Saturday, 6 December 2014

Drink Up!

It's become a phenomenon over the past few years: green smoothies. I've been drinking them for a few years and can proudly say that I have turned some friends and family members on to them (whether or not they've stuck with them is another story...). Nevertheless, my number one, no-fail recipe for beginners or non-believers is a Blueberry-Mango smoothie. It is my favourite smoothie recipe! It also uses spinach as opposed to kale so the taste isn't nearly as strong. 

Green smoothies are a great on-the-go drink - in the summertime, I would take five minutes to make one before I left for work at 7:45, pour it into a mason jar, and drink it on the way! I know this may sound cheesy, but I firmly believe that people do feel good after drinking one! That's not to say I wouldn't rather a buttermilk waffle with maple syrup, berries, hot fudge sauce, and whipped cream some mornings (okay, most mornings). BUT, this recipe isn't so bad either ;) I have a Magic Bullet at school and it is perfect for me. The single serving size allows me to take it on the go and is also much easier to clean. 

Because this recipe uses a large blueberry portion, it turns out purple! Nice for people who are turned off by green drinks. 

Mango Blueberry Spinach Smoothie
1 cup Spinach (or any other green, i.e. kale)
1/2 cup Water 
1 cup Blueberries 
1/2 cup Mango   **make sure at least one of mango and blueberries are frozen
1 Banana
slice of lemon (seeds and peel removed)

Blend together spinach and water until smooth. Add in blueberries, mango, banana, and lemon. Blend until smooth. If the frozen fruit is not blending, add more water (measure 1/2 cup, then add in intervals until smooth). Enjoy!

A great website for recipes is Simple Green Smoothies. They have tons of recipes! 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Holly Jolly Christmas Time!

"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose..." The wonderful time of year when it is officially acceptable to play Christmas carols non-stop is here!

It hasn't been that consistently cold lately, probably averaging around 3 degrees Celsius. But the holiday spirit is very much alive! I have been swapping out my usual study playlists for Christmas study playlists and I could not be happier. Although, there have been a few instances when I've found myself humming along - sort of embarrassing in the library (especially when the song is "Santa Baby"). A few things are fuelling up my excitement: carols (of course), outfits, and baking! I probably could have split this post up into multiple separate posts, but I was just too excited to share all of this :)

These are some of my favourites:
One of my roommates made this fun playlist on 8tracks! One of my go-to study Christmas playlists is this.

Carly from The College Prepster put together this amazing, but simple, outfit a few days ago and I am in love! It has totally inspired me.

In terms of being prepared for winter weather, I recently got the UGG Adirondack boots in beige. They are as cozy as regular UGGs but much better equipped for outdoor use! It is certainly an investment piece but I know I will have them for many, many years to come.
A little outfit that I think would be great for wearing to multiple events and running around over the holidays would be this:
HandbagCedar Street Maise in Ballet Slipper Dress: Talula Lambeth dress from Aritzia NecklaceCause a Stir Mini Pendant Necklace in clear Glasses: Warby Parker Watch: Movado (though the Kate Spade Gramercy is more affordable...) Booties: Laine boots 

Alas, baking! Probably the best part, right? My younger sister and I have a tradition with my Granny of baking over the holidays. Such great memories! A staple in our baking day was shortbread cookies with red/pink and green colouring. My sister typically got the pink colouring and I was stuck with the green. BUT being the wonderful big sister that I am, I tried not to complain :) We had interesting little decorating patterns - loads of silver balls and sprinkles - and they were marvellous.

A restaurant down in Florida, Flemings, has this ridiculously good chocolate walnut pie. Really, it is heaven. My family will be heading down there for the holidays and I cannot even explain how
excited I already am to bite into this masterpiece. My sister recreated it at home last year with wonderful results too!
My brother's birthday falls around Christmas time so last year I baked dark chocolate cupcakes with mint icing! Everyone loved them too.
(these weren't the exact ones I baked, but you get the idea ;)

Hope everyone has a great start to their holiday season! And good luck to students everywhere, we certainly need it this time of year :)

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Take Notice

Monday was a great day. Not totally, I mean if I wasn't in class, I was at the library. Going hard. BUT it was December 1st. Which means.... ADVENT CALENDAR TIME! Woohoo. My mom sent me over a Lindt advent calendar and opening up the little door Monday night after a long day was so wonderful that I actually savoured the chocolate. And it also means one day closer to Christmas. And yesterday was the last day of classes. BOOM that went by fast. It is still unfathomable to me that in less than two weeks (11 days to be exact) I will be at home with my family free from school work. But literally every hour until then will be crammed with work and planning.

Does anyone remember those "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books? I have no idea where mine is now, but I believe I had an original and a "Chicken Soup for the Horse Lovers Soul". I remember going through multiple stories through one sitting because they really were so endearing. Well, a few days ago I came across a screen shot on Buzzfeed with a story that, although I'm pretty sure was fiction (and by pretty sure I mean when I clicked the link, it says that the story is fiction), instantly brought me back to those books. Here is the link and the story is #19, but I suggest reading all of them :) The story was about a boy who was befriended by another boy in freshman year of high school and how they became great friends. But years later at graduation, that boy revealed that his friend saved him that day they first met. I won't go into details how, but it just puts into perspective how we all struggle and you may not realize it, but a simple act of kindness could help someone make it through the day.

I found some videos within the past few days that easily put a smile on my face and hopefully they put one on yours too!
Does he look like the nicest guy or what? 

This little pairing just makes my heart melt!