The Beauty of Rituals

I've recently fallen in love with a new skin care routine ritual. One that's quiet, still and calm. And actually doesn't irritate the hell out of my crazy sensitive skin like scrubs, masks and moisturizers can. Herbal facial steaming - basically a bowl of hot water with herbs and flowers. Doesn't sound that magical, but the magic isn't in the task. It's in the action of completing said task.

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Moving towards meaningfulness

In 2017, I want to create more space and time for the things that matter to me. I want space to practice, space to create and master my crafts, time to spend sharing experiences with loved ones, and time to recharge my introvert batteries by doing nothing (and not thinking about all the stuff I "should" be doing). So what's in the way? Stuff. So much stuff. 

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Tree of Gratitude

Christmas isn't always easy and can be a difficult time of year for some. I haven't been inspired to put up my tree for a while. This afternoon, inspiration struck me. I'm assuming that it's because I was watching Trailer Park Boys last night and thinking about how I look forward to watching the Trailer Park Boys Christmas Special with my brother (and subjecting my mom to it) every year on Christmas day.

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My Own Book of Awesome

I've been writing in one form or another for the majority of my life. I remember writing my first fiction when I was ten. It was about two purple birds. I don't remember what they got up to but I do remember how awesome it was to let my imagination run wild on paper. I've dabbled in journaling on and off since I was little but I've never really stuck with it.

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Cleaning Without Chemicals

According to the calendar, spring is here. While I remain skeptical of its arrival, it's about that time when people tend to purge winter from their homes with the annual tradition of spring cleaning. Before you bust out the Windex and Mr. Clean or "wash the entire room" with febreze, take a look at that ingredient label and oh, those CAUTION warnings & poison control instructions.

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Cashew Milk 101

It's not hard to find dairy-free milk alternatives these days. Almond, coconut, rice, soy - all of these are easy to find at any grocery store. While they're convenient, nothing beats freshly made nut milk. Especially because you control the ingredients so you know where the flavours and sweeteners come from. You also get some actual nutrition too! 

Cashew milk is one of my favourites. It's nice and creamy and makes a bad ass chai latte. It's also one of the easiest nut milks to make because there's no need strain it like with almond milk. If you're new to making nut milk, cashew is a great place to start. All you need is a blender and some raw (preferably organic) cashews.

There's a millionish recipes for cashew milk on the googles but basically the ratio is 1:3 - 1 cup of cashews to 3 cups of (filtered) water. Just make sure you soak your cashews for at least 4 hours before you milkify them. The process is simple too. Add cashews + water to blender & blend until creamy. If you have a high speed blender this takes about a minute. Other blenders may need a little longer but will do the job. Store in a glass container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

I like to add a couple of pitted dates, some vanilla and a pinch of Himalayan pink salt to mine, but there's other ways to add a hint of sweet like pure maple syrup or raw honey (I feel like buckwheat honey would be tasty too). If you're thinking about exploring homemade nut milk, give it a try. You'll never buy the stuff in a box again. 

Side note: if you're doing a juice cleanse/fast, consider adding some homemade nut milk to the mix to get some protein + fat