I don’t know about you, but my I’m on an endless journey to be healthier. I always want to eat better but always end up having frozen pizza for diner. I have to thank my boyfriend for that. He doesn't understand. He doesn't gain weight, at all, ever so he don't care if it's healthy or not.

So what happens when I get home after a long day and there’s nothing to eat other than that pizza he bough? Yup, I take a take a big slice of it. Or two. It’s bad.

But he’s getting better, he stopped drinking a litre of Coca-Cola a day, which is a big improvement. He started eating salad too. Now I have hope that I can eat healthier while enjoying a meal with him.

Here is a list of meals I will try to cook for the both of us. Maybe I should have added a healthy alternative to pizza. And freeze it for later. I don’t know.


Greek Goddess Grain Bowl

Spinach Quesadillas

Crispy Quinoa Patties

Skinny Honey Lemon Chicken

Easy Burrito Bow

Healthy Broccoli Nuggets

Crunchy Chicken Avocado Salad

Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad

Skinny Cowgirl Veggie Burger


I know, I’m really hungry too after reading all of these. Which one are you the most excited to try? I think I will start with the Greek Goddess Grain Bowl. Or the Chicken Avocado Salad. I might end up overeating in the next day...


*Photo from pexel.com


I’ve been decorating my bedroom lately and one big thing that has been helping me in this process in creating a mood board. Well, sort of. More like a Pinterest board with rooms I like to draw inspiration from.

I started with one focus, I wanted it to be light. Lots of white. And while I was looking for inspiration I realized I was moving toward pastels and grey tones a lot. I was also matching a few things I already had in my bedroom, like a light green couch and light wood furniture. Even if my bedroom is not 100% finished (it probably never will be) I’m really happy with it so far and have just a few things to finish sorting out before I actually write a post on MY bedroom and not just inspiration for it.

I already started sharing a few shots on Instagram. If you follow me (HERE!) you might have seen my bead with DIY wrapping paper headboard (Maybe I should create a blog post about it. What do you think?) and this gallery wall I’m fairly proud of. What I’m struggling with is the other side of the room.  

You see, my apartment is small. And I have a lot of things. Lots. Of. Things. Like, there is no space where you can see the wall from floor to ceiling because I have too much furniture. I know, that’s a bit much, but this is what happen when you live in a big two bedroom apartment and moved to a small one bedroom and somehow think you don’t need to get rid of things.



I did start to get rid of (some) stuff. But I love my things. I know minimalism is the thing nowadays, buuuuuut I can’t. Just can’t. All of my art supply is squished into a closet and I haven’t had time or space to paint in… Well, longer than I should admit. But I know I will use it again once we get a bigger place! And lots of other excuses like this. But letting things go is a process and the important thing is that I’ve started the process. We got rid of a few trash bags of useless stuff in the last months, that’s a start.

But that was not the point of this blog post. I’m just sharing that mood board I created over the last months and maybe try to inspire some of you in the process. So, are any of you redecorating lately? What does your bedroom look like?







Hey there! How’s your weekend’s going? I’m here drinking some hot cider, so I’m doing pretty good. And I got a new computer, it’s working, and I can work on all the projects I had in my mind, so I’m actually doing great! 

I feel like it’s the end of a nightmare! My Macbook Pro completely crashed at the end of 2016. I tried to have it repaired, but it didn’t help at all. I also tried using my old PC, which ended up being really, really frustrating as it would be super slow just by going on Gmail, so you can
imagine that editing photos was not an option… I actually bought a brand new laptop in January, BUT it was so bad. I guess it was just a lemon and exchanging it would have been fine, but by that time I just wanted to go back to a Mac. I’m working on Mac at work anyway and I know from doing it before that going from Mac to PC is annoying. Especially if you’re using the same software at work and at home (Photoshop & Illustrator). 

So I got a Mac Mini earlier this week. It’s a great budget option since I didn’t have 3000$ to put on a MacBook Pro. (I feel like the price doubled since I bought mine 5 years ago, it’s crazy) Right now I don’t have a screen to go with it, so I’m just screen sharing ro my Macbook as a display. It’s not the best thing ever, it makes it pretty slow, but I just want to take my time to look at a new screen. And it’s doing the job for now. 

Now, going back to the point of this post. Hot Cider. YUM! I know it’s more of a Fall thing, but it’s Winter now and I just need something to warm my heart. It’s cold out right now. 

I was feeling like using cool spices to infuse in the apple juice. Something a little different from just plain old cinnamon and clove. So I went the Chaï route on this one. Cardamone, black pepper, all spice… Hmmm, I love those spices so much. 

You can drink it as is, but you can also add some Gin or Rum to it. I have this Gin de Neiges which is made with apple water and ice cider, so it paires perfectly with this. 

RECIPE 

1.89 Litre Apple Juice
10 green Cardamome Pods
1 Tbsp Telicherry Black Pepper
2 inch Ginger
10 All Spices
7 Clove

Just boil the apple juice with all the spices in it until desired spiciness.

What are you favorite hot drink for the Winter? I’m kinda craving hot chocolate too, maybe I’ll experiment with it next!


I feel like every post I’ve started over the last months (like… both of them) I’ve been saying how long it’s been since the last time I’ve blog. And it’s still the case. Kinda don’t know how to start this thing.

I’ve been having major computer issues. And after many back and forth at the apple store I’ve decided I’d better just buy a new computer. But there was an issue with it and I took it back. And I’m still computer-less for now.

It is making me so unhappy not to be able to do this thing I love. I’ve also been planning to open an Etsy design shop, which could not happen if I don’t have a computer to design whatever I will be selling. I felt like my life was on hold. First world problem I guess.

But enough rambling. I’m sure I’ll get back to it in the next weeks anyway. I’m here today to talk about four lovely products Lancôme was nice enough to send me. (OMG. LANCÔME HAS SENT ME STUFF! I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE IT!)

I was lucky enough to get three of their Grandiôse Eyeliners in blue, brown & silver. I also got their Grandiôse Mascara in the blue color.

Lancôme Grandiôse Eyeliner in Brown

Wow. This liquid liner is SO mat. I absolutely love the look it gives. It’s pretty long lasting and the movable handle makes it super easy to use. The brown is a nice play on the classic black eyeliner but it has more of an every day look to it.

Lancôme Grandiôse Eyeliner in Blue

Love the blue! This is such a subtle pop of color. I had blue eyeliners before but the color of this one is richer somehow. I think this is my favorite out of the three. It is blue enough to look different but dark enough that it’s a subtle pop of color and not too much ‘in your face’.

Lancôme Grandiôse Eyeliner in Silver

I have to say, I was pretty skeptical about this one. I didn’t think I would get any wear out of it except maybe for the (very) occasional more dressed up party. I was wrong. It is silver, yes, but somehow it’s not too much. It just adds a little something special to your eye. I’ve even been wearing it to work, so it’s definitely not too much.

Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara in Blue

I have to say, this is a pretty good mascara. It does a very good job at volumizing but it can get a bit clumpy if you’re not careful. I love the effect of the blue color, it definitely gives something different to any look. The only thing I dislike about it is that it tends to be hard to remove, even with an oil based makeup remover.

Have you tried these Lancôme products before? What is your favorite shade of eyeliner? I’d love to explore different colors!


New year, new me! That’s what everybody are saying at the beginning of each year, right? And then we all end up dropping our resolutions after a few weeks. Maybe we’re doing it wrong. Maybe we’re not setting the right goals. Let’s just all decide to be happier. At the end of the day, this is what really matter.

I wrote down 5 things I want to do this year that will make me happier. Okay, some of them I started in the last months of 2016, but still. I think all of those are positive things, some small and some bigger, that can really make life better.

There’s also a Free Printable Calendar at the end of the article, if it’s something you’re interested in!


Declutter

I have so much stuff. My apartment is filled with useless things I don’t even like and I don’t even know why I keep those things. The overflow makes it way harder to keep anything clean and I have to admit that, even if it’s still decent, sometime my apartment cleanliness is not up to my standards. I’ve known for a long time that I had to get rid of a lot of things, but kept pushing the inevitable to later. Late last year I’ve listened to Mari Kondo’s book and even if I did not agree with her on most points, it still inspired me to declutter my home. I started that weekend and got rid of a full trash bag of things I did not need. I was a great first step! But the one thing that kept holding me back is that I have lot of things that are still good and that I’d like to give away to charity BUT I don’t have a car to take it there, which makes things difficult. After a bit of research I found that there is a few organisms in Montreal you can call and they will come pick up your donations. Amazing! Problem solved! So I’m scheduling a whole weekend with my boyfriend later this month where we’ll go through everything and hopefully we’ll eliminate all those things we don’t need.


Get into something new


I’ve been thinking over the last few months about getting into cocktails and building my mini bar. I’m not much of a drinker, but somehow I think mixology looks very chic and interesting. I started buying a few pieces I really like (and I received a rose gold shaker for Christmas. It’s so pretty!) but will take my time to get things I really like. For me, this year, it’s mixology, but it can be learning more about coffee or tea, getting into baking or painting or learn about the french revolution. Finding a new hobby that might turn into a passion this year is a sure way to make those 12 months more interesting.


Banish negative thoughts


“I’m not good enough”, “It looks great, but it’s not for me, I could never do/wear that”. Really? No, I don’t think so. We are all capable of greatness and the faster we understand it the faster we’ll be able to get what we want out of life. I know, it’s a process and total self-confidence can’t just happen overnight. I’m certainly not there yet, but I’m really starting to think “Why not me? I can totally do that” rather than “I could never reach this goal”. The less you think negative the less you’ll feel negative, right? Well, this year, let’s all make a conscious effort to think and act in a positive way. Let’s be nice to one another too. We all deserve to be happy.


Take a break to figure out what you really want in life


Because knowing what you actually want it the best way to get there. It’s the best way to know what to do to achieve it. Life goes by fast and the first thing you’ll know it’s going to be mid-september and you won’t be any closer to that thing you thought about at the beginning of the year. Take some time off, pick up a pen and a sheet of paper. Write down what you want to achieve, your goals and dreams. From there it’s time to make plans to make sure those things really happen.


Just do it

It’s good to write down what you want. But if you never act on it, you end up at the same place you started at. There’s that one project I’ve been thinking about for years. I remember thinking about it back when I first met my boyfriend. We’ve been together for over five years now, and that project never saw the light of day. I was so scared of things not working out that I just didn’t do anything, which, in the end is worse than not succeeding, because you don’t even get experiences out of it. I’m not going to talk too much about that project right now, because you’ll hear all about it next week. That’s right, I finally decided to go for it. I’ve been working on it for the last months and after years of just thinking about it, it’s all going to actually start next week. And you know what? Maybe I will fail. Maybe it won’t be all I thought it would be, but it doesn’t matter, at least I’m trying. (but to be honest, I’m pretty hopeful everything will be fine)


So there it is. The five things I’m confidently saying I will do to make 2017 the best year so far.

What do you think? Any of these you’ll try out, or are already doing?

You can download the Free Printable Calendar over HERE!