October 20, 2016

Daal crockpot recipe

I love making soups and stews for the fall and winter and I have the best friends ever who always share recipes, ingredients etc. Well, recently, I wanted to make Daal/Dal/Dhal (Indian spiced lentil soup) for our family Thanksgiving dinner but needed to modify it because of time constraints. Well my amazing network of mommy friends weighed in with suggestions and spices etc. and I was able to make an amazing Daal recipe that my family thoroughly enjoyed and I’m sure yours will too.

General Ingredients:
1 cup dried yellow split peas
5 cups of water
1 tsp tumeric
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp garlic flakes
1 chicken or vegetable bouillon cube

Optional depending on time. Ingredients for Tadka.
1 tbs oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds

Instructions:
Place all of the general ingredients in a crockpot.
Allow it to cook for at least 3 hours on high.
Heat a pan with oil.
Fry cumin and mustard seeds lightly.
Ladle a cup of daal broth into the pan.
Pour it all into the crockpot.
Add salt if you need to.
Let it cook for 1/2 hour more.
Enjoy.

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October 15, 2016

A cozy fall

If you’re anything like me, there’s nothing in the fall like curling up with a good book, under a cozy blanket, leaning on a comfy cushion. It’s absolutely lovely looking outside and watching the gorgeous, changing colours of autumn – reds, oranges, browns, yellows, dancing and undulating in the breeze like fiery bright ballerinas. Knowing that before long I’ll be hearing the crunch of fallen leaves under my feet as I go exploring with my little ones, but for now, it’s enough to hold something warm in my hands and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Hope you’re enjoying the many pleasures of autumn too my friends! xo

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October 6, 2016

Gratitude and Affirmations

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So often we go through our busy days running from one thing to the next. We barely have a minute to breathe deeply, much less time to be present in the moment and experience gratitude. I am going to challenge you to stop. Breathe deeply. Look around you and be present to the moment you are in. Say these 3 affirmations. Pause. Then go about your day.

  • I feel an abundance of gratitude for everything I already have and will receive each day.
  • I am grateful for everything I experience in this lifetime. I overcome, I grow and I prosper all the time. My abundant blessings, as well as my difficulties, all work to make me better, stronger and more alive.
  • I am so grateful for every person in my life and I am grateful for God’s endless gifts and experiences to me.

I hope these affirmations will be a blessing to you.

 

August 27, 2016

Light and Positivity

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In the last two days, I’ve sat with girlfriends and listened to them pour their hearts out. Strong women. Women who take care of everyone else in their lives. Exceptional women who are noticing that their light is feeling a bit dimmed; that they don’t seem to have the energy to serve everyone around them the way the once used to. Women who I’ve had to remind that they need to fill their cups too.

As I listened, I realized how many women are feeling this way. Over-extended. Tired. In need of rest. So often life treats us to hard knocks, questions us about our purpose and tries to encourage us to become complacent in our comfort zones. It tells us to juggle all our balls well and it’s the first to criticize us if we don’t. We find ourselves twisting and bending to do it all; be it all. Then collapsing when we realize we can’t be every woman to every person. We can’t take care of it all. We can’t do it all.

Maybe it’s time to collect ourselves. Meditate, pray, exercise, get outside; breathe. Fill our cup so full that it overflows with gratitude and joy. Maybe we can live that way, love that way. Maybe we can make a choice to take care of ourselves. Too. It’s not selfish, it’s self-care. Maybe it’s that choice for self-care that will take us on our ultimate journey to help us live a life of light and positivity. And maybe, just maybe, it’s that light and positivity that will create a transformative difference in us, how we feel, who we are and how we experience this world and the people in it.  Maybe it’s that light and positivity that will enable us to live our truly epic lives.

July 15, 2016

Vegan Makeup Demo by Makeup Artist Daneille Mattis

Looking for an awesome makeup artist in Toronto? Then you’ve got to check out Daneille Mattis from Glam by Dan! She creates gorgeous, natural makeup looks that are soft and glamorous, and allow the model’s beauty to shine brightly. Dan specializes in wedding and event makeup. She’s quite popular on YouTube and Instagram with over 25,000 followers, and in addition to her beauty biz, she’s also a full time business student. As you can tell, I’m a huge fan of this young woman and her work!

I invited Daneille to pop over and create her signature ‘Glam by Dan’ look using Arbonne’s vegan makeup, and the result was stunning. It goes to show, you can use pure, safe, beneficial makeup and still get a gorgeous, radiant look.  I’ve seen her makeup skills in action many times, including two weddings where she was taking excellent care of the brides and their accompanying wedding parties.  As you can imagine, Daneille comes highly recommended by her clients.  If you’d like to get in touch with her, you can do so at: Bookings@daneillemattismua.com

Shop the look:

Makeup Primer
CC Cream – Medium
Perfecting Liquid Foundation with SPF 15 Deep Bronze
Got You Covered Mineral Powder Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15, Cocoa
Bronzer
Sheer Glow Highlighter
Setting Pretty Translucent Loose Powder Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Blush, Dusty Rose
It’s A Long Story® Mascara
It’s All in the Eyes Eye Shadow, Monsoon
It’s A Fine Line Pencil Eye Liner, Carbon
Glossed Over Lip Gloss, Calla
Arbonne Cosmetics Brush Set