the reading nook: edition #5

Happy weekend everyone!

I wanted to bring back my “Reading Nook” series. I can’t believe I haven’t done one since November! The Reading Nook is all about showing you guys books, articles, recipes and just general stuff I’ve found interesting or inspiring recently. Hopefully if you are here reading this blog (and have gotten this far into the post) you have similar tastes to me and will find them interesting too!

1. The Happiness Project 

This book was so fun to read and given my current state of mind, I found it to be incredible insightful and inspirational. It’s all about making small changes to bring about an increase in happiness for yourself and those around you. I can’t wait to start implementing some of her ideas and start my own Happiness Project.

2. A Smart Woman’s Guide to Hormones

This book is a fantastic resource for an woman, regardless of age who is struggling with hormonal imbalances. While the fact that I was reading this book got a lot of laughs from a few male friends (cue the PMS jokes!) but it’s seriously about so much more than that. I know I took a lot from it and this every woman should own a copy. Lorna Vanderhaeghe is an expert in her field (and Canadian!) and I seriously admire her and all her work.

3. Firming and Softened DIY Body Scrub from Pure Ella

This awesome DIY scrub comes from the lovely Ella at Pure Ella. Not only does it justify making a pot of coffee (;o)) but it has amazing health and beauty benefits, just in time for skirt and shorts weather!

I made it the other day and it smells AMAZING. Forget drinking coffee in the morning, this will perk you right up! I've also used it a couple times and my skin is so soft already!

4. Five Mental Habits that Steal Years from your Life from Natural News

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A great article about why we need to kick negative thinking and thoughts in the pants! We all know worrying and self-critique gets us no where, but did you know that it contributes to chronic stress which seriously reduces your life span and risk of disease and illness? Let’s all try and replace the bad with good!

5. Find Your Yoga Style Infographic from Mind Body Green

With so many yoga styles out there, it can get confusing. This is a great infographic to help you target the classes that will help achieve your own goals and suit your mood! Click the link or picture for a larger version.

Enjoy your weekends everyone! 

the reading nook edition #4

happy sunday everyone!

i hope all my american friends are having lovely thanksgiving weekend full of relaxing, good food and loved ones. now that this weekend us upon us, i feel completely legit listening to christmas music and watching christmas movies. not that this hasn’t been happening already, but now i can blast the michael buble christmas album and watch rudolph without hiding ;) 

it’s been a while since i’ve done a reading nook post! so since a lot of you are in the midst of a long weekend, i thought it would be a good opportunity to provide some things for your perusing.

first, i want to recommend this amazing book, fats that heal fats that kill by udo erasmus. this was one of my textbooks and i honestly cannot describe how much useful information is packed into it! any and every question you’ve ever had about dietary fats and oils is answered. it’s such a great resource, i urge you all to pick up a copy! and yes, it is the same udo as the oil :)

i found this on pinterest and i thought it was just the most lovely quote! great reminder to be present and grateful each and every day!

love this idea of reusing jars to make beautiful snow globes! can’t wait to try this out!

short but sweet article on exercising when your sick- when do you and when don’t you?

ayurvedic thanksgiving survival guide. i know we have passed this holiday already, but this article has great pointers that can be used for this entire holiday season. let’s all stay healthy and energized so we can really enjoy the season :)

finally, highlighting an amazing looking recipe by the lovely lauren at oatmeal with a fork! this no-bread oatmeal french toast sounds just amazing, cannot wait to try it!

how was everyone’s thanksgiving? favourite dish you ate?

taking it to a vote: would you like the next recipe i post to be either my sugar-free carob almond butter cups or my split pea soup with rutabaga croutons?

enjoy the rest of your weekends!

the reading nook: edition # 3

Hello friends! Hope you are all enjoying your weekends! I myself caught a bug, so between recovering, working and studying I haven’t been up to much! Although I was finally able to get to the farmer’s market near my place to get some fresh produce and I have to say, I am IN LOVE! I live 5 minutes from a the market that was recently named the top market in the WORLD, so it will get it’s own post soon I’m sure! But for now, I just wanted to tell you all that it made my weekend! And I cooked up some really delicious stuff with my finds!

Since I spent much of my time relaxing this weekend, I thought it was fitting to share some things for you guys to peruse should you be doing the same! This week’s collection is pretty random, but I hope you like it!

Why Raw Desserts are Your New Favourite Hobby. This graphic articulates perfectly why raw desserts are the ultimate desserts!

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I couldn’t find the original source of this, but doesn’t it just make you smile?

5 Awesome Uses for Tea Tree Oil. I have started using essential oils a lot more as natural alternatives to store-bought remedies and applications and I love learning about how versatile they are. Really makes them worth the initial investment!

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Sorry there wasn’t a better image to go along with this article but I thought it was worth sharing! Titled “Banning ‘Healthy Food’ From Our Diet”, this article discusses the importance of choosing foods not simply for their health benefits, but because they are enjoyable. Through education we can teach people how to prepare healthful foods deliciously so that healthy foods and tasty foods don’t have to be separate. This is the key to transforming our society’s eating habits!

What do you guys think? I think that this is a critical point since most people either don’t want, or don’t think they can eat healthy because they don’t want to eat bland and boring food. We should focus on enjoying foods in season, connecting to the farmers and thus the process of getting our food to our plate and preparing it and enjoying it with care and love!

Check out this Vegan Double Chocolate Cake from Amber at the Tasty Alternative. The ingredient’s list is amazing and look how fudgy and amazing it looks! I wish someone would bake this for me for my birthday tomorrow ;)

I will hopefully be back tomorrow with a recipe for you all! I have a couple that use ingredients that are almost out of season that I want to share before they aren’t relevant! So come back soon :) In the meantime, I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!

the reading nook edition #2- diy, carrots and sharks

Happy Saturday my lovelies!

Thank you ahead of time for all your lovely submissions to Healthy Vegan Friday this week! I’ve already spent more time than I should drooling over the submissions and I know selecting favourites is going to be really difficult again this week. If you haven’t yet, head over to Healthy Vegan Friday #4 and browse the recipes and submit one or two of your own! You have until Tuesday to do so!

So for this week’s reading nook I was feeling a little more visual than usual. I was drawn to bright graphics and pictures as opposed to words and articles. Naturally this meant I was browsing Pinterest a whole ton and I decided I would share some of those finds this week! Isn’t it funny how many great reads and informative posts you can find by browsing pictures on Pinterest? I love it! Plus is just cheers me up- looking at all the pretty pictures reminds me that certain parts of life are still simple and beautiful even though other things are scary and uncertain.

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DIY dry shampoo! I’ve been trying to reduce the number of times I wash my hair in a week which has left me feeling gross and icky more often than not. So I was thrilled to find this post at Vegan Beauty Review made from such simple ingredients! I mixed some up in an old spice jar which makes it super easy to sprinkle.

Another beauty remedy- this is a turmeric face mask from Henry Happened. Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory and is high in anti-oxidants so would be great for healing and restoring delicate face skin. Can’t wait to make this on my next day off (don’t want to go outside with a yellow face!).

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This post at Cauldron and Cupcakes is such an important reminder. All about how sometimes doing nothing is the best thing you can do for yourself. While it can feel like you are wasting time and should be productive, doing nothing IS productive. We all need rest and time to restore ourselves.

I need a juicer STAT so I can make this Iced Carrot “Latte” from brave lil’ juicer

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with the prospect of moving to an apartment with a small kitchen, this idea for an easy-to-access pan storage system is totally appealing.

and finally- it’s shark week so I must pay homage to these noble sea creatures! I really loved this piece because while they are painted as terrifying and threatening, as this article at Treehugger explains in the article “What Would Happen if Sharks Disappeared?”, they are much more valuable to us being around than gone. And really, it’s not their fault they’re the ultimate predator, so let’s be compassionate k?

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

the reading nook: edition #1

Hello my dears!

I hope you are all enjoying your weekends! I had the day off yesterday and spent it starting to pack a bunch of stuff up. I can’t believe I move in 3 weeks! Seems a little unreal really. It was funny going through all my stuff- you never realize how much you have until you have to pack it all. Even the sheer volume of my cookbook collection astonished me! I’ll have to take photos of it when it’s all moved because it’s pretty impressive.

Today is back to work, but I’m sure many of you have today to rest and relax so I thought it would be a perfect time to provide some weekend reading for you all. You guys seemed to like when I shared a couple videos in this post so why not make it a regular thing? I’m going to call this series “The Reading Nook”, very fitting no? While it might not always be articles- sometimes maybe videos, films, books, images, etc., but all things I’ll think are worth checking out! I’ll aim to do it every week or every other week. I spend a lot of time reading so I figured I could share some of it with you guys!

So today I have 4 fun links for you all. Hope you enjoy them, and please let me know what you think about this new series of mine! I’ll probably keep doing it no matter what though, just sayin’ ;)

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This article at Elephant Journal “100 Ways to Have a Better Day” is full of tiny ways you can take a step to be happier and healthier each and every single day. From rubbing coconut oil on your skin and flossing to telling someone else they are beautiful and making lists of all your favourite things, this is article is jam packed with great reminders that it’s the little things in life.

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This article over at Planet Green, appropriately named, “Nature Blows My Mind” and seriously guys, is anything cooler than the crazy ways underwater creatures evolved to look? Check out these sea slugs! They are crazy colourful and actually quite beautiful. So not deserving of the name “slug”.

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This article over at natural news discusses the question, “Are onion's healthier than many superfruits?”. I’ll let you guys read the article yourself, but turns out this budget-friendly ingredient makes eating healthy a lot easier!

Have you guys ever watched The Vegan Zombie videos? Oh man they are hilarious! It’s a vegan cooking show set in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. I have actually made a version of the recipe in this video and it’s pretty freaking delicious. While the recipes aren't always totally healthy or made from whole foods, it totally makes me laugh. Plus, we need more vegan cooking shows out there, healthy or not! These guys are definitely good for wasting a few hours in YouTube land.

That’s it for me today! Before I go just a friendly reminder to check out this week’s Healthy Vegan Friday and submit a recipe if you’re a blogger or just browse the many recipes that have already been submitted. It’s another delicious week guys, trust me.

Enjoy the rest of your weekends and I’ll be back tomorrow with a recipe!