Monday, March 29, 2021
I few years ago I was lounging on beautiful beaches in the Algarve and touring the vibrant city of Lisbon. Portugal has so much to offer – alluring culture, stunning castles, intriguing history and of course – delicious food! Bolinhos Doces Mae E Filha. Their menu features a wide variety of sumptuous cakes and sweet pastries created from traditional family recipes. @bolinhosdoces_maeefilha on Instagram.
Monday, March 22, 2021
Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or simply committed to eating healthy, Savor Living has a plant-based meal plan with your name on it.
I’m not vegan but I do have a hectic schedule that does not leave much time to source the best organic ingredients or organize meal prep. Eating healthy is important so I am always looking for new ways to improve my diet.
Savor Living food delivery service and subscription is perfect for busy individuals and families who want well balanced, nutritious meals without all the planning, shopping, cooking and cleanup.
How it works:
Simply pick a meal plan – single, double, family size or À la cart to build your own custom menu. The chef prepared entrées change every week so you always have great variety and never get bored.
The food is preservative-free, prepared fresh and delivered to your door within 24 hours every Tuesday. You also have the option of picking it up at their COVID-friendly, contact-free facility in Oakville.
The breakfast wrap is made with tofu scramble (which is well seasoned and tastes more like chickpeas), potato wedges, fresh kale, mushrooms and spicy vegan mayo. My husband loves the Big Mac Wrap because it contains everything a good burger should and it is convenient for eating lunch on-the-go. Both wraps are large and very filling.
My favorite is the Mexican Layered Salad. It tastes like Chipotle but much better! I love the avocado, corn, beans, lettuce, bell pepper and cheese medley with the creamy chipotle dressing.
Sunday, March 21, 2021
I don’t usually celebrate social media milestones but after the year we’ve had, I’ve learned to appreciate the small things and not take anything for granted.
I love creating content and experimenting with photography so it’s nice to know that people are enjoying it.
10.2 K followers on Instagram is awesome and I want to thank everyone who supports my page. Your comments and kindness inspire me to continue.
Socializing may be limited during the pandemic but Instagram has been a great outlet to share my interests, help small business, stay connected and expand my brand.
To honor this milestone I’m celebrating with one of my favorite home bakeries – Hanzel and Gretel Bakers. Special thanks to them for creating this stunning cake.
For this masterpiece we decided to go with their decadent chocolate cake. It is rich, moist and mouth-watering. She even made the icing in my favorite color!
All of their desserts (cupcakes, cakesicles, chocolate covered Oreos) are absolutely delicious and they always add so many gorgeous details!
Monday, March 15, 2021
These days I choose my lipstick very carefully. I need a moisturizing formula that keeps my lips nourished under a mask, stylish during virtual meetings and protected from winter’s wrath.
The YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipsticks ($50.00) are exactly what I was looking for. They were released late in the holiday season as a collector’s edition - inspired by wild parties and festive trends. The gorgeous packaging features the brand’s elegant logo surrounded by animal print and glitter.
I love the brilliant shine - it creates a healthy, voluminous effect with light to medium coverage and exceptional comfort . yslbeauty.ca and you might find them at department store counters and Sephora.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
We all know that drinking 8-10 glasses of water per day is important, but guzzling that much fluid can seem impossible, especially when you’re busy, on-the-go or simply not in the mood.
The human body is composed of 60% water which is essential for maintaining vital bodily functions. Dehydration causes fatigue, muscle cramps, headaches, bloating, dry skin, poor concentration, irritability, constipation and improper kidney function...not fun.
If plain water seems unappealing or boring, SodaStream can help reignite your passion for H2O and inspire you to create fun, delicious drinks the whole family will enjoy.
If you already own a SodaStream scroll down to water enhancers, if not keep reading.
~ What is SodaStream and how does it work?
SodaStream is an easy to use kitchen appliance that turns flat water into sparking water with the touch of a button. Simply fill the bottle with cold, fresh water (straight from the fridge is best), insert it into the machine and push the button (all the way down) to carbonate. Read the instructions carefully or watch a YouTube tutorial if you have any issues.
According to the manufacturer, the appliance should not be used to carbonate other liquids (juice, wine etc) but you can add fizzy water to any drink you like (it tastes great with mango juice).
My SodaStream has 3 levels of carbonation (mild, moderate and extra bubbly) as indicated by the water droplets on the front panel. To reach higher carbonation levels simply push and hold the button longer.
~ Cost, refills and what’s included
Here in Canada, a basic SodaStream unit cost about $100.00 - $120.00. There are a few designs and colors available.
The machine comes with a CO2 cylinder and a reusable water bottle. It does not need to be plugged in or charged.
The CO2 tank should be replaced when it runs out of gas. You will know it is time for a refill when your water tastes flat no matter how much carbonation you pump in (there is no gauge to indicate when it is running low).
On average the cylinder is supposed to last 2-4 months (depending on how often and how much you use). I carbonate a lot so mine usually lasts 5 weeks.
New tanks cost $34.99 but you can exchange the empty canister at participating retailers (Walmart, grocery stores and water stores) and get another one for $19.99. My local water store only charges $12.99.
Most SodaStream flavoring cost $2.97 - $12.
~ Benefits of owning a SodaStream
1. If you want to reduce or eliminate sugary soft drinks from your diet, SodaStream is the way to go. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy a cold Canada Dry Gingerale or Diet Pepsi every now and then but for the most part I’ve cut out pop and aspartame.
Sugary beverages have been linked to an increase risk of diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and tooth decay which is a good reason to kick the habit cold-turkey. Reducing your sugar intake can also help you shed a few extra pounds and SodaStream has a lower salt content than most carbonated water.
SodaStream satisfies my craving for soft drinks by providing a blast of bubbles that mimic the carbonation in soda. If you don’t like sparkling water don’t be deterred. There are many great flavors and recipes to experiment with so you don’t have to drink it plain.
2. You’ll probably drink more water! I can drink at least 8 glasses a day and create different beverages to keep things exciting. My family loves SodaStream and I actually crave water now.
3. Reduce plastic waste and limit your exposure to toxins found in plastic water bottles.
4. Save Money! Have you seen the price of sparkling water and healthy drinks at fancy restaurants and specialty markets? If you own a SodaStream you don’t have to purchase Perrier, Kombucha or other pricey beverages.
~Water enhancers – which brands taste best?
There are many water enhancers on the market but I decided to test a few brands that are available at local stores.
SodaStream has their own line of flavoring which includes everything from cola to fruit drops. One of their most popular drinks is Gingerale ($6.99). It comes as a syrupy liquid and the cap doubles as a measuring cup.
The Gingerale is 45 calories per serving and contains 11 grams of sugar (Stevia and regular sugar). I also tried the Root Beer (which does not contain artificial sweetener) and the flavor is spot on.
Unfortunately Mio contains Sucralose which is an artificial sweetener found in Splenda. It is not broken down by the body therefore it is noncaloric. It also contains Acesulfame Potassium - another calorie-free sugar substitute. According to my research, both of these ingredients may have negative long-term effects so I drink it in moderation.
The SodaStream Drops ($5.49 ea or $11.99 for a 3 pack) are lightly flavored and do not contain artificial sweetener. They are not as tasty as the other enhancers but if you like citrus with a bitter aftertaste these will give you a boost of Vitamin C (I’m not a fan). @DiaryofaTrendaholic
This article was not sponsored by SodaStream