Sundaze // 01.24.21

Hi loves! I hope you’re all doing well🤍

I’m so ready to pause, sit down with a cup of coffee, and have a chit chat with you guys. These are some of my favourite posts because it allows me to connect with y’all [and vice versa] on a more personal level.

Over the past couple of weeks there’s been a lot of exciting things that have brought positivity and more importantly motivation into fruition for me! I can’t wait to share these moments with you, alongside the crazy happenings that take place inside the McKay household that I think will make you laugh [or at least smile, lol]. Cosy up with me and let’s catch up!

Our little Penny is officially a women. Last weekend she went into heat and it’s been a long week of cleaning, I’ll tell ya that. We’ve never had to deal with anything like this because we were able to get Bella fixed before she experienced a heat. With the pandemic and everything being backlogged we haven’t had the same situation with Penny, but hopefully this is the one and only heat we’ll have to navigate through!

We finally got Crave and I regret not subscribing to it sooner! It has so many of our favourite throwback shows like 16 and pregnant, friends, and the Big Bang theory! It’s been so nice to have some thing else to watch other than the repetitious shows on Netflix.

We also spent much needed time finishing our master bedroom, it was the only room we really haven’t focused on decorating for some odd reason. It looks so great and I can’t wait to reveal it in a more detailed post!

Getting crave and making our room feel put together and cosy were definitely essentials for lockdown 2.0 here in Ontario that has been extended into February. We haven’t been effected too much but like everyone else we are patiently awaiting the vaccine to become available to the general public. I don’t even remember what a normal world feels like but I’m hopeful it’s within reach.

This year is the year of consistency and so far it’s been really rewarding, especially when it comes to social media and growth. I’ve been posting daily on my IG grid and within two weeks I went from around 400 followers to just over 900! I’ve also gained some new readers since implementing a concrete posting schedule, planning out my content ahead of time allows me to really focus on putting out quality content!

One of my goals is to become a full time blogger while I study for a new career and the process has been a learning curve but I’m starting to see some progress! I was finally accepted to WordAds which places ads on my blog and whenever it gains traction I earn commission! I want to thank everyone for reading my blog posts and supporting my goals by being okay with seeing some ads- you’re the reason why I do this!

A few other cool things I’ve started to do is incorporate hygge inspired home on a new IG account @hyggehomeaesthetic— an extension of Cosy Culture Co! All you have to do to be featured is use the hashtag #cosyculturehomes! I also post a lot of the decor that’s seen in these gorgeous homes on the Cosy Culture Home LTK! If you’re more into fashion and my everyday looks, follow my main LTK here.

In other happy news babe got her new car finally. The process with the insurance company took over a month [long story] and I’m so glad we can move on and no longer have to share a car! Some type of normalcy has been restored, despite the world still being weird, lol.

What have you guys been up to the past couple weeks?

Xx

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Sundaze // 12.13.20

Hiii loves! I hope that you’re enjoying your weekend and have rested and recharged for the week ahead!

It’s been way too long since I’ve sat down and updated you with a chatty post about what’s new with me and let me just tell you it’s been very busy in this household. There’s been some big changes and some bumps in the road but there’s also been some pretty great moments and achievements that are definitely worth mentioning.

Let’s get into it! Grab a cuppa, curl up, and lets catch up!

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New Roommate!

One of the biggest changes that occurred over the past month was my brother moving in with Tristan & I full time. It was definitely a sudden move however we are so happy to have him here with us! We’ve been working on slowly transforming our guest bedroom into something less girly for him, and it’s really coming along. We’ve ordered some pretty awesome electronic gadgets [that I’ll be sharing in a later post] and custom made a shelve to hang under his TV for his playstation and whatnot. We still have a few items to grab and check off the list but I think it’s looking really good!

Tristan’s Car Accident

On Wednesday last week, Tristan had a car accident very early in the morning and although she is okay [which ultimately is all that matters] her car is not.

We’re waiting to hear back but from our insurance company but from what we know of at this moment it sounds like it’s going to be a total loss. Bittersweet because we definitely had plans for her car to be passed down to me and kept in our family. On the bright side it’s looking like she is going to get a new car!

Officially Started the Rebrand

This past week I announced that I’ve officially started the rebrand roll-out for Cosy Culture Co previously known as Nicole’s Niches.

So far the process has gone really well! All my handles for socials are successfully switched over as well as my logos and branding.

The last bit that is yet to be complete is switching over the website domain which is coming up for renewal at the end of December. That will officially be the end of Nicole’s Niches and I’m so excited to move onto this new chapter!

New Partnerships

I’m excited to be working with not one but two new brands that I’m positive you guys will love as much as I do. Think home decor and the best tool to help you stay organized!

I’ll be doing an in-depth post on each company later this week, so keep an eye out for that as well as some exclusive discount codes available to my readers only.

Sales Sales Sales

Between Poshmark and Etsy orders I’ve been running to the post office a ton in the past few weeks, no complaints because I’m so grateful for every single order.

My all natural heating packs seem to be the most popular at this time of year and for good reason! They make great gifts or stocking stuffers and they’re great to invest in for yourself on those achy damp days!

In Other News

With COVID numbers rising significantly [it almost seems like daily now] here in Southern Ontario we’ve been doing our best to stay home as much as possible.

We’re officially in the grey zone and if cases don’t decrease and decrease now we will move into the red zone which means we will be moving into a province wide lock down again.

It does put a damper on the holiday festivities this year but I would rather do what we have to do so we can get back to normal as soon as possible.

What’s been going on with you? What’s the COVID situation where you live? Let me know in the comment section.

Stay well + stay safe loves.

xx

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Loved Lately: blogs

Hi loves! I hope you’re all doing well and have smiles on your faces!

Today I want to share some of the blogs that I’ve been loving lately. I find myself following tons of blogs either on my WordPress reader or Bloglovin’ but not all of them are frequently active and if you’re reading this now I have an instinct that you’re an avid blog reader. I’ve rounded up my favourite bloggers (of late) that post very frequently, if not daily, and have the most inspiring content! Let’s get into it.

Blogs I’ve been loving lately

Top Knot Living

Home & Lifestyle blogger Caroline has recently just changed her blogging platform into a subscription but trust me, it’s so worth it! From must-haves, home decor, stuff for the kiddos, and yummy recipes you’ll get tons of inspiration to create and decorate from Top Knot Living.

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Decorating Life

Fellow Canadian, interior designer, and lifestyle blogger Kaitlyn is the creative mind behind Decorating Life. She has posts that will help you cultivate the home of your dreams and mouth watering treats to fill your bellies!

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Finding Lovely

Home, food, lifestyle, and entertainment blogger Jackie takes the most aesthetically pleasing, bright and beautiful photos! Her taste for style is impeccable and she often puts together jaw-dropping table scapes!

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Colleen Denise

Colleen is a style and lifestyle blogger and I love her blog because I can really relate to her preferred style when it comes to beauty and fashion. Her style is very neutral and consist of cozy fabrics and linens that are casual but not too casual.

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Sage Olivia

I’ve been obsessed with Sage’s blog over the past few weeks! She is a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blogger based out of California. She has inspiring OOTD’s, amazing business tips, DIY’s, fashion hauls, and her writing style is very light & easy!

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Daisy Butter

Fashion, books, careers, mindfulness, health and wellness, lifestyle- and finding the magic in all of those things. Michelle also talks about what it’s like to be British-Chinese and advocates for people of colour and anti-racism which is something I heavily believe in!

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That’s it for today loves, I hope that you take the time to check out these talented bloggers & happy binge reading!

xx

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Coffee Convos: hello 2020

Hello loves! ♥︎

I can’t believe that we are officially into 2020, an entirely new decade. I am so excited for the new year and I have so many exciting things to look forward to- a new year full of new things and new ideas coming to life.

This coffee convo is all about whats coming up in this new year, and I am so excited to share all the big news. Come join me, grab a nice hot cuppa and curl up for a catch up!

We’re moving again

Tristan & I are moving into a new place and we couldn’t be more excited! The space we are in now worked for the meantime and it was a great experience for our first time out on our own but our new place is definitely an upgrade.

We are moving this February and are in full on brainstorming mode for how we want the space to look! We’ve been constantly browsing through furniture and decor pieces for weeks now, and even managed to score a few things on sale throughout the holiday season.

Starting my doula training

The countdown to March is on, because that is when my doula (aka maternal support practitioner) training starts!

Ever since deciding what I wanted to do with my life during my last year of high school, working within the maternal world was always my plan and to finally see that coming to fruition in 2020 is absolutely soul-fulfilling.

Jumping into blogging and social media

This year I want to stay consistent when it comes to blogging and keeping up with social media. Over the course of this year I’ve found that there have been times that I’m very active on the blog and socials but then theres times where I completely ghost the internet world.

I want to figure out a proper blogging schedule over here on Nicole’s Niches so you all know when to expect posts and I’ll stop keeping you guessing! I also am making a vow to check in on the socials at least once daily.

new look + New series on the blog

If you haven’t noticed, I have officially dropped the “wordpress” from my URL. We are self hosted baby! Along with purchasing myself a domain, I also refreshed the look of Nicole’s Niches with a brand new theme. If you haven’t had a chance yet be sure to check it out!

With a brand new shiny domain and completely new look- comes new series that will be launching on the blog. I’m sure you all know by now that I’m extremely passionate about Home + Decorating so inspired by that I’m starting a new series on the blog that I’m sure will blossom into many others. Stay tuned for the launch, until then it’s a under wraps.

Podcast possibilities

Podcasts are seriously one of my favourite things to listen to, and I have always been intrigued when it comes to starting my own. I have thought about it a lot, have picked out a name, and even know exactly who I want as a co-host. However getting said person to agree and commit to said podcast is still in progress.

My favourite types of podcast to listen to is two friends (or group of friends) who just bullshit about everything and anything, tell funny stories about their lives, and spill the tea on celeb gossip and that is exactly what I want to do.

I’m hopeful that this dream of mine will come alive in 2020, I’m manifesting it so hard y’all.


Now you’re all caught up! Whats been going on lately with you guys? Let me know in the comment section below 🙂

As always,

Nicole

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Coffee Convos: Update

Hey everyone ♡!

It’s been a while since I’ve sat down with a nice cup of coffee and updated everyone on the latest happenings of my chaotic (but beautiful) life. Come join me, grab a nice hot cuppa and curl up for a catch up!

movin’ on out

This past summer I officially moved out of my Moms house and into my very own apartment! The transition couldn’t have gone any better thanks to my amazing family, lovely girlfriend, and future mother-in-law.

At first I was terrified of being on my own 50% of the time (the girlfriend is at the apartment the other 50% of the time) but the freedom that I feel trumps all the fear that I experienced.

Of course I can’t say that its the most aesthetically pleasing space, but hey, your first place isn’t suppose to be. It’s definitely taught me the things that I must have in my next home, which we will hopefully own and could quite possibly be a reality within the next couple of months. Eeeek how exciting.

a new furry friend

When I first got my dog Bella, I was 18 and obviously living at home with my Mom. Since Bella was a puppy she’s used to someone always being around, or she had my cousins dog that kept her company as he also lived with us.

When I moved into the apartment, she wasn’t used to being alone when I had to leave for work and as a result started suffering from separation anxiety. This manifested in her chewing up anything that I left laying around, and digging at the carpet.

We’ve always talked about getting a kitten once we got our own place, and then Bella needing a companion just sealed the deal. Meet Bean aka Beanie.

He’s a handsome little devil full of spunk but even more full of love and cuddles. He’s truly been an amazing addition to our little family, and we are so glad that we got him. Bella is equally as happy, and she has adjusted great to being left home alone since we got Bean. I’m happy to report that I haven’t been coming home to anything chewed up!

They love to play together, and eat each others food- like brother and sister do. We aren’t quite at the cuddling stage yet, but sometimes they get really close. He’s grown so much since we brought him home and he is officially the same size as his sister, they’re both 7 pounds but we suspect he will eventually be bigger then her.

a new job

Back in May I got the opportunity of a lifetime, to work at a clinic that specializes in pregnancy and infant massage as well as general maternal care (childbirth education, doula services, pelvic health treatment, etc) and you guys know I am a birth nerd.

Despite this job being 30 minutes away from my home town meaning that I now have to commute it absolutely is where I am meant to be. I feel so at home and in my element and I adore the people that I work with.

Next up: my doula (maternal support practitioner) certification!


Now you’re all caught up with the most mentionable moments that have happened over the past few months.

What have you guys been up to?

As always,

Nicole


It’s been a while since I’ve sat down with a nice cup of coffee and updated everyone on the latest happenings of my chaotic (but beautiful) life. Come join me, grab a nice hot cuppa and curl up for a catch up!

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