You’ll Never Guess What I Wash My Face With…

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Well, you probably will, now that you’ve seen this picture. Honey! It’s one of the weirder products I use since transitioning to a more natural skin care routine, but I find it’s really great for my morning face cleanse. I simply scoop a bit out with wet hands, rub it over my face, rinse it off, and then use a damp washcloth to make sure it’s all off. Honey is naturally antibacterial and doesn’t dry out my skin like traditional cleansers.

Are there any weird products in your skin care routine?

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Books, Books, Books

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I’ve read a few duds lately, but seem to be back into a good book groove. I read E. Lockhart’s young adult novel We Were Liars which was dark and poetic and fabulous. I just finished the beautiful and heartbreaking graphic novel This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki (they also did Skim which is equally amazing), and now I am breezing through Lena Dunham’s very real and relatable memoir, Not That Kind of Girl.

Next up in the book cue is Francis Itani’s Tell, which has been shortlisted for the Giller prize (though I read two other shortlisted books – Us Conductors and The Girl Who Was Saturday Night – and they were both pretty disappointing). I’m also really looking forward to reading Molly Wizenberg’s Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage as I’ve been reading her blog for years and I feel like we’re best friends. I’m also waiting to get The Portlandia Cookbook from the library, which looks sort of silly, but could be quite good.

Have you read anything good recently?

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Cookin’ Vegan

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Lately, I’ve been having a moment with Angela Liddon’s vegan cookbook Oh She Glows. This past week, I’ve made two new recipes from this book, both of which have been fantastic.

After spending a few weeks (and a lot of moola) getting the ingredients together, I made her famous Glo Bars – a granola bar chock full of healthy ingredients like chia seeds, hemp seeds, and rolled oats. They were fairly easy to throw together and are really filling. I will definitely be making these again. (Besides, what else am I going to do with brown rice syrup?)

I also made Overnight Oats (this recipe is slightly different from the one in the book), which my husband and I liked so much, I made it twice this week! It takes literally five minutes to put together and in the morning, you have a breakfast that will keep you full until lunch. I’d like to experiment a bit with the add-ins.

Have you been making any new recipes lately?

p.s. My favourite thing from this cookbook is the Chana Masala. It has become a staple weeknight meal.

Newest Crush

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Have you been watching this season of The Amazing Race? It’s down to the final four and I am rooting for the “Soul Surfers” team composed of Hawaiian pro-surfer Bethany Hamilton and her husband, Adam Dirks. I’ve become a little obsessed with Bethany throughout the season. She lost an arm to a shark attack (!), yet still manages to kick everyone’s ass at everything. She also just exudes this positive energy that is so so contagious. I’m a little bit in love.

November Update and December Intentions

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How did I do with my intentions for November? So glad you asked.

Meditate (at least) three times a week. I started out strong on this one, but once I ran out of free sessions from Headspace, I just stopped. I should maybe try to get back into it, but it’s hard to get out of bed that much earlier to meditate especially now when the mornings are so dark and cold.

Exercise (at least) once a week. Another fail, though two out of four weeks isn’t bad, right? The big problem with this one is that now that I can’t run outside, I don’t know what else to do. I’ve done some Fitness Blender videos, but those get sort of boring. Any suggestions for at home workouts I can do that will get my heart rate up for at least 35 minutes?

Schedule recurring deposits into my savings accounts. Done and done.

Buy a belt. Yep, thank you Target.

December Intentions

Continue to try to exercise (at least) once a week. Can I do this in December? Stay tuned.

Make a wedding album. I’ve been married for a year and a half and yet, the pictures sit in Dropbox, neglected. I have four days off near the end of the month and intend to work on this then. I think I’m going to go through Pinhole Press, but am open to other suggestions…

Get a haircut. I tend to only get a haircut once a year and am overdue. I’d like to get some shorter layers put in and am going to use the pictures from this post as inspiration.

Keep the bathroom clean. Specifically the toilet, soap dish, and bathtub drain. Doesn’t take much effort and makes a huge difference.

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November Wish List

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With the holiday season quickly approaching, I thought I would share a few things I’m coveting as of late:

  • I really like the simplicity and quiet elegance of this tailored tee from Madewell. Would be perfect for work with a pair of skinny pants and a cardigan.
  • There is now an Anthropologie in Winnipeg and it is very dangeous. I love this dress. And this tunic. And this blouse.
  • Now that Birchbox is shipping to Canada, I’ve been thinking of getting myself a subscription.
  • I’d like to up my game in the eye makeup department, but first need some brushes. This set from Real Techniques looks like it has everything I would need.
  • Weleda is a pretty popular natural skin care brand, but I have yet to try anything from it. Right now, I’ve got my eye on their Iris Hydrating Night Cream.
  • I’ve loved this heartbeats necklace by Erica Weiner with R. Kelly lyrics forever.
  • I’d like to wear dresses and skirts this winter, but I don’t know if that’ll be possible without some fleece lined tights.

What have you been coveting lately?

Feelin’ Vampy

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I like having my nails painted, but hate painting them, so usually I just leave them bare. This week, however, I got fixated on the idea of painting my nails a deep, vampy red and found this Rimmel polish in “Red Award” that was exactly what I had in mind. I think this colour will serve me well this holiday season.

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To Listen to: Serial

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I know I’m a bit late to the party here, but have you been listening to Serial? It’s a National Public Radio produced podcast that tells, week by week, the true story of the murder of Hae Min Lee in Baltimore in 1999. It’s fascinating and so well done (that theme music!) and has developed a bit of a cult following.

I love these funny charts for people obsessed with the show. And here is an interesting article about the show. And here is a place to discuss it, just in case you develop a bit of an obsession.

Have you been listening?

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Listen Up, Wine-Drinkers

You know how sometimes you want just a glass of wine after work or with dinner or while watching TV in the evening, but if you open a bottle, you have to drink more than one glass because once the bottle’s open, it’s a ticking time bomb, so you manage to drink half the bottle and feel kind of drunk and don’t sleep well that night and then the next day, the rest of the bottle is sort of sour and you try to drink it, but it’s kind of awful, so you have a small glass and then dump the rest down the drain and feel sad about all that wasted wine?

Well, do I have a solution for you!

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Boxed wine! Three whole litres that, once open, lasts six weeks! I’ve been drinking one glass after work almost every day and it’s the best.

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Moroccan Souvenirs

I didn’t buy much in Morocco, mostly because shop-owners were super aggressive, over-charged for everything, and would not leave you alone if you stopped to browse. However, Kevin and I did manage to pick up a few souvenirs, all of which I’m sure we were overcharged for.

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While Morocco is known for its mint tea, I could not bring back fresh mint. Instead, Kevin purchased a blend of dried herbs that make up “Berber tea“.

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Of course, Morocco is known for its argan oil, so I had to pick up a wee bottle. I got it from a dubious women’s co-operative and doubt its authenticity as many places will sell fake argan oil to tourists.

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And finally, my favourite purchase, these lovely ceramics that I picked up in Fez and am so so glad I got home in one piece. They will make excellent snack vessels.

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