Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What makes YOU happy? - #wordlesswednesday (linky)

My mug today asks the question...

So please, leave a comment and let me know! :)

Veggie Soup with Kale and Cannellini #recipe

Yesterday was beautifully sunny here but still oh so chilly! And with all the talk of the crazy snowstorm that's hitting nearby it was definitely a day to make a comforting pot of soup!

There was a lot of veggies that needed to be put to use, including a bunch of kale. Here's what I came up with :)

  • 1 large onion, diced (I used purple)
  • 3 medium carrots, cut to your liking
  • 3 stalks celery (I like to slice into crescents)
  • 2 tbsp. EVOO
  • 2 cups or 2 small zucchini, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced (I used orange/red)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp dried crushed rosemary
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1- 15oz can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2+ cups of fresh chopped kale (remove the thick ribs!)
  • In large pot, heat olive oil(EVOO) over medium-high heat. Add diced onion, carrots and celery and sauté for approx. 5 mins, until softened. Add in zucchini and bell pepper and continue to sauté approx. 2 mins. Then add garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Add in broth, tomatoes, and spices. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium/medium-low and allow soup to gently boil, uncovered for about 20 mins.
  • Add cannellini beans and kale and cook, uncovered, until kale has softened, approx. 5 minutes.
  • Garnish if you wish. Enjoy!
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Keep it Simple Applesauce! #recipe

So what does that mean? NO SUGAR. Just apples, water, hint of cinnamon and a bit of lemon juice!

A warm bowl of applesauce waiting when the kids get in from a wintery walk home from school hits the spot just right! And it goes great with a slice of banana loaf!

  • 10 medium apples (I used golden delicious...experiment w different types!)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice(keeps apples from browning)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Peel, core and chop your apples.
  • In a medium pot, add water, lemon juice, and apples.
  • Bring to a boil, mix in the cinnamon, and then let simmer on medium-low for approx. 15 mins.
  • Mash or immersion blender to desired consistency.
  • Serve warm or cold. Enjoy!

What's your go-to healthy snack?

Emma Watson as Disney's Belle? LOVE IT!

Did you hear the news? Emma Watson (the awesome Hermione in HP) has been cast as the new Disney Belle!

*image from MuchMusic blog*
Actress Emma Watson has been cast as Belle in Disney's upcoming live-action interpretation of Beauty and the Beast. The film is directed by Bill Condon and produced by Mandeville Films' David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Production is anticipated to begin later this year.
Here's Emma sharing her news...and yes, thinking about the songs just gives me goosebumps already!

I think that this casting is absolutely BRILLIANT and cannot wait for it's release!
What do you think of Emma as the new Belle?
Friday, January 23, 2015

Orangie's Haircut for Pantene Beautiful Lengths! #pgmom

A couple weeks ago, Orangie made the big brave decision that it was time for change, and that she wanted short hair. She had researched short haircuts for girls and showed me the pictures...and I made the call to the salon. When we got there, her stylist recommended that we go about 1" shorter than what Orangie had in mind so that she could donate her hair with this big change. We only needed to give it a quick thought and we eagerly agreed. We have lost family to cancer, know survivors, AND know a wig-wearer, so Orangie LOVED the idea of donating her hair! And with my position as a PGmom I knew just where to donate it; Pantene Beautiful Lengths!

Pantene Beautiful Lengths is a program in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society, built on the simple, generous act of donating a ponytail to create real hair wigs for women battling cancer. These real-hair wigs are available at no cost to women across the country who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments. Since launching in Canada seven years ago, with the support of thousands of generous Canadians from coast-to-coast, Pantene Beautiful Lengths has donated thousands of high quality, real-hair wigs to help women living with cancer regain their confidence and sense of self.

Did you know that it takes at least 8-15 ponytails to make a wig?
When you donate your hair, you are giving a precious gift to a woman in need. We want to make sure not a single gift is wasted, so please be sure your hair meets these requirements before you make the cut!

Instructions on Making the Cut, includes link for postage paid shipping label!

Please check out this inspirational video from Pantene Beautiful Lengths Donation Day 2013 in Toronto..

Orangie donated over 9" of her hair that day!

Have you donated your hair?

Please consider it! What an amazing gift!
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

#wordlesswednesday - A Peek at my Week 01/21 (linky)

For this weeks Wordless Wednesday linky I have gone back to the "A Peek at my Week" format!
Hope you enjoy! and please link up! :)

1) Sushi - I absolutely LOVE octopus, eel, snapper, etc. So good!
2) New knit project going on! and it's super soft baby alpaca wool!
3) Dinner with friends at Martini's in Kitchener. Love this place!
4 & 5) Took Orangie to go iceskating with her Girl Guides troop. So thankful that it was a decent night, with the temp hovering just below 0.
6) Orangie has been into the polymer clay/Fimo/Sculpey lately. I love her little creations!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

P&G His and Hers Essentials Kit - #pgmom #giveaway

Oh cold, dry, and dreary. The holidays are over, and you're just counting down the days till spring! It's time for a pick-me-up with the fab get-you-looking-your-best products in the P&G His and Hers Essentials Kit!

Men’s spruce up!

Smell fresh! The new Old Spice Swagger line will be sure to have your man feeling fresh!  Start with Old Spice Swagger Body Wash paired with Old Spice Antiperspirant to guarantee an irresistible scent from head to toe. Worried that great scent might fade? Call on Old Spice Re-fresh Body Spray if a touch up is needed.

Styled Hair! Head & Shoulders Advanced Thickening Tonic will provide the necessary kick to get that thick and full haired effect, while Old Spice Spiffy Wax will make sure that perfectly styled look remains in place, looking spot on!

Groom up! For those who enjoy the clean shaven look, the Gillette Fusion ProGlide with FlexBall Technology Power will be your new best friend. Designed to respond to the contours of a man’s face, your man will be feeling extra put together after a fresh shave!

Women’s beauty blitz!

Now that your man is ready to impress, it’s time to spend some time pampering yourself!

Sleek and Chic! The Herbal Essences The Sleeker the Butter line will be just what you need to maintain your smooth and collected appearance. The serum-infused Herbal Essences The Sleeker the Butter Shampoo will work to smooth the hair and control frizz, while Herbal Essences The Sleeker the Butter Conditioner coats hair strands, keeping them tamed! For that extra little bit of insurance, Herbal Essences The Sleeker the Butter Smooth & Creamy Hair Milk can be left in your hair, ensuring you maintain the smooth and conditioned look.

For the final touch, if you are a heat junkie and like to finish off your look by straightening or curling your hair, make sure to use Pantene Pro-V Heat Potion Serum to add a protective layer to shield hair from damage up to 450 degrees!

Fresh Face! We all know that January is a draining month for most, which can result in unwanted under eye bags. Use Olay Regenerist Luminous Dark Circle Correcting Hydraswirl and watch as the appearance of dark circles fade! The formula instantly brightens the eye area, making you appear awake and perky.

Sounds so good! Enter to win it!
One lucky Canadian Home of OHM reader will win this sweet kit valued at $135!
  • Old Spice Swagger Body Wash – $4.99*
  • Old Spice Antiperspirant – $4.99*
  • Old Spice Re-fresh Body Spray – $8.99*
  • Head & Shoulders Advanced Thickening Tonic – $19.99*
  • Old Spice Spiffy Wax – $9.49*
  • Gillette Fusion ProGlide with FlexBall Technology Power – $19.99*
  • Pantene Pro-V Heat Potion Serum – $8.99*
  • Olay Regenerist Luminous Dark Circle Correcting Hydraswirl – $38.99*
  • Herbal Essences The Sleeker the Butter Shampoo – $5.99*
  • Herbal Essences The Sleeker the Butter Conditioner – $5.99*
  • Herbal Essences The Sleeker the Butter Smooth and Creamy Hair Milk – $5.49

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