Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Recent Vlogs

Here are a few of my most recent vlogs... I just realized I fell behind on my blog! There will be another vlog posted very soon... :)

Sunday, September 6, 2015

August 2015 Empties

L'Oreal Fibralogy Conditioner (from Influenster) - 385ml
Coolway Transform Styling Spray - 100ml
C.O. Bigelow Bar Soap - 45g
YWCA Bar Soap - hotel sample
Dot & Lil Black Tea & Cassis Soap - 115g
YSL L'Homme All-Over Shower Gel - 50ml
Aveda Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Lotion - 50ml
C.O. Bigelow Body Lotion - 30ml
DHC New Mild Touch Cleansing Oil - 100ml
The Face Shop Raspberry Roots Sleeping Mask - 100ml
Estee Lauder Advanced Eye Repair Night - 5ml
Kendall Vaseline - 28g
NARS Pro-Prime Pore Refining Primer - 2ml
Benefit The POREfessional - 22ml
Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black - 3.5ml
Benefit Cha Cha Tint - 4ml
Tarte LipSurgence Lip Luster in Achiote - 3g
Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps in Lavender - 944ml
Eco-Dent ExtraBrite Tooth Powder - 56g
Life Mint Dental Flossers - 90 count
Contonelle FreshCare Flusable Cleansing Cloths - 11 cloths
Kleenex Viva Vantage Paper Towels (from Influenster) - 3 rolls

Friday, September 4, 2015

Keep or Donate #13 - 12 Nail Polishes

Color Club Port-Folio - keep
American Apparel Bronze Dash - keep
OPI Samoan Sand - keep
RGB Toast - keep
Sally Hansen Pacific Blue - keep
Essie In the Cab-ana - keep
Butter London Slapper - keep
OPI Big Apple Red - keep
Nicole by OPI Deeply in Love - donate
Clinique Fuchsia (no official name on the bottle) - keep
Cheeky Monkey Party Whore - keep
Butter London Trout Pout - donate

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Travel Tuesday . Flavigny-sur-Ozerain & Lyon . September 2013

On our 4th day in France, we left Reims and drove south to Lyon, where we spent a good portion of our trip. En route, we stopped in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain. Chocolat was filmed in this little village and we had a nice time visiting Les Anis de Flavigny (a candy factory) and wandering around the tiny streets. Later that day, we arrived at Lyon! We spent the next day exploring, eating, walking, and climbing lots and lots of steps. It was a full day, both exhilarating and exhausting, just as it should be.

1. Road to Flavigny-sur-Ozerain (M)
2. Anis factory (M)
3. Anis candies (H)
4. Outside the factory (F) & courtyard (M)
5. Lawn ornaments x 2 (M)
6. Village cat x 2 (H)
7. Hubs walking (M)
8. Figure in the window (M)
9. Small street (H) & doorway (M)
10. A house in Flavigny-sur-Ozertain (H)
11. We arrived in Lyon (H)
12. Reflection (H)
13. OOTD - American Apparel cropped turtleneck, black maxi skirt/dress (brand unknown), Pucci scarf, All Saints leather jacket, Balenciaga City bag, Crocs Kadee flats, J.Lo sunglasses (V)
14. Lyon at dusk (H)
15. Le Bistrot de Lyon napkin holder (M)
16. Us at dinner (F)
17. Ready to eat (M)
18. Hello bistrot (M)
19. The restaurant (M)

1. Madeleines at Lyon morning market (M)
2. Tasting wine (H)
3. Dogs at the market (H)
4. Pug (H)
5. Building in Lyon (M)
6. OOTD - American Apparel scarf, Zara dress, All Saints leather jacket, Balenciaga City bag, Crocs Kadee flats, J.Lo sunglasses (H) & outside another food shop (H)
7. Lunch baguette (M)
8. Fountain (F)
9. Miniature (M)
10. Dog in shop (H)
11. Little piggies (M)
12. Bike in courtyard (H)
13. Courtyard (F)
14. Ice cream shop (F) & shop sign (M)
15. Tower at the top of Lyon (H)
16. View of Lyon (M)
17. Church at top of Lyon x 2 (M)
18. Miniature Lyon (F)
19. Bridge wires (M)
20. Street view (H) & dinner spot (M)
21. Bistrot a tartines (F)

Note: the letter in parentheses = source of the image (M = my camera, H = hubby's camera, F = friend's camera).

Sunday, August 30, 2015

What I Eat in a Day

Around 5 months ago, I started logging my food on My Fitness Pal to try to track/increase my protein intake. This had the gradual side effect of making me much more conscious about what I eat on a daily basis. I found that by increasing my protein intake, I felt fuller and didn't snack as much. I didn't have as many cravings for bread and sweets as I used to.

Eating salad for lunch did not happen overnight but rather over the course of several weeks after I started tracking my food. This is a drastic change for me as I re-watched some of my older vlogs (from Dec/14) and could not believe the amount of junk food I was eating on a daily basis.

I love watching these types of videos so I thought I would show what I eat on a typical work day (when I don't go out for any meals). I've included caloric information in case it is helpful. This is the fewest number of calories I will eat on any given day. I eat much more on the weekend (as shown in my vlogs).

Note that I eat small portions throughout the day but I always have a big dinner. I love food and I think about it all the time so eating a big meal in the morning and small portions in the evening does not really work for me because I don't do well when I restrict myself in the evening. I know this goes against typical meal advice but I am just doing what works for me.

6am to 9am
- 1 banana
- 2 big strawberries (or 3-4 smaller ones)
- 0.5 cup blueberries
- 100g activia yogurt
- 1 tbsp homemade granola
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
approx. 350 calories

9am to 11am
- 16oz black tea with 2 packets of raw sugar and 1 Coffee-Mate pod
approx. 50 calories

11am to 2pm
- 1.5 cups arugula
- 1.5 cups baby spinach
- 2 hard boiled eggs (I normally have 1)
- 1oz chicken (I normally have 2-3oz)
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 0.25 cup feta cheese
- 43ml Renee's tuscan vinaigrette dressing
approx. 400 calories

2pm to 5pm
I normally have a small snack like a yogurt and hemp seeds but I ran out of time at work today so I skipped it.

5pm to 8pm
- 100g steamed pork patty with salted fish
- 1.5 cups of steamed rice
- 1 cup of kernel corn
approx. 750 calories

8pm to 11pm
- 40g peanut M&Ms
- herbal tea with 1.5 tsp honey
approx. 250 calories

For more details on what I eat when I go out to restaurants, I show a lot of my meals out in my vlogs (basically it's whatever I feel like eating, on an unrestricted basis).

NOTE: I am not a health practitioner - please consult with your physician, dietitian, etc. if you would like advice specific to your lifestyle/situation.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Travel Tuesday . Champagne Region . September 2013

It has been nearly 2 years since our last trip to France so I figured I would catch up on blogging my vacation photos while also reinstating my Travel Tuesday posts. My hubby and I made a return trip to France for a couple of weeks in the fall of 2013, but this time with one of our good friends! Our intention was to pick grapes in the Champagne region during harvest season, but the weather did not cooperate that year and harvest season came later than normal so we missed it by a hair. No matter, we still had a fantastic time! Some of you may have watched my France vlog but I also wanted to post some of my favourite photos from our trip. I'll be sharing photos from all our cameras so I will note my friend's photos with an F, my hubby's photos with an H, and my photos with an M. This post features photos from our first three days in France. This was my second time in the Champagne region and I loved it just as much as first time... I am crossing my fingers and toes that I will find myself there again in the near future.

1. Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims exterior (M) & interior (M)
2. Champagne Lanson (H)
3. Grapes (H)
4. Tour guide (M) & Champagne lab (H)
5. Machinery (H)
6. Turning machines (M) & Champagne aging in the cellars (H)
7. Closeup of turning machines (H)
8. OOTD - Pucci scarf, All Saints leather jacket, chunky cardigan from Winners (brand unknown), Lululemon leggings, Crocs Kadee flats (F) & us (M)

1. Champagne region scenery (H)
2. Trong, we meet again! (H)
3. Street sign (M) & Champagne Dominique Foureur courtyard (M)
4. Courtyard (F) & OOTD - American Apparel scarf, Old Navy tank top, Smart Set cotton blazer, Old Navy Rockstar jeans, Crocs Kadee flats, Balenciaga City bag (F)
5. Cellar (M) & corks (M)
6. Lunch at Café du Palais (H)
7. Hubby's excited to eat (M)
8. Lamb (H)
9. Trees x 2 at Monthermé (M)
10. View of Monthermé (H)
11. Dinner at Les Boucles de Meuse (H)

1. Breakfast (M)
2. The three of us love food (F)
3. Reims apartment interior (M) & exterior (M)
4. Shopping (H)
5. Being silly in a shop x 4 (F)
6. Bibliotheque (H)
7. Exploring after lunch at Restaurant de L'Abbaye x 2 (F)
8. Tree lined street in Epernay (H)
9. Fun with a door on the wall (M) & OOTD - wool scarf from India, H&M striped dress worn as a top, H&M cardigan, thrifted skirt (brand unknown), Crocs Kadee flats, Balenciaga City bag (M)
10. Epernay scenery (H)
11. Grapes (M)
12. Vineyards as far as the eye can see (F)
13. Tour at Moët & Chandon (H) & would you believe this baguette is from McDonald's? (H)

That's it for our first few days in France! :)

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