Woman in Real Life:The Art of the Everyday

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

DIY Filing Cabinet Makeover Using Vintage Book Pages #12monthsofdiy


The material that we (the participating #12monthsofdiy bloggers) chose for this month's project is Mod Podge. Funny thing though, my diy this month also incorporates two materials from previous months - namely Fusion Paint (seen on the table in this post) and another thrifted, secondhand item (like the lamp and bookends in this post).

Plaid Enterprises was kind enough to send me some Mod Podge for this post. Can you believe I had never tried any of their products before? I bet you my next project will have Fusion Paint, a thrifty treasure, Mod Podge and whatever our next material is!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Vintage Christmas Albums & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #84


Seeing as we just enjoyed the most beautiful, sunny long weekend, I am loath to bring up Christmas. But here I go anyway. We visited my mom and dad on the weekend. (Dad recently celebrated his 89th birthday!) I always come home with a box of some vintage something or other. This time it was Christmas albums.

I can't resist a Christmas album. As long as it's December. Not November. Not October. I'm not going to buy Christmas gifts super early just because the stores start rotating Christmas tunes in the fall. Although I really should shop earlier...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Books To Nurture Creativity for The Whole Family

Books to nurture creativity for the whole family - besides being really beautiful, these books will get the family coloring, drawing, writing and creating together! #art #crafts #drawing #family #fun #bookreview

Summer is great for so many reasons, not the least of which are road trips, camping and cottage vacations. Whether you're chilling in the passenger seat of the car, hanging out on the dock in a Muskoka chair or kicking back poolside, you'll want to take along some books.

These fab creative books from Quarto are perfect not only for occupying free time, but also for bringing out your inner artist. Not to mention the fact that they are useful for keeping kids busy in the car or on a rainy day! In this post, I'm sharing a selection of creative books that suit the interests and ages of my family members, but I really think that all of these books work well for a range of ages and for any sex.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

What I Ate Wednesday


Is there ever a bad time for pancakes? I don't think so. I crave them on the regular. As I said in this previous WIAW post, I have been digging Bob's Red Mill Organic High Fiber Whole Grain Pancake & Waffle Mix of late. It's a quick solution when you don't have time (or the inclination) to make pancakes from scratch. All you need to do is add non-dairy milk and a flax "egg." Plus, blueberries. Loads o' blueberries!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hardy Boys Memorabilia & Vintage Bliss Tuesdays Linky Party #83


I'm taking a walk down memory lane today. I have this Hardy Boys mirrored framed photo on the wall in my basement. Because where else would I put it? I figure the basement is a good place for whimsy. By rights it should probably be discarded in my 4-month household declutter. But I can't do that - I'm a mother now, with all the (many!) responsibilities that entails, and I figure I can use a reminder now and then of my inner child. Like, "Oh yeah, there was a time when I actually explored my own interests..." Like Shaun Cassidy. He was an early interest.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Peanut Butter and Jam Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding (Giveaway)

Peanut Butter & Jam Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding - with a tiny bit of work the night before, you can have a delicious, satisfying, filling and nutrient-rich breakfast on the run. #vegan

When I can't think of what to eat for breakfast, I often default to peanut butter and jam on toast. There's nothing wrong with a classic breakfast standby, however there are so many other creative ways to eat your peanut butter. Take this Peanut Butter and Jam Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding for example. This recipe may not be as quick to prepare as Pb&j on toast, but with a tiny bit of work the night before, it's pretty darn easy and provides a filling, energizing, nutrient-dense breakfast.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

What I Ate Wednesday

What I Ate...a day of healthy, easy, tasty #vegan foods! #idea #food #eating

Since a few of you asked me to share What I Ate Wednesday posts more often, I'm back to photographing almost everything I eat. Sometimes people think I'm strange. But it's kind of fun anyway. While it might seem slightly obnoxious to photograph your food each day, I hope that people will look at what I eat and take away some ideas for healthy, tasty, simple meals. I'd like more people to know that eating vegan is really quite easy, whether you do it every day or a couple of times a week. In my opinion, you don't give up anything by being vegetarian or vegan. On the contrary, you add lots of possibilities to your life - possibilities for healthy and delicious plant-based meals that are kind to your body and to our animal friends.