Monday, 26 January 2015

Valentine Mimosas

Valentine's day is right around the corner & on a Saturday this year so that means one thing in our house- Valentine brunch! No brunch is complete without a delicious Mimosa so Cory & I painstakingly took the time to test three combinations to share with you. (obviously not painful at all, insert wink here). 
We also make a kid friendly version for Anna... juice and fruit in a champagne flute. She loves it.

The Very Berry XOXO
1 tbsp frozen berries (we use raspberries) in bottom of glass
champagne: fill to half
berry juice: fill to top
add berry garnish
(pick from Dollarama cupcake set)

The Traditional
champagne: fill to half
orange juice: fill to top
add orange slice for garnish

Strawberry Kisses
fill bottom of glass with strawberry puree 
or 2 mashed strawberries with a touch of sugar
champagne: fill to top
add strawberry for garnish
(this one has a kick to it, drink after you've eaten something)

Friday, 23 January 2015

Heart Shaped "donuts"

Ok- How fabulous are these! I have been finding all sorts of Valentine inspiration to share and these are just the beginning. I use the word- donut quite loosely in this post's title, they're more a muffin than a donut. But there is nothing wrong with a heart shaped muffin. I saw the pan at Home Sense and knew it had to come home with me. I used the donut recipe that came with the pan but would recommend using something else instead as I found these a little dry. Or maybe I cooked them too long? Either way I will use something else next time. I dipped the donuts in a raspberry glaze (1/4c raspberries, 1c icing sugar, 1 tbsp milk) and then sprinkled with heart confetti and sprinkles. This may not be my Favourite recipe but these are adorable & a sweet Valentine treat!

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Kitchen Reno

We rent a cute little townhouse condo from a friend of ours that we both worked with about 5 years ago. She and her Mr. Lover Lover are pretty much the best "landlords" ever, in the history of ever. They have wanted to reno the kitchen for a long time and back in August they came to us with two possible kitchen configurations. We picked which one we liked the best and then I had to go online and pick out all the "stuff". What cupboard faces I preferred, what kind of sink I preferred, what hardware I preferred, what colours of counter and tile I preferred. It was pretty unbelievable. 
Then one Thursday evening in October the small but mighty crew showed up at 6:30pm and started the demo. By Sunday at 6:45pm we had a new, dreamy kitchen. I cried... a few times. 
They surprised us with a new fridge and I thought I might faint at how beautiful a new fridge could be. I cried, again. It was literally a dream. 
What did they do: There was all new everything. They insulated the wall better. They ran plumbing to the closet turned pantry so I could have our apartment style dishwasher installed and ready to go. They changed the piping configuration under the sink to allow more storage space. They installed a lazy susan in the corner and that alone made me so joyful! They added more counter top and cupboard space. It really was a amazing!
I was and still am just so grateful. I walk into the kitchen on a daily basis and stop and smile. I have never had such a nice kitchen, or felt so happy about what a kitchen looks and feels like.  

The kitchen before. I was never unhappy with this space but am grateful for the change. 
I blogged back in June of 2014 about it here

During Demolition. 

During Demolition.

During Demolition & the Beginnings of Awesome.

After: this is how it looks today as I sit here and type this post.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Layout Love Tuesday

Product: pattern paper, die cuts & stickers: Kaiser Craft, doily: Freckled Fawn, wood veneer: Studio Calico

I have been loving all the new Kaiser Craft that has been coming into the store. When I saw this line (Cherry Blossom) I knew it was perfect for photos from Huntington Beach. The flower die cuts might be the best!

Monday, 19 January 2015

Jasper: a step towards self care

I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to explore self care, put myself on top of the to do list. I was sitting on the living room floor one day and I decided on a whim to do just that and I booked a weekend away in Jasper. Fresh air, mountains, sunshine, no chores, no work, no guilt about not doing the latter two. It was perfect and exactly what I needed. What we all seemed to need. To just relax. To feel happy inside my sadness. To nap. To soak in a hot tub. To drink wine. To be outside. To think about my Dad. To pray for my Mom. To order dessert. To be grateful. 
We attended Winterstruck on Saturday and took part in a bunch of winter activities. Anna skated for the first time on the most beautiful rink. (she did get a little upset she couldn't do spins like Dora... lol) I skated for the first time in over 20 years. We took a sleigh ride and listen to stories about the horses, Peter & Nick. The driver reminded me of my Dad so much and it made me want to spend the day with him and just listen. We curled with wood rocks. We rolled maple taffy on snow. We drank hot chocolate. It was so so wonderful. Seriously- this view, breathtaking! 

Thank you Jasper. Thank you.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Anna, I love seeing how happy you are, you're glowing!

As soon as I found out we were having a girl I started thinking How am I going to teach her to love herself. To be happy. To trust that she is good enough. The list goes on. Girls/Women are hit at all angles when it comes to appearance and self worth. I know this because I live with it everyday and am on a constant journey of being "good enough". Anna is not surrounded by anything but love yet she already asks me if she looks pretty! Gets concerned about what other people will think. I stare blankly and think WTF. How is this on the mind of a four year old! I know I don't say anything, I always encourage and support. Maybe it's the things I am doing? I wear make up everyday, not always all of it but foundation for sure. Does that teach her she needs to wear makeup each day? I don't know, I don't have the answers. I am always looking for inspiration and education on the subject and was very happy last week to come across an article written for the Huffington Post. How to Talk to Your Daughter About Her Body was inspiring and made me think in depth about how I speak to Anna. I past it onto Cory and he also thought it was a great read. We were able to discuss why the key points in the article are important to us and how was can make some changes in our dialogue to Anna. It is definitely worth the read, even if you don't have daughters or children. 
Happy Thursday Friends.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015



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date: January 13, 2015
watching: Food Network
reading: Room to Create (magazine)
listening: Taylor Swift 1989 on repeat
eating: paleo pancakes with frozen raspberries
drinking: coffee with coconut milk & cinnamon
planning: a trip to Jasper
scrapping: Disneyland & summer photos
pinning: fitness inspiration
fitness: working on arms & abs, getting coached on a pull up
loving: a house full of lit candles