Sunday, 16 April 2017

Hi My Friends,

I'm very excited for my upcoming trip to Jamaica at the end of April!  Today, I wanted to share a few travel essentials outside your regular packing list like clothes, swimsuits and toiletries.  Some of these items are fresh finds that I'm excited to try out on my trip and others are returning favourites.

Airport travel can always be a hassle, especially when going through security checks.  I always opt for sandals that are easy to slip on and off.  Since the weather is still chilly here in Toronto, we are not quite in sandal season just yet.  I just picked up these new Converse Shoreline's, they have an elastic backing which will make it easy when going through security. I love Converse since they are light, comfortable and cute! This will help with one less headache.

I recently got this travel wallet off Amazon! Previously, I used a much smaller passport holder but I've had a travel wallet on my radar for a while now.  I love how you can keep all your documents together in one place, especially when travelling as a couple. This travel wallet has a place for your passport, ID and bank cards, tickets, cash and a zippered pocket. I couldn't ask for such a reasonable price. 

I always bring along a notebook to journal each day of my trip.  It's always nice to re-live your experiences and memories in detail, instead of trying to put all the puzzle pieces back together.  I love these fun and bright notebooks from Indigo...they are the perfect travel journals! Of course, I always bring along one or two books. I haven't completely decided what reading material to bring, but I have a good amount of books on my "to read" list including "The Heart Goes Last" by Margaret Atwood. 

Next up is this Waikiki 25 oz. S'well water bottle from their Resort Collection.  S'well bottles keep water cold for 24 hours' so it's the perfect water bottle for excursions or even just carrying water down to the beach for the day. Staying hydrated never looked so cute.


This is a new find on my list that I'm looking forward to trying out in Jamaica.  This Sunland Microfiber Towel is fast drying and ultra compact. The towel folds up and fits into this carry bag. I think this will be perfect for water excursions instead of carrying bulky hotel towels. It's easy to throw in your carry-on, luggage or a beach they dry super quickly!

Last but not least, this Tory Burch zip pouch is one of my favourites! It's so practical and durable with a coated canvas exterior and waterproof lining. I've had this for a few years now and it's great for electronics (like phones/cameras), small items like lip balm or sunglasses or even a wet bikini. This is definitely a staple in my beach bag. 

I'm excited to try out some of these new finds and start getting ready for my trip to paradise. I know one thing for sure....I'll be all set with these essentials! 

What are your favourite travel essentials?


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Hi Foodies,

This past weekend, I decided to head over to two local health food stores!  I visited Goodness Me and my local Whole Foods.

Is it just me, or do you always come back with so much more than you planned for?  I always tend to find new and exciting healthy products that I can't wait to try plus, I always find my go-to favourites to restock on.

Let's start with Whole Foods...I was long overdue for a visit to pick up some speciality goods you can't find at your average grocery store.

I hit up the refrigerated section and went a little komucha crazy!
Whole Foods has such a variety of brands and flavours, so I had to pick up a few that I haven't tried.

I ended up getting:

Pyramid Ferments - Purple Rain Kombucha
Kevita - Mojita Lemon Mint Coconut Kombucha
Tonica - Mango Kombucha (delicious!)
Rise - Blueberry & Maple Kombucha

For those of you who may not know, Kombucha is a variety of fermented tea infused with natural flavours (often fruit), lightly sweetened and usually carbonated.  It may not sound too appealing but it's tangy and fizzy, healthy and oh so yummy!

Next up are these Naked Chickpea Gluten Free Falafel by My Little Chickpea. These falafel are healthy, flavourful and not to mention, they're easy and so versatile. I love to use these in wraps, salads, buddha bowls or even as a snack with hummus!

Of course I stocked up on my ever so favourite Lärabar! I love Lärabar's, they are healthy with all natural ingredients and tasty.  These guilt-free energy bars are my perfect go-to snack between meals.  I picked up a few different flavours to enjoy: Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Coconut Cream, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip & Chocolate Brownie.

Last but not least on my Whole Foods haul, I picked up some Sambazon unsweetened Açaí berry superfruit pouches. I've been on an Açaí bowl kick and I can't wait to make these from home.

Now, onto Goodness Me!  Goodness Me is a Canadian company that started in Hamilton in 1981.  They had one simple vision: to discover, educate and offer healthy living products.  Read the full story on their website.

I found these Raw Paleo Friendly Wraps in the freezer section from Wrap It Up Raw.  The wraps are made locally in Niagara region and are made with organic ingredients and have 6 grams of fibre.  Easy, delicious and healthy...they are my favourite clean eating essential!  

I also picked up these Paleo Protein Bite Cookies/Biscuits by Marci's. I've had my eye on Marci's products for a while and I was so happy to find them in store. Guilt Free and delicious!

Matt came across these little nut butter packets, they had a variety of different flavours available. They're the perfect size for trying out new flavours or even for on the go or individual smoothie packs.

I also bought some JK Gourmet Gluten Free and Paleo Friendly granola and stocked up on some raw organic honey and cacao powder.

Overall, we had quite the eventful trip to Whole Foods & Goodness Me. I'll definitely be going back soon to pick up some more healthy goodies.

What are your healthy food staples?


Monday, 27 March 2017

Hi Foodies,

On Tuesday night, Matt and I visited The Cold Pressery, one of my favourite local cafés located in the heart of Mississauga right by Square 1. 

How awesome is this menu board?
The Cold Pressery is an organic juice bar that has a relaxing and laid-back environment, promoting a healthy living.  It's a warm and welcoming space where you will often find people studying/working, swinging by for a post-workout smoothie or hanging out with friends over board games.  The Cold Pressery has a variety of menu options like juices, smoothies, food and snacks.  All the menu items are made from healthy and fresh ingredients and not to mention, the café is 100% vegan!  Cold Pressery also sells fresh nut milks, desserts and they even have a fresh juice program.

Every Tuesday night, The Cold Pressery holds "Cold Pressed Comedy", with no cover!  How awesome is that?! Each week, stand-up comedians from across the GTA come to perform and give you a good chuckle!  Matt and I have had "Cold Pressed Comedy" on our list for quite some time.  We finally had the opportunity to go and decided to head there early to enjoy a light dinner at the café.  

For dinner, Matt had the vegan grilled cheese and I had the chipotle bean tacos.  To drink, we both enjoyed Iced Matcha Lattes. The Iced Matcha Lattes were so good, the perfect amount of matcha flavour, agave for sweetness and almond milk for a creamy finish! 

Chipotle Bean Tacos
The tacos were served on two gluten-free white corn tortillas with a medley of beans, chickpeas, onions, mushrooms, celery & corn on avocado spread topped with diced tomatoes and purple cabbage drizzled with a smoky chipotle sauce. They were so yummy and colourful.  The tacos were light with a delicious variety of texture and the smoky chipotle sauce tied the dish together perfectly.

Vegan Grilled Cheese
Warm melted Daiya cheese sandwiched between two pieces of perfectly golden toast plus roasted tomatoes and spinach.  A classic grilled cheese made vegan! 

Left: carrot cake | Right: mocha
For dessert, we ordered some vegan cupcakes - carrot and mocha.  They were fresh, moist and yummy! Of course, I had to order one of my favourites...the Açaí bowl.  Açaí puree blended with banana, mango and almond milk.  Topped with hemp seed & pumpkin flax granola, seasonal fruit and coconut whip cream.  This healthy and delicious dessert gives any frozen yogurt joint a run for their money.

The food was amazing and the comedy was fantastic.  There were 5 stand-up comedians, including David Andrew Kent and they all had a great lineup that really got the crowd going. The headliner was Paul Thompson, he was absolutely hilarious!  We had such a great time laughing at all the jokes and impressions, it was the perfect weeknight activity.  I love how they have new comics every week, the perfect reason to keep you coming back for more laughs.

We had a fun filled night at The Cold Pressery and can't wait to go back for another comedy night with our friends!

Where is your favourite week night hang out?

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