October 2, 2015

breast cancer awareness month...

OCTOBER is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Here is a way to make a small difference. Every bit helps...

September 26, 2015

diy latte...

There is very little I love more than pumpkin spiced anything this time of year. Here is a recipe for a healthier pumpkin-spiced latte you can make at home. I know...the kind you get at your favourite coffee house tastes sooo yummy why go to the trouble of making it at home? Well, this version has less sugar and it isn't five dollars a pop (-ish).

September 18, 2015

Clearly I have been absent for a while. Without going into detail, and for those who may not know me well, I have been dealing with health issues that have (for the most part) taken my focus away from things like this blog. While I am still recovering, I have decided that I will get back to doing the things that I love most. So...here it is...my first blog post in over six months. 

I saved this post a while ago...it seems like a great recipe to make in the Fall. Specifically in the month or two before Christmas. I just love anything pumpkin or orange flavoured at this time.

Orange Bread / source: gastrochic.com

December 15, 2014

change up...

Love the tattoo, the hair, the glasses, the look. Been thinking of going real short with my hair and of getting another tattoo. And while I'm in this 'change everything in my life' place anyway...

December 7, 2014

still good...

 Whenever I'm in a melancholy mood I like to be by myself. Sometimes the people around me don't get that. They hover or ask to sit with me. That's okay...I get it. I am thankful for a great group of family and friends. Support when I need it most. Making life changing decisions is never easy. Love you all...  
Thanks "blu" for your notes and links. I'll check them out :)

I don't journal. What I have is a notebook. I have it with me all the time. I write, doodle, paste, and draw. I've had this 'habit' ever since I can remember. I have a small trunk full of my old notebooks. I never really thought twice about it until I recently came across a beautiful article by Joan Didion on this very thing. 

source: pnterest.com

December 2, 2014


Comfortable shoes and the freedom to leave are the two most important things in life.
Shel Silverstein (The Giving Tree)

I remember this quote from one of my favourite books. You have to give yourself the freedom to leave. To go no matter what everyone else is wanting you to do. I tell my daughters all the time that nothing is set in stone. When you make a decision, a decision that seems right at the time, you have to give yourself permission to back out in the future. Doesn't matter how much you tried to make something work. If it doesn't and it's not giving you joy anymore...then you have to go. The freedom to leave. Love this. It means you're putting yourself first. Everything else will follow. I'm trying to figure this out now for myself with something. Is it hard to take your own advice? Sometimes.

November 29, 2014

try this...

I absolutely love this Almond Glazed Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath by Philosophy. True that I buy a lot of stuff by Philosophy because it's important to me that they don't use parabens or sulfates in their products. This one in particular is so rich and smells soooo good. Use it as a shampoo, a body wash, or a bubble bath. Bonus? My husband likes it too...but...he has this thing about wanting to smell like me (I know you're laughing now DR).

7 ways flying messes with your body   Just got back from a short trip..so...yeah

Check out this restaurant in TO          Went with friends a while ago and just loved it

My favourite all time hands down Christmas movie     But really...who doesn't love it

November 22, 2014

what are you doing this weekend...

It's true that I haven't put on a pair of skates in years. When we were kids my sister, best friend, and I would go to Earlscourt Park skating rink every weekend. Didn't matter how cold it was. When my girls were very small we would go skating on a fairly regular basis...but as they got older we  stopped. But this year I'm going skating! Toronto's 15 most beautiful rinks are opening today and I'm digging out my skates. 

Candy Cane Latte ...my favourite holiday latte (of all time)

Amy Poehler's new book ...is what I'm reading

Triple chocolate smores bark ...need I say more

Cheesy sweet potato crisps ...weekend just wouldn't be the same without crispy cheese

Closet clean up ...yeah time to sort through it all again

November 19, 2014

It's back...

This is what it looks like outside my office window. Is it too early? I don't know...I've lived in Toronto long enough to remember what our winters were like when I was a kid. They were cold. A lot colder than what we got used to in the past few years - excluding last year of course! So here it is...stop complaining about the cold and the snow. It's Toronto - uh, Canada. It gets cold here. There really is so much to love about winter. Okay...I know...ask me in April when there's still slush and ice on the streets if I feel the same way!

I love how cozy this coat looks. I want one too! Tommy Ton photo

Aztec Mocha...easy how to here

November 11, 2014

I've been away from this too long...not that I had something more wonderful to do. Just got lazy. So, here's my first post in a while. Just a few images I like. We'll see where it leads...

images: all tumblr