Wednesday, April 22

Best green smoothie




I know there are a million different green smoothie recipes out there. I even blogged about it here. Since then, I have modified the ingredients so that it is not only nutritious, but is really tasty. My kids even love it! I think smoothies in general have exploded in popularity because they are a quick way to get a ton of nutrients in a super convenient way. For me, whether I am on maternity leave or teaching full-time, eating properly falls to the wayside so this delicious detoxing drink helps to give me a boost. I especially like to drink mine in the afternoon around the 3 o'clock lull.  Here is my recipe. I don't measure exactly, but here are the approximate measurements.

In a blender, combine:

-1 cup english cucumber (peeled and diced)
-1 green apple (peeled and cored)
-juice from one lemon or lime
-2 cups baby spinach
-2 Tbsp minced ginger
-1 cup cilantro
-2 cups filtered water

Blend until smooth

**I add hemp hearts and chia seeds to give a protein boost, but the hemp hearts make it creamier

Enjoy!

Vanessa

Tuesday, April 21

Kate Spade for Indigo



Kate Spade drinkware, 22 CAD / Kate Spade bar tool, 20 CAD / Kate Spade paper cocktail napkin, 17 CAD / Office accessory, 47 CAD / Spiral Notebook Curious, 18 CAD / Kate Spade paper clip, 15 CAD / 2015 Gold Dots 17-Month Weekly Agenda by Kate Spade New York, 33 CAD / Party | Kate Spade | chapters.indigo.ca, 22 CAD / kate spade new york All Occasion Card Set, 37 CAD


Some people are gym rats. I'm a Chapters/Indigo rat. I have to purposely avoid the place because I can't stop buying coffee table books, like this onebaby products, and as of late, Kate Spade swag. I think my obsession with gold and white started with Kate Spade New York stationary and I'm driving Duncan crazy because I tell him about my design ideas for each room and they always include, you guessed it, gold and white. or black and white accessories. Every time I walk in (to Indigo) I spot a few gems to add to my list of wants. Here are a few favorites that I've got my eye on these days (mainly for my office).

Thanks for reading!


Vanessa

Friday, April 17

Honestly speaking: body after baby

When I went to get the mail today, I was almost, I don't want to say shocked, but I was definitely surprised by the cover as I pulled the latest copy of Today's Parent out of the mailbox. This beautiful mother and her two littles were on the cover:


I was just so surprised to see a woman on the cover who wasn't afraid to display her imperfections. She really just put it all out there. It came at the right time as I am almost 6 months in with my post-baby body and, although I have lost most of the baby weight (mostly because I have been on a heavily-restricted diet since I am nursing and Sophie has shown signs of sensitivity to all the "good stuff") I certainly feel the aftershock of gaining and losing 40+ pounds 3 times! Similarly to some of the women in the article, I suffered from an eating disorder for a long time (along with anxiety and depression, which is a story for another time). So my body image hasn't always been the healthiest. Since our culture has a specific idea of what is deemed beautiful, it is difficult to alter how I perceive myself physically, but I am working hard to see my stretch marks and soft belly as a badge of honour for having carried and birthed 3 tiny humans. Even if I don't view myself in a positive light, I am becoming hyper-aware of how important it is for me to be a good example for my kids, especially Annabelle who is 5 years old and very in-tune with her surroundings. I am determined to help her, as well as Sophie and Olivier have the healthiest possible body image and understanding of what is truly important and beautiful. One day at a time...

Thanks for reading,

Vanessa

p.s. Sorry for being Queen of the run on sentences today!






Thursday, April 16

Starting out as a Stella & Dot stylist

If you follow me on Instagramyou probably know that I have recently become a stella & dot stylist. This all sort of happened out of the blue. I went to a trunk show at a friend's place before Christmas, more to get out of the house than anything since Sophie was only 2 weeks old at the time. I really loved the jewelry and bags! Then, a few months later, I was talking about some of the jewelry I was wearing with my hairstylist and mentioned that I was toying with the idea of becoming a stylist. A couple days later, I was contacted by her cousin who has been a stylist for a while now. We met for coffee and she told me all about it. I was hesitant at this point since it is essentially a pyramid business model, meaning that the more you sell, the more you move up in the ranks. What made me trust in this company is the fact that there are no minimum sale requirements. I can do as much or as little as I want. What made me decide to ignore my reservations and just go for it was when I met with other stylists in my area for our monthly meet up. It was really inspiring and motivating to be around a group of women who truly love being a stylist, whether it is for fun, as a full-time career or somewhere in between. 

So far, I have only had one trunk show, but I do have a couple more booked and I am learning that I need to hustle and put some work into making contacts if I want results. Otherwise, I'll end up with a pretty snazzy jewelry collection and a pretty sweet discount (but don't tell my husband!)

With the snow finally melting and the thought that Summer may be somewhere in the semi-near future, I have been checking out the Stella & Dot summer collection. Below are a few of my favorite pieces. You can shop the collection here.

Thanks for reading!

Vanessa


Starting out as a Stella & Dot stylist