Favourite Things Friday 1

Other than the obvious, that Friday is a great thing in general, I’ve decided to start doing a round-up of the things that I’m really feelin’ each week. I could probably write an entire post about how the warm sunny weather is my fav, but I feel like that’s most people in general.

I’ve been super bad (or good?) about online shopping lately, really trying to tone that down. That being said I do have a lot of new clothes that I could call favourites, but I just picked one for this!

1. New Denim Overalls
When I first started seeing styles from the ’90s coming back, I was super skeptical. There are still some styles that I am not fond of, but overalls I am into in a big way. I am a huge romper lover. Overalls are such a throwback to being a kid, I love it.

Aritzia Romper

This pair from Aritzia makes me super happy. I got them a couple weeks ago and never want to take them off. The less work I have to put into choosing an outfit the better, and this is an easy way to look put together and cute quickly.

Aritzia Romper

2. My Lovely Wife in the Pysch Ward by Mark Lukach
I picked up this book on a whim the other day (to be honest the colours on the cover really appealed to me) and finished it in a day. It’s an amazing memoir about the struggles of mental illness from the perspective of the caretaker. In this case, his wife is hospitalized with what seems to be an undiagnosable mental break.

Mark Lukach

I thought it was a beautiful, albeit devasting look at the power of love and the very real sacrifices that are involved in loving someone with a mental illness. The way Mark supports his wife and eventual son is amazing. I think he highlighted a lot of the issues within the health care system while still being grateful for the help that his wife got.

I would highly recommend this book, and not just for the fact that it will look great on your shelf. The more awareness we can all bring to mental health the better and this was super insightful.

3. Wedding Season Starting!
I have officially gotten to the time of life where it seems like everyone I know is putting a ring on it (except for us Single Ladies of course). It’s definitely turning into a busy (and holy expensive) time but it’s so exciting and so so fun.

Ashley's Wedding

Between friend’s weddings and working at weddings doing hair, it’s gonna be a summer full of love for me 😉

Ashley's Wedding

Next weekend is Murray and Kara’s wedding weekend out at the lake and I cannot wait. Going to be all of our friends out at the Shuswap for 3 nights, I’m sure lots of fun and can’t wait to see everyone all dressed up. Considering I’ve already got 2 weddings next summer I’d say this whole wedding thing’ll be sticking around for a few years.

4. HOMELAND!
Okay. Let’s be real, this show is amazing. I’m not usually into this whole genre, CIA and such, but I am obsesed. I used to watch it a few years ago but stopped for some reason. Just recently realized that omg, there’s 5 seasons of Homeland on Netflix so I have been bingeing hard.

The drama, suspense and hello Clare Danes amazing acting ability are super addicting. I have probably spent a ridic amount of time in the last couple of weeks glued to the TV, but I can’t stop. I totally want to know if this is legit what happens behind the scenes in all the government anti-terrorism stuff. Politics are crazy, people.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. I’ll be working and then spending Sunday at the lake for Father’s Day any my Dad’s birthday, lucky him!  What are you up to this weekend?

Easy Quinoa Salad – Perfect for Summer!

I am all about easy and delicious food! This quinoa salad is something that I make pretty much every week and just snack on when I need something filling and quick.

Easy Quinoa Salad

I’m not really sure where I originally had or got the idea for this salad but I am glad I did.

It is super easy to make and you can modify it in tons of different ways, which is nice when you haven’t been to the grocery store in a while. Another fantastic thing about this quinoa salad is it keeps very well in the fridge, at least 3-4 days if your veggies are fresh!

The main ingredient in the salad is quinoa. If you’re not familiar with quinoa it is amazing! Quinoa is an ancient grain that is super high in protein, fiber, iron, and B6. As a vegetarian, it can sometimes be hard to get enough iron and B vitamin in my diet, so I love having something like this to fill me up!

If you’ve never cooked quinoa; it’s super easy. Just add one cup of the grain to two cups of water in a medium pot and bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling turn the heat down to low, cover and leave for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes fluff with a fork and you’re done!

Easy Quinoa Salad

Keep in mind when I make this salad I don’t usually measure the ingredients or do any of it very exact, so I’ll just be giving you a general idea of what I like. Feel free to adjust any of the ingredients to your own tastes!

Easy Quinoa Salad

Easy Quinoa Salad
(makes about 6 side servings)

1 cup uncooked Quinoa
1/2 red onion
1 cucumber
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup feta

Dressing

2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Juice of half a lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook the quinoa according to the package or my instructions above. Let cool. Chop all the veggies and feta into bite-sized pieces and add to the cooled quinoa. In a small bowl mix all of the dressing ingredients together (I usually just put the salt and pepper into the dressing, instead of onto the actual salad). Mix everything together and enjoy! I find it tastes best if you let the dressing soak into the salad for at least half an hour in the fridge.

Easy Quinoa Salad

Some nice additions to this quinoa salad that I’ve used are a can of chickpeas (a great addition for more fiber and protein also), canned artichokes, or some snap peas!

I hope you enjoy this recipe! It’s a great side dish at a BBQ, a full quick and easy dinner or a perfect addition to a summer picnic!

What are your favourite easy recipes? I’d love to try out some new ones.

Easy Quinoa Salad

 

 

 

Living Alone – Highs and Lows

I’ve been living in my own place for about 6 months now and I looooove it. Of course, there are pros and cons (glad my parents are always available for a quick maintenance FaceTime question). Living alone means I’m a legit adult now, owning my own place and working on fully stocking a bar cart.

One massive perk is getting to decorate however the heck I want (although it is only my poor wallet paying for it.). I can fill my little apartment with whatever girly, gold, pink things my heart desires. I mean how many throw pillows are too many throw pillows? I’ll give you an easy answer…there’s never too many!

Living Alone

Found my dream table for a third of the cost of new! 

I’m finally putting those hours spent on Pinterest to good use and am enjoying hunting for those perfect pieces. Basically the queen of Facebook buy and sell sites and Kijiji (Canada’s version of creepy Craigslist). Living alone gives me the freedom to pick out exactly what I want.

A downside to living alone (not including Lucy of course) is it can be a bit lonely. Luckily I’ve got a lot of friends who live close by and are always up for a hang out so it’s generally not too much of an issue. Winter, in general, is boring for me and I end up not doing a lot. But now that summer is en route I’ve been busy and not too focused on the whole alone aspect.

I do try and take notice of when I’ve been spending too much time alone and do something about it. It’s easy to get into the routine of just work and home and start getting a bit of cabin fever. I mean Lucy is great and all but not much of a conversationalist.

Living Alone

Girly decorating at its finest

It can be hard shouldering the entire financial burden alone. Everything adds up super quickly, from mortgage and strata fees, my beloved throw pillows and decor to just the everyday expenses like groceries, clothing and cell phone bills. It’s so easy to spend money, not so easy to reign it in.

I do try hard (start over every month) to stick to a budget that I make that I think is pretty reasonable, but it’s tough! Adulting is hard people. There’s always going to be something that needs replacing, something you want to fix up or just fun things to do on the weekend that costs money. I am working on a budgeting post to show you guys what works (I mean that I work at) for me. There’s no other person’s income to fall back on and I need to make sure that all the bills get paid every month.

The last and besssst part about living alone is total freedom. Do I want to leave dishes out on the counter after dinner, go for it. Maybe I feel like watching TV with no pants on at 3:00 in the afternoon, no problem there. On the other hand, if I get the house completely clean there’s no one whose going to leave their dishes out or wet towels on the floor. Maybe it’s a Wednesday night and I want to have some friends over, all for me to decide.

Living Alone

Living alone = Party time whenever I want

I can’t say I’ll want to do it forever, but for the moment living alone is the bomb. I’d better wrap this up, HomeSense is calling me to check out some new throw pillows…I mean no…I’m on a budget.

What’s your thoughts about living alone, yay or nay? 

Living Alone