Royal blue maxi - high vs low edition:

We have a beach wedding to attend this summer and I feel a celebration by the seaside deserves a maxi dress! I have been looking for a few weeks and while I am still tempted to do something a bit different, I do have my eye on one of these royal blue maxi dresses.

The price difference between the two dresses is about $180 and while there is no denying that the Nordstrom version is more vibrant and will likely fit slightly better, I’m not sure it is worth the much more expensive price tag.

Has anyone seen / tried the JCrew Factory version in-person? I’d love your POV.

Amanda Uprichard maxi vs JCrew Factory maxi

Wanted: Honest thoughts on the ‘Honest’ Company

I know that the Honest Company has been discussed all over Tumblr but I find that most people’s experience with the company is limited to the baby bundles. While I agree the diapers are adorable and I totally plan on using them once I have my own little, I am curious if anyone has any experience with the Honest line of cleaning products?

I am really trying to clean-up (pun!) the supplies that we use around the house as I’ve been reading a ton about the impact that chemicals in our environment can have on our bodies. It is going to be a slow process but I figure since I’m so careful about what I consume, I should be equally as careful about what I’m using to clean my counters and my clothes.

The price point for the Honest products is actually less that what I pay for the natural line of Method products that I purchase at Costco or Target and I am going to be honest, I like Jessica Alba and because of that, the company holds some appeal to me.

I would love to hear your input / experiences with the Honest cleaning and laundry supplies.

Thanks! 

I feel that Elle Decor using the word “must” in this article is a bit dramatic but I do agree with most of the items that they have on the list. Note, agreeing doesn’t mean that I have all the items! Before the end of October I need to get my hands on a “collection”, keep a plant alive and upgrade my bathroom accessories!

Easter Weekend Fun!

Our Easter weekend was pretty quiet which is likely obvious from the lack of photos. We kicked things off with a date night and then followed it up with two delicious family dinners so we were definitely well fed!

Other than eating, we really just hung at home which after a few weeks on the go, was much needed. I got a massage, took a nap and we walked Molly like crazy. I am actually sore from all the walks that we took this weekend. I probably should have eased off the workouts but I wanted to take advantage of all my free time since it never happens during the week!

Despite all the free time, I didn’t actually accomplish much around the house but that’s okay, the laundry can get done next weekend, along with all the prep for our upcoming trip to Nashville!!

I hope you all had lovely long weekends!

Sunny day workout!

It is a glorious day in Toronto today and I want to spend every minute outside. After a four mile with the dog I decided to do a short circuit workout on the back deck and wanted to share since you all need is a mat and a set of weights. My furry workout partner is not included!

Directions: do 15 reps of each exercise, rest for one minute and repeat two more times. 
- jumping jacks
- burpes
- walking lunges
- squat jumps
- calf raises
- mountain climbers
- chest fly (lying on back)
- chest press (lying on back)
- push-ups
- bicep curls
- tricep dips 
- Russian twist with weight
- bicycle crunches

Let me know if you give this workout a try, I’d love to hear your thoughts! High-res

Sunny day workout!

It is a glorious day in Toronto today and I want to spend every minute outside. After a four mile with the dog I decided to do a short circuit workout on the back deck and wanted to share since you all need is a mat and a set of weights. My furry workout partner is not included!

Directions: do 15 reps of each exercise, rest for one minute and repeat two more times.
- jumping jacks
- burpes
- walking lunges
- squat jumps
- calf raises
- mountain climbers
- chest fly (lying on back)
- chest press (lying on back)
- push-ups
- bicep curls
- tricep dips
- Russian twist with weight
- bicycle crunches

Let me know if you give this workout a try, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Since I love to use holidays as an excuse to do some baking I am planning on making these Skinny Taste coconut cupcakes to share with friends and family. That being said, do most kids like coconut? I’d hate to share treats that aren’t met with excitement!
Moms, help me out - do your kids eat coconut? I am also open to any other Easter treat ideas! High-res

Since I love to use holidays as an excuse to do some baking I am planning on making these Skinny Taste coconut cupcakes to share with friends and family. That being said, do most kids like coconut? I’d hate to share treats that aren’t met with excitement!

Moms, help me out - do your kids eat coconut? I am also open to any other Easter treat ideas!

I shamelessly LOVE mason jars and I use them for countless things around my house including, but not limited to:
flowers
food storage (grains, nuts, dried fruit, etc)
soup
home made nut butters (this is a rarity but it has happened!)
cutlery storage / display at dinner parties
smoothies / juices
soda stream water when I’m feeling fancy
I especially love drinking out of mason jars but whenever I do so on the go I end up smoothie all over my face or my outfit which is not the best look when I’m on my way to work. These Cuppow drinking lids might be the perfect solution as they just snap onto most mason jars and instantly make them a “sippy” cup.
Any other mason jar uses to share? High-res

I shamelessly LOVE mason jars and I use them for countless things around my house including, but not limited to:

  • flowers
  • food storage (grains, nuts, dried fruit, etc)
  • soup
  • home made nut butters (this is a rarity but it has happened!)
  • cutlery storage / display at dinner parties
  • smoothies / juices
  • soda stream water when I’m feeling fancy

I especially love drinking out of mason jars but whenever I do so on the go I end up smoothie all over my face or my outfit which is not the best look when I’m on my way to work. These Cuppow drinking lids might be the perfect solution as they just snap onto most mason jars and instantly make them a “sippy” cup.

Any other mason jar uses to share?

Almond, apricot and coconut granola:
I regularly create different granola combinations and not toot my own horn but I think this is my best one yet! The beauty of any granola recipe is that it can be tweaked so many different ways, depending on what you have in your cupboard or what you’re in the mood for. Mike usually eats the bulk of the granola so I try to keep the combinations pretty safe, he doesn’t always love my kitchen experiments!
Ingredients:
2 cups of large flake oats (they should be naturally gluten free but be sure to double check!)
1 cup of sliced almonds
1 cup of unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup whole flax seed or chia seeds
1/4 cup of pure maple syrup
1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
A few shakes of cinnamon
A dash of vanilla
Touch of salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl
Whisk together maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla in a separate dish
Add wet ingredients to dry mixture and stir very well to combine
Press mixture onto parchment lined baking sheet
Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden (keep an eye on it!)
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Almond, apricot and coconut granola:

I regularly create different granola combinations and not toot my own horn but I think this is my best one yet! The beauty of any granola recipe is that it can be tweaked so many different ways, depending on what you have in your cupboard or what you’re in the mood for. Mike usually eats the bulk of the granola so I try to keep the combinations pretty safe, he doesn’t always love my kitchen experiments!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of large flake oats (they should be naturally gluten free but be sure to double check!)
  • 1 cup of sliced almonds
  • 1 cup of unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup whole flax seed or chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
  • A few shakes of cinnamon
  • A dash of vanilla
  • Touch of salt

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl
  • Whisk together maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla in a separate dish
  • Add wet ingredients to dry mixture and stir very well to combine
  • Press mixture onto parchment lined baking sheet
  • Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden (keep an eye on it!)