Thursday, January 26, 2017

Five Ways To Save Money Daily

Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar

You woke up this morning late, so you jumped out of bed, got ready quickly and ran out of the house.

No time to walk to the train station, you hop in the car instead;  don't forget to stop for a coffee and a breakfast sandwich at Starbucks since you didn't have time to eat at home. Grab a bottle of water too, since you're really thirsty.

Of course that's not going to keep you full ALL day, when your tummy grumbles at noon you run out and grab lunch since you hadn't managed to pack one that morning (and darn it, you were just so busy last night!). Don't forget to grab a drink with your lunch!

With the work day through, you head home and then straight to the grocery store. "Are you a points member" they ask?... No. "It's free and it only takes a minute"... I just don't have time.

You head home, looking back on your day favorably. You ate good food, had a productive day at work, the cute barista winked at you in the morning...

It's too bad you just lost SO much money!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Ginger Chicken Dumplings

I don't think I'm alone when I say that I find something so enjoyable about bite sized foods!

Spring rolls, sliders, shrimp cocktail, caprese bites, two bite brownies, mini quiches... there's something so fun about little food (especially if you're eating all different kinds!)

Though I think my favourite bite sized thing to eat, is dumplings.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

5 Simple Steps To Make The Most Of Your Weekend

It's unfair isn't it?

Of the 7 days of the week, we only get 2 to enjoy ourselves, get stuff done, clean, shop, see friends and family... and then before you know it it's Monday and you're back to the grind!

Well today, I want to share with you how to make the MOST of your weekends, to maximize on fun and effectiveness, so you always feel accomplished rolling into your week!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Why You Should Eat Chicken Wings On A First Date

One of the annoying things about becoming an adult is that you look back on all the advice your parents gave you (and you ignored) and realized they were 100% right.

I can't even tell you how many times over the past five-or-six years that I've had a "If I'd listened to my parents, I could have skipped all that nonsense I just put myself through" moment.

Of course, part of growing up is figuring stuff out for yourself, but I am so much more willing now to seek out my parents advice than I ever was as a teenager or university student.

There is one thing though, one piece of advice that to this day I tell my mother she is wrong about.

"Laura" she'd say to me, "when you're on a date with a man, never order anything messy. The last thing you want is for his first impression of you to be anything but ladylike."

I disagree entirely with this statement, which is why I always order the same thing on a first date:

Chicken Wings.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Keeping a Happiness Journal

In these early days of the new year, glistening with opportunity and hope, many people are still working on their resolutions. 

If you're anything like me this might include something like “working on a happiness project” or “learning to appreciate the good more”. In fact, life/self-improvement is second only to fitness goals when it comes to making a new years pledge.

Frankly, with a year like 2016 behind us (oy-vey!) I think we could all use a little bit more happy in our lives. Today I’d like to share with you my favourite tool to recognizing that feeling:

A happiness journal.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thai Crunchy Chicken Salad Wraps

I love thai sweet-chili sauce, it's one of my favourite flavours. So when it comes time to make fresh and delicious salad wraps, there is only one flavour of sauce I want to use.

One of the nice things about salad wraps is that you don't feel too over stuffed while you're eating them. They're also great to put out as an appetizer to share before a meal. Of course, I love it as a main course. Ideally served with fresh dumplings on the side!

This meal is sweet, savory, fresh and simple to put together. It's a mouthful to say and eat, but it is TASTY!

In the recipe below you'll see that I've made my own Thai sweet chili sauce, but if you'd rather skip that step and just buy a bottle from the store that works too! I understand that not everyone keeps fish sauce around their home like I do.

Whatever your method, I know you'll just gobble these up! so without further ado...

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

5 Shoes You Need For The Holiday Season!

Like many women, shoes are my weakness.

I love a beautiful scarf, have a penchant for Kate Spade bags, and have a fairly enviable jewelry collection.

But for all of that, shoes are my favourite, my go to accessory, the bane of my wallet (or my feet, depending on the heel).

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Lamb & Butternut Squash Tagine

This year for my birthday, I was well and truly spoiled.

My parents bought me a beautiful cast iron tagine from Le Creuset.