I have never appreciated my mother so much as I do now. After becoming a mom, and living through the many stages of raising now two children (although they are still young), I have a new found respect. One that couldn’t really be fully present until I had experienced it myself. Moms are ahh-mazing. Moms know the answer before you even ask the question; they care for you before ever thinking of themselves. They will go to the end of the earth for your happiness. It is a bond so strong, nothing in the world compares.
In addition to showing my love and appreciation for the mothers in my life, I am beyond ecstatic to announce this Mother’s Day Local Love Instagram Giveaway for ONE special Mama on the blog today. I have teamed up with the following brands, all local, to give one incredible, selfless, hard working mom a “thank you for being so wonderful” basket. Your hard efforts do not go unnoticed; it is time to treat yourself.
The Local Love Basket includes:
Over $650 in amazing products & services! This is not a contest you will want to miss! See entry details below. Good luck Mamas! xo **to enter, you must be over the age of 18, live in the Greater Vancouver Area, and have an Instagram account.**
Thank you to all of the local businesses who contributed to our Mother’s Day giveaway. Be sure to click the link on their name to learn more about their business! (and PLEASE support local this Mother’s Day!)
On those days when you simply don’t have the creative mindset to put together a fashionable look, what do you commonly reach for?? Black. Always. We ALL do it.
In the mornings, there is a small window of time (usually with kids hanging on to my ankles) to decide what to wear for the day. Sometimes the fastest, easiest solution is the never fail combination of black on black.
Whether you choose to continue the colour theme through to your accessories, or create contrast by adding a colour in your finishing touches, it works either way. If you find yourself doing this more than you would like, and are starting to feel tired with your constant monochrome look, play around with textures. Take this cashmere tank as an example; it is a simple take on a basic tank, with a soft, luxurious twist. It adds depth and texture, offering more than your regular t-shirt with your jeans.
In other news, Mother’s Day is this week, and I have a VERY exciting giveway for one lucky Mama!! Please stay tuned..
Rest assured friends. You WILL in fact win friends with this salad.
Andrea Saliba introduced me to Jicama (pronouned hee-cah-maa), a tuberous root vegetable of a vine, native to Mexico. This large turnip like vegetable has a crunchy texture, and is filled with fiber and antioxidants. I’m usually the type to grab my same produce every week; only on the rare occasion trying the odd new fruit or vegetable if a recipe calls for it. When I cut into the jicama and had my first taste, I was instantly inspired to research recipes. I found this one for a Jicama salad, and added watermelon for extra flavour (and colour!).
Jicama Salad with Mango + Watermelon
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tsp honey (I used organic raw honey)
1/4 tsp kosher salt (I used himalayan rock salt)
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced mango
1 cup chopped watermelon
1 1/2 cups julienne-cut peeled jicama
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Chop all vegetables/fruit, and place in salad bowl. Mix together lime juice, honey and salt in separate bowl. Pour over salad and stir together. Enjoy!!
Please let me know your thoughts on this recipe. It would be the perfect side dish for a summer night BBQ! 😉
As I am constantly sorting through women’s closets for my job, I thought I would share some insiders tips with you! It’s spring cleaning time, and the perfect opportunity to sort through your wardrobe. Before you start shopping for warmer weather, take note of what you have, and what you could really use for your lifestyle.
Once you have the pile of no’s set aside, gather your items and consider consigning or selling them to recoup some of the costs. Refer to vancouverconsignment.ca guide for a list of consignors in your area.
It was confirmed at a recent optometry appointment that in fact, I do need glasses for distance. I wasn’t feeling overly confident with my vision after having the boys; just another physical change post partum to add to the list (but I promise, it is all worth it!).
My need for new frames landed on the same week that I was introduced to C4 Eyewear, and their collaboration with Susie Wall. I was on the hunt for fun, contemporary frames that didn’t break the bank, and ones that would fit my petite face. Claudia Alan’s C4 Brand, a Canadian Creative Collaboration for Charity, is a way to offer chic, quality optical frames and sunglasses with an affordable price tag, while also giving back. Each pair of the C4 Eyewear x Susie Wall collection will help raise money for the Cause We Care Foundation.
This seven piece collection offers a variety of frames that speak to many personality styles. For myself, I have always been drawn to nude or clear frames, as I can appreciate the subtle, yet bold statement they create. Altough I will not need to wear these daily, I will have fun using them as my latest addition in the accessory department. I’m also VERY fond of the idea of going no makeup, just glasses (yet still appearing as though I made an effort ;-))
We grew up on eating hot oatmeal with milk for breakfast, occasionally with a little brown sugar on top as a treat. It was warm and delicious, and it kept you full for hours.
When I was reviewing my recipes from Andrea Saliba, I asked her about the overnight oats. When she said they were meant to be eaten cold, I was a bit skeptical as first. Cold oats?? That’s new to me. Now, I can’t stop!! Especially moving into the warmer months. Finding a hearty, healthy breakfast that can be ready within minutes (and is a change from my usual smoothie breakfast) is the perfect way to start the day off right.
I took grapefruit (I could seriously eat grapefruit with anything), with pomegranate seeds and dried figs (until they come in to season), and used this as my combination for toppings on the oats. The flavours of spice, sweet and sour is so refreshing.
In a mason jar, mix together the chia seeds and cinnamon. Add the oats and milk, and mix well. Refrigerate overnight. In the morning, add 1/4 cup almond milk and mix. Top with grapefruit, pomegranate seeds and figs. Enjoy!!
I have been making 3-4 at a time as I sometimes even eat these oats as a snack midday. They are so conveneient to have prepped in your fridge!
I don’t trade in sneakers for heels often. My lifestyle does not demand fancy footwear, but my love in fashion has always been shoes. Every once in a while, I am completely unpractical and wear them anyway.
I found these beauties at Winners in Park Royal; The last of it’s kind, tucked underneath a mountain of shoes. The colour is what initially caught my attention (surprise, surprise), and the sturdy, wooden block heel. I convinced myself that these are mom heels. Ones that you can easily walk in, won’t cause blisters, and can be paired with the simplest of outfits.
I finally sat down one evening last week, and actually reviewed all of the outfits I had either posted or liked on my Pinterest account. I wanted to see the pattern through my selections, to narrow in what looks I am truly loving these days. This is a great idea for anyone who is feeling uninspired with their own closets. Take note of what you’re drawn to. My favourites were made up almost entirely of classic, timeless looks, with the slightest edge. It led me to create new outfits within my wardrobe, and also lean out that wish list. Now I KNOW the items that I REALLY want for spring/summer, and I can focus on finding those.
Who else has done this with their Pinterest account before??
Instagram is the ideal platform for small, growing businesses. It is their opportunity to build an audience based on beautiful photography of their products. It offers them a chance to reach a mass range of potential customers, who hopefully will buy their products, and in turn post about their experience to positively impact their future growth.
I always have my eye on brands for kids, especially those with a clean, minimal aesthetic. In addition, if they are Canadian based, I am even more excited. Not too long ago a photo on Instagram caught my eye of a little boy, in a very stylish head to toe monochrome outfit, with beautiful wooden toys beside him. I clicked on it to find out details, and that is when I discovered Community Folk. A Calgary based online kids lifestyle boutique with a desire to bring together fun, unique, timeless and wearable, ethical products. Their style has a European meets Australian feel to it; simple, stylish and good quality. Owner Cheyanne knows how to build a beautiful collection of children’s products, that both mom and child will love.
The clothing section is made up of gender neutral classic pieces. Basic t-shirts, dresses and pants, that can all be mixed and matched, and whose quality will stand the test of time. I love finding basics for my kids, because let’s face it, I dress them similar to my own style. Black/White/Grey/Navy/Stripes.. I just can’t get enough of kids clothing that is modern in design, and incredibly comfortable for them to wear.
The play section is made up entirely of beautiful, wooden toys. I much prefer my boys to have wooden over plastic, and I believe they feel the same way. It was like Christmas morning when a package on our doorstep arrived a couple of weeks ago. This Kiko Paris Machi Set was grabbed out of my hands immediately by a very excited, eager four year old boy. We set it up together, and soon after I was asked to give him some privacy.. lol. I love how this set is made up of wooden pieces, all magnetic that you can move around the board. It also comes with a piece of chalk to encourage your child to draw the train tracks at the station. This has been our toy for quiet time, so needless to say both myself and Kingston are pleased about it 😉
Cheyanne has generously offered to give one lucky winner a Kiko+ Paris Machi set! Contest details below. Good luck! xo
Want to stay up to date on new arrivals?? Follow them on Instagram at @communityfolk
This meal was first served to me by a good friend, who is also an amazing cook. It went from being a delicious side dish at a dinner party, to our #1 go-to meal that we now eat on a weekly basis, without fail. The tahini dressing wins everyone over. I have yet to find someone who doesn’t obsess over this bowl after having it for the first time. To sum it up, yes, it’s that damn good. The time has come that I must share it with you!
There are a couple of modifications I have made to the original recipe; one being the rice base. I switched out the brown rice they call for, and use forbidden rice. If you haven’t tried forbidden rice, GO NOW. The flavour profile is sweet and nutty, and it is filled with antioxidants. I am slightly obsessed and eat it regularly. You don’t get the same feeling of being overly full as you can from other rice. Secondly, I used chicken. If you are vegetarian, then by all means, use the called Tofu. You can even omit the protein, or try prawns (mmm… that would also be yummy!). I also switched out the beets for shredded cabbage. I like the added crunchiness, and the vibrant purple makes this dish even more visually appealing! Lastly (and I have only tried this once), I used extra virgin olive oil instead of the vegetable oil. I figured it would be a healthier substitute, so why not. I will say that the dish still tastes good, but the dressing does not keep the next day.
The original receipe can be found here.
Glory Bowl with Forbidden Rice
4 cups cooked forbidden rice
2 cups grated carrots
2 cups grated cabbage
2 cups chopped spinach
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
1/3 cup tamari or soy sauce
1/3 apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons of tahini
2 garlic gloves, crushed
1 1/2 cups vegetable or olive oil
Cook rice based on package instructions. Cook chicken, wait to cool, and chop. In the meantime, shred and chop all vegetables and nuts. Add all dressing ingredients (except oil) to blender. Mix up, and slowly add the oil. Once blended, set aside. Begin building your bowl (my order is rice, carrots, cabbage, a little dressing, then spinach, chicken, nuts and more dressing). The order really doesn’t matter. It’s going to taste good regardless 😉
I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do. A BIG thank you to my friend for introducing us to this recipe!
Since moving into our home almost four years ago, we have done very little changes to the interior. After living through a reno at our last place, we wanted to live in this space for a while before making any changes. This allowed us to learn what we enjoy, and what we would could see differently.
I am very fortunate to have my OWN space in our home for a small office. I love that there is one area where I get to make every interior design decision, and nobody can argue it. I try to keep the room as “kid free” as possible to avoid accidents (because trust me, that has happened), but let’s face it, that’s not entirely realistic. My kids are going to follow me in there from time to time, so a clutter free space is required.
We purchased a small sofa bed loveseat, so that we have an extra bed for a guest to sleep in if need be. I actually love having a couch in my office, and sometimes opt for that over the cairo chair to stretch my legs with my laptop in hand. The room does bring in a ton of natural light (which I love, and is great for taking photos in ;-)), so I went with white walls, and a clean, minimal space to match. The touch of life and colour was provided by Botany Living, a local Vancouver brand who make the most gorgeous arrangements of succulents in the city. Sophia and Corrine have a natural eye for design, and have applied those skills to create stunning, one of kind pieces that even a flortician can keep alive.
The one piece that I was absolutely set on incorporating was this hanging shelf. If you could have seen the process that went into hanging it (which I FULLY credit my husband for), you would appreciate it even more. Let’s just say, there are holes to now fill! I love the mix of natural meets modern. This allows me to enjoy those pretty little details, not in arms reach for my kids 😉
Between my consulting business and the blog, I am purchasing and/or photographing articles of clothing constantly. This simple ikea rack is inkeeping with the minimal style, yet functional enough that I can hang the clothes nicely instead of having them stored in the closet. The coffee table was another ikea purchase, with a twist of DIY (thanks to my husband, AGAIN), using marble contact paper. Also, who doesn’t LOVE coffee table books?? I have been following Kinfolk for quite some time now, so I simply couldn’t resist this hardcopy.
Lastly (and I guess for an office space, most importantly), my desk. I’m not going to lie, this space can get pretty cluttered at times (can you tell I cleaned up for you?? ;-)), but with a small amount of workspace, it forces me to stay somewhat organized. I swear by these Design Love Co. planners, as they go into such detail of your every day. Marissa is ahhmazing at staying organized, and she truly has created the perfect planner for every girl boss out there ;-). I require more than one calendar to stay on track, so this printable calendar is a great addition to have in front of me at all times.
Well, that’s all! Thank you for touring my office space! And as a special addition to today’s post, I am SO pleased that Botany Living have graciously offered to give away one uno plant to one lucky reader! Entry details below. Good luck! xo