lemon poppyseed truffles for a very special baby shower


Today is a very special post. You see, the lovely and wonderful Ella of Pure Ella is having a baby (and very soon!). Since we can’t all be physically together but we wanted to celebrate this wonderful occasion, myself and other bloggers have decided to come together and throw her a virtual baby shower!

If you don’t know Ella, well shame on you, head over to her blog right this second! The recipes are delicious, simple, accessible and gorgeously photographed. Ella is also one of the kindest most beautiful souls you will ever come across. Is it any wonder we had to celebrate her?

lemon poppyseed truffles #vegan #glutenfree #paleo

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ethical and sustainable gifts from uncommon goods

Living a healthy and holistic lifestyle is more than just changing your food. There are a host of other lifestyle factors to consider and it has always been my intention to discuss these aspects more. Since food is my passion, that’s what I tend to focus on, but I hope you’ll appreciate something a little different today.

When I decided to change my diet and my lifestyle, it was a decision based on compassion: compassion for myself, for others and for animals and the environment. This includes supporting small businesses and those with the aim of making the world a better place when possible. This is why I was so excited upon discovering Uncommon Goods.


Based out of the US, Uncommon Goods is a retailer that aims to feature unique designs and handcrafted gifts from artists who create their products in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people. Most of what they sell is made by hand, much of it in North America and about 1/3 of the entire collection is made of recycle or up cycled materials. The convenience of having all of these products already curated and researched for me is pretty fantastic! They are also a founding member of B-Corp which is a group of corporations that use business to better enivronmental and social problems AND they support non-profits like RAINN, American Forests and Women for Women International.

Is it possible to have a crush on a website? Because guys, I think I do.

Just look how pretty this necklace is guys. It’s called the Reach for the Moon Charm necklace, which is part of their jewellery collection that you can check out here.


The necklace spoke to me as soon as I saw it. Not only is it gorgeous, but the meaning- wow. A crescent moon for aiming high, a blue moonstone for happiness, blue topaz for joy and health and polite to open the mind. Doesn’t this sound like just the perfect gift for someone who is undergoing change and needs a little reminder that they are capable of achieving the best?

I loved getting to learn about how the artist makes it, where she came from from and what they stand for. The meanings are beautiful and I love that they incorporate healing gems and symbols. I also appreciated the transparency. The origin of every material in the necklace is laid out plain, not simply where it was made.


I actually cannot wait to shower my friends and family with gifts from them (like pretty much everything on this page).

In case you guys don’t have a gift for the upcoming holiday yet (because pssst- Mother’s Day is this weekend guys, get on that!) why not try something that is both meaningful and comes from an artist and company you can feel proud to support?

And to all of my Canadian friends! The shipping rates they offer us up north are pretty fair and duties are calculate upfront so no surprises. Because those surprises are never pleasant right??

I received this necklace in exchange for a review, but was in no way obligated to post a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and I would never recommend something I didn’t believe in. 

{from left to write} thrive and a call to the 30×30 challenge

Another book club post! Not being in school anymore has afforded me more time for pleasure reading and I couldn’t be happier about it. And this book couldn’t have come at a better time.


This post was inspired by the book Thrive by Arianna Huffington as a part of the From Left to Write book club. Written by the editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, it proposed a new way of defining success called “The Third Metric”. Essentially what her view boiled down to is that Money and Power should not be the only measures of success in life. We are all getting burnt out at the expense of our own health, the quality of relationships and family life and ironically enough, our careers and productivity. We need a new definition of success that incorporates Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder.

First let’s get the bad out of the way- while I agreed with the sentiments of the book, it wasn’t one I particularly enjoyed reading. I found myself skimming over most sections. It could be that being in the health and wellness industry, most of the information wasn’t very ground breaking for me, hence didn’t hold my interest. I found it read like random quotes and factoids rather than being a succinct and cohesive body of knowledge.

That being said, I took away a lot from this book. Did I learn a ton? No, not really. But it was a bit of a wake up call. You know how you can know something to be true a million times over, but all it takes is someone delivering the message in the right way at the right time for you to really listen? Continue reading

tempeh portobello sloppy joes

tempeh portobello sloppy joes #vegan #glutenfree

A few weeks back i went to a new vegetarian restaurant in town called Grasshopper. I always struggle when going to vegetarian restaurants because when faced with a menu where I have multiple options (something I have gotten used to NOT having), I freeze. I just don’t know how to choose anymore. But for some reason, at this place, what I wanted jumped off the page. Tempeh Sloppy Joes. While the rest of the menu items sounded delicious, I am a firm believer in trusting your gut instinct, so I went for it.

Fast forward 30 minutes to me wiping sloppy joe off my clothes, table, hair (how??) and trying to convince myself that I in fact, did not need that slice of blueberry cheesecake. Despite the fact that I probably ruined the shirt I was wearing, I was completely smitten with this little restaurant and the concept of the Tempeh Sloppy Joe. So much so in fact, that I decided I needed to recreate this in my kitchen. I also made a mental note to wear a bib whenever consuming this dish in the future. Continue reading

why your medicine cabinets should contain herbs and a traditional medicinals review and giveaway!

i hope you all had a wonderful long weekend! and if you were anything like me (eating lots of delicious food, and yes, some unhealthy) your system could use some rest and repair. what perfecting timing for a little chat about herbal medicine and a review of herbal teas!

having just finished a course on herbal medicine, i was of course intrigued when Traditional Medicinals asked me to try out some of their teas. i had used them in the past with great success, but it wasn’t until recently that i appreciated why and just how effective they really are. herbs are powerful things and infusions (tea) are an easy and enjoyable way to incorporate them in your healing process.

traditional medicinals tea review

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