Hello Everyone!

Wow, first of all, HUUUUUUGE Thank You to those who liked my last post “My Month As A Vegan”. As promised here is a recipe that I am IN LOVE with. I only have one picture­čśŽ I’m sorry, I totally forgot to do a step by step, but lucky for youuuu I’ve broken it down so it’s fool proof and you don’t need the pictures to guide you! PS: For future recipes I will include pictures, they’re always fun.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

2 Fresh corn on the cobs (or 1 can of corn)
1 Bell pepper (your choice for colour, I chose red)
1-1.5 Cups of frozen, shelled, edamame beans (I normally just eye ball it)
Cooked brown rice
Lemon juice
Olive Oil (optional)
Big bowl and spoon

Step 1:
Pull everything out and start shoving it all into a big bowl! Personally, I like to put all the ingredients into a bowl then put a plate on top so I don’t have to waste plastic wrap, that way as you’re adding the ingredients all you have to do to cover it is put the plate on! At this point, pull our your frozen edamame so it can defrost a bit.

Step 2:Rinse and cook your brown rice. Rinsing will help remove all the unwanted starch. Make as much or as little as you want! I always make like a cup, then put it in the fridge and use it during the week. Make sure to follow the ingredients!

Quick tip: putting your brown rice into the fridge (uncooked) will help it stay better longer!

Another quick tip: the easiest way to cook rice:
A) use a regular coffee mug to measure out the rice (1 full mug)
B) rinse or soak rice
C) boil some water in a kettle
D) put drained rice into pot, then put 2 mug fulls of boiled water into pot over rice, bring to boil, then lower heat and simmer until all the water is gone.
Rule of thumb: always use a 2:1 method for rice. 2 cups water (or liquid, veggie broth is nice too) to 1 cup of rice.

Step 3:
A)Put edamame in your bowl (still a bit frozen is okay).
B)Add your corn: for fresh just cut down the sides of the corn so you have the pieces, or for canned simply drain and add.
C)Cut up your bell pepper (bite sized pieces is perfect)

Step 4:
Now this step is completely up to you and your taste buds. BUT here’s what I do:
A) Squeeze in some lemon juice (not too much to the point where its watery)
B) Season with salt and pepper
C)Optional: Add a small amount of olive oil
D) Toss everything together

If you have some fresh cilantro or parsley that would be great in here too!

Step 5:
Once rice is finished cooking, spoon on some salad on top and you’re ready to eat!

SEE Now wasn’t that just the simplest!? Make sure to keep your rice and left over salad separate when storing it in the fridge! That way if you want to use the rice for something else you can! It’s perfect for lunches or dinners the next day!

Super easy. Super tasty. Vegan.

Hope you try this out! Let me know how it goes.xoxox


My Month As A Vegan!

Hello Beauties!! Hope everyone is enjoying their summer and having lots of fun in the sun!!

It’s been a long while, but I always enjoy writing health and diet related posts, so this one was a no brainer!

ENTER: My Month As A Vegan!

Now as a quick disclaimer: I’d been an ovo-lacto vegetarian since 11th grade (meaning I eat eggs and dairy but no meat), Shannon since she was in her first year of university; fast track to 2013- that’s 6 years! It’s not for everyone, I totally understand that and believe you me, I did and still do heavy research about being vegetarian ALL the time. I have books on books and I’ve read countless articles. I am kind of a fact junkie on this specific topic. I’m not a dietician and┬á I don’t recommend it for everyone, it’s not a trend it’s a lifestyle.­čÖé Do your own research and make your own choices.

How it started:

Well it all started with one of the best/worst sources for vegetarian information ever… PETA. I do not like the PETA website, I think they’re overly pushy about what they stand for, in my opinion. I’m still a strong believer and share a lot of the same values against animal cruelty, however, it’s just too in your face for me. None the less, it’s how it all started. I don’t really want to go into details as it could be really boring for those of you who are reading this post, but just know that it was a strong enough influence to change my mind about eating meat.

What I did:

Remembering back, I think I was in 9th grade or so when I first was shown the PETA website. I immediately wanted to be vegetarian right away, but being that I was so young and still living in my parent’s house it just wasn’t an option at the time (or so my mom says). It wasn’t until Shannon was in her first year of university that my mom said it would be okay (I was in 11th grade). I did TONS of research and cooked a lot of my own proteins (My mom made the side dishes like veggies and carbs). It was crucial at that point in time to make sure that I was providing my body with all of the necessary nutrients it needed. I still to this day do lots of reading and research.

CUE: My Month As A Vegan!!!

Now I’ve always been very sensitive to dairy products. I wouldn’t say that I’m entirely classified as “lactose intolerant” but my body definitely doesn’t process it very well. I can still handle it, I just suffer through the bloating and gassy mess afterwards; therefore I always just bought soy or almond milk instead when I started living on my own! Cheese is definitely a danger zone for me, I get ADDICTED! So I just simply never brought it into the house unless it was for a special occasion. In regards to eggs: I’m not a huge egg eater and lately my ‘want’ for eggs has been even lower to the point where I stopped buying them entirely. That’s when I thought that I would start a one month, self tested body experiment where I cut out dairy and eggs entirely to see if I feel any different!

The Transition To Vegan-ism:

I started by asking my already vegan friend if I could borrow a couple of her books. My main inspiration came from The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone; something I’d always wanted to read, but never got around to. It’s a great read for any of you who are doing research, or like to read up on health related subjects! It was very informative, has a lot of tasty recipes and even has different levels of transitioning into not eating meat, dairy, or eggs! Super user friendly.

I have to say all in all, the transition was very easy! I didn’t find cooking for myself challenging at all! You just simply don’t use dairy or eggs when cooking. And for those times that you do, you simply substitute for a dairy, egg free option! Like Earth Balance is a vegan friendly butter, almond and soy milks are easily used in place of milk! They even have vegan cheese and meat alternatives now! The world is becoming more and more vegetarian and vegan friendly! More than I think we know!

How I’m Feeling Now?

I feel AMAHAAZING! Lighter, healthier, and just overall better. Mind you I’m sure I’m feeling lighter because I’m not consistently bombarding my body dairy products which it hates causing me to bloat and feel super uncomfortable. I feel like I have more energy and that I enjoy eating and cooking more. It’s simpler too and fun to try combinations I never thought of.

One thing that The Kind Diet puts emphasis on for those of you who are looking to go vegan is the idea of incorporating whole grains into your diet. I’m not talking copious amounts of whole wheat bread and pasta, I’m talking the pure, unrefined whole grains like quinoa, brown rice, oats and so much more! Beans also take the spotlight. Now, don’t fret! You can have beans and not be gassy by soaking them first! My advice is to buy dried beans, soak them on your own for an entire day (changing the water a couple times) and then boiling them until they’re tender. By soaking them, you let out all of the gassy properties. Fun fact hey?! As a rule of thumb, make sure you’re getting 1/4 plate whole grains, 1/4 plate protein and 1/2 plate veggies/fruits! By doing that you don’t have to worry about missing out on protein levels; one of the major concerns for those who are considering vegetarianism or veganism. To be honest, a lot of people right now get MORE protein than their body can handle processing at one time. There’s actually a lot of protein in food that you never thought, like vegetables, legumes, and leafy greens!! If you’re super concerned, try adding protein powder to your diet.

Where To Now?

It’s been almost a month since I started eating vegan and I honestly don’t see myself stopping any time soon. Therefore, I think it would be great to start a blog series of yummy, easy to make recipes! Within the last month I started making my own hummus (I’ll never buy store bought again), I’ve perfected the most amazing avocado Alfredo, and have a delicious corn and edamame bean salad under my belt!! Make sure to keep an eye out for that­čÖé

Thanks for reading everyone!

See you soon



Last August (2012), I moved from BC to Ontario and my skin had never been worse! The summer in Ontario was very humid and hot! And my skin got increasingly oily, and I had breakouts worse than I ever had before. I broke out on my forehead, my cheeks and chin/jawline and it made me very┬áself conscious. In addition to the breakouts, my skin was also very congested causing the texture of my skin to look very dull and bumpy and no amount of physical exfoliants (such as the St. Ives apricot scrub, or even my Clairsonic) would help. I took to the internet in search of products that would help! All I could find was that I needed to let my skin adjust… and so I waited for months! And nothing helped. I was breaking out so much and I was afraid my skin was going to scar from all the breakouts.

So I finally took a chance and purchased the Neostrata oil-free smoothing lotion, Level 3 (10% glycolic acid). I was hesitant to buy it because it was quite expensive ($30-$40) but I’m so glad I did! After about a week I had noticed my forehead was significantly less bumpy and the frequency of my breakouts (which was literally new breakouts every morning I woke up) was decreased! It was my first time using a product with glycolic acid and at first it stung a bit, I think due to the amount of breakouts I had on my skin, but now I don’t notice any stinging. I’ve used the Neostrata lotion for about a month and a half now and my skin looks smooth. I feel like it even helps control the amount of oil my skin produces throughout the day! Before this lotion, my skin was so oily I was blotting several times during the day. I went through blotting sheets so fast! it was disgusting.

Since purchasing the Neostrata lotion (and it’s a product I will continue to purchase!), I have ┬ámade a few other changes to my skincare routine and have tried new products that I feel have really made all the difference in my skin. I still get the occasional breakout, but that’s nothing major to me! I can easily cover them with a little bit of concealer.

Here is my new skincare routine:

Evening Routine: 

  • I pre-wash my face with the Ole Henriksen Aloe Vera Deep Cleanser, just to remove the initial layer of makeup on my skin. I then take more face wash, lather it in my hands and apply to my face and use my Clairisonic Mia. Rinse with luke warm water and gently pat dry with a clean towel.
  • I use the Clean and Clear persa-gel 5 (benzoyl peroxide) cream on my breakouts if I have any and let that soak in for a few minutes. I then moisturize with my Algenist Firming and Lifting Cream all over my face. Then apply the Olay Pro X eye restoration complex cream to the skin around my eyes.

Day Time Routine:

My daytime routine is what has changed the most! Thanks to a wonderful worker at LUSH who gave me this amazing tip! She told me that my skin might be so oily because i’m over cleansing and stripping the oils from face. What happens when you strip natural oils from your skin? Your skin compensates by over producing oil! So she recommended instead of repeating my night time routine in the morning, to simply spritz my face with the Tea Tree Toner Water and massage my daytime lotion (the neostrata lotion previously mentioned) immediately into my skin while it is still moist from the Tea Tree Toner. At first I was reluctant to do this because I feel like the oil was going to break me out more! But she said that┬átechnically┬áyou haven’t done anything over night, so your skin is still clean (as long as you’re sleeping on clean pillow sheets). By spritzing your skin with the toner water first it helps you to absorb your moisturizer into your skin, but also to absorb the natural oils your skin produced over night. I have to say that this is my favorite skin care tip ever! I maybe blot my skin once throughout the day… ONCE! That’s such a change for me! And I breakout much less frequently. Daytime skincare steps:

  • Spritz face with Tea Tree Toner Water, immediately apply pea sized amount of Neostrata lotion to my face and massage in! That simple.

I hope this was helpful to some people! If you have any questions please post a comment. I also will include links to the products, so that you can read about them and decide for yourself if they’d help you too!



Products Mentioned:






Hey Guys!!

Gosh, where has the time gone? It’s been so crazy for Shannon and I the last year that we’ve barely had time to post! Lots of changes for the both of us, and seeing as I’m avoiding work I thought that I would write a post and let ya’ll know who we’re doing!

Below is a picture of Shannon and some of her school friends; look at her go! Shannon is currently across the country going to school for her MASTERS in Occupational Therapy. She’s doing such great things and finds it super rewarding to be able to learn at Canada’s Number 1 University! On the non-school related side, Shann’s stepped it up HUGE. She’s going to run her first 10km marathon, she’s doing hot yoga, and has signed up for something called Dragon Boating! (…?who knows). Even though I miss her, the masters program is only two years long and I’m sure we’ll be re-united soon.


So yes, I’ve started at a new school, yet again! Below is me in a picture with my Enactus team! (If you don’t know what Enactus is and want to hear more I can do a separate post). So I’ve started school yet again in a two year condensed program which means that I am doing about 7 courses at a time. It’s been super busy, and my involvement in extracurricular activities has been taking up a lot of time, but that’s okay because I like to be busy­čÖé Life in Vancouver is great! It rains a lot, but I feel like I’m used to it by now. I’ve met a lot of amazing people and had a blast doing as much as I possibly can! Image(me working as a Mentor to a small business owner for an Enactus project)


(Can you spot me in the group picture above?)

You knew it was coming; because we always want to know what Yuki’s doing!!!!: ImageImage

ImageGod she’s cute.

Anywho, hope you guys are doing well and that maybe we can start getting posts up for you at least once a week!



Hi Lovelies!!!

Long time no post, I know. But I’m back to bring you a post that was requested by a friend of Shannon and I’s. Lately my nail polish routine has consisted of a solid colour on the nail, with a glitter tip and when our friend saw my instagram photos she was shocked I hadn’t done a tutorial. So here I am, and here you go!

Here are some instagram photos I’ve taken of previous nail combinations­čÖé


Alrighty, so as you can see it’s a simple colour, with some glitter on the tips. On with the tutorial !!­čśÇ

1. Choose your colours.

Illamasqua Phallic & Sephora by OPI Only Gold For Me

2. If necessary/wanted add base coat (I didn’t for this tutorial as it was not available).

3. Paint nails with as many coats of the base colour as needed. Phallic only required two coats. Allow to dry completely.

4. For the purpose of experimentation for this tutorial, my next step was to paint my nails with the matte top coat. When doing this at home should you choose to do so, this step is not necessary as you finish with the matte top coat at the end.

5. Apply glitter nail polish of your choice half way up the nail to start.

6. Continue by adding additional layers of the glitter polish, but towards the tip of the nail. This creates a gradient effect with less glitter towards the middle of the nail, and chunkier glitter on the tip of the nail. Allow coats to dry for a couple minutes between layers. When working with glitter, too many coats can cause the polish to go goopy, making it hard to work with. So be patient, don’t touch anything and then move on­čÖé

7. This step is very important. After applying as many layers of glitter as you would like, allow your nails to dry completely. If you apply a top coat on top when the polish is still wet, it will shift the glitter which we don’t want now do we! Once dry, apply a top coat. I chose matte today, but you can choose regular if you would like! My favourite regular top coat is Seche Vite.

(You’ll notice I don’t have the glitter on my nails at this point. It’s because I chose to apply the matte top coat after painting my nails with the base colour. For tutorial purposes I wanted to show the difference between choosing a glossy top coat and a matte one)

Here’s the finished product!!!

I hope that you guys enjoyed this post, and if you try it at home let us know what you thought!!!



Hey everyone,

Recently I’ve been trying to work in natural remedies and products into my health care and beauty routine. I have a few things I’m still trying out (such as apple cider vinegar, and blackstrap molasses) that I will get to in a future post, but for now I wanted to talk about my Shampoo Free experiences.

I first became interested in this movement a few months ago. I have consistently been sensitive to different kinds of commercial shampoos. I found my scalp being itchy, flaking, and irritated! I’ve had to switch between many different shampoos – everything from dove, to l’oreal, fructis, joico, etc.! I began to read up on the harms of sulfates and SLS, so I began trying out organic shampoos such as ones by Giovanni, Abba, and even LUSH shampoo bars. Giovanni actually worked really well for me for about a year and then all the sudden I was back in the same old routine of irritated scalp. So I figured I’d try to phase out all commercial soaps all together.

I tried using baking soda and apple cider vinegar rinse but I didn’t really like the way it left my hair feeling. It felt as thought I had some weird build up in my hair and scalp. On top of that, my hair looked really dull.

I then found Chagrin Valley shampoo bars. I couldn’t believe how natural the ingredients were! For example, their Coconut Milk Shampoo bar contains: Saponified oils of sweet almond, coconut, sunflower, rice bran,┬ácastor bean, jojoba, organic palm, canola; organic┬ácoconut milk; water. That’s it?? I couldn’t believe something that natural could possibly clean my hair, but I ordered a few sample sizes and was cautiously optimistic! I ordered the coconut milk bar, ayurvedic bar and summer sunshine bar. I tried the coconut milk bar first. It left my hair “waxy” and very textured… the extra “texture” was nice at first – I had slightly more wavy hair than normal, but after a few weeks and a few washes it was clear that this waxy build up was not going anywhere! it just got worse and worse! It was such a strange feeling. My hair felt almost wet even if it was dry, and didn’t really look “greasy” but felt like it was and looked really stringy. I couldn’t wear my hair down at all! I then tried the Ayurvedic bar and the same situation happened! So I switched back to “traditional” shampoos.

I spent hours looking online about other people’s experiences with shampoo bars. There seemed to be mixed reviews and many had also experienced the “waxies” as they called them on different hair forums. Some suggested using an apple cider vinegar rinse to help clarify the hair, while others attributed it to hard water. Some people claimed it was just a “transition” phase that my hair had to go through and that eventually it would stop. I was not ready to give up on going all natural with my hair so I decided to try again. Many people claimed that the lather from the Chagrin Valley bars was very rich and luxurious, something I had not experienced while trying them out initially, so I decided to switch up my technique and I’m so thankful I did! Let me tell you about what I was doing that DID NOT work for shampoo bars. I would lather the bar as much as I could in my hands then apply to my hair all at once and rinse out. Now here’s what I do that has made all the difference!

1) Section hair horizontally, separating hair into top and bottom securing the top part on a bun on top of my head with an elastic. Leave bottom section hanging down.

2) Get into shower, and wet the entire bottom section so it is completely soaked. (if the top section gets wet it really doesn’t matter, just as long as the top section is out of the way so you can concentrate on cleaning the bottom half)

3) Separate the bottom section in half so I have one section on either side of my neck.

4) Take the shampoo bar and run it from top to bottom of the hair section really working it into the hair and voila ! It actually lathers! After a few times of running the shampoo bar on my hair I put the bar aside and really work it into my hair and scalp using my hands.

5) Rinse very well! Then move onto the other sections.

All together I separate my hair into 4 sections. After they’re all cleaned individually I do one last overall rinse and then i’m done! I have quite long hair so I feel like separating my hair into sections really helps the soap lather and clean efficiently as opposed to just gliding on and forming that waxy coating I initially experienced. If you have thicker hair then perhaps doing more smaller sections will benefit you too. Now granted it does take a little longer than traditional shampoos but for the luxury of being able to use something really natural on my sensitive scalp, it’s more than worth it for me! After shampooing with the shampoo bar my hair doesn’t have that “stripped” irritated feeling, it just feels clean. I also noticed that I don’t really use conditioner after. After shampooing my wet hair doesn’t have that slick, soft feeling which I believe is attributed to the silicones that traditional shampoos and conditioners contain. However, once it is dried (I really try to let my hair air dry completely, and avoid unnecessary heat from a blow dryer if/when possible!) it is shiny and soft, especially considering that I don’t use a conditioner!

Coconut Milk Shampoo bar on the left and Summer Sunshine shampoo bar on the right. I keep them in a metal container out of the shower as they will melt from the moisture and a lot of product will be wasted.

One of the samples I ordered from Chagrin Valley.


I have become a big fan of the summer sunshine bar! And have even found natural shampoo bars in my local health food store that I am excited to try. Since I am quite new to these shampoo bars, I am still being cautiously optimistic that my hair and scalp continue to react well to them. I will definitely keep you posted! If you’re interested in shampoo bars I encourage you to check out your local health food store or the Chagrin Valley site: http://www.chagrinvalleysoapandsalve.com/ I had a very good experience ordering online from the Chagrin Valley website. The shipping was prompt and wasn’t too expensive! The best thing to do (in my opinion) is order a few sample bars from them and just try a few to see which ones suit you best, or take a look in your health food stores. Just make sure that whatever you purchase is as natural as you can find! I encourage you to look on the Chagrin Valley website just to see what kinds of ingredients to look for, and they also have really good information about natural shampoos that I found very interesting!

I hope this was helpful and interesting! I will be sure to update soon if I have anything to add.

Please share any comments or questions!


(these were my own opinions and have not been endorsed by any of the products mentioned­čÖé )

Hey Everyone!
I haven’t done a post in a really looong time. I’ve wanted to but just haven’t had the time. Caitlin and I have had a lot of changes in the last few months. We both are going back to school and have both moved to new locations! Caitlin is going to be going into a business program and I’ve been accepted into a Masters program so it’s been a very exciting time for us.
Anyways on to what this post is really about: Moisturizing Dry, Cracked cuticles.
I’ve always been self conscious of my hands. I always thought I had such “man hands” hahaha and on top of that my hands were always dry with my cuticles cracking no matter the time of year. I really thought that the use of a regular body moisturizer on my hands would help my cuticles, and when it didn’t, I thought that’s just how they were supposed to be. They literally have been cracked and dry for so long that I just thought of it as normal. Lately I’ve been a lot more aware taking better care of them. I have found that small changes have made me feel more happy with my hands and that taking a little more time to care for them has made all the difference.

I want to show you some before and after pictures!

Here is a before picture. This is a picture I took of a new nail polish I have fallen in love with called “you callin’ me a lyre?” Unfortunately, I could never bring myself to post it as my cuticles look so cracked and I was too embarrassed! As you can see my pinky is so cracked it actually has a sore on it… and that was the norm for me! I have to admit though that my cuticles have looked much worse than this.


Here is my after photo. As you can see my nails and cuticles look much healthier! No cracks or sores to be seen.


The main difference I made to my hands was adding a cuticle cream. I had tried creams made specifically for cuticles before but I always found them either too oily, or ineffective. As a result I never kept up the routine long enough to see a difference, and/or got tired of leaving oily residue all over my house! The cuticle cream I use now and will continue to repurchase is “Burt’s Bees lemon butter cuticle creme.”

Ingredients: Sweet almond oil, beeswax, lemon oil, tocopheryl acetate & tocopherol (vitamin E), cocoa butter, candelilla wax, rosemary extract, beta-carotene.

This is so quick and easy to apply! It reminds me of a lip balm in size and consistency. It’s in a very convenient, small package so I can take it anywhere with me. The texture of the “creme” is light and it just takes a few seconds to rub in a small amount of product and you’re good to go. I wouldn’t even really call this a “creme” as it is more solid and melts at body temperature. It has a nice light lemon scent that I find quite pleasant. The best part of this product is that it didn’t take too long for me to see results. It took literally only a few days for me to see a dramatic difference. Going from years of chronically dry cuticles to “normal” looking hands in a few days time was quite a pleasant surprise to me! I literally only apply this once a day usually at night as I’m watching tv or before bed (and it takes less than a minute for me to do both hands). This product retails for about $6.00. I know this is a product I will continue to use. I normally use this in conjunction with Aveeno’s intensive relief hand cream, or any other moisturizer I happen to have on hand.

I hope you found this helpful! if you have any questions please leave a comment!

Thanks for reading­čÖé