French Toast Anyone?

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Recently, or maybe about a month ago, I decided to become vegan. I want to state that for a long time, I have not been feeling myself. I felt sluggish and tired, my stomach was always in pain, so I decided to try a more plant-based diet. Since then, I have been doing a lot of research, and have been purchasing some cookbooks to give me some inspiration and ideas on how to cook and what to cook for vegan/gluten-free meals. I bought Made With Love, and knew that I needed to try the vegan french toast. Let me tell you, it was life-changing. There are so many words I want to use to describe it, but really, I just have to say that you NEED to try it, so that you will understand. Plus, it’s french toast, enough said.

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Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
3/4 cup organic raw almond butter
1/3 cup maple syrup, plus more to serve
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon gluten-free all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch of sea salt
4 tablespoons vegan butter
8 slices gluten-free bread
1/4 cup pecans, chopped (or any other toppings you would want)

Directions:
1. In a large shallow dish, combine the non-dairy milk, almond butter, 1/3 cup maple syrup, flour, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and salt

2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of vegan butter and heat until it sizzles

3. Dip the bread into the almond butter mixture, one slice a time, and let it soak briefly, for 10 to 15 seconds

4. Fry the bread slices, in batches, for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until golden brown, adding more vegan butter to the skillet as necessary

5. Serve sprinkled with pecans and drizzled with maple syrup

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Coffee Time

20160529_195431If you read this post, you know that I have made a commitment to try every cafe in my hometown at LEAST once. So, I’ve been thinking why not have you take part in this goal I have given myself this summer, every time I visit a new cafe, you will get to hear first hand. So to kick off this small mission I’ve given myself, I went to Smile Tiger Coffee Roasters, ordered a latte with almond milk, my boyfriend ordered a london fog, and we shared a blueberry square, which we both enjoyed. We relaxed and read, it was a quiet and peaceful environment which makes for a perfect go-to coffee spot, it’s definitely somewhere I want to go back to.

P.S. I’ve already gone back once for an iced coffee, and it was fantastic! Anyone living in the Kitchener/Waterloo area must give it a try
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May Favourites

20160609_183322(1)This past month has been so hectic I really haven’t had the time to try out new products or even focus on myself and pamper myself in order to relax. Because of this, I have really focused on using products that are quick, multi-purpose and efficient.

20160609_183753~2To start, you need to know that I’m a dedicated coffee drinker. But a friend from school drinks this tea, almost everyday, and decided I that I needed to give it a try. It’s a detox green tea from David’s Tea and it’s delicious. I have a hard time liking green tea, but this one doesn’t have an overly strong flavour. Starting my day with this tea, before anything else really helps to start up my metabolism, while helping with my caffeine fix.

20160609_184150~2Liquid lipsticks have become essential when I’m in a rush, with little time to make sure my makeup stays in place all day throughout work or any errands. This nude MAC liquid lipstick is my go-to. Not only can I basically pair it with any makeup look I choose, but it’s subtle enough that I can wear it to work everyday, which makes it ideal for me!

20160609_184141~2Dry Shampoo, I only have loving words for it. I have naturally oily hair, and unless I want to wash it everyday, dry shampoo is my saviour. Because of my oily roots, I use Batiste, I find that it is strong enough to help prolong my hair washing, and also helps with volume, which I definitely struggle with, because there is a lot of weight on my roots, it’s basically amazing.

20160609_184102~2Because I’ve been so busy, I have had no time to spend quality time outside, in the beautiful sun. Because of that, my bronzer has become my best friend. I can fake the appearance of a natural beach bronze, without having been at the beach (unfortunately). This bronzer is fantastic on so many skin tones, it’s matte, which helps make it much more natural, and completely day appropriate.

20160609_184021~2This travel water bottle is adorable. It’s so much fun to carry around, and it really encourages me to drink more water, which has been super helpful, especially when I’m always on the go

Summer To-Do List

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I’m someone who loves to have lists. Whether it be things I need, things I need to do, things I want to do…..I think you get the picture. Whatever it may be I have those lists everywhere, and every year I make a list of things I want to accomplish throughout the summer, and for the most part, I accomplish most of my goals that summer. So, to keep that tradition going, here are the few things I’d like to do this summer.

1. Play tourist in my own city, there are so many things I still haven’t done or seen around my own hometown

2. Bake a traditional strawberry rhubarb pie

3. Go see a Jay’s game

4. Read the books/novels I keep telling myself I will read eventually

5. Go see a play

6. Have a picnic

7. Experience all the cafés in my hometown at least once

8. Visit the beach at least once, because it’s harder than you would think

9. Remember to cherish the little moments

10. Live a balanced lifestyle, eat clean, workout, but to also enjoy life

*Make sure to visit 2015 and 2014 summer to-do lists to get more inspiration

And please, let me know what is on your summer to-do list!

April Favourites

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This year has been crazy, in more ways than one, and I feel like I have barely had time to myself, to really just enjoy time on my own. This is no way means I’ve hated being busy, let’s be real, I love having a busy schedule, it gives me a purpose to my day. But, since school has been done for the summer, it’s given me a chance to spend some quality time to myself, and pamper myself, which has resulted in some new favourites for the month of April.
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The first thing I need to talk about is this mask. I cannot rave about it enough. I know I posted it on Instagram, and that was for a good reason. I try to use it once a week, but if my skin is feeling a little more dull or congested than usual, I will grab this, leave it on until it dries and once I wash it off, my skin looks great! I’m no longer embarrassed to have no-makeup days, and I think this mask had a big part in that
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I decided to give these Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads by Nip + Fab, and man was it a great decision on my part. I was having a bit of texture on my forehead, using these pads every night has really helped to clear that up. Not just that, but it has helped to brighten my skin and has helped with some dark spots that I had. It is so great for the price point!
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As many of you may know, I have combination skin, and I regularly struggle with making sure that my skin stays relatively matte all day long. I love to wear my MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation, and I think the translucent powder really helps to set the makeup and gives me a flawless finish that I haven’t been able to find anywhere else, plus it really helps to keep my skin matte all day.
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For Spring I like to keep my lipstick fresh, fun and like to stay within the berry-pink hues. MAC Plumful completely fits the bill. It’s definitely a classic for a reason, and it just screams Spring to me. I pair it with a shimmery eyeshadow on the lid, mascara, pink blush, cream bronzer. The look is fresh for spring and really makes it a classic look.

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Now lets take a quick minute for this bronzer. I have been so impressed with it! It is so hard to find a bronzer that works with my pale skin in the Fall and Winter months. It isn’t too orange, so gives you the appearance of some natural colour when realistically you haven’t had a tan in at least four months. Plus, this bronzer is matte, so you can definitely wear it everyday, and the colour will look natural.