My Favorite Christmas Memory - Blogmas Day 24

My Favourite Christmas Memory – Blogmas Day 24

Blogmas Day 24. AKA, Christmas Eve! First off, I can’t believe that I actually accomplished Blogmas 2017. It was certainly a huge undertaking. Make sure to check out my post at the halfway mark!  It’s about time I get personal and share my favourite Christmas memory.

I find it very fitting that we’re in Cape Breton for Christmas Eve. It’s been quite some time. Actually, the last time we were here on Christmas Eve, was where this story began!

If you read my post, How Wine and Mommy Time Began you’ll know that my husband and I spent some time doing long distance. Halfway through that time, he proposed. This is the story of that day and night. The funny, the weird, the happy and everything in between.

The backstory

I have to start by telling you that Christmas wasn’t always great for my family. When I was 11 my grandfather died on Boxing Day. His home was really where our family came together and did the holidays. Even when my grandmother was still living, after he was gone it just wasn’t the same. The family started growing apart and we stopped doing holidays together.

When started dating, I would spend Christmas with my significant other’s’ families. Maybe it was to run from the memory of my grandfather passing. Or maybe because I was trying to fill that void of a family not being close. A distraction I guess. However you want to read it, I basically just didn’t care too much for Christmas as a whole.

Geoff was the first person I could really open up to about the whole situation. The first Christmas I spent with his family he made sure to tell them about my weariness. They were so accommodating and I really appreciated that.

I promise this story will take a turn for the happy. It’s coming, I promise!

In summer of 2009, I left for Vancouver. Not knowing if Geoff and I would make it. We had some arguments, the distance was hard, really hard. A four hour time difference isn’t exactly ideal. When I was planning on coming home for Christmas I made the choice to go to him and his family first.

Christmas break 2009

A week before Christmas 2009, I flew to Cape Breton. Geoff worked most of that week so on Christmas Eve when he got home I was so excited to finally spend some time with him. He was really nervous and acting very strange. We were at home, with his parents and his two sisters. Christmas music on, the fireplace channel on TV, really cozy.

Geoff kept asking me to go out to dinner but I was pretty much settled in for the night and happy to be home with him. Eventually, he gave up asking and called a cab to get snacks at the corner store. Weird, I know. When he got back, Geoff started handing out chocolate bars. The room went oddly quiet, I think I was too immersed in the arm with the poker jabbing at the burning log on the screen.

Next thing I knew, Geoff was down on one knee, his mom who was sitting beside me, and two sisters sitting across from me were tearing up and his dad was smiling. He was proposing! I remember a mention of Christmas’ with me being special, wanting to spend more together and then just a blur of words. Why I said the next thing that came out of my mouth is beyond me. “Get to the point.” Blunt, I know. So he just came out and said it “Libby, will you marry me?”. My response, “are you serious!?” Obviously, my next word was “yes”!

So with that, we were engaged!

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We called my parents, who did not know it was coming. Dad I think was having wine and thought me saying “you’re going to have a son” meant I was somehow pregnant. Haha! No dad, clearly not pregnant, but you’re gaining a new son. Silly, silly man. Mom was so excited and squealy, similar to how she was when we told them I was pregnant.

It really goes without saying that, that Christmas memory was my favorite. It’s one for the books for sure!

And with that, I’m so so happy to be back in Cape Breton for Christmas Eve!

What is your favorite Christmas memory? I’d love to know in the comments below!

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Christmas Cookies – Blogmas day 23

It’s Christmas Eve, Eve! In other words, blogmas day 23! It’s about time we cover what jolly old St Nick looks for every year. Christmas cookies!

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Cookies are probably the most underrated Christmas dessert. Not sure why, but they are. Maybe they’re just not the trendy thing right now. Unless you turn them unicorn or mermaid I guess. But don’t even get me started on that whole fad.

In my family, we never were much for Christmas baking. Growing up, I quickly came to know, it was a fun thing a lot of families did. My friends would always bring cute little tins of holiday goodies into school that they lovingly made with their parents. Mom isn’t a baker, which is fine! She always did the crafty stuff with me, which was equally great.

Each year I always intend on baking a ton of Christmas goodies. Only a few times have I ever actually done it. One year I made gluten-free, chocolate crinkle cookies for work. Holy cow they were good. Gooey, chocolatey, delicious. Don’t worry, I’ll share that recipe later on.

This year, the extent of my Christmas baking was me baking muffins while Peyton napped. That’s okay though. I’d rather have him eating something nutritious rather than chalk full of sugar. However, it’s not just about him. My sweet tooth has been at an all-time high lately, so I wouldn’t mind a secret stash of cookies for myself. Since I’m being honest.

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I know what you’re thinking, good god woman, bring me the cookie goodness. Well, since you’ve been so patient as to read my word vomit above. Wait no longer! Check out the Christmas cookies below!

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Christmas Cookies

Soft Baked Gingersnap Cookies // from Girls Dish Blog

Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies // from Liv for Cake

Cream Cheese Christmas Sugar Cookies // from Brooklyn Farm Girl

Peppermint Meringue Cookies // from Countryside Cravings

Christmas Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting // from Sweet Spicy Kitchen

Hot Chocolate Cookies // from Love from the Oven

 

Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies // from Stunning Collection

Old Fashioned Soft Molasses Cookies // from The Salty Marshmallow

Santa’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies // from Kleinworth & Co

Perfect Snickerdoodle Cookies // from Life’s Little Sweets

Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies // from Cooking on the Front Burners

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies // from Yellow Bliss Road

 

 

Snowball Christmas Cookies // from Wicked Good Kitchen

Insanely Delicious Turtle Cookies // from The Kitchen is My Playground

Peppermint Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies // from Small Town Woman

Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies // from Wicked Good Kitchen

Cream Cheese Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies // from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies // from Cooking Classy

 

Crinkly Cranky Grinch Cookies // from Simplistically Living

Peppermint Patties // from Dinner at the Zoo

Gluten-Free Stained Glass Cookies // from Noshtastic

Polar Bear Cookies // from Noshing with the Nolan’s

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies // from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Cookies // from Cooking Classy

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How to Road Trip the No Stress Way - Blogmas Day 22

Christmas Road Trip Without the Stress – Blogmas day 22

Blogmas day 22, three days until Christmas! We’re getting ready to leave for my in-law’s place and it’s time to make a list. My Christmas road trip packing list.

I remember when I was a kid and mom, dad and I would go to my grandparent’s place every Christmas. We’d pile ourselves and belongings into the car and make the three-hour drive. Fast forward a bunch of years and now the hubby and I are about to do the same with our little guy. However, this will be a six-hour drive.

The last time we took a family road trip, I didn’t feel very prepared so this time, I’m getting the list on the go early. Lists are the best. I don’t know how people do without them.

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So far, the forecast calls for fair weather. Minimal snow, and some rain. That’s all fine and dandy because last week I got an oil change for big blue. Consider it her one year present from me to her. Also, I had our tires checked, and according to the mechanic, “they’re beautiful and winter ready”. Thank goodness because we’re about to do all of the driving.

Being a parent now, I now know why mom would be so flustered leading up to a road trip. Because she had to do the packing. It was easy when I was a kid, just get in the car and go. Somehow, she never forgot anything. Probably thanks to the lists. Now that I’m a mom, my husband and I have the responsibility of making sure we won’t forget anything. And by we, I mean me because Geoff always asks if I packed this of this or that of his. Some things never change. No fail, every trip, he says he’ll pack his stuff, and then once he does. He forgets things. It’s just easier for me to do it, I really don’t mind. Plus it means we don’t have to go shopping when we get to our destination to get the things he forgot. Money saved.

Since this road trip is on a holiday, I feel like there’s a little extra stress. Because that’s what the holiday’s do. They sprinkle stress on everything. But fear not. We will get to the lists, I promise. Yes, there are multiple.

A week or two out:

  • Bring your car in for an oil change if needed
  • Have your tires checked
  • If it’s a long road trip ask for them to check it over to know you’re good to go
  • Travel insurance if needed

One week out:

  • Start planning how many outfits you will need per person
  • Check the forecast
  • If needed, plan your route
  • Confirm any travel arrangements on the other end
  • Need a house-sitter, find one
  • Tell your bank your holiday plans, then you won’t have your card cut off if you are going far

Three days out:

  • Start packing
  • Double check the forecast
  • Make your list of last-minute purchases like snacks and toiletries
  • Locate health cards and passports

Day before:

  • Pack everything you can into the car
  • Get snacks and drinks ready to grab and go
  • Check the forecast again
  • Set alarms so you don’t sleep in
  • Charge phones, iPads, etc
  • Gas up the car
  • Kick your feet up and have a glass of wine

The day of:

  • Don’t panic, stick to your lists
  • Pack toiletries
  • Put last minute items in the car such as bags, phone chargers, snacks and drinks
  • Pop an extra bottle of wine in the car for your end destination

My other tips:

  • Make a list of how many of each thing you need so you don’t overpack. In other words, if you’re going away for 4 days, you don’t need two weeks worth of underwear.
  • If you haven’t worn it lately, you won’t on vacation. Pack smart.
  • Bring dry shampoo, just do it.
  • Bring foods you like. Your favorite cereal, coffee, etc, it’ll make you feel more at home.

Do you have any holiday travel tips? Share below in the comments!

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Build Your Own Vegetarian Christmas Menu - Blogmas Day 21

Build Your Own Vegetarian Christmas Dinner – Blogmas day 21

Blogmas day 21! I’m shocked how few recipes I’ve dug up so far for this whole thing! This will be my first meat-free Christmas so I thought I should do some research. Get ready for a bunch of vegetarian Christmas dinner options!

While I’m not fully vegetarian, I am pescatarian. What does that mean? I still eat fish, shellfish, and seafood. It’s certainly a protein group I could never give up because I love it so much.

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Why did I stop eating meat?

After having Peyton, I started to notice that I was feeling odd. Like as in my stomach. I started to notice that if I hadn’t eaten meat in a few days I’d feel much better. After talking to my doctor she said it’s not uncommon for mom’s, after birth having certain aversions. So, since then, I haven’t eaten any meat. Since stopping eating meat, I can honestly say it’s made all the difference. Maybe someday I’ll dig into a steak again, but for now, I’m listening to my body. And right now, it’s saying no meat for Libby.

Even when I was pregnant, I wasn’t eating much meat. However, I probably should have been because my iron is low as it is. Because of being pregnant, and also not eating much meat, I ended up on Fermex, an iron supplement. It sucked, but it’s what I had to do. I’ll get more into my pescatarian life another time though!

Back to Christmas

Since we will be going to my in-law’s place for Christmas I have to start thinking about what I will eat. Sure, I could live off of sides. But I guess I could also make just a little side something for myself. Maybe working my way through this post, I’ll find something that really speaks to me!

Christmas dinner at my in-laws typically means my mother-in-law cooking a massive meal for the whole family. I’m talking uncles, aunts, cousins, extended family and more. She conquers it like a champ since she’s been doing it for so many years. It’s truly impressive.

When we lived in Vancouver, all of our friends came to our place. We’d make the turkey, potatoes, sweet potato casserole, veggies, dinner rolls and more. I loved cooking for our framily (friends who were basically family). Its one of our Christmas traditions that I miss the most.

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Vegetarian Christmas dinner breakdown

After doing some searching, I think the best way to really encompass an entire vegetarian Christmas dinner is by breaking it down into groups. Groups such as starters, entrees, sides and everything in between. While many of these recipes are vegan, you can also sub in butter if you use it. Depending on your needs and wants.

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Vegetarian Christmas starters & appetizers

Vegan Christmas Salad // from Lazy Cat Kitchen

Roasted Beetroot, Goat Cheese & Walnut Salad // from The Cooks Pyjamas

Vegan French Onion Soup // from Vegan Huggs

Creamy Vegan Mushroom-Chestnut Bisque // from Floating Kitchen

Eggless Yorkshire Puddings // from Binjal’s Veg Kitchen

Vegan Lentil Cashew Cheese Ball // from Ex Sloth

Roasted Sweet Potatoe Bites with Guacamole // from Pumpkin & Peanutbutter

Carrots in a Blanket // from Vegan Sandra

Christmas Pinwheels // from V Nutrition & Wellness

Vegan Sausage Rolls // from Hot for Food Blog

Creamy Bruschetta Stuffed Mushrooms // from The Busy Baker

Christmas Wreath & Tree Veggie Trays // from The Country Cook

Vegetarian Mezze Platter // from What’s Gaby Cooking

White Bean Dip With Herbs // from This Savory Vegan

DIY Vegan Charcuterie Board // from The Plant Philsophy

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Vegetarian Christmas entrees

Vegetarian Lasagne // from Marla Meradith

Beet Wellington with Balsamic Reduction // from Lazy Cat Kitchen

Lentil Roast with Balsamic Onion Gravy // from Wallflower Kitchen

Stuffed Butternut Squash with Quinoa, Cranberries & Kale // from Well Plated

Mushroom Wellington // from Delicious Everyday

Goodwill Pie // from Anna Jones

Vegan Greek-Style Roast “lamb” // from Moutwatering Vegan

Festive Butternut Roast // from The Veg Space

Butternut Squash Lentil Loaf // from Catching Seeds

Cheesy Chickpea Cake // from Amuse Your Bouche

Cauliflower Cheese Tart // from Amuse Your Bouche

Brussels Sprouts & Goat Cheese Tart // from Planet Veggie

Creamy Lentil Aubergine Stack // from Amuse Your Bouche

Brie, Potato & Mushroom Tart // from Tinned Tomatoes

Spinach & Ricotta Strudel // from Amuse Your Bouche

Jamie Oliver’s Vegan Christmas Dinner // from Jamie Oliver via Buzzfeed

Vegducken // from One Green Planet

Vegducken 2.0 // from Epicurious

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Vegetarian Christmas sides

Italian Roasted Veggies & Mushrooms // from Jo Cooks

Mushroom Herb Gravy // from Budget Bytes

Chestnut Mushroom Bourguignon // from The Veg Space

Cheesy Mini Gratin Potato Stacks // from Recipe Tin Eats

Beetroot Tart // from Anna Jones

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes and Mushroom Gravy // from Serving Realness

Vegan Potato Salad // from This Savory Vegan

Hasselback Potatoes with Kale Pesto // from Green Kitchen Stories

Garlic Herb Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans // from Cooking Classy

Homemade Cranberry Sauce // from Eat The Gains

Crockpot Stuffing with Wild Rice, Cranberries & Almonds // from Well Plated

Easy Vegan Stuffing // from Build Your Bite

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic-Maple Glaze // from Yay For Food

Roasted Carrots & Parsnips // from A Family Feast

Whole Roasted Cauliflower // from The Healthy Foodie

Easy Sideways Potato Gratin // from Family Friends Food

Potato Roses // from Family Friends Food

Braised Greens // from Jamie Oliver

Southern Cornbread Dressing (Stuffing) // from Food to Glow

Grateful for Lentil Gravy // from Sodium Girl

The Best Homemade Vegetarian Gravy // from Amuse Your Bouche

 

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12 Christmas Punches & Sangrias - Blogmas Day 20

12 Christmas Punches and Sangria’s – Blogmas Day 20

Blogmas day 20! Holy crow, I never thought I’d get this far! It’s kind of surreal. With that, we enter our last Wine Wednesday of this journey. For this final Blogmas Wine Wednesday, I’m bringing out the alcoholic Christmas punches, sangria, and big batch cocktails! You know, the drinks you can whip up one time for your whole party crew.

We’ll be heading down to my in-laws in a few days so I’m wracking my brain of what I want to cook and drink. My mother-in-law is an incredible cook. I’ve always been wowed by her skills. Also, not just saying that to get daughter-in-law points. I don’t know if she reads this. But seriously. She’s a wicked cook.

Aside from being a whiz in the kitchen, I’m so envious of how well she entertains. My in-law’s home is basically the place everyone congregates to. It’s the old family home for the family, so it goes without saying that it’s seen many great meals and even greater parties. I honestly wish I had half the energy she does when it comes to hosting. It’s impressive, to say the least.

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This year I hope to bring something to the table. However, it’s probably going to be in the form of cocktails because I don’t have any clue if I’ll be cooking or not. Donna usually likes to take the lead, so I will follow hers!

I feel like it’s only fitting to celebrate day 20 of blogmas with 20 Christmas punches. Punches, sangrias, you name it. Basically, if it can be served in a giant pitcher or bowl, that’s what I’m going for today. Hopefully, you won’t have any objections!

Christmas punches

Jingle Juice

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Jingle Juice Holiday Punch

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Slow Cooker Spiced Cider

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Cranberry Pineapple Punch

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Christmas Day Prosecco Punch

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5 Minute Holiday Punch

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White Christmas Margarita Punch

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The Grinch Punch

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Christmas sangrias

Simple Christmas Sangria

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Cranberry & Rosemary White Christmas Sangria

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Christmas Sangria

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Christmas Sangria

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12 Christmas Punches & Sangrias - Blogmas Day 20

Subscription Boxes for Everyone - Blogmas day 19

Subscription Boxes for Christmas – Blogmas Day 19

Blogmas day 19! One day closer to Christmas! Yesterday I brought you stocking stuffers for men. Already covered gifts for moms-to-be. But what about gifts that keep on giving? You know, subscription boxes!
I’ve said it a million times but online shopping is pretty much my favorite thing. Maybe I’m antisocial. Or maybe I just don’t like having to search for forever to find exactly what I want. Being able to type, browse, click, receive, it’s just the best. Albeit, having to wait the shipping time, not as thrilling as purchasing in a brick and mortar store and walking out with the item. However, when that doorbell rings and you see that box, oh baby. It’s on.
My online shopping skills are something I pride myself in. Sure, it sounds weird. But honestly, I’ve probably only returned about 5% of my online purchases. Far less than my in-store purchases.
I love the idea of mail. Getting things in the mail, like letters, cards, or parcels. It feels so personal and makes me feel special. Maybe that makes me a narcissist, or maybe it means I have some weird underlying thing.
Whatever. Send me gifts and tell me I’m pretty.

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Whoever started the first subscription box. Thank you. How wasn’t it thought of sooner?
Something that comes to you every month. Without knowing what will be inside. That is what subscription boxes are all about! You get to try new things, find new favorites. The thrill of it all is just so exciting! Granted, not all of them are monthly, some are quarterly, all depends on the company and products. Also, not all of them need a long commitment. You can do one month, in other words, one box, and be done.
You can find boxes for anyone! Sports fans, wine connoisseurs, pet lovers, babies, moms-to-be, fashion, makeup and so many more. There’s no way that you can’t find something you or someone you know will love.
Did you know you can even mail glitter bombs to your enemies? Yep, that’s a thing. But Libby, glitter is awesome! No Carol, it’s not awesome when it’s all over your closet and carpet. So that is why glitter is the perfect bomb, you’ll regret you ever pissed that person off. Now if only the world leaders would adopt this tactic, we’d be in a much better place.
Back to subscription boxes! I’ve found a bunch that are well worth checking out. So do it, check them out!

Subscription Boxes for Everyone!

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Have you tried subscription boxes before? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below!

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45 Stocking Stuffers for Men - Blogmas Day 18

45 Stocking Stuffers for Men – Blogmas Day 18

Blogmas day 18! It’s time for stocking stuffers. Specifically, stocking stuffers for men!

Stockings are that awkward thing that you can’t quite get gifts in to. You don’t know if you should wrap or not wrap. Do you open it on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? What are the rules even? I’ll never know.

But, there’s something so fun about them. Maybe it’s because it’s like when we were kids and we’d buy those $1 mystery loot bags. It’s a bag type thing, filled with a bunch of random crap. For some reason, we’d always look forward to them though!

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How is it that men can sometimes be the hardest people to buy for? Every year, without fail. I feel like I don’t need to prepare too much for shopping for the hubby. Each time, I also end up pulling my hair out and scrambling on Christmas Eve.

Luckily, thanks to Blogmas, I’m being forced to think in advance. Thank you Blogmas. This year I will be prepared, and in turn, you will be too!

Shopping for men shouldn’t be as hard as we make it out to be. They need socks and underwear just as much as we do. They need toiletries, naturally. And then there are snacks. Easy right? But what about other things, unique, interesting things. Things they’ll enjoy.

Stocking stuffers for men

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Winter Skincare Tips - Blogmas Day 17

Top Winter Skincare Tips – Blogmas Day 17

Blogmas day 17 peeps! If you’re a fellow bag of skin, aka human. This post is for you. Winter skincare tips!

Libby, how the hell does this tie into Blogmas? Okay, so maybe not totally on theme. However, if you’re thinking of a gift someone will use, skin care is always a safe bet.

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My experience in skin care

Something you may not know is that I used to work in skincare. After graduating from makeup school I took a job with Biotherm, a popular skincare brand under the L’Oreal luxury umbrella. Working there, I went through a lot of training about skin, it’s needs, how to read skin types and how to assess others.

Being someone who had horrible acne for many years, skincare is really important to me. When I was younger and my breakouts were really starting to get to me, my mom bought me Proactive. Let me tell you, that stuff destroyed my skin. Making it much worse than it was. It’s hard enough being a teenager, add crappy skin to it, huge self-esteem killer.

Natural is best

When I was fresh out of high school, a coworker introduced me to Lush. If you are unfamiliar with them, they are a company based in Vancouver, Canada who make food fresh, skin care products. What does food fresh mean? Basically, they make everything from real fruits and vegetables. It’s so safe that you could probably eat most of their things, not that you should, but you could. Lush was a game changer for me. I quickly found out that my skin needed natural products and was very sensitive to chemicals.

I know what you’re thinking, oh great, a post where someone is going to shove a brand down my throat. Not the case, I’m not a paid affiliate of Lush. While I’d love to be, I’m unfortunately not. I’ve been using their products for the better part of the last 10 years and am a huge lover of them. Ask any of my friends, and they’ll tell you I recommend them bar none to other brands.

Back to winter skincare

Everyone’s skin is different. You also have to factor in your climate, the change of seasons and so much more. Which is why winter skin care is so much different. Depending on where you live your needs could be much different.

Some things to consider:

  • You get a lot of snow, the air is probably dry where you are. This means you will need more moisture.
  • It rains more than it snows where you are, you may not need as much moisture.
  • You live in an old building with old pipes. Old pipes may have sediment which will affect your skin. Adversely, a newer building’s pipes would have different effects.
  • You have well water vs city water. Well water can be hard, or too soft, depending on the water in the ground. City water can have too much chlorine, or be great.
  • If you live in a smaller city, you may have different water treatment than larger metropolis cities. Not that your water is bad, just that there are other factors.

Surroundings make a difference

Case and point. When we were living in Vancouver, it rained all “winter” long. My skin was usually on the oily side all winter because of this. While in the summer, it was very dry and I needed more moisture. Now we’re back on the east coast, Let me tell you, winter’s here in Halifax are dry as a bone. My lips, face, body, and everything are so damn dry all winter. Once summer humidity hits, I’m pretty oily. So, as you can see, where you live, your climate and the weather make huge impacts on your skin.

Winter skincare tips

Told you I’d eventually get here. Just needed to give you some background first. You know how I do.

Adopt a routine

Morning routine

  • Wash your face
  • Tone
  • Serum *optional
  • Moisturizer for your skin type
  • Makeup primer *optional
  • Body lotion
  • Usual makeup routine
  • Setting spray *optional

Night time routine

  • Remove makeup *I use coconut oil and micellar water
  • Tone
  • Serum *optional
  • Moisturizer
  • Body lotion

My pro tips

Pro tip #1: Always moisturize skin that’s just been washed. It will absorb what you are putting onto it faster and much more effectively. Not to mention that wet or damp skin moves lotion further around meaning you will use less. Save money and time.

Pro tip #2: Never ever, ever, sleep with makeup on.

Pro tip #3: Do an overnight face mask as needed to give you more moisture overnight. Much of your nighttime ritual will end up all over your pillow so be aware! If you’re in an oily climate, do a clay face mask as needed through the week.

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Pro tip #4: Use a satin/silk pillowcase. Why? Because of a) it prevents wrinkles b) it is smoother on your skin c) it will not wick the moisture away from your face.

Pro tip #5: Exfoliate regularly. This will remove dead skin cells which are blocking moisture from getting to where it needs to go. It will also help remove skin cells which are clogging pores and creating breakouts. Don’t overdo it though, over exfoliation can lead to redness and sensitivity.

Pro tip #6: Drink lots of water. Moisturize from the inside out!

With these tips and tricks, you should be well on your way to wonderful winter skin. Be sure to pay attention to its needs. Don’t change your whole routine all at once. If you end up having bad results it’s easier to find out what’s working and what isn’t if you introduce one thing at a time.

Winter Skincare Tips

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Fool-Proof Christmas Freezer Fudge - Blogmas Day 16

Foolproof Christmas Fudge – Blogmas Day 16

Hollaaaa its Blogmas day 16! I’m not a huge sweets person. Normally I’d take nachos and guacamole any day. But after trying this fool-proof Christmas fudge suggested to me from a coworker. I’m changing my mind.

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Over the past little bit. The marketing and communications manager and I have been bonding over things like booze, food, our men being from the same place and so on. I gifted her some of my homemade vegan Baileys and she gifted me an awesome fudge recipe. A recipe I’m going to share with y’all!

Sam gave me this recipe to share so don’t worry, I’ve gotten her blessing! No stealing here! Her suggestion was that while the fudge is setting, it’d be a perfect time to drink wine. I couldn’t agree more.

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No fail, I promise!

Honestly, I’ve never made fudge in my life. It intimidated me. Not sure why because after making this I was thinking it’s so damn foolproof. Why have I not been doing something like this for potlucks or hostess gifts? The game plan is certainly revised now, my friends! This is the perfect base to ease into fudge making, have fun with it! I know I did. There are so many ways you could vary this recipe. Use seasonal candy for themed varieties. White, dark or milk chocolate. Colored marshmallows. Sky’s the limit!

You go, Glen Coco! Santa will be happy if you serve this on his goodie plate! No coal for you!

Foolproof Christmas Fudge

Ingredients

  • 1 full bag of chocolate chips
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 small bag of marshmallows or ½ of a large bag (rainbow marshmallows for Easter)
  • Splash of vanilla extract
  • Extras: Christmas M&M’s, Cadbury eggs, candy corn, etc. (Your choice as per holiday)

Directions

  1. Melt chocolate chips and condensed milk in a microwave-safe bowl, mix as needed.
  2. Mix in vanilla and marshmallows.
  3. Pour into a 9×9 freezer-safe brownie pan lined with parchment paper.
  4. Sprinkle with candy of choice.
  5. Freeze until set, at least 1 hour.
  6. Refrigerate after removing from freezer pan, enjoy within a week.

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40 Christmas Activities for Toddlers - Blogmas Day 15

40 Christmas Activities for Toddlers – Blogmas Day 15

It’s Day 15 of Blogmas! As a family, we’ve been stuck indoors a lot as of late. The air is getting colder, there are a few flakes flying and frankly, little man has been a bit sniffly. Trying to keep a 20-month-old amused in a two bedroom apartment can be trying. So, I’ve done some searching and have found some fun Christmas activities for toddlers!

Being our first child, every stage with him is obviously new to us as parents. We conquered the newborn stage, then the baby stage, now, we’re into the toddler stage. Just when we started figuring out the baby stage, we get a whole new set of needs, wants and things. Whoever said that parenthood isn’t work, clearly didn’t have kids. It’s a job that never has a manual and you’re always flying by the seat of your pants.

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Mr. P is busier than ever. His speech is developing like crazy. I honestly feel like he’s learning a new word every day. It’s blowing mine and my husband’s minds. He problem solves all on his own and learns new things so quickly.

Since we’ve been fairly confined to home lately. Either by weather or for other reasons. I felt like I needed to jump on the Pinterest machine and find some toddler activities. Especially Christmas activities for toddlers. Why? Because who doesn’t love a homemade gift from a child? Or, just the fun of knowing you made that toy they haven’t put down for the past hour. Okay, that may be a bit much. 15 minutes.

Whether it’s weather, or if it’s a cold keeping you inside. These Christmas activities for toddlers will bring you and your little one(s) some seasonal excitement for weeks to come.

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With a list this big, obviously, not all of the crafts and activities couldn’t be put on the infographic. So scroll through and make sure to save this post for later by sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or your bookmarks!

Don’t want to make something from scratch? No worries! I’ve found some really fun craft kits that have done all of the prep work for you! No trip to the dollar store needed. Which frankly ends up costing way more than you initially planned for anyway. These fun kits are a great way to spend time with your little(s).

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Christmas Crafts for Toddlers

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Christmas Sensory Activities for Toddlers

Christmas Activities for Toddlers

 

If there are any I missed, which I’m sure there are, share below in the comments!

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