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Flourgirl: Vegan cinnamon buns that are hard to share

Flourgirl: Vegan cinnamon buns that are hard to share

Please allow me to introduce you to Flourgirl Baking, some of the best Vancouver vegan baking I’ve ever had. I will be honest, initially I was intrigued by the notion of a vegan cinnamon bun.  Would it be cinnamon-y, just the way I like? Will the texture be right? And let’s not forget the icing!…

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By Karen, April 24, 2019
The Batter’s Up Bakery: sugar cookies with plenty of soul

The Batter’s Up Bakery: sugar cookies with plenty of soul

Aren’t these beauties just the sweetest? To me, they say “Hello, welcome to Spring!” The Batters Up Bakery owner-operator Jessica van Delden has hit a home run with her sugar cookies. The taste, texture, and sweet design are outta this ballpark delicious! In December 2017 Jessica made a batch of Christmas themed sugar cookies for…

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By Karen, April 10, 2019
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“Time Is NOT Working Against You”: Accomplishment lists & harnessing the benefits of living in the moment

When you wake up in the morning, what do you feel? Most of the time, I’m excited it’s a new day. And other times I’m overwhelmed and need to work at developing a positive mindset. Why overwhelmed, you ask?  Well, I still on occasion have the mentality that I need to do all the things….

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By Karen, April 3, 2019
Chocolate Arts: one of the most-liked handmade chocolate in Vancouver

Chocolate Arts: one of the most-liked handmade chocolate in Vancouver

As a big fan of chocolate, especially handmade chocolate with a focus on local flavours, recommending Chocolate Arts is a no-brainer for me. My headline isn’t lying: this is one of the most-liked chocolate in Vancouver. You’ll find Chocolate Arts on West 3rd in Vancouver.  These chocolatiers are no newbies, having been in business for…

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By Karen, March 20, 2019
Hoochy Booch Kombucha: Versatile and Natural, Perfectly Sweet and Pleasingly Sour

Hoochy Booch Kombucha: Versatile and Natural, Perfectly Sweet and Pleasingly Sour

Kombucha is a fermented beverage. So is wine. I guess it’s no wonder I became a fast fan of Hoochy Booch Kombucha when I first tried it in 2014. Hoochy Booch was founded by Kristin Zerbin. Once upon a time she was a tired, bloated and moody woman who wanted to make a change.  Kombucha…

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By Karen, March 13, 2019
Health After 50: Type 2 Diabetes, Menopause Symptoms + Getting Real

Health After 50: Type 2 Diabetes, Menopause Symptoms + Getting Real

Good news first: my brain fog finally started to lift in mid-January. Tough news next: health after 50 is a bit of minefield. In addition to managing my normal menopause symptoms at age 50 and beyond, I’m dealing with being on the diabetes spectrum. On a follow-up visit for my blood pressure with my GP…

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By Karen, March 6, 2019
Surprise Birthday Party Ideas: Traveling, Fibbing, Guacamole, and Love

Surprise Birthday Party Ideas: Traveling, Fibbing, Guacamole, and Love

You ask, how did I plan a surprise birthday party for my daughter who lives 3,799.6 km away? Lies, lies, lies. Just kidding. You don’t lie; never lie. Just fib. A lot. Despite all the fibbing, my Indianapolis University attending daughter Delaney was on us the whole time.  We tried brushing her off, but she…

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By Karen, February 27, 2019
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A Whirlwind Trip to Downtown Indianapolis: The Alexander Hotel Indianapolis, Turkey Burgers, and More

A Whirlwind Trip to Downtown Indianapolis: The Alexander Hotel Indianapolis, Turkey Burgers, and More

When Ryland, Ali, and I arrived at The Alexander Hotel in downtown Indianapolis at 1:00 am after travelling all day, it was a treat to be greeted so kindly at reception. If you like, it was a good omen, and one that proved quite accurate. Our time in downtown Indianapolis did not disappoint. So why…

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By Karen, February 13, 2019
My 10 Favourite February Things

My 10 Favourite February Things

Organization and sparking Joy has been a hot hot topic since the start of 2019.  Marie Kondo’s KonMari method launched on Netflix on January 1, and it’s been all the buzz.  My social media blew up as well as it being all the chatter among friends conversation. As much as I resisted jumping on the…

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By Karen, February 7, 2019
Wine and Cheese or Wine and Control?: How a Party became a Lesson in Letting Go

Wine and Cheese or Wine and Control?: How a Party became a Lesson in Letting Go

We hosted a wine and cheese party just before Christmas. All the guests were asked to bring their favourite wine and cheese. But what they ended up bringing me was a lesson in what my own signs of anxiety look like– and how I can begin to move past them. Before the party, I found…

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By Karen, February 4, 2019
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At this point, I understand myself well enough to know exactly how to cultivate joy on my own terms. So I savour life like I would a 9-course meal…with wine pairings, naturally. This is where you can draw inspiration for living your most adventurous, courageous, luxurious, and beautiful life—one delectably guiltless mouthful at a time.
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