Links I clicked this week

Friday, May 01, 2015

Photo via Creative Union Design

Morning! It's my birthday today yay! I'm off to lunch with my bestie and then Mark and I are heading to this cool film festival with some good friends. Looking forward to the day! Have a great weekend y'all!

PS: Here are the links I clicked this week!

How to cook steel cut oats in 30 minutes (I don't remember clicking on this one - I think it was Mark! ;))

Clean eating crock pot recipes

Top 50 vegan blogs - yum! 

Food Photography School. This is now on my list of things I want to do!

Love this cute chalkboard wedding photo prop!

A Couple Cooks. Another yummy food blog to follow!

I chose this invitation for my sister's shower. Love the colours!

The top 30 Italian restaurants in Toronto by neighbourhood

Why you only need 37 items in your closet

The Impact Of A Positive Response

Overpopulation, overconsumption – in pictures

Mini fireplace update

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Do you happen to remember when I mentioned that we were thinking of doing a big fireplace reno in our living room? Well guess what? We ended up doing something but it wasn't a major reno. We made a minor change that made a biggish impact.

Do you see the difference?

After writing the post, I suggested to Mark that we simply put in shelves into the weird side areas of the fireplace and call it a day, so that's what we did. Mark made some shelves out of MDF and then we painted them white to match as best we could. Now we get to keep the texture of the brick behind the shelves, while at the same time breaking up the massive brick area with a few of our favourite shelfie things.

They're not super-styled or full of stuff which is fine by me. I'm really trying not to bring a bunch of stuff into the house just to make it look nice. I want to love what I bring into the house from now on. So I just grabbed some things around the house to add to the shelves and the rest will come later.

My favourite organic red wines

Monday, April 27, 2015

Roche Bastide Cotes Du Rhone AOC Organic (My personal favourite!)

I'm going to let you in on a little secret: organic red wine will not cause bad hangovers (within reason of course....).*

Last year I went to Cellar Door, my favourite Italian restaurant in the area and we ordered a bottle of Roche Bastide, an organic red wine. Over the course of the night, we had about two bottles or so at the table and then went home. I remember thinking that I shouldn't have had as much wine as I did and I was kind of dreading waking up in the morning. But when the morning came, I didn't feel horrible. I had a slight headache, but I rolled out of bed and got on with my day like any other day.

Some time after that night, Mark brought home some Beau's to try on a Friday night. We had a few more than we should have and again, I found myself dreading the morning wake-up. But once again, when I woke up I felt fine.

Then I started to realize that the reason I wasn't getting hangovers was because we were drinking organic wines and beer. According to Wines of Canada, organic wine is wine that has been produced with organically grown grapes and although the wines may contain sulphites, they're naturally occurring as no sulphites are added. Also the organic (unofficial in some cases) label comes with using proper cleaning solutions used to clean the tanks and equipment.

As many know, I'm a huge proponent of buying organic and I had never made the change to drink solely organic wines and beer but I'll make the move to drink more of these in the future. The lack of hangover is worth it!

*This of course is a personal experiment so I can't speak for the hangover level experienced by the mass population.
**I know this post makes it seem like I drink a lot but I assure you these instances are spread out over time! 
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