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Frozen Birthday Cake

This weekend’s project was a cake request for a friend’s little girl: a Frozen birthday cake for someone turning five. Of course- no one can escape the Frozen phenomenon, even several years later. And of course, Elsa and Anna are her favourite (why can’t they all like the snowman? Do these children understand how much easier it is to make cakes that look like snowmen instead of cakes that look like princesses? Clearly not!) With the birthday girl in mind, I…

neutral natural nursery inspiration

Neutral & Natural Nursery Inspiration

Does anyone else feel like time speeds up in the second half of pregnancy? I feel like I’ve been pregnant forever, but when I look at the calendar and realize there’s only five weeks left I don’t understand where the time has gone! Days are flying by- I’ve gone a whole week without writing before even realizing it, because I’ve been completely wrapped up in planning the baby’s nursery and not actually doing anything productive. It doesn’t help that as time…

Real Post-Baby Body

Pregnancy, Body Image & Mental Health

In our culture, we have an attitude towards pregnancy that appears at first glance to take the pressure off of women, at least for a while. Not the physical pressure, which will be crushing your bladder/intestines/ability to sleep for the duration of your pregnancy, but the social pressure that women face daily to fit within preset parameters of beauty. And I mean quite literally, “fit within,” as the main focus of societal beauty standards is size and weight. When you’re pregnant, society…

Neutral Woodland Baby Shower

Life, Loss, & Baby Shower Details

Today, I wanted to share baby shower details from this past weekend, but it seems the universe had other ideas… Life is a funny thing. It has a way of building us up and tearing us down in an unstoppable cycle, somehow striking a balance that allows us to cope and even to thrive, if we choose to. It is fiercely humbling, forcing us to acknowledge that we are at the mercy of something greater than ourselves, whatever we choose to…

No-Churn Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

No-Churn Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

What has just seven ingredients and doesn’t require an ice cream maker? This INCREDIBLE No-Churn Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream, that’s what. Cold, creamy, sweet, tangy, bursting with strawberries and hiding golden nuggets of graham cracker crust inside every scoop. And it’s so, so easy. Seven ingredients? Absolutely. Cream Cheese Whipping Cream Sugar Strawberries Graham Crackers Butter Vanilla I’ve been lusting after an ice cream maker forever, but to be honest I just don’t have the room. I also don’t eat a lot…

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

I had a post scheduled for today, but after spending the morning tiptoeing through the tulips at the Abbotsford Tulip Festival I couldn’t wait to share pictures of this beautiful event, so here we are! After two weeks of badgering and mentioning how much I love tulips at every possible juncture, I dragged myself (and a less-than-impressed Bryn) out of bed on this dreary Saturday morning and we headed out to the tulip fields to take some photos. With big…

Easy Tomato Vegetable Soup

This week over at Stimuli Magazine I’m sharing an Easy Tomato Vegetable Soup that you can throw together in less than half an hour.

Neutral Baby Shower

Neutral Baby Shower Inspiration

I’m not going to lie, I am not one of those lucky women who loves being pregnant. In fact I’d go so far as to say I strongly dislike, perhaps even hate, being pregnant. Maybe it’s the four full months of constant nausea and intermittent spewing my guts up, followed immediately by leg cramps, strange-feeling flutters that could easily be mistaken for persistent gas, headaches, and back pain. Maybe it’s the hormones raging through my body causing me to cry…

Perfect Avocado Toast

Perfect Avocado Toast

If you’ve been on Instagram at any point in the last two years you may have noticed that avocados are having a moment. A very long, delicious moment. Unlike many health and food trends, avocado has enjoyed the spotlight for a while now, particularly in the form of avocado toast. There’s a simple reason for this: Avocado toast is freaking delicious(and also pretty good for you!) Avocados are full of healthy fats and are very nutrient dense, as well as…

Paleo Banana Date Crunch Muffins

Throwback Thursday: Paleo Banana Date Crunch Muffins

After transitioning this blog from a strictly plant-based nutrition page to something a bit broader, I wanted to make sure that I didn’t forget about all the healthy recipes I’ve developed over the last few years. Each Throwback Thursday I’m going to resurrect an old favourite recipe and share it here- sometimes with a revamp and sometimes just as is! {Originally published April 2015} Banana bread and I have a somewhat troubled past. I’m fairly handy when it comes to baking-…