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Thursday

19

March 2015

2

COMMENTS

5 Amazeballs Breakfast Recipes for Lazy Anti-Morning People

Posted in Breakfast Recipes, Fitness, Food & Fitness.

I never claimed to like mornings. I’m not particularly good at them either. For a long time, I tried to be one of those cheerful, outgoing, productive early morning risers. The logic makes sense. Getting up early means I would have time to squeeze in a workout before I would have enough time to talk myself out of it. Or I could get a head start on my daily to-do list and seem like a really organized, Pinterest-perfect robot who just sails through life.

This is pretty much how my life goes every morning.

This is pretty much how my life goes every morning.

We night owls face a real stigma out there. There’s morning people everywhere, touting their self-labelled superiority as they leisurely prepare a 5 course breakfast and do the New York Times crossword before leaving for work. Or the people who never seem to be in a hurry waiting in line in Starbucks. I mean, who does that. 

Thankfully I never run into these omnipresent morning people. Because I am in bed.

However. With my interest in living a healthy life, a lot of that revolves around food and proper nutrition. “Clean eating” if you will. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been known to snarf down an entire row of Oreos in under 2 minutes to get out the door in time in the morning, and I’ll proudly do it again. But I try to eat healthy. Most of the time.

Here are some awesome and QUICK breakfast recipes I’ve found that have helped an anti-morning person like myself stay on schedule:

BREAKFAST-045_thumb1. Overnight Oats

This is a lifesaver. If you’re a typical white girl like me, I’m sure you’ve seen all the “overnight oats” recipes on Instagram, carefully staged to look like a 5 star restaurant. Well you know what, overnight oats look like shit. They do. But they’re quick, they taste okay, and it’s a healthy breakky. This site breaks down how to make them. Only FOUR ingredients, people! Soak in this knowledge.

 

 

 

Muffins2. Egg Muffins

These are thebomb.com. Cassey has long been an inspiration to me. I love her super cute and funny pilates videos on YouTube and she got me into exercising in the first place. She’s also pretty creative in the kitchen.

 

 

 

 

low-carb protein pancakes3. The Best Low-Carb Protein Pancakes

I’ve tried ‘em all. These are 1) the only recipe I could successfully make into a pancake shape with my horrible kitchen skillz, and 2) delicious. Really. Make them now!

P.S. Try it with different flavours of protein powder to change it up!

 

 

 

Microwave Muffin4. Microwavable Berrylicious Muffin

Cassey does it again. A delicious muffin you can make in a hurry and then MICROWAVE. The day I found this recipe, I felt the same feeling as the people who discovered the moon, I bet. Anyway, I was really happy. Nom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast-Quinoa_AE_featured_05. Last but not least… Chocolate Banana Quinoa! omg.

This is pretty damn excellent. It takes a bit longer than my threshold to be considered “quick”, at about 10 minutes. 10 minutes is a hell of a lot of time in the morning. But for this, you should make the time. It’s pretty tasty. Chocolate for breakfast is never a bad idea. 



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Tuesday

10

March 2015

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What’s The Big Deal About Weddings Anyway?

Posted in Michy & Smiley, Opinion, Real Life, Wedding, Wedding Planning.

We are almost 3 months away from the big day… Stick a fork in me, I am DONE! I am excited to marry my guy and have a big party but honestly, the crazy starts to come out the closer you get to a wedding. Blame it on stress, or nerves, or Type A-ness, or societal pressure but the cray will arrive in one way or another.

You better not fuck with a real bridezilla.

You better not fuck with a real bridezilla.

Weddings used to be simple. You get some cool lookin’ fancy clothes, you stand there, say some heartfelt shit, some guy/gal pronounces you married and then you eat cake, and usually steak, and drink a lot and dance and everyone has fun. Now there’s entire websites and careers devoted to finding the perfect “rustic chic” wood rounds, uplighting, making your invitations stand out like never before even though most people will forget about them minutes after opening it and they definitely won’t remember them months from now.

There’s pressure to pick the right songs, the right dress, the right decor, the right timing for everything to happen, to pick the right fucking napkins. Napkins! Who gives a fuck, honestly.

As long as your wedding is pretty decently fun and you have some food and booze, I think you’re good!

Stay classy.

Stay classy.

I am trying to remind myself of this fact daily. We are working with a budget here, although even if I had all the money in the world, I don’t think I would spend that much more. I might hire an entourage of adorable kittens to escort people to their seats, and I would get like 5 dresses and possibly come crashing through a brick wall in a souped up Porsche 911, but other than those small details, it would be pretty much the same.

No one’s gonna remember the stupid square votive candle holders I spent hours searching for, because I just HAD to have square instead of round ones. No one’s gonna remember our centrepieces, or if the walls of our venue were ugly, or our tablecloths. People are going to remember if they ate, if they drank, and if they had a good time. That’s it.

So… for the next three months, I don’t care if someone tells me I just NEED to have this, and NEED to have that and that everything should be perfect. I don’t care if it’s perfect, just as long as everyone has a good time. I’m focusing my energy on picking awesome music, and supplying lots of food and booze. That should take care of it, I think.

Screw the rest!

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Saturday

14

February 2015

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Hosting a Pinterest-Worthy Bridal Shower on a Budget

Posted in DIY Crafts & Gifts, DIY Ideas, Entertaining, Food & Fitness, Home & DIY, Photography, Real Life, Wedding, Wedding Planning.

My best friend is getting married. Exciting! However, she decided to have a very short engagement (5 weeks!) so there was lots to do in little time. It was a great time planning everything as one of her bridesmaids, and seeing her vision come to life. It was a blast!

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But one thing that scared me a bit was planning her bridal shower. I have only ever been to one bridal shower before, as a guest, so I didn’t have much experience to go off of. This is also my first time being a bridesmaid so I wasn’t really sure what to do there either! Geez! Luckily, the other bridesmaid (the bride’s sister) was experienced at such things and knew what to do. Together, we planned a Pinterest-worthy bridal shower on a budget. I thought it turned out great. So I wanted to offer a few tips to those who want some money-saving ideas, or who maybe just aren’t familiar with kind of what to do for a bridal shower since I wasn’t. Of course this isn’t the only way to do one, you can do whatever you think your bride would like! After all, it’s all about the bride!

We had about 2 weeks to plan this shower. We decided to purchase decor first, after looking through several websites of inspiration. A party supply store would be the best place to get these items, but since we left it to a holiday, they were all closed (doh!). So we went to Michaels. The prices were honestly not too bad for all this stuff – the hanging balls, fans, favour boxes, raffia, twine, burlap, table runner, decorative trunk. Also, if you sign up for Michaels’ weekly email specials, you get a 50% off coupon every week! Definitely use those to your advantage and you could save a lot.

We hit up the dollar store afterwards for a few essentials – balloons, confetti, favour box labels. Our vision for this shower was a rustic chic/shabby chic sort of event, with a classy twist. It was a wine and champagne event, with lots of appetizers and dessert (made by the bride’s sister – amazing chef she is!), and we called it a “Boudoir Shower” – so meaning lingerie! So each guest brought her a gift of lingerie. We made sure to put her sizes in the invitation so people knew what to buy.

 

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I found the toughest thing was planning how the evening would go. We decided to make a timeline like so:

  • 6pm – Guests arrive
  • 6:30pm – Once everyone has a drink/is settled, welcome them to the event, do introductions so everyone knows each other’s name. Also, we described the games we would be playing (detailed below), and started with the M&Ms game (see below).
  • 7pm – First game over, people are loosened up. Invite them to eat and keep the party going!

Now, there’s a ton of ideas for bridal shower games out there. We decided to keep it pretty simple and fun since not everyone knew each other at this shower, so the games also acted as icebreakers. The first game we played was the M&M game. Basically, each person grabs some M&Ms and you have to say something for each colour you get. Check out the little chart tags I made below. Click on the image to download this for your own event! They print 2 to a page, so just print (on cardstock preferably), cut, and you’re done! I made it in Word so you can easily edit the phrases. Or, you can download a PDF version here if you don’t wanna edit it.

Click to download the free printable!

Click to download the free printable!

Next, we played the Plastic Ring Hunt game. We bought some plastic diamond rings and hid them around the house. The person who has the most at the end of the night wins a prize! In our case, that was a Starbucks gift card. Something everyone likes. :)

For food, the bride’s awesomely talented sister made beautiful cupcakes (she is an artist with baking!) and a bunch of tasty appetizers. We served wine and champagne, and made a nonalcoholic punch for the preggos who attended. We also made some cute favours (pictured above) which I will detail in another post to come soon.

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I hope this post helps you plan a shower, or gives you some ideas for another sort of event. I find that since Pinterest is so involved in our lives now, people tend to go overboard trying to recreate awesome-looking events. Which is a great idea, however remember that most of those were made by event planners and whole teams of people, for a serious amount of money. But if we can recreate the rustic chic bridal shower Pinterest look with a fraction of the budget, then anyone can!



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Tuesday

3

February 2015

4

COMMENTS

Continuing the Liebster Award

Posted in Blog Business, My Life, Real Life.

When the awesome Ashley of Under the Ash Tree notified me that she had nominated me for the Liebster Award, my first thought was, “Cool! Thanks so much!” and my second thought was, “What the hell is a Liebster?” Well, in case you are wondering that too, you can read about the Liebster Award here. It’s pretty darn sweet! TL;DR It’s an award given by bloggers to other bloggers because they have pretty darn sweet blogs.

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I’m so flattered that Ashley nominated me! I have been following her blog for awhile and I love love love her travel photography and her personal stories. Also, her posts on goal-setting and personal growth have really kicked my butt into gear to remind myself to set some of my own goals, and to be as diligent at achieving my dreams as Ashley is. She is a true inspiration!

So you should totally follow Under the Ash Tree!

FACEBOOK  —  TWITTER  —  INSTAGRAM

 

RULES FOR ACCEPTING THE LIEBSTER AWARD

  • 1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and share their links (that’s Ashley in case you forgot!)
  • 2. Nominate up to 11 other blogs to receive the award
  • 3. Answer the 11 questions from the blog who nominated you
  • 4. Tell your readers 11 random facts about yourself
  • 5. Give your nominees 11 questions of their own to answer

Let’s get started!

UNDER THE ASH TREE’S QUESTIONS FOR ME

1. What was your favorite meal growing up?

Lasagna! Poached eggs & toast! Chocolate! That CAN be one meal… Okay, okay. I would have to go with lasagna. My grandpa and I would make it from scratch when I was a kid.

2. Lena Dunham? Pro or Con?

I have to say I don’t know much about her, nor have I seen Girls. Although I’ve seen a few interviews with her on late night shows and liked what I heard. She seems artistic, smart, well-read and funny. All positives to me.

3. Best book you read in High School?

“We” by Yevgeny Zamyatin

4. Where do you most want to travel to (where you haven’t already been)?

Well I haven’t been much of anywhere! I never seem to have any extra money to go anywhere. So, I would love to travel almost anywhere. I’ve always wanted to visit Europe, Paris specifically, and Germany to tour the Volkswagen factory.

5. It’s a Snow Day! What movie do you decide to rent?

Bridesmaids. Or a winter-themed horror movie.

6. What’s your proudest accomplishment?

I trained my cat to pick which flavour of food she wants through a series of specific paw movements. Okay that was pretty cool, but currently, I am most proud of becoming a freelance writer with my first gig! One day I hope to make that a career.

7. Who is your favorite Actress/Actor?

I have sooo many! If I had to choose, I would pick Melissa McCarthy because she is an amazing dramatic actress but also so hysterically funny. 

8. Whats your favorite blog post you’ve written?

This one. Because I’m a crazy cat lady.

9. Someone is coming to visit you. Where is the first place you take them?

For a coffee. Then exploring the city. There’s so many amazing places in Vancouver. In summer, I would start with English Bay/a walk through the boutiques of Kitsilano followed by Japadog. In autumn, a walk through Gastown and the East End, stopping for a hipster sandwich.

10. What was the last song you listened to?

According to iTunes, “Ghost” by Ella Henderson.

11. Why did you pick your blog title?

I had a hard time picking a title! I chose “Permanent Daydream” because to me that means a sense of peace and happiness and contentment with life. I want this blog to be a relaxed lifestyle blog, to pour my energy into in my free time and to explore all the things out there I have left to learn (spoiler alert: like everything).

11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME

  1. I hardly ever dream (or just do not remember my dreams). Maybe like once or twice a year.
  2. I have a lazy eye but most people can’t tell (or they’re just very kind).
  3. I truly am a crazy cat lady. I am obsessed with my cat.
  4. I cannot pick a favourite colour. I like most of them.
  5. I’ve always struggled with my weight although never been severely overweight. Pudgy more like.
  6. I hated peanut butter until about 2 years ago and now I love it with an unparalleled fiery passion.
  7. I get discouraged easily sometimes, and can be stubborn and bull-headed other times.
  8. I love writing, but sometimes I don’t write for weeks at a time. I always come back to it though.
  9. I don’t have any high school friends. Sometimes it feels weird to be living your life surrounded by people you met only a few years ago. But they’re pretty cool peeps.
  10. I used to drink 3-5 Diet Pepsis a day. I cut it completely out of my diet and now only have pop on special occasions – maybe 3-4 times a year.
  11. Lastly… I’m quite frugal, but I don’t mind spending more for quality items.

LIEBSTER AWARD

MY LIEBSTER AWARD NOMINEES

MY 11 QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES

  1. What are the top 3 apps you use on a daily basis?
  2. What are you grateful for today?
  3. What is your favourite holiday?
  4. Why did you start blogging?
  5. What was the last thing that you purchased?
  6. If you had $10 million, what would you do with your life?
  7. What’s your favourite meal of the day?
  8. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
  9. Do you believe in luck?
  10. If you had a superpower, what would it be?
  11. What are your top 3 favourite blog posts that you’ve written?

That was fun! And make sure you go check out Under the Ash Tree. :)



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Thursday

22

January 2015

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Life, Luck and Little Green Men

Posted in My Life, Opinion, Real Life.

I am not a religious person, nor even spiritual. I have always been more of the sciencey type. Not so much wondering the “why” of things, but more the “how”. I don’t disbelieve in the thought of a higher power and all that, and have full respect for people who do believe, but I’ve never been able to wrap my brain around there being some cool guy/girl/alien out there who just… loves everyone. It’s totally possible of course and I am not writing this to start a discussion on religion, I am just saying that for me, my mind is rooted in what I can see, hear, taste, touch and smell (sometimes I wish it wasn’t rooted in things I can smell – amirite?).

But I can’t help but feel that sometimes the universe/big guy up there/big girl up there/big alien up there has something to tell me. It’s usually a message like, “Hey, dummy, you should probably wise up a little!” and though I firmly believe I create my own destiny, I also can’t help but shake my head sometimes at the way things work out for me. I wonder if just maybe there is a force out there taking in my dreams and my efforts and giving me that extra push forward. Maybe. But then I think “nahhhh…”

Source: memegenerator.net

 

Example time. I recently have been working on my self-confidence. I have my inner peace back and it’s great. That peace allowed me to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time – apply for a freelance writing position. I’m still your average 9-to-5 office dweller, but I was surprised that after applying for this freelance gig, I got a response just a few hours later. They hired me after reading my samples! I was blown away. I had thought about it for so long, being a fan of this publication, and thought I just wasn’t good enough for that kind of thing. Sure I like to write, but to be an actual writer? Very different things.

Being published is something I have wanted for a very long time. I had mostly given up on that dream, but now it’s really happening. I couldn’t be happier with where my life choices have taken me recently and I feel like I am on the right path for me, for the first time in quite a few years. While I know it was my own doing, I also can’t shake the notion that maybe – just maybe – a lil’ green dude circling the galaxy  in his spaceship is sending me a signal, a cosmic high-five from the universe, saying, “Right on, sista.”

I guess I just feel kinda like this today… (Who remembers this classic movie?!)

Source: tumblr.com

Source: tumblr.com



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