Saturday, August 23, 2014

Shout Out Saturday

Today I want to highlight another one of my favourite YouTubers for Shout Out Saturday.  This is the one and only Grav3yardgirl!
Bunny is definitely in contention to be my favourite YouTuber.  She's the name I type when I've had a rough day and need a pick-me-up.  She does all kinds of videos from vlogs, fashion, beauty, first impressions, favourites, and more.  One of her most popular video series is "Does This Thing Really Work?" where she tests out products to see if they are worth buying.  She is one of the most honest, frank and unique YouTubers hands-down.  I never wonder if she's being paid to speak highly of a product because she's always up-front about it.  Bunny is also very honest about bullying and anxiety which I think is important.  She's a great safe place for viewers to know they aren't alone in their troubles.  Another thing I love about Bunny is sometimes she's got a full face of makeup and other days she's completely natural.  I don't believe any part of her channel to be fake.  She has encouraged millions of viewers to be themselves and not apologize for it.
I think her personality is unique, uplifting and refreshing.  She doesn't pretend to be an expert or above her viewers and that's why we love her.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pics Lately

I am long overdue for a Pics Lately post!  In case you aren't following me on FacebookTwitter or Instagram, here are some of the photos I have posted lately: 
 I found this rock on a walk with T recently. I just love it!  I love the saying and also am touched that someone took the time to create this and leave it for passersby.
 A colleague of mine gifted me two HUGE bags of produce and I was so thrilled to get to work juicing and making kale chips.
 I am so thankful for these absolutely stunning flowers from my friend for my birthday.  Gorgeous! I am also always so impressed when someone can keep flowers alive in their garden ;)
 My mum and I took T to a parade recently.  Of course he took ONE candy and made a huge mess. Too cute!  His favourites were the marching bands and motorcyles.
 This is my co-host Farm and I emceeing the Boonstock Music Festival.  It was such a thrill!
 I am so thankful I was able to share Boonstock's three days with my friend Shannon.  We've been friends for 21 years!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Shout Out Saturday

Good morning! On this week's Shout Out Saturday we are talking all about laundry.
Yes, laundry.
This might sound boring to you, but it's serious business in my house ;)  I am in charge of the laundry and anything that can make it easier or make things cleaner, I am in!
This week I wanted to share the stain remover that I recently tried and am loving.  It's called The Laundry Tarts Sweet Spot Stain Remover Bar.  For $5 it's a concentrated bar, like a rectangle, that you rub on stains.  I cannot believe the stains it is getting out!  There are some stains on my three year old's clothes that have soaked in for countless washes and slowly they are coming out!  You wet the item of clothing, rub the bar on it to create a lather and then drop in the wash.  Amazing!  I don't want to give you the dirty details, but let's just say, some pretty nasty stains have been removed ;)
I also love that this snippet from their website:
 The Laundry Tarts products were inspired by the old fashion concept of using real soap, without the use of animal products, phosphates, phthalates, parabens, SLS, or chlorine to make the perfect all-natural laundry detergent. By combining the perfect blend of natural and effective ingredients with unique dessert inspired scents, our founder established The Laundry Tarts.
I found mine at a local kids store but there is a list of stores and websites where you can buy on their site as well.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Joyous Health - Interview & Giveaway!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

If Any Good Can Come Of This

Obviously we talked a lot this morning on the show about Robin Williams.  It's an interesting time when a celebrity passes away.  My Facebook and Twitter feeds were buzzing with posts about the actor.  Some believe you shouldn't feel moved as you didn't actually know the person. But I read that it's the sign of a true artist, when one passes away and people feel it. 
From Aladdin to Hook to Dead Poet's Society and Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams has been a fixture on my television for decades.  Not only that, the joy, laughter and love he brought to millions of people is not something to minimize.  Robin Williams' talent and legacy will live forever. 

If any good can come of this terrible time, I hope it opens the conversation on depression and mental illness.  Williams suffered for years, always hiding behind characters and laughter.  It really drives home the point that you never truly know what someone is going through in their personal life.  It could be a colleague of your's or a family member, acquaintance or close friend.  I hope his death opens up a conversation and lets people know they are not alone.  There is always someone who will listen and always someone who cares.  Just as Michael J Fox has made Parkinsons more accessible, I hope those suffering from depression know it's ok to get help. 

He seemed to have it all, and still.  And still.

If you need someone to talk to, this is a good place to start.

His death can also bring up personal sadness for those who have lost loved ones.  You know I love quotes and I wanted to share this one that Williams' daughter posted yesterday:

And, to end today's blog post on a note with a smile, a scene from one of my favourite childhood movies.

Genie, you're free.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Quick Tips for a Surprise Party

This past weekend I helped throw a surprise party for my friend Loni.  We pulled it off without her suspecting a thing!  I thought I would share some tips on how we successfully surprised her.  It can be nerve-wracking to try to surprise someone but it CAN be done!
Throw the party WELL in advance of their special day.  Loni's birthday wasn't for another 11 days so we were able to catch her off guard.  I think throwing the party on someone's actual birthday is much more difficult because as the days nears, they might pick up on subtle signs more easily.
If you can, plan something else around the same time to  keep their mind occupied.  Loni's family held a garage sale on Saturday morning so her mind was only thinking of that last week and the day of.  She wouldn't have picked up on any subtle hints because she was so focussed on the sale.
Tell as few people as possible.  Whenever anyone asked me what I was doing Saturday I was very vague and didn't mention the party.  It isn't that I don't trust my friends and family.  It's more that it was easier to have less people in the know.  And the less people who have to lie to the birthday girl/boy. This probably goes without saying, but don't tell children. Just don't.
Plan something for the birthday boy/girl that ensures they are away during the party prep.  Saturday I took Loni to a movie matinee.  A few years ago I took a friend for a pedicure.  For Jeremy's surprise 30th birthday party I got his boss to schedule him to work. On a Saturday. Yeah, I did!  This way you can easily prepare the space for the party, get the food ready, decorations up etc without worrying that they will spontaneously show up.
Hope these help!  Surprise parties are so much fun :)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Shout Out Saturday

This week I just have to share the song that I have been playing non-stop lately!  It came out on my birthday (July 29th) and ever since it's been my jam.  I just love Marianas Trench and have been excitedly anticipating their new music.  

Play "Count the Pop Culture Reference" in their new video for Pop 101:

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Easy Bean Recipe

I realize we are a day away from Food Friday, but let's be rebels, shall we?  Last night I posted a photo of our dinner with the caption, "Meatless Wednesday, that's a thing, right?".  I had numerous comments and questions asking what the beans were and if I could share the recipe.  Ask and you shall receive my lovelies!
This is a very easy bean recipe which you could use as a main, like I did last night, or as a side.  It's so delicious that Jeremy requests it all the time! 

one can of navy beans, rinsed (also known as cannelinni beans)
fresh garlic
fresh sage
olive oil
salt and pepper

Pour a little olive oil in a frying pan on medium heat.  Add a few minced garlic cloves and saute for a few minutes.  Then add about 12 leaves of sage, torn off the stem.  Add in the beans and stir frequently.  (I usually turn the heat down.)  Then add in the chopped tomato and salt and pepper.  I find it makes a great difference to use kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.  
I just cook this long enough for everything to be heated and the flavours to meld.  

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Shout Out Saturday

Happy Saturday friends! I thought rather than choosing just one thing to highlight today, I would share my July Favourites instead!  The video went live this morning and so the timing couldn't have been better.  See what book, tv, beauty, shoes and more I was loving in July:
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