My daily browse | Indigo,what maternity leave is made of

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I’ve always loved to peruse around Chapters/Indigo stores while sipping on a coffee and taking my time browsing all the latest books and trinkets the store has to offer. I mean,  I am pretty sure someone could live in this store with the Starbucks, throw pillows, candles, tea, and numerous cooking items, not to mention all the books!

The carefully articulated displays are always eye catching and really draw you in to want to look at every little detail this store has to offer. Being on mat leave, this has been something I have done quite frequently. With the store frequently changing there is always something new to look at and it gets you out of the house!

 

I love the front displays, they are always so eye-catching. They make you really, really want another notebook, even though you really don’t need one. Actually, they make you want one of everything in the store.

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With the displays regularly changing, you can always be certain there will be something new to look at and, therefore, new items on sale. Chapters/Indigo has a consistent familiarity to their products but they also adapt to the changing seasons. Basically, you could get new/same notebook in like ten different colours, or, that “S” letter mug with a different colour on the inside.

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My favourite sections include the home wear/lifestyle section which is dotted with helpful cooking and lifestyle books.
The Home Event: 25% off select items

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The Voluspa Candles are my absolute favourite and I save my Plum Rewards for these! Speaking of Plum Rewards, in the last year, the company has revamped the program to include more member incentives throughout the year. Meaning, if you shop strategically you will be rewarded.

The Home Event: 25% off Candles & Accessories

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The home decor options to this store are endless! From glass boxes that can be brilliant display cases on a coffee table or on a shelf to whimsical word cut-outs, this store really is a one-stop-shop and a magical place to spend an afternoon browsing, any woman would agree!


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Ahh, and then we hit the baby/children’s section. A place I have run into many a mom looking to waste an afternoon! This is not to say nothing is purchased, for the amount of time spent browsing, many purchases are made. Whether it be gifts or necessities such as Honest products, or The Very Hungry Caterpillar book (necessity).

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I know many women on mat-leave like me, who could spend hours browsing in this store and carefully deciding between getting the Jelly Cat bunny or saving their precious Plum Rewards for Christmas shopping. Chapters/Indigo is a really fun store that has evolved over the years and it ventures to have a little bit of everything!

Happy browsing/buying things you don’t “need.”

What are your favourite Chapters/Indigo items? 


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Brand love | SweetLegs

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For the last year I have basically been living in some sort of stretchy pants. Nicer leggings that I could dress up for work, or more casual ones that to wear on weekends. Recently, I was introduced to SweetLegs. They are super comfy, stretchy pants that you can dress up or down. They come in so many fun patterns and retail for just $25! What’s not to love?! They are the perfect “mom pant” but I find they are also very versatile. The pattern in the picture above is “Constance.”

To check out even more patterns and to buy a pair, check out SweetLegs Calgary with Madison.

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These are my current favourite, “Dispersion.” I love the vibrant purpley-blue hues. It reminds me of watercolour.

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I wear this pattern, pictured above a lot. I believe these ones aren’t in stock anymore. When you see a pair you like, you gotta grab them because some styles are extremely popular. I wear these ones quite regularly.

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I love my “Secret Garden” SweetLegs when I want to wear something bright and whimsical.

What are your favourite SweetLegs? 

Deliciously healthy lentil bowl and cookbook review

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I am a big fan of getting inspiration from cookbooks and then modifying them to suit your needs and taste. Also, it’s even better when you can make two meals out of one! Recently, I picked up the cookbook THUG Kitchen at Indigo. I was looking for more inspiration when it comes to plant-based meals and was inspired by the lentil taco recipe on page 144 of the cookbook. I ended up making the lentil taco recipe adding my own spin to the slaw as I was unable to find jicama. I was pleased that I had enough filling and ingredients left over to make a yummy deconstructed lentil taco into a yummy veggie bowl!


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The great thing about THUG Kitchen is that nearly every page has pictures and I love the intro to the cookbook and their no nonsense approach to eating real food.

“It’s easier to sauté kale than it is to eat pizza bites without burning the fuck out of your tongue.” — What the fuck is this (preface) to THUG Kitchen.

Yup, my kind of cookbook! All of the recipes are simple and I like that it breaks down the basics of plant-based cooking while serving up a side of realism and hilarity.

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I did a modified version of the jicama slaw by adding some Wildbrine red beet and cabbage sauerkraut. I also served up some oven-baked yam fries on the side. This recipe was simple and tasty. It also left enough of the filling over for a hearty lentil bowl to which I added my modified slaw, the leftover yam fries and the red beet and cabbage sauerkraut for some extra probiotics. I love recipes like this where I can get two healthy and relatively similar but different meals out of one! I am excited to delve further into this THUG Kitchen book and would recommend that you do too for some good recipes and a good laugh!

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Vegan weeknight recipe


IMG_6604Do you ever have those nights where you have a bunch of random ingredients but you aren’t sure what to make so you decide to throw them all together and hope for the best? I have lots of them. Sometimes things work out great and other times, not so much. The other night I was trying to figure out something fast, healthy, and flavourful. I basically grabbed all my veggies and came up with something I found rather delicious.

What’s in the bowl?

Roasted sweet potato and butternut squash – these veggies cook fairly quickly in a hot oven and you really can’t go wrong with these two flavours. I simply peeled and cut up one squash and about three small sweet potatoes, put them on a pan and brushed with some coconut oil. Roasted in the oven at 375 for about 20 min. While they were roasting I prepared my other ingredients.

Lentils – I just used a bag of red lentils and cooked as per the directions on the bag.

Tofu – I pan fried the extra firm tofu in coconut oil. What I find key to getting flavourful tofu is to dry off the tofu before frying it.

Frozen Spinach and Peas – In the same frying pan as the tofu I added frozen spinach and peas.

Cauliflower Rice and Hemp Hearts – I added some leftover cauliflower rice I had and hemp hearts to the tofu and veggie sauté I had going, just to use up some of what was in my fridge.

Add whatever seasonings you like. I usually just do a bit of mineral salt, and pepper.

To layer the bowl, I stared by spreading the lentils in the bowl and then adding the slices of roast sweet potato and butternut squash. Next to the roast veggies I added the tofu sauté. Over top, I poured some tamari sauce. It sounds like quite the random mix of flavours but it was actually super delicious and it just goes to show that sometimes making something random out of what you have in your fridge can turn into something really delicious that you would make again! It was sure a hit at our house!

What’s your favourite random, weeknight meal? 

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BEAUTYCOUNTER | Better products for the busy mom

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I am always on the hunt for better personal care products. My preference is to use products that are free from toxins which will not affect my health, now more than ever as I am breastfeeding. Our skin is our largest organ, therefore, what we put on it ultimately goes into our body and I want to make sure that what I am putting on to my skin is just as good as anything I would ingest. That being said, I want natural products that perform well and do what they claim they are supposed to do.

While I am not super big into wearing makeup, I do have a certain routine that I follow and a few must have products but, I really am not one to go over the top, I simply want products that work well and won’t have any negative effects. And, as  busy mom, I want products that are safe and give an impact with little effort.

Recently I discovered Beautycounter, a beauty product/personal care product company with a mission: “To get safer products into the hands of everyone.”  Of course, this was something I could get behind and as I learned more, I was really looking forward to trying their products. I was a bit skeptical at first, it was a big promise and many better products I had tried didn’t always live up to what they were supposed to do. But, the more I looked into Beautycounter, the more I was intrigued. Their mission not only includes education about why their products are better but also why it is so important to not include thousands of ingredients that are often lurking in everyday personal care items.

At Beautycounter, we’ve banned more than 1,500 ingredients, setting a new health and safety standard— all while ensuring our products perform, and are as indulgent as any luxe shampoo, lipstick, or oil in the market.

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Their website includes an ingredient list as well as a never list of harmful ingredients that will never be included in Beautycounter products.

And while Beautycounter is definitely not the most bare-bones natural in regards to ingredients, they definitely offer great products which include much less in the way of harmful ingredients. Good news though, most of their products test fair-good on the EWG’s Skin Deep database. 

Here is what I’ve tried so far:

Beautycounter Nourishing Cream Cleanser

I love the feel and the smell of this cleanser. I like that it is a lightweight cleanser and it really leaves my skin feeling refreshed. It cleanses but is light and watery so it does the job without leaving a residue. I contains witch hazel, coconut oil, and aloe, and seems to be a perfect combination for my skin with ingredients providing cleaning and soothing at the same time.

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Beautycounter Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation

This is on my list of top foundations that I have ever tried. The foundation is light weight, full coverage, and it gives great moisture which can add to that dewy look! I really love the feel of this foundation and it definitely improves the look of my skin.IMG_6626

Beautycounter Sheer Lipstick in Twig

This is like a lipgloss/lipstick. It lasts fairly well and has some shine to it. It also moisturizes your lips which I really like. I am generally more of a matte lipstick person but I like this look for something simple during the day. I like the colour I chose as it’s neutral with a bit of a pinky hue so I think it goes with everything.IMG_6625

To order: www.beautycounter.com/shannongalley 

Beauty counter offers many products including a full line for kids! Check them out!

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Latest foodie obsession: sweet potato toast

At first, I thought this food trend was a little strange but, because I love sweet potato (yam) and I love toast, I thought I should give it a try!

It is super easy to make. Some people will tell you that you can put the sweet potato directly in your toaster but I prefer to bake in the oven with some coconut oil.

I slice some sweet potato or yam about half and inch thick and then brush with coconut oil and put into a 375 degree oven for about 25 minutes.

Once the toasts are done to your liking, you can put whatever you want on them! I have showcased some of my favourites below but there are many elaborate recipes! 

Pictured below: goat cheese with cinnamon and honey, avocado with feta cheese, roast zucchini with kale.

These recipes could work great as appetizers for a party, for breakfast, or even a nice healthy snack.

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Baby playtime | favourite outfits

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One of our favourite mat-leave past times for my boy and I has been to go to the library. We can go for a stroll, read books, play with the toys in the children’s area and even make new friends! It is especially great when the weather is a little dreary in the summer time.

Moccs: SORBET from Teepeetots&co | Favourite Reversible Pants: Gap  | Bandana Bib: CD&Bree | Sweater: Second-Hand Joe Fresh

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We wear our moccs all the time! Even when we are just lounging around the house!

Moccs: SORBET from Teepeetots&co | Pants: Gap Favourite banded pants 

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Sometimes we are feeling a bit more daring and wear awesome animal prints! Love these organic cotton leggings from Teepeetots&co. I love that they are made of organic cotton and are manufactured right here in Calgary!

 Organic Cotton Leggings: Teepeetots&co. | Moccs: Olly Oaks Winter Moccs in Cosmic Blue

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Sometimes its really hot outside and inside and we opt for a cotton one piece short ensemble in a light colour with some nice fishies.

Romper: Joe Fresh | Moccs: Olly Oaks Winter Moccs in Cosmic Blue

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It’s awesome looking stylish while learning to stand!

Romper: Joe Fresh | Moccs: Olly Oaks Winter Moccs in Cosmic Blue

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And, a lot of our playtime favourites are food-themed. This is one of my favourite outfits! As you can tell, I love stripes!

Onesie: Indigo Baby | Pants: Joe Fresh 

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