Woman in Real Life:The Art of the Everyday

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday


My gosh, Wednesday rolls around quick, huh? The weather has been so lovely (for the most part) lately that I am looking forward to the weekend and perhaps a wee bit of lounging with a book on the deck.

This What I Ate Wednesday, there seems to be some focus on veg sushi. I had a bit of vegetarian sushi from the grocery store one day, along with a big ole salad, above. I am continuing with my salad challenge (#wirlsaladchallenge on Instagram), adding as many fruits, veggies, nuts, legumes and seeds on top of my salad as possible. It takes a bit of extra effort but it has really made my salads more enjoyable.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Is Your House Dirty Enough? & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #36


I'm sorry, I'm late with Vintage Bliss Tuesdays today. I didn't get around to setting up the post last night and I was busy this morning. You see, my sister-in-law and I had to buy tickets for our daughters' dance recital. You would have thought we were buying Pearl Jam tickets or something. We had to go right online when the sale started and we still ended up with seats several rows back! Worth the effort though for sure! The dance recital is a highlight of the year for us.

Anyway, I have been hard at work this month with my 4-month purge. I am quite proud of myself because I have never been so successful at discarding/donating items in the past. I am constantly looking for excess items now. You can read the first post in my 4-month purge series to find out more. I'll have an update fairly soon too. In the meantime, I thought it would be appropriate to share a look at this little plate I have in my collection of vintage dishes. I believe this one came from my Nana.

Monday, May 25, 2015

My PEI Dream Trip & Ask An Islander

Photo credit: Tourism PEI Flickr

We have traveled to Eastern Canada several times by car. One of my favourite trips took place when my son was just a year old. My husband, the little guy and I drove to Prince Edward Island to camp, explore red sand beaches, sightsee and look for seals. Crossing the bridge to PEI brings you to a peaceful, pastoral retreat that is truly unique and special. The people are friendly, the food is delicious and the towns are rich with culture and history. And then, of course, there are the stunning beaches! You have to see them to believe them.

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Lakeside Picnic (With the GlobeIn Artisan Box)


For her Mother's Day gift, my mom asked that her kids and grandkids get together to dig out a large flower bed on her front lawn. It was overgrown and untended and she wanted to replace it with grass. So we headed to Mom and Dad's place on Lake Erie this past weekend to give Mom her gift.

We were blessed with the most beautiful day for gardening, making it the perfect occasion to have a small picnic on the front lawn in view of the lake. I had recently received a sweet picnic set from GlobeIn, makers of the the Artisan Box.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Out & About With Pixie Mood (With A Vegan Handbag Giveaway)


There are so many great things about spring and summer, not the least of which is a renewed desire to get out and about exploring. We can finally head out to enjoy our favourite destinations, whether city or country, without worrying about freezing our butts off. I'm looking forward to exploring art galleries, museums, parks, restaurants, outdoor concerts, city streets and festivals. Of course, when heading out to any of these fun spots for several hours, you want to be prepared. A good handbag is a necessity.

When I spotted Pixie Mood's new Arianna Backpack, I knew it would be the perfect thing for all my spring/summer outings. While I'm beyond the diaper bag phase, I still tend to carry lots of stuff. Snacks, hand wipes, cosmetics, money, keys, brochures - I'm not happy unless I'm well prepared. But I also don't want to weigh down my shoulders, neck and back with a giant backpack. The Arianna Backpack is a lightweight and stylish option for carrying my day-trip essentials. It has adjustable straps for comfort and a zipper closure to keep valuables safely in place.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Crunchy Peanut Butter Snack Bites With Chia & Make It Yours Photo Contest Winners


A few weeks back, I shared my recipe for No-Bake Double Chocolate Crunch Peanut Butter Snack Bites. It makes an easy and healthy snack that's great for adults and kids alike. The fact that my son and I were able to make this no-fuss recipe together made it all the more meaningful. Seeing as I have two children, I really treasure the moments where I can spend time one-on-one with each of them. And making delicious snacks together is the perfect way to do that!

What I Ate Wednesday


This What I Ate Wednesday I'm going straight to a look at a full day of eats. It happens to be my Tuesday menu. I feel like it looks like I'm on a diet. I usually eat more food than I ate yesterday. In reality I just didn't feel like making anything special.

I started the day with a smoothie made from banana, cherries, pineapple, strawberries, chia seeds, water, orange juice and Natural Calm.