Thursday, April 18, 2019

Easy DIY Treat Bags With Cricut Iron-On

I saw these small colourful striped treat bags at the dollar store and I just had to do something with them. They are so cute and cheery and just $2 for three little bags! With Easter quickly approaching, I decided they would make fitting goody bags for sweets and treats. But I didn't want them to be too Easter-specific - I wanted the kids to be able to re-use them to store small things on their desks or in their drawers or backpacks.

Plus, I wanted to show you guys how they could be used as loot bags for birthday parties or any special occasion where you want to have guests walk away with a small goody bag. Of course, you could just as easily use them to store craft supplies, marbles, paper clips, business cards or any other small items. Simply adjust your iron-on wording accordingly!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Vegan Omega-3 Sources & Chocolate Macaroon Overnight Oats (Recipe & Giveaway)

Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and NutraVege and have received compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

I love a good chocolate macaroon, but I tend to make them only at Christmastime. These festive sweets are a tasty combination of cocoa, oats, coconut, non-dairy milk, margarine and a whole lot of sugar, making them a "sometimes" choice in my own personal food guide. These Chocolate Macaroon Overnight Oats, on the other hand, can be enjoyed any and all the time. Like their dessert counterparts, they benefit from cocoa, oats, coconut and non-dairy milk, but they are sweetened naturally with a bit of maple syrup, and no added fats are needed.

Of course, overnight oats most often present themselves as a healthy breakfast choice - they are filling and nourishing and will help you start off the day on a good foot. You could also make them in the morning, though, and have them ready in the fridge for a snack when you feel that mid-afternoon slump coming on. Read on for the recipe.

Friday, March 29, 2019

How To Organize Your Linen Closet (A Before & After Story)

If you are anything like me, there are several areas of your home that could use a little organizing, a little refresh, a little pick-me-up, a little bulldozer... Organizing your living space, even with tips from Marie Kondo fresh in your mind, can be an overwhelming task. The only thing to do is take it one small step at a time.

The linen closet is a great place to start - it's usually quite a small space and it has a dedicated purpose, so you can start by weeding out any items that don't belong there. Then, assign the remaining items to particular shelves so that sheets, towels, washcloths and tablecloths don't become mixed together in uneven, toppling stacks, kind of like this:

Thursday, March 7, 2019

How To Create Beautiful Spring Table Decor On a Budget (With Vegan Crepes)

How To Create Beautiful Spring Table Decor On a Budget (With Vegan Crepes)

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

Spring is coming! Even though I see five inches of snow on the ground outside my window, I know spring can't be far away. One of my annual "celebrating spring" traditions is to set a bright and pretty spring table. I like to use a new, fresh design each time because spring is all about renewal and, of course, it's just fun to get something new. That being said, you don't want to break your budget buying tableware for spring - save some cash for those glorious summer outings! For my spring table this year, I partnered with proudly Canadian retailer Giant Tiger. They are well known for their (very) affordable and fun fashions, and they also have lovely, budget-friendly finds for your home.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Superfoods Peach Smoothie Bowl (vegan, gluten-free, nut-free)

Superfoods Peach Smoothie Bowl (vegan, gluten-free, nut-free)

I have been reading How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease and perusing The How Not to Die Cookbook: 100+ Recipes to Help Prevent and Reverse Disease. I know I'm late to the game, but to tell the truth, I figured the recommendations in Dr. Michael Greger's books would be pretty close to the plant-based diet I currently enjoy. And they definitely are, but Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen checklist has been helpful in encouraging me to get more nutrient-dense foods in my diet (as well as water and exercise) on most days.

I have found that in order to check off most of the 24 boxes on the Daily Dozen checklist, it's helpful (pretty much necessary) to start the day with a healthy breakfast that includes at least a few of the items on the checklist. That's where this smoothie comes in. You can check off a few boxes with just one lovely bowl of fruity, superfoods goodness.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Vegan on a Budget (Recipes, Review & Giveaway)

Famous Lasagna Soup by Liv B; photo Joann MacDonald

You know I love my vegan cookbooks. I have shelves full of them to prove it. I'm a little more discriminating now when buying or reviewing cookbooks because I've run out of room to store them. But I jumped at the chance to review Olivia Biermann's cookbook, Liv B's Vegan on a Budget: 112 Inspired and Effortless Plant-Based Recipes. Why? For one, I like the vegan on a budget concept. (It's a common misconception that vegan eating has to be expensive.) But my favourite thing about this plant-based cookbook is that the recipes are super simple to prepare.

Despite being the creator of a popular vegan YouTube channel, Liv B doesn't want to spend tons of time in the kitchen. I completely understand - I love food but I opt for dinners that take less than an hour to prepare. The recipes in Vegan on a Budget - from breakfast to dessert - don't call for fancy or expensive ingredients and they are quick and easy to make. This cookbook is perfect for students, beginner vegans, busy parents and anybody who enjoys everyday plant-based meals that are simple to put together.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Girl's Teen Bedroom Decor Updates (With A Brunswick Mattress Review & Giveaway!)

It's been over four years since we changed my daughter's bedroom from very pink to very purple. Now that she's in high school, she's once again ready for a whole new look. She's thinking a mix of boho and vintage, with lots of white, will be just the right fit. We'll probably paint the walls this summer when the inertia of winter lifts, but in the meantime we wanted to make her bedroom look and feel more cozy for this extremely cold winter.

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