The Dirty Thirty

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I don’t mind but I kind of do? Well that doesn’t really make any sense now does it!? Well in 3¬†months I will be turning thirty! (GASP!) I am excited about heading into my thirties but still feel like I need to get my shit together? I am on a mission to drop 25lbs before my 30th birthday and become a little more mature whatever that means to me. I still feel like a silly sloppy teen some days. I mean I am a full time working mum who also goes to school part time, but I still don’t feel like a real adult.¬†I am sure everyone goes through this weird phase of just what the hell have I done since I left high school and gosh I need to look good in my thirties and drop a few pounds, or maybe that’s what I like to think.

A couple weeks ago I was chatting with my husband about what we should do for my birthday, I feel like there is also this pressure to have an epic thirtieth bash and ring in the next decade with a glass of Champs. But really, all I want to do is get my hair done, it’s been a while, possibly a pedi and by a new girly dress. I haven’t bought or worn something girly since my son was born, I have been a lululemon superstar with a ponytail. As cozy and comfy as I feel I think the thirties for me will involve buttons, a bit of a heal, and a dash of lipstick. Continue reading

Recipe: Stupid Easy Chia Pudding

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So this past week I was rambling on to my husband about how we need to eat more Chia Seeds as part of our new lifestyle change. When I was pregnant I ate chia seeds daily, whether in a smoothie, in yogurt or chia pudding. It is high in Omegas which is excellent for a developing baby. It also is a great healthy option for pregnant women going through that ravenous phase towards the end of your pregnancy. As I was rambling he paused and said wait! I think I had that growing up! We frantically googled away and realized he had something very similar called basil seeds, they act the same way in liquid and also have great health benefits. One of the main differences however is that you cannot eat basil seeds raw you must soak them. Chia seeds can be sprinkled on to about anything you don’t have to soak them, although they taste better soaked. Continue reading

Recipe: Chickpea and Eggplant Coconut Curry

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This is a staple meal in our home, it is Vegan/Vegetarian friendly and my husband loves it, he requests it weekly and our toddler loves it too! I adapted this recipe from Half Baked Harvest’s Simple Almond Chicken, Chickpea and Eggplant Curry. They have so many amazing recipes on their site. It is definitely worth following their Pinterest board for inspiration. This recipe is so simple to make it is weeknight dinner friendly! It is also scrumptious enough to serve for friends.

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Homemade Almond Milk Recipe

Okay, this is literally the easiest recipe ever! I love almond milk and thought of making my own and it was so easy that I now make my own if I know I am going to use it for a recipe or quickly. As there are no preservatives it spoils within a few days so I like to use for Chia Pudding or other cooking/baking.

Here is the recipe! I also made a video so you can see it in real live action!

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Oh how I have missed you!

I feel like I haven’t written in forever! It has been well over a month and I guess life got the best of me! After the holidays I started school, gasp! I am determined to finish my degree in one way or another; so back I go! In case you are wondering my degree is in Forensic Science, I don’t know if I have mentioned before but I have an obsession, on another level, with Forensic Investigation. I have probably seen every 48 hours show, or any Investigation Discovery Channel programming. Next to my obsession with beauty comes this. I was studying marketing and although I love it, I feel like we live in an era where marketing yourself through social media especially is just second nature for everyone. Since I was majoring in online communications, it just seemed silly to continue on in that realm. This is just my opinion based on the work prospects in my city and what I wanted to do. So I thought I would delve into something different. I also get bored very easily and wanted to do something totally new. So far I love it! It is very demanding, I have a paper due this Sunday which I am almost finished, yay!

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Finding your passion

So I started this blog to share my love for all things beauty. I used to be an esthetician and have since left that world and now work in retail sales; I am also in school finishing my degree in Forensic Science. As you can see I get bored quickly and keep moving from one thing to another. In my professional career I worked in the beauty industry for the longest period of time, 7 years. Although my husband will probably kill me as I say this since I keep flip flopping with what I want to do, the further away I go from the beauty industry the more I miss it and wish I could go back. I love it and have the urge to go back, now it isn’t the most sustainable career as it does have its ups and downs and getting a clientele to keep you booked year round takes time. I also don’t think I could go back to working in a traditional day spa. I am craving to open my own little beauty lounge. It sounds great in my head and all things will go smoothly, but it can be very scary to leave a full time salaried job and not to mention trying to source the funds to open a business. Glasses on and pencil in my mouth pondering what opportunities I can grasp. So many decisions to make in life and I only wish I could do everything sometimes! Does anyone else find themselves still trying to figure out what they truly want to do?

Thoughts for the day.

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Tree Trimming

I love Christmas and the best part is decorating the tree! My mum always had a traditional Christmas tree dawning elaborate decorations in a red and gold theme. I love a nice rustic mixed with a little glam tree with silver, white and gold decorations. I am still in the process of collecting decorations but here are some of my favourite places to shop!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers!

I find stocking stuffers can be a challenge. I end up leaving it to be the last thing after I have blown my budget on awesome gifts. Stockings are the first thing we open at our house and growing up they were always as amazing as our gifts, and often filled with chocolates and gift cards, my mum is a Starbucks fanatic so we always get our token Starbucks gift card in there. Here are some of my go to’s for stocking stuffers for the entire family! Chocolate is always a good one!

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