Woman in Real Life:The Art of the Everyday

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Zesty Peanut Lime Chopped Salad #CincoDeMayo (Giveaway)


Happy Cinco de Mayo! Here in Canada, I suspect most of us celebrate by downing Corona and eating tacos. But for those withe Mexican heritage, Cinco de Mayo means something more. Apparently those in the United States tend to celebrate this day the most. Head over to this interesting article for five facts that may surprise you about Cinco de Mayo.

And if you are looking to celebrate with a special meal, the folks at Que Pasa Foods have some yummy ideas for you! They suggest serving a big bowl of this Zesty Peanut Lime Chopped Salad - not just today, but any day you want a delicious spring meal. I think this would be a great potluck dish, served with broken up Que Pasa purple corn chips on top.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

What I Ate Wednesday

What I Ate...a day of healthy and delicious #vegan eats. Ideas for the vegan dabbler, newbie vegan or experienced vegan.

The other day my mom told me she misses my What I Ate Wednesday posts. With Mother's Day coming up on Sunday, I'm doing this post for her. (I'll get you something better too Mom. I promise.) Mother's Day for me this year will involve getting up around 5:30 a.m. to do my daughter's hair and makeup for a dance competition. You don't know how much I love my usual breakfast in bed, followed by hours of reading magazines! (I made my husband promise I'll get to do this another day.) Hopefully at the very least my little girl will be less critical of my hair and makeup work this weekend. ("The bun is crooked! The eye shadow's not the same on both eyes!")

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Nice Cream (Dairy-Free)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Nice Cream - an easy, delicious recipe for a dairy-free ice cream that will satisfy your summer frozen dessert cravings! #vegan #healthy

As the weather gets warmer, one's thoughts tend to drift towards icy cold, creamy dessert treats. While ice cream may be your summertime favourite, there's a healthier way to indulge that will still completely satisfy your cravings.

I've created this healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana "Nice" Cream as a still-delicious, but more nutritionally beneficial (and dairy-free, vegan) version of ice cream. If you haven't heard of "nice" cream before, you're in for a revelation, because this taste sensation get its ice cream-like texture from frozen bananas. Bananas. That is all.

Featured Vintage Treasures & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #81


Currently I am taking a (very short) vacation from thrifting. With warm weather entertaining opportunities coming up, I want to get the house de-cluttered and tidied up. (I'll take to adding more "stuff" again later I'm sure.)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Eating Vegan in London, Ontario (Our Road Trip)


You know darn well that any time we are travelling anywhere at all, I am googling for vegan food at our destination. Until this past weekend, it had been two decades since I'd been to London, Ontario. I got my master's degree in journalism at Western University over 20 years ago. Holy cow!

I always liked London. We walked pretty much everywhere and it was lovely to walk along the Thames River (usually to get vegetarian wraps at Sammy's Souvlaki). London is actually where my husband and I first became vegetarians. With our own apartment came the responsibility of preparing our own food. We decided then and there that we would never prepare something that had once had a face. It's different when somebody else prepares meat for you. The first time I pulled the little bag of weird stuff (giblets?) from a whole chicken I knew that eating animals wasn't for me. Fortunately my husband agreed, and we have been vegetarians ever since.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Corn on the Cob Dishes, A Glasbake Loaf Pan & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #80

corn on the cob dishes #summer

I did a quick bit of thrifting at the Salvation Army Thrift Store yesterday after picking up groceries. Well, it was supposed to be quick, but this one couple in line at the thrift store had about a thousand items and then they also encouraged their friend to cut the line. Not cool.

I was waiting in line to pay for these must-have dishes, haha. With summer approaching, we all need side plates for corn on the cob, no? (My husband gave me a dirty look when I showed him these.) Sure we have nowhere to store them, but I also spotted a nice buffet and hutch at the thrift store. It wasn't quite as tall as I'd like and I thought $150 was a bit pricey, but one day I will find a nice sideboard to paint and distress and then we will have more storage space.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pottery Barn Inspired Burlap Lamp Shade & Owl Bookends #12MonthsofDiy


I think this is my favourite #12monthsofdiy project yet. Y'all know I love a thrifty find! Combine that thrifty find with a diy project and we have a whole lot of fun on our hands. I enjoyed going to Value Village to find a few treasures to overhaul. The bonus fun is that there are 11 other bloggers participating in #12monthsofdiy, so we get to see loads o' thrifty diys today. Read on for the other incredible projects.

It's not news to any of us I'm sure that we North Americans can be incredibly wasteful. In fact, we throw away more than 81 pounds of clothing and textiles per person, per year. With Earth Day coming up this Friday, it's a good time to think about how we can reduce this waste. As a parent, I have often wondered why we all buy the same books and plastic toys when we could just as easily pass them on or buy them at a thrift store. Buying secondhand items is an easy and fun way to do our part to help the earth. And it saves us money too. Not a bad deal at all. Why not make your next diy project an upcycle of a thrifted find?