Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Ahh the end of January! 
Flown by. 
It's been a very positive month and life is overall great!

One of my newer hobbies that has yet to be introduced to my blog
is my curiosity with eating a Vegan diet and cooking
plant based, whole food meals at home!

One of my New Year Resolutions was to cook more at home,
as well as eat/be healthier overall.
I have been a pescetarian for over 6 years now 
-meaning i was a vegetarian but still ate seafood.
Over the last 4-6 months i have made a conscious effort
to try and eliminate all dairy products from my diet as well.
With a number of slip ups, mind you.
Limiting dairy was more for my health rather than 'belief'-
dairy just made me feel not my best in general, 
and i felt i could do without it.
I still do eat seafood but it is once in a while- because i actually do
like seafood!

For Christmas i got perhaps the most influential book i have ever read.
It is called "The China Study" written by T. Colin Campbell and his son.
I became a vegetarian because i knew i could live without eating meat.
I didn't need it to be happy and healthy.
Of course i love animals, but i know that animals are used for food 
and it wasn't my intention to stop those around me from eating meat,
or make them feel uncomfortable in the fact that i choose not to.
(Nutrition and health is truly a personal choice, not to be forced onto anyone!)

But this book changed my focus on what being a Vegan can actually do for you.
It doesn't mean I am a hippie, or that i *gasp* don't wear leather.
(because i do!)
Dr. Campbell shows you how one's diet is the most CRUCIAL
way to stay healthy for your entire life.
Over 40 years of comprehensive research have gone into making
The China Study, and it proves, countlessly, that a diet that is
rich in plant based, whole foods can and will
reduce, reverse, and even prevent many of the ails that 
our Western Society is accustomed to.
(High blood pressure, some common cancers, obesity, some forms of diabetes,
autoimmune diseases, as well as effects on bone, kidney, eye and brain diseases)

Campbell states that Western societies are killing themselves
through breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Our lives of affluence is the problem, a problem
that many rural, eastern countries have no clue about.
As the richest, (arguably) most educated-well informed society that 
has complete access to healthcare and medicine should we
not be ... a little healthier?
What's the bottom line here?

You really must read it to believe it for yourself-
if you are interested in broadening your knowledge
on health and nutrition.

I am very open minded, i like to read things and
take from them what i choose to at that moment
and maybe go back to the bigger picture later.
Yet, after reading this book i am ready to embrace 
plant based eating. 

If you aren't much of a reader (shame on you! kidding!)
then the documentary
"Forks Over Knives"
sums up Dr. Campbell and his research on The China Study.
So the least you can do is watch the hour and a half documentary!

With ALL of that being said....
I am cooking more at home!
Here is what i made for dinner last night

Veggie, Seeds and Quinoa stuffed Acorn Squash

Colourful, filling and delicious! 

Leave a comment if interested in the recipe,
i feel as if i have done enough typing for one post!

Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Ho Hey

Couple of winter outfit inspirations for the day.
Although it doesn't seem to be raining (yet)
yesterday was a complete downpour, and a 
complete drag to get dressed up for!
Loving (faux) leather skinnies and textured 
leggings/tights with skirts!

Happy Wednesday

The Lumineers - Ho Hey

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Happy New Year!

Well Happy New Year! 
Better late than never. 

December flew by! I was so busy enjoying the season
and ticking things off my list that i neglected my little blog.
I came down with a cold the week before Christmas and that
set me back a little bit. Couldn't indulge as much as usual.
But, even so, it was a great month!

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were spent at my moms.
Full of family and food on Christmas Eve, then things got to
slow down on Christmas. Just relaxed, read, leisurely opened
gifts and spent the afternoon watching movies together.
It is so nice to be completely at peace and surrounded by 
everyone i love!

Brandon and I got to spend some quality time together
once the holiday madness subsided a little.
Relaxing at home, watching movies and making meals together-
all the things i love!

Football also has consumed a lot of my holiday.
Brandon is a big football guy and in return i am 
becoming something of the same!
Colts out of the playoffs, but still cheering on Seattle and Denver!

One of my New Years Resolutions was to continue
with my whole foods, plant based eating.
Reading about nutrition and vegan eating has become a bit of 
a hobby of mine. I really like to be informed and what i have been
reading has really made sense to me, at this point in my life.

2013, who can believe it?
2012 ended with a lot of change and uncertainty 
and 2013 is starting with new possibilities and opportunities.
Very much so looking forward to it!

Feeling more happy, healthy, and balanced.
And i wish the same to all my readers!

Here are some photos of the last month or so.
Hope to keep up a little more blog-wise.



Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wednesday Wisdom

be confident in the person you are


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December To Do List

If you don't know by now, I love to make lists.
I'm old fashioned, i like to write on paper
and make notes to myself daily.
I couldn't live without my day planner,
or i guess i could, but i would be so disorganized.

When i make a list i am ten times more likely to fulfill
whatever it is asking. I get a little OCD about
wanting to cross things off my list.
I love being productive and there is always 
enough time in the day if you just plan accordingly!
But enough about me...

Here's a list that is actually fun and not full 
of errands or jobs.

Here's what i plan to do this Month:

  • See the Carol Ships in Ladner
  • Watch my list of Christmas Movies (see previous blog post)
  • Go ice skating at the Robson Square ice rink
  • Go see The Nutcracker Ballet
  • Go to 'Bright Nights' in Stanley Park
  • Send out Christmas cards to friends and family
  • Holiday baking with friends
  • Picture with Santa (one is never too old)
  • See the Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Gardens
  • See the ArtsClub Theatre Performance of "It's A Wonderful Life"
What are some of your December traditions?


Sending out my stack of Christmas Cards

Holiday baking is never complete without Snowman shaped Rice Krispies

Seeing It's a Wonderful Life at the Arts Club Theatre on Granville Island

Ladner Carol Ships

Ladner Carol Ships

On repeat: Michael Buble and Mariah Carey

Maria, gratia plena

One of the first things to get me into the Holiday
Spirit has got to be Christmas Movies.
This year I watched my first one during the first few days of December
and i have basically been in the mood ever since!

This is my first December that i haven't been cramming for finals,
researching essay topics, or prepping last minute projects.
It has made a Complete difference about how i think about this time of year.
Usually i am so burnt out BY Christmas that all of the fun
holiday traditions are completely lost and more of a last minute thought/burden.

Anyway, not this year!
I have completely been enjoying the prep and craziness of December.
I've been spending so much time with family and friends.
I started my Christmas shopping so early and have nearly finished already.
I have already sent out my huge stack of Christmas cards and
actually feel organized! score.
Not to mention, Michael Buble's Christmas CD has been playing nonstop.

Anyway here is my mostly complete list of Holiday movies that i would
love to watch before December comes to a close.

Holiday Movies to See - December 2012

  1. Love Actually
  2. Elf
  3. It's A Wonderful Life -Saw it Live on Granville Island with family 
  4. Die Hard (at least ONE i can watch with the boy-apparently this is a Christmas movie..)
  5. Edward Scissor Hands
  6. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  7. Look Who's Talking Now
  8. Miracle on 34th Street
  9. Serendipity
  10. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer 
  11. Home Alone
  12. Home Alone 2
  13. A Christmas Carol
  14. A Christmas Story
  15. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
  16. Jingle All The Way
  17. The Santa Clause
  18. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
  19. Nightmare Before Christmas
Okay this seems large, but i am up for the challenge.
Plus I can already tick off a few!

What are your favourite Christmas Movies?
Any more i should add to my list?
Hope your December is starting off 'merrily'!


Michael Buble - Ave Maria

ps- Ave Maria is one of my absolute favourites,
 it really reminds me of my Grandma Lorraine.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

on sleepless roads the sleepless go

December is well underway now and it is one of my
favourite months for a number of reasons.
I'll get into that more later, but for now,
I love Holiday dressing!

Dinner dates, get-togethers, girls nights, etc.

Which all call for party frocks, nylons paired with skirts,
dress shirts and a ton of accessories.
I love this time of year because people seem to 
want to dress up. I love dressing up, and rarely need
an occasion to do so, but i love how everyone else seems
to get the same vibe during the Christmas season.
Can't wait!

Check out these great holiday looks,
I'm definitely drawing inspiration from Atlantic-Pacific


all photos from Atlantic-Pacific

Jimmy Eat World - Hear You Me