Book Club

After a few years of being plagued with constant heartburn, stomach aches and all around yucky-ness, I was intrigued by this book. It centers around the idea of how much of our energy is spent digesting foods all day long, and how to eat the right foods in the correct order for better digestion and all around good health & added energy.

There were a lot of interesting concepts, and definitely a few pointers I took away from it. Some restrictions or suggestions were just too out there, or too much effort to be honest.

Here are some highlights of what I took away from the book:

Eating lighter to heavier throughout the day, and only eating when you are truly hungry leads to better digestion. I am guilty of snacking all day...just because. I have been trying to be more conscious of what and when I eat, and I have found it makes a difference. I used to be starving an hour after eating, and now I feel more balanced and sustained throughout the day.

While I would never become a Vegan (love fish and chicken too much), I have found it harder to digest certain meats (looking at you-Beef) as I get older. I love love love fruits and vegetables, which is a huge YES in this book. The book notes to eat fruits only on an empty stomach, and to always start each meal with a serving of vegetable's. Better to fill up on the "good stuff". I found the tip about eating fruit on an empty stomach intriguing, as I had noticed eating fruit after a heavy meal leads to stomach aches.

Start each day with a green smoothie. I love me some smoothies, and sneaking "greens" into it makes it that much more healthy. I alternate between smoothies for breakfast, or plain oatmeal with chia seeds, banana and honey. I find both of these make a huge difference in energy levels throughout the day!

Taking a pro biotic supplement to aid digestion. For someone who gets an upset stomach from almost everything, I could definitely see how this may help. I have yet to try it personally, but can see how it may help.

My doctor also gave me a tip to try and cut out dairy as much as possible, as it may be a trigger. I can't believe the difference! I have been using a lactose free milk for two weeks now, and there is a major improvement.

I know Gluten-free, Clean eating, Paleo, etc is all the rage right now, but I truly believe to try and figure out what works for you personally, not just what is "in" at the moment. I am still going to eat what I love, but feel just a little more in tune with what's going on with my body.

Everything in moderation, right?

Check out Kimberly Snyders blog for healthy living tips!

Daydreaming: Gallery Walls

As a huge fan of taking photos & capturing memories, there is one DIY project I am most looking forward to in our new home. A Gallery wall!

We have a reallllly long hallway upstairs that separates the bedrooms from the bonus room. It's the perfect space to display our collection of wedding, travel & family photos.

I am torn between the idea of a completely symmetrical design, totally random display or floating shelves with leaning frames.

Black and white photos or all colour? So many options!

Black and white-Totally symmetrical (Source)

Black and white frames with colour photos (Source)

Shelves painted same colour as wall, leaning frames (Source)
Black and White with random layout (Moth Design)

I would love to do you display photos in your home? Gallery wall, or framed and scattered throughout?

Tonic Living Fabrics

Have you heard of Tonic Living? It is a super affordable designer fabric online store.
Best's Canadian!

Tonic was introduced to me by a friend (Hi, Miss Chels!) and I have been regularly visiting the site since. Below are fabric schemes I helped put together for her to narrow down the choices for drapery & pillow fabrics in her home.

Tonic has a huge selection of reasonably priced, sweet or sophisticated fabrics, AND you can order swatches before you decide what to buy.

One of my goals for this year is to expand my creative hobbies, and sewing is one of them. I used to sew many, many years ago (I made my grade 9 grad dress! Again, with Chelsea's mom's help), and can't wait to pick it up again.

Here are some cute Kiddo combinations I put together, perfect for a bedroom or nursery

With that much fabric inspiration to chose from, there are countless combinations for any room in the house!

Etsy Art Love

I came across these last week while looking for some art on Etsy.

I love the sweet vintage vibe, pastel colours and witty little sayings. They are the cutest and would be a great addition to anyone's kitchen! They would also make an awesome housewarming gift.

Check out the Shop Eat Say Love on Etsy! So much cute stuff over there!

Daydreaming: Dining Lighting

Yet another daydreaming post...I can't help it! The new house is all I think about.
Forgive me?

Scott and I made a mental list the other day of "Needs" vs. "Wants" for the new place, basically trying to prioritize where all our hard earned savings will be spent. Of course, everything on my want list is also on my need list. Typical.

One item I am wavering on "Needs vs Wants" is the lighting for the Dining room and Kitchen. While very lovely and no doubt cost a pretty penny, it is simply not our taste.
It's a bit too sparkly, space age-y and not structured enough for my liking.

My plan is to incorporate more natural textures into the space and stick with a round or drum shade light to echo the shape of our round dining table.

Here are my top picks for a Dining light:

#1 available at Pottery Barn. #'s 2-6 are all available at Robinson Lighting in Calgary
Edit: #5 is available at
My top choice is #1. I really like that two tiered drum shade, as it creates more of a focal point. It is also a linen fabric shade, which is the natural texture I am after. It's also pretty affordable!
#4 would be a close second, but costs about a billion dollars, so I think that one is out. I do love the scallops though.
#5 is another contender. There is a whole lot of chrome finishes going on in the home currently, so maybe the contrast with the brass light fixture would add more interest.
#3 is super cute, but too cutesy. #6 is pretty, but too girly for the husband.
I have a feeling that the lighting will be one of those things we change later on, once we have lived in the space awhile and figure out how we want to decorate it.
I would love to know...which light would you choose?!

Gap Friends & Family

Gap is having a pre-friends and family day sale of 40% off your purchase (includes mens, kids & baby!). Thought I would share, as this is too good to pass up. Use code FAF40CA at checkout.

I love Gap for their preppy, classic styles. And if you know me well, you would know I rarely purchase any clothing unless it's on sale. I used to work in retail and it's crazy how much mark up goes on out there!
Here's what's in my shopping cart and on their way to my closet:

Happy Shopping!
P.s-If you want to check out what else is on my wish list, I keep all my favourite shopping finds here

Cookbook Co & a Recipe

A few weeks ago, my husband and I joined a few of our friends for a night a couples cooking class! I had been wanting to try this forever and was so glad they all agreed. No one knew what to expect, but we all had alot of fun. Wine consumption may have helped.

The Cookbook Co class was $90 each which included recipes, hands on learning and tips from the chef, eating the delicious food you make along with servings of wine. Yum!

Personal highlight of the night for me was learning how to properly carve a roasted chicken and taking home the bones to make homemade chicken stock. It's the little things, people.  

After a few glasses of wine...ready to eat!

We learned how to make margherita pizza, green bean salad, gnocchi, roasted chicken and dessert. All couples are set up at stations, and Scott and I got the Gnocchi station-score! 

I want to share the recipe since it is so delicious and fairly easy to make. 

Gnocchi with Brown butter sauce
Recipe c/o Cookbook Co Calgary

Potato (I used 4) Pre-baked in oven for about an hour at 375F
Salt & Pepper
Approx 1.5-2 cups flour
4 egg yolks

5 Tbsp unsalted butter
sage leaves, torn
1/4 Cup Chicken stock
1 lemon, juiced
4 slices Prosciutto (Um, I used like 7)
Parmesan to garnish

Once the potato's have cooled slightly, cut in half and scoop out insides. Using a potato ricer (or grater-you need smooth potato's), grate into bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Beat egg yolks and add to potato. Blend until just incorporated. Slowly add flour to bowl, kneading as you go, until a dough ball forms (You don't want to over mix the dough, it needs to stay slightly sticky)

Take a small ball of dough, and roll & shape on floured surface (see middle photo). Cut rope into small pieces. Place cut pieces on lightly floured parchment.

Optional: Take a fork and on the inside curved portion, roll a piece of dough pressing with your thumb until it falls off. This creates little ridges in the dough, which helps the sauce to adhere. Takes a bit of practice (I was terrible at this and Scott was a pro)

Boil water in large pan. Drop in Gnocchi. Once it is cooked, it will float to the top (approx. 5 mins). Scoop out with slotted spoon and place in bowl.

Melt butter in frying pan on medium-medium high until browned and fragrant. Fry Prosciutto, then sage in butter. Add lemon juice & chicken stock. Simmer on medium low until reduced.
Add the Gnocchi & toss.
Serve topped with Parmesan

Optional: adding a bit of truffle oil or honey to the sauce

There she be! Handmade Gnocchi. So delicious

I highly recommend the cooking classes to anyone wanting to try a new date night idea, or learn a few new kitchen skills. In fact, we are going back in April. I can't wait!

Warm weather outfits

This insanely cold week in Calgary has me seriously contemplating picking up and moving elsewhere. I love this city, but MINUS 37 with windchill?! Too cold.

I have been comforting my cold self with thoughts of our upcoming trip to Phoenix.
Come April, it will have been 1 year since we have gone on a vacation. Needless to say, we could both use a break and are really looking forward to the hot weather & multiple In N Out burger visits.

Dresses reign supreme in my closet, and I am always looking for an excuse to add a few new ones to the mix. They are so easy to throw on, add some shoes and a necklace= instant outfit.
You also don't need to spend a ton of money. Stores like Old Navy, H & M & Forever 21 have lots of cute options for around $30.

Here are a few dresses I have my eye on, and how I would wear them!

I love the contrast of the minty blue with a dark navy. I would wear this dress with my old, beat up jean jacket and some cute flip flops for a day of shopping the outlets! Easy on, easy off :)

Corals and pinks are my absolute favourite colour to wear. They go beautifully with nude and gold accents, and the colour flatters every skin tone. Maxi dresses are super easy and make a casual outfit feel a bit glamorous.

 An eyelet shift dress has been on my wish list forever, and I purchased this one a few months ago. They are so classic, and can be worn so many ways. I was really impressed with the quality and fit of this dress, even compared to some more expensive options. I love the idea of bright pops of colour for a fresh, happy outfit. The tote bag can also double as a carry on bag!

I would love to know...what are your warm weather go to outfits?