12.05.2016

Why I'm Going to Style 20 Pieces for 20 Days

Organizing my closet recently lead me to a realization, I am currently wearing about 5% of my wardrobe. I have a very full closet and yet I find myself rewearing the same things over and over. It started out as just slowly wearing items as they started fitting again after Thomas was born which obviously meant I could only select from a limited amount of pieces. Now I just tend to want to wear items that I'm okay with getting drool all over. Drooling while teething is no joke.

I probably rotate the same 15-20 items (shoes and outerwear included) in all of my outfits right now and I couldn't be happier. I try to add an element with some visual interest to make it feel a little more special. A pop of colour, a pattern, some lace or studs can change the entire look. I have always loved styling in the colder months because I love layers.

I decided that while I am choosing my daily outfits from a small selection of pieces, I might as well document it. I also decided that to make it more interesting I would challenge myself not to wear the exact same outfit twice. I will be completely honest and say that I will probably have drool on me at least once. Seriously, why don't I hear more about drool? Moms talk and joke about spit up all the time but all of this drool was quite the surprise. If you know of any way to make money off of baby drool please let me know, I would be a millionaire.

I will do a weekly recap of what I've worn that week and at the end of the 20 days, Christmas Eve, I will do a full monthly recap. That's also when you will see the final list of the 20 pieces I styled. I don't really want to call this a challenge because it was just inspired by my current reality but I have to give a shout out to Kendi and her 30 for 30 challenge from 2010. Participating in that challenge was my introduction into style blogging so I will always have a soft spot for it.




I am excited to get started!

12.01.2016

November Favourites


It's that time again. It's the start of the new month so I'm sharing with you a few things that I loved last month. Happy December 1st!

11.28.2016

Knee High Boots

I've really come to appreciate shoes and accessories these days. It was one of those mornings when this little babe of mine didn't quite have the patience to let me shower and style my hair so into a low bun it went. When it came to getting ready for a lunch date I accepted that my hair would be a little damp but I still wanted to feel put together. While I love the colour and pattern of this dress it still didn't feel quite right when I paired it with ballet flats. These knee high boots gave me the look I was going for. I've always known that a good accessory or pair of shoes could elevate an outfit but lately I've been reminded that even when my clothes are covered in drool I can still feel good in what I'm wearing. Not that anyone looks at me these days. Heck, I couldn't even keep my eyes off my little guy long enough to take a few photos haha.



Wearing:
Old Navy Dress
Boots are a few years old from Sterling Shoes



11.24.2016

My Top 10 Clean Eating Baking Ingredients

 I've really been trying to focus on eating more wholesome foods instead of dieting to lose this baby weight. It's coming off slower than I'd like but as I've said before, I know it needs to be done in a healthy way so I can continue to nurse Thomas successfully. I have quite the sweet tooth so limiting processed sugar is the most difficult part of eating well for me but luckily there are more than enough clean recipes out there that can help with my sweet cravings. I shared a few of my favourites recently and I have a few more that I will share soon (including a healthy fudge recipe that will blow your minds).

One of my biggest pet peeves with baking is when I want to try a new recipe and I realize I am missing ingredients... especially when I'm baking something because I'm craving it and the missing ingredient means that I can't make it. The worst.

I've noticed lately that this is happening less and less. When I find a clean eating recipe that I want to bake I can usually pull together the ingredients needed without much fuss. I'm usually reaching for the same ingredients over and over. After taking a look at my favourite recipes and at my baking cupboard, I decided to put together a list of the Top 10 Clean Eating Ingredients I use while Baking.


1) Coconut Oil: Is there anything coconut oil can't do?

2) A Nut Butter: I have a tree nut allergy so I always use natural peanut butter. I've used sunflower seed butter before as well but since peanut butter is a staple in my diet anyways it's just easier to use it in my baking as well.

3) Unsweetened Coconut: I love coconut in general so the more coconut the better.

4) Vanilla: I have both artificial vanilla and vanilla bean on hand.


5) Cacao and/or Cocoa Powder: I always keep both in my baking cupboard. You can read about the differences between Cacao and Cocoa Powder here.

 6) Cinnamon: Let's be honest, you should probably have a variety of spices in your cupboard if you're someone who enjoys baking (nutmeg is another popular one) but cinnamon is found in so many recipes that it's my top contender.

7) Dried Fruit: I like dried cranberries and raisins but I've used dried blueberries as well. Just be aware of the specific dried fruit you are buying and if there is any added sugar. I am going to include dates in my dried fruit section because they are a great way to add natural sweetness to recipes as well.


8) Maple Syrup (or a natural sweetener of your choice): Agave is another favourite of mine but I tend to use maple syrup more often.

9) Chia seeds: I love keeping these on hand to add to smoothies as well.

10) Oats: Last but certainly not least. I use a lot of oats in my baking which lately has been extra beneficial as they are supposed to help with milk production. I also love making overnight oats so I always have a lot of oats on hand.


Those are my personal top 10 but I have a few honourable mentions. Ground flax, brown rice syrup, sea salt, pumpkin seeds and spelt flour are commonly used in my baking as well. I use sea salt in pretty much every recipe but since it's not just isolated to baking recipes, I decided it didn't deserve to take up a spot on my baking ingredient list haha. I also keep overripe bananas in my freezer. 

These ingredients won't make every recipe on their own I find but some of my favourite recipes including the no bake chocolate fudge cookies that I shared recently use only these ingredients. So if they are the only ingredients I have I know I can whip up something delicious.

There are some great resources for easy substitutions if you're baking and want to make the recipe a little healthier. If you're going to try to make substitutions I do recommend looking into them first because not all of them will be 1:1. For example, coconut flour is very absorbent so if a recipe calls for 1 cup flour you can't just use 1 cup coconut flour. It would dry your recipe out. You can find some substitution guides here, here and here.

I'd love to hear your favourite clean eating recipes. I'm always looking for new recipes to try.

*I am not a dietician. I am just a gal who enjoys finding healthier ways to indulge in her favourite baked goods.