Woman in Real Life:The Art of the Everyday

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Idiot's Guides - Organizing Your Life & Knitting (Book Review)


Lest you find the title of this series, Idiot's Guides, offensive, publisher Mike Sanders says these books are simply meant to help us in our ongoing quest for new knowledge. And that's always a good thing. "We find really smart people who are experts in their fields and then we roll up our sleeves and get to work, asking lots of questions and thinking long and hard about how best to pass along their knowledge to you in the easiest, most accessible way possible," says Sanders. In other words, you are most definitely not an idiot. But nobody knows everything.

I have plenty to learn, so I picked out these two fun titles from the DK's Idiot's Guides boutique - Idiot's Guides: Organizing Your Life and Idiot's Guides: Knitting. I'm always looking to better organize my home and our daily functioning and I'm always hoping I'll do more (or any) knitting!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday, with plenty of Medjool dates

Vegan Vietnamese Spring Rolls From River City Grill in Yuma, Arizona

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend a blogger summit hosted by Natural Delights Medjool Dates in Yuma, Arizona. I'll have a post about my trip soon, but in the meantime this week's What I Ate Wednesday is heavy on foods that contain plump, tasty and nutritious Medjool dates.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Time for Tea & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #53


There are so many wonderful things about fall - bright orange leaves and apple picking and cool breezes flowing through open windows. And then there's tea. Okay, I have tea all year round, but come fall and winter tea keeps me feeling cozy and content.

It's time to pull out all of our lovely, mismatched tea cups and cookie platters and celebrate the warmth and companionship that comes along with a good cuppa tea. Wouldn't it be a lot of fun to invite a few girlfriends over, set out your special china and enjoy a tea party and a good chat? I'm reaching into my dining room armoire these days for pieces like these above (which I previously featured in this post, titled "a cracked plate").

How about we give all of our pretty tea cups a little love this season? Are you with me?

Do you collect tea cups?

Friday, September 25, 2015

6 Delicious Vegan Black-Eyed Pea Recipes


Recently I was tidying my pantry cupboards and I came across a bag of dry black-eyed peas (or black-eyed beans if you prefer). I realized that I tend to soak chickpeas more frequently than other beans, simply because I have more regular uses for chickpeas. But the black-eyed pea, a legume that's a subspecies of the cowpea, surely deserves the same attention I give to chickpeas, no?

With that in mind, I turned to some inspiring blogger friends for their ideas on vegan creations to make with my neglected bag of black-eyed peas. I thought maybe some of you would like to join with me in preparing a meal or two around this healthy bean, which is packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Blogger Style: Ariel


I am thrilled to bring back my Blogger Style series today. It's been quite a while since we looked at Taby's lovely home. I so enjoy peeking into another person's fabulous house, don't you? And I have a truly fabulous abode to share with you today.

Ariel works in home decor and is the blogger behind A PMQ For Two, a home decor and DIY blog for military families and families living in base housing. Ariel and her husband live in a 1960s duplex in Private Married Quarters (PMQs) in Quebec. They share their house with a dog and two cats. "We moved into this mid-century stunner early last fall and have been working steadily to transform the house, room by room, into our own," says Ariel.  She is also actively engaged in the military community and writes for the Canadian Military Family Magazine and SpouseBuzz.com. Ariel is an Etsy Tastemaker.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Celebrate National Organic Week (Giveaway)


It's Canada's National Organic Week (September 19 to 27), the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and organic products across the country. I prefer to buy organic whenever availability and finances permit. My son went through a period during which he thought "organic" was a dirty word, something along the lines of "spinach" or "kale."

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Our Tour of 1000 Islands and Boldt Castle


I recently posted about our stay at the 1000 Islands/Ivy Lea KOA. A large part of the reason that we selected that particular KOA was its proximity to the boat tours of the 1000 Islands. We had never toured the area before and we really wanted to go. The islands are located in southeastern Ontario as well as northern New York State. (The property above is partly in Canada and partly in the US.) Waters that were once patrolled by pirates and bootleggers are now travelled by vacationing families, tourists and cottagers.

The Thousand Islands are a cluster of 1,864 islands in the Saint Lawrence River where it emerges from the northeast corner of Lake Ontario. The islands stretch downstream from Kingston, Ontario for about 80 km and range in size from 100 km2 to smaller islands occupied by a single residence or only birds and trees.