Wednesday, October 19, 2016

PinterTEST :: Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

So, Im not a vegan. I tried the vegan eating lifestyle a few months ago and I loved it. It was super easy for a while, but then came BBQ's, and Birthdays, and Potlucks. And I 'cheated' all the time. I cant seem to be strict enough to keep going with it to actually help with weight loss. But, since I did like how the diet made me feel, I have completely cut milk out of my diet. Which is a big deal for me lol. And I try to focus more around Veggies, Meats, and Fruits and almost cut out the processed stuff like the cheeses, sour cream, and condiments like that. I am trying my best to only eat Real Food. Clean Eating. But, you guys, I looooooove my sweets. I feel like I need a dessert after supper everyday. Its a problem. So to try and keep myself on track, but still curb those cravings, I feel like Vegan desserts are the way to go!!

So today I have Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Bars.
Holy moly these are yummy. And filling since its mostly made from nuts!
I searched through Pinterest and found this gem and gave it a try. I feel like I nailed my first PinterTest on this recipe. Im sure you could switch out the strawberries for some other fruit too! Maybe raspberries, mango, banana, pumpkin (which Im trying next), or whatever!
The only thing I did differently in mine, is I didn't have pecans, only walnuts (because they are cheaper). But I feel like Pecans would have made this dessert 1 million times more delicious. 

I found the recipe from  
Like regular cheesecake, this recipe takes some time, so be patient!

A few tips I found:
~Make this in a bread pan. It will keep it tall and have thicker layers. Don't forget the parchment paper!
~Put your coconut milk in the fridge. I feel like the cream separates from the milk way better when its cold. Otherwise its just all milk! If that doesn't work, maybe just use 3/4 of the can.
~Make sure you press down the 'crust' like crazy. Or else it will just fall apart when you're cutting it.
~Like it says, mix the cashews until it forms a cream or doe. Might take a while. I know it looks like it never will. It just looks like blended up bits of cashews. But just like that it suddenly forms into a doe'like cream mixture! So weird.
~I also added probably an extra 1/2 cup of strawberries. I wanted that extra bit of flavour! 

ENJOY! I know I did!

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup medjool dates (I just used the dried pitted dates from costco)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1½ cups cashews, (soaked in water for 4 hours or overnight)
  • 1 large can coconut milk (just the cream off the top)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup strawberries
  1. Lets start by making our crust.
  2. Add your pecans, dates, salt, and cinnamon to a food processor and pulse until it forms a dough.
  3. Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with parchment paper and press your dough into the bottom of the pan.
  4. Place in the fridge while you prepare the rest of your cheesecake.
  5. Strain your cashews, and pour them into your food processor, or a high speed blender.
  6. Pulse them until they form a smooth cream.
  7. Next add your coconut cream, maple syrup, lemon zest, and vanilla extract and pulse together until creamy.
  8. Pour out half your filling into your pan, placing the pan in the freezer for 15 minutes to firm up quickly.
  9. Next add the strawberries to the remaining half of your filling and pulse until smooth.
  10. Add your strawberry layer to the pan.
  11. Allow to firm up in the fridge overnight for a creamy cheesecake texture, or in the freezer for a couple hours for more of an ice cream type of texture.
  12. Cut into bars, and serve.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Why We Wore It | Pinktober

We are doing things a little differently for this 'How we wore it' series today.

Today, we are going to say 'WHY we wore it'

The reason being is that it is October, and that means Breast Cancer Awareness Month! And the colour for this cause is of course, PINK! I think it is fantastic that there is an entire Month dedicated to bringing people together and fighting for a cause that affects so many of us in one way or another. It's only the 4th and I've already seen people participating in runs/walks, sharing videos/articles, and of course sharing the popular Pink Ribbon to help bring awareness for Breast Cancer.

Today, we are wearing PINK. I personally don't wear a lot of pink (ginger problems), but there is one shade that I will wear, and that is this one. And of course I had to bring my best little lady on this shoot!

Just a little background of why this Month is so special to us; Maikal has two amazing woman (close relatives) that are very dear to our hearts, and they have both fought against breast cancer, and WON! One of which had to fight twice! Maikal's family has some strong individuals and it makes me so proud! That being said, Breast Cancer has had studies showing that Genetics has a part in Causing it. Which means that my little girl may be at risk. And it is my job as a mother to know our history and to be aware of the chance that she could have the gene and to get her tested at some point in her life.

I think Breast Cancer Awareness Month isn't just for the people whom already have it, but for making people aware that you, your children, your relatives could be at risk and to always check yourselves and maybe get tested if you have a close relative with Breast Cancer.

If you would like to know more about Breast Cancer, I have found a fantastic link that has a ton of information, as well as a donation section if you so choose:

If you are currently fighting against Breast Cancer, I want you to know there is hope. I want you to know that people are fighting for you. People from all over the world. Don't give up, keep fighting and keep pushing forward. You are beautiful, and you are loved. There is hope for a cure, and everyday that goes by is bringing us one step closer to finding it.

So I encourage everyone to WEAR PINK sometime this month and share it! Whether it is an accessory, lipstick, clothing, or the simple Pink Ribbon. I know this generation is so Media Savy, so if you choose to spread the awareness, here are some Hashtags that will bring more people together and help fight for the cause!

  • #BCA #BreastCancer #BreastCancerAwareness #BreastCancerFighter #Cancer
  • #FightLikeAGirl #MaleBreastCancer #Pinktober #RethinkPink #SelfExamination

  • Please Check out my friend Hannah's post as well!


    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    How We Wore It | First of Fall

    -which is just a fancy way of saying, happy first day of Fall!!

    Although, Fall has definitely not hit Cleveland, Ohio yet (which I hear is the most beautiful Fall I will ever see). Everything is still Green and the weather is for sure still SUMMER! Like 30 Degrees everyday! It is the weirdest thing ever. I am so not use to this long summer thing. I am use to seeing my breath and walking through colourful leaves on the ground by now. But Im not complaining! We are planning to head to the beach today to soak it all in before it actually does turn into fall here.

    For this month's 'how we wore it' we obviously decided on doing a Transitioning to Fall kind of outfit. More of the Fall colours are coming into play, which I am STOKED for! Fall is my colour pallet. The greens, reds, oranges, browns........yassssssssssss. Also, these pants......are the comfiest things you will EVER wear. I need 20 pairs of these. May I dare say that they are more comfortable than leggings!??? Yup, I said it. And I like that I can put heels on for some sass, or dress them down for a more casual comfy look.

    Also, do I not live on the cutest street ever!? Cleveland is a very old city. 1700's! And my street of houses have some serious charm to them. As well as the rest of the city! On Sunday we went for a drive just to simply look at the housing around here.......and my eyes were wide open in awe the entire time. I couldn't even tell you how many times I gasped or said, 'woah!'. This place is pretty stinking cute. I need to just drive around taking pics and doing a post just on those houses lol.

    Pants :: Ardenes

    Top :: Reitmans Old, but love THIS ONE

    Shoes :: Reeeeeally Old, But love THESE

    Jewelery :: Ardenes

    And of course, Be sure to check out my fellow blogger friends!!

    Saturday, September 17, 2016

    The Big Roadtrip

    We made it!!!! We made it to our new home in Cleveland, Ohio!

    30 hours 
    3 days
    7 States 
    Non-stop Movies 
    3 Playground Breaks 
    2 Hotels 
    5 Toll Roads (shoot me)
    and everything in Between 

     A few days before we left, my Mom came to watch the kids while I did my last Wedding of the Summer before I left (besties weddings!). I had gotten a ton of stuff done before we left, but there was still a bunch left to do. And my Mom is the Queen of packing, cleaning, and moving. She had the house in perfect moving condition when I came back!! Love her!! I also had a designated corner for stuff to go into my van, and looking at it, I was all 'theres no way ALL of that can fit into my min van (plus a van topper). And lo and behold!!!! Mom fit EVERYTHING in there......WITH ROOM TO SPARE!! I was able to take some last minute things, and some food storage! I am honestly still in all. Needless to say though....we were squished haha. But not too bad where you feel suffocated ;)

    My saint of a sister, Becca, was nice enough to come on this road trip with me. Bless her heart. 30 hours over 3 days is a long time lol. Oddly went by in a blink of an eye! Seriously! It did not seem like that long. Probably because we were busy talking and laughing the whole time. And the kids are Movie Junkies (dont judge lol) so they were happy to be sitting there eating snacks and watching their shows the whole time! They did need to stop every 4-5 hours or so. But so did we so it wasnt an inconvenience by any means.
    There were a few hours of terrible rain though. Becca will tell you otherwise, but it was pouring! Like 'both hands on the wheel, cant afford to blink' kind of rain. I was freeeeeeeeeaking out. Not sure if ppl know this about me, but anything other than clear sunshine driving conditions, gives me extreme anxiety. My heart races, my breathing doubles, and my stress level is through the roof! Becca was laughing at me the whole time.....

    Here is a quick rundown of the drive:
    (Sept 5th, Mon) Woke up at 7am, got everyone ready, went for breakfast, left Lethbridge by 9:15am.
    American Border ppl were soooo nice! Got us in and out in 30 min. Very nice service.
    Drove through- Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, then finally Ohio!
    We drove about 10 hours each day, plus food and park stops.
    We stopped and stayed at the Super 8 both nights. Great prices and free breakfast!
    We arrived at Cleveland around 7pm (Sept 8th, Wed)

    I wish we took more photos, but this is what we have. My only focus was driving and getting there lol. As Im sure you can imagine. 6 weeks away from the Hubs is pretty hard. But we got through it and are so unbelievably happy to be united as a family again. And also Im pretty sure I gained 10 pounds from all the snacks....
    PS. WHO THE CRAP INVENTED TOLL ROADS!?? Ya I hate them. Definitely didn't know you have to PAY to drive on a Highway. And we had to stop and pay 5 TIMES. Barf.

    Moving on.

    While driving through the different States, it was pretty cool to see all the different scenery and weather. The Monday we left, I SAW MY BREATH. Ya.....on Sept 5th. Canada man....
    The weather was just getting more and more green and wayyyy warmer. And HUMID! Like, I literally felt like this was Hawaii when we got out. Not the scenery of course lol but the weather. I thought I was going to die those first fews days. And I probably sweated off those 10 pounds I just put on ;) I am now use to it and looooove it. But I hear humidity in winter is death. Guess we shall see!

    Once we pulled up to our house, the butterflies in my stomach went crazy. There he was! I couldn't get out of the car fast enough. But the killer moment of that night was the kids' reactions. I wish I caught it on camera, but it was literally pitch black out and I was too focused on hugging and kissing to worry about a camera. The kids hugged sooooo tight. Kicking their little legs and smiling soooooo big. It brought a tear to my eye! Pure Love and Joy.

    Its kind of Sad, but also Funny: Everytime Maikal walks through the door when he comes home from school, the kids go nuts. Like they think he will never come home ever again once he leaves. They are still so shocked they get to see him everyday! Its the best welcome home hugs and screams you will ever see. And Maikal gets them daily. Super cute!

    Becca stayed with us for 5 more days. We filled the days with shopping for our place, finding our way through the city, drooling at all the beautiful old homes and buildings, going to the museum, and had date nights at the old theatre and Little Italy! I lost count, but we were asked if we were twins about a million times. It was so nice having her here and making this little journey with me. It made things smooth and I love her for that! Becca flew home that Tues, and I felt so alone. Maikal is at school 12 hours a day and I of course have zero friends right now and I don't know the city at all. But I know that stuff will come with time.

    I am liking Cleveland so far and Im sure I will grow to Love it. We are excited to explore and learn new things! Can't wait to share photo's and life experiences over the next 4 years of Dental School.

    Completely zoned into their movies! 

    Day 3 and tirrrrrrred

    ...and yes we liked to wear stripes....its a problem I know, ok!

    Thursday, August 18, 2016

    Deep Breaths and Comfy Pants

    What's with all this rain!?? I feel like May, June, and July had so much great weather, and then August came and brought the rain!! OK, maybe im being a little selfish. I guess rain is good. Keeps things looking fresh and green and helps the farmers. But I just want to go to the beach and live up these last summer days! Can you believe there is only 2 weeks left?? I have so much to do!

    At first, I didn't think doing all the packing and cleaning by myself would be a big deal. Then I started organizing things and made a to-do list. And holy man!! Moving, selling, packing, and cleaning is a lot to do! Plus my kids have been super clingy and needy since their Dad left. Somehow kids just know something is wrong and they respond! Aurora especially has been pretty needy. I feel like I can't get anything done in the day until they are asleep because they need my constant attention and love. I guess they feel they need the love and comfort for two parents from just me. ya that's alot! So im left with only a few hours in the day to do stuff without hearing the words 'mom mom mom mom mom' every other second. So balancing everything with the Move, my Photography, being a Mom (and everything that comes with that), doing Summer Activities, and taking those few moments just to myself has kept me on my toes and makes for busy busy days! Im trying my best. I just need to take a lot of breathes. *deep inhale* Ok rant over.

    Until our next hot day, I'll just wear some bright coloured clothing to warm up my days. And if you haven't noticed, Im kind of obsessed with everything Mayberrys recently. I need everything they have in my wardrobe. These leggings and top are seriously sooooo soft!! Nothing better than comfy clothes. Like nothing.

    Top :: Mayberrys

    Leggings :: Mayberrys

    Shoes :: Old, but Love THESE

    Friday, August 12, 2016

    Lone wolf Mama

    It is currently day 16 without Maikal. *Cue 'Survivor' Theme Music*

    Before Maikal left for Cleveland, I thought '6 weeks??? Pffft we can do that!'
    It wasn't until this week that I started having thoughts like 'will it ever end!?' 'Sept 5th is never going to get here'.
    Then I took a breathe, slapped myself, and got it together. Yes of course it will get here! I just need to fill my days so that time will go by faster. Which is actually pretty easy since there is SO MUCH TO DO before I leave! PLUS sweet summer activities! Although, this rain is putting a major damper on our outdoor plans. Lamesauce 'amiright' Southern Alberta!?? I just want it to be hot and spend our days at the lake and splash parks.

    The kids are doing pretty well considering, although they miss him a lot! We have multiple Skype dates so they get to see their Daddy. Uhhh the look on their faces when his face is on the screen is priceless! I cannot wait to reunite our family!

    I am currently in DV about to shoot my 2nd last wedding of the summer and I am pretty excited about it. This is also the weekend where I will be saying goodbye to my Dad and Chelsie *Major Sad Face*. I wish we could have lived closer together during these last 5 years. We won't likely be coming back for Christmas so it will be a YEAR before we see anyone again. Unless you come to us, which I would be very happy about! Just sayin'. We've already been saying our slow goodbyes to a few family and friends here and there throughout the last few weeks and my heart hurts a little more every time. I love our Family. I love our Friends. They are what make life so happy for us. We could live anywhere in the world and be happy if we were simply surrounded by good company. Im pretty sucky when it comes to making friends, so hopefully my luck with turn around once I get to Cleveland. Im assuming there will be quite a few other Dentist/Doctor wives that will be just as lonely as me! So we will need to stick together! haha.

    A lot is going to happen over the next 3 weeks preparing to move and getting things ready, so we will be super busy. Which is, like I said, a good thing for us. I've got so many ppl offering their help and it feels so good to know ppl are there for us. Thank you to everyone who has helped so far! Especially Mom for kicking my lazy bum into gear ;)

    Dress :: Mayberrys

    Friday, August 5, 2016

    Thoughts on Jeggings

    Hey everyone!
    Can you believe its August!???? Where is the time going!? I don't want Summer to end, but at the same time I do, because then that would mean that we will be moving down to Cleveland to join Maikal!! Ahh we are so excited!

    But enough of that, I am writing this post to talk about Jeggings!! Something I don't think I would have ever written about. Until I did a product photoshoot for Mayberrys a little while back, I thought Jeggings were the most hideous thing ever invented. Leading up to the photoshoot, I hadn't ever seen ppl actually wearing them. Or I've never noticed. I've only ever seen them 'on the hanger' or in packaging. And if you've ever noticed this with clothes, they look totally different on a body than not. So I pre-judged this type of clothing because I thought they looked super ridiculous and ugly just lying there on the store table. Ya no thanks.

    But, then......I tried them on......and my mind was blown!!! They actually looked like Jeans! But with the comfort of leggings. Seriously the person who invented these is a genius. GENIUS! I can't even remember the last time I wore Jeans. They're just too restricting when you're running around all day after 2 little kids. I need mobility! But sometimes, I miss the look of jeans, but can't bring myself to wear them for more than 2-3 hours in a day, then it's straight back to the leggings! lol. So to have leggings that look like jeans is a serious game changer. And you know when you wear jeans, and your stomach is a 'problem area' for you and the waist of the jeans really hugs that area and makes it worse??? It's basically the worst. These are super high waisted, so it doesn't cut around that part AND when you bend over, no underwear shows. Nuff said.

    Jeggings :: Mayberrys

    Top :: Mayberrys