Monday, 5 October 2015

Beach Beauty

Calgary has a super cute new beauty bar! Beach Beauty focuses on healthy beauty services- lemons to soften cuticles, non-toxic polishes, etc. I've been for a couple of mani/pedis and I love it- I actually prefer their bio-seaweed gel to the regular Shellac. They also serve wine and cocktails which makes it the greatest place ever!

Friday, 25 September 2015

My CIFF Picks

The Calgary International Film Festival kicked off this week. Eric and I saw the Hank Williams biopic 'I Saw the Light' on Wednesday evening and really enjoyed it. Here are a few others I'm hoping to catch over the next 10 days.

45 Years



Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: Story of the National Lampoon

Green Room


The Smalls: Forever is a Long Time (click the link for the trailer).

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Etsy Made in Canada Show

The Etsy Made in Canada show is this Saturday at Golden Acre Garden Centre. When I'm not shopping my face off, I'll be there helping my sister-in-law sell her adorable Lucky Wall prints.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Turning 30

I'm turning 30 on Saturday! The day itself is sure to be an emotional one. We booked a trip to Tofino before we had Annalee thinking that it would be the perfect first trip with our baby. Now, we've traded our mini van rental for a convertible, because maybe being a bit ridiculous will cheer us up- even if it's just a little.

I'm looking forward to my thirties. Perhaps I'm just excited about a new chapter, but I feel like I did everything I wanted to in my twenties. I've traveled, I've built and maintained the relationships that are important to me and managed to shed the ones that aren't, I've lived by myself, I've learned new things and I've had a LOT of fun.

In an effort to mature just ever so slightly, I'd like to be a bit better with my finances in this new decade (one does not need to spend money on 10 different white t-shirts) and little bit easier on myself when it comes to my body- less negative self-talk, more appreciation of my health.

Goodbye, twenties. It's been real.

Images from the Bold Italic

Friday, 4 September 2015

Freezer Apple Pie Filling

It's September (how did THAT happen?!) which means it's apple season. Our tree produced apples this year, but the majority of them have been destroyed by birds, squirrels and hail. Luckily, we have a ton of apples from our summer fruit share that are perfect for baking.

This freezer pie filling is much easier than canning it. I like to keep a couple of frozen pie crusts handy as well. When a friend or family dinner rolls around you can always offer to bring the dessert and have it made in no time. And who doesn't love apple pie?

Frozen Apple Pie Filling
3/4 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. flour
1 tbsp. lemon juice
6 cups of apples (peeled, sliced and cored)

Combine sugar, cinnamon and flour. Stir in lemon juice and apples until combined. Use immediately or freeze for up to six months.
Makes enough filling for one 9 inch pie.

A couple of notes:
-After I thaw the filling, I like to drain a bit of the liquid out before I fill the pie crusts to keep it from being too soupy
-This filling is heavy on the cinnamon which I love and have only heard good things about, but if you're not a cinnamon fan, you might want to use a bit less
-If you've got a ton of apples, this tool is a godsend!

Monday, 31 August 2015

Pep Talk Generator

For your Monday morning- the Pep Talk Generator (click the link for your pep talk).

Have a good day :)

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Homemade Multipurpose Cleaner

I hate cleaning. I like to keep a tidy house in case people drop by, but a full clean is torture. I was keeping some wipes around the house to wipe things down every few days, but even though they were a somewhat natural brand, all of those disposable cloths aren't particularly good for the environment. In an effort to be a bit more conscious- and to make cleaning a smaller job- I made these homemade wipes to keep in the bathrooms and kitchen for quick clean ups.

What you'll  need:

Rags- I used j cloths, but you could use old towels or t shirts instead
2 tbsp. Castile soap
6-8 drops of essential oil

Cut whatever you're using for rags into squares. I cut two j cloths into sixteen. Pour one cup of water into a reusable container (mason jar, tupperware, etc.). Add the Castile soap and essential oil. Fold up the rags and place them into the container so that they're soaked with the solution.
Wash rag after use and return it back into the solution for future clean ups.