Tuesday, November 13, 2018

ProFusion Expo 2018

Hubby signed me up to go to ProFusion, which is an expo for people interested in photography and videography. He actually signed us both up to go, but the expo is happening during the day, and he has to work. Even though he couldn't make it, he asked me around four or five times over the past two days if I was planning to go. I wasn't sure yet, but he seemed so eager for me to check it out that I looked at the list of presentations and found a couple I was interested in. The first presentation I attended was at the main stage. Jessica Kobeissi is a YouTuber and photographer. She gave a talk that was essentially about perseverance and not giving up on your creative dreams. Her channel looks like it's full of content I would love so I can't wait to watch some of her videos.

The second presentation was at the Canon booth. Jesse Driftwood is a videographer, who changed the trajectory of his career when he mastered the art of storytelling on Instagram using a vertical format. He was full of energy and stressed the importance of honing your craft while doing work that excites you. Both presentations were incredibly relevant and inspiring. I also liked that both speakers echo something that I fundamentally believe: that creators will feel the drive to create regardless of gear. This blog post kind of parallels that concept, as I only took photos using hubby's hand-me-down iPod. The photos were really crappy, but black-and-white makes them better, so here they are anyway.

If you are interested in checking out the ProFusion Expo 2018, it is happening for one more day (Wed Nov 14 from 10am to 5pm). Both Jessica and Jesse are speaking again, and their presentations are worth watching. Tickets are free and available here.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Coconut Flour Chocolate Chunk Bars

When my sister and I were in Ottawa, we ate some yummy coconut bars from the hotel lounge, so naturally I wanted to make some when I got home. I found a recipe online, but it called for so much butter, sugar, and condensed milk that I quickly decided to look for something else. I've been wanting to try another recipe using coconut flour, and I stumbled across this one, which looked fantastic. I had all the ingredients on-hand, and the reviews were mostly positive, so I decided to go for it. I followed the recipe almost exactly (except I omitted the vanilla extract, only added 2 ounces of dark chocolate since that's all I had, used a loaf pan, and increased the baking time to 25 minutes), and the result was delicious. While my bars aren't as pretty, I can attest to them being incredibly moist, flavourful, and filling. The texture is cake-like and a bit crumbly, but the sweet treats still have a really nice mouthfeel. Hubby and I both loved the result--we ended up eating half the pan! Nom nom nom.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Home Sweet Home

Super exhausted after a whirlwind adventure in Ottawa, but it's good to be home!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Sister Bonding Time

I can count on one hand the number of times my youngest sister and I have been alone together. More specifically, I can count the number of times on two fingers. The first was around a decade ago, when I brought her to Take Our Kids to Work Day, less than a month before I switched to a new job. The second was this weekend, when we spent several stomach-bursting-definitely-not-eat-at-home-challenge hours together, the night before her convocation ceremony. I wasn't sure what to expect during our sister bonding adventure, but the hours flew by, and I had so much fun! In the past 24 hours, I discovered even more what an incredibly smart, hardworking, funny, open, generous, and kind person she is. Also, I can't believe my littlest sister is so much taller than me now.

Following tradition with us three girls at convocation, we had to take some requisite jumping photos! Here's a little flashback to 2014 with both my beautiful sisters.

Today's jumps didn't work out so well, but the new grad sure looks good in this one. That jump is impressive especially considering her high heels!

I ended up being straight-legged in pretty much all our jumping photos. I swear I made an effort. Too bad this photo didn't turn out, but it's proof I can still bend my legs. Congratulations on your shiny new master's degree, littlest sis! Our whole family is so very proud of you. x

Friday, November 9, 2018

Nation's Capital

Greetings from our nation's capital! I'm in Ottawa for the night, and I'm cozied up in my hotel room, waiting for my sister to arrive. Thankfully, the weather held up for my walk from the train station to the hotel--I wanted to get those steps in! It's been snowing steadily for the last couple of hours, so it's pretty soggy out now. Stay dry, my friends!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Lulu Looking At Cookies

I'm running a bit behind today, but I wanted to maintain my daily blogging schedule, so here is the best kind of filler post. Lulu looking at a plate of cookies! I took so many photos of her but only shared one on Instagram so here are a few more. See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

CityLine Audience Members

Bestie and I went to a taping of CityLine this morning and had so much fun!! Tracy Moore and the CityLine staff were all very efficient, yet personable and hilarious, which made the 2-hour taping fly by. If you want to see us clapping away in the audience, be sure to tune into next week's CityLine on Wednesday November 14 at 9am EST on Citytv. Our episode features how to maintain gut health over the holidays, how to discuss money matters, the hottest toys this holiday season, fun cookbook gift ideas, and how to network. We both found the topics very interesting, and I can't wait to see how the episode comes together. If you have a free morning during the week, you can sign up here to attend a CityLine taping!

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