Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Come Join Me

I've decided to start a new website. 
Why? Quite simply, I need a new beginning. Come join me! 
Find me on my new site:
oxox Mare

Sunday, June 25, 2017

An Unimaginable Outpouring of Kindness

I am here. 
At moments I feel I am barely here.
My husband Jeremy took his life on Friday June 9th. 
I still can't fathom that to be a reality. 
Every day there are pockets of time where I am surviving minute-to-minute, reminding myself I can do anything for a short period of time. 
"You can do anything for ten minutes."  
It's something one of my oldest friends said to me shortly after Jeremy died.  It's become a mantra I repeat to myself multiple times a day.  It's as though two years have passed in the last two weeks. His funeral was one week ago tomorrow, and yet, it feels a lifetime ago. 
There are many things I am struggling with, things I will slowly start to share with you as I return to vlogging on my YouTube channel.  My subscribers, known as Mareathoners, have shown unwavering support from every corner of the globe and I will continue to lean on them.  Our dialogue is important, touching, supportive...necessary.  
I will slowly build a new normal for Thomas and myself, gently and on my own terms. It may not make sense to everyone, but it doesn't have to. I am uncertain as to how I should transition back to "normal".  Please be kind as I find my way. 
As I said as I addressed the room at Jeremy's memorial, I genuinely feel propped up by my family, my Mareathoners and the community.  I know this support to be true because of the past 16 days.  
Since word got out of Jeremy's passing, I have been inundated with an outpouring of kindness unlike anything I could have imagined.  It would be impossible for me to include every single person in one blog post but I know I will share anecdotes as they seem appropriate in my vlogs and social media in the coming weeks.  Lumping these amazing people into one post doesn't seem to do it justice and I will be doing my best to privately thank everyone.  But I do want to publicly share some of their kindness with you and I will.
For now, please know my shattered heart is being held together by your love and support. Please keep us in your thoughts. 
oxox M  

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Just Five Minutes, Maybe Ten

If you watch my Daily Vlogs then you know that mornings usually kick off at 110% in my world.  I often wake up to a son who is READY for the day.

In all capital letters. 

 Thomas does not ease into the day and neither do I. Doing a morning radio show for years conditioned me into a morning person.  I am usually ready to open my laptop and start working five minutes after my eyes open.  Yes this can create a very productive day, but it also doesn't allow me to breathe and take five minutes to myself. 

Until recently. 

My friend surprised me last week with this Five Minute Journal and it's already had an impact.  I've stuck with it for a week now and I'm feeling a shift.  Your write down three things you are grateful for, three things that could make your day better and a mantra for the day.  

That's it.

But when you start your day with a grateful mind it is impossible to be stressed in that moment.  Stress and gratitude cannot exist simultaneously.  This little nugget of knowledge is impactful. 

In the evening you open the journal again write what went well and what could have made the day better.  

That's it.

When my friend passed it over to me, she said, "this reminds you that can take at least five minutes for yourself".  Since starting it I am finding ways to take more than just these few minutes for myself.  As someone who preaches the importance of self-care, I often need a reminder to do just that. 

I can't recommend this enough.  I also hope you all have a friend who sees you.  She saw me. 

Want to win a copy of The Five Minute Journal? I'm giving one away in the Mareathoner Facebook Group

oxox Mare

Friday, June 2, 2017

Summer Salad

When the weather changes so do my taste buds. I swear! I go from wanting soothing soups to crunchy salads. I also love a salad on a Saturday because it's the easiest way to pack a lunch from whatever groceries are left in the fridge. (I am on the air on New Country 100.7 on the weekend and always pack my food.)

It's rare that I will follow a recipe but I thought I would share how I manage to have salad pretty much every day for lunch with minimal effort. 

Oh, I also get bored VERY easily! Here are some suggestions for the elements of a salad.  I mix it up, depending on what I have on hand. 

I start with spinach or a pre-mix of greens.  Simple spinach is my favourite because I know it's nutrient-dense.  The darker the green, the healthier it is. 

For protein I add in some beans like chickpeas, navy, pinto or black. Also, hemp hearts, edamame and lentils are packed with protein.  I've started throwing my protein into a bowl and adding some spices like dill and pepper with some fresh lemon juice to give them a zing before adding to the salad. 

Then I add in a ton of mixed veggies, again whatever is on sale or whatever is in the crisper.  Some of my favourites are cherry tomatoes, corn, peas, peppers, onion, broccoli,'s endless! I do like a variety though because it helps mix up the flavour, especially when I am having them daily. 

Other fun additions that I like are quinoa, leftover potatoes, avocado, watermelon, apple, nuts, seeds, nutritional yeast...the list is endless! 

As for dressing, I'm currently OBSESSED with this dressing from Little Creek. But usually I make my own and highly recommend you using one with little or no oil.  There are countless very easy recipes online to try. I will make a big batch and store in my fridge as you would a store bought. Salsa or hummus can also be fabulous dressings. 

I hope this gives you some inspiration.  I've become a master at randomly throwing whatever I have on hand on a plate and making a delicious salad. They are also incredibly filling which is important. 

I think the key is to buy a variety and then just go for it! 

I'd love to see your salads! 
oxox Mare

Monday, May 22, 2017

Mare's Music Monday

I was chatting on SnapChat recently (my name is RedheadMare, add me!) and asking what songs make you stop everything and dance. I had quite a few people snap me back asking what my favourite country songs are right now. I've also gotten this question lately on my daily vlogs as I often show myself jamming out with some carpool karaoke! 

I also get asked a lot if I like the music now that I am doing weekends on New Country 100.7.  I love it! So, in no particular order, here are some country songs I am loving lately, some older and some new. Each is a clickable link to the video:) 
oxox Mare

Friday, May 5, 2017

MareReads: How to be a Bawse

Yup. I've found my first must-read of 2017. 

This book is so riveting that when I finished it this morning I immediately bought to audio book. 

That, dear Mareathoner, is a fabulous testament to how much I got out of this book. 

Lilly Singh is a Canadian YouTuber with more than 11 million subscribers and more than 1.8 billion views.  Her main channel, iiSuperwomanii, is mainly comedic sketches and she also has a vlog channel where she posts daily videos. Her vlog channel is the content that I mainly watch and it's been fun to follow along on her epic journey.  

Lilly's written this book, How to be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life, as a collection of lessons she's learned.  It's broken down into 50 very easy-to-read chapters with relatable advice and strategies to overcoming your biggest obstacles.  I respect how attainable she makes success and how much she encourages hard work.  Singh says she's not here to give the reader a get rich quick scheme but instead explain the tools for creating a life of greatness.  

She's so wise for her young age.  While I don't agree entirely with every piece of advice, she's got a fabulous delivery and definitely made me think differently on many topics. 

Singh is very open about how she hit rock bottom and dealt with incredible depression before her rise to the top.  

This book is a great read, no matter your age. If you are looking for some real-talk advice, pick up this gem. 

oxox Mare

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Quick Anxiety Tip

This is a quick video to show you the one question you should ask yourself when you are feeling anxious or having a panic attack. It's been helping me immensely lately. 
oxox Mare

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A Joyous Encounter

Joy McCarthy of Joyous Health has been a huge influence on my health and my health journey for the past four years. She's a Canadian holistic nutritionist who makes taking care of yourself seem simple.  For so long I was intimidated by health food stores and had no idea how to even start to make a change.  Then, a Mareathoner suggested I read her first book, Joyous Health, and I was so drawn in that I studied it front-to-back. I've given countless copies as gifts and spoke about it countless times in my videos. 

Fast forward to last week when Joy was in town to do a presentation! We met and she was gracious enough to be on camera for an interview. Here are the vlogs I posted showing my excitement on the day and then also our chat.  Watch to find out how you can enter to win a signed copy of Joyous Detox
oxox Mare

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wise Word Wednesday

I know the quality of this photo isn't high, but the meaning and significance is immeasurable.  This was sent to me in a text by a friend last week.  We hadn't spoken that day and she didn't know I was in the middle of a panic attack.  It was incredible.  It gave me such peace almost immediately. I hope it does for you too. 
oxox M

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mare's Music Monday

Last weekend while on the air on New Country 100.7 I asked for suggestions for a new playlist for the gym.  I wanted it to be filled with strong female country artists and this is what we came up with. 
What are you listening to right now? 
oxox Mare

Friday, April 14, 2017

Join Us!

I've created a new Facebook group for the Mareathoner community! Join us, won't you? 
It's very easy; just click this link to request to join.  That's it! See you there. 
oxox Mare

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Road Less Travelled

It's Throwback Thursday or #TBT and as I was looking for a photo I came across a keynote address I gave to a graduating class in 2010. I thought it would be fun to share that speech with you today as it still rings true. 

"Good evening graduates, faculty, family and friends. I’m truly honoured and humbled to be speaking to you this evening. A graduation ceremony is such a moment in a person’s life. Thank you for making me part of your’s. I really hope you grads take a quiet minute tonight to reflect on what you’ve accomplished. Getting here today wasn’t easy, and you deserve to be proud of yourselves.

As I choose my route through life, I am learning that the path less taken is often the most rewarding. It can be tough to not follow the crowd and try something different, but that is where you will find success. By graduating today you are showing the world that you value yourself and your future by investing in education. My education also came through the road less travelled.

My high school teachers convinced me that success was only to be found with a university degree. But, pretty much as soon as I started my first year in university, I knew it wasn’t the right choice for me. I kept thinking, ‘where is this course going to get me?’ I could not connect a practical career to the classes I was taking. At least not a career I was interested in. I wanted to get out into the working world with true skills and experience to prepare me.

I finished out the year, which was super tough, but a lesson learned. I find it’s best to follow through on something once I start, to give everything my all, just in case I am surprised by the outcome.

I decided to take some time off from school to really learn what I wanted to pursue. Turns out this was a good move, because in that September my dad passed away suddenly. I was just 19 and home at the time of his death. This shook me to my core and left me stunned with no direction. Before his death, my dad was the person I turned to for professional advice. Now, I felt no one knew what was best for me and no one could give me the advice I needed. I rebelled, shut off and did not deal well with his sudden death.

Isn’t it interesting how sometimes life lessons are just as important as what you can learn in the classroom? Slowly, I turned around and decided to honor his legacy rather than be a victim to the hand I was dealt. Education has always been a priority to me. I love to write and also love the theatre. But, when I read somewhere that the average actor makes eight grand a year, I decided I probably wasn’t going to be the next Julia Roberts. Growing up my family always watched the six o’clock news together and my dad had often mentioned how broadcasting would be a good fit for me. So I decided to try to combine my love of writing and performing.

I was accepted into the Broadcast Journalism program at BCIT and started exactly one year after my dad’s death. At 21 I was the second youngest person in my class. Like Sprott Shaw, BCIT has small classes and the professors have industry experience. This was the place for me. I loved how, just like here, I was given relevant skills for the industry I wanted to be a part of.

Initially my goal was to successfully make it through the program and take it one step at a time. With a heavy course load and intense classes, my social life was non-existent but I loved it. Quickly, I was ready to apply my education in the field.

For the summer between first and second year, I volunteered full-time at a radio station in Kelowna in their newsroom. It was a huge sacrifice to not get paid and to travel every day from Summerland to Kelowna, but well worth it. A lot of the broadcast industry, like other lines of work, is based on who you know. The bosses at the Kelowna station were super impressed that I would commute and work for free, just to get radio experience. Although it made for a very tight situation financially, the sacrifice was well worth it. I ended up co-oping out of my program a semester early after securing my first job at a station in Prince George. The News Director there knew the one in Kelowna, who gave me a great review. My dedication paid off.

Like I was saying before, sometimes the road less travelled is the one worth driving. In this case, I travelled down a very long road, up north to Prince George in the middle of a minus 35 blizzard.

I can literally remember walking outside my hotel room on my first morning, feeling my nostrils freeze instantly, my damp hair go hard and my poor car resist starting because I didn’t know to plug it in. What had I done? I was 800 kilometers from anyone I knew. I’m not going to lie; I had a little cry over some hash browns at A&W before work that morning. I know some of you are new to this country, and I felt a little like I had woken up somewhere else.

That move ended up being the best thing I could have done for my career. It was great to learn, make mistakes and learn again. I started at the bottom of the totem pole in the newsroom and slowly worked my way up. I got to cover amazing events like a strike with hundreds of truckers, elections and even a Hells Angels funeral. Just surviving on my own felt like an accomplishment. Prince George is also where I met my husband.

A couple years after moving back to Penticton and working in the newsroom at SunFM and AM800 EZRock, I was approached to try the morning show. I had zero experience being myself on-air or talking off-the-cuff because I’d only ever done news. But, I kind of like to do things that scare me. Like addressing you all today! So again, I jumped in on the show and have never looked back. The Sunrise Show on 97.1 SunFM has been the most listened to show on the number one station ever since I started. It’s brought out a confidence and strength of character in me that I always knew was there, just didn’t know how to coax it out. I also didn’t know it was possible to have this much fun and get paid for it.

I hope my story can be an example to you of how important it is to listen to yourself and take the path most suited for you and only you. My favorite quote is ‘to thine own self be true’ from William Shakespeare. It’s so important to do what you want, on your own terms. Empowering yourself with education and graduating today is the first step on that journey. Who knows where it will take you? Only you do.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Better to Give Than Receive

Even just a few years ago, I wouldn't have thought I'd get so much joy out of giving away something to another person. 

Ever since Thomas was born we've been helped by so many people, businesses and organizations that we realized we needed to give back more. It started with asking friends and family to not get Thomas a birthday gift, but rather make a donation to an organization that has helped him. 

I'm a big hockey card collector but for several years I didn't have anybody to share the hobby with and most importantly, trade cards with. About 2 years ago I decided to make an Instagram account to showcase my hockey cards and hopefully find others in the hobby who I could trade with. It didn't take long before I discovered there is quite the card community on Instagram. After a few months, I realized that while there were a lot of great people, there were also a lot of jerks in the card community. You'd see people scamming one another or they'd really nickel and dime you while making a trade. 

I decided to try something different. 

If I saw someone that I thought was a good person, I'd send them some free cards! For the most part it has worked out really well. I've found several people that I now make regular trades with and others that I know will really appreciate an envelope of free cards.

Yesterday was time to package up a few more envelopes and head to the Post Office. I know these cards will soon be in a loving home. 

I guess the old saying is true, "It's better to give than receive." 
- Jer

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Being an Entrepreneur

This week's episode of The Mareathon on Shaw TV is all about being an entrepreneur.  I wanted to dive into this topic as it's become something that fascinates me.  I reached out to a couple of people who run incredible successful businesses and asked if we could talk about the drive to go out on your own.  My own personal experience has been filled with setbacks and difficulties as well as triumphs and I had a feel their stories would be no different. 
Even if you don't own your own business I have no doubt you will get a few gems of wisdom or inspiration from this episode.  You can also catch up on the previews episodes of The Mareathon on my TV Show page
Thanks for your support! 
oxox Mare

Monday, April 3, 2017

Mare's Music Monday

Ever since starting at New Country 100.7 in December, I've been familiarizing myself with the playlist and current country music.  Lots of people ask me how I handle playing country music, when in fact, I LOVE country! I've been a country fan for more than a decade. (Want to see me explain why I'm back on the radio? I did a whole video on it.)

Today I thought I would share a couple of my new favourites.  

The first is Body Like a Back Road by Sam Hunt: 

I also love the new one from Rascal Flatts:

I'm really loving the vibe of a lot of country music right now.  The best way I can describe it is fun.  It's easy to listen to, fun to blast in the car and so many of them are just feel-good jams. 
What songs are you loving right now? 
If you want to listen to me, I am on Saturday and Sunday 9am-3pm PST. You can listen online or download the app.  Make sure to let me know you are listening!
oxox Mare

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Autism Awareness Day

Today is World Autism Awareness Day. We hope you wear blue and #lighitupblue to show you support of families dealing with Autism.

Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys.

Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S.

Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average.

I always loved the quote of "if you meet one person with Autism, you've met one person with Autism".  What can be incredibly frustrating (to put it mildly) is that Autism affects every person differently and manifests itself in countless ways.

I have been given so much comfort since Thomas' diagnosis from our community and also the Mareathoner family. It amazes me how many people have shown great support with their time, love, understanding, donations and help.  It took us a long time to ask for help and share our story but the response has been overwhelmingly positive. 

I recently shared a video showing a day in the life of a parent of a child with special needs. I had such lovely comments and response. What struck me afterwards though was that this was just a typical day. Not a day with crisis. People kept writing me saying they couldn't believe how busy the day was or how much we manage to get done. That's just a typical day. Not one with meltdowns or a medical crisis or a panic attack or any of the endless terrifying things that have happened in the past six years. 

I truly believe Thomas is here to educate others, create a more compassionate world and add an infinite amount of joy. Jeremy and I often recognize he's made us better people. It's not without daily struggle and stress, but it's for a purpose. That purpose may be muddied some days by heartache, but it's there. I can't wait to see what Thomas achieves. I know it's going to be big. 
oxox Mare

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Holding Your Hand

This beautiful painting showed up on my front door on one of the toughest days of my life, a few weeks ago. I didn't know it was on its way to me and it couldn't have arrived at a better time. 

One of my closest friends Jess (whom I refer to as my Wife, if you've been around for a while, you know who I'm talking about) sent this to me out of the blue.  Not only did she mail this to me from across the country, Jess painted it herself. 
I didn't even know she could paint! 

Jess is widely talented and I don't think she's ever met a task or project she didn't nail.  I'm pretty sure she was watching Bob Ross on Netflix one day and thought, "I could do that". 

And then she did.

A couple weeks before this gorgeous original piece of art showed up on my doorstep, Jess and I were texting as she helped me through a particularly dark time.  She knew I was struggling and she asked what she could do. Through tears I replied, "I wish you were here to just hold my hand".

"And I am ALWAYS holding your hand" she replied. 

And she's right.  Jess is always holding my hand. We've been friends since 2005 and although we've only spent a few collective months living in the same city, she's been there.

As we've been friends for so long, our song is "Umbrella" by Rihanna.  She even managed to incorporate this imagery in her painting. 

Whether your friends are in the same city or two provinces away, I hope you have a Jess.  I hope you realize that part of your family (or in some cases your entire family) is made of up of the people you choose to let in and the people who choose to stick around. No matter who you are, I know you have someone who is always holding your hand. 
oxox Mare

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Went a Bit Crazy in LUSH!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wise Word Wednesday

As I talked about in a recent video, How To Instantly Improve Your Day, I've been actively editing the content I see online.  I delete accounts that empty my cup and block people who are constantly negative. 
Don't need it, don't want to see it.
In doing so, I'm also adding accounts and following people who represent positivity, drive, happiness and just being a good human being. 

Sunny Lenarduzzi is one of those humans. 

I started following Sunny on Twitter years ago and I honestly can't remember why, but I'm sure glad I found her.  She's a ray of sunshine, plain and simple.  Sunny is an entrepreneur and I highly recommend you start following her social media. She is the most knowledgeable person I've seen in her field; her delivery is spot-on and makes even the most overwhelming topic or task seem accessible. Authenticity oozes out of her videos and posts.  

She recently posted the above photo with a caption that actually made me sit back and pause. It's stuck with me so I wanted to share part of it with you today for Wise Word Wednesday: 
oxox Mare

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

JerReads: Ty Cobb

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that not too many of you Mareathoners will want to read the book I just finished. But since Mare has trouble with gifts for me when it comes to something sports related, I bet some of you will appreciate this review because it’ll give you a gift idea for the baseball fan in your life! 
Ty Cobb is unquestionably one of the greatest baseball players who ever lived. The questions that have always surrounded him are about his character on and off the field. His career was from 1905 to 1926 and the record books say he was amazing. In fact, he was part of the inaugural class inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and even had the most votes that year. Yes, even more than Babe Ruth! But since he played a century ago, there isn’t a lot of official material about him outside of his career numbers. Therefore, some very nasty stories have stuck with Cobb all these years later. Things like, he would sharpen the spikes on his cleats to deliberately hurt other players. He was horribly racist and once beat a black groundkeeper to death. Also that almost nobody showed up to his funeral in 1961. 

Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty attempts to find out the truth about Cobb and in my opinion does a remarkable job! My view on him has certainly changed. A lot of these stories were either lies or they took on a life of their own over the years and bear little resemblance to the original events. For example, in appears that he wasn’t racist as he employed a black bat boy who he considered a friend throughout most of his career and was in favour of the integration of baseball in the 1940’s. As for his funeral, it was at a very small church, so yes, it was not attended by many. But 100 or so people stood outside while thousands lined the streets of his hometown for the processional through town to the church. A big reason why a lot of people believe all the horrible stories about Cobb is because of how he’s been portrayed in movies over the years. For example, in 1994’s Ken Burns: Baseball documentary, respected baseball historian Daniel Okrent called him, “an embarrassment to the game.” Many sensationalized books and movies have portrayed him this way and that is what we came to believe about a man who played the game generations ago. 
In my opinion, since Charles Leerhsen’s book is so well researched, I no longer believe all the stories I’ve heard. Make no mistake though, Cobb had a hair triggered temper, got into plenty of fights and played the game harder than almost anyone, but that doesn’t mean he was trying to purposefully spike players and that he pistol whipped a black man for simply being on the same sidewalk as him.

In conclusion, any fan of baseball history will adore this book as it tears apart many terrible stories told about Cobb. It also goes into great detail about his astonishing career, so you’ll learn a lot about the man who still has the best career batting average in baseball history.

Play ball! 
- Jeremy

Friday, March 24, 2017

How We Found Out Thomas is Deaf

Our 5 year old son Thomas was born with profound hearing loss. I've never shared the story of how we found out he needed hearing aids or how he lost his hearing or why he has a cochlear implant. Today I am talking about how we found out our son is deaf. He can hear, but only with his aids. Without them he is deaf. Thank you for supporting our family and our being so lovely to our son. I am happy to educate and answer questions about his special needs. Being a parent of a child who is deaf and autistic has made me a better person and shaped me into who I am today. Thomas teaches us so much and I know he will continue to do so. Thank you for being part of the Mareathoner Family. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hammer Down

One of the biggest highlights of my 14 year radio career was when I had the Road Hammers in studio for an interview and live performance in October of 2005. 

(The NHL had returned from its cancelled season, we were constantly quoting lines from Wedding Crashers and the 40 Year Old Virgin and the Road Hammers were the hottest thing in Canadian country music.) “I’m A Road Hammer” was in high rotation on country radio from coast to coast and they were about to roll into Prince George for a concert AND stop by my radio station for an in studio interview and performance.

 I’ve been lucky enough to do a lot of celebrity interviews over the years but 95% of them are over the phone. Even if you get an in studio, there is no guarantee you’ll get a song. I’m pretty sure I only ever had 4 or 5 in studio performances in my career, so it was a big deal. On top of that, it was my favourite song at the time so I was incredibly nervous. 
It was 12 years ago, so I don’t remember much about the interview. I do remember that Jason McCoy liked my Lynyrd Skynyrd t-shirt and that they played not one, but two songs! I still have the recordings tucked away somewhere. The day only got better because then it was off to the CN Centre for the concert that night!

Two years later in the summer of 2007, Mare and I were at the old Merritt Mountain Music Festival and it was time to Hammer Down again! We had backstage passes, so we watched the show from a small loft on the side of the stage. It was okay, I guess! 

Fast forward and I haven’t seen my favourite country band in concert for 10 years! That changes Friday night when the Road Hammers come to town to play The Mule Concert House & Bar! Not only is it going to be a great show in an intimate venue, but it’s a fundraiser for the Centre for Epilepsy and Seizure Education in BC. If you’re looking for me on Friday night, you’ll find me in front of the stage with my old school Road Hammers shirt on!

Hammer down!
- Jeremy

Monday, March 20, 2017

Mare's Music Monday

I've been listening to Kygo for a few years, ever since my friend recommended his chill mixes on YouTube. I often have his playlists on in the background while I work or write in my journal. This is one of my favourites: 
I was thrilled to hear he was collaborating with Selena Gomez and their new track It Ain't Me is a home run: 

I just love how he mixes her voice and how her voice sounds with his style.  The first time I heard it I felt like it was really something fresh, which can be difficult especially to a music lover like me! 
Do you like their new song? What are you loving right now? 
oxox Mare

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Five Quick Faves

Friday, March 17, 2017

Food Friday

I think if you were to take a sample of my blood, it would be 47% hummus. 
I love hummus.  Specifically I love Homous. 
This brand of hummus has come out tops for me after trying countless kinds. (I do mean countless!) It's delicious and a great addition to plenty of dishes. I use it as dip for veggies or crackers or oven fries, as a spread on a sandwich and pretty much any way I can justify having it ;) 
I've even taken it so far as to have it for breakfast for the past few weeks. Solid. I have it like this: 
It's crackers from the brand Wasa, (I've tried Ryvita, but they didn't work as well) a layer of hummus, hemp hearts, avocado and chilli flakes. I have mixed it up by adding pepper or pink himalayan sea salt, sprouts and tomato. 
Breakfast is one of the toughest meals for me since I stopped eating animal products and avocado on crackers has basically been my go-to for a while.  
Not all hummus is created equal. If you can't find this fabulous brand, (I buy it at IGA) make sure to read the ingredients before you buy.  Some of the containers I've picked up have included so many things I can't even pronounce. No good. 
Thanks for indulging in my hummus obsession. What do you love at the moment? 
oxox Mare
(Yes. I just wrote a blog post about hummus. Right before I settled in to finish this post I finished another container. Excuse me while I go buy another ;)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Make Flowers Last For Weeks

"I must have flowers, always and always."
Claude Monet

I love buying myself flowers.  It feels like such a treat and a gift to myself every time I do. They brighten my home and are such an easy, inexpensive way to bring some joy.  

Treat yourself. Buy the damn flowers. 

I'm not talking about pricey, intricate bouquets with baby's breath.  (Why are they always pushing baby's breath? I don't like it it.  I don't want it. Don't make me.) 

I'm talking flowers from the grocery store. My favourite are the ones that are like $7 and come in cheap plastic.  I'm just going to take them home and transfer in a vase, what do I care?  I actually find that these flowers last the longest.  I can make a bouquet of $7 flowers last a good three weeks. 

Want to know how? 

First, ditch the packet of chemicals that comes with your flowers.  My secret is adding white sugar to the water and stirring it in until it completely dissolves. The amount to use is dependent on the number of stems and size of the vase.  (You can also use vodka but I am not here to waste perfectly good booze.)  

I make sure to tend to the flowers probably five to six days after I buy them.  Take them out of the vase, put fresh water in and add new sugar. Don't use freezing cold water, make sure it is lukewarm.

Snip the ends of the flowers to create a fresh intake for the water. I usually do this on a bit of an angle. 

Rearrange the flowers back into the vase and you are done!  Watch the flowers as the days go on and if they look a bit sad, repeat the process.  Doing these every four days or so, I can make a bouquet easily last a few weeks.  Interestingly enough, the cheaper the flowers I find the longer they last! 

As the days progress some flowers are lost along the way and as the stems get shorter with every snip, I usually create smaller arrangements to display in my home. 

I hope these simple tips help you make your own flowers last longer.  It doesn't seem like such an investment if they are going to last a while and I can't quite describe how a vase of pretty flowers can boost my mood.
Try it, you might just get addicted!
oxox Mare 

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