Let’s get this out of the way. I am addicted to the Bachelor Franchise.
It’s a very roller-coaster-y love/hate relationship that I have with the Bachelor. I hate the fact that I watch every single episode of every show, and become emotionally invested in every contestant’s life. I hate that I feel the need to follow all their Instagram pages to keep tabs on them. I hate the fact that I slip so easily into the detective role, tasking myself to find out if all the couples are still together, months and months later. However, I love the contestants, the back stories, the beautiful dresses, the drama, the handsome men (lookin’ at you Luke Pell), the ugly cries (lookin’ at you Ashley Iaconetti). I love debriefing after every episode with fellow addicts. I hate that I love wasting so much time on these people.
Alas, what better way to indulge myself than to write about it?
Hello from sunny Florida!
I traded in my toque and boots, for a bathing suit and flip flops this week. I’m spending the week with the family, just relaxing and taking it easy. Why is it that time goes by so quickly when you don’t want it to?
Its been great being able to sleep in (!!! which I never get to do at home), enjoy endless cups of coffee outside, go for bike rides, shop at target, watch Netflix, swim, and get in some great workouts like the circuit below. I don’t miss the cold at all.
Anyway – one thing that I am missing is my GYM. I miss the amazing group classes, the massive turf field, the sauna, and all the equipment I could ever dream of. The gym here is quite small, and usually quite busy. I found myself a room that I think is a yoga room (?), thats basically always empty to do some workouts in. Only problem is, there isn’t much equipment available. I created a minimal equipment circuit that basically anyone can do, anywhere, with just a yoga ball, 2 sets of dumbbells, and a yoga mat!
To me, Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. New York City is the most wonderful city, and my mother is the most wonderful travel buddy.
Last year, I suggested to my mother that we visit NYC around Christmas – different from our usual summer visits. It was a total game-changer. It truly makes the world around you feel Christmassy. We decided that this was going to be an annual Girls Trip, and so this year we kept the tradition going.
I was first introduced to Bite lipstick through my sister, Diana. She emerged ready for work one day, wearing this beautiful, satiny, pinky, brown. I loved it. She explained to me that it was a brand that Sephora started to carry and that they had all sorts of amazing shades. She also excitedly explained that Bite was opening a Beauty Lab in Toronto like it’s lab in New York where you could custom mix your OWN lipsticks. I love lipstick so much, almost to a fault. I can never have enough lipstick. So to be my own ~mad scientist of lipstick~ sounded like a dream. I was in. However, it ended up being a bit pricey once I performed some number crunching (aka, I could buy almost 6 lipsticks for the same price). I was out. Then my other sister agreed to split the cost of the experience as a birthday gift for Diana. I was back in. For her. But also for me. But mostly her.
It seems like nut butters are huge these days, and there are hundreds of types! From your classic peanut butter, to cashew butter, to some sort of birthday cake almond butter concoction. My personal favourite is the ol’ classic Nutella. However, for someone watching their sugar and trying to eat healthy, I don’t indulge in it very often. My healthier favourite these days is Tahini! It’s 100% ground sesame seeds, and it’s delightful. It’s also the base to a lot of great recipes, like hummus. Today, I’m sharing with you a NEW recipe using Tahini. It’s my Tahini Crunch Energy Balls!
The Santa Claus Parade is fast approaching this weekend. In our house, the Parade always marks the the weekend that the Christmas tree goes up. Decorating the tree has always been an exciting time. I have such vivid memories from when I was a kid of my dad lugging the big fake tree upstairs from the basement, followed by boxes and boxes of ornaments. The Christmas music would be on, and my mom would be making me and my sisters hot chocolate (or cookies, or some kick-ass italian meal). Our decorating would commence at full-tilt, and we only stopped when we were ready to light the bad-boy up. Spiced Plum.
This year, we’ve retired a majority of our old ornaments. The collection of “Baby’s First Christmas”, and homemade ornaments have a place in our hearts, but not on the tree. We’ve gone for a more refined look, inspired by Canadian Tire’s new Canvas line of ornaments in the “Spiced Plum” collection.
Take a peak at some of my favourites!
Looking to procrastinate?
Check out some of my favourite links around the internet this week.
Welcome to my first instalment of Fitness Friday! A peak into the workouts I do, and the food that fuels them.
I’m passionate about fitness, but it is very easy to put it on the back-burner while the craziness of every day takes over. I’m working to make my health a priority and my goal is to always be making positive changes. I strive to be gentle to myself and kind to my body, all while holding myself accountable.
Some days are easy breezy, and others are an uphill battle. But it is the constant commitment that will pay-off in the long run. Without health, what do you have?
So without much further ado…
After a long week, my friend Katie and I had plans Friday night to grab some drinks and appetizers in the city after work. Katie proclaimed (jokingly, I think..) that her budget was $20. I asked her if she had ever even been out in Toronto before, and told her she needed to be a bit more flexible. For food AND drinks, you’re looking at upwards of $30. Toronto has a way of emptying your pockets. Here is the story of how Katie always gets her way….
I hope your bellies are full of treats, and that you’re furiously scrubbing costume makeup off your face.