Food

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What to Eat for Better Sleep

Although I know that eating isn't always the answer, I turn to food for a lot of things. I love food and honestly can't imagine a life where I don't appreciate food. I've been doing a lot of reading lately and found that there were so many things that affected sleep. Food being one of them. Sleep is super important and I've written about some ways to get true beauty sleep as well. Eating fiber is actually associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep; the more you eat, the better you sleep (study found in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine). I found this super interesting and wanted to know if there were other foods to eat for better sleep.
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Curious About Collagen Peptides? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

It seems that everywhere you turn, "collagen" is the trending word. Collagen is everywhere from Instagram, skincare, bloggers and maybe even your BFF! I recently wrote an article about how you can incorporate collagen to your lifestyle, but I personally love it mixed in with my smoothies. And get this: collagen peptides powder is way more than just a beauty benefit!
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Top 5 Best Christmas Cookbooks

Last year, I rounded up my top spring cookbooks and have received some comments from you guys saying how you appreciated the cookbook round-up! I love to bake but don't always get around to it. Thankfully, the holiday season is coming up and I always find time to bake a few desserts (or more)! I thought to create a new round-up of cookbooks featuring the top Christmas cookbooks! What better way to celebrate the holiday season than to make good food?
Healthy DIY for Kitchen Spices

DIY Homemade Gifts

For those hard-to-buy-for people in your life, an easy homemade gift can be a wonderful surprise. Many of the pre-made store bought herb and spice blends can be expensive and contain additives or anti-caking agents that some may not appreciate. Fortunately, spice mixes are very easy to make at home and you can make many different spice blends using only a few essential herbs that you may actually already have in your home. By making gourmet spice blends, your recipient would appreciate your beautiful DIY homemade gifts. Also, having a quality spice blend at home can make even the most picky of vegetable eaters enjoy their meal.

DAVIDsTEA Iced Tea Press

For quite a while, I was scared of making iced tea. I was so used to drinking store bought, I wasn't sure if making it at home would give the same effect. And yes, it's no secret that the store bought stuff is high in sugar... but let's face it: that's why it's tasty! Unfortunately, evolution has primed our taste buds to prefer sugary, high-calorie foods. Since all of that added sugar is not healthy for me, I thought I'd try making a homemade version to see how that stacks up! When I saw the DAVIDsTEA Iced Tea Press, I knew it was the answer to all my problems!
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DAVIDsTEA Spring 2017 Collection

DAVIDsTEA has always been one of my favourite shops to stop by in the mall. When they came out with The Macaron Collection, I was ecstatic! With Spring just around the corner, I rounded up a few things that remind me of warmer weather rather than this dreary cold that Toronto has been given. With 6 macaron-inspired teas and 3 super cute mugs for spring, you will be transported to Paris in minutes. DAVIDsTEA Collection 2017 Macaron Rustic Mug, DAVIDsTEA Macaron Collection Tea Sampler 2017  

DAVIDsTEA Back From The Dead Review

Every year around Halloween, DAVIDsTEA brings back seasonal teas that were well loved but discontinued "back from the dead". The Back from the Dead coffin set contains 3 teas including Maple Sugar, Stormy Night and Swamp Water. Only 2 of these teas are available separately so to get the third flavour, you have to get the coffin set. Act now since this is a limited edition set and once they're gone, these flavours might not be back next year! maple sugar davidstea review, organic stormy night davidstea review, swampwater davidstea review
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Top 5 Spring Cookbooks

It's that time of year, when fresh produce and fruits are in season and more people are wanting to spring clean their diet! I've rounded up a few of my favourite spring cookbooks which feature wonderfully easy meals that remind us that healthy eating is easier than we think! open book, spring cookbook, novel open page story book

Macaroni Pasta Salad Recipe Ft. Barilla Pasta

I've been really wishing for summer weather as the days here in Toronto have been super cold (where did that snow come from?!). Hey Mother Nature, I thought it was supposed to be Spring already!! Despite the snow, I've been trying to stay positive and make my favourite summer dish: pasta salad! All of those delicious flavours always work out so well and are a perfect addition to any BBQ or pot luck get together. Ever since I was young, I've always gravitated toward pasta salads and this macaroni pasta salad is no different! Made from corn and rice, this gluten-free pasta from Barilla doesn't taste much different than regular durum wheat semolina. Since I wanted something fresh and out-of-the-box, I made a macaroni pasta salad and the results were fantastic! Seriously though... look at that beauty!! Barilla Canada Pasta Macaroni Gluten Free Salad, Recipe for Macaroni Salad Gluten Free Barilla Vegetarian, vegetarian friendly bbq potluck summer spring pasta salad