Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wise Word Wednesday

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wise Word Wednesday

"Successful women don't have a lot of time for people who don't lift them up. There are a lot of people in life who want to tear you down or get you involved in their drama. That's a big life lesson that is hard to learn when you're young, but as I get older, I see women weeding people out of their lives. This is healthy. You don't need to be a good friend to someone who's not a good friend to you. You don't even need to be a good daughter or sister or wife to somebody who's not good to you. It goes that far."

Reese Witherspoon

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Best Dressed at the Emmys 2015

These three are my top picks for looks last night at the Emmys.  From left is Sarah Hyland who rarely has a miss.  Her outfits are consistently on point and beautiful.  She finds a great way to blend her femininity and edge in age-appropriate looks.  Love her style!  In the middle we have Lady Gaga.  Yes, you read that correctly.  She looks absolutely gorgeous in this black number.  I find it incredible how Gaga continues to evolve in all aspects from fashion to career moves.  On the right is January Jones.   In a night that was filled with huge gowns and beautiful dresses, I love her alternate look in this beautiful green jumpsuit. 
The biggest chill-inducing moment of the night was when the stunning Viola Davis became the first African American woman to win an Emmy for lead actress in drama. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wise Word Wednesday

Monday, September 14, 2015

Mare's Music Monday: The Weeknd

It's been a hot minute since I did an album review, so let's get to it!  I actually haven't bought an actual physical CD in a really long time so it seems fitting to tell you about it. 
The Weeknd is Canadian and killing it around the world!  His second album, Beauty Behind the Madness, was released two weeks ago and has spent both at number one on the Billboard charts.
The Weeknd has a unique sound, many compare to Michael Jackson.  He doesn't rap, but his lyrics remind me of that style, quick-witted, smart and raw.  The songs definitely have adult content with drug use and sex being constant themes.  Somehow with his rough subject matter, many of the songs still have a pop-love-song vibe to them.  I love how the songs paint a vivid picture and I find myself transported into them.  I find this especially happens when listening to the album in headphones. 
Some of my favourites are Can't Feel My Face, Dark Times (featuring Ed Sheeran), Real Life and Shameless.  
Of course this won't be to everyone's taste, but two weeks at number one can't lie.  I am thoroughly enjoying this one!
oxox Mare

Friday, September 11, 2015

Food Friday: Protein Shake

I've been chatting about protein shakes quite a bit in my videos in the past month, especially during Vlogust, so today I thought I would spotlight my current favourite protein powder. 
I've been delving into the world of protein powders for a couple years, trying different brands and formulas, but I seem to always come back to Vega.
Personally, whey-free powder is much easier to digest, which is why I exclusively use plant-based products.  I have tried quite a few flavours of Vega, but settled on French Vanilla because I like the freedom to mix it with many other things.  Some days I like a shake with frozen berries, banana and spinach for example, while another I want cacao, natural peanut butter (like this one) and a banana.  French Vanilla is nice and versatile. 
The Vega One All-In-One Nutritional Shake contains 20 grams of protein and just one gram of sugar.  WIN! Now, the particular blend is 160 calories per serving but I use a smaller scoop to reduce the calories. It contains six servings of greens, as well as fibre, probiotics, antioxidants and more. It's gluten free, non GMO and 100% vegan. 
As I said, I like to switch up what I mix with the powder.  After playing around with it a bit, I recommend putting whatever liquid you are using in the blender first (I use filtered water) and then the powder.  I also have found I use much more water than expected to make a great consistency that isn't powdery.  
I have found this specific powder at Superstore on sale, but I know it can easily be purchased online and in many stores.  Finding it on sale is always a bonus as it can seem pricey.  To counteract this, I remind myself that I don't but anything else for breakfast (besides the additions for the shake like berries).  The container says it provides 20 portions, but I get WAY more out of it!  I believe it to be worth it, considering how great I feel drinking it.  More energy, bloat-free and alert. 
I have been making protein shakes for my co-host and myself five days a week for about a month now and we both feel fabulous.  
I don't mean this to sound sales-pitchy, but I wanted to share it with you because the protein powder section can definitely be overwhelming! 
oxox Mare

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Losing A Parent

I am not a doctor, a therapist or an expert.  But I am someone who's had 13 years of first-hand experience on this topic and I wanted to share my experience.  I hope the tips and advice I share in this video are helpful as you or someone you know deals with the loss of someone very important. Please share this with anyone you think it might help and also leave any questions or comments you many have. 
oxox Mare

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wise Word Wednesday

Monday, September 7, 2015

Mare's Music Monday: Songs I'm Loving Lately

Here are the songs I have been playing on repeat lately.  Each of these is a link to the music video.  Enjoy and happy Labour Day! 
oxox Mare

Levels - Nick Jonas

Sunday, September 6, 2015

A Vlogust Playlist

Hello my beautiful and not-forgotten blog.  I love Mare's Place and promise to post more here this month than last.  Please forgive me for a lack of blog posts, but as I warned you, I did Vlogust!  Every day in August I vlogged, which produced THIRTY videos!  Yes, I will say, quite the feat!  You can expect more regularly scheduled blogging to commence.  But, in case you missed any of the thirty videos, I created a neat playlist for your viewing pleasure.  Feel free to binge watch away my friend!
oxox Mare

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wise Word Wednesday

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