Canadian Snow Days

Canadian Winters are cold, bitterly dry, and snowy. Luckily this year the winter is only really cold with manageable snow so us Ontarians are able to keep up (not like last year). As I write this, 10 cm of snow is coming down, and I'm really enjoying the beauty of it. Snow days give us a day to actually rest. It's a day where you can kick up your feet, cozy up, and really enjoy the warmth. I unfortunately have essays to right so I'm not completely relaxed at the moment, but after they're done I could be doing any of the following snow day activities. (These are solely indoor) Make some comfort food. Make food that is slow cooked or that is a treat for yourself. Warm food, warm heart.

Catch up on some reading. I have so many books that I want to read leisurely, and a snow day is the perfect opportunity to get through a book.

Watch TV or movies. (Possibly binge watching) TV shows and movies allow you to forget about reality, and escape into comedy, romance, history, or even other peoples' realities. Watch whatever meets your fancy, and enjoy it.

Hot drinks. I drink hot chocolates, lattes, tea, and coffee on a regular basis but a snow day is the perfect opportunity for hot chocolates topped with whip cream and those yummy marshmallows.

It could also be hobby time. By that I mean that if you have a hobby, make some time to do it. Whether its knitting, painting, or anything else, do it and enjoy it.

Lastly, all of these activities can only be possible if you're wearing comfy clothes. I personally like to dedicate a snow day into a pj day, but sweats, leggings, anything that is not restricting is allowed. I'm all for the cozy comfortable look.

These are some examples of things to do on a snow day. Essentially a snow day should be a day where you can take a day for yourself and enjoy the things you like to do. Make sure its cozy, cuddly, and full of heart warming things.

Bingley loves snow days. He loves to watch the snow come down for hours.

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The Art of Christmas Shopping

Shopping in general can be pretty stressful. Shopping for clothes when you need them usually doesn't work out well since it always seems that nothing looks good or fits well. Shopping for gifts is similar since you're buying for the ones you love, and that can be stressful. Over the years I've learned how to deal with the stress of Christmas and most importantly I've learned how to conquer the dreaded task. First things first, make a list! As you may know I'm a big list lover. Making a list is important because you'll figure out where you need to go and what exactly you're going to buy. Think about what each person wants or needs, and there you go! Christmas gifts should be one of two things for me: 1. Personal or 2. Yummy!

Next up, scout out the sales. Christmas gift shopping shouldn't make you broke. You buy what you can, and when you can find good deals, you take them! Finding deals also means shopping online. You can get so many deals online, my favourite online shop is Indigo. Your order comes super fast and they have so many products to choose from at wonderful deals.

Finally, keep calm in the stores. Shop either in the morning or in the evening. You have a better chance of being alone in the stores which allows you to stay calm. Also, wear layers so you don't get too toasty in the really warm stores. No sweating is another way for you to stay calm.

Once you get all your gifts, you'll need to wrap them up. The hard task is done and you can turn on that Christmas music, make a warm drink, and wrap those gifts!

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Immune Boosting Vegetable Soup

Here comes the cold weather and all of the colds and flus going around. If you're anything like me, getting sick is pretty easy. To fight off colds, flus, and the bitter cold, indulge in this easy vegan and gluten free soup! IMG_3719

You will need:

2 cups of diced potatoes

1 onion diced and sliced

2 cloves of garlic, diced

1 cup of diced carrots

1 cup of diced celery

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of nutmeg

1-2 teaspoons of salt

1 tablespoon of paprika

1 tablespoon of tumeric

1 tablespoon of cilantro (I used a paste)

1 tablespoon of red chili pepper (I used a paste)

1 carton of vegetable stock

To start, heat up some oil on high heat in a pot. Add in the onions and garlic. Let them sweat out for a couple of minutes, then add the chill pepper.

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Once mixed together, add the celery and carrots. Let them cook for 3-5 minutes and get soft. Add in the potatoes, and all of the spices, cilantro, and salt. Stir thoroughly until everything is well coated.

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Once the potatoes start to get a little soft, add in the vegetable stock. You may want to add in 1-2 cups of water at this stage as well. Stir well. Turn down the heat to medium, and let the soup come to a boil for 10-15 minutes. Once the 10-15 minutes is over, reduce the heat to low or medium-low and let it simmer. It should take about 1 hour or so for all the vegetables to cook and become soft. The longer your soup simmers, the better it will taste. The flavours will marry more, and it will become absolutely delicious!

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This soup is so good for you with the veggies and immune boosting spices. You can essentially add any vegetables to your soup with any spices to meet your own taste palette. The cinnamon is so delicious in a savoury soup and is so unexpected! If you try out this easy soup recipe, let me know how it goes! Also, this soup can store in the fridge or freezer well. Let it cool, and divide up your soup into single portions so you can heat them up from the freezer at any time! I'm a soup person, and this definitely warms my soul.

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LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub: An Essential

The other day I purchased the Mint Julips Lip Scrub from LUSH. It was $9.95, and worth every penny. It expires in a years time, and I've deemed it an essential for not only cold weather, but the entire year. It's safe to say that I love this product! I'm a fan of LUSH products, and I will have another post for some other purchased products coming up. I like that everything they use is fresh, natural, is not tested on animals, and mostly everything is vegan. Their products are not toxic and you're really putting your money into good health for yourself. The scrub does exactly what you think it does. It takes off all those nasty chapped pieces and white bits of dry lips. You take a little bit and rub it over your lips. You move it around until all those nasty bits are gone, and you can lick it up! Mint Julips is a nice minty and sugary flavour that slightly pumps up your lips and leaves you with a nice minty taste in your mouth. There are other flavours as well, like Popcorn, and I can't wait to try them. I am completely satisfied with this product, and I can't believe I did without it before!

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This lip scrub is a must have for cold weather, and will make the world of a difference to you (well, your lips)! If you have it, let me know what you think about it. If you have other LUSH products, let me know which ones you love because I'd like to try them!

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