Donating and Consigning to Declutter in Vancouver

Donating and Consigning to Declutter in Vancouver

charity, FAM By January 17, 2018 No Comments

At this time of year, we want to start spring cleaning and decluttering our load of posessions. At the same time – we need to think about keeping goods out of landfills. On average, Canadians generate 720 kg of waste per capita. Not only can your disposal choice reduce landfill waste, but it can help others, or make you some extra cash. Here’s where you work on donating and consigning in Vancouver.

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Chocolate chip cookies recipe

Hudson’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

snacks By January 14, 2018 No Comments

One of the most glorious childhood memories has to be sitting in front of the oven, watching cookies bake. And who can forget that smell? It smells like love. The warm, gooey taste that follows is decadent. I love breaking out my trusty stand mixer and making batches of cookies with my sweet boys. Working the dough to form the cookies is such a fun sensory experience; letting them feel the squishy sensations between their fingers is so fun. It’s like play dough with culinary potential. Who says you can’t play with your food? As long as it’s not at the table, it’s fine with me. This one is Hudson’s favourite.

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Toonies for Tummies

EAT, lunches By January 12, 2018 No Comments

What’s a toonie? Like canoeing, Gord Downie and striped blankets, it’s a quintessential symbol Canadian pride. Many of us take such a ‘small’ sum for granted. Individually they may slip under car mats and between sofa cushions, but gather a bunch of them together, and they can completely change lives. 1.1 MILLION lives. As parents, we get thoroughly annoyed when our littlerless lunches return home containing untouched food. Not only have we purchased and prepared these delicacies, but we know that learning is enhanced when tummies are full. Kids are more attentive, astute and relaxed after nutritious snacks and meals. But we also know that across Canada, 1 in 8 households are food insecure, meaning that 1.15 million children are living in homes that struggle to put food on the table. It’s not only kids from these homes who need support with food during the school day, however. My kids are a prime example. Besides getting distracted by recess…..forgetting lunch, growth spurts and not liking the sandwich I slaved over are all typical excuses. For other kids, lengthy commutes, parents who have to get kids to school extra early to get to work can leave children hungry and unable to make the most out of their school day.

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Spinach Salad – A Party Favourite

entertain By January 7, 2018 No Comments

This spinach salad was a party favourite growing up. We always dried the spinach in a pillowcase after washing it for big parties. As a little girl I got to do the shaking. Now, I’m more of a salad spinner person, but this brings back some fun memories that make me smile when I’m getting a big salad ready for a party. I love entertaining and a good salad makes that easier to execute when I’m busy with kids in sports who need to be shuttled all over the place. When you’re used to being stretched thin, you start to develop tips and tricks that make things less stressful and this is a good recipe for those occasions.

January is the time of year where everyone is loving on salad so I thought I would share with you one of my favourite salad recipes. Salad doesn’t have to be boring, after all. It can be delicious, decadent, and it’s such an easy thing to put together when you’re entertaining a crowd. When you add a protein like chicken, or seafood, it can be a nutritionally complete standalone dish, or it can be a tasty side to your latest culinary creation. It’s just so versatile!

Making a meal, even just a salad, is a great opportunity to invite conversation with your kids about where food comes from. When you have a garden, fresh salads are good for decreasing your carbon footprint by using the food right outside your door instead of driving all the way to the store. Because we live on an island, we try to grow what we can at our house so we don’t have to bring as much food over from the mainland. It’s just so much easier to have things close at hand, and it’s easier on the earth. I hope you enjoy the spinach salad and the conversation!

My Party Favourite Spinach Salad

Ingredients

  • Spinach
  • 4-7 pieces crumpled bacon
  • 3 c. croûtons fried in bacon fat garnish with egg slices
    Dressing
  • 1⁄3c.oil
  • 3T. Lemon Juice
  • 2T. cider vinegar
  • 1⁄4 t. dry mustard
  • 1⁄2 t. salt
  • 1 clove crushed garlic

Instructions

  1. Cut bacon into thin strips with scissors. Fry and cool on paper towels.
  2. Hard boil eggs. When cool, slice them.
  3. Wash and dry spinach.
  4. Combine dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well.
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The Modern Vision Board for 2018

grow, LIVE By January 2, 2018 No Comments

Making vision boards is a great exercise for the new year to set intentions for you and your family! Using words and images, they visually show you your goals and dreams. Your mind responds strongly to visual stimulation, so not only does the process cement your goals in your mind, but seeing your board in a prominent place triggers this visual cue.

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Cooking Up Fun on Netflix #StreamTeam

entertain By January 1, 2018 No Comments

Do you enjoy cooking up fun? I love spending quality time in my kitchen, cooking, baking, adapting recipes and trying new things with my family. It makes my heart happy to put out delicious food for guests. I love entertaining and feeding my family -whether it’s experimenting with things like Chipotle Ketchup or making a family favourite recipe. I also love my Netflix. Here are some fun food related choices on Netflix that I thought you might enjoy:

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British Royal Family as symbolized by the pound and the flag

Royal Family Fever: Netflix Favourites

entertain By December 28, 2017 No Comments

With the recent engagement of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, the Royal Family has been a subject of much conversation online and in the tabloids. When and where it will be, who will be invited, and who won’t be invited are being discussed with excitement. It’s hard not to get carried away with excitement for two people so clearly in love. With winter break upon us, here are some Netflix selections you can indulge in to satisfy your interest in the Royal Family once more:

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Face the Holidays

beauty By December 19, 2017 No Comments

‘Tis the season for holiday parties and holiday makeup. Whether you’re heading out to a fancy soiree or hosting a potluck for neighbours, putting your best face forward is essential. The face that maybe hasn’t had a good night sleep since forever. The face that is stressed by all the holiday obligations but still secretly enjoys every second of the merry madness.

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