Easy Homemade granola

Hello everyone!

One food I love, wether for breakfast or as a snack over Greek yogurt, in almond milk or as a trail mix is granola. I have definitely  bought my share of different brands on the market but realized that it would most likely be more cost efficient and healthier (no added sugars, salts or preservatives) if I made my own. So I did! After watching numerous YouTube videos and reading recipes I finally baked what I think is an awesome, tasty granola, packed with nutritious nuts and dried fruit.

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Top self-tanners

Hello lovelies,

Since summer is approaching, or has already arrived (at least it feels like it in Montreal), I thought I’d share my top favourite self-tanners. There has been so much hype around tanning products the past few years and I have definitely put a share of them to the test. Personally, I try not to sit in the sun for long periods of time to protect my skin, so unless I want to look transparent in a cute summer dress, I need the help of self-tanners.

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My go-to Summer nail shades

Happy Saturday!

I’m writing a quick post today, inspired by this beautiful weather we’ve been having in Montreal lately, on my favourite nail polish colours for summer. Most of these have been part of my go-tos for at least the past two summers. I am obsessed with neutrals, taupes and dark burgundy (or Oxblood as some say), no matter the season. I have also taken baby steps to broaden my horizon and occasionally wear mints and corals- but they cannot be too pinky. I usually opt for the brights on my toes but if I’m feeling extra summery I may step out of my comfort zone and go for it on my hands as well.

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MY SKINCARE: EXFOLIANTS & MASKS

Good afternoon!

I feel like it has been so long since I have written a blogpost. It has been quite the busy few weeks. Today I want to continue my post on my skincare routine/favourites, and talk particularly about exfoliants and masks. First, I want to speak a little bit about sunscreen. If you plan on putting any effort (and money) in to trying to achieve a more radiant, even complexion with less lines/wrinkles, the first thing you need to do is invest in a good daily sunscreen. There are several different types of sunscreens and studies proving why one ingredient is better than another for protection: You need to do your research to find out what is the best option for you. However, a few things to know are:

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SHIITAKE MUSHROOM QUINOA BOWLS

Good Wednesday morning everyone!

Today I am excited to share with you one of the most simple yet flavourful recipes that has been a favourite of mine for years. It is full of colours, flavours, and textures… you know they say you first eat with your eyes before your mouth! This quinoa bowl is actually what helped initially bring me to the realization that eating healthy, natural ingredients does not have to mean giving up delicious meals that you look forward to. In fact, the more I eat well, the more I indulge in plant-based, wholesome foods instead of the sugar-filled candy and chocolate I had always craved.

This quinoa bowl is perfect for lunches or dinners as complete meals or sides. It is so versatile so you can swap the ingredients for whatever you have in your fridge, and once prepared it can also be kept refrigerated all week (minus the avocado). This said, my favourite time to eat it is when it is freshly cooked and the quinoa, mushrooms, spinach and crispy shallots are still warm.

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Asian peanut sauce stir-fry

Hello Lovelies!

Today I thought I’d share with you a favourite recipe of mine; a stir-fry with broccolini, shrimp (chicken or tofu), and brown rice (or quinoa) in a light peanut sauce that is easy to make, healthy yet mouth-wateringly delicious! I found this recipe years ago in a random magazine on an airplane and have since altered it several times to perfection (in my opinion). I am not usually one to like dishes in a peanut sauce as I often find them overpowering and am not a huge peanut butter fan to begin with. Something about the lightness of this one mixed with ginger, lime, coconut and jalapeño peppers just puts it in another playing field.

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My skincare: Cleansing & Toning

Happy Monday everyone!

Unfortunately for me it has been a long weekend of feeling under the weather…hope yours was more fun and eventful! I have recently shared with you a random collection of my favourite go-to products, so I thought that today I would extend on that a bit and write about my current skincare routine. This turned in to a crazy long blogpost so I am breaking it down in to three parts: cleansing and toning, serums and creams, and lastly exfoliation and masks. For the most part, these are products that I have been using for quite a while, and despite veering off from time to time to try out new products, I often find myself coming back to them. This is most likely going to be a very long post, so grab a snack and maybe a notebook?

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My 3 go-to breakfasts

Good morning everyone!

Today I thought I would share with you my top 3 go-to breakfasts that are quick, easy, healthy and most importantly delicious! I actually do crave them sometimes. I love these 3 options because they are balanced, have protein and give me enough energy to get me through a morning workout or until lunch time without hearing my stomach grumble (though I usually have a light snack between breakfast and lunch). I must admit that from time-time to I use the “it’s Sunday” excuse for my boyfriend to make me some delicious homemade chocolate chip waffles, but in all honesty, I always feel the heaviness in my stomach afterwards…..which ….makes me feel like being lazy. I see this as a good thing because it is okay to “pig-out” every once in a while, especially when it reminds you how good it feels to eat well.

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Current go-to beauty essentials

Good morning everyone!

Here we go with my first official blog post!!

I have always been the type of girl who keeps specific go-to products in my purse or sitting on the counter in my bathroom. There is just some kind of comfort in products that you know work for you and make you feel relaxed and pampered, even during hectic days. Although these products change from time to time, I wanted to share a few that I have been loving for a while (some even years!), and let you know why I think they are worth re-purchasing time and time again.

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