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10 Self-care Ideas for 2016

Looking for some self-care ideas to get you through 2016? Here are 10 to get you started! Welcome to January, my friends. January is a loaded month for me. First of all, we have the inevitable come down from the holiday season. Then, we have the expectations and pressure of a new year and the resolutions that come with it. Finally, I have a birthday. Whoo boy, it’s a lot. I’ve long abandoned the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions in favour of setting an overarching theme for the year. I hereby declare 2016 as “The Year of Connection”. This year, my intention is to connect to my work, my friends, my family, my community and my body. This may sound simple, but I’m a true introvert and sometimes connecting is draining. So, the challenge here is to connect without depleting myself. This is where self-care becomes very important. With that in mind, here is a list of 10 self-care ideas for 2016: 1. Replace all your hole-y socks Socks with holes make you feel …

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Get into Wine!

Wine can be so intimidating. There are so many choices it is hard to know where to start. In my younger days, we drank whatever was cheapest and came in the largest bottle. That resulted in many a headache and plenty of regrets. Fast forward to adulthood, I no longer base my wine selection on a volume to cost ratio. I do consider prices, but now I’m looking for quality and at a good price. This transition of values did not happen overnight. It took several years of trial and error to learn my likes and dislikes. I am not a wine expert but I no longer fear the wine list. Perhaps you are a little earlier along in your wine appreciation journey. You want to get into wine, but you don’t know where to start. Here are some tips to help!

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Can You Hear the Crickets?

Geez, it sure has been quiet around here. This is my first post in 3 weeks and it isn’t even a recipe. I haven’t posted a recipe in well over a month. I’m sorry! I promise that I have something in the oven. Literally, there is something baking as I type this and my house smells amazing. If it all goes well, that recipe will be up on my blog later this week. In the meantime, may I suggest you make this watermelon mint frosty to keep cool on these hot summer days? If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know I’ve posted income and traffic reports for the last 9 months. It has been a really good exercise for me. It helped keep me going and growing for months. Now, I’m happy to report that I have a decent supplemental income coming in from my blog and blog related activities (freelance work, advertising, affiliate income). I did some quick math to determine my earnings in May and it was approximately $560. Not …

Growing The Blenderist – April 2015 Income Report

This is my once a month, super-nerdy post for other bloggers. If you come here for the recipes, you might find this post boring. I’m sorry! This post is all numbers and blog geekery. This post also contains a number of affiliate links.   If you read last month’s income report, you will remember a steep drop in traffic. This trend continues but I’m not mad! I’ll explain in detail below!

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The $13 Chocolate Bar

A decade ago I was living in Toronto, working in a fancy boutique in a fancy neighbourhood. I’d often treat myself to lunch at Pusateri’s Fine Foods, a fancy gourmet grocery. I hit up the deli counter for some balsamic chicken breast and roasted vegetables and made a beeline for the cashier. You had to move quickly in this place if you wanted to avoid impulse shopping. Just when I thought I was safe, something caught my eye while I waited in line. It was a bar of chocolate by a brand I’d never heard of. It was clearly an Italian brand. The packaging was grown-up. This was no Dairy Milk. It was my turn at the cashier so I grabbed the bar and added it to my pile. When in Rome, right?

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Making Changes

It is spring and that means I’m feeling compelled to get my life in order. I’ve been listening to the audiobook version of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. The book is really making me think about my physical and mental space. I want to be surrounded by stuff that makes me happy.

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What is Konnyaku?

Tonight, we are having a Japanese style hot pot for dinner. We like to load ours up with cabbage, mushrooms, tofu, daikon and konnyaku. What is konnyaku, you ask? Konnyaku is the Japanese name for the konjac plant. The root of the konjac plant can be processed in to a rather bouncy food item. You may have seen noodles made of konjac labelled as Miracle Noodles or Shirataki. We buy shirataki from local asian markets as well as bricks of konjac gel that can be cut up in to cubes.