Belize Travel Diaries: #MDVPHoliday18 AWAY

December 27, 2018

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Belize Travel Diaries: #MDVPHoliday18 AWAY

It is officially everyone’s favourite time of the year again—the holidays! And of course, time for another rendition of #MDVPHoliday. But this year we decided to change things up a little and to escape the cold by booking a trip to the tropics to enjoy some sun, sand and well-deserved time off for #MDVPHoliday18. It’s safe to say that the holidays tend to be one of the busiest times of the year for us, so a little bit of pre-emptive R&R was much needed.

I’ve already done a complete Travel Diaries recap of our experience in Belize and 10 things to do, so if you’re interested in learning more about what there is to do in Belize, make sure to give it a read!

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Kitchen Play: Veggie Charcuterie Board

December 25, 2018

Kitchen Play Veggie Charcuterie Board

And there goes Christmas, just like that! If you’re anything like me, and love to spend the holiday with your family and friends, then you’ll definitely have at least one or two get togethers that you’ll be hosting this season. And as much as I’d love to put together an entire dinner with all of the fixings, from appetizers all the way to desserts, I honestly have no time for that anymore. Peter and I make the 5 hour trek back home each year, and the majority of our two weeks in Ottawa is often spent visiting family and friends that we haven’t seen in months. That doesn’t leave me with much alone at home time to prep for a fully planned dinner from start to finish! Thankfully, my friends are all a fans of potlucks, and/or have families of their own (literally, so many of our friends now have their own kids) that many of them don’t often have time for entire dinner, so that we can often get away with hosting a quick wine and snack get together.

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Holiday Gift Guide: #MDVPHoliday18 STAY

December 23, 2018

Belize Travel Diaries: #MDVPHoliday18 STAY

I can’t believe that we’re already nearing the end of the year! It sure seems like time flies when whenever it gets closer to the holidays and you look back at everything that you’ve done within the past year. I particularly love this time of the year because the emphasis of spending time with family and friends really forces me to decrease my workload which in turn decreases my overall stress levels. Peter complains that I’m too much of a workaholic, and I couldn’t agree more—the holidays are the only real time that I can truly relax and enjoy the festive season. My justification? Everyone else is on holiday, so I should be too!

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Cranberry Dreams

December 18, 2018

Cranberry Dreams

Sweater, Skirt, Blazer, Boots – Dynamite

I recently purchased a brand new PAX wardrobe during the Black Friday sales and finally received and put it together this past week—totally time-lapsed the documented the entire process and you should definitely watch it on my #VLOGMAS if you haven’t already! Oh yes, I’ve revived my YouTube channel if you didn’t already know (have you not been keeping up with my Instagram stories?!), and you should definitely check it out because I’m vlogging everyday leading up until Christmas! It was so much fun putting it together with Peter, and I’m so glad that I finally have been able to create more space in my closet to make way for some new seasonal additions, particularly everything red/burgundy/oxblood/cranberry that I’ve been picking up lately!

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Kitchen Play: Veggie Spaghetti Bolognese

December 6, 2018

Food Diaries: Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese

Almost 6 months ago, Peter and I had a talk and decided to cut red meat out of our diet (although we’d make exceptions for travel obviously). Ever since then, we’ve done a decent job of refraining from cooking with red meat, and ordering substitutes whenever we eat out. But because we travel so frequently, it can sometimes become difficult to keep this strict diet, so instead of becoming completely red meat free, we’ve more or less become flexitarians. In the sense that we’ll avoid red meat when possible, but not actively avoid it when placed in situations where we aren’t completely in control.

Coming from families with both vegetarians and vegans, cooking without an sort of animal products and by-products isn’t out of the norm for either of us, and the dietary switch didn’t completely throw us off from our regular everyday diet.

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