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A New Me

A New Me


I'll be honest I don't do resolutions or goals and that's because I never stick with them. Raise your hand if you're like me - we all have good intentions at the beginning, but then the inconveniences of life get in the way and obviously the excuses which we all know too well.

This year, I've made a commitment to myself:

Be the best you. Eat well and indulge in moderation, continue on your self-care journey and make time for those you cherish the most.

With the holidays officially over and all that glutenous food out of way, it’s time to get back to reality. To get back on track and to stick to my new intentions, I have decided to make a change to my morning routine (goodbye cheesy egg sandwiches and coffee) and find a way to enjoy something that will bring joy but also fire up my metabolism to get my brain and muscles going in the morning. Starting the day in the best way possible to start fresh and let the creative juices flowing is now a focus and priority in my life. My diet was by no means perfect so restoring my digestive health is important.

The Fix

I'll be starting my morning with a healthy coconut water kale beet berry smoothie loaded with fruits and veggies. The best part? I purchased a Vitamix last year and it has been truly amazing. My morning routine is getting a kick in the butt and what better way than to start on a positive note while savouring a tasty drink.

Tip

Make the smoothie on a Sunday and pour into sealable mason jars or upright plastic containers with twist tops for easy grab and go on busy mornings.

Kale Beet Blueberry Smoothie

 KALE BEET BERRY SMOOTHIE

Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 10 min

Ingredients 

1 cup Grace Foods Pure Coconut Water
1 cup orange juice
2 medium-sized raw carrots, peeled and shredded
2 small to medium-sized raw purple beets, peeled and shredded
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries/blueberries
1/2 cup diced kale
1/2 cup grapes

Other Optional Ingredients

1/2 cup sliced apples as berry substitute
1/2 cup of avocado or 1 banana to provide additional thickness and nutrients

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

If too thick, add ice water to thin out.

Kale Beet Blueberry Smoothie

Kale Beet Blueberry Smoothie

Thank you to Grace Foods for sponsoring this post!
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Rosalyn Gambhir
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Hello 2018

Hello 2018


2017 was a year that flew by, I blinked my eyes and woosh, 365 days later, 2018 is here. What a year! It has been unreal, in so many ways - it was one of closure, acceptance, joy and celebrations. I celebrated a year at my job, formed amazing new friendships and the year ended with a bang (you'll just have to read further to find out!).

As I look towards 2018 - I hope to find new ways to channel my creativity as I prosper in my blogging adventures but also daily life. With that being said, I'm sharing how I have grown this year, what has changed, a few lessons and simply reflect. 

1. Growth through Self-Care

Taking care of my well-being was a priority and commitment to myself this past year. Whether it was taking Sundays off to spend time with my partner, saying no to events or choosing to sleep in, I focused my energy on quality friendships, loved ones and my passions. This stemmed from shifting my mindset to resonate with positivity and it ultimately fueled my growth as well as my inner worth. I relished in daily goals and highlights. The funny thing is that as I focused on myself, everything else seemed to fall into place too. I think by bringing my absolute best self to the table, I was able to get by remarkably better, which affects every aspect of my life.  

2. New Adventures and Friendships

Some grew distant, some bonds strengthened and I realized that having a few handful of quality friends was key. This year, I made more time for friends despite a busy schedule - best part? Thanks to the power of social media. I also realized that letting go of all the toxic people was beneficial - I didn't want to surround myself with people who would question my choices or workplace negatively but also gossip about others. Simply staying in tune with those who resonate positive energy was my goal and am extremely grateful for those friendships.

3. Stepping Out of my Comfort Zone

Blogging has changed tremendously, where it once used to be a creative outlet for many, it is now a trend. If you've been a reader for a few years, you'll know that I choose to settle down in Kingston, Ontario. I truly fell in love with the city, it's people (and a boy) and food (obviously). I started blogging to escape the campus bubble, journey through the many restaurants and discovered Twitter through blogging, where I met some truly amazing people. Though as the years past and I opened myself to Instagram (I was hesitant as Twitter was my jam). I discovered a new community, one that spoke of collaboration over competition and used phrases such as finding your tribe. BUT I soon realized this platform was toxic. Whether it was the comparison game or dealing with negativity from other creators - there's a reason I never felt fully comfortable getting too personal.

But 2018 will be the year where I will be more open and honest with my readers and put myself forward without giving a care of what people think.

4. Let's Get Personal  

2017 was crucial as I took a step back from blogging slightly and focused on my full-time job. I wanted to refuel my passion and give my writing a refresh as blogging can be quite demanding with struggles of burnouts and criticism. It's all about work-life balance baby and I love it all but sometimes we all need a bit of a break! On the other hand, it was also an amazing year personally. Bae (foodie partner-in-crime, boyfriend, partner haha) and I became homeowners, adopted a new dog and the big news was that we got ENGAGED over the holidays (woo hoo!).

5. In 2018, I want...

To keep it short and sweet - I would like to still put me first, be more present, create more content and explore way more. The list of exciting opportunities and places has already started and I can't wait to see what 2018 has in store.

Cheers to a new year!
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Rosalyn Gambhir
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Baking Festive Chocolate Chip Cookies with McCafé

Baking Festive Chocolate Chip Cookies with McCafé


Christmas chocolate chip cookies with Crème Brûlée Latte - McCafe

Baby, it’s cold outside and the perfect time to warm up with a holiday drink! My go-to has been the McCafé Crème Brûlée Latte paired with my homemade festive chocolate chip cookies. Who doesn't love a little sugary treat this time of year? It's a twist on a classic cookie and perfect for gifting, last-minute guests or simply making and sharing with the family!

Best of all, you can sip on your latte while baking or on your holiday journey. It’s sure to fill your heart with warmth and joy!

Christmas chocolate chip cookies with Crème Brûlée Latte - McCafe

Christmas chocolate chip cookies with Crème Brûlée Latte - McCafe

Christmas chocolate chip cookies with Crème Brûlée Latte - McCafe

Now for the perfect pairing with a McCafé drink is the festive chocolate chip cookie:

INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
2 large eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch of ground cinnamon
2 cups of festive chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

Serves 2 dozen cookies.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

In a mixing bowl, beat the brown sugar and butter together at medium speed until fluffy. Next, add eggs and beat until combined. In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, then add to the butter mixture and combine. Stir in the festive chocolate chips by hand.

Using your hands, form the dough into rounded 2 inch balls. Drop the dough balls onto the prepared baking sheets leaving 2 inches between them.

Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Christmas chocolate chip cookies with Crème Brûlée Latte - McCafe

Christmas chocolate chip cookies with Crème Brûlée Latte - McCafe

Christmas chocolate chip cookies with Crème Brûlée Latte - McCafe

Happy Holidays my lovelies!

Disclosure: Bon appétit to McDonald’s Canada for sponsoring this post! All views and opinions are my own.
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Rosalyn Gambhir
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Cozy Winter Picks

Cozy Winter Picks


Sundays are by far my favourite day of the week - from sleeping in, brunch with bae to snuggling up on the couch. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, sometimes we just need to take time out for a day of rest and focus on self-care. And let's not forget that it's winter and it's freakin' cold. I'll admit I'm not one for winter and would be quite content if spring made an appearance. But alas, I make the most of this season and all that it has to offer. So what better way to celebrate the season of getting cozy, than with a little binge-watching and cocoa drinking.

I'm sharing my favourite go-to winter picks that will help me get through these cold months:

FESTIVE CANDLE

Lighting a candle is essential to developing the coziest of cozy environments. Don't look any further than Bath & Body Works' Tis The Season 3-wick candle, the smell is simply divine. It's a blend of rich red apples, sweet cinnamon and cedarwood. Essentially it's Christmas in a jar!

Cozy Winter Picks

HOT CHOCOLATE

Hot chocolates are the ultimate winter treat. A cup of this velvety goodness will sure make you feel instantly cozy especially when topped with yummy marshmallows. Whether you make your own hot chocolate mix with your favourite chocolate and warm milk. Or whip up some boxed powdered hot chocolate (there's no shame!) - get your booty on the couch as you'll feel the warmth of the holiday season and calm down instantly.

Cozy Winter Picks

COOKIES

From gingerbread to shortbread to sugar cookies, the holiday season is filled with tasty treats that will sweeten up your mood. But seriously, cookies are basically the point of Christmas, right? Bae and I received these delicious shortbread cookies from his colleague this weekend and boy oh boy were they the best I've ever had. 

Cozy Winter Picks

THROW

For me, the perfect throw needs to be cozy, pretty and fluffy. This one from Indigo is by far the softest blanket to snuggle up with on the couch and makes a stylish accent draped over a sofa or bed when not in use.

Cozy Winter Picks

What are your favourite cozy winter items?
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Rosalyn Gambhir
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