The Perfect Ginger Beer Fall Cocktail

“Cocktails are like a present you give to yourself”

@tandjdesigns

You GUYS…. In case you weren’t following along on Insta over the weekend, one of my very best friends got MARRIED this past Sunday! It seriously could NOT have been a more perfect day – the decor was honestly so fabulously dreamy my iPhone Camera nearly exploded with pure & utter joy at what it had the PLEASURE of being exposed to that day! Also there was lots of love goin’ on, & I suppose that is also pretty great too ūüėõ Now seeing as how I’m still in somewhat of a “celebratory mood”, & also because tomorrow is the first OFFICIAL day of fall – SO MUCH TO BE HAPPY ABOUT – I thought I’d share this incredibly delicious Fall Cocktail with all of you today! ENJOY! (more…)


Prepping for the PERFECT Picnic!

“A compromise is an agreement whereby both parties get what neither of them wanted”

Compromise. I’m a bit ashamed to admit that prior to entering a long term relationship, “compromise” was a wildly under-utilized word in my vocabulary. In fact I’m nearly positive that it had been sufficiently wiped from my rather selfish brain almost entirely. I’m an Aries… so that KIND OF excuses me though, right? Like, it’s LITERALLY written in the stars or something along those lines? Alas, the tables somewhat turned upon shacking up with my dearly beloved earlier this year & I can now, with 100 percent confidence, recite every possible meaning & origin of the word “compromise” on a level comparable to that of a linguist. I mean, snaps for realizing that someone else’s needs were just as important as mine… if not more!¬†Anywho – our most recent venture into “compromise land” as a co-habitational couple has been deciding how to divvy up our weekends so that we’re able to enjoy quality time with both of our families. AKA. I cannot quite remember a time that I’ve spent less time at the cottage & more time in the city as I have over the past few months!! (more…)


World’s CUTEST Hot Chocolate

“Chocolate is cheaper than therapy, & you don’t need an appointment”

Catherine Aitken

Okay so this overly inflated Blog Title may or may not be a slight¬†exaggeration, but this mason jar hot chocolate is pretty darn cute, is it not? I wish that I could take credit for this adorable DIY, but truth be told I was totally inspired by my Aunt Liz, whom is essentially Martha Stewart 2.0. Every year around Christmas, my Aunt gives out these cookie/baked goods recipes in mason jars to friends & family, & they are just SUCH a hit.. so I thought I’d try my hand at a hot chocolate version! This is a super easy & cost-effective hostess gift with¬†the most perfect personal touch! Enjoy! (more…)


Spook-tacular Spirits… Literally

“Drink up witches”

Etsy

The single best day of the whole entire year is a mere four days away… I seriously wish I¬†could just press pause on this whole¬†situation called life¬†& soak up every single last ounce of this haunting time of the month. Alas, the powers of Click are regrettably reserved solely for Adam & the big screen, & I’m left attempting my very best to bask in all of Hallows Eve glory¬†whilst it’s still socially acceptable to… because¬†I literally¬†celebrate Halloween all year round! SO, why not raise a glass to all things¬†horrifying with¬†these three Spook-tacular “Spirits”… do you see what I did there? (more…)


A Fresh Start – Spring Clean Your Body

Post by Connie Linton C.N.P

It‚Äôs that time of year again folks, the layers start to come off and we truly see the ravages of winter… have you ever tried on a bathing suit in mid February? (you know what I mean ūüėČ ) If you’re anything like me, this winter was full of binge watching Netflix and eating comfort foods. Although I do try¬†to eat unprocessed foods and to stay sugar, dairy and wheat-free, I found that this winter I just couldn’t control my portions very well. I felt like I was just eating, eating, eating… and could never get enough!¬†I believe that this year in particular I was self-soothing with food, trying to accept that I live in this cold, winter climate (some days were so bitter I could hardly make it to my car). So I’ve decided that it’s finally time to “spring clean” my body! Could I lose a few pounds?¬†Of course! ¬†But that’s not the only reason to change an eating habit. Instead of going on crash diets that don‚Äôt work, I like to focus on getting back to basics and eat whole foods;¬†nothing with a label or packaging.¬† (more…)


Stay on Track over the Long Weekend

I couldn‚Äôt be happier when the long weekends come and I see those three days circled on my calender. Although we no longer own a cottage (moment of silence), I think we have done our best to make our backyard resort‚Äďlike. So really what I am trying to say is that: the mood, the food and the excess are quite the same whether you go to a cottage or not. I mean it‚Äôs just as hard to stay on track when you have company over and a ton of food to prepare and serve every single day of the weekend.

I‚Äôve found that for most people, (including myself) that it’s pretty easy to stick with healthy eating and work-out routines during the week, but for whatever reason the weekends throw a wrench into things.

After every long weekend I find myself with the same complaints‚Ķ..‚ÄĚi feel so bloated‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúI must lose those extra pounds‚ÄĚ, and then I obsess about how these summer weekends can really set us back on our goals. Of course there is always room to splurge ( I do love a good cocktail) but health goals should always be in the back of your mind. It‚Äôs really about living consciously.

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How to Shop Organic on a Budget

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†My cupboard/fridge at university primarily consisted of condiments, various packaged meats, more condiments & a lifetime supply of pasta courtesy of my grandparents‚Äô frequent care packages. Why so unhealthy you ask? Two reasons: one, I knew absolutely squat about nutrition until I met my lovely health nut roomies who taught me how to count nutrients rather than calories & two, because I was BROKE! I could never afford the healthy organic stuff. Certified organic food is generally more expensive than its conventionally grown counterparts for a multitude of different reasons (supply is limited compared to demand, greater labour required etc), so today’s post is about how to shop organic on a budget (because prices be cray).

Why Go Organic?

Over the past couple of decades there’s been constant ¬†debate as to whether or not organic produce is healthier than conventionally grown. Just type in “why buy organic” in a search engine & articles written by near fanatics from both ends of the spectrum will pop up, so it can be confusing for the everyday shopper to make an informed decision (heck, even the experts can’t). I have therefore attempted to draw a non-bias “final word” based on the information out there:

As per reports conducted by the Alternative Medicine Review, organic has substantially higher amounts of vitamin C, iron, magnesium, phosphorus & it’s significantly lower in nitrates and pesticide residues. However, in order to determine significant health differences between an organic & conventionally grown diet, there would have to be numerous studies conducted over several decades. Therefore we don’t know the difference simply because the necessary studies haven’t been done

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Cheap, Fast, & Easy: Mango & Avocado Salad

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Today’s recipe post is one of my favourite summer salads! I used to make this ALL the time at university because it’s 3 ingredients (I was a broke student), it takes under 5 minutes to make (I was always busy), & it simply tastes amazing (my one roomie still requests it nearly 3 years later). I discovered the recipe while trying to shed some extra pounds for an upcoming spring break trip to Dominican; my goal being to find something that was healthy but didn’t lack in the flavour department because as discussed… I LOVE food & there is absolutely no way that I’ll stick to a weight loss plan if it doesn’t taste good – I was also just starting to get used to the idea of salads at the time & was slightly terrified at the prospect of eating just chicken & greens for the months leading up to my vacay – SO without further ado I give you my Mango & Avocado salad.

 

Ingredients: makes 4 servings

  • 2 mangos (cubed)
  • 2 avocados (cubed)
  • 1/2 small red onion (diced)

Now this salad is perfectly fine, especially if you’re on the go or strapped for cash, however if you wanted to add some extra flavour toss this quick dressing on it (it’s yummy, & also my ‘go to’ salad topper)

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