DIY Sunday: Weekly Meal Planner

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Let’s be honest, us gals (and guys) have busy schedules. So busy in fact, that planning out a meal and even more so making one, can be the last thing on our minds. We’re always off to work, skipping over to spin class, or heading out for a night on the town! But with that being said, it’s important to look after yourself –and food plays a big part.

To make things a little simpler in our action-packed days, try using a weekly meal planner. Why? Because  you can have your lunches and/or dinners all figured out before your week even begins (being ahead is never a bad thing). And on top of it all you can list your ingredients so you’re set to grocery shop and stay on track.

In other words, this little guy can not only help you eat better by encouraging you to skip the store-bought and take-out food, but also helps you save money because you pinpoint what you need to buy.

To make your own, select pretty paper and print out my template by clicking here. Make sure you set up the orientation as “landscape”. For a round-up of what you need, see below.

Tools:
7×5 inch coloured craft paper of your choice
Printer
Magnets(if you want to stick it on the fridge)

Once you’re done, you can hang it up on your fridge (because of course, it’s pretty enough to show off), or stick it in your agenda for a quick glance at what’s on your plate.

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Petal Power: Buying the Best Blooms in the City!

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It’s that time of the year again! No, I’m not referring to that time when we freeze our bottoms off as the temperatures drop lower than your shortest friend does during a round of limbo.

I’m talking about Valentine’s Day –the time of the year when the town is painted pink and hearts flutter. Chocolate, dinners, and candles are all a standard part of everyone’s plans. When it comes to flowers however, there are endless options. And though roses are most coveted, other petals are just as perfect. So whether you’re buying a bouquet for yourself or for someone special, here are some go-to florists in Toronto!

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Admire the Stretch on Avenue Road: Yea, it’ll be a little chilly this weekend to say the least, but for some of the best and most abundant flower options, take a stroll on Avenue Road just south of Davenport Road. This stretch is lined plenty of shops and petals to choose from!

Check out Flower Creations: If venturing outdoors is too much for you, then take refuge in the sheltered warmth of Toronto’s PATH system. There, you’ll come across Flower Creations –ideal if you work in the downtown core (hello lunchtime trip)!

Keep it Chic with Coriander Girl: located in the Roncesvalles/Parkdale neighbourhood, this shop is as pretty as the arrangements it creates! Take one quick look at their website (or get lost for minutes on end admiring each beautifully showcased bouquet), and you’ll be sold.

Make Your Way to WilBe Bloomin: take a trip and head down to the quirky and fun Kensington Market! WilBe Bloomin makes custom bouquets and arrangements –and even delivers. So if you’re in a pinch for time, they’ll play messenger!

There you have it, plenty of options for you to pick your perfect flowers from this Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

Falling for Autumn: Activities That Will Make You Love the Season

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Fall –for many, that word can only mean one thing: the transition into a chiller season. But think about it, autumn brings along the perfect temps for sweater weather, and an excuse for all things pumpkin-spiced. So it’s not that bad after all, right?

To make the most of the season, here are some activities to get you outdoors and to become a fan of fall.

Venture out for Apple-Picking: Pies, flans, and crumbles. These are the staples of fall desserts and have one thing in common –apples. The season’s best fruit are a must-have if you’re going to be baking. But where’s the fun in getting the ingredients from the grocery store? Head out of the city and on to a farm instead to pick your apples. Not only is this a fun activity, but you’ll be enjoying the fresh fall air and

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Pay a Visit to the Pumpkin Patch: Pumpkins are multi-purpose. They can serve as an ingredient for some of the season’s iconic foods, and are equally great for decorating. Much like the apples, you can definitely pick these up at a store nearby. But venture out to a pumpkin patch and make a day of it! You’re also bound to find more varieties, shapes, and sizes.

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Appreciate the Beauty of Parks: We often get so caught up in the concrete skyline of the city, that we forget there’s nature all around us. Fall is a season when you’ll find an especially striking display as the tree crowns change colours. To see for yourself, check out nearby parks, conservation areas, and various geological sites –they’re sure to impress (and who knows, maybe inspire the palette for your fall wardrobe)!.

What’s your favourite fall activity?

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Travel Tips for a Hassle-Free Spring Break

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Everyone loves to make an escape during Spring Break! Fed up with all the snow and cold after a long winter, the slush left behind, and the many layers we still have to wear can drive us to dream of warmer places. But going away can be as stressful as staying in the city and dealing with unpleasant weather. Why? Because getting from one destination to another is not quite simple, especially if crossing international borders. With planes, trains, automobiles, and loads of luggage involved, things can get complicated. What do you bring? What will you need? What can you expect? Don’t let all those questions spoil your fun plans. Instead, read these quick tips before you board. From packing to sitting by the palm trees, ThePoshDish has you covered:

Packing with Purpose: Packing doesn’t have to take long, but don’t leave it until the last minute –you’re more likely to overpack that way! Take some time a week in advance, and lay out the clothes you’d like to bring. Pair them up into possible outfits and choose pieces that can be worn more than once. Leave them out until the day before and review what you have each day. You’ll be surprised how many items you end up taking out.

The One Thing to Bring…: If you’re heading somewhere with sun and sand, chances are you’ll need your sunglasses. But chances are that you’ll also be covered up in sticky SPF and tanning oil, which will get all over your glasses. The result? They get murky and block not only the sun, but everything else in sight. So in a travel-sized spray bottle, pour some eyeglass cleaner and throw it in your beach bag. Just make sure to check your airline’s rules for carrying liquids.

On the road(or up in the air): Filling in your declaration card while crossing borders is always quite an event. Everyone is scrambling to find a pen and grab their passport. To make the process simpler, just have all of your info written down on a post-it note and leave it on your boarding pass or in your carry-on/purse along with your pen.

Once There: Many all-inclusive resorts will serve drinks on the beach in disposable cups! That’s great, but unless you can sip it all within minutes, then it becomes a melted, mushy mess. So bring your own mug or insulated cup with a lid –they’re easy to find at most dollar stores and great for keeping your icy drinks cool. Now you’re all set to soar down South. Do you have any great tips? What’s your travel prep routine like?

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Staying Cozy in the Cold: The Clothing Guide

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If you live somewhere in North America, then you’ve felt it! The teeth-chattering cold that seeps into your bones and leaves you longing for your cozy bed. And when even Atlanta feels like the Arctic, how do you stay warm? Here are a few tips to make sure that you’re ready to withstand winter.

Part Ways with Denim: Even though jeans are a year-long wardrobe staple, you better keep them in your closet for now! They won’t block out the cold –if anything, the fabric only absorbs it. So opt for cotton jeggings instead, or a great pair of lined wool pants.

Layer-Up, Buttercup!: Let’s face it, flimsy fabrics just won’t cut it in sub-zero temps. You need to layer your clothing like a well-built cake. Slip on tights underneath your bottoms, and have at least 3 items on the top (camisole, long sleeve shirt, sweater/cardigan). Lucky for us, layering is in style so have fun with it! Mix patterns and prints, and combine colours.

Choose the Right Shoes: Stilettos may be stylish, but you’ll slip on icy sidewalks. Instead, lace up a pair of insulated boots that will also keep your toes nice and toasty.

Add on some Accessories: Keep it all under wraps with scarves, hats, and mitts that are lined,  and put away those lovely leather driving gloves until spring!

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The Beauty of Birthdays

CandlesBirthdays can be tough. A reminder that time is passing by and we have gotten yet another year older, another year farther from the flexibility and carefree days of youth. And maybe that’s why some shy away from celebrations. But don’t be that person. It’s one thing to hide your age but another to ignore its existence altogether! Go out and have fun, be happy on YOUR day (if you’re one for attention then this is the day to push the limit without being the subject of scorn and judgement).

It’s also an excuse to get your friends together, and be surrounded by those who care most –positive energy to last you an entire year, people! But don’t forget to thank them. If they can take a minute to wish you a happy birthday, then you too can show your appreciation. Send thank you cards to those who have brought you gifts, and text or call those who have attended whatever celebration you had planned. Being tired, worn out, or hungover from the night before is not  an acceptable excuse here.

And at the risk of sounding cliche, you too will get better with age just like cheese and wine.  So smile, because birthdays are like a fresh start at life, to explore, love, and grow!

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