Woman in Real Life:The Art of the Everyday

Friday, February 12, 2016

Coco Chocolate Berry Mug Cake (vegan)

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If you haven't yet planned a decadent dessert to share with your loved one(s) this Valentine's Day, not to worry. This Coco Chocolate Berry Mug Cake can be whipped together in minutes! And you can make as many as you want. If you plan to curl up on the couch by yourself to watch Bridget Jones, make just one mug cake. In that case I recommend adding coconut whipped cream and chocolate drizzle on top too. Nobody's watching.

If you are celebrating Valentine's Day with a partner, line up two mugs and repeat the recipe in each. If you have kids, get them to make their own mug cakes. My kids love creating mug cakes - especially since they can be eating a rich, chocolate dessert in mere minutes.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Thrifted Parfait Glasses for Food Photos & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #70

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On my last trip to the thrift store, I spotted these four parfait glasses. I'm not sure how old they are or who made them, but I was excited at the prospect of new possibilities for food photos involving parfaits or ice cream. When I first set out to photograph the Coconut Yogurt, Berry and Hemp Heart Parfait for this post, I realized that my blue parfait glasses wouldn't be much help, seeing as you can't see the contents through the sides. I opted for a mason jar instead.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Valentine's Day Gifts for Her (With A Handbag Giveaway)

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Are you one of those people who thinks Valentine's Day is just a devious corporate conspiracy to get us to spend more money? Do you eschew gifts in favour of a back rub or a special dinner at home? Maybe you ignore Valentine's Day completely? Well then I have just one piece of advice for you - you better make sure your partner is on the same page. I love a coupon for a "free hug" as much as the next gal, but I'm also expecting a gift. It doesn't have to be expensive - I'm good with vegan chocolate and a soy candle. Oh, and a handbag. You can never have too many of those.

In that spirit I want to show you the latest two handbags in my collection. Not only do they make a great Galentine's or Valentine's gift for a friend, family member or partner, but they are seriously great little treats to give yourself. And it doesn't have to be Valentine's Day for that.

Friday, February 5, 2016

How To Sew A Simple Paper Hearts Garland for Valentine's Day

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How to Sew A Simple Paper Hearts Garland for Valentine's Day - quick and easy project - requires minimal #sewing skills #crafts #diy #crafting #ValentinesDay

This cheery Valentine's Day paper hearts garland could not be easier to make. Even if you don't sew. Because I really don't. I can thread the machine and sew a line but I'm not skilled enough to make clothing or anything like that. Fortunately, all you have to do for this pretty string of hearts is sew a relatively straight line. And once you make one, you'll want to make a hundred more! Trust me, it's addictive.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Coconut Chia Tropical Smoothie Bowl (#OnMyPath Giveaway)

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Coconut Chia Tropical Smoothie Bowl - a simple, healthy recipe using vegan yogurt, fruit & delicious toppings like coconut chia granola #vegan #recipe #smoothiebowl #breakfast #snack

You've heard it before - diets don't work, but if you stick with a healthy routine that allows for healthy meals and snacks with a few indulgences, you're golden. That's why I love this sort of recipe. This Coconut Chia Tropical Smoothie Bowl is healthy, yes, but it's also delicious. It's the kind of breakfast or snack that you can really get behind. And you can vary the toppings depending on your mood.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Alice in Wonderland at the Shaw Festival (Ticket Giveaway)

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Image courtesy of the Shaw Festival.

As I mentioned in this post, one of my goals this new year is to expose myself and my family to more of the arts, in particular galleries, museums and theatrical performances. We do some of these activities each season, but not as much as we would like. It's sometimes difficult to fit in excursions once work, household tasks and the kids' scheduled activities are out of the way.

But it's important that we make the effort. When time and funds are short, schools typically reduce the time that kids spend involved in the arts. They focus on training the left brain (with math, science, etc.) and leave the right brain to fend for itself. That's where parents come in. With kids focused so much on electronics nowadays, I think it's even more important that we hand them art materials, craft kits and paper, encouraging them to give their creativity free reign. And part of unearthing your own creativity is witnessing the creativity of others - paintings and sculptures in a gallery, musical performances and theatrical productions. Oh, and ballet. I really want to see the ballet soon!

Asian Cat Tea Cups & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #69

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When I go to the thrift store nowadays, I look for items that really speak to me - that invite an instant happy response. So how could I resist these sweet little Asian tea cups?  Just one look at these darling white reclining kitty cats and their little pink ears and you can't help but smile.