Woman in Real Life:The Art of the Everyday

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday


As I said on Instagram, working from home has a number of benefits, one of the most important being I can break to make pancakes or French toast at any time if I so choose. Not that I do it often. But one day this past week I did in fact break to make delicious vegan Coconut French Toast from a recipe in Isa Does It. It's so simple and the coconut makes it absolutely scrumptious. I could have this for dinner, it's so good!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party


Having done a few "thrifty finds" posts over the years, I have found that there is a wonderful online community of bloggers and readers who love vintage goods and thrifted treasures. It has inspired me to host my very first linky party series - I'm calling it Vintage Bliss Tuesdays. I'm hoping that many of you will join the party and link up your blog posts that feature thrifty finds, inherited gems, vintage treasures and garage sale goodies. I can't wait to see what you've discovered!

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Great Place To Stay in New York City - Best Western Plus Hospitality House


Researching a place to stay in New York City is a bit overwhelming. It's such a large city, with so many different areas to choose from and tons of hotels and apartments. I turned for help to a New York City expert from nycgo.com, the official online guide to NYC. She recommended that we try the Best Western Plus Hospitality House on Manhattan's east side. This small, apartment-style hotel is centrally located in Midtown Manhattan, close to the subway, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall and Fifth Avenue shopping.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Transitioning My Wardrobe To Fall With Wantable Accessories


The weather in September here in Ontario can be quite unpredictable. A hot, sunny day can be followed by a windy, cold evening. Believe me I know - I've spent some recent chilly evenings on the soccer field. My August accessories box from Wantable features pieces to transition my wardrobe nicely from summer to fall.

These stylish pieces will dress up my summer apparel and also continue to meet my accessory needs in the cooler weeks ahead. Key among these transitional pieces, of course, is the Aimee scarf, a lovely multicoloured striped piece in pretty shades of emerald green, sunshine yellow and tangerine. It's the perfect light and cozy scarf to add to your outfit on a September evening. I also love the Carolyn necklace, a rather dramatic layered piece in red, mint and black. Wantable suggests pairing it with a favourite maxi dress.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday


It's a little bit summer, a smidgen fall and a whole lot I'm-scared-of-winter around here right now. Which means a mix of warm weather foods and comforting fall soups. Distinctly in the summer category - the fruity ice pops we made recently in the Zoku. I took my recipe for Strawberry Peach Green Tea Ice Pops and changed it up a bit. Instead of green tea, I used water (I was rushing). I also added half a banana into the mix, and included slices of strawberry and banana to perty it up a bit.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

ben & ME - Our Girl's Bedroom Makeover


We had a few home projects on our summer to-do list this year, but the first priority was giving our little girl's bedroom a mini makeover. Primarily we wanted to give it a fresh coat of paint. The pink colour on her walls (pictured above) had been there since before we moved in about six years ago.

As an added bonus, painting her room would allow us to take down some of the many pictures and decals that have accumulated on her walls. It was time for Bieber to go! I was also hoping that sprucing up her bedroom might encourage my little gal to keep her room tidier. Let's just say that clutter has occasionally been an issue in the past.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Toronto Harbourfront and the Vegetarian Food Festival


One event that I get excited about every September is the Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival. I have been going to it for years and years and now I cannot miss it. One of the many awesome things about the Veg Food Fest is that it is always held at Toronto's Harbourfront. So not only do you get to sample great vegetarian food, but the location is perfect for a leisurely day out with the family too.

The picture above shows us on our way to the food fest (after the ordeal of finding parking - I didn't realize they had closed part of Lakeshore for repairs). You can see from this pic that I'm super excited, the children not so much. The little gal is probably complaining about something (not sure which part of her list she had gotten to at that moment). The dude just wants out of the picture. Why do you have to take pictures all the time?