31 to do while 31

While I made a similar list when I turned 30, I spent most of that year being pregnant/having a baby. So I’ve thrown that list out and started fresh. My priorities may have changed but it is still.. mostly food. You can follow my progress on social media using the tag #31for31

1. Successfully make biscotti 

2. Successfully make foccacia 

3. Successfully make sourdough bread (are you noticing a trend.. towards my stomach?)

4. Take a family vacation

5. Read 15 books

6. Start writing a book

7. Get a tattoo (if I’m done breastfeeding)

8. Create a “recommended reads” blog page

9. Blog a minimum of once a month

10. Make a career plan

11. Make kombucha at home

12. Successfully make cinnamon buns (got hungry again)

13. Lose 10 pounds (may conflict with rest of the list..)

14. Start and finish a new tv series (I choose.. Hell On Wheels!)

15. Take a class of some sort

16. Get a new hairstyle

17. Finish a puzzle

18. Successfully make shawarma garlic sauce

19. Bake my way through the Great British Bake Off 2016 cookbook (three recipes down.. many more to go)

20. Watch five documentaries

21. Read an autobiography

22. Have family photos taken

23. Successfully make donuts

24. Purchase and fill an address book

25. Visit a new sight in Ottawa

26. Try five new restaurants 

27. Make a blog plan, including a new series

28. Learn to knit. Again

29. Make a wedding photo book

30. Have at least two pedicures

31. Write one list for happiness a week 

Wish me luck. Let me know in the comments if I missed a must do or if you’re working on a similar list! I will try to post progress as I go! 

Last Minute Mother’s Day

Psst.. did you know that Mother’s Day is only a week away? But never fear, that is still plenty of time to find a gift that adequately expresses your gratitude for, you know.. being created. No pressure..

Less than $75: The Ten Spot Gel Pedicure. I know what you’re thinking, “I can get a pedicure for 20 bucks at my corner strip mall”. This is your mom we’re talking about people! She deserves the best and I assure you, you get what you pay for. In Ottawa, where there are so many run-of-the-mill Mr. Lube-style nail bars, it is refreshing to find a place that properly pampers. Sending your ma to The Ten Spot ensures she’ll have a relaxing and hygienic experience. Plus the gel polish will last through the summer. Aren’t you thoughtful! 

Less than $50: Lush Thanks Mom gift. There is so much to love about Lush: natural ingredients, cruelty-free, and so many smells! This wrapped gift is ready for giving and contains 4 floral scented goodies: a shower jelly, body conditioner, bar of soap, and body lotion. Your mom will be squeaky clean and smell ah-mazing. She can also be proud of your generous soul: Lush will donate $7.95 from each gift sold as it contains their Charity Pot lotion.


Less than $25: 52 Lists for Happiness by Moorea Seal. Being a Mom isn’t light work, so chances are yours could benefit from a little mindfulness in her life. But what does that mean, you ask. Well, Wikipedia tells us that mindfulness is “the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment”. Countless studies have shown the mental and physical benefits of regularly practicing mindfulness (don’t believe me? Ask my friend Google about it). Who are we to deny your mother all that health and happiness? This beautifully illustrated journal includes prompts for 52 weeks of thoughtful reflection. By encouraging your mama to take some time for herself once a week, you’re giving a year of well-being.

Less than $5: Jamie Oliver’s Soaked Pistachio and Citrus cake. You don’t have to break the bank to show your love! Presenting your mom with a decadent dessert is a lovely gesture. This cake is sophisticated yet simple, which is good news when it comes time to bake it. The pistachio and citrus flavors are reminiscent of Spring, which in my part of the world is just getting started around Mother’s Day. And if you’re lucky, she’ll save you a piece. Serve with some fresh whipped cream and candied lemon twirls for optimal mom appreciation. 


However you decide to show your appreciation, wishing you and your mama a wonderful day.

How to treat yo self for around $20

Has it not been your day, your week, your month or even your year? (Clap clap clap clap).giphy

Whatever the reason for needing it, I am a strong believer in the importance of me time. Maybe you just dumped some jerk. Maybe you ran over the curb and now your car sounds funny. Maybe you dropped your ice cream cone. Each scenario more distressing than the last!Β Here are my surefire steps to treat yourself like the boss you are for around $20. You didn’t get to be a boss by wasting money, amiright!

Continue reading

8 Simple Ways I’m Getting Healthy

After a difficult 2015, I may have practiced the art of emotional eating a little too intensely. Like, 10-15 extra pounds intensely. As someone who has struggled with weight and food since the dawn of time, this was not too surprising. Surprising, no, but disappointing? Heck yes. Now that I am starting to be semi-present in my life again, I am making some small but powerful changes to get me back to my running weight. Running is by far my favourite form of exercise but the heavier I am, the more difficult it becomes. I keep saying weight/pounds/etc. but disclaimer: this isn’t primarily about loss on the scale. It is more about being able to run long distances without tiring. It is about feeling strong. It is about taking better care of myself. While making these changes will no doubt lead to some weight loss, my main goal is to be healthier and happier with myself.

Continue reading