to navigate the uncertainties of being away from the office.

 

These tips along with a little bit of patience can go a long way in these unprecedented times. We hope you’re practicing social and physical distancing while staying safe.

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Expand Your Library With These Cannabis Books

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The nuances of cannabis consumption usually get overlooked. There is a lot to discover about this plant and your home library is a great place to start. With this collection of educational books, you can learn more about the plant.


Cannabis: A History

There is a lot to debate surrounding cannabis, but as legalization progresses, its role in modern society continues to grow. Martin Booth examines the history of prohibition in his book, Cannabis: A History.  The book covers the legalization process and its approval across North America.

Marijuana Chemistry: Genetics, Processing, Potency

Michael Stark’s book Marijuana Chemistry provides all the chemical information you need to know about cannabis. It contains facts about all the different variations of THC, along with an in-depth chemistry breakdown of a plant.

Brave New Weed: Adventures into the Uncharted World of Cannabis

Written by author Joe Dolce, this book travels across the globe to uncover the past and future of cannabis in different countries. From places like Amsterdam and Israel, Brave New Weed highlights the history, science, and potential economic future of cannabis.

Higher Etiquette: A Guide to the World of Cannabis, From Dispensaries to Dinner Parties

Higher Etiquette is a book that can guide you through a cannabis-friendly world. While legalization in many cities ends the stigma surrounding consumption, Lizzie Post informs consumers and non-consumers how to navigate social spaces with courtesy.

High Yoga: Enhance Yoga with Cannabis and CBD Treatments for Relaxation, Healing, and Bliss

High Yoga is a guide that will bring out your inner yogi. Yoga instructor, Darrin Zeer’s book leads you through a cannabis-influenced workout with pictures to assist you along the way.

Cooking with Cannabis: Delicious Recipes for Edibles and Everyday Favorites

Cooking with Cannabis is a cookbook that can soothe any appetite. Known as the Martha Stewart of edibles, Laurie Wolf’s book includes many different recipes along with directions on how to make infused oils, butter, and syrups.

Beyond Buds: Marijuana Extracts-Hash, Vaping, Dabbing, Edibles and Medicines

Ed Rosenthal and David Downs highlight all the newest consumer products in Beyond Buds: Marijuana Extracts. This book outlines many different consumption alternatives from hash to concentrates.

Your Cannabis Consumption Journal: The easy way to keep track of your cannabis consumption

Author and registered nurse, Lolita Korneagay produced this simple and beneficial tool for tracking your consumption. Your Cannabis Consumption Journal is great for logging how much you consume daily and the products you find suitable for you.

Cannabis Trips Travel Book – A Global Guide

Written by authors Bill Weinberg and Ed Rosenthal, this travel guide directs you to all the best events around the world that include cannabis. Cannabis Trips is not only a great read, but it’s also a good travel planning tool.

High Time: The Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada

Editors Andrew Potter and Daniel Weinstock highlight the comprehensive history of legalization in Canada in their book High Time. The book re-tells the history of the Canadian Cannabis Act through a collection of essays from scholars and policymakers.

Broaden your horizons as far as your library can reach. With this selection of books, you might find yourself growing into a true expert. Be sure to follow our blog for more updates and information about this plant and its hidden potential.

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