Monday, August 24, 2015

Marriage Survival Kit

I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun I had making this marriage survival kit. I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration and ended up combining a few different ideas.

I got all my scrapbooking supplies out and went crazy with this one. It had been a while since I got down and dirty in my craft room so it felt amazing to get in there and make something from scratch.

In the end I had to do the writing with Illustrator and print the cards that went inside each envelope as I don't really like my hand writing and in addition it would have taken me all day.

They got a couple of Snickers and a bag of kisses to go with these. 

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Diffuser Necklace Number Three

I was pretty much ready for bed last night but then I got an art attack and came up with this new necklace. 

I've been using lavender and vanilla in the kids room and used it in the necklace also. It's such a pleasant scent. This is considering that typically I'm not a vanilla person. 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Prayer Box Necklace

My latest obsession with aromatherapy and jewelry combined has lead me to these beautiful little prayer boxes or also known as wish boxes. 

I have put a small piece of wool inside to which I poured a couple of drops of essential oils so that I can occasionally pop it open and take a whiff of the aroma hidden inside. 

Aromatherapy is my main use for this delicate little necklace. However prayer boxes, or wish boxes are typically meant to place a wish or prayer inside. Prayer boxes are used by Budhists, Hindus and Christians alike. They write on a small little piece of paper and place it inside the prayer boxing hope that their prayer or wish will come true.

I went shopping around the entire city today looking for jewelry making supplies and afterwards when I got home I whipped up this pretty necklace. I love the flower box clasp I used as well. It adds such a beautiful detail. What do you guys think?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Diffuser Necklace

I found a way to integrate two of my interests together by making this aromatherapy diffuser necklace. Jewelry and essential oils. Haha! So much fun. 

For this diffuser I used a drop each of Patchouli which is great for relaxation and to improve your mood, Lavender for it's calming properties and Tangerine which aids in relief of anxiety. It's a relaxing, feminine, sweet yet earthy scent. Love it!!! 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Banana & Quinoa Smoothie

Hey everyone! So I know I have been MIA for some time. I was doing the whole "focusing on me" thing. Lots of good things came of it so I have no regrets. 

For starters I started working with a nutritionist who helped me flip my eating habits around and stick with it. I lost 27 lbs and have kept it off since. I started working out and feel so much better. I was having some real nutritional issues before and for years I felt like I was lactose intolerant and gluten intolerant (I even thought I had to give up coffee...eek! No way!). It turned out that I was neither intolerant, allergic or sensitive to anything. Basically my nutritionist taught me to eat clean and my body is grateful for it.

As part of my new healthy and clean way of eating and living I am always looking for ways to avoid man made things. For example protein powders. I know they are jam packed with nutrients but where did these nutrients come from? I don't know! I'm not willing to put synthetic ingredients in exchange for nutrients. 

I started doing research for ways to add more protein to my smoothies and one option is quinoa. I'm pretty picky about what I like and didn't want to make something bland and boring so I thought of adding Horchata to my Quinoa smoothie. Horchata is a Latin American drink mixed with milk which is super delicious and one of my all time faves. It's made with morro seeds which are high in protein, cocoa, rice, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, peanuts vanilla and milk. There are also other varieties made with almonds. Unfortunately Horchata does not have enough protein to consider it a meal and I wanted to make a smoothie for my breakfast.

I came up with this Banana, Quinoa, Cocoa and Horchata smoothie. 

Ingredient for 2 servings:

1 large banana 
4 tbsp Horchata mix
2 tbsp cocoa
1/2 cup cooked (and cold) quinoa
1 vanilla bean
3 cups of milk 

Add everything to the blender. Blend the crap out of it and serve. I also garnished it with toasted sliced almonds and shaved dark chocolate. 

There are about 12-15 grams of protein per serving and if you make this with Greek yogurt and water instead of milk you can increase the protein content. Bonus! Or you can make it with almond milk or soy milk. Whatever tickles your pickle. 

This turned out so good and I will definitely be making it again. If you try it out let me know what you think and pop me a comment below. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving

As per the usual it's Thanksgiving weekend and our feasting begins tomorrow. I don't think we ever have Thanksgiving Dinner on the actual I'm wishing everyone in Canada a Happy Thanksgiving now.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Girly Nails

Neon Flower Nails

My family and I participated in The Neon Run this year on September 20th so, naturally, I had to paint my nails to fit the theme. 

It was such a fun day and I was glad that we brought our kids with us to experience it with us.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Neon Pattern Nails

On Friday I picked up a couple of neon nail polish colors at two for $8 from Urban Outfitters that I couldn't wait to try out. Such a great deal for awesome shades. 

I tried doing the water marble effect a while ago back but it was unsuccessful. I tried it again last night and I think I have it figured out. It was perfect to do the water marble design with more pattern since I always like to have different nails. What do you guys think?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cobalt and White Nails

A little Shelly Dainty Blue China inspo for my nails.

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