Friday, October 8, 2021

Chickpea Sweet Potato Stew With Chive Dumplings On The Reducetarian Website


This hearty vegan stew recipe offers the warm comfort of a tasty fall meal with the added benefit of nutritious ingredients such as chickpeas, sweet potato and carrots.

While I mourn the end of summer, I am grateful for many aspects of fall, not the least of which is that it's time to turn to our favourite comfort meals. Soups and stews are easy, healthful additions to our weeknight meals. They also work really well for meal planning - you can make a big batch of soup or stew and refrigerate it for a few days or put it in the freezer for several weeks. 

This Chickpea Sweet Potato Stew With Chive Dumplings is a favourite plant-based recipe in our house. I admit that its success is largely due to the dumplings. These dumplings are so easy to make yet they are just the decadent-seeming, delicious touch that this healthy stew recipe needs to bring it from tasty to fabulous. 

Head over to Reducetarian.org to get the recipe.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

DIY Mindfulness Flashcards for Children, Made With Cricut



These DIY mindfulness flashcards for kids, made with Cricut, are a tool that parents and caregivers can use to help children cope with their worries and process emotions.


I cannot think of anybody who doesn’t have good reason to be stressed right now. At a time when everyday stresses are compounded with the universal stresses caused by a global pandemic, parents and caregivers are worried not only about their own anxiety, but that of the children in their care.

I made these mindfulness flashcards with the help of my Cricut Maker and Cricut Joy cutting machines. (You don’t need both machines. I’ll explain further.) The idea is to create a whole set of flashcards so that when kids are feeling stressed, hurt or angry, they can grab a card at random and perform the activities that the card suggests.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. This post contains affiliate links. 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Pumpkin Oatmeal Medjool Date Breakfast Cookies (vegan recipe)

Pumpkin Oatmeal Medjool Date Breakfast Cookies (vegan)

Eat cookies for breakfast without a smidgen of guilt - make these delicious, nourishing Pumpkin Oatmeal Medjool Date Breakfast Cookies for a tasty start to your day. 


Cookies for breakfast is a thing. I promise. Especially when the cookies are full of healthy ingredients like antioxidant-rich pumpkin, heart-healthy oats and nutrient-dense Medjool Dates. Sometimes I just don't feel like eating in the morning, but if I don't eat, I end up feeling weak. These simple vegan cookies are perfect for those mornings when you don't want a big breakfast, but you want a little something to satisfy your tummy and keep you energized. This cookie recipe is also great for mornings on the run. You can store these Pumpkin Oatmeal Medjool Date Breakfast Cookies in the freezer and grab a couple as you head out the door. 

Natural Delights Medjool Dates boast 16 essential vitamins and minerals. Medjools have 50 percent more potassium (by weight) than bananas. Potassium is important because it helps with muscle recovery, builds muscle tissues, maintains heart health and kidney function and keeps skin cells hydrated. 

*This post is sponsored by Natural Delights. All opinions are authentic and my own. Thank you for supporting the awesome companies that partner with Woman in Real Life.*

Friday, August 27, 2021

Using Cricut to Create Custom Decals For Dessert Charcuterie Boards

Using Cricut to Create Custom Decals For Dessert Charcuterie Boards

Use your Cricut cutting machine to make easy, fun "vegan" and "gluten-free" vinyl decals for dessert charcuterie boards. 

With a range of dietary preferences and restrictions commonplace today, your family or friend group likely includes people who require vegan, gluten-free, nut-free or other dietary options. Show your special guests that you care about each and every one of them with these quick and simple vinyl decals that make it clear which charcuterie board options are safe for them to eat. 

I used my Cricut Maker to make cute "vegan" and "GF" decals to decorate my dessert (with a heavy emphasis on chocolate) charcuterie boards. I'll show you how you can do the same with this easy tutorial.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. This post contains affiliate links. 

Thursday, July 29, 2021

How To Create Drive-In Cinema Date Night Tote Bags With Cricut

How To Create Drive-In Cinema Date Night Tote Bags With Cricut

There's no need to travel far from home to have a good time this summer. Make the most of your hometown outings - create these easy drive-in cinema date night his and hers tote bags with the help of Cricut. Nothing says summer like cuddling up to watch a drive-in movie with some tasty snacks. 

I don't know about you, but I don't pack light for the drive-in. (Truth be told, I don't pack light for any outing.) I need a sweater and a blanket in case it gets cold - maybe some fuzzy socks - a water bottle, a portable phone charger and, of course, snacks. That’s why I thought it would be fun to diy his and hers tote bags for drive-in cinema date nights. 

Each tote bag has theme-appropriate iron-on movie images, such as popcorn and tickets, along with "his" and "hers" iron-ons to keep all those drive-in necessities neat and organized. Of course, you can modify the bags to suit yourself and your partner - maybe your diy iron-on tote bags are "hers" and "hers" - use your own favourite colours so you know which bag is yours. You can also personalize these drive-in cinema tote bags with names. It would be fun for kids to have their own bags too!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. This post contains affiliate links.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Vegan S'mores Cookies On The Reducetarian Website

Vegan S'mores Cookies

These vegan baked s'mores cookies are a perfect treat for a rainy summer day. A cozy indoor version of the campfire classic s'mores, with dark chocolate chunks, graham cracker pieces and vegan mini marshmallows. 

We have already enjoyed s'mores made over a campfire a few times this summer. My preference is for a toasty, slightly blackened vegan marshmallow squished between two crunchy graham crackers, with a wedge of melty, dairy-free dark chocolate tucked in. 

Just as good as the campfire classic s'mores though are these delicious, slightly decadent baked s'mores cookies. Your whole family will love them. The cookie base is delicately sweet, thanks to coconut sugar (less sweet than traditional sugar). But you get that decadent punch you want from a dessert cookie with the classic s'mores add-ins. 

Head over to Reducetarian.org to get the recipe.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

How To Paint Interior Doors Black



Here's how to paint your interior doors black. Spoiler alert: it's very easy!

Recently we decided to paint our basement walls white. (They were previously yellow.) We have a walk-out basement, with good natural light in the main living area, and I wanted it to have less of a basement feel and more of a bright "upstairs" kind of feel. I think a fresh white backdrop is great for displaying colorful artwork and mementos too. Plus, I'm just not a basement kind of gal. I think there's a reason they call them man caves!

With fresh white walls, we saw that the basement doors could use freshening up too. We have four storage closets with doors, as well as a bathroom door, a door to the storage room and a door to my husband's little "music room." In fact, the small hallway at the bottom of the stairs is basically a confusion of doors. (We were excited about all the extra storage space when we moved into this house and then we quickly filled it up - but I digress.) 

We knew that we wanted to use Fusion Mineral Paint for our interior doors. We have used it for furniture and for our front exterior door and it's a dream to work with. It goes on beautifully and has no unpleasant odour (and zero VOCs). Fusion Mineral Paint is also very durable and has a built-in top coat. We have even used it on outdoor flower boxes and it holds up to rain and snow for quite a long time. We were provided with Fusion Mineral Paint and other tools for our project, but I reached out to partner with them again because I love the paint so much.

Here's how we went about painting our basement interior doors black. (It was so easy and it has made such a difference in the space.)