Tag Archives: Winter

Easy Butternut Squash Soup

butternut squash soup

A sponsored post.

By: Natalia Dziubaniwsky

With winter coming, I wanted to try a new butternut squash soup recipe and recently had the chance to partner up with Sears on their Kenmore Pro Heavy Duty Professional Blender.

I was really surprised to learn that this blender can create a hot soup from raw ingredients with no pre-cooking required. Somewhat skeptical about this, I chose a quick and easy butternut squash soup recipe to test this feature. Since I’m nowhere near Martha Stewart in the kitchen, I’m all about simple step meals. (more…)

Winter Beauty Favourites

Winter-Beauty-Tips

For all my friends out east – brrrrr! It’s getting cold out there and your skin is probably freaking out. I have the same problem whenever the weather changes that I wanted to share with you a few of my winter beauty favourites:

Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil – When my skin is really messed up from airplanes, travel, changing altitudes or cold air – I always start layering on the argan oil. Josie Maran’s is 100% pure like the name suggests, so there are no fillers or any other crap. The best way to wear it is to apply it at night before you go to bed and then slather your favourite night cream on top of it. I treat it like a serum and it’s part of my winter beauty routine. (more…)

5 Rice Recipes To Try This Winter!

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A sponsored post.

Have you been nesting?

With the days finally getting cooler, I’ve been hanging in more with Paul and BINGO while trying to cook regularly. It’s an easy way for us to save money and an efficient way to cut back on calories because I see what I’m putting into my food.

Now I grew up eating A LOT of rice. (more…)

Top 7 Ways to Hibernate this Winter

I’m sharing a blast from the past today. It’s a post I’ve published before – but totally still useful in keeping busy over the cold and long winter months for my friends who don’t live somewhere hot.

Have you been hibernating? When it’s dark at 5 o’clock and your toes are freezing, the last thing you want to do is hang outside all day. So here are my suggestions for fun activities to do inside:

 

1) Go for Indian Food – The hot, hot heat of spicy Indian flavours will keep the fires warm, not to mention your sinuses clear. Round up your besties and make it a girls night out. The spices in curry are full of antioxidants and good for you. Finish your meal off with a refreshing and healthy mango lassi – a yogurt based smoothie. Try my recipe at home for a delicious Cauliflower + Chickpea Curry.

 

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Travel Guide: Park City, Utah

Park-City-Travel-Guide

The Town Lift takes you from Main Street right on to the ski hill

I am married to a man who loves to snowboard.

After spending years as a snow bunny on the sidelines, I finally took up skiing last year and fell in love with the sport. So when a blogging conference came up in Salt Lake City last month, Paul did not hesitate to join once he discovered that he could go snowboarding every day while I was at my conference. Once I wrapped up my work, I took a couple days off and made it into a vacation and off we went to neighbouring Park City for a winter ski and snowboard getaway!

Sundance-Festival

Getting There – Shuttles from Salt Lake City run around $35 each way per person. We opted to rent an SUV from the airport for around $70/day so we could come and go on our own schedule. Since we were not staying at the base of the ski hill and wanted to explore on our own – this was a good option. The drive from Salt Lake City Airport to Park City takes about 45 minutes and you’ll be hitting the slopes in no time. I flew direct from Los Angeles for about $200 round-trip and takes about 90 minutes. (more…)

What to Eat When You’re Sick

Chicken-Noodle-SoupPhoto Credit – Parade Magazine

 

By: April + Michelle of GetRealGurls Nutrition

 

It’s that crazy time of year where EVERYONE is sick or getting sick. When you’re not feeling your 100% fab self, it can be hard to eat right. Luckily for us, there are a few foods that can actually help you feel better sooner and make sure your recovery doesn’t take much longer than necessary. Here’s what you can eat when you’re sick.

 

1. Popsicles – Can’t imagine the idea of solid food? Try the cooling sensation of popsicles to get you some fluid, taste and as a bonus, some cheerful colours for when you’re sick. Compare labels when you go to the store and shun the ones with a whack of sugar. Pick a variety made with some actual fruit.

 

2. Vegetable Juice – For a boost of antioxidants, hydration and some sodium (which can be a good thing when you’re visiting the bathroom often), grab a glass of vegetable juice. Lower sodium varieties (350mg of sodium per cup), that still taste decent like the one from Compliments by Sobeys, will do just fine. (more…)