diy: handmade christmas gift guide

It’s that time of year again when we try to find the perfect gift for our loved ones and some times we drive ourselves a little crazy in the process (or at least I do). There’s nothing quite like receiving a handmade gift that was made especially for you. Handmade gifts may seem a little old school but I know those who receive them really appreciate them and they’re always a little more memorable. Continue reading

Crossfit and Yoga

Those are two words you don’t normally see next to each other or in the same sentence but they are both very present in my weekly routine. I kind of have to back up a bit because you have to understand that I was never the athletic, sporty type. I went to gym class in high school because I didn’t have a choice and I would participate but lets just say that enjoyment wasn’t exactly a part of it. I wasn’t the suckiest in gym but I definitely wasn’t great either. We had to do cross-country skiing in junior high gym (only in Canada) and needless to say I hated cross-country. These gym classes were always a mission and a half because it took us half the class just to get equipped and then the other half I spent it at the back of the pack just trying to figure out how to “ski” (my Portuguese roots were really obvious in the winter sports category). Anyways, I still laugh every time I get the image of me trying to cross-country ski and I can just hear the constant complaining to the gym teacher about how this was the worst thing ever. Continue reading

pasteis de nata

My parents are originally from Portugal so I grew up on pasteis de nata and lucky for me my mom is a master in the kitchen so my pasteis de nata were always homemade. Pasteis de nata have forever been a part of our dessert table and usually a special request from anybody that invited us over to their place because we never arrived empty handed. Continue reading

the best chocolate cake ever

[Photo Credit – Gelatina de Plata]

It was M’s birthday a couple of weeks ago and I don’t believe any birthday is complete without the birthday cake, candle blowing, make a wish ritual so that meant he had to pick a cake. M requested the birthday cake I’d made for our nephew, Little M, a few months ago (minus the Mickey Mouse theme). When I was deciding on our nephew’s cake, I searched high and low online for a great chocolate cake recipe and I settled on this one from The Faux Martha. I’m not sure why, cause I hadn’t ever been to her blog before but I just loved everything I saw and for some reason I totally believed her when she said this was the best chocolate cake recipe. Continue reading

fall style inspiration

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I’ve been scouring tons of magazines and taking in all the fall/winter trends.  I love doing this because I enjoy knowing what’s coming up for the new season however it can be very dangerous cause it makes me want to go to the stores and shop, shop, shop which translates to spend, spend, spend!  I LOVE what I’m seeing for fall and winter!  The trends are quite wearable and easy to turn into real people clothes, plus we won’t be freezing and comfort reigns thanks to the chunky knits, sporty touches, a little tartan, and the menswear inspired looks.  There are obviously way more trends but these are my favourites.  Here are a few looks that have my particular spin on them.  P.S. I need these in my closet ASAP! (M I hope you’re reading this 😉 ) Continue reading

weekly meal prep

Weekly meal prep started to happen on my quest to live a healthier lifestyle. What is weekly meal prep? Well, it’s part of my Sunday morning in the kitchen making sure I have healthy stuff to eat for the coming week. I’m not organized enough or have enough energy to make amazing food for lunch and dinner every night during the week. Between commuting, work, running errands, working out and all the other day to day stuff, well, let’s just say I don’t have a lot of time to be making food for lunch much less wasting time thinking about what I’m going to make.   Continue reading

knit, knit, knit

If you haven’t already noticed, I LOVE to knit and I even mentioned it in my first post.  I know it’s weird because usually knitting is associated with a senior citizen knitting ugly Christmas sweaters for her grandkids.  Obviously senior citizens knit but so do a lot of younger people and some beautiful things are created.  Knitting is a fantastic creative outlet and it’s portable! Continue reading