Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Harvest time!

I've tried the harvest and, turns out, it was delicious!

Manitoba Harvest, a company that makes hemp protein powder, asked me if I'd like to participate in a review opportunity and I immediately said yes because I love free shit... But then I was like, "Wait... I hate protein powder." Seriously, every other one I'd tried I've practically gagged on. Maybe it's because this is the first time I've made a fruit smoothie with the powder or maybe it's just delicious stuff on its own but, whatever it is, I'd drink it again!

Want my recipe? I made this easy smoothie with my protein.

1 banana
1 cup whole frozen strawberries
1/4 cup pure cranberry juice (I used the pure stuff, not the regular cran juice you get off the shelf)
1/2 cup milk
1 scoop of Manitoba Harvest Vanilla Protein Powder
Handful of ice cubes

Throw all of this in a blender and ta da! That's all there is to it. Super refreshing after a workout or a delicious breakfast.

Want to get in on the harvest? Use the promo code "sweatpinkpro70" for twenty percent off when you order online! Sweet deal.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Happy 100

I think it's a great exercise to come up with a list of things that make you happy once in a blue moon. I'm not writing this because I'm unhappy or anything, I just really like reminding myself of what makes me happiest in life... and everyone who knows me knows I love making lists.

I'm pretty sure I made one of these lists a long time ago on my blog but why not do it again? What's on your happy list?

Photo credit
1. Kittens
2. Making lists
3. Puppies
4. All furry critters, really
5. Finding new music that I love (recently, First Aid Kit & Wilderness of Manitoba)
6. Binge watching tv shows on Netflix
7. Yummy smelling body wash
8. The smell of vanilla
9. Cats in boxes
10. Fresh flowers (something I don't buy enough of)
11. Plants - indoors & out
12. When Steve answers my calls with, "Hey gorgeous"
13. Camping
14. When Frankie (cat) crawls on my chest in bed for snuggles
15. Giving the dogs at the shelter pupcakes
16. Cute glasses
17. Finding good cruelty-free products
18. Fundraising for the SPCA
19. Winning stuff
20. Buying art
21. Buying books
22. Going to Chapters
23. The Poo-Pourri commercial
24. Road trips w/ Steve
25. Losing weight
26. When the house is clean
27. Singing
28. The feeling of accomplishment after a good workout
29. The movie The F Word
30. Finding a good blog
31. Drinking water
32. Doing yoga
33. Craft fairs
34. Making sales for One Earth
35. New clothes
36. Getting a bunch of Facebook posts scheduled for One Earth
37. Donating to the food bank
38. Shopping at Michael's
39. Trying something new (recently,  rug hooking)
40. Rug hooking
41. A good dose of country music
42. Starting a new book
43. Coming up with the motivation to post something on my blog!
44. New Scentsy smellies
45. Find a great pen! (For some reason, I'm loving the old school Bic Crystal lately.)
46. When my car is clean (ahem... never)
47. Our camping breakfast sandwiches
48. Working out with Steve
49. Searching the real estate ads
50. The sound of birds singing in the morning
51. Finding a new good recipe
52. Searching books on GoodReads
53. Fresh sheets
54. Sleeping with the windows open
55. Early morning walks in the summer
56. Birkenstocks
57. Knitting big old school wool socks
58. Making progress in my garden
59. Rewards points (like Plum at Chapters & Airmiles... I'm crazy for Airmiles...)
60. New scarves
61. Barefoot Refresh wine (yum!)
62. Sweet chili sauce
63. Going out for wings
64. So You Think You Can Dance
65. Avon Glimmersticks (best eyeliner ever!)
66. A tan
67. Pink skies
68. Waking up to the sun
69. Buying yarn
70. Seeing Iggy (kitty) burrow in a pile of warm laundry
71. Snow cones
72. Baking banana bread
73. Massage therapy
74. Having my head rubbed
75. Good sales
76. Catching wrong prices at stores like Walmart & Dominion & getting the stuff free
77. Good hair days
78. Nice photos of me
79. Cheesy chick flicks
80. Modern Family
81. Going out to the movies
82. Going out for supper (especially at the Keg or Piatto)
83. Pizza
84. Chatting with excited adopters at work
85. Hearing volunteers say they love it at the SPCA
86. Groupon
87. Freshly shaved legs
88. Waking up realizing I don't need glasses to see anymore
89. Fostering kittens
90. When Gracie (cat) is affectionate
91. When I walk by Jack (cat) & he swats me on the leg because he wants something
92. The hilarious names my coworkers come up with for the animals (recently, Black Betty - mom, Bama - kitten, Lam - kitten, Alabam - kitten)
93. When we get puppies at the shelter (fairly rare occasion)
94. Hunger Games
95. Harry Potter
96. Booking trips
97. Dreaming up future trips we'll take
98. Chatting with Tasha
99. Berries - straw, rasp, blue...
100. Steve! He's the best.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

I've been on vacay!

Hells yes. It seems that backpack chairs are all the rage in New Brunswick and I was more than happy to take part in the madness last week.

The hubby & I took a little trip to the mainland. We landed in Halifax where we spent a night, and also took a little road trip to an absolutely beautiful town called Wolfville (home of Acadia University) and to Peggy's Cove.

The cute little town of Peggy's Cove
Every Nova Scotia road trip should include these two places. Seriously, cutest towns ever.

The Peggy's Cove lighthouse

More Peggy's Cove cuteness
My favourite part of the NS segment of the vacation was a place called Applewicks. It's this wonderful organization that teaches people with disabilities how to do crafts like weaving, candle-making & knitting. I pretty much lost my mind when I went to their store. They sell a lot of the work done by participants and the pieces are absolutely beautiful! I bought a couple of woven tea cozies, some yummy-smelling candles, art cards... I would've bought the whole store if I could've! Seriously. I was so enthusiastic & chatty when I was there that the girl even took me on a tour & introduced me to some of the participants. I have such a spark for this organization right now that all I want to do is see a program like this started in Newfoundland. Apparently there are a couple other people around here who feel the same way so I'm trying to make contact with them to help get the ball rolling.

An adorable yarn store in downtown Wolfville

Another adorable shop in Wolfville
I got the most delicious lunch at that yellow pub; teriyaki chicken stir fry on top of a Caesar salad... Who would've thought? Seriously, absolutely delicious.

Nova Scotia has some beautiful vineyards

Outside one of the wineries

Since I'm from New Brunswick, we spent most of our time there visiting my parents. I did my first degree at Mount Allison University in the tiny town where my mom grew up called Sackville. It's a really cute town that I really miss so I had to take a trip down memory lane.

Sackville greeted me quite kindly...

Aww, shucks.

Cute cute cute. My 2nd cousin owns this shop, "Earth", where he sells beautiful artwork from several artists.

On the left is an old-school movie theatre that hasn't changed much in the past century, I'm told.

I'm having a really hard time getting back in non-vacation mode, or "real life" as you may call it. I'm seriously going to be the best retiree ever. I cannot wait until the day when I can stop working, buy a house in Florida, and just veg & volunteer all the time. I'm going to be the best at it.

But I guess it's back to work tomorrow... sigh...


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tickin' off the ole 29 in 29 list

I just ticked off number 10 of my 29 in 29 list tonight! Steve and I went ziplining in beautiful Petty Harbour. On one of the ten lines I'll admit I almost peed my pants but it was fun and I'm glad I did it. Will probably not do it again, but am glad to have the new experience.

I've been pretty good at ticking off things on this to-do list earlier. Summer is always a great time to get stuff done; at least I feel a lot more motivated to get up in the morning & do things other than sit on my ass in the evening!

Still lots to do, but I'll get there. Any suggestions of ethnographies or classics to read?

29 in 29

1. Go on a 4+ day camping trip Done! Canada Day weekend in Terra Nova National Park
2. Read 2 ethnographies - maybe some Wade Davis since I've always loved him.
3.. Read 3 classics
4. Complete my 90 volunteer hours for Timeraiser- 46 hrs complete July 27
5. Update my recipe box
6. Visit Brigus July 5 + went back & camped there a couple of weekends later
7. Take an art class - maybe pottery or art journaling
8. Make Steve something for Xmas - I'm thinking some old school wool socks
9. Run for 45 straight minutes
10. Go ziplining July 27
11. Donate blood at least twice
12. Have $500+ saved for a trip That was way easier than expected... Done July 4. Let's go for $1000 now!
13. Take 2 trips - probably NB + Montreal
14. Try snowboarding/skiing
15. Use my snowshoes
16. Take a golf lesson
17. Spend a day yard sale-ing
18. Go see a musical
19. Make strawberry jam
20. Visit 3 new restaurants
21. Win some money at bingo - $106 June 8
22. Save all of my Swagbucks for the whole year
23. Learn to do a mean crow pose
24. Become a morning person again
25. Tone my arms so that I actually like them
26. Work out lots so I can be confident & comfortable
27. Knit some awesome baby clothes for my bff's little one
28. Up my cruelty-free product usage to at least 95%
29. Go camping at least 3 times 


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Too many hobbies

I have way too many hobbies.

I'm the queen of starting something new & then abandoning it in favour of something else new once the novelty has worn off. Seriously a terrible habit to have. It means I've never really gotten good at anything. I'm pretty mediocre at a lot of things, but would rather be awesome at something. I guess the one good thing about me is that I rarely get bored. Since I'm a total home-body, it's necessary to have hobbies.

All the books I've got on the go right now

Reading - My first love. I'll never betray it. I may be a slow-as-molasses reader but that doesn't deter me.

I'm knitting one of these sleep sacks & a tiny matching hat for an SPCA silent auction
Knitting - My best hobby. This is the one I've become the most skilled at & one that I always go back to.

I wish this was mine (photo credit)
Gardening - My newest thang. I've always loved watching plants grow & caring for them (I'm a nurturer... it's amazing that I don't want kids, really). I love it. I get so much satisfaction out of watching how huge my hostas are getting, and I just freaked out when I saw 2 tiny strawberries on my plant.

Someday... (photo credit)

Camping - If I could go camping every weekend in the summer, I would. Luckily, camping allows me to combine a few of my loves. What better to do than read & knit in the sun.

Candy Crush
Collecting cats
Endless hrs of Netflix

Blogging - Oh yeah... blogging... This is the hobby that I was once really keen on & have let totally fall by the wayside.

Anyone else out there like me?


Saturday, July 12, 2014

One Earth

A scene from Morocco where we order several products from
I've been a terrible blogger lately! Absolutely terrible. What, have I posted like once every 2 weeks? Yikes... I could make up some excuses but I'm mostly just lazy & uninspired lately. Same story for the past year. I've also been watching a lot of Orange is the New Black. Oh, and I started a new business.

I'm an independent consultant for One Earth now & am really excited about the products I'm selling. One Earth is a small Canadian company that sells ethical, handmade products made by artisans in developing countries. We sell spa products, shoes, scarves, jewelry, tea and more. And these products are seriously gorgeous!

One of the products I'm excited about is the Moroccan argan oil. It's great for both your skin & hair - for fine lines, wrinkles, hydration, split ends, etc, etc, etc! We sell it infused with essential oils (like lavender to help you sleep), in a bar of soap or you can mix the oil with our clay for an awesome mud mask.

Our argan oil is produced by a women's coop in Morocco

And the purses are to die for! Beautiful, soft leather that is organically tanned & naturally dyed. The best part of buying leather from Morocco is that animals aren't harvested just for their skin. Unlike the leather products produced closer to home, every piece of the animal is used and a prayer of sacrifice in thanks.

See the Earth Satchel... to die for!

Take a look at our catalogs & let me know if you'd like to host a "party" (I mean that in an online sense)! Gather orders from your friends, family & coworkers and reap the hostess benefits! If your party sells as little as $201, you get 10% of sales in free products + 1 half-priced item; the benefits only get sweeter the more sales you have at your party.

 Visit my Facebook page!

Wanna chat more about this? Email me at lesleyoneearth@gmail.com


Thursday, July 3, 2014

What you need for an awesome camping trip

Scene from a tiny town called Salvage close to where we were camping.

In celebration of Canada Day (or, rather, a long week), Steve & I headed out of the city into the woods... to a campground where strangers sleep 3 meters away from you. And it was awesome. Tuesday was the holiday so we took Monday off work so that we'd have a solid 4-day trip which was the top thing to do on my 29 in 29 list.

The trip was so good - comfortable & enjoyable - in comparison to camping trips I've taken in the past that we would've stay another week given the chance. In my younger days, I just threw a few things in a bag and went. Silly me... I didn't understand the value of an air mattress or good food. I was a snob back then; I thought air mattresses & clean dishes were for the weak. They are not. They are smart. This trip, I was able to move when I woke up in the morning & sleep past 6pm... 'magine that.

So, now that I'm a grown-up, I'm here to share my camping wisdom. These are my camping must-haves.

1. Game time - Do not go camping without games. Just don't. Steve & I started out with a little Yahtzee & then he got sooky because I beat his ass three times in a row. Then our friends arrived a couple days later with Farkle, the best game in the land. I wish I was playing right now!

2. Something pretty to look at - Heyo! Look what we found! We took a little drive to get some ice in a community about 10 minutes away from the campground and got a glimpse of the tip of one of these bad boys. So, we kept driving & driving and came across an incredibly tiny, totally Newfoundland town with a beautiful view of these berg twins. That was definitely a highlight.

3. This breakfast - I will never go camping without this breakfast. Never ever ever. Homemade Egg McMuffins. How to do it? First, you should bake a few potatoes the night before you go on your trip. Then, in the morning, cut them up & throw them in a pan with some butter to fry. At the same time, throw on some bacon (maple bacon, preferably). While that's cooking, beat up a couple of eggs in whatever clean container you can find. Wait till the tates & bacon are almost done & then start cooking your omelet. You can make scrambled eggs in the pan if you want but I like the omelet because it's just one big piece that I cut in half for our two sandwiches. Finally, cut up a couple of English muffins, butter one side and lightly toast them on a pan for the last few minutes. Kraft Singles are also necessary. I put them on the muffin to melt while still in the pan. And, voila! The perfect b'fast to keep you going till you start eating chips & hot dogs again.

4. Clean & organized stuff - I foolishly used to underestimate the power of having an awesome campsite. A table cloth, dish washing station & canvas closet organizer did the trick. I hung a shoe organizer from a tree to put my roll of shit tickets & crib board in. (Thank you, Pinterest.) And my dollar store dish tub was... awesommmeee! Yes, I am approaching thirty.

5. A helpful little friend - What is a camping trip without a furry friend? This is our friend's gorgeous little guy, Henry, who likes to lop up spilled Guiness for us. Thanks, Henny boy! (Note: Before Henry came along to provide entertainment & kisses, we would make it a practice to befriend chipmunks.)

And that's what you need for a wicked camping trip. Oh, and the longer the trip the better! 4 days was awesome. I wish I could do 6 or 7!

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