4 Rosés to Try this Summer

I’m a fan of rosé – Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall.  If you haven’t jumped on the wagon yet, it’s time you get on-board – rosé has come back in a big way.  Along with Chardonnay, Rosés have cleared their (undeserving) poor reputations and made a serious comeback over the past few years. I’m no Sommelier…but I know a good rosé when I taste one! Here’s a few you must try – ranging from extremely affordable to a great bottle to celebrate a special occasion (like the arrival of nice weather!)

Simboli Pinot Grigio Rosé
This Pinot Grigio rosé is never leaving my roster. The price for the quality is unmatched. This wine is ever-so slightly sweet and very light with a fruity nose. For around $13, this one is a must-try.

Gérard Bertrand Côte des Roses
The first thing you notice about this wine is how simply beautiful the bottle is. This wine is slightly dry with obvious hints of rose petals but still on the fruity side. This rosé would pair nicely with some BBQ veggies and hummus. About $18.

Château d’Esclans Whispering Angel 2016
This is hands down my favorite rosé (fun fact: also Kelly Ripa’s favorite rosé). It is extremely easy to drink, with a floral and fruity scent. It is very, very refreshing and on the more dry side. Pair with anything. Or on it’s own. Whatever, just try this one if you haven’t already (it might be hard to get your hands on these days). About $27

La Crema Pinot Noir Rosé Monterey 2016
La Crema is known for excellent wines, and like their namesake, they are truly smooth. This rosé is a Pinot Noir so its a bit darker and has a fruity, almost grapefruit aroma. It’s definitely the most vibrant of the bunch, with its undertones of fresh berries. This would pair nicely with an full evening meal as the sun sets on a warm, summer night. About $30

frose-frozen-rosePicture and Frozé recipe from Bon Appetit

Bonus: for those Ultra hot Summer nights, grab your favorite and make a Frosé!  It’s exactly what it sounds like – a Frozen Rosé – almost like a granita…only boozier!



Fruit Ceviche: Olé!

The weather has been nothing short of crazy this Winter. From bone chilling cold, to mild through to snowmaggeddon, its been a wild ride and we only have a few weeks to go! What better way to forget about the frightful weather and welcome Spring than to have some margaritas paired with a delightful fruit ceviche. Invite a few friends over for a fun afternoon, crank up the heat a few degrees, put on some Summer tunes and enjoy this fun dish!

Fruit Ceviche
Serves 4
2 Ripe Mango
4 green or golden Kiwi
1 medium Honeydew Melon
2 Ripe Avocado
1/2 Red Onion
Juice of 2 Limes
1/2 Bunch of cilantro, finely chopped
Season with Red Pepper Flakes

This recipe is super simple! Simply dice up your fruit and avocado into small cubes. To prevent your avocado from browning, quickly toss in a few squeezes of lime juice.

Finely slice your onions and dice (small enough so you don’t get a huge onion chunk, but large enough so it isn’t minced).


Add all fruit into a large bowl. Add lime juice, cilantro and red pepper flakes. Mix well so that the lime juice is well-incorporated. Be delicate as you mix – you want the avocado to maintain its shape and not turn the ceviche into a guacamole. Can be kept in the fridge for 2 days but best served room-temperature.

Easter Cocktail: Blackberry Gin with Rosemary

What better way to celebrate Easter with your family and friends than with a refreshing, pastel-colored beverage?  The blackberries release a slight hint of sweetness and the rosemary brings out the juniper in the Gin. This cocktail is not only super easy but looks beautiful when served on a white tray to enhance the light purple color. Give it a try – you’ll only need a small bottle of gin for 6-8 drinks (depending on how strong you like them)!

Easter Blackberry Gin with Rosemary
1 372 ml bottle of Gin (I used Bombay Sapphire)
1 bottle Soda Water (I used Perrier)
1 Pint of Blackberries
1 Pack of Rosemary
Cheese Cloth
Mason Jar
Ice to serve
Optional: Simple syrup

Wash half a pint of blackberries and place into a piece of cheese cloth. Tie the loose ends into a knot. Place into your mason jar. Add two small sprigs of Rosemary. Pour in the bottle of Gin. Gently (do not pulverize!) squeeze down some of the blackberries with the end of a wooden spoon to release some of the blackberry juice. Cover, and leave in the fridge for at least 24 hours (if you can leave it for 48-72, that would be even better!)

Once your Gin has sat for a few days, it’ll turn into a beautiful purple color.  Fill your tumblers halfway with ice.  Add a few blackberries.  Pour a shot (or two – depending on the size of your glass) into your tumblers.  Fill the remainder of the glass with soda water. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary. Serve to guests to drink right away!


If you prefer your drinks on the sweeter side, you can always add a little bit of simple syrup before you add in the Soda water. I wouldn’t reccomend substituting the Soda for 7Up or Sprite, though – it will take away from the delicate blackberry and rosemary flavors.


4 Easy Ways to Bring your Home into Spring

This Winter feels like a bad rash that just won’t go away! Get ready to put away your ulta-thick duvet and gear up for Spring. Here’s a few simple ways you can bring your home decor into Spring and Summer without freezing up your bank account (see what I did there?).

Put away those Blankets in Pretty Baskets
You dont have to stash away your blankets in the closet – you can keep them easily accessible for chilly nights by putting them into a cute basket which is not only functional, but can also add some style to an empty corner.

Emlyn Basket, Crate and Barrel, $139 CAD | Metal and Wood Basket, Zone Maison, $49 CAD | Basket with Handles, Ikea, $12.99 CAD (steal!) | Tassel Basket, Anthropologie, $78-$88 CAD

Bring Some Greenery In
It’s no secret that bringing fresh plants into the home helps clean the air and helps to bring the indoors into the home. If you dont have a greenthumb or a nursery nearby, there’s nothing wrong with adding some artificial plants into your home. Big, tropical foliage, Fig Trees and Terrarium Succulents are all beautiful and on trend for this Spring (plus they’ll last even if you decide to take off for a few weeks this Summer – lucky you!). See my post on making your own Artificial Succulent Box!

Homemade Succulent Box | Berlin Planter, Zone Maison, $188 CAD | Fiddle Leaf Tree, Structube, $149 CAD | 3 Piece Succulent Set, Wayfair, $73.99 CAD

New Accent Pillows
If you’re itching to make a change, but don’t want to invest in any pricy items, a great way to bring color into your home or onto your patio is to buy some fun accent pillows.  They’re (usually!) fairly inexpensive so you can change them out with the seasons and play with different color palettes.

Leaves Accent Pillow, Urban Barn, $39.00 CAD |Indigo Cross Cushion, Simons, $35 CAD| Jacob Pillow, LD Shoppe, $40 CAD  Cherita Cotton Throw Pillow, Wayfair, $48.49 CAD

Get some new “Stemware” 
You don’t have to use the same wine glasses or stemware year-round.  If you do though,  look for a nice shatterproof set that will do double duty – that can go from an afternoon on the patio into the house for dinner. Plus, if you have one too many margaritas on that first 20 degree day with your friends, you wont be left cleaning up a terrible mess if one happens to fall off the table! Look to get a fun, colorful set as well as a clear, classy set so you’re prepared for whatever the occasion.

Set of 4 Glacier Acrylic Wine Glasses, Stokes,  $17.99 CAD | Cool Blue Shatterproof White Wine Glass, Bed Bath and Beyond, $5.99 USD | Set of 6 Plastic Highball Glasses, Wayfair, $74.99 | Set of 4 Shatterproof White Wine Glasses, William Sonoma, $39.95 USD

Bonus: I love the teal color of this set – would look great out on the patio with some of the fun pillows above! Pitcher & Glasses Set, Bed Bath & Beyond, $69.99 CAD

Now…bundle up, get to shopping, and count down the days until patio season – we’re almost there!

DIY: No-Maintenance Succulent Box

I’ve been searching high and low for a cute succulent planter but haven’t been able to find one.  I decided to try to find an artificial one and found two things: they either look super fake or are insanely expensive. So, I decided to stop hunting and make my own!


I bought all of the artifical succulents from Michaels (box and foam insert too), and arranged them in a natural fashion – not too even, of different sizes and colors. You can buy a circular metal planter and make a centerpiece, or a rectangular box to sit on a windowsill or mantle. I found that the artificial succulents at Michaels looked the most realistic – even the large Hens and Chicks have texture to the leaves which makes them look that much more real. The entire project cost me less than $80. Bonus: you won’t have to remember to water these!

The box was a natural wood and I wanted it a bit lighter to go with the white decor. I quickly painted each side of the box with white interior paint, and half wiped it off with a rag while it was still wet.

Get creative – lets see what you come up with!

Single on Valentines Day? Plan a Date with Yourself!

Well, that time of year is next week – when those in love, or just freshly into a relationship, wonder if they will be surprised at the office with a bouquet of flowers or if maybe a foot rub is in the cards after a home-cooked meal. If you find yourself single, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be made to feel special on this V-Day – even if your significant other is…well, yourself!

love-pink-heart-we-heart-Favim.com-2386603 For the Homebody
Plan an at-home date with yourself. Light some candles, put on some of your favorite chill tunes, indulge in some flowers, pour a glass of rose and draw yourself a nice bath to unwind. There’s plenty you can do to treat yourself! Pampering yourself shouldn’t be limited to Valentines Day – look to incorporate a date night with yourself at least once a month. You’re worth it!

Fleur-de-Lys Roses, Landeau, $208 CAD | Figuier Candle, Diptyque, $86 CAD | Body Polish, Herbivore, $38 CAD

love-pink-heart-we-heart-Favim.com-2386603 For the Social Butterfly
You might be the last (wo)man standing right now, the last of the singletons amongst your friends. That doesn’t meant you can’t treat yourself to a night out of the town.  There’s nothing wrong with going out solo, and, who knows, you might find yourself having a dirty martini at the bar with someone interesting! Indulge yourself in some fun clothes and accessories that you can wear out – and will carry through to the Spring.


Faux Red Leather Satchel, $33.90 CAD | Bauble drop Earrings, $9.90 CAD | Heart and Soul Patched Sweater, $52.43

love-pink-heart-we-heart-Favim.com-2386603 For the Techie
If you’re not the type to want to have a sensual solo evening or a night out with your awesome self, then you might just want to treat yourself to a cool gift that will leave the light on for you when you’re working late. The Phillips Hue Wifi lights are not only a great way to get into the whole Smart Home craze, but they are also super convenient! You can turn on your lights remotely via your smart phone, no matter where you are. You can also dim them from your phone or set them on a timer for when you know you won’t be coming home (heyyy there, you vixen, you…)
2018-02-08 20_51_24-Philips Hue A19 Smart Personal Wireless Light Bulb Starter Kit - White & Colour
Philips Hue Starter Kit
, $169.00

So whoever you are, whatever your relationship status,  make sure to prioritize some time for you on this Valentines Day!

Breastfeeding: The Challenging Journey (an understatement)

Recently, my breastfeeding journey ended with my little guy.  In the 10.5 months we breastfed (and pumped), there are several things I learned that I want to share. While I do not claim to be a pro (consult an ILCBC for any serious issues or questions), I feel that by sharing this info, if I can help or encourage just one Mama, then I have done my part.

Dreaming of ‘dem boobehs.

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