Friday, January 29, 2016

Food Friday: Baked Veggie Marinara

Welcome to another Food Friday! Today I am making a new dish for the first time. This Baked Veggie Marinara from Detoxinista was delicious and you can find the recipe right here.  If you make it, tag me so I can see! 
oxox Mare

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wise Word Wednesday

I have a friend who suffers from anxiety and I asked her what she does when she has an anxiety or panic attack. This is her advice:

"Yoga breathing. Shut my door and take a few minutes to myself. Try to pinpoint if anything in particular has made me anxious and stare it down. 

 Recognize that anxiety is based on opinion rather than fact. 

If there is nothing in particular that is making me anxious just to recognize that is my brain doing it to me and that it is not something tangible that needs my worry so I can give myself permission to try to calm down and realize that if there is nothing making me feel that way then it will pass. It's a process. 

It's sometimes something trivial that sets it off that I don't even realize it's happened. That's when I really start looking at my thoughts. But sometimes it's nothing, just a vague sense of unease/panic. Awful.

 It will pass. 

Letting go of control of it has been helpful for me. My brain's chemicals are not something I can control right now so I will just allow myself to feel it for a bit. 

 Sometimes fighting it ends up fueling it."

I found this really helpful and I hope you do too. - Mare

Friday, January 22, 2016

Insta Recap

Are you following me on social media? I even joined SnapChat! You can find me on that, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. My username on all forms of social media, even YouTube, is redheadmare. Here are some of my most recent pictures you may have missed:
 I live in a valley and this winter has been particularly gloomy and cloudy. On this day I was ecstatic to bust out my sunglasses! These are my current pair from Joe Fresh.
 Earlier this month I was the keynote speaker in front of a group of businesswomen. If you missed my speech, you can see it here.
 Saturday night after taking Thomas to a hockey game (so Canadian I know!) Jer and I played a very competitive game of Friends Scene It. And yes, I took his title and WON!
 This was simply tagged, "You should go and love yourself".  Yes I am loving the Biebs right now. I also love this sweater as it is very similar to one of my tattoos.
 Thomas' winter outfit on point! I love this blue pea coat from The Bay and his new mitts from Roots. Also his scarf is one of my mum's old ones so that I love too!
 Poor Thomas. He hosted a suite at a hockey game recently. It was a lot of work ;)
 My cohost Randy surprised me with this new mug! It's one you can draw on. I just can't decide what to put on it. Suggestions?
 This mam was ready to DANCE on Friday night!
 Something so simple as a quiet moment before picking T up from therapy can really set my day.
This is all the makeup I fit in my GlamCaddy. Did you see my review? Check it out here

Oxox Mare

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Wise Word Wednesday

Monday, January 18, 2016

Mare's Music Monday

I have been listening to so much new music lately and I want to start sharing more reviews with you again! If you are ever wondering about an artist or what I am listening to, feel free to ask.  You know I love music and talking about it! (If not, I would be kind of terrible at my job;)
This week I am reviewing Canadian Alessia Cara's new album Know-It-All
This 19 year old sprang onto the music scene last year with her hit Here:

This song was unlike anything else on the air and it has definitely had some staying power.  The entire album isn't exactly like this song, there are some fabulous beats and also some stunning ballads.  I am very impressed with the record as whole.  She has writing credits on every single track and captures such a fabulous look at her life which is incredibly relatable. I have been listening to the album as a whole for a week or two now and also been texting friends with song recommendations.  The stand-out track for me is Wild Things:
I also love I'm Yours, Four Pink Walls and Scars to Your Beautiful.
This album is a great choice for anyone of any age, but particularly for younger girls and women who need a reminder it's ok to be you and it's ok to be different. 
oxox Mare

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Finding Joy & Success in a Tough Time

In my first sit-down video of 2016 I am sharing a speech I wrote this week. I was the keynote speaker at a local Women in Business luncheon and was asked to talk about going through a tough time privately, while remaining professional and successful.  I hope you find these tips helpful!
oxox Mare

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Wise Word Wednesday

Monday, January 11, 2016

Golden Globes Best Dressed

Although I found last night's Golden Globe awards a bit boring, the fashion did not disappoint! (Ok some did disappoint, but that's not the focus today!)
I loved all the colours and patterns this year.  It seemed that lots of the women took risks.  On the flip side, I was also feeling the simpler looks.  There were some lovely ensembles complimented by simple hair and makeup.  Here are my top six:
 Kaley Cuoco's red stunner for the after party was all kinds of right!  Not everyone could pull off the gown Canadian Rachel McAdams wore with the pattern and texture but paired with her beautiful updo and make-up, it definitely makes my list! Amy Adams is effortless!
Oh J Lo. Perfection. I especially love her hair and lipstick.  Kate Winslet just gets better with age. Lady Gaga won her first Globe last night for her role in American Horror Story but she looked far from horrific! The shape of her gown and her simple makeup are beautifully paired.
I also loved Jennifer Lawrence, Sophia Bush and Malin Akerman's looks last night.
Which were your faves? 
oxox Mare

Friday, January 8, 2016

Food Friday

I absolutely love soup this time of year.  Something about making it from scratch and then enjoying a piping hot bowl is incredibly comforting.  One of my favourite types of soup is chicken noodle, but I had never made it from scratch. Until now :) 
Here is a delicious recipe from Hot For Food that I adapted this week.  You can definitely make it completely vegan as the recipe states.  Or, I used low sodium chicken stock and I cooked chicken breast as well.  The result? A comforting, delicious meal that's clean to boot!
oxox Mare

 Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup

** makes 6-8 servings
1 C diced yellow onion
1 C diced carrot
1 C diced celery
3 garlic cloves, minced
7 C low sodium vegetable stock
170 g meatless chicken strips (approximately 2 cups)
200 g fettuccine noodles
1/4 C fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 tbsp sunflower oil
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp fresh thyme
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp dried sage
1/4 tsp ground pepper
Pull apart the meatless chicken strips with your hands to make smaller pieces that look shredded.
In a large pot heat sunflower oil over medium heat and then add meatless chicken strips and brown for 1 minute.
Add the basil, thyme, sage, sea salt, and ground pepper and continue browning the strips for another 5 minutes.
Add onion and sauté for another 2 minutes allowing them to soften and sweat, stirring occasionally.
At this point add a little bit of vegetable stock to lift up the brown bits off the bottom of the pot. Then stir in celery and carrots and sauté for 4-5 minutes.
Then add minced garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
Add all the vegetable stock and noodles (you can use any pasta of your choice, which may vary the cook time, and optionally you can break the long fettuccine noodles in half to fit in the pot) and stir to combine.
Cover the pot with a lid, lower the heat, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the noodles are tender and cooked through.
In the last 2 minutes of cooking add in parsley.

Monday, January 4, 2016

A Cleanse

Well here we are, in 2016.  How are you feeling after the holiday season?  If you need a reboot or a kickstart after indulging over the last few weeks, a juice cleanse can be just the ticket!  I did a juice cleanse in December and felt great for days afterward.  I had never tried anything like it and had no idea what to expect!  Here is the blog showing exactly what our 1 Day Juice Cleanse from Pure Gym and Juicery looked like:
oxox Mare
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