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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #33

Photo: the adimpleate blog
Excuse my randomness. As I mentioned last week, I am focusing on purging stuff rather than buying stuff. I will soon have more details to share about the four-month long de-cluttering process I have just begun. That doesn't mean I'm giving up thrift store shopping, but I want to do some significant purging before I add more to my collection.

In the meantime, I intend to keep the Vintage Bliss Tuesdays parties swinging. Today I wanted to share this find, above, from The Adimpleate Blog. Each week I'm in awe of how beautifully the thrifty finds, like this jade green vintage fork, are photographed on the blog. Be sure to head over and take a look. I'll bet you'll find it as inspiring as I do.

Thanks to all of you who faithfully link up each week (or whenever you have new goodies to show off). Seeing your treasured finds is a highlight of the week for me.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Burst into Spring With Shoppers Drug Mart (Giveaway)


Whenever I'm preparing for a road trip, one of the items at the top of my packing list is always snacks. Ever since my daughter was a toddler she has required a constant stream of snacks. And heaven help me if I don't bring snacks in the car! (Not to mention I'm pretty "snacky" myself.)

Before a recent road trip to Kingston for my son's end-of-season basketball tournament, I headed to Shoppers Drug Mart to look for fun yet healthy snacks for the whole family. With the arrival of spring, there are sure to be lots more road trips on our calendar. I find that Shoppers Drug Mart is handy not only for snacks, but for whatever products we need for our trips - like shampoo, sunscreen, medicines - all that good stuff we constantly need to replenish.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday, A day of vegan eats


Usually I throw in a few extra photos on top of my "day of eats" photos. But, as I said yesterday, I am a bit forlorn, having lost my Nikon cameras on the weekend. These photos were taken with my older, perfectly serviceable Olympus, but my heart yearns for my Nikons. It bothers me that someone might be out there using them like they aren't MY babies.

Anyhow, I managed to at least snap photos of my Monday meals so as not to miss out on this weekly What I Ate Wednesday sharing of food. My breakfast was a smoothie made from frozen strawberries and bananas mixed with orange juice.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Spring Lovelies & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #32


I'm always so excited to see what vintage treasures, garage sale goodies and inherited finds people link up at our Vintage Bliss Tuesdays parties. Last week was no different - there were so many cool items. I'm sharing a peek at just a few of those finds, united in that they speak to me of spring, warmth and sunshine (seeing as we don't actually have much warmth around here yet!).

I loved seeing all of Sharon's vintage jewels over at Blue Willow House. How sweet are these two vintage daisy brooches? Be sure to check out the other items in her collection too. I also enjoyed the picture of Melissa's fun and floral spring finds, including a spring blossom Pyrex bowl she scooped up for 50 cents!

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Gluten-Free Vegetarian Family Cookbook (Review, Recipe & Giveaway)


We don't eat gluten-free foods every day in my house, but we certainly have many gluten-free meals, sometimes by chance and sometimes intentionally. It can't hurt to give your body a break from gluten. That's why I enjoyed reviewing Susan O'Brien's The Gluten-Free Vegetarian Family Cookbook: 150 Healthy Recipes for Meals, Snacks, Sides, Desserts, and More.

This book combines three characteristics very nicely - the recipes are gluten free, vegetarian AND healthy. Because, as I'm sure you know, neither gluten free nor vegetarian in themselves necessarily equals healthy. Read on to try one of Susan's lovely recipes and enter to win a copy of the book.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday


Remarkably I had forgotten just how nutty spring can be around here. Tuesday saw hail, heavy rain, sunshine and wind, all within a few hours. My eating patterns (or lack thereof) have been much the same - anything from hot soup and warm muffins to smoothies. My Monday day of eats looked like this - started off with a chia seed banana berry smoothie for breakfast.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Vintage Swedish Blow Torch & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #31


I haven't been thrift store shopping in the last couple of weeks. Probably a good thing, since I've been reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and setting goals for myself in terms of purging excess stuff from the house. I'll be posting about that in future. Maybe if I tell you guys I'll actually stay on track!

In the meantime, on with the Vintage Bliss Tuesdays party! I am sharing a look at a strange and essentially useless (but kind of cool) item that we have in our house - this vintage Primus blow torch, made in Sweden by BA Hjorth & Co.